July 9, 1933 - January 29, 2024
In Loving Memory ~
Nina passed away quietly on January 29th 2024 at Discovery Harbour Care Centre at the age of 90, where she resided for the past 3 years. Nina was a kindhearted and compassionate person that handled all that life presented with remarkable strength and acceptance.
Nina was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Ero Saarikko, son John, father Alexander Fraser, mother Tessa Fraser, grandmother Mary Berray, sisters Maxine Sonne and Nora Lidberg.
She is survived by her children, Robert, Janice (Mike) Kenny, and David all of Campbell River and nieces and nephews, in Campbell River Larry (Vicky) Ovaskainen, Loree Ann (Kevin) Despins, Laurie (John) Smith of Bowser, in Courtenay Rick Lidberg and family, Julie (Larry) Wright and family as well as Lorne Saarikko and family, Gail (Chuck) Baird and family of the Lower Mainland. Kinkade cousins in the Qualicum Beach area
Nina was born at Little Qualicum on July 9, 1933 along with her twin sister Nora. She spent her childhood between Qualicum and her beloved Grandmother's farm in Fanny Bay.
Nina married Ero Saarikko in 1951 initially living in Campbell River and then in 1954 the Sayward Valley for thirteen wonderful years, relieving as postmistress as needed. In 1966 moving back to Campbell River for the remainder of her life.
Coming from a pioneering family, Nina had a passion for gardening, hunting and fishing. Processing all of that harvest into canning, pickles, relishes and other preserves was an accomplishment and joy. Nina took great enjoyment by providing for family.
The Family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Discovery Harbour Care Centre, Cortez Staff and Dr. Prinsloo for the care and compassion they provided especially the palliative team.
There will be no service by request. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.