Ida Margaret Kallio

May 27, 1915 – Apr 16, 2005

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Ida Margaret KALLIO

of White Center, passed away peacefully April 16, 2005. She was a resident of The Kenney Home in West Seattle at the time of her death.

She was born May 27, 1915 in a logging camp near Naselle, WA to parents Oscar and Ida Wirkkala. In 1937 she married Arvo John Kallio, and soon after they purchased a home in White Center where they raised their three children: Robert, Gary, and Janet. Margaret worked as a secretary for many years, retiring from Mt. View Elementary School in 1975. She was active in the White Center Library Guild for 45 years, and was a vital member of Mount View Presbyterian Church for over 55 years. Margaret enjoyed oil painting, travel, puzzles, and card games. She was proud of her Finnish heritage, and was involved in numerous activities within the Finnish American community. Grandma K. was a caring woman who loved the Lord and her family; her gentle spirit and encouraging words will live in our hearts forever.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Arvo, and son, Bob. She is survived by a loving family: sister Elizabeth Gentala; daughter Jan Galvin, son Gary Pearl Kallio, daughter-in-law Tricia Kallio; granddaughters Katie Kallio, Jennifer Galvin, Kelly Wade Malwitz, Jeannie Dan Nielsen, Susie Lance Abramson, and Kari Kallio; and great-grandchildren Sarah, Abbie, Julia, Audrey, Lyndsey, Shane, Jeff, and Matilda. She will also be missed by a host of extended family and friends, both here and in Finland.

Visitation will be at BONNEY-WATSON Parker Chapel, 900 SW 146th St., Burien, on Friday April 22nd from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial service will be Saturday, April 23rd at 12:30 p.m. at Mount View Presbyterian Church, 10806 12th SW, White Center, with reception to follow. There will be a family burial at Suise Soos Creek Cemetery in Kent prior to the memorial service.

Remembrances to Mount View Presbyterian Church, 10806 12th SW, Seattle, WA, 98146, or to the White Center Library Guild, 11220 16th SW, Seattle, WA, 98146. Please sign the online guest memorial book at


Linda & Bill Banks
Seattle, WA
Apr 20, 2005

42 years living next door to the Kallio house has given us such pleasure. We were a young couple in our 20's and Arvo and Margaret became our friends immediately. Our lives have been so enriched by that friendship, and our friendships with all of you. Thanks to each of you - and please keep in touch. Always feel free to drop in for a visit. Love to all - Linda and Bill

The Matthews Family
Seattle, WA
Apr 20, 2005

Our thoughts and deepests sympathy are with the family at this time.

God will guide you through your grief and sorrow.

Camilla Harmon Hogan
Maple Valley, WA
Apr 21, 2005

Gary and Janet

I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing and your brother a few weeks ago. Know my prayers are with you

Love, Camilla

Tarja Nevalainen
Rovaniemi, USA
Apr 21, 2005

On behalf of the relatives here in Finland I want to tell our condolences. Margaret will be missed by many.

Our prayers are with you all.

Chad and Kindel Smith
Lake Stevens, WA
Apr 22, 2005

We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

All our love,

Chad, Kindel, Eva and Erin Smith

Selma Carlson
Shoreline, WA
Apr 23, 2005

Gary & Janet, I first met your Mom & the rest of her family in 1937 when I came to Seattle. I enjoyed the time that I was able to spend with her over the years. One visit comes to my mind. I rode with Veikko & Helga & others down to Vancouver to see Veikko & your dad's sister. On the way, we stopped at your parent's house. Your Mom had baked a pie & there wasn't quite enough to go around for a regular size piece. Your Mom cut small pieces & therefore, everybody could have a taste. Please accept our sympathy in the loss of your Mother & your brother Bob.

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