Irene Elisabeth Haikala

17 September 1916–2 August 2003 (Age 86)
Lappee, Viipuri, Finland

The Life of Irene Elisabeth

When Irene Elisabeth Haikala was born on 17 September 1916, in Lappee, Viipuri, Finland, her father, Onni Kristian Haikala, was 34 and her mother, Irene Vilhelmina Hellman, was 28. She married Armas Robert Valdemar Virta on 14 November 1948, in Nurmijärvi, Uusimaa, Finland. She died on 2 August 2003, in Nurmijärvi, Uusimaa, Finland, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

Armas Robert Valdemar Virta
Irene Elisabeth Haikala
Marriage: 14 November 1948

Spouse and Children

14 November 1948
Nurmijärvi, Uusimaa, Finland

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World Events (7)


Age 1

The Russian Revolution allows Finland to declare its independence.

Age 2

Civil War in Finland. A bitter and violent civil war ensues between Bolsheviks (Red Guards) and the right-wing government (White Guards). The Whites are led to victory by General Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.

Age 23

World War II. Outbreak of World War II. Finland declares its neutrality. In November the Soviet Union invades. The Winter War begins.

Name Meaning

Finnish: topographic or ornamental name from haka ‘pasture’, ‘paddock’ + the local suffix -la. Haka is a common element of Finnish place names. It was widely adopted as an ornamental surname during the name conversion movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially in western Finland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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