Welcome to Long Lake Finnish Cemetery - City Of Greater Sudbury
In the South End of the city of Sudbury, there is a cemetery that was created in the bush by Finnish pioneers with burials as early as 1930. It is located in Lot 6 Concession 5 in Broder Township. The cemetery plot, Parcel 6078 S.E.S., was purchased from the Crown on June 15th 1933. The rectangular 1 hectare lot is about 85 by 123 meters and was surveyed September 7th 1929 and patented July 8th 1933 to the then trustees Kaarlo Nissila, Alexander Majava, and Gabriel Lindgren.
The land is accessed by a dirt road 1.2 km south of the Highway 17 SW Bypass off Long Lake Road (Municipal Road 80) and approximately 500 meters east of Long Lake Road. The cemetery was built in anticipation of Long Lake Road using a more easterly approach closer to the cemetery. As the decades passed and families moved, the cemetery fell out of use about 1945. But it re-emerged in the public eye in the late 1980’s when a skull and other bones were dug up by teenagers. The police got involved, the bones were recovered, and a reburial held.
In January 2001 legal right to cross over the private lands owned by Hautamaki Estate (Parcel 3317) and Pagnutti Development (Parcel 25851) was obtained by the Finnish Canadian Historical Society. Since then a new fence has been erected around the property. Bushes obscuring headstones and crosses have been cleared and the access road upgraded. The City of Greater Sudbury has recognized the cemetery and is assisting financially with the restoration, upkeep, signage and insurance.
Since the original data was accidentally lost in a fire it has been an onerous task to find a complete list of burials. In September 8th 2002 an Official Reopening took place with the unveiling of a bronze plaque on a granite rock listing the names of the 47 known burials at that time. With known records from various sources such as anecdotal recollections, church records, funeral homes, death records, city and provincial vital statistics, newspaper articles and obituaries it is believed that 55 is the actual number of burials. There are no markers to identify all the graves but in 2017 stainless steel crosses were placed at obvious gravesites. A table listing all known burials is found in this edition.
The cemetery is in the trusteeship of the Finnish Canadian Historical Society Sudbury Branch in recognition as a burial place for numerous local Finnish pioneers. In 2000 the trustees were Toivo Lain, John Saari, and Arnold Niemiaho. Later in 2006 the trustees were Veikko Kivikangas, Walter Lammi, Oiva Saarinen, and Antti Haranen. The 2017 trustees are Walter Lammi, Ralph Toivonen, Bill Makinen, Paula Rautanen, and Timo Nordberg. The Historical Society has also dedicated a tree with a plaque for all their past chairs. Past chairs (in alphabetical order) include: Antti Armas Haaranen, Antti Heiskanen, Väinö Kuikka, Toivo Lain, Jussi Luoma, Jussi Mäki, Arnold Niemiaho, Rev.Lauri Pikkusaari, Leo Gunnar Raaska, Bruno Tenhunen and Einar Wilson.
Veikko Kivikangas was the driving force for the restoration of the Long Lake Cemetery and unfortunately he passed away on November 15th, 2014. The ownerrship of the cemetery is in the process of being transferred to the City of Greater Sudbury, although the Society remains committed to assist in its maintenance.
KIVIKANGAS, Veikko Johannes - In loving memory and with heavy hearts the family wishes to announce his passing Saturday November 15th 2014 at the age of 79 years. Born June 11th,1935 in Alavus Finland he immigrated to Canada in 1956 where he met and married Meeri (Raaska) predeceased. Dear son of Kalle and Senja (Mesimaki) predeceased. Veikko was a loving father to his daughter Anne Bellmore (husband Stuart) and Glenn Kivikanga predeceased. He will remain in the hearts of his grandchildren Harmony Bellmore (Michael), John Bellmore and his great grand-daughter Jordana. Veikko was a man who loved his family unconditionally and besides the love he felt for his family and friends his greatest joy was being Iso-Pappa to Jordana. He is survived by his brother and sisters in Finland, predeceased by his brothers Kassu and Arvo. Veikko was Godparent to Kari Raaska (and family) in Guatemala, Kai Saarinen (and family) in Sudbury and Maria Wallenius in Kitchener. Veikko will be sadly missed by extended family and friends in Finland and Canada. Veikko was a special friend to Oiva and Edith Saarinen and Albert and Marie Bouclin. He was an excellent carpenter, he enjoyed going to the opera and had a great love for nature. He was a member of the Knights of Kaleva for 45 years, Suomi Lions Club, Finnish Canadian Historical Society of Sudbury and St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church. Funeral Service will be held in the R.J. Barnard Chapel, JACKSON & BARNARD FUNERAL HOME , 233 Larch Street, Sudbury on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 11:30am.
To view the photos of the gravemarkers and the memorial plaques click on the Gallery link below.
The photos and plaques, for those without a marker, in the Album were kindly provided by Murray Pletsch, the webmaster of the Northern Ontario Gravemarker Gallery.
The gravemarkers were photographed by Martin Neva
Below is the database of the Long Lake Burials and can be viewed in the Gallery also.
|Surname||Maiden Name||Given Names||Death Date||Age||Obit||Date of Birth||Birth Place||Comments|
|Ahlgren||Lillian||28-Apr-32||17||Yes||May 14 1915||Copper Cliff, Ont.|
|Falt||Arvi||29-Feb-36||30||Yes||Mar 15 1905||Sakkijarvi Finland|
|Falt||Aimo||17-May-35||11 m||Yes||Jun 14 1934||Broder Twp, Ont.||infant son|
|Freeman||Malmberg||Beata||08-Sep-43||85||Yes||Dec 17 1857||Finland|
|Freeman||John Henrik||03-Sep-39||75||Photo||Jul 12 1864||Finland|
|Haapala||Kantola||Anna Lovisa||24-Dec-49||71||Yes||Jan 1 1878||Finland|
|Haapala||Taavi (David)||19-Sep-37||67||Yes||Oct 5 1870||Finland|
|Hakkarainen||Kannelvuo||Fiija (Sofia)||24-Jan-39||48||Yes||1890||Eurajoki Finland|
|Hanninen||Innanen||Emma||18-Jun-41||52||Yes||July 12 1889||Parikkala Finland||also Pekka Poutanen|
|Hemming||Jaakko (Jack)||09-Jun-35||53||D. Cert||Dec 18 1882||Finland|
|Hongell||Hilma||11-Jul-43||56||Yes||Dec 19 1886||Finland|
|Johnson||Ethel Eila Lillian||10-Aug-34||6||Yes||May 5 1928||Broder Twp, Ont.|
|Johnson||Helvi||Nov ?, 1932||infant||No||Feb-32||Broder Twp, Ont.|
|Johnson||Joseph Alfred||13-Jun-36||46||Yes||Jan 4 1890||Finland|
|Kallio||Justus||in 1930's||Long Lake shore|
|Kantokoski||Koivula||Anna Milja||08-Nov-33||30||Yes||Sep 24 1903||Alajarvi Finland||Death Cert as Koski|
|Kinnunen||Arne||14-Oct-89||66||Card||1923||Copper Cliff, Ont.||WWII Army Pte. Ashes|
|Lammi||Irene||10-Mar-38||2 mths.||Yes||Jan 20 1938|
|Lehto||Otto Ilmari||02-May-45||55||Yes||Kokemäki, Finland|
|Lindgren||Gabriel Kaappo||18-Jun-33||62||Yes||Jun 6 1871||Finland||Iron cross grave marker|
|Luoma||Alexanderi||09-Nov-31||59||Yes||Dec 24 1879||Töysä, Finland|
|Luoma||Wayne||Jan 9 -58||Died at birth|
|Mäki||Uusitalo||Hilma Matilda||07-Jan-45||56||Yes||Dec 14 1888||Noormarkku, Finland|
|Myllynen||Lauri Mikael||05-Mar-41||25||G. Marker||Aug 9 1915|
|Niemi||Nestor Berhard||16-Nov-32||41||Yes||Jun 17 1891||Finland|
|Nissila||Reino (Bruno)||08-Apr-32||7||Yes||Sep 5 1924||Broder Twp, Ont.|
|Purola||Simon||28-Jul-44||60||Yes||Sept 26 1883||Finland|
|Rahko||Jaakko Lauri||07-Jun-39||38||Yes||Aug 9 1900||Ilmajoki Finland||mining accident|
|Ritari||Tuomas||25-Nov-35||76||Yes||Sept 11 1850||Finland|
|Salmi||Viesti||sister of Sanelma|
|Salo (Salomaki)||Leo Erik||23-May-40||54||Yes||Finland||3 Salo brothers|
|Salo (Salomaki)||Erland||27-Dec-41||53||Yes||July 9 1887||Finland|
|Salo (Salomaki)||John||11-Apr-38||53||Yes||Dec 31 1885||Finland|
|Savela||Ida||11-Jun-40||72||Yes||Sep 14 1864||Finland|
|Uusitalo||Eino Johannes||20-Apr-33||33||Yes||Mar 10 1899||Jalasjarvi Finland|