Long Lake Cemetery Database

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. It was recently verified that three of those persons are buried in Park Lawn Cemetery. 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 the 50 shown on the new plaque installed in 2019 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 Haaranen. 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.

Please let us know if you have any additional information. Email to Paula Rautanen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone 705 522-7831.

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.

To view the photos of the gravemarkers and the memorial plaques click on the Gallery link below.

Gallery

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.

Surname Maiden Name Given Names Death Date Age Date of Birth Birth Place
Ahlgren   Lillian Apr 28, 1932 16 May 14, 1915 Copper Cliff, Ont.
Ahlgren   Oscar Jul 26, 1936 58 1878  Finland
Ahokas   Anton A.(Antti) May 4, 1939 57 Jun 16, 1881  Finland
Fjelt (Falt)   Arvi Feb 29, 1936 30 Mar 15, 1905 Sakkijarvi, Finland
Fjelt (Falt)   Aimo May 17, 1935 11 m Jun 14, 1934 Broder Twp, Ont.
Freeman Malmberg Beata Sep 8, 1943 84 Dec 17, 1858 Yöyri, Finland
Freeman   John Henrik Sep 3, 1939 75 Dec 18, 1863

Vähäkyrö, Finland

Haapala Kantola Anna Lovisa Dec 24, 1949 70 Jan 1, 1878 Kaunissaari, Finland
Haapala   Taavetti (David) Sep 19, 1937 66 Oct 5, 1870 Elimali, Finland
Hakkarainen Kannelvuo Fiija (Sofia) Jan 24, 1939 48 Mar 9, 1890 Eurajoki  Finland
Hakkarainen   Peter July 27, 1948 64 1883  
Hänninen-Poutanen Innanen Emma Jun 18, 1941 52 Jul 12, 1889 Parikkala, Finland
Hemming f. Hemminiki   Jaakko (Jack) Jun 9, 1936 52 Dec 18, 1882 Finland
Hirvi   Eino Antti Jun 13, 1951 1    
Hongell   Alexanderi Jun 2, 1935 62 Jun 10, 1873 Finland
Hongell Freeman Hilma Maria Jul 11, 1943 56 Dec 19, 1886 Isokyrö, Finland
Johnson   Ethel Eila Lillian Aug 7, 1934 8 May 24, 1926 Broder Twp, Ont.
Johnson   Helvi Nov 1932 9 m Feb 1932 Broder Twp, Ont.
Johnson   Joseph Alfred Jun 13, 1936 46 Jan 4, 1890 Finland
Kallio   Justus 1930s 50s Sep 18, 1879 Multia, Finland
Kantokoski f. Koski Koivula Anna Milja Nov 8, 1933 30 Sep 24, 1903 Alajarvi, Finland
Kinnunen   Abel Aug 20, 1945 52 1893 Finland
Kinnunen   Arne Oct 14, 1989 66 1923 Copper Cliff, Ont.
Koivisto   Baby Girl Jul 4, 1937   Stillborn  
Lammi   Einari Jul 1, 1937 51   Finland
Lammi   Irene Feb 7, 1938 17 d Jan 20, 1938  
Lehto   Otto Ilmari May 20, 1945 55 Dec 25, 1889 Kokemäki, Finland
Lindgren   Gabriel Kaappo Jun 16, 1933 62 Jun 6, 1871 Isokyrö, Finland
Luoma   Alexanderi Nov 9, 1931 52 Dec 24, 1879 Töysä, Finland
Luoma   Wayne Jan 9, 1958   Died at birth  
Majava Kussva Edla (Ida) Apr 13, 1935 54   Finland
Mäki Uusitalo Hilma Matilda Jan 7, 1945 56 Dec 14, 1888 Noormarkku, Finland
Mäntylä   John May 27, 1940 69 Jun 15, 1870 Finland
Myllynen   Lauri Mikael Mar 5, 1941 25 Aug 9, 1915  
Niemi   Nestor Berhard Nov 16, 1932 41 Jun 17, 1891 Laitila, Finland
Niskanen   Antti Victor Jul 30, 1940 47 Jun 12, 1893 Finland
Nissilä   Reino (Bruno) Apr 8, 1932 7 Sep 5, 1924 Broder Twp, Ont.
Nordlund   Wäinö Dec 17, 1940 54   Finland
Pelkola   Ville (William) Nov 16, 1944 70   Finland
Pertulla f. Johnson   Heikki Johansson Dec 24, 1951 72    
Purola   Simo Jul 28, 1944 60 Sept 26, 1883 Finland
Rahko   Jaakko Lauri Jun 7, 1939 38 Aug 9, 1900 Ilmajoki, Finland
Ritari   Tuomas Nov 25, 1935 76 Sep 11, 1850 Vähäkyrö, Finland
Salmi   Sanelma Senja Nov 8, 1940 22 Oct 6, 1918 Port Arthur
Salo f. Salomaki   Leo Erik May 23, 1940 44 Sep 20, 1895 Karijoki, Finland
Salo f. Salomaki   Erland Dec 27, 1941 44 Jul 9, 1887 Karijoki, Finland
Salo f. Salomaki   John Apr 11, 1938 52 Dec 31, 1885 Karijoki, Finland
Savela   Ida Jun 11, 1937 72 Sep 14, 1864 Finland
Uusitalo   Eino Johannes Apr 20, 1933 34 Mar 10, 1899 Kauhajoki, Finland
Vihuri   Silja Aug 5, 1938 69 Jan, 1869 Finland
Wasenius   Wäinö Valdemar Jul 9, 1933 50+   Finland