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Ilona Helmi Wickstrom

January 20, 1975 - September 9, 2021


Ok It is with great sorrow that we announce the anticipated passing of Ilona Helmi Wickstrom

Daughter of Pearl Wickstrom and Dennis Wickstrom, step mom Beth and eternal dad Andy Ojala.  Mother of sons Jersey Blain Little and Houston Wickstrom – along with Houston’s soul partner Shanelle. Ilona leaves behind one brother Ray Wickstrom.  She was grandmother to her four grandbabies-Jersey’s children- Michael, Maddie, Trinity and Katerinna.

Born in Thunder Bay Ontario on January 20, 1975 and passing peacefully on September 9, 2021 while comforted by family, doctors and nurses of the Cranbrook Regional Hospital.

Ilona left many friends and family behind and was predeceased by many friends and loved ones that she lost over these last two years.

Although struggling herself Ilona opened her heart and home to many of these individuals in their time of need. Caring and giving and making a difference in the lives that she touched.

Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if you would like you can make a donation to the Salvation Army who has supported Ilona for many years.

I cannot mend my broken heart
Learning I have lost my friend
Once my time has come and gone
Next time we take and meet again
A silent prayer for you I send

Hoping now that you can finally rest
Even though my heart still hurts
Losing you will never stop
My love for you and your time on earth
I miss you I love you I will never forget you

While your time on earth was short
I feel your presence with us today
Calming us as we deal with sorrow
Keeping us from going insane
Still our hearts it beats tomorrow
Till our time has come and gone
Remember that our time is borrowed
Our time on earth is not to long
May you be at peace and never forgotten


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Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Della Marshall
Relation: Best Friends Daughter

I’m extremly sorry for your loss but she’s no longer in pain but in peace. I have known Ilona for many years and she’s a very sweet, exceptional woman. She was always young at heart. Ilona had that special laughter that captivates and so does her mom Pearl. She will be dearly missed by all. Rest in peace oh sweet soul Love Della Mike Marshall and Family

From: Denise Bouley
Relation: Aunty

Dennis Pearl and Ray – There are no words to describe how devasted I was to learn of Ilona’s passing. My mind keeps going back to when we were carefree kids and how much fun we used to have. I will remember her always as our “fish” who would be in the water at Grandma and Grandpa Lehto’s camp 24 hours a day if she was allowed to be! Losing touch with her has always left me with a hole in my heart. I am so sorry that she is gone. My deepest condolences and love to you all.

From: Wendy (Luhtala) Brescia
Relation: Friend

Dear Dennis, Pearl, Ray and family,
I was so very saddened when reading the news of Ilona’s passing. She was a dear friend to me in our early years. So many fond memories of our walks, bike rides, and swims in the McIntrye. We had a lot of fun together and I cherish the memories of those times we shared. Will be thinking of all of you.

From: Elisa Mantyla
Relation: Cousin

There are no words to describe the void I felt receiving this news. Always my soul sister, dance with the angles ❤️Love you always.

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Salvation Army, 533 Slater Road NW, Cranbrook, BC  V1C 4E2


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