Eetu Heino, age 92, passed away March 11, 2020, in Springfield, Virginia.
Born in Saloinen, Finland, Eetu was the one of 13 children. After growing up on a farm, he moved to Helsinki where he met his wife, Raili, at a local dance hall. They would later marry, have two children, and enjoy over 64 years of marriage before Raili's passing in February 2018.
As an experienced carpenter, Eetu accepted a job opportunity in the Bahamas and moved to Freeport, Grand Bahama with his family in 1962. He often spoke fondly of the time he spent there working on the construction of the developing hotels and resorts, fishing, and experiencing the Bahamian culture.
In 1965, Eetu and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Lomala in Hopewell Junction, NY, where he and Raili raised their children and resided for over 50 years. Eetu became a master carpenter and was a 50-year proud member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 279. Eetu's craftmanship can still be seen in several of the churches in Fishkill and the surrounding area. He also applied his carpentry skills while assisting with the renovation and maintenance of the Lomala dance hall as a member of the Lomala Civic Association. The dance hall served as a gathering place for the Lomala community, with residents often celebrating special events and holiday festivities there. Eetu enjoyed attending these events and spent many evenings dancing the tango, polka, and waltz with his wife and friends. Fittingly, his 90th birthday celebration was held at the dance hall, as it was well-known that Eetu loved a good party.
Eetu was incredibly active and enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to his vegetable and flower gardens with his wife and daughter, and deer hunting with his son. Eetu was also an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing year-round with his son, grandchildren, and friends. He won many fishing and ice-fishing competitions over the years and found great joy in smoking and sharing the fish he caught with his friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his son Kari and his wife Anna, daughter Sirpa and her husband Bill Quinn, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren who will all miss him dearly. A committal service will be held at the Fishkill Cemetery.