Lt. Colonel Anna Riitta Eliasen - age: 72
(August 11, 1945 to September 21, 2017
Friends and relatives may call at The Salvation Army Corps, 2 Church St, Old Orchard Beach Saturday September 23, 10:30 to 11AM. A 11:00am Service will be held at the Corps with a reception to follow.
Burial will be at Kensico Cemetery, next to her husband in Val Halla, New York
Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home and Cremation 365 Main St, Saco are entrusted with her arrangements.
Saco, Lt. Colonel Anna Riitta Eliasen, 72 of Parker Circle was promoted to Glory, surrounded by her kids, David Dan and Cindy on Thursday September 21, 2017 at the Maine Medical Center. She was born in Oulu Finland August 11, 1945 the daughter of David and Martta Hamalainen.
Anna moved to Brazil at a young age. Then at the age of 19 she married Samuel Eliasen and attended officer training school in New York. Her first appointment was in Erie, PA., and then various appointments in the New York City area. She and her husband did missionary work in Puerto Rico, Argentina and Spain. After her husband’s death, she returned to Finland and then back to New York, from which she retired. Anna moved to Maine in 2011.
She spoke 4 languages, and enjoyed teaching scripture and Theology.
She is survived by her mother of Finland, 2 sons David Eliasen and wife Lorena of Ponte Verde, Fla., and Dan Eliasen and wife Michelle of Lewiston, Me., a daughter Cindy Eliasen of London, UK., 3 sisters Anneli Franke and husband Paulo, Lys Bastos Gama and husband Daniel and Aila Lopes and husband Claudio, a brother Markku Hamalainen and 4 grandchildren Salome, Morgan, Trevor and Shane and Fiancée Kimberly.