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Salme S. Ackren
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Salme Ackren was born in Savonlinna, Finland on October 27, 1934. Her parents, Lauri and Aini Naukkarinen, raised 12 children of which Salme was the oldest.

Salme grew up in Jyvaskyla, Finland where she met her first husband, Reijo Palonen, at a local dance. Salme and Reijo got engaged and decided to move to Sudbury, Canada. They were married In January, 1954. Their two children, Ruth and Pirjo, were born in Canada, where she worked as a hairdresser. Salme’s sister, Senja, also moved to Toronto from Finland.

In 1967, the family moved to New Rochelle, New York, and had their third child, Nancy. In 1972, they moved to Lake Worth, Florida, where she went to beauty school and became a master cosmetologist. She opened her own beauty shop in Lake Worth and also worked for others.

Salme and Reijo were divorced in 1981. She married her second husband, Kyosti Ackren, in September, 1984. They built their own home near Lake Osborne and lived there until she moved to the Finnish-American Rest Home on January 2, 2018.

Salme enjoyed being with her friends and family and often entertained. She loved to dance and attended many events at the Finnish dance halls. She was involved with the North Stars Athletic Club. Salme will be remembered for her loving personality and kind spirit.

Salme is survived by her husband, Kyosti Ackren; daughters, Ruth Rajasaari of Kentucky, Pirjo Rotert of Boynton Beach and Nancy Kumpulainen of Lake Worth; grandchildren, Clinton Gordon, Kaleb Kumpulainen, Kamren Kumpulainen and great-grandchildren, Keanu Gordon, Philip Gordon, Nehemyah Gordon who all reside in Florida; her sister, Senja Jugloff, of Toronto, Canada, her sisters and brothers in Finland, Saara Hirvonen of Tikkakoski; Seidi Kinnunen of Kinnula; Sirpa Lotila, Saila Ojala, Silja Kahila, Sirkka Jokio, Seppo Naukkarinen, Saku Naukkarinen and Tapio Naukkarinen of Jyvaskyla, and many nieces and nephews in Canada and Finland.

Salme passed away in the mid-afternoon of February 11, 2018 at the Finnish-American Rest Home in Lantana. Her passage came peacefully.

The funeral service will be held on March 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 928 South E Street, Lake Worth, Florida. Burial will be at the Pine Crest Cemetery in Lake Worth. All who loved her and miss her are welcome to attend.

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