Aina Sylvia Wisner


Aina Sylvia Wisner passed away in her home in Menlo on September 8, 2012, surrounded by her family. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday with her husband and children. One week prior, a family reunion yielded 60+ family and friends at the homestead.

Aina was born in New Jersey on September 1, 1932, to Olaf and Magnhil (Torvik) Johnsen. She was raised in Norway until after the war when her family returned to the United States. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1950.

All Aina ever wanted was to be married and have a large family. Her dream came true when she met and married the love of her life, Leonard Wisner. They were married on June 9, 1951, at the Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. She was a homemaker where no one ever entered or left her home without a hug.

Aina was an active member of her church and the community. Her hobbies included ceramics, knitting and crocheting. She loved donating her beautiful creations. Aina was an active member for 20 years of the Senior Companion Program and also served on the board of directors.

Surviving relatives include her loving husband, Leonard of 61 years; three daughters, Sylvia Harris of the famly home, Linda (Walt) Wilson of Bay Center and Mary Ann Wisner of Tacoma; two sons, John (Michelle) Wisner of Longview and James Wisner of Longview; a sister, Christine (Gynet) Rea of Yelm; a brother, Harold (Sue) Johnsen of Sun City West, Arizona; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in March. She is also survived by her beloved friend, Nancy Akers of Raymond; and many other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Danny Harris; and her granddaughter, Kyla Wisner, all of whom welcomed her into heaven.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Willapa United Methodist Church, 969 Willapa First Street (Old Willapa) Raymond. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Senior Companion Program, P.O. Box 667, Hoquiam, WA 98550, or Willapa United Methodist Church.

Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.

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