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  • According to his attestation papers, Severi Makinen was born on 2 May 1887 in “Wava, Alvo”, Finland. He had immigrated to Canada by the time of the 1911 census, found working as a railroad labourer at Linko (Raith) near Thunder Bay at the time. On 25 December 1917, in Fort William, Severi married Bernadette Langlois. His occupation was given as inspector and residence as Fort William as was Bernadette’s. The daughter of Laurent Langlois and Charlotte Roussi, Bernadette was born on 22 July 1896 in Port Daniel, Quebec. The next year the couple moved to Redditt, a village about 30 kilometres north of Kenora, where Severi found work as a car repairer with the Canadian National Railway.

    With the onset of conscription during the latter part of the war, Severi attested in Winnipeg on 11 November 1917. A defaulter, he voluntarily surrendered on 3 July 1918 and had his medical examination the next day. His occupation was given as car repairer and although they had been living in Redditt, he gave his wife Bernadette on Garry Street in Winnipeg as next of kin. Severi was struck off strength as being a railroad employee on 10 December 1918.
    Severi and Bernadette were to make Redditt their home where he worked for the CNR as a carman for 44 years. The couple gave birth to six known children, Oscar (1918-2012), Roberta (1921-1979), Edna (1925-2009), Robert (1929-2007), Leo, and Leona. Severi was a member of the Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Redditt, the Redditt Curling Club, the Canadian Legion, Redditt Branch, and the Statute of Labour Board of Redditt.
    Following a lengthy illness, Severi died on 11 December 1956 in Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. His Veteran Death card gave his wife Bernadette in Redditt as next of kin. At the time he was survived by Bernadette, sons Oscar of Redditt, Leo of Montreal, and Robert of Kenora, and daughters Roberta (E R) Maki of Glenella, Edna (Roy) Titze of Vermillion Bay, and Leona (Dave) Miller of Kenora. He was also survived by two sisters back in Finland. Bernadette died in October of 1982 and is interred with Severi in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.
    By Judy Stockham
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  • Regimental Number:
  • 3347854
  • Service Record:
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 1st Depot Battalion Manitoba RegimentBattalion Manitoba Regiment
  • Place of Birth:
  • "Wava, Alvo"
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs Bernadette Makinen, wife, 156 Garry Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Redditt PO, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • May 2, 1887
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Car Repairer
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • November 11, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 30
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • December 11, 1956
  • Age at Death:
  • 69
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • B-2-12
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • According to his attestation papers, Severi Makinen was born on 2 May 1887 in “Wava, Alvo”, Finland. He had immigrated to Canada by the time of the 1911 census, found working as a railroad labourer at Linko (Raith) near Thunder Bay at the time. On 25 December 1917, in Fort William, Severi married Bernadette Langlois. His occupation was given as inspector and residence as Fort William as was Bernadette’s. The daughter of Laurent Langlois and Charlotte Roussi, Bernadette was born on 22 July 1896 in Port Daniel, Quebec. The next year the couple moved to Redditt, a village about 30 kilometres north of Kenora, where Severi found work as a car repairer with the Canadian National Railway.

    With the onset of conscription during the latter part of the war, Severi attested in Winnipeg on 11 November 1917. A defaulter, he voluntarily surrendered on 3 July 1918 and had his medical examination the next day. His occupation was given as car repairer and although they had been living in Redditt, he gave his wife Bernadette on Garry Street in Winnipeg as next of kin. Severi was struck off strength as being a railroad employee on 10 December 1918.
    Severi and Bernadette were to make Redditt their home where he worked for the CNR as a carman for 44 years. The couple gave birth to six known children, Oscar (1918-2012), Roberta (1921-1979), Edna (1925-2009), Robert (1929-2007), Leo, and Leona. Severi was a member of the Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Redditt, the Redditt Curling Club, the Canadian Legion, Redditt Branch, and the Statute of Labour Board of Redditt.
    Following a lengthy illness, Severi died on 11 December 1956 in Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. His Veteran Death card gave his wife Bernadette in Redditt as next of kin. At the time he was survived by Bernadette, sons Oscar of Redditt, Leo of Montreal, and Robert of Kenora, and daughters Roberta (E R) Maki of Glenella, Edna (Roy) Titze of Vermillion Bay, and Leona (Dave) Miller of Kenora. He was also survived by two sisters back in Finland. Bernadette died in October of 1982 and is interred with Severi in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.
    By Judy Stockham
    Makinen-Severi-2 Makinen-Severi-3
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  • Regimental Number:
  • 3347854
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 1st Depot Battalion Manitoba RegimentBattalion Manitoba Regiment
  • Place of Birth:
  • "Wava, Alvo"
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs Bernadette Makinen, wife, 156 Garry Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Birth:
  • May 2, 1887
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Redditt PO, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Car Repairer
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • November 11, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 30
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • December 11, 1956
  • Age at Death:
  • 69
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • B-2-12
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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