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“I am so sorry to hear of Aira's passing. I am comforted to know that she will once again be by Georg's side, maybe on their way to a beautiful place...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Dawn Scaltreto - Watertown, MA

“So very sorry for your loss. We were students in the art class together. Both of your parents were so very kind and generous. We will miss them both....Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Catherine Campbell - Waltham, MA

“To Aira's familymy sincere condolences. Aira was such a nice person. She and George were in our painting class at the Senior Center. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Rita Smolinsky - Waltham - Friend

“Sincere condolences to Aira's family from me and my mother Iris. My parents and Aira and Georg were longtime friends having enjoyed many meals and...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Louise Nagler

“Dear family: Both Aira and Georg were good friends of mine through our joint activities in the Boston Chapter of Finlandia Foundation. We met...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: roy helander - Maynard, MA

“My husband and I attended Lakview Congregational Church for years and remember Aira and George very well. In fact, we sang in the choir together for...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Leaman - Waltham, MA

“Aira was part of our extended family. We shared many lovely times with her and family, We will miss her. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Lindell - Lexingon, MA

“I was lucky enough to know Aira and consider her and Georg as another set of Grandparents. "Mummu" was always so kind and gentle and the World is a...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Steve Pike - Stoughton, MA

“I feel honored to have known such a lovely compassionate lady and am saddened at her passing. Aira and I shared the love of reading and speaking of...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Clare Welch - Waltham, MA


Mrs. Aira V. (Niittymaki) Schkuta, of Waltham, died Monday, April 20, 2020 in Newton – Wellesley Hospital. She was 91.

Aira was born March 21, 1929 in Hameenlinna, Finland a daughter of the late Jaako Soini and Helvi Niittymaki. She married Ukranian native Georg Schkuta on August 7, 1953 in England and later immigrated to the United States in 1968 settling in Waltham. Georg died July 24, 2018.

She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for Middlesex County Hospital for over 17 years before retiring. Aira and her late husband, Georg were active members of Lakeview Congregational Church. Her hobbies and interests included painting, knitting, crochet, travel, camping, square dancing, and gardening. She was also active in the Boston Finlandia Foundation.

She leaves her children, Ann Schkuta of Norwood, Andrew Schkuta (Cheryl) of Burlington and Paul Schkuta (Rhonda) of Imperial, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Katherine Lazarides-Zwirner (Torbert), Anesti Lazarides, Efthemia 'Mimi' Lazarides, Alexandra 'Allie' Lazarides, George Schkuta (Kristi), William Schkuta and Tyler Schkuta; her great-grandchildren Leora, Annalise, and Madison; and nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Eva Nichols.

Due to the ongoing health crisis around the world and in our community, funeral services for Aira are private. A Life Celebration to be held in the future will be announced.