Vivian G. Niskanen

July 1926 – August 2013

Vivian G. Niskanen, 87, of Turlock, CA, passed away peacefully at Covenant Village Care Center to join her heavenly Father. Vivian was born in Mason, WI, to Adolph and Martha Nordin, one of six children. She met the love of her life, S.R. “Ray” Niskanen, through mutual friends and was married in 1946. Shortly after their wedding, he enlisted with the Army National Guard. Afterward the family moved throughout the country with Ray’s career. Vivian was a homemaker, an executive assistant for an orthopedic manufacturer and later became a Beauty Consultant Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Vivian had a joyous and positive spirit and enjoyed working with people. She loved to cook traditional Swedish dishes and often entertained guests in their home. She and Ray were always active in their church wherever they lived, and in retirement served as volunteers with Mission Builders International, Youth with a Mission (YWAM) for over 20 years. Vivian’s family and her faith in God were her highest priorities.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents and four of five siblings: Kenneth Nordin, Gladys Stone, Edward Nordin, and Jane Felmlee. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, S.R. “Ray” Niskanen of Turlock, sister Pearl Jamison of Israel and three sons: Donald (Blythe) Niskanen of Yachats, OR, Robert (Judy) Niskanen of Shoreline, WA, and James (Valeri) Niskanen of Modesto, CA. Vivian enjoyed spending time with her eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Vivian will be remembered at a Memorial Service at Covenant Village of Turlock, Berg Hall, 2125 N. Olive Ave. on Saturday, September 14th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested for Missionary Builders International at PO Box 406, Lakeside, MT 59922 or or the Covenant Village of Turlock Benevolent Fund, 2125 N. Olive Ave., Turlock, CA 95382-1903. Please leave memories and condolences at

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