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Marja Tuokko - December 29, 2011

HHS exchange student Henri Tuokko from Finland learned of the sudden death of his mother, Marja Tuokko, Dec. 29, 2011.

Marja and Henri’s father, Vesa Tuokko, were vacationing in Thailand when Marja, age 51, suffered a massive heart attack while snorkeling.

Henri has been living with Bryan, Tammy and Gunnar Kroeger since August. He flew back to Finland Friday, Dec. 30.

While specific plans are indefinite, Bryan Kroeger said at this point, Henri plans to return to Holyoke to finish out the school year.

The Kroegers said community members, including local students and other exchange students, were extremely supportive of Henri when they learned the news of his mother’s death.