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"Like flower which did not hold pressure of the life"

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The Ritva has been always the most important beauty contestant to me and I have visited his grave also to a couple of extracts. Also chatted with his mother.
I own photographs of him and the numerous newspaper articles. Here article from Apu-lehti 1971, after Ritva's death.

"In the Church of Kangasala Ritva Helena Lehto,Miss Finland and student of the medicine from Oulu were inaugurated during the last day of July from the year 1967, Aarne Oikarinen.
A wedding was had at Ritva's home, then the young people travelled to establish their home in Oulu.
During the ninth day unbelievably tuntuinen sad news came after the wedding
The Ritva was dead.

There is short luck over. The young husband is alone sorrow at Ritva Lehto's home desolate"

The life in the house and market garden of Lehto seems to have stopped during the ninth day of August in Kangasalla at that horrible moment   when information about Ritva's death fire.
The sorrow of parents is desolate. They hope ardently that all those people,
which considered Ritva's private life also after the beauty contestant time in a way belonging to everybody
they would give them and Ritva's husband to recover from his sorrow in peace.
From loss the size of which it is impossible to tell anybody.
-Ritva was always so golden, he did not want to have a bad one to anybody.
We hope that he be would allowed to rest in peace, Ritva's mother said
when he in the telephone talked about its daughter's last stages.

When sad news came, it was still lived in the house of Lehto in the festive atmospheres.
A wedding of the youngest daughter of a Ritva,family had been had for over a week at home
earlier, a small group of relative and nearest friends had assembled
there after marrying which has taken place in the church.
They had been beautiful and happy summer wedding. The guests felt happy on the home yard loved by Ritva, he had weeded himself and had raked it during the previous weeks to the party condition.
The bride of course was beautiful like a flower. In his Morsiuskimppu he felt big
yellow roses and smaller white roses. From elsewhere acquired however, because the gardener father has specialised in vegetables.
The fiancé travelled to Oulu immediately after the wedding. The Ritva still remained home washing
mat and to pack things.
After a few days he also left.
The mother tells how Ritva got in the car on the yard, the kyynele of moving and luck
in its eyes.
-Mother, goodbye he shouted and waved to its mother who stands on the stairs. How did he neither dare to come nor closer to show its own moving, I knew to miss, the fieriest tail.
They were Ritva's last words to me,the mother says.

Hostess Lehto remained waiting for the happy news from her daughter. Things of the Ritva
it had been packed and had been sent to a new home town, it kept a young married couple
it is not possible to furnish its own home during the fifteenth day of August.
They intended to be working as guests until it in the family of the husband's brother.
One had not had time even to take the things of the Ritva into pieces when the sorrow piece of news came to the information.
-The happy news did not come, the mother cries. -The sad news which seemed to be whole darkening came
The Ritva had sloped with its parents at home of the last summer. He rested and collected powers after a heavy winter, he had been studying to be a nurse in Turku. In the spring he was troubled by the difficult migraine meetings from which he had suffered already for a few years and he decided to interrupt his studying for the present. He really rested and picked up during the summer. Ritva loved so the summer and flowers on the yard and in the garden, he always enjoyed all beautiful one, the mother says. In the late summer he made the decision that he does not go at all to continue to Turku but moves to its studying town to Oulu with its husband, goes there into the hospital to the work and will continue studying in January in the nurse college of Oulu. He did not have time however to carry out these plans, the own home was not established. Ritva always wanted to keep her private life as her own. The mother says that this has been due to the fact that Ritva never felt happy in public, he spent his leisure also preferably at home in Kangasalla, during the weekends he appeared there to take a sauna bath whenever it was possible. He also was very grateful from the fact that his future profession was not in need of any publicity or the beauty contestant's reputation as a nurse, rather, on the contrary. So he was allowed to withdraw aside quite in peace when the beauty contestant year had ended. The Ritva was a sensitive girl who took very heavily the negative publicity which is related to all beauty contestant's position. In the interview he said a few months after the beauty contest how he becomes sad from all the anonymous criticism letters and slander letters and how opposite letters make him happy. The Ritva went to school in Kangasalla in which the family already then had a market garden. He squatted the summers weeding growing beds in the same way as an older sister and a younger brother. Ritva left after having become a secondary school graduate to read Finnish and literature to the University of Tampere. In an interview of the beauty contestant year he talked about his dream how he is working as a teacher at some school of the small locality and writes reviews in that page in the pikkulehti. However, he did not carry out this dream of his. After the beauty contestant year he changed the field and began to study to be a nurse to Turku. There he met his husband who studied at that stage also in Turku. They kept company for one and a half years. The little brother Heikki informed Ritva to the beauty contest and this left in that hope that it would get work and could finance its studying. The victory was he to him, surprise.  had gone to fashion model school already earlier in Tampere. He considered the trips and tasks of its beauty contestant year as duties to work,misses from the trips home and refused the done work offers there. He never felt cosy in the middle of a commercialism and publicity.
The Ritva did not create a castle in the air. He knew that the beauty was perishable and did not count its future on it. The Ritva sensed the hostility of the world, its life was not easy even though the husband had tried to support him with best.
Ritva Lehto's character is perhaps best represented by a statement of the beauty contestant year:
- Everywhere is lusted for money and for every credulous and from the childlike minds an attempt made to sucker.
I was such only a native schoolgirl here when coming from my father's cabbage patch.
I planted and cleaned the summers there and envy the ones which may only take an interest in water skiing, kaiket.
I did not understand that outside the cabbage patch an iron hard manager is needed as a protection.
The Ritva did not create a castle in the air. He knew that the beauty was perishable and did not count its future on it. The Ritva sensed the hostility of the world, its life was not easy even though the husband had tried to support him with best.
Ritva Lehto's character is perhaps best represented by a statement of the beauty contestant year:
- Everywhere is lusted for money and for every credulous and from the childlike minds an attempt made to sucker.
I was such only a native schoolgirl here when coming from my father's cabbage patch.
I planted and cleaned the summers there and envy the ones which may only take an interest in water skiing, kaiket.
I did not understand that outside the cabbage patch an iron hard manager is needed as a protection.
The Ritva died of the bath. He pulled the wrists open in Oulu and his life ended in it. 9 days after the wedding.
I chatted äitin with Ritva, -86 and Ritva had intended to kill himself also earlier. The Ritva was too sensitive to the life and any publicity did not take
 
 
 Ritva Lehto results:

Miss Finland 1967
Miss Europe 6.
Miss Universum  3.
Miss Scandinavia 2.

Text: Irja Sievinen ja Markku Erkkilä

 

markkuerkkila@yahoo.com

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