Mary (Mia) LehtoMary (Mia) Lehto, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn., after a brief illness. Mary began her life against all odds. She was born on Feb. 1, 1921, but weighed only 800 grams or the equivalent of 1.75 pounds. Her mother kept her warm in a shoebox on top of the stove and fed her with an eyedropper. The first daughter in the family, Cornelia, died when she was 6 months old, followed by five boys who all survived, so her parents, Jan and Josephina, were determined that Mary would also survive. Three other girls followed Mary for a total of 10 children. Mary attended a Catholic school in Maastricht, Holland, and she was in nurses training when World War II broke out. Holland was one of the first countries invaded by Nazi Germany in May 1940. Several of Mary's brothers worked for the resistance against the Nazis, and during the last year of the war, when the Nazis tried to starve the Dutch people, her father and her 16-year-old sister were arrested and thrown in a concentration camp. Mary narrowly escaped that fate. Her father and sister survived their experience in the concentration camp, but their lives were forever changed. During the last year of the war, Mary met a dashing young American soldier, Charles Lehto, who stopped by to ask Mary to translate a Dutch sign. They fell in love and six months later, in May 1945, they were married in a large Catholic church in Maastricht. The war ended and at age 25, Mary reunited with Charles in New York, after traveling alone from Holland on a freighter.