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Ile R. Oja


RAMSAY, Mich. — Ile R. Oja, 93, formerly of Sanders Road in Ramsay, passed away early Thursday morning, Feb. 4, 2016.

She was born on Aug. 21, 1922, in Wakefield, a daughter of Elias and Maria (Hautaoja) Oja. Ile attended Wakefield High School and graduated in 1941. She continued her education at Suomi College in Hancock. 

Ile worked as a secretary for many years in Duluth, Minn., and Denver.

She was a devoted member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Wakefield. 

Ile is survived by a sister, Sylvia Oja, Wakefield; her sister-in-law, Marie Oja, Niagara, Wis .; six nieces and nephews, and 20 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Veikko Oja; two sisters, Rhoda Johnson and Syma Erickson, and a nephew, Ken Oja.

Throughout her years, Ile consistently modeled a life of character and giving to others. Her quiet and modest example has blessed all who were privileged to know her. Her nieces and nephews, in particular, appreciate her example of a “life well-lived.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner-manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at


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