Delia P. Oja, of 7215 Days River 24.5 Road, Gladstone, MI, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, September 18, 2011, at Christian Park Village, Escanaba, MI, where she had resided for the past year.
Delia was born July 30, 1917, to Carl and Petra Ingebrigtsen, of Gladstone. She was a graduate of Gladstone High School, after which she married William Oja on December 30, 1937, and together they moved to the current family home on the Days River Road, and raised two daughters, Dianne and Lucinda.
Delia was predeceased by her parents, her husband, William, in 2002, her daughter, Cinda Kelly, and son-in-law, Dr. Mike Kelly, son-in-law, Ronald Strait, all of her brothers, Emil, Ingolf, Iver, and Edward Ingebrigtsen, sister, Clara Oja, and all of husband
I have always loved Aunt Delia. I first met her when I was a very young girl and was dating her nephew, who I later married. She was always warm and loving and kind. She made everyone feel special and “at home”. I spent some happy times in the summer kitchen at her and Uncle Bill’s house. Once I told her that I didn’t like to cook, and she said “That’s ok, and maybe you never will.” Well, she was right, I never did!! But her kindness to me will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to all of her family. My thoughts are with you.
Teresa Oja Glasscock
We wish to express our sympathy to the Oja family . We were neighbors for a long time. May God Bless you all. Sending our love from Irene Yirsa, Pat & John Yirsa.
P.S. Irene is now living with Pat & John in Grand Ledge, MI by there children Jennifer & Jason Yirsa
Pat & John Yirsa
Grand Ledge MI
I’ll never forget the kindness of “Grandma and Grandpa Oja” when ever we came “up north”. My sister and I weren’t grandchildren, but they always made us feel that way. The smells from the kitchen, exploring the property with Scott and Mike, and seeing the wonderful mill are memories I’ll never forget.
Shelby Township MI
I have had a lot of great memories of Delia. Her kindness and her smiling face will be truly missed. Every time I went to visit her she always had homemade cookies or treats and insisted that I take some home for my family. She was truly a wonderful person and I am blessed that she was one of my customers. I will always cherish my visits with her.
Dianne and family…have fond memories of your family while growing up…also was present at Grace Church to witness your mother’s membership ceremony at age 92…we chatted briefly.
God bless you in your loss, Bonnie
Loves Park IL