FREDERICK V. OJA
Frederick “Fred” V. Oja, 84, of West Paris, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at the Maine Veterans' Home.
He was born in Greenwood on Feb. 25, 1926 the son of Valentine and Tynne Mickonen Oja. He graduated from West Paris High School in 1943. He served in the U. S. Navy as a radio technician working on naval aircrafts from 1943 to 1946. He married Beryl Ellingwood on Nov. 28, 1946. Fred was a self-employed logger and truck driver. He served the community of West Paris for many years on the budget committee and planning board.
He is survived by his wife of West Paris; their children, Gail Oja of North Andover, Mass., Joel Oja and his wife Lorraine of Buckfield, Beth Cantwell of Billerica, Mass., Neil Oja of Oxford, Mass., Jerome and David Oja both of Brockton, Mass., Julie Oja and Tanya Gillette of Dallas, Pa., Jackson Oja and Lucio DeBarros of Salem, N.H.; grandchildren, Tonya and Eric Jacobs of Buckfield, Jacob Oja of Florida, Jason Cantwell and Kristin Cantwell both of Billerica, Mass., Amber Oja of North Andover, Mass., Matthew, Luke and Joshua Gillette all of Dallas, Pa.; two great-grandchildren, Seneca and Siana Jacobs both of Buckfield; a brother, George Oja of Bass Lake, Calif.; a sister, Julia Williams of San Francisco, Calif.; and special friend, Xavier Trevisani of Salem, N.H. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Vaino; and his sister, Ina Belushin. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.andrewsgreenleaf.com
Funeral services were held at the North Paris Federated Church on Sunday, Oct. 10 with interment to following at Wayside Cemetery in West Paris. Donations in his memory can be made to the church, c/o Treasurer, Beryl Oja, 69 North Paris Rd., West Paris, ME 04289 or the West Paris Public Library.