Eileen F. Ojala passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in Bozeman. She was surrounded by loving family until the end.
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Eileen was born in Tower, Minn., on Oct. 26, 1922, to parents, Gust and Helga Malander.
Eileen was very proud to have graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in Duluth, Minn. She had an exciting and varied career as a registered nurse. She worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, blood bank supervisor, doctor's office nurse and finally a school nurse. Eileen loved being a nurse; she said there was never a day that she didn't want to be a nurse.
Eileen married Frederick C. Ojala on Sept. 5, 1943, in Duluth, Minn. Fred barely made the wedding because the U.S. Army, in which he was serving, did not want to give him a leave.
Fred and Eileen had five children. Eileen said this was one of her greatest accomplishments.
Eileen was a wonderful, caring mother with a great wit and sense of humor. She was an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles.
Eileen moved to Bozeman in 2006 to live in Birchwood at Aspen Pointe. She looked at this final move as a great adventure in the Wild West. She loved long drives in the mountains and was amazed at the beautiful change of seasons.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, Gust and Helga Malander; and her husband of more than 50 years, Fred Ojala.
Eileen is survived by her children: Rick (Nancy) Ojala of Bozeman; David (Barbara) Ojala of Kingwood, Texas; Elizabeth Ojala-Hipsher of Hilo, Hawaii; Mary Ojala of St. Paul, Minn.; and Margaret (Dale) Ojala-Short of Excelsior, Minn.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service to celebrate Eileen's life will be held at a later date in Minnesota.
Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Senior Living Endowment, c/o Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 13, 2011