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Torsti Ossi Jalmari Oja

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Torsti Ossi

Jalmari Oja

Torsti Ossi Jalmari Oja, at the age of 68, passed away peacefully this Wednesday, August 7th, while under the compassionate care of Christiana Hospital and Seasons Hospice.

Originally from a small town residing in the arctic circle, Ylitornio, Finland, Torsti relocated to the United States with his family in 1994 to Wilmington, DE where he resided for the rest of his life. Torsti was an avid runner and continued to run tens of miles late into his life; he would have an accomplished career in long distance including seven completed Boston Marathons.

Torsti achieved a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Oulu University in Finland. He worked for Hercules Inc. until his retirement. Coworkers who were close with him would join him on his lunch break runs enjoying the scenic roads of downtown Wilmington and the Brandywine River. In addition to being an avid runner, he enjoyed working with his hands on a number of projects.

He loved to watch his sons grow and develop as well as spending time with his wife of 24 years. Torsti is survived by his loving wife Niina, who stood supportively by his side all the way to the end, and his four sons, Sebastian, Mikael, Kriste, and Samu.

Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Saturday August 17, 2013 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3003 Silverside Road, Wilmington. Interment will follow at Lower Brandywine Cemetery, 101 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Torsti's memory may be made to the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Suite 213, Newark, DE 19713.

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Published in The News Journal on Aug. 11, 2013
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