MARQUETTE - Jacob William "Jake" Ojala, 71, of 1402 Gray St., Marquette, entered eternal life Friday evening, Dec. 10, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., in the loving care and comfort of his wife and children.
Born April 22, 1939 in Ontonagon, a son of Wilho and Ida (Juntunen) Ojala, Jake was raised on a farm north of Bruce Crossing and was a 1957 graduate of the Ewen High School. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam era and, following his honorable discharge, enrolled at Northern Michigan University where he received his degree in 1971. A Marquette resident for the past 41 years, Jake was an industrial arts teacher at the Graveraet Middle School from 1971 until his retirement in June of 1999 and during his career received Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year. His hobbies included woodworking, carpentry, oil and acrylic painting, fishing, hunting, gambling, playing "smear" with the boys, watching college basketball and Broadway shows and his love of extensive travel, including RVing and cruises in the Caribbean. He was also known as a fine baker of cardamom bread. Jake was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Good Sam Club.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Ann Ojala whom he married April 29, 1967; his sons, Alan (Diane) Ojala of Hartfort, Wis.; Brian Ojala and John Cowan of Lebanon, Ind.; three grandchildren, Tyler and Kaylee Ojala, and Haden Fors; his sister, Franci (Gary) Fors; nieces and nephews, Sandy (Eric) Perez, Janette Arenz, Rory Arenz, Ronald Arenz, Kelsey Fors, Dustan Fors, and Christian (Eva Stadler) Fors; and many cousins.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Grace United Methodist Church on Friday Dec. 17, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Memorial services will be held in the church on Friday at 3 p.m. with Rev. Kim Spencer, pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church, 927 W. Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com.