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Published on July 11, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on July 11, 2018 8:30AM

Kerttu Jolma

Kerttu Jolma


Austin, Texas

Oct. 15, 1927 — July 5, 2018

Longtime Clatskanie resident Kerttu Jolma entered eternal life on July 5, 2018, in Austin, Texas, after an extended struggle with dementia.

Kerttu embodied strength, industriousness, independence and joy, all wrapped up into a petite dynamo. She made friends easily with a wonderful sense of humor, a ready laugh and her unforgettable smile. Always adventuresome, moving forward to the next experience was top of mind.

Kerttu was passionate about “garage-saling,” gardening, dancing and, especially at Suomi Hall, chatting over “kahvi ja pulla,” and about all things Finnish. She was a committed follower of Jesus Christ.

Kerttu Inkeri Ojala was born on Oct. 15, 1927, in Kalajoki, Finland. She immigrated to the Astoria area in the spring of 1950. In Clatskanie she met Paul Jolma, and after a whirlwind romance, they were married in Mayger Church on Oct. 15, 1950, her birthday.

Together they raised a family while residing on a farm in Mayger until 1992, then moved to Clatskanie. Upon the death of her loved husband “Pauli” in 2003, Kerttu continued to reside in Clatskanie until 2015. She then moved to Longview, Washington, and later to Austin, Texas, to be close to her daughter, Ellen.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Jolma; parents, Jussi and Saimi Ojala; brothers, Lauri Ojala and Arvo Ojala; and sisters, Anna Pahkala, Vera Pehkonen and Kaino Leethem.

Kerttu is survived by daughters and sons, Kathy (David) Blumenkron, Ellen (Glen) Schuknecht, Matthew (Debi) Jolma, Eva Mart and Michael Jolma; sister, Soili Nauha; brother, Ahti Ojala; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous fond nephews, nieces and cousins.

A celebration of life service is on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting 2 p.m. at Mayger-Downing Community Church in Clatskanie. All are invited to participate.



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