Mrs. Irja Oinonen, aged 83 years, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 17, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Born in Port Arthur on December 13, 1926 and was raised in Gorham Township (Tarmola). A lifetime resident of Thunder Bay, Irja is survived by her daughter Cindy and son-in-law Mark Chojko-Bolec of Pinewood, Ontario; grandchildren Ursula, Audrey, Tyrell, Everett and Halina; sisters-in-law Mabel Hagberg (Fred), Lila Oinonen and Thelma Oinonen and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Edwin in 1998, parents Lyydi and Simo Vaananen, sister and brother-in-law Irma and Mauno Luhtala, brother Otto Vaananen and sister Ingeri in Finland. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.