Mary Theresa Ojala RUTLAND — Mary Theresa Ojala, 100, of Rutland, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at her home, surrounded by family, following a recent decline in her health. Mary was born Nov. 22, 1920, in Bayonne, New Jersey, to the late James and Francis Coyle O’Donnell. Mary was a war bride, marrying the love of her life, Carl Ojala, on Oct. 15, 1943, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her first job was running the betting book around the neighborhood in Jersey and she got paid in candy. She worked at the Proctor Hospital and Beverly Manor nursing home, where Viva Whitney was an influential mentor. In retirement, she volunteered with Rutland Hospice and the American Red Cross, where she was named the longest-serving volunteer in the Northern New England Region. She loved to travel and had grand stories from trips to Ireland, Spain and Portugal. She started golfing at the age of 70 and played her last nine holes this September in a family golf tournament. She would want everyone to know that she parred the seventh hole at Proctor Pittsford Country Club this summer at the age of 99. Mary had a greeting card for everyone for every occasion and always signed her family cards as “Fortunate Mother” or “Fortunate Grammy.” She especially liked family trips to Florida and beating her grandchildren in card games. She loved her community at the Maples, full of kind staff and many dear friends and card players. She is survived by her children, Carla Gallus (Don), David Ojala, Margaret Ojala, Gayla Thomas (John), Fran Ojala (Mary), Carl Ojala II (Jeanne), Suzy Candon (Kevin) and John Ojala (Pam). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Aili Blank (Brian), Susannah Loffredo (Adam), Sarah Thomas, Abbey Thomas, Greta Calabrese (Mike), Jennifer Marini (Anthony), Carl Ojala III, Lucas Ojala (Pam), Hannah Ojala, Christie Ojala, Kate Candon, Jackie Ojala, Joe Candon and Nick Ojala; and her great-grandchildren, Harper Blank, Sam, Hank and Vinny Loffredo, Tilly Calabrese and Anthony Marini. She had a special relationship with each of her children and grandchildren, and she loved her children’s spouses as her own. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl; brother Daniel O’Donnell, sister Grace O’Donnell; great-granddaughter Eva Blank; and beloved dog Bing. Thank you to all the people who provided loving and compassionate care in Mary’s final days. The family especially wishes to thank Dr. Peter Hogenkamp and his staff; the team at Rutland Regional Medical Center, especially the fifth-floor nursing staff; Nicole Moran and her Hospice and CarePlus teams at VNA; Gina Carlstrom and Ada Pezzetti; and Father Steven Marchand. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Church. Mary’s life can also be honored through the gift of life, by donating blood to the American Red Cross. Thank you to the hundreds of people who sent kind cards for her 100th birthday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date when family can gather. Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

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Fran, Mary , Lucas & Hannah:

Please except my sincere condolences on the loss of your mom and grandmother. May she rest in peace and may the memories you have give you comfort in the coming days ahead. Lori Towne


We would like to convey our deepest sympathy to all of the Ojala family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Steve and Diane Hurhula


To the Ojala family

We send our sincere condolences on your MOM'S passing.

May she RIP. GOD BLESS 🙏

STAN and Dave Kantorski

Williston VT, San Diego CA.

Larry Stewart

My heartfelt sympathies to the entire Ojala family in this time of loss. Pleas accept my condolences.


Mary was a beacon of light everywhere she went. Mom (Marj) worked with her at Beverly Manor in the 70s and always held Mary in the highest regard and as a good friend. Mary lived a long life, was a beautiful person. Condolences to all who lost her on earth. Heaven just got a little brighter.

Nancy Hodgson

Edward & Kim

Dear Ojala Family:

Please accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences in the loss of your Mom/Grandmother and may you find comfort and peace in knowing that many others are thinking of you during this difficult time. Her passing creates a huge void in this world for certain but she leaves a wonderful legacy with such a great family and enhanced circle of friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you and our sympathies are extended to you all. May God bless each of you and may He welcome her back Home...

In Sympathy & Friendship,

Ed & Kim Garrow


My condolences to you all on the passing of Mary she was a beautiful great friend and I knew her for many years I work for the ARC been at many of blood drives she was a joy to work with and I was happy to see her at the GOLM in Rutland in 2019 she still looked beautiful as ever my thoughts and prayers to you all.Nick

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