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Mauno Antero Petajasoja (Oja)

Posted By Bill On January 18, 2021 @ 1:05 pm In Obituaries | 21 Comments

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1944 – 2021

Woodstock – Mauno Antero Petajasoja (Oja) On January 12, 2021, Mauno Antero Petajasoja, loving husband of Paula C. Petajasoja (Cozzens) for fifty-six years, passed away while at Day Kimball Hospital. Mauno lived well! Although he was diagnosed with cancer, he continued working on his projects and reinventing machinery until he no longer could. Mauno’s bravery and determination are remembered by all.

Born on October 5, 1944, in Pyhajoki, Finland, Mauno’s father (Johan Alfred Petajasoja) and mother (Sylvia [Puistolahti] Petajasoja) emigrated to the United States of America in 1949 by way of ship, The Gripsholm. Once in America, the family settled on Cherry Hill Road in Pomfet, Connecticut and established a large chicken farm. Even as a young boy, Mauno worked on the farm with his parents and siblings.

Mauno attended Pomfret Community School and matriculated to Putnam High School graduating as Salutatorian in 1962. Mauno briefly attended the University of Connecticut until 1963 when he began his forty year career as a supervisor in manufacturing. In the early years of his career he also “moonlighted” at Rovero’s Service Station in Putnam, CT. He must have enjoyed working with his colleagues at Rovero’s as his part-time moonlighting position lasted for 20 years. (Remember the “Finn”?) Rarely sitting still, Mauno continued to keep busy after his official retirement from manufacturing as he accepted a part-time position with New England Laborer’s Training Academy in Pomfret, CT. Mauno loved working with and repairing every different type of engine. He had the skill and intellect to assess any mechanical situation and find a resolution. His wife and daughters were especially appreciative of his ability to fix vehicles, air conditioners, generators, washer, dryers – no machine was a match for Mauno’s capabilities.

In 1964, Mauno married his high school sweetheart, Paula Christine Cozzens. Although Mauno was known by the surname Oja in high school, when he married Paula they agreed to use the entire last name of Petajasoja thereby honoring Mauno’s Finnish heritage.

Although Mauno was certainly a jack of all trades, the role he mastered was that of Father. He valued spending time with his children, often taking them on Sunday drives throughout New England. The Petajasojas always spent part of the summer taking a family vacation which more often than not involved camping. The family would often reminisce about the summer camping trips as there was much humor involved. Mauno loved to camp. Later in life he and Paula continued sharing that love at their “vacation home” campsite in Vermont. The two would spend many weekends and long weeks in October enjoying the natural peace and solitude afforded by the Vermont mountains.

Besides his wife Paula, Mauno is survived and remembered lovingly by his sister, Lisa Liiamaa, of Brattleboro, VT; his two daughters and their spouses, namely, Tracy (Petajasoja) Scala and Scot Scala of Avon, CT as well as Nancy E. (Petajasoja) Fraser and Mark. R. Brouillard of Woodstock CT; his very special niece otherwise entitled his third daughter, Amber L. Ewing of Putnam, CT; his loving grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Ryan Scala and Evan Scala of Avon, CT and Campbell E. Fraser of Woodstock, CT. Mauno also leaves three nephews (John Majonen-married to Elly Majonen; John Liiamaa, and Jonathan Liiamaa) and two great-nieces as well as many cousins in CT, FL and Finland. Mauno’s parents, elder brother, and nephew predeceased him.

Mauno was a good, honest, industrious man. He kept kindness in his soul and loved his family and friends. He embodied acceptance as he befriended others based upon their good nature, character and spirit. His dry wit, intellect and thoughtful words will be dearly missed by all who loved him. Mauno left an indelible mark on the hearts of his family and will be cherished and remembered always as the remarkable human being he was.

As of now, there will not be any service. At some point in the future Mauno’s family will host a Celebration of Life remembering Mauno and enjoying the memories of his friends and family. Should you wish to honor Mauno, please do so by donating to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to the local food bank/pantry.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook please visit www. GilmanAndValade.com.


Condolences for the family of “Mauno Antero Petajasoja (Oja)”

Condolence from Anita Pirttilahti on January 18th, 2021 2:26 pm

Lämmin Osanottomme Maunon poismenon johdosta teille läheisille!

Kauno Petäjäsojan tytär Anita Pirttilahti perheineen Suomesta.

Condolence from Marian Smat on January 18th, 2021 2:51 pm

Paula my heart goes out to you at this time. You are in my prayers

Condolence from Danny and Judy Rovero on January 18th, 2021 2:54 pm

Mauno was one of the best and kindest people I ever met. Paula, Judy, and I send our condolences to you and your family

Condolence from Barbara Goloski on January 18th, 2021 5:41 pm

Paula, Tracy, Nancy,

I am so so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and loved everyone. He will be missed by all. Prayers, love, hugs for all.

Barb & Ken

Condolence from Gloria DuBois Plante on January 18th, 2021 7:18 pm

Dear Paula,

I was saddened to hear that Mauno had passed. He was a brilliant and very friendly classmate who will be missed very much by the Putnam High Class of 1962. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from KATHLEEN Zamagni on January 18th, 2021 8:17 pm

Paula and family: we are so sorry to read of Mauno’s passing. Ease accept our sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Bill Kuusela on January 18th, 2021 10:56 pm

Mauno was a friend that I grew up with. I wrote about this on FB last week. I will remember him forever.

Condolence from Melody Cassio on January 19th, 2021 9:20 am

Paula, Tracy, Nancy: so sorry to hear about Mauno’s passing; enjoyed his company & will miss him. Such a gentleman with a very kind sole. Will remember all the good times with the camping stories too; esp. at Winslow Camp ground in Maine.

Mel & BJ Cassio

Condolence from Mike and JoanneCoderre on January 19th, 2021 10:00 am

Paula and family.
Sorry to hear of Mauno’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Mike & Joanne Coderre

Condolence from Deborah Dunn on January 19th, 2021 11:55 am

To Paula, Tracy, Nancy and family,
So sorry to hear of Mauo’s passing…
Memories of Mauno go way back….. to Rovero’s gas station ,doing some carpentry work on my home, and what a stand out father & family man he was .Will remember his upbeat personality & how connecting with him always made a day brighter…
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you…
Deb Dunn

Condolence from Sheila Coderre on January 19th, 2021 1:05 pm

So sorry your loss. We will remember him always. We will remember all the great times we spent together.

Condolence from Pat Chaput on January 19th, 2021 2:37 pm

My deepest condolences Paula, to you and your family. May God gather you all in His embrace in offering peace and comfort. My heart and prayers are with you.


Condolence from sandra dery on January 20th, 2021 12:10 pm

Our deepest sympathy Paula to you and your family,

Mauno was a special person and will be remembered by all who knew him as a great guy! There are a lot of good memories from our years at PHS Class of 1962!!
Will keep you and your family in our prayers!

Richard & Sandra Dery

Condolence from Pattie Shea on January 21st, 2021 8:35 am

My deepest sympathy to you, Tracy, and your family on the loss of your Father. My thoughts are with you.

Love and peace
Pattie Shea
Sororptimist – Haverhill Ma

Condolence from Susan Grant-Nash on January 21st, 2021 1:07 pm

Dear Paula, Nancy, Campbell, Mark and family, Joe joins me in saying how sorry we are that Mauno left all of you too soon. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Susan

Condolence from Judi Vertefeuille on January 22nd, 2021 7:13 am

Paula and family, I am sorry to hear of Mauno’s passing. I will always remember his quiet and gentle ways. I know you will find comfort in all your wonderful memories. Judi

Condolence from chris jankot on February 6th, 2021 6:13 am

i remember Mauno ‘s skills as a mechanic. i am sad to hear he left you!

Condolence from Merrilyn Garceau on February 6th, 2021 10:46 am

I am sending my sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Nancy Keyes on February 7th, 2021 2:40 pm

Paula, Tracy,and Nancy, So sorry to hear about Mauno. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He was loved by everyone. We love you ,Buzzy and Nancy

Condolence from Juanita Cristina on February 8th, 2021 2:53 pm

Dear Paula and family
Sorry to read about the passing of Mauno. I know you have many fun and fond memories from the many past years.
Thinking of you

Condolence from Arja Mehtomaa on March 2nd, 2021 10:57 am

Isäni veljeä lämmöllä muistaen!

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