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Jeremy David Ojalehto
June 9, 1992 - January 26, 2016

Jeremy David Ojalehto, affectionately known as “G,” passed away January 26, 2016 in Monroe, Washington at the age of 23.
G was born June 9, 1992 in Monroe, Washington. A 2010 graduate of Monroe High School, he completed three years at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and had recently transferred to the University of Washington.
It was G’s strongly felt purpose to know and love the world. He was always looking around the next corner for new ideas and projects. He loved reading, and was rarely seen outside the company of a book, his journal, or headphones for an audiobook. His love for intellectual conversation and debate was matched by an uncommon ability to find deep connection with all those who came into his life. He was the frat brother who initiated reading groups at the arboretum and the little brother who chopped firewood to keep the house warm. In all his wide-ranging work, G managed to combine a thriving wit with an infectious love for small details, equally enthused by pursuits in the library, in the lab, or in the garden.
In October 2013, G suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, initiating a long-term battle with mental illness. In the final years of his life, he found joy in hiking, spending time with family and friends, and especially playing with his nephews. His selfless courage fueled his struggle, making possible the immeasurable gift to his family and friends of the last two and a half years of his life. These years remain an unspeakable expression of his devotion to service, sacrifice, and care for those he loved.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Hans and Susan Ojalehto; mother and stepfather, Laura and Steve Johnson; grandparents Karl and Saima Ojalehto and Ruth Davison; siblings Bryce and Trina, Troy and Alyssa, Bethany, Holly, Emilie and Blaine, and Heidi; step-siblings Nicole and Arthur and Melissa; nephews Jeb, Wyatt, Malachi, Wynn, Max, Charlie, and William; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A special thank you to Samantha and all the doctors and nurses, friends and family who supported us on this journey.
G’s life will be celebrated in a ceremony on Tuesday, February 2 at 11 AM at Cascade Community Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Jeremy Ojalehto Memorial Scholarship at monroepsf.org/core/scholarships/jeremy.html or the charity of your choice.

 

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