It is with heavy hearts the family of Mirja announces her passing on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Predeceased by her longtime, loving companion Gordon Jaffray. Loving daughter of Aili and Leonard Siponen - predeceased. Loving sister to Raija Simpanen - predeceased. Beloved Mother to Brian (Laura) Crich, Gary Crich, Robert Crich and Janice Drozney. Cherished Grandmother to Patricia (Dale), Ryan, Jennifer (Younes), Pamela, Jason, David and Melissa (Matthew). Great-grandmother to Osric, Ava, Tyler, Reid, Lucas, Noah, Zak, Rachel and Hannah.
Mom`s strength was admirable, her generosity bountiful, her compassion and kindness was genuine. Her heart was pure. Her love for her family was unconditional. She was a no nonsense woman and a straight shooter. A sense of humor was a definite part of her personality and never wavered even in difficult times.
She was a true Angel on Earth.
A retired Nurse, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, crosswords and puzzles. Mom was a contributor to many charitable organizations from healthcare to the homeless.
A longtime member of Midland Park Baptist Church her Christian faith guided her in both good and difficult times. She was loved by her Church Community, many friends, family and anyone who had the opportunity to meet her.
She will be forever loved and greatly missed.
A Memorial of life will be held at a later date by the family.