Hele-Mall Oja, a longtime resident of Scarsdale, died at her home Nov. 14. She was 81.
Mrs. Oja was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1939, and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from McGill University with a BA in English and philosophy. She met her husband Tonis at McGill, and they married in 1961. Together, they raised their sons Erik and Andreas. The family moved to Scarsdale in the fall of 1974.
Mrs. Oja had a long and fulfilling career as a corporate librarian at Capital Research Co. in New York, and prior to that at Drexel Burnham Lambert. At home, she was multitalented, particularly with knitting, gardening, cooking and writing. She read widely. She was very fond of animals, including wild birds, and cared for many cats and dogs over the years. She also loved to travel and visited her homeland and extended family in Estonia several times.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, her brother Peeter in Minneapolis, and her children.