Oley Wanaselja, 93, WWII vet, Telecommunication Ind. president, holder of five patents

By on February 22, 2017

Oley Wanaselja was born May 31, 1923, on Staten Island, N.Y., the son of Isak and Helene (Kaups) Wanaselja.

Oley is survived by his beloved wife: Lulu; and his five children: Linda, Larry, and Lee Wanaselja; Lois Jackson; and Lula Filbert; daughter-in-law: Barbara Wanaselja; and niece: Barbara Rotelli. Oley’s family includes 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Oley desired to give the credit for his thriving family to his beloved wife’s devotion in raising their children, making a home and supporting him. His enduring love for his wife was celebrated last June at their 70th wedding anniversary.

Oley was a World War II veteran of the Navy and, as a young adult, he studied electrical engineering at Iowa State University. Oley had a distinguished career in electrical engineering, In 1969, he became president of Telecommunication Industries Inc., (TII) a newly formed company manufacturing gas tube surge protectors. He received five U.S. patents for his designs.

Oley was a member of Evangelical Baptist Church, Laconia, N.H., and served in various leadership positions. He was also active at CareNet Pregnancy Center, taking on roles ranging from chairman of the board, to maintenance and gardening.

Those who knew Oley remember him as a man who was passionate about his faith; adoring of his wife; stirred by nature; and gifted with a brilliant mind.

On Feb. 12, 2017, Oley died surrounded by his children. Oley, Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa: you are missed, you are loved, you are home.

Services will be held at Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, on Monday, Feb. 27. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Wheat Ridge Chapel at Fairmount Homes, followed by his funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Private interment will take place in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Oley’s memory may be made to Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522; or to: Aspire Women’s Center, (Formerly known as CareNet), 506 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 03246, or at aspirelaconia.org.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.

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