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David Albert Rajala (1907-1937) 

from Vesta, Pa.



Source: The Charleroi Mail, Charleroi PA, Tuesday December 21, 1937, Page 6:

David A. Rajala

David Albert Rajala aged 30 years, died at his late home in Vesta [Pa] at 1:00 p.m. Monday December 20, 1937. The deceased was born in Twilight borough on February 19, 1907.

His mother, Mrs. Nestor Rajala, survives with one sister, Mrs. Jennie Lewis, at home and four brothers**, Henry of Vesta, Elmer of Weirton W. Va.., Aner ***, of Charleroi, and William of Vesta.

Funeral services will be held at the residence in Vesta tomorrow afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock. Internment will be in the Charleroi cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. R.P. Andrews pastor of the local Methodist Episcopal church. 

** Should have been 5 brothers.  For whatever reason, Emil Rajala of Denbo was omitted.
***Should be Einar Rajala.

NOTE:  "The family name was originally Rajala but about 1910 the name was changed from Rajala to Riley. My grandfather (Emil) and his twin (Bruno) were the only ones born as Riley’s. For some reason when the obit for David and Dirine Otelia (sent in a separate email) appeared in the papers they used the name Rajala. The other sons, (William, Henry, Einar, Elmer and Emil) were all known by the Riley name." 

Names for Google purposes: Mrs. Nestor Rajala, Mrs. Jennie Lewis, Henry Rajala, Elmer Rajala, Einar Rajala, William Rajala

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