Nancy H. Orjala, 68, McGregor, passed away on July 16, 2020 in Duluth after a long hospital and rehab stay.

Nancy was born Sept. 27, 1951 to Wayne and Eleanor Orjala (Karjala). She attended McGregor schools, graduating from high school in 1969. Nancy then attended the University of Minnesota before relocating to Houston, Texas, where she began working in the stock brokerage industry. She also lived in New York City for a period in the early 80s before returning to Houston. Nancy then returned to Minneapolis in 1987, enjoying life in Uptown for many years before moving back to McGregor in 2015.

Nancy loved socializing with friends, as well as meeting new people. She liked the fine arts, enjoying paintings and sculpture while visiting art galleries. Reading was another interest, including literature and The New Yorker magazine. Nancy became interested in drawing in more recent years, drawing many beautiful pictures with great detail. Other passions included music, television and cinema. She really enjoyed live intimate music venues, but her main love was the movies. Cinema was very important in her life and she was a member of a movie club in Minneapolis for years. Nancy also loved nature, feeding the birds, deer, and other animals. And she certainly loved her dear kitties.

Nancy is survived by her brother, David (Catherine) Orjala, Minneapolis; niece, Allison (Jamie Farris) Orjala, Warner Robins, Georgia; nephew, Andrew Orjala, Minneapolis; and dear cousin, Nina Swanson, Cloquet.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Orjala (1959); mother, Eleanor Karjala (2017); sisters, Diane Orjala (2013) and Edith Orjala (1973); and step-father, Albert Karjala (1996).

A memorial service will be planned for a later date, which is yet to be determined. Her family would also like to thank the friends and relatives for their great support and kind words during Nancy’s last few months. This was an extremely difficult time for her, especially in today’s environment when she wasn’t allowed to see family or other visitors. RIP Nancy. We love you!

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