Maija Wilson Wednesday, July 22, 1925 - Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Anna-Maija Wilson (née Arola), born July 22, 1925 in Sonkajärvi, Finland and departed May 10, 2017 in Walnut Creek. A graduate of the University of Helsinki with a degree in English language and literature. Administrator of the Fulbright Scholar Program in Finland 1950-1961. Deputy to the Consul General of Finland, San Francisco, 1961-1963. Resident of Sunnybrook Road in Alamo 1962-2009. Generous volunteer with several local community groups, including DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, and the Walnut Creek Civic Arts League. Predeceased in 1978 by her husband Scott Wilson (Cal class of 1928). Survived by their children Tiina (Robert) Sabina of San Antonio, TX and Scott (Whitney) Wilson of Walnut Creek; grandchildren Christopher and Nicholas Sabina, and Andrew, Benjamin, and Catherine Maija Wilson; sister Sirkka Helena Räsänen of Varkaus, Finland; nephews Timo, Matti, and Vesa Räsänen; and extended family in Finland. In addition to many long-time neighbors and friends, the community of Byron Park in Walnut Creek provided her happiness and comfort in recent years. The family is grateful for the professional and kind care given by the staff of Byron Park; Always Available Home Care; and Vitas Hospice of Walnut Creek. At Maija’s request, private services will be held at All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley, where she was married and celebrated the baptisms of her children and grandchildren. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. The family invites memorial gifts to the charity of your choice, All Souls Episcopal Church (2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley, 94709), or the Las Lomas High School Performing Arts Foundation (1460 South Main Street, Walnut Creek, 94596).