Helvi Sjöblom Gogots passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the age of 98. She was born March 3, 1923 in Alajärvi, Finland to Adolph and Anna (Takala) Sjöblom and came to the Pittsburgh area at the age of 6 months. She is survived by children, James Gogots (Joyce Hall) and Lynn (Chuck) Ejzak; grandchildren, Philip and Julia Ejzak; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph W. Gogots; brothers, Toivo and Edwin Sjöblom; and sister, Helen Jones. She spent most of her life in Jefferson Hills. After graduating from Clairton High School, she worked for All American Aviation, the predecessor of Allegheny Airlines/USAir. She also worked as a secretary for several firms and as a travel agent. She loved to travel and do ballroom dancing. She was a member of the West Jefferson Hills Historical Society, Scandinavian Society of Western PA, the Finlandia Foundation/Finnish Room Committee of the University of Pittsburgh, and Red Hat Society.
Family and friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 1 PM until the time of service at 5 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Allyn K. Itterly officiating. Private burial will be in Round Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Finnish Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh online at giveto.pitt.edu/finnishroom. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
Originally published September 22, 2021.