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Death of Member Ralph Harju.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of one of our members, Ralph Harju.
He passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017.

 

Ralph...

by Tom McCall

Ralph Harju joined the Twin City Camera Club in 2001 and was active in the club, serving as a Director on the Board for several years and helping out on projects.  Ralph enjoyed competing and competed in Film Slides, Digital Slides and Prints.  I recall that before we had a Black and White Digital Division, Ralph liked entering Black and White film slides.  I think he liked doing it because it was unusual and surprised some of the judges.  Some of his recent awards included the 1st and 2nd Runner Up for the Black and White Print of the Year, in our 2016 - 17 Annual Competition.  You can see those prints and some of his other prints in the new displays that were just installed on the clubhouse walls. 

He competed in the SWMCC competitions and attended the SWMCC Summer School, he liked the portrait sessions and would do well in the portrait competitions.  I would hear reports from others of Ralph doing well in the various juried competitions being held around in Michigan and Indiana.

Ralph and his wife Elaine, also a member of TCCC since 2006, would go on the TCCC photo field trips to Chicago and Northern Michigan and I'm told that Ralph enjoyed his time with the Black and White group when they got together and would go with them on their field trips.             

   It was a treat for us to see photos taken by Ralph and Elaine during their trips to Italy.  They enjoyed visiting Elaine's relatives there and would travel around in the country taking photos.  You might remember seeing a women in the photos, dressed all in black, positioned conveniently near walkways or doorways, that added considerable interest to the photographs.  It struck me as a wonderful idea when I learned that it was actually Elaine wrapped in a black cloth and posing in the best areas. 

Ralph was an interesting person to talk to and always seemed to be pleased to see you.  He had a easy smile and a quick wit.  He will be missed.

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We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Elaine, his wife of over 50 years, and to all of their family and friends. 

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The Herald Palladium
December 30, 2017

 
Ralph J. Harju

Ralph J. Harju, 80, of St. Joseph passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Stevensville.

A celebration of life service will be in the spring and announced at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Box Factory for the Arts.  Those wishing to sign Ralph’s guest book may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com

Ralph was born May 4, 1937, in Maywood, Ill., to John and Erna (Frenk) Harju.  He was a graduate of Proviso High School, Class of 1955.  He went on to attend college and receive his bachelor’s degree from Knox College in 1959 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1972.  On July 29, 1967, he wed Elaine Casello in Chicago.

Ralph proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was a self-employed marketing manager for many years before retiring.  Ralph was a Formula V race car driver for 10 years, he was an avid runner for 20 years, running many half-marathons and one full marathon.  He had a lifelong passion for photography, was a member of the Twin City Camera Club, and enjoyed his time spent at the Box Factory for the Arts.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Elaine; daughter, Melissa (Adam) Vos of Chicago; and grandchildren, Taylor and Zoe Vos.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
 

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Additional SHADOWS AND HIGHLIGHTS - Pages:

 - Death of Member Will Hayes

     - Death of Member Ralph Harju - You are Here

   - Life Member John Penrod Honored for 50 years in business

   - They call them Megagraphics

    - Amber and her Gorilla

   - Ken McKeown featured in local publication

          - Lauren Strach featured in local paper

          - Curtis Drake featured in local paper

 

 

 

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