This tribute was added by Shanti Kim on June 29, 2020
Dear Giri Uncle, Baba and Priya,
We were all so sad to hear about Saroja Auntie's passing. This struck us hard, especially after our own mom, Saraswathi, passed away a short two months ago. Saroja was a kind and generous soul. We all remember how she selflessly opened up her home to the community in Broadmooor on Sundays for Balvikas and then joyous singing in the afternoon. It was from her that we learned how love, faith and spirituality could be found and respected in many ways. Our deepest condolences to all of you; may her soul rest in peace. Sai Ram.

With love, Shanti, Gita, Vasu and Venkatraman.
This tribute was added by Prashant Subramanian on June 28, 2020
I have heard a lot about you from my Dad but didn't get an opportunity to meet you.That regret will always remain with me.Dad always used to say how lovable and affectionate you were towards every family member.You will be missed & may your soul attain eternal peace

Prashant Subramanian
(Venkatraman Mama's grand son)
This tribute was added by Ganesh Venkataraman on June 28, 2020
I will always remember Saroja’s smiling face as she eases into a conversation enquiring all about me and family since our last meeting. She makes it a point to enquire about each person in the extended family and their whereabouts. This was something special about her.

As a kid, I use to remember her visiting us with their family. We admired her as a role model having settled in the States since the mid-sixties and managed her career and other social responsibilities with amazing ease. I had met her couple of times at her mother’s (my aunt) place at Chennai. Being an ardent devotee of Sathya Sai Baba, she always shares her experiences about the commune and her small contribution to the organisation. She travels often to India and looked after her parent’s welfare till their last days. She touched many as part of her journey. She will be missed by all of us.

Our heartfelt sympathy to Giri, Priya and Navin (Baba) and family.
May God rest your soul in peace.

Ganesh and family on behalf of Venkataraman Mama and family (Trivandrum)
This tribute was added by Faith Hollander on June 27, 2020
Sairam! Prayers that our beloved Saroja is enfolded in eternal divine love and peace. Prayers for God's comforting healing love for dear Giri, Priya, Baba, and the family.

I first met Saroja and Giri in their home in 1976, a time when Sai centers were forming in the US. We had the joy of joining together in these activities and remained friends through the years.
The last time I saw beautiful Saroja was in Kulwant Hall in 2008, I'm so grateful we stayed in touch. Most of all Saroja was a true blessing in my life.
This tribute was added by Amrit Thapa on June 27, 2020
Dear Saroja aunty,

We are deeply grateful for your role in being instrumental in initiating the Sathya Sai Center of Cherry Hill. You have been a great inspiration for many. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! May your soul rest in peace, and prayers to the family for strength, comfort and wisdom during these difficult times.

Amrit (on behalf of Sathya Sai Center of Cherry Hill).
This tribute was added by Amita Samanta on June 27, 2020
Sai Ram! Saroja your memory is my keepsake. In your life you touched so many. God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart. May God rest your soul in peace! I will keep you all in my prayers!
This tribute was added by Krishnamurthy Girishankar on June 26, 2020
Swami showers His love and grace on us, dispels our miseries and bestows health, wealth and happiness on us. Let us all meditate upon our adorable Creator as the embodiment of His radiant Purity and Unity, and Universal Truth and Wisdom. May He illumine our minds and intellect.
May He illumine our dearest Saroja's mind and intellect. May He let her soul merge with Him in complete peace.
Giri and the family.
This tribute was added by Kila Weaver on June 25, 2020
I didn't know this beautiful woman but her son Navin is my dear friend. Her light shines through him. I pray that Navin and his family receive peace and comfort during this heartbreaking time. Sending love and sympathy.
This tribute was added by Arun Jayaraman on June 25, 2020
Though I used to see Saroja Athai only about once a year when she came down to Chennai, I remember that she was always ready with a smile and a kind word. Deepest condolences to Giri Athimber, Priya, Baba and the rest of the family.
This tribute was added by Shobana Chelakkara on June 24, 2020
Our deepest Sympathy to Mama,Baba, Priya & Damon. Saroja Mami was an amazing person. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. She will be missed by all of us  Our prayers are with you to all.

Shobana ,Sivaram ,Om and Dipti.

This tribute was added by Neil Nag on June 24, 2020
My condolences to Giri uncle, Priya didi, and Baba. Auntie was my spiritual guide and I was extremely blessed to have her in my life. My early years under her tutelage shaped my whole perspective on faith and how I should live my life. I am deeply saddened by her passing but I often hear her teachings in my mind. She will always be a part of my heart.
Sai Ram,
Little Neil
This tribute was added by Jayanthy Venkatraman on June 24, 2020
Our heartfelt Sympathy to Giri, Priya, Navin and family. I am happy Saroja touched my life. May her soul Rest In Peace. May the cherished Memories help us all and comfort us.
Jayanthy and Venkat-Raman
This tribute was added by Aparna Ramaswami on June 24, 2020
We will hold dear to our heart, her big infectious smile and her caring. We will miss you Chitthi! Thank you for some lovely memories which we will cherish.
Chitthappa, Priya, Damon, Govind, Baba, Monique - our deepest condolences.
With love,
Aparna, Karthik, Ashwin & Anusha
This tribute was added by Sushil Bhatnagar on June 24, 2020
From Sushil and Meena Bhatnagar:
We had such a valuable interaction with you in participating in the sandwich delivery program. We always admired your ability and work to help out the needy.
We shall always remember you and your kind words. We pray Baba gives your the strength to bear the great loss.

Om Sai Ram
This tribute was added by Avinash Rajan on June 24, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Giri Chittappa, Priya and Baba. We fondly remember Chitti’s big smile and hearty laugh. We will say a prayer in her memory. Avinash, Maya and Ishaan
This tribute was added by Goldie Ofori-Atta on June 24, 2020
Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the entire Girishankar family during this difficult and devastating time. We did not have the pleasure of meeting Navin's mom in person but due to Navin's great character of loyalty, integrity, kindness, dedication and selflessness, we can only imagine the love, values and care his beloved mother instilled in him. To lose the shining light of the family, a wife, mother, grandmother, who was a selfless, caring and accomplished woman is unexplainable. May her soul rest in perfect peace. -The Ofori-Atta family
This tribute was added by Teresa Rodriguez on June 23, 2020
So, so saddened to learn about Mrs. Girishanker’s passing. I am grateful for the few times I shared with her and listened to her conversations and for the warmth she shared when we visited her home. I will always remember her as Baba’s brilliant and beloved mother - a strong and warm woman. God’s grace be with you Baba and your family.
This tribute was added by Nick Lippis on June 23, 2020
I am so sadden to have found the news of Saroja’s passing. For family and friends, Saroja and I worked together very early on in our careers when she was a reporter. She documented the creation of the internet with her stories.  She was always so sweet, caring, sharp, focused, intelligent, and eager to learn. Her laugh was contagious, her smile was warm and her personality bright. She was a wonderful person and I surely will miss her.  My deepest condolences to her family. 
This tribute was added by Beverly Whipple on June 23, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. I miss Saroja so very much. She was my best friend in our Centennial Mill community. We would talk every day and shared so much. She was a beautiful person and a very special friend. Love, Beverly and Jim
This tribute was added by Ganesh Varadaraja Iyer on June 23, 2020
Saroja was a more an elder sister to me than a cousin and we share loads of childhood memories from Trivandrum days when she , with Chithi and Chithappa used to come for summer vacations...
She treated me with so much affection, empathy and care all along... I will miss it now on very much... She had a special place for my mother ( Kittamma for her) in her heart and we used to have often long conversations over phone about those fun days which she always cherished .
I cannot believe that she is no longer there..
I can understand how Giri and children are going to miss her.
Her devotion to Swami was so staunch she would have reached His lotus feet and be resting with Him.
She will have a special place in our memories.

This tribute was added by Larry Zazzo on June 23, 2020
Mrs. G was a beautiful lady, full of kindness and joy. My heart goes out to the Girishankar family, and I wish Godspeed to her soul.
This tribute was added by Jayshree Ullal on June 22, 2020
i have known Saroja for over three decades . She had been a loving kind affectionate and fiercely loyal friend and a force to reckon with in the industry . As a eminent journalist she covered technical and visionary topics with industry titans . More recently Saroja was instrumental in driving the “making of Arista “ booklet in record time for our 2019 NYSE celebration. Saroja - i know you are leaving a huge void in the industry and family . My condolences to Giri Navin and Priya . I really miss you and our chats on wide ranging topics interspersed with tamil one- liners . i know you will be guiding us from above and I will cherish our memories.
This tribute was added by William Smith on June 23, 2020
Saroja was always so giving and kind and I always felt love emanating from her. Though her physical presence will be missed, her spirit lives on.
This tribute was added by Kanan Desai on June 22, 2020
Sai Ram! So very sorry to hear about Saroja Auntie! She was an exemplary role model for me. I will always remember her smiling face and words of wisdom in Balvikas class. I will keep you all in my prayers!
This tribute was added by PG And NG on June 22, 2020
Sai Ram, Mom.

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