A-1.I-1.II-7. Descendants of Bernard Justus Quanstrom
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Bernard Justus and Helga Quanstrom
Bernard, Helga, and James Quanstrom in 1954
Lillian, Helga, and Augusta, with their mother, Augusta, seated.
James Allen, June Irene, and Gerald Bernard Quanstrom
A-1.I-1.II-7. Bernard Justus Quanstrom was born 21 Feb. 1891 near Chicago, Illinois, Cook County, USA. On 03 Nov. 1915 in Galesburg, Illinois, he married Helga Dorothy Lundholm (sister of Lillian and Augusta, who married John Edward and Albin Wesley, respectively).
Helga was born 25 Jan. 1898 in Altona, Illinois to John Lenard Lundholm and Augusta Marie Peterson (or Asp). John was formerly John Lenard Anderson born 09 Sep. 1860 the surname was changed when the couple came to the U.S. from Sweden and was the maiden name of John's mother. Augusta Marie was born 7 August 1856. It is believed that Augusta was illegitmate, born to Maria Charlotta Asp. Her wealthy father's parents wouldn't allow their son to marry Charlotta. Both Helga's parents were born in Svinhult Parish, Ostergotland Province, Sweden. They married in 14 March 1885 in Sweden. Helga's parents came to America on 25 March 1887 on the White Star Line. They came directly to Altona or Oneida, Illinois. Augusta was pregnant at the time.
Helga died 30 May 1968 and Bernard 20 Sep. 1971 in Altona, Illinois, USA. They are buried in Altona, Illinois. Their children are:
Gerald Bernard Quanstrom
married Gladys Ingrid Youngstrom
|born 11 Mar 1916||died 16 Aug 1988 in Galva, Illinois, USA|
June Irene Quanstrom
married George Christo Nickas
|born 7 Feb. 1929|
James Allen Quanstrom
married Pamela Lou Porter
|born 5 Jan. 1932||died 29 July 2012 in Galesburg, Illinois, USA|
This poem was written by Bernard on December 11, 1968, the year of Helga's death.
The following prayer was read at Helga's funeral by Reverend Kermit Peterson of the First United Presbyterian Church of Galesburg. It was a poem that Helga had kept.