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Laurence Jarvinen of Finland & California

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Laurence Jarvinen of Finland & California

Posted: 29 Jun 2005 11:49PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 29 Nov 2006 7:12PM GMT
Surnames: Jarvinen, Westerlund, Baker
The Mendocino Beacon newspaper
Mendocino, California
Friday 16 Nov. 1973

LAURENCE J. JARVINEN
Funeral services were held for Laurence John Jarvinen at Truman’s Funeral Chapel in Oakland Monday afternoon, November 5, with the Rev. David Hassel officiating. Mr. Jarvinen died at his home in Oakland late Friday afternoon, November 2.
He was born in Helsinki, Finland, June 8, 1899 and was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Jarvinen, long time residents of Mendocino County. He came to California with his parents at the age of three years. The family came to join his maternal grandfather, Otto W. Westerlund, who had settled on Navarro Ridge in the late 1880’s.
Mr. Jarvinen was graduated from the Mendocino High School and the University of California, Berkeley. He taught school for a few years in Willows and other Sacramento Valley towns. He was associated with the California State Board of Equalization until his retirement a few years ago.
He frequently attended meetings of the Mendocino County Historical Society. On one of his last visits he came to attend the 50 year reunion of his high school class, the Class of 1918, which was held together with the reunions of earlier Mendocino High School classes.
He was a member of Yerba Buena Lodge No. 403 F & AM of Oakland, the East Bay Retired Teachers Association, the Mendocino County Historical Society, the Oakland-Piedmont Republican Assemby in which he was an active worker and group leader. He was a veteran of World War I.
He and his wife Gladys, also a retired teacher, have lived in the Lake Park Retirement Home, Oakland, in recent years.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Jarvinen is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. Baker (Sima)
and Mrs. John G. Baker (Anna), both of Willows. Several nephews and nieces also survive.
Among those attending the funeral services was Mrs. Helen Hodgehead Riffe who had been one of his teachers when he attended Mendocino High School. She now resides in Oakland.
Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland.


1930 census California – San Francisco Co., San Francisco city – April 1930
shhet 11 B – pg. 81
house # 16
Jarvinen, Laurence, head – age 31 – md (at age 29) b. Kansas
parents b. Finland / Finland – occ. Teacher / Pvt. school
Jarvinen, Gladys – wife – age 28 – md (at age 26) – b. Kansas
parents b. Okla. / Kansas – occ. Teacher / Pvt. school


1920 census California – Mendocino Co., Big River twp. 5 & 6 January 1920
sheet 1 A – pg. 46
2/2
Jarvinen, John – head – age 51 – immig. 1902 – b. Finland –
father b. Finland / mother b. Finland – occ. Woodsman / Lumber Co.
Jarvinen, Amanda J. – wife – age 49 – immig. 1902 – b. Finland –
parents b. Finland / Finland
Jarvinen, Laurence J. – son – age 20 – immig. 1902 – b. Finland – Finland / Finland
Jarvinen, Saima A. – daug. – age 18 – immig. 1902 – b. Finland – Finland / Finland
Jarvinen, Helmi E. – daug. – age 17 – b. Calif. – parents b. Finland / Finland
Jarvinen, Toini J. – daug. – age 15 – b. Calif. – parents b. Finland / Finland
Jarvinen, Anna M. – daug. – age 13 – b. Calif. – parents b. Finland / Finland
Jarvinen, Chas. M. – son – age 10 – b. Calif. – parents b. Finland / Finland


California Death Index 1940-1997
Jarvinen, John Gabriel – d. 23 April 1949 Yolo Co. – b. 4 July 1868 other country
Jarvinen, Amanda Josephine – d. 31 Jan. 1947 Yolo Co. – b. 2 Nov 1870
other country – mother’s maiden name: Glad
Jarvinen, Laurence J. – d. 2 Nov 1973 Alameda Co. – b. 8 June 1899 Finland – age 74
Jarvinen, Gladys – d. 15 May 1975 Alameda Co. – b. 23 Feb 1896 Missouri – age 79
Baker, Anna Marie – d. 7 June 1985 Glenn Co. – b. 9 Jan. 1906 Calif.
mother’s maiden name: Westerlund
Baker, Simi J. – d. 30 June 1986 Glenn Co. – b. 8 Feb. 1901 other country-
mother’s maiden name: Westerlund.

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