Alvina Rosander, sister of Johan Rosander, married Johan "John" Oscar Larson. She emigrated to the US and arrived on the 25th of October 1907 to Boston Massachusetts. Living in Kitsap County, Washington, they were parents to Frances AlvinaLarson and John Waldon Larson (and possibly another male child that died in infancy). ***********************
Obituary for Frances Alvina Larson
Frances Finholm, 91, passed away Monday, May 16, after a short illness. She was born of immigrant Swedish parents on Aug. 31, 1913, at Waterman, Wash., and graduated from South Kitsap High School. Married Sept. 1, 1934, to the late John Finholm, one of the founding fathers of Gig Harbor and original owner of Finholm?s Market and Grocery. She was active in many community and education organizations and owned a dress shop in the early 1940s along with helping her husband operate their North Gig Harbor business organizations. Frances was an active member over the years at the Peninsula Lutheran Church and had many friends who knew her as a loving and caring person. Following retirement Frances and John enjoyed time with family, gardening and winters in Arizona.
She is survived by her son Ronald J. Finholm and wife Sharon; daughter Teddi D. Hester and husband Monte E. Hester; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Friday, May 20 at Haven of Rest Memorial Park where she is interred. Remembrances can be made to the American Heart Association or Victory Lutheran Church, PO Box 25270, Yuma, AZ. 85367, or any charity of choice.
**************************** In the "Peninsula Light Company Newsletter" from October/November 2003
Frances (Larson) Finholm.
Born in 1913, Frances (Larson) Finholm remembers her life without electricity: (there was)...no heat upstairs, and so we just bundled up, ran upstairs and got in bed. Small chores like ironing took a long time "We ironed everything back then, sheets and linens, so it was heat the iron on the woodstove, iron a little, heat it up again". Not having electricity certainly meant a lot more work, but what Frances remembers most about electricity coming to her home is that they bought a big radio. Once a week her family would gather around the radio to listen to her favorite show "One Man´s Family". Her favorite character was a little girl named Teddi. She loved the name so much she decided that someday her daughter would have that name.
As a teenager, Frances would sometimes go to dances held at Horseshoe Lake. It was there she met her husband, Johnny Finholm. She remembers, "I really right then and there...I fell in love with him, right then and there". They were married for 66 years. Johnny Finholm had learned the grocery business working at Ollala Grocery and Uddenberg´s grocery, and had purchased the McKees Meat Market. Later when Mr. Uddenberg was ready to retire, Johnny became owner of Finholm´s Grocery and Meat Market. As a young married couple, when they werent working at their store, they would spend evenings at the movies (Ronald Reagan was her favorite actor) or playing cards and visiting with friends. In January of 1945, a fire that started in North Gig Harbor at Johnson´s garage got out of control while the community waited for the Tacoma Fire boat to come. Frances and Johnny´s fist apartment and eveything they had burned to the ground. After that, they built their own 3 story brick home just around the corner and lived in it until 1985. When her first child was due, Frances remembers having to move to Tacoma before the birth in order to be near the hospital. Ferry service at the time didn´t run during the night and babies often didn´t cooperate with the ferry schedules. After 3 long weeks Ronald was finally born. Four years later, Teddi, the daughter she had named while listening to her new big radio was born. Recently having celebrated her 90th brithday, Frances Finholm is still a blessing to her family, her friends and to our community.