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Astrid Kolehmainen: Name comes from Swedish princess

September 23, 2007
The Advertiser-Tribune
Site: St. Francis Home

Name: Astrid Kolehmainen

Age: 94

Marital status: Widow

Children: Jan Kolehmainen, Joy Reynolds and Kay Kingsley.

Grandchildren: Two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Previous occupation: “Mostly a homemaker, but worked in an insurance office and worked for the superintendent of schools in Minnesota.”

What do you remember about your job? “I worked with the insurance company in Chicago, and I didn’t like Chicago.”

What kind of exercise program do you follow? “I walk as much as I can and I have therapy here. I swam for most of my life.”

What organizations do you belong to? “Woman’s Club at Heidelberg.”

What is your fondest memory of a vacation? “Alaska.”

What is your favorite childhood memory? “Dad worked a way from home. He would send me the comics from the Sunday paper. I also enjoyed playing in the snow.”

Where did you attend school? “My early days were in Minnesota, and I graduated in Chicago.”

What was your first hospital experience? “Tonsillectomy.”

What do you prize most in life? “Family and friends.”

What is something special you like best about your family? “Remembering my mother and what a hard worker she was. She was a pioneer and a Minnesota homesteader.”

What is special about your name? “It means a Swedish princess.”

What sports did you play? “Basketball.”

What is your favorite hobby or pastime? “Reading and watching TV.”

What is something special you have done? “Going to Finland with the whole family when the kids were small. John received two Fulbright Fellowships for the school year. We visited relatives in Finland and traveled to Sweden, Norway and Denmark.”

What is your favorite television show? “‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune.’”

What is your favorite restaurant? “Olive Garden.”

— Interviewed by Jan Hoffbauer



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