Gunnar Olsen

11 March 1920–28 December 2002 (Age 82)
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Life Summary of Gunnar

When Gunnar Olsen was born on 11 March 1920, in Copenhagen, Denmark, his father, Valdemar Andreas Olsen, was 25 and his mother, Hedvig Eugenia Marie Sørensen, was 25. He married Helen Elizabeth Koenig Olsen on 10 October 1943, in Yonkers, Westchester, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He immigrated to United States in 1928 and lived in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States in 1930. He registered for military service in 1941. He died on 28 December 2002, in New Springfield, Mahoning, Ohio, United States, at the age of 82.

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Gunnar Olsen
Helen Elizabeth Koenig Olsen
Marriage: 10 October 1943
Robert Gunnar Olsen

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 October 1943Yonkers, Westchester, New York, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack
    Age 3
    Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
    Age 19
    Denmark signs 10-year non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany.
    1942 · The Japanese American internment
    Age 22
    Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

    Name Meaning

    1 Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages, in part as a result of the fame of St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030 . This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.2 German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (4)

    • Gunnar Olsen in household of Valdeance Olsen, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Gunnar Olsen in household of Valdemar Andreas Olsen, "Denmark Census, 1921"
    • Gunner Olsen in household of Valdemar Andreas Olsen, "Denmark Census, 1925"

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