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Brita Dahlstrom

October 3, 1919 May 7, 2015
Brita Dahlstrom
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Brita Dahlstrom Oct. 3, 1919 – May 7, 2015 Brita Dahlstrom, 95, of Brookings, passed away at Parkview Special Care in Brookings, where she had been a resident for almost 16 years, on May 7, 2015. Brita was born Oct. 3, 1919 in Noralla, Sweden. In 1926, at the age of 8, she immigrated with her parents and 4 other siblings to America on the Swedish-American ocean liner called The Gripsholm. She was raised in Klamath Falls with 6 siblings and graduated from Klamath Union High School. She worked in Klamath Falls and participated in a Scandinavian Community of friends, gathering at the Vasa Lodge. Here she met her husband-to-be, Birger Dahlstrom, who was a World War II veteran and survivor of the “Gambier Bay”. In 1945, they moved to Brookings, Ore. with their first child, Barbara, who was 6 months old. Their first home was a cabin rental from the senior Hanscam family. Soon Brita gave birth to John and then Margaret while living on Oceanview Drive. That pre-fab house was the first in Brookings and made the Pilot news. It is still there next to Flora Pacifica. This was the beginning of the Easter Lily development in the 1950’s. Brita’s parents also moved to Brookings in the 1950’s to raise lilies south of what is now Flora Pacifica. Brita contributed to the Brookings community in many ways with membership in most all service organizations available at the time: the IOOF, the Grange, the VFW, the Rebecca’s and Elks. She was also a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her years here were to contribute to the family business in the fast-growing Lily Bulb industry. After 25 years, she sold her property to Flora Pacifica following a massive stroke and divorce. After rehab she was able to spend some 10 years in Brookings with a companion, Bob Swan, and loved her years here. When he passed she had to move to Portland to be with family. She was a Pioneer Citizen and Honored Senior Citizen of this community. Brita loved Brookings and the many friends she had here. She was a social butterfly, always wanting a potluck or party, and loved to cook, go to Loeb Park and camp and go to the beach. Brita is survived by her brother Eric Ivar Strid of Newberg, Ore; daughter, Barbara Edmiston and her husband Dr. Dick of Brookings, son, John Dahlstrom and his wife Jill of Renton, Wash., daughter Margaret Tomlinson and her husband Donnie of Medford, Ore. grandson John-Paul Goodyear and his wife Jeannie and great-grand-daughter Katelyn of Portland, Ore., granddaughter Sarah Dunn and her husband Derek and great-granddaughter McKenna of Portland, Ore., grandson Rick Edmiston and great-grandson Brody of Jindabyne, Australia, granddaughter Julie Edmiston of Portland, Ore., grandson Derek Dahlstrom and his wife Megan, great-grandsons Dash and Kaiden and grandson Calvin Dahlstrom of Palm Springs, Calif., granddaughter Brenda Lynch and her husband Kevin, great-granddaughters Sara, Jordan and Bailey of Fontana, Calif., grandson Scott Wells of Eugene, Ore.; step-grandchildren Laura, Lisa, Mike and Dianne Edmiston and Rachel Ekman and Jason Ekman, and many more great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sisters Ann Marie Hamilainen and Karin Beckman; brothers Holger Strid and Martin Strid. She requested to be laid to rest with her family members in Klamath Memorial Park in Klamath Falls. Graveside interment there will involve immediate family on May 30th. Dr. Gordon Myrah will officiate. Memorial contributions should be made to your favorite charity. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

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