Maj-Britt Elsa Finnstrom
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Maj-Britt Elsa Finnstrom
  • May 24, 1928 - September 27, 2017
  • Thousand Oaks, California

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Maj-Britt Finnstrom (born Andersson) passed away peacefully on Sept 27, 2017 in her daughter's home in Oak Park, California. Maj-Britt was born in Stockholm, Sweden on May 24, 1928.

Maj-Britt lived an active life in Sweden before coming to the U.S. She bicycled across the country with her friends, took part in the re-construction of Germany after WW II and traveled through southern Europe by train. She worked for the municipality of Stockholm as a consultant in the social welfare department until coming to the U.S.

Maj- Britt was married in Sweden in 1955 to Richard Finnstrom and they moved to Southern California together, settling in Thousand Oaks in 1962. She became an American citizen in 1975.

They raised a family of four children in Thousand Oaks where Maj-Britt dedicated her life to creating a supportive and safe home for her family. As a Grandmother, Maj-Britt doted on her grandkids and would always be there to babysit, join at school plays, sports and activities - always knowing exactly what the right gift was for each grandkid on every birthday.

Much of Maj-Britt and Richard's social life was centered on the Vasa Lodge - the Swedish-American society where many families of similar Swedish and Scandinavian backgrounds gather and maintain their language and traditions. Maj-Britt served as an Officer in the Lodge in several different capacities and greatly enjoyed meeting her friends there.

She passed on her Swedish heritage with pride. Midsummer evening, the St Lucia festival and Christmas eve were always celebrated in the traditional manner. Of course, as in so many immigrant families, food was an integral part of keeping in touch with the old-world identity. Many Swedish dishes were served, but Mom's preparing for and cooking of the traditional Swedish Christmas 'smorgasbord' dinner every year was a ceremony that the family looked forward to with tremendous anticipation.

In her later years, Maj-Britt showed us the quiet strength and dignity that lives inside a mother. Even though she herself had also become frail, she cared for Richard at home through his terminal illness and was able to keep him in his familiar and safe surroundings. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake, on Saturday October 7, 10:00 am.

Arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Mortuary, Westlake Village, CA.