Greta Sofia Edström

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Greta Sofia Edström (Törmänen)

Also Known As: "Greta Lokka"
Birthplace: Pummanki, Gora Zemlyanaya, Petsamo, Земляное, Murmanskaya oblast, Finland, Russian Federation
Death: October 22, 1967 (84)
Kantalahti, Кандала́кша, Murmanskaya oblast, Russian Federation
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Adolf Kustaa Törmänen and Anna Liisa Törmänen
Wife of Anselm Edström / Ekström
Partner of Benjamin Ylilokka
Mother of Hilding Edström; Helga Nikolajeva; Hemming Edström; Helge Edström; Hiltyr Edström and 3 others
Sister of Maria Josefina Törmänen; Emil Törmänen, Sr.; Anna Kaisa Granroth and Herman Törmänen

Managed by: Hannu Olavi Heino
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About Greta Sofia Edström

She was born to a lutheran Finnish family living in the Pummanki fishing village on the Murmansk coast. They were officially residing at Kuusamo parish, Lapland, Finland and subsequently listed at Petsamo parish, Finland (which was a grand duchy within the Russian empire at that time).

Whether to use Finnish or Russian names for the places is a matter of taste, I suppose, but I've tried to use both.

Greta moved to the Drovenoi sawmill on the Murmask peninsula at the age of 14 in 1897 and worked as a maid for the sawmill owner Reinius.

She was married to the Swedish sawmill worker Anselm Edström (Edenström? Engström? Ekström?), but the records have been destroyed in the fire of the sami church. (Her marriage could not be found at Kuusamo parish 1900-1903).

After the marriage she lived in Sweden with her mother-in-law, got four children with Anselm who continued to work in Russia. Eventually Greta got lonely and returned to her husband at Drovenoi in 1913. After that she worked as a cook in Ristikenttä, Nuortijärvi. They lost all their posession when their house was destroyed in a fire.

Anselm was said to have fled to Sweden with their eldest son after the revolution. He was supposed to come back for the rest of the family but the borders had been closed already.

Her second partner, farmer Benjamin Lokka had fought among the Reds during the 1918 civil war in Finland and escaped to the Murmansk area of Soviet Union, where they met eventually.

Benjamin Lokko was executed by NKVD in Leningrad in 1938. Greta Sofia and her son Sven Lokko were put on a hard-labour camp at Chelyabinsk on the Ural mountains.

Greta Sofia and Sven returned to Murmansk area after the war, but they could not get their USSR citizenship restored.

Further information could be found in the books of Sven Lokka: "Muurmannin suomalaisia" trilogy.

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Greta Sofia Edström's Timeline

October 12, 1883
Земляное, Murmanskaya oblast, Finland, Russian Federation
Age 21
Haparanda ?, Norrbotten, Sweden
Age 22
Haparanda ?, Norrbotten, Sweden
Age 26
Haparanda ?, Norrbotten, Sweden
Age 28
Haparanda ?, Norrbotten, Sweden
Age 34
Murmansk, Russian Federation
Age 37
Murmansk, Russian Federation
March 3, 1924
Age 40
Russian Federation
October 22, 1967
Age 84
Кандала́кша, Murmanskaya oblast, Russian Federation