|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1895|
Møre og Romsdal fylke, Norway
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1969|
Los Angeles County
Karen Marie "Katie" Abelseth was born in Alesund, Norway to Kristian and Nikoline (Tosse) Abelseth. Her siblings were: Anna Marie, Anna Louise, Nels Petter, Lisa Olivia, Laurits and Bertha Karoline. The family home was in Sjoholt, Norway.
Karen's mother died when she was about twelve years old. When she was sixteen years old, it was decided that she would travel to American to live with her sister Anna in Los Angeles. On April 10, 1912, Karen boarded a ship called the Titantic in Southhampton, England. She traveled as third class passenger with Olaus Abelseth (not related), Peter Soholt, Sigurd Moen, Anna Salkjelsvik and Adolf Humblen from Norway. Olaus, a family friend, promised Karen's father that he would take care of her on the trip. Only Karen, Olaus and Anna were saved from the sinking. She was put on lifeboat 16, the last to leave on the port side. They were rescued by the Ship Carpathia which sailed for New York arriving on April 18th. Karen spent some time at St. Vincent's Hospital recouperating before beginning her new life in America.
Karen is mentioned in Walter Lord's book "A Night to Remember". She did attend a luncheon, sitting with the producer of the movie (1958), William MacQuitty at the premiere.
It was 50 years after her death, when her daughter Wanda and family learned that Karen had written a letter to her father while at St. Vincent's about the tragic event. (She never talked about it)
Karen and Harry lived for a time in Goldfield, Nevada where their first child, Phyllis, was born. They also lived in Yerington, Nevada before moving to Inglewood, California.
Karen married Harry Sylvester Little. They had five children: Phyllis Kalla, Norman Harry, Francis Clarence, Wanda Mae and Iris Ellen. The family called her "Nama". Karen suffered from the effects of Parkinson's disease. She passed away on July 27, 1969 in Inglewood. She rests in Inglewood Park Cemetery.
Ivar Kristian Abelseth (1863 - 1962)
Nikoline Petrine Abelseth (1866 - 1907)
Harry Sylvester Little (1888 - 1973)*
Phyllis Kalla Little Fabri (1917 - 1952)*
Norman Harry Little (1918 - 2005)*
Francis Clarence Little (1920 - 2000)*
Anna Marie Abelseth Hoflund (1888 - 1967)*
Anna Lovise Abelseth (1889 - 1971)**
Karen Marie Abelseth Little (1895 - 1969)
Lauritz Iversen Abelseth (1902 - 1973)*
Bertha Karoline Abelseth Hansen (1905 - 1993)*
Note: Daughter Iris Ellen Little Wild Roeder 1924-2012. Cremated. Ashes spread in Arizona
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Maintained by: Patricia Fabri
Originally Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: May 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14227608