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 Lovisa Wilhelmina “Minnie” <I>Åkerlind</I> Oscarson

Lovisa Wilhelmina “Minnie” Åkerlind Oscarson

Sjunda, Södertälje kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Death 6 Sep 1963 (aged 90)
Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot B-27-013-08
Memorial ID 38107 · View Source
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Lovisa Wilhelmina Åkerlind, affectionately known as Minnie for much of her life, was born 23 July 1873. Her family lived in a small cottage called Skogstorp on the Sjunda estate, in the Vårdinge parish in Stockholm County, Sweden. She was the 11th child of Carl Petter Åkerlind (1851-1911) and his wife Anna Marie Andersdotter (1835-1901). Carl Åkerlind served as the skogvaktare (forest warden) on the estate.

Minnie spent all her growing up years in Sjunda. She was educated in a school on the estate, and fondly remembered when Oscar II, King of Sweden, passed in front of the school on his way to a hunting expedition. Class was excused and the children gathered out front where they threw flowers onto the path and sang has the royal caravan passed.

She was raised in the Swedish Lutheran Church, and attended services in the Vårdinge parish church about 6 miles from her home. She was baptized into this church, as an infant, on 3 August 1873. At age 15 she received her confirmation; this process included gospel instruction, an examination, and acknowledgement of the baptismal promise. Once confirmed she was allowed to receive her first communion (sacrament).

As Minnie grew into a young woman she went to serve as a maid in the home of the parish priest. By this time Minnie's older sisters, Johanna and Clara, had moved away to Stockholm and been introduced and baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Clara invited Minnie and a brother, Oscar, to Stockholm. Here they listened to the Mormon Missionaries and she accepted their message. Minnie was baptized into the LDS Church on 1 October 1893 in the nearby Baltic Sea.

On 19 July 1895 she bade farewell to her homeland of Sweden, and boarded a small boat to Copenhagen, Denmark. From here she sailed to Scotland, where she boarded the ship Furnessie. The Furnessie docked in New York City on 12 August, and following travel by train she arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory on 17 August 1895. In Utah she was employed in various households as a maid, until November 1902, when her sister Johanna died. Minnie went to Pleasant Grove to help Johanna's husband Gustaf Emil Oscarson take care of children. On 16 April 1903 Minnie and Gustaf were married for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple.

The family farmed in Pleasant Grove, and ran a large fruit orchard just north of the current Pleasant Grove High School on 200 South. The two had eight children together, and Minnie would raise Johanna's two children as her own. For two years Minnie had the responsibility of running the farm when her husband returned to Sweden to serve a mission.

In 1949 her beloved husband passed away, and four years later she went to live with her daughter Dora. Not long after her 90th birthday, in 1963, she stumbled and fell, breaking a hip. She had a successful surgery to reset the bone, but it was too much for her little worn out body. Gangrene infected her leg, and she passed away on 6 September 1963. She was buried in the family lot, next to her husband, on 10 September 1963.


Wilhelmina O.
July 23, 1873 — Sept. 6, 1963




  • Maintained by: Jacob L Oscarson
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38107
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lovisa Wilhelmina “Minnie” Åkerlind Oscarson (23 Jul 1873–6 Sep 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38107, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Jacob L Oscarson (contributor 47292671) .