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Memorable Manitobans: Roland Gustaf Quarnstrom (1914-1989)


Born at McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1914, son of Reverend G. A. Quarnstrom, he moved to Winnipeg in the mid 1920s when his father took the pastorate at the First Scandinavian Mission Church (later Mission Covenant Church). He earned a BA and began teaching in rural Manitoba, including at Nedrob School (1935-1936) and Havelock School (1937-1938), and serving as the Principal of Altamont School (1940-1942). During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, took navigator training, and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in the European Theatre. Following his military discharge, he married Olive Gregg Norwood (1921-2012) at the Mission Covenant Church on 14 June 1947. The couple took up residence on Ruby Street and had four daughters. He earned BSc and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba and returned to the classroom in the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at General Wolfe School (1947-1953) and Kelvin High School (1953-c1979, Chemistry), and was also involved in the curling program at the latter school. He served on the boards of the Winnipeg Bible College and Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, and was Chairman of the Covenant Reform Church for several years. He died at Winnipeg on 27 October 1989.


“Engagement notices [Norwood, Quarnstrom],” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1947, page 11.

“Rev. L. Quarnstrom officiates at brother's wedding,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 June 1947, page 13.

“Bachelor of Education,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1961, page 53.

“Engagements [Quarnstrom - Harvey],” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1971, page 26.

“Engagements [Quarnstrom - Bengtson],” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 1978, page 40.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1989, page 36.

Obituary [Olive Quarnstrom], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 2012, page B15.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 March 2019

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