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Memorable Manitobans: Lara Helga Tergesen (c1905-2002)

Community activitist.

Born to Julius and Helga Solmundson, she was actively involved in the civic life of Gimli and its Icelandic Canadian community. She was a school teacher, church member, member of the Gimli Women’s Institute and Evergreen Regional Library, school board chair, and was active in the Gimli Museum, Icelandic National League. She was chosen to be Fjallkona (Lady of the Mountain) who symbolizes the Icelandic nation’s dreams at the annual Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. She served for more than 30 years behind the cash register at the Tergesen family store and had a passion for curling. She died, aged 97, at Gimli on 21 January 2002.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 17 January 2017

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