Lawrence Vallem, great grandson of Mari (Iversdatter Nord-Skaar) and Ole Finnestad Sr may have been the only individual in the family buried at a national cemetery.
Lawrence had served in the US Army during World War I. He was the eldest child born to Lena Josephine (Travland) and Peter John Vallem on October 26, 1898 in Alto township, Lee county, Illinois.
Following his service in the military, Lawrence married Jennifer Cecelia Blanford on January 8, 1920 in Rockford, Winnebago county, Illinois. Jennifer was born in Illinois on September 20, 1900 and died in Downey, Los Angeles county, California on March 4, 1995. I do not know where she was buried.
Lawrence passed away August 8, 1991 in Long Beach, Los Angeles county, California and was buried at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Riverside county, California.
Here is a photo of the sign and entrance to Riverside Memorial Cemetery.
Here is a photo of Lawrence's plot which is located in section MA (Memorial A) Site 330.
Here is a photo of his marker.
Here is a map of the cemetery. Section MA can be found by locating the circle with "MEM A" written in the middle.
Lawrences's grandparents were Rachel (Finnestad) and Lewis Vallem. His maternal grandparents were Mary Ann (Olson) and Ole Kristian Pederson Travland.
Lawrence and his siblings had a paternal and maternal connection to the Finnestad bloodline:
- Lawrence's mother, Lena Josephine (Travland) Vallem was the niece of Susanna (Iversdatter Nord-Skaar) Travland the youngest sister of Lawrence's great grandmother, Mari (Iversdatter Nord-Skaar) Finnestad. Susanna's husband was Peter Peterson Travland.
-Lawrence's father, Peter John Vallem was the nephew of Iverdine (Finnestad) Travland, the daughter of Mari and Ole Finnestad. Iverdine's husband was Lewis Travland, the brother of Ole Kristian Pederson Travland and Peter Peterson Travland. More information about the Travland family can be found here. The Travland family tree can be found here.