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Carol Pärssinen Rochester Hills

10th Finglish trip July 2010 #3

Carol Pärssinen´s all eight grandparents came from different areas in Finland, Könni, Pyhäjärvi, Kuusamo, Kemi and Kotka. Her father's family moved from Finland to Port Arthur, Ontario in Canada and her mother's family to the Copper Island, Upper Michigan in the U.S. Eventually all moved to the Detroit area.

Carol´s father Lauri F. was born in Detroit, Michigan, he was the only child of Lauri G. and Irja (nee Ojala) Pärssinen. Lauri F. attended the Michigan College of Mining and Technology and graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry.

In 1954, Lauri F. was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force after completing officer’s training in Texas. In 1954 he married Joanne L. Weidelman and they made their first home in Sacramento, California. Their Air Force career also took them to Lincoln, Nebraska and K.I. Sawyer AFB in Marquette County, where they retired. The bulk of his USAF career was served on Cold War bomber crews of the Strategic Air Command, first as a B-47 Navigator and later a B-52 Radar Navigator. He also served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

Carol was born in Marquette, Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan, and has worked in Detroit's automotive industry as a sound and vibration engineer.. She sings and plays guitar in the Hot Kokko Band.

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