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Arne Strom Henriksen 1914 - 2012 READSBORO, VT Arne Strom Henriksen, age 97, died at his home in Readsboro of natural causes on March 29. Arne was born in Stamsund, a small fishing village on the Lofoten Islands in Norway on Aug. 30, 1914, to Oletta and Pedar Henriksen. He was the second of 12 children, all of whom predeceased him. Arne was also predeceased by an infant son; sons-in-law Thomas and Bob, and his beloved wife, Ingeborg. Arne was educated in Stamsund and received degrees in business and mathematics from the University of Oslo. He was a goat herder at the age of 6 and a fisherman starting at the age of 12 in his home town of Stamsund. At the age of 19 he left home and boarded a merchant ship, traveling all over the world. His ship was docked in Oslo at the time of the German occupation and was not allowed to travel home. In 1941, during the German occupation of Norway, he met and fell in love with his wife,Ingeborg, whom he married in July 1942. Together, they were members of the Norwegian underground resistance until Norway regained its independence at the end of World War II. He lived in Norway until 1949 when he moved to Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Ingeborg, and their two daughters, Annelise and Inger, who were three and one years of age. In 1952, the family moved to a Norwegian community, Lake Telemark, located in Rockaway, NJ. In 1953 their youngest child, Helyn was born. While in New Jersey, Arne worked a variety of jobs. In 1970 he returned to school and received his teaching degree in mathematics. He quickly learned that he had found his career. He was a beloved teacher and respected throughout the entire school district. He received many awards but perhaps his favorite was teacher of the year. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockaway, NJ and a lifetime member of the Sons of Norway fraternal organization. He was an avid skier, bowler, dancer and soccer player. In 1985, he moved to Readsboro with his wife and built homes on land which the family owned since 1960, with two daughters, Inger and Helyn, and granddaughter, Annelise. grandsons, Stephen and Hank, joined the family in 1989 and 1995. During his retirement years in Readsboro he was active in raising his grandchildren and was a member of the Lions Club and Cemetery Commission. Arne is survived by his daughters, Annelise, Inger and Helyn, all of whom reside in Readsboro; grandson Stephen, also of Readsboro, granddaughter Annelise in Brooklyn NY and grandson Hank in Bennington; nieces and nephews in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Norway and Denmark. Arne lived a long and remarkable life. He had an incredible influence on his children and grandchildren and those with whom he developed friendships. His love of gardening is seen on his beloved property in Stromboro. A celebration of Arne and Ingeborg's life together will be held at a future date, yet to be announced. The FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 2, 2012
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