Finding Florence Lahti

It was a couple of years ago, while visiting my mother and father in Belleville, Ontario that I purchased this book in a second hand shop and was carried away by the small notations in this text book about Canadian history published in 1929.  And so, I wrote this post…

Florence Lahti 1Florence Lahti 2


Today, during my flipping of pages on the internet, as well as reading about Atlantis and telescopes, I discovered Florence Lahti’s obituary.  Florence married a Morley Goddard and it seems, remained in Sudbury for her entire life.  She passed away on March 24 of 2008 and predeceased by her brother Victor…his name also appearing in the front of the book.

If any member of the family would like, I will send you this little text of Canadian History so that you might enjoy the doodles and inscriptions and underlined text of your relation.  Just let me know. Not everyone is like me (this makes me laugh) and may consider it a blessing to clear out objects/books and mementos.  It’s just that this seems to me to be a very special book!

Here is Florence’s childhood home, 385 Burton Ave in Sudbury.

387 is the house on the left and 385, the one on the right.

387 is the house on the left and 385, the one on the right.

GODDARD, Florence Lillian (nee Lahti) – With deepest sadness, the
family announces the passing of our cherished Mother and dear friend
Lillian Goddard, 83 years, at the Sudbury Regional Hospital – Memorial
Site, Tuesday, March 24th, 2008. Lil was a voracious reader and had a
passion for solving crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed many nights
with the girls playing bridge. Lil loved the outdoors and was most at
home at the Black Lake and Johnnie Lake Camps. She was in her
element cross-country skiing and playing golf. While raising her three
boys, Lil returned to the workforce as an Executive Assistant to the
President of Cambrian College and Dean of Health Sciences retiring in
1988 after 16 years. Lillian’s greatest joy was spending time with her
family, especially her three grandchildren, who she treasured. Beloved
wife of Morley Goddard predeceased 1972. Loving mother of Morley
(Heather) of Mississauga, Marcus (Jennifer) of Rothesay, N.B. and
Spencer of Toronto. Cherished Grandma Lil of Lauren, Charlotte, and
Spencer. Dear daughter of Victor and Ellen Lahti predeceased. Dear
sister of Victor predeceased (Alyce of Sudbury). Dear aunt of James
(Victoria) of Milford, Jeffrey (Sally) of Field, B.C. and Leslie (Ross) of
Melbourne Australia.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: A Gift for Life by Dorothy Herrmann

“The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask.” –Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Picking up a biography isn’t my typical summer pattern and yet this summer, it seems the perfect thing to do.  July was a month of Susanna Moodie and her exploration of poetry.  I will be reading her observations of the Canadian wilderness this winter.  Now, on to Anne Morrow Lindbergh! I’ve not read Lindbergh’s work, although next, given my time in a beach house this summer, I’m going to read her Gift From the Sea.  I have a copy waiting for me on my bookshelf when I get home.

The Lindberghs did not trust anyone else to tell their story and that is why Anne produced so many journals in her lifetime and presented, on her own,  a seemingly transparent story of her life with Charles.  This book, by Herrmann, is an effort to give a more impartial and forthright account of the less-than-idealic life that was shared by the two.

Up to this point, the story is compelling and I will post my thoughts when I come to the book’s conclusion.  Another Anne Morrow Lindbergh biography is referenced here.

Just fell into this   Thank you for sharing, Sheila! :0)