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Press Release from The Swedish Finn Historical Society, Seattle, Washington

December 10, 2007

June Pelo from Port Charlotte, Florida has been awarded the Suomi-Seura (Finland Society) Silver Badge of Merit. She was nominated by The Swedish Finn Historical Society and the award was approved in Finland on November 8, 2007. It was given as a token of gratitude for the work she has done on behalf of the preservation of ties between emigrant Finns and their homeland.

Specifically… “June Pelo has given invaluable information to people in search for their families in Finland, guiding, instructing and unselfishly sharing her extensive knowledge for researching genealogy. Innumerable people know, that without June’s help, they would not have discovered all the information about their families. June’s articles on the Internet and in many different publications have been an inspiration to us all. Better understanding the history of Finland has made emigrant descendants feel even closer to their roots in Finland. June Pelo is building bridges and connecting people.”

June was born in 1923 in [[|Flint,MI|Flint]], Michigan. Her grandparents emigrated from the following villages in Finland: Pelo Village, Nedervetil; Storby, Karleby; and Edsevö, Pedersöre.

June has written over 100 articles for various publications regarding genealogy, emigration from Finland and immigration to America, along with articles about folklore and customs in Ostrobothnia and Finland.

She is a constant support to others and a regular on Finlander and FinnGen – internet tools used to help communicate important information and connect families. She considers herself an amateur painter and has dabbled in ceramics, but her real love is genealogy and helping others.

For further information, contact

  • Dick Erickson, SFHS President (253-941-8315) or
  • Norm Westerberg, SFHS Board Member (206-232-3612)

Link to some of June's articles on the net here.

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