Liv E. Fjosne, a longtime Santa Rosa resident and elementary school teacher and principal, died Dec. 28 at a Redding care facility. She was 80.
Fjosne, who had suffered from multiple sclerosis for 20 years, died of pneumonia.
She was born in Sarpsborg, Norway, and her life was shaped by the loss of her mother when she was 6, which caused her to be raised for a time in an orphanage.
During World War II, the Germans had a Russian prisoner of war camp nearby and she would throw her lunch over the fence for the prisoners.
That childhood had a lasting impact on her life, said her daughter, Lisa Paoloni of Santa Rosa.
"She was always very endearing, caring, a good mom, and although she had a good stepmom, she wanted to be that good mom because she didn't have one during those frightening war years," Paoloni said.
Fjosne worked as a substitute teacher after graduating from high school before going to Oslo to attend Oslo Teacher College, where she met her future husband, Harold Fjosne.
After graduation, she went to join him in Toronto, where they were married in 1955. They were married for 57 years.
The couple lived briefly in Columbus, Ohio, and started on what was supposed to be a trip to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
But they only got as far as California, where they had two daughters and settled in the North Bay. They moved from San Rafael to Santa Rosa in 1971.
Liv Fjosne attended Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, where she earned a degree in history and a master's in education.
She taught and was principal at Sheppard Elementary School in Santa Rosa for 20 years.
"It was the highlight. She loved teaching, and when she could get back to teaching full time she was really delighted," Harold Fjosne said.
They moved to Redding in 2001.
They traveled extensively after she retired, going to all of the continents, taking cruises through the Panama Canal and around South America and visited Asia, Hong Kong, Russia and Australia, Paoloni said.
"They loved it, they had a wonderful time everywhere they went," Paoloni said.
In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service is planned for March 23 in Redding.
— Bob Norberg
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