Shattered American Dream Mosaic

Grandma Maja convinced me that the core of her idea of making an American Dream come true pivoted on motherhood. Maja was born in 1897, the sixth child of nine children brought into the world by Ida Källgren.

Ida Källgren and Maja
Seven of the nine Källgren Family (Two children died of childhood disease)

My mother, Dolores Elizabeth Virginia Wittenstrom was born in 1924, two years after Maja landed and came through Ellis Island.

Carl Oscar, baby Dolores, Maja 1925

Maja brought three more children into the world. A boy was born and died the day after his birth. Peter and Linnea were born before Carl Oscar suffered a fatal heart attack in June, 1932. To rebuild her vision of raising her family Maja took them with her to Sweden and spent a year grieving and deciding on a plan to move forward.

Dolores, Peter, Maja, Linnea and Maja’s brother Carl (Kalle) In Sweden Preparing to Return to Chicago in 1933

Fast forward and read, My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute as Maja rebuilds her shattered Swedish American Dream by encountering and conquering many adversity challenges and thus create an amazing story which I call a mosaic.

1949 Photo of me in my father’s arms. Maja on the far left with her brother Oscar and wife, Josephine. Maja’s daughter Linnea in front left, daughter Dolores, my dad and brother and far right is Maja’s son, Peter August.

Through it all, Grandma Maja was driven by an amazing force which my book suggests was very much propelled to express her desire to be an outstanding role model teacher of Swedish American grit, gumption, resilience using framåtanda resourcefulness come he’ll or high water.

Published by Donnie: An Admiring Grandson

Living an inspired life modeled after my Grandma Maja, who stepped up as a Swedish immigrant widow and mom of 3, facing America’s Great Depression while demonstrating uncommon grit and valor. I am determined to share her life lessons so she is no longer forgotten. I have a book to share and the reader will preview the entire story by visiting here. You are most welcome.

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