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John Arnold Rosand

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BORN: Johannes Arnold Rosand, January 8, 1922 in Bremsnes, Norway.
DIED: April 22, 2006 at Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay, Sea Level, North Carolina.

He came to this country in 1924, through Ellis Island, when he was 3 years old with his mother, Gusta Alette Ingeborgvik Rosand, his older brother, Ole and his older sister, Bertia, to live with his father, Robert O. Rosand, who had emmigrated earlier. He is survived by his children, Louise and Richard, by his younger sister, Ingrid, his older sister Bertia, and many nieces & nephews. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Eileen M., his mother, Gusta, his father, Robert, his older brother, Ole, and a nephew, William Brennan.

John attended technical school in Brooklyn, NY, and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1940, after working with his father for a while. He was stationed, after basic training, aboard the carrier Yorktown (CV-5) in Portland, Maine, till it was sunk by the Japanese after the Battle of the Coral Sea in the Pacific theatre of WWII. He was on many ships after that, but never saw battle again. He was a member of the Yorktown Association and attended many reunions with his shipmates and their wives.

After the war, in 1946, he graduated from navigation school and got his mate’s license to become a merchant marine officer, like his brother, traveling the world on oil tankers for 37 years, retiring in 1983. While living at home and attending navigation school, he met and married Eileen Marguerite Sullivan on November 22, 1947, in Brooklyn, NY. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 1997 with family and friends. They first settled on Staten Island, NY, but moved around a lot and finally settled in Belmont, New Hampshire with their two children, Louise & Richard in 1969. After a 3-year stay near Stroudsburg, PA, from 1983 to 1986, they came back to Laconia, New Hampshire. After the death of his wife Eileen in January of 2002, John stayed here for a while and then moved to a nursing home in North Carolina called Snug Harbor, which was originally started for “ancient mariners” by a friend of Alexander Hamilton’s in Greenwich Village, NYC, then moved to Staten Island, NYC, and finally to Sea Level, NC.

There are no calling hours or funeral services.

A Private graveside service will be held in Oakland Cemetery, Meredith, NH.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia is in charge of the arrangements.

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