PEDERSEN, Thelma G.L.
We are sad to announce the sudden passing of our dear mother, Thelma Pedersen, on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at the age of 91 years. She was the loving wife of Russell Pedersen (deceased 2006), and dear mother of Valentine (Edward) Leong of Portland, Oregon, Peter Pedersen (deceased 1994) of Nanaimo BC (Gail & Ken Bunnage), Gregory (Mineko) Pedersen of White Rock, BC, Patricia (Bruce) Livingstone of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Suzette (Dave) Pedersen/Farrant of Nanaimo, BC, 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Thelma was born on June 25, 1923 in Mangawhata, New Zealand and was the youngest daughter of 12 children born to her parents, Maude and Isaac Cooksley. She was the sole surviving member of all her siblings at the time of her passing.
I have recently added a page to this website, "Alve Family Reunion Easter 1995." The page title is self-explanatory and it reminds us that we are all 20 years older, unless we were born since 1995. The Alve Family Reunion was a grand occasion celebrated in the magnificent Highden Country Estate, Green Road, Awahuri in the Manawatu, west of Palmerston North.
Nearly 150 relatives and associates of the NZ Alve Family gathered, reminisced, journeyed, worshipped, ate, enjoyed speeches and entertainment over two days of Easter. Various momentos were on offer including photos, key rings and letter openers with Carl & Maria's photo, and the recently published "Alve Road" history of the family. The Reunion page mentioned above offers a full report of that occasion and a copy of keynote speaker, Rolf Panny's Saturday evening address to the family which highlighted the very significant role of pioneer women.
This website is an attempt to keep Alve Family memories alive. Much of the the "Alve Road" content is re-presented. New research findings are reported. Subsequent births, deaths and marriages are included and your family information is invited for inclusion.
The question I am wrestling with today is, "Should we do something to mark the passing of another generation 20 years on?" Only four members, all males, of the second generation of Carl & Maria's descendants survive from the 20+ who were living at the time of the 1995 Reunion: Alve Purdom, Hilton Alve, Ivan Alve and William Alve - please correct me if I am wrong. Recent deaths include Phillip Alve (2012), Thelma Avery (2013) and Thelma Pedersen (2014) - wife of the late Russell Pedersen. Alongside these deaths are various new births. Grandchildren of my parents - Val & Joyce Alve - born in the last couple of years include Ruby Weir, Olive Perris, Wolf Schroder, Eden Alve and Lucy Alve (born last week).
My suggestion is that we consider scheduling a ONE day event, possibly during Easter 2015 - maybe Sunday 5th April? I'll do a bit more homework around this thought and get back to you via this Blog and our eList. In the meantime what do you think? Please consider contacting me or leaving a response to this Blog post via the form below.
Terry Alve - Tawa, Wellington
P.S. I always appreciate notice of your family's BDM info which can then be added to the family record.
During November 2012 two early Wellington historical framed photos were retrieved from the roof space at 52 Raroa Road, Kelburn, Wellington. They were discovered while family were clearing Phillip Alve's house in preparation for its sale following his death earlier that year. The one pictured here dates from 1886. The second photo dates from 1869 and was taken from Kelburn - perhaps from Troup hill where Phil's house is located - looking over the emerging city towards the harbour.
Phillip Alve Died 20 July 2012
As happens life takes over and good intentions are thwarted. It has been a busy year for me and family matters have been limited to the closest of kin. We've just celebrated grand daughter Olive's 1st birthday (30 June) and now await the birth of grand daughter #3 early August - child of David and Ingrid (nee Sherriff).
Shortly we will remember the first anniversary of Phillip Alve's death - died 20 July 2012.
Mum - Joyce Alve - is preparing to move into Julia Wallace rest home in Palmerston North shortly.
Uncle Ivan Alve has settled into his unit at the Olive Tree Village in Palmerston North. He has recently completed a tour into South Africa and nearby countries. He has a wonderful selection of wildlife photos as a result.
Talking of Olive Tree retirement Complex one of their older residents is Thelma Avery (nee Pedersen). Thelma will celebrate her 100th birthday on 20 January next.
We'd be interested in hearing news of others of Ivan and Thelma's generation of Alve descendants: Alve Purdom, Hilton Alve and William Alve. And if there is other significant family news we will be pleased to add that with your permission.
Peter Alve spent time earlier this year in Wellington Hospital where he received a kidney transplant. He has progressed well since then and has returned part-time to his work at the Summerset Rest Home in Palmerston North.
52 Raroa Road sold after 50+ years
Phillip Alve's home at 52 Raroa Road, Kelburn, Wellington was sold by his estate on 8th February, 2012. This sale ends a long association by the Alve family with this turn of the (20th) Century villa.
This house had been home for Phil since the early 1950's. After living there as a boarder initially, Phil bought the house either in the late 1950's or early 1960's. He initially continued using the home as a boarding house. Later he lived there alone and spent most of his retirement there. It was an ideal repository for his very large collections of books, records, papers and other bric a brac.
At some stage he also purchased the neighbouring property at 54 Raroa Road, which has been tenanted and remains so, owned by Phil's estate. This property is currently on the market also.
Shortly after he turned 90 in December 2008 Phil moved to live at the family home in Longburn, Manawatu before spending his last days in the Aroha Rest Home in Palmerston North. He died on 20th July 2012 aged 93.
52 Raroa Road has been purchased by John Waterson of Kelburn and others who are already rennovating it.
Bert & Gwen Davie celebrated their 60th Wedding
Anniversary on 25th February 1992
Bert and Gwen Davie celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary in 1992 in South Canterbury. Gwen Purdom is the daughter of Carolena Alve - 5th child of Carl and Maria Theresia Alve. This photo appears in Lena's bio page in the website.
Over the summer we are adding 1st generation descendant biographies to the website.To date Mary, Charlie, Theresia, Anna, Carolena and the infants Rosa and Emma bios have been added, along with new pics.
These bio pages as they are added are password protected. You will have to join our list to get the password to enter these pages. Joining is currently FREE. Get your password HERE.
A much younger Gwen Purdom
An enhanced photo from
"Alve Road" the book.
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Another picture (right) associated with Carolena's bio also features Gwen Purdom. The original of this photo from around 1923 is very badly spotted and damaged. With the aid of computer technology we have been able to significantly improve this image. The original (it also appeared in the Book) appears below.
N.B: Clicking on the photos in this post will give you an enlarged view of them.
Phillip Alve 1918-2012
Margaret and I want to share with you our personal Christmas greetings and news for 2012.
The year has ended with Margaret sitting on two new job offers and Terry employed on a five month contract with Statistics NZ helping to conduct the 2013 Census which will be held on 5 March.
The two week break over Christmas - New Year will have us redecorating our downstairs back bedroom as we convert it into a counselling - mentoring space. Yes, both of us increasingly have clients coming to our home as we operate our respective businesses: counselling and professional supervision (Margaret) & spiritual direction and ministry supervision (Terry).
Early in the new year Margaret developed her counselling businesses by taking a contract for ten hours weekly with the Wellington Cancer Society and launching her "Because U Matter" counselling business in March. During the year Terry has further developing his spiritual mentoring business (iCare Resources) by engaging a number of new clients and continuing to work with others. He continues to offer retreats with Spiritual Growth Ministries teams and he now manages the SGM Wellington-Kapiti website and email database.
The year began with Terry turning 60. Margaret's gift was a couple of nights in central Auckland before travelling on the Overlander daylight train south to Tawa - an all day (12 hour) trip.
An early web project for Terry was a feasibility study and a subsequent website development for NALAG - the National Association for Loss & Grief. The other biggie this year has been a redevelopment of the Shadz Hair Art website for friends Steve & Sovann Dowall. Talking about websites, the site you are on www.alve.org.nz has also been developed recently. More about that in a moment.
On the family front there have also been significant developments. After a long gestation Jono & Jenn moved into their new Tawa home in March. Jono continues as southern North Island BDM with Dominion Breweries and Jen works with the Ministry for the Environment. David & Ingrid have settled into their Grenada Village home and David joined the permanent staff at Park Road Post in movie post production. He had the privilege of working on the "Hobbit" and so appears in the movie credits if you look closely. Ingrid has gained primary teacher registration. Caleb has a new friend - Emma - whom he lives with in Khandallah but they are soon to move to Johnsonville. He has joined the staff of Kiwibank after finishing with Countdown butchery management. Emma works with an employment recruiting company. Sarah and Simon now have three children with Olive being born on 30th June at Kenepuru Hospital. She joins Elijah (3) and Holly (just 2) in their new home in Lupin Terrace in Tawa's eastern hills. After some choosing between employment options, Simon has taken a permanent lectureship in Classics at Victoria University. Sarah is a busy mum who finds time to meaningfully contribute to the running the local Playcentre.
Two other significant developments this year have been:
Well, that's more than enough for now. We notice that several Christmas messages have come in already from family and friends. We appreciate and value your correspondence with us and thank you for your Christmas and new year greetings.
We want you to know that we prayerfully and lovingly extend to you our aroha trusting that 2013 will be a year full for you. Go well...
Terry Alve on behalf of Margaret and the Whanau who yearly increase in number!
POSTSCRIPT: Members of the Family at Titahi Bay Beach around 7:15pm Christmas Evening
We've taken a while to get this website to a stage where we feel it can be publicly promoted. I think we are there. Of course there is plenty more to add, including the biographies of the first three generations in NZ. That's all available digitally to load along with appropriate pictures - some from the 1994 Book and some new ones.
We have an email list of about 20 that we will send a website link to along with a password to the member only content. There's no cost for membership currently, but we have made it that you need to give us your email address to access the Book historical info and (in time) the biographical info that will be an edited version of the "Alve Road" book content.
Please do not give the member only password to others. Ask those interested to complete the signup form here:
As we launch we ask that you start promoting this website, especially to family, and to others who may be interested in knowing more about the family.
And, Christmas/New Year greetings to you. Marg and I have recently had the privilege of a kitchen upgrade. In the process Marg bought a wall decal that appears below. We offer this as our prayerful hope for you this Christmas and into the new year.
Kara Corcoran & Marcus Flintoff
Married today at Turakina near Wanganui. Marcus is son of Theresa (nee Alve) and David Flintoff from Palmerston North. Theresa is daughter or Ivan and Maree Alve and grand-daughter of Henry & Theresa Alve.
Kara is a veterinary Anaesthesia technician and Marcus is a equine veterinary nurse.
We wish them well as they journey into married life.
A digest of news about and from the Alve Family in New Zealand.