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Thule Lodge holds Memorial Service

Submitted Photo Thule Lodge held the annual Memorial service at the Falcon’s Nest in Falconer. Pictured are vice chairman Susan W. Sipos reading the names, and lodge chaplain Diane K. Shaw placing carnations on the altar.

FALCONER — The Thule Lodge, which is the Swedish organization in Chautauqua County for 114 years, held the annual Memorial Service at the Falcon’s Nest in Falconer.

Lodge chairman Tom Eckberg opened the service with a welcome to all. The service was conducted by Lodge Chaplain Diane K. Shaw of Cassadaga, and Vice Chairman Susan W. Sipos of Cassadaga. At the service, those members who died in the last 18 months were remembered with a carnation being placed on the altar as the names read.

During the service, music was played. Family members present had the opportunity to speak about their family member. The carnations were provided for family members and guests to take with them.

Following the service, refreshments were provided by the 3C’s catering. Lodge historian John Sipos led all in the pledge of allegiance. The special meeting award was presented to chairman Eckberg.

The next Thule Lodge meeting will be held on Thursday, June 24. This is the Swedish “Midsommer,” a time of welcoming summer, and a meal will be served. Post cards will be sent to members about the meal and the event. New members are always welcome.

Thule Lodge was organized to help the Swedish immigrants upon their arrival in the United States with housing, employment and schooling. Many of the Swedish people found employment in the various furniture factories once located in Jamestown. Today, the lodge serves to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities.

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