Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society was sent an unidentified photo; an old photo album from the 1930s and 1940s and some Toivonen family photographs. The Toronto Branch forwarded the collection to me, hoping to find someone in the Finnish community or Thelma Taylor Pearson’s family that would be interested in receiving the collection.

Onni Toivonen was born in Cobalt on October 30 1914 to parents Aaron Toivanen (sic Toivonen?) and Hilda Lyytinen, married on May 19th 1945 in Toronto to Thelma Taylor Pearson. He died December 3rd 1975 in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. They do not appear to have children.

 Thelma Taylor Pearson was born February 19th 1923 in Toronto to parents Oscar Pearson and Ragnhild Taylor. She went to public school in Toronto in 1934. She married Onni Toivonen on May 19th 1945 and shortly thereafter they moved to Cleveland Ohio where she worked for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company for 34 years. Thelma moved to Myrtle Beach, North Carolina in 1981 and died there on January 24th 2012.

Surviving are cousins in Sweden – Britt Gröön, Elisabet (James) Gröön Glaspie, Kerstin (Hans) Gröön Engberg, Johanna Gröön Lim, Oskar and Markus Lim, William and Hanna Engberg, and Maya, Lisha and Johnatan Glaspie.

We would like to 're-gift' this to a Toivonen family that cares about this family or to Thelma’s relatives.

Click on the Gallery to view the photos and other documents.  Gallery

Contact Marty Neva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any information regarding this couple