Henry in Arizona in his 20s
Kalle Maukonen's Heritage
Henry (also called "Harry" and "Monk")
married Olga Kozachenko (June 10, 1910 - Jan. 21, 1998) and they had three children:
- Elaine Denys Lenore
- Edward Alan
- Haarl Bret
Olga Kozachenko in her 20s
Henry was the second child of Kalle and
Edla. Born in Toronto, he was schooled
there and spent some time at the
University of Toronto before heading
south to Arizona where he worked and
recovered from a bout with tuberculosis.
He spent those years of his 20s working
in the hotel business (Arizona, Chicago,
and St. Catharines, Ontario). He and
Olga (Kozachenko) were married at
Agricola Finnish Lutheran Church in
Toronto on June 19, 1937 and lived in
Port Dalhousie which
is located due south of Toronto across
Lake Ontario. Elaine and Ted were born
to them during this time and, after the
war, they relocated to Toronto. Bret,
their last child, was born mid-century.
Through some difficult times, Henry
continued to provide for his family and
finished his working life at Prestolite
Battery in Toronto.
Henry, Olga. Elaine, and Ted on Argyle Street in Toronto
Although the household was not affluent,
they lived within their means and with
the understanding that there would
always be food in the fridge, a roof
over their heads, and the encouragement
for the children to get as much
education as they wished to
He is remembered as a quiet, peaceable
person who loved reading and learning.
Often, he would rise through the night
or early in the morning and would sit in
the kitchen reading a book. His
interests would lead him to watch
documentary or political programs and,
if one wanted to engage in a discussion,
he was always open to accommodate that.
Another interest was to read "Westerns"
and to watch those stories on
television Probably this was stimulated
by the memories of his time in Arizona.
In his retirement, he continued to serve
his family and would often spend his
time cooking meals especially for family
gatherings when they returned home from
church on Sundays. He had a knack in the
kitchen with skills learned while he was
in the hotel business.
Perhaps something that is most telling
is that former co-workers came by after
his death and provided help for his wife
and family out of a sense of gratitude
for what he done for them over the
His wife, Olga passed away on January
Elaine lives in London, Ontario.
Ted lives in Rockwood, Ontario.
Bret lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.