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The Council of the NIA is Sad to announce the passing of our Dedicated, Long Time Lawyer, –Walter Barthold!


Walter Barthold

Walter Barthold, an accomplished civil litigator and community leader, passed away March 10 at the age of 93 at his home in Ridgewood, N.J.

Born in Toronto, he emigrated to the United States with his family as a child and grew up in Winnetka, Ill. He graduated from New Trier High School and served in the 80th Division Signal Corps in World War II as a foreign national. In 2011 Barthold was awarded the Chevalier medal of the Legion of Honor by the president of France for his part in the liberation of the country. After the war he graduated from Northwestern University, then Yale Law School in 1951.

Barthold was director of litigation at Arthur, Dry, Kalish,Taylor and Wood in New York for many years and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He established his own practice before retiring in 2004.  

In 1957 he married the late Denise Buffington (Barthold) and they raised their three children in Jackson Heights and Douglaston, Queens where Barthold served on many local boards including the Douglas Manor Association, Douglaston Civic Association and Community Board 11.

Barthold grew up during the Depression and became a loyal fan of his hometown Cubs. He also re-established and maintained connections with his father’s extended family in Norway, visiting the country on many occasions. He gave many years of service to the Norwegian Immigration Association and the Torske Klubben of New York. Barthold was a regular contributor of book reviews to the American Bar Association Journal.

He was a long-time devotee of the Metropolitan Opera, where he met his second wife, Dorothy.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dorothy Barthold, as well as his brother Lionel (Queensbury, N.Y.), sister Louise (Del Mar, Calif.), his three children Charles, David (Brooklyn, NY) and Nancy (Douglaston, NY), his five grandchildren Ryan, Reed, Julian (New York), Britton, Betsy, his two daughters-in-law, Sarah Dranoff and Peggy (Weber) Barthold, and his two stepdaughters, Heather and Melinda LaValle.

Services will take place at 1 p.m. on April 7 at Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, N.J. His remains will be buried at Zion Episcopal Church, Douglaston, N.Y., at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to Christ Church Memorial Fund/music, Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

On Saturday, March 24th, the 63rd Contest to select Miss Norway of Greater New York was held at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center in Brooklyn

Miss Norway 2018 is Liv Gerda Halvorsen


Miss Heritage 2018 is Eva Sibinga


The 7 contestants with Miss Norway 2017, Kristen Johnson, and Little Miss Norways


The 7 candidates in the current NIA exhibit at the Home


MN 2018 Program-6

MN 2018 Program-5

The Executive Council of the Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc. is sad to report the passing of one of it’s Dear long time active members, Sandy Ginsberg, on February 17th, 2018

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

 A private Memorial was held on April 21st, 2018-at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in NYC

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         Sandy’s Obituary from the April 22nd, NY Times



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