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Miss Wendla Maria Heininen

Wendla Maria Heininen. She was born 7 June 1888 in Laitila, Åbo, Finland. Her parents were Johan Samuelsson Saxen, b. 20 November 1852 at Hunnerjoki, and Mathilda Mattsdotter Sundgren (Saxen? Heininen?), b. 27 February 1852 at Laitila. Her parents seem to have married in 1874 or 1875. Her mother had been a maid prior to her marriage and her father had been a farm hand.

Her known brothers and sisters were Edla Mathilda, b. 25 October 1875, Amanda Wilhelmina, b. 26 September 1877, Johan Anselm, b. 17 September 1879, Gustaf Werner, b. 11 May (August?) 1881, Fredrika Alexandra, b. 13 August 1883, twins Frans Malakias and Karl Jeremias, b. 19 October 1885, Viktor Evert, b. 13 October 1892, and Oskar Lambert, b. 25 November 1894. The family lived in Laitila, Åbo och Björneborgs County, Finland, in 1886. 

A single woman from Turku, Finland, she was travelling to New York City. She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger .

Miss Heininen lost her life in the disaster, a few days later a female body was pulled from the sea by crew members of the cable ship MacKay Bennett.

The unidentified body was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Halifax, NS the plain stone bearing just a number and the date of death. Recent research enabled the name of victim #8 to be positively identified and the name was added to the stone.

Wendla Maria Heininen's relatives received £50 in compensation for their loss.



Morgue photo of Wendla Maria Heininen
The newly identified grave of Wendla Maria Heininen

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Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew S.S. Titanic (#8)
List of Bodies Unidentified and Disposition of Same (#8)
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2019) Wendla Maria Heininen (ref: #869, last updated: 30th May 2019, accessed 24th January 2021 19:27:22 PM)
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