Arne Sæter (b. August 21, 1913 in Surna, Norway, d. September 14, 1973 in Trondheim, Norway) was a member of the Norwegian Parlament "Stortinget" 1969–1973 where he represented the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti). Before he was elected as a member of the Parlament, he served as a Lutheran minister in the Church of Norway in Rindal municipality. He was also elected major of this municipality.
When Norway was invaded in 1940 by Germany during World War II, he participated in the defense of Norway, for which he was awarded the Norwegian Defense Medal 1940–1945 and a diploma. During the Nazi German occupation (1940–45), he joined the illegal Norwegian resistance movement. He participated in distributing information to citizens about how to respond to German's commands and regulations. He also travelled around middle-Norway to prepare one politician in each municipality to be ready to take over as major at once Germany capitulated. Arne Sæter wrote five books on christian themes.
Johanne and Arne Sæter
Arne Sæter married Johanne Storflor (b. 7.3.1919, Hegra in Norway) who was a nurse by profession. The family made their home in Heimdal, Sør-Trøndelag, but moved to Rindal, Møre og Romsdal, in 1958 and then back again in 1973.
1) Odd Jostein Sæter (b. November 11,1948 in Trondheim). Odd Jostein is Senior Advisor for Members of the Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti) in the Norwegian Parlament (Stortinget). Odd Jostein has been State Secretary (Deputy Minister) for three different governments. Odd Jostein Sæter is married to Ragnhild Marie Løberg (b. May 28, 1953) from Gjerpen in Skien. Ragnhild Løberg is a pharmacist and works in a company inventing and manufacturing medicines. The family lives in Oslo. Children:
Arne Løberg Sæter (b. August 13, 1981 in Oslo)
More about Odd Jostein, Ragnhild and their descendants here...
2) Eldbjørg Marit Sæter (b. June 7, 1951 in Trondheim). Eldbjørg Sæter Aurdal is a teacher. She married the Lutheran minister Torgils Aurdal (b. May 15, 1946 in Gjøvik). Eldbjørg and Torgils have their home at Selfors in Rana, Nordland. Children:
Hanne Kristi Aurdal (b. August 12, 1978 in, Trondheim). Educated
at NTNU (University of Trondheim). She lives in Oslo.
3) Jon Arne Sæter (b. May 5,1956 in Trondheim). Jon Arne Storflor Sæter is educated as a teacher and has studied biology and zoology at Universitety of Trondheim. He has been a professional nature photographer for 20 years and owns a binocular distributing company and binocular retail company. He married Xanthe (maiden name: Johnson) from U.S.A. They have their home in Trondheim, Norway. They have one child:
(1) Ravn David Sæter (Name of birth: Phonlawat Mathamma, b. 1990 in Bangkok in Thailand). He is a pupil at a carpenters' school. He has his own web site: www.ravnen.no.
Xanthe, Jon Arne and their family's presentation is found here...
4) Bjarte Sæter (b. September 3, 1957 in Trondheim). Doctor of medicine. Married to Ingun Dahlin from Spjelkavik (b. September 28, 1961 in Oslo). Ingun is a professional artist (web site: www.dahlin.no) with degrees from Statens Håndverk- og Kunstindustrihøyskole, and Statens lærerskole i forming. Ingun Dahlin and Bjarte Sæter have their home at Heimdal in Trondheim, Norway. Children:
Tonje Dahlin Sæter (f. 31.8.1987, Oslo). Tonje
is a student at NTNU, Trondheim
More about Arne Sæter in World War II
When the Nazi Germany invaded Norway on April 9, 1940 Arne Sæter studied theology in Oslo.
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This text will be translated to English:
9. april flyktet konge og regjering med tog nordover Østlandet. Oslo var tatt, og Arne fortalte at han hastet seg av gårde (muligens på tog) for å slutte seg til forsvaret av Norge lenger inn i landet. Han fortalte videre at han ved Elverum ble angrepet av et tysk krigsfly. Bombingen skjedde 11. april 1940. Tyskerne jaktet på kong Haakon og regjeringen, og det var dem som var det primære bombemålet. Arne kastet seg ned i veggrøfta, og granater fra flyet slo ned i den andre veggrøfta. Dette er alt familien kan huske Arne fortalte av opplevde krigshandlinger. (Johanne, Bjarte og Jon Arne Sæter 2003)
Arne Sæter i motstandsbevegelsen under krigen
Arne Sæter was minister in Rindal 1958–1973. At the same time he was active in the politics, for instance he was elected major in Rindal. In 1969 he was elected as a member of the Norwegian Parlament. He died in 1973, 60 years of age.
recent pictures of the family
whole family gathered at Lisbetsæter in 1997