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 Lillian Gertrud Asplund

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Lillian Gertrud Asplund

  • Birth 21 Oct 1906 Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 6 May 2006 Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 14296145

RMS Titanic Disaster Survivor. At her death, she was the last American survivor of the sinking of the famed "RMS Titanic". Throughout her life, she staved off its accompanying publicity. She was only five years old when the ship went down in the North Atlantic. Her father, Carl, a Worcester laborer, had returned the family to Sweden in 1907 to settle his father's estate and care for his mother. Traveling third-class on their return to the states in 1912, she lost her father and three brothers - one of whom was her fraternal twin - when the ship struck an iceberg and sank. She recalled being handed down into a descending lifeboat. The image of her father holding her twin and two other brothers haunted her throughout her life, and she refused to give interviews about the ordeal, or her life in general. Her mother, Selma, and brother, Felix, also survived the Titanic sinking. They died in 1964 and 1983, respectively. She died in her sleep at her Fairlawn Circle home in Shrewsbury at the age of 99. The Swedish-American was bedridden for most of the last four years, spent mostly with her Kenyan caregiver. She had worked as a clerk at State Mutual Life Insurance Company. in Worcester before retiring in 1971 to enjoy her hobby of gardening. She had no immediate relatives or children and never married.

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  • Originally Created by: Always with Love
  • Added: 15 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14296145
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lillian Gertrud Asplund (21 Oct 1906–6 May 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14296145, citing Old Swedish Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .