Lillian Asplund Information

Jul 14, 2002
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I was just wondering if any of you knew what Lillian did with her life after the sinking? Her biography here doesn't mention much. Also, was Lillian ever involved in any Titanic related convention or memorial? I know she will not talk about it now, but wasn't sure if she was always like that?
 
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Theres more qualified people in here that can tell you more than myself, but from what I have read over the last several years, Lillian Asplund has never attended a Titanic related function or for that matter even discussed the sinking except maybe to close friends or relatives. Its obvious to see why with her having lost so many family members in the sinking. I don't know what kind of work she did for a living.
 
Apr 16, 2001
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Hi Eric,

Lillian has lived a very quiet life since the sinking, and has never attended any Titanic related function to my knowledge. She was invited to numerous Titanic society conventions in the late 1980s and early 1990s but she politely refused. Like Darren said, she lost several family members in the sinking, and still retains painful memories of that terrible night.

Many claim that Mrs. VanTongerloo was the last survivor who remembered the Titanic, but Lillian (aged 5 at the time) certainly does also ~ particularly the scene at the lifeboat where she and her mother and younger brother were dropped into it. In a 1989 telephone conversation that I had with her, she said that she could still remember seeing her father's face as the boat was lowered away. He was still holding her twin brother Carl and she recalled seeing her two older brothers peering over the rail. She was always haunted as to why there wasn't time for them to get into the boat. Her father's body was later recovered and returned to the family for burial but her three brothers were never found.

As to her professional life, I did ask her once and she replied that she did some type of secretarial work in Worcester, Massachusetts, but retired early to care for her elderly mother who lived until the age of 90. Interestingly, Mrs. Asplund died on April 15, 1964 - 52 years after losing her husband and three young sons in the wreck.

Two friends and I went to see Lillian in late 1992. We presented her with a picture of her parents that she had never seen before and was very pleased to receive it. Our time with her was brief and she appreciated the thought but did not wish to speak about the Titanic. In a strange way, I think Lillian might have wanted to say a few more words because I'll never forget as we left, she stood at her door, smiled and called out, "Have a safe trip back home." I thought she might have welcomed the company without our Titanic link. We left with the impression that she lived somewhat of a sad and lonely life. She still drove her car and had friends and non-immediate family nearby but it seemed that she was alone more often than not.

My friends and I remarked how well Lillian looked in 1992. In fact, when she first opened her front door, I thought we were at the wrong address for she appeared nothing like we expected. Lillian was tall, looked very healthy and certainly did not appear to be 85-years-old at that time. She still looked very much like she did in her childhood photos.

I understand Lillian's health has been failing as of late (she'll be 96 in October) so let us hope she recovers.

If I can answer any more questions about Lillian or her family, I'll be happy to try.

Best regards,

Mike Findlay
 
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Thanks so much for the info Darren and Michael! It's certainly understandable why she has remained silent all these years. I wasn't aware that she lost her three brothers also. My best wishes for her speedy recovery. Thanks Again.
 

John Clifford

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I recall hearing that Ms. Asplund is now in a New England-area nursing home, so her health may be deteriorating, even as I post this.

I've never met her, so I cannot speculate.

John Clifford
 

Andrew Maheux

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Does anyone when (what year) the photo of Lillian and Felix Asplund was taken? This photo appears in Titanic: Women and Children First.

Thanks
Andrew Maheux
 
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Hi Andrew,

There are two photos of the Asplund children in Judy Geller's book. The photo of Lillian with her mother and brother was taken in May of 1912 - just weeks following their rescue from the Titanic. The picture of Lillian and her brother Felix was taken in 1914 - almost two years later.

Hope this helps.

Mike Findlay
 
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Laura Melinda Varjo

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Michael, when you wrote Lillian Asplund has lived a very quiet life after the sinking ,and she shuns any form of publicity, has poor Lillian always been like that ? Shunning publicity? I feel very, very sorry for her heart, because of loosing a father and three brothers in the TITANIC disaster. I too, hope Lillian recovers from her illness, to me, she has lived a very noble life, and I understand why Lillian has not attended any TITANIC interviews. Best wishes, Lorie
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Laura Melinda Varjo

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Lillian`s health is failing, and she is in the hospital often. Hope very much she recoveres !
Lorie
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Kaitlyn Robinson

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I'd like to write a letter to Lillian Asplund. Does anyone know if this is a good idea? Would she be mad or offended in any way? Would her medical condition allow it? What is her address?
Does anyone have info ^^^ about the other survivors??? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanx,
Kaitlyn R.
 
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Laura Melinda Varjo

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Hey, Kaitlyn, I`m just wondering, are you the one in CHS ? It`s me, Laura, u know, I was in your history class for like a month this year, "hi!"
U know, Lillian is one of my favorite survivors, & I wanted 2 write a letter 2 her, but I don`t know her adrees, or how 2 find it out. I REALLY would like 2 meet her, she lives in Shrewsbury ,Mass.
Well, welcome to ET message board.
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Matt Endacott

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Hello,
Before anyone plagues me with shame, i must confess that i did write to Ms. Asplund and she DID refuse to accept the letter. I received it in the mail today. There was a bold stripe across her address and the stamps denoting "REFUSED", which was also written across the envelope in pen. But it got me thinking, i am aware that she must feel so upset over the Titanic disaster, as i am sure anyone on this board would if they lost their brothers & parents in any disaster; but my letter wasn't even opened. There was no hint it contained Titanic related papers but i was just wondering, is Lillian still living at her home address (which i will not reveal) or has the house been sold off, as i am aware she spends much time with cousins. Obviously, if the house was sold any letters addressed to Ms. Asplund would be refused (as they must get many in the post.)
I am just simply wondering if Ms. Asplund has left to live elsewhere due to her failing health? I leave my best wishes for her and pray she recovers.
Can anyone help & inform us on Ms. Asplund's condition?
Best Regards Everyone,
From Matt
 

Phillip Gowan

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Matt,
Lillian has relatives that live in the home with her now and she requires total care. They shield her entirely from any mention of Titanic and I suspect that all personal letters with return addresses from people they do not personally know are refused. Keep in mind she is 97 years old and quite feeble and the Titanic was never a pleasant subject for her. In her present condition even minor things can upset her--and mention of the Titanic is not a minor thing. I've been in touch with a close neighbor that has kept me updated when anything significant happens like being hospitalized. She is never seen outside anymore and the family keeps very much to themselves.

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Laura Melinda Varjo

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I was just wondering, I know Lillian now lives with her cousins, but does any of her cousins have any children, grandchildren ?
Just asking, thank you, Laura.
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Phillip Gowan

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Laura,
Lillian's mother had a lot of relatives in the Worcester area and there are plenty of descendants on that side of the family--although Lillian's immediate family will end with her own death, there is no danger of the allied family lines dying out.

Phil
 
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Am very glad to hear Miss Asplund is in her own home with family- I had thought she was still at the nursing home. A recent visit to the family gravesite shows it faithfully tended which is always nice to see. The Old Swedish Cemetery in Worchester is now called All Faiths and is just across the street from Hope Cemetery.
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