Survivor, 74, of Sinking of Titanic Dies

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Services for Mrs. Vivian Forsander, 74, a survivor of the Titanic which sank April 15, 1912, drowning more than 1,500 persons, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel at 10001 Western av.

Mrs. Forsander, who was born in Sweden, died Saturday in Little Company of Mary hospital of a heart ailment.

When the Titanic sank in the north Atlantic ocean, Mrs. Vivian was 18 years old and on her way to visit the United States.

Lived with Daughter

Mrs. Forsander lived with her daughter Mrs. Elsie Carson, 2525 W. 99th st., her only relative. Her husband, Henry, died four years ago.

“Mother watched the movie ‘Titanic’ last Sunday on television,” Mrs. Carlson said. “She cried when those left on board the Titanic sang ‘Nearer My God To Thee.’ She went to bed before the movie ended.”

Mrs. Forsander was rescued by the Italian ship Carpathia, but a woman and child with whom she was traveling drowned. Mrs. Forsander was dressed in a robe and slippers when her party abandoned ship.

Dreamed of Event

According to Mrs. Carson, on the night before an iceberg ripped open the ship’s hull, her mother dreamed that the supposedly unsinkable Titanic would go down.

The next evening Mrs. Forsander and her traveling companions heard what sounded like an explosion and then felt a jolt. They were in their stateroom when a steward summoned them to the deck and ordered them to don lifejackets and board a rowboat. The two women were reluctant to leave the ship.

Only 711 persons were rescued from the 45,000-tom luxury liner.

Chicago Tribune, Monday, November 21, 1966, s. 1B, p. 10, c. 6 (obituary):


Vivian Forsander, beloved wife of the late Henry; fond mother of Elsie Carson. Funeral Tuesday, 1 p.m., at the Fern Chapel, S. Western avenue at 100 street. Internment Chapel Hill Gardens West.

Chicago Tribune, Monday, November 21, 1966, s. 1B, p. 10, c. 4:

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