Monday, May 08, 2006

Last American Titanic Survivor Dies

Lillian Gertrud Asplund shunned publicity for 94 years, never married, and retired early to care for her ailing mother, also a survivor. From CNN:

Asplund, who was just 5 years old, lost her father and three brothers -- including a fraternal twin -- when the "practically unsinkable" ship went down in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg.

She died Saturday at her home in Shrewsbury, said Ronald E. Johnson, vice president of the Nordgren Memorial Chapel in Worcester, Massachusetts.

"She went to sleep peacefully," he said.

Asplund's mother, Selma, and another brother, Felix, who was 3, also survived the Titanic sinking in the early morning of April 15, 1912.

Asplund was the last Titanic survivor with actual memories of the sinking, but she shunned publicity and rarely spoke about the events.

Lillian's mother, Selma, died on the 52nd anniversary of the sinking in 1964 at age 91. Lillian's brother Felix, only 3 at the time of the sinking, died at age 73.