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    Default Last U.S. Survivor of Titanic Disaster, Dies at 99

    BOSTON — Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic disaster, has died at her home in Shrewsbury. She was 99.

    Ms. Asplund, who was just 5-years-old at the time of the ship's sinking, lost her father and three brothers — including a fraternal twin — when the "practically unsinkable" White Star Line ship went down in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. She, along with her mother and 3-year-old brother, Felix, survived.

    Ronald E. Johnson, vice president of the Nordgren Memorial Chapel in Worcester, Mass., where services will be held Wednesday, said Ms. Asplund died Saturday.

    "She went to sleep peacefully," he said.

    The Asplund family, all third-class passengers, boarded the ship in Southampton, England to move back to Worcester from their ancestral homeland, Sweden, where they had spent several years.

    Ms. Asplund, who never married, worked at secretarial jobs in the Worcester area most of her life. She retired early to care for her mother, Selma, who it is said never got over the tragedy and died on the 52nd anniversary of the sinking in 1964 at age 91.

    Felix Asplund died on March 1, 1983 at age 73.

    Ms. Asplund shunned publicity and rarely spoke about the events. She was the last Titanic survivor with actual memories of the sinking, as the other two survivors were infants at the time.
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    Wow. So with her passing there are no longer any survivors of the titanic sinking. But I guess only being 5 at the time there's probably not a whole lot she remembered. Very traumatic event for her tho so I don't blame her for not wanting to talk about it.


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    Sounds like there are two more survivors left that were younger than her and not Americans.

    What a night that must've been...

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    Wow......... I can't imagine what that would of been like to live through.

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    So did she have the diamond? I'm confused.

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    Not that it matters, but I did my senior (highschool) research paper on the Titanic.

    Amazing that she made it to 99.
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