Linea Gustavson Lundblad, 95, longtime resident, volunteer
Linea Gustavson Lundblad, age 95, longtime resident of Ridgefield, CT, passed from this life on Monday, April 23, 2012.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Franklin W. Lundblad (1994) and her daughter, Louise Lundblad Fisher of Bloomfield, CT (2003).
Also predeceasing her were her brothers Ernest Arthur Gustavson of Randolph, NJ, and John Raymond Gustavson of Manchester, CT. She leaves behind her son-in-law George Fisher of Windsor, CT, and several nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Born June 7, 1916, in New Haven, CT, to Anna Ericson Gustavson and Ernest Hugo Gustavson, she graduated from Hill House High School, New Haven, in 1934 and from Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, NY, in 1936.
Having known one another since childhood, Linea’s relationship with Frank deepened as they both attended Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, and corresponded throughout WW II while Frank served in the Pacific. After the war ended, Linea and Frank were married in 1946. Louise Elizabeth, their only child, was born on December 27, 1947, in Hamden, CT.
Frank’s position in the U.S. Army brought the Lundblad family to Poitier, France; Essex Junction, Vermont; and Governor’s Island, NY. After military retirement, Frank continued his work with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, relocating to Pearl River, NY. Longing for their native Connecticut, they built a beautiful home, bordered by woodland and pond, in Ridgefield, and resided there from 1968-2005. Linea spent the remainder of her days at Ridgefield Crossings.
During their post in Vermont, 15-year-old Louise severely injured her spinal cord in a boating accident on Lake Champlain and became a quadriplegic. Linea’s life, for a time, was largely defined by her service to her daughter, whom she supported in her achievement of earning a college degree from Sacred Heart University, entering the professional work force, and living a fully independent life.
Linea had a zest for life. She traveled extensively with Frank, designed and sewed much of her own wardrobe, entertained, swam regularly at the YMCA into her eighties, volunteered at the Ridgefield VNA Thrift Shop, and as a first generation immigrant retained a strong affinity for her Swedish heritage. She is remembered as a vibrant and vigorous woman who often remarked, “I have had an interesting and happy life.”
As a faithful member of First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, she served in the Elizabeth Circle, participated in the annual Christmas Bazaar, and hosted numerous church functions. She cherished being a part of the First Church family for nearly 50 years.
Survivors include her nieces Karen Baldwin and her daughters Katie and Sarah of Farmington, CT and Stina Krewson and her husband Stephen and six children of Schenectady, NY. Services will be held on May 11, 2012 at 10 am at First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877 Website: www.firstcongregational.com Family and friends are invited by First Church to attend a luncheon afterwards.
Memorial contributions are welcome at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association: 90 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877.
The family personally thanks Ralph Slater, the First Congregational Church family, and the Staff of Ridgefield Crossings for their help and support during Linea’s time of residence.