Word has been received that Louise Caroline Kusleika of Falmouth, a former resident of Cataumet, died at home on June 3. She was 95.
She was the wife of Steven B. Kusleika, with whom she shared 71 years of marriage.
Born in Watertown, she was the daughter of Jacob Hjalmar Sanfred Jacobson and Inez Ingeborg (Johnson) Jacobson and the youngest of their four children.
She was educated in the Watertown Public Schools, an active student both socially and athletically. She was captain of the tennis team in high school and took the ski train to New Hampshire for skiing in the winter.
During summers she waitressed at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution—in 1944 when a hurricane came ashore, she and the other women had to press mattresses against the windows to keep the wind-blown rain out. She vacationed with her family at an uncle’s farm in West Falmouth and, prior to their retirement and living there the year around, spent summers with her husband at their home on Scraggy Neck.
She loved dancing, and it was at a polka dance where she met Steve Kusleika. They married in 1949 and continued to dress up and go out dancing every weekend that they could. The couple had three children and she raised them and ran the family’s household.
A gardener, Ms. Kusleika had good luck growing African violets and she also loved to knit and sew, often making afghans and sweaters to give as holiday gifts.
She stayed active playing tennis in the Lincoln area and often won singles and doubles tournaments; when the family retired to Cataumet, she helped to organize and play in the local tennis leagues there as well. During this time she and her husband went on sailing vacations and they would often explore the coast of Maine with friends. In their later years they traveled to Sweden—her father’s native land—and the Gálapagos Islands.
She and her husband had made their final home at Atria Woodbriar Place in Falmouth.
She leaves three children, Thomas Steven Kusleika of Hamilton, Richard Scott Kusleika of Excelsior, Minnesota, and Linda Louise Kusleika of Smithers, British Columbia, Canada; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother and two sisters.