Ruth Olin Englund died at her home in Falmouth on Wednesday, November 6, from congestive heart failure. She was 91.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was the youngest of Tilda and John Olin’s 10 children.
She married Ronald Englund, a Lutheran minister, in 1953, and embarked with him on a life journey that would take them to Jersey City and East Orange, New Jersey; Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; London, England, and finally to retirement in Falmouth. Their last 46 years were spent in London (25 years) and Falmouth (21 years).
She lived her life guided by her Christian faith.
As a second-generation immigrant, her first language was Swedish. She loved growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with her nine brothers and sisters. She also had three older half-siblings, from her father’s first marriage, who lived in Sweden. His first wife died along with a son in 1902. She walked to school and skated with some considerable ability during the winter. She was the last surviving sibling.
Ms. Englund embraced Swedish traditions with vigor throughout her life, especially Santa Lucia Day; her “go to” meal of Swedish meatballs always accompanied with lingonberries, and pickled herring was served during Christmas. She was an accomplished baker, and made kringler, bullar and pepparkakor. Her mulled glögg was also a big hit during the holidays. She loved celebrating Christmas.
She hosted many dinners and holiday events due to a constant stream of visitors to their home. The welcome mat was always out to all.
An avid sports fan, she watched the tennis at Wimbledon, and seldom missed a broadcast of a Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins game during her time in Falmouth.
Ms. Englund taught kindergarten, sang in innumerable church and community choirs, and played an active role in many church congregations.
She was predeceased by her children Mark and Philip Englund; and a baby girl.
In addition to her husband of more than six decades, she leaves a son, Jon Englund and his wife, Mary Susan Englund, of Arlington, Virginia; daughter Miriam Englund and her husband, Paul Mathieu, of Freedom, New Hampshire; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Catherine Englund, Philip and Nathanael Mathieu, and Charlotte and Jonathan Englund; and other family.
A service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 11 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 485 Brick Kiln Road in Falmouth.
A reception will follow the service at the same location.