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Lindblom, Arlene E.

Arlene E.  “Swede” (Hanson) Lindblom, wife of the late J. Herbert, passed on peacefully in her home on Thursday, January 6th surrounded by her loving family and caregivers.  She is survived by her daughter Edith Lindblom-Warthin of Derby, VT; her son William H. and his wife Susan of Long Branch, NJ and her daughter Lois L. Johnson and her husband Herb of Walpole, MA.  She also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters, and her longtime friend Rita Lyons of Norwood.  Ever respected matriarch, Arlene took great pride in her entire family.

Born in 1913, Arlene graduated Bridgewater High School in 1930.  A member of the first graduating class of Sargent School of Physical Education at Boston University, she earned her B.S. in Education in 1934.  She taught in Acton, Norwood, Walpole and Medfield until she retired in 1988.

Arlene co-founded the Women’s Community Committee in Norwood.  She was a board member of the traditional Norwood Girl Scout Council.  Arlene was also active in Boy Scouts.  She also was a life member of Samoset Chapter 109 of the Order of Eastern Star of MA.  For many years, she enjoyed being part of the voting process in Norwood. 

Swede loved antiques, crossword puzzles, traveling, bird watching and listening to country music.  Sports were her main interest in life, and her passion  for the Red Sox never waned.  She attributed her longevity to her Native American heritage from the Wampanoag tribe. 

A private service will be held per her request.  Donations may be made in her name to the Girl Scouts of  Eastern MA, 95 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116 (c/of Service Unit in Norwood) or Caritas Home Care, 3 Edgewater Dr., Norwood, MA 02062.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Elaine Dugan
    January 12th, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    Thanks for letting me know about “Auntie Swede”. She certainly had a wonderful, long life and I have many fond memories of her from when I grew up in Walpole. Still have many home movies where her image will forever be. You all were so lucky to have her with you for so long. May your memories sustain you at this sad time.

  2. Joan Priest
    January 13th, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    I believe that your mother is in heaven and watching
    down on all of us and to give us the advice we need.
    My sympathies go out to the whole family.

  3. Marti Dingle
    January 14th, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Dear Lois & Family…what a lovely tribute you sent about your mother. It was truly beautiful and worthy of your lovely mother. She was so fun loving ….I have such fond memories of my time with her. Loved when she came down with Eleanor and Andy- they were so fun loving. She was an amazing person and I am proud to say that she was in my life. I feel her loss and hope God will ease the pain in your hearts. She is kept alive in our memories…I was led when she got the chance to see her First great grandchild before God took her to his home.
    My prayers are with you all. With Heartfelt sympathy & Love

  4. Joyce Kauffman
    January 17th, 2011 | 11:30 am

    Dear Lois, Edie, and Bill (and families): I was so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was an extremely important part of my childhood and I have wonderful memories of her. You were so lucky to have her for such a long time! With sympathy and love, Joyce

  5. Mary Lou Costello-Sirois
    January 18th, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    Lois, Edie, and Bill: Sorry to hear about your mother’s death. She was a great lady and a good friend of my mother,Peg. I always enjoyed her, and you were so lucky to have her as long as you did.
    My sympathies to all in the family,
    Mary Lou

  6. Ed and Linda Brown
    January 23rd, 2011 | 8:54 am

    We loved Swede and was a part of our family.
    She is now with E and A who were a big part of her life.
    Thank you Swede for the memories.

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