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Belruss, Lieselotte I.

Lieselotte I. (Hensel) Belruss, a longtime resident of Westwood, passed away on June 13th, 2009 at the Deutsches Altenheim Nursing Home in West Roxbury.  She was 96.  The youngest of 7 children, Lieselotte was born in Eickel, Germany on May 31, 1913 to Max and Martha (Engelhardt) Hensel, two very prominent German politicians.  In fact, her mother was the first female German senator.  Lieselotte became a Red Cross nurse when she graduated in 1939 and thereafter remained in the Order of teh red Cross.  She was drafted in 1944 and was a nurse at the Battle and Field Hospital.  She remained a nurse from 1945 to 1954.  She moved to the United States and became a proud American citizen in 1962.  She worked at several hospitals until she accepted a position of head nurse at the Deutsches Altenheim in West Roxbury.  Her husband Vladimir was a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He died in 1994.  In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, and had a passion for animals. A graveside service at Gethsemane Cemetery in West Roxbury will be held Thursday, June 18th at 2 PM with the Reverend Walter Reunning officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Red Cross, 285 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, or to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 275 Grove Street, Suite 3-100, Newton, MA 02466 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. horstbrink
    June 17th, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    Dear Aunt Lotte, in spite of being so far away, we will be with you in our thoughts, when you will be buried today and start to your last journey. We will always remember you und keep you in our hearts.
    You often wished to follow uncle Woldy, your beloved husband, and so you will be with him now.
    In love from Münster/Deutschland Ulrich, Gabriele, Martin and Anette.

  2. Roger & Janet DeHimer
    June 17th, 2009 | 9:33 pm

    Thanks for all your kindness and friendship. We loved all the history lessons. God bless you in heaven. With much love

    Janet & Roger

  3. June 18th, 2009 | 9:25 am

    Mrs. Belruss,

    I’m going to miss you so much. You were a great friend to me. Who will i have my “old fashioned” with now?

    Rest in peace, i’ll think of you often.

    Love, Your friend Jeanie

  4. June 18th, 2009 | 11:09 am

    In memory of my dear Tante Leiselotte, whom I knew and loved my entire life. She was like a grandmother to me and I have so many wonderful memories. Tante L was so enthusiastic and loved life and its pleasures. I hope Tante L is with my own father, who also recently died; they were always great friends- Paul, Tante L, and Nora- they’re all in heaven having an old fashioned together!

    love always
    Maria Martijnje Duggan

  5. Phil Tawa and Rosemarie
    June 18th, 2009 | 5:39 pm

    Mrs. Belruss,
    I will always remember in the older days when you
    would sing your opera so joyfully with your albums.
    Love Always.

  6. Kramer Ingrid
    June 19th, 2009 | 4:49 pm

    Liebe Tante Lieselotte, Peter, Stephan, Anja und ihre Familie und ich wir vermissen Dich jetzt schon. Alle meine Probleme in meinem Leben konnte ich mit Dir besprechen. was nun? We will miss your lovely lough. When I look at the sky I will see you. Bye Ingrid

  7. Margaret Fitzpatrick
    June 19th, 2009 | 9:17 pm

    Dear Lieselotte,
    You have been a wonderful neighbor and friend for many years. I will miss you very much.Ihave many fond memories of our trips and good times together.
    Love, Margaret

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