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IPSWICH - Patricia F. Krusell, 83, of Bayview Road, Ipswich, formerly of Winchester, and wife of Robert N. Krusell, passed away Wednesday February 21, 2018, in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, following her long illness.
Born in Swampscott on June 25, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Otis and Clara (Getchell) Blethen, and was raised in Plainville Conn. Patricia graduated from Plainville High School in 1952, continuing her education at Simmons College, Boston, where she graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science.
During her early years, Patricia learned the use of woodworking tools from her grandfather, who as a hobby made many intricate inlays. She also learned to be an expert seamstress and quilt maker, creating numerous quilts for the family's notable occasions. She enjoyed arts and crafts and from her mother learned to be a great cook, rounding her into an exceptionally talented person.
Robert and Patricia were married in 1956, and soon settled and raised their family in Winchester. For 12 of these years she was employed as the manager of the Activities Department at the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, and most recently worked as a cashier at Market Basket in Rowley for 11 years. Patricia had served as an active volunteer loving her many hours at the Aleppo Shrine where she was twice president of the HONS (Women's Auxiliary). She was also a longtime member of the Daughters of the Nile.
After raising their family, the Krusells retired to Great Neck in Ipswich, and enjoyed many years traveling much of the United States and the world.
In addition to her husband Robert N. of 62 years, she is survived by four children, Dr. Allan Krusell and wife Sandra of N.C., Jean Krusell of Ipswich, Eric Curtis-Krusell and wife Lori of Dover, Mary Johnson and husband Kenneth of Swampscott; 11 grandchildren, Andrew and Scott Krusell, Majid, Malak, Noura, Mazin Rayes and wife Megan, Paul, Carina and Ian Curtis-Krusell, Nicholas and Anja Johnson; and two sisters, Ann Urquhart and Betsy-Susan Currie.
Her funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3, in the First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday, March 2, from 4 o 6 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Interment in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Patricia's name to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittierporter.com.
Published on February 26, 2018
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