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Ethel Anderson

Celebrates 100th Birthday

Ethel Augusta Anderson was born on January 6, 1917 in North Easton from parents born in Sweden. She is one of three sisters, the others being Agda and Agnes. She lived at 118 Center Street for most of her life until she was no longer able to care for herself and moved to Life Care Center in West Bridgewater in 2014 where she currently resides.

Out of concern for World War 1 her mother took her at an early age to Sweden, returning at age 4 and speaking only Swedish. She graduated from Oliver Ames HS in 1933 and the Goddard Hospital School of Nursing in 1938. She trained at the Goddard Hospital where she became a Registered Nurse. Ethel then began her nursing career at Baker Memorial Hospital in Boston and later Massachusetts General Hospital from where in May of 1942 the Army Nursing Corp’s 6th General Hospital recruited 80% of its nurses and doctors, including Ethel. The hospital unit first served in Northern Africa and later was stationed along the front lines in Italy. During her care for many American casualties Ethel was promoted to First Lieutenant in July of 1944. Ethel returned home in 1946 and helped care for her ailing mother.

She continued her life of care giving and went to work as a nurse at the Goddard Hospital in 1950 and the Goddard Hospital Clinic in 1952. In 1970 she went to work for Dr. Wiesner in Brockton and retired from there in 1990.

Ethel has been a life long member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Easton and is visited often by church members. Her favorite pastime now is doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles and naturally caring, when she can, for her younger roommate. Ethel is also visited and cared for by the families of her two nephews and by many friends. She enjoys receiving visitors. Please join the Society in wishing Ethel a wonderful 100th birthday!

This article was written by her nephew John Strom-OAHS Class of 1957. Thank you John!

January 8: Easton Historical Society Open House

Learn about the Easton Puzzle at the Easton Historical Society's Open House January 8th. The Station will be open from 1 to 5 p.m., and at 2:30 Eveline Johnson, the painter of the nineteen historical places on the puzzle, will discuss the process, sign puzzles, and have on display some of her other art work of Easton. A retired OAHS history teacher, she has studied with several artists including noted watercolorist Dan McCole of South Boston. The program will be facilitated by Debra Salisbury of the Society's Board and Chairman of the Puzzle Committee. Also recognized will be the role of the North Easton Savings Bank in supporting this special project. Call 508-238-7774 for additional information. With best wishes for 2017, Frank

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