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Astrida S. Apse

Obituary
June 30, 1945 - August 30, 2016
Brunswick-Astrida Strazdins Apse passed away on August 30, 2016 following cardiac arrest, peacefully and with her family by her side in Brunswick, Maine.

Astrida was born in a World War II refugee camp in the American sector of occupied Germany in 1945, having left Latvia months before with her late mother Austra Strazdins.  They both emigrated to the United States, first to Michigan and then to Philadelphia, PA, before she headed to the University of Akron on scholarship.  She was a passionate English Literature major, and completed her Master’s degree and began a doctorate in the subject at Pennsylvania State University before moving to Cambridge, MA to teach at The Girl’s Latin School. In Cambridge, she met and eventually married Juris Imants Apse and moved to Princeton, New Jersey in 1972.  In Princeton, Astrida raised 3 children- Colin, Kira and Stefan- and over the years taught English at Peddie School (starting the English as a second language program there), The Lewis School, and Princeton High School while also tutoring many local students.  She lived in Princeton for thirty-five years before retiring with her husband to Brunswick, Maine near her children, the ocean, and her now four grandchildren.   

Astrida was a wonderful mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor, book clubber, and partner – always ready to laugh and offer insights from her fascinating life.  She might even offer a kind critique of the grammar of this obituary, as lover of literature and of the rules of English.  Few were as fond of teenagers as Astrida, and she not only did wonders with her own kids but also entertained and educated teenagers from Cambridge to Princeton to Brunswick. Astrida’s dedication to, and love for, her children is a trait that was quickly evident to all that got to know her.  Astrida’s dynamic personality will be missed.

A private celebration of Astrida’s life will take place in Brunswick, Maine.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or https://www.pancan.org/ in honor of her late mother.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, ME where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com