Duckett Funeral Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons

656 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA


Ruth Alden Lester Nastuk

December 13, 1924September 20, 2019

Ruth Alden Lester Nastuk, 94, of Lincoln, passed away Friday, September 20, 2019, at home surrounded by family.

Born December 13, 1924, in Rochester, NY, she was the daughter of Ralph Westcott and Ruth Weston (Alden) Lester. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Ruth was a former resident of Manhattan, NY, Northport, NY, and Tenafly, NJ, before settling in Lincoln, MA 29 years ago. She enjoyed spending time with her family at her summer home on Lovell Lake in Sanbornville, NH. Ruth was a generous woman; she was recognized for the countless hours she volunteered at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Nastuk-Zackin and her husband Michael of Sudbury; two sons, John Nastuk and his wife Karen of Danvers, William Nastuk of New Rochelle, NY; four grandchildren, Katherine Roose and her husband Robert of Lake Oswego, OR, Benjamin Zackin of Arlington, David Nastuk of Arlington, Eric Nastuk of Danvers; one great-grandchild, William Roose; and her faithful feline companion, Patrick.

She was predeceased by her husband, William L. Nastuk, in 1986 after over 35 years of marriage.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at a later date. Interment in Englewood, NJ, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury (https://buddydoghs.com).


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Kathleen Agostinho

September 25, 2019

Deepest sympathies to Mary, and family- I had the honor and pleasure of spending time with Ruth (and Patrick) through Visiting Angels,and she was such a wise,and wonderful woman. I hope all of Ruth's loved ones find comfort in special memories..God bless you Ruth, rest easy now

Tracey Willmott

September 24, 2019

With condolences from all Ruth's many friends at Native Plant Trust. She was one of our long-time library and image archive volunteers at Garden in the Woods, and was presented with our Service to the Society Award in 2007. She will be deeply missed.