Ruthellen Hastbacka

December 30, 1941November 17, 2012

WEST CHATHAM & AMHERST, NH - Ruthellen Hastbacka ( nee Liston), age 70, died November 17, 2012 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis MA. She was born December 30, 1941 in Lowell MA. Ruthellen graduated from Lesley College in 1964. Mrs. Hastbacka was a Third Order member of the Carmelites. She loved dogs and to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Ruthellen enjoyed traveling with her husband, Albin Hastbacka. Dear mother of Mark A. Hastbacka of Amherst NH, Captain Alan Hastbacka of West Chatham MA, and the late Douglas Hastbacka. She leaves behind her brother Raymond Liston and sister-in law Mildred Hastbacka. Grandmother of Heather, Kyle, and Alexis. The Hastbacka family wants to thank the nurses and CNA’s from the Visiting Nurses Association for the many hours assisting Ruthellen for the past several years. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Holy Redeemer Church, 57 Highland Avenue, Chatham, MA.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ruthellen Hastbacka

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Ann Monahan

November 29, 2012

Dear Al and Family -
I was saddened to learn of Ruthellen's death. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ruthellen was a wonderfully spiritual lady and a lot of fun to be with especially when Katie and Alan were little! We always enjoyed our roles. I hope the sadness you feel now will soon be replaced by many happy memories.

Brenda Lovering

November 24, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers go to Al, Mark, & Alan. We enjoyed many delightful hours in her company especially sitting on Hardings Beach.
Brenda Lovering & family

Joyce Janosky

November 23, 2012

Thoughts of Ruthellen literally light up with memories of her love and kindness toward everyone. In fact, the room always seemed brighter when she entered, especially when she flashed that gorgeous smile.
We are so very sorry for your loss.

November 22, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ruthellen was a wonderful person. May she rest in peace.
Dottie Liston McQueen

Jean Liston

November 21, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Al, Mark and Alan. I am so sorry for your loss.Ruthellen was a very special cousin and childhood friend.

Jean Liston

November 21, 2012

Ruthellen was the most beautiful, stylish, kind and spiritual friend that I have ever known...and Al was the best care giver....may she rest in peace....

Janine Lauscher

November 20, 2012

I did not meet Ruthellen but did know her son Doug. May the Lord hold them close in heaven.

November 20, 2012

Al & Family:
Our thoughts and prayers go with you. I only knew Ruthellen for a few short years and even then at business/social gatherings. She was a lovely person.

Bruce & Laurie Jenkins

Georges Duval

November 20, 2012

I remember fondly the many college hours spent together with Al & Ruthellen. My best wishes to both of you. May both of you find rest and peace in your futures, apart yet together always.

The Staff of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home

November 19, 2012

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.