Peter Ptasnik, 97, of Scenic Hill Rd, Charlestown NH, died surrounded by family on Thursday, July 11th, 2019.
He was born Peter Ptasnikoff in Claremont, NH, to William Wikenty Ptasnik and Anna (Baleyka) Ptasnik on September 27, 1921. He shortened his name to Ptasnik in 1959.
He served in Europe during World War II as a Medic. After discharge from the military, he worked as a machinist and tool operator at Joy Manufacturing, Sullivan Manufacturing, Fellows Gear Sharper Co., RL Jacobs Machine Co. and Costa Manufacturing, retiring at the age of 62.
He enjoyed traveling and sitting on the porch watching birds with his wife Ginny, building stone walls and rock gardens on the land where he and his wife built their home sweet home, and loved talking about history and his family’s immigration from Russia.
He had no biological children. When he married Virginia in 1962, he inherited a large family that loved him as their own. His surviving family includes stepchildren, David Forsaith and his wife Judith of Charlestown NH, Alma Twombly of Bethel VT, and Milena Mongeon, of Goshen, and daughter-in-laws, Sandra Forsaith Fleury of Largo, FL, and Martha Forsaith of Barnstead, NH. Also, 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren (with more on the way). As well as his dear friends, Paul Petraska and wife Priscilla of Chester, VT.
He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Wiggin Ptasnik, his parents, his brothers: Alexander Pearson, Paul Ptasnik and wife Mia, Waseil Ptasnik and wife Irene, nieces Barbara Ptasnik Fersing and Patricia Ptasnik Kneeland, his stepson, Edward Forsaith, step son-in-law Philip Paini, and grand-daughter Cammy Forsaith.
Special thanks to the VA Home Care Program, Charlestown Police Department, Sullivan County Health Care and his extended family for enabling Peter to stay home later in life.
Funeral services will be held at Stringer Funeral Home in Claremont NH on July 27 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Martha Dyner officiating. Military burial will follow in the Summer Hill Cemetery in Springfield VT.
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