Ruth Pesarik Thompson, 91, died Monday, (May 10, 2021) after a brief stay at Summercrest in Newport, NH. She fought a brave and courageous battle with heart failure. She was able to live at her home up until the last month of her life. She was born in North Charlestown, NH, on February 14, 1930 to Gregory and Anna Pesarik. She was the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Stevens High School in 1948. Following that, she enjoyed working at the Goodwin Community Center in Claremont, NH. On July 11, 1953 she married Donald T. Thompson, Jr. Together they enjoyed 45 years of marriage until he died in 1998. She lived in Syracuse, NY, Canaan, NH (where she was a ski instructor at Cardigan Mountain School), and eventually moved to Claremont where she had resided since 1963. She stayed home to raise her children, and then worked part time for the Claremont school system before working for the family-owned insurance business, Thompson Insurance Agency. Ruth dedicated herself to family and friends. She was an avid cook and baker with a passion for food. She canned many garden vegetables, jams and jellies in addition to preparing many special family recipes shared at special occasions. Ruth had an eye for fashion and always looked forward to watching the Miss America pageant each year. Other interests include her enjoyment for playing bingo, scratching lottery tickets, and traveling to Atlantic City to go to the casinos with her husband. She also enjoyed going to Paris, France, for her 25th wedding anniversary, as well as traveling to Australia and New Zealand in her retirement. She is survived by her four children: Donald T. Thompson, III of Claremont, NH; Karen T. Littlefield and her husband Stan of Ogunquit, ME; Cynthia T. Hunt of Rocky Hill, Connecticut; and Susan T. Tulloch and her husband Michael of Lithia, Florida. She was a loving grandmother to ten grandchildren and a great grandmother to two great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the many staff at Lake Sunapee VNA, her home care nurses, as well as the many doctors and nurses that treated her. A calling hour from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. will take place on Monday, May 17, 2021 at the Stringer Funeral Home on Broad Street in Claremont, NH followed by a service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Funeral Home and Thompson family ask all attending the visitation and service to abide with all regulations and please wear a mask and use social distancing. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
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