Concetta “Connie” (Tosches) C. Ellis, 95, of Keene, New Hampshire, and formerly of Marlborough, NH. died on Monday, December 25, 2017 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She passed peacefully while resting.
She was born on June 10, 1922 in Milford, Massachusetts The daughter of the late Joseph and Louise Tosches. Connie graduated from Milford High School in 1940 and then went on to study at Burdett College in Boston. After college, Connie was the Secretary for Judge William A. Murray for many years. Connie was the President of Robert Frascotti VFW Post in Milford and also a member of the Pleidies Eastern Stars. Other organizations included the Catemount Grange, Pittsfield, James Farrington, and the D.A.V. Axillary. She also belonged to Northwood Demolay while son, Robert, was Master Councilor.
Connie lived in Wayland, MA after marriage, then moved to Derry, NH where her husband ran a sporting goods store and antique store. She later moved to Pittsfield, NH and operated an antique shop. While living there, she was a member of the Pittsfield Baptist Church. Connie later moved to Marlborough, NH and operated an antique shop. After her husband and son’s death, Connie moved to Keene, NH. to live with her daughter. Connie worked at Wheelock School as a foster grandparent for 16 years. She was known as “Gram” to all children, faculty and parents, retiring in 2010. Connie was a Notary Public and a Justice of the Peace for over 50 years. In that time, she performed wedding ceremonies for all her family members.
On June 9, 2002 Connie was presented with a “Gubernatorial Certificate of Appreciation” by former Governor Jean Shaheen, for her years of dedicated service for her years at Wheelock School. On June 3, 2009, Connie received a citation from Governor John Lynch, NH celebrating her 87th birthday and services she provided throughout her lifetime. This was presented to her by Representative Neal Kurk of Weare, NH at her birthday celebration. In 2010, she received an honorable mention from the Shopper News as being a Mother of the Year.
Gram loved to crochet, read, and to bake bread, which she shared with her many friends. She loved to go to yard-sales, out to lunch, and to York Beach in Maine with her daughter Jane, who took care of her throughout her years.
Mrs. Ellis is survived by her son, Joshua Ellis and wife Kay of Troy, NH. Daughter, Jane Fournier and husband Maurice of Keene, NH. Son, George Ellis and wife Lisa of Swanzey, NH. and former daughter in law Jill Stubbs and husband Rodney of Swanzey, NH. Grandchildren; Tiffany Ellis, John Athanasopoulos, Vanessa Sheehan and husband Jeff, Robert Athanasopoulos, Rabecca Fournier, Jessica Cumings and husband Jeff, Jennifer Ellis, Robert Ellis, Adrianna Ellis, and Dominic Ellis. Great grandchildren; Jaiden Fournier, Kamden Athanasopoulos, Ethin and Dylan Sheehan, Chelsea and Cameron Cumings, Dakota Ayotte, Briella Delaney, and great grandpups, Adrian Fournier and Lucy Mae. Her special friend, Hellen Kirk of Weare, NH. In addition she leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Connie was pre-deceased by her husband Robert A. Ellis, son Robert G. Ellis, brother Alfred Tosches and wife Mary, brother, Louis A. Tosches and sister Dora Tosches. Condolences may be sent to daughter Jane Fournier, 550 Marlboro St. Keene, NH 03431.
In keeping with Connie’s wishes there are no formal religious services. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 3 to 5pm. in the funeral chapel. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Concetta C. Ellis to: C.H.A.D. (Children’s Hospital At Dartmouth. One Medical Center Dr. Lebanon, NH. 03756. As a tribute to Connie the family has asked the family and friends wear some shade of blue to calling hours as a tribute to Connie. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.chshirefamilyfh.com