Kingston, NH — Marie E. (Ricker) Chaput of Kingston, age 70, loving daughter of the late Roland and Arline (Brooks) Ricker, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2013 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife of Richard J. “Dick” Chaput for more than 51 years, and devoted mother of Victor Chaput, Sr. and his wife Laura of Ferrisburgh, VT; Donna (Chaput) Meuse and her husband Vincent of Kingston, NH; Richard R. Chaput and his wife Dianna of Saco, ME; and Barbara (Chaput) Boucher and her husband Arnold of Merrimac, MA. She was predeceased by her daughter Cheryl (Chaput) Eastman, and remained close to her son-in-law Rick of Merrimac, MA. She is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her close circle of friends - including Vickie Jean, Marie Lagasse, Ginny Stefanilo, Donna Maddox, and Donna Tilden - will miss her dearly.
Marie was born in Portsmouth, NH, and graduated from Haverhill High School in 1960. She lived in Haverhill and Merrimac, MA, working as a nurse’s aide until she married Dick in 1961. Always adventurous, she moved to Maine in 1972 with her husband to start a coffee service company, Modern Age Beverage Service, which was successful for many years. MABS was eventually bought out by ARAMark, and in 1988 she returned home to Merrimac with her husband Dick, and enjoyed several more years of working alongside him at her daughter and son-in-law’s business, Advanced Laundry Service. She was a member of the Lions Club for more than 35 years, both in Winslow, ME, and Merrimac, MA. She served as President, Vice President, Tail Twister and Secretary, and was deeply appreciated for her many years of service to the organization. Marie also donated generously to several charities including the Special Olympics and American Cancer Society.
Marie grew up an only child, but confirmed late in life that she was adopted as an infant. Her oldest brother Philip Kennison of Chelmsford, MA, searched for her and she was blessed to be reunited with her brothers and sister including Vinal Kenneson of Chicopee, MA, and Ella (Kenneson) Arsenau of Lake Worth, FL, on August 2, 2006, along with several nieces and nephews. Sadly, Marie was predeceased by her brother Milton Kenneson, and sister Constance Kenneson.
The family wishes to thank the many staff at Holy Family and Whittier Rehab Hospitals, for their devoted care and concern for Marie. In lieu of flowers, please honor her with donations to any charity that supports independent lives for people with disabilities. Their mission holds a special place in her heart.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances with the family on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac. A memorial service will be held in Marie’s honor on February 23, 2013 at 10 am at the funeral home, followed by burial at Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill.