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Eleanor Dora (Patten) Stockbridge Dalton, 87, Rindge, died peacefully Monday February 6, 2012 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, surrounded by many of her large family. Eleanor was born on September 24, 1924, daughter of Fred and Lura (Gray) Patten, and grew up in the Belmont, Gilmanton and Alton areas of New Hampshire. She married Carl Stockbridge, Sr. in 1940 and she spent much of her life as a housewife and mother to her children in their home in Belmont, NH. She married Hal Dalton in 1965 and resided in Belmont where they lived until 1980. Together they moved to their new home in Rindge where they spent most of their time farming, canning and tending the gardens. They also boarded horses, raised chickens and pigs, and had beautiful flower gardens. They loved having family over to visit, cooking a big meal and playing card games, board games, and puzzles. Eleanor and Hal were married 35 years before Hal passed away in 2001. Eleanor spent the last few years being cared for by her Granddaughter, Mandy Elliott and her two young children, Veronica and Vanessa, at the same home in Rindge where she had spent the last 32 years. “Grammy Dalton” enjoyed helping Veronica with her homework, playing games with Vanessa and coloring, too. Eleanor spent her weekdays at the Monadnock Adult Care Center on North Street in Jaffrey where she enjoyed her time with many of her friends playing bingo, doing puzzles, listening to music and much more. Eleanor, widow of Hal Dalton (2001), is also predeceased by two of her daughters, Ellie Gallucci and Linda Lord, a granddaughter Patty Beringer, and 2 grandsons Robert Leroux Sr. and Larry Elliott II. Eleanor is survived by her first husband and father to her children, Carl Stockbridge Sr. of Gilmanton. She is also survived by a son Carl Stockbridge Jr. and his wife Sandra of Belmont and 4 daughters Marie Ostiguy and her husband Roger of New Braintree, MA; Judy Dagen and her husband Neil of Sharon, NH; Sharon Elliott and her husband Larry of Northfield, NH and Jean Hueber and her husband Roland of Gilmanton, NH. She was “Mother” to seven, but “Grammy Dalton” to many. She leaves behind 27 Grandchildren, 59 Great Grandchildren and 10 Great Great Grandchildren.
Eleanor will be laid to rest in the spring at Park Cemetery in Tilton, NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Neighbor Fund, PO Box 486, Jaffrey, NH 03452.
Family and friends are warmly invited to calling hours on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Cournoyer Funeral Home Cremation Center, 33 River Street, Jaffrey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following calling hours at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 11, 2012, in Saint Patrick Church, 89 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH.
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