Rochester, NH — Evelyn Pratt Buontempo, 95, of Rochester, N.H. passed away peacefully on June 28, at her daughter’s home in Gilford, N.H., with her family at her side.
Born on March 24, 1918, in Amesbury, Mass., she was the oldest of four children and the daughter of Stanley and Florence Matick.
She attended Amesbury schools, and in her early 40s, decided with her sister, Florence, to attend hairdressing school. She graduated from Fazio Beautician School in Lawrence, Mass., and decided to open her own beauty salon from her family home. Her son, Donny, in his early 20s, helped design and bring her dreams to come true.
Evelyn was predeceased by her first husband of 39 years, Harry Pratt; two beloved daughters, Sylvia Gilmore, who died in 2001, and Hazel McDonald, who died in 2008, after acquiring Huntington’s Disease. She was also predeceased by her second husband of 30 years, Edward Buontempo; by her loving sisters, Hazel Guidi and Florence Talas; by her brother, Donald Matick; and by her brother-in-law, Jack Pratt.
Family members include her son, Donald H. Pratt and his wife, Barbara of Epping, N.H.; daughter, Sharon Hickey and her husband, Bob, of Gilford, N.H.; 14 wonderful grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, Lila; many loving nieces, nephew; sisters-in-law, Irene Galik of Amesbury, Mass., and Jeannette Ehas of Venice, Fla.
Evelyn had many joys in life and loved sewing, ceramics, reading, and travelling. She enjoyed many trips to Europe with her family, but her favorite joy was dancing. At the young age of 5, she took dancing lessons. She was often the last one to dance at family weddings. Now she is dancing in heaven!
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paqquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H.
Following the calling hours, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon at St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia, N.H.
Burial will be in the family lot at St. Joseph Cemetery, Haverhill Road, Amesbury, on Friday, July 5, at 11 a.m.,
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Evelyn’s memory to Boston University/Huntington’s Disease Research, c/o Larry Mahoney, 32 Agganis Way, Boston, MA 02215.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H., is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.