HOOKSETT – Esther M. Cass, 100, and a longtime resident of Hooksett, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, following a brief illness.
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Esther was born August 7, 1913, in Careywood, Idaho, the 4th daughter of homesteader Arthur McComb and his wife Clara (Newhouse) McComb. After Clara's death in 1916, Esther and her sisters came to Manchester to be raised by their great-aunt Addie Mack and her husband Ben. Esther attended Parker and Varney Schools, graduated from Westside High School in 1931 and attended Plymouth Normal School.
Following her time at Plymouth Normal School, Esther returned to Manchester and was employed by her father as an attendant at one of his filling stations. During one of her shifts, Esther met Harold Cass, with whom she went on to make a home and raise a family in Hooksett. Esther was widowed in 1969 but remained in the home she made with Harold until suffering a stroke in 1996 that left her wheelchair-bound.
Esther had worked as a bookkeeper for R.C. Hazelton in Manchester for nearly 23 years. She was a member for over 50 years of the Hooksett Congregational Church in Hooksett and the Subordinate Grange of Hooksett. Although anchored in Hooksett, Esther loved to travel and was willing to fly or drive almost anywhere in the spirit of adventure. At 58, she and her best friend spent six weeks driving to the west coast and back, and in their 80s, Esther and her sisters traveled to Idaho to visit the site of the family homestead. Even after being confined to a wheelchair, Esther made multiple trips to Florida, the Caribbean Islands and throughout the northeast.
Esther is survived by daughters-in-law, Carol Cass of Gorham, Maine and Linda Cass of Franklin; sister-in-law, Betty McComb of Garwood, N.J.; granddaughter, Meredith Cass of Bath, Maine; great-grandchildren, Killian, Beckett and Rosalyn O'Reilly of Bath, Maine; step-grandchildren, Don Abrahamson of Michigan, Rebecca Bousquet of Barnstead, Jeff Abrahamson of Andover, Julie Pollini of Tilton and Edward Dame of South Portland, Maine; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Esther is also survived by dear friend Robyn Blanchard.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Cass; her daughter, Carol Ann Cass; her sons, Richard and Stephen Cass; two brothers; three sisters; and a granddaughter, Melissa Cass.
There will be no calling hours.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 15th at 3 p.m. at Blossom Hill Cemetery, 207 North State St. in Concord.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Esther's memory may be made to Hooksett Congregational Church, 1 Veterans Drive, Hooksett, NH 03106 or St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 110 School Street, P.O. Box 490, Franklin, NH 03235-0490.
Cremation Society of New Hampshire – Manchester
243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in The Concord Monitor on July 12, 2014