PEMBROKE - Mrs. Ester M. (Colognatti) Brasley, 82, a resident of Pembroke for almost 60 years, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Epsom Health Care Center.
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Ester was born in Trieste, Italy October 19, 1930. She married William Brasley in March of 1954 and moved to the United States and New Hampshire later that year.
She spent many years with Thomas Hodgdon & Sons and Waumbec Mills. Prior to her retirement she worked housekeeping for the NH State Hospital.
Ester was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of both the John J. Maguire American Legion Post #28 and the Suncook Valley VFW Post #2860. She loved flowers, the opera, singing and dancing.
She was the widow of William Brasley, who died in 2011 and to whom she had been married 57 years. Ester was also predeceased by her father; her mother, Anna (Anetuzza) Naccari Colognatti; and her three siblings, Lina, Anita, and Guido.
Mrs. Brasley is survived by three children, Lucien Brasley and his wife Barbara of Pembroke, retired U.S. Army 1st Sergeant Ronald Brasley of Lebanon, Pa., and Marina Whittemore and her husband Chriss of Franklin; five grandchildren, Annette, Katie, Vanessa, Matthew, and Cheyanne; three great grandchildren, Emily, Josh, and Samantha; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours Thursday, December 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main Street, Pembroke.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, December 14, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown, followed by burial in St. John the Baptist Cemetery and then a luncheon at the American Legion Post #28.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to
, Massachusetts / New Hampshire Chapter, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.
The Petit Funeral Home offers an on-line guestbook at www.petitfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on December 12, 2012