Wolfeboro - Susie Mechachonis, 90, formerly of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Whitefield and currently of Wolfeboro, died peacefully with family present at Huggins Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
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She was born in Detroit on April 7, 1922, and was the only child of Joseph and Mary (Staskevicius) Lut.
She married Walter "Doc" Mechachonis on June 5, 1943, with whom she shared 67 years of marriage until his passing in 2010.
After the war, they settled in Windsor, Conn., where they owned farms, raising hogs, and transitioned into raising and breeding Shetland ponies. They operated Windsor Ponyland and offered pony rides to girls and boys from 1959 to 1969.
They sold their farms and moved to Whitefield and lived there from 1972 until 2000. From then on, they wintered in Tarpon Springs, Fla., and lived with their sons the rest of the time in New Hampshire.
In her retirement, she loved to play card games, dominos and complete 1,000-piece puzzles. She was a voracious reader to the very end, reading almost a book a day. She enjoyed people and making friends.
She leaves her son, James Mechachonis and his wife, Betsey, of Londonderry, and and her son, Thomas Mechachonis and his wife, Aldona, of Wolfeboro. She also leaves four grandchildren, Vita Mechachonis of Portsmouth, Jamie Mechachonis of Manchester, Adam Mechachonis of Pembroke and his wife, Bethany; and two great-granddaughters, Sofia and Chloe; and Julia Porter of Londonderry and her husband, Tim; and great-granddaughter Emelia; and great-grandson Brady; and numerous nieces and nephews.
services: Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Huggins Hospital, Office of Development, 240 S. Main St., Wolfeboro.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at bennettfuneral.com
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 31, 2013