Evelyn S. (Sturtevant) Kirste (1935 - 2011)

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NASHUA - Evelyn S. Kirste, 76, of Nashua and formerly of Manchester, died May 6, 2011, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, sur rounded by her family.

She was born Feb. 10, 1935, in Lowell, Mass., the daughter of Augustus C. and Muriel (Fulton) Sturtevant.

In 1953, she graduated from Central High School, and in 1955, she graduated from the Stenotype Institute of Boston. Over the course of her long secretarial career, she worked for John Nelson, naval engineering consultant, Bowie, Md.; the Office of Education, Suffolk County Air Force Base, Westhampton Beach, Long Island, N.Y.; and was head clerk and secretary to the Manchester superintendent of schools. She also worked for two publishers, B.G.A. Design in Crofton, Md., and Greenwood Press in Westport, Conn., where she worked at discovering scholarly books that were out of print and bringing them back into circulation.

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IN HER LIFE: She had been an Air Force wife for 24 years, tending to and raising her family while living in six different states. Evelyn was a lifetime member of the Philatelic (Stamps) Society, enjoyed crafts and hobbies, was an accomplished knitter and quilter and had painted in oils and acrylics. She loved holidays and special occasions, always making sure that family and friends enjoyed themselves.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Col. Milton R. Kirste, and three children, Janet K. Cahall and her husband, Cliff, of Weare, Sandra K. Handy of Nashua and Michael S. Kirste of New Haven, Conn. Her daughter Donna Evelyn Kirste died in 2008. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, C. Kenneth Cahall, Joanna E. Cahall, Elizabeth A.

Crocker, Caroline A. Cahall, Zachary B. Taylor, Bridget A. Handy, Clare K.

Handy, Mary-Grace A. Handy, Joseph S. Handy, John A. Handy, Emelia M. Columb and Kelsea O. Columb; her brother, Robert Sturtevant, of Auburn; and several nieces and nephews.

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SERVICES: Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with the funral service beginning at 2 p.m., on Tuesday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the National , 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, NH 03301. Visit goodwinfh.com to sign the online guestbook.
Published in Union Leader on May 9, 2011
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