Huldah L. Lashar
Huldah L. Lashar (Holly) born in Bridgeport, CT on May 27, 1939 to Huldah Casey Potter and William L. Lashar died at Edgewood Centre on Monday, April 12, 2021 after a short illness. Holly graduated from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT where she sang in the choir and participated in their performance at the Metropolitan Opera House. Holly attended Huebi Institute in Lucerne Switzerland, followed by studies at Denison University, Bridgeport University, and University of Munich Germany. She was a travel agent for Cox and Kings in London until 1974 when she returned to the United States. In 1977 she co-founded the gourmet kitchen store, Kitchen Corner in Fairfield, Connecticut. Holly was a graduate of the Connecticut Real Estate Institute and after moving to Portsmouth, NH, Holly spent many years renovating historic homes. She became a United States Coast Guard licensed delivery captain and opened a charter boat office for Lynd Samscar Charters, and worked for the boating magazine Soundings Publications at trade shows for 25 years. She was co-founder of United Marine Auctioneers and organized boat auctions along the east coast of the United States, where she especially enjoyed participating as a live auctioneer.
Holly's volunteer work included ProPortsmouth, Habitat for Humanity
in Northern Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Bosnia and Florida. She was a devout Catholic and served her parish as alter server, sacristan, lector, and Eucharistic minister. Holly also performed communion services at the county jail in Brentwood. She was a lay member of the Order of St.Dominic. She was a member of Elks Lodge 97. She was extremely gregarious, a grammar enthusiast, spoke five languages, and loved dogs, especially her Bichon Frise, Champagne. From age ten Holly was an avid sailor, racing in Long Island Sound out of Pequot Yacht Club where she won many silver trophies. She enjoyed fishing, especially for blues and mackerel.
Holly was predeceased by her brother William L. Lashar Jr. and her parents. She is survived by her nieces, Inslee and Kendra and their families, and by her companion of 42 years and Alzheimers caregiver for the last thirteen years, Helen, and her sons Norman, Thomas, Jonathan and Gregory.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 20th at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street in Portsmouth. All in attendance must wear masks and maintain social distancing in church, per city and state ordinances. Due to Covid 19, the maximum church capacity is 130 people. Burial will be in the Lashar plot in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield, CT at a later date. In lieu of flowers Donations can be made to the Portsmouth SHARE FUND, 98 Summer Street, Portsmouth NH 03801.