ALLENSTOWN - Surrounded by her loving family, Newvart "Newvie" (Vosgershian) Goodwin quietly passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012 after recent declining health. She was the beloved wife of the late Lewis Goodwin. A former resident of Hooksett and Allenstown, Newvie spent her final months as a resident of The Mountain Ridge Center in Franklin where she received much kindness and care.
Born July 14, 1928 and raised in Claremont, Newvie was the youngest daughter of Maugerdich and Marie (Descoteau) Vosgershian.
She graduated from Stevens High School and married her one true love, Lewis A. Goodwin of Claremont. They settled in Hooksett where they raised their four children.
Newvie held a variety of jobs throughout the years ranging from electronics assembly to Avon lady. She took particular pride in her position as a lunch lady at the Three Rivers School in the Pembroke school system, where she won several cooking awards. In her later years, she worked as a home care aid for the Concord VNA. She derived great joy from helping others.
Always loving and giving, Newvie filled her spare time with many interests. As a young mother, her home became a haven for all the neighborhood children, where they could always count on Mrs. Goodwin to spearhead carnivals and lemonade stands. She was a den mother for her son's Cub Scout group and was highly active in the Hooksett Youth Athletic Association. In her later years, Newvie volunteered for the Allenstown soup kitchen and performed with the "Hooksettites", an entertainment troupe that traveled to nursing homes and hospitals. She enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat Ladies of Allenstown. Newvie received great pleasure from creating crafts, which she always gave to family and friends for Christmas or birthdays.
A sweet, gentle, generous woman, she was a favorite aunt to many nieces and nephews. Newvie will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
She was the mother of Linda Nepveu and her companion, Nelson Vance of Nashua, Paul Goodwin and his wife, Bernadette of Imperial, Penn., Sharri Merriam and her husband, Joseph of Franklin, and daughter-in-law Kathie Goodwin of Concord.
She was predeceased by her son, Allan Goodwin and son-in-law, Donald Nepveu.
She is survived by her sister Lucy Sargent of Penacook; as well as several grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A calling hour will be held Saturday, May 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Newvie's life at a memorial service immediately following the calling hour at the Bennett Funeral Home.
Burial will be private.
Newvie's family is grateful for the care she received at Mountain Ridge Center. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may honor Newvie with a donation to the Mountain Ridge Residents Council, 7 Baldwin Street, Franklin, NH.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com
Published by Concord Monitor on May 5, 2012.