Dorothy “Dody” Belski

Claremont, N.H. — Dorothy “Dody” Belski, 91, of Spencer Avenue, Claremont died Monday morning, March 31, 2014, at her home.

She was born in Newport, N.H. on Jan. 18, 1923, the daughter of Irvin and Flora (Morrill) LaClair and was a long time resident of Claremont and wintered in Myrtle Beach for over 13 years. Dody was a graduate of The Newport Towles School.

Dody was the ski coach for Stevens High School for many years. She was also an avid golfer and the golf coach for Stevens High School boys and girls teams. She started “Dody’s Kids” at the Claremont Country Club which provided young students with free lessons and equipment. Dody was instrumental in the opening of the Arrowhead Ski Area alongside Robert Easter.

She married Edward Belski on Jan. 29, 1944, and he died Aug. 15, 2011.

The family includes one son, Thomas Belski of Newburyport, Mass.; one daughter, Patricia Chase and her husband, Peter of Claremont; four grandchildren, Kevin Belski of Florida, Matthew Belski of Maryland, Corey Chase of Warren, New Jersey and Rebecca Morley of Enfield, N.H.; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Thomas LaClair of Ariz.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Belski and her sister, June Swizer.

Funeral services will be held privately.

The family suggest donations be made in her memory to CCC Dody’s Kids, Attn: Steve Nemi, P.O. Box 881, Claremont, NH 03743.

Arrangements are with the Stringer Funeral Home & Crematorium, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, N.H.

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