Ellie M. Rivard

Ascutney, Vt. — Ellie M. Rivard, 78, passed away at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

She was born in Hanover, N.H. on Aug. 5, 1935, the daughter of Ernest and Elizabeth (LaBelle) Simpson.

She was currently living in Ascutney, with her daughter & son-in-law in the summer months and in Winter Haven Fla., during the winter months, she had previously lived at 200 Sullivan Street in Claremont, N.H. for 40 years.

Ellie had owned and operated Ellie’s Mobile Lunch and Ellie’s Craft Supplies. She had worked at the Claremont Speedway for over 30 years where she was the head handicapper and for the Claremont School District in the cafeteria and she retired in 2000 and was the manager of the Loon Lake Campground in Croydon for six years.

She was a past member of the Catholic Daughters of the America, member of Earl Bourdon Center and the Claremont Senior Center.

Ellie loved spending time with all her family members, enjoyed camping, travel, going to the beach and lakes, gardening, cooking and tending to her flowers.

The family includes her husband, Robert L. Rivard, whom she married on May 7, 1971; her mother, Elizabeth West; four children, Howard Simoneau, Donna Sheldon, Corrine Baptistella and Todd Rivard; two sisters, Diane Frankenberry and Sandra Morrow; one brother, Joe LaPorte; seven grandchildren, Aaron, Matt & Mike Simoneau, Christopher Companion, Jennifer Angles, John Baptistella III and John Polidor; six great grandchildren, Aaron, Jr., Kiana & Dylan Simoneau, Barrett Companion, Maezie Angles and Alysa Wyman.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 11 a.m. at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, with Rev. Father Stanley J. Piwowar, officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date.

The family suggests that donations may be made in her memory to the Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acre Heights, Claremont, NH 03743 or the Claremont Soup Kitchen, PO Box 957, Claremont, NH 03743.

To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.