OBITUARY

Dorothy Frederick Ransome

April 10, 1934September 18, 2020

Dorothy Frederick Ransome of Walpole, NH passed away peacefully on September 18, 2020, with family at her side. She was born on April 10, 1934 in the farming community of Sycamore, IL, the third child of Mabel (Lanegran) and Floyd Frederick. She was a descendant of Swedish pioneers and farmers who had ventured as far west as Montana before returning to settle in Illinois. She spent much of her childhood on family-owned farms, where she developed a deep and abiding respect for farm life and an enduring love of horses and gardening. She met and fell in love with Richard Ransome while on a water-skiing vacation in Wisconsin. The two were married in 1953. They built their first home and started their family in Rockford, IL. They later built homes in Dallas, TX, Bolton, MA, and finally, Walpole, NH. Dorothy lived in Walpole since 1976. She was a strong woman of faith, actively involved in all aspects of church life, particularly the social ministries and school board at Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene, NH. Beyond church, her commitment to community was also evident in her participation and contributions to the Friends of the Walpole Library, the Walpole Historical Society, school boards, zoning boards, and humane societies. She served in a leadership role on the Walpole Recycling Committee. Dorothy was an animal lover and rescued many animals over the course of her life, from raccoons to horses and everything in between.

Music was a very important aspect of her life. She played many instruments, including the violin, accordion, and organ, most notably playing the fiddle at barn dances in her youth. Dorothy was also a voracious reader, devouring books as quickly on a wide variety of subjects, especially geography and world history.

Dorothy raised three children and was very involved in the lives of her four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was the rock of her family, weaving strength, wisdom, and encouragement into the fabric of their lives. She was also a loving and faithful friend. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Richard Allen Ransome (2014), her brother, Donald Frederick (1996), her sister, Margaret (Frederick) Walder (2011), and her great grandson, Daniel Savukoski (2014). She is survived by daughter Patricia Ransome Cobb, daughter Kathleen and husband Kirtland Ransome-Switzer, and son Peter Frederick Ransome and wife Nicolle Ransome (Metz). She is survived by 4 grandchildren, Kathleen Cobb Leonard and husband Andrew Leonard, Abbie Cobb Savukoski and husband Daniel Savukoski, Emily Ransome Winebark and husband Ryan Winebark, and Robert James Ransome. She is survived by 3 great grandchildren, James Robert Leonard, Ruby Ann Savukoski, and Emily Ransome Leonard.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Trinity Christian School Scholarship fund (100 Maple Ave., Keene, NH 03431) or Pookie’s Pals, an animal rescue organization (PO Box 226, Norwell, MA 02061).

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Emma Morris

September 19, 2020

Grammy Dodie love this woman. Someone who was special to me growing up always remembered birthdays and holidays. True woman of God. Oxox

Marta Blake

September 19, 2020

A fond memory; I was playing in the yard of Dorothy and Richard's home in Walpole. It was a warm summer morning, the New England rains had washed over the land the night before. My godmother called for me to come in for breakfast. I went rushing over, only to be met with a driveway full of worms that had fled the heavy rains. I remember crying because the driveway of worms terrified me. Grandma Dodie waltzes over and scoops me up in her arms and carries me over the wiggly tiny beasts. That is one of the safest moments I have ever felt. I love and miss you both, grandma Dodie and grandpa

Abby Brusco

September 19, 2020

I will miss grandma Dodie very much but I am happy my parents and I got to see her after we moved back! She was so happy to see us! I’m going miss her sweet voice! I have many happy memories of her! I know she is with her husband and the Lord now. I love you grandma Dodie and may you be at peace in Heaven!

Love,
Abby Brusco

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