Judith Anne Peter

August 12, 1939April 13, 2019

Raising four children might have been enough for some women. But Judith Anne Peter was a wonder woman. She worked 40 hours a week at a biotech company, made lunches, cooked dinners, and constructed award-winning Halloween costumes each October. On the weekends, the activity continued, as she made seven loaves of bread at time in her industrial size mixer -- sourdough, wheat, and rye -- or tended to her gardens, where she and her husband would listen to the Red Sox on the radio as they harvested tomatoes, lettuce, corn, peas, broccoli, brussel sprouts and string beans from the stubborn New Hampshire earth. Each Christmas she would send out homemade raspberry jam, made from the fruit she and her family had picked behind the house, as presents for friends and colleagues. Mrs. Peter was 79 when she died on Saturday, April 13, after a valiant six-year battle with ALS. After spending her early adult life in New York City, she had lived in Gilsum, NH, for 53 years.

Mrs. Peter was born on August 12, 1939 to Dr. James Sutton Regan and Martha Jane (Baer) Regan, the eldest of their three children. She attended the Buffalo Seminary, Cornell and New York Universities, and the Tobe Coburn School for Fashion Careers. She met her husband, Ernest N. Peter, when they both lived in Greenwich Village and she was the campus marketing editor at Mademoiselle Magazine. They had three children while living in New York, and then moved to Gilsum in 1965 where their fourth child was born. She was active in the establishment of the Surry-Gilsum kindergarten and the Gilsum Summer Recreation Program, serving as treasurer and publicity officer for its annual Rock Swap. She was also a trustee of the Gilsum Public Library for most of her time in Gilsum, serving as its chairman for several years. She helped oversee the construction of the current library and the planning for its expansion to meet the information needs of the 21st century.

After retiring from Schleicher & Schuell, where she had worked in marketing, Mrs. Peter joined her husband in running his business, Pathway Book Service, which fulfilled orders for small publishing companies. Mrs. Peter’s husband died in 2011. During her long illness, Mrs. Peter was blessed with wonderful caregivers, including Jayne Ballou, Eve Lloyd, Holly Malcolm, Maureen Baker, and in particular, Mercy and Lily DeMasi and their family, who brought great joy, faith and peace to Mrs. Peter’s last years. She is also survived by her children, Marc of Denver, Michael of Keene, Gretchen of Sun Valley, Idaho, and Jennifer of Boston; her brother, Jay Regan, and her sister, Kathleen Dalzell; her sister-in-law, Amy Regan; her daughter-in-law, Ann Peter, and her sons-in-law, Joel Mallett and Andrew Ryan; six grandchildren, Alexander and Graham Peter, Harper and Ellis Mallett, and Clara and Cormac Ryan; and her beloved Red Sox.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00am. Burial will follow in the Centennial Cemetery, Centennial Road, Gilsum, NH. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association of Northern New England at; Compassionate Care ALS, 752 W. Falmouth Hwy, Falmouth, MA 02540; Gilsum Fire and Rescue, 5 Church Street, PO Box 37, Gilsum, NH 03448; or Brotherhood of Hope, Joan of Arc Chapel, ℅ Andrew DeMasi, 532 Aten Road, Munsonville, NH, 03457.


  • ALS Association of Norther New England
  • Compassionate Care ALS
  • Gilsum Fire and Rescue Company
  • Brotherhood of Hope, Joan of Arc Chapel


  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Sarah Dufault

May 2, 2019

I was Judy's PT at Hebrew Rehab Center during her medical treatment time in the Boston area. I only knew Judy for a short amount of time, but long enough to know what an exceptionally caring, intelligent, and warm individual she was. During the time that I knew Judy she never gave into her disease and was also looking for how she could live life to its fullest, despite the challenges that ALS brought to her. I am confident that Judy spent the remaining years of her life after leaving our facility doing things that she loved and being with those that she loved. Judy has crossed my mind often and I am so sad to hear of her loss. My deepest sympathies to friends and family.