Ritva K. Houghton

May 14, 1933June 18, 2018

Born Ritva Kaarina Pajunen in Helsinki, Finland, Rit 85, passed away on June 18th from complications of pancreatic cancer. She demonstrated her Finnish heritage of ‘sisu’ throughout her life.

Her parents Tauno (Tom) and Laura Miriam brought her with the family to the US via Sweden after WWII.

The family moved to New York City, Massachusetts and then to Walpole in 1951, she later married her high school sweetheart Clarence (Clancy) W Houghton in 1954, who predeceased her in 2017. Ritva and Clancy’s lives took them to live in California, Texas, England, Wales, Massachusetts, New Jersey then many more years in Berkeley, California. Their heart was always in Walpole, so when the opportunity arose they bought his grandmother’s former home, retiring soon after. Our ‘Mormor’ loved traveling (around the world two times), was an accomplished hostess and excelled at the “applied arts” of quilting, painting, cooking, writing and knitting to the great appreciation of her family. She enjoyed working as a hospital volunteer for six years in California.

A small intimate burial gathering will take place in August with family and close friends. Wendy, Bill, Nina, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three bonus step-grandchildren, sisters Eva and Ulla, and brother-in-law Charles and their spouses will miss her very much. She was predeceased by a brother, Timo Pajunen.

In lieu of flowers, she requested any donations be made to the Walpole Town Library- PO Box 487, Walpole, NH 03608 or NH Public Broadcasting- . Both organizations were important to her and donations would be greatly appreciated by the family.


Ritva K. Houghton

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Anita Brockmann

July 15, 2018

Rit was a dear and valued friend since our arrival in Walpole 18 years ago. Together with her husband Clancy we spent many hours enjoying their generous hospitality and presence. We will miss Rit so very much.
Anita and Dana