KEENE — The Town of Keene has lost one of its beloved citizens, a gentle nurturer of flowers and children. Hilda L. Senecal, 90, known fondly to many as Nana, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at Elizabethtown Community Hospital with her loving family at her side.
She was born in 1923, the daughter of Harry Lovett and Clara Grimshaw Lovett.
Hilda was predeceased by her husband of more than 55 years, Almeda; and her siblings, Nona LeClair and George Lovett.
Hilda is survived by her children, Gregg Senecal and his wife Sue, and Joanne Whitney and her husband Mike; her grandchildren, David Senecal and his wife Kristen, Katie Durham and her husband Todd, Joshua Whitney and his wife Kate, and Jessica Kelley and her husband Rob; and seven great-grandchildren, Emma and Owen Senecal, Lillie and Addie Grace Durham, Ella and Reagan Whitney, and Hunter Kelley.
Hilda graduated from Keene Central School in 1940. She worked in Hartford, Conn. during World War II at a ham radio station. When she returned to Keene Valley following the war, she worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Eckley. After spending years as a devoted wife and mother, Hilda returned to the work force as a food service worker at Keene Central School. She retired in 1980 after 17 years of service. Hilda's retirement career was generously spent giving herself and her time to her beloved family and friends, as well as countless charitable endeavors. These included knitting blankets for RSVP, crafting items for the Holiday Shop at school, donating toys to the Toys for Tots program and items to the Keene Food Pantry, among many others.
Hilda was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Keene Valley Fire Department Auxiliary, as well as a devoted member of Keene Valley Congregational Church. She received the National Honor Society Citizen's Award in 1992.
One of Hilda's lesser-known passions was NBA basketball. She loved to spend time with her family trying new foods, playing Scrabble and watching basketball.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Keene Valley Congregational Church with burial to follow at Norton's Cemetery. There will be a reception at Baxter Mountain Tavern following.
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