Nettie DeGoosh Ackerman

1935 ~ 2019 (age 84)


In the early morning hours of June 16th Nettie DeGoosh Ackerman slipped gently into the next world. She had been bid good-bye and celebrated by friends, by all of her children and grandchildren and her beloved husband, and she was at peace.

Nettie was born in Hanover, NH to Howard and Nettie (Pushee) DeGoosh on May 19, 1935. She grew up on the family farm on Pinnacle Hill Road in Lyme, NH, the 10th of 13 wonderful children who knew well the hardships of the Depression. In her younger years she was a member of Lyme Congregational Church where she was Mary in one of the first presentations of their Nativity Pageant. She was also a member of the Lyme 4-H Club and the Morning Star Grange. Nettie graduated from Lyme Grade School, Orford High School (1954) and Hesser Business College (1955). She was once a contestant in the Miss New Hampshire Pageant.

Over the years Nettie worked at Loch Lyme Lodge in Lyme, Roger’s Garage in Hanover, Hayward Transportation, The Kettledrum, Orford General Store, Gould’s Store, Mary Hitchcock Hospital and Alice Peck Day Hospital. She maintained relationships with friends from each place of employment ever since.

On September 15, 1956 Nettie married Babe Ackerman and they celebrated 62 years of marriage last year. Together Nettie and Babe raised two children, grew tons and tons of vegetables, hosted amazing parties, spent many weekends camping, loved and delighted in their three grandchildren and numerous foster grandchildren, sat through countless sporting events and school productions, and played millions of games of cards.

Nettie thoroughly enjoyed her large and extended family, wild and cultivated flowers, baking and cooking for those she loved, canning and freezing and pickling, hearing ALL of the news, helping in any way she could (including as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts), and holding and loving babies. She was renown for her peanut butter fudge, donuts and raspberry squares.

Nettie was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers Coburn (Cobe), Richard (Dick), Ellsworth (Stub), Howard, Kent and David, and her sisters Mary Wing and Jane Cramer, as well as Carolyn Kiradjieff with whom she shared her birthday and who was a lifelong “Twin-friend”. She is survived by her husband, Babe (Glen), son Larry, daughter and son-in-law Ellen and Jim Putnam, grandchildren Glen and Meredith Putnam, Evan and Laura Putnam, Faith Putnam and Joe Kemp, and her great-grandchildren Ella and Nathaniel Putnam and one on the way, as well as numerous special in-laws, nieces and nephews and countless beloved friends.

A service celebrating Nettie’s life will be held Sunday June 23 at 1:00 at Fairlee Community Church, on the Town Common, Fairlee, VT. A gathering will be held afterward at her home at 81 Moses Hill Road in Piermont, NH. Hale Funeral Home in Bradford is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family asks that folks make a donation to the charity closest to their hearts.

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