Edith M. (Thurau) Alonso

December 31, 1935 ~ May 18, 2021 (age 85)


Edith M. Alonso passed away peacefully with her three loving daughters by her side on May 18, 2021 after a battle with lung cancer.  She was 85 years old.  Born on New Year’s Eve in 1935 in Merkstein, Germany, Edith was one of 3 children born to Erwin and Augusta Thurau. 

Her family survived WWII and began their lives anew in Aachen, Germany. In 1955 she enrolled at the University of Heidelberg where she studied world languages. Shortly thereafter she met and married Roberto E. Alonso (who pre-deceased her in 2009) and they began their married life in Havana, Cuba.  By 1959 their oldest daughter was born as was the Cuban Revolution and so they fled to the USA to begin a new life.  Within a decade Edith’s life changed immeasurably with the birth of twin daughters and a thriving life in the Upper Valley.  In 1978 she moved with her family to Texas and later Georgia to experience life outside of New England.  It was during this time she began a professional career in the hotel industry reaching the executive management level. In 1989 she returned to Orford, NH to retire along with her husband, Roberto and lived a full and meaningful life with her closest friends, and constant visits by her daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She traveled home to Germany to visit her family frequently.  She loved conversation, laughter, holidays, cooking, gardening, reading and politics. 

She is survived by her three daughters: Ditha Alonso - Orford, NH, Vanessa DeSimone (David)- Orford, NH, Patricia Alonso Schaft (Ted)- Proctor, VT and her six grandchildren: Natalie Chaput (Phil); Lucas White (Stephanie); Gaetan DeSimone (Kristina); Emily DeSimone; Elise DeSimone (Dan); Stefanie DeSimone; and her three great-grandchildren, Maria, Carmen, and Olivia, a sister and brother in Germany, and nieces and nephews.

A graveside burial will be held at the Orford Street Cemetery on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 9:00am.   Edith’s family welcomes community members and friends to attend the burial. Arrangements are by Hale Funeral Home in Bradford, VT.

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