Susanne T. Wellwood

Susanne T. Wellwood

Susanne T. Wellwood, 88, of Keene, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 30, 1932, in Cambridge, Mass., to the late Alfred and Elva (Pritchard) Tutin.

She attended school in Lexington, Mass., graduating from Lexington High School with the class of 1950. She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Sargent College, Boston University, in 1954.

Susanne married her husband, Robert (Bob) Wellwood, on June 12, 1954, at the Hancock Congregational Church in Lexington, Mass. She did physical therapy at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, where her husband did his internship and residency.

They moved to Greenville in 1956, where her husband started his general practice of medicine and she did some physical therapy as well as office work.

Sue moved with her husband and three children in 1966 to a home designed by themselves in Sharon, where they lived for 21 years. Sue did a great deal of volunteer work during those years for the Girl Scouts, the Sharon Arts Center and at Peterborough public schools. She was also a Sunday school teacher and on the Pulpit committee for three churches.

In addition to all these activities and raising her family, she became a skilled herbalist and nutritionist. In 1981 she appeared as “Cook of the Month” in Yankee magazine. She and her husband integrated dietary advice into a plan for preventative medicine.

She loved the creative imagination of children and writers of special books about children, from Louisa May Alcott to Elizabeth Orton Jones, who was a special friend.

She enjoyed gardens and especially herb gardens like those of Adelma Simmons and Tasha Tudor.

In 1987, Sue and Bob retired to Stoddard, where Sue continued her volunteer work at the Keene Community Kitchen, the Chapel by the Lake, Wyman’s Tavern, The Historical Society of Cheshire County, Stoddard Women’s Group, and the Cedarcrest Foundation’s home for special children.

For many years she and her husband guided groups through the Wyman Tavern while wearing period clothing. The Wellwoods both received Presidential Citations for their volunteer work in 2008. Meanwhile, they continued their gardening and exercise programs.

She leaves behind her beloved husband, Bob; her daughters: Sally and her husband, Fred; Ann and her husband, Bill; and Beth and Ned; two granddaughters, Katie and Caroline; and her niece, Sara, and nephew, Jeff.

There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Cedarcrest Foundation, 91 Maple Ave., Keene NH 03431.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is handing funeral arrangements.