Henriette Lucienne Olmstead
Henriette Lucienne Olmstead
  • February 21, 1934 - July 13, 2017
  • New Hampshire

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Henriette Lucienne Olmstead, 83, a former longtime resident of Keene, passed away on July 13, 2017, at her Norco, Calif., residence after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Salisbury, Vt., Feb. 21, 1934, the first-born child of Armand and Marie Lydia Jeanne (Forgues) Mayer.

She attended schools in Brattleboro and was salutatorian of her graduating class at Saint Michael's High School in 1952. In 1953 Henriette married William James Olmstead. They had five children and were together for 46 years until his passing in 1999.

At the age of 37, Henriette decided to fulfill a longtime dream and enrolled in college, graduating from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1975. In the late 1970s, after teaching for a year, she decided to pursue a new interest and began her 20-year career in real estate. She worked as an agent with Century 21 until she became a broker and opened her own company. She also co-founded and served as the vice president of Shamrock Real Estate, Inc. in Westport, for many years. In 1987 she opened a restaurant in Brattleboro with her brother and, before her retirement, owned and operated Olmstead Realty Network. After retirement, she worked caring for developmentally challenged adults.

Henriette was also an active volunteer and community leader. She served as District No. 1 director of the American Legion Auxiliary and was awarded a life membership; second vice president of the Gordon Bissell Unit 4 American Legion Auxiliary; recording secretary of the Keene Business and Professional Women's Club; and president of the Mutual Investment Club of Keene.

Henriette was a generous, loving and noble woman, as well as an inspiration to her children and all who were fortunate enough to know her. She had a great sense of humor and an inquisitive and inventive mind. She loved to read and the science fiction genre was one of her favorites. An avid card player, she was part of a lively pinochle club that met on Friday nights. Another favorite pursuit was traveling, whether it was to visit her children and grandchildren or accompanying husband Bill on tours with the Keene Gordon Bissell Post 4 American Legion band. She also enjoyed many memorable trips with her good friend and sister-of-the-heart, Rae Egan, including an excursion to Europe.

Henriette is survived by her five children, William Olmstead Jr. and wife, Janis, of Woodland Hills, Calif., Susan Olmstead-Bowen and husband, Gary, of Norco, Calif., David Olmstead and wife, Colette, of Harrisville, Jeanne Johnsen and husband, Larry, of Elkhorn, Calif., and Michelle Monacelli and husband, Alan, of North Port, Fla.; several grandchildren, Caesey Rankin and husband, Dennis, Geoffrey Bowen, Tyler Johnsen, USMC Lance Cpl. Jake Johnsen and wife, Destiny, Anthony Monacelli, Aaron Monacelli; two great-grandchildren, Kendall Rankin and Emma Rankin; two step-grandchildren, Benjamin Schneider and Joshua Schneider; three step-great-grandchildren, Kailynn Schneider, Talon Schneider, Avery Dunning; four brothers, Paul Mayer, Ernest Bishop, Roland Bishop, John Bishop; one sister, Darlene Hutchinson; and many beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and extended family members.She is predeceased by her husband, William James Olmstead Sr.; and brothers, Dona and Leonard Mayer.

A celebration of Henriette's life will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00PM in the Norco Family Funeral Home Home, 2645 Hamner Avenue, Norco, CA.

Friends and family are also invited to calling hours on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. A memorial mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene, on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. with a graveside committal service to follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Main Street, Keene.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Henriette L. Olmstead to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or online at www.alz.org/donate.