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“I was a resident of the Dover Children's Home in the 70's while Ms. Dolloff was there. I remember her as being firm and fair. After I moved to...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Rick Martel - Saco, ME

“We have fond memories of Ginny. She was the most recent holder of the Stratham Boston Post Cane which goes to the eldest citizen of the town. In her...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Stratham Historical Society - NH

“Mrs Dolloff has been a very special person to me for many,many years and enjoyed her witt and humor very much. I was so pleased that I was able to...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: mike perry - stratham, NH

“so sorry for your loss Ada jenny was such a wonderful lady, & she lived such a long wonderful life. I will always remember her comming in the beauty...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: sue danis - epping, NH

“Ginny, you will be missed at the "Rock". We use to have so much fun with you..I loved your laugh ,and all the stories you would tell us..Ginny rest...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Penny Alexander - Raymond, NH


Virginia Wiggin Dolloff, 102, formerly of Winnicutt Rd., Stratham, where she lived with her son Nelson and his wife Ada, and more recently of Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood, died peacefully on August 12, 2012. She was predeceased by her son, Nelson L. Dolloff, her sister Gladys Chapman, her brother George Dolloff, and her infant sister Mary. Virginia "Ginny" was born on February 27, 1910 in Milford, MA, the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Wiggin) Dolloff. She graduated from Holliston High School in Holliston, MA, and continued her education at the New England Peabody Home for Crippled Children in Newton, MA. She worked at the Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth, NH and the Dover Home for Children in Dover, NH. During World War II, she worked at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. Virginia was a dear friend to many. She loved her family and friends and rejoiced in each new baby. Beautiful flowers thrived in her garden. She grew vegetables which were shared with family and friends or were canned to enjoy later. Strawberry shortcakes were highly anticipated by all. Virginia was an accomplished embroiderer and made smocked dresses for her nieces and granddaughters. She won many awards for her embroidery on tablecloths and pillowcases at the Grange Exhibit at the Stratham Fair. Virginia joined the Grange when she was 12 years old and enjoyed the fun of participation. She received certificates of membership during her life and was proud to be a member. Virginia made lovely room-sized braided rugs and also smaller ones. She used them in her home and gave them to family. She also made baby quilts and decorative wall hangings. She was a lifelong Red Sox fan and was so happy when they won the World Series in 2004. Ginny also enjoyed reading and she delighted in bird watching at her feeders. She was a member of the Stratham 76ers for many years. The Boston Post Cane Award was presented to Virginia in 2006 by selectman, Kirk Scamman for being the oldest resident in Stratham. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Ada Dolloff of Stratham, NH; her granddaughters Geneva Cogger and husband Daryl of Exeter, NH, Colleen Cronin and husband Patrick of Stratham, NH; her grandsons W. Todd Dolloff of Hampton, NH and Matthew Dolloff of Danvers, MA; her extended family, grandsons David Moore and wife Andrea of Syracuse, NY, Matthew Moore and wife Cheryl of Kents Hill, ME, and granddaughter Heather Roche and husband Michael of Merrimac, MA. Virginia cherished her 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A graveside gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10 AM, at Harmony Hill Cemetery in Stratham, NH (the old cemetery behind the Stratham Community Church). A reception will follow at the Cronin Family Home at 11 Tansy Lane, Stratham, NH. Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH is handling the arrangements. The family would like to thank the staff at Rockingham County Nursing Home for their tender, loving care of Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Rockingham County Nursing Home Resident Activities Fund, 117 North Rd., Brentwood, NH, 03833, or to a charity of one's choice.

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