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Rita (Martin) Sargent

Rita (Martin) Sargent died on February 13, 2019 at her home in Wolfeboro, NH surrounded by her family.  Rita died as she lived, with grace, dignity and love.  She was born in Franklin, NH on April 21, 1923 to Regina and Sidney Martin.


On July 13, 1946 she married her sweetheart, George.  They spent 72 wonderful, beautiful years together raising a family, serving their community and in later years traveling, spending time in Florida and enjoying their beautiful lakeside home on Lake Winnipesaukee.


She attended Franklin High School and worked most of her career at Franklin Regional Hospital as the business office manager where she was a pioneer in learning the latest technology.  Rita never lost her love for learning new things and keeping up with technology.  She loved her iPad, was on Facebook regularly and played a mean scrabble game online with her friends and family.

She lived in Franklin NH until 1988 and then in Northfield, NH.   In 1998, Rita and George moved to Wolfeboro, NH and lived alongside their daughter.  She and George wintered in No. Fort Myers Florida at Windmill Village for many years following their retirement. 


Rita loved reading, cooking and gardening.  She enjoyed birdwatching and identifying birds at the feeder outside her window. She was a woman filled with the Holy Spirit. Her faith was very much a part of her everyday life.  Rita attended St Paul Church in Franklin and St Katharine Drexel Catholic church in Alton.

Her biggest achievement and interest however was her family.  Her family was the most important thing in her life and they felt so loved and cherished by her.

Rita was the Matriarch of a large, loving, boisterous family. As our role model she taught us all about unconditional love.


Rita is survived by her husband George.  They have three children, Dianne Wasmuth of Wolfeboro NH.  George Sargent Jr. and spouse Debby of Franklin, NH and Bette Coffey and spouse David of Wolfeboro NH.


She also leaves her loving grandchildren, Courtney, Heather, Craig, Doug, Shala, Rob, Evan, Melissa and Andrew. 


Rita had 12 great grandchildren of which she was so proud to be their Memere and many extended family members who she loved as they loved her.


Her siblings include Neal Martin of Fitchburg, Mass, Marie Kulacz of Tilton, NH and Ray Martin of Summerfield, Florida

Rita was predeceased by her brother Roger Martin, her sister Arline Brine and her son-in-law

Phil Wasmuth.


The family wishes to thank Central NH VNA and Hospice and SB Nursing Care and their “girls” who lovingly took care of her and George and became part of her family.  The Meals on Wheels drivers who always had a friendly hello and her housekeeper Korinna for keeping the place shipshape.  We are so grateful for all their caregivers who truly loved and took such good care of them and still do.


Calling hours will be on Thursday, February 21st from 4-6pm at the Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin Street, Franklin, NH.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 22 at 11 am at St. Paul Catholic Church 110 School St.in Franklin, NH.  A private graveside service will take place at a later date at NH Veterans Cemetery. Following the Funeral Mass, a luncheon will follow at the Franklin Lodge of Elks, 125 South Main St., Franklin.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, PO Box 1620 Wolfeboro NH 03894 or Wolfeboro Area Meals on Wheels, PO Box 453, Wolfeboro, NH 03894

For an online guestbook, please visit www. neunfuneralhomes.com

Donations may be made to:

Central NH VNA & Hospice
PO Box 1620, Wolfeboro NH 03894

Wolfeboro Area Meals on Wheels
PO Box 453, Wolfeboro NH 03894

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