Loretta Lydia Caliri CLAREMONT — Loretta Lydia Caliri, 99, died on Jan. 6, 2021, at Woodlawn Care Center, Newport, New Hampshire, after a brief illness. She was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, on June 18, 1921, the daughter of Wilfred and Laurina (Giguere) St. Martin LaRoche, and resided in Claremont most of her life. Loretta was a 1939 Stevens High School graduate and a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy as a nurse from 1943-1947. On Sept. 27, 1947, in Providence, Rhode Island, she married Fred V. Caliri. The family includes one brother, Victor St. Martin of Kalispell, Montana; one grandson, Larry Pluta of St. Petersburg, Florida; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; a daughter, Margret A. Pluta, son-in-law Stephen J. Pluta; sisters Gladys D. Dolan and Inez L. Plouffe. Mrs. Caliri worked for many years as a nurse at Valley Regional Hospital and was affectionately known as Sarge. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, an avid golfer and longtime member of Claremont Country Club. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church with Father John Loughnane officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The family suggest that donations may be made in her memory to St. Joseph Church, P.O. Box 825, Claremont, NH 03743. Arrangements are with Stringer Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 146 Broad St., Claremont, NH 03743. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
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