SANDWICH — Frances Julia Traum Mauch passed away on July 2, 2013 with the love of family and friends surrounding her, and her daughter at her side.
Frances was born in Wood-Ridge, NJ to Franz and Elizabeth (Zombary) Traum on March 16, 1925. She was proud to be a top graduate of the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Newark, NJ. She worked as an OR nurse before having a long career as a high-school nurse in which she was a staunch advocate for teenagers. Frances married Raymond Henry Mauch in October of 1948 in Rutherford, NJ. They moved to Paramus where they had three of their four children.
In 1959, after venturing to NH for a vacation, Ray and Fran bought a 60-acre farm in Center Sandwich, a decision which caused the neighbors in suburban Paramus to question their sanity. Nevertheless, they packed up their three small children and dalmatian and headed north, proving through trial, error, perseverance, and determination that anything is possible. They were integral and devoted members of the Sandwich community for 54 years.
Frances was nurse for many summers at Camp Hale on Squam Lake, and later the school nurse of Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith for 30+ years, retiring at the age of 70, only to accept a position three months later at the newly formed Community School of Tamworth. She worked there until she was 80, saying, when asked why she was retiring so young, "It's better to leave while they still think you're good at your job than be asked to go!"
Fran deeply loved her community, and gave to it in many ways. She was a founding member of the Sandwich Caregivers and the Friends of Library, was a proud member of PEO, a Red Cross nurse, an active and devoted member of the Federated Church of Sandwich, and served on many local boards and community volunteer and church organizations, the list too long to include.
In every way, Fran upheld the advice she so frequently gave her students: "Make good use of the space you take up in this world." She lived her life with vivacity, conviction and a deep compassion for others, and left long loving threads woven through the many hearts she touched. She was indeed Frantastic!
Frances is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Raymond and her loving son, Daniel. She is survived by her son Raymond "Skipp" Mauch, Jr. of Lochmere, NH; her daughter Nancy Mauch Hosmer of Camden, ME and Brewster, MA; her son Matthew Mauch of Nashville, TN; as well as eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a loving extended family. She was proud of them all and has left them with a legacy of love and her resolute spirit.
A memorial service will be held on September 14th at 10:30am at the Federated Church of Sandwich and a community Celebration of Life at 5:30pm at the Craft Building on the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Donations in her memory may be made to the Federated Church of Sandwich, PO Box 267, Center Sandwich, NH 03227.