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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rosamond E. ‘Roz’ Buchanan

Rosamond E. “Roz” Buchanan, 88, resident of Amherst, NH, died on April 1, 2012, following a brief illness.

She was born in Fitchburg, MA on January 10, 1924, a daughter of Thomas H. and Ruth C. (Grant) Eckfeldt. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire, Class of 1945. She married Creeley S. “Buck” Buchanan in 1946 with whom she had four children.

A resident of Amherst since 1950, Roz was actively involved in the community. She was a member of the Amherst Historical Society, Amherst Women’s Republican Club, a founding member of the Patch Hill Club, Amherst Ski Club and the 4th of July parade. In addition, she was a member of the Capt. Josiah Crosby chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the only member who was a descendant of Capt. Crosby. In 1976 she mapped and identified the graves of the old burial ground behind Town Hall, adding a significant contribution to the Historical Society’s documentary resources.

Roz will be remembered as a doting and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved painting, her bridge group, skiing, tennis, and Uno. She was a longtime member of the Congregational Church of Amherst and the Women’s Association. She was unbeatable at “Wheel” and the world has known few more avid and accomplished knitters than Roz. She was an original “multi-tasker”, often reading a book while she knitted away. She operated “The Yarn Basket” for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, who died in 2008 and three brothers, Thomas, Grant, and John Eckfeldt.

Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Blair B. and J. Allan Clark of Culver, IN; three sons and daughters-in-law, Shepard C. and Julie Buchanan of Portland, OR, Alexander S. and Cheryl Buchanan, Scott L. Buchanan, all of Amherst, NH; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Kozelka of Chapel Hill, NC; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Eckfeldt of Kennebunk, Maine; many nieces and nephews and a long list of friends and admirers.

Memorial visiting hours are April 11, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to SHARE Outreach, Inc., 1 Columbus Avenue, Milford, NH 03055 or The Historical Society of Amherst, P.O. Box 717, Amherst, NH 03031. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. To leave an online condolence, please go to