Eva Elaine (Belmont) Oickle, 89, Owned Ken’s Donuts

Eva_Elaine_OickleEva Elaine (Belmont) Oickle, 89, passed away Thursday, April 7, at Wingate at Haverhill with her family by her side.

She was born in Haverhill Feb. 3, 1927, daughter of the late Neville H. and Dorothy A. (Collins) Belmont. Oickle married her husband of 70 years, Kenneth L. Oickle, May 6, 1945, and together they raised two children in Merrimac and Haverhill. For many years she worked alongside her husband in their doughnut shop, Ken’s Donuts, on White Street in Haverhill and also in their real estate business. As a young woman she enjoyed painting, reading about movie stars and spending time at their summer home in Hampton Beach, N.H. In their early retirement years she enjoyed road trips with her husband, especially to Vermont and Florida. For many years, she and her husband hosted open houses on Thanksgiving and Christmas for family and friends. She also made sure her grandchildren had many Christmas presents because, as a child, she had few.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her daughter Debra Ann Oickle; four grandchildren, Michelle (Demaris) and her husband Mark Fleming, John K. Demaris and his wife Julie, Beth (Demaris) Stempien and Jennifer (Demaris) (Moran) and her husband John Camarato all of Haverhill; two sisters, Melba (Belmont) Oickle of Alton Bay, N.H., Barbara (Belmont) Seeley of Manchester, N.H.; 11 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; son-in-law, John W. Demaris and his wife Penney of Haverhill; and numerous nieces and nephews. Oickle was predeceased by her daughter Patricia Ann (Oickle) Demaris in 2011, her eldest favorite brother Mearl Collins, who gave her in marriage, her brothers, Myron (Mike) Belmont and Grand Belmont and two brothers who died in infancy. Oickle’s family thanks the staff at Wingate at Haverhill for their exceptional care and consideration given during her stay there.

Private funeral services were held at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill with interment in Hillside Cemetery, Haverhill. Contributions in her memory may be made to the local animal shelter of your choice.