Dianne Pingree | Obituary | Salem News

May 21, 1934
April 21, 2022


S. Hamilton – Dianne T. Pingree, 87, a resident of Hamilton, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, April 21, 2022 in her home.
Born May 2, 1934 in Perth Amboy, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Theodore H. and Marjorie (Delle) Tuzik.
Dianne grew up in New Jersey, the oldest of four sisters. She was very close to her sisters, and relished the role of big sister. She graduated from Vail Deane School in 1952 and Lasell College in 1955. Growing up, her passion was riding and she was a very accomplished equestrian. As a teenager, each year from 1948 through 1951, Dianne qualified for the Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden. She was later given an invitation to compete on the US Olympic team, which she declined due to the financial commitment.
Growing up, her family had a farm in NH where she met her future husband, Hugh H. Ober, whose family owned a farm nearby. Dianne and Hugh were married from 1952 until 1966 and had three children. In 1969, Dianne married John R. Pingree, who also had three children, and moved to Flying Horse Farm in Hamilton. At the farm with John, her passion for horses was rekindled. She began breeding sport horses for dressage and combined training, which culminated with Bally Mar, who won USCTA Mare of the Year in 2001. Dianne had a love for animals and always had numerous dogs and cats and raised a litter of ten Labrador Retriever puppies in 1985. Several of the pups became champions in their own right.
Dianne was a past board member of the MSPCA, The First Church in Wenham, and the Children’s Friend and Family Service of the North Shore. She was also a long time member of Myopia Hunt Club and Singing Beach Club.
Dianne is survived by her two daughters, Sioux Pingree of NH, and Mary P. Fisher and her husband, Edward of VT; and four sons, Stephen H. Pingree and his wife Deborah of Maine, Theodore E. Ober and his wife, Kimberly of Hamilton, John R. Pingree Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth of Georgia, and Alexander W. Pingree of AL; and thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jane Phillips and her husband, Daniel of MN, and Donna Fernald and her husband Richard of North Carolina. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband of 51 years, John R. Pingree, her sister, Carlyn Swanson, her daughter-in-law, Cindy Pingree, and granddaughter, Aubrey Pingree.
Her services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dianne’s memory may be made to Windrush Farm, www.windrushfarm.org. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.

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