Edie Loeb Tomasko dies, leaves UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center legacy
Edie Loeb Tomasko
Edith 'Edie' Tomasko, daughter of the Loebs
HOPKINTON — Edith (Edie) Tomasko (nee Loeb) of Hopkinton, New Hampshire and Wilsall, Montana, passed away on April 21, 2014 at the age of 57 as a result of complications from an illness she had battled bravely for nearly five years.
She is preceded in death by the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Tomasko, who passed away on October 21, 2012 at the age of 70. Her mother, Nackey S. Loeb and her father, William Loeb, preceded her in death.
In 1992, Edie founded UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown, NH with two riders and a borrowed horse. Today, the center helps to improve the development of challenged children and adults using progressive therapies centered around horses. Edie was an avid rider and enjoyed sharing her passion for riding with others.
She married Bob Tomasko on April 22, 1993 and embarked on a westward journey along with their dogs, Tequila, Bart, Pumita and Fanny, settling down on a ranch in Wilsall, Montana. Edie loved life in Montana and spent time writing about the land and her travels, painting and photographing the Montana wildlife and embracing all that the small town of Wilsall had to offer.
Edie was a free spirit whose passion for life was contagious, which brought her many friends from all walks of life. She enjoyed traveling and exploring new destinations with Bob and her beloved pets, wherever the road would take them. Edie loved her many cousins, nieces and nephews, but most of all, the love she had for her sister, children and grandchildren was endless. A loving wife and mother, grandmother, step-mother and step-grandmother, Edie was devoted to her family and friends and inspired them with her courage, boundless energy and giving heart.
She is survived by her children, Careen DuBuc Cardin (Bill) of Hopkinton, NH and Cody DuBuc (Molly) of Boston, MA, her sister, Nackey Scagliotti (Bob) of Glenbrook, NV, her nephew, Michael Scagliotti (Miya) of San Francisco, CA, granddaughter, Bristol Cardin and great-nephew, Jasper Scagliotti. Also survived by her step-children, Karen Shockey (David) of Wilsall, MT, Robert Tomasko, Jr. (Lisa) and Allen Tomasko (Nancy), both of Marlow, NH, Patrice Pierce (Pete) of Rising Sun, MD and Kevin Tomasko (Rob) of Hopkinton, NH, as well as her step-grandchildren, Ashley Mugnier, Mike Mugnier, Conner Mugnier, Jake Shockey, Raeann Shockey, Ty Tomasko, Veronica Tomasko, Tauni Tomasko, Henry Tomasko, Jessica Davis, Lisa Davis and step-great-grandchildren, Malachi, Kayla and Tristin.
She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as Nellie Allen of San Diego, CA, a dear and longtime friend, and many countless friends and adoring pets.
Sympathy may be expressed through memorial contributions to the Scripps Howard Foundation, PO Box 5380, Cincinnati, OH 4520 or the Wilsall Foundation, PO Box 333, Wilsall, MT 59086.
Arrangements are currently pending.
At first, Terrio said: "It was instead of therapy, to give strength to her leg." Jordana had a loose patella, said Terrio. Then Jordana got leukemia. After two months in the hospital, said Terrio, her daughter was in a wheelchair: "She couldn't lift her arm."
It's mental as well as physical, Terrio said. "It's amazing what they do."
Bill Boynton, public information officer for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, said his daughter, Lauren, participated in the program in the early years, in the mid-1990s. "I was impressed with how committed (Edie) was," said Boynton, who also served on the board of UpReach for a time.
"You're forced to use your legs," he said, and it made a big difference for his daughter. She couldn't participate in typical child sports, but she could ride. "There's also the personal benefit," he said. "This was something she could do."
Kersting, who has been at UpReach for about 16 years, said: "We are one of the few therapeutic riding programs that aren't part of something else."
After the death of her mother, Tomasko facilitated the transfer of the entire 96-acre property, including her mother's house, to the center in 2002.
David Tirrell-Wysocki, the executive director of the school, said Tomasko and her sister helped guide the school during its formative years. As a result, he said: "Students of all ages have learned about the First Amendment and communications.
Union Leader Publisher Joseph McQuaid said Edie and her sister were instrumental in seeing their mother's wishes were carried out in leaving her newspaper stock to the school. "It is why the Union Leader remains an independent newspaper to this day," McQuaid said.
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