Gilbert Joseph Pinkney, Sr., 89, passed quietly on March 8, 2014, in the Comfort Room at New London Hospital surrounded by his wife and family and some of the kindest caregivers one could ever ask to have. Gilbert was born in Melrose, MA, September 25, 1924, son of the late Gilbert Elijah and Ada (Doucette) Pinkney. He grew up and attended school there and began his work at an early age, working as a short order cook and life guard at Revere Beach. He joined the CCC in 1941 and served in Danby, VT, Company 1148, until he was honorably discharged after six months of service. Gilbert enjoyed months of working in the woods and earning a wage, a portion of which was sent home to his mother. He found that he loved country life and decided that one day he would return to make his home in a rural area. WWII began and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years in Hawaii and Japan, earning the rank of Radioman, First Class, U.S.N.R. He came to Lempster, NH, in 1946 to visit a friend made during the war years; there he met the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Eleanor Hartwell. He purchased a house with his mustering out pay, and they made their home in Lempster, the town he loved. He always said, “I was not born here, I chose to live in Lempster.” He used the skill learned in the CCC working first in the local highway department and then later for various road construction companies ending his career as a superintendent for the Cook and Ross Construction Co. out of Torrington, CT. He was proud to say that he had a part in building parts of the NH interstate highways and many of the modern roads in the Northern NH area, including the road through Crawford Notch and part of the Kancamagus Highway. He was a self- educated man, having left school after the 8th grade but he never stopped learning. He took adult education classes after receiving a severe injury at work and worked in the office at the Sullivan County Home for 10 years before retiring to pursue his many hobbies and enjoy his later years with Eleanor. He was a member and served as Captain of the Lempster Volunteer Fire Dept. and helped to build the first fire house. He served for 19 years on Lempster’s Conservation Commission, was a member of the Loyal Order of Odd Fellows, Forest Lodge in Marlow, NH, and served as Noble Grand for one term. He joined the Silver Mt. Grange #196 in 1946 and held several offices before becoming Master and served 19 years in this office. He worked diligently to see that the Lempster Meetinghouse was maintained, forming work bees and coaxing the selectmen not to abandon the building. Gilbert known as “Sonny” to his Melrose friends and family and “Pinky” to his New Hampshire friends was a good husband and provider, a loyal friend and a strict and loving father to his four children: Laura Pinkney of Lempster, NH, Marilyn Gilman of Lempster, NH, Patti Gardner and husband, John, of Franklin, NH, Gil Chase-Pinkney and his wife, Gina, of Keene. He loved babies and children, holding a special place in his heart for his 11 grandchildren and two great-grandsons, each of whom he valued for their own special talents and personalities. “Sonny” leaves behind two beloved siblings: Patricia Buchan of Melrose, MA, and Robert Pinkney and wife, Debra, of Londonderry, NH, as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by four sisters: Regina Robertson, Bertha Bagerella, Dorothy Johnson and Barbara Callucci. A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Sunday, March 16, at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street in Newport which will include services by the Odd Fellows. The family will be available for calling hours on Sunday from 12:30 until the hour of service. A reception will follow services immediately after at the History Hall in Lempster. Burial will take place at a later date at the East Lempster Cemetery. Donations may be made in Gilbert’s name to either the loyal order of Odd Fellows, Forest Lodge, PO Box 269, Marlow, NH 03456 or to the Friends of the Meeting house, PO Box 34, Lempster, NH 03605. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Nancy Mae McCoy
Nancy Mae McCoy, a 37-year resident of Cornish, NH, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2014, surrounded by her family. Nancy was born in Hanover, NH, to Stanley and Marion (Richardson) Waterman. She was married to Fred McCoy, Jr. on April 22, 1989. They shared 24 years of happiness together. Her most fulfilling times were spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and family. She was a dedicated administrator to the McCoy’s home for the elderly which is where she had worked for 16 years. Her family includes her husband, Fred McCoy, Jr., daughter, Donna Martin and husband David Martin, son, Brian Atwood and Trista Miller, son, Michael Sartwell and wife Nichole Sorenson, daughter, Sharon McGranaghan and husband Billy McGranaghan; grandchildren, Travis Wilcox, Kevin Atwood, Jared McGranaghan, John Raney, Hunter Dadmun, Joey McGranaghan, Sadie Sartwell and Olivia Mae Sartwell; siblings, Stanley Waterman, Jr. and wife Lori, Marshall “Mutt” Waterman and wife Deanna, Robin Waterman and Candy Traxinger, Randy Waterman and Brenda Curtis, Dana Waterman and wife Laurie, Marsha Bailey, Laurie Bolton and her husband, Rusty, Gayle Barrows, Darryl Waterman and wife Terrie and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by one grandson, Josh Atwood and one sister, Peggy Lockwood. Nancy requested that there be no wake or funeral services. There will be a celebration of life which will be determined by the family at a later time. Nancy was a very private person who loved her family with all her heart. She also was a very hard worker who enjoyed her job caring for the elderly at the McCoy’s Home for the Elderly. She will be deeply missed by many. Arrangements are with the Stringer Funeral Home & Crematorium, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
Nellie L. Haynes, 81
Nellie Louise Haynes, 81, of Tengren Avenue in Claremont, NH, died March 3, 2014, peacefully at her home. She was born in Bellows Falls, VT, on February 13, 1933, the daughter of LeRoy and Alice (Greene) Clark and has resided in Claremont for the past 55 years. Nellie spent her life as a devoted wife, working right alongside her husband on their dairy farm, where they raised eight children as well as a number of foster children. For years she served in many capacities as a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was also a leader in 4-H clubs and hosted Good News Clubs in the big farmhouse. With boundless energy she used her creative talents in a craft business, Haynes Hobbies, which funded many traveling adventures for her and her sweetheart, in their retirement years. The surviving family includes her husband, David Allen Haynes, whom she married on July 8, 1951; three sons, John Haynes and Peter Haynes both of Claremont and Thomas Haynes of Wetumpka, AL; five daughters, Ruth Haynes, currently a missionary in Uganda, Africa, Sharon Cota of Burnham, ME, Diana Cameron of New Brunswick, Canada, Susanna Kresina of Garland, ME, and Judith Sherburne of Durham, ME.; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one brother, Alvin Clark of Langdon, NH; also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Marion Pierce of Texas. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 8th, at 1PM at the Calvary Baptist Church, on Maple Avenue in Claremont with Pastor Stephen Cook, officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will be in the spring, at the Village Cemetery in Surry, NH. Arrangements are with the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont NH. In lieu of flowers, David and family suggest that donations be made in Nellie’s memory to go toward the work Ruth is doing in Uganda in reaching its young people for the Lord. Gifts can be directed toward this purpose through Calvary Baptist Church, 97 Maple Avenue, Claremont, NH, 03743.
Normand P. Benoit, 88
Normand Pierre Benoit, 88, of Claremont, NH, died on Monday, March 3, 2014, at his home. He was born in Claremont on January 9, 1926, the son of Leo and Rosilda (Racette) Benoit. Normand had attended St. Mary High School and was a veteran of World War II having served in the US Navy. He lived in Claremont for 75 years and worked at the State Liquor Store, for the State of NH for 32 years and retired in 1986. Normand had moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL, and had lived there for 13 years and had returned to Claremont in 1999. He was a former 25-year member of both the Knights of Columbus, Council & Assembly, and also the American Legion Post #29. Normand had married Jeannine L. (St. Sauveur) Benoit on December 27, 1948. She died on July 11, 1989. The family includes one daughter, Louise B. Carpenter and her husband, David, Sr. of Claremont; one daughter-in-law, Colleen Benoit of Virginia Beach, VA; eight grandchildren, Vicki Corliss, Kelly Rice, Angela Miller, David Carpenter, Jr. all of NH, Jaclyn Boone, Eric Benoit of Virginia, Kelly Busch of NC and Brian Whitmore of MD, seventeen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one son, Allen L. Benoit, who died in April of 2013, and one brother, Leonard Benoit. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday evening, March 6th, from 6-8 PM at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church on Friday, March 7th, at 11:00 AM with Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, Pastor, Officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery with military honors.
Timmy Fischer, 54
Timmy Fischer, 54, of Charlestown, NH, died unexpectedly at his home Friday, February 28, 2014. He was born October 8, 1959, in Portland, ME, to James and Althea Fischer and lived most of his life in Charlestown. Timmy had many occupations in his lifetime, the common thread among them was a reliance on his innate physical and mechanical abilities; farmer, mechanic, carpenter. He used all the tools he had – his wit, his huge physical strength, his stamina, his stubbornness, and his humility – to make a living for his family. For many years, Tim was a volunteer firefighter, both in Charlestown and in West Windsor, VT, where he worked at the time. He also volunteered as a Boy Scout leader for several years. Tim had many interests: hunting, fishing, camping, guns, trucks, and gardening, and he was especially renown for making pickles; he didn’t pursue these things to get away from his family, he seemed to only have interest in things he could share with them. It cannot be expressed how much Timmy loved his family – both his immediate and extended family were simply the center of his world. And even though he was a man of few words, he made sure his family always knew that. Timmy is survived by Sharron Fischer, his wife of 30 years; by his parents, James and Althea Fischer of Charlestown; by his children and grandchildren, Wade Smith of Franklin, CT, Jonathan Fischer of Middletown, CT, Chelsea Fischer and her daughter, Abigale of Charlestown, Andrew Fischer of Charlestown, and Jeremy Fischer and his daughter, Adalyn of Claremont; by his three brothers and two sisters; and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Maine and New Hampshire. There will be a family and friends memorial and celebration of life on March 15th from 1PM-4PM at the Charlestown Old Town Hall on Summer Street in Charlestown. Arrangements are with the Charlestown Memorial Chapel, 34 Main Street, Charlestown, NH.
Cindy L. Bowdoin, 42
Cindy Lea Bowdoin, 42, of Hooksett, NH died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in Hooksett, NH. She was born in Claremont, NH on August 25, 1971, the daughter of Elaine Lemieux. Cindy had worked with disabled people with brain injuries for the Moore’s Center in Manchester. She loved her dog, “Gizmo”, angels and to go dancing and singing. She was very outgoing and enjoyed life. She enjoyed spending time with her family. The family includes her mother, Elaine Temple Lemieux of Claremont; her son, Brandon Montour of Hooksett; her sister, Tori Bowdoin of Claremont; her brother, Jason Temple of Hillsboro; her ex-husband, Alan Montour of Hooksett; her step-father, Daniel Lemieux of Claremont and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Also many friends. A celebration of life will be held at 32 Myrtle Street in Claremont on March 15th from 1 to 4PM. Donations may be made in her memory to the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH 03743.
Leo P. Therriault, 72
Leo Paul Therriault, 72 of Claremont, NH, died on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Sullivan County Health Care in Unity. He was born in Claremont, NH, on December 13, 1941, the son of Adelard L. and Leonie (Lafreniere) Therriault. He was a graduate of St. Marys High School in 1960 and Saint Anselm College in 1964. He was a longtime resident of Cornish. Paul was the purchasing manager for American Brush and retired in 1992. He had previously worked at Joy Manufacturing from 1964 to 1986. Paul was very involved in the Cornish Boy Scouts and had belonged to Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and was a parole officer for Claremont and Cornish. He was an avid outdoors man, enjoying camping, skiing and fishing. He was very involved in the St. Mary’s community. The family includes his wife, Carol (LaFlower) Therriault whom he married on May 23, 1964; a daughter, Michele Mardanes of Cornish; two sons, James Therriault and his wife, Shari of White River Junction, VT and TJ Therriault and his wife, Jill of Connecticut; four grandchildren, Nicole, Hailley, Alexis and Charlie; a great grandson, Logan; two sisters, Sister Denise Therriault and Sister Monique Therriault; a sister-in-law, Helene Therriault also nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Therriault. We have lost the heart of our family, our kind hearted and loving mentor. He will be sorely missed. Friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Saturday, March 8th, from 10 to 12PM. A memorial service will be held at the Funeral Home at 12PM with Sister Monique officiating. A reception will follow at the Cornish Town Hall. Donations may be made in his memory to the Sullivan County Health Care, Stearns 3 Community Fund, 5 Nursing Home Drive, Unity, NH 03743.
Geraldine F. Moulton, 88
Geraldine Fay Moulton, 88, of North Grantham, NH, passed away at the New London Hospital Wednesday Morning, February 26, 2014. Gerry was born in Newport, NH, on December 2, 1925, daughter to the late Leslie and Helen (LaFountain) Moulton. She was raised and educated in Campton, NH, graduating from Plymouth High with the Class of 1943. She worked at Draper Corporation in Beebe River, NH, then as a hairdresser for many years and later at Timken Aerospace where she retired. Gerry was a lifelong member of the National Grange. She was one of the original members of the Grantham Ladies Aid Society and a pillar of the Grantham United Methodist Church. She was an independent woman and fiercely loyal to her family and friends. She had a sharp wit and a deft hand with a paintbrush. She loved sitting out on the porch of her little green house and sharing an ice cream with her canine companion, Pierre. She is survived by her brother-in-law Alden “Chick” Pillsbury and his wife Mary of Grantham; nieces and nephews: Ellen Pillsbury of Grantham and her daughters Devon and Lana LaBelle, Bernard and Lee Moulton of Texas and their daughters Jenni and Kathy, John and Kyong Moulton of Florida, Mickey and Tan Pillsbury of Lempster and their sons Palmer and Josh, Kristy and Nate Heath of Springfield and their three daughters, Megan, Emily and Molly, Tim Pillsbury and his daughter Ella Ray of Slidell, Louisiana, and Kevin and Angel Barton and their daughter Nicole of Grantham. She was preceded by: her identical twin sister, Earline Ray Pillsbury, and her brother Bernard Moulton Services will be held in May at the Grantham Methodist Church and burial at Springdale Cemetery. There will be no calling hours at this time. Donations may be made in Geraldine’s name to Camp Wanakee, c/o Wanakee United Methodist Center, 75 Upper New Hampton Road, Meredith, NH 03253-9516 For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Fred M. Zullo, 57
Fred Michael Zullo, 57, of Barre, VT, and Claremont, NH, died tragically on Tuesday evening, February 19, 2014, at his Tucson, AZ, winter retreat. He was born on May 5, 1956, in Camp Lejuene, NC, and had resided in Barre, VT, for nearly 25 years. He previously lived in New Hampshire for nearly 20 years in addition to briefly residing in Florida and Maine. He was a graduate of Stevens High School in Claremont, NH, and the University of Norwich in Northfield, VT, graduating with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He serviced in the U.S. Navy from the period of January 19, 1977, until his Honorable Discharge on August 27, 1980. In the field of Aviation Electronics, he attained a rank of Service Technician Third Class. In his youth, he was former Cub Scout and then a Boy Scout member of Troop 38 reaching a rank of Second Class. As an adult, he was avid sportsman in hunting and fly fishing tying many of his own unique dry flies. Later in life, Mr. Zullo pursued the specialty of tax filings and preparation assisting several small local Vermont businesses, select individuals and providing community service to those in need of tax assistance in unison with his father, Rocco A. Zullo. He is survived by his father Rocco A. Zullo of Claremont, NH; his stepdaughter Lisa Carlton of Cumberland, RI; and his siblings: Tony Zullo of North Kingstown, RI; Janet Zullo of Hartland, VT; Jennifer Zullo of Ridgeville, SC; Patrick Zullo of Deering, NH, and Alexandra Zullo of Claremont, NH; and six nieces and nephews that he adored. The Lord knows he will be missed by so many of us for his kind nature and gentle touch; thus, the nickname “Golden Boy”. It is hard to comprehend a world without Fred Michael, and so it seems that he will always be among us in spirit. A time and date for a memorial service has not been arranged but during the month of April, friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, in Claremont, NH. Interment will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery. To send a private message of condolence, please visit www.stringerfh.com
Nancy A. Holobowicz, 68
Nancy Ann Holobowicz, 68, of N. Main Street, Newport, NH, passed away at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, Thursday, February 20, 2014, following a relatively brief illness. Nancy was born on December 6, 1945, daughter to the late John and Ann Veronica (Dunne) Kozlik in Copiague, NY, and grew up on Long Island living there until moving to Newport, NH, in 1974. She loved the ocean, birds and animals and collected Coca Cola products. She was a loving and compassionate individual. She worked for the VNA as a companion and was a foster mother in the community. Nancy is loved and will be missed by many. She is survived by her children: Veronica Ann Holobowicz of Keene, Brenda Lee Schechter(Holobowicz) of Andover, Benjamin Holobowicz of Sunapee, NH, George Holobowicz of Montgomery, TX, Lance Holobowicz of Sahaurita, AZ, her siblings: Joan Schneider of Hampton Bays, NY, William Kozlik of FL, Robert Kozlik of Jacksonville, FL, Bruce Kozlik of Unity, NH, 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 4-6PM at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street in Newport. Memorial services will be held the first weekend on May. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Wendell R. Gardner, Sr., 76
Wendell R. Gardner, Sr., 76, of Croydon Brook Road, Newport, NH, passed away at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, NH, Sunday, February 23, 2014, following a long period of declining health. Wendell was born in Lyme, NH, on October 9, 1937, son to the late Glen Forest and Nellie Pebbles (Gage) Gardner. He grew up and was educated in Newport but spent many summers in Lyme with family. Wendell was quite the athlete in football, basketball and track and is in the Newport Hall of Fame; he graduated from Towle High school in the Class of 1956 and joined the Navy shortly afterwards. He served as a sonarman in a helicopter squadron based out of Norfolk, VA, and had his service extended during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Upon his return he formed a concrete mason business, Gardner and LaFountain, with his brother, Ronald LaFountain, working in the Upper Valley many years. In later years he worked for Sturm Ruger in the Mini 14’s, retiring in 2002 after 27 years. Wendell enjoyed hunting, shooting, fishing, and gardening. He was a 50 plus year member of the Masons and was a member of the Bektash Shrine. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Ruth Ann (Glazier) Gardner of Newport, 2 sons: Wendell, Jr., Greg and his wife, Michelle, of Croydon, a daughter: Susan Bushway and her husband, Ron, of Newport, a sister: Vicky Barnett of Newport,, nine grandchildren: Glen, Jasmine, Jordan, Dylan, Cody, Ethan and Nicole Gardner, Lauren (Bushway) Ryba & Ryan Bushway and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings: Ronald & Carlin LaFountain, Leola Lantis, Alberta Kittridge and Bonnie Fazenbaker. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 28, at 10AM, at the Croydon Flat Church in Croydon. Pastor Mark Rowell officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Navy at the Church. Burial will take place at a later date at North Newport Cemetery in Newport. Friends may call on the family from 6-8PM at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street in Newport, on Thursday evening, Feb. 27th.
Dennis F. Parmalee, 62
Dennis F. Parmalee, 62, of Washington Road, Goshen, NH, died at the Concord Hospital Monday afternoon, February 17, 2014, after a medical event. Dennis was born in Norwalk, CT, June 27, 1951, son of Elizabeth (Valiant) and the Late Kenneth G. Parmalee. He grew up and was educated in Norwalk, graduating from Norwalk High in 1969. He married Jan (Sherwood) Parmalee almost 40 years ago and made their home in Goshen 30 years ago after leaving Connecticut for a simpler life. He worked at Sylvania for most of his life in New Hampshire and enjoyed going to fairs, flea markets and had quite the sweet tooth for Lindt chocolates. He collected post cards, especially ones from the local area. He was a member of the Goshen Fire Association and the Friends of the Goshen Grange. Survivors include his wife, Jan, of Goshen; his mother, Elizabeth of Norwalk, CT;, four brothers: Kenny of FL; Richard and his wife, Joanne, of Danbury, CT; Gary and Robert, both of Norwalk; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his bother, Thomas Parmalee. Friends may call on and visit with the family this Saturday, February 22, from 1-3PM at the Goshen Community Church on RT 10 in Goshen. No other services will be held at this time. Burial will be private in the spring at the Four Corners Cemetery in Goshen. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dennis’ name to the Sullivan County Humane Society, PO Box 111. Claremont, NH 03743. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Susan J. Greenwood, 67
Another angel was made on Monday, February 17, 2014. Susan “Suzie” J. Greenwood, 67, of Case Road in Claremont, NH, passed away at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She was born in Enfield, NH, on November 12, 1946, the daughter of the late Frank and Florence Marshall Lassen. Suzie had worked at Kings Department Store and Ames Department Store. She loved gardening, cooking, dancing, gambling and playing cribbage. Suzie was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Legion and the Women of the Moose. We lost our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. Her spirit will be carried on by her husband, Donald A. Greenwood, Sr., of Claremont; one son, Donald A. Greenwood, Jr. and his wife, Jodi of Newport; three daughters, Anita Dupont and her husband, Phil of Newport; Donna Pelton and her husband, Don of Claremont; and Lora Santaw of Claremont; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bill Lassen and his wife, Judy of Cusseta, GA; Joe Lassen and his wife, Fran of Enfield; her twin Albert Lassen and his wife, Dottie of Springfield; two sisters, Frances “Sister” Lassen of Baton Rouge, LA; and Linda McKenna of Okeechobee, FL; her extended family of many relations and friends from every walk of life. She was predeceased by one daughter, Constance Greenwood; three brothers, John Lassen, George Lassen and Frank Lassen; one grandson, Jacob LaClair; and one great-granddaughter, Hope Dupont. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont at 11:00 AM with Rev. Michael Greenwood, Pastor of the Mountainside Community Chapel. Visiting hours will be held from 9-11 AM prior to the funeral services. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post#29, Broad Street, Claremont. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
Donato Mainolfi, 90
Donato “Rin” Mainolfi, 90, husband, father and friend, died on January 23, 2014, at his home on Lindy Avenue in Claremont, NH. Rin was born in Proctor, VT, on July 10, 1923, the son of James and Maria (Aurillio) Mainolfi. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the US Army. Rin was a resident of Claremont for the last 56 years where he was the owner and operator of Rin’s Chevron Station and Wrecker Service. An avid golfer and humanitarian, Rin was instrumental in the establishment and the ongoing sponsorship of Drug Abuse Resistance “DARE” programs in Claremont, NH, and Proctor, VT. Rin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Mainolfi; a daughter, Donna Kaufmann and her husband, Glen, of Acton, MA; a son, Dan Mainolfi, of Suffield, CT; and four grandchildren; Eric and Andrew Kaufmann and Emily and Alex Mainolfi. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on February 22nd from 2 to 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rin’s memory to the Claremont Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 957, Claremont, NH 03743.
Carolyn Emond, 96
Carolyn ‘Kay” Emond, 96, of Sunset Street in Claremont, NH, died on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Elm Wood. She was born in Claremont, NH, on February 13, 1918, the daughter of Harold and Emily Woodward, born to Virginia Keyes. Carolyn worked as a clerk at Houghton & Simonds of Claremont as well as Buckos Pharmacy, Valliere Pharmacy and Holsom Bakery. She loved crafts and the ocean especially York Beach, Maine. Carolyn married Paul Alfred Emond on July 26, 1941, who died on November 19, 1993. The family includes three sons, Paul A. Emond Jr. of Springfield, VT; David A. Emond and Stephen C. Emond both of Claremont; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; one sister, Beverly Damren of West Lebanon and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Bychek, and a brother, Harold Woodward, Jr. Friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Wednesday, February 19th from 10 to 11AM. A service will be held at the Funeral Home at 11AM with Priscilla Hull officiating. Burial will follow in West Claremont Burying Grounds. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, www.stringerfh.com.
Madeleine A. Dearden, 96
Madeleine Alberta Dearden, 96, passed away at home on February 14, 2014. She was born in E. Hereford, Quebec, Canada, daughter to Frederick W. and Mary Armentine (Boisseau) Ellingwood on February 25, 1917. Madeleine came to the US with her parents and siblings in 1923. Residing most of her life in Croydon Flat, and was its oldest resident, holding the Croydon Historical Society Cane for that distinction. She graduated from Towle high school in Newport in 1936. Though she did hold a few jobs early in her life, including a number of years at Newport Hospital after her children were grown, but being home with her family, raising a garden, canning, sewing, knitting and always being there was the most important to her. Madeleine was proud, however, of her role in the Croydon Fire Department evolution, being a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary for 35 years. Their role to build a new firehouse and then support the FD and the community where it was needed. Spending many volunteer hours, dollars and support to others through all of those years without hesitation. Madeleine’s family includes her daughters, Marjorie Putnam, Charlestown; Roberta Kemp, Newport; and Jane Dearden Britton (Jim), Croydon Flat. Grandchildren, Morris Putnam, Jr. (Karen), Charlestown; Karen Boyle (Matt), Vashon, WA;, Elaine VanVelsor (Ed), Charlestown; Evan Kemp (Brittany), Sunapee; Rachel Garafoli (Tom) Lynnfield, MA; Kathy Covarrubias (Tony), Elizabethtown, KY; John Kemp, CO; Kirt Perry(Catherine), Croydon Flat, Chris Dearden(Robin ), Hollywood, FL; Gary Dearden, Newport; and 19 great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Several loved nieces and nephews. Madeleine was predeceased in life by her first husband, Robert Alexander; son, Robert Dearden; loving son-in-laws, Morris Putnam, Melvin Kemp and Allen Perry. Her brothers, Cecil and Douglas Ellingwood, sisters Ruby Dawson and Audrey Chamberlain. Also, nephews Duane and Doug Ellingwood, and her husband of 54 years, Frank (Jim) Dearden, an avid outdoorsman, which, at heart, Madeleine was too, spending time together throughout the state, just looking. They shared the appreciation of bird and game watching and seeing the flowers and gardens grow. Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home is in charge of cremation, no calling hours scheduled. A spring date will be determined to celebrate her life with close family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Croydon Historical Society, 879 NH Rte 10, Croydon, NH 03773, in her name. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Sherwood A. Witkus Sherwood Arthur Witkus died at the Woodlawn Care Center in Newport, February 8, 2014. He was born on February 14, 1948, in Newport, NH, to Arthur H. Witkus, and Edna (Lane) Witkus. He graduated from Newport’s Towle High School in 1966. He graduated from the Manchester Vocational School in 1968, having studied automotives. He worked primarily in area machine shops. He was divorced. His family spent every Saturday night at the Claremont Speedway and visited area dirt tracks. He carried that love of racing for the rest of his life, being involved with local race teams and attending NASCAR and other races over the east coast. He was a good skater and an excellent skier. On a trip to Crested Butte, he was approached by a person who asked him if he was the guy who skied at Sunapee while smoking a pipe—he was. He was an avid reader, particularly of history and current politics. He developed a dislike for politicians. He was a good story teller, and jokester, as well as a good listener. His low key good humor will be sadly missed. He dealt with the consequences of diabetes without complaint and with optimism. He is survived by his sister Lanea A. Witkus and her husband Jeffrey A. Blomquist, his sister Adair Witkus, and niece Brittany Blomquis and nephew Jeffrey L. Blomquist. There will be calling hours at Newton Bartlett Funeral Home on Saturday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. The family asks, if you can, to write down a Sherwood story or memory which will be put in a box. There will be a brief celebration of his life at 2:00 p.m. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Louise E. Dubois, 94
Louise Emma Dubois of Williston, VT, and formerly of Crescent Lake Road in Acworth, NH, died February 11, 2014. Louise was born on September 16, 1919, in Gilsum, NH,, to parents Leon and Angeline (Secord) Alexander of Gilsum NH. Louise was the eldest of six children. She was a dedicated wife to Antonio Dubois for 56 years. They were married on the 24 of April, 1937, in Claremont, NH, where they settled. For many years Tony and Louise ran “the block”, a small apartment complex between Spring and Elm Streets. They also ran Tony Dubois Garage and Texaco station located adjacent to “the block” where Louise could be found pumping gas in her high heels and green Texaco jacket. In 1949 Louise and Tony adopted their son, Joseph Antonio Dubois. In 1977 Joseph married Rebecca Towne; they have two daughters, Elizabeth (b.1981) and Ashley (b.1983). Tony and Louise retired permanently to their cottage on Crescent Lake in the 1970s. They spent many years enjoying square dancing, snowmobiling, fishing out on the lake in their motorboat, and watching the sunsets over the lake. Louise remained in that house after being widowed in 1993; later she relocated to Newport, and eventually in 2010 moved to Williston, VT, to be closer to Joseph, Rebecca, and Ashley. Louise always led a very devoted life to her God. She frequently could be heard saying Let Go and Let God, or “sorry I keep Him so busy helping me, He might take some time to get to you.” She and Tony were also very devoted to their siblings and extended families. Louise, being the eldest daughter, took upon much of the responsibility of caring for and raising her younger siblings. As the families grew older they shared many fun-filled adventures with both the Alexander and Dubois families. Louise was always a very busy woman. If she wasn’t cooking soup or working at the Sullivan County Nursing Home, she was crocheting. Louise made and sold many dolls, donated scarves for the Special Olympics, and with her sister, Liney, made preemie hats and blankets which they donated to the hospital. She crocheted many afghans to keep her family and friends warm over the years. Louise at 94 never lived in a nursing facility because she didn’t want to live with the “old people"; she remained young at heart until her last day. Louise is survived by son Joseph Dubois wife Rebecca; granddaughters Elizabeth and Ashley; sister Liney Bleau, Keene, NH; sister-in-law Fannie Dubois, Newport NH , sister-in-law Pat Alexander and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Leon Alexander Jr.; sisters Irene Underwood, Lillian Gagne, Theresa Whitney; and many in-laws. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 on Friday at St. Mary’s Church, with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor, officiating. A reception will follow at the Claremont Senior Center. Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH on Thursday evening from 7 - 9pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Williston Food Shelf, PO Box 1605, Williston, VT 05495. You are invited to share a memory of Louise with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation service.
Barbara E. Savage, 82
Barbara Evelina Savage, 82, of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born in Littleton, NH, on August 18, 1931, the daughter of Evelina Sallisky. Barbara was a homemaker who dedicated her time to raising her five children. She enjoyed spending her summers at the family’s lakeside home in Washington, NH, as well as crocheting, crossword puzzles, and reading in her spare time prior to her declining health. Members of her family include her children, Larry and Laura Savage, Mesa, AZ; Rick Savage, Unity, NH; Virginia and James Ellis, Scottsdale, AZ; Darlene and Stephen Rheaume, Litchfield, NH; Lorraine Kendall, Nashua, NH; her brother and sister-in-law Arthur and Ceily Jacobs, Rochester, NH; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Union Cemetery in Claremont with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor of St. Mary Parish, officiating. Friends and family may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH, on Saturday, February 15th, from noon – 1:30 p.m. You are invited to share a memory of Barbara with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Basil P. Hardy, 74
Basil P. Hardy, 74, of Charlestown, NH, died on Tuesday morning, February 11, 2014, at Elm Wood Center in Claremont. He was born in Newport, VT, on June 17, 1939, the son of Johnathan and Ethel Hardy. He had attended school in Charlestown. Basil had owned and operated the Fish Dairy Farm in Charlestown all his life. The family includes his wife of 55 years, Patricia O. Fish; one daughter, Elizabeth Hardy and her companion, Ronald LeClair; two sons, Paul Hardy and Peter Hardy all of Charlestown; two granddaughters, Ashley and Erica of Zanesville, OH; one sister, Beverly Willis of Inverness, FL. There will be no visiting hours or funeral service. Burial will be in the spring in Pine Crest Cemetery in Charlestown. Arrangements are with the Charlestown Memorial Chapel, 34 Main Street, Charlestown, NH. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
Anthony N. Glasscock, 23
Anthony N. Glasscock, 23, died unexpectedly February 6, 2014. Anthony was born January 31, 1991, in Claremont, NH, son of Renee (Dashner) and Toy Glasscock. He grew up in Newport and graduated from Newport High School in the Class of 2010. Anthony had recently been honorably discharged after serving in the US Air Force. He enjoyed dirt biking, fishing, hiking, camping and off-roading in his jeep. He is survived by his mother, Renee Simino, and her husband, Mark, of Lempster; his father, Toy Glasscock and his wife, Zsuzsa, of Lagrangeville, NY; his brother, Sean Glasscock and his wife, Ashley and their daughter: Braelyn, of Newport, NH; brother, Zsolt Glasscock, and step-sister, Albertina Annecone, both of Lagrangeville;his maternal grandmother, Toni Russell of Wolfeboro, NH; his paternal grandparents: Marsha and Robert Glasscock of Springfield, NH, and many uncles, aunts and cousins. A Memorial Service to celebrate Anthony’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main in Newport. Friends may call on the family from 2-3 PM at the funeral home prior to the service. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Marjorie L. Riviezzo, 88
Marjorie “Midge” Lois Riviezzo, 88, of Claremont, NH, died Sunday evening, February 9, 2014, at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont. She was born in Claremont on October 28, 1925, the daughter of Herbert L. and Gladys (Laskey) Blanchard. Midge had worked for Goodyear doing assembly for 27 years. She married George Riviezzo on August 3, 1946; he died on May 18, 1991. Midge enjoyed bingo, crocheting, computer games, word puzzles and solving cryptograms. She sang and played the rhythm guitar for the Green Valley Players Band in Brownsville, VT, and was a member of Windsor Elks Emblem Club. Midge loved being surrounded by her children and family and was extremely happy when they were all around. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother with a very caring soul and would give anything she had if someone else needed it. Midge had a very big heart and was very generous to everyone, she always opened her home to anyone who did not have a place to go for the holidays. The family includes three sons, George Riviezzo and his wife, Andrea of Unity, Patrick Riviezzo and his wife, Renee of New Boston and Dennis Riviezzo and his wife, Pat of Charlestown; three daughters, Sandra Thomas and her husband, Paul of Lempster, Angie Dewhurst and her husband, William of Nottingham and Seba Skinner and her husband, Kevin of Newport; four sisters, her twin Mary Larmie of Derry, Florence Strout of St. Cloud, FL, Anna Brown and Ruth Adams both of Windsor, VT; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by one daughter, Rose Matteau; one granddaughter, Penny Sue Thomas; three brothers, Paul Blanchard, Richard Blanchard and Frederick Blanchard; one sister, Alice “Sally” Strout. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 15th, from 1-5PM at the Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights Road, Claremont, NH. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assocation, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave, Ste 2, Norwood, MA 02062-5040.
Jo-anne L. Wallace, 70
Jo-anne Laurie Wallace, 70, of Charlestown, NH, died on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Springfield Hospital after a three- year battle with kidney disease. She was born in Windsor, VT on July 4, 1943, the daughter of Lucian and Virginia Laurie. She liked to travel, vacationing in Maine and reading. The family includes her mother, Virginia Laurie; her children, Halvor Johnson of Rogers, AR, Sue Ellen Cole of Woodstock, VT, John Johnson Thompson of Sunapee, Jamie Johnson of Unity, Dayle Stillings of Springfield, VT, and Cindy Burke of Mountain Grove, MO; 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Potter and a brother, Lucian “Butch” Laurie. She was preceded in death by her father in 2007 and a brother, Dave Laurie in 2001. There will be no visiting hours or funeral service.
Jimmy C. Younce, Sr., 72
Jimmy C. Younce, Sr., 72, of Lincoln Heights in Claremont, NH, died Sunday (February 9, 2014) at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH, following a period of failing health. He was born in Lenoir, NC, on October 13, 1941, the son of Wade and Agnes (Brogen) Younce and had been a longtime area resident. Jimmy had been employed as a lumber grader by Durgin & Crowell Lumber Company in Springfield, NH. He enjoyed collecting Indian memorabilia and watching wrestling on television. Jimmy loved loving people. Members of his family include two sons, Jimmy C. Younce, Jr. and his girlfriend, Jenni Desautell, Charlestown, NH; Tyler Schull, Claremont, NH; a stepdaughter, Jamie Kenyon, Lebanon, NH; one grandson, two brothers, Jerry Younce, George Younce, both of NC; a sister Cheryl Younce, NC; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Harold Younce. Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH, on Friday evening from 6 – 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening with the Rev. Walter McDaniel pastor of the Bow Baptist Church, officiating. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the funeral home to help defray the cost of services. You are invited to share a memory of Jimmy with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Richard L. Farnham, 88
Richard L. Farnham, 88, of Lincoln Heights in Claremont, NH, died Wednesday (February 5, 2014) at Sullivan County Healthcare in Unity, NH, following a period of failing health. He was born in Brattleboro, VT, on March 7, 1925, the son of Andrew and Pauline (Delphi) and had been a longtime area resident. Richard was a graduate of Hinsdale High School, Class of 1943. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII, serving as an infantry medic. Richard was a self-employed barber for many years. He worked for the VT Department of Corrections for eight years then at Claremont Savings Bank for six years. He was a member of the Claremont Lions Club, Claremont Moose Lodge #1201 and American Legion Post #29. Members of his family include his wife of 32 years, Gladys (Latouche, Beauman) Farnham, Unity, NH; three stepsons, Michael Beauman, NC; Jeffrey Beauman, NC; Terry Beauman, Portsmouth, NH; two step daughters, Nancy Douglas, CO; Susan Gherardi, LA; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, three brothers, James Farnham, Greenfield, MA; Russell Farnham, Manchester, NH; George Farnham, Manchester, NH; three sisters, Mary Perret, VA; Elizabeth Hale, Hinsdale, NH; Mariam Prescott, Nashua, NH and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 8, at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH, with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, officiating. Interment with military honors provided by AL Post #29 will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home on Saturday, March 8, from 12:00 p.m. until the time of services. You are invited to share a memory of Richard with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Mary Ellen Bellimer, 68
Mary Ellen Bellimer, 68, of Quaker City Road in Unity, NH, died unexpectedly on Thursday morning, February 6, 2014 at her home. She was born in Wilmington, DE, on December 2, 1945, the daughter of the late James and Edith (Kelly) Peters. Mary Ellen was a 1963 graduate of Newark High School in Newark, DE, and had received an Associates Degree at Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim. She was a veteran of Vietnam having served in the US Navy. Mary Ellen had worked at For-Sight Optical and Dr. W. Carpenter, OD. She was very proud of her volunteer work in Unity where she had held several positions including, Trustee of the Trust Funds, Ballot Clerk, Unity School Board for 11 years--most of those years as chairman--served as Chairman for SAU#6 School Board for one year, and was a director and librarian for Unity for 14 years. Mary Ellen was a member of the Unity Historical Society, the American Legion Post#22 of Lebanon for 20 years and a Charter member of the Woman in Military Service to America. She especially loved to travel and spend time with her grandchildren The family includes her husband, Frederick J. Bellimer of Unity; two sons, Rick Bellimer of Claremont and David Bellimer and his companion, Jill Cenate of Bellows Falls, VT; three grandchildren, Sydney Rose Bellimer of Claremont, Lucas James Bellimer of Claremont and Sebastian Bellimer of Bellows Falls, VT; two brothers, John Peters of Newark, DE, and Jim Peters of Willmington, DE; one sister, Carletta Martinsen of Milwaukee, WI. A celebration of life will be held at the Moose Lodge #1201, 209 Broad Street, Claremont, NH, on Saturday, February 8th, from 3-6 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Sturge-Weber Foundation, PO Box 418, Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970-0418
Maynard N. Bemis, 80
Maynard Nial Bemis, 80, died on February 2, 2014, following a long illness. He was born on March 3, 1933 in Westminister West, VT, to Ernest and Lucy (Thurber) Bemis. Maynard was the youngest of seven children and was predeceased by his brothers, Barton, Gordon, and Hugh and his sisters, Charlotte Lawrence and Barbara Goldsmith. His brother, Howard (Chub) Bemis lives in Swanzey, NH. Maynard moved to Charlestown, NH in 1937, where he resided the rest of his life. He was a 1951 graduate of Charlestown High School and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, MA, where he received his degree in machine technology. Maynard joined the Air Force in 1956 and met the love of his life while stationed at Upper Heyford Air Force base in Oxfordshire, England. Maynard married Margaret (Holt) Bemis in 1958, while still in England. They had three children together: Martin Bemis, Carl Bemis (deceased 1960), and Gillian Bemis. Martin and his wife Carol (Stiles) Bemis live in Jamaica, VT. Gillian and her husband Michael Bung reside in Charlestown, NH. Maynard was the proud Grandpa to five biological grandchildren, Thomas and Matthew Bemis of Jamaica, VT, and Eric and Ryan Bentley of Charlestown, NH. His granddaughter, Marissa Bentley, lives in Walpole, NH, with her significant other, Garrett Swain. He was also known as Grampa in the hearts of numerous other children, including Justin and Jessica Zabielski and Heather Brown. He will be fondly remembered as a loving, family man by all including his in-laws, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as his numerous relatives in England. Maynard worked as a machinist for 38 years, including tenure at Enterprise Machine in North Walpole, NH, and Fuller Machine in East Alstead, NH. He retired in 1995 and spent much of his free time following his grandchildren's sporting and musical events as their most loyal and vocal fan. The remainders of his years were spent tinkering in his yard on his 1931 Model A Ford or his growing number of lawn mowers and snowblowers. This would be how he received his unofficial title as "Mr Fix It" from those who knew and loved him. Maynard also served as a faithful sidekick to his wife, Margaret, at the Charlestown Senior Center for the past 10 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Charlestown Senior Center on February 15th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent in Maynard's memory to Bayada Hospice PO Box 1590 Norwich, VT 05055 or the Activities Department of the Reflections Unit at Hanover Terrace, Kindred Health Care 49 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH 03755. The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gertrude P. Miller, 86
Gertrude P. Miller, 86, of Claremont, NH, passed away on February 4, 2014, at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont. She was a native and lifelong resident of Claremont born on February 20, 1927, the daughter of Alfred and Eva (Hardy) Perry. She lived in Panama, South America. She lived in France from 1957 to 1961. In France she was the President of the Non Commissioned Officers Wives Club. She traveled and camped around France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Holland. She lived in Texas, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, Oklahoma, Vermont and New Hampshire. She had a horse ranch in Oklahoma. She had a horse farm in Maryland. Gertrude and Wallace loved flea markets and yard sales and camping. She collected dolls and knick knacks. She loved her dog, Sparky who would visit her at the nursing home. She was the widow of a three-war veteran, Wallace F. Miller, US Army retired who passed away in 1999. She is survived by three sons, Paul E. Miller, former Ambassador for the State of Vermont in Vevey, Switzerland; Gerald Lee Miller of Colorado Springs, CO; and Wallace Dennis Miller of Dale City, VA; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Buckner of Claremont; sister in law, Shirley Plante of Raymond and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Emile Perry. Friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Friday, February 7th, from 10 to 11AM. Funeral services will be held at 11AM at the funeral home with Pastor Patricia Wells officiating. Burial will follow in West Claremont Burying Grounds. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence visit www.stringerfh.com.
Charles M. Finch, 90
Charles M. Finch, 90, of Lea Street in Claremont, NH, died on Wednesday morning, January 22, 2014. He was born in Wellesley, MA, on September 20, 1923, the son of Eugene H. and Ruth Emma (Gumb) Finch. Charles served in the United States Marine Corp and later became a member of the 6th Marine Division Association, the Gilsum American Legion and the Charlestown VFW. His connection to the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Perry, ME, was very important to him and he was very active on the Powwow circuit. Chuck was an explosives expert and had worked for several different construction companies, including Brown & Root, and Perini Cooperation and retired from Carl B. Thomas Construction of Spofford, NH. He was a collector of minerals and enjoyed hunting, fishing and making Native American Jewelry. The family includes his wife, Edith (Lindquest) Finch of Claremont whom he married on October 18, 1947; three sons, Larry Karson and his wife, Carol of Langdon NH, Fred Finch and his companion, Juanita of Dade City, FL, and Robert Finch and his companion Linda of Claremont, NH; two daughters, Toni Ricketts and her companion Louie of Tennyson, IN and Linda Finch-Rosado of Claremont NH; nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Francis “Bud” Finch and Lewis Finch; four sisters, Annie Oak, Geraldine Davis, Daphne Finch and Neda Turek, and one son-in-law, Alfredo Rosado-Alvarez; Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 5th, at 11AM at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH with Priscilla Hull, officiating. Visiting hours will be held from 10AM – 11AM prior to the funeral services and a gathering at the Claremont Moose Lodge after services. Interment will be held in the spring in Centennial Cemetery in Gilsum, NH.
Norman B. Bunnell, 89 Norman B. Bunnell, 89, of Sugar River Drive in Claremont, NH, died on January 30, 2014, at Woodlawn Care Center in Newport. He was born in Berlin, NH, on May 10, 1924, the son of Newton B. and Marion (Murphy) Bunnell. He served in the US Army during WWII and saw action in the Pacific and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during that time. He worked for Utilities of Vermont as a Burner Technician and later at Merriam-Graves. He loved being a beekeeper and spending time with his family and friends, also gardening and woodworking. He married Rita M. Fortin on June 30, 1945; they shared 63 years of marriage. She died on November 4, 2007. The family includes a daughter, Holly J. Allard and her husband, Rock of Claremont; two sons, Charles Bunnell of Michigan City, IN, and his wife, Rhoda of Cornish, NH, and Scott Bunnell of Charlestown; his companion, Marge Deyo of Claremont; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Bunnell and Paul Bunnell; also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and a son, Lawrence N. Bunnell on August 26, 2013; four brothers, Billy, Fred, Herman and George Bunnell and three sisters, Elsie Bailey, Katherine Ferguson and Roseanne Gratacos. His family would like to send out a very special thank you to the staff of Woodlawn for the great care they received for their father. Friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Monday, February 3rd from 10 to 11AM. A funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home at 11AM with Father George Majka, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors. A reception will follow at the American Legion on Broad Street in Claremont. Donations may be made in his memory to the Connecticut Valley Homecare/Hospice, John Stark Highway, Newport, NH 03773.
Loretta Lucas Loretta Lucas was born on December 2, 1975, in New Jersey. At 18 she moved to Claremont and became a ward of the State with DSSC, now called Pathway’s. She passed away in her sleep on January 28, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Loretta touched many lived in her 38 years of life, including her grandmother and grandfather, Virginia and Charles King, now deceased, and her aunt and guardian, Joyce Davidson who watched out for her. Loretta attended the Austine School for the Deaf and received a certificate from Fall Mountain Regional High School. She worked part-time for Howard Johnson’s in Springfield, VT, and volunteered at Springfield, VT, animal shelter. She also worked at senior centers’ mealtime programs and lastly at the Trinity Church in Claremont. There will be a graveside service in the spring at Forest Hill Cemetery in Charlestown, NH.
Gordon Trowbridge, 92
Gordon Trowbridge, 92, of Myrtle Street in Claremont, NH, died on Wednesday evening, January 29, 2014, at the Elm Wood Center. A full obituary notice will be run at a later date. A graveside service will be held in the spring.
Donato Mainolfi, 90 Donato “Rin” Mainolfi, 90, of Lindy Avenue in Claremont, NH, died on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at his home. A full obituary notice will be run at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont, on February 22, from 2 to 4PM.
Michael A. St. Martin Michael A. St. Martin was born in Newport, NH, on March 24, 1956, the first child of Alfred E. St. Martin and Zora Zahareas St. Martin. He departed his earthly home on January 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Zora and his brother, Thomas St. Martin. In his early years, Michael enjoyed skiing at Mt. Sunapee, swimming in Lake Sunapee, his Honda mini bike, camping in Maine and a trip to Greece in 1970 with his family and Yaya Zahareas. He travelled and lived in the Western United States, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and California. Much of his travel was on his Harley Davidson. Fishing, hunting, guns, playing cribbage and pool were among his interests. A welder by trade, Mike was employed at General Dynamic, Electric Boat for a period. Skills in carpentry, roofing and rockwork made him handy on the jobsite. He built a log home in Lempster, NH, with the help of his Dad, younger brothers, Joy Mandigo and their son Josh, where he lived for several years before moving back into Newport. Mike will be remembered for his adventurous, risk taking spirit, his love of the rugged outdoors and interest in weather events. He was an intelligent and witty story teller and he took great pride in his Greek heritage, especially enjoying certain Greek foods, avolemono soup, “yaprachya” and lamb. We want to remember the good we saw in Michael during his life. He is survived by one son, Joshua Mandigo of Newport, a brother, Andy St. Martin, Austin, TX, two sisters, Ann St. Martin Stout of Newport and Lisa St. Martin Cook, Jackson, WY. A large extended family and many friends share our sadness. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 45 Winter Street, Newport, NH 03773, for the maintenance of Haserlat Park. Mike’s friends are invited to gather for a camp fire at Pollards Mills on February 8th from 1pm-3pm. (Rain date Feb 9.) A graveside service will be held this Spring when out-of-town family can attend. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com
Betty D. Dewey, 87 Betty D. Bullock Dewey, 87, died January 8, 2014. A native of Brighton, VT, she was the daughter of the late Minnea Yvonne Jean and Alphonse Francis LaTouche. She was the wife of the late Raymond George Bullock, and later married to the late Henry Dewey. Survivors include her daughters Dorine Bullock Rondinone and David, Rachel Bullock Chastenay and Phillip, Karen Bullock Mongeon and Stephen, and Debra Bullock Spackman and Michael; son Raymond George Bullock, Jr. and Catherine; 16 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters Gladys and Lorraine; brothers Roger and Rodney; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She also was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, January 31, at St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor, officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at St. Paul Episcopal Church Cemetery in Bellows Falls, VT. Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH, on Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be made to The Shepherd’s Center/Senior Services, 431 Bodenhamer Street, Kernersville, NC. 27284. You are invited to share a memory of Betty with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Roddy L. Pillsbury, 44
Roddy Leon Pillsbury, 44, of Spofford Street in Claremont, NH, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hithcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born on July 9, 1969, in Lebanon, NH, the son of Wayne Francis and Beverly Olive (Wilder) Pillsbury. The family includes two brothers, Wayne Pillsbury, Jr. and Dwayne Pillsbury; two sisters, Neronice Ingham and Candy Moore; four step-children; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Roddy will be missed by all of his friends and family. There will be a gathering on Saturday, February 1st, at the Grantham Hall in Grantham between 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.
Kenneth R. Tashro, 89 Kenneth Ray Tashro, 89, of Route120 in Cornish, NH, died on January 19, 2014, one hour before his 90th birthday. He was born in Claremont, NH, on January 20, 1924 the son of Gerald B. and Estella V. (Braley) Tashro. Ken served in the US Navy from April of 1942 to October of 1945 and was 2nd Class Fire Controlman. He was a Tin Can Sailor. He was a farmer working for Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He liked camping with the Rolling Wheels in Vermont. He was member of all seven Granges and the VFW of Charlestown, NH, and a past member of the American Legion in Huntingston, MA, which is dissolvent. The family includes his cousin and companion of 20 years, June Parkinson of Cornish; a sister, Florence Ellison of Portland, OR; a nephew, James Harding of Croydon; a niece, Donna Dahill of MA, and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Tashro in 1993; a brother, Ellsworth Tashro in 1950; a sister, Estella Belle Dahill in 2011 and a nephew, Kenneth Dahill. Friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Friday, January 24th, from 12 to 2PM. Funeral service will be held at 2PM at the Funeral Home with Priscilla Hull officiating. Burial will be held in Mill Village Cemetery in Meriden in the spring. Donations may be made in his memory to the Cornish Firefighter’s Association, 488 Town House Road, Cornish, NH 03745.
John C. Dugliss, 63
John Carl Dugliss, 63, of White River Junction, VT, died on January 1, 2014, at his home. He was born in Flushing, NY, on September 2, 1950, the son of Donald Gunsten and Jeanne Marie (Hogg) Dugliss. He grew up in East Northport with his parents and younger brother, David. He served in the US Navy. He loved his Harley and spending time with his family. John was a member of the United Methodist Church in White River Junction, VT, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the NRA and the American Legion Post #0026. His family includes a son, Franklin Watson and his wife, Tina Beauregard; four grandsons, Ezrik Menard, Tylr Watson, Kyle Beauregard and Cruz Watson; an uncle, Peter Hogg; a sister-in-law, Jan Dugliss; nieces, Amy Dugliss and husband, Mike Fiorentino, Melanie Peden and husband, Shawn and Valerie Folnsbee and her husband, Neil; grandnieces, Oni, Tatiana and Teagan and one grandnephew, Maeson. He was preceded in death by a son, Justin Menard; a brother, David Dugliss, his parents, his grandparents, Carl and Mable Holmblad and John and Ada Hogg. There will be no visiting hours or services. Donation may be made in his memory to The United Methodist Church of White River Junction, 106 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.
Jean F. Ouellette, 87
Jean F. Ouellette, 87, of 67 Maple Avenue in Claremont, NH, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, January 15, 2014, at Elm Wood Center in Claremont, after a long illness. She was born in Goffstown, NH, on November 16, 1926, the daughter of Forrest A. and Pearle B. (Greer) Leavitt and had resided in Claremont since 1951. She was a graduate of Goffstown High School in the Class of 1944. She worked at Varick Jewelry in Manchester, Ben Franklin in Newport, had owned and operated the Teddy Bear Kindergarten in Newport, Sylvania, Fiske Free Library in Claremont, Hampshire Manufacturing, Woolworth’s as a cashier for three years, was a private tutor in Adult Education for 15 years, as a secretary for John Cole Insurance Adjuster for 15 years and retired in 1975. Jean was a member of the Congregational Church’s in Goffstown and Newport where she was a Sunday School Teacher. She enjoyed making pillows, dolls and doing embroidery. Jean was a 58-year member of the D.A.R. Reprisal Chapter of Newport, also had attended the Samuel Ashley Chapter of Claremont D.A.R., had held many state and local offices in the D.A.R., the Society of Stukely Westcott Descendent of America, the women of the Moose Lodge #639, as a child she was a member of the Junior Women’s Auxiliary in Goffstown, a Girl Scout and Brownie Scout Leader in Newport and Claremont and a member of the Claremont, Concord, Goffstown and Dunbarton Historical Society’s. She was a philanthropist, donating to many charities. Jean and her sister Dorothy sang for the NH and VT Veterans Hospitals and sang on the radio during World War II, and she also sang with her son, Rev. Jim and friends for many years. She loved to travel, especially to the ocean, go camping, fishing, collecting many things including; stamps, coins, dolls, paper dolls, royalty items and Shirley Temple items. Jean was an avid genealogist and loved astronomy; she also enjoyed teaching and singing. The family includes her husband, Leonard J. Ouellette of Claremont whom she married on August 27, 1971; one son, Rev. Jim Hills and his wife, Cynthia (Weber) of Newport; two daughters, Sandra (Hills) Greenwood and her husband, Robert of Claremont and Cynthia (Hills) Hurst and her husband, James of Baconton, GA; two step-sons, Lawrence Ouellette of Newport and Lewis Ouellette of Claremont; two step-daughters, Donna Papps of Claremont and Lori Ricker of Newport; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Kay Chestnut of Boulder City, NV also several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her father in 1934 and mother in 1984; two sisters, Wilma Patronik and Dorothy Arnett; one grandchild, Toby Phillip Greenwood in 1972 and her former husband, Robert C. Hills. Visiting hours will held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Saturday, January 18th, from 1-2 PM. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday with her son, Rev. Jim Hills and grandson, Rev. Michael Greenwood, co-officiating. Interment will be on Tuesday, January 21st at Eleven O’clock in the morning in Blossom Hill Cemetery, 207 North State Street, Concord. The family suggests that donations may be made in her memory to the D.A.R. Reprisal Chapter of Newport in care of Elisabeth Smallidge, 102 Dartmouth College Highway, Lyme, NH 03768 or to Mountainside Community Church of North Newport in care of Rev. Michael Greenwood, 38 Grannis Street, Claremont, NH 03743.
Elizabeth . Hayes, 86
Elizabeth Collyer Hayes, 86, of Eastman, Grantham, NH, passed away following a brief decline of health at the New London Hospital, January 15, 2013. Bets was born in East Orange, NJ, on April 6, 1927, daughter of the late Frank and Isabel (Huff) Collyer. She grew up in Newark and graduated from Morristown-Beard High School in the Class of 1944. She studied English Literature at Mt. Holyoke College, graduating in 1948. On October 1, 1949, she married Kirby M. Hayes; they shared 43 years together until his passing in 1992. They made their home in Amherst, MA, raising their family there. Bets was actively involved in town, public school and University of Massachusetts activities. Bets and Kirby moved to the Eastman Community in Grantham, NH, in the mid 80’s. Bets was a member of the South Congregational Church in Newport since moving to the area. She continued to be involved in the Mt. Holyoke Alumni Association, and volunteered her time to fundraising for the American Diabetes Association and for David’s House in Lebanon. She held positions on committees at Eastman, and was very well known for sending cards and letters, and making phone calls to family, friends and acquaintances on special occasions. She is survived by her two daughters: Ellen Hayes Wienberg and her husband, Charlie, of Manchester and their children: Emily and Molly Wienberg, Linda Williams and her husband, Mike, of Freeport, ME and their children: Meghan, Katie, Colleen and Mikey Williams, and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 1PM on Friday January 24, at the South Congregational Church, with the Rev. Craig Cowing officiating. Burial will be private and there will be no calling hours. Donations may be made in Bets’ name to South Congregational Church, 20 Church Street in Newport, NH 03773, or to a charity of one’s choice. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Joanne P. Murgatroy, 80 Joanne Patricia (Dodge) Murgatroy of Newport, NH died Tuesday January 15, 2014, peacefully surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home on Alexander Avenue in Newport where she had been living for the past three years. Joanne was born in Newport, November 11, 1933, daughter of the late Walter Ellsworth Dodge and Lillian Crowe (DeLong) and step-mother: Mary Dodge. She was raised and resided most of her life in Newport but also lived for many years in Charlestown, NH. She was a graduate of Towle High School in Newport NH, the Class of 1951. She worked hard all her life at various companies in the Newport, Claremont area but her greatest satisfaction came from working at West Central Services for many years until they closed their doors four years ago. She is survived by three daughters, Jolene Debra (Ennis) Doty and her husband, David, of North Ridgeland Hills, Texas, Sandra L. (Ennis) Gobin of Newport, Brenda K. (Ennis) St. Aubin of Claremont; and two sons, Robert D. Ennis and his wife, Laurie, of Charlestown and Rodney W. Morrow of Rochester, NH; her sister, Jolene Sandra Nolan of Hudson NH, "daughter" Donna Gobin of Lempster; two nieces, Diane O’Bryant and Lisa Reardon; and nephew William Fenton. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son Michael Ennis and a son-in-law Gary A. Gobin and step-brother, Charles Davis. There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends to share their love and fond memories of Joanne on Saturday January 18, at the Sugar River Community Room, 10 N. Main Street in Newport from 12:00 – 2:00. Burial services will be held in the spring at the North Newport Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home 42 Main Street Newport, NH, for more information or to send a condolence www.newtonbartlett.com.
Cecile Dubois Cecile Dubois, of the Bourdon Center Claremont, NH, died at the age of 92 at Elmwood Nursing Home after a long illness. Cecile was born in Trois Riviere, Quebec, Canada ,on July 6th 1921. She was born to Arsene and Delia Grenier and moved to the United States at a young age. She married Roger Dubois on Dec. 30, 1939. She worked in Claremont area shoe shops while her husband was serving in the Navy during WWII. After the war she and her husband ran a number of local businesses. She served as book keeper for Dubois Auto Service for many years. She also owned an antique shop on the Newport Road. Her favorite past times were attending flea markets throughout the states of Vermont and New Hampshire. She was still setting up her booth at the age of 91. She will be missed by many. She was predeceased by her husband Roger and several brothers and sisters including Armante Jarvis, Simone Lytel, Gerard, Roger, Andre, William and Cyril Grenier. She is survived by a brother, Edward Grenier, and a loving family including her daughter Janet and her husband Don Pederson Unity, NH, two grandsons Sean and his wife Susan of Belleville, IL, along with their daughters Kathleen and Olivia. A grandson Christopher and his wife Lauren of Bedford and their daughters Courtney and Audrey and great grandson Colby. She is also survived by several neices and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 20th, at 11AM in St. Mary Church with Rev. Father Shawn M. Therrien, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Claremont Senior Center.
Daniel R. Westney, 68
Daniel R. Westney, 68, Newport, NH, passed away at his home surrounded by family on January 14, 2014. He was born on May 4, 1945 in Claremont, NH, son of Russell and Priscilla (Gregg) Westney. He grew up in Ascutney, VT and also lived in Claremont before moving to Newport. Over the years he worked for Old Windsor Village, Peabody Industries in West Lebanon and retired from property management at Pearl Development in Newport. He owned Galaxy Travel in W. Lebanon many years ago, and it was his hobby to buy homes, renovate and resell. Dan was a lifetime member of the American Polish Citizens Club serving as past president and vice-president, and he loved to downhill ski with his close friends, Steve Hinkley and Joe Helie. Daniel leaves behind his loving wife of 13 years, Robin, of Newport. Other survivors include his son Craig (Zulma) of Danbury, CT, and two grandsons: Jake and Ben, his stepchildren; Jamie LaValley of Manchester, NH, Michael Hannaford of Derry, NH, Step-grandchildren: Alexis LaValley of Lempster, NH, Carmen Ramos of Manchester, NH, Morgan Andra of Manchester, NH, Emileigh Hannaford of Derry, NH and Brody Hannaford of Derry, NH, step-greatgrandson: Jasye Bundy, two sisters; Janice Ackley of White River Junction, VT and Faith (Earl) Bushor of Wilder, VT. A private memorial service will be held in the Ascutneyville Cemetery in Ascutney, VT in the Spring. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Joseph K. Sylvester, 37 Joseph Kelly Sylvester, 37, of Claremont, died on January 9, 2014 in Windsor, VT. He was born in Hanover, NH, on August 11, 1976, the son of Everett Swett of White River JCT, VT and Pauline “Polly” (Irish) and Joseph Sylvester of Springfield, VT. Joseph was a graduate of Stevens High School in the Class of 1995. He had worked at Olympia Sports, Home Depot, Whelen and was currently working at Subway. Joseph was very well known for being a great father, husband, uncle, brother, son and friend. He was an avid Red Sox, 49ers and Michael Jordan fan. Joseph was a joker and enjoyed cigars, coors light, poker and going out and being social. The family includes his wife, Heidi (Beaudry) Sylvester of Claremont; three children, Jared, Cooper and Charlotte all of Claremont; two brothers, Jimmy Irish of Syracuse, NY, and Dominic Swett of Enfield; one sister, Michele Swett of Canaan and one sister-in-law, Jessie Beaudry of Claremont. He was predeceased by one sister, Tracy Irish. Friends may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street, Claremont on Friday, January 17th, from 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18th at Eleven O’clock in the morning in St. Joseph Church with Rev. Father George Majka, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Claremont. A reception will be held in St. Joseph Church Parish Hall. Donations can be made in his memory to the Sylvester Family Fund, C/O Claremont Savings Bank, PO Box 1600, Claremont, NH 03743.
Eileen M. Sullivan, 92
Eileen Margaret Sullivan, 92, of Factory Street in Claremont, NH, peacefully passed away Friday morning, January 10, 2014 at Valley Regional Hospital. She was a native and lifelong resident of Claremont, NH, born on November 26, 1921, the daughter of Arthur and Evelyn (Houde) Barrows. She attended St. Mary’s School and had worked at International Shoe Shop, the Woven Label Shop as a label maker and at Sir James Hallmark Card & Gift Shoppe, which was owned and operated by the Sullivan family. Eileen married Fred W. Sullivan, Jr., in 1957. He passed away on November 15, 2004. Her family includes her son, James Sullivan, of Claremont. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Rose Thalasinos and Theresa Marvin. There will be no visiting hours or services.
Major Louis A. Riviezzo
Major Louis A. Riviezzo died at home surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer and heart disease. He retired from the USAF after a rewarding 20-year career that allowed him to visit five continents and 20 countries. He lived in Pensacola, FL, with his wife Carol. He enjoyed traveling, fly fishing and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by the catch of his life, his “Dove”, Carol; eight children: A.J., Carmel, Michael and Anthony Riviezzo; and Kevin, Philip, Taj and Allison Leeser. He was preceded in death by two sons, Chrisopher and Louie Riviezzo. Lou was a 1957 graduate of Stevens High School and a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where he entered the USAF as a Second Lieutenant after completing ROTC training. He is survived by his two sisters: Laurette Salewski of Olney, MD, and Betty Hlibka of Millis, MA.
Etta B. Courtemanche, 85
Etta Bernice Courtemanche, 85, of Heritage Drive in Claremont, NH, died on Monday, January 6, 2014, at the Sullivan County Health Care in Unity. She was born in Houlton, ME, on Aug. 27, 1928, the daughter of John and Mary (Fortier) Vincent. She resided in Claremont most of her life with the exception of living in Largo, FL from 1989 to 2003.
She was a graduate of St. Mary High School in 1946.
She retired in 1989 from the Valley Regional Hospital, and the former Claremont General Hospital where she worked in the Accounting Dept. for 29 ½ years. She had previously worked at Fishman’s Department Store.
She was a communicant of St Mary Church and a member and past Regent of Court Virgil H. Barber # 892 Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
The surviving family includes her husband, Andre’ E. Courtemanche of Claremont whom she married on Nov. 16, 1946; two sons, William E. Courtemanche of Texas and James Courtemanche of Goffstown, NH; one daughter, Karen Belisle of Claremont; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was pre-deceased by a grandson, Jason Courtemanche and one sister, Lucy Herron and two infants.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 10th at 11AM in St Mary Church with Rev. Father Shawn M. Therrien, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
Donations may be made in her memory to the St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memorial and Honor Program-F, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Irene M. Boyle 95
Irene Mary Boyle, age 95, formerly of Newport, NH, passed away at the Wm. Clough Extended Care Center in New London, NH, Tuesday, January 7, 2014, surrounded by her family. Irene was born in Webster, MA, October 25, 1918, daughter to the late Adam and Bronia (Sichol) Kulesza. Her family came to the area in 1923 when she was five years old and was then raised and educated in Newport graduating from Towle High School in the Class of 1937. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, manager at Ben Franklin in Newport and at the Dorr Mill Store. Irene originally set up the store there and retired full time in 1984 and decorated part-time until 2006. She is survived by her two daughters: Regina Kanakis an her husband, Nicholas, of Newport, Kathleen Boyle of Plymouth, a brother: Chester Kulesza of Newnan, GA, four grandchildren: Nicole Kanakis, Ariann Kanakis, Stephanie Birkitt and John Birkitt and numerous close nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother: Anthony Kulesza and two sisters: Alfreda Gammill and Regina Gammill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM on Saturday, January 11, at St. Patrick’s Church, 32 Beech Street in Newport. Msgr. Dan Lamothe will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. There will be no Calling Hours. Memorial Donations may be made to the Library Arts Center, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, NH 03773 or to a charity of one’s choice. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com.
Magdalena Leavitt, 88
Magdalena Leavitt, 88, of Fourth Street, Newport, NH, passed away at her home surrounded by her family, Sunday, January 5, 2014. Magdalena was born to Josef and Christine (Platz) Mann, in Cologne, Germany, on August 29, 1925. After growing up in Germany she moved to America making her home in Newport with her husband and friend of 63 years, Calvin Leavitt who is 93 years himself. She became a loving mother and housewife who enjoyed swimming, knitting and sewing, trips to the ocean, beach and to Germany. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters Karin Lavertue, Susan Clement and their husbands, Ernest and William respectively, all of Newport. Two sons Norbert of New London, Marc and his wife Michelle, of Hopkinton. A brother Herman Mann and his wife Mary and a sister, Elisabeth Mann of Newport. There are six grandchildren: Tonya, Jeremy, Elizabeth, Jason, Nathan and Sonja. Five great-grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Margaret Greenberg. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 10, at 11:00AM at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street in Newport, NH. Rev. Stephen Hammond will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in North Newport. A celebration of Magdalena’s life will follow at the First Baptist Church (at the end of the common) Vestry. There will be no Calling Hours. In lieu of flowers the family suggests to please consider doing a random act of kindness for someone and think of Magdalena. She was just this type of woman, Praise GOD! For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com
Reginald A. Raymond, 85
Reginald A. Raymond, 85 of Cornell Street in Claremont, NH, died Thursday (January 2, 2013) at his home following a brief illness. He was born in Hanover, NH, on January 6, 1928, the son of Clayton E. and Hazel G. (St. Peter) Raymond and had been a longtime area resident. Reginald had been employed by area shoe shops including International Shoe, Sportwelt Shoe. Members of his family include his wife, Beverly (Carah) Raymond, Claremont, NH, with whom he had just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. They were married on January 1, 1952. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Raymond and a brother, Carroll Raymond. There will be no visiting hours. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family IN Mt. View Cemetery. You are invited to share a memory of Reginald with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH.
Roseanne P. Gratacos, 71
Roseanne Pauline Gratacos, 71, of Main Street in Claremont, NH, passed away on January 1, 2014, at Valley Regional Hospital. She was born in Colebrook, NH on June 21, 1942, the daughter of Burl and Marion (Murphy) Bunnell. Roseanne liked bingo, crocheting, listening to her scanner, word puzzles, watching soap operas and cooking shows, old country music and was a big fan of Toby Keith. She loved spending time with her family. Her family includes her daughter, Brenda (Young) Wright; her son, Stanley “Bo” (Young) Wright and his wife, Sande; daughter, Dawn Jacobs; her grandchildren, Charles Tatro, Sammy Jo Curtis and her husband, Josiah, Katlyn Foisy, Travis Wright, Brittany Foisy, Kayla (Young) Wright, Steven Sirek and Jamie Sirek; great grandchildren, Madison Foisy, Harper Foisy, Joselynn Gallagher, Torance Tatro, Allie Curtis, Peyton Curtis, Mackenzie Sirek, Trenton Sirek and Allanah Sirek; brothers, Paul Bunnell, Norman Bunnell and Donnie Bunnell also many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Gratacos; a daughter, Tammy Jean Young; brothers, Herman Bunnell, Freddie Bunnell and Billy Bunnell; sisters, Kay Fergeson and Elsie Bunnell. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, January 8, from 6 to 8PM at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont. Donations may be made in her memory to the funeral home for funeral expenses.
Bruce Edward Bushway, 58 Bruce Edward Bushway, 58, of Blueberry Hill Park in Charlestown, NH, died on December 27, 2013, at home after a period of failing health. He was born in Springfield, VT, on August 5, 1955, the son of Robert Edward and Ruth M. (Bashaw) Bushway. Bruce was a graduate of Fall Mountain Regional High School. His family includes his wife, Sherrie (Wheatley) Bushway whom he married on March 5, 2011; his son, Martin Robert Bushway and his wife, Annessa Lewis of Austin, TX; his daughter, Angelique Nichole Day and her husband, Christopher of Springfield, VT; his sister, Heidi Bushway and her husband, Gregory Lorsbach of West Chesterfield and his beloved cat, Charles Biggles. Also he was very excited about expecting his first grandson, Brandon Nathan Bushway in March. Friends and family may call at the Charlestown Memorial Chapel, 34 Main Street in Charlestown on Saturday, January 4th from 10-11AM. A memorial service will follow in the Chapel at 11AM with Rev. Susan Grant Rosen officiating. Burial will be held in Pine Crest Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The American Lung Association.