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CONCORD, VT -
Leah Virginia Shores Austin
, 93, of Main Street, died Tuesday January 27, 2009, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury.
Mrs. Austin was born in Granby, Vermont, on August 11, 1915 a daughter of Ceylon and Sallie (Hodgdon) Shores.
In 1954 Leah opened the first community maternity home in Concord, VT. She then went on to become a LPN, working for Weeks Medical Center for several years. After retirement she became a realtor, working with Otis Goss in Danville, VT. For a time she was a driver for RCT and until a month ago she worked at the Gilman Senior Center.
Leah enjoyed scrap booking, collecting coins, painting and traveling. She was also involved with the Concord Historical Society and was the co-author of the book, Thru the woods, down the river, over the hill, written about the history of Granby, VT.
Family members include two sons Stephen E. Austin and Donald F. Austin both of Concord, VT, two daughters Joyce A. Willey of Granby and Hilda A. Lazott of Lunenburg; 21 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, three sisters Ruth Noble and Beverly Shores both of Granby and Edith Willson of N. Concord, VT, a brother Guy Shores of St. Johnsbury and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by, her husband S. Freeman Austin in 1984, a sister Sandra Morehouse and a grandson Joel Willey.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday January 31, from 5-7 PM, at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Concord Village Cemetery, Concord, VT.
In lieu of flowers donations maybe made in her memory to the Concord Historical Society, c/o Kathy Fisher, 8 High Street, Concord, VT 05824 or a charity of one's choice.
, 76, of Turnpike Road, died at his home Friday January 30, 2009.
Mr. Bilodeau was born in Berlin, NH, on May 10, 1932, the son of Edmond and Marieanne (Boucher) Bilodeau.
Francis moved to Jefferson in his teens and later served with the US Army in the Korean Conflict. He worked several jobs throughout the North Country and for many years was employed with Maine Central Railroad. He was a collector of guns and old movies.
Family members include three brothers, Leo Bilodeau and wife Pauline of Lunenburg, Norman Bilodeau and wife Ruthanne of Jefferson, Ronald Bilodeau and wife Betty of East Concord, VT; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Theresa Boutin and Rose-Anne Yvette Siqouin.
There are no visiting hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held in the Spring at Calvary Cemetery, Lancaster.
passed away at the age of 91 due to complications of Alzheimer's disease on January 5, 2009 at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born August 4, 1917 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
On September 26, 1937 Leslie and Phyllis E. Woodbury were married. Except for a brief time after first being married and for the last two years while receiving care in St. Johnsbury Leslie resided in East Concord, VT. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II.
Leslie attended East Concord Elementary School and Concord High School where he graduated and completed post graduate work. He also attended classes at Michigan State and Temple University
For many years he was employed at Gilman Paper Company and then was the foreman for the Cellucord Corporation in Gilman, VT. He was later employed with the State of Vermont Departments of Employment and Unemployment and was manager of the Unemployment office in St. Johnsbury at the time of retirement. For several years both before and after retirement, Leslie wrote for The Coos County Democrat and The Caledonian-Record.
He was a 60-year member of Moose River Lodge #82 Free & Accepted Masons, Haswell Chapter #11 Royal Arch Masons, Caledonia Council #1 Royal & Select Masons, Palestine Commandery #5 Knights Templar, Mount Sinai Shriners Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and the Vermont Order of Eastern Star Adah Chapter #39. Leslie was also a member of the East Concord United Methodist Church and elected as member of the Concord School Board.
Leslie often worked with other community volunteers on many projects and events. In 1934, as young man, he assisted other volunteers by using the family horses to help excavate a basement large enough for the "new" school in East Concord to have a gymnasium.
He usually read newspapers from cover to cover and would often clip articles from them to save or give to others. His fondness of writing and frequent contributions to the "Caledonian" made his decision to accept the job with the state of Vermont difficult, since at the same time the Caledonian-Record Publishing Company had offered him a reporters job.
Leslie and Phyllis worked to help establish the Concord Historical Society an organization in which he served many years as an officer. He and Phyllis usually worked at the Concord Historical Museum during the annual "open house". He was instrumental for and worked with the late Senator Graham S. Newhall of St. Johnsbury in having East Concord become the location for a Vermont Historical Sites marker. The marker was for Rev. George L. Fox. Rev. Fox was one of the four Chaplains who on the USS Dorchester in WW II gave up their life jackets to other soldiers. Rev. Fox's last sermon before entering the war was given at the East Concord United Methodist Church. Leslie worked to have Memorial Day Observances in East Concord that also included participation of the Grant-Nichols Fife and Drum Corps to continue a tradition since 1866.
Leslie is survived by his wife of 71 years Phyllis E. (Woodbury) Briggs of East Concord; Lindsey A. Briggs and special friend Janet Blaisdell, Littleton, NH, Gary L Briggs and wife Linda (Deth) of Morrisville, VT; a daughter, Janice (Briggs) Boulais of Plaistow, NH; a daughter in law, Noreen (Langsner) Briggs of Sacramento, CA; former son in law, Michael Boulais of Arizona; a twin brother Raymond Roach of Pooler, GA (As twins Leslie and Raymond were separated shortly after birth. At the age of 37 they were reunited on the stage of the CBS television show "I've Got A Secret"); Grand children, Stephanie (Briggs) and Michael Lyons, of Norwich, VT, Glenn and wife Kendice Briggs of Irvine, CA, Sheila (Briggs) and Mark Scafine of San Mateo, CA, Karen (Boulais) and Bruce Butler of Randolph, VT, Laura (Boulais) and Brian Foley of Epping, NH, Carlyle and wife Kami Boulais of Texas, Shawn Boulais of Plaistow, NH, Rhonda (Boulais) and John Keough of Plaistow, NH, Chad Briggs of Eden, VT, Seth Briggs of Baltimore, MD; 18 Great-grand children; and several nephews and nieces
He was predeceased by his father Horace C. Briggs; his mother Grace (Steere) Briggs;
a sister Arlene Merriman; and a brother George Grant.
Visiting hours will be held Friday evening January 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. A Masonic service will be held prior to the visiting hours at 5:45 PM. A funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Rev. Gerry Piper of Danville will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, S. Lunenburg.
In lieu of flowers donations may be given in memory of Leslie to the Concord Historical Society, P.O. Box 195, Concord, VT 05824 or to the East Concord United Methodist Church in care of Georganna Dow, 370 East Concord Road, Lunenburg, VT 0590-9757
, 88, of Highland Street, died Saturday morning January 10, 2008, at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.
Mr. Hanson was born in Concord, NH, on May 9, 1920, the son of Lawrence C. and Mary (Cawley) Hanson.
Raised in Concord he was a 1938 graduate of Concord High School. He lived there most of his life having worked for the A&P Store in Concord, then 13 years at the Cote Sunbeam Bakery, Manchester, and 22 years for Sears in Manchester, retiring in 1982 as merchant manager.
Henry and his wife Virginia (Robbins) Hanson loved to travel and have visited every State except Alaska. Upon Henry's retirement in 1982 they moved to Margate Florida. They lived there until 1997 and due to Virginia's declining health move back to the area to be with family. He and Virginia were married on March 27, 1939. Henry also enjoyed playing bingo and cards.
Surviving family members include a daughter, Nancy H. Desrochers and her husband Bert of Maidstone Lake, Vermont; three grandchildren, Michael Desrochers and his wife Colleen of Newfields, NH, Mark Desrochers and his wife Sarah of Lancaster, Lori Shearer and her husband Doug of Lancaster; a niece, Robbin Grill and her husband Alan of Boscowen, NH; five great grandchildren, Brianna, Lindsey, Steven, Travis and Matthew. He was predeceased by his wife Virginia on March 18, 2005.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday evening, January 14, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM following the visiting hours. Burial will be at a later date in Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to Weeks Medical Volunteer Program, ATTN: Bethany Belmore, 173 Middle Street, Lancaster, NH 03584.
, 88, died suddenly at his home Saturday evening January 24, 2009.
Mr. Kopp was born in Mays Landing, New Jersey, on April 24, 1920, the son of John and Mary (Kaufmann) Kopp.
Al was raised in Brooklyn & Queens, NY. He attended St. Francis Prep School and St. Francis College, Brooklyn. During WWII he served with the US Army Air Corps in the China Burma India Theater. On July 1st, 1945 he married Joan Malone and they moved to Whitefield that same year.
For a year they owned and operated the Spruces Hotel and later purchased a farm house on Hall Road providing continued accommodations to guests. In 1959 Al established North Country Motor Sales that later became what is now North Country Ford in Lancaster.
Al was Communicant of St. Matthew's Church in Whitefield. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Central New Hampshire Model T Club. Since 1962 he has served as a trustee of the former Morrison Hospital and later Morrison Nursing Home.
Family members include his wife of 63 years Joan Kopp of Whitefield; a son Kevin Kopp and his wife Mary of Lancaster; two daughters, Kathleen Kopp of Whitefield, Sally Anne Maroon and her husband Bob of Booth Bay Harbor, Maine and Whitefield; 5 grandchildren, Allison Marro, Ethan Marro, Casey Maroon, Michael Kopp, Keith Kopp; and five great-grandchildren.
At Al's request there are no visiting hours. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated
Thursday morning, January 29, at 10:00 at St. Matthew's Church, Whitefield. Reverend Raymond Ball pastor will officiate. Committal services with military honors will be held in the spring at St. Matthews Cemetery in Whitefield.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to The Morrison, 6 Terrace Street, Whitefield, NH 03598.
, 77, died Thursday January 8, 2009, at Country Village Genesis Elder Care.
Ms. Ramsdell was born in Guildhall, VT on February 14, 1930, a daughter of Clarence E. and Noila (Thibodeau) Ramsdell.
Edith was a lifelong resident of Guildhall; due to failing health she has been a resident of Country Village for the past five years. She loved children and was very friendly. She will be truly missed by staff and friends at the nursing home.
Family members include two brothers, Ted Ramsdell of Lancaster and Robert Ramsdell of Guildhall, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by, her sister Dorothy Hayes.
There are no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring in the Ridgwell Cemetery, Guildhall.
, 74, of French Road, died at his home on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, with his family by his side.
Mr. Sweeney was born in West Stewartstown on August 15, 1934, a son of Edwin and Cora (Colby) Sweeney.
Dean grew up in Whitefield and moved to Dalton in 1968. He owned and operated his Auto Body shop for over 40 years. He was involved in all aspects of the town, including a volunteer member of the Dalton Fire Dept and served 18 years as a selectman. He truly loved his town.
He was an avid hunter; he enjoyed leatherwork, masonry, traveling and especially playing mini golf with the kids.
Family members include his wife of 52 years, Sharon (Gilman) Sweeney, three sons, Kevin Sweeney of Dalton, Brian Sweeney of Whitefield and Mitchell Sweeney of Dalton, two daughters, Melonie Thompson of Lancaster and Debbie Gilmore of Littleton. Four sisters, Mattie Burns and Eleanor Hill both of Whitefield, Katherine Sheridan of Littleton and Edwina Patten of Littleton, 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, close friends Dick, Steve, Rodney, Sonny and Bert and several nieces and nephews. A daughter Jodiene Sweeney, three brothers Julius Sweeney, Edward Sweeney and Robert Sweeney and a sister Florence Ricker, predeceased him.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday evening, January 23, from 5-8 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 AM at the Lancaster Congregational United Church of Christ. Reverend Virginia Alvarez, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dean's memory to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 or Hospice of Weeks Medical Center, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584
, 88, of River Road, Lunenburg, Vermont, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday morning, February 2, 2009 at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.
She was born in Akron, Ohio, on February 21, 1920, the daughter of Percy Herman and Maud (Hostettler) Kehrer.
Dorothy attended Akron University in Ohio before going to work as a Secretary for the Department of War in Washington, D.C. There, she met and fell in love with her husband on New Year's Eve. After marriage, she devoted full-time to raising her family involving herself in Girl Scouts of America, community service activities and teaching Sunday school. Later in life, she partnered with her husband, George, in running Towne Liquors in Connecticut and was a charter member of the Darien Dinner Theater in Darien, Connecticut. She was an avid golfer in her early years and a bridge enthusiast throughout her life.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Diane Lis and husband Frank of Southbury, Connecticut; two sons, George Birt, Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, and Richard Birt and wife Christine of Lunenburg, Vermont; and three grandchildren, Julie Krueger and husband Roy of Newtown, Connecticut; and David and Justin Birt of Lunenburg, Vermont. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, George B. Birt in 2006 and her granddaughter Lisa Ann Lis.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
, 93, passed away on the evening of February 16, 2009, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster.
"Woody" as he was known, was born in North Hampton, NH on April 23, 1915, the son of Leon and Marion (Drake) Knowles.
He lived in North Hampton N.H. most of his life, moving to Lancaster six years ago. Woody attended schools in North Hampton and graduated from Portsmouth High School with the class of 1934 . He was in the United States Army, Army Air Force Technical Training Command, graduating as a Airplane Mechanic and earning the Good Conduct Metal, Victory Metal and American Theater Campaign Ribbon . He was employed as a welder at The Portsmouth Navy Ship Yard and worked as a carpenter before retiring. He enjoyed spending time at his camp in Randolph,N.H., hunting, fishing and telling stories of when he was a boy working on his uncles farm. He also enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and reading.
He is predeceased by, three brothers Robert, Leon (Sam) and Brandon
A spring service will be held at the Center Cemetery in North Hampton.
, 82, of South Lunenburg Road, died Monday morning February 9, 2009, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury. Mrs. Lewis was born in Lunenburg on May 13, 1926, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Boucher) Fournier.
For many years she was employed as a telephone operator for New England Telephone. During the mid 40's she once noticed three phone lines had gone down in the Parker Drug Store building. She notified the local police who discovered a fire in the building. Jeanette was credited at that time for saving most of downtown Littleton. She also worked for a time at Connors & Hoffman in Littleton. Jeanette was Communicant of St. Leo's Church in Lunenburg. She was also member of the Gilman Senior Citizens and was an avid bingo player. Family members include her daughter Roxanna M. White and her husband Durwood of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Steven Bennett of Northwood, NH, Jennifer Beach and her husband Richie of Dover; two great-granddaughters, Madeline & Jeanette; a niece Susan Hall and her husband Dale of Lunenburg; and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Maynard R. "Mink" Lewis in 1997 and a daughter Arlene Lewis.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday evening February 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10:00 AM at St. Leo's Church, Lunenburg. Rev. Patrick Foreman, pastor of St. John's Church in St. Johnsbury, will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in Riverside Cemetery, S. Lunenburg.
, 67, of Whitefield Road, died Friday evening March 6, 2009, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster, after a long illness.
Mrs. Dupont was born in Nashua, NH, on January 1, 1942, the daughter of Fernando and Pauline (Stratton) Paquette.
Babs was a lifelong resident of Hudson until she and her late husband George C. Dupont Sr. moved to Dalton in 1990. For 12 years she was employed at Cumberland Farms in Whitefield. She enjoyed spending time with people and especially loved being with her grandchildren.
Family members include a son George C. Dupont Jr. of Nashua; three daughters, Lisa Marie Dumont of Hudson, Dorothy Anne Dupont of Dalton, Donna Lee Dupont of Lancaster; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bruce Paquette of Merrimack, NH, Bobby Paquette of Nashua; a sister Collette Silva of Newburyport, MA; many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband George in 1999; a daughter Deborah Dupont in 2005; and a son Joe Paquette.
At Babs request there are no visiting hours. A time of remembrance will be held Thursday afternoon, March 12, at 2:00 PM at the John W. Weeks VFW Post, Lancaster.
, infant son of Michael Palazzolo and Kristina Foy passed away prematurely on March 4, 2009, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital.
Family members include his parents of Berlin, a brother Eric Palazzolo of Berlin, maternal grandparents, Valerie Foy of Guildhall, VT and David Foy and his wife Paula of Tennessee, paternal grandmother Patricia Palazzolo of Torrington, CT, maternal great grandmothers Geraldine McVetty of Maidstone and Marie Foy of Island Pond. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather Michael Palazzolo.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Ridgwell Cemetery, Guildhall, VT.
, 86, most recently of the Coos County Nursing Hospital, West Stewartstown and formerly of Gilman, VT, died Saturday evening March 21, 2009, at the nursing hospital. Mrs. Pelletier was born in Westfield, Vermont, on November 10, 1922, the fourth child and only daughter of William Henry and Leafie Eliza (Olin) Merritt. Orphaned at a young age and raised by cousins, she moved frequently, which may have lead to her ability to make friends wherever she went. She married twice, first to Lorenzo Edgar Barrett and secondly to Eudore Joseph Pelletier to whom she was married to for 51 years and who adopted her children when they married on November 4, 1955. He predeceased her on September 5, 2007. Glenna made her home in Gilman for over fifty years followed by Bethlehem, Groveton and the Coos County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown where she contentedly spent the last years of her life receiving round the clock nurturing and attention. She held various jobs throughout her lifetime including that of a waitress at the Gilman Hotel where she met her husband "Eddie" when he stayed there while helping to build the Moore Dam in Littleton. She also worked in housekeeping, laundry and care taking positions and after retirement became known as the glue which held Gilman Senior Center together while operating "The Boutique". She enjoyed doing all kinds of crafts, especially embroidery, knitting and sewing, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, reading and most of all hosting holiday functions. There was always room at her table for one more person. She also had the knack of always finding just the right gift for everyone. After retirement she traveled to Alaska, Michigan and Louisiana. Family members include four children, Judy Lynn Sterling and her husband Albert of Merrimack, NH; Cheri Ann Mire of Lancaster,;David Bruce Pelletier and wife Deirdre of Bethlehem and Kathy Gail Lovell and partner Robert Noyes of Columbia as well as a surrogate daughter, Ellen Ramsdell and partner Ernest Roy of Maidstone, VT. Her grandchildren, Brian Sterling and wife Karen and their son Josiah of Temple, NH; Karen Raymond and husband Jeff and their children Emilea, Grantham, Joel and Quincy of Amerherst, NH; Carmen Sterling of Merrimack, NH; Brenda Fontaine and husband Trapper of Lancaster and their children TJ, Savanah, Chad and Spencer and grandchildren Bailey Fontaine and Patricia Dingman; Anita Newell and husband Scott of Groveton and their children Krista and Arrin Newell and Brent, Tristan and Kirsten Kingsley and grandson Brennan; John Lovell and wife Candy of Maidstone, VT and their children Amber and Parker Lovell, Brent and Kristen, Ashley Carmichael, Angela Wright and Cody Curtis and grandchildren Riana Carmichael, Emma and Zoie Howland and Wyatt Curtis; Scott Lovell and wife Dawn of Maidstone and their children Cory Gilman and Robbie Worrell; Shawn Lovell and his daughter Savannah of Juneau, Alaska; Andrea Pelletier of Bethlehem; Robin Ramsdell and fiancé Gary young of Maidstone and daughter Hannah Showalter; Steven Ramsdell and wife Jenny of New Bern, NC, and children Christopher and Lilly; and Chelsey Ramsdell and son Ayden Chase Ramsdell of Maidstone; Nina Noyes of Revere, MA and Eben Noyes, Jen Richard and Camden of Colebrook. Three brothers George Joshua, William Henry and Frank Albert Merritt predeceased her. Memorial visiting hours will be held Saturday afternoon, March 28, from 2 to 4 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. Burial will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations maybe made in her memory to the CCNH Memorial Fund, PO Box 10, West Stewartstown, NH 03597 for assistance in the activities department.
, 50, of Pine Street, died unexpectedly on, Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Littleton Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Hanks was born in Berlin on August 1, 1958 the daughter of Robert and Elsie (Gardner) Laflamme Sr.
Debbie was raised in Berlin and was a graduate of Berlin High School. She lived in Colebrook for several years and for a time she worked at the Balsams. For the past twenty years she has been a resident of Whitefield and was employed at Hitchner Manufacturing in Littleton. She enjoyed playing broomball, darts, riding her motorcycle and collecting bears.
She had a big heart and truly cared about others and will be sadly missed.
Family members include her husband of 16 years, Freeman Hanks of Whitefield, three brothers, Robert Laflamme Jr. of Berlin, Brian Laflamme of Concord, NH and Shawn Laflamme of Concord, VT and a sister Alice of Concord, VT.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, April 27, from 6-8 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster.
Donations maybe made in her memory to the American Heart Assoc. New England Affiliate, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688
, 58, of North Road, died Wednesday morning, April 22, 2009, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster.
Mr. Landon was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire on June 13, 1950 the son of Fred Landon and Gloria (Parres) Cummings.
Mike had varies jobs over the years. Even though he was disabled for the last few years of his life, he never gave up trying to contribute to his family and to the community. He was an avid fisherman and gardener.
He was an active member of the Northern Valley Church of Christ in Lancaster.
Family members include his wife Janet (Skinner) Landon of Lancaster, four daughter, Katrina Coe of Hampton, VA, Julie Robbins of Penacook, NH, Billie Landon of Twin Mountain and Lisa Landon of Littleton and his step-son Steven Lewis of Phoenix, AZ. His sisters Pauline Conkey of Wells River, VT, Loretta Paige Berryan also of Wells River, Shannon Landon of Lisbon, NH, Geri Lapre of Holderness, NH and Valerie Landon of Littleton, several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday April 25, at 2:00 PM, at the Northern Valley Church of Christ in Lancaster. Pastor Tom Jackson will officiate.
, 90, died Tuesday evening, April 14, 2009, at Country Village Center Genesis Eldercare, Lancaster.
There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the Northumberland Cemetery.
, 73, died peacefully on Friday morning May 15, 2009, at Country Village Center Genesis Eldercare, Lancaster after a long illness. Mr. Belair was born in Randolph, VT on October 28, 1935, the son of Joseph and Adella (Poirier) Belair.
He grew up in Quincy, MA and Randolph, VT, before settling in Rockland, MA, to raise a family with his wife, Joanne. He worked as a drafting engineer for many years at Sigma Instruments in Braintree, MA. After weekending in VT for 8 years, he and Joanne made East Concord, VT their home.
Paul was a devout Catholic, serving his Lord as a Eucharistic Minister, a lector and catechism teacher. He was most recently a parishioner at All Saint Catholic Church in Lancaster and enjoyed the company of his friends in the Men of St. Joseph's group.
He was a wonderful Papa to Geoffrey Graham, Devin Belair, Kourtnei, Austin Tyler and Mykayla Martin, Sam Hosford and Elijah and Grady Walters. In his grandchildren, he found great joy, spending time with them, marveling at the way they grew and changed and loving them. He was also overjoyed to have two little great-granddaughters, Aysjah Willis and Mariyah Belair. He was also a very special person to his goddaughter, Sara Mackiewicz, of Belchertown, MA and was "Uncle Papa" to many.
Paul's hobbies and interests included, flying and being a flight instructor, gardening, yard work, snow machining, being a member of the Guildhall Fun Flyers, fishing, hunting, volunteering at Weeks Medical Center and tinkering around his home.
In addition to his grandchildren, Paul leaves his wife of 43 years, Joanne (Mackiewicz) Belair of East Concord, his daughters Paulette Martin of Leland, NC, Noelle Hosford and her husband Ron of Gilman, VT and Brigette Walters and her husband Bruce of Lancaster. He also leaves a sister, May Belair of Stafford Springs, CT. He was predeceased by, two grandson's, Geoffrey and Sam, as well as two brothers, Donald and Roger and three sisters, Gloria Bickford, Anita Spruce and Charlotte Russo. As a compassionate animal lover, he also leaves behind his two cats, Echo and Sweetie.
There are no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday morning June 6, at 10:00 AM at All Saint's Church, Father Raymond Ball, pastor will officiate.
In lieu of flowers donations maybe made in his memory to S.A.M Ministries, PO Box 216, Gilman, VT 05904, or to Riverside Rescue Animal Shelter, 236 Riverside Ave. Lunenburg, VT 05906 or to Country Village Nursing Home, 91 Country Village Road, Lancaster, NH 03584
, 74, died Friday evening, May 29, 2009, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster. Mr. German was born in Brooklyn, NY, on March 20, 1935, the son of Robert W. German Sr. and Anna (OShea) German. Raised in Boonton, NJ, Robert went on to serve with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Rutgers College and the College of Lifelong Learning and he acquired bachelor's degrees in Biochemistry and Behavioral Science. He was the former Safety Manager at both Walson Army Hospital and Luke Air Force Base. After retirement he moved to New Hampshire where he has resided for 19 years. He was a member of VFW Post #10675, Whitefield, Disabled American Veterans, and the National Rifle Association. Family members include his wife Pauline G. (Chandonnais) German of Jefferson; a son Michael German of Las Vegas; a daughter, Susan Hunter of Virginia; a step-son Mark Haftman of Arizona; four step-daughters, Mary Miller of Rindge, Martha Fetko of Twin Mountain, Margaret May of Allenstown, Michele Berry of Stewartstown; three brothers, John German of Florida, James German and William German both of New Jersey; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and two nieces. Visiting hours will be held Thursday evening June 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service will be held Friday morning at 10:00 AM at the Littleton Bible Baptist Church, Littleton, NH. Rev. Timothy Cronan, pastor, will officiate. Burial with military honors is Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
, 80, formerly of Whitefield, died peacefully at his daughter's home on North Avenue, Thursday morning May 21, 2009. Mr. Halvorson was born in Berlin, NH, on September 14, 1928, the son of Theodore and Anna Marie (Peterson) Halvorson. Robert was raised in Berlin and was a 1946 graduate of Berlin High School. On September 20, 1952, he married Joyce Silts and shortly thereafter was drafted into the US Army for approximately one year of military service. For over 40 years he was employed with Public Service of New Hampshire where he retired as a Division Electrician. He and Joyce also reside for 40 plus years in Whitefield. He enjoyed camping, fishing, fly tying and during his retirement years was a self-taught oil painter. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Family members include his wife Joyce of Groveton; two daughters, Sharon Anne Smith and her husband Clair of Litchfield, NH, Linda J. Kelly and her husband Mike of Groveton; a sister Beverly King of Framingham, MA; three grandchildren, Erica Siracuse, Alexis Smith, Sarah Seckla; a step-grandaughter Jennie Young; three great-grandchildren, Joyce, Aubrey, Gianna; and on step great-grandchild Denia. A brother Carl Halvorson predeceased him. There are no visiting hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Weeks Home Health, Hospice and Community Outreach Services, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584-9998.
, 77, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Lloyd was born in Lancaster on June 30, 1931, the son of Glenn P. and Eva (Boudreau) Lewis. Family members include his children, Deborah Thomas and her husband Edson of Lunenburg, Joan Lyon and her husband Roy of East Concord, VT, Crystal Lewis of Lunenburg, Terry Mark Lewis of Bethlehem, Karen Lewis of Lunenburg; one brother Paul E. Lewis of East Boston, MA; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and Mary Jane Billings of Murrells Inlet, SC. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl Ann Lewis; a great-grandson Brayden Tolf; and the mother of his children Beatrice Lewis. There are no visiting hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, June 5, at 5:00 PM at Riverside Cemetery in South Lunenburg. In honor of his beloved chihuahua, Rosie, donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to Riverside Rescue, 236 Riverside Avenue, Lunenburg, VT 05906.
, 68, of Meadow Road, died at his home on May 3, 2009.
Mr. McMann was born in Stratford on January 13, 1941, the son of Cleveland and Lucille (Bronson) McMann.
Bill was raised in Lost Nation, where he worked on the family farm. He has been a resident of Jefferson for over 30 years. He worked for many years at Saunders Brothers Mill in Dalton, after retirement he mowed lawns and worked for the Senior Meals.
He was known for his kindness, always willing to lend a helping hand whether he knew the person or not.
Family members include a brother Michael McMann of Lost Nation, his companion Darlene Young of Jefferson, his uncles Vernard Bronson of Jefferson, Roland Bronson of Bethlehem and Kenneth Bronson of Lancaster, his aunts Catherine Webster of Florida, Bethany Bronson of Stark and Cora Bronson of Littleton. He was predeceased by, his parents and an uncle Robert Bronson.
There are no calling hours. A gathering for his close friends will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 3:00 PM at his home, 266 Meadow Road, Jefferson. Also a memorial service will be held on Wednesday May 13, at 1:00 PM at the McIntyre School Apartments, Whitefield
, 90, of Granby passed away at Weeks Medical Center, Thursday, May 14, 2009.
Ruth was born in Granby on September 3, 1918, the daughter of Ceylon and Sallie (Hodgdon) Shores. She married Clyde A. Noble on August 8, 1940.
Ruth put in many hours of community service. She served as 4-H Leader, Trustee, Clerk and Treasurer of the Granby-Victory Congregational Church, school janitor, Librarian, Assistant Town clerk and as Postmaster for 19 years. She also drove the Granby School Bus to Concord for many years. The children have fond memories of stopping to watch moose, deer, ducks and other animals as they traveled through the Victory Bog. She took special pride in being the Town Historian.
She loved "her" birds and wildlife. She fed "her flock" of turkeys daily. At age 87 she was still using her chainsaw and weedwacker. She especially loved to tend her flower garden. Hardly a day went by when she didn't have guests dropping in to visit. They could not leave until they had a cup of coffee and something for dessert. Her family was her greatest love. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. All of them have fond memories of the grandmother.
Ruth is survived by her six children, Rodney Noble and his wife Kathy of Lunenburg, Connie Quimby and husband Bruce of Concord, Paula Christopher of Guilford, NH, Claudette Morehouse and friend David Begor of Concord, John Noble of Granby and Calvin Noble and wife Nellie of Granby. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Also she is survived by one brother Guy and wife Kay; two sisters, Beverly Shores of Granby and Edith Willson of N. Concord; sisters-in-law Muriel Pelletier of North Concord, Ellen Noble of Windsor and Mabel Noble of Valparaiso, Indiana; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Clyde, her parents, Ceylon and Sallie Shores, Two sisters Leah Austin and Sandra Morehouse.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 19, at 1:30 PM at the Granby-Victory Congregational Church. Burial will follow at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the Granby Congregational Church Restoration Fund in care of Nellie Noble, PO Box 126, Granby, VT 05840.
, 80, died late Wednesday evening, May 20, 2009, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster.
Mr. Phillips was born in Lancaster on September 11, 1928, a son of Franklin and Ruth (Green) Phillips.
Harry was a lifetime resident of Lancaster. He served with the US Navy. For many years he worked on his father's farm, he also was a truck driver for Cray Oil and worked as a custodian at White Mountain Regional High School. He enjoyed cutting and preparing firewood, farming with his nephews and going to the Historical Society.
He was a former member of the Grange.
Family members include his wife Beverly E. (Flynn) Phillips of Lancaster, his son Tim Phillips of Lancaster, nephews, Ken Phillips and Roger Phillips both of Lancaster and Kevin Brown of Vermont. His brother Donald Phillips, a sister Mary Eleanor Brown and aunts Mildred Scott and Barbara Chabbuck, predeceased him.
A memorial visiting hour will be held Wednesday morning, May 27, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A memorial service will follow immediately after at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Rev. Donald B. Williams, pastor at Mt. View Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at the Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster.
Donations in lieu of flowers maybe made to the Lancaster Historical Society, 226 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584
, 84, of State Street, died at his home, on Thursday evening, May 7, 2009.
Mr. Robinson was born in Norfolk, New York on November 17, 1924 the son of Frederick and Anna (Johnson) Robinson Sr. Joe was raised in the North Country and has been a long time resident of Groveton. During WWII he served with the US Army Air Corps. For many years he was a welder and foreman for James River Paper Company retiring at the age of 62. He was a former Precinct Commander for the Groveton Fire Department and a founding member of the Groveton Trail Blazers. He loved to vacation, snowmobile and after retirement became an avid golfer with three hole-in-ones to his credit.
He was a member of the Fredonwarell American Legion Post #17, Groveton. Family members include his wife of 66 years, Alice (Gardner) Robinson, his children, Frederica Jewett of Groveton, Edward Robinson of Lancaster, Shirley Beliveau of Groveton, Edmund Robinson of Groveton, Brenda Stinson of Stratford, Dana Robinson of Lancaster, Paul Robinson of Fire island, NY, Michael Robinson of Groveton, Tina Collier of North Carolina and Mark Robinson of Groveton, 21 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, May 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at the funeral home at 11:00 AM. Father Raymond Ball, pastor at All Saints Church, Lancaster will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Groveton.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Home Health and Hospice of Weeks Medical Center, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584
, 82, died unexpectedly late Friday evening May 22, 2009 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. Mrs. Sullivan was born in Gilman, Vermont on March 16, 1927 a daughter of Walter and Helen (OMalley) Boyle. Patty was a lifetime resident of Gilman. In her early years she worked at the Gilman Post Office. She then became a devoted wife and mother. She loved family functions that included music and dancing. One of her favorite things to do was to bake pastries and pies. She was an exceptionally good cook and loved to prepare big meals. She also crocheted, knitted baby clothes and liked to travel. Family members include her husband of sixty years William T. Sullivan Jr. of Gilman, a son William P. "Sully" Sullivan and his wife Elizabeth Ann of N. Hampton, NH, a daughter Gayle MacDonald and her husband Steve of N. Danville, VT, a daughter in-law Jo-Ann Sullivan of Waterford, VT, four grandchildren, Tammy Cady and her husband Dave of Lyndonville, VT, Troy Sullivan of Pennsylvania, Robert Briggs of Danville, VT and Kimberly Ageri and her husband John of Waldon, VT, six great grandchildren, Kalob Ageri, Gracie Ageri, Jake Cady, Jordon Cady, Brody Sullivan and Sierra Sullivan, a brother Walter Buzzy Boyle of Enfield, CT, two sisters Margaret Tardy of Enfield, CT and Helena "Tootie" Boyle of Gilman and many dear nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by, a son Timothy William Sullivan in December 2008, a brother Danny Boyle and two sisters Eugena Boyle and Rita Frechette. At Patricia's request there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held Thursday morning May 28 at 11:00 AM in the Riverside Cemetery, Lunenburg. Father Raymond Ball, pastor, at All Saint's Church, will officiate. Donations maybe made in her memory to the Relay for Life and marked for "Team Sullycat," and directed to Tammy Cady, PO Box 119, Lyndon Center, VT 05850.
, 61, of Second Street, died suddenly Thursday May 28, 2009, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. Mr. Walther was born on November 14, 1947 in Albany, NY, the son of Stanley L. Walther Sr. and Anne T. (OBryan) Walther. He was raised and lived in New York until 1973 when he moved with his family to New Hampshire. For many years he worked plumbing and heating for Stiles Fuel in Whitefield. More recently he was a driver for North Country Transit. Stanley enjoyed music, motorcycles, fishing and the NY Yankees. He was also an enthusiastic member of the morning coffee club at Ray & Deb's in Lancaster. Family members include his wife Catherine J. (Harrington) Walther of Lancaster; two sons, Nathaniel D. Walther of Lunenburg, Andrew Z. Walther of Lancaster; two daughters, Amy Lee Reed of Dalton, Erin C. Rivera of North Carolina; his mother Anne T. Walther of Albany, NY; five grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Walther and Ronald Walther both of New York; two sisters, Diane Dinova and Maureen Smith both of New York; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial visiting hours will be held Saturday afternoon May 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM during the visiting hours.
, born in Kansas City, Missouri on January 1, 1927 left this world peacefully at her home in Lancaster, NH on May 15, 2009 at age 82. She was a beacon of light and a highly talented women, whose gentle smile, loving wisdom, and delightful humor will be missed by all who knew her. She was an artist, a composer, and an author, whose works will continue to inspire others for a long time to come. Her written works, prose, poetry, philosophy and humor, include the published titles, "A Collection Of Word Paintings", "The Journey Of Life", "Winter In New England", "The Peaceful Climb". She wrote many volumes of poetry, including "Snowgarden", "Waltzes Of The Land", "Yesterday, Tomorrow, Now", and "Comforting Thoughts". She was co-author of "All About New Hampshire", "New Hampshuh Tales", which are in many libraries throughout New Hampshire, and the fantasy holiday allegory "Christmas Is In The Air". Her paintings have been exhibited in one-woman, gallery and museum shows. She was the owner of Counterpoint Gallery in NYC. Her art work was commissioned by Bloomingdale's and Tiffany in NYC, the Heritage Museum in MA, the Belknap Mill in NH. Her art work is also owned by many private collectors. Her vocal music, both classical and popular, have been heard on Public Radio, TV, and in concert in NYC and in New England. She is the composer of the CDs "Love Leads The Way, songs of hope, heart and humor", "The Sunshine Train, fabulous songs for children of all ages' and of the art song album, "On Love". She was the co-founder of Holly Publishing Company with her partner, Susan Ackerman, which published all of their books, her CDs, her art work, and their games, including the most recent word game, "Titles", given to the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster. Yvonne was the daughter of Edith and Lester Youst of St. John, KS and New Hampton, NH. She is survived by her partner and long-time companion, Susan Ackerman of Lancaster, NH. She will be deeply missed by her many friends and all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at Bailey's Funeral Home in Lancaster, NH on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 2 pm. Visiting hours will be at Bailey's from 1-2 pm. A graveside service will also be held at New Hampton Cemetery on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 11 am. We wish to thank the wonderful Hospice Director, Mary Bates, all the nurses, aids, volunteers, and homemakers, Susan's Mother, Ruthe, and our very special friends for their loving care and support of Yvonne and Susan during this very difficult time. Please make donations in her honor to Hospice of Weeks Medical Center, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584.