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, 75, of Woodsville Road, died January 1, 2012, at Cottage Hospital, Woodsville, NH following a brief illness. He was born in Brownington, VT January 3, 1936, a son of William and Doris (Clarke) Dimick. Jay worked as a planer and saw mill worker at Blue Mountain Lumber in Wells River, VT. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in St. Johnsbury, VT. Jay loved four wheeling, being outdoors, and woodworking. He spent many hours sitting in his gazebo with his family and friends. He married Susan Rodger on December 24, 1981. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Susan Dimick of Monroe; two sons, Jason H. Dimick, Jr, and Bart Dimick, both of Connecticut; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a sister, Marion Guertin of Manchester, CT; a brother, William Dimick of Monroe; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Dimick on July 16, 1980; a granddaughter, Jessica Maccini; and a brother, George Dimick. At Jay s request their will be no calling hours or public services. Burial will be at a later date in the North Monroe Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dimick Family, 499 Woodsville Road, Woodsville, NH 03785.
, 64, of Old Schoolhouse Road, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Newbury, VT, March 30, 1947, the youngest of six children of George J. and Violet (Minshull) Welch, Sr. Roy grew up on the family farm on Jefferson Hill and was very hardworking, active, musical and enjoyed the fun filled times. Roy attended the Newbury Graded School and graduated from Newbury High School following which he joined the Army National Guard until his honorable discharge. He married Carole Bailey on November 25, 1967. Roy and Carole had three children and eight grandchildren. Over the years, Roy worked in various places; New England Tree Service, Beckley Transportation, farming, welding for Pike Industries, and trucking for Bean s Mobile Homes. Roy was a member of the South Ryegate Presbyterian Church and the Ross Wood Post #20 American Legion in Woodsville, NH. He was very proud of his membership with the Pulaski Lodge #58 F + AM of Wells River and Mt. Sinai Shrine Temple #3 in Montpelier, VT. He served as the 2003 Potentate of Mt. Sinai in Vermont. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Springfield Shriners Crippled Children Center. Roy could be spotted cruising town in his red 1966 Ford Pickup. One of his passions was making trails in the woods with his tractor. He was very proud of his lawn and mowed walking paths. Roy followed his favorite teams; the Boston Red Sox and Celtics. In recent years he attended a Boston Celtics game, which was a memorable time. He was known for his penmanship and organizational skills. He was very proud VT native and also of living his entire life on Jefferson Hill. Roy was very proud of his family and treasured the time spent with them during celebrations and family gatherings. He was predeceased by two sisters, Katherine Haskell on June 7, 1996 and Shirley Maxwell on July 14, 2006; and a brother, Carlos Welch on November 25, 2011. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Carole (Bailey) Welch of Newbury; two daughters, Teresa Thibault and husband Andy of Wells River, VT and Shelly Drew and husband Don of Newbury; a son, Roy Welch, Jr. of Newbury; eight grandchildren, Jesse, Kayla, Dakotah, Crystal, Rachel, Nate, Connor, and Alayna; two brothers, George Welch of Claremont, NH and Gene Welch of Topsham, VT; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be on Friday January 13, from 6 to 8 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH, with a Masonic service at 7:45. A funeral service will be on Saturday, January 14, at 11 AM at the South Ryegate Presbyterian Church in South Ryegate, VT. Burial will be at a later date in the Jefferson Hill Cemetery, Newbury, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski Lodge #58 F+AM, PO Box 483, Wells River, VT 05081.
, 83, died on Monday, January 9, 2012 at her residence. Flora was born in Irasburg, VT, January 12, 1928, the daughter of Floyd and Annabelle (Kettle) LaFleur. She married Earl Pixley in May 1975. Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Earl Pixley of East Ryegate; three daughters, Carolyn Thorburn of North Haverhill, NH, Gloria Robertson of Bangor, ME, and Diana Fanning of Arkansas; 14 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren. At Flora's request there will be no funeral services.
, 63, went to be with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, on Friday, January 13, 2012, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. John was born at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH, the eldest of four children of Winthrop W. and Thelma (Beaton) Klark. He attended schools in Woodsville and graduated from Woodsville High School in 1967. As a young boy, John spent many hours at the family farm, tagging along behind the adults, romping in the barn, playing in the brook, creating adventures and enjoying the animals. It was there that he developed a love for horses. In January 1968 John enlisted in the U.S. Army. He completed paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Georgia and also served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter scout observer. John flew numerous combat missions, logging over 1,200 hours of flight time. He was proud to serve his country and was highly decorated for meritorious service and heroism. He was humbled by his military experiences and rarely discussed the topic. John was honorably discharged from the Army in August 1970. After leaving the Army, John attended flight school in Colorado and earned his fixed wing pilot s license. He loved flying and enjoyed taking family and friends for rides in his vintage Ercoupe airplane. John had two beautiful children, Scott Benjamin and Lori Beth. John was extremely proud of his children. John purchased acreage in Newbury and built a home using timber from that land. He loved the peace and solitude of that place and spent many hours caring for the land, relaxing on the porch and watching the wildlife. For 30 years John was employed as a mail carrier, working mainly at the Woodsville Post Office. He had a special place in his heart for the elderly patrons along his mail route. On September 25, 1998 John married Janet Wyckoff. They were together for 10 years until Janet s death as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Together they enjoyed music, traveling, many outdoor activities and serving God, and Janet brought out the very best in John. During this time John became the Eastern Region Representative and later the Director of the Christian Harness Horsemen s Association (CHHA), a non-profit organization that offers Christian support and ministry to people in the world of harness racing. John and Janet worked tirelessly in this endeavor, met many wonderful people and enjoyed serving the Lord in this way. After Janet s death, a CHHA college scholarship fund was established in her name and this fund continues to provide financial assistance to worthy college students who are affiliated with the world of harness racing. This was a project near and dear to John s heart and it is the family s hope that it can continue. For a brief time, John had also raised and raced harness horses. John loved music and musical instruments. He had an especially keen ear for percussion instruments. He also enjoyed combing antique shops, flea markets and what-not shops looking for unusual or unique finds. He had the ability to find just the right gift for each person in his life and was especially thoughtful and generous. Although a private person, John also enjoyed spending time with his friends and church family. Most of all, he cherished his family and adored spending time with his children and grandchildren, devoting special Grampa days to each grandchild, taking them to Elizabeth s Park or to the fairs, going to see trains or having them help at the racetracks. John was predeceased by his wife, Janet, on February 5, 2009. He is survived by his parents, Winthrop & Thelma Klark of Woodsville, NH, his beloved children, Lori Maxim & husband Eric of China, Maine, Scott Klark & wife Margie of W. Danville, VT, his precious grandchildren, Mya & Kolby Maxim and Lilli & Leah Klark, his sisters, Joanne Mann & husband Rod and Amy Wright & husband Allen, all of Woodsville, and Lindsay Trombley & husband Butch of Candia, NH, 3 stepchildren, Ben, Gabe & Jacob Cadreact, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A celebration of John s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Ricker Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Menard officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Janet Klark Scholarship Fund, Christian Harness Horsemen s Association, 157 No. Main Street, Salem, NH 03079 or the Grafton County Nursing Home Association Activities Fund, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, No. Haverhill, NH 03774.
Piermont, NH Stanley Richard Dick Smith Sr.
, 84, died on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the V. A. Medical Hospital in White River Junction, VT. He was born in Lyme, NH, July 7, 1927, the son of Albert Dennis Smith and Josephine (Thompson) Smith Roberts. Dick served with the U. S. Army during World War II from December 22, 1945 to December 24, 1948. He married Mary Cummings and she predeceased him on October 18, 1986. Later he married Doris Quackenbush on May 27, 1989. During Dick s career he worked as a foreman at the heel factory in Wilder, VT and for many years he worked at the Tullando Farm in Orford. He served as a police officer in the Town of Orford. Later he was the custodian at the Orford High School and worked at Camp Moosilauke in Orford prior to his retirement. Dick loved the outdoors, gardening, hunting, fishing and watching Nascar. He also loved the time spent with his family and friends, and his beloved Golden Retrievers Barney and Sonny. He was also predeceased by a son, Stanley Smith, Jr. on October 16, 2007 and a sister, Verna Smith Tallman. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Doris (Quackenbush) Smith of Piermont, NH; his children, Glenda Smith of North Richland Hills, TX, Karen Nystrom and husband Alden of Wentworth, NH, Michelle Pushee and husband David of North Haverhill, NH, and Dennis Smith and wife Darcy of Wilder, VT; step children, Harrison Pease of Orford, Gene Pease of North Haverhill, Carol Pease of Thornton, NH, Janet Hardy and husband Paul of South Strafford, VT, and Sheryl Tallman and husband John of Etna, NH; ten grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; several great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Giantonio and Audrey Connors; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A calling hour will be held on Saturday, January 21 from 10 to 11 AM with a funeral service to begin at 11 AM, at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH, with Rev. Jane E. Wilson, from the Orford Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the Orford Street Cemetery, Orford, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748.
North Haverhill, NH Elizabeth (DeSimone) Davison
, 80 of Sand Road, died on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born in Boston, MA, March 29, 1931, the daughter of Louis and Frances (Tomasello) DeSimone. Elizabeth married Robert K. Davison on October 8, 1949. Elizabeth and Robert had wintered in Winter Haven, Florida for many years. They later moved to North Haverhill to be closer to family. She loved spending time with her family and had a strong Christian faith. She was predeceased by two sons, Robert A. Davison and Richard K. Davison; two sisters, Sarah Wojceichowski and Helen Lanni Cole; two brothers, Marciano DeSimone and Joseph Wojceichowski. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Robert K. Davison of North Haverhill, NH; a daughter, Mary Cataldo and husband Stephen of North Haverhill; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Stephen, Hope, Adam, Therese, Monica, Dominic, and Vincent; four sisters, Jennie Maccini, Louise DeMetrio, Therese Fiore and Evelyn DeNicola; a brother, Antonio DeSimone; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, January 27, at 1 PM at the St. Joseph s Catholic Church, 15 Pine Street, Woodsville, NH, with Father Jeffrey Statz, Celebrant. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Everett, MA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph s Catholic Church, 15 Pine Street, Woodsville, NH 03785.
, 82, of Wallace Hill Road, died on Monday, January 23, 2012 at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Johnsbury, VT. He was born in Newbury, VT, December 27, 1929, the son of Alfred and Gladys (Baker) Vielleux. Fred served with the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict as a Corporal from March 3, 1954 to March 3, 1960. He married Irene Powers on October 22, 1949. In his younger years, Fred worked for Adams Paper Mill in Wells River, VT. He later worked for many years for the Town of Newbury Highway Department. Fred was a grader operator, then became the highway foreman. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and mowing his lawn. Fred was a member of the VFW. He was predeceased by two sons, Randy A. Vielleux on November 6, 1989 and Ty M. Vielleux on November 1, 1995; two brothers, Joseph A. Vielleux on January 28, 2011 and Philip Vielleux on November 2, 2011; and a sister, Joanna A. Bemis on December 9, 2011. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Irene (Powers) Vielleux of Newbury; a son, Gary F. Vielleux and Anita Locke of Newbury; a daughter in law, Paula of West Newbury, VT; three grandchildren, Stacy, Jonathan, and JP and wife Alvine; two great grandchildren, Hannah and Aidan; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 2 PM, at the Boltonville Cemetery in Wells River, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnsbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.
North Falmouth, MA, - Remo Guiseppi Gandin
, 91, formerly of South Ryegate, VT, died on Monday, January 30, 2012 at the Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, MA. Remo was born in South Ryegate, VT, February 2, 1920, the son of Louis and Rose (Leonardi) Gandin. Remo graduated from Norwich University Class of 1942, which was the last cavalry unit at the University. The class was called the Horsemen of 42 . He served with the U.S. Marine Corps. during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel having served from April 30, 1942 to December 31, 1971. Prior to going to college and after his military career, Remo worked at the family business, Gandin Bros., in South Ryegate. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the North Falmouth Congregational Church in North Falmouth, MA and was a member of the Men s Coffee Club at the church. He loved to travel and spend time with his wife and family. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, and attending events at Norwich University. Remo married Pauline Emery on March 31, 1945 and she predeceased him on August 25, 1998. He was also predeceased by a sister, Libra Gandin. Survivors include his two daughters, Pamela Ankuda and husband Bruce of South Woodbury, VT and Melissa Lesogor and husband Allen of Carver, MA; one grandson, Geoffrey Ankuda of South Woodbury, VT; a step granddaughter, Jennifer Coffey and husband Billy and their son Jesse of Andover, NH; several cousins. A calling hour will be on Friday, February 3, from 12 to 1 PM, with the funeral service at 1 PM, at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH with Rev. Dr. M. Catherine Cook of the South Ryegate Presbyterian Church officiating. At a future date, there will be a Celebration of Life at the North Falmouth Congregational Church. Burial will be in the spring in the Hillside Cemetery in South Ryegate, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Falmouth Congregational Church, North Falmouth, MA 02556 or to Norwich University, c/o The Horsemen of 42 Scholarship Fund, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.
, resident of Orford NH, passed away on Wednesday, February 2nd, aged 87. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 5th, from 4-6 pm at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch St., Woodsville, NH. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 6th, at 1pm at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Lake Morey Road (north of the Fairlee fire station), Fairlee, VT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his name to The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Research Foundation, 85 West Algonquin Rd., Suite 550, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4460.
, 68, died on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Terrebone General Hospital in Houma, LA. He was born in Worcester, MA, March 20, 1943, the son of Clyde Richard and Ruby (McLam) Davidson. Paul graduated from Woodsville High School. In his early years in South Ryegate, VT, he worked for 15 years in the granite business at Rosa s Stone Shed as a sandblaster. Later he worked as a welder for Kellogg Brown and Root, a global engineering and construction company based in Houston, TX. When he was younger, Paul purchased a Harley Davidson which he owned his entire life. He loved watching Nascar and dancing. Paul had lived in Florida for several years prior to moving to Louisiana. He is survived by his companion, Janice Coffelt of Houma, LA; two daughters, Rita Ames and husband Randy of Groton, VT and Tracy Davidson of Henryville, PA; two brothers, John Davidson of St. Albans, VT and Robert Davidson of Ocala, FL; three grandchildren, Tausha Ames, Sumner and Graham Davidson; one great grandson, Logan Ames; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be on Saturday, June 16, at 11 AM, at the Pinehurst Cemetery in South Ryegate, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kingdom Animal Shelter, P O Box 462, Route 5 South, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.
, 95, died on Friday, February 10, 2012, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH. Edna was born in Concord, NH, May 14, 1916. She was the daughter of the Rev. Frank S. and Susie (Willis) Davis. She lived in Maine during her younger years and graduated from the Ashland, ME High School in 1934. She married a school teacher, Raymond Linwood Amnott, in 1935. The family made several moves. In 1949 they moved to Colrain, MA. In 1963, they moved to Otis, MA where Edna was the Town Librarian. She took courses to receive her Sub-professional Librarian Certificate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1969 the family moved to Lenox, MA where, for 18 years, she was an assistant Librarian at Berkshire Christian College. She was active in church work wherever she went. After her husband’s death in 1990, she moved to Pike, NH to be with her son’s family. For several years, she was active as a Grafton County RSVP volunteer. She also was a volunteer monitor at Newbury, VT Christian School. Along with her husband, Raymond Amnott, she was predeceased by her daughter, Helen Tirrell of Cooperstown, NY. She is survived by three sons, Raymond Amnott, Jr. of Pike, Timothy H. Amnott of Hendersonville, NC, and Joel K. Amnott of Molino, FL; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Helen Estep of Charleston, WV. There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 14, at 2 PM at the Newbury Bible Church, 16 Cross Street, Newbury, VT with Rev. David Lee, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The Fold, Inc., PO Box 1188, Lyndonville, VT 05851 or to BICS (Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies) 259 Kemble Street, PO Box 1888, Lenox, MA 01240. Burial will be at a later date in Ashland, ME.
, 91, died on Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, NH. She was born in Woodsville, NH, October 12, 1920, the daughter of John Murdock and Bernice (White) Conrad, Sr. Hazel was a member of the First Congregational Church of Haverhill UCC and sang for many years in the church choir. She was a member of the Women s Fellowship Home Extension and the Treasurer of the Pike Library. Hazel loved birds, flowers, nature, and dogs. She will be fondly remembered for her holiday cookies, special birthday cakes, and special occasion cards. She was an avid reader who was especially fond of historical novels and poetry. Hazel was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Hazel married Bernard A. John Joslin on May 16, 1945 and he predeceased her on February 28, 2006. She was also predeceased by a son, Alan Joslin; two sisters, Katherine Conrad and Virginia Bertram; and three brothers, Adrian Conrad, John M. Conrad, Jr. and Franklin Conrad. Survivors include a daughter, Anne E. Johnson and husband Peter of Lebanon, NH; a son, David P. Joslin and wife Kelly of North Haverhill, NH; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; a sister, Connie Ciresoli of Beverly Hills, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Saturday, June 23, at 11 AM, at the First Congregational Church of Haverhill, UCC, 122 Church Street, Haverhill, NH. Burial will follow at the Ladd Street Cemetery in Haverhill. Memorial contributions can be made to the Grafton County Nursing Home, C/O Meadow Unit, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH 03774 or to the First Congregational Church of Haverhill, 122 Church Street, Haverhill, NH 03765.
, 70, died February 12, 2012 at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Haverhill, NH, April 1, 1941, a son of Homer L. and Muriel (Demeritt) Roberts. Ted graduated from Wells River High School, Class of 1959, and resided in Wells River most of his life. He worked for the A&P Tea Company for 20 years before owning Ted s Market in Wells River, and later worked for Bob Powers Construction before retiring as a self-employed painter and contractor. A sports enthusiast, Ted played for area town team basketball teams and later helped to start the Blue Mt. Youth Basketball Program. He took great pride in attending his children s and grandchildren s sporting events. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping at West Pond, taking care of his yard, watching college basketball, dancing, listening to music, and being with his family and friends. Ted helped organize the former Woodsville-Wells River Chamber of Commerce, and was a former member of the Wells River Fire Department and the Rotary Club. He married the former Sandra Anderson on February 3, 1962. Ted is survived by his wife of 50 years Sandy of Wells River; three children, Jeff Roberts of Wells River, Gregory Roberts and partner Patricia Ward of Monroe, NH, and Karen Norcross and husband Harry of North Haverhill; five grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Norcross, Courtney Ward, Andrea and Hannah Roberts; a sister Sandra Brown and husband Ken of Woodsville; a half sister, Merlene Willis of Wells River; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a half brother, James Taylor. Calling hours will be on Thursday, February 16th from 6-8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A memorial service will be on Friday, February 17th at 1 PM at the funeral home with Mr. Brian Emerson officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Blue Mt. Union School Athletic Department, c/o Mr. Todd Powers, 2420 US Route 302, Wells River, VT 05081 to support youth basketball.
, 92, of Lake Tarleton Road, died February 21, 2012 at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH. Esther was affectionately known to all in the community as Gram. She was born in Landaff, NH, October 27, 1919, a daughter of Bert and Eva (Moulton) Ball. For several years she worked at the former Lake Tarleton Club in Piermont, and later retired from the NH Home for the Elderly in Glencliff. Esther was a member of the Warren United Methodist Church, a member of more than 50 years of the Pythian Sisters, and a member of the Warren Historical Society. With her husband Edward, they served the Warren Village School for many years as its janitors. She was a former Supervisor of the Warren checklist, and for several years wrote news articles for the Plymouth Record Enterprise. Esther was known for her handwork of knitting, crocheting and sewing. She also enjoyed painting and crafts. Esther married Edward L. Whitcher on August 4, 1939 and he predeceased her on March 31, 1974. She was also predeceased by her children, Loralee Kennedy on April 9, 2007 and Leroy Whitcher on October 15, 2005; by three sisters, Anna Wood on February 22, 2007, Edna Brown, and Vera Libby; four brothers, Clifford E., Reginald A., Leslie A., and Herman G. Ball; and a brother in law, Eugene Whitcher on February 21, 2012. Survivors include her son in law, Nelson Kennedy, Sr. of Warren, NH, and daughter in law, Shirley Whitcher of Shelbyville, IN; grandchildren, Charlene Kennedy, Nelson Kennedy, Jr., and Lori Ann Sackett and husband Tim, all of Warren, Bill Runion and his wife Jackie of Columbus, IN, Jill Freeman of Shelbyville, IN, LeeAnn Whitcher Herriott of Shelbyville, IN, and Douglas Runion and his wife Toni of Chino Hills, CA; along with 16 great grandchildren; 14 great great grandchildren; a sister, Helen Whitcher of Warren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 AM in the Warren United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Moore officiating. Spring burial will be in the Glencliff Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Warren United Methodist Church or to the Warren FAST Squad.
, 87, died on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at his home. He was born in Warren, NH, August 7, 1924, a son of Eugene and Elsie (Lindsay) Whitcher. Eugene served with the U. S. Navy during World War II from January 28, 1943 to January 27, 1946. He married Margaret Gove on December 23, 1945. Eugene was a self employed contractor, especially enjoying finish carpentry. Over the years he made dozens of grandfather clocks. During the Warren Village School reconstruction he served as the Clerk of the Works, at no charge to the community. Eugene was a longtime member of the Warren United Methodist Church and served as Chairman of the Board over the years. He also was a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Mt. Moosehillock Masonic Lodge # 63 of Warren, and the Bektash Temple Shrine Aaonms of Concord, NH. Eugene was one of the founding members of the Warren and Wentworth VFW. For many years he would make much needed handcrafted items for the Warren Church and Library. These items included tables, stands, and anything that was made from wood. He loved his Warren community and spending time with his family. He was predeceased by two sisters, Barbara Bond and Esther McKay; three brothers, Edward Whitcher, Chester Whitcher, and Lindsay Whitcher; and a sister in law, Esther I. Whitcher, also on February 21, 2012. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margaret Whitcher of Warren; two sons, Randy Whitcher and his wife Jane of Warren and Ronald Whitcher and his wife Mary of Warren; three grandchildren, Angela Clifford, Stacey Jones, and Christopher Whitcher; five great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Friday, February 24, at 1 PM in the Warren United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Moore officiating. Spring burial will be in the Warren Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to either Warren Food Pantry, Warren, NH 03279 or Pemi Baker Community Health, 101 Boulder Point, Plymouth, NH 03264.
, 75, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. She was born in Bradford, VT, in 1936, and grew up in Glencliff, NH, under the loving care of Clara and Leon Gould. Shirley graduated from Woodsville High School in 1954 and obtained a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Moore General Hospital in 1956. She married Wayne Evans of Warren in 1957 and they raised three daughters. Shirley was a nurse most of her life. Always an advocate for patients’ rights, her vision came to fruition with the founding of Gould House, an assisted living facility in Plymouth, NH, in 1986. She served one term as a Representative in the New Hampshire State Legislature. Her last eight professional years were spent as a Case Manager with Beacon Hospice in Beverly, MA. Shirley loved music and dancing and directed the youth church choir at Warren United Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Jensen of Manchester, NH, Diane Evans Mack of McCall, ID, and Donna Lukasiak of Bedford, NH; four grandchildren; and extended family, including her former husband, Wayne Evans. At Shirley’s request, there will be no public services. The family will be holding a private memorial later in the summer. Donations in her memory may be made to the local hospice organization of one’s choice.
, 73, of Mill Brook Road, died on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Landaff, NH, August 7, 1938, the son of Chester A. and Margaret (Rollins) Towle. David graduated from Lisbon High School and married Patricia Little on June 24, 1961. David served with the United States Army National Guard and the United States Army during the mid 60 s. He worked for 29 years at New England Wire Technology in Lisbon as a shift leader. He also worked for nearly 20 years at the former Plymwood Furniture Factory, and later at DCI in Lisbon, until December 2009. He loved spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, picking blueberries, and maple sugaring. In his earlier years he liked to bowl. He also enjoyed woodworking and, especially, spending quality time with his family. He loved helping his grandchildren with Pine Wood Derbies, bonfires, and having snowball fights. David was predeceased by his daughter, Wendy Ellen Towle on August 22, 2009 and a sister, Christina Towle. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Patricia, of Landaff; two daughters, Beth Miller Clark and husband William of Landaff and Dawn Nelson and husband Ted of North Haverhill, NH; along with four grandchildren, Justin Miller, Billy D. Clark, Lilly Nelson, and Emily Nelson; four sisters, Mary Sweat of Bethel, ME, Sandra French of Landaff, Gloria Locke of Bath, NH, and Ida Reese of Penn Valley, CA; two brothers, John Towle of Lisbon and George Towle of Conway, NH; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, March 7 from 6 to 8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A memorial service will be on Thursday, March 8 at 11 AM, at Ricker Funeral Home, with Pastor Susan Ellery of the North Haverhill United Methodist Church officiating. Spring burial will be in Landaff Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Littleton Regional Hospital, Oncology Department, 600 St. Johnsbury Road, Littleton, NH 03561.
, 84, died on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at home following an extended illness. She was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, July 13, 1927, a daughter of Carl Oscar and Emma Sophia Johnson, and was a second generation Swedish American. She graduated from Peacham Academy, class of 1945. Verna received an Associate of Arts degree from the College of San Mateo (CA) in 1971 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in 1975. After graduation she worked as an office worker and assisted in the instruction of students with word processing equipment at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA. Verna married James M. Varnum on December 31, 1946. During their working years, their careers took James and Verna to Connecticut, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., Maryland, and California. They resided in South San Francisco, California from 1966. Verna was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in San Bruno and was a longtime member of the Peacham Congregational Church. She was a member of the San Mateo Geneaology Society. Verna will be remembered for her years of work and travel to obtain all the information for her book she authored on the family history, Genealogy of August and Britta Johnson. She traveled to Utah, Sweden, and many parts of this country to gather all of her information. Verna s hobbies included making china dolls, doing veneer work, being a seamstress, and cooking. Verna Johnson Varnum wrote the following We are each one of us like a bridge over which events of the past continue on to the next generation. We are here for a brief moment in an endless span of time, and then we are gone; leaving behind, perhaps, some memories and a record here or there of our once having been. Verna was predeceased by a son, Larry James Varnum on July 31, 1998; a granddaughter, Sarah Varnum; two sisters, her twin sister, Vera L. Roy on August 31, 2009 and Miriam E. Hatch on May 23, 2011; and a brother, Ralph N. Johnson on Nov. 24, 1964 who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, James Varnum, of Peacham; a grandson, Mack J. Varnum and Kelly Dennison of Kirby, VT; three great grandchildren, Damien Varnum, Ariana and Niah Varnum, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held this spring at the Peacham Village Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. Robert A. Potter from Peacham Congregational Church officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Peacham Congregational Church, c/o Emma and Carl Johnson Organ Funds, Church Street, Peacham, VT 05862.
, 66, died on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH following an extended illness. He was born in Groton, VT, January 28, 1946, the son of Forrest and Iona Thurley (Gray) Page. Donnie graduated from Groton High School, class of 1964. After high school he served with the Vermont National Guard. For almost 30 years he worked as a hoist operator in the granite industry for Rock of Ages. He also spent seven years as a self-employed dairy farmer in Ryegate Corner, VT. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes and playing with the Connecticut Valley Horseshoe League. Donnie liked fishing with grandchildren. Donnie was predeceased by his parents, Iona Thurley Gray on April 15, 1993 and Forrest Page on December 16, 2002; and a brother, Carwin W. Page on April 8, 2009. Survivors include his son, Patrick Page and his wife Elizabeth of South Ryegate, VT; his daughter, Sherry Horne and husband Kevin of North Haverhill, NH; four grandchildren, Brian and Christle Page and Taylor and Colby Horne; two brothers, Gordon W. Page and wife Sue of Cottonwood, AZ and Howard K. Page and wife Patty of Ryegate, VT; a sister-in-law, Jane Page of Woodsville, NH; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Calling hours will be on Tuesday, March 13, from 6 to 8 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A private graveside service will be in the spring at the Groton Village Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cottage Hospital, PO Box 2001, Woodsville, NH 03785.
, 81, died on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, NH. He was born in Hanover, NH, August 17, 1930, the son of David and Florence (DeGoosh) Pushee. Frank graduated from Orford High School, class of 1949. He had served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from April 8, 1954 to March 16, 1956. Frank had worked construction and did carpentry for Trumbull- Nelson in Hanover and for Carl Johnson in Fairlee, VT. Frank also farmed in Orford for five years. He was a member of the American Legion in Lyme, NH. He enjoyed woodworking, tinkering, fishing, and hunting. Frank also thrived when working on his firewood pile. Frank loved spending time with his family and friends and, especially, his grandchildren and his dog Jody. Frank was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley Pushee and Jean Ricker; two brothers, Donald Pushee and Stanley Pushee. Survivors include his two sons, David Pushee and his wife Michelle of North Haverhill, NH and Dale Pushee and his fianc Yvonne of White River Junction, VT; two daughters, Lucinda Cindy Desilets of Canaan, NH and Tammy Pushee of Corinth, VT; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Joanne O Donnell and her husband Hugh of Lyme, NH, Irene Dottie Gernhart and her husband Fred of Lyme, NH and Mae Borger and her husband Richard of Wentworth, NH; a brother in law, John Ricker of Claremont, NH, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Grafton County Nursing Home for the care and compassion shown to Frank. Calling hours will be on Thursday, March 15, from 5 to 7 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A graveside service will be on Friday, May 25, at 2 PM at the East Cemetery in Orford, NH, with Rev. Jane Wilson from the Orford Congregational Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, Tribute Fund, McGreal Sight Center, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH 03301-9977 or the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. PO Box 433, Lebanon, NH 03766-0433.
North Haverhill, NH Colette L. Roberts-Finn
, 62, of Terrace Drive, died on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She was born in Providence, RI, August 28, 1949, the daughter of Edmond and Marie (Godfrey) Roberts. Colette graduated from Pilgrim High School in Warwick, RI. She received her Bachelor Degree in Music at Barrington College in Barrington, RI. She married John Francis Finn on June 24, 1986. Colette worked for 22 years at Dartmouth Hitchcock in the Office of Development for Dartmouth Medical School. She was a member of the North Haverhill United Methodist Church where she was music director for many years. Music was a very important part of Colette's life. Colette was an inspiration to all her family and friends. Colette was predeceased by her parents, Edmond and Marie (Godfrey) Roberts. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, John F. Finn of North Haverhill, NH; two sisters, June Rimmerman and her husband Bernie of Warwick, RI, and Barbara Ducharm of Warwick, RI; two brothers, James Roberts and his wife Joanne of Coventry, RI and Edmond Roberts and his wife Sharon of Cranston, RI; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be on Sunday, March 18, at 2 PM at the North Haverhill United Methodist Church, 2900 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH, with Pastor Susan Ellery officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0433.
, 62, of Studio Road, died on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Plymouth, NH, October 29, 1949, the son of Wallace Frank and Isabelle (Dunleavey) Wright. Mike graduated from Orford High School. On August 12, 1972 he married Marlene Stevens. He worked for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation from 1969 to 2001 in the Warren and Wentworth District 202 as the foreman. After retiring from the NH DOT he worked part time as a correctional officer at the Grafton County Jail in North Haverhill, NH and for the Wentworth Highway Department. He also served with the VT Army National Guard for 22 years. Mike was a volunteer fireman with the Warren Fire Department and was a member of the Warren ATV Club, and the Asquamchumakee Valley Snowmobile Club. Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. His passion, though, was riding motorcycles, including his Harley Davidson Trike that he bought last spring, and camping. He loved spending time with family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Marlene (Stevens) Wright of Warren, NH; his daughter, Cori Maines and husband Richard of Danbury, NH; two sons, Duane Moody and Tracy of Fairlee, VT and Michael Wright and his wife Katherine of Orford, NH; eight grandchildren, Eric, Craig, Curtis, Christina, Kelly, Shaunna, Tucker, and Isabella; two sisters, Marie Scribner and her husband Loren of Evergreen, CO and Freda Sirois and husband Richard of Wethersfield, CT; and several nieces, nephews, and one great aunt. Calling hours will be on Friday, March 23, from 1 to 3 PM, with a period of reflection and sharing of memories to begin at 3 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. Burial will be in the spring at the Glencliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of VT and NH, PO Box 976, White River Junction, VT 05001.
, 77, of Bayley Hazen Road, died on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at her home. She was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, on September 17, 1934, the daughter of R. Kenneth and Vivian (Snow) Churchill. Noreen graduated from Peacham Academy, Class of 1953. Noreen was predeceased by her first husband Ralph Powers on March 26, 1965. She married Carleton Crane on January 21, 1978. Noreen attended the Peacham Congregational Church, was a 4-H leader and organized Peacham Fall Foliage. She was a self employed seamstress for many years. Noreen had a passion for making Barbie doll clothing and making numerous Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that are scattered around the world. She enjoyed her flower beds, watching the birds, and collecting thimbles. Noreen was also predeceased by a brother, Eldon Buster Churchill. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Carleton Crane of Peacham; four children, Vaughn E. Powers and his wife Bess of Marshfield, VT, Vivian E. Vinie Powers and companion Arn Withers of Danville, VT, Vera E. Lapierre and her husband Buddy of East Barnet, VT, and Kari D. Powers and companion Patrick Ross of Barre, VT; four step children, Jack Crane and his wife Laura of Monroe, NH, Sharon Foss and her husband Carl of Suncook, NH, Gary Crane and his wife Jody of Groton, VT, and Janice Vance and her husband Larry of North Woodstock, NH; 12 grandchildren, Arielle, Vanessa, Addison, Carver, LeeAnn, Joey, Aerik, Keith, Norissa, Jordan, Gabe, and Courtney; 6 great grandchildren, Logan, Tyler, Hailey, Taylor, Christian, and Evan; numerous step grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Churchill and his wife Charlotte of Barnet Center, VT and Bernard Churchill and his wife Joan of Peacham; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. At Noreen s request, there will be no public services. Burial will take place at a future date in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Barnet, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a humane society of one s choice.
, 52, of Darling Road, died on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at his residence. Jon was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, March 3, 1960, the son of Norman C. and Joyce (Tyler) Beckley. Jon attended Woodsville High School. He was a self employed painter in the area for many years. Jon loved his three dogs and gardening. He was predeceased by his father, Norman C. Beckley on April 9, 2004. Survivors include his mother, Joyce Beckley of Woodsville; a son, Branden Beckley of Fort Bragg, NC; a brother, Joel H. Beckley and his wife Amy of Woodsville; a sister, Karen J. Fagnant and her husband Mark of Piermont, NH; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will held later this summer in the Mountain View Cemetery, Benton, NH.
, 77, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, VT. Colleen was born in St. Johnsbury, VT on May 13, 1934, the daughter of Harry and Marion (Wheaton) Miller. She was a graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy, class of ’52, and later earned an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Vermont. Colleen first worked as a Dental Hygienist. She later served as a dental educator in the Caledonia Central, St. Johnsbury and Essex Caledonia School Systems. This was a very new and innovative program at that time. She later received certification as a para-educator and worked as a Chapter I aid in both the Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River and in the Barre Elementary school. Colleen married her husband Burns R. Page on August 20, 1960 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in St. Johnsbury. They first lived in North Troy where she bore her first daughter Cynthia, then moved to Peacham where she bore daughters Julie and Janice. While residing in Peacham, Colleen served as a house mother, where many young women considered her their “Mom” away from home. Colleen later relocated with Burns to Barre Town in 1985. Very active in her communities, Colleen served as a 4-H and Girl Scout Counselor, a Sunday School Teacher, and was an active member in both the St. Andrew’s Church and the Church of the Good Shepherd where she served as a member of the vestry. Among her many interests, Colleen loved gardening, feeding her feathered friends, knitting and crafting. She was a gifted seamstress who created many wonderful outfits for her children and grandson over the years and knitted many hats and mittens that are still worn and treasured today. Colleen was an avid sports fan and long time RedSox fan. She and her husband were also well traveled within the United States and celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in London, Scotland and Paris. Colleen was predeceased by her grandson, Adam Scott Brunell on July 12, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Burns R. Page of Barre, daughters Cynthia Sulham and her husband Daryl of Ryegate, VT, Julie Page and her husband Billy Ramage of Yukon, OK and Janice Patry and her husband John of Windham, CT; one brother, Dr. Richard Miller and his wife Carol of Exeter, NH and one niece and three nephews. Calling hours will be on Friday, March 30, from 6 to 8 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 11 AM, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington Street, Barre, VT with Father Craig Smith officiating. The burial will follow at the Peacham Village Cemetery, Peacham, VT. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made to Project Independence, 81 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641 or the Mayo Nursing Home, 71 Richardson Street, Northfield, VT 05663.
, 81, of Pettyboro Road, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at her home. Mary was born in Lowell, MA, April 4, 1930, and graduated from high school in Lowell. She was married to David J. Hanna and he predeceased her in January of 1999. David and Mary lived in Wells, ME and moved to Bath, NH around 25 years ago. She enjoyed watching and feeding the deer and wildlife around her home. She was also predeceased by two brothers. Survivors include three step daughters, Laurel Rust and her husband Everett of Bath, NH, Velma Spann and her husband Jim of Alabama, and Cheryl Ravenscroft and her husband John of Arizona; nine step grandchildren; and thirteen step great grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. A private family graveside service will held later this summer in the Pettyboro Cemetery, Bath, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.