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, of Haverhill, died on Monday, October 1, 2012 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Mrs. Page was born on December 19, 1936 in Raritan Township, NJ, the daughter of Wilbur H. Cox and Mildred H. Cox (nee Hamilton). She grew up in Pennsylvania, attended public schools near Philadelphia and graduated from Haverford High School in Havertown, PA in 1954. In 1958, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She was then a fellow of the Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum and earned a master’s degree in early American culture from the University of Delaware in 1960. After completing her degree, she worked for several years as an assistant curator at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA and then later in a volunteer capacity at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, NH. She also worked for many years as an administrative assistant for the House Appropriations Committee (now the Finance Committee) of the New Hampshire State Legislature. In 1966, Ruth married John F. Page of Ramsey, NJ, who became her best friend and inseparable companion for the next forty-five years until his death in May of 2012. She is survived by her sons David H. Page of Hampton, NH and Christopher W. Page of Boxborough, MA; her brother-in-law Ridler W. Page of East Boothbay, ME; her nephew William R. Page of South Berwick, ME; and nieces Kathryn Page of Hanover and Elizabeth P. Brown of Lyme. Mrs. Page was a devoted gardener and will be remembered by many for her beautiful landscaping and flowerbeds -- particularly the gardens she planned and maintained for many years at the family's Haverhill residence -- as well as for her generosity in sharing her expertise, advice and many (often rare) seedlings and cuttings with friends and family. She also loved traditional English culture and it was a great joy to her to be able to visit the countrysides and garden districts in England with her husband and two young sons. There will be no calling hours. The funeral service will be Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. Burial will follow in the Ladd Street Cemetery, Haverhill. A small reception will be held at 3:30 at the parish house adjacent to the Haverhill Congregational Church, 120 School Street, Haverhill NH. Mrs. Page was always a passionate supporter of her husband's work in restoring the Pearson Hall building in Haverhill, NH. Contributions in memory of Ruth Page may be made to the Pearson Hall Fund in care of Edith Celley, Haverhill Historical Society, Haverhill, NH 03765.
, 59, died on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She was born in Haverhill, NH, January 26, 1953, the daughter of Malcolm Millette and Bevelyn (Hunt) Irwin. Nancy was an Abenaki Chief for the Koasek of the Koas Abenaki Nation. She was very active in the Native American Affairs in the greater Littleton, Twin Mountain, Woodsville, and North Country area. Nancy had previously worked as the promotional coordinator for the Town of Littleton for several years and at the Mount Washington Hotel. She married Mark Doucet in June 2009. Nancy was predeceased by her father, Malcolm Mike Millette on June 14, 2010 and a son, Scott D. Wiggins on November 1, 1993. Survivors include her husband, Mark Doucet of Woodsville; a daughter, Jessi Cruger and husband James Cook of Durham, NC; a son, Eric Cruger of Woodsville; a step daughter, Marie Doucet of Woodsville; two grandchildren, Grace Ann Cruger-Cook and Neil Doucet; her mother, Bevelyn Benny Irwin and husband Charlie of Bath, NH; two half brothers, Mike Millette and Mark Millette both of Lisbon, NH; a half sister, Michelle Millette of Lyman, NH; a special cousin, Lee Millette of Hudson, NH; and childhood friend, Peggy Fullerton, Pike, NH. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 11 AM, at the Monroe Community Church in Monroe, Woodsville Road, Monroe, NH with Rev. Donald Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Monroe Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The White Pines Association, PO Box 42, Newbury, VT, 05051.
, 29, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Marshfield, VT. She was born in Lowell, MA, March 7, 1983, the daughter of Dennis and Maureen (Gauverau) Hurley. Jennifer attended high school in Billerica, MA and Providence, R.I. and graduated from Community College in Massachusetts for nursing. Jennifer enjoyed the company of her family and friends. She relocated to Vermont two years ago from Lowell, MA. She was predeceased by her mother, Maureen Hurley in 1997. Survivors include her daughter, Haylee Dumias of South Ryegate, VT; a son, Jeffrey Dumias of South Ryegate; her father, Dennis Hurley of South Ryegate; four sisters, Christina M. Hurley of Nashua, NH, Angelica R. Morrison of Smithfield, RI, Nicole L. Hurley of South Ryegate, and Jessica K. Hurley of South Ryegate; a grandfather, Eugene Gauverau of Bristol, TN; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and three nephews. There will be callings hours on Saturday, October 13, from 11:30 to 1:00 with a celebration of Jennifer s life to begin at 1 PM, at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hurley Family, 1276 Creamery Road, South Ryegate, VT 05069.
Wells River, VT Lorraine Jane (Boudreault) Breault
, 83, of Center Street, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in New York, NY, February 2, 1929, a daughter of Patrick and Delema Delia (Proulx) Boudreault. After leaving home, she lived her entire life in Wells River. Lorraine started her working career at the Dandy Diner in Woodsville. She also worked at Adam s Paper Mill and Wells River Savings Bank both of Wells River. For many years, Lorraine worked as a sales clerk at the former Thomas Pharmacy in Wells River. Lorraine was an active communicant of St. Eugene s Catholic Church in Wells River, and has enjoyed attending the area senior meal sites for the past several years. She also has enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She married Joseph Breault on November 18, 1952 and he predeceased her on September 6, 1988. She was also predeceased by her father, Patrick Boudreault; her mother, Delema Delia Proulx Boudreault-Locke; her step-father, Tony Locke; two brothers, Patrick Boudreault Sr. and Russell Locke; her son-in-law, George Beckley; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a very special nephew, Patrick Boudreault, Jr. Survivors include her daughter, Jean Jeanie Beckley and Mark Pollock of North Haverhill, NH, and her son, Joseph R. Joby Breault and wife Irene of Wells River; five grandchildren, Carolyn (Beckley) Graves and husband Jim of Danville, VT, Sara (Beckley) Dennis and husband Tony of Groton, VT, Veronica (Douglas) Saffo of St. Albans, VT, Monica Douglas of Bath, NH, and Vance Douglas and Brandy Helm of South Ryegate, VT; 15 great grandchildren, Allie, Annabelle, John and Emma Dennis, Michelle and Jamie Graves, Richard, Douglas, and Arthur Saffo, Anna and Kristie Ricker, Emily, Connor, and Logan Douglas and Kelsey Helm; 3 great-great grandchildren, Michael, Grassion, and Hailey; her siblings, Jennette (Boudreault) Meneguzzi and husband Rick of Palm Bay, FL, Adele (Boudreault) Patch of Lebanon, NH, Marguerite (Locke) Currier and husband Winston of Monroe, NH, David Locke and wife Pat of North Haverhill, NH, June (Locke) Lamonde of Ashland, NH, Celia (Locke) Chouinard and husband Willie of Manchester, NH, Joseph Locke and wife Janese of Bath, NH, Eleanor (Locke) Grimes of Monroe, Gayland Locke and wife Billie of Woodsville, and Amos Locke and wife Thelma of Lisbon, NH; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Friday, October 19th, from 6 to 8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 20th, at 11 AM in St. Eugene s Catholic Church, Center Street, Wells River, VT with Father Vincent Onunkwo officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph s Catholic Cemetery, Bath, NH. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Cottage Hospital Oncology Department, PO Box 2001, Woodsville, NH 03785 or the Horse Meadow Senior Center, c/o Senior Meals, 91 Horsemeadow Road, North Haverhill, NH 03774.
, 55, of Landaff Road, died on Monday, October 15, 2012 at his residence. Mark was born in Littleton, NH, April 22, 1957, the son of Charles and Betty (Oliver) Stewart. He married Winona Holland on July 27, 1981. Mark was a self employed logger for a time. He worked for 20 years at Bradford Veneer in Bradford, VT as a boiler man and night watchman. He loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with his children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Charles Stewart; and a nephew, Taylor Hill on October 14, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Winona Stewart of Corinth, VT; his mother, Betty Madden of North Port, FL; three sons, Douglas Stewart of Lisbon, James Stewart of Littleton, NH, and Ryan Stewart of Lisbon; seven grandchildren, Thomas Stewart, Paul Henry Shea, Anika Shea, Robert Royer Makala Gappa, Blake Stewart, and Bentlee Stewart; a sister, Shiela Matthews of Bethlehem, NH; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. At Mark s request there will be no public services held at this time.
passed away on October 17, 2012 in Sublimity, Oregon. Born on October 6, 1924, in Somerville Massachusetts, she was the daughter to Roger and Hazel (Warren) Proudfoot. On February 2, 1944, June married Frank W. Laundry, USAF, of Montpelier, Vermont. Following their marriage, they made their home in Montpelier and Bradford, Vermont after World War II. While living in Montpelier, June was active with the Theater Guild and had the lead in High Fever by Noel Coward. When WSKI was a fledgling radio station, she was the Story Lady . June was an American Legion Auxiliary member since 1948, mostly with the Bradford Unit #20, where she served as president, chaplain, and secretary over the years. She sang in the church choirs in West Roxbury, Massachusetts and Bradford. In Vermont, she raised chickens, selling dressed broilers, eggs, capons, and individual chicken pies until enrolling in the Hanover School of Practical Nursing at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire, graduating in 1960. She was on the staff at Mary Hitchcock for 16 years; eight an ICU staff nurse and six on the CCU staff. For several years she was an active member of the LPN Association of New Hampshire, serving as president in the district office and serving as vice president on the state level. She moved to Oregon in 1976 and served nearly 11 years on the CCU staff at Salem Hospital, retiring in 1987. After her retirement, she moved to Largo, Florida, and worked three years for the Metro Health Care Agency covering all of Pinellas County. As a member of St. Dunstan s Episcopal Church, she did volunteer work and also belonged to the American Red Cross Disaster Unit. In the summer of 1991, she returned to Lyons, Oregon, and attended the Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stayton. June was a regular library volunteer as well as a member and chair of the Lyons Library Board. She was well known for many years as the Story Lady at local schools and the library. She was also active with Citizens for a Better Community in Lyons and volunteered at the Marion-Polk County Gleaners. She received the 1995 Distinguished Service Award for Mehama-Lyons and in 2000, received the Woman of the Year award. June was very fond of the outdoors, gardening, bird watching, traveling, and making beautiful hooked rugs, but reading was her main love. She resided in the home of her daughter in Lyons after providing 14 years of caregiving and companionship to her friend, Clarence (Tiny) Goodell. She is survived by her children, Frank and Linda Laundry of Bradford, Vermont; Don and Sue Laundry of West Warwick, Rhode Island; and Nancy Laundry and Jim Thaler of Lyons, Oregon; as well as 3 grandsons, Michael Laundry of Corinth, VT, Ryan Laundry and Cady Stanton of Seattle, WA, and Kristopher Laundry of Seattle. Her husband, Frank Laundry, preceded her in death in 1980. Her brother, Earl Lovejoy Jr. died in 2011. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family at the West Bradford, VT Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Oregon Garden, Lyons Public Library or Bradford Public Library.
, 63, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, NH. She was born in Bridgeport, CT, January 4, 1949, the daughter of Laverne and Mary (DeMaio) Cary. Judy graduated from Masuk High School in Monroe, CT. She married Anthony J. Brooks on December 2, 1967. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crafts, and handiwork. She enjoyed taking rides around New Hampshire in their Jeep and looking at the mountains. Judy is a past President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post # 308 in Newtown, CT. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Anthony J. Brooks, Sr. of Lincoln; her two sons, Anthony J. Brooks, Jr. of Lisbon, NH and Pete T. Brooks of Lincoln; a daughter, Laurie Brooks of Thornton, NH; her mother, Mary Davis of Fenton, MO; two grandchildren, Amy Brooks and Amber Brooks; her sister, Suzanne Cary of Fenton, MO; a brother, Ronald Cary of Fenton, MO; a step brother, Robert Davis of St. Louis, MO; three aunts, Antoinette George and Josephine Lupica both of Milford, CT and Minnie Sylvia of Bushnell, FL; a niece, Nicole Cary of St. Louis, MO; and several cousins. At Judy s request there will be no public services.
, 71, of Mt. Moosilauke Highway, died at his home on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Donald was born in Hartford, CT, on February 5, 1941, to Homer and Florence (Hall) Barton. He was a graduate of Weaver High School in Hartford, CT. Donald was employed with G. Fox and Company of Springfield, MA laying rugs. He then worked as a machinist for Allen Manufacturing in Bloomfield, CT. He married Jeanne (Brinn) Grabowski on September 11, 1981 and they moved from Connecticut to New Hampshire in 1987. Donald was a member of the Acres of Hope Christian Fellowship in North Haverhill, NH. He enjoyed the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. He loved riding the back roads. He was a handyman and craftsman and enjoyed working with wood. Donald is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jeanne Barton of Pike, NH; his two sons, Kenneth Barton of Enfield, CT and Douglas Barton and wife Janet of Willimantic, CT; three grandchildren, Sarah, Lillie, and Douglas Barton, Jr.; two step-daughters, Jamie Grabowski of South Windsor, CT and Deborah Anderson and husband Mark of Woodsville, NH; a step-son, Joseph S. Grabowski and wife Michelle of Woodsville; five step-grandchildren, Noah Grabowski and Jennifer, Daniel, David, and Joshua Peart; a brother, Bruce Barton and wife Lois; a sister in law, Eileen Daly and husband Ben of Haverhill, NH; a brother in law, Delbert Brinn and wife Pam of Waterbury, CT; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH, on Wednesday, October 24, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM with a funeral service beginning at 1:30, officiated by Pastor Joe Grabowski. Burial will follow in the East Haverhill Cemetery, Pike, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johnsbury Dialysis Unit, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 or to the Dialysis Unit, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
, 66, of Mt. Eustis Road, died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, October 22, 2012. Richard was born in Plymouth, NH on December 16, 1945, to Napoleon and Ruby (Emory) Paradie. He married Janice Hesselman on January 20, 1967. Richard was a former member of the New Hampshire National Guard and worked for himself as a salvage dealer. Richard loved gambling, especially playing poker, and taking trips to the casinos. He and Janice played Yatzee every morning and evening. In his younger days, he loved hunting and fishing. In particular, he loved spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. Richard was predeceased by his sisters, Verna French, Vera Wallace, Lois Paye, and Avis Silverman and by his brother Roy E. Paradie, Herber Paradie, Sr., and Robert Paradie. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janice Paradie of Lisbon; three daughters, Teresa Paradie and Jodi Dow and husband James both of Lisbon and Shelley; three grandchildren, James Paradie, Tazia Dow and boyfriend Mark Bartlett, and Tyler Dow; a great grandson, Levi Dow; two sisters, Phyllis Sherman of West Cahzy, NY and Doris Oullette of Penacook, NH; a brother, Frederick N. Paradie of Woodsville, NH; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A funeral service will be on Thursday, October 25th at 1 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, with burial following at the Grove Hill Cemetery, Lisbon, NH.
, 84, died October 23, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. Born on May 12, 1928, in Stamford, CT, she was the daughter of Agnes Michelewicz and Stephen Lanefski. On May 4, 1946, she married Lester “Bud” Hook. In 1947, Marian and her husband Bud moved to Orford, NH. Prior to moving to Orford, she worked for the telephone company. Later she worked in Orford as a caregiver, and worked for Camp Merriwood, the Elm Corner Market, and Shaws Store in Orfordville. She eventually purchased Shaws Store and renamed it Brookside Store, operating it 6 days a week for 10 years until she sold it in 1979. Over the years, she was very active in the Orford Community as a member of: the PTA, a 4-H Leader, Fast Squad for 18 years, and Planning Board for 6 years. She helped with the Orford Fire Department’s Fourth of July celebrations up until the Orford Community Field was no longer available. She was also a volunteer helping to get food and drinks to firemen during fires. She loved to shop, enjoyed vacations, read to her children, and being surrounded by her ever increasing sized family. You could find her for many years at the annual Orford Fireman’s Flea Market, originally started by the Orford Fast Squad, either volunteering her services, shopping, or visiting. Last year she enjoyed her many Tuesdays and Saturdays at R&S Produce, (owned by Ruth Hook and Stephen Hook), in Fairlee, VT and recently just mentioned how much she missed the store. She was predeceased by her husband, Lester “Bud” Hook, a son (Joseph) John Lester Hook, five sisters Angela “Nell” Legg, Elizabeth “Betty” Obman, Helen Lane, Louise “Dolly” Gormley, and May Seymore, and four brothers Alphonse Lanefski, Anthony “Tony” Lane, John “Joe” Lanefski, and Stanley Lanefski. Marian is survived by three daughters, Ruth Hook and companion Bernie Dyer, Susan Taylor and husband Larry, both of Orford, and Martha Brosnahan and husband David of Keene, three sons James Hook, Bruce Hook and wife Betty and Stephen Hook and wife Teri, all of Orford. She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 27th at 1 PM at the home of Stephen and Teri Hook, 2669 Route 25 A, Orford. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family in East Orford Cemetery officiated by the Rev. Gail Dimick. One of Marian’s passions was enjoying the local fireworks displays and especially going to Jaffrey, NH for the Annual ½ Hour Display set to music. Because of her love for Fireworks Displays and the Town of Orford, her family has established a savings account at Wells River Savings Bank in her memory to be used for Orford’s 250th Celebration. Donations can be made “In Memory of Marian Hook”, either at the Wells River Savings Bank, 540 US Route 5 North, Fairlee, VT 05045, or in care of Susan Taylor, 118 Indian Pond Road, Orford, NH 03777.
, 53, died October 27, 2012, unexpectedly at his residence on School Lane. He was born in New Britain, CT, November 11, 1958, a son of Mario A. and Florence L (Meyrick) Focareto. He loved the outdoors and had an adventurous mind and was known for thinking outside the box. He loved playing his guitar and harmonica and prospecting for gold. He also enjoyed the New England Patriots and was always fun to be around. From an early age he worked at numerous horse race tracks around the country until the mid 1990’s. Locally he had worked at DCI in Lisbon. Survivors include his wife of 29 years Rosemary ( Byczek) Focareto of Woodsville, a daughter Kristina Focareto of Goffstown, NH, a son Mario Focareto, two grandchildren Isabella and Ryan McIntyre both of Goffstown, his mother Florence of Florida, a sister Mary Ann MacDonald of Connecticut, two brothers Steve of Illinois, and Robert of Connecticut, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. There are no public services planned.
, 95, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at her home in Barnet. She was born in Barnet, VT, January 4, 1917, the daughter of Albert Eugene and Mary (Richardson) Farnsworth. Virginia graduated from Peacham Academy with the class of 1934. She received her Registered Nurse following nursing training in Keene, NH in 1937. Virginia married John B. Keenan on May 26, 1938. She raised her family and helped her husband on the farm in Barnet and their farm on East Hill in Peacham. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Barnet at Barnet Center. Virginia enjoyed flowers, birds, poetry, reading, and crossword puzzles. Virginia will be remembered for being a hard working and a caring wife, mother, and friend. Family and her home were very important in her life. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, John B. Keenan on October 18, 1990. Virginia was also predeceased by her siblings, Frank Eugene Farnsworth, William Baker Farnsworth, Loulie May (Lou) Wilson, Emma Bracy Cheney, Alberta Isabelle Byron, Laura Alice Kelly, Grace Lamare, and Charlotte Mary Carpenter; and a niece, Marylin Wright. Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Tarrier and husband Henry “Mike” of Westford, VT; two granddaughters, Mary Louise Kleppinger and husband Eric of Fairfax Station, VA and Amy Kathleen Flemings of Westford, VT; four great grandchildren, Naomi Ann Flemings, Monica Nichole Flemings, David Bartlett Kleppinger, and Sarah Grace Kleppinger; several special nieces and nephews, Joan Churchill and husband Bernard, Frank Goss and wife Joanne, Paul Keenan, Robert Keenan, William “Bill” Goss and wife Brenda, Alice Frazier, Priscilla Paquette and husband Ron, and Grant Carpenter and wife Betsy, and Richard Hovey and wife Dorothy; and several other nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families, and friends. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 1 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH with Rev. Howard Gaston and Eric Kleppinger officiating. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family at the Barnet Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Caledonia Home Health and Hospice, 161 Sherman Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 or the Presbyterian Church of Barnet at Barnet Center, c/o Stewart Gates, 279 West Main Street, West Barnet, VT 05821.
, 55, of Park Street, died unexpectedly at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, November 3, 2012, following a brief illness. Richard was born in Gardena, CA, on June 3, 1957, to Charles and Elizabeth (Mudgett) Lique. He was a graduate of the Woodsville High School, Class of 1976. On October 21, 1978, Rich married Donna Ingerson. Prior to its closing, Rich worked for many years at the Tilcon Concrete Plant in Woodsville. For the past three years, he had been employed with Del R. Gilbert and Son Block Company, Inc. in Littleton, NH. Rich was a member of the Upper Valley Prop Busters in North Haverhill, NH. He enjoyed attending air shows across New England. Among his other past times, he loved the outdoors, hunting and motorcycling. He was a former Scout leader in the area. Rich is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna Lique of Woodsville; their two sons, Ryan Lique and wife Kelly and James Lique, both of Woodsville; three grandchildren, Alisabeth, Roran, and Sheldon Lique; his father, Charles Lique of Littleton; two sisters, Debra Cusano and Sheila Hunt, both of Littleton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; along with his in-laws, Richard and Patricia Ingerson of Haverhill, NH; and three brothers-in-law, Richard Ingerson and wife Sandy of Lyndonville, VT, James Ingerson and wife Paula of Monroe, NH, and Jonathan Ingerson and wife Virginia of Haverhill. Calling hours will be on Saturday, November 10 from 2-4 PM, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A reflection of Rich s life will be at 4 PM, offered at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
, 88, of Cemetery Road, died on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. Roy was born in Medford, MA, on October 15, 1924, to Royal Augustus and Mary (Noble) Reed. Following his graduation from high school in Somerville, MA, Roy attended the Wentworth Institute in Boston, MA. During World War II, he served in the US Navy from 1942-1946. He married Muriel Hackett on January 27, 1950. Following his Honorable Discharge, he worked for the Boston Globe as a pressman for 43 years. Roy was an avid boater, operated a dive shop in Somerville, and taught his children to dive. He enjoyed building, woodworking, and creating stained glass projects that he would present as gifts. Upon his retirement in 1987, he and Muriel moved from Medford to Swiftwater. They attended many square dances together. Roy was a member of the American Legion Ross-Wood Post #20 in Woodsville, NH and he was a former member of the Masonic order. He was predeceased by his grandson, Ian Reed on September 3, 2000. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Muriel Reed of Swiftwater; three children, Lynne Reed of St. Augustine, FL, Royal Chip Reed and fianc ` Beth of Rumney, NH, and Robert Reed and wife Debbie of Edgewater, FL; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; a sister Jean McGillen of Alexandria, VA; and nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 11 AM 1 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH with a graveside service to follow at 1:30 PM at the Swiftwater Cemetery, Bath, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
, 90, a former longtime Piermont resident, died on Monday, November 5, 2012, at the Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Berlin, VT. Lou was born in Haverhill, NH on January 10, 1922, a son of Edward G. and Lois (Rogers) Hobbs. Lou served with the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany as a Military Police officer. After returning home, he worked for the Jacobs Family for 33 years at the former Lake Tarleton Resort in Piermont. He later worked for 25 years in the Piermont Post Office. He served the Town as a member of the Piermont Planning Board for 20 years, Supervisor of the Checklist and trustee of the town trust funds and Piermont Cemetery Commissioner. He was also a member of the Ross Wood American Legion Post #20 of Woodsville, NH. He married Eunice V. Sanborn on December 5, 1947 and she predeceased him on July 20, 2003, by a daughter Lovena L. Royolsky, by two sisters Bertha White and Emma Hobbs, and by four brothers, his twin Leon, John, Arthur and Dennis. Survivors include one daughter, Jacquelynn Blake of Barre, VT, and two sons, Edward L. Hobbs of Scottsvale, VA and Michael Hobbs of Fairlee, VT, ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A graveside committal service will be in the Horse Meadow Cemetery, North Haverhill, NH on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activity Department, Woodridge Rehab and Nursing Center, 142 Woodridge Drive, Berlin, VT, 05602.
North Haverhill, NH- Robert John Bob Elliott
, 49, of Benton Road, died on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH. He was born in Middletown, CT, February 17, 1963, the son of Lawrence J. and Edithmary (Ryan) Elliott. Bob graduated from Bacon Academy, Colchester, CT with the class of 1981. He worked for Bigelow Paving for 16 years as an operator and mechanic. Bob loved woodworking, metal work, and mechanical work. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Bob loved spending time with his family and his dogs. His passion was his two Chevy trucks he named Benny and Betsie. He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Florence Donna Aunt Flo Elliott of North Haverhill; his parents, Lawrence J. and Edithmary Elliott of North Haverhill; a daughter, Sharon Heather Elliott of Iowa; two sons, Michael Lawrence Elliott of St. Johnsbury, VT and Robert John Elliott Jr. of Iowa; two step daughters, Jessica Ann Bryant and Tiffany Ann Bryant both of CT; a step son, Robert Arthur Bryant of CT; four grandchildren, Ethan, Devon, Isabella, and Elizabeth; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Anderson and husband Paul W. of Piermont, NH and Faith Patience Nelson and husband Jimmy of East Ryegate, VT; two brothers, James Wesley Elliott II of North Haverhill and Lawrence J. Elliott Jr. and wife Cori of Bath, NH; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Monday, November 19, at 11 AM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH with Father William Watts officiating. Burial will follow in the East Haverhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
Ryegate, VT - Gerard Joseph Gerry Florentine
, 61, of Longmoore Drive, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Gerry was born on October 6, 1951, in Boston, MA to Daniel J. and Marie L. (Gallant) Florentine. He was a graduate of Woodsville High School, Class of 1969. He attended St. Michael s College and worked on the campus newspaper. He then served in the US Air Force from January 27, 1971 through August 17, 1974. He was honorably discharged attaining the rank of Sergeant. Gerry married Pamela Jean Longmoore on September 18, 1982. Gerry worked in a variety of jobs. He was a Corrections Officer in St. Johnsbury, VT, and worked for Northeast Employment and Training Organization in St. Johnsbury. He was employed by Rick Henson working at Glazier Hollow Nursery and then for CPM in East Ryegate. Then he worked at the Post Office in White River Junction, VT before transferring to the Post Office in Woodsville where he worked for the past 24 years. Gerry was a member of the Ross Wood Post #20 of the American Legion in Woodsville. He enjoyed participating in Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Football, and the Woodchuck Baseball League. Gerry s favorite pastime was watching all Boston sports teams in action. For many years he coached Little league, Boy Scouts, and refereed high school basketball all over the North Country. He also passed his time fishing, golf, playing poker and cribbage. He spent time puttering and working on projects around his home. Mostly he treasured the time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by two daughters; his parents, Daniel Florentine and Marie Jordan; his step father, Clyde W. Jordan; a father-in-law, David Longmoore, and a brother-in-law, Norman Demers. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Pam Florentine of Ryegate; two daughters, Jennifer Jen White and husband Ben and Ashley Florentine and a son, Timothy Tim Florentine all of East Ryegate; three grandchildren, Mikara White, Mathew White, and Emily Prue; two sisters, Patricia Pat Demers of North Haverhill, NH and Marianne Jordan and husband Arnold of Okatie, SC; a brother, Daniel Florentine and wife Mary of South Ryegate, VT; three step brothers, Trenholm Jordan and wife Mary of New York, Clyde Jordan and wife Maria of Manchester, NH and Gerald Jordan and wife Betty of Accokeek, MD; his mother-in-law, Priscilla Longmoore of Wells River, VT; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Saturday, November 17th from 4-6 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A memorial service will be on Sunday, November 18th at 1 PM at Ricker Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. M. Catherine Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery, Ryegate. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Children s Fund
, 79, died on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Groton, VT, December 8, 1932. Bob was the second youngest of twelve children born to Roger and Sarah Crocker (Lawton) Eastman. Bob graduated from the Groton High School with the class of 1950. Bob served with U. S. Army during the Korean War from March 11, 1953 until he was honorably discharged on February 28, 1961. He married Ann Davis on August 3, 1963. During his working career he worked for Davidson Granite in South Ryegate, VT, Thurber Granite in Barre, VT, and retired with over 27 years from Rouleau Granite, Barre. After his retirement, to keep himself busy, he worked for Bond Auto in Woodsville and for his son, Gene, at Green Mountain Monogram in Wells River. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, and baseball, especially watching the Boston Red Sox. For many years he played baseball for the Newbury town team and also for the Ryegate senior softball league. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Groton VFW, and the American Legion Post # 14 in Vergennes, VT. Coming from a large family growing up, family was always an important and special part of his life. He was predeceased by three sisters, Carrie Esther Murray, Dorothy Magoon, and Agnes Eastman; seven brothers, Harold Tom Eastman, Howard Eastman, Earl Bart Eastman, Bernice Larry Eastman, Vernold Cut Eastman, Kenneth Eastman, and Carroll Cliff Eastman. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Ann Eastman of Groton; a daughter, Wendy G. Spooner and husband David of North Haverhill, NH; two sons, Gene R. Eastman and wife Julie of Wells River, VT and Glen A. Eastman and wife Michelle of Vergennes, VT; eight grandchildren, Kaylee Robbins Heathe and husband Nathan, Reegan Robbins Hubbard and husband Brian, Jamie Eastman, Dylan Eastman, Kirsten Spooner, Shelby Spooner, Jacob Trench, and Matthew Trench; two great grandchildren, Colby Heathe and Tyler Hubbard; a sister, Catherine Cochran of Morrisville, VT; two sisters-in-law, Jodi Eastman of Wells River and Molly Eastman of St. Johnsbury, VT; former son-in-law, Stephen Robbins; former daughter-in-law, Lisa Eastman; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Tuesday, November 20, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A celebration of Bob s life will begin at 3:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association, c/o Glen Eastman, #9, 3rd Street, Vergennes, VT 05491 or New Digs for Dogs Rescue, 6 Mountain View Drive, North Haverhill, NH 03774.
, 79, died on Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH. She was born in Bath, NH, August 30, 1933, the daughter of Dexter and Hazel (Tewksbury) Whitcomb. Betty graduated from the Woodsville High School, class of 1951. She married Crawford F. Emery and together they operated the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Groton, VT. She waitressed for many years for local restaurants in the area including the Happy Hour Restaurant, P & H Truckstop, and TJ s Lunch Counter all of Wells River. Betty had a passion for cooking and baking. She loved to watch the Boston Red Sox. She was a member of the Ross Wood Post # 20 American Legion Auxiliary in Woodsville. She was predeceased by her husband, Crawford F. Emery on August 4, 1993 and a son, Gregory A. Emery on July 15, 1973. Survivors include her three daughters, Paula Sgro and husband Russell of Ormond Beach, FL, Kathy Guay and husband Marty of North Haverhill, NH, and Glenda Hofmann and husband Bill of Wells River; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Corey of Franconia, NH and Lois Sheltry of New Britain, CT; two brothers, Arlen D. Skin Whitcomb and Richard Whitcomb and wife Carolyn of Sebring, FL; her companion of 19 years, Clifford Ashford of Wells River, VT; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be on Tuesday, November 27th, at 11 AM in the Wells River Congregational Church, Wells River, VT, with former pastor Rev. Jane Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Groton Village Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Cottage Hospital Oncology Department, PO Box 2001, Woodsville, NH 03785.
, 87, died on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family. Christine also affectionately known as Chris or Tina was born in Lisbon, NH, on August 28, 1925, the daughter of Clinton and G. Ethel (Taylor) Wheeler, one of nine siblings. Following graduation from Newbury High School, Class of 1943, Chris worked in Boston, MA on a large commercial dairy farm and at Ranch Camp in Stowe, VT, before returning to Haverhill to help care for her father. She was married July 29, 1950 to William Horace Winn. Bill and Chris together made their home on River Road in Piermont. They worked side by side raising chickens, vegetables, and dairy cattle. Due to necessity they also, with the help of neighbors and family, built the present family home and adjacent barn. She was part of the Piermont Women s Fellowship and Diaconate and Watch Um Pops . Christine never was one to complain, with life s many changes. She worked as a school bus driver, a nurse s aide at the former Ford Nursing Home in Haverhill, and for 22 years as a CNA at the Glencliff Home for the Elderly, prior to her retirement in 1998. She loved cooking meals for her family and her neighbors. Chris loved her flowers, gardening, and watching and identifying local birds. Christine was noted for her beautiful cakes decorated for family and friends. A hard worker all her life, she will be deeply missed for her cheerful smile and personality. Foremost, Christine was a loving wife and mother to her twin daughters. She was predeceased by her husband, William Bill Winn on April 29, 1967; four brothers and three of her sisters. Survivors include two daughters, Janet W. Cheney and Jo Ann Winn both of Piermont; her only living sister, Barbara Fenoff of Newbury, VT; several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Please join family and friends for a graveside service on Sunday, December 2, at 2 PM, at the Ladd Street Cemetery, Haverhill, NH. Join family and friends after the service for a time of sharing and reminiscing at the Ash residence, Rabbit Path Road, Bath, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, NH 03561, a local Humane Society, or your choice of a charity dear to your heart.
North Haverhill, NH Theodore Clayton Flanders
, 62, died on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Fairlee, VT, March 21, 1950, the son of Paul Clayton and Gladys (Dickinson) Flanders. Ted served with the U. S. Navy and then married Linda Laramie on July 12, 1980. He loved tinkering on anything mechanical and he especially enjoyed working with any kind of tool. For 13 years, he owned and operated the Tool Barn in Fairlee, VT and most recently Allagash Automotive in North Haverhill. Ted loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He loved taking them on fishing trips and then grilling their catch, which he made with just the right touch. He was predeceased by his mother, Gladys D. Flanders. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Linda Flanders of North Haverhill; two daughters, beloved first daughter, Katie Martindale of Woodsville, NH and Kimberlee Langlois and husband Michael of Salisbury, NH; five grandchildren, Cameron Martindale, Cooper Grady (Ted s Little Buddy ), Isiah Hawxhurst, Micah Hawxhurst, and Lauren Langlois; his father, Paul C. Flanders of Fairlee, VT; a sister, Jeannie Williams of Fairlee; a brother, James Flanders and wife Eloisa of Fairlee; a niece, Kelli Leroux and husband Billy of Saratoga, NY; a nephew, Shannon Williams and wife Melissa of Amherst, MA; and several cousins. A man of few words, he will best be remembered for his kind heart and love for the simple pleasures in life. At the convenience of the family, a service will be held in the spring. Burial will be in the Fairlee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.
, 83, of Central Street, died November 29, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Haverhill, NH, February 13, 1929, a daughter of Leon Heck Bigelow and Mary (Plante) Bigelow. For 14 years Helen was a nurse s aide at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, and later for 10 years at the Glencliff Home, Glencliff, NH. Helen was always the communicator and resource for the Bigelow family. She kept everyone up-to-date on the family news. She will be fondly remembered as a lady with a big heart , her love of family, and always caring for others. She was predeceased by her parents; four brothers, Frank, Arthur Stub , Maurice Lucky , and Douglas Bum Bigelow; and her brother-in-law, Fred Lang. Survivors include her son Steve Smith of Las Vegas, NV; granddaughter Carrie Smith, grandson Adam Smith, and great granddaughter Mia, all of Las Vegas; three sisters, Edith Demetrules and Ella Lang, both of North Haverhill, and Shirley Nicol and husband Berk of Piermont; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn, Alice, and Janice Bigelow all of North Haverhill; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a very dear grand niece Lindsay Bigelow. Calling hours will be on Friday, December 7th from 10:30 AM to noon, with the funeral service beginning a noon, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. Pastor Susan Ellery of the North Haverhill United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Center Haverhill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one s choice.
, 67, of Leighton Hill Road, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, January 30, 1945, the daughter of Ralph P. and Mary P. (Doyle) Venezia Sr. Barbara graduated from Norwalk High School, class of 1963. She moved to Wells River on October 19, 2000 and she married Michael P. Thompson on October 19, 2002. Barbara worked as a developmental home care provider for Upper Valley Services in Bradford, VT for many years. She loved to spend time in the outdoors, working in her gardens, fishing, and riding snowmachines. Barbara enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, friends, and all her animals. She loved the time spent with Mike at the Lebanon Valley Speedway and when she had the opportunity to drive his racecar in a powderpuff race. Barbara was the secretary and treasurer for the V.A.S.T. Newbury Border Riders for many years. She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph P. Venezia Sr. in November of 1991 and Mary P. (Doyle) Venezia in September of 2012; and a sister, Mary Louise Parisi. Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Michael P. Thompson of Wells River, VT; two sisters, Jacalyn Coyne and husband David of Farmington, CT and Kathryn Rockholz and companion Eric Goodman of Chalfont, PA; a brother, Ralph P. Venezia, Jr. and wife Barbara of Waitsfield, VT; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and June Thompson of Thomaston, CT; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Calling hours will be on Monday, December 10, from 6 to 8 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. Visitation for family and friends will also be on Tuesday, from 10 AM until the service time at 11 AM. A funeral service will be on Tuesday, December 11, at 11 AM at the Ricker Funeral Home, with Rev. Donna D. Colletti-Lowre of the Hope Church at Vermont Skies Spiritual Center in Peacham, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Above the Notch Humane Society, P O Box 456, Littleton, NH 03561 or to the Second Chance Animal Rescue, 1517 Meadow Street, Littleton, NH 03561
, 79, of Snake Road, died December 7, 2012, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH. He was born in Newbury on April 23, 1933, a son of Herbert and Lizzie (Johnson) Gilson. Following high school, Ralph served his country as a member of the New Hampshire National Guard from January 1951 through September 17, 1951, then as a member of the US Navy from September 18, 1951 until his Honorable Discharge on September 30, 1955. He continued his service by enlisting in the US Air Force and serving from April 18, 1957 through April 18, 1961 when he was honorably discharged. Finally, he was with the Vermont National Guard from December 10, 1977 through December 10, 1978, and was again, honorably discharged. After his discharge, Ralph worked for various local companies as a plumbing and heating service repairman. Recently, he worked at the Four Corners Farm in Newbury as their handyman. Ralph was a member of the Newbury Congregational Church where he served as a Deacon and a member of the Board of Trustees. He was a life member of the Haverhill Memorial VFW Post # 5245 and of the American Legion Ross-Wood Post #20 of Woodsville, NH. He enjoyed stock car racing. Mostly, Ralph loved his wife, children and grandchildren and his dog, Leo. He was predeceased by several brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife Marlene (Pearson) Gilson of Newbury, to whom he was married on April 21, 1962; daughter Valerie Gilson Gowac of Middletown, CT; son Daniel J. Gilson and wife Barbara of North Pole, AK; three grandchildren, Jillian Gowac, Bruce Ruble, and Erik Reeder; a brother Carroll Gilson of Deep River, CT; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Tuesday, December 11th from 4-5:30 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH, with a Memorial Service to begin at 5:30 PM with Rev. David Pruitt of the Newbury Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Oxbow Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America, 5716 Corsa Avenue, Suite 203, Westlake Village, CA 91362
North Thetford, VT – Willard Lambert Ware
, 91, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the Brookside Nursing Home, in Wilder, VT. He was born in Topsham, VT, June 19, 1921, the son of Walter F. and Helena G. (Leet) Ware. Willard was a dairy farmer for many years in the Norwich and Fairlee, VT areas. Following his farming years, he worked for his brother, Leet at Ware Construction as a masonry foreman and was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Plasterers Union Local #1 of Lebanon, NH. Willard was a professional bear hunter and guide in both Vermont and New Hampshire. He owned his own pack of bear dogs for many years. He was predeceased by his sister Genevieve Wilder and his brother Leet Ware. Survivors include his niece, Julie M. Ware of Thetford Center, VT; two nephews, Leet T. Ware of Fairlee, VT and John Wilder of West Virginia; and several great nieces and nephews and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in North Thetford, VT on May 24, 2013 at 1PM with Rev. Gail Dimick, officiating.
, 78, of River Road, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at his home. He was born in Benton, NH, January 2, 1934, the son of Tony and Ethel (Cote) Locke. Amos served with the U. S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954. He married Thelma Whitcher on August 16, 1957. They owned and operated Locke Dairy Farm for many years. After selling off his herd of dairy cattle, he continued to buy, restore, and sell all types of farm machinery and equipment. He loved to go to farm equipment auctions and made a lot of friends attending these events. He loved to collect antiques, trains, and stuff. He was a very patriotic man. He loved spending time with his family and being a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed making things. For several years, Amos and Thelma wintered in Okeechobee, FL. While in Florida he loved fishing and spending time with friends out on Okeechobee Lake. They traveled around the United States and were able to see most of the country in their camper. He was predeceased by his parents; a grandson, Erik Wright in 2004; a sister, Lorraine Breault; and two brothers, Patrick Boudreault and Russell Locke. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Thelma (Whitcher) Locke of Lisbon, NH; five children, Cindy Wright and husband Nigel of Littleton, NH, Laurie McCall of Dallas, TX, Randy Locke of Bethlehem, NH, Danny Locke of Bangkok, Thailand, and Delores Locke of Wirtz, VA; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; six sisters, Eleanor Grimes of Monroe, NH, Jeanette Meneguzzi of Palm Bay, FL, Adele Patch of Lebanon, NH, Marguerite Currier of Monroe, NH, June Lamonde of Ashland, NH, and Celia Chouinard of Manchester, NH; three brothers, Galand Locke of Woodsville, NH, David Locke of North Haverhill, NH, and Joseph Locke of Bath, NH; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Tuesday, December 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH, with a memorial service to begin at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Childhood Cancer Lifeline of New Hampshire, P O Box 395, Hillsboro, NH 03244
, 73, died at her home, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, December 13, 2012, after a five year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Hardwick, VT on November 8, 1939, the daughter of Leon and Gertrude (Allen) Sternberg. Gloria attended Greensboro High School where she met Franklyn Thompson to whom she would be married for 55 years. She worked part time in the post office for 25 years. She was an avid Red Sox fan and a devout supporter of the Blue Mountain Union School sports program. She lived for her husband, her children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father Leon Sternberg, her mother Gertrude Cline, a granddaughter Carrie Murray, and a grandson Delvin Murray. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Franklyn Thompson of McIndoe Falls; four children, Rick Thompson and wife Laurie of Lititz, PA; Robin Irwin and husband Skip of Groton, VT, Cindy Darling and husband Craig of Newbury, VT, and Gary Thompson and wife Sue of McIndoe Falls; nine grandchildren, Mike Murray and wife Kristen, Jon Murray and wife Tiffany, Ryan Thompson, Reid Thompson and fianc ` Kelly Long, Mandy Dailey and husband Tim, Ashley Collins and husband Mike, Cody Thompson and friend Dianne Lord, and Katelyn and Aimee Thompson; six great grandchildren, Owen and Addison Murray, Aubriella Holden, Colby and Conner Dailey, and Oliver Collins; sisters Lorraine DiDomenico and husband Tony and Janice Bissell; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, a special aunt Yvonne Sternberg; and sisters-in-law Don and Vivian Umlah and Adrienne Dudley. Calling hours will be on Sunday, December 16, 2012, from 2-4 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A memorial service will be on Monday, December 17, at 1 PM at the First Congregational Church of McIndoe Falls UCC, on Route 5 in McIndoe Falls, with Rev. Dr. M. Catherine Cook, officiating. Burial will follow in the McIndoe Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cottage Hospital Oncology Unit, PO Box 2001, Woodsville, NH 03785.
died unexpectedly following surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, the son of Natalie (Ruggles) MacDonald Mann and Milton Sonny MacDonald. At a young age he was adopted by George E. Mann. He graduated from Haverhill (NH) Academy in 1967. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country with distinction until his honorable discharge in 1971. In 1984 Rod married his sweetheart and best friend, Joanne Klark, whom he loved dearly. They were together for 30 wonderful years. Rod & Jo are the parents of 3 children, Chad, Dave and Robbie. Rod deeply loved and was very proud of their sons. From an early age, Rod displayed the ability to fix almost anything and earned a reputation for being neat, orderly and organized. He was fondly thought of as a kind and helpful Mr. Fix-It by many of his neighbors, family and friends, and he truly enjoyed helping others. Rod worked in the automobile business most of his life, most recently as the sales manager at H.O. Taylor Chevrolet in Wells River, VT. He had an interest in classic cars and was well known for his passion for fine automobiles. His vehicles were always immaculate and in showroom condition. On sunny summer days he loved cruising with his wife in his Corvette or Roadster while listening to oldies music. He enjoyed being involved in his children's activities to the extent possible, and in his younger years, he enjoyed playing golf. He also steadfastly supported his wife in her career and other pursuits. Rod took pride in his home and loved being on the hill, relaxing on the porch and admiring the mountains of NH & VT. He enjoyed watching the birds, butterflies and woodland creatures. He also took pleasure in feeding the hummingbirds. He especially loved dogs and had canine friends all over town, each one eagerly looking forward to his visits and the treats he always carried in his pockets. Rod had been a member of the Woodsville Area Booster Club, Northeast Corvette Club, the American Legion and the Society of Sales Executives. Most of all, Rod cherished his family and close circle of friends. He appreciated life's simple pleasures and will be greatly missed by the many who loved and depended on him. He was predeceased by his fathers, George E. Mann and Milton MacDonald. Survivors include his beloved wife, Joanne; 3 cherished sons, Chad Mann (wife Jennifer) of Cambridge, OH, Robbie Mann (companion Amanda Johnson) of Port Washington, OH, & David A. Paronto (wife Amy) of Davidson, NC; 4 adored grandchildren, Michael, Abigayil, Benson & Ellie; his mother, Natalie Mann of Preston, MD; 2 sisters, Sandra Fortier (husband Wayne) of Woodsville and Cindy Lang (husband Bryan) of Bath; 2 brothers, Graylin Mann (wife Cathleen) of Darnestown, MD and Jim MacDonald (companion Peg Degoosh-Hitchner) of Bradford, VT; his step-mother, Bette MacDonald of Bath, & several treasured nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins. Calling hours will be on Thursday. December 20th from 6 to 8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. Funeral service will be on Friday, December 21st at 10:30 AM at Ricker Funeral Home, with Pastor Susan Ellery of the Woodsville United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748.
, 58 of Oliverian Heights Road, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Cottage Hospital. Jeffrey was born in Quincy, MA, on May 13, 1954, to Alan Charles and Anna (McLeod) Smith. Following high school, he served in the US Navy, then attended New England Tractor Trailer Training School and worked as a commercial truck driver for RSD Leasing in West Lebanon, NH. He also drove school buses for First Student. On September 8, 1972 he married Rose Haddad. Jeffrey belonged to the Sons of the American Legion and the Patriot Guard Riders. He was passionate about his wife, children, grandchildren, his five dogs and his Harley-Davidson, Millie. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Raymond and Marion Knuttenen; his father, Alan Smith; a grandson, David Alan Smith; and his brothers, Nelson Figueiredo, William Hood, Thomas Schofield, Kenny Patrick, and Roger Briscoe. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 40 years, Rose Smith of Pike; two daughters, Kerry Sorum and husband Christopher and Devon Smith both of Pike; one son, Jeffrey A. Smith, II and wife Kathleen of North Haverhill, NH; six grandchildren, Caitlyn McBride, Christian Page, EmmaLee Rose Smith, Hayley McBride, Noah Smith, and Olivia McBride; three sisters, Susan Howland of Bethlehem, NH, Kathie Howie of Gulf Breeze, FL, Toni Scully of Jefferson City, MO; four brothers, Geno Bellis and Matt Rebello both of Haverhill, NH, Steve Grace of Pike, and Peter Calos of Whitman, MA; his mother, Anna Smith of Bethlehem; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 5-8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A graveside service will be on Monday, May 13, 2013, at noon in the East Haverhill Cemetery, Pike. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation of NH, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300, Manchester, NH 03101.
Piermont, NH Bertrand Everett Keniston, Jr.
, died on Monday, December 17, 2012 at his home. He was born in Haverhill, NH, February 26, 1928, the son of Bertrand E. and Mary S. (Morin) Keniston, Sr. Bertrand graduated from Bradford Academy. He served with U. S. Army from 1951 to 1955. Bertrand married Doris Grimes. He began his working career as a teller at the Bradford National Bank then ran the family dairy farm in Piermont for many years. Bertrand and Doris served as foster parents for over 30 years, fostering 29 boys over these years. He was a former member of the Piermont Fire Department and was very active in the interests and town affairs of Piermont. He loved vegetable gardening, freezing and canning them, and would provide vegetables to area food shelves and senior centers. He was very enthusiastic about playing badminton and had played in tournaments throughout New England. He was well admired by his family and friends and was trusted by those who knew him. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris on June 17, 2004; two brothers, Hugh Keniston and Roger Noyes. Survivors include a sister, Henrietta Aldrich and husband Ken of Waterford, VT; a brother, George Noyes and wife Camilia of Norfolk, MA; a foster son, James Allen of Piermont; along with many other foster sons and their families; and many nieces, nephews, cousins. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 11 AM at the Piermont Congregational Church with Pastor Malcolm Kircher, and Rev. Bryan Bessette officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the South Lawn Cemetery, Piermont, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Piermont Congregational Church, c/o Food Shelf, 101 Church Street, PO Box 95, Piermont, NH 03779 or the Bradford Churches Food Shelf, 172 Main Street, Bradford, VT 05033.
Littleton, NH - Robert Sylvester Dexter, Jr.
, 88, formerly of Bath, NH, died on Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Lafayette Center, Franconia, NH. Robert was born in Haverhill, NH on July 10, 1924, to Robert S. and Lila M. (Hardy) Dexter, Sr. Following high school, he served in the US Army during World War II. After his Honorable Discharge, he worked for 25 years for Texaco in Chelsea, MA, retiring as a superintendent. He later worked for 18 years for the Wong family at Kowloon’s Restaurant on Route 1 in Saugus, MA. He had a very strong personal relationship with the Wong family. Following his retirement in the early 1990’s, Robert returned to Bath from Saugus and cared for his mother, Lila, until her death. He was a member of the Lepo Shrine Temple in Boston and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He is survived by three daughters, Lynda Monohan and husband Joseph of Medford, MA, Cheryl Carpenter of Lynn, MA, and Angela Presby and husband Bruce of Littleton; a son, Michael Dexter and wife Theary of Palm Bay, FL; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Thelma (Estes) Stebbins of Franconia. A memorial service will be on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10 AM at the Bath Congregational Church with Rev. Thomas Peters officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Country Home Health and Hospice, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, NH 03561.
, 74, died peacefully, December 20, 2012, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, after a long battle with cancer. Arthur was born on January 10, 1938, in Newbury, VT to Harry A. and Patricia N. (Henderson) Renfrew. He was a graduate of Newbury High School. On April 15, 1961 he married Agnes Oliver. Arthur worked as a truck driver for various construction companies. Later he worked for Hayward Trucking, P&H Trucking and retired from Twin State Fertilizer. He enjoyed cars, country music, and especially his dog Kobi. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Agnes Renfrew of Bradford; his children Laurie Bridges of Clovis, CA, Carolyn Aldrich and husband Dan of North Haverhill, Patrick Renfrew of North Haverhill, and Robert Renfrew of Bradford; his six grandchildren, of whom he was very proud, Jen Swan and husband Matt, Zach Aldrich, Tahnee and Nikoma Renfrew, and Matthew and Meagan Bridges. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 27th, from 12:30 to 2 PM with a memorial service starting at 2 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
, 43, died at his home on Doe Hill Road on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. He was born in Rutland, VT, May 30, 1969, to Noella Christine (Juaire) Rock and Harvey David Rock. Dale lived his life to the fullest, working hard, playing even harder always living life on the edge! Survivors include his mother Noella Rock, his wife LaDonna Rock, a sister Lois King, a brother Amil John Wilder, and three step brothers Scott, Gordon, and David Rock, and his grandmother Gwendolyn Wilder. He was predeceased by his father Harvey D. Rock. Following Dale s wishes there will be no public services observed.
, 103, a long time resident of Bath, died on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, NH with her family at her side. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, August 18, 1909, the daughter of Camille D. and C. Elma (Byrd) Gooch. When she was eighteen months old, the family moved to Dunellen, NJ, where her father designed and built a new house on Fourth Street. This was just a couple of blocks from the Green Brook and the mountain beyond, a favorite place for Florence and her father to take a Sunday stroll, up the very road traversed by George Washington and his rag-tag troops during the Revolutionary War. In Dunellen, Florence fell in love with nature: here was a rural town where her father knew the stars, and her mother, the birds. The family moved to Hackensack, NJ in 1919. Florence entered Fairmount School there, and graduated from Hackensack High School in June 1927. She received a scholarship to Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in astronomy, graduating in 1931. She received her Master s from Columbia University in 1937. Her working years included a year as a research assistant at the American Optical Company in Southbridge, MA; teaching in Hackensack in the Broadway Evening School, and at the Essie Olive Abeel private school; a year in the biology department at John B. Stetson University in Deland, FL; a year studying zoology at Columbia University; and a half year in the biology department of Simmons College in Boston. For several years, she worked at the Lisbon Shoe Shop and taught a year at Haverhill Academy and at Lincoln High School. In June 1938, she came to Bath for a two weeks vacation as a boarder at the Minot Farm. Here, she met Harry Whitney Woods. They were married on September 28, 1940, at the Minot Farm. Florence had many friends with whom she kept in touch over the years. When she turned 100 in 2009, her family and friends gave her a wonderful party at the Bath Congregational Church, where she was a member, and served as organist for several years. She also belonged to Phi Beta Kappa, the American Association of Variable Star Observers, the Pine Grove Grange, and the North Country Chorus. Her letter To the Class of 2000 AD made her the NH winner in the Healthy Aging Letter-writing contest sponsored by the United States Postal Service and the Educational Television Network, Inc. She was predeceased by her husband, H. Whitney Woods on July 26, 1994; a son Thomas Whitney Woods on November 9, 2004; her parents; four siblings; all her aunts, uncles and first cousins; and a granddaughter, Karen M. Gordon on August 12, 2011. Survivors include her children Cindy Woods Clark of Barrington, NH and Harry Byrd Woods and his wife, Beth of Bath, NH; her daughter-in-law Patsy Woods of Bath; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and eleven step great grandchildren; and many cousins. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 1:00 PM, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH with Rev. Thomas Peters from the Bath Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the Swiftwater Cemetery, Bath, NH.
Piermont, NH Russell Wellington Francis Woodard
, 82, died unexpectedly at his home on December 27, 2012. He was born in West Stewartstown, NH, January 11, 1930, a son of Margin and Myrtle (Giroux) Woodard. He was a graduate of Colebrook Academy, Class of 1948. He married Suzanne Landry on April 10, 1950. Following graduation, he began working in Colebrook and then transferred to Bradford, VT, as a lab technician for Whiting Milk, then for Dairy Lea, and then for Yankee Milk. He continued on with the company, which then became Agri-Mark Milk Company for 45 years as a field representative. Russell enjoyed visiting with the farmers and the entire dairy community. Russell was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Bradford. He was a former member and Past Master of Grafton Kane Lodge # 46 F&AM of North Haverhill, NH, a former member of Bektash Temple AAONMS of Concord, the Scottish Rite Body, a member of the Mt. Cube Masonic Lodge in Orford, NH, and the Grand Lodge of Masons of New Hampshire, where he was a former District Education Officer. He was also a director of the Grafton County Farm Bureau. For the past 20 years, he volunteered at the Agri-Mark/Cabot booth at the North Haverhill Fair. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Colebrook. Russell liked camping, gardening, tending animals, reading, listening to country music and gambling. He was an avid yard saler and bottle collector. Most of all, he was a proud husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was predeceased by two sisters, Katherine and Joyce and a brother Darrell. Survivors include his wife of Suzanne M. of Piermont; four daughters, Ann M. of Unity, ME, Rosemarie J. of Lebanon, ME, Frances P. of Laconia, NH, and Pauline S. and husband Ken of Enfield, NH; and a son Michael J. of Manchester, NH; six grandchildren, Carrie (and Tony), Tammy (and Steve), Marcia (and Mike), Denise, Sharon, Curtis (and Neilly); three step grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Andrew; a great granddaughter, Risa; five step great grandchildren, Tori, Jakob, Eli, Daniel, and Noah; a sister Lillian of Lynn, MA; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A calling hour will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, from 1-2 PM with a funeral service and Masonic service immediately following at 2PM, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. Burial will be in the spring in South Lawn Cemetery, Piermont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of one s choice or to the Orford Senior Center, Orford, NH 03777.