Obituaries

Eugene J. Gaumont

Eugene J. Gaumont, 87, died peacefully Sunday, February 17, 2008, at his daughter’s home in Haverhill, Massachusetts, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended St. Joseph's School.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School and attended Merrimack College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 36 years.

Mr. Gaumont was a retired Electronic Engineer for Raytheon Corp. in Andover and Bedford, Massachusetts.  He was a devoted Catholic and a dedicated member of St. Joseph Church and the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Peterson Council, both in Salem.  He was a Army veteran, serving during World War II.  Eugene savored long summers at Lake Winnipesauke with his family.  He was a boating and fishing enthusiast.  He enjoyed reading, working around the house, and was a licensed ham radio operator.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Pauline Berube

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jacqueline (Mathon) Gaumont of Salem; a son, Andre Gaumont of Salem; two daughters, Renee and her husband Ron Dube of Haverhill, and Denise P. and her husband Michael J. Faucher of Salem; a son-in-law, Richard Berube of New Jersey; two brothers, John “Bob” Gaumont of Gilford, and Samuel Gaumont of Oregon; four sisters, Theresa Martineau of Methuen, Cecile Soucy-Lescarbeau of Methuen, Jeanne Bienvenue of Arizona, and Annette Lescarbeau of Florida; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Salem; burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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James E. Gilbertson

James E. Gilbertson, 40, of Litchfield, died unexpectedly February 4, 2008, at his home. 

Mr. Gilbertson was born in Nashua on February 8, 1967, a son of James L. and Annette (Therrien) Gilbertson.  He was the husband of Deborah Descoteaux-Gilbertson of Litchfield.

James had been employed by Goodyear.

Besides his parents and his wife of four years, he is survived by a stepson, Anthony Descoteaux of Litchfield; a sister, Deborah Campos and he husband Jorge of Chicago, Illinois; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on February 8 in Blessed John XXIII at Infant Jesus Church in Nashua.  Internment was at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.  The Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua handled arrangements. 

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William R. Schultz

William R. Schultz, 91, a life-long resident of Salem, died Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts, surrounded by his daughters.

A native of Salem, Mr. Schultz owned and operated Schultz Farm in North Salem.  He was a member of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, founder and charter member of the Salem Conservation Commission, member of the Derry Path Finders Snow Mobile Club, and the East Coast Antique Tractor Club.  Mr. Schultz was a former volunteer fireman for the North Salem Fire Department.  He enjoyed working on old tractors and traveling.  His greatest passion was when he owned and trained his thoroughbred race horses.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Chadwick) Schultz.

He is survived by three daughters, Joanne and her husband Geoff Hammett of Salem, Margaret and her husband Roger Putnam of Salem, and  Mary and her husband Thomas Campbell of Salem; four grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, and Melissa Putnam, and Kate Hammett; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 21 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, North Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Land Trust, PO Box 675, Exeter, NH 03833. 

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Leo J. Trotochaud

Leo J. Trotochaud, 71, of Windham, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

He was born in New York, New York, moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts at age five where he grew up and attended schools, graduating from Central Catholic High School.  He was a resident of Windham for 23 years, and formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts.

Leo was a meat cutter for various Market Baskets in New Hampshire.  He was a member of St. Matthew Church in Windham.  He enjoyed playing billiards, fishing, golf and basketball.  Leo was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for Central Catholic High School in 1996.  The loves of Leo’s life were his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother, Paul.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alfrieda (O’Brien) Trotochaud of Windham; a son, James and his wife Lisha Trotochaud of Londonderry; a daughter, Linda and her husband Scott Bamford of Chester; two brothers, Robert and his wife Gloria Trotochaud, and David and his wife Sue Trotochaud, all of Connecticut;  a sister, Rita and her husband Bill Gregory of Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Judy Trotochaud of Connecticut; five grandchildren, Erica Signor, Kristy and husband Matt Chase, Derek, Taylor, and Luke Trotochaud, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Service was held February 18 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Internment was as the Cemetery on the Hill, Windham. 

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Elizabeth M. (Nestor) Wilder

Elizabeth M. (Nestor) Wilder, 57, of Windham, died Friday, February 15, 2008, at home, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer.

Elizabeth, the daughter of the late Norma B. (Durgin) and James J. Nestor, was born and raised in Winthrop, Massachusetts.  She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Boston University in 1973.  For the last 32 years she has lived in Windham with her husband of 34 years, Russell.  It was there that the couple built their life and raised their three children.

Elizabeth worked for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in the early 1970s where she met Russell.  After their marriage, the couple built their home in Windham where she became a devoted mother to her children and their friends.  Elizabeth enjoyed cooking, baking, and decorating cakes for those she loved and welcomed into her home.  She was an active member of the community as a member of the Windham Garden Club and Co-Director of Volunteers at the Searles Castle for many years.  She loved Searles Castle and was dedicated to its restoration and preservation.

She is sadly missed by her husband, Russell J. Wilder of Windham; a son, Daniel J. Wilder of Somerville, Massachusetts; daughters, Stephanie M. Wilder of Melrose, Massachusetts; and Lindsey S. Wilder of Windham; a brother, Thomas and his wife Mary Nestor of Wakefield, Massachusetts; sisters, Kathryn and her husband Robert Holland of Reading, Massachusetts; and Helen L. Pullin of Winthrop, Massachusetts; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held February 19 at the Church of the Transfiguration in Derry.  Burial followed in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Castle Restoration Fund, c/o Sister Josette Parisi, PO Box 4190, Windham, NH  03087.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Donald M. Boland

Donald M. Boland, 79, of Salem, died February 10, 2008, at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. 

He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools and graduated from St. Peter’s High School.  He later received an Associates Degree from St. Anselm’s College in Manchester.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 57 years.

Mr. Boland was a retired patrolman and prosecutor for the Salem Police Department, where he worked for 40 years.  He also worked for Rockingham Honda in Salem.  He was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  He was a founder and member the Knights of Columbus # 4442, the Bishop Peterson Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.  He was past president of the of the Southern New Hampshire Crime Line, member of the Mass Crime Prevention, past president of the Salem Kiwanis, and a member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Boland was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II and was a member and past 2nd Vice Commander of the AMVETS Post #2 in Salem.  He was also an active volunteer in the town of Salem.

Don was predeceased by a daughter, Arlene Boland.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Olga (Gielazauskas) Boland of Salem; a son, Captain Donald J. and his wife Dorothy Boland (USN) of Woodbridge, Virginia; a daughter, Patricia and her husband Richard O’Brien of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; a brother, Frank and his wife Georgette Boland of Lowell; a sister, Blanche Krawczyk of Florida; six grandchildren, D.J. and his wife Kelly Boland of Morgantown, West Virginia, Ensign Adam Boland (USN), Midshipman Brian Boland (USN), Lance Corporal Michael O’Brien, (USMC), Andrew O’Brien, and Colleen O’Brien; and  several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday, February 15 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 16, at 10 a.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the AMVETS, 38 Millville Street, Salem, NH 03079 or to the Knights of Columbus, 37 Main Street, Salem, NH 03079.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.  

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Annie L. (Kelley) Boutin

Annie L. (Kelley) Boutin, 82, of Salem, died on Friday, February 8, 2008, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.  Born in Manchester and educated in Greater Boston, she was a self employed housecleaner while her children were adolescents for many area lawyers and the Andover Riding Academy, North Andover, Massachusetts.  She later worked for Western Electric and Digital Equipment Corporation (NIO), retiring as a Senior Secretary for the Quality Engineering Department in Salem.  After her retirement from DEC she spent several years doing child care from her home.

She learned to decorate cakes for all occasions, creating many wedding cakes for couples in the Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York.  She earned her Cosmetology License through M. Fazio Institute of Beauty Culture; then worked for her daughter at Kerry Brooke Coiffeurs in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Salem.  She was an avid reader of biographies and American history, especially the Civil War era; enjoyed seamstress activities and making afghans for family and friends.  She attended and was a member of the First Congregational Church in Salem.

She devoted her life to caring for and spending time with her immediate and extended families and friends.  She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn E. Boutin, with whom she lived; two sons, John A Boutin and his wife Roberta of Haverhill Massachusetts, and Alfred L. Boutin III and his wife of Salem; five grandchildren, Betty Ann and Patrick Holloran, Michael and Cindy Boutin, Michele Wells, Jacqueline Boutin and Jon Boutin; six great-grandchildren, Erin Holloran, Veronica and Michael Boutin, Ashleigh and Jarrett Wells and Jenna Rose Boutin; a brother, Donald C Kelley of Raymond; a sister, Helen S. Williamson of Cleveland, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.  Her extended family includes her beloved Anne Marie and Doug MacIssac of Mexico Maine, and Peter, Joan and Joseph Waters of Salem.  She is predeceased by her husband. Alfred L. Boutin, Jr., siblings John Kelley, Edward Saul, Bertha Lupo and Dorothy Gross.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church in Salem February 14; burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Donations in her name may be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101; the American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101; the First Congregational Church, 15 Lawrence Road, Salem, NH 03079, or The American Morgan Horse Association, 22 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, VT  05482-4417, or a charity of one’s choice.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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William H. Drugan

William H. Drugan, 82, of Hampstead, died Saturday, February 9, 2008, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts. 

Bill was born and educated in Burlington, Massachusetts, and had lived in Hampstead for 11 years.  He previously lived in Wilmington, Framingham and Harwich, Massachusetts.  Bill served in the Air Force during World War II.  He retired from MetLife in Wakefield where he was a Sales Manager.

Bill was a member of St. Anne’s Church.  He enjoyed music, especially Frank Sinatra, and was an avid Red Sox Fan.  Bill loved golf and cars.

He was predeceased by his first his wife, Anne (McNevin) Drugan, and his sister Jessica Murray.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marie (McNevin) Drugan of Hampstead; four sons, Robert Drugan and his wife Anne, Mark Drugan and his wife Andrea, Hank Drugan and his wife Colleen, all of Salem, and Dave Drugan and his wife Paula of Lynnfield, Massachusetts; a daughter, Nancy and her husband Ed Gillis of Ipswich, Massachusetts; five stepsons, John and his wife Kate Morrison of Billerica, Massachusetts, Chuck and his wife Beth Morrison, and Kenny and his wife Emily Morrison all of California, Richard and his wife Kim Morrison of Manchester, and Brian Morrison of Waverly, Massachusetts; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandson.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated February 13 at St. Anne’s Church, Hampstead; burial was in Holy Angels Cemetery, Plaistow.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fernald League, 200 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Mary Gannon

Mary A. (Lamothe) Gannon, 69, of North Las Vegas, Nevada, died on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, in a Las Vegas hospital with her family by her side.

Mrs. Gannon was born on September 27, 1938, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Dorothy (Savage) Thomas and the late Robert Lamothe.  She was the loving wife of Robert E. Gannon.  They would have celebrated 53 years of marriage on February 17, 2008.

A longtime resident of Hudson, Mary and her husband “Bob” settled in Las Vegas after retiring and “running away from home.”  The inseparable couple enjoyed exploring the country in their recreational vehicle and managed to visit every continental state, including Alaska during their travels.  The couple recently renewed their wedding vows during an international cruise.

Mary was full of love, was an adored wife and caring mother.  She loved children and opened her home to many foster children over the years, most notably caring for Manual (Manny) Pimentel, an infant with a heart defect who lived three years longer than doctors expected.

Mary is survived by her husband, Robert E. Gannon; her mother Dorothy Lamothe Thomas of Winthrop, Massachusetts; eight children, Jeanne and Thomas Schofield of Litchfield, G. Stephen and Christine Gannon of Litchfield, Maryellen Gannon of Hudson, Shawn Gannon, Robert R. and Stacey Gannon, Deborah Macdonald, Michael and Janet Gannon, and Cheryl Couris, all of Nashua, 29 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Mary’s wishes were to be cremated in Las Vegas and her remains will return to New Hampshire for a private service of remembrance with her family and close friends. 

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Richard F. Geary

Richard F. Geary, 50, of Salem, died February 6, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.

He was born in Methuen, grew up and was educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 25 years.

Mr. Geary was a brick layer for the Teamsters Local Union #3 in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  He loved working in his yard and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon M. (Wile) Geary of Salem; his father, Raymond Geary of Rochester; a stepson, Shawn Francoeur of Salem; a stepdaughter, Amy and her husband Tommy Smith of Hawaii; a brother Daniel and his wife Christine Geary of Florida; his mother and father-in-law, Carol and Albert Wile of Haverhill, Massachusetts; a brother-in-law, Albert Wile, Jr., of Hampstead; a sister-in-law, Donna Bookholz of Salem; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs, Kody and Beau.

A funeral Mass was celebrated February 12 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Cremation followed.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Dorothy (Mortimer) Reed

Dorothy (Mortimer) Reed, 87, of Nashua, died on February 5, 2008, at the Greenbriar Terrace Health Care Facility in Nashua.

Dorothy was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on July 6, 1920, daughter of the late David and Edith (Adams) Mortimer.  Dorothy was also predeceased by her loving husband, Stanley D. Reed, Sr.; a brother, David Mortimer and a sister, Marion Carter.

Dorothy lived in North Andover, Massachusetts, for many years, and she and Stanley’s love of the mountains drew them to retire in the heart of the White Mountains, to the small town of Freedom.  They loved their home that they built themselves and were active in the community. 

She loved sewing, knitting and traveling with their camper, including a trip across country.  She also loved animals, her dog, Missy, stray cats and feeding the birds.

Dorothy is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Stanley D., Jr., and Tee Seng Reed of Merrimack, and David R. Reed of Nashua; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wilfred Marceau of Windham; six grandchildren, Brett Marceau of Clinton, Massachusetts, Tracey Ramshaw of Londonderry, Scott Marceau of Hampton, Christopher Reed, Sam Reed and Lian Reed all of Merrimack; six great-grandchildren, Amelia Marceau, Aiden Marceau and Andrew Marceau all of Clinton, Gabriel Ramshaw, Colby Ramshaw and Abigail Ramshaw all of Londonderry.

A Prayer Service was held on February 14 at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Burial will be private. 

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Jeannette M. (Labreche) Sherman

Jeannette M. (Labreche) Sherman, 86, died February 10, 2008, at the Nevins Nursing Centre in Methuen, Massachusetts, after battling Parkinson’s disease for nearly 30 years.

Jeannette was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, and married her high school sweetheart, Roger, after graduating from Somerset High School.  Jeannette and Roger were together during Roger’s World War II service in the Navy, his engineering degree work at Durfee Technical College, employment at Oakridge Atomic Power Plant in Tennessee and Grumman Aerospace Development in New York.  They moved to Salem in 1969 when Roger started his employment with Sanders Associates Microwave in Manchester.

Jeannette, a busy mother of four children, was a talented artist who worked in both oil and water color mediums.  She also enjoyed collecting antiques, cooking, sewing, knitting and braiding and hooking rugs.  Jeannette and Roger remained close to their parents and siblings and shared many memorable events and occasions together.

Jeannette developed a successful career in dog grooming while residing in Salem and regretfully retired due to her advancing illness.

Jeannette was a resident of the Nevins Nursing Center for 10 years.  Jeannette’s family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation to all the staff at the Nevins who cared for her and made a home for her and for the support given to her family during this difficult time.  The family also sincerely thanks the Merrimack Valley Hospice for the additional support provided during Jeannette’s last days.

Jeannette was predeceased by her husband, Roger Sherman; at long last they will be reunited.

She is survived by her children, Carol Souza, Roger Sherman, and Jane and her husband Peter Morgan, all of Salem, and Frank Sherman of Peabody, Massachusetts; a brother, Arnold Labreche of Somerset, Massachusetts; a sister, Marguerite and her husband Frank Doyle of Kennesaw, Georgia; seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Friday, February 15, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A Funeral Service will take place at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m.; cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Parkinson’s Association, 715 Albany Street, Suite C329, Boston, MA 02118; the Nevins Nursing Center, 10 Ingalls Court, Methuen, MA 01844; or the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. 

To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Alphonse J. Brousseau

Alphonse J. Brousseau, 76, of Salem, died Friday, February 1, 2008,  at the Whittier Rehabilitation  Hospital in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 46 years, formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts.

Al was a Quality Control Engineer for Raytheon Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts.  He was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem and was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War.  He enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Georgiana (Guy) Brousseau of Salem; a son, Richard J. and his wife Donna Brousseau of Salem; a daughter, Michelle M. Brousseau of Salem; a brother, Paul and his wife (Marie) Brousseau of Nashua; two grandchildren, Ryan Brousseau and his fiancée Kristin Barra, and Ashley Brousseau; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated February 6 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the, American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Imelda M. (Chaisson) George

Imelda M. (Chaisson) George, 79, of Salem, died Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at the Mary Immaculate Nursing Home in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

She was born in Lawrence where she grew up and attended schools.  She graduated from Sacred Heart High School.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 53 years.

Mrs. George owned and operated, with her late husband Ernest, EJ’s Garden Center in Salem.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, where she was in the Ladies Sodality.  She enjoyed knitting, reading, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by three sons, Barry and his wife Rebecca George of Nashua, Alan George of Windham, and David and his wife Lisa George of Methuen, Massachusetts; three daughters, Nancy Bedrosian of Salem, Donna and William Fortier of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and Lisa and her husband John Bencivenga of Plaistow; a sister, Rosaline Davis of New Jersey; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday, February 8 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Salem; burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 11, Bedford, NH 03110.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Lee W. Richardson

Lee W. Richardson, 74, of Salem, died Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester. 

He was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools and graduated from Searles High School.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 41 years and had also lived in Hampstead for a short time.

Lee was retired from AT and T in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he worked in management.  He also worked security for the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem.  He was a Special Police Officer for the towns of Salem and Hampstead.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem and a member and former president of the Canobie Fish and Game Club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and mostly he loved story telling and spoke at several schools in Salem.

Lee was predeceased by a son, Brian E. Richardson, and a grandson, Matthew C. Keezer.

He is survived by his wife, Marcelle (Dubois) Richardson, three sons, Scott and his wife Christina Richardson of Manchester, Stephen and his wife Michelle Richardson of Florida, and Todd M. Richardson of Florida; two daughters, Julie A. and her husband Robert Darling of Dunbarton, and Sandra L. and her husband Dennis Woods of Hudson; one brother, Varnum and his wife Ruth Richardson of Florida; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated February 4 at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.

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Lee W. Richardson

Lee W. Richardson, 74, of Salem, died Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester. 

He was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools and graduated from Searles High School.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 41 years and had also lived in Hampstead for a short time.

Lee was retired from AT and T in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he worked in management.  He also worked security for the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem.  He was a Special Police Officer for the towns of Salem and Hampstead.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem and a member and former president of the Canobie Fish and Game Club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and mostly he loved story telling and spoke at several schools in Salem.

Lee was predeceased by a son, Brian E. Richardson, and a grandson, Matthew C. Keezer.

He is survived by his wife, Marcelle (Dubois) Richardson, three sons, Scott and his wife Christina Richardson of Manchester, Stephen and his wife Michelle Richardson of Florida, and Todd M. Richardson of Florida; two daughters, Julie A. and her husband Robert Darling of Dunbarton, and Sandra L. and her husband Dennis Woods of Hudson; one brother, Varnum and his wife Ruth Richardson of Florida; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated February 4 at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.

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Reverend George E. Ham

Reverend George E. Ham, 66, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at the Bishop Peterson Residence in Manchester as a result of complications from colon cancer.

Born, May 16, 1941, in Portsmouth, Father Ham was the son of the late Charles S. and Helen (Geary) Ham.  He was an honor graduate of Portsmouth High School in 1959, achieved honorary distinction as a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1963, and graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1967.

Father Ham was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by Bishop Ernest Primeau on May 6, 1967, at the Cathedral in Manchester.

Subsequently Father Ham served in a number of New Hampshire parishes as well as the Director of Vocations and Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Manchester.  His assignments included:  Cathedral Parish in Manchester, Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Pelham, Pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Hampton, and most recently as the Pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Alton/Wolfeboro.

Father Ham was an accomplished musician who played both the piano and organ with great skill.  In each of his parish assignments, he organized and developed both children and adult choirs to engage his parishioners more fully in the celebration of the liturgy.  Outside his priestly work, Father Ham was also an antique car enthusiast who owned and enjoyed several antique cars during his lifetime.  He also dearly loved his Boston Terrier dogs who were his constant companions.

Reverend Ham is survived by his brother, Charles G. and his wife Maryellen C. Ham of Bluffton, South Carolina, with whom he enjoyed many wonderful vacations.  He is also survived by several cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial was concelebrated January 26, at St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton by the Most Reverend John B. McCormack, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester.  Burial took place in the Calvary Cemetery in Portsmouth.  Memorial donations may be made to the St. Katharine Drexel Building Fund, P.O. Box 180, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.  Arrangements were by the Remick and Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory in Hampton. 

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William Harrison

William Harrison, 98, of Salem, died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry after complications from surgery.

William was born and educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of the late Katherine (Maguire) and John Harrison.  He worked at American Woolen Company in Andover, Massachusetts, for 29 years then at the State Liquor Store in Salem.  He also worked in Security at Rockingham Park in Salem for over 60 years and was honored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 50 years of service.  William continued to work at the track into his mid-90s.

William was a member of the Arlington Club in Lawrence and Spicket Lodge #85 F & AM in Methuen, Massachusetts.  He enjoyed bowling and was the Duckpin Champion for the City of Lawrence for four years in a row.  William enjoyed playing poker and traveling and spent many winters in Florida.  He was an avid Red Sox fan who never missed a game in his 98 years.

William was predeceased by his wife Alexina (Thomson) Harrison, his son Ronald, and his grandson John.

He is survived by his son retired Lawrence Firefighter William G. Harrison of Salem; two granddaughters, Lesley Harrison and Nancy McClure, both of Derry; two great-grandsons, Richard Cloutier and James Burgess of Derry; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held January 26 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; burial followed in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover.  Memorial contributions may be sent to Masonic Home, 813 Beech Street, Manchester, NH 03104. 

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Walter J. Jackunchuck

Walter J. Jackunchuck, 83, of Salem, died Wednesday at the Avery Manor Nursing Home, Needham, Massachusetts.

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools, and graduated from Lawrence High School.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 65 years.

Mr. Jackunchuck was retired from Raytheon Corporation, where he was in Inventory Control.  He was an Army veteran, serving in the Tank Core, during World War II.  He was also a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.

He is survived by his wife, Emily (Dlugosz) Jackunchuck of Salem; two sons, Peter and his wife Ann Jackunchuck of Saugus, Massachusetts, John and his wife Linda Jackunchuck of Santa Rose, California; two daughters, Debra and her husband Paul Gagnon of Wells, Maine, and Donna and her husband Brian Carlton of Pelham; one brother, Edward Jackunchuck of Methuen, Massachusetts; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

A funeral service was held on January 25 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

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Anne M. McDermott

Anne M. McDermott, 77, of Hudson, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at Greenbriar Terrace Health Care Facility in Nashua.

She was born June 27, 1930, in Lowell, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Lewis) Cullinan.  She was the widow of Thomas McDermott.  She was also predeceased by two brothers and a sister.

Anne was a graduate of Long Island Nursing School in New York, where she received her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  She was employed for many years at Central Hospital in Somerville, Massachusetts, and in the 1980s moved to Hudson.  She was very active in Pop Warner Football in Hudson and was instrumental with the implementation of football into Alvirne High School.  She enjoyed watching all of Alvirne’s athletic teams as well as watching football on TV, especially her favorite team, Notre Dame.  Anne also enjoyed puzzles.

Survivors include her loving son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Barbara O’Donaghue of Hudson; four grandchildren, Shawn O’Donaghue, Timothy O’Donaghue, Allison O’Donaghue, and Amanda O’Donaghue; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church.  The family requests donations be made to the Touchdown Club, c/o Alvirne High School, 200 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Franklin ‘Bub’ E. Pennell

Franklin "Bub" E. Pennell, 67, died January 26, 2008, after an extended illness.

He was born October 30, 1940, in Whitneyville, Maine, the son of the late Carroll and Jennie (Cox) Pennell.

Bub worked for many years as a truck driver for the Maine Department of Transportation.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Bub was also an avid Red Sox, Patriots, and NASCAR fan.

Bub was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Winnifred Pennell.

He is survived by his children, Pam Canney and husband, Pat, of New Hampshire, Richard "Dickie" Pennell, of Whitneyville, Steven Pennell and wife, Susan, of Hudson, and Connie Sylvia and husband, Dwaine, of Machias, Maine; grandchildren, Paul Pennell, Ryan Bishop, Ricky, Jennie, and Brittney Holmes, and Chris and Meaghan Pennell; great-granddaughter, Alexis Pennell; brother, Bruce Pennell and wife, Jane; and sister, Carol Ann Smith; several nieces, nephews, and many special friends.

A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, January 29, at the Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home in Machias, Maine, officiated by Pastor Betty Duzen and Al Nehring.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitneyville Congregational Church, care of Carol Ann Smith, 14 Bagley Road, Apartment #5, Jonesboro, ME 04648. 

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Ella Alice Connell

Ella Alice (McCoy) Connell, 99, of Gardner, Massachusetts, widow of Frederick R. Connell and a well-known native and longtime Hudson resident, died early Saturday morning, January 19, 2008, at the Lachance Center in Gardner.  Born at the family home on Library Street in Hudson on February 8, 1908, Mrs. Connell was one of 11 children of the late Daniel G. and Bessie (Rivers) McCoy.

Mrs. Connell was educated in local schools, graduating from Nashua High School, class of 1927 and attended the University of Wisconsin, where she studied special training for a World War II job at Whittemore Deport at Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts. 

Ella studied piano, voice and theater, and taught ballroom dancing at the Old YMCA on Temple Street in Nashua.

Ella married Frederick R. Connell on May 3, 1931, and they shared over 51 years together before his death on December 1, 1982.

Mrs. Connell had been employed as manager of the ladies clothing department at the former Montgomery Ward Store in Nashua.  Ella also worked for a time at the former Enterprise store, the former Speare Dry Goods and Coronis Cleaners, all in Nashua.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Hudson for many years, Ella was a member of the BAFTA Federation Ladies Group.  In 1993, Mrs. Connell was honored by the church at the Roll Call Dinner for her faithful prayers and dedicated work.

Mrs. Connell was a member for over 50 years of the American Legion Auxiliary, Hudson Unit 48.  She served as treasurer for 25 years and was publicity chairman for 15 years.  Ella was a member of the Department of New Hampshire American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Chairman for three years, the Girls State Committee for 5 years, and the Unit Girls State Chairman for over 45 years.

She volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester during the Christmas Holidays, Valentine parties and Bingo.  She also placed American flags at local cemeteries for 26 years with the Hudson Post 48 American Legion.  Mrs. Connell was a member of the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire and a member of the New Hampshire Veterans Association Auxiliary.  She was a life-member of the Hudson Historical Society and served as Assistant Clerk, on Board of Directors and the Publicity committee.

Among the many honors bestowed on Mrs. Connell, she was mentioned in Network Publication’s New Hampshire Edition in June 1991, “Area Women Shine”; was featured on Channel 11’s New Hampshire Crossroads and New Hampshire Remembers.  The Hudson Chamber of Commerce presented Mrs. Connell with the Citizen of the Year Award in 1983 in honor of her late husband, Frederick Connell.  Mrs. Connell was the recipient of the Boston Post Cane in 2007.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ella was predeceased by five brothers, Eugene McCoy of Hudson, Daniel McCoy II of Nashua, Richard McCoy of Rochester, Raymond McCoy and Ralph McCoy of Nashua; a sister, Madeline Coburn of Nashua, and a brother-in-law, David W. Council of Hudson.

Members of her family include a brother, Clifford McCoy of Lantana, Florida; a sister, Barbara Stevens of Lantana; four sisters-in-law, Merlyn McCoy widow of Richard of Rochester, Fernande McCoy, Carmelle McCoy widow of Raymond, and Edna Connell Brigham, all of Nashua; a nephew, Wayne Huard; her special nurse, Gloria Levesque of Winchendon, Massachusetts; a niece and her husband, Jennie and Gary Signor of Milford; 23 other nieces and nephews; and friends, Jackie and Richard Dionne, Dorothy Schlagle, Beverly and Paul Dion, June Parker, Ruth Parker and Nancy Merrill.

Her funeral service was held at the First Baptist Church in Hudson on January 22.  Interment will take place at Westview Cemetery in the spring.  Donations may be made In Mrs. Connell’s memory to the First Baptist Church of Hudson or the Hudson Historical Society.  Arrangements were in the care of Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua. 

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Anthony Edward Gannino

Anthony E. Gannino, 72, of Hudson, died Monday, January 21, 2008, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 2, 1935, in Lynn, Massachusetts, son of the late Alfred and Anna (Gregoria) Gannino.  He was also predeceased by a sister, Marie Erickson.

Anthony was the husband of Alice (Pike) Gannino of Hudson with whom he shared 51 years of marriage.

He was an Air Force veteran of 10 years and received his business degree from Northeastern University.

Anthony started his career in the chocolate industry at Necco Candy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which later became Borden’s.  He was employed by many chocolate and candy companies in the New England area including Merkins Chocolate, Van Leer, Heberts, and retired as Vice President at Thompson Candy.

He loved the Boston Red Sox and enjoyed watching all the other New England sports teams.  Anthony also enjoyed working in the yard.  He was passionate about the candy industry as well as his career and will affectionately be remembered as “The Candy Man.”

Besides his loving wife Alice, survivors include four sons and two daughters-in-law, William and Lynn Gannino of Derry, Edward Gannino, A. Ken and Shena Gannino, Michael Gannino, all of Hudson; a brother and a sister-in-law, Al and Barbara Gannino of Florida; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. in St. Kathryn Church, 6 Dracut Road in Hudson.  All may meet at the church.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Hudson.  Flowers will be accepted or you may make donations in Anthony’s memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Del Shawn Ganter

Del Shawn Ganter, 37, of Manchester, died Saturday, January 19, 2008, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

He was born April 28, 1970, in West Haven, Connecticut, son of John and Connie (Paolella) Ganter of Hudson.

Del lived in Connecticut until the age of nine and later in Rhode Island.  He had lived in New Hampshire for the past 27 years.  Del was born with Spina Bifida and it never stopped him from doing anything until the last few years when complications set in and eventually took his life.  He was an Easter Seals Poster child in 1975 and 1976 and traveled many miles as their representative.  Over the last few years he enjoyed their adult day care activities and met many good friends.  At a very early age he became an avid sports fan and loved the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys.  He will be remembered for his smiling face, sincere concern for others, and his sense of humor.

Besides his loving parents, survivors include a brother, Drew Scott Ganter of Woodland Park, Colorado; special aunts and uncles, Uncle Sunny and Auntie Rosemary Paolella of Hamden, Connecticut, Auntie Jean Masi, Auntie Berta Masi, Auntie Nodie Campaniolo all of West Haven, Judy Malloy and Kerri Malloy of Brockton, Massachusetts, and David and Donna Rybacki of Wallingford, Connecticut; special friends, Julie Beberek and Kathy Howe, among many others.

A Prayer Service was held earlier this week in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Easter Seals New Hampshire, Auburn Street Facility, 555 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH 03103.  . 

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Cecile E. (Cote) Johnson-Land

Cecile E. (Cote) Johnson-Land, 72, of Salem, died Saturday, January 19, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.

She was born in Sherbrooke, Canada, where she grew up and attended schools and later moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from St. Anne’s School.

Mrs. Johnson-Land was a homemaker, but she will always be remembered as the professional volunteer.  She volunteered at the Kelly Library in Salem, the Salem Senior Center, Holy Family Hospital, and at the polls in Salem, just to name a few.  She was a member of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem, and a member of the Red Hatters Club.  In her younger days she was involved with the ladies bowling league, active with the Harness Racing Association, Rockingham Park Race Track, and was a member of the Salem Junior Women’s Club.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Harold C. Johnson.

She is survived by her husband William Land, M.D., of Salem; two sons, Harold C., Jr., and his wife Fabiana Johnson of Salem, and Donald and his wife Deanna Johnson of Raymond; four brothers, George Cote of Florida, Paul Cote of California, Ernie Cote of Lawrence, and Roger Cote of Atkinson; five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were private for the family and burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Management Center, Holy Family Hospital, 70 East Street, Methuen, MA 01844.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of the arrangements.  

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Gilbert Arthur ‘Red’ Levesque

Gilbert Arthur "Red" Levesque, 83, of Hudson, died January 5, 2008, at the Courville Nursing Home of Nashua where he received very compassionate care while battling a myriad of illnesses over several months.

Born in St Pacome, Quebec, Canada, on March 28, 1924, his father, Albert Levesque, and mother, Cecile (Guy) Levesque, moved to Nashua when he was three years old.  Gilbert grew up in Nashua and later resided in Hudson.  He was the eldest of his four deceased siblings:  Jeanette Jordan of Boca Raton, Florida; Yvonne Guichard of Alton Bay; Viola "Mini" Casale of Billerica, Massachusetts; and Roland "Pepsi" Levesque of Nashua. 

He served in World War II with the Army Air Corps from January 22, 1943, to March 14, 1946.

After 34 years at Ingersoll Rand on Burke Street in Nashua, Gil retired on March 31, 1986.

He lost his loving wife Martha "Marty" and the mother of his children after 47 years of marriage on January 19, 1997.

He is survived by his son Michael Levesque of Hudson; his daughter Marlene Paquin, wife of Real "Frenchy" Paquin of Hudson, and their three sons, Allen, Jeffery, and Dennis; two brothers-in-law, Henry Jordan of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Roger Guichard of Leominster, Massachusetts; and several cousins, many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

A private graveside military service was held on January 10, at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.  Donations may be made to the American Lung Association or a charity of your choice.  Arrangements were in were in the care of Davis Funeral Home of Nashua. 

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Cleona (Hartshorn) Richards

Cleona (Hartshorn) Richards, 85, of Salem, died Sunday, January 20, 2008, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Berlin, New Hampshire, where she grew up and attended schools.  She was a resident of Salem for the past two years, formerly of Sun City Center, Florida.

Mrs. Richards was a manager for the Holiday Center in Berlin, and she was a former member of St. Kieran’s Church in Berlin.  In Florida, Mrs. Richards was a member of the Bridge Club and the Red Hatters Club.  She was and avid golfer and tennis payer.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Jeremy Harper.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Benoit R. Richards of Salem; two daughters, Julie Harper of Biddeford, Maine, and Shelley and her husband Robert Holt of Salem; one sister, Lenora Hamel of Florence, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Christopher Oliver, Tasha Hamel, Jason Gosselin, Joel Gosselin, and Cory Holt; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private for the family.  A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Berlin.  Memorial contributions may be made to Beacon Hospice, 157 Main Dunstable Road, Nashua, NH 03060.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem is in charge of the arrangements. 

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Richard ‘Dick’ M. Saunders

Richard (Dick) M. Saunders, 73, of Hudson, died after a brief illness on January 15, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by his family.  He was the beloved husband of Peggy Anne (Hamill) Saunders.  They were married for 23 years.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 11, 1934, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Terese K. (McClellan) Saunders.  He served in the Army from 1956 – 1958.  He resided in Lowell until 1984 before moving to New Hampshire.  Mr. Saunders was the Assistant Administrator of General Services at St. Joseph Hospital in Lowell from 1964 through 1990.  He was a fellow in the American Academy of Medical Administrators.  Dick was active in many civic affairs and at his parish, the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell.  He was a past president of the Lowell Lions Club and a past member of Vesper Country Club in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts.  Dick loved to golf and was an avid Red Sox and Notre Dame fan.  He and Peggy shared a love of family and were proud of the accomplishments of their children and grandchildren.

Besides his loving wife Peggy, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy Saunders-Earnshaw and her husband Vincent of Exeter, Rhode Island, and Attorney Andrea (Saunders) Batchelder and her husband, Jim, of South Berwick, Maine; a son, Edward Saunders and his wife Monica of Fredericksburg, Virginia; a stepson, Don Thatcher and his wife Marianne of Plymouth, Massachusetts; a stepdaughter, Cheryl (Thatcher) Mixon of Billerica; 13 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Services were private.  Donations may be made in his memory to Home Health and Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060 so that others can be provided with the same kindness and care that they provided to Dick.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home In Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Maria (Hahn) Searles

Maria (Hahn) Searles, 82, of Windham, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, surrounded by her loving family at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born January 21, 1926, in Lollar, Germany, daughter of the late Hans and Maria (Riehm) Hahn.  She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Stanley Searles, Sr., who died in August of 2002.  She was also predeceased by a daughter, Susan Searles; a stepson, Stanley Searles, Jr.; two grandchildren, Rob Browning and Jeremy M. Roberts; a brother, Hans Hahn; and a sister, Katinka Hahn.

Maria was employed with Sanders in Nashua for over 20 years.  She was a member of the Maryland Chapter of the Eastern Star for over 50 years and attended the Community Church of Hudson.  She was so very proud to be and American.  She also took great pride in the up keep of her house, both on the inside as well as the outside, on her beloved John Deere mower.

Maria was a devoted mother and a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved nothing more then spending time with her grand children.

Survivors include three sons, Hans J. and Susan Searles of Poquoson, Virginia, Edward L. III and Diane Searles of Arlington, Texas, and Stephen C. and Catherine Searles of Hudson; four daughters, Karen M. Mossey of Hudson, Cynthia A. and David Wrocklage of Derry, Vicky L. and Thomas Vaccaro of Hudson, and Barbara J. and Michael Roberts of Londonderry; a sister, Ingeborg Norwig of Germany; 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting Hours will be on Friday, January 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. in The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson.  A Service will take place on Saturday, January 26, at 10 a.m. in the Community Church of Hudson, 19 Central Street, Hudson.  All may meet at church.  Burial will be private.  

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to either St. Joseph Hospital Oncology Center, 172 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH 03060 or the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 030054.  For directions please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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John J. Creeden III

John J. Creeden III, 63, of Hudson, died Tuesday, January 8, 2008, after a prolonged battle with cancer.

John was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 6, 1944, son of the late John J., Jr., and Helen (Healey) Creeden and was the husband of Arlene (Akins) Creeden, of Hudson, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage.

John served as a Program Manager Director for BAE Systems and recently retired after 24 years.  He was instrumental in guiding program management, training and execution.  He was a principal contributor to the Program Management Master’s Program at the University of Massachusetts.  He was a graduate of Saint Charles Borromeo High School, Boston College, and the University of Washington.  John was an active member at Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson and served on the parish council.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 40 years.  John truly was a “Renaissance Man.”  He was not only an artist in oils, water colors and photography, but also in life.  John was a traveler, chef, kayaker, hiker, cyclist, square dancer, wine enthusiast, student of Tae-Kwon-Do, Storyteller, and lover of the ocean.  He filled his days with humor, loved trivia, and was a ravenous reader.  He was a mentor to many and will be missed by all.

Besides his loving wife, John is survived by one son, Shawn Creeden of New York City, New York; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tina and Greg Kriebel of Peterborough, Mindi and Robert Charles of New Boston, and Aubrey Creeden of Nashua; two brothers, Charles Creeden of Stoneham, Massachusetts, and Tom Creeden of Sturbridge, Massachusetts; three sisters, Anne Vincent of Hingham, Massachusetts, Geri Wangia of Thika, Kenya, and Rosemary Otto of Lakewood, Ohio; three grandsons, Zachary and Benjamin Kriebel and Jackson Charles; and one granddaughter, Emily Charles of New Boston.

A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 12, in Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Friends of The Library Building Fund, 18 Library Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements. 

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Gordon W. ‘Sonny’ Harless 

Gordon W. “Sonny” Harless, 62, of Salem, died Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at the Exeter Hospital in Exeter.

He was born in McComas, West Virginia, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a longtime resident of Kingston, formerly of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Sonny was a retired millwright for Raytheon Corporation in Andover, Massachusetts, a member of the Kingston Vet Club in Kingston, and enjoyed sports and horseshoes.

He is survived by his mother Gladys (Browning) Harless of Bluewell, West Virginia; two brothers, Roosevelt “Jr.” and his wife Janet Harless of Salem, and William Quincy Harless of Bluewell; two sisters, Loretta and her husband Robert Boucher of Salem, and Ann Mosqus of Pelham; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on January 11 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem. 

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Anne Gaffney Richter

Anne Gaffney Richter, 94, died Thursday, January 10, 2008, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

She was born in New Britain, Connecticut, on April 20, 1913, the only child of John R. Gaffney and Mary McNamara Gaffney, and lived there for most of her life.  She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey, in 1934, and was a teacher in New Britain prior to her marriage to Otto G. Richter in 1942.  She later returned to teaching and earned a Master of Education degree from Central Connecticut State College in 1967.  After retirement in 1973, she and her husband moved to Farmington, Connecticut, where she resided until 1999.  In her later years, she was a parishioner of St. Matthew Church in Windham. 

She was a quiet, gentle woman who loved her family.  She received caring attention at Silverthorne Adult Care in Salem during the last year and a half.

Her husband died in 1993, and she leaves five children and their spouses, Dr. James and Joyce Richter of New York, New York; Mary Jane and Ove Myrseth of Arendal, Norway; William and Elizabeth Richter of Glastonbury, Connecticut; Dorothy Richter and Gene Simmons of Windham; and Alice and Michael Cadieux of Colchester, Vermont.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren, Matthew G. Richter, Timothy W. Richter, Christopher J. Richter, Kristian Ove Myrseth, Katrine A. Myrseth, Erik O. Myrseth, Emily A. Cadieux, Douglas J. Cadieux, Michelle A. Cadieux, and Benjamin M. Cadieux.

A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, January 16, at St. Patrick Church in Farmington, Connecticut.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington, Connecticut, will occur at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Silverthorne Adult Day Care, Inc., 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  The Peabody Funeral Home in Derry was in charge of arrangements.

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Mary E. Herdade

Mary Elizabeth (Hunter) Herdade, 84, of Salem, died January 1, 2008, following a long illness.

Mary Beth received her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State College for Women.  She lived in Salem since 1965, where she taught kindergarten and Title I in the Salem public schools.  She was a member of Salem’s First Baptist Church, where she served for a number of years as church secretary.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph N. Herdade, of Salem; two daughters, Carol Maya Ellis of Salem, and Elizabeth Herdade of Rye; two sons, Lawrence Herdade and his wife, Nancy Timberlake, of Portland, Maine, and Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Herdade and his wife, Sarah, of Rolla, Missouri; four grandchildren, Amber Herdade, Jackson, Brooklyn and Maxwell Herdade; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews across the country.

Her Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 5, at the First Baptist Church in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salemhaven Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH or the charity of one’s choice.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Sherre Sousa Howard

Sheree Sousa Howard, 52, of Hudson, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, January 6, 2008.

She was born July 28, 1955, in Somerville, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Frank T. and Beverly J. (Harrington) Sousa.

Sheree was the wife of Ron Howard of Hudson.

For many years Sheree was employed with Wang Laboratories in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was most recently employed with Oxford Health in Nashua.  She always enjoyed her conversations with her co-workers, as she was such a people person.  Sheree loved dogs and enjoyed traveling to the Islands.

Besides her loving husband Ron, survivors include a step-son, Jesse Howard of Nashua; two brothers, Frank E. Sousa of Hudson, and John P. Sousa of Derry; one sister and a brother-in-law, Beverlee A. and Martin Gouveia of Nashua; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Nashua Humane Society, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.  

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Mary (Watson) Seed

Mary (Watson) Seed, 92, a longtime resident of Salem, and Methuen, Massachusetts, died Saturday, January 5, 2008, at Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Methuen, after a short illness.  She was the wife of the late Douglas A. Seed, who died in December 1995.

Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on May 31, 1915, she was the youngest of seven children born to George and Effie (Roth) Watson.  Mary attended McKeesport schools and in 1937 graduated cum laude from Pennsylvania College for Women in Pittsburgh.  At the age of 22 she moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts, to work as director of adult clubs at the Lawrence YWCA, beginning what would become a lifelong love affair with New England and the people of the Merrimack Valley.

During World War II, Mary was employed by the Lawrence Red Cross as assistant home service director, providing services to families of local soldiers.  After her marriage in 1944, she moved to Salem where she and her husband owned White Bridge Inn and later White Bridge Kitchen Candies, eventually opening additional shops in York, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport, Maine.

For several years in the 1960s and '70s she also assisted her husband in managing The Birches Motel and Trailer Park in Salem.  Her greatest pleasure, however, was the 27 years she later spent operating Gateway Travel with her husband and daughter, conducting day trips by van throughout New England for local seniors.

Mary finally retired at the age of 88 and learned to play bridge at the age of 89.  Known for her kindness, sense of humor and curiosity about life, she never missed a chance to help a friend or stranger, try a new restaurant, check out a new construction site, or watch the Red Sox, Meet the Press and Saturday Night Live.

A 50-plus-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Methuen, she was a former president of the church's Women's Society of Christian Service and past president of Greater Lawrence Church Women United.  She was also a former member of the board of directors of the Lawrence YWCA and the International Institute of Lawrence.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Katherine Khalife, of Methuen; her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas W. and Anne (Butterfield) Seed of Salem; her grandson and his wife, Douglas B. and Kristin (Higgins) Seed, also of Salem; several nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends.  All are richer for having known her.

Donations in Mary's memory may be made to Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 5, Lawrence, MA 01843.

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Raymond F. Shannon

Raymond F. Shannon, 84, of Salem, died Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at his home.

He was the son of the late Austin F. and Sadie F. (Estabrook) Shannon.  He was born, raised, and educated in Salem.

Mr. Shannon was a retired postal clerk for the Airmail Facility at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was an Army and Navy veteran, serving during World War II and the Korean War.  He was a member of the Salem VFW Post 8546.  He enjoyed carving wooden animals and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Lethiecq) Shannon of Salem; one son, David Shannon and two daughters, Linda and Brenda Shannon, all of Salem; four step-children, Darlene and her husband Donald Robinson, Donna Finochiaro of Merrimack, John and his wife Yolanda, and David and his wife Renee Gardini of California; one brother, Austin “Bud” Shannon of Salem; two sisters, Arlene Jones of Maynard, Massachusetts, and Maxine Sloane of Berlin; seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private for the family and cremation will take place.  There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem VFW Post 8546, 42 North Broadway, Salem, NH 03079.  Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of the arrangements. 

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Francis ‘Frank’ Stopyra

Francis “Frank” Stopyra, 92, of Salem, died Thursday, January 3, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts. 

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools.  Mr. Stopyra was chief rail inspector for the Boston & Maine Railroad.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Gala) Stopyra; two brothers, Anthony Stopyra of Lawrence, and Father David Stopyra of Taunton, Massachusetts, three sisters, Helen Previte of Salem, Terri Champagne of Methuen, and Mary Pitochelli of Andover, Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were private for the family and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.  Arrangements were by the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.

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Eugenia ‘Jeanie’ Barkley

Eugenia “Jeanie” Wamsley Barkley, 50, of Hudson, died Saturday, December 22, 2007, on the Bone Marrow Floor of the Dana Farber/Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

She was born November 24, 1957, in Youngstown, Ohio, and reborn on October 25, 2007.  Jeanie was the daughter of Gene and Barbara Wamsley, former residents of Elkins, West Virginia, and more recently residents of Hudson.

She was married to John Barkley (July 1983) who survives in New Hampshire along with daughters Jess, a student of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia; and Lara and Heather, both of Hudson.  Jeanie’s surviving family also includes a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Barbara Barkley of Belington, West Virginia, and two nephews, Bruce and Zack Barkley, also of Belington.

Jeanie was a 1976 graduate of Elkins High School, a 1980 graduate of Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia, and did graduate work at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, and the University of New Hampshire.  Jeanie joined John in New England in 1983 and moved to Hudson in 1986 where they started their family.

She was a special education teacher, preschool teacher, Girl Scout leader, a nursery school volunteer at the First Church of Nashua, a member of Alvirne High School Friends of Music where she served a vice president for the last three years.  She was a loving and supportive mother and was a devoted head of her household.

Jeanie fought Aplastic Anemia, a rare disease of the immune system, over the past 22 months.  She had over 100 blood transfusions and during this time helped with Red Cross Blood Drives in Nashua.  She had a stem cell bone marrow transplant on October 25, 2007, and was on course to return to Hudson on November 23 but encountered liver complications and remained at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital until December 22.

A Memorial Service was held at the First Church U. C. C. (Congregational) in Nashua on December 29.  The Reverend Doctor Jeffrey C. Evans officiated.  Burial was private.

Jeanie would like those planning an expression of sympathy to consider a donation for the gift of life by becoming a regular blood donor with your local Red Cross or hospital.  If you prefer to make a monetary donation please make it to either the American Red Cross (www.nashua.redcross.org) or Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc (www.aamds.org).

The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua was in charge of arrangements.

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Ronald P. Chirichiello

Ronald Patrick Chirichiello, Sr., 62, a longtime resident of Salem, died December 20, 2007, at Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood.

Ronald was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, to Nancy (Cataldo) and the late Anthony Chirichiello.  He was one of six children and was predeceased by his brothers Anthony, Jr., Dennis and Richard.  Ronald was a self-employed Mason.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Chirichiello of Medford, Massachusetts; a daughter, Stacey and her husband Timothy Blackburn of Salem; five sons, Douglas Chirichiello and his wife Denise of Atkinson, Ronald P. Chirichiello, Jr., and David Chirichiello of Salem, Anthony Chirichiello and Nicholas Chirichiello of Raymond; a brother, Jackie Chirichiello and his wife Irene of Wakefield, Massachsuetts, a sister, Nancy Logan of Medford; eight grandchildren, and his best friend,  Peter Floriddia who cared and supported Ron through his ordeal with Multiple Sclerosis and cancer.

Services were not held per Ronald’s request.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Fire Fighter’s Relief Association, 152 Main Street, Salem, NH 03079, Attn:  Doug Devine.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary on the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home Website at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Paula Lynn Dwyer

Paula Lynn Dwyer Pappadeas, 33, died unexpectedly on December 20, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua.

Paula was born in Nashua on October 22, 1974, attended Alvirne High School and lived in Hudson most of her life before moving to Nashua.  

She was the owner of Aardvark Auto Detailing in Merrimack and worked as a florist for most of her life.  She loved playing pool, spending time with friends and family, motorcycling, vacationing in warm climates and traveling with her friend Jim.

She is survived by her loving husband, Nick Pappadeas; a step-daughter, Angelica Pappadeas of Windham, her mother and step-father, Linda (Dwyer) and Bobby Everette of Nashua, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lisa Dwyer of Nashua, and Shelley (Dwyer) and Scott Freeman of Hudson; a brother Chad Everette of Nashua; lifetime best friend Kelly MacKinnon (LaRose) of Hudson; special friend Jim Bernard of Merrimack; nephews Jeffrey Bradbury of Hudson and Jordan Everette of Nashua; nieces Jessica and Nicole Goddard of Nashua and Desiree Freeman of Hudson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her father Paul A. Blais of Nashua, paternal grandparents Fred and Denise Blais of Nashua and Augustus Leo Dwyer and Thelma Faucher (Smith) of Nashua, father and mother in-law Mike and Ida Pappadeas of Lowell, step-grandfather Joseph Everette of Virginia, Uncle Michael Blais of Nashua and Kenneth Dwyer of Nashua, Aunt Betty Smith of Nashua, and other close relatives.

A Memorial Service was held on December 27 at the Heritage Baptist Church in Nashua.  A private graveside service will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Nashua at the convenience of the family. 

Donations may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688.  There will be a benefit fundraiser on January 19 at Linda's Sport's Bar in Hudson from 8 p.m. to midnight.  For more information, please contact Shelley Freeman at 305-8589. 

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Barbara A. (Sheehan) Hall

Barbara A. (Sheehan) Hall, 73, of Windham, and formerly of Salem, died Saturday, December 22, 2007, at the Concord Hospice House in Concord.

She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she grew up and attended Sacred Heart School.  She was a resident of Windham for the past six years and a resident of Salem for 40 years.

Mrs. Hall was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality.  She enjoyed parties and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Arthur P. Hall.

She is survived by two sons, John and his wife Louanne Hall of Derry, and Kevin and his wife Andrea Hall of Mariposa, California; three daughters, Marilyn and her husband Raymond Boisvert of Manchester, Barb and her husband James Flynn of Litchfield, and Karen Hall-Quinno of Salem; two sisters, Theresa Burke of Cambridge, and Patricia Duarte of Sudbury, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated December 24 at St. Joseph Church in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangement. 

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Ronald L. Hoegen

Ronald L. Hoegen, 49, of Sebastian, Florida, and Windham, died Wednesday, December 26, 2007, at his home in Florida.

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, grew up and was schooled in Windham, and graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

Ron was a retired firefighter for the Town of Windham where he served for 27 years.  He was a member of the local #2915 Fireman’s Union in Windham.

He enjoyed fishing, firearms, and target shooting.  He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his companion, Lisa Sullivan of Sebastian; five sons, Private Frank Hoegen, William Hoegen, Timothy Sullivan, and Eric Sullivan all of Sebastian; two daughters, Gennifer Hoegen of Derry, and Marissa Sullivan of Sebastian; his mother, Beth Tucarella of Derry; a brother, Raymond Hoegen of Windham; two sisters, Sonya Treadwell of Windham, and Christal Carter of Boston, Massachusetts; one granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, December 28 at St. Matthew Church in Windham; cremation followed.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Windham, NH Firefighters Relief Association, 3 Fellows Road, Windham, NH 03087.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Donna M. Fullhart Howard

Donna Marie Fullhart Howard, 50, the beloved daughter of Charlotte E. (LaPorte-Denis) Fullhart Smith, died Tuesday, January 1, 2008, at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.  Donna was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on June 8, 1957, a daughter of the late Harold L. Fullhart and Charlotte E. Smith who survives her. 

She attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.  Donna was a parishioner of the Sacred Heart Church, now Holy Family Parish.  Mrs. Fullhart Howard lived in Lowell for most of her life, and had been a resident of Hudson.  She was an employee of M/A COM for over 18 years, working in customer relations. 

Donna was a funny person who could make anyone laugh.  She enjoyed life and liked to be the center of attention.  She liked to swim, draw and play pool.  Donna was a caring person who loved children.  She was an avid Patriots fan and lived to see her beloved team reach a 16 - 0 record.

Surviving Mrs. Fullhart Howard in addition to her mother are two daughters, Jamie Howard and Susie Howard, both of Hudson; a sister, Pearl Kapala of Lowell; two brothers, James Fullhart and his wife Judy of Palm Bay, Florida, and Harold “Butch” Fullhart, Jr., of Groton, Massachusetts; her companion of 13 years, Mike Lowe of Hudson and his siblings who were Donna’s extended family; her step-children, Rachel Lowe and Chris Welcome, both of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews. 

Mrs. Fullhart Howard was the former spouse of Ralph Howard of Hudson and the sister of the late Thomas Fullhart who died on December 28, 2006. 

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 4 at 9 a.m. at the Fay McCabe Funeral Home, 105 Moore Street, Lowell.  Burial will be private.  As an expression of sympathy, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center – Cancer Care, 8 Prospect Street, P. O. Box 2014, Nashua, NH  03061. 

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Lloyd G. Miller

Lloyd G. Miller, 89, of Salem, died Sunday, December 23, 2007, at the Lawrence General Hospital, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. 

He was born in Salem where he was a life-long resident.  He graduated from Woodbury High School, where he was in the first group that was inducted in the High School Sports Hall of Fame.  He later graduated from Burdett College in Boston, Massachusetts, with a degree in accounting.

Mr. Miller was a retired accountant for the Town of Salem.  He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Salem, a past chairman for the Salem School Board, former member of the board of directors for the Spicket Valley Credit Union, and Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.  He was a former little league and umpire-in-chief for Salem Little League.  Mr. Miller was an Army veteran, serving during World War II, and was a member of the VFW Post 8546 in Salem. 

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Rowell) Miller of Salem; a son, Stephen and his wife Jeanne Miller of Windham; a daughter, Judith and her husband Glenn Nesbitt of Auburn; four grandchildren, Jessica McKenna, Jared Miller Nesbitt, Corey Mychael Miller, and Brett Douglas Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held December 27 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, 15 Lawrence Road, Salem, NH. 03079. 

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Kathleen M. Mygan

Kathleen M. (Ryder) Mygan, 59, of Litchfield, died on Friday, December 28, 2007, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. 

Kathleen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 13, 1948, the daughter of the late Done C. and Beatrice (McCarthy) Ryder and was the wife of Thomas M. Mygan, Jr., of Litchfield.

Kathleen enjoyed arts, crafts, walking on the beach and loved lighthouses.  Above all she was a warm and caring person and one of the most loving people that you would have ever met. 

Besides her loving husband, she is survived by a son, Donnie Mygan, who is a permanent resident of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, Dixville Notch; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Mygan of Litchfield; a brother, Donald Ryder of Colorado, and many nieces and nephews. 

A Memorial Service took place on Thursday, January 3, at the Heritage Baptist Church in Nashua.  The family requests that donations be made to The American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

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Katherine M. (Aloi) Peva

Katherine M. (Aloi) Peva, 72, of Hampstead, died Friday, December 28, 2007, at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  She was a Hampstead resident for 11 years.

Katherine was born and raised in Malden, Massachusetts, graduating from Malden High School.  She later moved to Salem where she lived for 30 years.  Katherine was a homemaker for many years and loved cooking and spending time with her family.  She enjoyed traveling with the seniors, collecting things and attending church.  Katherine retired from Honda Motors in Salem where she worked as a secretary.

Katherine was predeceased by her beloved husband, Stanley W. Peva, Jr.

She is survived by a son, Frederick S. Peva and his wife Rhonda of Barrington; two daughters, Doreen and her husband Alan Curley of Palm Coast, Florida, and Susan Hunt and her fiancé Kevin McLaughlin of Portsmouth; two brothers, Frederick Aloi of Plum Island, Massachusetts, and Gregory Aloi of Farmington; 10 grandchildren, Justin, Tara, Tommy, John and Jimmy Hunt, Erin, Ryan and Shannon Curley, Daniel Peva and Nicole Audet.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated January 3 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Eleanor R. Stouffer

Eleanor (Smith) Stouffer, 86, of Hudson, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

Eleanor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 1921, the daughter of the late John and Anna (Knobblock) Smith.  She was predeceased by two husbands, H. Joseph Deeney, Sr., and George Stouffer.

Eleanor was a parishioner at Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church and lived in Hudson for more than 15 years.  She enjoyed knitting, reading, traveling, cruising, and above all, the simple things in life.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Dianna Deeney of Hudson; a daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and David Leathers of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; a brother, Jack Smith of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; two grandsons, Michael Deeney and Adam Deeney, both of Hudson; a great-grandson, Gavin Deeney of Hudson; and a great-granddaughter, Alexis Deeney of Hudson.

Visiting hours and a Prayer Service were held on December 22 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Burial will be in Philadelphia at a later date.  The family requests that donations be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300 Manchester, NH 03101-2230.

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