Obituaries

Frederick C. Beal

Frederick C. Beal, 79, a resident of Salem, died March 11, 2009, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.

Frederick was born and educated in Lawrence, MA, the son of the late Verna (Springer) and Frederick B. Beal.  He lived in Salem for 32 years.  Frederick worked at Papa Gino’s in Salem and had previously been a steel worker with Zurbach Steel.

Frederick is survived by his children, Mary Lynne, Fred and Kenneth Beal.  He is also survived by his companion Pearl Knowlton of Lawrence. 

Visitation was held March 26 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lawrence.

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

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Richard A. Fortin

Richard A. Fortin, 65, of Salem, died March 21, 2009, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.  He was born in Methuen, MA on June 3, 1943 to Adrien and Angelina (Marquis) Fortin of Lawrence, MA.

He was a machinist for many years before retirement.

His family members include his brothers, Robert G. Fortin and his wife, Joelyn of Wells, ME, Roland A. Fortin of Boxford, MA, Roger P. Fortin and his wife, Carol of Titusville, FL, Raymond Fortin and his wife, Sheila of Monroe, and sisters, Cecile (Fortin) Pitcock and her husband, Harold of Atoka, TN, Yvette (Fortin) Laprade and her husband, Edmond of Southhampton, MA, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He also leaves his dear friends, Jean and Carol Nolette of Candia. 

He was the father of the late Theresa Lynn Fortin.

Funeral services were held March 24 at the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home in Salem.  

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William C. Hagen

William C. Hagen, 77, of E. Hampstead, NH died Mon. March 23rd at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH. He was formerly of Salem NH.

William was born and educated in Dorchester, MA the son of the late Mary Eileen (O’Brien) and Louis Hagen. He retired from the US Army after 27 years of service as a Sergeant and member of the 368th Army Corps of Engineers.  During his service in Germany during the Korean War, he was a member of the Constabulary. William was the recipient of the Bronze Service Star. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the US Constabulary Association.  He enjoyed camping, traveling in his RV and going to antique military truck shows.

William was predeceased by his wife Louise (Conte) Hagen and his children Karen Iannuccillo and Michael Hagen.

William is survived by two sons Peter Hagen of Hampstead, NH, and William Hagen & his wife Anne of Hampstead, NH, his son-in-law Brian Iannuccillo of No. Providence, RI, his companion Pat Paige of E. Hampstead, cousins Paul and Joseph Corrado of Florida, and 11 grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Fri. March 27th from 3-7 PM at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday March 28th at 10:30 AM at St. Anne’s Church in Hampstead, NH. Burial will follow in the West Hampstead Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions to: Hagen Family Memorial Scholarship Fund for Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 297, Salem, NH 03079.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com

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William M. Quinn

William M. Quinn, 67, of Salem, died March 23, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family.

Bill was born in Boston, MA, grew up and was educated in Charlestown, MA, and graduated from Boston English High School in Jamaica Plain, MA, in 1959.  He was a resident of Salem for 40 years and was formerly of West Medford, MA.

Bill was a sales manager for Motion Industries, formerly Atlantic Tracy, where he worked for over 33 years in the Merrimack Valley area.  He was an Army veteran serving in Germany during the Berlin Crisis and working as a guard for Check Point Charlie.  He was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  He enjoyed fishing and traveling and was an avid sports fan.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ingrid (Lehnhardt) Quinn of Salem; sons, Christopher Quinn and Kerry Fay of Salem, and William Quinn and his wife Laura of Derry; and two grandchildren, Brittany and Anthony James Quinn of Derry. 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. 

Arrangements are under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Walter F. Wright

Walter F. Wright, 85, of Salem, died March 21, 2009, at Windham Terrace in Windham. 

Walter was born and educated in Lawrence, MA graduating from Lawrence High School in 1941 and Lowell Technological Institute in Lowell, MA.  He served in the Navy during World War II.  Walter was the general foreman for Bolta Products in Lawrence for many years, then the superintendent for Malden Mills in Lawrence.

Walter was a member of St. Joseph Church and the Knights of Columbus Bishop Peterson Council #4442.  He loved all sports especially the Red Sox and golf. 

Walter was a devoted husband to his wife, Evelyn, for 61 years, never leaving her side and holding her hand through her progressive disease.  He was a humble man with a dry sense of humor and strong commitment to his faith, family and country.  Walter was happiest when surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was an easy going man, extremely contented with his life and the twinkle in his eyes brought joy to his family and friends.  Everyone loved him and he was an inspiration to all those he touched.  

Walter’s family offers their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Windham Terrace for the devotion, compassion and wonderful care given to their parents.

He was predeceased by his brothers, James and Frank Wright.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn (McGuigan) Wright of Salem; sons, Andy Wright and his wife Cindy of Bedford, and William Wright of Nashua; daughter, Sheila and her husband Dennis King of Salem; grandchildren, Erica, Kristen, Matthew, Allison and Karen; and great-grandchildren, Kaleigh, Brady and Greta.

A funeral Mass was held March 25 at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Rockingham Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH.

The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

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William C. Abbott

William “Bill” C. Abbott, 58, of Litchfield, died March 10, 2009, at the Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua.

He was born November 24, 1950 in Nashua, son of the late William H. and Pauline (Pelkey) Abbott.  Two brothers, Gerald Abbott and Michael Abbott, predeceased him.

Bill was the husband of Sharon (Shea) Abbott of Litchfield, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage.

For the past 27 years, Bill was the owner and operator of Abb-Kin and Son’s Drilling and Blasting Company in Hudson.  He was an avid hunter and motorcyclist who loved antique hot rods.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Besides his loving wife Sharon, survivors include son and a daughter-in-law, Shawn and Catherine Abbott and a daughter and a son-in-law, Dawn and James Beliveau, all of Litchfield; two brothers, Thomas W. Abbott of Hudson and Paul Kinville, and his wife Janice, of Hudson; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Gail and Ralph Owens of CA, Paula Drouin of Tilton, and Donna Abbott of Hudson; five grandchildren, William J. Abbott, Shaylee Abbott, Jason Rodonis, Lauren Beliveau, and John Beliveau; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Burial will be private.  Donations may be made in Bill’s loving memory to the Arthritis Foundation, Northern New England Office, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, NH 03301.  Arrangements were under the care of the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  To send and online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Edith B. (Speer) Barnaby

Edith B. (Speer) Barnaby, 86, of Salem, died March 15, 2009, at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

She was born in Somerville, MA, grew up and was educated in Lexington, MA.  She was a resident of Salem for the past three years, and was formerly of Wilmington, MA, where she was a long-time resident.

Edith was an assembler of Compugraphic in Wilmington, MA.  She enjoyed watching the Red Sox and loved spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Barnaby.

She is survived by her son, Robert K. Barnaby, Jr., of Framingham, MA; three daughters, Janis DeSantis of Hillsboro, Alice and her husband James MacDonald of Salem, and Lynne and her husband John Taylor of Epsom; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held March 19 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Salemhaven Nursing Home Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Dr. Linda Anne Bousquet

Linda Anne Bousquet, ND, 44, of Brookline, died at Tuft’s New England Medical Center in Boston, MA on Sunday, March 15, 2009 after a brief illness.

She was born on December 5, 1964, in Lowell, MA, daughter of Leon M. Bousquet and Louise M. (Turcotte) Bousquet of Pelham. 

Dr. Bousquet graduated from Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson in 1982.  She graduated from the University of Lowell with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1991 and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, with the degree of Doctor of Naturopathy in 2002.

As a teenager, Linda was a member of the Showstoppers Accordion Band and participated in many competitions.  She was an outdoor enthusiast, participating in several long-distance bicycling events such as Paris-Brest-Paris and Boston-Montreal-Boston and Race Across America qualifiers.  She was an avid hiker working toward becoming a member of the NH Four Thousand Footers Club having climbed 30 of the recognized 48 peaks.  Among many activities that she enjoyed were cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and rollerblading.  Linda was a member of the Single Action Shooting Society fondly known as “The Germinator” and had recently won an event in her category at the Mason-Dixon Stampede in Thurmont, MD.  She was a life-long lover of cats.

Linda was a member and Treasurer of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors.  Her practice, Naturopathic Health and Wellness Center, LLC, was located in Nashua.  As a naturopathic doctor, Linda used natural therapeutics to address the cause of illness.  She believed in using a holistic approach to health and living a healthy, clean lifestyle.  She was a member of the Raw New England Community of Waltham, MA.  She loved sprouting her own seeds and nuts and juicing and dehydrating fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.  She also considered chocolate to be a necessary food group.  She was in the process of co-writing a book on the naturopathic treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Linda was the wife of Edward Fisher of Brookline.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by her parents, her sister, Patricia Kennedy of Tewksbury, MA, her brother, Richard Bousquet of Pelham, her nieces, Sarah Kennedy of Tewksbury, Faith Bousquet of Hillsborough, and her nephew, Joseph Bousquet of Antrim. 

A Memorial Service was held at St. Patrick Parish in Pelham March 19.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to a charity of their own choice.  Burial will be private at a later date. 

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James David Bowling II

James David Bowling II, 33, died March 16, 2009, at his parents’ home in Windham after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Everett, MA, grew up, and was educated in Bellingham, MA, where he was a life-long resident.

Jim was an Automotive Master Technician and worked for several different companies.

He is survived by his parents, David and Diane (Mangino) Bowling; a brother, John David and his wife Phoumala Bowling; and a nephew, Alex Bowling, all of Windham.

Calling hours were held March 19 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Cremation followed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

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

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Arthur O. Gormley, Jr.

Arthur O. Gormley, Jr., entered into eternal life on March 15, 2009.

Mr. Gormley was born to the late Arthur O. Gormley, Sr., and Esther Bachman Gormley on October 30, 1931 in Englewood, NJ.  He graduated from Bergenfield High School in 1949 as president of his class and the lead in the senior class play.  He attended Rutgers University and graduated in June 1953.  Mr. Gormley married his wife of 54 years, Armelle Simoneau Gormley on September 25, 1954.  They fell in love when he took her hand to help her into a pick-up truck to attend a bonfire at Hampton Beach.  During the Korean Conflict he served in the Air Force.

Mr. Gormley held a full-time job while enrolled at Boston College Law School.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree in June 1960.  He often said it was a time when the law school was looking for warm bodies to fill seats.

He was an Alderman in the City of Nashua and served as City Solicitor.  In February of 1971 he was appointed as Special Justice of the Nashua District Court.  He sat on the bench until October 2001 when he returned to the full-time practice of law on Main Street in Nashua.

He was a bridge player, puzzle maker and an avid collector of antiquarian maps.  He liked listening to jazz while enjoying an occasional extra dry martini.  He enjoyed reading, was a history buff, and traveled the world with his wife.  Mr. Gormley treated every person he met with dignity, decency, and respect.  He was fair to a fault.

Mr. Gormley was predeceased by his son, Jeffrey N. Gormley. 

He is survived by his wife, Armelle Simoneau Gormley; his brother, Dr. David P. Gormley of Herndon, VA; and his children, Cheryl Gormley White and her husband Bradford White; Arthur O. Gormley, III and his wife Eileen Gormley; Lawrence A. Gormley and his wife Susan Gormley; Lia Gormley Cote and her husband Jeffrey Cote; eight grandchildren and several nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 29 Spring Street in Nashua.  All may meet at the church.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery, Nashua.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to New Hampshire Legal Assistance, 21 East Pearl Street, Suite 2, Nashua, NH 03060-3407.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.  To send the family an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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Sister Margaret Lamontagne

Sister M. Margaret (Irene) Lamontagne, 81, a Sister of Mercy for 63 years, died March 11, 2009, at Warde Health Center in Windham.  A native of Manchester, she was the daughter of Ernest and Victoria (Lavigne) Lamontagne.

Sister Margaret held Bachelor of Art and Master of Education degrees in education from Mount Saint Mary College in Hooksett.  For more than 40 years she was a dedicated teacher in NH Catholic schools.  Sister Margaret taught at St. Rose of Lima School in Littleton; St. Mary School in Claremont; Mount St. Mary Day School, St. Raphael, McDonald, and St. Anthony schools, all in Manchester.  From 1989 to 1999, she served as secretary at St. Mary Academy in Dover.  She was a library assistant at Sacred Heart School in Hampton from 1999 until her retirement early this year.

Family members include an aunt, Mabel Lamontagne of Rye, and several cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 17 in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at the Warde Health Center.  Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box 420, Windham, NH 03087-0420.

Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Hugh J. MacDonald

Hugh J. MacDonald of Hudson died March 13, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.  He was married to the late Leona (Fitzpatrick) MacDonald who died March 2, 2005.  Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, on December 6, 1916, he was the son of the late Alex and Mary (Gillis) MacDonald. 

He was a graduate of St. Michael’s Elementary School in Lowell, MA, and Lowell High School with the class of 1936.  He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.  Over the years he was employed as a Professional Umpire with the minor leagues, and as a Civilian Auto Technician at Fort Devens in Ayer, MA with the Army and the Massachusetts National Guard.  He was a former communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Lowell, St. Joseph's Church of Nashua, and was currently a very active communicant at St. Kathryn Church of Hudson.  He was a past member of Walker-Rogers V.F.W. Post in Lowell, and a current member and Board of Trustee of the VFW Post 5791 of Hudson. 

He is survived by three sons and their wives, David and Deborah MacDonald of Tyngsborough, MA, Anthony and Maureen MacDonald of Windsor, CT, and Stephen and Diane MacDonald of Hudson; two sisters, Florence Champagne of Groton, CT, and Margaret Michaud of Lowell; a brother, John Mac Donald of Norwich, CT; two grandchildren, Michael MacDonald and his fiancé, Haley McCarthy, both of Goffstown, and Nathan MacDonald of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held March 18 at St. Kathryn Church in Hudson; burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell.  Memorials may be made in his name to the St. Kathryn Church Vocation Support Association.  Arrangements were under the care of the Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford, MA.  Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.

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Jacob Emmett Zimmerman

The many friends of John M. and Debra (Clark) Zimmerman will be saddened to learn of the death of their infant son, Jacob Emmett Zimmerman, who died March 13, 2009, at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA, at the age of nine days old.

He was born in Lawrence March 4, 2009, the beloved brother of Cody, Patrick and Benn Zimmerman.

In addition to his parents and brothers, Jacob is survived by his loving maternal grandparents, Craig and Mary (Drummond) Clark of North Reading, MA, and his loving paternal grandparents, Robert and Delores (Hamilton) Zimmerman of Lake Tomahawk, WI; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Jacob at the New England Pentecostal Ministries, 955 Bridge Street in Pelham Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. 

Arrangements by the Pelham Funeral Home.

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Ralph E. Denoncourt

Ralph E. Denoncourt, 64, of Raymond, died March 9, 2009, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. 

Ralph was born and educated in Lawrence, MA and had lived in Salem before moving to Raymond.  He was a construction worker with Cyr Construction in Fremont.  Ralph enjoyed fishing, motorcycles, antique cars and collectibles and coins.

Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Katherine (Bouvier) Denoncourt, and his brother, Richard Cyr.

He is survived by sons, Gregory Denoncourt of Law, MA, Jamie Denoncourt of Methuen, MA, Chris Denoncourt of FL, and Kurt Denoncourt of Raymond; brothers, Edward P. “Ted” Cyr and his wife Joanne of Fremont, William Cyr of Raymond, Bruce Cyr and his wife Susan of Londonderry, Dennis Cyr of Salem, and Michael Cyr and his wife Sam of Raymond; sister, Diane and her husband Ronald Allard of Londonderry; four grandchildren, Brittany, Cody, Hannah and Emily; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held March 12 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6350 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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John F. Foley

John F. Foley, formerly of Salem, died March 4, 2009, at his home at Windham Terrace in Windham; just weeks shy of his 95th birthday.

Born on Bennington Street and raised on Tenney Street in Lawrence, MA, John was the eldest son of Frank and Elizabeth (Sullivan) Foley.  A student and altar boy at St. Mary’s School, John served Mass with Father Hurlihey.  He later graduated from McIntosh Business School.

Never caring much for classroom studies, John always preferred learning by trial and error.  In grammar school John’s sister, Grace, complained to their mother of her embarrassment when John’s artwork was displayed in her classroom labeled “What not to do!”

Eager to try any new business venture John’s early career included the dangerous work of bowling alley pin-setter, followed by solo trumpeter, and playing at The Old Howard in Gloria’s All Girl Band.  The latter venture ended abruptly once his mother found out.

While a chicken farmer John worked with the staff at Essex Agricultural School to make eyeglasses for the hens in the hopes of keeping them from pecking one another.  Visitors came by frequently to see his bespectacled flock.

Owning a used car lot, John often let homeless people sleep in the inventory during the winter months, always asking the folks to leave early before potential customers might see them vacating the back seats.

John’s primary vocation and life-long interest was real estate development and finance.  Right up to his last days he could be heard giving advice about buying a business or some other real estate venture.  He was a self-taught legal rights enthusiast and remained proud of a personal letter he received from F. Lee Bailey.

John was always a prankster, creating his own Candid Camera style events.  He loved a good joke.  But by far, his best gift was that of storyteller.  John’s wit and humor, coupled with great timing, made his stories a pleasure to hear. 

Throughout his life John enjoyed trips to the coast, soaking up the sun and swimming.  He was an avid horseracing buff, always eager to share his winnings.  Later in life John became a Red Sox fan watching the games on TV with a glass of Amstel Light.

John always remained loyal to his Catholic faith, the best friend and devoted caretaker of his wife Martha, and a kind and loving father.

John is survived by his wife Martha (Henning) of Windham; daughter Theresa Leppala of Methuen, MA; son John and partner Ellen Bahan of Methuen, MA; daughter Karyn and husband Donald Cormier of FL; daughter Lisa and partner Sheila Paine of Portland, ME; and daughters Wendy and husband Joe Lisbon of FL, and Nancy Callahan of Falmouth, MA; seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.  Of special note is John’s nephew, Jim Fitton, who John proclaimed his “Best Man!” and ever loyal friend.

In passing John joins his beloved sisters Grace (Connor), Ruth (Fitton), Eileen (Reilly), Bertha (Marsden) and brother Fran.

John’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to their wonderful neighbors, the Atterians, Kadys and Schmottlachs; Dr. Stephen Kirk for his years of thoughtful and devoted care, the truly exceptional staff at Holy Family Hospital TCU, Windham Terrace and Rockingham County Hospice; and to the wonderfully kind and loving residents at Windham Terrace where John and Martha recently moved. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 9 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Donations in John’s memory may be made to Rockingham County Hospice or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Timothy D. Kelley

Timothy D. Kelley, 89, of Nashua, died February 2, 2009, at the Courville of Nashua following a brief illness.

He was born in Charlestown, MA on January 29, 1920, son of the late Michael and Mary (Doherty) Kelley.  He grew up in Charlestown, graduated from Charlestown High School and lived there until he was in his 30s, enjoying many good times with his seven brothers and sister. 

Tim was married on April 5, 1957, to Madeline B. Baker and the couple moved to Somerville, MA, where they lived for many years, until moving to Hudson in 1993. 

Mr. Kelley was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Madeline B. Kelley, who died on April 20, 2007.  In addition to his beloved wife, Madeline, his seven brothers and sister predeceased him.

As a young adult Tim worked as a draftsman before joining the military.  He was a World War II veteran of the Air Force and served as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Corp.  At one point in World War II, six of the eight Kelley brothers, including Tim, were all actively serving in the military.  After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Tim joined the Boston, MA, Police Force and rose to the rank of Sergeant.  He enjoyed police work, was a good cop and had many friends both on and off the police force.  Tim retired from the police force in 1981 after serving 27 years for the City of Boston.  He was also a longtime member of the Boston Police Union and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

While living in Charlestown he was a communicant of St. Francis de Sales Church.  After moving to Hudson he was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church where he attended services for many years.  In his retirement, Tim loved walking for exercise especially with his little dog “Lady,” crossword puzzles, singing and Bing Crosby records.  He was also a talented artist in his later years and enjoyed working in oil, acrylic, charcoal and pastel media, producing many beautiful pieces of artwork.

Mr. Kelley’s family includes his children, Theresa A. Kelley and her husband L. Mark Pilant of Litchfield, Stanley R. Murphy and his wife Vicki Maxant of Harvard, MA, and Richard T. Murphy of Southbridge, MA; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 23 Library Street, Hudson, on Saturday March 28, at 4 p.m.  Private interment prayers and burial were held at Woodlawn Cemetery on February 14.

The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.  An online guestbook is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com.

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Lelia M. (Gordon) Rowell

Lelia M. (Gordon) Rowell, 91, of Salem, died March 7, 2009, at her home.

Lelia was a life-long resident of Salem; her family has been town residents for over six generations.  She graduated from Woodbury High School.  Lelia was a secretary for several Salem town managers.  She previously was a telephone operator in Salem until the town went to dial.

Lelia was a member of First Congregation Church and was very active in the Philathea Class.  She volunteered at Salemhaven for many years baking with the residents.  Lelia enjoyed crafts and feeding and watching birds.  She loved spending time with her family.

Lelia was predeceased by her parents, Effie (Henderson) and Earle Gordon; her stepmother, Ruth (Ebert) Gordon; her husband, Kenneth Rowell; and siblings, George, Howard and Barbara Gordon.

She is survived by sons, Gordon Rowell and his wife Missy of Derry, and Kenneth Rowell and his wife Maryann of Salem; daughter, Susan and her husband Norman “Skip” Friend of Salem; a brother, Ralph Gordon of Martha’s Vineyard, MA; sisters, Dorothy Kelly of Wrentham, MA, and Jeanne Shea of Pensacola, FL; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held March 10 at the First Congregational Church in Salem, followed by cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, 15 Lawrence Road, Salem, NH 03079, or to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.

Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Bernard A. Spinney, Jr.

Bernard Arnold Spinney, Jr., of Salem, died at home March 3, 2009, surrounded by his sister Pat and friends after a long illness.  Bernie was 79 years young.

Bernie was born in Haverhill, MA, the son of the late Bernard A. and Marion (McPherson) Spinney.  He was loved and respected by his many caregivers, hospice staff and friends.  He was a big fan of the Boston Red Sox.  Bernie was a strong advocate for people with disabilities and touched the lives and hearts of so many.  Bernie will be missed but not forgotten.

He leaves behind his brother Clarence, his sister Pat and her husband Anthony J. Longo, along with his nephews Mark and James Longo.  Bernie was predeceased by his brother Bruce Spinney.

A funeral service was held March 7 at the First Congregational Church in Salem.  Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Community Support Services, 8 Commerce Drive, Atkinson, NH 03811.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Anthony J. Giaimo

Anthony J. Giaimo, 80 of Salem, died March 1, 2009, at the Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA.

He was born in Lawrence where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 44 years.

Mr. Giaimo was a retired letter carrier for the Salem Post Office.  He was also a retired Chief Petty Officer for the Navy, where he served for 19 years and in the Korean War.  After his retirement he also worked as an usher in the Clubhouse for Rockingham Park in Salem.  He was a member of the Salem VFW Post 8546, a life-time member of the DAV, and the Navy Musicians Association

He is survived by his wife, Janice (D’Amour) Giaimo of Salem; one son, Victor Giaimo of Salem; two daughters, Sandra Fillipon of Townsend, MA, and Susan Giaimo of Medford, MA; stepchildren, Norman Nantel of Hudson, and Donna Macdonald of Bedford; one sister, Ann Napolitano of North Andover, MA, 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held March 4 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  To send message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Loren Hardy

Loren R. Hardy, 66, died February 25, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

He was born May 18, 1942 in Nashua, son of the late Robert E. and Ruth A. (Campbell) Hardy.

A longtime resident of Hudson, Loren served in the Army in the 60s and later worked as a field service engineer with Sanders Associates in Nashua and in Rochester, NY.  He was a lifelong amateur trap shooter and one of the founding members of the Walworth Sportsman’s Club in New York.

He is survived by his brother, Donald Hardy and his wife Joan Walker of Hudson; a niece, Elise Jacques and her husband Dennis and their four children; and a nephew, Carl Hardy and his two children.

Burial will take place in Hills Farm Cemetery in Hudson at a later date.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Loren’s loving memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NH Chapter, One Bedford Farms Road, Bedford, NH 03110.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Chester M. Jarosky

Chester M. Jarosky, 80, a lifelong resident of Windham, died February 28, 2009, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.

Mr. Jarosky was a self-employed contractor and owned several businesses.  He was a member of St. Matthew Church in Windham and was a former Road Agent in Windham for 10 years.  He was a member of the Spicket Lodge # 85 in Salem, the Shriners of North America - Bell Chapter Masons, the Scottish Rite Valley of Nashua, and the Knights Templar in Lowell, MA.  He was a life member of the Salem VFW Post 8546, a life member of the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem, and a member of the Salem Contractors Association.

He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He was predeceased by his son, Chester M. Jarosky Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis (Souza) Jarosky of Windham; two daughters, Joanne and her husband John Morrison of Windham, and Susan Murray of Windham; two brothers, Joseph Jarosky of Windham, and Al Jarosky of Pelham; one sister, Annie Doggett of Corpus Christy, TX; four grandchildren, Sarah Murray, Chester, Chelsea, and Jade Morrison; and several nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services for the family will be held at a later date at Cemetery on the Plain, Windham.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements by Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Dorothy A. (Arleque) Just

Dorothy A. (Arleque) Just, 90, of Salem, died February 26, 2009, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. 

She was born in Lawrence, MA, grew up and was educated in Methuen, MA.  She was a resident of Salem for over 60 years.

Dorothy was a retired mender and pinsetter for various mills in Lawrence and Methuen, MA.  She was an active member of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem.  She was a member of the Salem Senior Center and enjoyed knitting.  She knitted many baby blankets for Navy veterans and received a commendation from Governor John Lynch.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert Just.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol and her husband John Low of Meredith; three sisters, Ruth Lawn of Salem, Hazel Perry of Methuen, and Madeline Hollins of Lawrence; two grandsons, Jeffrey and his wife Heather Low, and Gregory and his wife Dawn Low; and three great-grandsons, Max, Alex, and Sawyer Low. 

A funeral service was held March 3 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Street Methodist Church, 8 Pleasant Street, Salem, NH 03079, or to the Ingram Senior Center, One Sally Sweet Way, Salem, NH 03079.  To send message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Anna T. Mack

Anna T. Mack, 88, of Salem, died February 27, 2009, at the Hannah Duston Nursing Home in Haverhill, MA.

She was born in Lawrence, MA, the daughter of the late Harry and Wanda (Kulesz) Mack.  She grew up and was educated in Lawrence, and was a resident of Salem for the past five years.

Anna was a retired clerk for the Internal Revenue Service in Andover, MA.

She was a former parishioner of Holy Trinity Church in Lawrence.  She enjoyed going out to eat with her friends, traveling and loved the ocean.  She also loved hockey and was an avid Boston Bruins fan.

Anna was predeceased by two brothers, Chester and Rommey Mack.

She is survived by her cousin, Edwin and his wife Loretta Kulesz of Salem; nieces, Callie Mack and Deb Boxer; nephews, Alan, Dana, Phil, and Brad Mack.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Burial took place in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, North Andover, MA. 

Arrangements are by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Lillian G. Roussell

Lillian G. “Mémère” Roussell, 97, of Hudson, died February 28, 2009, at a local nursing home.

She was born January 25, 1912, in Lowell, MA, daughter of the late Paul and Eva (Desjardins) Albert from Canada.  Lillian was the widow of Leo P. Roussell who died in 1964.  Two brothers and a sister also predecease her.

Lillian lived most of her life in Dracut, MA, where she and her husband owned a family business for 50 years.  She moved to Hudson in 1977 where she resided with one of her daughters. 

She was a communicant of St. Kathryn Church in Hudson and was a former communicant of the St. Therese Church, now St. Marguerite D’Youville Parish, in Dracut.

Lillian’s hobbies included sewing, knitting, bingo, bowling and watching TV game shows.  For 25 years she was also an at-home volunteer for her daughter’s classroom, correcting papers, doing crafts and helping to make bulletin board decorations.  Her most remarkable “accomplishment” was making 750 single mittens for the kids at Nottingham West School to use as whiteboard erasers!

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Leo G. and Julie Roussell of Peoria AZ; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Elaine Paquette of Burlington, VT, Claudette Shibel of Phoenix, AZ, Jeanne and Allen Passon of Glendale, AZ, Collette and Richard Deneault of Hudson; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

A private chapel gathering was held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lowell MA on March 4.  Donations in Mémère’s memory may be made to Home Health & Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua NH 03060.  For condolences, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com. 

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Doris E. (Morley) Zeytoonian

Doris E. (Morley) Zeytoonian, 76, of Salem, died February 26, 2009, at Fairhaven Health Care Center in Lowell, MA.

Doris was born in Newton, MA and grew up in Watertown, MA graduating from Watertown High School.  She had worked as a teller at Service Federal Credit Union.  She had lived in Salem for 20 years.

Doris enjoyed reading, arts and crafts, doing word puzzles and visiting with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Haig Zeytoonian, and her brother, Eddie Morley.

She is survived by sons, Haig Zeytoonian and Rita Stoessel of Silver Lake, Bruce Zeytoonian and his wife Terry of VA, Richard Zeytoonian and his wife Sue of Andover, MA, Mark Zeytoonian of Skowhegan, ME, and Michael Zeytoonian and his wife Peggy of Lawrence, MA; daughter, Betty Davies of Sandown; sisters, Carol Hansen of Littleton, MA, and Barbara McGrath of Chelmsford, MA; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held March 4 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Salem Caregivers, PO Box 2316, Salem, NH 03079.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Ethel M. ‘Sue’ (Campbell) Arsenault

Ethel “Sue” (Campbell) Arsenault, 76, died February 21, 2009, at the Derry Health and Rehab in Derry.  She resided in Salem for the past six years, and was formerly of Methuen, MA, where she was a long-time resident.

Sue was born in Andover, MA, August 6, 1932, where she grew up and attended schools and graduated from Punchard High School in 1950.  Sue was a retired secretary for Stansfield Insurance Company formerly of Lawrence, MA.

Sue was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Methuen and was a Navy WAVES veteran, serving during the Korean War.  She enjoyed playing guitar, playing bingo, arts and crafts, and spreading happiness to all around her.

She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, William J. Arsenault.

She is survived by her sister, Marion “Honey” Snow of Salem; a brother, James Campbell of Manchester; and several nieces and nephews, many of whom called Aunt Sue and Uncle Bill’s house their home at one time or another in their childhood.

Sue will be sadly missed by all of us, but the fond memories of all the family gatherings in her home over the years will provide us a lifetime of happiness.

A memorial gathering will take place Saturday, February 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Internment will take place in the spring at Spring Grove Cemetery, Andover, MA.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Lucy Church, 254 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA 01844, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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

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Gloria T. (Chouinard) Carmody

Gloria Theresa (Chouinard) Carmody, 84, of Salem, died February 19, 2009, at the Methuen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Methuen, MA.

She was born in Fairfield, ME, grew up and was educated in Lawrence, MA, where she attended Sacred Heart School.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 50 years. 

Mrs. Carmody was a homemaker.  She was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem and enjoyed spending time with her family.  Gloria was loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John F. Carmody of Salem; one son, David and his wife Joanne Carmody of Hampstead; two daughters, Deborah Caron of Salem, and Susan Carmody of Reston, VA; five grandchildren, Julia, Emily, Christine, Renee, and Kevin; seven great-grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.

A funeral Mass was celebrated February 23 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Burial followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, MA.

The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem handled arrangements.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Harriet E. (Anderson) Cioppa

Harriet E. (Anderson) Cioppa, 71, of Litchfield, died at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua on February 17. 

Harriet was born in Queens, NY, on September 29, 1937, daughter of the late Hugo and Edna (Ottens) Anderson, and was the loving wife of Carl Cioppa with whom she shared 49 years of marriage.

Harriet and Carl resided in Highland, NY and Shelburne, VT before settling in Litchfield.  Harriet was a teacher, having received her bachelor’s degree in Education.  She enjoyed working in the garden, cooking and traveling, but above all she enjoyed her family.  They truly were the passion in her life.

Besides her loving husband, Harriet is survived by four sons, Andrew Cioppa and his wife Josephine of Pleasant Valley, Thomas Cioppa and his wife Adriane of Medford, MA, James Cioppa of Oakland, CA, and Robert Cioppa and his wife Nohora of Hooksett; a brother, Warren Anderson of WI; a sister, Alberta Marquette of GA; four grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were held February 20 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of Arrangements.

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Katherine L. (McDonald) Gattenby

Katherine L. (McDonald) Gattenby, 79, a longtime resident of Derry, died February 20, 2009, at Salemhaven Nursing Home after a long illness.

Katherine was born in Andover, MA, the daughter of William and Mary Ann McDonald.  She was educated in Andover and Lawrence, MA.  She worked in the Lawrence Mills and then became a nurses aid and worked at Danvers State Hospital for many years.

Katherine enjoyed trips to the mountains with her husband, enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed seeing old childhood friends.  She loved her cat, Missy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert Gattenby, and her siblings, Arthur McDonald and Mary Anne Peront.

She is survived by a brother, Bill McDonald and his wife Merrianne of Salem, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on February 24 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.

For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Theodore J. Goulkin

Theodore J. Goulkin, 75, of Dracut, MA, died February 18, 2009, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.  He previously lived in Salem for many years.

Ted was born in Boston, MA, the son of the late Ruth (Litman) and Louis Goulkin.  He graduated from Chelsea High School and Massachusetts School of Pharmacy.  Ted retired from the Nashoba Hospital in Ayer, MA, where he worked as a pharmacist.  He previously worked as a Security Guard Captain at MA/Com, now Tyco, in Lowell, MA, and in Customer Service at the Internal Revenue Service in Andover, MA.  After his medical retirement, Ted became involved with the elderly and found they were in need of services that he could provide.  He provided tax filing services at no charge for these community members.

Ted was a talented musician who played many instruments.  He enjoyed playing cards and had enjoyed bowling.  Ted was a member of St. David’s Choir, the Salem Senior Singers and the Salem Senior Center.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor (Gagne) Goulkin of Dracut; a sister, Sybil Goulkin of Dedham, MA; sons, David Goulkin and his wife Faith of Athol, MA, Aaron Goulkin and his wife Brandy of Gardner, MA, Kenneth Grande and his wife Roxanne of AZ, Guy Grande and his wife Wendy of PA, and Joseph Grande of Bedford, MA; daughters, Cheryl and her husband Rick Pouliot of Shrewsbury, MA, Pamela and her husband Glenn Penna of Lunenburg, MA, Marie and her husband George Gagne, and Linda and her husband Wayne Arruda, all of Dracut; 29 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. David’s Church, 231 Main Street, Salem, NH 03079, or Congregation Shaarei Zedick, c/o Sherry Gould, PO Box 1212, Littleton, MA 01460.

Funeral services have already been held.  Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem handled the arrangements.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Ralph T. Lones

Ralph T. Lones, 78, resident of Milford, died February 23, 2009 at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood in Milford.

He was born in Nashua on May 27, 1930, a son of the late Harry and Ruth (Dobens) Lones.  He graduated from Alvirne High School, Hudson.

Mr. Lones resided in Milford for several years and formerly lived in Amherst for 28 years.  He had worked for Sanders Associates in Nashua as a sheet metal technician for many years.

Mr. Lones enjoyed camping, fishing and playing horseshoes.  In addition, he served in the NH National Guard.

He was a communicant of St. John Neumann Church, Merrimack.

Mr. Lones was predeceased by his wife, Cecile (Dupont) Lones, who died in 2007.

Family members include three sons, David K. Lones of Medford, MA, Mark R. Lones of Lee, and Steve H. Lones of Mont Vernon; three daughters, Pamela A. Roach of Milford, Paula J. McPherson of Litchfield, and Michelle L. Steele of Wilton; 11 grandchildren; his twin brother, Richard Lones of Port Charlotte, FL; a sister, Diana Moquin of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 27, at 9:30 a.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford.  Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Nashua.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, One Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110, or to the Activities Fund, c/o Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood, 40 Crosby Street, Milford, NH 03055.  To leave an online condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com. 

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Joseph Edward Packor

Joseph Edward Packor, 95, of Hudson died February 22, 2009 at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, VA, surrounded by loving family members.

He was born September 24, 1913 in Nashua, a son of the late William and Petrelina (Bartis) Packor.  He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth (Reynolds) after over 55 years of marriage.  He was also predeceased by his five brothers.  He had one sister.

He spent most of his life in the Nashua–Hudson area before relocating to Virginia in late 2007 to be with his daughter.

Joseph was a graduate of Bentley College, Boston, MA.  Before his retirement he served as a general manager at Gregg and Sons for many years and then at Triangle Pacific.  He held a 3rd Degree with the Knights of Columbus and was a founding member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hudson where he was an active member of the men’s group. 

In his younger days he was a Sea Scout leader and participated in many YMCA programs.  He is often remembered for his years as a popular basketball official.  He refereed high school, college and town leagues.  He enjoyed rooting for the Red Sox and attended several games including a game to celebrate his 90th birthday.  In addition to this he was a talented woodworker who took pleasure in creating intricate projects for the family and especially for his granddaughters.

He will be remembered as a loving and caring man who was always ready to help his extended family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary-Ellen Jenney and son-in-law, Colonel David L. Jenney of Lake Ridge, VA; two granddaughters, Pamela A. Irvine of Arlington, VA, and Lisa M. Mykleby and her husband Colonel Mark Mykleby of Beaufort, SC; and three great-grandchildren, Keaton Mykleby and Harper and Alice Irvine.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 27, at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed John the XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  All to meet at the church.  Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Hudson.  In Lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed by donations to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Blessed John the XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

To send an online message of condolence please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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R. Sadie (Giovanniello) Rosentel

R. Sadie (Giovanniello) Rosentel, 82, of Hudson, died February 21, 2009, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

Sadie was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 8, 1926, daughter of the late Vito and Antonitte (Tuffarello) Giovanniello and was the loving wife of Bob J. Rosentel, of Hudson, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.

Sadie and Bob spent more than 30 years in New City, NY, before moving to Hudson to be closer to family.  Sadie was a member of the Hudson Seniors and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.  She enjoyed cooking and traveling.  Her family was her favorite joy in life, especially her grandchildren.

Besides her loving husband, Sadie is survived by three sons, Robert Rosentel and his wife Penny Sandstrom of Nashua, William Rosentel and his wife Lynn of Baldwinsville, NY, and Stephen Rosentel and his wife Judy of Newtown, CT; a daughter, Elizabeth Hendrick and her husband Jeff of Nashua; a brother, Joseph Giovanniello and his wife Angie of Toms River, NJ; 10 grandchildren, Charles, Liz, Dana, Amy, Patrick, Michael, Katie, Kristofer, Roe and Kimberly; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on February 26 in Blessed John the XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  The family has requested that donations be made to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. 

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Palmyre R. (Pelletier) Belhumeur

Palmyre R. (Pelletier) Belhumeur, 85, of Hudson died February 14, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Palmyre was born in Nashua on December 9, 1923 a daughter of the late Romuald and Blanche (Pellerin) Pelletier.  She was the widow of Clement Belhumeur who died May 2, 1982. 

Palmyre was a lifelong resident of Nashua and Hudson.  She had been employed by International Shoe, Ferd Corporation, Turnpike Super Shell and Hampton Auto Count.  Palmyre had also been the owner and operator of the Mountaineer Motor Inn in Lincoln.  Palmyre was a communicant of St. Louis de Gonzague Church.

Palmyre is survived by three sons, Ronald Belhumeur and his wife Debra, Richard Belhumeur and his wife Debora, all of Nashua, and Roger Belhumeur and his wife Janet of Litchfield; eight grandchildren, Patricia, Wendy, Chad, Michelle, Craig, Keith, William and Jessi; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Albertine Lessard of Nashua, and Rachel Ouellette of Leominster, MA; one brother, Donald Pelletier and his wife Dorothy of Hollis; a sister-in-law, Solange Pelletier of Merrimack; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on February 17 in St. Louis de Gonzague Church in Nashua.  Burial followed in St. Louis Cemetery. 

Services and arrangements were entrusted care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua.  To view an on-line memorial, send a condolence or for more information, go to www.anctil-rochette.com. 

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Leonard Dill

Leonard Dill, 78, of Salem, died February 10, 2009, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. 

Leonard was born and educated in Saugus, MA, the son of the late Catherine (Canty) and Louis Dill.  He graduated from Saugus High School and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.  Leonard served in the Navy during World War II. 

Leonard retired from the Rockingham Race Track where he was Assistant General Manager.

He previously worked at General Electric in Lynn, MA and Avco in Lowell, MA.  Leonard was a member of the VFW Post 8546 of Salem and a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.

Leonard enjoyed playing pool, golfing and fishing.  He loved horse racing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Barry, and his grandson, Nicholas Arvanitis.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rita (Melanson) Dill of Salem; sons, Michael Dill and his wife Middy of Carlsbad, CA, and William Dill of Derry; daughter, Maureen Arvanitis of Salem; grandchildren, Heather, AmyJane and Kimberly; and great-grandchildren, Kiersten and Stavros.

A Funeral Mass was held February 18 at St. Joseph Church in Salem, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.

Donations may be made to the Nicholas Arvanitis Scholarship Fund, c/o Sovereign Bank, 125 Main Street, Salem,  NH 03079.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Eileen (Murphy) Howell

On Friday, February 13, 2009, Eileen M. Howell, beloved wife and mother of three died peacefully surrounded by loving family at Windham Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Windham .  She was 80 years old.  Daughter of the late Lena (Murphy) and Thomas Augustine “Gus” Murphy, Eileen was born in Lawrence, MA in 1928.  Eileen was a 1945 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lawrence and MacIntosh Business School.  In November of 1948 she married John J. Howell who died in 2006.  Eileen and John shared 58 years of marriage and are now once again together in eternity.

In addition to raising three children, Eileen worked for the Town of Salem, first as dispatcher for the Salem Police Department and then asAssistant Clerk of Courts, a position she retired from in the mid-1980s.

Eileen was deeply proud of her Irish heritage, and took great joy in making Irish soda bread every March 17 from her mother’s original recipe.  Corned Beef and Cabbage was never missed that day.  And above all else, right to the end, Eileen was the boss.

While she was a long-time resident of Salem, she and John retired to Florida in 1989.  Together they enjoyed 11 sunshine filled years before returning to New Hampshire in 2000 to be closer to family.  For the past year Eileen was a resident of Windham Terrace Assisted Living in Windham. 

“When a loved one becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.”  More words cannot express how deeply she will be missed.

She is survived by daughters, Patricia Rizkallah and her husband Dave of Derry, and Judy Worthington and her husband Don of Windham; son, Jack Howell and his wife Kate of Haverhill, MA; sister, Geraldine Swift and her husband Joseph of Hampstead; grandchildren, Jason Shikrallah and his wife Kim of Salem, David M. Rizkallah of Derry, and Adam Worthington of Windham; six great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Shane and Aidan Shikrallah, Zack and Jared Demers, and Kayla Rizkallah; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A granddaughter, Jennifer Rizkallah, predeceased her. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated February 17 at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 0310.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Joseph C. Pomerleau

Joseph C. Pomerleau, 82 of Salem, died February 11, 2009, at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry. 

He was born in Lawrence, MA, where he grew up and attended schools.  He lived in Salem for over 40 years and had also lived in Windham.

Mr. Pomerleau was a retired Radar System Supervisor for Raytheon Corp. in Andover, MA.  He was an Air Force veteran, serving during World War II.  He was a member of the VFW Post 8546 in Salem.  He enjoyed working on cars and appliances, and enjoyed tinkering.  He also loved animals.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl and her husband Robert Bobusia of Salem; two sons, William and his wife Fran Pomerleau of Atkinson, and Richard Pomerleau of Salem; one sister, Laura Auksolis of Methuen, MA; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, including Beverly and her husband Ronald Tremblay of Methuen. 

Funeral services were held February 17 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.  To send a message of condolence, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Donald J. Amirault

Donald J. Amirault, 77, of Salem, died Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at The LaChance Center in Gardner, MA.

Born in Haverhill, MA, son of the late Edward M. and Angelina (Thibodeau) Amirault, he attended local schools and was a member of the Haverhill Trade School Class of 1948.  He served in the Navy from 1949 until 1953 as a submariner aboard the U.S.S. Spikefish as an EM Third Class.

A resident of Salem for 32 years, Mr. Amirault was the former manager of educational materials for Grolier Publishing Co., retiring in 1978.  He has since been self employed as a hearing aid consultant as owner of The Circle of Hearing.

Mr. Amirault enjoyed physical exercise and weight training all of his life and swimming in his younger years.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lorraine (Marcoux) Amirault; a son, Gregory Amirault of South Carolina; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and James Braddock of Burbank, CA; stepsons and their wives, Alan E. and Julie Cormier of Saco, ME, and David C. Cormier, DDS and Cori Cormier of Marblehead, MA; two daughters, Paula J. Cormier of Fort Myers, FL, and Sharon E. Becotte, of Methuen, MA; three brothers, Norman Comeau of Salem, J. Edward Amirault of Grove City, Ohio, and Robert Amirault of Prince George, VA; also eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

At Mr. Amirault’s request, there will be no calling hours and services will be private.  The family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill, MA.

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Theresa R. (Nadeau) Bellefeuille

Theresa R. (Nadeau) Bellefeuille, 80, of Hudson, died February 10, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Theresa was born in Nashua on May 29, 1928 a daughter of the late Alcide and Beatrice (Pelletier) Nadeau.  She was the widow of Raymond Bellefeuille who died December 14, 1983.

Theresa was a lifetime resident of Nashua and Hudson.  She was a graduate of St. Louis High School.  Prior to her retirement, Theresa had been employed by Sprague Electric Co. for many years.  She was a member of the Ladies Guild at Blessed John XXIII at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  She loved to sew, knit, do crafts and she was an avid bingo player.  Theresa loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She was a communicant of Blessed John XXIII at St. John the Evangelist Church. 

A daughter, Pamela Durocher, predeceased her.  

She is survived by two daughters, Denise Pelchat and her husband Adrian, Jr., of Nashua, and Debra Talty and her husband Christopher of Hudson; six grandchildren, Kristopher Pelchat, Melissa Durocher, Samantha Durocher, Jonathan Durocher and his wife Tracy, Sarah Talty, and Stephanie Talty; two great-granddaughters, Abigail Durocher and Genevieve Durocher; one brother, Gerard Nadeau and his wife Marguerite of Hudson; a son-in-law, Maurice Durocher of Nashua; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 13, in Blessed John XXIII at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson at 9:30 a.m.  Burial will follow in St. Louis Cemetery.  To view an on-line memorial, send a condolence or for more information go to www.anctil-rochette.com.  Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua. 

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Grace L. (Harris) McGah Grelle

Grace L. (Harris) McGah Grelle, 91, of Sandown, died January 30, 2009, at her home.

She was born in Lynn, MA, but grew up and was educated in Charlestown, MA.  She was a resident of Sandown for the past six years, and had previously lived in Salem for 36 years.

Mrs. Grelle was a retired cook for Woodbury School in Salem.  She had also worked for Cuomo’s in Salem.  Grace was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, where she was very active, and a member of the ladies sodality and bible study group.  She enjoyed hopping in the car for day trips with her loving friend Deb Reitano and enjoyed traveling.

Her first husband, David L. McGah, her second, Frank Grelle, and two daughters, Dorothy Miller and Alice Hartnett, predeceased her.

She is survived by her daughter, Regina and her husband Scott Wilson of Sandown; her faithful companion Gretchen with whom she resided; Maria Harrington and her husband Tim of Sarasota, FL; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Blake of Norton, MA; four sons, Leo Jr. and his wife Jeanne Blake of Malden, MA, Charles and his wife Jacqueline Blake of Raynham, MA, Richard Blake of Arizona, and Francis McGah of Derry; a sister, Muriel Harris of Idaho; many grandchildren, including Jessa McCartney and her companion Seth Austin of Burlington, VT, Elaine Newton and her husband Anthony of Galax, VA, Kathleen Pokraka and her husband Glen of North Falmouth, MA, and Chris Blake and his wife Lisa of Hampton, VA ; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated February 3 at St. Joseph Church, Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send an online condolence, please read her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Maurice M. Moody, Jr.

Maurice M. Moody, Jr.; 57, of Hudson, died January 14, 2009, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, surrounded by his loving family.  After receiving a liver donation from his son Michael in July of 2007, Maurice continued to battle with various ailments.

Born on May 21, 1951, in Exeter, he was the son of the late Maurice M. and Alice (Kirwin) Moody, Sr.

Maurice moved to the Hudson area as a young boy and was educated in the local schools; he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Nathaniel Hawthorne University.  Maurice worked in sales for IMPCO for over 30 years, and in his spare time was a coach for over 15 years in Hudson with Little league, Pop Warner and Basketball.  He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 48.  He also enjoyed kayaking, cooking, traveling and spending time with his family.

Besides his parents Maurice was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Ranney.

Maurice is survived by his wife of 38 years Betty Lou (Drake) Moody; his two sons, Derek Moody and Michael Moody, both of Bedford; three brothers, John Moody and his wife Judy of Derry, Robert Moody and his wife Nancy of Mississippi, and Stephen Moody and his wife Lisa of Nashua; one sister, Diane Flechtner of South Portland, ME; as well as a close and supportive sister-in-law, Cheri Sweeney, who went to doctors appointments and helped Betty and Maurice with whatever they needed; two grandsons, Calvin and Nathan Moody; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Joseph Vatcher of Litchfield; and two godchildren, Kathy Sarno of Londonderry, and Lindsey O’Connell of Hollis.

A service was held in the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home in Nashua on January 19.  Contributions may be made in Maurice’s memory to Live Liver Donations Program, Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. 

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Kenneth McKay Moore

Kenneth McKay Moore, 85, of Hudson, died January 30, 2009, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

He was born August 30, 1923, in Nashua, son of the late Earl and Vesta (Harris) Moore.  Ken was also predeceased by three brothers, Edwin Moore, Robert Moore, and Harold Moore, as well as by two sisters, Doris Post and Marjorie Bancroft.

Ken was the husband of Henrietta (Cayer) Moore of Hudson, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

For nearly 20 years Ken owned and operated Moore’s General Store in Hudson.  He was later employed with Hayward’s Dairy in Nashua and then Johns Manville, from which he retired.  Ken was a World War II Navy veteran who served on the USS Abbot and held membership with the American Legion Hudson Post 48 and the Hudson Seniors.  He also enjoyed bowling and playing Bingo.

Besides his loving wife, Henrietta, survivors include a son and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth E. and Karen Moore of Hudson; a daughter, Marlene Moore of Derry and her significant other, Greg Pegram of Haverhill, MA; a brother, Gordon Moore of Cincinnati, OH; two grandchildren, Justin Moore of Hudson and Travis Moore of Gilford; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on February 2 in St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Cynthia (Karnes) Noonan

Cynthia D. (Karnes) Noonan of Salem died January 27, 2009, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Cynthia was born in California and grew up in Salem, graduating from the Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School in Andover, MA.  She was employed at Air Gas East, Inc. in the Accounting Department in Salem. 

Cynthia enjoyed music and playing the guitar.  She was a devoted mother and loved spending time with her family.

Her father, Robert Karnes, and her brother-in-law, Stephen Noonan, predeceased her.

She is survived by her husband, David Noonan of Salem; a son, Joshua Noonan of Salem; her mother, Marjorie (Salter) Badger of Manchester; brothers, David Karnes, and Robert Karnes and his wife Karen of Manchester; her father and mother-in-law, Michael and Marylou Noonan of Bradford, MA; brother-in-law, Michael Noonan and his wife Joel of Lawrence, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held February 4 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Inturnment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joshua Noonan Trust Fund, c/o Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union, 436 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Gloria M. (Staudt) Notter

Gloria M. (Staudt) Notter, 80, of Hudson, died January 24, 2009, at her home after a short illness.

Born on February 11, 1928, in Jersey City, NJ, daughter of the late John and Marie (Jennings) Staudt.  Gloria was also the loving wife of the late William J. Notter of Hudson and was also predeceased by one sister, Carol Staudt.

Gloria enjoyed buying and selling antiques, yard sales, bottle digging and spending time in her garden along with spending time with family and friends.

Gloria is survived by four daughters, Patricia Duval and her husband Norbert of Brookline, Susan Guillou of Seminole, FL, Virginia Notter and her husband Edward Poliquin of New Ipswich, and Donna Notter and her fiancé Robert Landers of Marlboro, MA; two brothers, Jack Staudt of Jersey City, and Jerry Staudt of Palisades Park, NJ; a sister, Mary Stiles of Palm Bay, FL; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Helen D. (Hadfield) Pendergast

Helen D. (Hadfield) Pendergast, 82, of Salem, died January 28, 2009, at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA.  She had lived in St. Petersburg, FL for 20 years.

Helen was educated in Methuen, MA and graduated from the Edward F. Searles High School.  She later graduated from the Merrimack Business School.

Helen enjoyed life and people.  She was the happiest when she was busy and planning an event to make other people happy.  When she retired and moved to Florida many years ago, she became very active at Robert’s Mobile Home Park.  She ran Bingo on Wednesdays and Fridays, she hosted many holiday parties at her home, she organized trips often arranging rides and made thousands of tickets and signs for events held at the park.

Helen will always be loved, remembered and missed by her family and many friends.

Her husband, Henry “Harry” Pendergast, and her brother, James Hadfield, predeceased her.

She is survived by two brothers, John Hadfield and his wife Shirley of San Diego, CA, and Dr. Arthur Hadfield and his wife Claire of Waterford, CT; a sister, Sylvia and her husband Ernest Hatem of Salem; a sister-in-law, Nancy Hadfield of St. Petersburg, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Phillip A. Thorp

Phillip A. Thorp, 54, of Pelham, died January 28, 2009, at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA after a courageous battle with cancer.

Phil was the son of the late Malcolm and Rose Thorp.  He grew up and was educated in Salem, and graduated from Salem High School.  He later graduated from Southern New Hampshire University.  Phil was a resident of Pelham for 30 years.

Phil was an entrepreneur and owned and operated the General Rental Station in Salem for many years.  He also owned and operated Salem Rubbish Removal for 20 years.  Most recently, he was employed at the Pelham Post Office as a local carrier.

Phil was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed the Boston Red Sox.  He was a beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend and those who knew him will miss his sense of humor and will remember him as a kind and caring person.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Yvonne (Martelli) Thorp of Pelham; daughters, Christine Thorp and Janine Thorp of Dover; a sister, Linda and her husband Tony Petteruti of Salem; a brother, Malcolm Thorp and his wife Gwen of San Jose, CA; his mother-in-law, Anna Martelli of Pelham; a brother-in-law, Arthur Martelli of Nahant, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held January 31 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA  01843.

For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Norma Weber

Norma Weber; 73, of Hudson, died February 1, 2009, surrounded by her family.

Born on November 11, 1935, in Liverpool, England, she was the daughter of the late Sydney and Elsie (Tinsley) Ashcroft.

Norma was employed as a proof reader for W.E. Andrews in Bedford, MA for over 13 years.  Norma enjoyed reading, doing various crafts, talking and spending time with friends and family, bird watching and last, but not least, shopping.  She has been a resident of Hudson for 13 years, relocating from Bedford.

Besides her parents Norma was predeceased by her husband, John F. Weber, in 1999; two sons, John F. Weber in 1996, and Michael Robert Weber in 1953; two brothers, George Tinsley and Sydney Ashcroft; and one sister who died as a baby.

Norma is survived by a daughter, Roxanne Weber of Hudson; a daughter-in-law, Tammy Weber and her companion Raymond Gagne of Litchfield; three sisters, Jean Ord, Patricia Evans and her husband Stan, and Adrian Turner and her husband Charlie, all of Liverpool, England; four grandchildren, John F. Weber, Jr.; Gerard Weber, Michael R. Weber and Steven Weber; a great-grandchild, Olivia Rose Weber and two step-great-grandchildren, Connor Gagne and Angelina Gagne.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley Street in Nashua.  A service will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.  Burial will take place at the convenience of the family at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Hudson.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Norma’s memory to the Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  To sign an online guestbook or view a video tribute go to www.mem.com. 

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William R. Bourque

William R. Bourque, 87, of Windham, died on January 25, 2009, at the Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA, after a short illness.

William was born in Lawrence on March 10, 1921, where he grew up and was educated, graduating from Lawrence High School.  He was a resident of Windham for the past 28 years.

William was a firefighter in Lawrence for 32 years, stationed at Engine 8 on Tower Hill and also was employed during this time as a union welder for Process Engineering in order to support his wife and family of seven children.  He had previously worked before and after World War II at the Quincy Naval Shipyard.  William enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and served bravely in the Pacific Theatre for the remainder of World War II.

William was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, the International Association of Firefighters, the Boilermakers of America, and the Holy Name Society of Lawrence.  He loved fixing clocks and enjoyed carpentry.  William especially loved spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Janet M. Bourque, and his beloved wife of 56 years, Florence A. (Berube) Bourque.

He is survived by three sons, Ronald Bourque of Windham, Michael Bourque of Windham, and Frank Bourque and his wife Sandy of Raymond; three daughters, Pauline and her husband William Kane of Derry, Marie and her husband Robert Brown of Derry, and Doris and her husband Mark Alfano of Salem; two sisters, Eva Anderson and Ellen Mailloux of Methuen, MA; 20 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held January 28 at St. Joseph Church in Salem; burial followed in Cemetery on the Plain in Windham.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Gordon Loring French

Gordon Loring French of Nashua died peacefully surrounded by family on January 26, 2009.

He was born an June 1, 1926, son of the late Harold and Maude (Sargent) French.  He grew up on a small family farm in Hudson and attended grammar and junior high school there.  He attended Nashua High School where he was captain of the baseball team and co-captain of the basketball and track teams.  Upon graduation from high school, Gordon entered the Navy Officer V-12 program at Dartmouth College in Hanover during World War II and was commissioned as a lieutenant.  After only two and a half years at Dartmouth, Gordon received his bachelor degree.  The war ended about this time and Gordon began teaching at the Milford School in Milford, CT.

In the summer of 1947 he met Bette Haug and they were married nine months later.  This same year he began a new teaching position in Henniker.  In 1949, he joined his father at the French Insurance Agency and Bette conceived their first child (Rick).

A couple of years later, during the Korean War, he was recalled into the Navy as an intelligence officer, which brought the family to Washington, DC for two years.  While in Washington, they had their second child (Brenda) who passed on after living four days, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Following his military service, they moved back to New Hampshire where he continued work at the agency.  After his father retired, Gordon continued the family business, successfully leading it for many years.

As his family grew, he was always involved in his children's activities, including coaching basketball for his two boys and attending his daughter’s track, cheerleading, and diving meets.  For many years, he served as an Alvirne Trustee and contributed to the community in a number of other ways.  In his later years, Gordon and Bette traveled extensively to California, across the United States, Europe, and once around the world, which he recalls as his favorite trip.  Gordon will be remembered for his gentle manner, kindness, integrity, humbleness, and generosity to all that knew him.  He will be dearly missed and always laved by his family, friends, relatives, and employees.

Survivors include Bette, his wife of 60 years; his sister Patricia Rogers and her spouse Avard Rogers; his son and daughter-in-law Rick and Ann French of Hudson; his daughters Bobbie French of Nashua, Carol Angell of Nashua, Sandy and son-in-law John Sup of Gold River, CA; son and daughter-in-law Chuck and Jan French of Durham, NC, daughter and son-in-law Judie and John Fisher of Nashua; three granddaughters, Katie French, Marilynn Angell, and McKenzie Sup; five grandsons, Derek Sup, Tyler French, and Casey, Kyle, and Peyton Fisher.

Funeral services will be held at the First Church of Nashua, One Concord Street, Nashua, on Friday, January 30, at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, PO Box 3116, Nashua, NH 03060; the Nashua Children's Home, 125 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03064; or the Corpus Christi Food Pantry, 43 Franklin Street, Nashua NH 03064.

Arrangements are in the care of the Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua.

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Berthe (Maurice) Gowdy

Berthe (Maurice) Gowdy, 80, of Hudson, died January 21, 2009, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by her loving family.

Berthe was born in Central Falls, RI on December 22, 1928, daughter of the late Ronaldo and Suzanne (Miller) Maurice.  For 57 years she was happily married to Donald Gowdy of Hudson.

Berthe was formerly a Registered Nurse in Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg, MA.  Berthe enjoyed quilting and belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America for over 40 years.  She played an active role in the Meals on Wheels program among many other volunteer organizations that she contributed to throughout her life.

Besides her loving husband, Berthe is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, Marc and Rebecca Gowdy of South Berwick, ME, Bruce Gowdy and Eve of Oakland, CA, and Scott and Michelle Gowdy of Wilmington, NC; two daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia and Mustafa Malik of Cheverly, MD, and Mary Gowdy of Keene; four brothers, Roland and Onide Maurice, both of New Brunswick, Noel Maurice of Waltham, MA, and Ronald Maurice of New Brunswick; six sisters, Therese Geneau of Marlboro, MA, Pauline Smith of Quebec, Fernande April of New Brunswick, Norea Maurice of Quebec, Bernette Black of Paris, TX and Blondine Phoebus of British Columbia; seven grandchildren, Benjamin Gowdy of South Berwick, ME, Stuart Gowdy of Chapel Hill, NC, Alia Malik (active Peace Corps:  El Salvador), Jaheed Malik of St. Paul, MN, Alyssa Gowdy of Wilmington, NC, Brendan Gowdy of Las Vegas, NV, and Heather Gowdy of Millersville, PA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on January 26 in St. Kathryn Church, Hudson.  The family requests donations be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054 and/or the LifeRaft Group, 40 Galesi Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Rose Marie (Kasouf) Lambert

Rose Marie (Kasouf) Lambert, 80, of Salem, and Clearwater, FL, died January 22, 2009, at Palm Garden in Clearwater. 

Rose Marie was born and educated in Lawrence, MA, the daughter of Zedin and Freda Kasouf; she graduated from Lawrence High School.  She was a self-employed Home Health Aide for many years in Salem and Clearwater. 

Rose Marie gave generously of her time volunteering for numerous organizations.  She was a wonderful cook.  Rose Marie was also a Eucharistic Minister for the Espiritu Sancto Church in Safety Harbor, FL.

Rose Marie was predeceased by her husband, Cretes C. Lambert, and her son, Joseph Lambert.

She is survived by sons, Paul Lambert and his wife Susan of Methuen, MA, Dennis Lambert and his wife Laura of Chicago, IL, Michael Lambert and Kevin Lambert, both of Salem; a brother, James Kasouf and his wife Rosemarie of Salem; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held January 28 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.

Memorial contributions in Rose Marie’s name may be made to Lazarus House Ministries, PO Box 408, Lawrence, MA 01842. 

For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Raymond F. Lundberg, Sr.

Raymond F. Lundberg, Sr., 80, a life-long resident of Salem, died January 22, 2009, at his home in Salem after a long illness.  He was the son of the late Irving Wadworth and Myrtie Mabel (Wilson) Lundberg.

Ray was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Town of Salem.  He and his wife owned and operated R. Lundberg and Sons Septic Service before transferring the business to his sons.  Ray was an antique car enthusiast who owned and restored many antique cars winning many first place trophies in car shows.  He was a member of the Antique Auto Club of America, the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, the Horseless Carriage Club of America, and the Granite State Antique Auto Club.  Ray had a 1924 Rickenbacker Touring Car that was in the movie The Great Gatsby.  Ray co-owned a stock car in the early 1960s, which was driven by Ollie Silva.  He also enjoyed coin collecting.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Kenneth and Theron Lundberg, and his sister, Florence Kezer.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Claire Yvonne (Bourdelais) Lundberg; two sons, Raymond F. Lundberg, Jr. and his wife Pam of Salem, and Cliff Lundberg and his wife Terrie of Salem; a sister, Evelyn and her husband Rodney Kezer of Salem; seven grandchildren, Nicole Yvonne Lundberg, Robin Lynn Lundberg, Jolene Marie Lundberg, Raymond Franklin Lundberg, III, Trevor Matthew Lundberg, Shawn Michael Barnes and his wife Rana, Brooke Krystal and her husband David McGibbon; two great-granddaughters, Kelsey Elizabeth McGibbon and Maryam Makayla Barnes; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on January 26 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.

To send a message of condolence, go to www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Dominick J. Violi

Dominick J. Violi, 72, of Windham, died January 22, 2009, at his home.

Dominick was born in Brooklyn, NY, where he grew up, and lived in Long Island, NY, before moving to Norwalk, CT where he graduated from Norwalk High School.  He served his country in the Army.  Dominick was Vice President of Sourcing for Lowell Shoe and Rockport.  He also consulted with HBN.

Dominick was a member of St. Mark’s Masonic Lodge in Derry.  He enjoyed cooking, fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Huth) Violi of Windham; sons, Robert Violi and his wife Mary of Columbus, OH, and Christopher Violi of Windham; daughters, Cindy Violi-Vytal and her husband Barry Vytal of Londonderry, and Jill Violi of Windham; a brother, James Violi of Hong Kong; sisters, Joan Thompson of Marietta, GA, and Marie Musco of Orange, CT; grandchildren, Amanda Weinstein, Brittany Vytal, Matthew Vytal; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held January 27 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial was in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Health and Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060, or to St. David’s Episcopal Church, 231 Main Street, Salem, NH 03079.

For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Charlotte I. Cleary

Charlotte I. (Clark) “Chuckie” Putnam Cleary, 76, of Salem, died January 6, 2009, at her home in Salem.

She was born in Reading, MA, where she grew up and attended schools.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 54 years.

Chuckie was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem, a former 4-H Leader and a member of the Model T Club in Salem.  She enjoyed working on the family farm where she loved taking care of the animals and birds.  She will be remembered for her crafting and her smile.  She enjoyed sailing, downhill skiing, and was an avid music lover, and played the violin in the Reading Symphony.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Stillman Putnam.

She is survived by her husband Clifford Cleary of Salem; sons, Roger and his wife Margaret Putnam of Salem, and Stanley and his wife Diane Putnam of Fowler, NY; daughters, Catherine and her husband Michael Kopacz of Chester, and Marjorie and her husband Richard Olson of Lebanon; and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held January 11 at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Salem.  Cremation followed.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 8 Pleasant Street, Salem, NH 03079.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.

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Maureen Collins

Maureen Collins, 64, of Plaistow, died January 6, 2009, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

She was born in Lawrence, MA, and grew up in Salem and was a resident of the Plaistow community for the past 25 years.  Maureen was an active volunteer at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MAPCA) in Methuen, MA as well as at the Emmaus House in Haverhill, MA.  Maureen enjoyed taking classes at Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) in Salem.  She was also an active member of the Vic Geary Senior Center in Plaistow.

Maureen will be remembered for the unconditional love she had for everyone she knew.  Her family and extended family at Region 10 Community Services were most important to her.

She was predeceased by her parents, Alfred J. and Elizabeth R. (Cavanaugh) Collins.

She is survived by her brother, Michael and his wife Laurie Collins of Salem; three sisters, Kathleen and her husband Thomas Murphy of Chester, Eileen Collins of New York, NY, and Colleen and her husband Hank Drugan of Salem; seven nieces and nephews, Daniel Collins Murphy, Kate Elizabeth Minichiello, Matthew Collins Drugan, Kelly Colleen Drugan, Allison Elizabeth Collins, Kelsey Mildred Collins, and Jack Collins Drosinos; several aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

Maureen will be missed by her roommates of many years, Susan and Shelly.

A funeral Mass was celebrated January 10 Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Burial followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, MA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Region 10, 8 Commerce Drive, Atkinson, NH 03811.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.

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Beatrice E. (Gallagher) Dahl

Beatrice E. (Gallagher) Dahl, 82, of Hudson, died at Fairview Nursing Home on January 9, 2009 surrounded by loving family.

Beatrice was born in Concord on June 24, 1926, daughter of the late Arthur E. and Martha (Gosselin) Gallagher and was the loving wife of Henry E. Dahl who predeceased her.  She was also predeceased by a daughter, Bonita J. Ranfos; a stepdaughter, Marya Cunningham; a brother, Arthur E. Gallagher Jr.; a sister, Alfredia Gibbs; and a great-grandson, Brandon Nadeau.

Beatrice was a long-term member of the Salvation Army Church and was an avid bowler and competitive Scrabble player, but above all she enjoyed her family time.

Beatrice is survived by two daughters, Betty Boucher and her husband Paul of Raleigh, NC, and Sharon Cornin and her husband Robert of Salem; 18 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours were held on January 14 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  The family has requested that donations be made to Home Health & Hospice, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060, and/or the Fair View Nursing Home, Activities Department, 203 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Peter M. DiMarino Sr.

Peter M. DiMarino Sr., 75, of Salem, NH, died Saturday at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA.  He was born in East Boston, MA, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 40 years.

Peter was a builder for Norden Homes in Burlington, MA and built several homes in Salem, NH.  He was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post on Woburn, MA.  Peter was a co-founder of Salem Youth Hockey, where he enjoyed teaching hockey and skating to Salem youths.  He loved golf, Lake Winnipesauke, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother Nicholas DiMarino.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Norden) DiMarino of Salem, NH; four sons, Anthony DiMarino of Malden, MA, Carl Lewis of Tampa, FL, Danny Lewis & Liz Tsagaris of Salem, NH, Peter Jr. & Kristin DiMarino of Salem, NH; three daughters, Christine “Cookie” DiMarino of Everett, MA, Linda & John Gravell of Everett, MA, Debra & Jim Fraser of Wilmington, MA; three sisters, Josephine DeMarco & Mary Puccillo of Medford, MA, Angie Albano of East Boston, MA, & Rosie DiMarino of Revere, MA; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, January 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 22 at 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, MA.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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James L. Johnson

James L. Johnson, 49, of Salem, funeral director at Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, died December 24, 2008, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease.

Jimmy was born in Lawrence, MA and grew up and was educated in Salem, graduating from Salem High School in 1978.  He graduated cum laude from the New England Institute of Anatomy and Embalming in Boston, MA, where he received the humanitarian award.

Jimmy was a co-founder of Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem where he started the firm with J. Tyler Douglas in 1991.  He previously worked for Goundrey Funeral Home and Salem Coca Cola.  Jimmy was past president of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association and was installed in 2006.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Peterson Council 4442 in Salem and the fourth degree Bishop Peterson Assembly 0614.  Jimmy was a member of the Derry Salem Elks, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, where in 1993 was co-chair of the ambassador committee, he served on the Salem VNA Board of Directors and he served with the United Way for several years.

Jimmy will always be remembered for his humor, his compassion for people, and his commitment for serving families in the greater Salem and Windham area.

He is survived by his daughter, Melanie and her husband Luke Gendron of Windham; son, Matthew J. Johnson of Salem; parents, Thomas, Jr., and Dorothy (Richardson) Johnson of Salem; companion and caretaker, Maureen Covey of Salem; brother, Thomas “Timmy” Johnson III of Salem; sisters, Linda and her husband Furman Kelly of Colorado, Susan and her husband Ralph Foster of Methuen, MA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated December 30 at St. Matthew Church, Windham.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions in Jimmy’s name may be sent to the Salem Boys and Girls Club, 3 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Deborah L. Kaczor

Deborah L. Kaczor, 49, of Salem, died January 8, 2009, at her home.

She was born in Lawrence, MA, grew up and was educated in Salem where she graduated from Salem High School in 1977.  She later attended and graduated from Essex Agricultural College in Hawthorne, MA, with a certificate in dog grooming.  She was a long time resident of Salem, but had also lived in the greater Boston, MA, area.

Deborah worked for Greystone Farms in Salem.  She was also an animal groomer in the Boston area, which was her passion.  Debbie enjoyed watching comedy, especially Family Guy and the Three Stooges.  She also enjoyed heavy metal music, and reading Steven King novels.  Most of all she loved animals, had a big heart, and was very generous to other people in need.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Carol (Jaworski) Kaczor of Salem; a sister, Dawn Kaczor and her husband Arnold Wong of Groveland, MA; her maternal grandmother, Irene Jaworski of Methuen, MA; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service took place January 12 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Debbie’s name to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 SARL Drive, Salem, NH 03079, or to the Lazarus House, 260 Park Street, Lawrence, MA 01841.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Peter Krikorian, Sr.

Peter Krikorian, Sr., 91, of Salem, died on January 12, 2009, at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA.  Mr. Krikorian was born in Detroit, MI, and came to Salem as a young boy.  He lived in Everett, MA for 15 years.  He served with the Navy during World War II.  Prior to retirement he worked as a stitcher at Stride Rite Shoe Company, Roxbury, MA.  Peter loved making trips to Las Vegas and Foxwoods and was an avid race horse fan.

The widower of Mary (Kashishian) Krikorian, his family members include his son, Peter Krikorian, Jr., of Salem; his daughter, Laurie M. and her husband Scott D. Meneades of Salem; two grandchildren, Matthew and Michelle Meneades; his sister, Mary Bedrosian of Salem; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 16, at 11 a.m. at the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Service.  Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.  To send an online condolence, visit, www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Eleanor M. Lawlor

Eleanor M. (Roberge) Lawlor, 78, of Salem, died December 23, 2008, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua. 

She was born in Lawrence, MA, where she grew up and attended schools and graduated from Lawrence High School.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 43 years.  Mrs. Lawlor was a retired high-level manager for the Internal Revenue Service in Andover, MA, where she worked for 30 years.  She was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Eleanor enjoyed spending time with her family and especially she loved to attend her grandchildren’s events.

She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Lawlor; brothers, William and Francis Roberge; sisters, Rita Roberge Wefers, Dorothy Roberge Barker; and brother-in-law, Thomas Ruffen.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellen and her husband Timothy Bosch of Windham; two grandsons, John Lawlor Bosch and David Lawlor Bosch; one brother, John and his wife Ellen Roberge of San Diego, CA; two sisters, Helen Claire and her husband Harold Cole of Methuen, MA and Marylou Ruffen of Salem; a brother-in-law, John C. Barker of Tyngsborough, MA; a sister-in-law, Camille Roberge of Methuen; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated December 29 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Inturnment followed in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, North Andover, MA.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem High School Chorus, Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079, or to the Activities Fund, Alzheimer’s Unit , Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare, 55 Harris Road, Nashua, NH 03062.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Thelma O. (Fifield) Lemire

Thelma O. (Fifield) Lemire, 100, longtime resident of Hudson, died at The Courville of Nashua on January 7, 2009.

Mrs. Lemire was born March 4, 1908 in Nashua, a daughter of the late Merton K. and Anna (Brown) Fifield.  She was educated in the Nashua school system, graduating in 1926.

In her younger years, Mrs. Lemire was the receptionist at W.T. Grant Co.  Later she was a receptionist at Rowell and Miller Electrical Contractors. 

A Hudson resident since 1931, she held membership in the former Hudson Fortnightly Club, Hudson Grange #11, where she held the Office of Chaplain for 47 years, as well as a member of Pomona, State and National Grange.  She was also a long-standing member of the Hudson Seniors and over the years devoted her time whenever needed as well as her handwork for annual fairs.  She enjoyed weekly card games and was especially fond of Bingo. 

Thelma had many interests in her life.  She did all her own canning of fruit and vegetables from her garden, managed to sew most of her clothes, those for her daughter and then grandchildren and did a lot of knitting and crocheting as well as quilting.  She also took up painting and has many to show her efforts.  Throughout her lifetime, she had a love of poetry and the International Library of Poets and Famous Poets Society had published many of her poems.  Thelma is also one of the current holders of the Boston Post Cane presented by the Hudson Historical Society.  She was a member of Hudson Baptist Church.

She was the widow of Alfred W. Lemire who died in 1964 and was predeceased by a brother, Bernard Fifield, a sister, Vera Fifield, and a son, William A. Lemire.

Survivors include a daughter, Joanne Briand of Hudson; a daughter-in-law, Betty Lemire of St. Petersburg, FL; eight grandchildren, Bruce and Mary Lou Briand and Carol and Martin Sheil of Hudson, Brenda Thompson, Allan Lemire, Cindy and Roger Light and Debra Lemire of Florida, William Lemire and Sandi of Abbottstown, PA, and Michael and Patricia of Zeigler, Ill; as well as 15 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren; a niece, Janet Fifield and a nephew, Richard Brown; many cousins and dear friends. 

A funeral service was held January 13 at the Davis Funeral Home in Nashua officiated by Reverend David Howe.  Interment Prayers and Burial followed in Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua. 

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to the Hudson Seniors Building Fund, 5 Jackson Street, Hudson, NH 03051, or the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064. 

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Phillip J. “Buddy” McColgan, Jr.

Philip J. "Buddy" McColgan Jr. of Pelham N.H., passed away on January 16, 2009 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born August 23, 1926 to Philip and Mary (Curran) McColgan of Stoneham, MA.

In 1943 he left St Patrick's High School to enlist in the U.S Navy where he served throughout the South Pacific with the 37th Special Seabee Battalion.  He returned from the war and went to work for the Boston Globe where he worked for 42 years as a Journeymen Pressmen.  He was a proud member of the Boston Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union Local 3N for 62 years.

He was active in politics and served as the Town Moderator in Stoneham, MA and Pelham, NH.  A resident of Pelham N.H. since 1971, he served as State Representative and was a member of both the Budget and Municipal Building Committees.  Buddy appreciated the democratic process and enjoyed a good debate.  He was passionate about history and often shared stories of the Civil War that he learned about from battlefield tours and numerous books.  He could captivate any audience with his singing and storytelling.  He was also a volunteer coach for the Pelham Little League and Southern New Hampshire Youth Hockey programs for many years.

His love of aviation lead him to a lifelong passion for flying.  An avid pilot, he received his private pilot's license on the G.I. Bill and continued to fly his Fairchild, "My Jo,” well into his seventies.  Philip had an unparalleled passion for life.  He treasured his wife and family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Joan (Severance) McColgan, son and daughter-in-law Philip III and Suzette McColgan, three daughters and sons-in-law, Lawrence and Cheryl Hall, Bruce and Maureen Couture and James and Karen Riddle all of Pelham N.H.  He leaves twelve grandchildren, Joanne (Couture) and husband, Santiago DeOleo, Barry and Jacqueline Couture, Patrick, Courtney, Meghan and Daniel Hall, Christopher and Mark LaFrance, and Philip IV, Conor and Molly McColgan.  He is predeceased by siblings Edward and Ruth McColgan and Rosemary Marshall.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the wonderful caregivers at Merrimack Valley Dialysis Center.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA.  A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, January 22, 2009 at St. Patrick's Church, 12 Main Street, Pelham, NH.  Family and friends are invited to gather directly at the church Thursday morning for the 10:00 a.m. service.

Memorial Donations may be made to Children's Hospital, Dr Elizabeth Blume, 7u Cardiac Transplant Program, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, Ma 02115.

For directions or to sign the guest register, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.

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Beverly (Squires) McCormick

Beverly (Squires) McCormick, 67, of Salem, formerly of Malden, MA, died January 9, 2009, after a long illness at Kindered Healthcare in Peabody, MA.  She was born October 21, 1941 in Somerville, MA to the beloved Helen and James Squires.  Beverly resided with her loving husband, Michael McCormick in Salem for the past 15 years. 

She was a dear mother of four children, Michael McCormick of Salem, David and Kristine McCormack of Hampstead, Moireen and Robert Lanzo (McCormack) of Sandown, and a beloved mother of the late Kevin McCormick; and a loving “Nana” to seven grandchildren, Amanda, Jillian, Caitlin, Nicole, Joshua, Owen and Connor.  She is survived by siblings, Carol Walker, Joseph and Diane Squires, James and Lorraine Squires, and Moireen DesMuele.  She was also known as a devoted “Aunt Bev” to many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, January 14 in St. Joseph Church, Salem.  Arrangements were under the care of the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Salem.  To send an online condolence, visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com. 

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Mildred ‘Millie’ McCoy

Mildred “Millie” McCoy, 88, of Hudson, died January 6, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 20, 1920 in Nashua, daughter of the late Norman and Ethel Mary (Smith) Wheeler.  She was predeceased by her husband Ernest McCoy in 1979.  She was also predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Jean McCoy and a grandson, Brian McCoy.

Millie was employed for many years with a variety of Nashua merchants including Martha’s Sweet Shop, Amy’s Dress Shop and Miller’s.  She later became a receptionist at Dr. Von Oldenburg’s office in Nashua.  In her earlier years she enjoyed being a Life Guard at the Nashua YMCA.  Millie loved to volunteer whether it was as being a Girl Scout leader, teaching religious education at the Hudson Community Church, being a grade school tutor, or spending time at St. Joseph Hospital, she found great joy in helping others.  She was also a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Tom and Nancy McCoy of Meredith, Dana McCoy of Hudson, and Norman and Jan McCoy of Hudson; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Richard Wheeler of Hudson, and Norman and Ann Wheeler of Concord; an uncle, Paul Wheeler of Hudson; as well as six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service took place on January 10 in the Community Church of Hudson.  A spring burial will take place in Westview Cemetery in Hudson.  Donations may be made in Millie’s loving memory to the non-profit charity founded in her grandson’s name, the Brian McCoy Alvirne Scholarship Fund, 100 Ferry Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Timothy D. McGuire

Timothy D. McGuire, 43, a life-long resident of Salem, died January 11, 2009, at his home.

He was born in Methuen, MA, the son of the late Robert E. and Irene M. (Downing) McGuire.

Tim graduated from Salem High School and later attended college.

Timothy was a former real estate agent for ERA, and Century 21 Allard Realty in Salem.  He had also worked for Fretters Super Store.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, and an active member of the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge.  Tim was also in the Army, serving in the 101st Air Assault.  He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and family.

Tim was predeceased by his brother, Edward McGuire.

He is survived by his daughter, Corey Ann McGuire of Methuen, MA; two brothers, Kevin and his wife Gayle McGuire of Derry, and Robert and his wife Annette McGuire of Salem; a sister, Faith Ann Mason of Malden, MA; his former wife, Robin Padvaiskas of Methuen; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held January 16 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  To send a message of condolence, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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John W. ‘Jack’ Prestosz

John W. “Jack” Prestosz, 66, of Derry, died January 13, 2009, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

Jack was born in Lawrence, MA the son of the late Helen (Piliponis) and John Prestosz.  He grew up in Salem graduating from Woodbury High School.  He later graduated from New Hampshire Tech in Concord.  Jack was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the Navy.

Jack was a retired Lieutenant with the Salem Fire Department.  He was a member of the International Firefighters Association and the Salem VFW Memorial Post #8546.  He loved hunting and fishing in his bass boat.

His brother, Robert Prestosz, predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife, Judith (Cole) Prestosz of Derry; daughters, Christine Prestosz of Salem, and Deborah and her husband Matthew Majersky of CA; son, Robert and his wife Amanda Denise of Raymond; sisters, Kathleen Lenzen of Rochester, Janet Fyles of Manchester; and grandchildren, Robert Jameson Denise, Joshua Alex Denise, and Baby M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110.  Arrangements are under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Roland Joseph Richard

Roland J. Richard, 84, of Salem, died January 2, 2009, at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry. 

Roland was born and educated in Methuen, MA.  He was a resident of Salem for 44 years.

Roland had worked for Butcher Boy Market in North Andover, MA for many years.  He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II.  Roland was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church and VFW Post # 8546 in Salem.  He enjoyed fishing and horses.

Roland was predeceased by his wife, Theresa (Cormier) Richard; his daughter Donna Olsen; and his grandsons Brock and Andy Soly.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas and his wife Donna Richard of Salem, and John and his wife Claire Richard of Merrimack; a daughter, Joyce Hopper of New Hampshire; six grandchildren, Melissa Richard, Marie Soly, Teresa, Kelsey, Logan, and Travis Hopper; a great-granddaughter, Alana Richard; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held January 5 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem.  Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA.  01844.  the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Douglas Lee Roix

Douglas Lee Roix, 57, of Plaistow, NH, passed away on Sunday, January 18th after a long illness at Merrimack Valley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends.  He was born in Presque Isle, ME the son of Richard Roix of Salem, NH and Glenna (Graham) Dempsey of Bristol, CT.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sue (McCarron) Roix, son, Gregory Roix and his fiancé, Kathy Pavnick, daughters and son-in-laws, Kristy and Marty Melucci and Amie and Christopher Black and 5 grandchildren, Alexis and Ashley Roix, Mia and Martin Melucci, Jr. and Christopher Angus Black.

Doug is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Diana (Roix) and Kenneth Lundberg, twin brother Donald Roix and his wife Patricia, sister Robin Lassy, sister and brother-in-law Pamela and Raymond Lundberg, brothers and sisters-in-law Bruce and Nancie Bilodeau, Glenn Bilodeau, Todd and Teri Bilodeau and John and Gizzy Dempsey, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and his extended family, father-in-law, Richard Usher, Sr, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Lynn McCarron and Richard Usher, Jr. and many dear friends, and last but by no means the least, his purrrr paw friend, Molly.

He was a long time employee in the computer field at Wang Laboratories and a mechanical technician for a number of years at Johnson & Johnston Associates.

He was an avid golfer and took great enjoyment in the out of doors, hiking, fishing, canoeing and was #1 Fan of John Wayne.

Doug (Papa) will be forever missed and remain forever in our hearts.

He was predeceased by his loving and caring grandparents, Phebe (Adams) and Sidney Roix,  his father’s wife, Arleen Roix, his mother’s husband, John Dempsey, his mother in law, Mary Usher, brothers, Harold and David Bilodeau and brother-in-law, James McCarron.

Donations in Doug’s memory will be most appreciated by the family and can be made to St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 187 East Rd., Hampstead, NH 03841.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date at the convenience of his family.

Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH is handling the arrangements.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com

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Charles J. Tommasi

Charles J. Tommasi, 84, of Salem, died January 8, 2009, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.

Charles was born and educated in Lawrence, MA graduating from Lawrence High School.  He served his country during World War II Army with the 150th Combat Engineers earning the Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medals.  Charles retired from AVCO in Wilmington, MA where he was a Security Specialist.  Charles, along with his wife, Faye, owned Charles Realty in Salem.  He had worked at Berges Real Estate in Salem.

Charles was a charter member of the Derry-Salem Elks.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and hunting. 

His brother John and sister-in-law Marion Tommasi predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife, Faye (Cocchiaro) Tommasi of Salem; a son, John Tommasi, and his wife Leslie of Windham; a brother, Salvatore Tommasi and his wife Toni of Methuen; five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews

A funeral service was held January 12 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence, MA.  For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Dorothy M. (Petty) Tucci

Dorothy M. (Petty) Tucci, 80, of Salem, died December 29, 2008, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

Dorothy was born and educated in Andover, MA, the daughter of Blanche (Sanborn) and Harold Petty.  She lived in Salem for 22 years.  Dorothy retired from Supportive Care in Lawrence, MA where she worked as a Health Aid.  She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary Post 63 in Salem, and a former member of the Emblem Club of the Derry Salem Elks.

She was predeceased by her husband Albert, longtime companion Edson McGibbon, and her siblings Charles Petty, Harold Petty and Priscilla Bisson.

She is survived by daughters, Sheila and her husband Russ McLean of Windham, and Gloria and her husband Jack Broderick of Vero Beach, FL; brothers, Raymond Petty of Salem, and Richard Petty of Methuen, MA; sisters, Florence Cere of Florida, and Ruth Savoie of Maryland; grandchildren, Shawn McLean, Erin McLean, Air Force Technical Sergeant Sean Broderick, Air Force Staff Sergeant Kelly Kenoyer; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews

A funeral service was held at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem on January 3.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Margaret M. (Petruzella) Umholtz

Margaret M. (Petruzella) Umholtz, 96, of Salem, died December 27, 2008, at Salemhaven Nursing Home.

Margaret was born and educated in Pennsylvania.  She was a member of St. Rose Church in Carbondale, PA.  Margaret, along with her husband, owned Umholtz Manufacturing in Pennsylvania.

Margaret enjoyed crocheting, sewing, playing cards and she loved reading.  She had a great sense of humor.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, G. Allen Umholtz.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret and her husband Blake Richards of Salem; a son, Allen Umholtz of Newport, PA; a brother, John Petruzella of Berwick, PA; grandchildren, Darlene Backman, Sherry and her husband Adam Kayser, Kristin Umholtz and Kaitlyn Richards; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held in Pennsylvania on December 31.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Silverthorne Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem handled local arrangements.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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