Obituaries

Kirk D. Brown

Kirk D. Brown, 42, of Hudson, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, in Litchfield, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Kirk was born May 11, 1964, in Athens, Greece, son of Norman and Arta Lee (Breegle) Brown of Donegal, Pennsylvania.

He was the husband of Karen (Parks) of Hudson.

Mr. Brown was employed by Continental Resources in Hudson for 16 years.  He enjoyed working with computers and was an avid picture taker.  He always enjoyed using his camera and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his two loving daughters.

Besides his wife and parents survivors include two daughters, Emilee Brown and Natilee Brown, both of Hudson; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Antoinette Carpenter of El Paso, Texas, Leslie and David Bowen of Litchfield, Belinda and Tom Drieci of San Diego, California, and Karen Hawser of West Harrison, Indiana; a mother-in-law, Patricia Parks of Lyndonville, Vermont; two sisters-in-law, Pam Parks of Hudson and Michelle and her husband Harold Miller of Methuen, Massachusetts; a brother-in-law, Dean and his wife Debra Parks of Nashua; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 23 in Woodlawn Cemetery, located on Kinsley Street in Nashua.  All are asked to meet at the cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Kirk’s loving memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.  To send an online message of condolence, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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William J. Woolfall

William J. Woolfall, 87, of Pelham, formerly of Dracut Center, Massachusetts, and Nashua, died Sunday morning, December 17, 2006, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a lingering illness.  He was the beloved husband of Isabelle (Frechette) (Brunelle) Woolfall, with whom he celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on October 21.

He was born in Lowell, March 26, 1919, son of the late William A. and Florence M. (Desrosiers) Woolfall.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Blanche (Brunelle) Woolfall who died in 1977.  Mr. Woolfall was also the brother of the late Mildred "Millie" Ouellette who died in 1990.

Mr. Woolfall served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II, aboard the USS William T. Powell (DE-213), as an Electrician's Mate, First Class.  He was honorably discharged in 1945, and earned the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon.

Before retiring, Mr. Woolfall was employed for over 30 years as a salesman and Sales Manager for Jim Witt Pontiac; and prior to that for Waldimer Pontiac, in Lowell, earning many awards, including the honor of winning the Salesman of the Year Award numerous times.  He also won the top 10 Salesmen Award during his many years with the Pontiac Motor Division earning many trips.

He was a loving-devoted husband, father and brother; and his family and friends will always cherish their many fond memories of him, especially his mischief and wonderful sense of humor.

Mr. Woolfall enjoyed following football and baseball.  In his earlier years, he loved playing golf and was a member of the Mount Pleasant Golf Club.  He and his wife spent many of their later years traveling together.  He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of St. Patrick Church in Pelham.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Sandra (Kay) Woolfall of Northville, Michigan, and James and Joanne (Reichert) Woolfall of Nashua, a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and George Lewis of Milford, Michigan; three stepsons and their wives, Donald and Diane (Martineau) Brunelle of Pelham, Roland and Julie (Martineau) Brunelle of Ravenna, Ohio, and Raymond and Vivian (Marcotte) Brunelle of Pelham; four grandchildren, Jeffrey and his wife Briana (Constance) Woolfall of Denver, Colorado, Kerry Woolfall of Chicago, Illinois, Kimberly Lewis and her fiancé Keegan King of Chicago, Illinois, and Lindsay Lewis of Novi, Michigan; and a brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Lillian Woolfall of Lowell.  He is also survived by 11 step-grandchildren and their spouses, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday January 20 in St. Patrick Church in Pelham.  Burial will be in St. Josephs Cemetery in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101.  To send an on-line message of condolence, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Joseph W. Frank, Jr.

Joseph W. Frank, Jr., 76, longtime Billerica, Massachusetts, resident, died Sunday morning, December 3, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 21, 1930, in Malden, Massachusetts, son of the late Joseph and Johanna (Brauner) Frank.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Dudinetz) Frank, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

Mr. Frank was predeceased by his sister, Frances L. Miller.

He was a resident of Billerica for 40 years and was a U. S. Army Veteran.  For many years he worked in the maintenance department of the Billerica schools.  He enjoyed golfing and woodworking.

Besides his loving wife, survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Arthur Blake of Wareham, Massachusetts, Diana and Eugene Stahl, Jr., of Litchfield, Deborah and David Marshall of Hudson, and Donna and Michael Robinson of Lowell, Massachusetts; one son and a daughter-in-law, Joseph and Sherry Frank, III; also, 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Burial was private.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Joseph’s loving memory to the Nashua Soup Kitchen, 42 Chestnut Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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James P. Leone

James P. Leone, 71, of Hudson and formerly of Newtonville, Massachusetts, died Saturday, December 2, 2006, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

He was born September 28, 1935, in Newton, Massachusetts, son of the late Vincenzo and Mary (Lombardi) Leone.  He was a graduate of Newton High School.

Mr. Leone retired in 1993 after being a meat cutter for Star Market for 25 years in Newton.  While living in Newton he was a communicant of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish.  He moved to Hudson three years ago.

Survivors include his wife of nine years Florence (Strobl) Leone of Hudson, a son and daughter-in-law James and Tracy Leone of Pembroke, Massachusetts; a daughter and son-in-law Lynn and Thomas Connelly of Wayland, Massachusetts; two stepsons, Robert and his wife Doreen Gill of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and Kenneth Gill of Manchester; a stepdaughter, Pamela and her husband Mark McNamara of Dracut, Massachusetts; two brothers and a sister in law Lawrence Leone of S. Dennis, Massachusetts., Daniel and Martha Leone of Waltham, Massachusetts; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Rockey Abbruzzie of Newton, six grandchildren, Jenna and Craig Connelly, both of Wayland; Elizabeth Leone of Auburn, Massachusetts, Brenda Leone, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, Ashley and Jamie Leone both of Pembroke, Massachusetts; six step-grandchildren Courtney, Robert, Ryan and Adam Gill all of Chelmsford, Lauren and Robert McNamara both of Dracut and a great step-grandchild Haillie Laycanu of Bradford, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his first wife Madeline (Ridenti) Leone; three brothers, Albert, Anthony, and Benjamin Leone; and a sister, Connie Cannistraro.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton.  Burial took place in Newton Cemetery, Newton.  Those wishing may make contributions in James’ loving memory, please consider the Society for PSP, Woodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Green Tree Road, Baltimore, MD 21208.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Ida (Landry) Scott

Ida (Landry) Scott, 84, of Mountain View Drive, Hudson, died Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at the Greenbriar Terrace Health Care Center in Nashua.

She was born April 26, 1922, in Hudson, daughter of the late Joseph and Bernadette (Belanger) Landry.

Mrs. Scott was predeceased by her husband, Woodrow Scott, as well as by a daughter Elaine Christopher.

Ida was very active with St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson where she was a member of the Ladies Guild.  She was also a member of the Hudson Seniors and enjoyed taking trips with other seniors.  Ida was an avid crafter and belonged to the Presentation of Mary Prayer Group.

Survivors include three daughters and sons in law, Claudia and Robert Engelmann of Orleans, Massachusetts, Susan and Donald Lavoie of Milford, and Robin and Gary J. Rodgers of Hudson; two brothers, Raymond Landry and George Landry, both of Hudson; three sisters, Bernadette Brodeur of Nashua, Lucille Gaudette of Londonderry, and Jeannette Sundstrom of Florida; as well as seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many nieces, and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 8 at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  All to meet at church.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery in Nashua.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Ida’s loving memory to St. Vincent de Paul, c/o St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  To send an online message of condolence please go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Kenneth Bruce Benoit

Kenneth “Kenny” Bruce Benoit, 48, of Derry, died Sunday morning in Salem. 

He was the husband of Andrea H. (Bates) Benoit with whom he celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary on May 18, 2006.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 23, 1958, the son of Bruce R. and Patricia A. (Maille) Benoit, he attended Pelham schools and was a graduate of Pelham High School’s Class of 1977.

Mr. Benoit spent most of his career as an auto body mechanic, most recently with A-1 Auto in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Among his many interests he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping cooking, and watching sports with family and friends.

Mr. Benoit was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Pelham. 

Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Courtney M. Benoit of Derry; two brothers, Kevin J. Benoit and Dale L. Benoit, both of Pelham; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his mother-in-law, Sandra Bates of Derry.

A Funeral Mass took place at St. Patrick Church in Pelham on Thursday, November 30.  Committal services will be private.  Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Heritage United Way, 228 Maple Street, Fourth Floor, Manchester, NH 03103.  The Pelham Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Leon Frances Malouin

Leon Frances Malouin, Jr., 77, of Lowell and formerly of Hudson, died at the Norwood Nursing Home in Lowell, Massachusetts, on November 22, 2006.

Mr. Malouin was born on April 15, 1929, in Nashua, son of the late Leon Frances and Barbara (Gardner) Malouin, Sr.  He had been a resident of Hudson since 1952 and previously lived in Nashua.

He was the husband of Lena (Ducharme) Malouin, whom he married on June 28, 1952.

Mr. Malouin was a Hunter Safety Instructor for the State of New Hampshire for 25 years.  He also was an executive for Flash Technology and Northeast Electronics in Concord.  In the 1990s, he was a real estate agent for Century 21 One Step Realty. 

Mr. Malouin was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hudson, American Legion Post #48, and the National Rifle Association.  He was a member of the Hudson Fish and Game Club and a former officer of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.  He also spoke five languages.  Mr. Malouin was a selectman for the Town of Hudson for six years and served as chairman for four years.  He also served on the town’s budget committee.

He was a Korean War and Vietnam Conflict veteran of the United States Army.  Mr. Malouin was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 

He was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1947.  While in high school, Mr. Malouin played right guard on the Nashua High School championship football team in 1946 and traveled to Florida with that team.  He also attended seminary at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, St. Mary’s in Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and then joined the U. S. Army.  While in the Army, he attended General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and Sophia University in Tokyo.  He also attended the North American School of Conservation and received a degree in forestry.  Mr. Malouin received a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Omaha and master’s of business administration at Rivier College in Nashua.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.

Mr. Malouin was predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Ernest Cutting and Roger Bibeau and a sister-in-law, Mary Malouin.   

In addition to his wife Lena of 44 years, survivors include his son, Richard E. “Rick” Malouin of Hudson; two daughters Desiree Malouin of Hudson, and Michelle Lisowski and her husband Lawrence of Windham; his grandchildren, Victoria Malouin and her husband Jason Whitney of Derry, Mackenzie Malouin of California, Nicholas Malouin of Merrimack, Linsey Malouin of Hudson, Alexander, Christopher, and Rebecca Lisowski all of Windham; his great-granddaughter, Mae Ellen Smith of Derry; his brothers and sisters, Natalie Bibeau of Nashua, Justin Cutting of Sunapee, Barbara Dionne and her husband Roger of Nashua, Richard G. Malouin of Nashua, Jan and Virginia Malouin of Pepperell, Massachusetts; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Walter Ducharme, Jr., Londonderry, Gene and Lucille Ducharme of Litchfield, Doris Ducharme of Hudson, Sylvia Ducharme and her husband Roland Guerette of Hudson, Joan and Richard Tate of Hudson. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson on Tuesday, November 28.  Following cremation, interment prayers and burial will be held in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson at the convenience of the family.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to United Spinal Association (PVA/EPVA), 19 Stoney Brook Drive, Wilton, NH 03086 or Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.  Arrangements were in the care of locally owned Davis Funeral Home in Nashua. 

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Joseph A. Sarno

Joseph A. Sarno, 70, of Hudson, died Thursday, November 16, 2006, in Fort Myers, Florida.

He was born November 17, 1935, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sarno.

Mr. Sarno was the husband of Elizabeth (Bachelder) Sarno of Hudson, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.

He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and received a master’s degree in engineering and mathematics from Northeastern University.

Mr. Sarno retired from Raytheon as an engineer.  Throughout his life he also held the position of financial advisor and college professor in math and finance.  He was an active parishioner of St. Kathryn Church where he also taught Sunday school.  He was a Boy Scout troop leader and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to canoe and camp with family.  Mr. Sarno also enjoyed playing golf.

Besides his loving wife, survivors include six children; Robert Sarno and his wife, Karen, of Hudson; Anthony Sarno of Seattle, Washington; Mary Almeida and her husband, Kevin, of Deerfield; Laura Cote and her husband, Alex, of Deerfield; Eric Sarno and his wife, Cathleen, of Hudson; Gilbert Sarno and his wife, Kathy, of Londonderry; also 12 grandchildren, Angela Sarno, Kayla Sarno, Shaela Sarno, Anthony Sarno, Jr., Rebecca Sarno, Erica Almeida, Joseph Almeida, Ryan Gauthier, Garrett Gauthier, Lisa Cote, Alex Cote, Jr., and Nicole Sarno.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, November 28 at St. Kathryn Church in Hudson.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Lorraine R. Higgins

Lorraine R. Higgins, 67, of Merrimack died Friday, November 10, 2006, at her residence after a courageous battle with brain cancer.  She was born May 30, 1939, in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was the daughter of Harry E. and Rena (Rondeau) Ayotte.  She was raised and educated in the Lowell area, and lived there prior to moving to Merrimack in 1965.

Lorraine was an Avon representative for more than 30 years in the Merrimack area.  She had built a strong following of customers in southern New Hampshire, and considered them her extended family.

Mrs. Higgins was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church of Merrimack.  She enjoyed her involvement with the Avon Company and the many opportunities it gave her for travel and interaction with other representatives of the company.  Lorraine’s greatest love was her family and she cherished the time spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and many friends.

In her life: members of the family include her loving husband of 47 years, Jack Z. Higgins, Sr., of Merrimack, three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jack Z. Higgins, Jr., of Berlin, Erik J. and Samantha Higgins of Mayesville, South Carolina, and Jason A. and Dori Higgins of Merrimack; five grandchildren, Joshua, Ryan, Daniel, Valerie and Brady Higgins; one brother, Harry J. Ayotte and his wife Jacquelyn of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts; and one sister, Carol Grady of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated Wednesday, November 14 at St. John Neumann Church in Merrimack.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect Street Nashua, NH 03060. 

The George R. Rivet Funeral Home of Merrimack was in charge of arrangements.

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Pearl May (Sargent) Murphy

Pearl May (Sargent) Murphy, 78, of Nashua, died on Sunday, November 12, 2006, at the Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare Facility in Nashua.

Pearl was born on May 29, 1928, in Wilmington, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Albert and Esther (Burrett) Sargent.

Mrs. Murphy was the wife of the late Alfred H. Murphy.

Pearl was deeply loved and cared for by friends and employees at the Greenbriar.

Survivors include a son, Vincent V. Nardone of Connecticut.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington, Massachusetts.  To send an online message of condolence, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Ronald E. Blattenberger, Sr.

Ronald E. Blattenberger, Sr., 69, died October 30, 2006, at Maine Medical Center.  He was a longtime resident of Windham and most recently resided in Branford, Florida, and South Portland, Maine.

Ronald was born and educated in New Florence, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Elmer and Laura (Dewitt) Blattenberger.  He served in the Air Force after graduating from Ferndale High School.  Ronald was employed as an electrical engineer for Raytheon Company in Andover, Massachusetts, for 37years before retiring.

He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, and water sports.  He was a member of the Arlington Club in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and the Playboy Bowling League in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  Ronald enjoyed spending time with his family playing cards and board games.

He was predeceased by his siblings Wayne Blattenberger and Loretta Noble. 

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn (Fay) Blattenberger; his children, Ronald, Jr., and his wife Julie of Kingston, Rhonda and her husband Chuck Johns of South Portland, Rosemary and her husband Mark Cerri of Derry, Robin and her husband Al Bean of Buckston, Maine, and Richard and his wife Renee of Windham, his twin brother, Roy, of Florida, brothers Gilbert of New Hampshire, John of Massachusetts, and Blaine of Pennsylvania; a sister, Mary Wagner of New Hampshire, 22 grandchildren, one great grandson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, November 4 at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Donations in Ronald’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Building, 360 State Route 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110 or the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101. 

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Madeline Rufo

Madeline (Anderson) Rufo, 64, of Hudson, died Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

Madeline was born September 20, 1942, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, daughter of the late David and Veronica (Tatten) Anderson.

Mrs. Rufo was the loving wife of the late John Henry Rufo who died in September of 2004.

Madeline was a graduate of Brighton High School in Brighton, Massachusetts, and was recently employed as an associate at Wal-Mart in Hudson.

Mrs. Rufo, a wonderful mother and Nana, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling up north, and attending the Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End with her husband.  She also enjoyed watching the television show, Law and Order.

Survivors include a son, Anthony Rufo of Hudson, two daughters and a son-in-law, Jody Rufo of Hudson, and Mary and Bobby Evans of Hudson; two brothers, David Anderson of Brockton, Massachusetts, and John Anderson of Brighton; her sisters Anna Coletti of Billerica, Massachusetts, Mildred Tashjian of Norwood, Massachusetts, as well as several other sisters; four dear grandchildren, Gage Evans, Mariah Evans, Dominic Evans, and Gia Evans all of Hudson, and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  The burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua.  The family has requested that in Madeline’s loving memory, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Rte. 101, Ste. 501, Bedford, NH 03110.  To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Frances S. (Winn) Drown Hosmer

Frances Stebbins (Winn) Drown Hosmer of Wilsonville, Oregon, and formerly of Hudson and Hollis, died in Wilsonville Tuesday evening, October 24, 2006, after a brief illness.

Born October 3, 1922, in Hudson, she was the daughter of Frank A. and Effie M. (Wyeth) Winn.  She attended elementary school in Hudson and was a 1940 graduate of Nashua High School.

Frances continued her education at the Leland Powers School of Radio, Theatre, and Television in Boston, graduating in 1941.  As a teenager, she worked under the direction of Don Caswell of WFEA radio in Manchester primarily with the production of plays related to New Hampshire history.  She also hosted the young talent radio show “Miniature Minstrels in Nashua.

She was a charter member of the Rainbow for Girls Chapter Assembly #9 in Nashua.  Frances married Alton L. Drown of Ellenburg Depot, New York, in 1942, and lived in Ellenburg for several years.  She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Worthy Matron, Mount Hermon Chapter 653 in Ellenburg.  Frances and Alton returned to Hudson in 1949 and were active members of the Hudson Players and the Hudson Community Church for many years.

Locals may remember the fire that took the family farm barns on Lowell Road, Christmas Eve, 1958.  Fran was also co-owner of the Winnsted Restaurant and a partner in the Winnsted Acres residential development in Hudson. 

Fran worked for Anheuser Busch in Merrimack as a QA Technician for 13 years.  She married Charles W. Hosmer of Hollis and Littleton, Massachusetts, in 1981, and they were Hollis residents.  Fran and Charlie moved to Wilsonville, Oregon, in1998 where they made many good friends in the Spring Ridge retirement community.  Mr. Hosmer died in February 2001.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Ann (Drown) Leland Post of Wilsonville, Oregon, and N. Jeanne (Drown) Isaacs of Irvine, California; two sons-in-law, Gayle E. Post and Jeffrey A. Isaacs; one grandson, Jonathan B. Isaacs, and one step-granddaughter, Audrey C. Post, both of Irvine; one sister, Effie M. (Winn) Oban Torrey of Wolfeboro,; one nephew; Richard C. Oban of New Durham; and one niece, Nancy G. (Schindler) Goedecke of Bedford  Also two grand-nephews, Herbert Goedecke and Peter Goedecke of Bedford one grand-niece, Andrea (Oban) Lester of Troy, New York, and several other nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.  Mrs. Hosmer was predeceased by a sister, Lillian E. (Winn) Schindler, who died in 1966.

Graveside services were held at Sunnyside Cemetery in Hudson on October 28.  Donations may be made in her memory to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064.  Arrangements were in the care of the Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua.

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Raban Anthony Kimungu

U. S. Marine Corps Private First Class Raban Anthony Kimungu, 24, of Hudson died on October 27, 2006, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born in Kenya, East Africa, on July 31, 1982, a son of Peninnah Kimungu Jones of Hudson.  He had lived in Hudson since 1994, previously residing in Nashua.

Private Kimungu was serving in the U. S. Marine Corps and had recently returned in April from a tour of duty in Iraq where he served as a mortarman.  He was wounded in combat.  He had been awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon. 

He enjoyed music especially reggae and playing football and basketball.  Mr. Kimungu also enjoyed being with his friends, snowboarding, canoeing, and camping.

He was a member of St. Stephen’s Church in Lowell, Massachusetts.

He graduated from Alvirne High School, Class of 2001 in Hudson and upon graduation enlisted in the Marine Corps.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his twin sister Leah Kimungu and two other sisters Nancy Muiruri and her husband Wilfred and Martha Karugu all of Hudson; two nephews Anthony Muiruri and Alex Muiruri both of Hudson; his grandmother Zipporah Kimungu of Kenya; numerous aunts and uncles including Kariuki Kimungu and Joyce Kimungu both of Hudson; and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held at the First Church (Congregational) U.C.C., One Concord Street, Nashua on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m..  Interment prayers, military rites, and burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua.  For more information about Anthony, please visit AskAboutMe.net.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider:  Raban Anthony Kimungu Memorial Fund, Digital Federal Credit Union, 257 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  Arrangements are in the care of the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua (www.davisfuneralhomenh.com).

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Bernadette Smith

Bernadette (Pelletier) (Daigle) Smith, 81, of Talent Road in Litchfield died Thursday, October 26, 2006, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

Mrs. Smith was born December 6, 1924, in St. John, Maine, daughter of the late Fred Z. and Alvia (Michaud) Pelletier.  She was a longtime resident of Bangor, Maine.

She was the widow of her first husband, Joel L. Daigle, whom she married in 1944, and the widow of her second husband, Ted Smith, whom she married in 1978 and who died in 1980.

Mrs. Smith taught at John Bapst High School in Bangor until 1967 and continued her teaching career at Bangor High School until 1984.  Upon retirement from teaching, she worked part time for the Department of Homeland Security in U. S. Customs at Bangor International Airport until this year.

Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Mary Catholic Parish in Bangor for 49 years.

Besides her husbands and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Lorene, and a brother, Roland.

Survivors include two daughters, Dr. Marsha Daigle-Williamson and her husband, Dr. Peter Williamson, of Anne Arbor, Michigan, and Patricia Daigle Guerrette, with whom she made her home during her illness, and her husband, Daniel Guerrette, of Litchfield; a son, Dale Daigle and his wife, Polly Sommerfield Daigle of Rock Hill, Maryland; three grandchildren, Jessica Guerrette, Joseph Guerrette and his wife, Jessica, and Dr. Janna Guerrette; a great grandson, Ryan Guerrette; a sister, Patricia Michaud and her husband, Neil, of Port Charlotte, Florida; a brother, Robert Pelletier and his wife, Judy of Bridgton, Maine, three stepchildren, Peggy Zezula of Canada, Susan Long and Steve Smith both of Florida; several step-children and great-grandchildren; a special friend, Reginald Gray of Bangor; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Anctil – Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua was in charge of arrangements.

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Marion D. (Dansevich) Smith

Marion D. (Dansevich) Smith, 92, of Hudson, died at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson on October 27, 2006.

Mrs. Smith was born on August 5, 1914, in Nashua, a daughter of the late Peter and Agnes (Grigas) Dansevich.  She has been a resident of Hudson for over 60 years prior to which she lived in Nashua. 

She was the widow of Gordon L. Smith, who died on December 14, 1989.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and devoted mother and grandmother.  At one time, she worked as the head of the Burling Department at the former Nashua Manufacturing Co.  In later years, she did work part time at her husband’s company, the former Smith’s Kitchen Center.

At one time, she was a communicant of St. Casmir Church in Nashua and also attended the Hudson Community Church.  She was also a member of the Althea Club.

Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Nashua High School.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Stephanie “Fannie” Webster and a brother, William Dorson.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and James W. Hayes of Hudson; a granddaughter, Kimberlie M. Hayes and her boyfriend Joseph Pickering both of Manchester; a sister Amelia “Nellie” Levesque of Nashua; a cousin, Melvina Lapin of Nashua; and several nieces and nephews, Ann Brooke Smith of Hudson, Craig R. Smith of North Carolina, Lorraine Young and Joyce Cloutier Notides, both of Hudson, Bill Dorson of Arizona, Jo Ann Dorson Mohair of New Mexico, John Webster of Northfield, Kathy Pratt of Salem and Michael Levesque of South Carolina; and several grandnieces and grandnephews and great grandnieces and great grandnephews.

A graveside funeral service was held at Hills Farms Cemetery in Hudson on Tuesday afternoon.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial donation to:  Fairview Nursing Home Activities Fund, 203 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051 or Senior Citizens Building Fund, c/o Lucille Boucher, 5 Jackson Drive, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua was in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Victoria (Quigley) Eckhardt

Mary Victoria (Quigley) Eckhardt, 72, of 19 Hackleboro Road, Canterbury, died of cancer on October 19, 2006, at the Merrimack County Nursing Home, Boscawen.  She was born May 23, 1934, in Boston, Massachusetts, the first child of Dr. John Quigley, a longtime Nashua physician, and his wife Victoria.  Mary graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson in 1952.  She attended Simmons College in Boston, and Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts, where she earned a degree in Medical Technology.  She was united in marriage to Donald H. Eckhardt in Aurora, Colorado, on November 18, 1955.  Mary and Donald spent the first years of their marriage living in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Caracas, Venezuela.  In 1959 they settled in Bedford, where they raised two sons and two daughters.  Thirty-four years later, they moved to Weare, and in 1998 to Canterbury Center, where they had built their retirement home.  Mary passionately dedicated her life to her family.  Her four children and her 10 grandchildren (seven of them living nearby in New Hampshire) were her great joy in life.

Mary is survived by her husband, Donald; their son and his wife, Ronald Eckhardt and Scharine Kirchoff of Houston, Texas; their daughter and her husband, Raina Eckhardt Fitzgerald and Joseph Fitzgerald of Concord; their son and his wife, Randall and Stacey Eckhardt of Springfield, Virginia; their daughter and her husband, Rebecca and Philip Rose of Kingston; and 10 grandchildren, Erin Fitzgerald, Tara Fitzgerald, Sean Fitzgerald, Meaghan Fitzgerald, Garick Eckhardt, Anna Eckhardt, Conrad Eckhardt, Patrick Rose, Connor Rose, and Ryan Rose.  She is also survived by her brothers Dr. David Quigley, Seekonk, Massachusetts; William Quigley, Haverhill, Massachusetts; Richard Quigley, Taunton, Massachusetts; and Charles Quigley, Hudson; and by her sisters Priscilla Abbott, Hudson; Sarah Vath, Milford; Rachel Denner, Nashua; and Ruth Barrieau, Sanbornton.

Funeral services for Mary Eckhardt were held at October 24, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Concord followed by a memorial at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Canterbury. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift in Mary’s name to the Mental Health Research Association: NARSAD, 60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404, Great Neck, NY 11021 (www.narsad.org).

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Stephen C. Garside

Stephen C. Garside, 41, of Nashua, died Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at his residence.

He was born February 5, 1965, in Nashua, son of Frederick and Cynthia (Widner) Garside of Hudson.

Stephan was a longtime employee of New Hampshire Boring Company, based in Londonderry.  He was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America and was Troop Leader of Nashua Troop #773.  He loved camping and enjoyed fishing with his son, father, and brothers.  He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends as well as watching sports on television.  Stephan enjoyed working with kids and loved spending time with his family.  He will be remembered as a loving father and Uncle and will be missed by all who knew him.

Besides his loving parents, survivors include a dear son, Kristopher Garside of Nashua; two brothers and a sister-in-law, William “Bill” Garside of Londonderry, and Phillip and Becky Garside of Hudson; two sisters, Lisa Wilhelmi of Hudson and Patricia Garside of Hillsborough; his son’s mother, Christine Siciliano of Nashua; a paternal grandmother, Madeliene Garside of Concord; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. 

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, October 23 in St. Kathryn Church, 6 Dracut Road in Hudson.  Burial was in Sunny Side Cemetery, Hudson.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Andrew E. Szemplinski

Andrew E. Szemplinski, 81, a resident of Hudson, died Saturday, October 21, 2006, after an illness.  He was the loving husband of Mira R. (Jaworska) Szemplinski with whom he was married for 28 years.

He was born in Warsaw, Poland on August 13, 1925, a son of the late Joseph and the late Eugena (Strogonoff) Szemplinski.  Mr. Szemplinski was a Polish Army veteran serving in World War II in the mechanized division.  During World War II he also served as an Army firefighter in Warsaw from 1942 until 1944.  He was captured as a Prisoner of War for 12 months.

Mr. Szemplinski emigrated from Poland to Lowell in 1968.  He was employed by the Feldman Company in Boston where he worked as a civil engineer.  In 1984 he moved to New Jersey where he worked as a land surveyor.  He retired to Windham in 1991.

He was a member of the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell.  During his retirement he authored three books written in the Polish language and published in Poland.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jacek Szemplinski and his wife, Maria of Alton; two daughters, Anna Keena of Windham and Ela, wife of Richard Lewandowski of Derry; six grandchildren, Maciek, Andrea, Mark, Amanda, John and Ula; his former wife, Wanda Szemplinski of Windham; and many nephews and nieces. 

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Leo G. ‘Rocky’ Viens

Leo G. “Rocky” Viens, 70, of Hudson, died Sunday, October 15, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital after a sudden illness.

Born in Suncook, August 16, 1936, he was the son of the late Adelard and Levanie (Melanson) Viens.  He was the husband of Priscilla (Comeau) Viens of Hudson with whom he had been married to for 49 years.

Mr. Viens at one time was employed by the former Nashua Beef Co. and retired from the City of Nashua BPW in 2002 after l5 years of service.  He then worked part time with NAPA Auto Parts in Nashua.

Mr. Viens was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist church and was also a member of the Lafayette Club and the Club National.  He also enjoyed camping, playing horseshoes and going to antique car shows.

Besides his wife Priscilla , survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law Daniel Viens and his fiancé Marilyn Matuza of Nashua, Michael Viens of Londonderry and Roger and Shawn Viens of Pittsfield; a daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Charles Davidson of Hudson, three brothers and four sisters-in-law Gerard Viens of Nashua, Maurice and Carol Viens of Hudson, Tony and Katie Viens of Pelham, Rita Viens of Hudson, and Winnifred Viens of Staten Island, New York; a sister, Theresa Gagnon of Nashua, and brother-in-law Rene Beauchesne of Suncook; three grandchildren Laura Davidson, Stephen Viens, Crystal Viens; four step grandchildren, Richard Davidson, Gordon Davidson, Jessica Gaudette, Justin Flanagan, one great-grandson, Ivan Lorenzo Davidson; two great-granddaughters, Alyssa Lynn Davidson and Ellie Anne Whiting; one step great-granddaughter Riley Ann Davison; a godson, Norman Lavoie; and several nephews and nieces.

He was also predeceased by two brothers, Andre and Richard Viens, and a sister, Laurette Beauchesne.

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson, was in charge of arrangements.

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Dennis E. Jacques

Dennis E. Jacques, 63, of Hudson, died Monday, October 9, 2006 after a ten and a half year battle with heart disease at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua surrounded by his loving family.

Dennis was born September 7, 1943 in Somerville, Massachusetts, son of the late James Jacques and Izalee (Parks) Jacques.

Mr. Jacques was the husband of Yvonne “Bonnie” (Crosier) Jacques of Hudson and together shared 41 loving years of marriage.

Dennis served in the U. S. Army and was a member of the American Legion, Post 2 in Manchester. 

Mr. Jacques was also a member of the Elks, Lodge #720 in Nashua.  While there he served as an Inner Guard from 1999 – 2000 and in 2001 – 2002 was named “Elk of the Year.”  Dennis and his friend, Skip Jacques, until last year, ran the canteen at the Elks Red Cross Blood Drive and for eight years made chili and chop suey for blood donors.

Dennis was an avid hunter and was proud of his 28 deer during his hunting career.  He often said that he left all the deer on Bush Hill Road for others to hunt.

One of his greatest joys in life was his grandchildren.  He loved to take them fishing, camping, and numerous trips to Disney World.  His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Jacques was predeceased by a son Kevin Lee Jacques who died in 1967.

Besides his loving wife Yvonne, survivors include one son and a daughter-in-law, Mark and Cathy Handy of St. Johnsbury, Vermont; a daughter and a son-in-law, Aileen and Liam Urbach of Hudson; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Richard and Kim Jacques of Putney, Vermont, and Donald and Bonnie Jacques of Enfield; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Jeanette and Brian Rutherford of White River Junction, Vermont, Sharon and John Foley of Orlando, Florida, Patricia and Norman Daigneault of Canaan, and Sheila Lancey of Orlando; Yvonne’s three sisters and their husbands, Ramona and Donald Allaire of Hyde Park, Vermont, Evelyn and Merle Jones of Waterford, Vermont, and Marilyn and Raymond Guyer of Lyndonville, Vermont; two very special grandchildren, Bailey and Connor Urbach of Hudson, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial took place on Friday, October 13, at 2 at the Lyndon Center Cemetery in Lyndonville, Vermont.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Dennis’s loving memory to either the Nashua Emblem Club #170, PO Box 113, Nashua, NH 03061, or to the NH State Association of the Emblem Club Scholarship Fund, Attn:  Scholarship Chairman Sandy Jones, 568 Monadnock Highway, East Swanzey, NH 03446.  To send an online message of condolence, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Patricia Louise Morrison

Patricia Louise Morrison, 72, of Hudson, died Tuesday, October 10, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.

She was born August 30, 1934, in Medford, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Joseph and Sara (MacEachern) Beaton.

Patricia was the wife of Hugh Morrison, Jr., of Hudson, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage.

She enjoyed wintering in Florida as well as traveling to various places, including Europe.  She was at one time very active in the St. John’s Colonial Girls Fife and Drum Corp. in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Besides her loving husband, survivors include one son and a daughter-in-law, Ronald and Sandra Morrison of Oxford, Massachusetts.  Four daughters and four sons-in-law, Theresa and James Lane of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Joanne and Christopher Poole of Pelham, Carol and Michael MacMillan of Salem, and Maryellen and Michael Berry of Chelmsford; seven grandchildren, Andrew Morrison and Alyssa Morrison both of Oxford, Gerald Lane of Fitchburg, Kaylee Poole of Pelham, Lauren MacMillan and Jason MacMillan both of Salem, and Michael Berry of Chelmsford; as well as very dear friends Arlene and Paul Bourque of Chelmsford. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  All may meet at church.  Visiting hours will be on Friday, October 13 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Lucy K. (Piwowarski) Pettyjohn

Lucy K. (Piwowarski) Pettyjohn, 55, of Litchfield, formerly of Nashua and Fairborn, Ohio, died at her Litchfield home on Monday, October 9, 2006.

Mrs. Pettyjohn was born in Nashua on October 15, 1950, a daughter of Jennie (Kulas) Piwowarski and the late Carrol Piwowarski.

She was the wife of Michael E. Pettyjohn, whom she married on December 2, 1978.

Mrs. Pettyjohn was at one time a costumer for the Indianapolis Reparatory Theatre.

She was a member of the Litchfield Women’s Club and edited the Litchfield Newcomers Guide for them.  She was also a member of the Litchfield Police Activities Committee and the National Women’s Heart Association.  She loved cats and enjoyed arts and crafts.

Mrs. Pettyjohn was a United State Air Force veteran during peacetime and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. 

In addition to her husband of 27 years and her mother, Mrs. Pettyjohn is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Frances Billings of Nashua and Cecelia Seipp and her husband Charles of Denver, Colorado; a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, Patricia Dickey and her husband Steven of Colorado, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, internment will be private.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider:  WomenHeart, the National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease, 818 18th Street, NW, Suite 930, Washington, DC 20006, or Bedford Animal Shelter and Hospital, 33 Old Bedford Road, Bedford, NH 03110.  Arrangements were in the care of Davis Funeral Home in Nashua.

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Elizabeth K. (Cibene) Ryon

Elizabeth K. (Cibene) Ryon, 64, of Hudson, died Thursday, October 5, 2006, at her residence.

Elizabeth was born on January 27, 1942, in Brookline, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Dominic and Eunice (Watson) Cibene.

Mrs. Ryon was the wife of the late Joseph Ryon who died in 1988.

Elizabeth adored her grandchildren and considered it one of her greatest joys in life to spend time with them.

Besides her husband, Elizabeth was predeceased by one brother and three sisters.

Survivors include two daughters and two sons-in-law, Karen and Gerald Lindl of Merrimack, and Elizabeth and Franco Torrey of Nashua; five very dear grandchildren, Gretchen Truax of Merrimack, Gerilynn Lindl of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Micheal, Jacob, and Paul Torrey all of Nashua; and one precious great granddaughter, Rachel Truax of Merrimack. 

All funeral services will be private at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested in Elizabeth’s loving memory that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110.  To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont – Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Leighton Alfred Drown

Leighton Alfred Drown, 81, of Hudson died Wednesday, September 20 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. 

Mr. Drown was born in Alfred, Maine on October 2, 1924, a son of the late Lawrence and Marie (Stevens) Drown.  He was a resident of Hudson since 1998, and previously lived in Lyman, Maine.

He was the husband of Katherine Jo (Taylor) Drown whom he married on June 1, 1946. 

Mr. Drown was an industrial engineer for Raytheon Company in Lowell, Massachusetts, for 33 years.  He also worked for the Saco Lowell Shops in Biddeford, Maine, for 14 years.

At one time, he was a member and past master of Alewive Grange of Kennebunk, Maine, and Arion Lodge #162 AF & AM of Goodwins Mills, Maine.  Mr. Drown was active in York Rites Bodies in Masonry.  In 1999, the York Rite Festival Class was named in his honor.

Mr. Drown was a member and Past High Priest of Meridian Sun Chapter 9 of Nashua, a member and Past Illustrious Master of Israel Hunt Council 8 of Nashua, and a member and Past Commander of St. George Commander 8 of Nashua and served as recorder for the above bodies.

Mr. Drown was active in the State York Rite Bodies, Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of New Hampshire, and Past Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of New Hampshire.  He also was a member of new Hampshire Priory #58 KYCH, Granite State Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, and Palenstine Tabernacle #41 HRAKTP and served as recorder and headed the above organizations. 

Mr. Drown was a veteran of the United States Army.  He served during World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He was a graduate of Kennebunk High School, Class of 1942. Mr. Drown was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hudson.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Dorance and Hollis Drown.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, Katherine Jo, survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence and Elizabeth Drown of Springville, Utah, and Peter Keith and Joyce Drown of Nashua; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Jo and Edward Card of Nashua; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren; a sister, Ardath Gray of Lyman, Maine; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Service was held at the First Baptist Church of Hudson on September 25; internment prayers and burial followed at the Hills Farms Cemetery in Hudson.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider:  Helping Hand Fund, c/o First Baptist Church of Hudson, 236 Central Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua was in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Gagne

Robert Gagne, 83, of Hudson, died Monday morning, September 25, 2006 at his home following a brief illness.

Mr. Gagne was born July 17, 1923 in Nashua, son of the late William and Zepherine (Malhoit) Gagne and was a lifetime resident of Hudson.

He was the husband of Norma (Greenleaf) Gagne of Hudson, which he shared 59 years of marriage.

Mr. Gagne entered the U. S. Army in 1943.  He served during World War II, in Battery B, 83rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion and received awards including the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Service Arrowhead, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge.

He was also a member of the American Legion Post #48 in Hudson.

Mr. Gagne owned and operated Willard’s Radiator Shop in Hudson from 1955 until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Gagne was predeceased by three brothers, William Gagne, Louis Gagne, and Raymond Gagne.

Besides his devoted wife, survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Stephen R. Gagne, Timothy W. and Linda Gagne, all of Hudson; three grandchildren, Emily J. Gagne Fitch and her husband James, Jane K. Gagne, and Beau C. Gagne all of Hudson; two great grandchildren, Jaylin M. Enright and Kaven J. Fitch, both of Hudson; also a sister, Theresa Blow of Plattsburg, New York, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.   

All services were private.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Robert’s loving memory to Souhegan Home and Hospice Care, 4 Bud Way, Suite 2, Nashua, NH 03063.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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David Turmel

David Turmel, 55, of Hillsboro, died Monday, September 18 in Deering.

Born June 1, 1951, in Nashua, son of the late Maurice and Pearl (Archambault) Turmel.  He was also predeceased by a brother, Gary Turmel.

David loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the Londonderry Fish and Game Club.  He was also a member of the Halcyon Club in Derry.  His greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughter, Sarah.

Survivors include a son and a daughter-in-law, Jason and Hillary Turmel, a granddaughter Sarah Turmel, all of Northwood.  Three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Moe and Nancie Turmel of Raymond, Bruce and Rosie Turmel of Nashua, and Scott Turmel of Empire, Ohio.  As well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting Hours will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in David’s loving memory to the Make A Wish Foundation, 66 Hanover St., Manchester, NH 03101.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions, please go to www.dumontsullivan.com

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Annie (Gove) Davis

Annie (Gove) Davis, 88, of Hudson, died Saturday, September 16 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

She was born January 9, 1918, in Perry, Maine, daughter of the late Jacob and Florence (Taylor) Gove.

Mrs. Davis was the widow of Paul Davis, who after sharing 58 years of marriage, died in April of 2006.

Annie was a World War II Army Veteran who will be greatly missed by her family.

Survivors include one son, Lloyd Davis of Lunenburg , Massachusetts; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Raymond Fair of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and Paula and Jerry Dawson of Lunenburg; three grandchildren, Christopher Fair, Catherine Fair and Meagan Fair, and one great-grandchild, Austin Lee Fair, all of Hopkinton.

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Florian ‘Gus’ R. Bosse

Florian “Gus” R. Bosse, 79, of Katherine Court, Hudson, and formerly of Lantern Lane, Nashua, died Thursday, August 31 at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. 

Mr. Bosse was born in Manchester on January 14, 1927, a son of the late Desire and Florida (Goupil) Bosse.  He is the husband of Clara M. (Stebbins) Bosse of Hudson.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Bosse had employed by Anheuser – Busch, Inc.  He was a member of the Loyal Club, the Lafayette Club, and the Nashua Senior Center.  Mr. Bosse was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church.  He was predeceased by a brother, Gerard Bosse and a sister, Marie Clement.

Besides his wife, Mr. Bosse is survived by three step-daughters, Katherine Johnson of Lowell, Massachusetts, Beatrice Cooper of Little Falls, New Jersey, and Pauline Moreau of Manchester; seven step-grandchildren and ten step-great grandchildren; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5 at St. John the Evangelist Church; burial followed at St. Louis Cemetery.  The family requests donations in his name be made to Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  The Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Richard R. Rioux

Richard R. Rioux, 52, of Clark Road, Nashua, died Monday August 28, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Rioux was born in Nashua on February 12, 1954, a son of the late Roland I. and Jeannette (Jayal) Rioux.  He was the husband of Cynthia M. (Pitarys) Rioux of Nashua.

Mr. Rioux was a lifelong resident of Nashua and was educated in local schools and was a 1972 graduate of Bishop Guertin.  He was a co-owner of True-Value Hardware in Hudson.  Mr. Rioux was a founding member of the Infant Jesus School Board, past vice-president of the Infant Jesus Parish Council, and a member of the Infant Jesus Finance Committee.

Besides his wife of 29 years, Mr. Rioux is survived by two sons; Nicholas R. Rioux of Arlington, Massachusetts and Gregory R. Rioux and his fiancée Alexandra V. Garcia of Nashua; one uncle and two aunts, Raymond and Gertrude Joyal of Naples, Florida, and Rolande Soucy of Nashua; his mother-in-law, Julia Pitarys of Nashua, and several cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, August 31, at Infant Jesus Church.  Burial followed in St. Louis Cemetery.  The family requests donations be made in his memory to the NH Association for the Blind, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH 03301-9977.  Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil - Rochette & Son Funeral Home.

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Shirley Ann (Plynkofsky) Campolieto

Shirley Ann (Plynkofsky) Campolieto of Fairfax, Virginia beloved mother of Beth Marhanka and her husband Dale died on June 30, 2006.

She is also survived by her mother Mildred Plynkofsky, her sisters Patricia Verry and Cynthya Pynn, her grandchildren, Zachary and Megan Marhanka.  She was preceded in death by her father Adam Peter Plynkofsky and William and George S. Stevens and Roland Boucher her uncles.

Surviving are Aunts Lucille Boucher and Evelyn Poulin and her husband Robert, and several cousins.

She graduated from Alvirne in 1963 and took the Civil Service test and went to Washington D.C. got into the White House and worked for four President’s wives until Clinton was elected and left and went to work for the County of Arlington until her death.

A memorial service was held at the Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax, Virginia on July 10.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, 1600 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314, www.prevent+cancer.org or Capital Hospice, Development Office, 6565 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 501, Falls Church, VA  22042.

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Rita T. (Atkins) Dubowik

Rita T. (Atkins) Dubowik, a longtime Hudson resident, died Wednesday afternoon, August 9, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

Mrs. Dubowik was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Anthony and Beatrice (Jasas) Atkins.  She moved to Hudson as a young girl where her family owned and operated "The Brick House" catering and function hall, located on the corner of the Old Derry Road, where many weddings and special occasions were held.

She was the wife of the late Peter Dubowik, whom she married in 1952.  They shared 40 years of marriage before his death on September 14, 1992.

During her lifetime, Mrs. Dubowik served as an officer in various capacities at the former First National Bank, Indian Head National Bank, and Fleet Bank, for 35 years, until her retirement.

Educated in local schools, Mrs. Dubowik graduated from Nashua High School, Class of 1945.  She was an active communicant of the former St. Casmir Lithuanian Church in Nashua, where she taught kindergarten, was a member of the Ladies Guild and Couples Club, and served as a bookkeeper and finance officer.  After the closing of St. Casmir Church, Mrs. Dubowik became a communicant of St. Patrick Parish in Nashua, where she was a member of the finance committee.

Active in many civic organizations, Mrs. Dubowik volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital and was a member of SAGE.  She was well recognized in the Hudson Lioness Club and the Nottingham West Lions Club, where she served as treasurer for many years beginning in 1987 and as president in 1990 to 1991.  Mrs. Dubowik was recognized as a lifetime member of the Hudson Nottingham West Lions Club.  She was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services.  While she was a Lioness, Mrs. Dubowik visited the various Hudson schools, providing the eye screening for the children.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Rose Atkins and a grandson, Adam Dubowik.  Members of her family include a daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary E. and Jeffrey Burk of South Boston, Massachusetts; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul P. and Therese Dubowik, and Daniel A. and Judy Dubowik, all of Hudson; eleven grandchildren, Beverly (Burk) Dunn and her husband Joseph of Hyannis, Massachusetts, Michael and David Burk of South Boston; Anthony, Timothy, Danielle, Audrey, Jake, Ben, Paula and Brian Dubowik, all of Hudson; also nieces, nephews and cousins.  The Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua was in charge of arrangements.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick Church in Nashua on Monday, August 14.  Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Hudson.

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Robert Paul Dumont

Robert Paul Dumont, 57, died Thursday, August 10, 2006, at his residence in Hudson.

Mr. Dumont was born on November 16, 1948, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, son of the late Paul Eugene and Catherine Mary (Cairns) Dumont.

Robert was the husband of Wendy (Chamberlain) Dumont of Hudson, and together shared 29 loving years of marriage together.

Robert served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam Era and was stationed in the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal.

Mr. Dumont was a member of the Letter Carrier’s Union and for 20 was a letter carrier for the U. S. Post Office in Lowell, Massachusetts.  During that time, Robert made many friends in the post office and along his various mail routes.

Robert could be best described as a hardworking and dedicated father and husband.  He had numerous interests including traveling, especially on the open sea aboard the Windjammer, photography, music, cooking, making his own delicious ice creams, and was considered a Mr. Fixit who could fix just about anything.

Besides his loving wife, Wendy, Robert is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Paul and Kimberly Dumont of Claremont, New Hampshire; a daughter and a son-in-law, Melissa Elizabeth and Scott Found of Claremont, New Hampshire; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ronald and Marybeth Dumont of Unadilla, New York, and David Dumont of Hyannis, Massachusetts; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Paula and Dennis Clark of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, Patricia and Robert Levine of Centerville, Massachusetts, and Chrisann and Chris Rogers of Hyannis, Massachusetts; a mother-in-law, Elizabeth Malo of Nashua; one very special granddaughter, Maggie Susanne Dumont of Claremont, New Hampshire; several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many great friends Robert made along the way.

Services were held on Monday, August 14.  In Robert's loving memory, donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund, Dana – Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445, Attn: Contribution Services or at www.jimmyfund.org.  To send an online message of condolence, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Luther ‘Tex’ Paulk

Luther “Tex” Paulk, 78, of Hudson died Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born January 13, 1928 in Marietta, Oklahoma, son of the late C. E. and Nora (Claxton) Paulk.

Tex was the husband of Barbara (Homer) Paulk of Hudson, with whom he shared 57 loving years of marriage.

He was a Navy Veteran of WWII and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Tex previously owned and operated Tex and Son’s Engine in Woburn, Massachusetts, for 27 years.  He loved reading and discussing history, as well as gardening.  Tex was also an avid fisherman, whose greatest joy was fishing with his sons and grandsons.

Besides his loving wife, survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Mary Paulk of Brighton, Massachusetts, and Thomas and Eileen Paulk of Winchester, Massachusetts.  A daughter and a son-in-law, Barbara and Kenneth MacIntosh of Hudson, seven grandchildren, Kerri Jeknavorian of Pelham, Ken MacIntosh, Jr., of Hudson, Timothy MacIntosh of Derry, Jeffrey Paulk of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Greg Paulk of Winchester, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Paulk and Kim Paulk, both of Brighton, Massachusetts.  Two great granddaughters, Madison Jeknavorian and Emily Jeknavorian, both of Pelham; two brothers, Clarence Balthrop and Thomas Balthrop, both of Texas; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Remembrance Service was held Wednesday evening at the Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Luther’s loving memory to the Arthritis Foundation, New Hampshire Chapter, PO Box 369, Concord, NH 03301.

The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson wasin charge of arrangements.

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Gerald ‘Goumba’ Abbott

Gerald “Goumba” Abbott, 53, of Hudson, died Monday, July 24 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

Gerald was born on July 16, 195, in Nashua, son of the late William H. and Pauline (Pelkey) Abbott.

Mr. Abbott served in the Navy during the Vietnam Era and was a life member of the American Legion, Post 48 in Hudson.  While being active with the American Legion in Hudson, he was a third generation commander and a 26-year member of the Firing Squad.

Gerald had many interests including cooking, playing cards, playing pool, and NASCAR races.

Gerald is survived by a son, Allen Abbott of Woburn, Massachusetts; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Thomas Abbott of Hudson, William and Sharon Abbott of Litchfield, James and Susan Abbott of North Carolina, and Michael Abbott of Hudson; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Gail and Ralph Owens of California, Paula and Donald Drouin of Tilton, New Hampshire, and Donna Abbott of Hudson; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Donna Abbott, 5 Iris Path in Hudson.  All are invited to attend.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerald’s loving memory to The Advocates for Ottarnic Pond, Conservation Committee, c/o Donna Abbott, 5 Iris Path, Hudson, NH 03051.  To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Pauline L. (Tetreault) Bernier

Pauline L. (Tetreault) Bernier, 65, of Hudson, died Saturday, July 29 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. 

Mrs. Bernier was born in Nashua on July 1, 1941, a daughter of the late Paulde and Beatrice (Desmarais) Tetreault.  She was the wife of Richard Bernier of Hudson.

Mrs. Bernier was a longtime resident of Hudson and was a graduate of St. Louis High School.  Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Bernier had been employed by the Nashua School Department, Nashua Motor Express, and the former Johns-Manville Corporation.  She was a lifelong member of the Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild.  Mrs. Bernier loved to travel.  She was a communicant of St. Kathryn Church.

Besides her beloved husband of 47 years, Mrs. Bernier is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Steve Draper of Nashua; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard, Jr. and Martha Bernier of Nashua; four grandchildren, Stephanie, Michael, James, and Danielle; two great grandchildren, Bryan and Elena; two sisters and a brother–in-law; Lucille and Warren Chick of Englewood, Colorado, and Rachel Ouellette of Concord, California; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 2 at St. Kathryn Church; burial followed at St. Louis Cemetery.  The family requests donations be made in her memory to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.  The Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Katherine (Blaesi) Grego

Katherine (Blaesi) Grego, 79, of Hudson and formerly of Long Island, New York, died Monday, July 31, 2006 at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

She was born May 31, 1927 in South Floral Park, New York, daughter of the late Martin and Susanna (Lackey) Blaesi.

Katherine was predeceased by her husband, Walter J. Grego Jr., in 1974.  She was also predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

She moved to New Hampshire from Long Island in 2001.

Mrs. Grego was first and foremost a loving mother.  She enjoyed doing housework, especially washing and folding laundry.  She was considered a gourmet cook by her family and was an avid gardener and bowler.  Katherine also enjoyed working out with weights and swimming.

Survivors include a son and a daughter-in-law, Paul and Kristine Grego of Willow Street, Pennsylvania; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine K. and Alan R. Douglas of Huntington Station, New York, and Gail G. and Kevin Migliozzi of Windham; seven grandchildren, Samantha Douglas of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Philip Douglas of Huntington Station, New York, Jesse Douglas of Brooklyn, New York, Kevin Grego of Charlotte, North Carolina, John Grego and Eryn Grego, both of Willow Street, Pennsylvania, and Gregory Migliozzi of Windham.

A Graveside Service will take place on Friday, August 4 in the Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, New York.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Katherine’s loving memory to the American Lung Assoc. of New Hampshire, 9 Cedarwood Drive, Unit 12, Bedford, NH 03110.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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June Pauline (Allen) Chabot

June Pauline (Allen) Chabot, 71, of Hollis, New Hampshire and previously of Nashua, died at the Community Hospice House on Sunday evening, July 23, 2006.

She was born in Nashua on October 22, 1934, a daughter of the late Howard M. and June M. (Neill) Allen.  She had been a long time resident of Hollis, prior to which she had lived in Nashua.

Mrs. Chabot was the widow of Fernand F. Chabot, who died on August 25, 1994.

Mrs. Chabot was a homemaker, who enjoyed spending time with her family.  At one time she was employed at the former Doehla’s Greeting Cards in Nashua and also Memorial Hospital (now Southern NH Regional Medical Center).

She enjoyed traveling, going to the movies, and eating out.  At one time she volunteered for the Salvation Army.

She was educated in the Nashua school system and graduated from Nashua High School.

Survivors include:  Two sons, Peter Wilson of Windham and Matthew Chabot of Hollis; four daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Michael Falzone of Litchfield; Kathleen and Steven Pulley of Waynesboro, Tennessee; Cynthia and Todd Anderson of Merrimack; and Amy and Jeffrey Fournier of Chester, New Hampshire; her grandchildren, Hollie, Karina and Caraline Falzone, Ashleigh and Adam Chabot, Wesley and Stephen Basha, Joshua Cabot, Kailee and Abby Fournier; and a great-granddaughter, Alexis Deeney.

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

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Anna Alice Fanjoy

Anna Alice Fanjoy, 82, of Hampstead, New Hampshire died Sunday, July 23, 2006 at a daughter's home in Sandown, New Hampshire following a brief illness.  She was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, on August 12, 1923 a daughter of the late William and Anna M. (Torstenson) Anderson.  She was a recent resident of Hampstead, formerly living in Woburn for 79 years.  She moved to New Hampshire in 2002 to be near her children and grandchildren.  Prior to retirement, Mrs. Fanjoy was employed in the production of circuit boards for several companies including Sylvania.  She enjoyed crocheting, shopping, gardening, reading her bible and donating to charitable causes.  Her fondest love was her family.  Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were very special to her and spending family time was most important to her,

She is survived by three daughters, Gail Driscoll of Kingston, New Hampshire, Shirley Weinelt and her husband Robert of Sandown, and Sally Fanjoy of Hampstead; a son, William Fanjoy and his wife Susan of Hudson, New Hampshire; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Patterson of Farmington, New Hampshire and Violet Fanjoy of Woburn; a brother, Robert Anderson of Billerica, Massachusetts; numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, William Fanjoy.

A funeral service was in the Peabody Funeral Home following the calling hours on Wednesday, July 26.  Private burial took place in the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn, Massachusetts.  Memorial donations may be made to the Derry/Salem Home Health and Hospice Services, 1 E Commons Drive, Unit 31, Londonderry, NH 03053.  

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Derek Maxwell

Derek Maxwell, 49, of Litchfield died Thursday, July 20, 2006 at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

He was born September 27, 1956 in Aberdeen, Scotland, son of John and Helen (Middleton) Maxwell of Scotland.

Derek was the husband of Sandra (Milne) Maxwell of Litchfield.

Mr. Maxwell was employed by Sun Microsystems for over 20 years, most recently in the Nashua and Burlington, Massachusetts area.

He enjoyed mountain biking around Manchester and Londonderry and was a computer buff and computer repairman.  Derek was fond of collecting fountain pens and was very proud of his Scottish heritage.

Besides his loving wife and parents, survivors include two sons, Derek McLean of the United Kingdom and Neil Maxwell of Colorado; a daughter, Seren Maxwell of Litchfield; two grandchildren, Lachlan McLean and Ellie McLean, both of the United Kingdom; and a father-in-law, Alexander B. Milne of Scotland as well as many dear friends.

Visiting hours were held on Thursday in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson, with a Service of Remembrance that same evening.  Those choosing to do so may make a donation in Derek’s loving memory to either the Triumphant Cross ALS Fund, C/O Matthew Gaug, 85 Orcutt Drive, Chester, NH 03036 or the Litchfield Fire Fighters Association, 257 Charles Bancroft Highway Litchfield, NH 03052.

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Patricia (Noon) Smoyak

Patricia (Noon) Smoyak, 54, of Litchfield, died Monday, July 24, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

She was born August 8, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ismay (Braun) Noon.

Mrs. Smoyak was the wife of Frank Smoyak, Jr., of Litchfield.

Patricia received her Masters degree from Rivier College in Nashua and was previously employed by Wang in Lowell, Massachusetts and was also a freelance technical writer for Digital.

Mrs. Smoyak enjoyed listening to music and reading.  Patricia especially loved her pets.

Besides her loving husband, Frank, Patricia is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Francesca Noon of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Raymond and Dorothy Noon of Queens, New York; one sister and a brother-in-law, Barbara and Anthony Baker of Larchmont, New York; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Janice and Charles Rowinski of North Brunswick, New Jersey, and Gail and Lawrence McLaughlin of Charlotte, North Carolina, and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 29, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  All are asked to meet at the church.  Viewing hours will be on Friday, July 28, at the Dumont – Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that in Patricia’s loving memory donations be made to St. Joseph Hospital, Attn:  Palliative Care Unit, 172 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH 03061.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Leo H. Carten

Leo H. Carten, 77, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at his residence.

Mr. Carten was born on March 2, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late Leo A. Carten and Della (Reid) Carten.

Mr. Carten was the husband of Yvette (Brideau) Carten of Litchfield, and together shared 29 loving years of marriage.

Leo was a carpenter for many years and enjoyed gardening.

Besides his loving wife Yvette, Leo is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Leo J. and Karena Carten of Litchfield; a brother, John Carten of New Brunswick, Canada; two sisters, Anne Berguren of Nebraska and Ruth Decoste of Florida; two grandchildren, Leo Michael Carten and Caleb Hale Carten, both of Litchfield, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were private.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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H. Donald Spalding

After living with cancer bravely and well for several years, H. Donald "Don" Spalding died in his Rye, New Hampshire home on Sunday, July 9, 2006.  He was 88 years old, born on December 6, 1917 in Nashua, the son of Louis (Lovejoy) and Ada (Nutbrown) Spalding.  Don was predeceased by his beloved wife Dorothy (Johnson), his son Dean Harris Spalding, and his brother John "Jake" Spalding of Los Alamos, New Mexico.  He is survived by his daughter Pat Spalding, also of Rye, and by many nieces and nephews.

A pattern maker by trade, Don graduated from the Wentworth Technical Institute of Boston and founded and operated the State Pattern Co. of Hudson, New Hampshire where he spent most of his working career.  After selling that business he continued to work part-time from his various home workshops constructing patterns for the Nashua Foundry up until a few months before his death.

Don was a doer, a builder, and a tinkerer who approached projects with a sense of playful curiosity.  An inventive man of various talents and interests, he built and renovated furniture and houses and enjoyed an active life of hiking, biking, canoeing, and skiing -- well into his eighties.  He liked music, played the piano, and was a table-top drummer with a good sense of rhythm.  Latching onto the disco craze of the 1970s, he and his wife Dot took disco dance lessons and spun each other across the kitchen dance floor.  Following in that free-spirit tradition this past winter, before signing up with Hospice, he and his daughter Pat took ballroom dance lessons together and spent Sunday afternoons waltzing at the Rockingham Ballroom.

When he no longer had the energy to dance, Don found instructions for making Nantucket-style baskets at the library and constructed five beautiful baskets, each a different original shape and size.  In the last month of his life he perused books of small-house plans with his daughter suggesting suitable designs for a cabin which she may build on a back lot he owned on Nubanusit Lake in Hancock, New Hampshire.

He was a politically liberal conservative, a man of some contradiction who figured out and stuck to his own principals.  With wit, humor, and Yankee doggedness, Don remained a registered Republican for his whole life even though Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last Republican presidential candidate he could bring himself to vote for.  A true New Hampshirite, he was uncomfortable with the state's motto "Live Free or Die" and much preferred the slogan "Live and Let Live" which was the guiding principle of his life.  Don was never without a project or a blueprint for one.  With an open-minded ability to reinvent himself, he was always mulling over the next plan.  As Dot often used to say, "He never fails to surprise me."  Throughout his life Don Spalding never failed to surprise and delight his many friends and loved ones.

An informal Open House Honoring Celebration of his life was held on Thursday, July 20, at Pat's home at 441 Brackett Road, Rye, NH 03870.  A graveside Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hills Farm Cemetery, Derry Road, Route 102, Hudson, followed by a Story-Sharing Reception in the function hall of the Community Church of Hudson, 19 Central Street, Hudson.  All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833 or to the Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye, NH 03870.

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Raymond A. Pelkey

Raymond A. Pelkey, 84, of Greene, New York and formerly of Hudson, New Hampshire, died July 15, 2006 at the home of his daughter where he resided.

Mr. Pelkey was born on June 4, 1922, in Nashua son of the late Charles and Laura (Duprey) Pelkey.

Raymond was the husband of the late Trinidad (Benavidez) Pelkey who died in 1995.

Mr. Pelkey held numerous memberships in organizations throughout the community.  He was a Head Stewart at the American Legion, Post 48 in Hudson for twenty years and a former police officer in Hudson.  Raymond also was involved with the American Ex-Prisoners of War, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, #5791 in Hudson, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the American Defenders of Bataan and Gorregidor.

Raymond was also active in the Knights of Columbus in Hudson and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus with the Prince of Peace Assembly in Nashua.  Mr. Pelkey was also a member of AARP, the Hudson Seniors, and the Nashua Seniors.

Mr. Pelkey retired to Prescott, Arizona from 1975 until 1995, returning upon the death of his wife.  In 1998, Raymond then moved to Greene, New York to reside with his daughter and son in law, Linda and Bill Pygon.

Besides his parents and his wife, Trinidad, Mr. Pelkey was predeceased by a son, Anthony Pelkey who died in 2002, a daughter, Juanita Flahive who died in 1996, and two grandsons, Christopher Pelkey who died in 1996, and Rob Lawton, who also died in 1996.

Survivors include two sons and two daughters in law, Robert and Diane Pelkey of Hudson, and Dean and Claudia Pelkey of Wilton, New Hampshire; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda and William Pygon of Greene, New York, and Doreen Pelkey of Milford, New Hampshire, a brother and a sister-in-law, Thomas and Beverly Pelkey of Rescue, Virginia, 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  All are asked to meet at the church.  Viewing Hours will be on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dumont – Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson.  Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that in Raymond’s loving memory, donations may be made to the Rob Michael Lawton Memorial Scholarship, c/o Linda Pygon, 154 Echo Lake Road, Greene, NY 13778.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont - Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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