Obituaries

Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis, 81, died Sunday, September 23, 3007, at her niece’s home in Windham.  She lived in Windham for the past year and a half, previously living in Medford, Massachusetts, for 30 years.

She was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, grew up, and was educated in Medford.

She received her Master’s Degree in music and education from Indiana State University while she was serving at St. Mary of the Woods as a Sister of Providence.  She taught in Chicago, North Carolina, Indiana, and Massachusetts.

Miss Davis was a teacher for the Malden, Massachusetts School System.  She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Medford, and was active with the Medford Senior Center.  She was also a member of the Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association.  She had a great compassion for those in need and generously supported projects for the underserved.

Miss Davis was predeceased by her parents Daniel II and Mary (Lyons) Davis and by two brothers, Daniel III and Hubert, and an infant sister, Bernadette Davis.

She is survived by a sister, Alice Foley of Salem and 17 nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Medford, Massachusetts.  There are no calling hours.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 12143.  To send a message of condolence to the family, view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.  Arrangements are by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Christine A. (Alvino) Leone

Christine A. (Alvino) Leone, 78, of Salem, died Thursday, September 20, 2007, at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Christine was born and educated in New York and had been a Salem resident for 45 years.  She was the owner of Salem Travel in Salem for the past 14 years.  Christine owned Leone’s Fireside Restaurant in Salem during the 70s and the Villa Restaurant in Methuen, Massachusetts, during the 60s.  She was a past President of the Emblem Club and a member of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Christine enjoyed traveling around the world, especially Europe and Italy.  She loved spending time with her family.  She will be remembered by her family and friends for her generous holiday parties.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Leone and his wife Cheryl of Merrimacport, Massachusetts, and Richard Leone and his wife Jackie of Concord; a daughter, Gina Leone-Osgood of Salem; a brother, Jack Alvino and his wife Lorraine of Bensalem, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Christina Osgood, Faye and Gabrielle Leone, Jennifer and her husband Spencer Jubert, Richard and Anthony Leone; and great grandchildren, Chessa and Spencer Jubert.

A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, September 25, at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Contributions may be made in Christine’s memory to Dollars For Scholars, PO Box 297, Salem, NH 03079.

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Joyce E. (Carkin) Mason

Joyce E. (Carkin) Mason, 78, of Pelham, died Saturday, September 22, at her home.  She was the wife of the late Hubert Mason. 

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Charles C. and Mildred B. (Whitworth) Carkin. 

Mrs. Mason attended Chelmsford, Massachusetts, schools.  She worked at Lowell Institution for Savings and the Lowell Gas Company.  She also worked at the Pelham Police Department as a dispatcher.  She served as Clerk of Court at the Pelham Municipal Court.  She was a member of First Congregational Church in Pelham, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Woman's Guild.  She was a Girl Scout leader, was active in Pelham's 250th Anniversary Celebration, and was one of the authors of the town's history book Reflections.  She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Pelham Square and Compass Club, Ladies Fire Auxiliary to the Pelham Fire Department, Pelham Community Spirit Group, Inc., and the Sherburne Hall Restoration Committee.  She was a Supervisor of the Checklist and was a Justice of the Peace from 1975.  She enjoyed spending time with her children and their families, gardening, rug braiding, sewing, and selling goods at the flea market. 

Mrs. Mason is survived by two sons, Bruce D. Mason and his wife Lori of Nottingham, and Brian L. Mason and his wife Patty of Hudson; two daughters, Marlene D. Harmon and her husband Carl of Hudson, and Jennifer L. M. Theroux and her husband David of Goffstown; a former daughter-in-law, Beverly Stanley of Hudson; two sisters, Jacqueline Matthews of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and Sandy Ostman of Merrimack; 10 grandchildren, Mike, George, Rosemary, Rhonda, Andrea, Megan, Mike, Rob, Austen, and Ross; five great grandchildren, Cameron, Elliot, Emily, Zane, and Onna; and several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service was held at the Dracut Funeral Home in Dracut, Massachusetts, on Thursday, September 27.  Burial followed at Gibson Cemetery in Pelham.  Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Home Health and Hospice Care Inc., 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.

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Donna June (Taylor) Maynard

Donna June (Taylor) Maynard, 59, of Nashua and formerly of Hudson, died Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at her residence.

She was born August 2, 1948, in Portland, Maine, daughter of the late Gordon and Ruth (Winther) Taylor.  She was also predeceased by a brother, Donald Taylor in 1996.

Donna was previously employed by Parker Chomerics in Hudson and most recently was employed as a LNA with the Hunt Community in Nashua.  She enjoyed cooking and loved to celebrate Christmas.

Survivors include her two loving daughters, Kara Maynard and Shelley Maynard both of Fairborn, Ohio; two brothers and a sister-in-law, David Taylor of Littleton, Colorado, and Larry and Kathy Taylor of Hudson; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Tina Hadlock of Litchfield, Laura and Gerry Laliberte of Nashua, and Linda and Ray Carroll of Cummings, Georgia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours were held in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson with a graveside service in East Cemetery in Hollis.  

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Antonio P. Avila

Antonio P. Avila, 85, of Hampstead, died Saturday at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Antonio was born and educated in Lowell, Massachusetts.  He had lived in Hampstead for 12 years, previously living in Florida and Salem.  Antonio served his country during World War II in the U. S. Coast Guard, U. S. Merchant Marine, U. S. Navy, and U. S. Army.

Antonio was a Supervisor for J. E. Turner and Sons in North Reading, Massachusetts.  He was previously employed as a Grounds Keeper at Rockingham Race Track in Salem.  Antonio had a strong will and worked hard for everything that he obtained.  He enjoyed his work and was a jack of all trades.  Antonio was very generous and helped many people.  He dearly loved his family and he will be sadly missed.

He was predeceased by his son Dennis Avila and his brother Arthur Avila.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Natalie (Cardoza) Avila of Hampstead; a daughter, Donna and her husband Michael Rogers of Hampstead; a brother, Arthur Avila of Palm Bay, Florida; and grandsons Antonio and Christopher.

A Funeral Mass was held Thursday, September 13, at St. Anne Church in Hampstead; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence MA 01843.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.

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Baxter F. Byrd, Jr.

Baxter Fred Byrd, Jr., 75, of Hudson, died Sunday, August 26, 2007, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

Baxter was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina, December 15, 1931, son of the late Baxter, Sr. and Laura Lee (Pruitt) Byrd, and was predeceased by two brothers, William Byrd and Donald Byrd.  He was the husband of Betty (Rowell) Byrd of Hudson.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and participated in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  Baxter was an avid reader, particularly westerns, and loved “old west” movies.  He also enjoyed solving cross-word puzzles.

Besides his loving wife, Baxter was survived by five sons and two daughters-in-law, William Marcutt of Manchester, Mark Byrd of Highland, North Carolina, Robert Laflamme, Rocky and Roberta Brooks, and Brian and Darlene Gilbert, all of Nashua; six daughters and a son-in-law, Rebecca Byrd and Ronda Byrd, both of Highland, Debbie Byrd of Manchester, Brenda Brooks of Florida, Debra and Donald Beauchesne of Gilmanton, and Loretta Chick of Nashua; two brothers, James Byrd of Somerville, Massachusetts and Steven Byrd of Thomasville, North Carolina; three sisters, Lilian Bartlette of Thomasville, Eloise Jenken of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and Nancy Tarbebille of Conway, South Carolina; 28 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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

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Charles J. Dabrowski, Sr.

Charles J. Dabrowski, Sr., 93, of Salem, died Sunday, August 26, 2007, at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry.  He had been a resident of Salem for 29 years, previously living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Charles was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of the late Adelajda (Szelazek) and Joseph Dabrowski.  He retired from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1994 where he worked as an auditor.  He was previously employed with Mutual of Omaha where he was a Five Star insurance sales agent.

Charles was a member of the Derry-Salem Elks, the Salem Senior Center, and the Salem Bridge Club.  He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and gardening.

He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor (Thomann) Dabrowski.

He is survived by a son, Charles J. Dabrowski, Jr., of Derry; three daughters, Arlene and her husband Norman McIver of Belmont, Massachusetts, Christine and her husband Joseph Cuggino of Acton, Massachusetts, and Joyce and her husband William Barnes of Salem; six grandsons, Norman, Paul, and Mark McIver of Belmont, Richard McIver of Revere, Massachusetts, Donald Blunt of Windham, and Joseph Dabrowski of Derry; four granddaughters, Karen Cuggino of Boston, Massachusetts, Deborah Thomas of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Donna Blunt of Marlboro, Massachusetts, and Jennifer Dabrowski of Derry; a brother, George Dabrowski of LaMesa, California; two sisters, Isabel and Alice Dabrowski of Manchester; nine great grandsons; and three great granddaughters.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, August 29, at St. Matthew’s Church in Windham.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem were in charge of arrangements. 

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Doris J. (Trombley) Dube

Doris J. (Trombley) Dube, 83, of Hudson, died Monday, September 3, 2007, at her home.

Mrs. Dube was born in Derry on May 1, 1924, a daughter of the late Hector and Bertha (Cournoyer) Trornbley.  She was the widow of Normand A. Dube who died June 23, 2003.

Mrs. Dube had been a longtime resident of Hudson.  She loved doing puzzles and taking care of her dogs.  Doris was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church.

Mrs. Dube is survived by one son, Dennis R. Dube of Hudson; two daughters, Kathleen J. Dube, and Ann Marie Gilman and her husband Kenneth all of Hudson; three grandchildren, Dennis R. Dube, Jr., Jennifer P. Gi!man, and Keith E. Gilman; two great grandchildren, Alysa Dube and Devin Dube; one brother, Conrad Trombley of Nashua; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday September 7, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street in Hudson at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.  Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home. 

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Robert Leo Dufault

Robert Leo Dufault, 63, of Hudson, died Saturday, September 15, 2007, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 3, 1944 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, son of the late Leo and Laurette (Methot) Dufault.

Bob was the husband of Susan (Holt) Dufault of Hudson with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.

While growing up, he attended Salem schools and later received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire where he played football, and a Masters in Science Education from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He taught Chemistry at Salem High School for 32 years until his retirement in 2002.  While teaching at Salem High School, Bob founded the wrestling team and held the status of Master Teacher.  In 2003 he was inducted into the Salem High School Sports Hall of Fame for his playing football and for his founding and coaching wrestling. 

During his retirement he volunteered his time with the Summer Program in the Hudson school system as well as teaching night school in Manchester and Salem.

He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, having been stationed in Louisiana and Germany as a Chemical Officer.

Bob enjoyed woodworking; however, his greatest joy was spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.  He loved being involved in their activities.

Besides his loving wife Susan, survivors include one son and a daughter-in-law, Andrew and Laurie Dufault of Merrimack; one daughter and a son-in-law, Christina and Daniel Sweeney of Hudson; three grandchildren, Ryan Sweeney, Robert Sweeney, and Marissa Sweeney all of Hudson; a mother-in-law, Elaine Holt of Georgetown, Maine; also a sister-in-law, Katherine Daniell; as well as several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, September 18, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054, or Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements. 

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Dorothy M. (Johnston) Tedder Fleming

Dorothy M. (Johnston) Tedder Fleming, 87, of Salem, died Saturday, September 8, 2007, at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry surrounded by her loving family.  She had lived in Salem for almost 25 years.

Dorothy grew up and was educated in Brockton, Massachusetts.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed crossword puzzles.

She was predeceased by her husbands John W. Tedder, Jr., and John Fleming, her sons Frank and Donald Tedder, her grandson John Tedder IV, and her siblings Charles and Raymond Johnston.

She is survived by a son, John “Jack” and his wife Marge Tedder of Salem; a sister, Florence Joyal of Arizona; seven grandchildren including Tracy and her husband James Wilder and Wendy and her husband Bobby MacCormack; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, September 11, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Salem.  Cremation will follow.  Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Scott Innes, Sr.

Scott Innes, Sr., 51; of Litchfield, died suddenly on September 10, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.

He was born on February 18, 1956, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, son of Joseph John II and Katherine (Young) Innes.

Scott was a graduate of Fall Mountain School is Charlestown, New Hampshire; he graduated in 1979 from the University of New Hampshire and later attended Franklin Pierce College where he received his law degree.  Mr. Innes has been a Lawyer since 1982, and has been a partner at Ruddock and Innes in Bedford since 1990.  He was a volunteer with the Red Cross for over 30 years and a member of the Red Cross Board for a number of years.  His spirit of community service led him to stints on local boards in Litchfield including the Recreation Board, and years as a youth soccer coach.

His first love was his family and friends, and also teaching children soccer, working with children and parents as a Guardian Ad Litem, growing tomatoes, and spending quiet time in his garden, Frisbee, body-surfing at Hampton Beach, and watching the Red Sox, the Revolution and Patriots.  Including friends and family in all these endeavors, only added to his joy.

Scott's Saturday nights were spent with his friends and family, playing cards, playing board games, reviewing the chances of the Red Sox, and catching up on the latest news of everyone's family.  He loved to be surrounded by his family, his friends, and their children.  He was a born teacher and never shied away from teaching a child to kick a soccer ball, throw a horse shoe, or roll a bocce ball.

Scott was predeceased by his father, John Joseph Innes.

Members of his family include his wife of 26 years, Robin (Revoir) Innes of Litchfield; one son, Scott Innes, Jr., of Litchfield; one daughter, Katy Innes of Litchfield; his mother Katherine (Young) Innes, of Charlestown; two brothers, Joseph John Innes III and his wife Ruth of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Kevin Michael Innes and his partner Vincent Andrews of Randolph, Massachusetts; one sister, Lorraine Moore and her husband Dennis of Newton; a niece, Amanda Innes, and a nephew, Joey Innes; as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley Street, Nashua.  A service will follow 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Scott’s name to the Litchfield Youth Soccer League, c/o 45 Garden Drive, Litchfield, NH 03052.

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Albert J. Jenkins

Albert J. Jenkins, 77, of Salem, died Tuesday, September 4, 2007, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.  He had lived in Salem for 48 years.

Albert was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of the late Hazel (Raymond) and Albert J. Jenkins, Sr.  He served his country in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War.  Albert worked as a Tool Designer for Avco Corp. for 34 years in Wilmington and Lowell, Massachusetts.

Albert had a love for the ocean, fishing, music, and films.  He was a charter member of the Derry-Salem Elks.

He was predeceased by his daughter Kathleen Rose Jenkins.

He is survived by two daughters, Margaret Spencer of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Mary Gifford of Salem; a brother, Robert St. Cyr of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, September 7, 10:30 a.m., at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

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Sheila Kelly

Sheila Theresa Kelly, 59, of Nashua, died Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 26, 1947, in Rockland, Massachusetts, daughter of the late William J. and Florence (Dwyer) Kelly.

Sheila was the wife of Thomas J. Kelly of Nashua with whom she shared 37 years of marriage.

For many years Sheila was a Guardian ad Litem with the State of New Hamphsire at the District Court and the Superior Court.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, bingo, and gardening.

Besides her loving husband survivors include three sons, Kirk Kelly, James Kelly, and Steven Kelly, all of Nashua; two brothers, William Kelly of Maine and Joe Conley of Texas.

A Mass was held in St. Patrick Church with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Beatrice M. (Tremblay) Laycock

Beatrice M. (Tremblay) Laycock, 77, of Salem, died Thursday, September 6, 2007, at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.  She had been a resident of Salem for 46 years.

Beatrice was born and educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts, graduating from Lawrence High School then from McIntosh Business School.  Beatrice played the violin and piano and played with the Boston Junior Symphony.  She also enjoyed singing, dancing, and traveling.  Beatrice was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.

Beatrice enjoyed politics and was a two-term State Representative and Supervisor of the Checklist.  She was a campaign chairman for many politicians including Jimmy Carter.

She is survived by husband William Laycock of Salem; sons Thomas Laycock and his companion Mary Beth Cleaver of Derry, and William and his wife Brenda Laycock of Sandown; daughters, Carol and her husband Todd Lyons of Salem, and Joyce and her husband William Burns of Salem; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, September 11, at St. Joseph Church in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Salemhaven Nursing Home, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079 or American Heart Association, 20 Merrimack Street, Suite 1, Manchester, NH 03101.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Diane Muriel (Chapdelaine) Leclerc

Diane (Chapdelaine) Leclerc, 48, of Hudson, died Thursday, September 6, 2007, at her home following a brave and courageous 163 day battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by her loving family.

Diane was born March 10, 1959, in Manchester, daughter of Robert A. J. Chapdelaine of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Ruth (Dery) Chapdelaine of Merrimack.

She was the wife of Larry Leclerc of Hudson with whom she had shared 29 years of marriage.

Diane was a graduate of Alvirne High School, class of 1977.  She was employed by Hannaford Brothers for over 20 years, with much of that time between the Goffstown, Bedford, and Hudson locations.

She loved palm trees and enjoyed trips to Foxwoods.  She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother and wife.

Besides her loving husband survivors include two sons, Lee Robert Leclerc and Mike Lee Leclerc both of Hudson; a brother and sister-in-law, AJ and Anna Chapdelaine of Las Vegas, Nevada; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Susan and Raymond Guay of Hooksett, and Renee and Mark Whitten of Nashua; also her father-in-law, Leo Leclerc of Hudson; as well as four additional sisters-in-law and three additional brothers-in-law.

Visiting Hours and Prayer Service were held earlier this week in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  

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Rhona L. (Deagle) Lennerton

Rhona L. (Deagle) Lennerton, 68, of Salem, died Friday, September 7, 2007, at Hackett Hill Healthcare in Manchester surrounded by her loving family.

Rhona grew up and was educated in Waltham, Massachusetts.  She graduated from Kathryn Gibbs College in Boston, Massachusetts.  Rhona had lived in Salem for almost 40 years.  She worked as an Insurance Agent for State Farm Insurance in Salem.

Rhona enjoyed knitting, stitchery, and quilting and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Alan L. Lennerton.

She is survived by a son, Brett Lennerton and his wife Shannon of Salem; a daughter, Tracy and her husband Wayne DeLuca of Salem; a sister, Lynne Lynch of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Payton, Alexander, Jacob, Rylee and Lucas; and nieces, Natasha and Alexa.

A Funeral Service was held Wednesday, September 12 at Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Cremation will follow.

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James B. McCarron

James B. McCarron, 80, beloved husband to Julia K. McCarron (McCarthy) of Litchfield, died August 25, 2007.  He was born December 1, 1926, in Brewer, Maine, to Timothy R. McCarron and Mary E. McCarron (Long).  He married Julia K. McCarthy on November 15, 1947.  Mr. McCarron graduated from John Bapst High School, Bangor, Maine, in 1947 where he was active in all sports.  He entered the U.S. Army in 1944, was a veteran of World War II, and served in Austria.  He graduated from Mantor Hall Preparatory School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Wentworth Institute in 1952.  Mr. McCarron retired in 1992 from Silent Watchman and National Guardian as regional general manager for many years.  While residing in Billerica, Massachusetts for 40 years, he was active as a Little League Coach and Officer, Pop Warner Football Coach, and a member of the Billerica Knights of Columbus and the Irish American Club.  In his youth, he was an avid baseball, basketball, and football player.  Mr. McCarron was a lifetime fan of the Boston Red Sox and was rewarded for his loyalty in 2004.  He was also a long-time fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.  His greatest past times were jogging, gardening, and carpentry.  Mr. McCarron was also a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Litchfield.

He is survived by his wife, Julia, of 59 years, and children Mary Ellen McCarron, Michael McCarron and wife Vicki, Julie MacIntosh and husband Edwin, Brian McCarron and wife Gail, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 30, in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Litchfield; burial followed in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Gilcreast Road, Londonderry.  Memorial donations may be made in his name to Souhegan Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.  The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Londonderry. 

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Robert McWilliams

Robert Allen McWilliams, 59, of Hudson, died August 21, 2007, at his home in Hudson.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 28, 1948, son of the late Richard and Mary (Austin) McWilliams.  He was also predeceased by two brothers, Francis McWilliams and Daniel McWilliams.

Robert served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.  He was currently employed by Shawsheen Valley Vocational School in Billerica, Massachusetts.

Robert is survived by three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Josephine McWilliams of Malden, Massachusetts, Gerald and Beverly McWilliams, and Laurence and Jan McWilliams, all of Revere, Massachusetts; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Thomas Farley and Jean and Ernest Torgersen, all of East Boston, Massachusetts.

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

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Thomas O. Morrow III

Thomas O. Morrow III, 64, died Sunday, August 26, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 30 years.

Mr. Morrow was the operations manager for Canobie Lake Park in Salem, where he worked for many years.  He was past president of the Salem Exchange Club and the New England Association of Amusement Park and Attractions.  He was very active with Dollars for Scholars in Salem, was one of the founding members of the Field of Dreams Park in Salem, and was involved with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.  Gov. Lynch had recently appointed Mr. Morrow to the New Hampshire Amusement Advisory Board.

Mr. Morrow is survived by a son, Gregory and his wife, Megan Morrow of Rossville, Georgia; daughter, Shannon and her husband Scott Santandrea of San Francisco, California; his sister, Linda Mitchell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; nieces, Amanda and Lauren Mitchell of Philadelphia; close family friends, E. J. Jackson-Cole and her daughter Alexandra Cole of Salem and William Curran of Salem.

Funeral services will be private for the family.  Burial will take place in Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville, Pennsylvania.  A Celebration of Life Service took place Thursday, August 30, at Canobie Lake Park in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Dollars for Scholars in memory of Thomas O. Morrow, Jr., P.O. Box 297, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Dorothy Munton

Dorothy Munton, 85, of Hudson, died Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson.

She was born February 15, 1922, in Nashua, daughter of the late Alexander and Kathleen (Crewe) Manton.  She was also predeceased by a brother, Alexander V. Munton.

Dorothy graduated from Nashua High School in 1941 and later was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing.  She was a Registered Nurse in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maryland.  She was employed by the former Memorial Hospital in Nashua, several Boston area hospitals, as well as at Johns Hopkins in Maryland.

She took a leave of absence from nursing to own and operate a gift shop in Hudson called “The Reindeer Shop.”  She later returned to nursing and retired as the Head Floor Nurse in Pediatrics for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.

Dorothy was an avid skier, an artist, and loved to travel.

Her loving family includes one sister, Kathleen McCormick of Weathersfield, Vermont; a brother, John P. Munton of Bellevue, Washington; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, 25 Library Street in Hudson.  All may meet at Church.  Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Hampshire Chapter, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 427B, Concord, NH 03301.  To send an online message of condolence visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Sister Marion Neenan

Sister Marion Neenan (formerly known as Sister M. Gerarda), 94, a Sister of Mercy for 75 years, died at Warde Health Center in Windham on Monday, September 17, 2007, after a brief illness.  A native of Revere, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of John and Agnes (Barton) Neenan.

Sister Marion received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Arts degree in education from Mount Saint Mary College in Hooksett.  For many years she taught elementary grades in Catholic schools throughout New Hampshire.  Sister Marion taught at St. Mary in Dover; St. Patrick in Portsmouth; St. Joseph, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Mount Saint Mary Day School, all in Manchester; and Sacred Heart in Lebanon.

Family members include two nieces, Mary Nelson and Maryann Steele; and a nephew, Al Neenan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel on Thursday, September 20.  Burial will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery in Bedford.  Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box 420, Windham, NH 03087-0420.  Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of the arrangements.

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Paul M. Nicholas

Paul M. Nicholas, 74, of Litchfield, died September 18, 2007, at Elliot Hospital, Manchester, after an 11-month courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, on May 19, 1933, he was the son of William and Ida (Spaulding) Nicholas.  He grew up in Brattleboro and lived in Burlington, Vermont, and the Boston, Massachusetts, area for many years before moving to Litchfield in 1970.

During the Korean War he served in the U. S. Air Force. 

Mr. Nicholas was a graduate of the Cambridge School of Radio and TV Broadcasting.  He worked for Graybar Electric for 32 years and retired as a branch financial manager.  During those years, he formed the Tri-State Credit Association and served as its president for many years.

He was a bail commissioner for the Merrimack District Court for many years.  In Litchfield he was a selectman and also served on the Recreation Commission, the Planning Board, the Zoning Board, and the Budget Committee.  He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Litchfield where he was a Eucharistic minister and served on the School Board, the Parish Council, and the Social Committee. 

The loves of his life were his family, especially his grandchildren, his church, and traveling, including his trips to Aruba, Ireland and Greece.

The family includes his wife of 45 years, Mary G. (Walker) Nicholas of Litchfield; two daughters, Susan K. Nicholas of Manchester, and Diane M. Matthews of Seattle, Washington; two brothers, William Nicholas of Scotrun, Pennsylvania, and Lyman Nicholas of Brattleboro; many cousins, nieces and nephews.  The family also includes three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jonathan, and William.  He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Nicholas in 2000, and by a sister, Marylyn Bash in 2006. 

Calling hours are Friday, September 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home and Crematory, 1799 Elm Street, corner of North Street in Manchester.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 9 St. Francis Way in Litchfield.  Committal prayers will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Litchfield.

Donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 9 St. Francis Way, Litchfield, NH 03052, or to Easter Seals, 555 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH 03103.  For more information, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.

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Rosemary Elizabeth Peters

Rosemary Elizabeth Peters, 65, of Nashua and formerly of Herkimer, New York, passed away Sunday, August 26, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born August 30, 1941, in Herkimer, daughter of the late Herman and Elizabeth (Bennett) Peters.

Rosemary was a graduate of Herkimer High School, Class of 1959.  She also earned a degree from Northern Essex Community College and had recently retired from careers in Sleep Technology and Respiratory Therapy.  She was a perpetual student of life with interests in medicine, gardening, the outdoors, and architecture.

She enjoyed engaging her children and grandchildren in the arts and in life, and one of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren.

Her loving family includes three sons and daughters-in-law: Kenneth and Brigida Schaepe of Bedford, Craig and Lori Schaepe of Goffstown, and Matthew and Jennifer Schaepe of Portsmouth; one daughter and a son-in-law: Maura and Cean Lamper of Nashua; a former husband: William Schaepe of New York, New York; eight grandchildren: Rose Schaepe, Michael Schaepe, Nicholas Schaepe, and John Schaepe all of Bedford, Devan Schaepe and Ciara Schaepe both of Portsmouth, and Andrea Lamper and Shane Lamper both of Nashua; as well as one step grandson: Jonathan Lamper of Sacramento, California. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 8, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Herkimer, New York, at 10 a.m.  All may meet at the church, and burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, also in Herkimer.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.  To send an online message of condolence, visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Joan A. ‘Bunny’ Pilvelis

Joan A. “Bunny” Pilvelis, 68, of Salem, died Friday, September 14, 2007, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.

Joan was born in Salem, the daughter of the late Jennie (Bojarski) and Stanley Rys.  She has been a life-long resident.  Joan graduated from the Lawrence General School of Nursing and worked at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts, for 25 years.  Joan enjoyed sewing and traveling.  She loved animals and most of all her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Raymond Pilvelis of Salem; a sister, Barbara and her husband, David Peabody of Billerica, Massachusetts; a brother-in-law, Laurence and his wife, Veronica Pilvelis of Rumney; an aunt, Irene Krzywicki; several nieces and nephews including Larry and his wife Debra Pilvelis and Lisa and her husband William Lemieux; and cousins James and his wife Gail Krzywicki; Ronald and his wife Leslie Kmiec, and Joe Kucharewicz.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, September 18 at St. Joseph Church in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Bertha (Lajoie) Sciolla

Bertha (Lajoie) Sciolla, 98, of Brentwood, died Thursday, August 23, at Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood.

Bertha was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Marion (Savard) and Arthur Lajoie.  She had previously lived in Salem and Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Bertha was an Assembler for Western Electric in North Andover, Massachusetts.  She had previously worked in Monanac Mills in Lawrence.  Bertha was a former member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem, a former member of the Salem Senior Citizens where she had been an assistant, and a former member of the French Social Club.

She was predeceased by her husband Masmino Sciolla and her son Amilcare Ariola.

She is survived by a daughter, Valencia Taylor of Salem; four grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, August 25, at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.

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Robert ‘Chief’ Taylor

Robert “Chief” Taylor, 83, of Salem, died Saturday, September 8, 2007, at Franklin Hospital in Franklin.  He had lived in Salem 50 years.

Chief served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II and retired from the Navy in 1962.  He was a talented machinist and mechanic and had a knack for fixing things.  Chief enjoyed telling stories, especially sailor stories.  He loved his dogs.  Chief was a member of the Salem Masonic Lodge.

He was predeceased by his wife Eileen (Carvello) Taylor.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Taylor of Fall River, Massachusetts, and William Taylor and his wife June of Salem, a daughter: Kathleen Taylor of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Melissa Kaltenberg, Gary Gear, William M. Taylor, Jr., James J. Taylor, Lisa Tittman, Robert J. Taylor, and Jennifer L. Elstun and nine great grandchildren

A Funeral Service was held on Monday, September 10 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home; burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. 

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June (Crowley) Traynor

June M. (Crowley) Traynor, 84, of Windham, died Thursday, September 6 at The Terrace of Windham.

June was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on April 8, 1923, a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Decker) Crowley.  She grew up in Lawrence and Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  Mrs. Traynor graduated from Lawrence High School and Lowell State Teachers College.  She taught over 25 years in Lawrence and Andover, Massachusetts, and Windham.  She belonged to the National Educators Association and served as President of the Local Windham Educators Association.  She also served on the State Standards Board as well as numerous teams and committees.

Mrs. Traynor lived the past 42 years in Windham where she was an active participant in St. Matthews Parish.  She helped form the Martha and Mary Mercy Meal Team, taught and administered Sunday School, served as a Eucharistic Minister, and participated on many parish committees and councils.

She enjoyed traveling with her best friend and husband Francis and collecting antiques along the way.  She summered at Little Island Pond in Pelham where she enjoyed painting furniture orange.

She was predeceased by her husband Francis and a grandson Daniel Delisle.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis and Diane Traynor of Manchester, and Daniel and Jacqueline Traynor of Atkinson; three daughters, Mary and Paul Timson of Derry, Ellen and Maurice Delisle of Venice, Florica, and Judith and Scott Desrosiers of Hollis; two sisters, Theresa Pierce of Bedford, Hope Heath of Windham; 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, September 10, at St. Matthew Church in Windham; burial followed in Cemetery on the Plain in Windham.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Parish, Attn:  Martha and Mary Group, 2 Searles Road, Windham, NH 03087, or to the Windham Rescue Squad, 3 Fellows Road, Windham, NH 03087.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangement.

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Edgar A. ‘Eddie’ Turner, Jr.

Edgar A. “Eddie” Turner, Jr., 72, of Salem, died suddenly September 4 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts. 

Eddie was born in Methuen and was a lifelong resident of Salem.  He graduated from Woodbury High School in 1952.  Eddie was a custodian at Salem High School.  He previously ran the family business, Turner’s Variety in Salem, for many years.

Eddie was a member of the Derry-Salem Elks and St. Joseph’s Church.  He enjoyed bowling, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, and horses.  Eddie loved people; he had many friends and he will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his wife Tracy (Young) Turner of Salem; two sons, David Turner of Deerfield, and Thomas Turner and his wife Elisa Dozono of Portland, Oregon; three daughters, Susan and her husband Louis Bedard of Salem, Jean and her husband James McQuaid of Scarborough, Maine, and Leeann and her husband Richard Brooks of Windham; two sisters, Joan Castricone of Bow, and Mary Somma of Candia; ten grandchildren, Chad, Jessica, Allison, Travis, Bethany, Grace, Ariel, Ryan, Christian, and Lily; and his former spouse, Janet (Hyde) Turner of Salem.

A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, September 8, at  St. Joseph’s Church in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the Derry-Salem Elks, 39 Shadow Lake Road, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.

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Eva (Yvonne) Laforge Valcourt

Eva (Yvonne) Laforge Valcourt, Eva, also know an Yvonne, the beloved wife of the late Levite Valcourt passed away Saturday, August 19, 2007, with family by her side.  She was 97.  She is survived by three sisters, Jean Jalbert of Peabody, Massachusetts, Evangeline Levesque and Cecile Michaud both of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, and many generations of nieces and nephews.

She was born in New Brunswick, Canada on July 25, 1910.  She was the fourth of 13 children.  She was dearly loved and admired by all her siblings.  She moved to Massachusetts in 1937 where she met the love of her life.  She and Levite were married on September 4, 1939.  They resided in Lawrence, Massachusetts for over 50 years.  She was known as a wonderfully talented seamstress, an avid knitter, a fun-loving card player, an engaging story teller, but mostly a loving matriarch to her extended family.  She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence.

She retired from William Barry Industries where she was a seamstress.  She enjoyed many years of retirement with her husband before his death in December 1995.  She then moved to Limestone, Maine to be close to her sisters.  In Maine she made new friendships, was an active member of the Sisters of Saint Anne, and was also a respected and valued member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program where she knitted hundreds of pairs of mittens.  

After suffering a fall in March 2006, she gave up her apartment at the age of 95 and took up a new residence at the Salem Haven Nursing Home so that she could be closer to her youngest brother’s family.  She was happy at Salem Haven where she enjoyed bingo, exercise classes, the company of other residents, and the ministry and singing of Reverend Carver.   

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.  She touched so many lives and has left us with the fondest of memories.

A Memorial Service was held on August 23 at the Salem Haven Nursing Home Chapel.  Inurnment followed in St. Catherine Cemetery, Westford, Massachusetts.  Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Eva to the Ministry of Reverend Carver at the Faith Bible Chapel, 38 Millville Street, Salem, NH 03079.  Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem were in charge of the arrangements.  

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Mary E. (Wisneski) Zelonis

Mary E. (Wisneski) Zelonis, 90, of Hudson, died Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

She was born October 18, 1916, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Towski) Wisneski.

Mary was the wife of Vincent J. Zelonis who died in December 2005.  She was also predeceased by a brother and two sisters; Joseph Wisneski, Sophie Naceski and Stella Kopka.

Mary was previously a member of the St. John the Evangelist Church Women’s Guild.  She enjoyed watching quiz shows on TV, playing cards, knitting, crocheting, and was an avid bingo player.  She will also be remembered as a talented seamstress.

Mary was also the bookkeeper for many years at Hudson Service Co., Inc. which was owned and operated by her husband.

Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law, Robert V. and Joan Zelonis of Nottingham, Daniel M. and Gayle Zelonis of Hudson, Charles M. and Linda Zelonis of Laconia, Mark E. and Sara Zelonis of Zionsville, Indiana, and William J. and Susan Zelonis of Hudson; two daughters and son- in-law, Marian and Jeffrey Sargent of Gilford, and Laurie and Robert Crete of Laconia; eight grandchildren, Jennifer McCrae, Julie Flynn, Margaret Zelonis, Erica Petralia, Peter Zelonis, Alisha Crete, Brian Crete, and Melanie Crete; five great grandchildren, Justin Landry, Caitlyn Zelonis, Brandon Zelonis, Amber Flynn, and Kayla Flynn.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 31 from 4 – 7:00 p.m. in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 4, at 9 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  All may meet at church.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300, Manchester, NH 03101.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions, visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Beverly A. (DeSimone) Anctil

Beverly A. (DeSimone) Anctil, 60, of Salem, died Monday, August 20, 2007, at the Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, Massachusetts.

She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where she grew up and attended schools.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 29 years, formerly of Virginia and Lawrence.

Beverly worked as a mortgage processor for North East Credit Union in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed boating, traveling, and shopping.

She was predeceased by her parents, Paride “Pebo” and Ida (Papparlardo) DeSimone.

She is survived by her husband, Conrad Anctil of Salem; one son, Michael Stapleton of Salem; a niece, Chantel and her husband Rob Lucas of Kingston and their children, Nicholas and Abbie; a nephew, Christopher and his wife Heather DeSimone of Hampstead and their daughter Lahna; and several aunts and cousins.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, August 23, at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem were in charge of arrangements. 

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Viola L. (Pica) Bernard

Viola L. (Pica) Bernard, 57, of Salem, died Monday, August 20, 2007, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Derry and she grew up and was schooled in Methuen, Massachusetts.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 32 years, formerly of Methuen.

Mrs. Bernard was an owner and operator of Common Grounds Café in Methuen.  She enjoyed golfing and boating in Florida, and most of all spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her mother, Esther (Labelle) Pica.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Bernard; a daughter, Lindsey Bernard; a son, Shane and his wife, Elizabeth Bernard, all of Salem; her father, Albert Pica, Jr. of Methuen; two brothers, Albert Pica III of Methuen and Anthony Pica of Derry; a sister, Barbara Baxter of Salem; a granddaughter, Kennedi Marie Bernard of Salem; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements. 

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Eva (Yvonne) Laforge Valcourt

Eva (Yvonne) Laforge Valcourt, Eva, also know an Yvonne, the beloved wife of the late Levite Valcourt passed away Saturday, August 19, 2007, with family by her side.  She was 97.  She is survived by three sisters, Jean Jalbert of Peabody, Massachusetts, Evangeline Levesque and Cecile Michaud both of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, and many generations of nieces and nephews.

She was born in New Brunswick, Canada on July 25, 1910.  She was the fourth of 13 children.  She was dearly loved and admired by all her siblings.  She moved to Massachusetts in 1937 where she met the love of her life.  She and Levite were married on September 4, 1939.  They resided in Lawrence, Massachusetts for over 50 years.  She was known as a wonderfully talented seamstress, an avid knitter, a fun-loving card player, an engaging story teller, but mostly a loving matriarch to her extended family.  She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence.

She retired from William Barry Industries where she was a seamstress.  She enjoyed many years of retirement with her husband before his death in December 1995.  She then moved to Limestone, Maine to be close to her sisters.  In Maine she made new friendships, was an active member of the Sisters of Saint Anne, and was also a respected and valued member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program where she knitted hundreds of pairs of mittens.  

After suffering a fall in March 2006, she gave up her apartment at the age of 95 and took up a new residence at the Salem Haven Nursing Home so that she could be closer to her youngest brother’s family.  She was happy at Salem Haven where she enjoyed bingo, exercise classes, the company of other residents, and the ministry and singing of Reverend Carver.   

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.  She touched so many lives and has left us with the fondest of memories.

A Memorial Service was held on August 23 at the Salem Haven Nursing Home Chapel.  Inurnment followed in St. Catherine Cemetery, Westford, Massachusetts.  Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Eva to the Ministry of Reverend Carver at the Faith Bible Chapel, 38 Millville Street, Salem, NH 03079.  Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem were in charge of the arrangements.  

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Derek C. Doucet

Derek C. Doucet, 22, of Hudson, died Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at Elliott Hospital in Manchester.

He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 9, 1985, son of Stephan and Maureen (Lowe) Doucet of Hudson.  Derek was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Doucet, who died in May, 2003.

Derek was a graduate of Alvirne High School.  He played soccer all his life and loved the outdoors, especially when riding his four-wheeler.  He enjoyed fun competition with his friends when marinating and grilling meats.

Besides his loving parents, he is survived by a son, Patrick Doucet of Hudson; a sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Dereck Lavalley of Allenstown; two sets of grandparents, Joseph and Patricia (Devose) Doucet of Melrose, Massachusetts, and Robert and Doris (Brooks) Lowe of Maine; one niece, Alayna; and six nephews, Tommy, Jakie, Brenden, Jacob, Ryan and Robert; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, August 11, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library St., Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Christopher R. Macy

Christopher R. Macy, age 14, of Salem, died Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at the Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, Massachusetts.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up and was educated in Salem, where he was a life long resident.

Chris graduated from Woodbury Jr. High in Salem in 2007.  He was active in Salem Youth Hockey and Hollis Youth Hockey.  He loved music and playing his drums for his punk rock band.  Chris will always be remembered as a great teammate and friend, who would give help and encouragement to anyone who needed it.

Chris is survived by his parents, Bryan and Deborah (Gauthier) Macy of Salem; three sisters, Elissa Macy and her significant other Robert Melaragni of Manchester, Shauna Macy of Salem, and Jenna-Rae Macy of Salem; maternal grandparents, Alan and Eileen (Trombley) Gauthier of Salem, and paternal grandparents, William and Faye (Dame) Macy of Salem; an uncle, Brian Gauthier of Derry; an aunt, Jennifer and her husband Michael Scuderi of Salem; and several cousins.

Calling hours will be held Friday, August 17, from 4 – 7 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  Cremation will follow.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Dollars for Scholars in Memory of Christopher R. Macy, PO Box 297, Salem, NH 03079.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Susan (Duffy) Nash

Susan (Duffy) Nash, 54, of Hudson, died Tuesday, August 14, 2007 following a four year battle with breast and bone cancer, which she fought so gracefully.

She was born August 24, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Lois (Forgerson) Duffy of Cleveland, and the late Jack Duffy, Sr., who died in 2005.  She was also predeceased by a brother; Peter Duffy in 2003.

Susan was previously employed as a Branch Manager for Citizen Bank of Maryland.  She had several hobbies which included; counted cross stitch, beading, and crafting.  One of her greatest enjoyments was vacationing at Disney World with her family, and she loved her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Timothy Urness of Crofton, Maryland, and Jeffery and Jeannie Urness of Lusby, Maryland; a grandson and two granddaughters, Damion Urness, Kendahl Urness, and Hannah Urness; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Sharron Duffy, with whom she resided in Hudson and received loving care from her “sister of the heart”, and Richard and Patricia Duffy of Mentor, Ohio. 

Visiting hours were on Thursday, August 16, in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Additional services and burial will be held in Maryland at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made in Sue’s loving memory to Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060. 

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Robert J. Wilkesman

Robert J. Wilkesman, 58, of Atkinson, formerly of Salem, died Tuesday at the Manchester VA Hospital.

He was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, grew up and was educated in Salem, and graduated from Salem High School in 1967.  He was a resident of Atkinson for the past 10 years, formerly of Salem.

In 1981 he graduated from New England Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.  Bob worked as a funeral director for many years in the Boston area.  Bob was currently working in domestic care for Residential Resources in Hampstead, before his illness.

A member and past exalted ruler for the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem, he was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.

He is survived by his daughter, Alanna Joy Wilkesman of Arizona; a son, Jonathan Louis Wilkesman of Arizona; and several cousins.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 17, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Church, Salem.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem is in charge of arrangements. 

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Jean (Belanger) Center

Jean (Belanger) Center, 76, of Hudson, died Saturday, August 4, 2007 at her residence in Hudson.

She was born December 31, 1930, in Orwell, Vermont, daughter of the late Clarence and Germaine (Bertrand) Belanger.  She was predeceased by her loving husband Henderson “Hank” Center in July of 1984.

Jean was a resident of Hudson for 42 years and was employed by St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua for 10 years and Community Council in Nashua for over 20 years as a medical transcriptionist.  She had obtained an Associates Degree from Becker Junior College of Worcester, Massachusetts, that she was very proud of.  She loved gardening, swimming in her pool, bird watching, attending the theater, and traveling.  She was a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson for many years.

Survivors include two sons, John D. Center and his wife Jacqueline of Saco, Maine, and Matthew F. Center and his wife Sandra Cangiano of Henniker; two daughters, Karen Rockwell and her significant other Paul Belanger of Nashua, and Colleen Dabilis and her husband Timm of Merrimack; four grandchildren, Sara Rockwell of Nashua, Lilli Dabilis of Merrimack, and Christopher Center and Samuel Center both of Saco; two step-grandchildren, Kelsie Knight of Portland, Maine and Jacqueline Knight of Los Angeles, California. 

A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, August 9 in the Dumont – Sullivan Funeral Home.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson.  Donations to the Nashua Humane Society, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064 will be appreciated. 

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Georgette G. (Girard) Harding

Georgette G. (Girard) Harding, 87, of Salem died Thursday Aug 2 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.

Georgette was born in Troy, Vermont the daughter of the late Delores (Messier) and Arthur Girard.  She had lived in Salem for 59 years.  Georgette retired from Lucent Technologies in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Georgette was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a member of the Bowling League at Lucent and a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church.

She was predeceased by her husband Byron Harding.  She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Attorney Paula Brice and her husband Thomas of Jacksonville, Florida, Luanne and husband Louis Bergeron of Valrico, Florida, Michelle O’Madigan of Tampa, Florida, Mark Preziosi, M.D., of Lakeland, Florida, Maria and her husband Thomas Slowey of Brandon, Florida, Anthony Preziosi and his wife Elizabeth of Brandon, Florida, Louis Preziosi and his wife Chantell of Riverview, Florida, Susan and her husband David Dane of Brooksville, Florida, and numerous other nieces and nephews

There are no calling hours.  A funeral service was on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  Entombment followed in Eternal Light Mausoleum.

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Anna M. (Dumas) Marshall

Anna M. (Dumas) Marshall age 93 of Salem, died Sunday at the Parkland Medical Center, in Derry.

She was born in Piercefield, New York, where she grew up, attended school, and was a star basketball player.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 44 years, formerly of Herkimer, New York.

Anna was a retired assembler for ITT in Methuen, Massachusetts.  In her younger years, Anna worked for a lollypop factory.  She was a member of the Eastern Star in Herkimer, New York.  She enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, and baking.  She was predeceased by her first husband James R. Outtrim, and a daughter Melanie Anderson.  She is survived by her husband Karl Marshall of Salem; her daughter Kathleen and husband Bob Anderson of Salem; grandchildren: Colleen Giffin, Steven Ladd, and Megan Blodgett; great grandchildren David, Melanie, Gabriel, and Sophie.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  The burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

Calling hours were held Tuesday, August 7 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 114 Perimeter Rd, Units G&H, Nashua, NH 03063.

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Joseph Gordon Mawson

Joseph Gordon Mawson, 79, of Salem, died suddenly on Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at Salemhaven Nursing home in Salem.

Joe “Bear” was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he grew up.  Joe and Bette lived in Salem for over 57 years.

Joe worked for Flieder Paint, White Street Paint, and Hardy and Pike for most of his life.  He was also a custodian for Salem elementary schools.  He was a member of the Derry/Salem Elks Lodge and past president of the Salem Lions Club.  Joe enjoyed polka music and was a member of the “Soundabouts.”  He enjoyed horse racing, gardening, fishing, and hunting.  Joe will always be known for his sense of humor.

Survived by his wife of 57 years Bette (Hyde) Mawson of Salem; two sons, Bruce and his wife Donna Mawson of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and Richard and his wife Susan Mawson of Derry; a daughter, Brenda Mawson and her fiancé Jerry Highland of Pelham; a brother, Robert and his wife Eleanor Mawson of Bathe; a sister, Beatrice and her husband William Lavoie of Salem; three grandchildren, Jason, Joseph, and Mary; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, August 9, from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  Funeral services will be held Friday, August 10, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home; burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen, Massachusetts. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Disease Association, 60 Bay Street, Suite 401, Staten Island, NY 10301.  To send a message of condolence to the family, view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Lola P. (Powers) Mosher

Lola P. (Powers) Mosher, 98, of Salem, died Tuesday, August 7, at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry. 

Lola was born in Musquodoboit Harbor, Nova Scotia, the daughter of the late Lillie (Smith) and Harry Power.  She was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family, knitting afghans, and playing cards.  She was predeceased by her husband Ralph Mosher.

She is survived by sons Alton Mosher and his wife Doris of Salem, Robert Mosher and his wife Jan of Tilton; a sister Aileen Dares of Musquodoboit Harbor, Nova Scotia; five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours.  Services will be private for the family.

Contributions in Lola’s memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH  03101.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Angela (Garafalo) Basso

Angela (Garafalo) Basso, 95, of Salem, died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

Angela was born in Catania, Italy, the daughter of the late Antonia (Giuffrida) and Benedetto Garafalo.  She lived in Salem for the past 23 years, previously living in West Andover, Massachusetts.  Angela was an assembler at Western Electric until her retirement.  She enjoyed traveling, cooking, and going out to dinner with friends.

Angela was predeceased by her husband Austin Basso, her three sons Santo, Benjamin and Benjamin J., and her grandson Stephen Ardizzone.  She is survived by her daughter-in-law Lorraine Ardizzone of Salem; grandchildren Keith Ardizzone, Laurie Coletti and Mark Ardizzone; seven great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

A funeral mass was held Wednesday, August 1, at St. Matthew’s Church in Windham.  Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts.  The Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem, was in charge of arrangements.

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Claude M. ‘Pops’ Charbonneau

Claude ‘Pops’ Charbonneau, 85, of Hudson, passed away peacefully at the Huntington Nursing Home in Nashua surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2007.

Claude was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1921, son of the late attorney Henry V. and Alice (Pratt) Charbonneau.  He was also predeceased by a brother, Yale V. Charbonneau, M.D. and a sister, Alice M. Charbonneau.

He was the husband of Rhona (Shay) Charbonneau of Hudson, with whom he recently celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Claude served in the U. S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 as a Fireman Second Class.  He served on the aircraft carrier Bonhomme Richard and fought in many battles in the South Pacific.

Upon graduation from Lowell Vocational School, Claude worked as a mechanic and then went on to start-up several businesses.  This includes; Claude’s Truck Rental, Claude’s Auto Body, and Claude’s Gravel Trucking.  These enterprises were the beginning of what is known today as Continental Paving Inc.

Claude was a member of the VFW of Hudson, where he will be long remembered for his fish chowder.  He enjoyed restoring and driving his antique cars in local parades and attending flea markets, hunting for automobile parts.

Besides his loving wife Rhona, survivors include his six children, Walter and Rosemary Charbonneau of Merrimack, Claudia Dodds of Cumberland, Maine, Richard and Jill Charbonneau of Litchfield, Mark and Donna Charbonneau of Windham, Rhona and William Wollenhaupt of Hudson, Alida and Kurt West of Concord; eight grandchildren, Michael Charbonneau, Joy Charbonneau, Ryan Charbonneau, Chad Charbonneau, Amy Charbonneau, Stefanie Dodds, Jennifer Dodds, and Ashley Coleman; one great grandson, Evan Coleman; as well as a longtime friend Alida Weergang of Hudson, and his three favorite grand dogs Jack, Daisy, and Bertha.

Visiting Hours were held in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson with a funeral mass at St. John the Evangelist Church.  A private burial was also held.  In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the VFW of Hudson, 15 Bockes Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  

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Margaret M. (Driscoll) Christian

Margaret M. (Driscoll) Christian, 80, of Windham, died Thursday at her home in Windham.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up, and was educated in Revere, Massachusetts.  She was a resident of Windham for the past 20 years, formerly of Salem, and Boxford, Massachusetts. 

Mrs. Christian was a homemaker.  She was a former Lady Lioness in Salem.  She enjoyed shopping, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Wayne Christian of Windham; one son, Robert W. “Skip” and his wife, Linda Christian of Salem; five daughters, Marge and her husband Charles Webster of Florida, Bette and her husband John Lopes of Danvers, Massachusetts, Kathlee Liddle of Spring, Texas, Linda DeBoer of Hampstead, and Robin and her husband Ray Peters of Goffstown; 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private for the family.  Burial will be in Cemetery on The Plain in Windham.  Arrangements were by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Thomas H. Clifford, Jr.

Thomas H. Clifford Jr., 82, of Hudson, died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 14, 1924, in Arlington, Massachusetts, son of the late Thomas H. and Esther V. (Walsh) Clifford, Sr.  Mr. Clifford grew up in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and graduated from Pepperell High School.  At one time, he owned gas stations in Pepperell and Merrimack.  He was an Army veteran, having served during World War II.  He fought in the Calcutta, India Campaign.  He was a past member of the Pepperell VFW.  He enjoyed traveling and reading.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Luisa (Marciano) Clifford of Hudson; five sons, Thomas H. Clifford III of California, Wayne Clifford of Massachusetts, Joseph Clifford and his wife Virginia of Alabama, Al Mark Clifford and his wife Lynne of Litchfield, and Richard Clifford of Hudson; a daughter, Ginger Clifford of Massachusetts; two brothers, Paul and Steve Clifford, both of California; multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 30, at St. Kathryn’s Church in Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38102.  The Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Edna L. (Whitney) DePietro

Edna L. (Whitney) DePietro, 89, of Salem, died Wednesday, July 19, 2007 at Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood.  Edna had lived in Salem for over 20 years, previously living in Northwood.

Edna was born in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of the late Fannie (Donaldson) and Charles Whitney.  She later moved to Everett, Massachusetts and received her Nurse’s Aide Certificate from Chelsea Memorial Hospital. She was a nurse’s aide for Chelsea Memorial Hospital and Grover Manor Nursing Home in Revere, Massachusetts.  Edna was a volunteer for the Salem Caregivers and was President of the Millville Arms Association from 1989 - 1994.  She enjoyed bowling with the Salem Seniors, doing crafts, and crocheting. 

Her husband William J. DePietro and her son William J. DePietro Jr. predeceased Edna.

She is survived by her sons Steven and his wife Joan DePietro of Beverly Hills, Florida.  Arthur and his wife Elaine DePietro of Danville, daughter-in-law Patricia DePietro of Salem, eight grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren

Calling hours were on Monday, July 23 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 24 at the funeral home.  Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, Massachusetts.

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Sister Ruth Donnelly

Sister Ruth Donnelly (formerly Sister M. Gerard), 84, a Sister of Mercy for 67 years, died Friday, July 20, 2007, at the Warde Health Center in Windham.  A native of Manchester, she was the daughter of James and Margaret (Davitt) Donnelly.

Sister Ruth received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Mount Saint Mary College, Hooksett, and her Master of Arts in education from Keene State College, Keene.  She was a dedicated teacher and administrator in Catholic schools throughout New Hampshire.  She was a teacher at St. Raphael, St. Joseph, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Mt. St. Mary Day School in Manchester; St. Patrick School in Berlin; St. Mary Academy in Dover; and St. Joseph School in Keene.  Sister Ruth served as principal at Immaculate Conception School in Penacook, St. Patrick School in Manchester, and St. Christopher School in Nashua.

From 1981 until 1994, Sister Ruth was Personnel Director at St. Teresa’s Manor in Manchester.  In May 1993, she was named St. Teresa’s Manor “Special Person.”  After she retired to the Warde Health Center in Windham, Sister Ruth served as a driver for the sisters for several years.

Family members include her brother, William Donnelly of Manchester, several nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.  Sister Ruth was predeceased by her brothers, Reverend Brendan Donnelly, OSB, and Reverend Gerard Donnelly, OSB, of St. Anselm’s Abbey.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, July 24, in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at the Warde Health Center.  Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bedford.  Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box 420, Windham, NH 03087-0420.  Arrangements were by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Lee Dumont

Lee (Posey) Dumont, 82, of Hudson died suddenly Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Falls Church, Virginia, October 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late William and Ada (Posey) Posey.  She was the widow of Joseph Dumont.  She was also predeceased by two sons Michael and Butch Dumont and a grandson Derek Dumont.

Lee enjoyed shopping and walking and enjoyed collecting anything pertaining to American Indian Culture.  She also collected spoons.  She enjoyed cruises and traveling, especially her yearly trip to Virginia to visit family.  Lee enjoyed writing poems and songs, and she enjoyed spending time at her grandchildren’s activities.

Survivors include three sons, Daniel Dumont of Hudson, Peter Dumont of Laconia, and Donald Dumont of Hudson; four daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Johnson and her husband Craig of Hudson, Doris Dumont-Constant and her husband Jay of Moultonborough, Angela Schilling and her husband Paul of Hudson, and Tina Lukitsch and her husband Paul of Hudson; a daughter-in-law, Diane Dumont of Nashua; 23 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held  Saturday, July 28, in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190. 

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Peter Gentile

Peter Gentile, 44, of Hudson, died Monday July 23, 2007, at his home in Hudson following a brief illness.

Peter was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 24, 1963, son of Vito Gentile and Mary (Mingolla) Gentile of Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Beloved husband of Elaine Dragoumanos Gentile of Hudson, and father of Grace, 11, Gianna, 9, and Georgie, 7, all of Hudson.

Peter was raised in Rockland, New York, and lived in Hudson.  He was the owner of Dahill Postal Center in Londonderry at the Crossroads Mall.  He loved his wife, children and music, especially the guitar.

Besides his loving wife, children and parents, he is survived by, a brother Frank Gentile and his wife Laurine of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Janine Reese of Rogersville, Missouri; also a mother-in-law, Joan Dragoumanos of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts; four sisters-in-law and their husbands and a brother-in-law and his wife, Georgia Dragoumanos, John Dragoumanos and his wife Elizabeth, Bessie Emond and husband Wayne, all of Tyngsborough, and Tina Voutsis and husband Arthur of Greece, Pamela and Ed McNulty of Hudson; three Godchildren, Phillip, Lainnie, and Jack.  He also leaves behind many dear nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were held at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson with a Funeral Mass held at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church.  Burial took place in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Peter Gentile Education Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 71 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051. 

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Paula L. (Silva) Halbich

Paula L. (Silva) Halbich, 63, of Salem, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at her home.

She was born and educated in Methuen, Massachusetts.  She lived in Salem for the past 34 years, formerly of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Paula was a self-employed hairdresser and worked at Salon 51 in Salem.  She was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Paula was very creative and enjoyed working with crafts.  She enjoyed watching her daughter play sports, and most of all, she enjoyed spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Fred Halbich of Salem; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Gina Tahan of Derry; two daughters and a son-in-law, Audra and William Mower of Londonderry and Sara Halbich of Salem; one brother, Phil Silva of Sandown; two sisters, Linda Cardelho and Anita Gillespie, both of Methuen, Massachusetts; and four grandchildren, Alexa, Natalie, Derek, and Jayna.

A funeral mass was celebrated Monday, July 23, at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Cremation followed.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Sara C. Halbich College Fund, c/o TD Banknorth, 155 North Broadway, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.

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Evelyn A. Hughes

Evelyn A. Hughes, 76, a 30-year resident of Pelham, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon at her home.

Born in Utica, New York, May 5, 1931, the daughter of the late John W. and the late Edna (Philkins) Hughes, she attended Clinton, New York, schools and was a graduate of Clinton High School in the Class of 1949.  She went on to attend Business College in Utica.

Before retiring due to illness, she was the executive secretary to the business manager of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.  Previously, she was the secretary at the Ruggles Street Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Miss Hughes is survived by a dear friend Arlene King and Arlene's family, Courtney King, Cori King of Nashua, Ashley Kovach of Madison, Indiana, and Kristi McClellan of Barrington, and her pet cat Muffin.

At her request, all her funeral services were held privately. 

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Judith A. (Wolynee) Hutchings

Judith A. (Wolynee) Hutchings, 49, of North Salem, died peacefully Saturday at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.  She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  She grew up and was schooled in Orange, Connecticut and graduated from Amity High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  She was a resident of North Salem for the past 24 years, formerly of Orange, Connecticut.

Judy was a clerk for the Internal Revenue Service in Methuen, Massachusetts.  She also was a teacher for four years at Fellowship Christian Academy in Methuen, Massachusetts.  Judy worked in public relations and was a major part of the building of the Field of Dreams Park in Salem.  She was a member of the Salem Bible Church in North Salem.  She enjoyed tennis and spending time with her family.

Her father Edward R. Wolynee predeceased her.  She is survived by her husband Robert Hutchings of North Salem, two sons Caleb Hutchings of North Salem and Joshua Hutchings of North Salem, one daughter Kelly Rose Hutchings of North Salem, mother Margaret (Kelly) Wolynee of Orange, Connecticut, one brother Edward and his wife Lori Wolynee of Bethesda, Maryland, and one sister Beth and her Husband David Dunn of Worcester, Massachusetts. 

Calling hours were held Tuesday, July 24 at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street Salem.  Burial was private for the family in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, North Salem.  A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 25 at the Salem Bible Church, Ermer Road, North Salem.

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Mark W. Knight

Mark W. Knight, 40, of Windham, passed away Friday, July 13, 2007, at home and surrounded by his family, after battling cancer.

Mark grew up and was educated in Salem, graduating from Salem High School in 1985.  He lived in Salem for over 20 years before moving to Windham 15 years ago.  Mark was a patrolman for the Windham Police Department for seven years.  He was known in the department for his hard work ethic, positive attitude, great sense of humor, generosity and willingness to help anyone in need.  Mark was a member of the Windham Police Association.

Mark and his wife also owned and operated their own businesses.  He enjoyed motorcycling, restoring cars and loved jet skiing.  Mark loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his daughter Jacqueline.  He will be greatly missed.

Mark was predeceased by his father Frank W. Knight.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Winmill) Knight of Windham; a daughter, Jacqueline Knight of Windham;  his mother, Priscilla (Marsh) Knight of Windham;  sisters, Marsha and her husband Ronald Caswell of Lyndeborough, Debra and her husband William Chakarian of Derry, and Kimberly and her husband Daniel Pacheco of Salem.

A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, July 18, at the Hampstead Congregational Church in Hampstead.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Mark W. Knight Memorial Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 65, Windham, NH 03087.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Scott R. LaPlume

Scott R. LaPlume, 42, of Windham, died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 10, 2007.

He was born October 6, 1964 in Methuen, Massachusetts.  He was the beloved son of Robert A. and Colette M. (Chasse) LaPlume of Windham.

Scott attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

He was self employed and also worked as an apprentice electrician for LaPlume Electrical.  Scott loved his work and animals, and he would help anyone.

Besides his parents, Scott is survived by a daughter Brittany Pothier; sisters Kathleen and her husband William L. Brady of Hudson, Florida, Nicole and her husband Timothy Scott of Manchester, and Jolene Glendye and her companion Robert Arrighi of Merrimack; a brother, David and his wife Sheryl LaPlume of Danville; nephews and nieces, Adam and Jonathan Brady, Erik and Brett Glendye, Matthew Scott, Brian LaPlume, Sarah Brady, Christina LaPlume, and Danielle Scott; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Memorial Mass was held St. Matthew Church in Windham on July 14.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 Sarl Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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John P. Lawrence

John P. Lawrence, 91, of Hudson, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Southern New Hamphire Medical Center.

Born January 8, l916, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mary (Fraumemi) Lawrence.  He was the widower of Ruth (Largy) Lawrence and Helen (Zelanskas) Lawrence.

Lawrence was a graduate of Bentley College.  He had previously worked at IMPCO and pioneered computerization at IMPCO, Law Motor Freight, and many town governments and state government branches.  He started and operated Municipal Computer Services Inc.  He was a past New Hampshire State Legislator and a past Hudson Selectman, a past member of the Hudson School Board; a past member of the Hudson Budget Committee, and was on the Hudson School Building Committee.  He was a past Checklist Supervisor, Tax Collector, and Town Clerk.  He had been a resident of Hudson for over 60 years.  He was also previously active at St. John the Evangelist Church, particularly in its building projects.  He was a member of the Nashua Symphony, IMPCO Retirees, and the Senior Activity Center in Nashua.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Muriel (Winslow) (Crosby) Lawrence, a son Jerry Lawrence and his partner Elizabeth Ching of Shelburne, Vermont; three stepsons, Bernard P. Hirth of Hudson, Richard F. and his wife Eldene Crosby of Orange Park, Florida, and Brad W. and his wife Garnette Crosby of Concord; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jean E. and Robert Howe of Goffstown, Karen R. Wisnosky of Hudson, a stepdaughter Marsha and her husband Richard McAfee of Nashua; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was also predeceased by a stepdaughter Janice C. Jackson and a stepson Thomas J. Hirth.

A Funeral Service was held Saturday, July 21, in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John’s memory be made to the Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street, Nashua, NH 03060.

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Edward G. Leaor, Jr.

Edward G. Leaor, Jr. 49, of Hudson, died Saturday, June 30, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Nashua, December 13, 1957, he was the son of Edward G. and Darlene A. (LaPan) Leaor, Sr. of Hudson. 

Leaor was a 1976 graduate of Alvirne High School.  He had worked at Hamm Septic Services as a diesel mechanic before starting LA3 Towing Service in Hudson.  Leaor also owned and operated his own amusement ride with BA Amusements.  He then opened State Auto Repair in Nashua.  He enjoyed motorcycle riding, recycling junk metal and had a passion for Star Wars.  He will be remembered most for always helping people. 

Besides his parents, he is survived by a son, Edward G. Leaor III, of Nashua; a daughter, Felicia Leaor of Nashua; a brother and sister-in-law Carl and Isabelle Leaor of Hudson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Leaor-Lovejoy and her husband Jeff, of Litchfield, and Bonnie Myers and her husband Eric of New Ipswich; two grandchildren, Sara Elizabeth Leaor and Gabriel Ruiz, both of Nashua; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral mass was celebrated Friday, July 6, in St. Kathryn’s Church in Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Edward G. Leaor, Sr., 80 Pelham Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson, was in charge of arrangements. 

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Eleanor T. (Laudazi) Lucci

Eleanor T. (Laudazi) Lucci, 75, of Salem died Friday at her home.

She was born in Stoneham, MA, where she grew up and attended school.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 35 years, formerly of Winchester, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Lucci was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.  She enjoyed shopping and was known as Salem’s Best Shopper and Bargain Hunter.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Her husband Anthony Lucci predeceased her.  She is survived by her son Michael and his wife Debbie Lucci of Manchester, daughter Cheryl and her husband Michael Couture of Manchester, one sister Margaret Cottone of Melrose, Massachusetts, grandchildren Eric and Marissa Lucci, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, July 23 at Saint Joseph Church, Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Calling hours were held Sunday, July 22 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.

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Judith I. Macie

Judith Inez Macie, 66, of Hudson, wife of Alexander R. “Al” Macie, died unexpectedly at St. Joseph Hospital Saturday, June 9, 2007. 

She was born in Nashua on February 8, 1941, a daughter of the Late Ethan Allen and Grace Albertine (Beauchemin) Rowe.  The family resided in Nashua during her early youth and moved to Hudson in 1950.  She was educated in Hudson schools and was a graduate of Alvirne High School in 1959.

Mr. and Mrs. Macie were married on June 20, 1959, and were close to observing their 48th wedding anniversary.  Mrs. Macie had been employed with the W. H. Bagshaw Co., Centronics and the RdF Corporation during her working years, and was a full-time Mother for nearly 10 years.

She was a talented cook and knitter, enjoyed traveling, and for the past six years, the couple had resided in Davenport, Florida for six months of the year.  Mrs. Macie was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Nashua.

Members of her family include her husband, Alexander R. Macie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan J. and Mark Chase, and Sandra L. and Glenn Trowbridge, both couples of Hudson; two grandchildren, Samantha Chase and Nicholas Trowbridge; a sister, Joyce Winslow of Nashua; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by a stepbrother and his wife, Earl and Alice Munson.

Her funeral service was held at the Farwell Funeral Home in Nashua on Thursday June 14.  Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Nashua.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA  01701.   

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Desirée N. Markhgott

Desirée N. Markhgott, 17, of Hudson, died Friday, June 22, 2007, in the Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  Miss Markhgott was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire on December 11, 1989, a daughter of Franz J. and Rebecca L. (Schatzel) Markhgott.  She was a resident of Hudson for the past year, formerly living in Finland for three years, and Londonderry.  Desirée was a student at Alvirne High School, and enjoyed music, basketball, ice skating and watching movies.  She attended First Church of Christ Scientist in Derry.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by three sisters, Melissa Kerscher and her husband Marc, Marjourie Markhgott, and Sarah Markhgott all of Hudson; and by one nephew, Hayden Kerscher of Hudson. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 27, in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Derry.  The burial followed in the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Twelveacres, Inc., 595 Millich Drive, Campbell, CA 95008. 

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Michael B. McWilliams

Michael B. McWilliams, 63, of Hudson, died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. McWilliams was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 12, 1943, a son of the late Byron and Nancy (Irwin) McWilliams.  He was the husband of Sharon (Swanson) McWilliams of Hudson.

Mr. McWilliams loved to travel and visited many locations around the world.  He enjoyed sailing, fishing, tennis, and riding his vintage motorcycle.  He was a member of the Lafayette Club and the Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Seaford, Delaware.  Mr. McWilliams was a U. S. Navy veteran.

Besides his wife of 37 years, Mr. McWilliams is survived by two sons, Joseph Michael McWilliams and his fiancée Heather Lynn Gay of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Curtis Todd McWilliams of Fort Collins, Colorado; one brother, Kenneth McWilliams and his wife Kerrill of St. Joseph; and also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 66 Hanover Street, Suite 101, Manchester, NH 03101-2230 or to the Friends of Casco Bay c/o Will Everitt, 43 Slocum Drive, South Portland, ME 04106 or to The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 620 Belleville Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02745.  Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua.

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George E. Merrill

George E. Merrill, age 93, a lifelong resident of Salem, died peacefully on July 17, 2007, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Merrill was born in Salem on Church Avenue May 10, 1914, son of the late Charles and Alta Merrill.

George graduated from Woodbury High School with the class of 1920.  He was elected Water Commissioner for Salem in 1955.  He started the George E. Merrill and Son Construction business at 38 School Street, Salem, in 1953, and it is now in its third generation.  He also owned and was president of Shannon Trails Horse Farm, which has been operating since 1964.

Merrill was a charter member of the Salem Lions Club and was its treasurer for many years.  He was the first person awarded a Melvin Jones Scholar (highest award given by the Lions Club).  A Lions Club Scholarship was given in his name in 2007.  He annually spearheaded trade shows at Rockingham Park Race Track and was convention chairman for many years.  He was also a charter member of the Salem Contractors Association and former Director of the Indian Head Bank in Salem.  He was a member of The Hannah Tenney United Methodist Church in Salem.

Merrill was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen (Dawson) Merrill.  He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Thomas Connell of Salem; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Linda Merrill of Franklin, Tennessee, and George and Gail Merrill of Hampstead; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one great great grandson and numerous friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 21, at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to the Salem Lions Club, P. O Box 294, Salem, NH 03079. 

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John Stewart Rutherford

John Stewart Rutherford, 87, of Hudson, formerly of Pelham and Nashua, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at Courville Communities in Nashua.  He was the husband of the late Mary F. (Reidy) Rutherford, who died November 14, 2004.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, October 31, 1919, the son of the late Alexander S. and the late Josephine (Finnegan) Rutherford, he attended Abington schools and graduated from Abington High School in 1937.  He also attended M.I.T. School of Engineering.

During World War II, he was a member of the U. S. Coast Guard and served as a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Marine.  He made many Atlantic Ocean crossings in convoys.

Before retiring, Mr. Rutherford was the Night Shift Superintendent for over 30 years at the Bethlehem Shipyards in Quincy and then in East Boston.

An auto racing enthusiast, he participated in many of the Mount Washington Hill Climbs and was life member of the Sports Car Club of America.  He was also a founding member of the Family Motor Coach Association.

In addition, he was a licensed pilot and a member of the Private Licensed Pilots Association.  He also loved photography and was an avid golfer.

Mr. Rutherford is survived by two sons Malcolm S. Rutherford of Windham, and John a Rutherford and his wife Brenda of Hudson; two grandsons, Jason Rutherford of Hillsborough and Nicholas Rutherford of Hudson; a granddaughter, Bryana Rutherford of Hudson; and two great grandchildren, Lili Rutherford and Jason Rutherford.

He was also the brother of the late Jesse Gooch.

A Funeral Service was held at the Pelham Funeral Home in Pelham Friday, July 6.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of New Hampshire, 10 Ferry Street, Concord, NH 03301. 

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Philip St. Armand

Philip St. Armand, 74, a lifelong resident of Litchfield, died suddenly Monday, July 16, 2007, at his home.  Born March 27, 1933, he was the son of the late Arthur and Arcelia (Fafard) St. Armand. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Camille and Lucien St. Armand, and his sister, Sister Cecile St. Armand. 

He is survived by his sister Lillian St. Armand of Hudson, as well as three brothers, Fred St. Armand of Kansas, Leo St. Armand of Iowa, and Alfred St. Armand of Lempster. 

Philip, a bachelor, was loved and admired by his many nieces, nephews, and their families in New Hampshire and throughout the United States.

A Graveside Service was held on Friday, July 20, in St. Francis Cemetery in Nashua.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home on 50 Ferry Street in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Bradley Eugene Tafe

Bradley E. Tafe, 67, of Brookline, died Monday, July 30, 2007 at Parish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida, following a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

He was born May 23, 1940, in Nashua, son of the late Eugene and Gilberte (Langlois) Tafe.  He was also predeceased by a brother, Philip Tafe, in 1990.

Bradley was the husband of Carole (Johns) Tafe of Brookline and was a lifelong resident of both Nashua and Brookline.

He was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1958 and later graduated for the University of New Hampshire.  Bradley was an Army Veteran and member of the 82nd Airborne from 1958 - 1961.

Throughout the years, he was employed by various companies in the hi-tech computer field and was the previous owner of Carole’s Custom Cleaning in Brookline.  He enjoyed the past two years of retirement with his wife in Titusville, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Besides his loving wife, survivors include four sons and a daughter, Matthew Bradley Tafe of Mason, Nick Pendleton of Ashland, Scott Pendleton of Weare, Jean Picard and her husband Kevin, of Litchfield, and Mark Pendleton of Brookline; four grandchildren, Nicolas Bradley Pendleton of Candia, Sheala Pendleton of Peterborough, Andrew Picard and Alissa Picard both of Litchfield; a brother, Daniel Tafe and his wife Kathy of Nashua; also survived by Dan and Shannon Turcott of Francestown and their children, Jenn Turcott of Francestown and Dan Turcott of Hollis; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting Hours will be on Sunday, August 5, from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson.  A Funeral Service will take place on Monday, August 6 at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Good Shepard, 214 Main Street, Nashua.  All may meet at the church.  Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Brookline.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions visit www.dumontrsullivan.com. 

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David B. Thompson

David B. Thompson, 63, of Hudson and formerly of Nashua and Milford, died Thursday evening, June 21, 2007, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, after a long battle with Pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Thompson was born in Nashua on May 16, 1944, son of the late Malvern J., Jr. and Doris H. (Olson) Thompson.  A resident of Hudson for many years, Mr. Thompson was educated in local schools and attended Alvirne High School.

In 1961, Mr. Thompson enlisted in the Air Force, where he served as a Master Sergeant in the Intelligence Service.  During his 24 years in the Air Force, Mr. Thompson served two tours of duty in Vietnam and also served in various locations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  Following his retirement in 1985, Mr. Thompson worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Hudson for over 20 years before retiring in January of this year, due to his illness.

An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Thompson enjoyed watching NASCAR and other auto racing, and the New England Patriots.  He also loved collecting Rock and Roll music, especially from the 1950s.  Mr. Thompson held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Hudson.

Members of his family include his wife, Faye (Winstanley) Thompson, whom he married on March 5, 1995; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Isaiah LaBrosse of Nashua; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronald Plamondon and his significant other, Michelle Holland of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Bill Plamondon and Toni Garland of Merrimack; five grandchildren, Tiffany Thompson of Puerto Rico, Brandon and Meghan Plamondon of Hudson and Jaden and Lily LaBrosse of Nashua; a sister, Susan Pond of Florida; and his beloved dog, Rep. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Thompson was predeceased by a son, David L. Thompson, who died in 1989.

His funeral service was held at the Farwell Funeral Home in Nashua on Monday, June 25.  The Reverend Doctor Robert W. Odierna, Rector of the Church of The Good Shepherd, officiated.  Burial took place at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

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Helen B. Tucker

Helen B. Tucker, 85, of Windham, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, in her home. 

She was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, on September 19, 1922, the youngest daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Krzakowski.  In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her brothers, Mickey and Joseph Keronski.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Ralph N. Beauchesne, and her second husband, Ward E. Tucker.

She managed the W. T. Grant Restaurants of Salem and North Andover, Massachusetts, owned a landscaping business with her late husband Ward Tucker, and provided house cleaning services for residents of the local area. 

Helen’s interests included driving, caring for animals, traveling in her retirement years with her husband Ward in their motor home, listening to music, ice skating and mowing with her John Deere tractor.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph R. Beauchesne of Windham, and Daniel J. Beauchesne of New Hampton; two daughters, Dianne M. Howes of Windham, and Helen A. Beauchesne of Windham; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Mary and Carol Keronski of Salem. 

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, August 4, 2007, from 1 to 3p.m. at the Windham Presbyterian Church Hall on North Lowell Road.  In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to the Windham Firefighters Association, 3 Fellows Road, Windham, NH 03087, in the name of Helen B. Tucker. 

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

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Elizabeth Martha (Shaw) Zaher

Elizabeth M. (Shaw) Zaher, 80, died on July 12, 2007 from complications due to diabetes.  She had been a resident of Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home in Nashua since 2001.

She was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1926, daughter of the late Jacob and Cora (Blackwood) Shaw.  She was the widow of John M. Zaher Sr. (1916 - 1992).

During her childhood, she spent a lot of time with her family at her grandparents’ home in Georgia.  She had worked at Brigham’s Restaurant in Boston for many years.  From the late 60s to the early 80s, she lived in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where she met and married her second husband John M. Zaher, Sr.  In 1984 they retired to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she lived until 2000 before returning to New England to be closer to her children.  While in Florida, she was a member of Shalimar Methodist Church.  Known as Beth to her friends, she loved to do puzzles, quilting and playing Bingo. 

Zaher is survived by a daughter Corlyn A. (Beaton) Yusuf of Litchfield and her husband Saleem, their son Adam; a son Stuart D. Beaton of Malden, and his wife Jodi, their two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah; a brother Haywood Shaw of Thomaston, Georgia, and his wife Louise, and their family.  She is also survived by step-daughter Marika (wife of the late John M. Zaher, Jr.) of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and their children, Christopher Zaher and wife Paula of Crestview, Florida, Deanne (Zaher) Pederson and her husband Lloyd, and their children Athena and Arianna, of Gulf Breeze, Florida; Hazel (Zaher) Hakenson and her husband Jayme of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and a step-daughter Jane (Zaher) Printess and her husband Don, of Concord, Massachusetts. 

She will be laid to rest alongside her late husband at Beal Memorial Cemetery, located in Fort Walton Beach Florida, following a grave side mass.

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Justin William Bissett

Justin William Bissett, 7, died June 26, 2007, at his home in Litchfield following a courageous battle with a brain tumor.  Justin was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on February 9, 2000, the son of Jeffrey A. and Darlene M. (Turner) Bissett.  He had resided in Litchfield for the past seven years and played with the Litchfield T-Ball league.  Justin was a member of the Home School Library Group in Derry.  He was an avid NASCAR fan and also loved to play Game Cube.

Justin is survived by his parents of Litchfield, his sister, Casey E. Bissett of Litchfield, his paternal grandmother, Susan Bissett of Tewksbury, Massachusetts; his maternal grandfather, Wayne Turner and his wife Sandie of Tewksbury; his maternal grandmother, Rita Turner of Lowell; three aunts, Amy Johnson and her husband Steve of Methuen, Massachusetts, Jennifer Turner and Joelene Turner both of Lowell; one uncle, Darrin Turner of Tewksbury; and two cousins, Dante Johnson of Methuen and Haley Turner of Lowell.  He was pre-deceased by his paternal grandfather, Allan C. Bissett, in 2001.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 30, at the Central Congregational Church in Derry.  Burial followed in Pinecrest Cemetery, Litchfield.  Donations may be made to the Justin Bissett Memorial Fund, TD Bank North, 62 Nashua Road, Londonderry, NH 03053 or visit www.justinfund.com.  The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Londonderry was in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas H. Clifford, Jr.

Thomas H. Clifford Jr., 82, of Hudson, died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 14, 1924, in Arlington, Massachusetts, son of the late Thomas H. and Esther V. (Walsh) Clifford, Sr.  Mr. Clifford grew up in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and graduated from Pepperell High School.  At one time, he owned gas stations in Pepperell and Merrimack.  He was an Army veteran, having served during World War II.  He fought in the Calcutta, India Campaign.  He was a past member of the Pepperell VFW.  He enjoyed traveling and reading.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Luisa (Marciano) Clifford of Hudson; five sons, Thomas H. Clifford III of California, Wayne Clifford of Massachusetts, Joseph Clifford and his wife Virginia of Alabama, Al Mark Clifford and his wife Lynne of Litchfield, and Richard Clifford of Hudson; a daughter, Ginger Clifford of Massachusetts; two brothers, Paul and Steve Clifford, both of California; multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 30, at St. Kathryn’s Church in Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38102.  The Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Evelyn A. Hughes

Evelyn A. Hughes, 76, a 30-year resident of Pelham, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon at her home.

Born in Utica, New York, May 5, 1931, the daughter of the late John W. and the late Edna (Philkins) Hughes, she attended Clinton, New York, schools and was a graduate of Clinton High School in the Class of 1949.  She went on to attend Business College in Utica.

Before retiring due to illness, she was the executive secretary to the business manager of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.  Previously, she was the secretary at the Ruggles Street Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Miss Hughes is survived by a dear friend Arlene King and Arlene's family, Courtney King, Cori King of Nashua, Ashley Kovach of Madison, Indiana, and Kristi McClellan of Barrington, and her pet cat Muffin.

At her request, all her funeral services were held privately. 

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Edward G. Leaor, Jr.

Edward G. Leaor, Jr. 49, of Hudson, died Saturday, June 30, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Nashua, December 13, 1957, he was the son of Edward G. and Darlene A. (LaPan) Leaor, Sr. of Hudson. 

Leaor was a 1976 graduate of Alvirne High School.  He had worked at Hamm Septic Services as a diesel mechanic before starting LA3 Towing Service in Hudson.  Leaor also owned and operated his own amusement ride with BA Amusements.  He then opened State Auto Repair in Nashua.  He enjoyed motorcycle riding, recycling junk metal and had a passion for Star Wars.  He will be remembered most for always helping people. 

Besides his parents, he is survived by a son, Edward G. Leaor III, of Nashua; a daughter, Felicia Leaor of Nashua; a brother and sister-in-law Carl and Isabelle Leaor of Hudson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Leaor-Lovejoy and her husband Jeff, of Litchfield, and Bonnie Myers and her husband Eric of New Ipswich; two grandchildren, Sara Elizabeth Leaor and Gabriel Ruiz, both of Nashua; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral mass was celebrated Friday, July 6, in St. Kathryn’s Church in Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Edward G. Leaor, Sr., 80 Pelham Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson, was in charge of arrangements. 

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Desirée N. Markhgott

Desirée N. Markhgott, 17, of Hudson, died Friday, June 22, 2007, in the Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  Miss Markhgott was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire on December 11, 1989, a daughter of Franz J. and Rebecca L. (Schatzel) Markhgott.  She was a resident of Hudson for the past year, formerly living in Finland for three years, and Londonderry.  Desirée was a student at Alvirne High School, and enjoyed music, basketball, ice skating and watching movies.  She attended First Church of Christ Scientist in Derry.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by three sisters, Melissa Kerscher and her husband Marc, Marjourie Markhgott, and Sarah Markhgott all of Hudson; and by one nephew, Hayden Kerscher of Hudson. 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 27, in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Derry.  The burial followed in the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Twelveacres, Inc., 595 Millich Drive, Campbell, CA 95008. 

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John Stewart Rutherford

John Stewart Rutherford, 87, of Hudson, formerly of Pelham and Nashua, died Monday, July 2, 2007, at Courville Communities in Nashua.  He was the husband of the late Mary F. (Reidy) Rutherford, who died November 14, 2004.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, October 31, 1919, the son of the late Alexander S. and the late Josephine (Finnegan) Rutherford, he attended Abington schools and graduated from Abington High School in 1937.  He also attended M.I.T. School of Engineering.

During World War II, he was a member of the U. S. Coast Guard and served as a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Marine.  He made many Atlantic Ocean crossings in convoys.

Before retiring, Mr. Rutherford was the Night Shift Superintendent for over 30 years at the Bethlehem Shipyards in Quincy and then in East Boston.

An auto racing enthusiast, he participated in many of the Mount Washington Hill Climbs and was life member of the Sports Car Club of America.  He was also a founding member of the Family Motor Coach Association.

In addition, he was a licensed pilot and a member of the Private Licensed Pilots Association.  He also loved photography and was an avid golfer.

Mr. Rutherford is survived by two sons Malcolm S. Rutherford of Windham, and John a Rutherford and his wife Brenda of Hudson; two grandsons, Jason Rutherford of Hillsborough and Nicholas Rutherford of Hudson; a granddaughter, Bryana Rutherford of Hudson; and two great grandchildren, Lili Rutherford and Jason Rutherford.

He was also the brother of the late Jesse Gooch.

A Funeral Service was held at the Pelham Funeral Home in Pelham Friday, July 6.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of New Hampshire, 10 Ferry Street, Concord, NH 03301. 

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David B. Thompson

David B. Thompson, 63, of Hudson and formerly of Nashua and Milford, died Thursday evening, June 21, 2007, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, after a long battle with Pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Thompson was born in Nashua on May 16, 1944, son of the late Malvern J., Jr. and Doris H. (Olson) Thompson.  A resident of Hudson for many years, Mr. Thompson was educated in local schools and attended Alvirne High School.

In 1961, Mr. Thompson enlisted in the Air Force, where he served as a Master Sergeant in the Intelligence Service.  During his 24 years in the Air Force, Mr. Thompson served two tours of duty in Vietnam and also served in various locations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  Following his retirement in 1985, Mr. Thompson worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Hudson for over 20 years before retiring in January of this year, due to his illness.

An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Thompson enjoyed watching NASCAR and other auto racing, and the New England Patriots.  He also loved collecting Rock and Roll music, especially from the 1950s.  Mr. Thompson held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Hudson.

Members of his family include his wife, Faye (Winstanley) Thompson, whom he married on March 5, 1995; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Isaiah LaBrosse of Nashua; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronald Plamondon and his significant other, Michelle Holland of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Bill Plamondon and Toni Garland of Merrimack; five grandchildren, Tiffany Thompson of Puerto Rico, Brandon and Meghan Plamondon of Hudson and Jaden and Lily LaBrosse of Nashua; a sister, Susan Pond of Florida; and his beloved dog, Rep. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Thompson was predeceased by a son, David L. Thompson, who died in 1989.

His funeral service was held at the Farwell Funeral Home in Nashua on Monday, June 25.  The Reverend Doctor Robert W. Odierna, Rector of the Church of The Good Shepherd, officiated.  Burial took place at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

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