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, 31, passed away at Lebanon Center-Genesis Saturday January 12, 2008 following a courageous two year battle with breast cancer. She was born on December 19, 1976 in Bangor, Maine to Larry & Zeny Robbins. Polly attended Milford Grammar School and graduated from Old Town High School. She went on to the New England School of Communication, while at NESCOM she held two positions; one as a DJ for WWMJ Magic 95.7 and as a production assistant for Channel 5 in Bangor, ME. Following graduation she was employed as a DJ at B 97 Radio Station in Bangor, ME. During this time she met Ryan Loyd and they married on June 19, 1999. They moved to the Upper Valley where she began working for KIXX 100.5 Radio Station as a DJ. Polly then took a position at Oldies 104.3 as a DJ, where she helped bring the ratings to the number one spot demographically in the area. Most recently she had been working for NTK Koor Communications as a DJ. Pauline continued broadcasting when she was able, in between her treatments. She had always been a supporter of cancer research and self breast exams well before she her self was diagnosed. Polly was very artistic; she enjoyed drawing, photography, karaoke and was known as a practical joker. Polly was a member of International Women of the World and able to speak several different languages. While being treated for breast cancer at Norris Cotton Cancer Center she volunteered to receive experimental treatment and clinical trials. Her hope was to help others in the future. Recently there was a radio broadcast in honor of Pauline "Polly's Think Pink Radio-thon" to help raise money for cancer research. This Radio-thon was broadcasted by more than twenty radio stations through out NH, VT, ME & MA; they were able to raise more than forty two thousand dollars. She is survived by her husband Ryan Loyd of Lebanon, NH, both her parents Larry & Zeny Robbins of Milford, ME, father & mother in-law Ron & Joyce Loyd of Austin, TX, one aunt Donna Ulmer of Nashville, TN, many friends and her cat "Sammy". Family and friends are invited to Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon on Wednesday January 16, 2008 from 3 -7 pm to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to: Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756 or to: Upper Valley Humane Society. 300 Old Rte. 10, Enfield, NH 03748.
, 76, Golf Links Road, died February 24, 2008, at his residence. He was born in Portsmouth, NH, May 16, 1931, the son of Harry and Mary (Dwyer) Skidmore. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He worked for 28 years from 1964-1992 as a foreman for Factory Mutual Insurance Company in Rhode Island. Before moving to Vermont in 2001, he had lived in Connecticut for 30 years. He enjoyed turkey and deer hunting, motorcycle riding and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He also enjoyed time spent with his family. Survivors include a daughter, Colleen Page and husband Tim of South Ryegate, VT; a son, Michael Skidmore and wife Brenda of Dayville, CT; five grandchildren; one great grandson; a sister, Joann Griffin of Dayville, CT; and one niece and two nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen E. Skidmore in 1959. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, February 27, from 6:30 to 8 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. The funeral service will be on Thursday, February 28, at 2 PM at Ricker Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. M. Catherine Cook, officiating. Burial will at Riverside Cemetery in New Castle, NH in the spring. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH, 03756
, Sr., 67, of Wright Lane, died at his home on February 24, 2008. Harry was born in Warren on November 5, 1940, to George I. and Martha M. (Foote) Wright. In the late 1950 s through the early 1960 s Harry served in the National Guard. He was the Road Agent for the Town of Warren for 30 years, retiring in 1996 and was a former member of the NH Road Agents Association. He continued as a highway commissioner for several years after his retirement. He also ran his own excavation business. He enjoyed tinkering and fixing equipment and small engines. He was predeceased by a brother Glenn Wright. He is survived by a daughter, Michelle Clark and husband Michael of Wentworth, NH; two sons, Leslie Wright of Warren and Harry T. Wright, Jr. and fianc Amanda Thompson, also of Warren; a brother, Richard A. Wright of Warren; and grandchildren Corey Roy, Calvin Wright, Ethan Clark, Tyler Clark, Emma Thompson, and Taylor Wright; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be on Friday, February 29, at 10:30AM, at the Warren United Methodist Church, Warren, NH, with Rev. David Moore officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the Warren Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Manchester Office, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
, 85, formerly of Anderson Lane, died on Monday, February 25, 2008 at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, NH. She was born in Lowell, VT, July 16, 1922, the daughter of Wilfred D. and Josephine M. (Carl) Diette. Beatrice was married to Earl H. Anderson on February 12, 1943. She had formerly worked as a housekeeper for Dr. McKinlay in North Haverhill. She was a member of the Connecticut Valley Snowmobile Club for more than 25 years and enjoyed many years of camping with her husband, Earl. She loved doing handcrafts such as needlepoint, crocheting and quilting. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Woodsville, NH. Beatrice was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Earl H. Anderson on November 19, 2007. Survivors include two sons, Bruce Anderson and wife Van, and Dennis Anderson and wife Pam, all of North Haverhill; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three step grandchildren; five step great grandchildren and one step great great grandson; two sisters, Gertrude Sanville of Orleans, VT and Theresa Taylor of West Glover, VT; a brother, Hector Diette of East Hampton, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be Sunday, March 2, from 3-5 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, March 3, at 11 AM St. Joseph Catholic Church, 15 Pine Street, Woodsville, NH, with Rev. Daniel J. Sinibaldi, officiating. Her burial will be with her husband Earl s on May 1, at 10 AM at Horsemeadow Cemetery, North Haverhill, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodsville Ambulance Service, PO Box 101, Woodsville, NH 03785.
, 79, died March 3, 2008 in Louisville, where she had been a long time resident. She was born January 15, 1929, in South Ryegate, VT, a daughter of Eugenio and Emma (Rosa) Chiaradia. She was a retired secretary and was also a communicant St. Eugene s Catholic Church in Wells River. She was predeceased by her brother Eugene Chiaradia; and her three sisters Corrine Chiaradia, Olga Zampieri, and Vincenzia Tolimieri. Survivors include three nieces Ann Maccini and husband Bob of Woodsville, Katherine Zampieri of Seattle, WA, and Christina Lang and husband Kevin of Bow, NH, and many other nieces, nephews and extended family. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 11 AM in St. Eugene s Catholic Church, Wells River, VT, with Father Philip LaMothe officiating. Burial in the spring will be in Pinehurst Cemetery, South Ryegate. Memorial contributions can be made to either the American Heart or American Diabetes Associations.
, 88, died on March 6, 2008 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born in Quincy, MA, June 26, 1919, the son of Edward A. and Emeline M. (Bowhay) Potter. Edward served in the U. S. Air Force from August 1942 to February 1946 as a Sergeant during World War II. He worked in different machine shops around Stoughton, MA, where he lived for many years, until moving to Bradford, VT in late 2002. Most recently he resided at Valley View in Fairlee, VT. Survivors include two nieces, Carol Cirion of FL, and Susan Rogers of MA; several cousins; Melvin Benzie of Bradford, VT, Charlotte Fadden of North Haverhill, NH, John Willard Benzie of Grand Rapids, MN, Janet Puffer of Groton, VT and Ina Corthell of Winter Park, FL. At Edward s request there will be no public services. Burial will be in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, MA.
, 97, formerly of North Haverhill, died March 15, 2008 at Hanover Hills Healthcare in Manchester. Ken was born in Waitsfield, VT, June 23, 1910, a son of George and Bessie (Boyce) Cota and was a graduate of Waitsfield High School. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and was discharged as a Master Sergeant. He married Esther Young on February 29, 1930, and from 1933 to 1939 they owned and operated the Waitsfield General Store and from 1939 to 1941 they owned the former Toy Town store in Montpelier, VT. The Cota family moved to North Haverhill, NH in 1947, where they owned and operated Cota s General Store until 1956. He went on to become the Superintendent of the Grafton County Complex in North Haverhill, and later ran Cota s Trailer Park in Center Haverhill in the late 1970's and 1980's. He was predeceased by his wife Esther (Young) Cota on January 8, 1997. Survivors include a daughter Rae Marie Bruce and husband Rev. Ralph Bruce of Merrimack, NH; a son David Cota and wife Gloria of Sanford, NC; six grandchildren Kenneth Stewart, Dr. Heather Stewart, David Bruce, Donna Berube, Michael Cota, and Tammy Taylor; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters Geneva Mandanici, Marcella James and a brother Paul Cota. A calling hour will be on Monday, March 24th, from 10 to 11 AM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH, with the funeral service at 11 AM at the funeral home, the Rev. Vadia Boudreau of the North Haverhill United Methodist Church officiating. Burial in Center Haverhill Cemetery will be later in the spring. Memorial contributions can be made the Patten Library, c/o Mrs. Marilyn Spooner, North Haverhill, NH 03774.
, 58, of Groton Road, died March 18, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT, following a lengthy illness. Stan was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, on September 26, 1949, to Lawrence Alexander and Barbara Ellen (Thompson) Davidson. Following graduation from the Vermont Police Academy, Stan served as a police officer for many years, working for the Montpelier Police Department, the Caledonia County Sheriff Department, and then retiring from the St. Johnsbury Police Department. Following his career in law enforcement, he was employed with Northeast Kingdom Mental Health in St. Johnsbury, until 2001. He married Cynthia Finney on July 9, 1983. Stan attended the First Baptist Church in Groton, VT, and in his youth, he was a member of the Brigade Boys of the church. His interests included Farm-All tractors and he had a profound love for animals, most importantly, his Golden Retriever, Sandy. Stan was proud to be a native Vermonter, and equally proud to have lived in Barnet his entire life. His service to the community through law enforcement was of great pride. However his greatest pride in life, were his daughters and family. Most important to Stan, was that he believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior. Stan was predeceased by his father Lawrence Davidson on June 16, 1983, and his mother Barbara Davidson on March 24, 1998. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Davidson of St. Johnsbury; his two daughters, Sara Marshall Davidson, a senior at American University, Washington, DC, and Stacy Thompson Davidson, a freshman at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and his sister, Bette Dell Davidson of South Ryegate, VT. Calling hours will be on Friday, March 21, 2008, from 6-7:30PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A funeral service will be on Saturday, March 22, at 1PM at the First Baptist Church, Scott Highway, Groton, VT, with Pastor John McCullough officiating, and Mr. Lawrence Daniels sharing in the service. Burial will be in Walter Harvey Cemetery, Mosquitoville, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FAHC Renal Services at Berlin, PO Box 547, Berlin, VT 05641.
, 93, was born in a humble home in West Groton, VT on May 13, 1914, the sixth of eight children born to Ellery C. and Effie (Crouse) Page. She passed away March 23, 2008 at Cottage Hospital, Woodsville, NH, after a month long illness. At 20 years of age, she married John F. Hatch, Sr. of Groton. They had two sons and three daughters. She is predeceased by her husband John F. Hatch and three children: Donald L. Hatch, Lorrey K. Hatch, and Janice Hatch-Mills, also a grandson, Tim K. Sanville, and a great-grandson, Dana L. Pratt. She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Hatch-Ruiter of Groton, and Dorothy Hatch Hood of Lebanon, NH. Mary had 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Of Mary s siblings, only her dear sister Pearlene Eastman survive her. Mary worked hard all of her life to provide for her family. In the early years she was station agent at the Groton Railroad Station, she sold cards, Avon, and hosted Better Homes Clubs. She walked from one end of Groton to the other for she had no other transportation. When her children were older, she worked out of town, at the Capacitor Plant in Barre, VT, the shoe shop in Woodsville, NH and the shoe shop in Lisbon, NH. She attended the Groton United Methodist Church. Mary was hard working, generous, compassionate, loving and honest, and she encouraged this in her children and grandchildren. They were all very dear to her. Many in Groton who knew Mary considered her a highly regarded fixture, for she had lived at the Station Flat for 74 years. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. The funeral service will be on Thursday, March 27, at 1 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, with Rev. Candice Ricker of the Groton United Methodist Church, officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Groton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 157, Groton, VT, 05046. Burial will be in the spring at the Groton Village Cemetery.
, 49, died on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Burlington, VT. He was born in Red Hook, NY, on August 3, 1958, the son of David and Beverly (Klein) Brightly. Randy enjoyed poetry and had won awards for the poetry he had written. He enjoyed nature, believed in Native American Ways, wood carving, and walking in the woods with his dogs. His family was very important to him and he gained strength through the love that he received and gave. He was predeceased by his parents, David and Beverly (Klein) Brightly. Survivors include his companion, Dee Dee Martino of Lyndonville, VT and Shidoshi, his faithful and devoted dog; stepdaughter, Allison Martino of Greenfield, MA; stepson, Donald Martino of Attleboro, MA; grandson, Xavier Blagojevic of Greenfield, MA; five sisters, Dee Dee Leete and husband Donald of Newbury, VT, Tammy Hardin of Poughkeepsie, NY, Sally Jo Brightly of FL, Lucinda Brightly of TX and Laura Brightly of NY; two brothers, David Brightly of VA and Matthew Brightly of NY; special nieces, Jessica Tuttle and husband Pete and their children, Logan, Sara and Jeremy, and Kesha Brightly, a special nephew Drew Leete, and several other nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to The Taylor Family Center, C/O Fletcher Allen Hospital, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT, 05401.
, 61, of Ryegate Road, died on March 28, 2008, at Cottage Hospital, Woodsville, NH, after a long illness. Pam was born on July 25, 1946, in St. Johnsbury, VT, to Andrew Jackson and Elizabeth Peggy (Welch) Smith. She was a graduate of Groton High School and Champlain College. She married Gordon W. Peterson in 1966. After establishing the Dawn Till Dusk Farm with her husband, Pam went on to become a rural letter carrier for the Groton Post Office and was a member of the QWL. She had been active in her youth as a member of the 4-H and continued to love the outdoors, working in her flower and vegetable gardens, enjoying nature, birds, skiing, kayaking, doing puzzles and reading, attending auctions, antiquing, and flea marketing. She attended the Groton United Methodist Church and served as a lister for the Town of Ryegate for several years. She was predeceased by her mother, Peggy Smith in 2003. She is survived by her husband, Gordon W. Peterson of Ryegate; their daughter, Tina Peterson and fiance Jared of Lyme, NH; her father Andrew J. Smith of Groton, VT; two sisters, Barbara Frost and husband Earl of Monroe, NH, and Brenda Powers and husband Craig of Groton; her brother, Brent Smith and wife Pam of Groton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Virginia and Donald Phelps of North Haverhill, NH; and brother-in-law Ronald Peterson of Groton. Calling hours will be on Tuesday, April 1, 2008, from 6:30-8:30 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. The funeral service will be Wednesday, April 2, at 11:00 AM at the Groton United Methodist Church, Scott Highway, Groton, VT with Pastor Candace Ricker officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Pinehurst Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756 or to Cottage Hospital, PO Box 2001, Woodsville, NH 03785.
, 92, died at his home on Friday, March 28, 2008, in the same room that he was born in on, September 26, 1915, the son of John Bliss Smith, Sr., and Emily Barber Smith. He married Virginia Maxwell Bradway of Montpelier, VT on August 18, 1942 in the living room at the family farm. She predeceased him on November 27, 1988. John s boyhood was spent in South Newbury when the hamlet was a thriving community with Hildreth s Store and Post Office, Knight s Sawmill, the Conicut Railroad Station, the Bedell Bridge, a grist mill, ten small dairy farms and a new one-room school house. John went to the school through 7th grade, usually by bicycle or by horse and buggy driven by his mother or older sisters. He contracted polio at age 13 and was home schooled by his Aunt Fannie for one year. He then went to Newbury High School graduating in 1934. He graduated with honors from the Easter Radio Institute in 1937. However, his dream of being a ship s radio operator and sailing around the world was cut short by his father s early death immediately following the Hurricane of 1938. John remained in South Newbury to run the farm with his mother, Emily. Years later, John would say, with the war coming on it was just as well, because I might have ended up at the bottom of the sea. He spent the rest of his life as a dairy farmer and maple sugar maker, despite the physical limitations that resulted from the polio illness. Sugaring was a passion he inherited from his Uncle Joe, first on the hill behind the farm, then to a small grove near the meadow, then to Happy Hollow, and then to the present operation in Vershire. The family made the first boil two days before John died. When he took a taste of the lighter than Fancy syrup, his whole face lit up with a great big smile and he said, I can t believe it! His name was synonymous with sugaring that one time a letter from out of state addressed only as John Smith, Sugarmaker actually got to him at the South Newbury Post Office! John was an avid reader and learner with very eclectic interests archeology, ancient civilizations, local, regional, and national history, westerns, and mysteries. His interest in The Western Expansion was sparked by his Uncle George Stearns who always traveled west each winter and came back with many accounts of his adventures such as Indian lore, the building of the railroad, and the gold rush. John and Virginia made several trips to California to visit other relatives who settled there. As a young man, John learned to play the piano and saxophone. This interest in and enjoyment of music continued throughout his life. He played with numerous Newbury, groups, including the Cobb family and played for dances at the hall. He had a special love for Dixieland jazz. John loved to ice skate and play baseball. He taught his four children how to do both. He was a Boston Braves fan attending games at $ 2 a ticket and then he became a great fan of the Boston Red Sox. He also loved watching his family play high school basketball and told about going to see the Celtics play one time in Woodsville. League bowling was another favorite sport that he played. John Smith Notice Page 2 of 2 John was very interested in forestry. He took great pleasure in diligently managing the farm woodlots. John had extensive knowledge of New England, Vermont, and Newbury history. Local authors and reporters consulted him frequently. One story that never got into print was about the ski-tow in the Smith s Happy Hollow heifer pasture. John always maintained that the first ski-tow in the nation was built and used there. After school, John would go over to the tow and watch his friends the Brock boys and the Demick boys ride up the rope tow and ski recklessly down some flying over the good sized jump at the bottom. This tow including ropes, pulleys, poles, and a Model A engine was later moved by David Dodd, the designer and builder to Woodstock, VT. He was extremely proud of his heritage as a descendent of one of the earliest settlers of Newbury, Col. John Smith, a veteran of the Battle of Bunker Hill and The War of 1812. He also placed a high value on his English heritage. His mother came from England at age 11 with her father and sisters, following some of the older brothers who came earlier to work on the railroad sending money back for the rest of the family. Her mother had died in childbirth of the youngest sister. John s life reflected a by-gone era. He actually lived through events that most of us can only read about. He witnessed the beginnings of the telephone, electricity, radio, television, the computer, the automobile and the airplane. He lived during a time when the pace of life was slower, when people relied on their own resources and each other. A time when a man s word and hand-shake was enough. A time when just plain visiting with family, friends, and neighbors was the norm. His keen intellect, relaxed manner, and genuine interest in all people and places remained with him until the very end. John is survived by four children; Judith S. Vaughan of East Thetford and Newbury, Bettina S. Peters of Center Conway, NH; Karen S. Sotto of Livermore, CA; and John Bradway Smith of South Newbury. Nine grandchildren: Stephen Vaughan of South Newbury, Darren Vaughan of East Thetford, and Brian Vaughan of St. George, VT, Joseph Peters of Bartlett, NH, Andrew Peters of Huntington Beach, CA, Thomas Sotto of Oakley, CA, Kristina Sotto of Livermore, CA, Jonathan Smith of Milton, VT and Ryan Smith of Winooski, VT. The eleven great grandchildren are: Bradley, Megan, and Jack Vaughan, Kyra and Jocelyn Sotto, Amelie Sotto, Levi, Lilly, and Brennan Vaughan, Logan and Lauren Vaughan. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and two cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters and one brother, Charles J. Smith, Gertrude E. Gregory, and Margaret E. Noyes. Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 3rd, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH from 6 to 8 PM. A graveside service to celebrate John s life is being planned for later in May, with the date and time to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Tenney Memorial Library, Newbury, VT, or to the Newbury High School Alumni Association, c/o Mrs. Eleanor Placey, Newbury, VT 05051, or to the Orange County Maple Sugarmakers Associaton, c/o Mr. Keith Fifield, 53 Maple Hill Road, Thetford, VT 05075.
, 66, died on March 31, 2008 at the Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH. He was born in Hanover, NH, December 14, 1941, the son of Henry C. and Jessie (O Brien) Corliss. James graduated from Bradford Academy and attended Champlain College in Burlington, VT. He was previously married to Donna Williams. James then married Debbie Thurston on June 19, 1982. He had worked for many years as a salesman for GMS Hydraulics. James also worked at Perry s Oil and helped out around PTO Garage in Bradford. He was an avid racing fan, either supporting his grandson, Jason Corliss at Thunder Road, Barre, VT, announcing races at Bear Ridge Speedway, Bradford or cheering on Dale Earnhardt, Sr. James loved taking his dog, Princess for rides in the truck. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry C. and Jessie (O Brien) Corliss; three sisters, Virginia Fornwalt, Bette Stafford and Pricilla Corliss; two brothers, David Corliss and Carnes Corliss; a stepson, Scott Sleeper. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Debbie Corliss of Bradford, VT; a son, James D. Corliss and wife Annette of Plainfield, VT; a stepson, Michael H. Sleeper and wife Deborah of Bradford, VT; four grandchildren, Greg, Holly, Jason and Lily; one great grandson, Ryan; a sister, Jessie Hand of New Jersey; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be on Friday, April 4, from 6 to 8 PM, at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A graveside service will be on Friday, May 23, at 3 PM at the East Corinth Cemetery, East Corinth, VT, Rev. William Wick, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation of NH, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300, Manchester, NH, 03101.
, 88, died on Monday, April 7, 2008, at the Glencliff Home. Mr. Davis was born on November 14, 1919, in Piermont, NH, to Floyd F. and Ida May (Moulton) Davis. He was raised on a farm on River Road in Piermont. He served from December 1941 through September 1945 in the US Marine Corps, during World War II. He served in Guadalcanal, New Britain, Palau. Eric was the recipient of the Purple Heart, and Sharp Shooters Medal. Eric married Fannie Mae Walter on December 20, 1947. Mr. Davis worked as a real estate agent and opened Davis Real Estate and Blackmount Realty in North Haverhill, NH. He was a member of the Real Estate Association of NH, VFW Post # 5245 of North Haverhill, NH, the Bradford Country Club, Bradford, VT and the Heather Country Club in Florida. Prior to entering the Real Estate Field, he had spent time farming, logging and running his own sawmill. Eric loved working and spending time in the outdoors. He had formerly attended the Piermont Congregational Church. Mr. Davis was predeceased by a son, Daniel Eric Davis on Aug. 22, 1992 and a brother, Ellis Davis. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Fannie Mae Davis of Woodsville; a daughter, Vickie Davis of Wilder, VT; three sons, Stanley Davis of Newbury, VT, Kurt Davis of North Haverhill, and Jeffrey Davis of North Haverhill; 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons; 2 great grandsons; two sisters, Eleanor Rose Trevithick of Woodsville and Irene May Holoway of Piermont; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 11 AM, at the Woodsville United Methodist Church, 11 Maple Street, Woodsville, NH with Pastor Vadia Boudreau officiating. Burial will be later in the spring in Ladd Street Cemetery, Haverhill, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer s Association, New Hampshire Office, One Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110.
, 81, formerly of Squirrel Lane, died on April 7, 2008, at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, NH. Evelyn was born in Winchester, MA, on March 29, 1927, to Charles K. and Alice V. (Riley) Strong. She married John F. Leonard on June 9, 1946. Evelyn moved to Lincoln, NH, from Woodsville in 1965 and returned in 1996. While in Lincoln, she worked as the receptionist at the Beacon Motel for 25 years. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Woodsville, NH and formerly of St. Joseph s Catholic Church in Lincoln. She was predeceased by her husband John on July 1, 2002 and her brother, John G. Strong. She is survived by her daughter, Donna S. Boissonneault and husband Paul of Lincoln, her son Dana F. Leonard and wife Sue of Glencliff, NH; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. At Evelyn s request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 14, at 11 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 15 Pine Street, Woodsville, with Father Daniel J. Sinibaldi officiating. Burial will be later in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
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Eleanor M. Ward LeGuillou
, 95, died on April 7, 2008, at the Grafton County Nursing Home. She was born on March 25, 1913, in New York, NY, to J. Rigney and Nellie (Sheedy) Ward. Eleanor graduated from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, and worked as a statistician for the City of New York. She lived most of her life in New York City and moved to this area in June 2003. She volunteered at local hospitals while in New York and at the Lighthouse for the Blind. She loved her quiet time, reading, and cats. She was predeceased by her husband, Yves Corbel LeGuillou on May 21, 2002, and is survived by her daughter, Eleanor Ingbretson and husband Paul of Haverhill, NH; two sons Peter LeGuillou and James Corbel LeGuillou both of New York City; and three grandchildren, Michael LeGuillou and Whittaker and Chloe Ingbretson. A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at 11 AM, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. Burial will be on April 18, at 12:30 PM at St. Peter s Cemetery, 171 Salt Point Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eleanor s name may be made to the Frances Atkinson Home, PO Box 67, Newbury, VT 05051.
, Jr, 68, died on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the VA Hospital in White River, VT. He was born in Williamsport, PA, May 26, 1939, the son of William Frederick and Hazel Belle Anne (Simcox) Englert Sr. William served in U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and then served with the U. S. Navy during the early Vietnam era. He received the Purple Heart during his time in the Army. He married Virginia Ann Poor on May 23, 1959. He worked for New England Electric Wire in Lisbon, NH and Franconia Paper Company in Lincoln, NH. He was a part time police officer in the towns of Lisbon, Littleton and Bethlehem. Bill owned his own sign company, Dutchman s Artistic Signs in Bath. He was a member of the Bath Congregational Church, was a trustee, former Sunday school teacher and deacon. He was a former 4-H project leader, served several years on the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, and coached Little League. For 20 years, he was a hunter education instructor at the Ammonoosuc Valley Fish and Game Club and also was a life member of the club. He belonged to the NRA and believed in all that it stood for. He served as the Bath Health Officer and Animal Control Officer. He was also a member on the Grafton Kane Lodge # 46 F + AM of North Haverhill, Ross Wood Post # 20 of Woodsville, VFW Post # 5245 in North Haverhill and a member of the Ammonoosuc Valley Railway Association. Most important in Bill s life was his love that he shared with his wife, children and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Virginia (Poor) Englert of Bath, NH; five children, Frederick W. Englert and wife Anne of North Woodstock, NH, George E. Englert and wife Mary of North Haverhill, NH, Virginia B. Ingerson and husband Jon of Haverhill, NH, Marke C. Englert and wife Sheri of Williamstown, VT and Stephanie M. Pitre and husband James of Bethlehem, NH; 20 grandchildren; two sisters, Faith Englert of Savannah, GA and Donna L. Englert of Bath, NH; several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be on Saturday, April 12, at 2 PM at the Bath Congregational Church, with Rev. Thomas Peters, officiating. Burial will be at the Bath Village Cemetery later this spring. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bath Congregational Church, C/O Everett Rust, treasurer, Pettyboro Road, Bath, NH, 03740, Bath Fire Association, C/O Greg Jellison, Bath Town Office, Bath, NH, 03740, American Heart Association, New England Affiliate, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, Ma, 01701-4688 or American Diabetes Association, Manchester Office, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH, 03101.
North Haverhill, NH -
Elizabeth Mary Brown Ross
, 89, died April 9, 2008, at the Grafton County Nursing Home. She was born in Chicago, IL, August 27, 1918, the daughter of Paul and Barbara (Kelibab) Dardo. She worked as an office manager for All Side Home Improvement Company in Berwyn, IL. She was predeceased by her first husband William H. Brown and her second husband Burdette Ross and by her son, William Brown in 2006. Survivors include her daughter Barbra Brown of Littleton, NH, four grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, a sister Ann Krc of Wisconsin. A chapel service at Resurrection Cemetery, Berwyn, IL, will be on April 15, 2008 at 11 AM.
, 83, died April 11, 2008, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH following an extended illness. He was born in Haverhill, NH, June 18, 1924, a son of Earle R. and Lydia (Sargent) Blake, Sr. Earle served in the U. S. Army during World War II with the 90th Airdrome Squadron from 1942 until his discharge in February 1946. He took part in the China-Burma-India campaign. He had been a self- employed carpenter for several years and also worked at Con-Val in Ely,VT, for Al Britton Hardware and Building Supplies. Earle enjoyed the outdoors, be it hunting or fishing, along with carpentry and tinkering. He enjoyed traveling the Maine coast and staying at York Beach. Most important was his family, who were very special and dear to him. He married Gloria Cassady on January 21, 1946. Surivors include his wife 62 years Gloria of Haverhill and a daughter Gloria Root of Haverhill; one granddaughter, Angela Cassady of North Haverhill; and two great grandsons, Zachary T. Mann and Elijah C. Cassady. He was predeceased by his brother Herbert Blake. Private burial in Center Haverhill cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.
North Haverhill, NH -
Mary Martinez Levasseur
, 80, died April 13, 2008 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. She was born in Park View (Los Ohos) , Rio Arriba County, NM July 27, 1927, a daughter of Joseph and Cleotilda (Quintana) Martinez. Following graduation from Tia Maria High School in New Mexico, she completed nurses training in Denver, CO. For 17 years she lived in East Hartford and Granby, CT before moving to Woodsville with her son Bruce in 1971. For many years Mary was a Licensed Practical Nurse working at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill. Her working career also included The Travelers & Holly Hill Nursing Home in CT and Burndy s and Landie Meat Packing in Woodsville. She attended St. Joseph s Catholic Church in Woodsville. Survivors include four sons Richard Levasseur of Worcester, MA, Wayne Levasseur and wife Susan of South Windsor, CT, Corey Levasseur and wife Maggie of Andover, CT, and Bruce Levasseur of Springfield, MA; five grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Joseph, Katherine, and William, a brother Ross Martinez of Clearfield, UT. She was predeceased by a sister Beatrice Burd, and two brothers Philip Martinez of New Mexico and Mel Martinez of Utah. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, April 18, at 1 PM, at St. Joseph s Catholic Church, 15 Pine Street, Woodsville, NH, with Father Daniel J. Sinibaldi officiating. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Woodsville, will be at a later date.
, 92, of Scott Highway, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, April 18, 2008. He was born in Barre, VT, on February 22, 1916, a son of Walter and Ann (Birnie) Main. He graduated from Groton High School Class of 1933. For 37 years he was a rural mail carrier in Groton and South Ryegate. He was a 69 year member of the Groton United Methodist Church, where he had also served as a trustee. He was a member of the Groton Historical Society, a member for over 60 years of the Pulaski Lodge # 58 F&AM of Wells River where he is a Past Master and Warden, and a member of the St. Andrew s Society in Barre. He was a proud first generation Scot. Spicer enjoyed traveling, taking multiple trips to Arizona, Europe and a cruise in the Caribbean. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger days, as- well-as remodeling their home. He loved playing golf. He was married to Dorothy Pierce on May 7, 1938. Survivors include his wife of 69 years Dorothy of Groton, two daughters Ann Winter and husband Owen of Barre, VT and Susan Page and husband Gordon of Cottonwood, AZ; a son Jon P. Main of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Jon Winter, Melissa Mauro, and Steven Page; five great grandchildren, Dustyn, Logan, and Kaylin Thomas, Taylor Winter, and Christian Page. He was predeceased by his siblings Mary Ford, Bernice MacKay, James, Stanley, and Charles Main. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service at the Groton United Methodist Church will be held Saturday, April 26, at 11 AM with Pastor Candace Ricker officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Groton Untied Methodist Church, PO Box 157, Groton, VT 05046.
, 92, formerly of 124 Cutting Hill, died at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, on Saturday, April 19, 2008. She was born on October 19, 1915 in Piermont, the daughter of Fay and Gladys (Chesley) Emery. She graduated from Orford High School in 1935. In 1937 she married Amos F. Pierson. They lived in Orford for a few years but most of their married life was spent in Haverhill where together they were very prominent and successful dairy farmers for over 60 years. IN HER LIFE: Bernice was a member of the Haverhill Congregational Church where she served as a Deaconess and as a member of the Haverhill Womens Fellowship. She was a member of the Haverhill Historical Society, and a contributing supporter and sponsor of the Old Goshen Church. She and her husband retired in the mid 1980 s and built a new home in Pike where they lived for over 20 years. During their retirement years, they enjoyed many wonderful trips together throughout the U.S. and Canada, traveling with her sister, Velma Holden, of Haverhill, NH and Cecil Bean. She enjoyed gardening, music, making floral arrangements, cooking, collecting pictures of covered bridges and churches, watching the Rev. Billy Graham crusades, attending and cooking for church suppers and other fund raising activities, going to auctions, reading poetry, attending band concerts and picnics, attending the Pierson family reunions each year, as well as the Orford High School Alumni Reunions. She died peacefully with her niece, Susan Holden, of Haverhill, by her side who had watched over and cared for her during the last 6 years. Of late, she has been honored in a local newspaper, The Bridge Weekly Sho-Case, over a series of weeks with published articles for the first time about her life and remembrances as a child (along with those of her beloved sister, Velma) taken from a book authored by her niece, Susan, entitled A Life Like No Other that was written in 2002 as a gift to each of them describing their growing up during an era in time that was as rich in natural history as it was in human history. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 65 years, Amos, on March 18, 2000; her parents Fay and Gladys (Chesley) Emery; two sisters, Christie Elizabeth Emery of Piermont and Erma Emery Kurtz from California. She is survived by two sisters, Velma E. Holden of Haverhill and Marjorie Manning, of North Haverhill, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins,sisters/brothers in law, and great nieces/nephews. Services: Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 8 PM at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 25 at 3 PM at the Haverhill Congregational Church in Haverhill, NH. Internment will take place at the South lawn Cemetery in Piermont following the service.
Milford, NH -
Marion Lucille Grady Peak Batchelder
, 91, formerly of Lyndonville, VT and Woodsville, NH, died on Sunday, April 20, 2008 at the Harborside Milford Nursing Home in Milford. She was born in Wheelock, VT, June 18, 1916, the daughter of Fred Chester and Alma Laura (Welch) Grady. She was the second born of five children. They were all raised on the family (Sunny Brook) farm in Wheelock, VT. She married Irvin William Peak, a friend and school mate, on December 31, 1938. They had three children, Guyla Jean, Lucille Elizabeth and Charles Albert, which they raised on their family farm in Newark and Wheelock, VT. She was the Wheelock Town Clerk from March 1959 to March 1971 and Treasurer from March 1966 to March 1971; a school director from March 1958 to March 1966, and made the hot lunches for the Wheelock Village School for 16 years out of her own home, that she built with her own two hands. Also during this time she grew and sold vegetables, as well as, maintaining a dairy farm. In the earlier years Marion and her family loved to go on trail rides with their pleasure horses. They belonged to to the riding club around Wheelock and Sheffield. In 1960 she was in charge of the United States Census for 12 towns including Sheffield, Wheelock and Sutton. After selling the family farm she went to work for Hill Manufacturing Co. After the loss of her husband in 1968 she met and married Harold R. Batchelder on May 10, 1975. They lived in the Lyn-Haven Trailer Park in Lyndonville, VT. Marion and Harold had a business out of their home called Mrs. B s Woodbox. She made lawn ornaments and wood crafts. Among her other talents, she made raised donuts, rolls, breads of all kinds and whoopee pies, she loved to knit, especially mittens, too many to count. One of her passions was writing letters to her family and friends. She loved writing children s stories that she shared and made for her grandchildren. She also had a green thumb and loved to garden. She had animals all her life from cows to horses to pigs to dogs and cats and she loved them all. Her family was very important to her and she so enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church in Sutton, VT. In 2001 Marion moved to Woodsville, NH to live with her daughter, Guyla Jean. In 2004 she moved to Milford, NH to be closer to Lucille and Charles. She was predeceased by her husband Irvin of 30 years on August 14, 1968; her second husband Harold of 8 years on October 10, 1983; her daughter Guyla Jean Mayo on October 15, 2004; two sisters, Margaret Louise Masure and Lois Elizabeth Chester; two brothers, Dana Frederick and David Charles; son-in-law Wendell Jay Mayo; and a grandson Timothy Irvin Mayo. Survivors include her daughter Lucille E Nault and husband Peter G. of Deerfield, NH; her son Charles A. Peak and his wife Lydia of New Boston, NH; a step-daughter, Diane Beck and husband Jon of St. Johnsbury, VT; a step-son Robert and his wife June Batchelder of West Burke, VT; five grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 1 P.M. at the Sutton Freewill Baptist Church in Sutton, VT, with Pastor David Colwell officiating. Burial will take place in the New Wheelock Cemetery, Wheelock, VT following the service. Memorial contributions can be made to Pillsbury Home, 95 High Street, Milford, NH 03055.
, 72, of Main Street, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, on April 22, 2008. She was born in Brookfield, VT, on November 22, 1935, to Herbert Theodore and Mildred (Wheeler) Baker. She graduated from Windsor High School and attended Smith College. Pat married Robert Dusty Rhoads on March 22, 1958. Before retiring in 2002, she had worked as a paralegal for the Reid & Balivet Law Office in Newbury for 27 years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post # 10038 and of TREA. She is survived by her husband, Dusty Rhoads of Newbury; three sons, Tim Rhoads and wife Nancy and Ted Rhoads and wife Lynn both of Woodsville, and Robert Rhoads and Barb of Underhill, VT; two brothers, Harold Baker of Hinesburg, VT and Philip Baker and wife Virginia of Warner Robbins, GA; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Alzheimer s Association, Vermont Chapter, 172 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641.
, 85, formerly of Bath, passed away on April 25, 2008, at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, NH. Mrs. Dodge was born on April 8, 1923, in North Lisbon, NH to Clinton and G. Ethel (Taylor) Wheeler. She married Ervin D. Dodge, Sr.,on April 13, 1940, and together they were self-employed dairy farmers in Bath. She always enjoyed her cows and her horses along with her family. She was a member of the Bath Congregational Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Ervin on June 2, 1996; two sisters, Madeline Wheeler and Kathleen Knight; and four brothers, Bert, Ralph, George and Floyd Wheeler. She is survived by her daughter Dianna J. Ash and husband Bill of Bath; two sons, Franklin E. Dodge and Jackie Allison of Littleton, NH, and Ervin Daniel Dodge, Jr. and wife Mary, of Landaff, NH; her sisters Christine Winn of Piermont, NH, and Barbara Fenoff of Newbury, VT; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter; one great-great grandson; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be Sunday, April 27, 2008, from 2-3:30 PM, at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. There will be a graveside service on Monday, April 28, at 10 AM at the Pettyboro Cemetery, Bath, NH, with Rev. Tom Peters officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grafton County Nursing Home Activities Fund, 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH 03774
, 88, a longtime resident at the Glencliff Home For the Elderly died April 28, 2008, at the home. He was born in Effingham, NH, March 28, 1920, the son of Daniel and Maude (Laporte) Fitzgerald. He is survived by his sister Della Fitzgerald of Meredith. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 10 AM in the Chapel at the Glencliff Home, with Rev. Daniel J. Sinibaldi officiating. Burial will follow in the Cleon Heald Cemetery.
, 58, of Harley View Drive, died on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. He was born in St. Johnsbury, VT, on November 1, 1949, the son of Harland E. and Doris I. (Hunt) Bedell. Tom was a graduate of McIndoe Falls Academy in 1968 and he received his Associate s Degree in Animal Husbandry from the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire in 1970. He married Marilyn (Mitchell) Smotrycz Bedell on June 1, 1985. Tom was employed as a maintainer II for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for 26 years. More recently, he worked at the I-93 Welcome Center for the State of New Hampshire in Littleton for four years. Tom served as a selectman for the Town of Monore for 5 years and also served on various zoning boards and committees for over 15 years. Tom was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church, was Vice President of the McIndoe Falls Academy Alumni Association and of the Monroe Men s Club,a longtime member of the Monroe Grange, and was member of the NH-SEA. He enjoyed helping area farmers with milking, haying and other farm chores. During maple sugar season, he helped at Minot s sugarhouse in Bath, NH. He loved to travel. He was predeceased by his father, Harland Bedell on May 19, 1991. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Marilyn Bedell of Monroe, NH; his mother Doris I. Bedell of Monroe; a daughter, Suzi Guilford and husband Tod of Canaan, NH; a son, Daniel Smotrycz of Boston, MA; a brother Gerald W. Bedell and wife Nancy of Monroe; several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. Calling hours will be Sunday, May 4, 2008, from 6-7:30 PM at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, NH. A funeral service will be on Monday, May 5, at 1 PM at the Monroe United Methodist Church in Monroe with Rev. Donald Thomas, officiating. Burial will be in the Monroe Village Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monroe United Methodist Church, c/o Winston Currier, Harley View Drive, Monroe, NH 03771.