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BRISTOL, CT - On Friday, April 25, 2008
Bernard R. "Hummer" Alexander
, 67, passed away at the Walnut Hill Care Center in New Britain.
Born in Lancaster, NH on November 28, 1940, he was the son of the late Richard and Gertrude (Stuart) Alexander.
He was raised in New Hampshire, and had lived in New Britain and Newington, CT before settling to Bristol. Prior to retirement, he was employed with the Otis Elevator Corporation for many years and held membership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
He is survived by his children, Janet Mello and her husband Brian of Burlington, Joyce Kearns and her husband William of Goshen, Jean Kearns and her husband T.J. of North Cornwall, Jim Alexander of Newington, Janna Quealy of East Hartford, Bruce Alexander, Lisa Alexander and The Twins, all of Newington. He also leaves a brother Edward Alexander of Newington, a sister Anne Alexander of Washington State, and 20 grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington, CT 06111 on Monday, April 28th from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A funeral services will be held at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster, Thursday May 1,at 2:00 PM, reverend Virginia Alvarez, pastor at Lancaster Congregational Church will officiate.Interment will follow in the Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster.
, 27, gave his life selflessly to save another on Saturday April 19, 2008.
Randy was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, on March 19, 1981, the son of Randal Brewer and Della Rice.
For 7 years of his childhood he lived in Tennessee before moving to New England. For a short time he lived in Colebrook then moving to Island Pond, living there for several years and graduating from Brighton School. He then resided in Lyndonville for a time before moving to Guildhall and Lancaster where he has lived for the past 8 years. He has worked at McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken both in St. Johnsbury.
Randy was a free spirit who was very giving and big hearted.
Family members include two children Jordan Scott Brewer Tanner and Maria-Rain Gail Bonnett Brewer both of Vermont; his mother and step-father, Della and Mike Bishop of Lancaster; his father, Randal Brewer of Maine; a brother Kevin Brewer of Lancaster, three step brothers Brandon Bishop, Justin Bishop and his wife Kristina all of Lancaster and Jacob Bishop and his fiancée Denise McLain of Groveton, a step sister Tiffany Chase of Groveton; his maternal grandmother Dee Rice of Newark, VT, paternal grandmother Emily Brewer of Tennessee and paternal grandparents Robert and Cathy Bishop; special cousins, Tammy Knights of Wells River, VT, Michelle Farnham of South Ryegate, VT, Morgan and Jacob Deis of New York; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial visiting hours will be held Thursday evening April 24, from 6-9 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A memorial service will be held Friday morning at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Rev. John Tremblay of St. Johnsbury, will officiate. Burial services will be held at a later date in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Newark, VT.
In lieu of flowers donations maybe made to the Bailey Funeral Home, 210 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584, to help defray funeral expenses.
, 75, of First Street, died at his home on, Wednesday morning April 16, 2008.
Mr. Burke was born in Jefferson on August 8, 1932 a son of Benjamin and Lena (Kiser) Burke.
After graduation he served in the US Army during the Korean War. He then enlisted with the National Guard, with a total military career of over 33 years. He worked as a mechanic all of his life and was employed at the Ford Garage, Belanger's Oldsmobile, and at one he operated the Sunoco Station.
He was a stock car driver at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, racing car #14. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, snow mobiling and four-wheeling. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the John W. Weeks VFW Post 3040,
Family members include his wife of 25 years, Ann (McLain) Burke of Lancaster, five sons, Anthony Burke of Virginia, Wendell Burke of Palm Bay, FL, Patrick Burke of Maine, Kevin Ball of Lancaster and Brian Ball of Lunenburg, two daughters Shelley Staples of Standish, ME and Sherri Ball of Groveton, a brother Wendell Burke of Lancaster, 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by, two sisters Olivetta Eastman and Etta Collins.
At Randalls request there are no calling hours. A memorial service with military honors will be held on Saturday April 19, 2008, at 2PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. Reverend James Michaels, pastor of the Lancaster Assembly of God, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers donations maybe made in his memory the John W. Weeks VFW Post 3041, Building Fund, 25 N. Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584 or The Lancaster Ambulance Association, %Ron Wert, 25 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584
, 95, of North Road, Lancaster, died April 7, 2008 at Country Village Health Care after a long period of declining health.
Cecile was born and raised on a small farm in East Lancaster in a time of horse-powered farming and one-room schoolhouses. She was the third of eight children born to John Page Martin and Bertha (Marshall) Martin. Like her siblings, she helped on the family farm. They would, for example, drive the cows 'cross-lots' through fields and woods to and from their summer pasture on the side of Mount Cabota long day's work!
Upon completing eighth grade at her much beloved Great Rock School she enrolled in the college preparatory course at Lancaster Academy, despite being told firmly by the principal that the 'college course' would be far too difficult for a girl from one of the 'rural schools.' But Cecile was determined. She shared first place in her graduating class at Lancaster Academy and then was graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire. She later received a masters degree from Boston University.
While in high school she and her sister Doris would drive the team of horses six miles into town to take milk to the Connecticut Valley Dairy on Depot Street, where the jugs would be emptied, rinsed and returned to the wagon. Their father would arise at 3:00 a.m. to milk the cows by hand so that the girls could make the delivery and still arrive at school on time. The horses spent the day in the stables that once stood behind the Congregational Church.
Cecile taught English in Hopkinton and Lebanon before marrying Stanley Costine soon after Pearl Harbor Day in December 1941. The marriage had to be kept secret because at that time married women were not allowed to teach. At the end of the war, the couple moved from Fort Knox, Kentucky back up to Lancaster where they built their home and raised a family. Cecile taught for several years in Groveton and substituted in Groveton, Lancaster, North Stratford and Whitefield. She had many happy memories from her teaching years.
She and Stanley were active charter life members of the Lancaster Historical Society in the 1960's and 70's and served on the Bicentennial Committee in 1964. They did intensive research for the publication Historical Sites and Houses of Lancaster NH, which Cecile authored. Cecile also had a passion for genealogy and traced her ancestry back to John Howland of the Mayflower.
Through the flea markets hosted by the Historical Society, Stanley and Cecile became very interested in antiques and opened their own shop "The Other House" on their property on North Road. After Stanley's death in 1982, Cecile continued the shop and also spent countless hours writing her story of growing up on the small farm in East Lancaster for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cecile is predeceased by siblings, Hazel, who died in the 1918 flu epidemic, Doris (Nash), Millard, Otis and Stanley. She is survived by her four children: Martin of Manchester, Colin of Chester, Deborah of Southborough, MA, and Alan of Gorham; six grandchildren: Anthony, Beth, Tim, Mark, and Shawn Costine, and Molly McAdow; and three great-grandchildren: Aeris, Nehemiah and Micah Costine. A brother, Winston Martin lives in Tucson, Arizona, sister Clarice Hinson lives in Mount Pleasant, TX. Sister-in-law Elaine Martin of Florida and Whitefield NH and brother-in-law Rodgers Hinson of Mt Pleasant TX. as well as many nieces and nephews.
Burial will be June 7th at Summer St Cemetery, Lancaster, NH in a joint ceremony with her older sister Doris who died last September.
Donations in her memory to the Lancaster Historical Society would be greatly appreciated and may be sent to PO Box 473 Lancaster, NH. c/o Betty Newell or to the Caleb Group, 38 King's Square, Suite 9 Whitefield, NH 03598 (603) 837-9179
, 74, of Causeway Street, died Wednesday morning April 16, 2008, at Weeks Medical Center after a long illness.
Mrs. Desaindes was born in St. Hermenegide, Quebec, on June 3, 1933, the daughter of Arthur and Adele (Dubie) Charest.
She was a long time resident of Lancaster moving here in 1959. For many years she worked as a housekeeper and cleaner for several Lancaster families and businesses. Her favorite hobbies were knitting and crocheting and she made many items that she sold or gave to family and friends.
Family members include two sons, Maurice Desaindes of Northumberland, Denis Desaindes of New Mexico; a daughter Louise Brown of S. Burlington, VT; two sisters, Normane Desaindes and Noella Charest both of Coaticook, Quebec; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Dorila E. Desaindes in 1997 and a son Norman Desaindes in 2007.
Visiting hours will be held Friday evening April 18, from 6-8 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday morning at 11:00 at All Saints Church, Lancaster. Rev. Raymond Ball, pastor will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Lancaster.
, 84, of Pond Hill Road, died Tuesday evening April 22, 2008, at the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Lyndonville, VT.
Mr. Dow was born in Gilford, NH, on February 28, 1924, the son of Richard and Susie (Willard) Dow.
Walter was one of eight children raised on the family farms in Gilford and later Laconia. He continued working on various farms in Southern New Hampshire until 1974 when he went to work at the Allen-Rogers Corp in Laconia, retiring there in 1986. During his lifetime he constructed four homes and one camp including his final home in Lunenburg that he built in 1992. Walter loved spending time with his family and never forgot is farming days.
Surviving family members include his wife of 62 years, E. Ann (Buckley) Dow of Lunenburg, VT; five children, Sandra Hadley of Navarre, Florida, Donald Dow of Belmont, NH, Deborah Derrick of Meredith, NH, Betty Dow of Lunenburg, VT, Glendon Dow of Lancaster, NH; a brother Harry Dow of Laconia; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. One grandson predeceased him.
At Walters request there are no visiting hours. A funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon, April 26, at 1:00 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster, NH. Reverend Ernie Gault, pastor of the Twin Mountain Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, NH.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Walter's memory o the Twin Mountain Baptist Church, PO Box 134, Twin Mountain, NH 03595.
, 68, of Wolcott Street, died Thursday afternoon April 10, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident.
Mrs. Driscoll was born in Lancaster on December 5, 1939, a daughter of Arthur and Mary (Cote) Cassidy.
Carolyn was raised in Groveton and graduated from Groveton High School in 1957. After graduation she worked for James River Company retiring after 41 years, she then went on to work as a receptionist for Tri-County Cap in Whitefield. She lived for her family, enjoyed crossword puzzles and cooking.
She was a life member of the John W. Weeks V.F.W Post 3041, Ladies Auxiliary.
Family members include her husband Edward L. Driscoll of Lancaster, two daughters, Shannon Driscoll of Whitefield and Heidi Driscoll of Lancaster, two sons, Mark Driscoll and his wife Donna of Littleton, Edward J. "Moochy" Driscoll and his wife Penny of Dalton, eight grandchildren, Mark Driscoll of Beaumont, Texas, Luke Driscoll of Littleton, Josh Robinson of Dalton, Trudy Robinson of Charlotte, NC, Jennifer and Katie Miller of Littleton, Chelsea and Jessica Driscoll of Franconia, two sisters Lorna Cassidy of Nashua and Marilyn Parent of The Villages, FL and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by, a son Teddy Driscoll and a grand daughter Randi Ann Driscoll.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday evening April 13, from 6-8 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning at 11:00 AM at All Saints Church, Lancaster. Reverend Raymond Ball, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to Toys for Tots, % Rosalie Leonard, PO Box 147, Lancaster, NH 03584.
, 85, formerly of Lancaster and Penacook died Tuesday April 22, 2008, at Harris Hill Center, Concord.
Mr. Grattage was born in Guildhall, VT on October 29, 1922, a son of William and Clara (Guilmette) Grattage.
Stanley lived in Lancaster NH for over 60 years before moving to Concord. He had worked for the town of Lancaster for many years before retiring. He loved working outdoors and riding on his lawnmower. He really enjoyed the company of his family and friends. He always had a great sense of humor and had a smile on his face. He will greatly be missed by everyone who knew him.
Family members include two sons, Glen Allin of Manchester and Roger Grattage of Florida, three daughters, Amber Curtis of Manchester, Wendy McKinnon of Haverhill and Joanie Curtis of Concord, a sister Evelyn Tasker of Epsom, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by, his wife Joan L. (Frenette) Grattage in 2004, two sons, Stan W. Grattage and Kenneth C. Grattage and two brothers and a sister.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday April 26, 2008, from 4-7 PM, at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM, at the funeral home. Rev. Virginia Alvarez, pastor of Lancaster Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Summer Street Cemetery.
, 55, of Kennett Lane, died suddenly at his home Thursday evening April 24, 2008.
Mr. Gray was born in Lancaster on October 27, 1952, the son of Dewey Alonzo and Mildred (Cass) Gray.
Willie was a lifetime resident of Jefferson. His work and his passion was always operating heavy equipment. He was employed with various companies through the years including 20+ years with D. Avery and Son of N. Woodstock. His work was exceptional and he had a particular knack for constructing rock walls.
He had many interests and hobbies in his life including NASCAR racing, horseshoes, gardening, snow plowing, cooking, fishing, hunting, wildlife, card playing and four wheeling with his brother and friends. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially times with his grandchildren like the duck feedings with granddaughter Meridian.
Family members include his wife Doris (Saucier) Gray of Jefferson; five children and their spouses, Scott and Sandie Gray of Whitefield, Gary and Mary Gray of Tallahassee, FL, Tara and Renaldo Green of Twin Mountain, Heidi and Steve Davis of Tallahassee, FL, William F. Gray Jr. of Jefferson; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Gray and Michael Gray both of Jefferson; two sisters, Roberta Gary of Jefferson, Barbara Sheep of Bloomfield, Ill; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial visiting hours will be held Wednesday evening April 30, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM in Kilkenny View Cemetery, Jefferson. Reverend Dean Stiles, pastor of the Jefferson Christian Church will officiate.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
, 60, of Liberty Drive, died suddenly Sunday April 20, 2008 at her home.
Althea was born in Whitefield on December 12, 1947, the daughter of Clayton and Anne (Bristol) Goad.
She was a longtime resident of the North Country living for a short time in Springfield, MA. She graduated from high school in Springfield and later acquired a degree from the NH Community Technical College, Berlin. For 20 years she was employed as a medical records coder at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster. Althea loved to collect cribbage boards and playing cards, she also enjoyed bluegrass music, playing her guitar and organ, and she loved her cats.
Family members include three children Kyle Sarnacki of Whitefield, Kara Webster of Bath, Jeremy Pinette of Whitefield; two grandchildren Brett LaPan and Dagan Webster; one brother Stephen Goad of Springfield, MA; two sisters, Sandra Shannon of Guildhall, Donna Duplisea of Chicopee, MA; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband James Pinette.
Visiting hours will be held Friday evening April 25, from 5-8 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 AM at the Guildhall Community Church. Rev. Gerry Piper of Danville will officiate. Burial will follow in the Northumberland Cemetery.
passed away suddenly at her home in Jefferson on April 30, 2008.
She was born on Nov. 27, 1922 in Portland, ME the daughter of the late George F. and Louise (Gilkey) Long. She moved from Hollis, NH to Twin Mountain in 1986 with her late husband, Thomas Z.Winther, and then to Jefferson in 1998. Mrs. Winther and her husband operated Johnsons Motel in Twin Mountain until June of 1999.
Miriam was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, NH. She remained active in the work of the church and of local Christian ministries to the end of her life. She enjoyed her family and numerous close friends, opening her home to them and remaining in touch with them through an active correspondence.
Mrs. Winther is survived by, 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 23 great grand children and 8 great, great grandchildren.
Services---Mrs. Winther was interred in a private cemetery located in Jefferson on Friday, May 2nd following a family graveside service.
Family and friends are cordially invited to a memorial service celebrating her life and labors, which will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church at 108 Main Street in Lancaster, NH on Saturday, May 10th at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shiloh, Inc. P.O. Box 194, Jefferson, NH 03583
, 101, died peacefully in her sleep late Thursday night May 15, 2008 at Country Village Health Care Center in Lancaster where she lived comfortably for the past fourteen years.
She was born October 30, 1906 in Lancaster, NH, the daughter of the late George B. and Alice Thompson Underwood.
Elizabeth graduated valedictorian of her Lancaster Academy class in 1924 and with the class of 1926 from Plymouth Normal School (now Plymouth State College). She also took additional courses at Columbia University.
In her early teaching career, Elizabeth taught in Jefferson Hill, NH for three years and in Hanover, NH for five years. While teaching in Hanover, she met her husband-to-be Dr. Wilton P. Chase, an instructor at Dartmouth College and they were married in 1932. They spent time in Minnesota, Alabama and North Carolina while Dr. Chase finished his education and taught at the University of North Carolina for six years. During this time Elizabeths two children David and Carolyn were born. WWII and its upheavals and separations took its toll and Elizabeth returned to Lancaster where she raised her two children all by herself.
After returning to Lancaster, Elizabeth worked at Chesleys store and in the school cafeteria until she returned to teaching. She taught a Lancaster Academy fifth grade class starting in 1950 until she retired in 1972. Her class was famous for the ambitious puppet shows she produced and directed every year.
Elizabeth was committed to her church, the Congregational Church of Lancaster, where she was a deaconess and a member of the Congregational Women's Fellowship. She sang in the church choir for many years and often provided flowers from her own garden for church services.
Elizabeth was active in her community and did volunteer work for the Lancaster historical Society and Weeks Memorial gift shop. She walked five miles a day well into her eighties, took painting lessons, made many of her own clothes, sang and played the piano, enjoyed bridge games and always had beautiful and productive vegetable and flower gardens. She loved wildflowers and birds and adored every member of her family above all else.
A community 100th birthday celebration was held for Elizabeth at the Country village Health Care Center in October 2006. On July 31, 2007 the Lancaster Board of Selectmen proclaimed Elizabeth to be the oldest citizen of Lancaster and she was presented the Boston Post Cane and plaque to commemorate this occasion.
Jean Magoon Hubbard, Elizabeths beloved niece, enriched Elizabeth's years at Country Village. She was a loyal visitor who brightened Elizabeth's days and conscientiously looked after her well-being.
In 1934 when Elizabeth was a young teacher, her superintendent wrote that Elizabeth "comes from a long line of New England ancestors who have always been respected for their sterling qualitities. She is a young woman of unusual strength of character and delightful personality." These words written so long ago describe Elizabeth to the end of her life.
Elizabeth is survived by her son Dr. David S. Chase and daughter-in-law Brianne E. Chase of Shelburne, VT; her daughter Carolyn J. Savarese of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; her granddaughter Alyson Chase Hoar and her husband Bruce of Richmond, VT; her grandson Stuart E. Chase and his wife Gail Westgate of Burlington, VT; her grandson Eric D. Chase and Tina Lindberg of Burlington, VT; her great grandchildren Joshua C. Hoar, Benjamin B Hoar and Yvonne L. Korpi; her niece Jean Hubbard and her husband Wade of Lunenburg, VT; her nephew Thomas Underwood and his wife June of Lake Jackson, TX; her niece Barbara Jean Hanson and her husband Glen of Lake Mary, FL; and her great and great great nephews and nieces.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her sisters Katherine Magoon and Helen hall, her brothers Thomas Underwood and George Baxter Underwood and her great granddaughter Amy Elizabeth Hoar.
A memorial service will be held at the Lancaster Congregational United Church of Christ in Lancaster, NH on Saturday, May 24, at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Summer Street Cemetery at 1:30 PM. There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. The family has requested that all condolences be mailed to Bailey Funeral Home Inc., 210 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584.
, 82, formerly of Williams Street, died Monday morning May 12, 2008, at Country Village Genesis Eldercare where she has resided for the last six years.
Mrs. Chilafoe was born in Lancaster on February 14, 1926, the daughter of Frank and Fern (Willey) Brigham.
On May 18th, 1942 she married Frank Chilafoe and has resided in the Groveton and Lancaster area all of her life. Cynthia was an avid bowler, bingo player and loved her family.
She leaves behind two daughters, Eunice Levesque and husband Paul of Groveton, Bonnie Drew of Lancaster; two sons, Paul Chilafoe of Littleton, Thomas Chilafoe and wife Sherry of Littleton; a sister Daphne Pinkham and husband George of Whitefield; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Mitchell; daughter Bev Bilodeau; son Eugene; great granddaughter Alycia; one brother, three sisters, and a son-in-law Fred Drew.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday evening May 15, 2008, from 7-9 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Northumberland Cemetery.
Donations may be made in her memory to American Heart Assn., New England Affiliate, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688
, 86, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday afternoon, May 1, 2008 at the Morrison Nursing Home.
Mrs. Cummings was born in Lancaster, NH, on February 21, 1922, the daughter of Earl A. and Lula (Prouty) Rich of Lancaster.
She married Edmund A. Cummings on November 17, 1947. Most of her life she resided in Lancaster before moving to Whitefield to live at the Highland House. There she enjoyed visiting and volunteering her time with friends at the Highland House and the Morrison Nursing Home. She was a graduate of Lancaster Academy.
At one time she worked as a Switchboard Operator for the telephone company in Lancaster and for 25 years she was employed with the housekeeping department at Weeks Memorial Hospital.
Velma loved taking pictures of everything, her camera went everywhere with her. She enjoyed making scrapbooks out of all the pictures and clippings for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the Morrison Nursing Home. She was an avid watcher and follower of the Boston Red Sox and was very excited about their winnings.
She leaves behind her loving family, a daughter June C. Cormier and husband Paul of Whitefield; as son George Cummings and wife Mary Jane of N. Fort Myers, Florida; grandchildren Karen C. Harrington, her husband Randy, great-grandchildren Grady and Abby of Bethel, ME; Pamela C. Couture and her husband David of Jefferson; Christopher Cummings and wife Tonya; great-grandchildren, Logan, Leah and McKabe of Albertville, AL; Michael Cummings and wife Stephanie, great-granddaughter Jillian of Whitefield.
A loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother will be greatly missed.
A visiting hour will be held Monday morning May 5, at 10:00 AM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM at All Saints Church, Lancaster. Rev. Raymond Ball, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster. A light lunch at All Saints Parish Hall will follow the committal service at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Morrison Nursing Home, 6 Terrace Street, Whitefield, NH 03598 or Hospice of Weeks Medical Center, Attn: Abby Pollender or Gail Patton-Giampaolo, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584.
, 97, died Monday afternoon, May 5, 2008, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster.
Mrs. Gilcris was born in Maidstone, VT, on October 29, 1910, the daughter of Alonzo Marquis and Adda Manning (Hubbard) Booth.
Bun was raised in Maidstone, graduated from Groveton High School and for a time worked at the Wyoming Valley Paper Mill in Northumberland. She married her late husband Oliver C. "Duke" Gilcris and while following his career they resided in Holyoke, MA, Hinsdale, NH, Gouveneur, NY, and Puerto Rico. In the 1970s Duke retired and they returned to the North Country and made Guildhall their permanent residence. She has been a resident of Country Village Genesis Eldercare since October of last year.
She was a member of the Guildhall Community Church and was a past member and Past Worthy Matron of the Willena Benton Chapter #96 O.E.S. in Guildhall. She was also a present member of the Adah Chapter #39 O.E.S., Concord, VT. Bun also enjoyed gardening and made the greatest fudge.
Family members include two daughters, Joan G. Breault of Guildhall, Joyce C. Eldridge of Lancaster; a sister Elizabeth "Bettie" Crane of Holyoke, MA; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 7 brothers and sisters also predeceased her.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday evening May 8, from 6-8 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM at the Guildhall Community Church. Rev. Albert Bunnell, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Whitefield, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridgwell Cemetery, Guildhall.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Lancaster Ambulance Association, %Ron Wert, 25 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584
, 39, of Mallett Road, died suddenly Sunday afternoon May 4, 2008 as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Mr. Lamotte was born in Lancaster on October 26, 1968, the son of Louis H. and Joan I. (Bouchard) Lamotte.
Kim lived most of his life in Lunenburg and was a graduate of White Mountain Regional High School. For a time he was employed at PAC 2000 in Lancaster and then worked many years at the Groveton Paper Mill. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and going to Fryeburg Fair. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and was a big fan of Jeff Gordon.
Family members include his parents Louis and Joan Lamotte of Lunenburg; two brothers, David Lamotte of Chatham, Massachusetts, Kelvin Lamotte of Lunenburg; two nieces, one nephew, uncles and aunts.
Memorial visiting hours will be held Wednesday evening May 7, from 5 to 8 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday morning at 10:00 AM, at St. Leos Church in Lunenburg.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Riverside Rescue, 236 Riverside Ave., Lunenburg, VT 05906 for the rescue of homeless animals.
, 85, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Country Village Genesis Elder Care, Lancaster.
Mrs. Lane was born in Beecher Falls, VT on September 6, 1922, a daughter of Richard Henry Bond and Annie Isabel (Bassett) Bond.
Ona served with the U.S Navy during WWII. She was a resident of Lancaster since 1966. For a time she worked in the cafeteria at the Lancaster Elementary School and also cared for many local children in her home.
Family members include a son John E. Lane Jr. and wife Lori of Lancaster, two daughters, Judy B. Covell and her husband Earle of Alton Bay, NH and Rita Ellen Lane of Westbrook, ME. Three grandchildren Connor Jeffery Lane, Keelin Gayle Lane both of Lancaster and Hilary Nicole (Jacques) Henry and her husband Jason of Center Barnstead, and one great granddaughter Laney Henry. She was predeceased by, her husband of 60 years John E. Lane Sr. in 2007.
She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lancaster and a former member of the Olive Branch Chapter, OES.
A private graveside service will in Canaan Village Cemetery, Canaan, VT.
Donations maybe made in her memory to Hospice of Weeks Medical Center, Attn: Abby Pollender or Gail Patton-Giampaolo, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584 or Lancaster Humane Society, Martin Meadow Pond Road, Lancaster, NH 03584.
, 96, of Jefferson Notch Road, died Wednesday morning May 28, 2008, at Country Village Genesis Eldercare, Lancaster.
Mrs. Mason was born and raised in Berlin, NH, on December 7, 1911, the daughter of Harry and Ethel (Hyde) Oldham.
Ruth married Eugene B. Mason of Lancaster. They resided for many years in Lancaster and several years in Nashua. Together they operated the Stark General Store for a time and also a snowmobile hut in Jefferson. She enjoyed traveling and took trips to Alaska, the Northwest, and Florida. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, dancing, knitting and gardening.
Ruth has resided in Jefferson for the past 38 years and was presently Jeffersons oldest resident.
Family members include two sons, Ronald G. Mason of Spokane, Washington, John H. Mason of Jefferson; a daughter Sandra R. Bent of Brookline, NH; 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Eugene; a brother; 3 sisters and 2 grandchildren.
There are no visiting hours. A funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. Rev. Dean Stiles, pastor of the Jefferson Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery, Jefferson.
, 54, of Jones Avenue, died Thursday morning May 15, 2008, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation.
Donna was born in Springfield, Vermont, on August 15, 1953, the daughter of Robert W. and Jane (Colby) McGoldrick. She was a graduate of Springfield High School and Castleton State College. For several years she worked as a Vista Volunteer in Bath, NY and later resided for a time in Texas and Seattle, Washington. In 1984 she move to the seacoast area. Her favorite pastimes were gardening and yard sales.
Family members include her parents of Lunenburg, VT; a brother James M. McGoldrick of Tuftonboro, NH; and two very close friends, Laurie Troutman of Maine and Cyd Reider of Pennsylvania.
There are no visiting hours. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday May 31, at 1:00 PM in Riverside Cemetery, S. Lunenburg, VT. Reverend John Somers of St. Johnsbury, VT, will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.
, 47, of Elm Street, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, May 20, 2008.
Mr. Samson was born in Lancaster on July 10, 1960, a son of Edward Samson Sr. and the late Corrine (Gonyer) Samson.
Scrub was a lifetime resident of Lancaster. He was employed as a small engine mechanic at Crane's Sporting Goods and for Trees n Turf. He enjoyed farming and was employed at the Forbes Farm for many years. He also loved spending time with his boys and being around friends.
His family members include two sons; James M. Samson Jr., Thomas S. Samson and their mother Maureen (Coughlin) Samson of Jefferson, three sisters and their spouses Deborah and Charles Huntington, Cindy and Ralph Bennett III, Tina Samson and John Parks, two brothers Edward and his wife Wynta Samson and Phillip Samson, previously deceased all of Lancaster.
At his request there are no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 AM, in Calvary Cemetery, Lancaster.
, 58, of Mallett Road, died Thursday morning, May 15, 2008, at the Saint Johnsbury Health and Rehab. Center.
Mr. Scott was born in Concord, VT on January 4, 1950, a son of Donat and Cecile Scott.
Gerard was a lifelong resident of the Concord and Lunenburg area. He was a graduate of Concord High School and attended Lyndon State College. For 34 years he worked as a purchasing agent for the Gilman Mill and Dirigo Paper in Gilman.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and going to his summer home on the lake. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Family members include his wife Patricia (Woods) Scott of Lunenburg, a son Patrick N. Scott and his wife Chrissie, a grandson Xander all of Lunenburg, two brothers, Donald Scott and his wife Carol, Richard Scott and his wife Beth all of North Carolina, two sisters Diane Hill and Pauline Scott both of St. Johnsbury and several nieces and nephews.
At Gerard's request there are no services. Donations maybe made in his memory to the Alden Balch Memorial Library, Main Street, Lunenburg, VT 05906.
, 84, a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, died Friday, June 6, 2008, in Lancaster, NH, with her family by her side.
Ginger, as she was known to her family, was born in Hampstead, NH, on March 6, 1924, to Levi and Myrtis (French) Duston, the eighth of ten children.
She married Ralph E. Brickett on April 7, 1945, while they were both on active military duty during WWII. She first met him as an infant because their families were very good friends. They were married over 60 years, until his death in February, 2006.
Gingers experiences growing up on the family farm helped when she joined the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, because this tiny, gentle woman was a perfect match for the Corps' Motor Transport Division, where she drove and serviced vehicles, including 2 1/2 ton trucks. She attended Boston University and the University of New Hampshire, where she studied nursing and home economics.
Other interests throughout her life included music, gardening, birding, cooking (especially with chocolate), camping, championing women's rights, political campaigns, rooting for the Red Sox, worldwide travel with her husband and grandchildren, and, most of all, family holidays.
During her life, she worked at various bookkeeping positions, owned a store in Keene, NH, with her husband, and retired as Comptroller, NH Charitable Foundation. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, as an AARP tax preparer, and for NARAL.
Surviving Ginger are her three daughters: Jane Brickett, Lancaster, NH, Jill Wagner, Cudjoe Key, FL, and Jacqueline Hill and her husband, Kevin, Vienna, ME; her ten grandchildren: Jennifer Wells and her partner Rubén Cabedo Solans, Andrew Hill, Emily (Hill) and David Kohlbacher, Matthew and Kristy Wells, Nathan and Karen Wagner, Alex and Suzette Hill, Caroline Wells, Erika Beth (Wagner) and Anthony Stevens, Rebecca Bowers, and Benjamin Bowers; and seven great grandchildren.
She is also survived by her brothers, Leslie Duston, Dover, NH, and Gene Duston and his wife, June, Winthrop, ME, and by her sisters, Florence Butters, Bradford, MA, Dorothy Joslin Sundman, Littleton, NH, and Thelma Petell and her husband, Arthur, Concord, NH.
In addition to her husband, Ralph, Ginger was predeceased by her parents and her brothers, Harold Duston, Kenneth Duston, and Donald Duston, and by her sister, Ruth Coupal.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 274 Pleasant St., Concord, NH, with the Reverend Emily Burr officiating. Refreshments and a gathering will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Girl Scouts of Swift Water Council, Campership Fund - Farnsworth, P.O. Box 10832, Bedford, NH 03110-0832.
, 78, formally of Westfield, MA, died early Tuesday morning, June 3, 2008, at the home of her daughter and son in law with whom she had lived with for the last 11 months.
Mrs. Bushey was born in Hartford, Connecticut on October 10, 1929, a daughter of Walter and Nelda A. (Martin) Bowen Sr.
Beverly was a graduate of Commerce High School in Springfield, MA. She worked as an office manager for New England Telephone. She resided in Westfield, MA for several years, moving to Florida for 10 years, and later returned to Westfield until moving to Lancaster in 2007, residing with her daughter and son in law.
She enjoyed crafts and computer games and her 'grand dogs'.
She was a member of St. Peters Church in Westfield, the Junior Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion post #434 in Springfield, MA.
Family members include her daughter Beverlee A. Richter and her husband David of Lancaster, NH and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son William L. Bushey in 1992,1 brother and 2 sisters.
At Beverlys request there are no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers donations maybe made in her memory to Hospice of Weeks Medical Center, "The Vinnie Fund", c/o Abby Pollender, at 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584
Helen Barbara Henson, age eighty nine, of Country Village Center died June 30, 2008. Mrs. Henson was born at Forest Home, Alabama, the daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude L. Watt. A graduate of Greenville Alabama High School, Mrs. Henson attended Alabama College, Montvallo, Alabama, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree. She taught school, was a stewardess for Capital Air Lines and also worked as a secretary for the Adjutant General at Headquarters Replacement and School Command located in Birmingham, Alabama. She was also a Red Cross Staff Director in the Panama Canal Zone. After working in different capacities at the Lancaster National Bank, she retired after thirty four years. She was a member of the Lancaster Congregational Church and served as its treasurer for several years. She was Worthy Matron of Olive Brand Chapter and also served as its treasurer. She was a member of the Weeks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was also a hospital volunteer. At one time she was town chairman of the Cancer Drive. For recreation she was a member of the Lancaster bowling league and was an avid golfer.
Her husband, Guy Henson, preceded her in 1991. She is survived by two sisters Miriam Rollins of Onesta, Alabama and Gertrude Jordan and husband Colland of Marietta, Georgia, and her niece, Peggy (Henson) Horvath and husband Steve of Tallahassee, Florida, and devoted friend Jeanette Corrigan and husband Ken of Randolph, New Hampshire.
There will be no calling hours. Service will be in the Lancaster Congregational Church on Thursday, July 3, at 11:00 AM. Internment will be in the Summer Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Lung Association or to the American Research for Cancer.
, 78, of Third Street, died Tuesday afternoon June 10, 2008, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon.
Mr. Johnson was born in Dalton, NH, on November 9, 1929, the son of Lester and Christine (Mooney) Johnson.
He was raised in Dalton and after his high school graduation he served with the US Army during WWII.
For a time he worked for railroad maintenance and repair but will be best remembered as the owner and operator of Whitefield Taxi Service. Clem loved fishing, playing his harmonica and singing.
Family members include his wife Doris (Wells) Johnson of Lancaster; a son Clem Johnson of Lunenburg; four daughters, Tammy Keller of Lancaster, Lisa Brown of Whitefield, Debbie Johnson and Heidi Johnson both of Lancaster; 14 grandchildren; and a brother Vernard Johnson. He was predeceased by a brother Lester Johnson.
There are no visiting hours. A graveside funeral service with military honors will be held Monday morning, June 16, at 11:00 AM in the Cushman Cemetery, Dalton. Reverend Donald Williams, pastor of the Mt. View Baptist Church, will officiate.
, 75, of East Main Street, died Monday morning June 16, 2008, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster.
Mr. Wenmark was born in Clinton, Massachusetts on November 24, 1932, the son of William and Flora (Schreiner) Wenmark.
In 1951 he graduated from Westwood High School, Westwood, MA, and then worked in landscaping and the manufacturing and quality control of early computers. Later he acquired his real estate license and worked as a broker in Massachusetts. In 1977 he retired moving to Lunenburg where he tended family lawns and gardens.
John was a 29-year Trustee and 24-year secretary at Riverside Cemetery in Lunenburg. He was a 50-year member of the Meridian Masonic Lodge and the Parker Royal Arch Chapter of Natick, Massachusetts. His hobbies included candlepin bowling, attending thoroughbred and harness racing, cribbage and watching football, basketball and baseball.
He leaves his wife Carol Stuart Wenmark of Lunenburg; nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, and was blessed with many friends.
At Johns request there are no visiting hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Alden Balch Memorial Library, PO Box 6, Lunenburg, VT 05906 or the Christ United Methodist Church, 135 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584.