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Stephen Garvey

WOLFEBORO — A first anniversary Mass for Stephen D. Garvey will be held Sunday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church, Wolfeboro.

Lillian A. Lavarnway

Enjoyed chair caning, wild plants and flowers

NEW DURHAM — Lillian A. Lavarnway, 81, of 84 Miller Road, died Aug. 8, 2000, at Rochester Manor in Rochester.

She was born April 17, 1919, in Chester, a daughter of Waldo and Hazel (Pingree) Beckford. Formerly of Hudson, she had lived in New Durham since 1986.

She attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry and had been employed as a solderer for Sanders Associates in Nashua. She was also a certified home health aide in the Hudson and Nashua area with the Nashua Visiting Nurses Association.

She had been a member of Nutfield Grange in East Derry.

She could identify many plants and flowers in the woods and knew of numerous home remedies to make with them. She had also worked with local florists, supplying moss for arrangements and holiday decorations. 

In her later years, her talent for caning chairs became a pastime. She also enjoyed playing cards and making puzzles.

Family members include her husband of 60 years, Ernest J. Lavarnway of new Durham; a son, Joseph, of Cody, Wyo.; two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Helen) Carson of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Raymond (Vivian) Dion of Nashua; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a brother, Waldo Beckford of Grafton.

Calling hours are today, Thursday, at Peabody Funeral Home, 15 Birch St., Derry. A funeral service will be held tomorrow, Friday, at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, East Derry.

Norman H. Royle

Gave many years of service to Brookfield

WOLFEBORO — Norman Harold Royle, 94, of Sugar Hill, formerly of Brookfield and Lexington, Mass., died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at his home.

He was born Feb. 11, 1906, in Waltham, Mass., son of Harold and Ethel (Haron) Royle. After graduating from Newton (Mass.) High School, he attended Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. At age 65, he retired from New England Power Company, where he had been employed for more than 40 years.

He moved permanently to Brookfield after retiring and became involved in town activities. He was auditor in 1972 and ’73 and again from 1983 to 1999. He was elected to the planning board in 1981 and served until 1983, when he was elected selectman. He served on the board of selectmen from 1983 to 1986. He then ran for planning board once again. He was elected and served until 1989, when he became an alternate, serving until 1999.

His planning board meeting attendance record was nearly perfect, and he brought with him a wealth of knowledge and background to help those with memories less accurate or vast than his own.

From 1980 until 1983, he was the town’s tax assessor; he was reappointed in 1985. During this time, he also became selectmen’s assistant. He retired from those duties in 1997.

At Town Meeting March 9, 1999, townspeople voted that the new Town Office Building would be dedicated to Norman H. Royle for his years of service to Brookfield.

From 1972 until 1991, he represented Brookfield on the Lakes Region Planning Commission, serving as member-at-large on the Executive Committee from 1989 until 1991. 

He was an active member of the Wakefield United Church of Christ. He was known as a Good Samaritan Friend to anyone who might have needed his help. He delivered “Meals on Wheels” to shut-ins in the Wakefield-Brookfield area every Thursday until age 92.

Prior to moving to Brookfield, he was a member of Hancock Congregational Church in Lexington, Mass. He belonged to the Men’s Club and Belfrey Club. He was grand marshal of Simon W. Robinson Masonic Temple in Lexington and also served as grand secretary.

His first wife, Josephine B. (Moore) Royle, died in 1972.

Family members include his wife of 26 years, Margaret (Thompson) Royle; two sons, Norman T. Royle of Wakefield and David W. Royle of New London; two stepdaughters, Sheila Russell of Brownsville, Texas, and Alice Rose of Wolfeboro; a stepson, Brian Thompson of Alexandria, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Wakefield United Church of Christ Aug. 9. Burial was at Mt. Feake Cemetery, Waltham, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Norman H. Royle Scholarship Fund, Profile Bank, 65 Meadow St., Sanbornville, NH 03872, to benefit students from Brookfield who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Arrangements were by C.E. Peaslee & Son Funeral Home, Sanbornville.

Hannah Smith

Homemaker and mother, Sunday school teacher

UNION — Hannah Smith, 90, formerly of Railroad Avenue, died Aug. 5, 2000, at Rochester Manor in Rochester.

Born Dec. 18, 1909, in Milton, daughter of Berthold I. and Musetta A. (Dorr) Demeritt, she had lived in Union for more than 40 years before moving to Rochester Manor in 1991.

A homemaker and mother, she was a member of Union Congregational Church, where she had been a devoted Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was famous for her rolls.

She was the widow of Edmund L. Smith, Sr., who died in 1970, and was also predeceased by a daughter, Sylvia Joy, in 1992.

Family members include three daughters, Dorothy Rogers of Albany, Lena Murray of Wake Forest, N.C., and Shirley Henner of Milton; four sons, Edmund Smith, Jr., of Union, David Smith of Middleton, Richard Smith of Milton and James Smith of Tamworth; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Aug. 9 at Union Congregational Church with the Rev. John Simpson, pastor, officiating. Burial was at Plummers Cemetery, Milton.

Memorial donations may be made to Union Congregational Church, c/o Carolyn Pike, 38 Main St., Union, NH 03887.

Arrangements were by C.E. Peaslee and Son Funeral Home, Farmington.

Jack C. Hosman

Retired Pilot, seasonal resident for 35 years

CENTER OSSIPEE — Jack C. Hosman, 67, of Napa, Calif., died Aug. 5, 2000, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon

He was born April 7, 1933, in Lincoln, Neb., son of Stuart and Wilma Hosman.

He lived in California for most of his life while spending vacations in Center Ossipee for the past 35 years.

He had been employed as a pilot for Eastern Airlines for 23 years and later worked for Arrow Air for five years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel during Vietnam. He loved to fly and was in the process of building his second airplane.

Family members include his wife of 19 years, Judith (Neill) Hosman, Napa, Calif., three daughters, Dana Jones of Port Varre, La., Kelly Mills, Alpharetta, Ga., and Mary-Stuart Hosman, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Tate Hosman Mills; his stepfather, Paul Paris, Oakland, Calif.; a brother, Bart Hosman, Lafayette, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

At his request there will be no calling hours; memorial services will be held in California at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the American Cancer Society or Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

Bernard L. White

Native and lifelong resident of Ossipee

CENTER OSSIPEE—Bernard L. White, 74, of Marble Road, died July 28, 2000, at the Mountain View Nursing Home, Ossipee, after a long illness.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Ossipee, the son of Belmont and Grace (Eldridge) White. 

Mr. White had been employed as a laborer for various restaurants in the area and later worked for the E.D. Swett Construction Company. Most recently he had worked for the J.F. Chick & Son Lumber Company, Madison.

He loved to fish and hunt. He was a past member of the Fish & Game Club in Dover.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margueritte (Truchon) White of Ossipee; four step-daughters, Patricia Frost of Tamworth, Priscilla Wolf of Andover, Carol Guiotte of Laconia, and Frances Hyslop of Ossipee; a stepson, Leslie Tilton of Conway; many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ervin White, Harold White and Norman White, all of Center Ossipee; five sisters, Beaulah White, of Center Ossipee, Winifred Mitchell of Center Ossipee, Barbara Heil of Ossipee, Geraldine Eldridge of West Ossipee, and June Shackford of Center Ossipee; many nieces and nephews,

He was predeceased by a brother, Rodney A. White of Center Ossipee.

Suzanne T. Jones

Author of children’s books and plays

TUFTONBORO — Suzanne T. Jones of the Jones Farm in Melvin Village died Aug. 4, 2000, after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Binghamton, N.Y., daughter of Frank W. and Villo L. Taft.

She graduated from Binghamton Central High School and later attended Finch College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in New York City.  

She modeled for the Harry Conover Agency and the Agfa Ansco Film Company, and appeared in such magazines at “Mademoiselle” and “House Beautiful.”  She was director of dance and drama at Knox School for Girls in Cooperstown, N.Y.   She wrote, directed and announced her own weekly television show called, “Show Window,” broadcast by WNBF-TV, Binghamton.

While residing in Sidney, N.Y., she wrote three series of syndicated columns for several area newspapers. For more than 20 years, she created and directed summer aquacades and taught ballet and ballroom dancing.

In 1968, she and her family moved to Bloomfield Hills, Mich.  There, she founded the Whistle-Stop Children’s Theatre, which was sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Bloomfield Hills Michigan School District.

Six of her children’s books were published and marketed in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

She served as editor of “The Bookwoman,” the publication of the Woman’s National Book Association, which has chapters in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Bing­ham­ton, Detroit, Nashville and Boston. She also wrote feature articles for the Binghamton Sun Bulletin and the Chautauquan Daily News.

Pursuant to her love of God and children, she was active in developing children’s programs for the churches to which she belonged in Sidney, N.Y., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Melvin Village.

Family members include her husband, Donald; a son, Ronald, of Plymouth, Mich.; a daughter, Laurie, of McLean, Va.; a sister, Nancy, of Prescott, Ariz.; and four grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at a later date for family members. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to VNA-Hospice of Southern Carroll County & Vicinity, Inc., PO Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH  03894.  

Florentine Skladzien

Former owner of retail clothing store

WOLFEBORO — Florentine “Judy” Skladzien, 91, formerly of Dryden Drive, Meriden, Conn., died Aug. 14, 2000, at Sunbridge Nursing Home in Wolfeboro, where she had resided since 1997.

She was born March 20, 1909, in Meriden, Conn., daughter of Walter and Elizabeth (Novak) Glazewski.

She owned Judy’s Sub-Deb Shop, a retail clothing store in Meriden, for more than 20 years.  

She was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Church in Meriden.

She was the widow of Alfred Skladzien, her husband of 69 years, who died in 1997.  She was also predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Stearns and Pearl Miller, and four brothers, Raymond, Theodore, Edmund and Robert Glazewski.

Family members include a daughter, Mrs. John (Dolores) Mekrut of Moultonborough; a sister, Irene Nawrocki of Meriden, Conn.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian burial is being celebrated this morning, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church, Wolfeboro. Following cremation, inurnment will be in Meriden, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation, 2320 Bath St., Suite 315, Santa Barbara, CA  93105.

Baker-Gagne Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

William A. Karcher, Jr.

Rural route carrier, enjoyed the outdoors

SANBORNVILLE — William A. “Bill” Karcher, Jr., 79, of Sanbornville, died Aug. 12, 2000, at Rochester Manor, after a period of failing health due to Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born March 30, 1921, in Warner, son of Martha (Wilfert) and William A. Karcher, Sr.  He had lived in Sanbornville for most of his life.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 535th Bomb Squadron as an aerial gunner during World War II.

He worked for Spaulding Fibre Co. in North Rochester as maintenance supervisor for 28 years.  After retirement, he was a rural carrier for the United States Postal Service.

He enjoyed mountain climbing, hiking, flying, skiing and especially playing “house” with his great-grandchildren.

Family members include his wife of 55 years, Marian E. (Soucy) Karcher; two daughters, Karen Brodzinski and Katherine Picard, both of Rochester; five sisters, Almira Tufts, Addie MacKay, Christine Lessard and Martha Holmes, all of Rochester, and Waneta Wilkinson of Ossipee; a brother, Charles E. Karcher of Rochester; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Friends are welcome to a memorial service Friday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church, 173 Meadow St., Sanbornville, with Pastor Michelle Violette officiating.   Burial will follow at Lovell Lake Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Assn., Inc., 1250 Hylan Blvd, Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305-1946.

Arrangements are in the care of C.E. Peaslee and Son Funeral Home, Sanbornville.

Joyce N. Irish

NORTH CONWAY—Joyce N. Irish, 68, of North Conway, died Aug. 12, 2000, at Merriman House in North Conway, following a long illness.

She was born in Newport, daughter of the Rev. Paul and Rosalie (Ott) Nystedt.

She grew up in East Andover and Meredith. She moved to North Conway in 1955 and had lived in Center Ossipee since 1963.

She was a graduate of Meredith High School, Class of 1950, and then attended Providence Bible Institute that same year.

Mrs. Irish graduated from Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1955, and was a registered nurse at the Memorial Hospital for 18 years, subsequently engaged in private duty nursing for a few years.

She was also a charter member of the White Mountain Chapel, taught child evangelism in various homes throughout the Mt. Washington Valley during the summer as well as teaching at the chapel’s Vacation Bible School.

Mrs. Irish died on her 45th wedding anniversary.

Family members include her husband, Charles D. Irish of Center Conway; her daughter, Rebecca M. Nelson of Milton, Vt.; two sons, Daniel C. Irish of Goffstown, and Timothy G. Irish of North Conway; three grandchildren; two brothers, David Nystedt of Tamworth, and Walter Nystedt of West Ossipee; four sisters, Martha Kelsey of New Jersey, Nellie Teasdale of Illinois, Caroline Nystedt of New York City, and Karen Nystedt of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday at the White Mountain Chapel in Conway, with the Rev. Nelson Houston and the Rev. Robert Irish officiating.  Burial was in the Conway Village Cemetery.  

Donations may be sent to the White Mountain Chapel, Conway, NH 03818.

Margaret “Peggy” Raymond

Directed Girl Scout Camps, active in Church work

WOLFEBORO — Margaret “Peggy” Raymond, 86, of Sugar Hill, 83 Rollingwood Drive, Wolfeboro died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000 at Huggins Hospital.

Born April 13, 1914 in Sandwich, Mass., daughter of the late Chipman and Margaret (Bowlby) Gilliatt, she lived in Wolfeboro since 1973, moving there from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Bridgewater State College in Mass., she taught in the schools systems of Marion and Harwich, Mass.

Mrs. Raymond was a member of the Wolfeboro First Congregational Church and was very active in church work. She had been Girl Scout Executive in Bangor-Brewer, Maine, and directed Girl Scout camps for Waltham and Plymouth, Mass. and Millinocket, Maine.

She was a nature specialist, growing many beautiful plants, particularly African violets.

She leaves her husband of 59 years Dr. Robert E. Raymond of Wolfeboro; two daughters: Patricia Ruth Persinger of Bluffton, Ohio and Barbara Lynn Sakawama of New York City; a brother Clayton Gilliatt of Waseon, Ohio, six grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. 

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Wolfeboro First Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136.

Marguerite M. Beckett 

Worked as a nurse at Mountain View

OSSIPEE — Marguerite M. (Saybe) Beckett, 74, of Route 28, Ossipee, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000 at her home.

Born Aug. 4, 1926 in Beverly, N.J., daughter of the late Arthur and Lea (Robinson) Saybe, she had lived in Ossipee since 1976, moving there from Rancocas, N.J.

Mrs. Beckett worked as an E.R. nurse in Cherry Hill Hospital in N.J. and later at the Mountain View Nursing Home in Ossipee.

She was a founding member of the Burlington County Civil Air Patrol.

Survivors include two sons: Charles R. Beckett of Coral Springs, Fla. and Leslie A. Beckett of Ossipee; a brother, Arthur Saybe of Burlington, N.J. and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burlington, N.J.

Donations may be made in her memory to VNA Hospice of Southern Carroll County and Vicinity, P.O. Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

Reba Eldridge 

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother 

OSSIPEE — Reba (Vittum) Eldridge, 77, of Dore Street, Center Ossipee, died Aug. 14, 2000, in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital, Lebanon.

Born in Tamworth on April 21, 1923, she was the daughter of Herbert and Alice (Clark) Vittum. She lived the past 58 years in Center Ossipee.

Mrs. Eldridge was a past member of South Tamworth United Methodist Church.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother

Family members include her husband of 58 years, Charles P. Eldridge of Center Ossipee; five sons: Charles P. Eldridge Jr. of Center Tuftonboro, Rodney Eldridge, Michael Eldridge and Gordon Eldridge all of Center Ossipee, and John Eldridge of Westbrook, Maine; a daughter Beverly Ryder of Center Ossipee; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, and a sister Mary Gibson of Tamworth.

The funeral will be held Thursday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Moultonville United Methodist Church, Center Ossipee, with burial in the Chickville Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurses’ Association of Southern Carroll County, P.O. Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

Alys E. Hutchins

Former Wentworth resident, 'Miss Newton'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Alys Hutchins, a former resident of Leatherneck Lodge, Lake Wentworth, died Aug. 17 at the age of 92.

Born in Newton, Mass., Mrs. Hutchins was one of eight children of Simon and Alemeda Delorey. A graduate of Newton High School, she was selected Miss Newton of 1924. She later attended Kendall Hall, Pride’s Crossing, Mass.

Mrs. Hutchins was predeceased by her husband Col. Lyford Hutchins and a son Robert L. Hutchins. She is survived by a son, Stuart Hutchins of California, a daughter-in-law Dorothy Hutchins of Alexandria, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

Stephen M. Poirier

Owner of insurance agency

WOLFEBORO — Stephen M. Poirier, 39, of 19 Eagle Trace, Wolfeboro, husband of Suzanne (Perkins) Poirier, with whom he shared 16 years of marriage, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000 at his home following a battle with colon cancer.

He was born Jan. 16, 1961, in Salem, Mass, a son of Stanley P. and Priscilla L. Poirier.

He was a graduate of Salem High School Class of 1979 and Plymouth State College Class of 1983, having earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental biology.

Mr. Poirier was the owner and president of the Poirier Insurance Agency located in Jupiter, Fla., and was a certified financial adviser, in addition to providing other types of insurance services. 

He was an active member of the Florida Jupiter/Tequester Rotary Club, enjoyed golf and held a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

He is survived by his wife Suzanne (Perkins) Poirier; two daughters, Stephanie and Samantha of Wolfeboro; his parents, Stanley P. and Priscilla L. (Michaud) Poirier of Salem, Mass.; a brother Christopher G. Poirier of Salem, Mass.; two sisters, Suzanne M. (Poirier) Kouri of Lexington, Mass. and Judith A. (Poirier) Michaud of Beverly, Mass.; his maternal grandmother, Priscilla G. Michaud of Salem, Mass., his father-in-law and mother-in-law Derrick and Beryl Perkins of Stuart, Fla. and Wolfeboro, and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church, 135 Lafayette St., Salem, Mass., at noon Saturday, Aug. 26.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Poirier’s memory, may be made to VNA Hospice of Southern Carroll County & Vicinity, P.O. Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

Katherine Avery Thompson

An avid gardener who enjoyed travel

Katherine Avery Thompson, 69, of Greensboro, North Carolina, formerly of Wolfeboro, died after a long illness. A native of Wolfeboro, she was the daughter of Elvira (Zulauf) Avery and the late Howard C. Avery. She was a graduate of Brewster Academy and the University of New Hampshire and worked for many years as an agent for the J. Clifton Avery Insurance Agency in Wolfeboro.

The widow of Warren D. Thompson, she was a member of the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro and had served the town of Wolfeboro as a commissioner of what was formerly known as the Department of Parks and Playgrounds. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed travel.

In addition to her mother, family members include: two daughters, Carolyn C. Malone of Greensboro, N.C. and C. Melissa Carpenter of Henderson, Nev. and three grandchildren: Kevin A. Malone, and Keith and Gwen Ellis. Other family members include two sisters, Mary A. O’Dowd and Jane C. Avery, both of Wolfeboro, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the First Congregational Church, South Main Street in Wolfeboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a favorite charity.

Paul A. Todd

B-17 pilot during World War II

FRANKLIN, Mass. — Paul A. Todd, 78 of 4 Forgehill Rd., formerly of Alton, died Monday at Milford-Whitingsville Regional Hospital, Milford, Mass. after an illness.

He was born in Chelmsford, Mass., son of the late Albert and Monica Todd. He is the husband of Emily Todd.

Mr. Todd was employed for many years as an Electronic Technician for the FAA in Pomona, N.J. He was also a retired Air Force Major, serving from 1941 to 1961. A B-17 pilot during World War II, he was shot down and imprisoned in a German concentration camp. 

He is survived  by two sons: David W. Todd of Greenville, N.Y. and Larry T. Todd of Framingham, Mass; four daughters: Pat Reinertsen of Mansfield Center, Conn., Carol Vogel of Medway, Mass., Paula Todd of Egg Harbor, N.J. and Janet Manchester of Smyrna, Del.; one brother, Allen Todd of Millis, Mass., and six grandchildren.

Donations may be made in Paul Todd’s memory to VNA-Hospice, P.O. Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.


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