|Eleanor U. Duemler
CONWAY - Eleanor U. Duemler, 73, of North Conway, died Dec. 30, 1999,
at the Memorial Hospital in North Conway after a long illness.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Virgil and Lillie (Chagny)
Duemler, she lived in Springfield, Mass., for over 20 years before moving
to North Conway in 1963.
Yield House in North Conway had employed her as a graphic designer
and buyer for nearly 20 years.
The family includes a son, Karl C. Bussiere, of Brownfield, Maine;
a granddaughter, Genevieve D. Bussiere, of Conway; a brother, Virgil Duemler,
of Center Lovell, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. There
will be no visiting hours.
The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of arrangements.
CONWAY - Albert Horne, 69, of North Conway, died Dec. 26, 1999, at the
Memorial Hospital in North Conway following a protracted illness.
Born in Barrington, the son of Knewly and Lottie Horne, he had been
a long-time resident of the Mount Washington Valley.
His warm disposition and quick smile will be missed as much as the
twinkle in his eye. The staffs of the Merriman House and Memorial Hospital
had come to be an extended family during his medical ordeals, and his presence
will be sorely missed by all.
His wife, Ida Lacroix Horne, of North Conway, survives him.
A memorial service will be offered at the Merriman House Chapel on
Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. All who were close to him are welcome to attend.
The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of arrangements.
FRYEBURG - Berenice Parker, 88, died Jan. 1, 2000, at the Fryeburg Health
She was born in Beverly, Mass., on Jan. 23, 1911, the daughter of George
and Gertrude Smith Parker. She grew up in Reading, Mass., and graduated
from Reading High School. She worked her whole life as a live-in care giver
and worked in Dedham, Norwood, Reading and for the past 20 years in Melrose,
where she was a member of the First Baptist Church. She came to Fryeburg
in July because of ill health. She enjoyed playing cards and going for
Her sister, Ruth Bronson, died in 1994. She is survived by one niece,
Deborah Lancaster, of East Conway; one grand-nephew, Mathew Lancaster;
and one grand-niece, Mariah Lancaster.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Wood Funeral
Home in Fryeburg, with the Rev. Rick Small officiating.
Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 561 Main Street,
Melrose, Mass. 02176.
Capt. Edward Ellis Hastings
FRYEBURG - Capt. Edward Ellis Hastings II, 76, of Bethesda, Md., who
had retired from a long career in the Navy in 1974, died Saturday, Dec.
Born in Fryeburg, Maine, he was the son of Hugh and Martha Hastings
and the husband of the late Anna Murch Hastings, his first wife, who died
in 1961. They had four children.
Capt. Hastings graduated from Fryeburg Academy and then from the Naval
Academy in Annapolis in 12th Company Class in 1943. He obtained a master's
degree in international relations from George Washington University and
graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
During his Naval career he served as assistant navigator on the U.S.
Essex (CV 9) during the last year of World War II.
After World War II he attended flight training and became a Naval aviator
in March 1947. Then he served in several light-attack and fighter squadrons.
He commanded VA-35 in 1961 and 1962. He served on the staffs Military-Political
Division of CNO; operators officer, commander, Naval Forces, Korea; and
assistant chief of staff for personnel, commander Naval Air Forces, Pacific.
He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, National War College
and Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he served as faculty
director of the international relations course for four years.
His decorations include Joint Service Commendation Medal; Presidential
Unit Citation; Order of Military Merit; Chungmu (gold star) Command at
Sea Insigne from the Republic of Korea; and campaign medals from World
After retiring from the Navy in 1974, he worked as director of administration
for the non-profit Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf before
retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic
Church in Bethesda and a four-degree Knight, Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy Ann Hastings, of Bethesda;
four children, Edward Hastings III, of Jacksonville, Fla., Elizabeth Pickett,
of Swansboro, N.C., William Hastings, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Martha Hastings,
of Windham, NH; three step-daughters, Lynne and Maureen Jackson and Barbara
Cuddington; and 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by six brothers and
sisters, Helen Stearns, of Lovell, Maine, David R. Hastings II, of Fryeburg,
Maine, Hugh W. Hastings II, of Fryeburg, Jane H. Folsum, of Alfred, Maine.
Mary H. Dumas, of Alfred, and Peter G. Hastings, of Fryeburg.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 30, 1999, at St. Jane Frances
de Chantal Church of Bethesda. Burial with full military honors will be
held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery.
Kevin Michael Cunningham
LEBANON - Kevin Michael Cunningham, 40, of Chocorua, died December 28
at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, August 18, 1959. The son of John
and Arlene Cunningham, and was raised and educated in Bethpage, New York.
He was an avid motorcyclist, "1%", and loved to hunt and fish.
He became a machinist apprentice in 1978 and was employed as a master
machinist for 20 years, working for the past six years at Tee Enterprises
He moved to Maine in 1988 with his family.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his former wife, Nancy Cunningham
of Bridgton, Maine; two daughters, Jessica and Samantha, also of Bridgton,
Maine; three brothers, Steven Timothy and Michael, all of New York; three
sisters, Donna O'Shea of New York, Patricia Calabro of New York and Kelley
Glass of California; his maternal grandmother, Marie McCoy of Bethpage,
Funeral service and burial will be in New York.
Carrie L. Melrose
FRYEBURG - Carrie L. Melrose, 72, of Portland St. died Thursday December
30, 1999 at the Maine Medical Center following a long illness. She was
born in Stow, the daughter of Earl and Ada Smith Harriman. She graduated
from Fryeburg Academy Class of 1946. She had worked at the old Fryeburg
Corn Shop and had been a receptionist for Dr. Boothby and worked many years
as a teller for Casco Bank. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and
the Bradley Memorial Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of
42 years Richard E. Melrose of Fryeburg, one daughter Sherryl Blomerth
of Lovell, one son, Roger McFarland of Fryeburg Harbor, one brother William
Harriman of Fryeburg and two grandsons she was predeceased by a son Joseph
McFarland and two brothers Gerald and Malcolm Harriman.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bradley Memorial
Methodist Church in Fryeburg Harbor with the Rev. Richard Male officiating.
Donations may be made in memory of Carrie to the Fryeburg Rescue, P.O.
Box 177, Fryeburg, Maine, 04037, or to the Bradley Memorial Methodist Church,
c/o Patricia Wakes, RR 1 Box 121, Fryeburg, Maine.
Arrangements are with Wood Funeral Home of Fryeburg.
Catherine Louise McGarity
MADISON - Catherine Louise McGarity, 18, daughter of Donald and Ann
McGarity of Silver Lake, died on Dec. 28,1999, at her home.
She was born on Oct. 23, 1981, in New York City, and at the age of
2 moved with her parents to Tamworth, where they lived for several years.
During that time Catherine developed a love of animals, especially horses.
When she was 7 years old her parents moved to Silver Lake to run the Lakeside
General Store. She attended Madison Elementary School and upon graduation
from the sixth grade received the Good Citizen's award. For a year she
attended Kennett Junior High, then Tamworth Junior High, and Kennett High
School when her parents returned to Tamworth for three years. Catherine
again received a Good Citizenship award at eighth-grade graduation from
In high school, Catherine was on the high honor roll, and participated
in basketball and Key Club. She was inducted into the National Honor Society
elected treasurer of the key club, and received the Principal's Award and
the French Award in the 11th grade. Catherine became an avid horsewoman
under the tutelage of Barbara Iorfino of Tamworth, and taught CCD at St.
Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Ossipee where she was a communicant.
Catherine also helped her parents run the store and deliver pizzas. She
had intended to become a pediatric psychotherapist. Catherine made several
trips to England during her lifetime and made many friends there.
Catherine had just started a job as a skiing instructor at King Pine
In addition to her parents she leaves family members: sister Kim-Marie
and her husband Larry Hammond of New York, and their daughter Kara; Allison
and Claude Turner of Seacliffe N.Y., and their daughters Chelsea and Brooke;
brother Brian McGarity of Brooklyn, N.Y. and his girlfriend Merrill Hornstein;
Jen McGarity Bryant of Alstead and former husband Richard Bryant of Tamworth
and their son Killian and daughter Sinead; and sister Lenora McGarity of
Silver Lake. Her relatives in England include her grandmother, Vera Allison
of Colne, Lancashire, her great aunt Alice Langfield also of Colne, and
her cousin Keith Langfield of Nelson, Lancashire. Close friends include
Tony and Barbara Iorfino of Tamworth, and Marie Judd of Silver Lake.
Calling hours will be today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the
Lord Funeral Home, 50 Moultonville Road, Center Ossipee. A mass of Christian
burial will be at St. Joseph's Church, Center Ossipee, at 10 a.m. The burial
will be held at the Chocorua Cemetery.
Clayton N. "Jack" Heath Jr.
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Clayton N. "Jack" Heath Jr., died Dec. 7, 1999, while
en route to Pig Pine Key in Florida.
Born in Troy, N.Y. in 1924, he was raised in Portsmouth. He graduated
from Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire. In 1951, he earned a bachelor's
degree in forestry from the University of New Hampshire at Durham. During
World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. During the Korean War,
he served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a major in the reserve after
22 years of service.
Mr. Heath worked for the State of New Hampshire Forestry and Recreation
Commission in 1953 as a junior forester. In 1984, he retired as chief of
forest and land management He was also a well known surveyor in New Hampshire.
A resident of Epsom since 1954, he was active in local affairs including
the Conservation Commission; past president of Epsom PTO; and school board
for two terms. He was a member of the Society of the Protection of New
Hampshire Forests; a 5O-year member of St. John's Masonic Lodge 1, Portsmouth;
a 32nd-degree Freemason; and a member of Bektash Shrine Temple, Concord.
After retiring in 1984, he and his wife traveled throughout the United
States, Alaska and Canada.
Family members include his wife of 51 years, Ruth (Harmon) Heath; a
daughter, Sarah L. Heath of Epsom; a son, Jeffery J. Heath; four grandchildren;
his stepmother, Mildred Heath of East Conway; his stepfather, Winston Smith
of Portsmouth; two stepbrothers, Richard Owens of Eliot, Maine, and Donald
Francis of Greenville, N.C.; three stepsisters, Beverly Walker of Tavares,
Fla., Dolores Dow of Standish, Maine, and Judith McGinty of Conway.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at the convenience of
the family. Burial will be in Westbrook, Maine, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Society for the Protection of
New Hampshire Forests; or Colebrook SPCA.
David C. Baker
"If you are reading this, I must be dead," began David C. Baker's own
obituary three days before his death. In equally typical David style he
drew his last breath on Christmas Eve. He died in his home as he most adamantly
David was born in the Salvation Army Hospital, in New York City, October
21, 1915. He was a fine artist, poet and daily humorist. He studied at
the Massachusetts School of Art, working summers at the Appalachian Mountain
Club camp on Lake Winnipesaukee where he met his future wife Mary Jane
(Jerry). Drawn to the White Mountains, he and his wife moved to Jackson
in 1946. Here David established his art gallery in 1951, and flourished
as a painter. He invented a new water color technique called Vitreous Flux.
Since his early 20s he and his work have been featured in numerous art
reviews and he has won many awards. David was also an avid jazz enthusiast,
a UFO-phile, a shcussboomer in the 70-plus ski club and he loved chopping
wood even in the last days of his life.
He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a Quarter Master 1st
Class of a mine sweeper off the coast of Maine and of a command ship in
the Pacific Theater.
David was the son of Herman and Chloe Baker. His twin sister, Katherine
Crescimanno, predeceased him, as well as two sons, David Jr., age 18 and
Steve Karner, age three. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Baker, son
Peter Rue Baker of Comex, Vancouver Island, Canada; daughter Nancy, his
dog Brianna; four grandsons; two nieces; a nephew and five grandnieces
A memorial service will be held in January. In lieu of flowers please
send donations to the Salvation Army.
Mark R. Bittner
FREEDOM - Mark R. Bittner, 48, of Freedom, died suddenly on Monday,
Dec 20, 1999.
Born in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 1951, the son of Robert J.
and Dorothy (Dewhirst) Bittner, he attended school in Upper Saddle River,
N.J. and earned his B.S. degree at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. majoring
in business administration.
He was vice president of Indian Head Bank in Nashua and in more recent
years, worked for Kondrat Construction of Conway.
After marrying Linda R. Williams on Sept. 20, 1987, the lived in Hollis
for three years and then moved to Freedom.
Bittner had served as a selectman of the town of Freedom, a member
of the Freedom Zoning Board and on the Freedom Library Building Committee.
Mark is survived by his wife of 12 years, Linda R. Williams, who was
raised in Freedom; their son, six year old Robert R. Bittner; and a brother,
Bob M. Bittner of Rowley, Mass.
A celebration of Bittner's life will take place on Thursday, Dec. 23,
at the First Christian Church in Freedom Village at 1 p.m.
Donations in Mark's memory may be sent to: The Robert R. Bittner Education
Fund, c/o Bob M. Bittner, P.O. Box 747, Rowley, Mass. 01969.
Peter E. Kelly
JACKSON - Peter E. Kelly, 58, of Jackson, died Tuesday at his home following
a brief illness. Born in Fryeburg, Maine, the son of Maurice and Doris
(Seavey) Kelly, he lived most of his life in Jackson.
Mr. Kelly worked for George W. Moore and Waltham Precision Company,
both in Waltham, Mass., as a machine operator, for several years.
He had been a woodsman, owned and operated a snowplowing business and
did property maintenance, in Jackson for 30 years.
Peter has been on the Jackson Board of Selectmen for over 20 years
and was a member of the Jackson Planning Board.
The family includes his wife, Joanna G. Kelly of Jackson; two daughters,
Kimberly A. Perley of Glen and Shannon M. Suprenard of Bartlett; two sons,
Timothy L. Kelly and John B. Kelly, both of Jackson; 9 grandchildren; his
mother, Doris J. Gates of Jackson; a sister, Jane Musselman of Superior,
Wyo.; three brothers, Philip C. Kelly of North Conway, Paul D. Kelly of
Deering and Roger Perry of Franksville, Wis.; several nieces, nephews and
His brother, Louis Perry, predeceased him in 1992.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at
11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway. There will
be no visiting hours. Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society,
c/o Yvette Levesque, Volunteer Memorial Chairperson, P.O. Box 214, Glen,
03838-0214 or to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Services of Northern Carroll
County, P.O. Box 432, North Conway, 03860-0432.
The Furber and White Funeral Home, in North Conway, is in charge of
Leroy Irving Smith
LOVELL, Maine - Leroy Irving Smith, 91, of Slab City Road died Sunday,
Dec.19, 1999 at his home.
He was born in Buckfield, Maine, Dec. 4, 1908 the son of Irving and
Ina Record Smith and was educated in Buckfield Schools. Mr. Smith started
his work career as a Saco River log driver. Ten years ago, the University
of Maine interviewed Mr. Smith and wrote a book about what it was like
to be a log driver.
He worked for Brown Lumber Co., and then worked 40 years for Diamond
National Lumber Co. He also was a surveyor and a Maine guide. He was a
life member of the Western Maine Firemen's Association and the Lovell Fire
Department and a member of the Maine Trail Breakers. He had lived in Lovell
for the past 56 years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Pauline Kendell Smith of Lovell,
two daughters Beverly Bassett ol Lovell, Caroline Knight of Oxford, two
sisters, Bernice Mclnnis of Stow and Eldora Charles of North Fryeburg;
five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Number 4 Cemetery
in Lovell with the Rev. Donald Ashworth officiating.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Community Health Services
or Hospice, 901 Washington Ave. Suite 104, Portland, Maine. 04103-2797.
Arrangements are with Wood Funeral Home of Fryeburg.
James Lee Gilbert
FRIENDSHIP, Maine - James Lee Gilbert, 20, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999,
He was born Nov. 12, 1979, in Milford Mass., the son of James Alfred
and Vera Campbell Gilbert. He attended Medomak Valley High School, Class
of 1999, where he received the highest award as Student of the Year from
the Mid-Coast School of Technology. He was noted for his excellence in
attendance, attention to detail, cooperative spirit and quiet but serious
demeanor. He received a second award for Student of the Month from the
Marine Technology School from his academic instructors.
After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy completing
basic training in Great Lake, Ill. He completed machinist mates school
and was going to be assigned to the U.S.S. Cleveland in San Diego, Calif.
He is predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Sandra Noonan. He is
survived by his mother, Vera Gilbert of Friendship, Maine; father, James
Gilbert of North Conway; a brother, Jason Gilbert of Friendship, Maine;
sisters Ashley Gilbert and Angela Gilbert, both of North Attleboro, Mass.;
paternal grandfather, Leon, and his wife, Edith Gilbert of Uxbridge, Mass.;
paternal grandmother, Norma Jean Gilbert of Providence, R.I.; maternal
step-grandfather, Harold Noonan of Auburn, Mass.; maternal grandfather,
David E., and his wife, Toni Campbell, of Friendship, Maine; several aunts,
uncles and cousins.
Visiting hours will be private. A funeral service will be held Wednesday
at 1 p.m. at the Advent Christian Church in Friendship. Pastor Michael
Poli will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall Funeral
Walter F. Dame
BARTLETT - Walter F. Dame, 85, of Bartlett, died Dec. 17, 1999, at the
Memorial Hospital in North Conway following a long illness.
Born in Lakeport, the son of Harry and Carrie (Puffenburger) Dame,
he lived in Leominster, Mass., for 36 years before moving to Bartlett in
Mr. Dame worked for the Civil Conservation Corps and at Walter Chandler's
farm in Bartlett in the 1930s, and in the early 1940s he worked for Ossipee
Oil Company. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a member
of Francis P. Murphy Post 5386 VFW in Bartlett.
He owned and operated the North Leominster (Mass.) Garage from 1947
to 1967, and he then worked for Branch Motor Express, Gerard Transportation
and Crowley Construction in Leominster as a mechanic before retiring in
He had been a member of Wilder Lodge AF&AM in Leominster and the
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. He had also been an active member of the
North Leominster Rod & Gun Club.
The family includes his wife of 59 years, Bertha I. Dame of Bartlett;
a brother, Clayton G. Dame, of Zephyrhill, Fla.; a sister, Virginia Boomhower,
of Paradise, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be today, Monday, at 11 a.m. in the Bartlett
Union Congregational Church, with the Rev. George Harvey officiating. Burial
will be in the Bartlett Village Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to the Bartlett Union Congregational Church,
P.O. Box 132, Bartlett, NH 03812-0132; Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care
Services of Northern Carroll County, P.O. Box 432, North Conway, NH 03860-0432;
or the American Heart Association, 20 Merrimack Street, Suite 1, Manchester,
Gary G. Colbath, Sr.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Gary G. Colbath Sr. of Rapid City, S.D. and formerly
of Conway, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Rapid City Regional Hospital
after a six month battle with cancer.
Colbath was born November of 1944 in North Conway to Yerrick and Margaret
(Kenny) Colbath. He graduated from Kennett High School, the University
of New Hampshire and the University of South Dakota School of Law. He served
in the U.S. Air Force as a medic stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base,
At the time of his death he was a senior partner at Banks, Johnson,
Colbath and Kerr, L.L.C., practicing with his son, Gary G. Colbath Jr.,
and anticipating practicing with his daughter, Angela Colbath, who is currently
attending University of South Dakota School of law.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; a son, Gary 'Skeeter' Colbath Jr.
and his wife, Michelle and their sons, Mason and Conner, all of Rapid City,
S.D.; a daughter, Angie Colbath and her son, Tyler, of Vermillion; his
father, Yerrick Colbath of Conway; two brothers, John Colbath and his wife,
Lynn, of Conway, and George Colbath of North Carolina; four nephews and
A celebration of his life was held Saturday, Dec. 18, 1999, at the
First Congregational Church in Rapid City, S.D. with Rev. Ted Huffman officiating.
A memorial scholarship fund will be established at the University of
South Dakota School of Law. In lieu of flowers, donations to the fund may
be sent to PO Box 9007, Rapid City, SD, 57709.
Sandra Maurice Philbrick
METHUEN, Mass. - Sandra Maurice Philbrick, 53, of 480 Jackson Street,
died Wednesday at Mariner Health Care of Methuen after a long illness.
Ms. Philbrick was born in Lawrence, Mass. She moved to Brownfield, Maine
in 1986 and was employed at Forest Industries of Fryeburg, Maine. Ms. Philbrick
returned to Methuen in April of this year.
She is survived by her son Raymond Adams Philbrick IV, of Hudson and
three duaghters Pamela L. Philbrick of Haverhill, Mass., Lori-Ann Philbrick
of Lynn, Mass., Tanya-Lee Santana Philbrick of Bridgton, Maine; mother
Evelyn, Maurice of Lawrence; brother Gerard Maurice of Londonderry and
Richard Maurice of Lawrence, Mass; sisters Clara Bernard of Garden Grove,
Calif., Pauline Paolino of N.H., Barbara Cobbett of Raleigh, N.C., Beverly
Henry of Porter, Maine and Michael Skinner of Danvers, Mass.
A funeral mass will be offered Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Assumption
Virgin Mother Church in Lawrence, Mass.
Sarah N. Bean
CONWAY - Sarah N. Bean, 91, of Conway, died Dec. 15, 1999, at the Memorial
Hospital in North Conway after a long illness.
Born in Tamworth, the daughter of Ezra and Emma (Perkins) Nickerson,
she lived in Portland, Maine, for five years and in Springvale, Maine,
for 20 years before moving to Conway in 1971.
She graduated from Kennett High School, Class of 1926 She had worked
at the former Roberts Store in North Conway in the 1930s and she was employed
at the Cushman Store in Portland, Maine, in the 1940s.
The family includes: two nephews, Harry J. Moore Jr., of Conway, and
Alan Nickerson, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a niece, Hattie Converse of
Her husband, F. Roland Bean, predeceased her in 1981.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the North Conway
Cemetery, with the Rev. William P. Gardner officiating. There will be no
visiting hours. The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in
charge of arrangements.
Leon F. Blake
FRYEBURG - Leon F. Blake, 70, of Smith Street in Fryeburg, died Tuesday,
Dec. 14, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Portland and grew up in Brownfield, Maine, the son of
Lee and Hazel Fox Blake. He attended Fryeburg Academy and then spent 17
years in the military, in both the Army and the Air Force, where he taught
He came to Fryeburg and worked for Western Maine Nurseries, Forest
Industries and Bailey Manufacturing Co. He enjoyed walking and fishing.
He is survived by one brother, Paul A. Blake of Fryeburg; and two sisters,
Althea H Hartford of Bridgton, and Erleen M. Blake of Fryeburg.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove
Cemetery in Brownfield, with the Rev. Violet Eastman officiating. Arrangements
are with Wood Funeral Home of Fryeburg.
SOUTH BERWICK, MAINE - Nancy Spaulding, 50, of 64 Old South Road, died
December 13, 1999 at Dover Rehabilitation Center after a long hard fight
Mrs. Spaulding was born in Suffern, N.Y. on March 3, 1949 the daughter
of H. Philip and Anita (Serven) Engle. A graduate of Ramsey, N.J., High
School and Central Connecticut State College (1971). She live for 2 years
in Hawaii and 4 years in Spain before settling in South Berwick, Maine
in 1977. Since 1983, she has taught the first and second grades at Central
School in South Berwick.
Nancy was a member of the Federated Church in South Berwick and Co.
Chair of the South Berwick Strawberry Festival Committee. She loved cross
country and down hill skiing, kayaking, walking, reading and especially
She is survived by husband Gary, daughter Jasanna, son Jeffrey, all
of South Berwick; mother Anita, of Conway; and Pamela Wheeler of Cleveland,
Her father H. Philip Engle proceeded her in death.
Howard F. Dixon
CHELSEA, Mass. - Howard F. Dixon 57, died Sunday morning Dec 12, 1999,
in his home after battling pancreatic cancer for six weeks.
Born and raised in Chelsea, Mass., he was a lifelong resident there.
He graduated from Chelsea High School. He worked in the Chelsea assessor's
office for 27 years and had recently retired. He then became executive
director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.
He was a frequent visitor to North Conway and the Mount Washington
He is survived by his wife, Marion (West) Dixon; his children, Linda
Dixon-D'Addario, Robert Dixon and his wife Annmarie, and John Dixon, all
of Chelsea; his mother, Lillian (DeAngelis) Dixon, of Chelsea; and one
grandson, Jonathan D'Addario.
Funeral will be Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Anthony Memorial Funeral
Home 157 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, Mass. A funeral mass will follow at
9 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea.
Visiting hours will be held at the Anthony Memorial today, Wednesday,
from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will conclude with Interment
in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Mass.
Donations in his memory can be sent to The American Cancer Society,
30 Speen Street, Framingham, Mass.
Lyman O. Garland
BARTLETT - Lyman O. Garland, 83, of Bartlett, died December 13, 1999
at the Memorial Hospital in North Conway, following a long illness. Born
in North Conway, the son of Fred and Grace (Plummer) Garland, he grew up
in Bartlett and was a lifelong resident except from 1942 to 1948 when he
lived in Randolph, Mass.
Mr. Garland graduated from Bartlett High School, Class of 1935 and
he worked for the Civil Conservation Corps in the late 1930's.
During World War II he worked in the Naval Shipyard in Quincy, Mass.
and then returned to Bartlett to work for the U.S. Forest Service. In the
1950s, he worked for Aeronautical Icing Research on Mt. Washington, testing
for de-icing on jet engines.
Before retiring in 1978, he worked in general construction for 15 years
in the Mt. Washington Valley.
He was an avid traveler and a member of the Good Sam Club and Coachman
The family includes two sons, Roger L. Garland of East Conway and Edward
R. Garland of North Conway; a daughter, Mrs. Donna Sheaff of Bartlett;
seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
His wife, Bertha (Rankin) Garland, predeceased him in 1989.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Bartlett Union
Congregational Church with the Rev. George Harvey officiating. Burial will
be in the Bartlett Village Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday from
7 to 9 p.m. at the Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway.
Donations may be sent to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Services of
Northern Carroll County, P.O. Box 432, North Conway, NH 03860-0432.
Ann L. Towle
CONWAY - Ann L. Towle, 95, of Conway, died December 8, 1999 at the Memorial
hospital in North Conway, following a brief illness. Born in Diligent River,
Nova Scotia, the daughter of John and Saddy (Hughs) Warren, she has lived
in the Mt. Washington Valley for over 75 years.
She had worked at the former Ben Franklin Store in Conway for 10 years
and she had been a clerk at the North Conway Five and Dime Store for over
25 years, prior to retiring.
Mrs. Towle was a very active member of the Conway United Methodist
Church, she taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, assisted with
church suppers, and was active with the church woman's group. Ann had also
been a member of the former Washington Chapter #44 0.E.S and the Woman's
The family includes: two sisters, May Grant of Diligent River, Nova
Scotia and Carrie Dempsey of Springfield, MA and several nieces and nephews
including, William S. Grant of Mississauga, Ontario.
Donations may be sent to the Conway United Methodist Church, P.O. Box
315, Conway, NH 03818-0315.
The Furber and White Funeral Home, in North Conway, is in charge of
Bernard F. Nickerson
CONWAY- Bernard F. Nickerson, 67, of Allen Siding, died suddenly Tuesday,
Dec. 7, 1999, at Memorial Hospital in North Conway.
He was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Conway, son of the late Mark and Reva
(Chapman) Nickerson. He had lived in Madison prior to moving to Conway
During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Nickerson served his country with the
United States Navy.
He ran his own plumbing, heating and electrical business, B.F. Nickerson
Plumbing and Heating for many years, was a member of the American Legion
Post 46 in Conway and Elks Club in Conway.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian (Lewis) Nickerson of Conway; a
son, Mark Edward Nickerson of Conway; a stepson Robert Cepurneek, of North
Parsonfield, Maine, three step-daughters, Marcia Nientemp of Taunton, Mass.,
Cheryl Mills of South Hiram, Maine, and Sandra Ebbs of Bridgewater, Mass.;
a brother Dwight E. Nickerson of Burlington, Mass.; a sister Mary Grace
Bates of Conway; and seven grandsons and one granddaughter.
A testimonial gathering at Bill's Place Restaurant on Route 16 in Albany
will be Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.
Burial will be at a later date.
The Baker-Gagne Funeral Homes and Cremation Service of West Ossipee
and Wolfeboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Sadie E. Smith
FRYEBURG - Sadie E. Smith, 83, 0f Pond Road in Fryeburg, died Dec. 6,
1999, at the Northern Cumberland Memorial Hospital in Bridgton.
She was born in Brownfield, the daughter of Orrin and Abbie Miller
Hamilton, and attended the old Bean Memorial High School. Most of her life
she lived in Fryeburg, and she worked many years for Hall and Smith Lumber
Co. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking and growing flowers.
She was predeceased by a son, Francis, and a daughter, Rita Hamilton.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Charles E. Smith Jr. of Fryeburg;
two sons, Roland Watson, of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Fred Watson, of Rochester;
two daughters, Cynthia McKeough of Dover, and Patricia Strong of Mississippi;
and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Thursday at 1 p.m. at Pine Grove
Cemetery in Fryeburg with the Rev. Violet Eastman officiating.
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Lung Association
of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, Maine, 04330-05615.
Arrangements are with the Wood Funeral Home of Fryeburg.
Charles L. Albert
EFFINGHAM - Charles L. Albert, 80, of Huntress Bridge Road, died peacefully
on Nov. 21, 1999, at his Effingham home.
Albert was born in Kingston, Pa., the son of Charles and Jeannette
Davis Albert, and was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
During World War II, he drove ambulances for the American Field Service
in Burma and India. He worked many years as a production manager for Columbia
Records in both Connecticut and New Jersey.
Mr. Albert was a life member of the Elks. He enjoyed gardening, travel,
family, friends and his beloved cats.
His wife of 45 years, Mary June Linsley Albert, died in February of
1995. Family members include his two daughters and a son-in-law, Emelyn
Albert of Effingham, and Bruce and Elinor Collinson of Portsmouth.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at Lords Hill
Church, Route 153 in Effingham, with the Rev. Robert Cedar officiating.
Memorial donations may be sent to the VNA/Hospice of Southern Carroll County
and Vicinity, P.O. Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH.
Gladys J. Frost
OSSIPEE - Gladys J. Frost, 102, one of the oldest residents of Ossipee,
died Nov. 23, 1999, at the Merriman House in North Conway.
She was a lifelong resident of the area. She was born in Wakefield
on July 28, 1897, the daughter of Everett and Alice Thompson Shortridge.
She retired in 1972 as the assistant cook at the Ossipee Central School.
Mrs. Frost was a member of the Moultonboro Methodist Church and a charter
member of the Ossipee Women's Club. Throughout her life she was very interested
in politics and had voted every year since women had won the right to vote.
In her long life she witnessed many notable events including seeing the
Great Houdini perform in Wolfeboro. She enjoyed poetry and had several
of her originals published.
Mrs. Frost was the widow of Guy R. Frost, who died in 1956. She is
survived by three daughters, Ruth Staples, Patricia Hayford and Priscilla
Busch, all of Center Ossipee; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
and two great, great granddaughters.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations
in her name may be made to the Lakes Region Humane Society, P.O. Box 2231
Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Baker-Gagne Funeral Home of West Ossipee and Wolfeboro is in charge
Walter F. Heath
CONWAY - Walter F. Heath, 57, of Center Conway, died Nov. 29, 1999,
at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, following a sudden illness.
Born in Brockton, Mass., the son of Frederick and Myrtle (McGrath)
Heath, he lived in Stow, Maine, for several years before moving to Center
Conway in 1994.
He worked for the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local
Union No. 17 in Massachusetts for several years, and for the past eight
years he has been employed by Ceramco Inc. in Center Conway.
Mr. Heath was a member of St. Margaret's Anglican Church.
Heath's family includes: his wife, Kristin R. Heath of Center Conway;
a son, Gregory Heath of Maui, Hawaii; a daughter, Jacqueline Heath of Brockton,
Mass.; his mother, Myrtle Heath of Brockton, Mass.; a sister, Patricia
LeClair of Madera, Calif.; a brother, Richard Heath of Duxbury, Mass.;
and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret's Anglican
Church in Conway with the Rev. Angelo J. D'Onofrio, rector, officiating.
Visiting hours will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Furber and White
Funeral Home in North Conway.
Gloria J. Lacasse
NORTH STRATFORD - Gloria J. LaCasse, 57, of Main Street in North Stratford,
died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook.
after being stricken at her home.
She was born in Colebrook April 17, 1942, the daughter of Allen R.
and Abigail (Shaw) Dustin Sr. She attended grade school in Colebrook and
was a graduate of Kennett High School in Conway, class of 1960. Following
graduation, she attended Burdett College in Boston, Mass., and graduated
two years later from its secretarial program.
She returned to Colebrook and worked for the Andrew George Insurance
Co., of Colebrook from 1962-68. She then moved with her family to Nashua,
and she worked at Sanders Association as a secretary. In 1972, she and
her family moved to North Stratford, where she lived until her death. She
worked for the Stratford Public School for the past 21 years, including
15 years as a classroom aide and six years as secretary for the guidance
counselor. She was also elected treasurer for the school two different
times, serving a total of 10 years.
She enjoyed working with plants and flowers. She also took great pleasure
in her family, her grandson and children in general.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Donald LaCasse, of North
Stratford; one son, Randy LaCasse, of Sanbornton; one grandson, Christopher;
and two sisters, Elizabeth Gadwah, of Wallingford, Conn., and Alberta Sakawich,
of Yalesville, Conn.
She was predeceased by a son, Christopher, in 1966.
Calling hours were Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
today, Monday, at 11 a.m. at the St. Brendan Catholic Church in Colebrook,
with the Rev. Albert Bellefeuille, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow
in the St. Brendan's Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Stratford Public School,
c/o Rosemary Mulliken, 1st Colebrook Bank, Colebrook, NH 03575.
Barbara H. Boduch
TAMWORTH - Barbara H. Boduch, 72, of Remick Acres in Tamworth, died
Nov. 24, 1999, at her home after an illness.
Born Aug. 17, 1927 in New York, N.Y., the daughter of the late Edward
and Helen (Nash) Bowers.
Mrs. Boduch lived in Anchorage, Alaska, prior to moving to Tamworth
nine years ago. She worked as a bookkeeper for Mr. Coffee in Anchorage
for many years.
Pre-deceased by her husband, John Boduch, she leaves a son, John Boduch,
of LaJolla, Calif.
The Baker-Gagne Funeral Homes and Cremation Service of West Ossipee
and Wolfeboro are handling cremation.
Elaine E. Shannon
CONWAY - Elaine E. Shannon, 47, of Conway, died Dec. 5, 1999 at the
Memorial Hospital in North Conway, after a brief illness.
Born in North Conway, the daughter of Frank and Geneva (Brown) Thompson,
she had been a lifelong resident of the Mount Washington Valley.
The family includes two brothers, Rockford Thompson of South Conway
and Gerald Thompson of Fryeburg, Maine; a sister, Laura L. Velez of Belmont;
and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today, Wednesday, at noon in the Center
Conway Cemetery with the Rev. Len Dunphy, pastor of the Central Baptist
Church in Belmont, officiating. There will be no visiting hours.
The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of arrangements.
Sarah (O'Brien) Nelson
CONWAY - Sarah (O'Brien) Nelson, of Conway, formerly of West Roxbury,
Mass., died Dec. 1, 1999, at the Merriman House in North Conway.
She was the beloved wife of the late Edward L. Nelson. Children are
Paul E. Nelson, of North Carolina, and Kate Schreiber and David Nelson,
both of Conway. Grandchildren include Paul, Daniel, Christopher, John Jr.,
Michael and Eric.
She was the sister of the late Frank, Katherine, Walter, Kohn and Edward
She worked for Commercial Union Insurance Co., for 12 years.
Funeral services are at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home, 2000 Centre Street,
West Roxbury on Friday Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. Funeral mass is in St. Theresa
Church at 11 a.m. Visiting hours are Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to
9 p.m. The will be an interment at the St. Joseph Cemetery.
Elizabeth "Betty" (Hodges) Plummer
Elizabeth "Betty" (Hodges) Plummer, 83, died March 1, 2000, after a
brief illness at her home in Stoneham, Mass.
Born in Malden, Mass., she graduated from Simmons College in Boston
and also took courses at Columbia University in N.Y. Mrs. Plummer served
30 years as a teacher working in Quincy, Mass., Fairfield Conn., Bridgton
High School in Maine and Fryeburg Academy, also in Maine. She taught education
in Connecticut and also home economics. She was a retired member of the
Teachers' Association. Plummer also worked as a reporter for many years
for the Portland Press Herald in Maine. During the summer, she managed
the Stearns Cottages on Lake Kezar in Maine.
She was a member of the Ladies' Aid Association of the Malden Hospital
and a volunteer in the gift shop there. She also volunteered at the Center
Lovell Library in Maine. She was an avid bridge player.
Plummer was pre-deceased by her husbands, Attorney John A. Plummer
and Eckley D. Stearns, her son Eckley Davis Stearns Jr., daughter Sarah
P. "Sally" Reed and her brother William J. Hodges.
She is survived by her daughters: Mrs. Richard (Elizabeth Ann) Samson
of Maybrook, N.Y.; Sean H. Stearns of Manchester, N.H.; and Mrs. J. Theodore
(Deborah P.) Luebbers of Searsport, Maine. She is also survived by her
sister-in-law, Pearl A. "Peeps" Hodges of Arizona, eight grandchildren,
eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at the E. B. Burns and Son Funeral Home,
204 Main Street, Malden, Mass, on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral services
will be held at the Centre United Methodist Church, 7 Washington Street,
Malden on Sunday, March 5, at 1 p.m. Burial will take place in May at the
Center Lovell Cemetery in Maine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the American Diabetes
Association, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, Conn., 06150 or the American Cancer
Society, 654 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. 02215.
Althea (Nelson) McConnell
Althea (Nelson) McConnell, age 86, died on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000 at
SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with Parkinson
disease. She was the wife of the late Forrest McConnell.
Althea was born in Haverhill on Oct. 25, 1913 the daughter of the late
Ernest and Eva Nelson. She was a homemaker and lifelong resident of Littleton.
Althea is survived by seven daughters, the second daughter Eleanor
Waters Quint resides in Conway with her husband. Also residing in Conway
are Althea's grandchildren James Waters and his wife, Cheryl Danforth and
her husband, Linda Wrigley and her husband and Kerry Quint. She is also
survived by five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday Feb. 21. Internment will be in Spring
at Lyman Cemetery in Lyman. Donations in her memory may be made to the
Parkinson's Foundation at: National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., Development
Department, 1501 N. W. 9th Ave., Miami, Fla. 33136-1494.
Kymberly Morrill Taylor
Kymberly Morrill Taylor, age 30, of Manchester died Jan. 26, 2000 at
Taylor was born June 10, 1969 in Natick, Mass. daughter of Leonard
and Carolyn Morrill, and had been a Manchester area resident most of her
Kym was a graduate of Manchester Memorial High School and had attended
She was employed with PH Precision Company in Pembroke.
In addition to her parents the family includes her husband Curt Taylor,
three children, Joshua, age four; Dakota James, age 2 and Caitlyn Taylor,
age 9 months. all of Manchester. Her paternal grandmother Frances Morrill
of Nottingham (formerly of North Conway); two brothers Lennie Morrill of
Manchester and Donald Morrill of Rochester; aunts, uncles, a niece and
Services were held in Manchester. She will be buried in the spring
in Conway Village Cemetery alongside her grandfather "Buster" Morrill.