|Ralph R. Buchanan, Sr.
Skilled carpenter, veteran of World War II
OSSIPEE — Ralph R. Buchanan, Sr., 89, a lifelong resident of Ossipee,
died May 2, 2001, at his home on Route 16. He was born April 27, 1912,
in Boston, Mass., son of Catherine Buchanan. As a young man, he was in
the CCC, helping to build trails and mountain huts in the White Mountains,
and also worked in logging camps and on the railroad.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945. He was stationed
in Argentina, in Newfoundland and on the USS Hancock from 1944 to 1945
as a machine gun crewman in the South Pacific.
After the war, he returned to Ossipee to raise his family. He worked
at Merrimack Farmers Exchange and went on to become a skilled carpenter.
He loved pine boards and built everything from kitchen cabinets to
his prize accomplishment of helping his son, Ralph, Jr., build his garage
on Buchanan land on Route 16 in Ossipee.
He was a strong man, with strong views on life, politics and religion,
and strong love for his family. He enjoyed spending time with his family,
fishing in Frenchman’s Brook and Duncan Lake, playing cribbage and growing
his prize Big Boy tomatoes.
He was a member of the VFW and the Second Congregational Church of
He will be remembered for always lending a helping hand to family,
neighbors and friends.
Family members include his wife of 58 years, Vera (Wiggin) Buchanan
of Ossipee; a son, Ralph R. Buchanan, Jr., and his partner, Dini Cioti
of Ossipee; his daughters, Tonita Hadden and her husband, Bill, of Kansas
City, Kan., Catherine Flechtner and her husband, Rick, of Dover, Millie
Eastman and her husband, David, of Fryeburg, Maine, Christine Buchanan-Johnson
and her husband, Forrest, of Tamworth, and Carolee Buchanan of Okanogan,
Wash.; 10 grandsons and two granddaughters; 16 great-grandchildren; and
his sister, Agnes Bowman, age 102, of Indianapolis , Ind.
Services were held May 4 at Second Congregational Church, Ossipee.
Burial is at Ossipee Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Southern Carroll County,
PO Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Former owner of Colonial Arms Inn
WOLFEBORO — Rhea Adele Coburn, 94, of Wolfeboro, died Friday, May 4,
2001, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Linda Coburn
of York, Maine, after a six-year battle against cancer.
She was born Feb. 10, 1907, in Springfield, Mass.
For decades, she and her husband, Gordon W. Coburn, owned and operated
the Colonial Arms Inn and Barn Dining Room in Wolfeboro. He died in 1959.
Mrs. Coburn enjoyed gourmet cooking and several forms of needlework.
She was also an avid reader.
Family members include her daughter, Beverly C. Severance of Wolfeboro;
her son, Bruce G. Coburn of York, Maine; four grandchildren; and seven
There were no calling hours. Private graveside services will be held
in Lakeview Cemetery, Wolfeboro.
Memorial donations may be made to the VNA-Hospice of Southern Carroll
County and Vicinity, PO Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894, or the VNA-Hospice
of Southern Maine, 42 Brickyard Court, York, ME 03909.
Lord Funeral Home, Wolfeboro, is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth T. Leach
Avid CB and ham radio operator
ALTON BAY — Kenneth Taylor Leach, 84, of Black Point, Trask Side, Alton
Bay, died Tuesday evening, May 1. 2001, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
He was born June 7, 1916, in W. Peabody, Mass., son of Ernest C. and
Grace E. (Taylor) Leach. He was raised in W. Peabody and had lived there
for many years. He had been a full-time resident of Alton Bay since 1975,
having summered in Alton Bay since the early 1960s.
He was a graduate of Peabody High School and had attended Bryant Stratton
and Franklin Technical schools.
A U.S. Naval veteran, he served during World War II with the Seabees
in Bermuda and the South pacific.
A master electrician, after retirement he was self-employed as K.T.
Leach Electrician. Before self-employment, he had worked for Horace Sargeant
Electrical of Danvers, Mass.
A Mason, he was a member of Jordan Lodge in Peabody, Mass. An avid
Citizen Band and ham radio operator, he was a member of the Ham Radio Repeater
He enjoyed living on Lake Winnipesaukee and loved fishing, golf and
watching sports on TV.
Family members include his wife of 59 years, Jennette S. (Lilley) Leach
of Alton Bay; one son, Raymond B. and his wife, Rose F. Leach of Phoenix,
Ariz.; one daughter, Linda J. and her husband, Larry J. Libert of Rockport,
Mass.; two grandchildren; and a niece and a nephew. He was predeceased
by a brother, Norman Leach.
Services were held May 3 at C. E. Peaslee & Son Alton Funeral Home.
Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Peabody, Mass.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Huggins Hospital, 240
So. Main St., Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Bruce A. Steeves
Served in US Marines and Navy
FREEDOM — Bruce A. Steeves, 74, of Route 153, died Sunday, April 29,
2001, at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, after a courageous battle with
He was born April 7, 1937, in Malden, Mass., son of Herbert and Emma
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Aug. 1, 1954. He served there
until 1957 and later transferred to the U.S. Navy, Submarine Division,
in 1963. He retired as chief Petty Officer E7.
He served his country during both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam era.
He had been employed as a postal clerk in the U.S. Post Office in Conway,
where he retired in 1996.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and was also a communicant
of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Center Ossipee.
Family members include his wife of 35 years, Ernestine (Murphy) Steeves
of Freedom; three sons, Keith Steeves of Conway, Garrick Steeves of Freedom
and Craig Steeves of Dotham, Ala.; two daughters, Kim Steeves of Niantic,
Conn., and Sharon Walters of Farmington; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter;
two brothers, Harrison Steeves of Lynn, Mass., and Warren Steeves of Berwick,
Maine; and two sisters, Dorothy Boudreaux of Hampton and Constance Slattery
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated this morning at 10 a.m. at
St. Joseph Church, Moultonville Road, Center Ossipee. Burial will be at
Lakeview Cemetery, Freedom.
Graveside service for Helen Varney
WOLFEBORO — Helen Varney, 89, formerly of Farmington, died Feb. 10 at
the Brewer Rehab and Living Center in Brewer, Maine.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the
South Wolfeboro Cemetery. Baker-Gagne Funeral Homes and Cremation Service
is in charge of arrangements.
Service planned for Earl Dodier
SANBORNVILLE — A graveside service for Earl S. Dodier, who died Feb.
18, 2001, will be held Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at Lovell Lake Cemetery
Friends are invited to attend. Arrangements are in the care of Peaslee
Funeral Home of Sanbornville.
Marjorie “Marny” Banks
Retired educator, author, museum owner
WAKEFIELD — Marjorie “Marny” Gladdis Hannaford Banks, 94, of Wakefield
Road, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro.
She was born March 27, 1907, in Fairfield, Conn., daughter of Clifford
S. and Grace (Hannaford) Banks.
She retired from the Fairfield, Conn., School System in 1970 after
serving more than 41 years. Her position at the time of retirement was
that of guidance housemaster of Stillman House at Roger Ludlowe High School
(the Fairfield School System in on the House Plan).
She was a “people person” for adults and young people alike. She graduated
from Smith College, received her master’s degree from Columbia University,
and completed her sixth year of study at New York University.
After many years as summer campers on Balch Pond in Wakefield, she
and her sister, Elizabeth, retired to Wakefield Corner in 1974, having
come from Fairfield, Conn.
An educator and community leader, she served as president and was a
life member of the Connecticut Education Association, president of the
Fairfield Education Association, area representative and life member of
the National Education Association.
She was author of the book, “Through the Open Doors of the First Congregational
Church of Wakefield, NH” and also authored three church pageants for special
celebrations. They were “Recollections,” “Pageant of Brides” and Bicentennial
She served as chairman of Wakefield’s yearlong Bicentennial Celebration’s
many activities. She had also served as president of Delta Kappa Gamma.
After she retired, she was known as the “Story Lady” in schools in
Connecticut and New Hampshire.
She was a member of the Greenfield Hill Church in Fairfield, Conn.,
a past master of Greenfield Hill Grange and a member of the original Planning
and Organizing Committee when Fairfield moved to representative town meeting
form of government.
In New Hampshire, she was a member of the Huggins Hospital Auxiliary,
a member of the Puppeteers, and an associate member of First Congregational
Church of Wakefield and the Parish Helpers of the church. She was also
an honorary member of the Wakefield Woman’s Club, a president of the Wakefield/Brookfield
Historical Society and a member of the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton.
She and her sister were co-owners and originators of the ‘“Lemonade
and Gingerbread” Gift Shop and the Museum of Childhood, both in Wakefield.
Family members include her sister, Elizabeth Banks MacRury of Wakefield;
and several cousins.
A memorial service was held June 12 at First Congregational Church,
Wakefield, with the Rev. John Tamilio II officiating. A memorial service
will also be held Friday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at Greenfield Hill Congregational
Church in Fairfield, Conn. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Restoration
of the Spinney Meeting House” in Wakefield c/o the Wakefield Heritage Commission,
Wakefield Town Hall, 2 High St., Wakefield, NH 03872.
Arrangements are in the care of C.E. Peaslee and Son Funeral Home,
Longtime summer resident of Alton Bay
ALTON BAY — Marguerite Faye Hollenbeck, 75, of Alton Bay and 8450 Danbury
Lane, Hudson, Fla., died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Lakes Region General
Hospital in Laconia after a long illness.
She was born April 19, 1926, in Washington, D.C., daughter of Audley
Anderson Peckover Savage and Winifred Maude (Austin) Savage. She lived
in Hamden, Conn., for 23 years before moving to Florida. She summered in
Alton Bay for 54 years.
She was a member of Kingswood Golf Club in Wolfeboro.
Family members include her husband, William Phelps Hollenbeck of Alton
Bay and Hudson, Fla.; two sons, Bruce Phelps Hollenbeck of Orefield, Pa.,
and Wayne Harmon Hollenbeck of Middletown, Conn.; a daughter, Leigh Carole
Hewitt of Middletown, Conn.; three grandchildren; a sister, Mary Alice
Wallace of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by
three brothers, Eric, Harold and John, and one sister, Barbara.
A funeral service was held June 12 at Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home
in Laconia. The Rev. George Hankins-Hull, spiritual care coordinator at
Lakes Region General Hospital, officiated. Burial will be in the family
plot at Lakeview Cemetery, Wolfeboro.
William L. McCarthy
Retired seaman, park ranger for many years
FREEDOM — William L. McCarthy, 81, of Square Brook Estates, died June
5, 2001, at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
He was born Sept. 9, 1919, in Chelsea, Mass., son of William and Gertrude
(Carroll) McCarthy. He attended schools in Winthrop, Mass.
He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1935 and served in WWII and the Korean
Conflict, retiring in 1970. He was known as the youngest Bos’n on the East
Coast. During his time in the Merchant Marine, he sailed and traveled around
the world several times and was able to speak in four languages.
After his retirement, he and his wife, Barbara, made their home in
Freedom. He also worked as a park ranger at Echo Lake State Park in North
Conway for many years.
Family members include his wife, Barbara (Gould) McCarthy of Freedom;
a daughter, Steva Parkman and her husband, John, of Camden, Maine; a son,
David Smalley and his wife, Audrey, of Essex Junction, Vt.; six grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jodie Diamond of Ossipee; cousins
Dan and Lena McCarthy of Conway; dear friends Kay Winn and Gert and Joe
Barry; and nieces and nephews in Massachusetts.
There were no calling hours. A private family service will be held
at a later date.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Lokiclan
Wolf Refuge, PO Box 1186, Conway, NH 03818.
A Wolfeboro resident for more than 20 years
WOLFEBORO — Evelyn Chell Milloy, 68, of New Garden Road, died June 11,
2001, at Huggins Hospital.
She was born Aug. 31, 1933, in Lawrence, Mass. She graduated from Lawrence
In 1979, she and her late husband, William John Milloy, moved to their
home on New Garden Road.
Family members include a son, Michael P. Milloy of San Diego, Calif.;
a daughter, Susan B. Richardson of Boscawen; and a grandson, Kevin Patrick
Milloy of Davenport, Iowa.
There were no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Friday,
June 15, at All Saints Episcopal Church on South Main Street.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Southern Carroll County,
PO Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Lord Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Longtime resident of Burlington, Mass.
WOLFEBORO — Marilyn (Yeadon) Pohl, 73, died Monday. June 4, 2001, at
Born in Boston, daughter of Charles and Gladys Yeadon, she was raised
in Lynn and Swampscott, Mass. After high school, she attended Burdett College
in Boston. She moved to Burlington, Mass., 44 years ago.
Over the years, she raised three daughters, became active in St. Mark’s
Episcopal Church and was a frequent visitor to the public library.
She was the widow of Robert R. Pohl, who died in 1987. She was also
predeceased by a daughter, Kim.
Family members include two daughters, Robin Boutin of West Ossipee
and Susan Pohl of Whitinsville; and three grandchildren.
Services were held June 7 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Burial followed
at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington, Mass.
Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Southern Carroll County
and Vicinity, PO Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Ann J. Sawyer
Active in the Ossipee community
OSSIPEE — Ann J. Sawyer, 73, of Old Route 28, died June 9, 2001, at
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.
She was born May 3, 1928, in Wolfeboro, daughter of Thomas and Margaret
McHugh. She lived most of her life in Ossipee.
In 1946, she graduated from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro.
She and her husband owned and operated the Ossipee Insurance Agency
for many years. She also attended insurance courses and worked as branch
manager of the Sanbornville office.
In addition, she served as ballot clerk in Ossipee, drove for Meals
on Wheels, donated blood and taught classes at St. Joseph Catholic Church
in Center Ossipee.
She was a past member of the Indian Mound Golf Club, Center Ossipee,
where she had earned the Most Improved Golfer Award.
She enjoyed gardening and bird watching.
She was predeceased by an infant son, Theodore P. Sawyer.
Family members include her husband, Hayes W. Sawyer, Jr., of Ossipee;
four sons, Hayes W. “Tom” Sawyer III of Ossipee, Jonathan Sawyer of Ogunquit,
Maine, Matthew Sawyer of Ossipee and Michael Sawyer of Tuftonboro; three
daughters, Elizabeth Earle of Freedom, Mary Simpson of Wolfeboro and Susan
Whitney of Goffstown; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, T. Leo McHugh of
Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lester P. McHugh of Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland;
a sister, Margaret Wentworth of Wakefield; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial is being celebrated this morning, June 14,
at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Church, Wolfeboro. Burial will be in Ossipee
Memorial donations may be made to Ossipee Concerned Citizens, Center
Ossipee, NH 03814.
Services Saturday for Eleanor Hunter
NEW SHARON, Maine — Eleanor Carol Hunter, 83, formerly of Hampton and
Wolfeboro, N.H., died June 13, 2001, in New Sharon.
She had lived in Hampton from 1950 until 1982 and in Wolfeboro on Lakeview
Terrace from 1982 until 1996.
Services will be held Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the Old South
Congregational Church in Farmington, Maine.
At press time, arrangements concerning calling hours were incomplete.
Friends are welcome to call Mrs. Hunter’s son, Ronald Hunter, at (207)
778-4351 for more information.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
Graveside service for Elizabeth Schaefer
ALTON — Graveside services for Elizabeth Schaefer, who died Nov. 30,
2000, will be held Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at New Riverside Cemetery,
Member of Bald Peak Colony Club
LONGMEADOW, Mass. — Robert Hill Avery, 92, of 44 Colton Place, died
June 25, 2001, at home.
He was born in Westfield, Mass., and lived in Longmeadow since 1945.
He graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., and the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Chi Psi.
He worked at the former Moore Drop Forge Co. of Springfield and retired
He was a member of First Church of Christ for 52 years, belonged to
the Longmeadow Country Club and was a director of the Longmeadow Council
He was also a corporator of the MacDuffie School and the Springfield
Girls Club Family Center and a member of the Longmeadow Historical Society,
the Century Club and Bald Peak Colony Club in Melvin Village, N.H.
Family members include his wife of 62 years, Edith C. Avery; three
daughters, Anne Bailey of Medway, Mass., Carol Fagan of Sudbury, Mass,
and Marilyn Avery of Portsmouth, N.H.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the
Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Girls Club Family
Center, 100 Acorn St., Springfield, MA 01109.
Wolfeboro native, retired grounds supervisor
WOLFEBORO — Gordon “Hank” Stanley Glidden, 86, of The Ledges, died June
27, 2001, at Huggins Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born in 1914 in Wolfeboro, son of Stanley and Adeline (Goldsmith)
Glidden, and was said to be the town’s oldest living native.
He had been superintendent of grounds and buildings at Brewster Academy
for 24 years. After retiring, he spent winters in Zephyrhills, Fla., coming
home summers to painting contracts with his brother, Donal.
As a young boy, he was a caddie at, and later became a member, for
a time, of Kingswood Golf Club, where he had enjoyed many matches with
friends such as Howard Smith and Dave Rogers. He enjoyed golf, was an avid
fisherman, and enjoyed his family.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was a 50-year member of the American
Family members include his wife of 64 years, Isabelle (Powers) Glidden
of Wolfeboro; a son, John Glidden of Wolfeboro; two daughters and sons-in-law,
Mary and Jack Cleary of West Newbury, Mass., and Sally and Dr. Leonard
Popowitz of West Newbury, Mass.; a sister, Marlene Moulton; four grandchildren;
six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Three sisters and five brothers predeceased him.
Funeral services are private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lakes Region Humane Society,
Ledge Hill Road, Tuftonboro, NH 03816.
Baker-Gagne Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Retired merchandiser, longtime summer resident
VENICE, Fla. — Edward Stoddard Hatton, 94, of Venice, Fla., and Wolfeboro,
N.H., died June 15, 2001.
He was born Nov. 12. 1906, in Lynn, Mass. He graduated from MIT in
He had been a merchandiser for several department stores.
He and his family were summer residents of Wolfeboro for many years
and had lived in Wolfeboro from 1953 until 1963. He had lived in Venice,
Fla., for 36 years.
Family members include his wife of 67 years, Clara (Teri) Hatton of
Venice and of Sugar Hill, Wolfeboro; two sons, Bruce N. Hatton of Alexandria,
Va., and Frederick Hatton of Redwood City, Calif.; and five grandsons and
A memorial service will be held at a later date, which will be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to VNA/Hospice of Southern Carroll County
and Vicinity, South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Longtime Wolfeboro resident, former caretaker
WOLFEBORO — Mildred (Robie) Hooper, 89, of Cotton Valley Road, died
Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Huggins Hospital.
She was born Aug. 14, 1911, in Salem, daughter of Walter and Thannie
(Lundberg) Robie. She moved to Wolfeboro in 1914 and, in 1930, she married
Arthur B. Hooper.
She was employed as a caretaker at Camp Kehonka and also Winnipesaukee
Properties. She also worked at Malone’s Knitting Mill of Wolfeboro.
She was predeceased by her husband.
Family members include a son, Allen Hooper of Wolfeboro; three granddaughters,
Kris Naffziger and Kelly Hooper, both of Florida, and Karen McBrine of
Center Ossipee; a sister, Sarah Perry of Wolfeboro; and nieces and nephews.
There were no calling hours. Memorial services will be at the convenience
of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to VNA/Hospice of Southern Carroll County,
PO Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
Lord Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ARNP, founder of Health Care of Ossipee
OSSIPEE — Claire (St. Cyr) Martin, 53, of Ossipee, died June 30, 2001,
in Milton, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born Jan. 18, 1948, in Manchester, daughter of Eddie and Lucille
(Martel) St. Cyr. She graduated from Memorial High School in Manchester
and later earned her nursing certificate from NH Technical Institute, Concord.
She later attended the University of New Hampshire, where she did graduate
work and earned her Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) certificate.
In 1997, she was the first ARNP in Carroll County to establish her
own independent practice, Health Care of Ossipee in Center Ossipee.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Center Ossipee.
Family members include her husband, D. Simon Martin of Ossipee; three
sons Christopher Perault of Merrimack and Thomas and Matthew Martin, both
of Ossipee; her mother, Lucille Moore of Manchester; and a brother, Donald
St. Cyr of Goffstown.
Calling hours will be today, July 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lord Funeral
Home, Route 28, Wolfeboro. A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, July
6, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moultonville Road, Center
Service for Charles Powell set for July 7
WOLFEBORO — A memorial gathering for friends and family of Charles Powell,
who died April 20, 2001, in New York City, will be held Saturday, July
7, at 2:30 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery.
Service for Carl Siemon will be July 7
MILTON MILLS — Friends and family are invited to attend the memorial
service for Carl Siemon at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 7, at the family cemetery,
home of Cynthia Wyatt, 100 Branch Hill Road, Milton Mills.