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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 Ossipee.
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.

Rhea Coburn
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 great-grandchildren.
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 in Dover.
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 Association.
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 cancer.
He was born April 7, 1937, in Malden, Mass., son of Herbert and Emma (Harrison) Steeves.
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 of Rochester.
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 in Sanbornville.
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 Pageant.”
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, Wakefield.

Marguerite Hollenbeck
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.

Evelyn Milloy
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 High School.
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.

Marilyn Pohl
Longtime resident of Burlington, Mass.

WOLFEBORO — Marilyn (Yeadon) Pohl, 73, died Monday. June 4, 2001, at Huggins Hospital.
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 Cemetery.
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, Alton.

Robert Avery
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 in 1962.
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 on Aging.
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 family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Girls Club Family Center, 100 Acorn St., Springfield, MA 01109.

Hank Glidden
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 Legion.
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.

Edward Hatton
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 1928.
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 granddaughter.
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.

Mildred Hooper
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.

Claire Martin
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 Ossipee.

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.


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