Active in Masons
Francis E. Carey, 87, of Hampton, died on January 20, 2001 at Exeter
He was born in Norton, Vt. on May 21, 1913, the son of Charles L. and
Cora (Bennett) Carey.
He was graduated from Canaan High School. He was also graduated from
Concord Business College and attended the University of New Hampshire while
employed full-time in the Athletic Department.
Mr. Carey was employed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from 1936 until
his retirement in 1968 as supervisory administrative officer of the Planning
Depart-ment. He was a member of the Naval Civilian Administrators Association.
He was then employed by Tobey and Merrill Insurance Company, and worked
for several years as a supervisor for the state Department of Transportation
at the Hampton toll station. Active in Freemasonry, Mr. Carey was a 50-year
veteran and past master of Star in the East Lodge 59 F & AM Exeter,
and was a dual charter member of St. James Lodge 102 F & AM Hampton.
In 1970 and 1971, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the First
Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire.
Mr. Carey was a recipient of the Major General John Sullivan meritorious
service medal, and was past president and longtime director of the Exeter
Masonic Association. He also served as presiding officer of Scottish Rite
Bodies Valley of Portsmouth-Dover, and was made honorary member of the
Supreme Council 33rd degree at Boston in 1969.
Mr. Carey was also a member of the New Hampshire Consistory Valley
of Nashua, the East Gate Club of Seabrook and the Seacoast Bridge Club
at the Seabrook Community Center.
He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Helen (Gill) Carey, in
1992 and by a son, Dr. Peter W. Carey, in 1990.
Family members include a niece, Geraldine Cross, of Canaan, and several
grandnieces and nephews.
Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.
Burial took place in High Street Cemetery in Hampton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Masonic Home, 813 Beech St.,
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Remick and Gendron
Funeral Home in Hampton.
Dora Detuzzi, 91, of Stewartstown, died on January 28, 2001 at the
Coös County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown after a long illness.
Born October 26, 1909 in Bridgeport, Conn. she was the daughter of
Carno and Mary (Vertucci) Detuzzi. She attended school in Connecticut but
lived in Maine and Northern New Hampshire for most of her life, most recently
residing in Groveton.
She is survived by three brothers, Nicholas and Robert Detuzzi of Bridgeport,
Conn., and George Detuzzi of Trumbull, Conn.; two sisters, Jennie Naether
of Bridgeport and Grace Detuzzi of Derby, Conn.
Calling hours were held on Tuesday, January 30 at the Newman Funeral
Home in Colebrook.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Brendan's Church in
Colebrook at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 1. Interment will be in the spring.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Newman Funeral
David Roger Goulette, 59, of Clarksville, died suddenly on Thursday
morning, January 25, 2001, at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook.
Mr. Goulette was born on March 28, 1941 in Lancaster, the son of the
late Raymond and Muriel (Rogers) Stuart, Sr.
He was employed as an assistant patrolman for the N.H. Department of
Transportation for 20 years. He enjoyed photography, camping and panning
for gold. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and will be dearly missed by
his family and friends.
Mr. Goulette's family includes his loving wife, Francese (Sweeney)
Goulette of Clarksville; a son, David Goulette Jr. of Colebrook; a daughter,
Allison Sackett, of Island Pond; two brothers, Raymond Stuart of Colebrook
and Alan Stuart of Barrington; three sisters, Victoria Day of Dover, Brenda
Green of Raysville, Ala. and Donna Hubbard of Pennsylvania; several grandchildren,
step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews
Calling hours were held on Friday, January 26 at the Jenkins Funeral
Home, and funeral services were conducted on Sunday at the Farnham Memorial
United Methodist Church in Pittsburg. The Reverend Rodney Dobbs officiated.
Interment services will be held in the spring at the Colebrook Village
Donations may be made to the "Raymond P. Stuart Memorial Fund," c/o
Mr. David Covill, 85 Hill Road, Pittsburg, NH 03592, in lieu of flowers.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Jenkins Funeral
HERBERT F. RAWSON JR.
Herbert F. Rawson Jr., 48, of Nottingham, died on January 28, 2001.
Born in Exeter on July 22, 1952, he was the son of Herbert F. and Grace
(Davey) Rawson. He lived most of his life in Stratham.
Mr. Rawson worked as manager of Seacoast Mills Building Supply in Brentwood.
Family members include two daughters, Tina Schuurman of Wilmington, Mass.,
and Tami Glover of Newfields, both formerly of Pittsburg; three grandchildren;
two brothers, Alan Davey and John Rawson, both of Newmarket; his fiancée,
Donna Lavallee, of Nottingham; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in Brewitt Funeral
Home, 14 Pine St. in Exeter.
The funeral is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. The Reverend
J. Jermain Bodine will officiate. Spring burial will be in Maple Lane Cemetery
in Stratham. Flowers are acceptable.
Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.
ADINE (TRUDY) GEORGE
Adine (Trudy) George, 88, died on March 20, 2001 at the Coös County
Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown after a long illness.
Born in Winstead, Conn., she was the daughter of Earl and Lucy (Davis)
Davis. She was a graduate of South Royalton, (Vermont) High School. She
married the late Harold George in 1935 and spent the remainder of her life
Mrs. George worked for many years at Stickney's Drug Store in Colebrook
and participated as a US Census taker for several decades. Mrs. George
was a member of the Colebrook Congregational Church. She was well known
for the beautiful flower gardens around her house. Frequently, she would
give away flowers to friends and relatives, along with fudge and mincemeat.
She loved the North Country and especially liked taking rides in the country
with her late husband.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John (Norma) Monbouquette, of West
Dennis, Mass.; two sisters, Ruth Savage of Vermont and Lucille Serfass
of Hooksett; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. George was predeceased by her husband,
Harold; four brothers, Roland, Neil, Roger and Richard; and three sisters
Doris, Lila and Pauline.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mrs.
George's name to the Coös County Nursing Hospital, c/o Sue Collins,
P.O. Box 10, West Stewartstown, NH 03597.
There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be announced at a
later date. Interment will be in the spring at Colebrook Village Cemetery.
Keene A. "Scotty" Scott, 68, of Groveton, died at Weeks Memorial Hospital
in Lancaster after a brief illness.
Born on January 26, 1933 in West Stewartstown, the son of Earl and
Esther (Covell) Scott, he was a resident of Groveton most of his life.
Before retiring in 1983, he worked for James River Corp. for 33 years.
He then went into business for himself running Scott¹s Construction.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose No. 1621, Groveton.
He enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmachining, hunting and fishing. He loved
his camps at Maidstone Lake and Little Wheeler Pond.
The family includes his wife of 46 years, Alice (White) Scott of Groveton;
three daughters, Sherry Brault of Freedom; and Sheryl Scott and Shelly
Paquette, both of Groveton; four grandchildren; a brother, Erwin Scott
of Chicopee, Mass.; a sister, Cora Davenport of Stratford Hollow; a half-brother,
Frank Wood of Holyoke, Mass.; two half-sisters, Maxine Rummel of Colorado
Springs, Colo. and Sheila Yacsetic of Penn.; an uncle and three aunts;
and nieces, nephews and cousins.
There were no calling hours.
Services were held on Tuesday at the Main-Armstrong Funeral Home, 59
State Street in Groveton with the Reverend Alta Chase, officiating. Burial
will be in the spring in the Northumberland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made sent to the Groveton
Ambulance Corp, c/o E.R. Mason, 1 Arlington Ave., Groveton, NH 03582.
RAY STUART JR.
Raymond P. Stuart Jr., 60, died on March 20, 2001, at the Upper Connecticut
Valley Hospital in Colebrook after a long illness.
Born in Stark on April 28, 1940, he was the son of Raymond and Muriel
(Rogers) Stuart of Pittsburg and Stark. He attended the Stark Village School,
was graduated from Pittsburg High School and Plymouth State College.
He married Mona Grant on November 10, 1990. Mr. Stuart was an Army
He was employed as a supervisor for the New Hampshire State Highway
Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1991. Following his
retirement, he remained self-employed until 1999.
He enjoyed his family, camping trips, classic cars, and working in
his shop and garage. The family includes his wife, Mona Stuart of Colebrook;
three sons, Brad Chase of Indiana, Bernie Chase of Conway, and Chris Chase
of Pittsburg; a daughter, Daniel (Nona) Cordwell of Dummer; four granddaughters;
seven grandsons; a great-grandson; a brother, Alan Stuart, of Barrington;
three sisters, Victorine Day of Dover, Brenda Green of Graysville, Ala.
and Donna Hubbard of Etters, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours were held Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at
the Newman Funeral Home in Colebrook. The funeral was held on Saturday
at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Colebrook, with the Reverend
Kathy McGregor and the Reverend Granvyl Hulse presiding. Bearers were Daniel
Hallee, Peter Hallee, Sonny Graves, Doug Dowie, Charlie Gibbs and Mark
Morrill. Burial will be in the Colebrook Village Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pittsburg
High School, Raymond P. Stuart Sr. Memorial Fund, c/o David Covill, 85
Hill Rd., Pittsburg, NH 03592.
Marcella (Finley) Astle, 86, of Whitefield died on March 22, 2001 at
Doctors Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., after a brief illness.
Born in Colebrook on January 26, 1915, she was the daughter of John
and Chloe (Haines) Finley. She was graduated from Colebrook Academy and
Keene State College.
Mrs. Astle taught home economics at Kennett, Whitefield and Lancaster
high schools. In the 1960s, she was the proprietor of a yard goods store
Mrs. Astle painted on wood and etched on metal. She was a member of
the New Hampshire League of Arts and Crafts. She was also a member of White
Mountains Garden Club and Littleton Garden Club.
She was married for 46 years to Bartlett McKinney, who died in 1986.
Family members include her husband, C. Frederick Astle of Whitefield
and Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter, Denyse McKinney Anderson, of Bowdoinham,
Maine; a son, Gordon B. McKinney, of Richmond, Ky.; a stepdaughter, Carlee
Astle Noecker, of Concord, Mass., and Sarasota, Fla.; a stepson, Alan Astle,
of Whitefield; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in New Hampshire at a later date.
Mariam E. Gray, 87, of Columbia, died on Sunday, April 1, 2001, at
her home after a long illness.
Mrs. Gray was born on January 27, 1914, in East Hereford, Canada, the
daughter of the late Burton S. and Alice (Hibbard) Owen.
She was employed for several years as a cashier for the Red and White
Store and as a waitress for Howard's Restaurant. She was a member of the
Nulhegan V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Post #5243 in North Stratford, and a member
of T.O.P.S. #104 of Colebrook. She played the piano for the Colebrook Opera
House and enjoyed playing for many weddings in the area.
Mrs. Gray is survived by her loving husband, Richard Gray, of Columbia;
two sons, Roland Martin of Colebrook and Owen Martin of Worcester, Mass.;
a daughter, Carol Perkins of Columbia; three stepdaughters, Roberta Langis
and Kathleen Gray of Milford and Marsha Wardwell of Concord; nine grandchildren,
twelve great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded
in death by her brother, Hollis Owen.
Calling hours were held on Tuesday, April 3 at the Jenkins Funeral
Home in Colebrook. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, April
4 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The Reverend Kathryn McGregor will officiate.
Committal services will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made
in Mrs. Gray¹s name to the Upper Connecticut Valley Home Health Services,
RR2, Box 13, Colebrook, NH 03576.
HOWARD GUNNISON JR.
Howard Lester Gunnison Jr., 64, of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died on
Friday, March 30, 2001 at St. Andrews Hospital.
He was born on January 19, 1937 in York, Maine the son of the late
Howard L. and Barbara L. Winningham Gunnison. He lived in Kittery and attended
He was graduated from New England Institute in Boston. He was a funeral
director, licensed in both Maine and Massachusetts. He was employed by
the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, MCI Cedar Junction. He was
also employed with his family¹s business, Gunnison¹s Motor Service,
and was York County Deputy Sheriff in Bridgton, Maine.
He and his wife summered in the Boothbay region for many years before
retiring here from Wrentham, Mass. He was a railroad enthusiast. His hobby
and love was working at the Edaville Railroad in South Carver, Mass. He
was a member of the Mystic Valley Railroad Society and the Wiscasset-Waterville-Farmington
He was a member of the Masons York and Scottish Rites, Swedish Square
and Compass Club and was a past president. He was also a member of OES,
Kiwanis and the Viking Club of Braintree, Mass.
A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Melba
Lord Gunnison; three daughters, Cynthia Ann Whitman of Quincy, Mass., Wendy
Barbara Gunnison of Wrentham, Mass. and Kristin Elaine Davis; seven grandchildren
and a great-grandson; a brother, Robert Gunnison of Benson, Vt.; two sisters,
Shirley Hamel of Pittsburg and Carol Drew of Kittery, Maine; and many nieces,
nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Howard's
memory be made to St. Andrews Hospital, 3 St. Andrews Lane, Boothbay Harbor,
ME 04538, or New England Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115.
A visiting hour was held on Monday, April 2 at St. Mark's United Methodist
Church, Government Street in Kittery. A funeral service followed.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Simmons, Harrington
and Hall Funeral Home in Boothbay, Maine.
Pauline Swain Merrill, 96, of Colebrook, died on Saturday morning,
March 31, 2001, at the Coös County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown.
Mrs. Merrill was born on May 8, 1904 in Jamaica Plains, Mass., the
daughter of the late Clarence G. and Mary F. (Bliss) Swain.
She was graduated valedictorian from New Hampton Literary and Biblical
Institution in 1921 and cum laude from Northeastern University in 1928.
She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1928 and to the New Hampshire
Bar in 1929. She practiced law with her father in Boston, Mass. and Bristol,
N.H., as "Swain and Swain." After her father's death, she opened her own
practice as "Pauline S. Merrill, Attorney at Law." She was one of the first
women lawyers in New Hampshire and the second to practice in Grafton County.
Mrs. Merrill was married to the late Bernard E. Merrill on May 22,
1932. Living in New Hampton most of her life, she was a life member of
the Audubon Society of New Hampshire and the New Hampton Garden Club. She
was a 72-year member of the New Hampton Grange and a charter member of
the New Hampton Historical Society. She was a member of the New Hampton
Community Church and served as treasurer for several years.
She was a retired member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the
American Birding Association, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire
Forests, and the Science Center of New Hampshire. She also served as treasurer
and trustee of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, trustee of the Gordon
Nash Library, clerk of the New Hampton School District, town and county
clerk of the New Hampton and Grafton Republican Parties, a member of the
New Hampton School Board, a 4-H club leader, and trustee emeritus of the
New Hampton School.
Mrs. Merrill helped finish writing and had published a brief history
of New Hampton, "A Small Gore of Land." She and her sister, Miss Hope Swain,
were recognized by then Governor Gregg for their outstanding volunteer
service to the State of New Hampshire. Also, Mrs. Merrill was awarded the
degree of Juris Doctor from Northeastern University in 1971.
She is survived by four children, John Merrill of Center Harbor, Clarence
Merrill of Jewett City, Conn., Ann Merrill Woodard of Colebrook and Mrs.
Mary Merrill Blodgett of Prunedale, Calif.; six grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren; a sister, Hope Swain of Franklin; and several nieces
Mrs. Merrill was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard E. Merrill,
on March 2, 1972, and her brother, Richard F. Swain, on June 9, 1973.
Calling hours were held on Sunday, April 1, at the Jenkins Funeral
Home in Colebrook. Services will be held in the Spring at the New Hampton
Community Church in New Hampton, with interment services to follow in the
New Hampton Village Cemetery. The date and time of services will be announced
at a later date.
Those who wish to make a donation in Mrs. Merrill's name may contribute
to the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, 3 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH
03301; the New Hampton Community Church, New Hampton, NH 03256; or a charity
of their choice.
Margaret June Ricker, 64, died on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born on July 22, 1936 in Corinth, Vt.,
the daughter of Hugho T. and Amelia (Ozahal) Hardtke.
She was graduated from Bradford Academy in 1954 and worked for a short
time before she was married to Wayne A. Ricker on June 16, 1956 in Chelsea,
Vt. Margaret stayed at home, raised their daughter and worked the farm
in West Fairlee. They moved and lived on the Beaver Meadow Road for a few
years before returning to the farm on Route 113.
Since the late 1970s, Margaret was a vendor at several area flea markets.
She loved to travel around going to yard and garage sales. She also enjoyed
fishing, gardening and berrypicking.
She is survived by her husband of West Fairlee; a daughter, Julie Roy,
of Pittsburg; two sisters, Elizabeth Balch of Lyme and Lillian Beswick
of Queensbury, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in the Village Cemetery
in Vershire, Vt.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The Boardway and Cilley
Funeral Home in Chelsea.
HERMAN "BUD" KETTLE
Herman "Bud" Kettle, 70, of North Stratford, died on Tuesday, May 29,
2001 at the Gouin Reservoir in Canada while on a fishing trip with friends.
Mr. Kettle was born on June 5, 1930 in Westfield, Vt. the son of Maurice
and Eva (Joslyn) Kettle. He grew up and attended school in Orleans, Vt.,
where he is remembered for his baseball playing abilities.
On January 31, 1959, he was married to Beverly Savage of Bloomfield.
His favorite pastime as a younger man was playing softball and coaching
junior Legion baseball. He also enjoyed umpiring baseball games with his
pal, Danny Chick. He served in the Army and was employed as a shop foreman
for an auto body shop for many years. When he retired, he enjoyed his camp
and fishing in Gouin Reservoir.
Mr. Kettle is survived by his wife, Beverly of North Stratford; two
sons, David Kettle of North Stratford and Michael Kettle and his wife Cindy
of Antrim, N.H.; three grandchildren; his mother, Eva Kettle of Orleans;
and his sister, Dot Salazar of Orleans.
He was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Kettle, and a brother,
Harold Kettle. Mr. Kettle's family received friends at the Jenkins Funeral
Home on Friday, June 1. A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, June
2 at the North Stratford Baptist Church with Mr. Larry Clough, Licensed
Minister, officiating. Interment services followed at the Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Kettle's name may be made
to the North Stratford Little League, c/o Mrs. Beverly Kettle, P.O. Box
357, North Stratford, NH 03590.
ABNER "BAGS" LADD
Abner N. "Bags" Ladd, 75, died on Tuesday afternoon, May 29, 2001 at
the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
Born on August 16, 1925 in Colebrook, he was the son of Wesley and
Ella (McPheeters) Ladd. He attended school in West Stewartstown and Canaan,
graduating from Canaan High School in 1942. Mr. Ladd was married to Rita
Maurais on May 26, 1951. He was a lifelong resident of West Stewartstown.
He worked for several years during and after high school at the former
Jim Martin gas station before going to work full time at Ethan Allen Manufacturing
in Beecher Falls in 1947. He worked 43 years at Ethan Allen, retiring in
1990. During this period he developed the preventive machine maintenance
plan for the plant. He also worked part time for Roland LaPerle's gas station
for several years. After his retirement Mr. Ladd continued to work part-time
for Ethan Allen for an additional two years.
Mr. Ladd was a longtime member of the West Stewartstown Fire Department
and the Beecher Falls Fire Department. He was an Honorary Member of the
Beecher Falls Fire Department at the time of his death. He enjoyed woodworking,
especially making birdhouses and lawn ornaments, and he built boat lifts
for many years. He enjoyed traveling with his brothers to Maine and the
Canadian Maritines, taking friends and neighbors to appointments, and most
especially spending time with his grandchildren who called him "Papa."
Mr. Ladd travelled many miles in order to watch his grandchildren play
The family includes his loving wife of 50 years, Rita; four sons, Denis
Ladd of Jericho, Vt., Donald Ladd of South Portland, Maine, Richard Ladd
of West Stewartstown and Mike Ladd of Canaan; three brothers, Gilman Ladd
Sr. of Colebrook, Elwin Ladd of Clarksville and Gerald Ladd of Canaan;
three sisters, Jessica Brooks of Colebrook, Mrs. Ray (Grathia) Bryant of
West Stewartstown and Mrs. Josh (Iola) Boire of Stewartstown; five grandchildren
and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no calling hours. He was predeceased by two brothers,
Earl and Sanford. The funeral was held on Friday, June 1 at St. Albert
Church in West Stewartstown, followed by burial at St. Albert Cemetery.
The bearers were Dennis N. Ladd, James Ladd, Tyler Ladd, Ryan Boire, Vic
Maurais Jr. and Marc Riendeau.
Those who wish to make donations in Mr. Ladd's memory may donate to
the Long Distance Medical Transportation Program, 31 Pleasant St., Berlin,
NH 03570 or to St. Albert School, P.O. Box 177, Beecher Falls, VT 05902.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Newman Funeral
Lenore R. (Blauvelt) Smith, 95, died on Friday, June 1, 2001, in Springfield,
Mass. She worked at Milton Bradley Company of East Longmeadow and the former
U.S. Envelope Company, and she and her husband owned and operated a hunting
camp on Big Diamond Pond in Colebrook for several years.
Born in Dickinson Center, N.Y., she was schooled in New York state,
lived in Springfield for many years and was a member of the Eastern Star
Her husband, Walter Smith, died in 1993. She leaves a brother, Francis
Riley, of Eagle, Idaho; nieces and nephews; and her caregivers, Yvan and
Gloria Lambert and family. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon at
Dickinson-Streeter Funeral Home with burial in Springfield Cemetery at
the convenience of the family. A calling hour preceded the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children,
516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104; the American Cancer Society, 31 Captial
Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089, or the Visiting Nurse Association-Hospice
of the Pioneer Valley, 50 Maple St., P.O. Box 9058, Springfield, MA 01102-9058.
Esther Nellie Hamby, 61, formerly of Pittsburg, died on Tuesday, July
17, 2001 at College Pines Nursing Center in Valdese, N.C.
She was born on April 12, 1940 in Caldwell County to the late Thomas
Kitchen Church and Nellie Witherspoon Church.
The family includes her husband, Carl Hamby of Littleton; and her daughters
Tamela Gaudette and Shari Mitchell of Colebrook.
A memorial service was held on July 20 at Mackie-High Funeral Home
Chapel in Granite Falls, North Carolina.
Robert "Bob" Crawford, 57, died peacefully at his home in Westfield,
Wis. on July 30, 2001 following a courageous battle with cancer, with his
family by his side. He was born in West Stewartstown on April 12, 1944.
Bob grew up on the family farm in Beecher Falls, graduating from high
school in 1963. He worked mainly as a farm hand until his enlistment in
the Navy in 1965, serving aboard the USS Robert H. McCard as boiler/oil
king, until his discharge in 1969. His last year of service was spent on
active duty in the Republic of Vietnam.
He then settled in Kenosha, Wis. with his wife Brenda (Burgess) to
raise four children, working most of this time for American Motors Co.
He married June Nelson in 1981, living in Westfield, Wis. on property
he owned, where he built a house. He was a mechanic for a John Deere dealership
for a number of years, delivered and set up mobile homes for a time, and
was always the reliable part-time farm hand. Bob's hobbies were hunting,
fishing, playing his guitar for family and friends, and working in his
garden. He was past president of the Kenosha Bowmen Archery Club, Kenosha;
a member of the VFW Club of Oxford; and an active member of St. John Lutheran
Church of Harrisville. Bob had also been a volunteer firefighter for the
township of Westfield since 1989.
The family includes his wife, June R. Crawford; four children, Bryan
Crawford of New York, N.Y., Tonya Crawford and Robert Crawford II of Kenosha,
Wis., and Stacey Crawford of Milburn, Ky.; three stepchildren, DeShawn
Calhoun, Sherry Willis and Sue Pecha; and 10 grandchildren and his mother,
Martha Pratt. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Crawford, in
1986 and his brother, Larry Crawford, in 1957.
Calling hours were from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 at Steinhaus
Funeral Home in Westfield, Wis. The funeral service was held at 9 a.m.
on Thursday, August 2 at St. John Lutheran Church in Harrisville.
Carolyn M. Hawes, 66, of Lancaster, died suddenly at her home on August
1, 2001. She was born on January 26, 1935, the daughter of Edgar and Ruby
(Pierce) Stewart of Lancaster, and grew up and attended Lancaster schools.
She resided in several locations of the United States as required by
her husband¹s occupation, and upon retirement in 1990 moved to their
Bunker Hill home. She dearly loved her family and many local friends, old
and new, and was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grand-mother.
Mrs. Hawes is survived by her husband of 48 years Warren G. Hawes of
Lancaster and formerly of Pittsburg; two daughters and their husbands,
Jodi and Pete Gray of Lancaster, Connie and Michael Smith of Portsmouth;
a sister, Barbara Platt, of Groveton; two grandchildren, a great-granddaughter,
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting hours were held on Friday evening, August 3 at the Bailey
Funeral Home. At the request of Mrs. Hawes, there were no funeral services.
Interment at the Summer Street Cemetery will be at the convenience of the
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Hawes' memory
to the Lancaster Humane Society, Martin Meadow Pond Road, Lancaster, NH
Harry Hartshorn Hughes, DMD, 87, of Nokomis, Fla., died on Friday,
June 22, 2001 in Venice, Fla. He was born on April 10, 1914 in Sawyerville,
Quebec, the only son of Arthur W. and Zilla Noyes Hughes.
He lived his childhood in Cole-brook and was graduated from Colebrook
Academy. He attended Dartmouth College and Tufts University, graduating
from Harvard Dental School in 1938. Dr. Hughes served in the Navy from
1942 to 1945 and continued in the Naval Reserves, rising to the rank of
Commander. He practiced dentistry in Manchester until his retirement in
Dr. Hughes was an active member of the New Hampshire Dental Society,
the Exchange Club and Country Club of Manchester. He was the husband of
Ellen Smith Hughes, who died in 1969. In 1992 he was married to Hope Wood
Hughes, now of Nokomis.
Dr. Hughes is survived by his wife, Hope A. Hughes, of Nokomis; two
sons, Duncan I. Hughes of Naperville, Ill. and Arthur Smith Hughes of Johnson,
Vt.; a stepson, Robert C. Wood, of Derry, N.H.; four grandchildren, two
step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Monday,
August 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jenkins Funeral Home in Colebrook. Memorial
donations may be made to the Colebrook Public Library, c/o Julie Colby,
P.O. Box 58, Colebrook, NH 03576.
JOHN TRAVERS JR.
John J. Travers Jr., 87, of Errol, died on Friday, August 3, 2001 at
the Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.
He was born in Providence, R.I. on March 14, 1914, the son of John
J. Sr. and Helen (Boler) Travers, and moved to Berlin as an infant.
He was graduated from Berlin High School and resided most of his adult
life in Errol. He was a member of St. Pius Church in Errol and the Fraternal
Order of Eagles in Berlin.
He was a longtime selectman of Errol, a Forest Fire Warden for many
years and had worked part-time as a scaler for Dartmouth College on the
Dartmouth College Grant. He was employed for many years by the N.H. Highway
Dept. He served on the Errol Cemetery Committee for many years and on the
Board of N.H. Timberland Owners Association.
Members of the family include his wife Rose (Sweatt) Travers of Errol;
a daughter, Beverly Morel of Lancaster; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Donna
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, August 6 at St.
Pius Church in Errol, with interment in the Errol Cemetery. There were
no calling hours; relatives and friends were invited to pay their respects
at the church on Monday morning prior to the funeral Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one¹s
choice in his memory. The Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin is in charge of
Joseph W. Belanger, 80, of Bethel, Conn., husband of Aldea (Chaloux)
Belanger, formerly of Pittsburg and Canaan, died at Danbury Hospital on
He was born in Berlin, son of the late Peter and Maria (Pelchat) Belanger.
He attended Berlin school and served in the Army during World War II from
1942 to 1945. Mr. Belanger resided in Bridgeport and then in Newtown until
his retirement. He ran his own construction company for more than 25 years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Belanger, of Wilmington,
N.C.; a daughter, Patricia Harvey, of Rochester, Vt.; four grandchildren;
a sister, Lena Faustini, of Venice, Fla., and two brothers, Peter Belanger
of Venice and Arthur Belanger of Monroe; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. There will be no
calling hours. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
Cremation Services of Western Connecticut, 55 Main St., Danbury, is in
charge of arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association,
5 Brookside Drive, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492-7522.