Miscellaneous Coös County, New Hampshire Obituaries

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MARY O'BRIEN
Mary G. O'Brien, 88, of Milford, died on November 28, 2001 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua. She was born in Colebrook on August 7, 1913, a daughter of the late Benjamin A. and Alice A. (Williams) Frizzell. 
Mrs. O'Brien had been a resident of Milford for the past 49 years and had formerly lived in Colebrook for many years. She was a graduate of Colebrook Academy, Class of 1931. 
Mrs. O'Brien had been employed for Hitchiner Manufacturing Company in Milford for 10 years. She was a former member of the World War I Women¹s Auxiliary, and was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Milford. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh O¹Brien, who died in 1979, and a great-grandson, Patrick Lane O'Brien. 
Family members include a daughter, Loretta A. Wetherbee of Milford; a son and daughter-in-law, Hugh J. and Carol O'Brien of Greenfield; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grand-children; two nieces Leone Charest and Jessica Cavanaugh, both of Colebrook; and several nephews. 
Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. O'Brien's memory may be made to the Share Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055; or the Milford Fire Department--For The Good of The Men, 39 School Street, Milford, NH 03055. Smith and Heald Funeral Home of Milford is in charge of arrangements. 

JOSEPH MACCINI
Joseph R. Maccini, 87, of Woodsville, died on Sunday, June 2, 2002 at the Cottage Hospital in Woodsville after an extended illness. 
Mr. Maccini had been a resident of Grafton County Nursing Home for the past three years. He was born in Wellesley, Mass, on October 29, 1914, the son of Charles and Albena (Bergonzi) Maccini. He was graduated from Woodsville High School. 
Joe served with the Army during World War II; North African Campaign; Invasion of Sicily; went to England to prepare for and served in the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Joe rose from the rank of private to first lieutenant and received numerous medals. He worked in commercial trucking as a manager for Quinn Freight Lines, Gleason and Hemmingway Trucking, and managed the Woodsville Bowling Lanes in Woodsville, which was a family-run business, retiring in 1978. 
He was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Woodsville; Precinct Commissioner for Woodsville: twenty-five-year member and former chief of Woodsville Fire Department; member of the Haverhill Police Department for fifteen years; member of the Woodsville Wells River Cohase Lions Club and member of the Ross-Wood Post #20 American Legion in Woodsville. 
From 1977 to 1997 Joe and his wife Eve, wintered in Palmetto Point, Fla. and summered in Pittsburg. 
Mr. Maccini was predeceased by his wife Evangeline "Eve" (Merrill) Maccini, of fifty-seven years on January 6, 1999, and a son, Stephen M. Maccini, on October 11, 1967. 
The family includes three sons, Joseph C. and Robert A. Maccini of Woodsville and Peter D. Maccini of Bow; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Eight siblings predeceased him. 
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. from the St. Joseph¹s Roman Catholic Church, Pine Street, Woodsville. Father Daniel Sinibaldi pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Bath. 
It is the wish of the family that memorial donations be made to the Woodsville Public Library in care of Hazen Wilson, Woodsville, NH 03785. Ricker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

EARLE REED
Earle L. Reed, 83, of Manchester, died on May 30, 2002 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester after a lengthy illness. 
He was born in Colebrook on August 3, 1918, the son of Heman and Beede (Ryder) Reed. He spent his early childhood there and then the family moved to Jefferson. He attended Jefferson schools. 
He resided in Lancaster for 14 years before moving to Manchester 43 years ago. 
He was employed by the New England Telephone Company for 33 years. After retirement, he was employed as a consultant by Continental Field Services for nine years and retired in 1987. 
He was a veteran of World War II, serving four years in the Pacific Theatre of Operations with the Army in Battery B., 811th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. 
He was active in American Legion affairs and was a member and past commander of Manchester Post 79 American Legion. He also was a member of the Weeks Post of Lancaster with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. 
The family includes his wife, Patricia (Hicks) Reed of Manchester; three sons, Thomas E. Reed of Lawrence, Mass., John K. Reed of Manchester and Timothy J. Reed of Londonderry; a daughter, Jane A. Jardine of Manchester; and three grandchildren. 
There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. 
The J. Robert Durning Funeral Home in Manchester is in charge of arrangements. 

STEWART WHEELER
Stewart G. Wheeler, 77, of Winchendon, Mass., died on May 31, 2002 at the Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Mass., after an illness. 
His wife of 37 years, Joyce J. (Hawes) Wheeler, died in 1997. 
He was born in Clarksville on February 2, 1925, son of the late William and Clara (Mullen) Wheeler, and had lived in Winchendon for 38 years. He was a machine operator at New England Wooden Ware Corp. in Winchendon before his retirement. Mr. Wheeler was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Eugene M. Connor Post 193, American Legion in Winchendon. 
He leaves a son, Gary Leroux of Sterling, Mass.; two daughters, Ellie Wheeler of North Hampton and Donna Wheeler of Winchendon; three brothers, Stanley Wheeler of Stratford, Donald Wheeler of Colebrook and Wilbur Wheeler of Brownsville, N.J.; two sisters, Ruth Pineo of Winchendon and Marilyn Burns of Stratford; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
He was predeceased by a daughter, Dorothy R. Rogers, of Perkinsville, Vt. in 1999, and two brothers, Albert Wheeler and Glen Wheeler. 
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 3 at the Snow-Ladeau Funeral Home in Winchendon. Burial took place on Tuesday in Colebrook Village Cemetery
Memorial donations may be made to the Winchendon EMT Ambulance Fund, PO Box 125, Winchendon, MA 01475. 

GLORIA ALEXANDER
Gloria L. Alexander, 74, of Groveton, died on Saturday, January 26, 2002 after a long illness. 
Born in Groveton March 3, 1927, she was a daughter of Francis and Blanche (Woods) Hopps and lived most of her life in Groveton. She attended schools in Stark and Groveton. She was a homemaker and worked for the Senior Meals and St. Francis Xavier Church for a number of years before getting done last month. 
She was the widow of Joseph Alexander Sr., who died on January 24, 1986. She is survived by two sons, Joseph Alexander Jr. of Seabrook and Earl Alexander of Groveton; a daughter, Geneva Alexander, of Colebrook; a grandson, Ron MacKillop, of Jefferson; and a granddaughter, Karen Fogg, of Stewartstown; to whom she was like a mother; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Norma Gadwah, Hazel Bedell and Florence Dupuis, all of Groveton; Helen Hopps of Stark, Linda Roy of Stratford, Jean Dingman of Jefferson and Janet Rocha of Whittier, Calif.; three brothers, Francis Hopps and Harry Hopps of Stark and 
Roland Hopps of Nevada; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, John; a daughter, Gloria; and two brothers, Bernard Hopps and Elwin Hopps. 
Calling hours were held on Monday at the Main-Armstrong Funeral Home in Groveton, with the service immediately following, officiated by Dr. Daniel Deveau, pastor of the St. Francis Xavier Church. Spring burial will take place in the Northumberland Cemetery

JANICE GAGNON
Janice M. Gagnon, 50, of Northumberland, died suddenly on Saturday evening, January 19, 2002 at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. Mrs. Gagnon was born in Lancaster on May 16, 1951, the daughter of Harold E. and Evelyn L. (Applebee) Marshall. 
A lifetime resident of Northumberland, she was raised on the Marshall Farm. She attended school at Our Lady of Grace Academy in Colebrook. Making crafts was her favorite pastime and she enjoyed working with ceramics and plastic canvas, and creating wall hangings. 
Family members include her husband, Alan Gagnon, of Northumberland; a daughter, Patty Hodgdon, and her husband Jerry of Granby, Vt.; two brothers, Harold "Pete" Marshall and Andrew Marshall, both of Northumberland; a mother-in-law Evelyn Gagnon of Groveton; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; a brother James Marshall; a sister, Patty Marshall; and her father-in-law, Florent Gagnon. 
There are no callings hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Northumberland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. 

THELMA SILLIKER
Thelma (Caird) Silliker, 94, of Berlin, died on Saturday morning, January 26, 2002 at the Coös County Nursing Home in Berlin. She was born in Berlin on December 10, 1907, the daughter of George and Sadie (Howard) Caird, and was a lifelong resident of the city. She was a graduate of Berlin High School. Prior to her retirement Mrs. Silliker had been employed by Converse Rubber Company. She was a member of the Milan United Methodist Church. 
Members of the family include a sister-in-law, Mabel Caird, of Colebrook, and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Earston Silliker, in 1980; and by three brothers, Earl Caird, Ernest Caird and Merle Caird. 
There will be no calling hours and no funeral services. Interment will be in the Old City Cemetery at a later date. Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin is in charge of the arrangements. 

Francis E. Carey 
HAMPTON – Francis E. Carey, 87, died on Jan. 20, 2001, at Exeter Hospital. 
He was born in Norton, Vt., on May 21, 1913, the son of Charles L. and Cora (Bennett) Carey. He graduated from Canaan (Vt.) High School. He also graduated from Concord Business College and then 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 Department. He was a member of the Naval Civilian Administrators Association. He was then employed by Tobey & Merrill Insurance Company and also 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 and AM Hampton. In 1970 and 1971, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st 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, Vt. 
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in High Street Cemetery, Hampton. Please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Masonic Home, 813 Beech St., Manchester. 

Lloyd W. Carpenter 
RANDOLPH — Lloyd Wesley Carpenter, 93, beloved husband of Elsie Carpenter of Randolph, died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Island Pond, Vt. on Jan. 19, 2001.
He was born on June 8, 1907, in Attleboro, Mass., the son of Charles Wesley and Ruth (Blanchard) Carpenter. On May 1933, he married the former Elsie Hagar, who survives him. Mr. Carpenter graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. After college, he was a chemist for many companies, recently for the Brown Paper Company in Berlin. He held memberships with Moose River Masonic Lodge in Concord, Vt., where he was a Past Master, and he also was a longtime member of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry. He enjoyed hunting, reading and listening to music. 
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elsie Carpenter of Randolph; two daughters, Sabra Graden of Island Pond, Vt. and the Rev. Carolyn Clarke of Center Strafford; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. 
Spring graveside services will be held in the Randolph Cemetery with his daughter officiating. Contributions in Lloyd’s memory may be made to the Gorham Public Library, Gorham, NH 03581. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch Funeral Homes, Inc. locally family owned and operated.

Vivian Dooley 
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – Vivian (Matthews) Dooley, daughter of Harold and Ethel Matthews died in Westborough, Mass. on Jan. 8, 2001. 
She was born in Bury, Quebec in 1920 and moved to Lancaster at the age of two. She attended local schools and graduated from Lancaster Academy in 1937. She attended Concord Business School in Concord. 
She leaves two daughters and two sons; seven grandchildren; a sister, Kathleen, in Long Island, N.Y., and a brother, Keith Matthews in Lancaster. She lived in Reading, Mass. for many years prior to moving to Westborough. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter, in 1978. 
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 27 at St. Steven’s Episcopal Church at Westborough at 2 p.m. 

Frieda Drouin 
LANCASTER – Mrs. Frieda Drouin, 81, formerly of Berlin, died on Jan. 19, 2001 at the Country Village Center in Lancaster where she had been residing since Oct. 1999. 
Born on April 29, 1919 in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Emil and Eleanor (Greschner) Weiss. A resident of Berlin since 1948, she was a member of St. Kieran Parish (now Good Shepherd) and also the Royal Neighbors of America. She had previously worked for Montgomery Ward in Chicago as a clerk. 
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Joan Frechette of Groveton. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Alcide Drouin on Nov. 21, 1999, a brother, Herbert Weiss in 1990, and a sister, Edith Dube in 1984. 
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the Northumberland Cemetery in Groveton in the spring of 2001. 

Richard P. French 
MANCHESTER – Richard P. French, 88, of Manchester and formerly of Whitefield, died on Jan. 19, 2001, at a Manchester health care center. 
He was born on May 18, 1912, in Whitefield, the son of Herbert and Sadie Miller French. He attended grammar school in Wilmot Flat and was a graduate of Whitefield High School, class of 1929, and Bowdoin College, class of 1933, where he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. In 1934, he received a masters degree in Education from the University of New Hampshire. Mr. French taught high school physics in Whitefield for one year and spent the following 10 years teaching junior high school in Bloomfield, Conn. Upon returning to Whitefield, he worked at the Geo. M. Stevens and Son Insurance Agency and later became a partner in the firm, working there 35 years until his retirement. He had lived in Manchester for the past four years. 
Mr. French was a former moderator for the Town of Whitefield, a position he held for 20 years and had been a member of the White Mountain Rotary Club since 1946. He was a member of White Mountain Lodge F. & A.M. and the Shrine. He loved amateur theatre and appeared in many productions at the Chase Barn Playhouse in Whitefield. Mr. French was an avid golfer, holding memberships in the Mountain View Country Club and the Bethlehem Country Club, and was an annual participant in the White Mountain Seniors’ Golf Tournament. He was a member of the Whitefield Methodist Church. 
Members of his family include his wife of 64 years, Helen Reece French of Manchester; three daughters, Nancy F. O’Neill of Hutchinson Island, Fla., Susan M. French of Brea, Calif. and Deborah R. Kramer of Carmel Valley, Calif.; three grandchildren; two great-grandsons, and a great-granddaughter. 
A memorial service was held at the Goodwin Funeral Home on Monday. The Rev. Earl Robinson officiated. Burial will take place in the spring in the Pine Street Cemetery in Whitefield. Please omit flowers; memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. 

James A. G. Castellini 
LEBANON — A memorial Mass for James Angelo Graham Castellini, infant son of James Stanley and Patricia (Graham) Castellini, who died on Jan. 5, 2001, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon.
He is survived by his parents of Lebanon; a sister, Allison Castellini of Lebanon; maternal grandparents, Conrad and Peggy Graham, of Lancaster, and paternal grandparents Frances Nadeau of Burlington, Vt. and Merton Castellini of Indiana.

Katherine L. Hinkley 
GROVETON – Katherine L. (Savage) Hinkley, 80, of Groveton died at Weeks Medical Center on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001 after a brief illness. 
Born on April 10, 1920, in Lancaster, the daughter of William and Angie "Moses" Savage, she was a Groveton resident since 1947. She was a graduate of Lancaster Academy class of 1937. She was a telephone operator from 1937-1942, when she married her husband and became a homemaker. She married Robert I. Hinkley on June 8, 1942, in New Haven, Conn., while he was still a student at Yale Medical School. They lived in Utah from 1945 until 1947, when they moved to Groveton. Mrs. Hinkley was a member of the Groveton United Methodist Church. She was a past member of the Groveton Methodist Women’s Club. She was in the Women’s Bowling League for several years. She enjoyed golfing in her earlier years. She loved vacation trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and York Beach, Me. She enjoyed gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, and tending to her family. 
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Robert I. Hinkley of Groveton; one son, Dr. William Hinkley of St. Louis, Missouri; one daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Carolyn "Dani") Lunn of Whitefield; one granddaughter; Katherine Hinkley of Wentzville, Missouri; two grandsons, Jeffrey Lunn of Waltham, Mass. and William Lunn of Mystic, Conn.; and one brother, Leonard Savage and his wife, Virginia, of Lancaster. She was predeceased by two bothers, George and Bernard. 
There will be no calling hours at Katherine’s request and a graveside service will be held in the spring at the Summer Street Cemetery in Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Groveton Ambulance Corps, c/o E.R. Mason, 1 Arlington Ave., Groveton, NH 03582 or the Week’s Medical Center Building Fund, c/o Marion McCaig, 173 Middle Street, Lancaster, NH 03584. Main-Armstrong Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign the online guest book, go the legacy.com. 

Michael F. McLeod 
GROVETON – Michael F. "Mike" McLeod, 19, of Brooklyn Street in Groveton died suddenly on Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. 
Born on July 13, 1981, in Lancaster, the son of John and Miriam (Ladd) McLeod, he was a lifelong resident of the Groveton/Lancaster area. He was a veteran of the Navy Seabees. He was employed at Mount Washington Hotel as a concierge. He was a member of the Groveton United Methodist Church. He enjoyed snow boarding, hunting, and fishing. He was a loving father to his infant son. 
Mike is survived by his wife of one year, Alicia (Rainville) McLeod of Groveton; his infant son, Caleb McLeod, of Groveton; his father and stepmother, John and Betty McLeod of Groveton; his mother, Miriam (Mimi) Ladd of Northfield, Mass.; one brother, Patrick McLeod of Groveton; three half brothers, Kyle Stadig, Scott Stadig and Tyler Stadig, all of Northfield; paternal grandparents Norman and Patricia McLeod of Groveton; maternal grandparents Chester (Chet) and (the late) Judith Ladd of Groveton; and a stepmaternal gradmother Phyllis Mosher of Lunenburg, Vt. 
A funeral service was held on Tuesday at the Groveton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Davis, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Northumberland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Mike’s name to the Groveton Ambulance Corps; c/o E.R. Mason; 1 Arlington Ave., Groveton, NH 03582. To sign the online guest book, go to legacy.com

Thelma W. Whitcher 
Thelma W. Whitcher, 95, of Woodsville, formerly of South Ryegate, Vt., died on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, after an extended illness. 
She was born in West Paris, Me. on Oct. 8, 1905, the daughter of James Cleveland and Gertrude (Martha) Verge.
Thelma was a graduate of Lyndon Institute and Lyndon State College in Vermont. Mrs. Whitcher was an elementary school teacher for 35 years, teaching in Ryegate, Vt. and at the Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, Vt., and in Bath, Landaff, Groveton, Charleston and Stark, and at the Lime Kiln School. She married Richard Ralph Whitcher Jan. 29, 1932. She was member of the South Ryegate Presbyterian Church; the Bath, Rebekahs and the Corinthian Chapter 42 OES of Wells River. She was predeceased by one son, Robert Whitcher, and one sister, Rowena Forbes. 
Surviving relatives include her husband of 68 years, Richard Ralph Whitcher, of Woodsville; one son, Richard Ralph Whitcher Jr. of San Antonio, Tex., one daughter, Thelma Locke of Lisbon; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Verreil of California. 
The funeral was held on Jan. 20 from the Ricker Funeral Home, with the Rev. Catherine Cook officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Woodsville. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Horse Meadow Senior Center, P.O. Box 249, North Haverhill, NH 03774.


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