Miscellaneous Coös County, New Hampshire Obituaries


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Lawrence Rodger 
Lawrence “Hawkeye” Rodger, 67, died on May 19, 2001, at home in Alaska, where he had been a resident for 46 years.

He was born in Lyndonville, Vt., on Jan. 11, 1934, the son of Herbert and Nellie Rodger. He was a resident of Whitefield and was graduated from Whitefield High School in 1953. Lawrence joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Seattle, Wash., where he met his future wife, Shirley, and was married. He was then transferred to Anchorage, Alaska.

He retired from the Green Berets and continued to work for the Army as a civil servant until full retirement. Lawrence enjoyed his retirement, living in a settlement on the Yentna River, where he was a licensed guide. He fished and hunted to his heart’s content.

Lawrence is survived by his wife; three children, Danny, Christine and Brian; and 10 siblings, Lelia Baker, Ruth Miles, Ramona Derrinton, Arlene Rodger, Earl Rodger, Eleanor Mardin, Elaine Plante, Henry Rodger, Marion Pineo, and Madeline Walker.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at the Advent Christian Church on Main Street in Whitefield.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association. 

Abner N. Ladd 

STEWARTSTOWN—Abner N. “Papa” Ladd, 75, of West Stewartstown, died on May 29, 2001, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, after a long illness.

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, Vt., graduating from Canaan High School in 1942.

He worked 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, Vt. 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 he continued to work part-time for Ethan Allen an additional two years.

He was a long-time 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 excelled at woodworking, especially making birdhouses and lawn ornaments, and he built boat lifts for many years. He enjoyed traveling with his brothers to the Canadian Maritimes, taking friends and neighbors to appointments, and spending time with his grandchildren.
The family includes his wife of 50 years, Rita (Maurais) Ladd of West Stewartstown; four sons, Denis Ladd of Jericho, Vt., Donald Ladd of South Portland, Me., Richard Ladd of West Stewartstown, and Mike Ladd of Canaan, Vt.; five grandchildren; three brothers, Gilman Ladd of Colebrook, Elwin Ladd of Clarksville, and Gerald Ladd of Canaan, Vt.; three sisters, Jessica Brooks of Colebrook, Mrs. Ray (Grathia) Bryant of West Stewartstown, and Mrs. Josh (Iola) Boire of Stewartstown.

There are no calling hours. The funeral was on June 1, at St. Albert Church in West Stewartstown. Burial was in St. Albert Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Long-Distance Medical Transportation Program, 31 Pleasant St., Berlin 03570; or to St. Albert School, Box 177, Beecher Falls, VT 05902.

Arrangements were under the direction on Newman Funeral Home. 

Frances Demers 

MANCHESTER--Frances (Bussiere) Demers, 89, died on June 4, 2001, in Mount Carmel Nursing Home after a period of failing health. 

Born in Canada on Aug. 29, 1911, she was the daughter of Elphege and Anna (Comeau) Bussiere. She lived for a time in Newport, Vt., Bethel, Conn., and South Daytona Beach, Fla., before moving to Manchester in 1988. She attended schools in Canada and Newport, Vt.

Before retiring, Mrs. Demers worked many years as a dietitian for Fairfield Hills Hospital, Newtown, Conn. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, and gardening. 
She was married to George Demers, who died on June 11, 1949. Mrs. Demers was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

Family members include three daughters, Jeannine T. Haney of Manchester, Mary E. Nault of Norwalk, Conn., and Helen D. Kisella of East Windsor, Conn.; seven sons, Leo R. Demers of Whitefield, John C. Demers of Worcester, Mass., Richard A. Demers of Killingworth, Conn., Fernand Demers of Bethel, Conn., Albert G. Demers of Lancaster, Raymond Demers of Brook field, Conn., and George P. Demers of Canterbury; 25 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Anderson of Port Orange, Fla., and Pauline Theriault of Stoneham, Mass.

A calling hour will be held on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., corner of Concord St., Manchester.

The funeral is Thursday with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in Mount Carmel Nursing Home Chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Newport, Vt. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Carmel Nursing Home, 225 Myrtle St., Manchester; or the charity of one’s choice.

John M. Stuart 

MONROE—John M. Stuart, 72, died on May 28, 2001, at his home in Monroe, following a brief illness.

The son of Henry L. and Arlene P. (Williams) Stuart, he was born on May 11, 1929, in Concord, Vt.

He was joined in marriage to Lorraine (Gammell) Fenoff and spent many years in Cabot, Vt., until they moved to Monroe. John was a farmer all his life.

John is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of Monroe; five children, Sandra Ward, Scott Stuart, Shirley Gillander, Steven Fenoff, and Stanley Fenoff; five sisters, Cora Jones, Ethel Lunnie, Florence Ward, Evelyn Hastings and Elaine Merchand; three brothers, Reginald Stuart, Henry Stuart, and Desmond Stuart; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by a brother, Claude Stuart.
A memorial service was held on June 3 at the North Monroe Methodist Church, with the Rev. Richard Hanson officiating. Interment followed in the North Monroe Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 11 Loomis St., Montpelier, VT 05602, or the United Methodist Churches of Monroe, in care of Mr. Winston Currier, 98 Harley View Drive, Monroe, NH 03771-0147. 

George M. McBey 

GILMAN, Vt.—George M. McBey, 92, of 72 Walker Pit Road, died on Sunday, June 3, 2001, at his residence.

He was born in North Concord, Vt., on March 4, 1909, the son of John and Nellie (Nugent) McBey. He was predeceased by his wife, Beulah A. (Placey) McBey, in 1995, and also a son, Howard McBey.

Mr. McBey worked as a boiler room operator for 36 years at the former Gilman Paper Co.

He is survived by three sons, Dean McBey of Hartland, Everett McBey of Belmont, N. H., and Russell McBey of Lunenburg; two daughters, Marilyn Shufelt and Sandra McBey-Boudle, both of Groveton, N. H., 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Richardson of Belmont, N. H.

A calling hour will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at the Bailey Funeral Home, 210 Main Street, Lancaster, N. H. The funeral will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. The Rev. Gerry Piper, pastor of Gilman Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery, Concord, Vt.

The family requests donations in Mr. McBey’s memory be made to Caledonia Home Health, St. Johnsbury. 

Herman Kettle 

NORTH STRATFORD—Herman “Bud” Kettle, 70, of North Stratford died on 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 abilities. 

On Jan. 31, 1959, he married Beverly Savage of Bloomfield, Vt. His favorite pastime as a younger man was playing softball and coaching junior league baseball. He also enjoyed umpiring baseball games with his pal, Danny Chick.

He served in the Army, and was employed as as 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 Kettle of North Stratford; two sons, David Kettle of North Stratford, and Michael Kettle of Antrim; three grandchildren; his mother, Eva Kettle of Orleans, Vt.; and his sister, Dot Salazar of Orleans.

He was predeceased by his father, Maurice Kettle, and a brother, Harold Kettle.

A memorial service was conducted on June 2 at the North Stratford Baptist Church with 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, in care of Mrs. Beverly Kettle, P.O. Box 357, North Stratford, NH 03590.

Arrangements were under the direction of Jenkins Funeral Home, Colebrook. 

Deltina B. Bresnahan 

GILMAN—Deltina B. “Della” Bresnahan, 75, of Washington Ave., died of a sudden illness on Tuesday afternoon, May 29, 2001, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster.

Mrs. Bresnahan was born in Whitefield on March 23, 1926, the daughter of Daniel and Rose (McTague) Beaton.

Raised in Whitefield, she was a graduate of Whitefield High School. She worked for a time as an operator for New England Telephone in Whitefield and Gilman. On June 26, 1947, she married Millard V. Bresnahan.

She resided in Gilman, where she was a devoted communicant of St. Theresa’s Church. She served on the Parish Council, taught catechism classes, and was in the church choir. She was also an active member of the Outing Club, enjoyed knitting, and was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Family members include her husband of Gilman; two daughters, Teresa “Terry” Olsen of Cape Elizabeth, Me., and Bonnie Lauzon of Sun Prairie, Wisc.; two sons, Paul Bresnahan of Dalton and Leo Bresnahan of Winooski, Vt.; eight grandchildren; and a brother, James Beaton, of Calhoun, Ky. She was predeceased by seven brothers and one sister.

There are no visiting hours. A memorial mass was celebrated on June 1 at St. Theresa’s Church, Gilman, Vt.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to St. Theresa’s Church, Gilman, VT 05904 or Gilman Fast Squad, Gilman, Vt., or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster.

Joseph P. Dennehy 
STARK — Joseph (Joe) Paul Dennehy of Stark died suddenly at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster on Aug. 7, 2001.

Born on June 5, 1940, in Boston, Mass., a son of Joseph Patrick and Bernadette M. (Smith) Dennehy, he was a Stark resident for the past 30 years, coming here from the Boston area. He was a photographer for the Boston Globe newspaper, holding the position of assistant head photographer. He served two, three-year terms on the Stark selectboard; was a member of Massachusetts National Guard, and treasurer of the Boston Globe employee association.

In 1966 he was awarded the New York Press Photographer's Award. He was given the "New England Press Photographer" of the year award in 1969, and placed second for the Pulitzer Prize; he was also part of the team in 1975 when the Boston Globe won The Pulitzer Prize.

He was very active in the state of New Hampshire farming organizations, and also served on the state committee for the new Stark School. He had a great interest in wildlife conservation and had cleared many trails and planted hundreds of food source plants on his property.
He and his wife owned and operated Dennehy Berry Farms for the past 30 years where thousands of people enjoyed picking their own berries and sharing good times with Joe and Jeanne.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne (MacFarland) Dennehy of Stark (they were to celebrate their 30th anniversary in December); and a brother, Robert J. Dennehy and his wife Phyllis of Medfield, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Lancaster Humane Society, in care of Mila Rizzo, Martin Meadow Pond Road, Lancaster, NH 03584.

There were no calling hours. A service was held Saturday at the Emerson Road Cemetery, Stark. Following the service there was a celebration in the berry fields. 

Main-Armstrong Funeral Home, Groveton, assisted the family with the celebration of Joe's life. To sign the online guest book, go to legacy.com. 

Keith O. Desrochers 

GILMAN, Vt. — Keith O. Desrochers, 76, of Commercial Ave., died on Thursday morning, August 9, 2001 at the
Veterans Administration Hospital, White River Jct., Vt.
Mr. Desrochers was born in Dalton, N.H. on October 1, 1924, a son of Joseph John and Beatrice Ann (Bennett) Desrochers.

Raised in Dalton, he resided there and surrounding communities most of his life. In the 70s he made his permanent residence in Gilman. During WWII he served with the Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. For a time he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction business. He was also a master electrician and was employed at one time as the electrician at Gilman Paper Company. In earlier years he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and Alaska.

He was a member of the Littleton and Lancaster Veterans of Foreign Wars having served as former Vice Commander in Littleton. He was also a member of the Cooties, the Shriners, and was a 32 Degree Mason.

Family members include two sons, Robert E. Desrochers of Candia, N.H., John "Jay" Desrochers of Dalton; a brother,
R. Dean Desrochers of Schuyler, N.Y.; a sister Shirley Jarvis of Florida; and five grandchildren, Joseph Desrochers,

Jason Desrochers, Robert Desrochers, Brett Desrochers, and Justin Desrochers. He was predeceased by his wife
Helen (Richey) Desrochers.

There are no visiting hours. A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, August 15, at 11 a.m. at the Glenwood Cemetery, Littleton.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster.

James R. Ingerson 

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — James Raymond Ingerson, 48, formerly of Jefferson, died on July 19, 2001.
Born Dec. 3, 1952 he was the son of Sonja and the late Raymond H. Ingerson, of Jefferson (who preceded him in January 1995).

He was in the National Guards as a young man, worked for the State of New Hampshire, and also as a mechanic in his father's garage. He loved hunting and fishing. For the last two years he had been traveling and camping in the lower parts of the states, ending up in Georgia.

He is survived by his mother Sonja Ingerson of Lancaster, and Phoenix, Arizona; his son James Ingerson; his daughter Tracey Donnelly; two grandchildren, Michael McMann and Kayla Donnelly, all of Lancaster; two brothers, Richard Ingerson and Fredrick Ingerson, both of Jefferson; three sisters, Lisa Parks, and Justine Ingerson of Lancaster; Karen Hewitt of Phoenix, Arizona; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Norman R. Kenison Sr. 

JEFFERSON – Norman R. Kenison Sr., 71, of Israel River Road, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon August 8, 2001 while working in Milan.

Mr. Kenison was born in Berlin on September 21, 1929, a son of Leland and Eva (Lavoie) Kenison.

Residing most of his life in Jefferson, Norman worked in the construction business. For many years he was self-employed and for approximately five years worked for Audley Construction. Presently he was employed with Kel-Log of Gorham where he has worked for the past 10 years. He was also the Road Agent for the Town of Jefferson for many years. He was known for his beautifully kept property, which he enjoyed mowing.
He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Whitefield.

Family includes three sons, Norman R. Kenison Jr. of Gorham, Marty Kenison and Gregory Kenison both of Jefferson; three daughters, Sharon Vining of Winter Park, Fla., Kathy Kenison of Lancaster, and Lori Snell of Honolulu, Hi.; five grandchildren, Jeremie Kenison of Jefferson, Chelsea and Chad Kenison both of Lancaster, Ryan and Amanda Snell both of Honolulu; four brothers, Leland Kenison of Connecticut, Robert Kenison of Mansfield, Tex., Elliott Kenison of Florida, and Auvern Kenison of Randolph; three sisters, Marguerite Kenison of Jefferson, Jeanette Corrigan of Randolph, and Elizabeth Riendeau of Berlin.

He was predeceased by his wife Beverly Ann (Willey) Kenison in 1994 and granddaughter Christen N. Kenison in 2000.

Visiting hours were held Saturday evening August 11 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A graveside service with military honors was held Sunday afternoon at Forest Vale Cemetery, Jefferson. Rev. John Mazzei, pastor of All Saints and St. Agnes Churches, Jefferson officiated.

Daniel A. Maker 

LITTLETON – Daniel A. Maker, 56, passed away on August 11, 2001, at his home at Parker Village after a brief illness.

Mr. Maker was born in North Adams, Mass., on January 1, 1945, a son of Katherine (Reed) Maker and the late Earl Maker Sr.

He attended Lancaster schools and spent many years working on farms and in local motels. He enjoyed hunting, especially during muzzle loading season.

Besides his mother of Lancaster he is survived by seven sisters, Catherine Maker and Bonnie Locke of Littleton, Candie Powell of St. Johnsbury, Gloria Maker and Roberta Beland of Lancaster, Donna Trombley and Ronnie Bryant of Nashua; two brothers, Frank Maker of Whitefield, Wallace Maker of Windham; and a very special aunt Irene Murphy of Lancaster. He was predeceased by two wives, Gail McCarson and Gail Towle; a brother Earl Maker Jr. in 2001; and twin sisters in 1951.

A special goodbye to T-J the light of Danny’s life.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday morning, August 18, at 9 a.m. at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. Rev. Dean A. Stiles, pastor of the Christ United Methodist Church will officiate. A committal service will follow in Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster.

Anne O'Flaherty O'Neil 

WHITEFIELD — Anne (Annie) O'Flaherty O'Neil died with family at her side on Aug. 10, 2001 at the Littleton Regional Hospital. 

She was born on June 9, 1912, in Bolton, Lanceshire, England, a granddaughter of Lord and Lady Bourke of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland and daughter of Michael and Bridget (Bourke) O'Flaherty of Bolton, Lanceshire, England.

She emigrated to the United States via New York City in 1930. Upon arrival she lived with her sister Margaret (O'Flaherty) Lennox and her husband David. Even though it was the beginning of the depression she managed to get a job at F. W. Woolworth on 14th Street and worked there until her marriage on Aug. 5, 1934 to John Arthur O'Neil of New York City. After a honeymoon in the White Mountains and Niagara Falls they settled in New York City.

It was during her early years of marriage that she began to raise her niece, Gloria Zinco, and then her three children Maureen, Jackie and Eileen. In 1953 the family moved to their Dalton farm. She was a communicant of Saint Rose of Lima Church in Littleton.

In 1965, after the death of their only son, Jackie, they raised his children Theresa, Dennis, John and Joseph O'Neil. In 1996, John and Anne moved from their farm in Dalton to the Highland House in Whitefield where she resided until her death.

Anne leaves her husband of 67 years, John A. O'Neil of Whitefield; daughters Maureen Godbout of Littleton, and Eileen Ball and her husband Gregory of Franconia; a sister Margaret Lennox of Flushing, N.Y.; a brother Jack Flaherty of Warwick, England; nieces Gloria Crawford of Alexandria, Va.; Mary Margaret McGeever of Flushing, N.Y., and Teresa Goater of Bolton, England; and a nephew Teddy Doherty, also of Bolton, England.

She also leaves her many grandchildren.

Viewing services were held on Monday at the Ross Funeral Home in Whitefield. A funeral Mass was held on Tuesday at Saint Matthews Catholic Church, Whitefield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Caleb Group, 30 Highland Street, Whitefield, NH 03598.

Wilbur Rainville 

COLUMBIA — Wilbur, "Pud" Rainville, 70, died at the Healthsouth Rehabilitation Center in Concord on Aug. 7, 2001.

Born in Colebrook, Jan. 9, 1931, he was a son of Albert and Evelyn (Grapes) Rainville. He attended Colebrook public schools. In 1949 he started driving trucks for his father and later for himself. Mr. Rainville served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. After his discharge, he returned home and went back to trucking. He was married to Roberta Spitzner in May of 1957 and the couple has resided in Columbia ever since.

Mr. Rainville was a well-known North Country trucker and jobber all his life. He was a partner in both the Northern Chipping Company and the Rainville Brothers Tree Farm. He was a member of the American Legion. Mr. Rainville enjoyed taking rides with Brandy, his yellow lab, and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Roberta; two sons, Randy and Gena Rainville and Ronny Rainville, both of Columbia; two daughters, Mrs. Steve (Debra) Mardin of Groveton and Mrs. Ed (Leta) Jelley of Littleton; two brothers, Stewart Rainville of Colebrook and George Rainville of Reading, Mass.; a sister, Elaine White of Columbia; and five grandchildren, Jacob and Caleb Marin, and Andrew, Cody and Cheyenne Rainville. Mr. Rainville was predeceased by a daughter, Robin, and by two brothers, Edmund Rainville and Robert Rainville.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Colebrook with the Rev. Rodney Dobbs presiding.

Mr. Rainville’s yellow lab Brandy attended the funeral on Saturday and died on Monday. Contributions in the memory of Mr. Rainville and Brandy can be made to the Lancaster Humane Society, c/o Mila Rizzo, Martin Meadow Pond Rd., Lancaster, NH 03584.

George Wilder 

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. — George Wilder of St. Petersburg, Fla., died on Sunday, July 22, 2001, at his home. He was the husband of Kathryn Wilder.

Born in Lancaster, he was a son of Henry and Evalina (MacPhearson) Wilder. He moved to Westford in 1923 with his family and began his life as a dairy farmer. He attended Westford schools and graduated from Westford Academy in 1930. In 1962 he left the dairy business and went to work for the Mitre Corp. where he remained until his retirement in the late 1960s. After retirement he and his wife divided their time between Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and St. Petersburg, Fla.

Besides his wife of 60 years, he is survived by two daughters, Katherine Bryant and her husband Courtney of Menlo Park, Calif. and Jeanne Wilder of Basalt, Colo.; a son, John Wilder and his wife Valerie of Westford; a brother, H. Arnold Wilder of Westford; and five grandchildren. He was also brother of the late Bernard Wilder of Westford.

Funeral arrangements were private.

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