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Joseph J. Barton Jr.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Joseph J. Barton Jr., 53, of Nashville, formerly of Ventnor, N.J. died suddenly on Oct. 21, 2001.
Joe was a talented musician and songwriter, as well as an avid long distance runner. He was a member of the Boardwalk Runners Club in New Jersey, a founding member of North Country Runners in Lancaster, N.H. and a member of the Nashville Striders. He had also coached the Cross County Team at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, N.H.
Joe's enthusiasm for life was infectious. He will be sadly missed by his family and many, many wonderful friends.
He is survived by his much loved children: a son, Joseph J. Barton III, of Lancaster; a daughter, Tara Giles and her husband, Travis, of Twin Mountain; his sisters, Sr. Barbara Barton of Fall River, Mass, Florence Guerrera and husband, Anthony of Galloway Twp., N.J., and Tish Burns and husband, Tom of Brigantine, N.J.; and his beloved grandchildren, Ethan Giles and Payton Giles of Twin Mountain.
A funeral mass was held on Saturday at St. James Church, Ventnor. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, N.J. Arrangements are by the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, Ventnor.
A memorial service will be held in Lancaster at a date to be announced.

Leonard M. King Sr. 
STARK — Leonard Milford "Zing" King Sr., 64, of Nash Stream Rd., Stark, formerly of Melcher Court, Groveton, died on Oct. 25, 2001, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon after a lengthy illness.
Born in North Stratford, a son of William Sr. and Carmen (Dupuis) King he has been a lifetime resident of the northern New Hampshire area, living in North Stratford, Groveton, Lancaster and Stark throughout the years. He graduated from the North Stratford High School, class of 1955. He worked for the state highway department and James River for many years before becoming disabled. He was a member of the All Saints Church, Lancaster.
Zing is survived by two sons, Leonard King Jr. and wife Lisa of Groveton and Kevin King and wife Chris of Stark; three daughters, Marcia and Mike Robinson of Groveton, Lisa and Doug Fogg of Groveton, and Tonja King of Hillsdale, Mich. Six grandchildren, Angela Fortin, Samantha Robinson, Amanda Robinson, Melissa King, Elizabeth Fogg and Benjamin King. Eight brothers and sisters, Orleans Jeffers of West Brook, Me., Gloria Brooks and Rita Emerson of Lancaster, Joyce Holden of Charlestown, Carole Silsibulkin of Hooksett, Darlene Henry of Stratford, William King Jr. of Guildhall, Vt. and Joseph King of Lancaster.
He was predeceased by five brothers and sisters, Darlow Buckley, Neddena Babcock, Kenneth King, Loretta Platt, and baby Warren King.
At Zing's request there will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at the All Saints Church in Lancaster, with Fr. John Mazzie, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains will be held in the spring in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Stratford.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the All Saints Church, 163 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584.
For directions to the service or to sign the online register book go to www.legacy.com.
Main-Armstrong Funeral Home, Groveton is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Timothy A. Reynolds II 
BERLIN — Timothy A. Reynolds II, 22, of Main Street, died on Monday October 22, 2001, in Errol.
Timothy was born in Lancaster on April 17, 1979, a son of Timothy A. Reynolds Sr. and Susan M. (Gauvin) Reynolds.
Raised in Lancaster and Milan he attended Berlin High School. For several years he has been employed with White Mountain Lumber Company of Berlin. Snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and big 4WD trucks brought much enjoyment to his life.
Family members include his parents of Milan; a brother, Nicholas A. Reynolds of Milan; paternal grandfather, Philip C. Reynolds Sr. of Lancaster; paternal grandmother, Beulah A. Reynolds of Whitefield; maternal grandfather, Norman J. Gauvin and wife June of Lancaster; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Diane D. Gauvin in 1983.
Visiting hours were held Thursday at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service was held Friday afternoon at the Christ United Methodist Church, Lancaster. Interim pastor, Rev. Donald Thomas of Monroe, officiated. Burial followed in Lancaster. 

Pearl S. White 
GROVETON— Pearl "Pearly Mae" S. White, 91, formerly of Groveton, died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, after a lengthy illness, at Coös County Nursing Hospital, West Stewartstown, where she had been a resident for the past six years.
Born October 2, 1910 in Columbia, the daughter of Ernest E. and Maude (Salvas) Cass, she was a resident of Groveton for 46 years, coming from Lancaster. She was of the Methodist faith. She enjoyed gardening when she was able to.
Mrs. White is survived by her daughter Alice Scott of Groveton; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ernestine Reed of Lancaster.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph E. White in 1943 and one son, Donald White.
At Pearl's request there will be no calling hours. A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial of cremains will be in the spring in Colebrook.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Pearl's name to the Alzheimer's Association, New Hampshire Chapter, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
To sign the online register book and send your condolence to the family, sign on to www.legacy.com
Main-Armstrong Funeral Home, Groveton, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Merle V. Lauro 
LUDLOW, Vt. — Merle V. Lauro, 87, a former resident of Linden Lodge Nursing Home in Brattleboro, Vt. died on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2001, at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Lauro was born in Nashua on Oct. 18, 1914, a daughter of Arthur and Edna (Wolcott) Howlett.
She was raised and educated in Townsend, Mass., where she was graduated from high school.
Mrs. Lauro was a former resident of East Hartford, Conn. for many years, where she was employed as a bookkeeper for Dr. Irving Krall. She retired in 1976 after 20 years of service.
Following her retirement she moved to Stark, N.H., where she was appointed town auditor, a position she held for five years.
She eventually moved to Proctorsville, Vt., where she made her home with her son for several years.
Mrs. Lauro was a former member of the Women’s Benefit Association of Manchester, Conn.
She enjoyed art and oil painting, loved the outdoors, and held a keen knowledge of plants and flowers, able to identify all by name.
Survivors include one son, Robert Lauro, of Rutland, Vt.; a daughter, Carolyn Dolinski, of Kensington, Conn.; two brothers, Bradford Howlett, of Worcester, Mass., and Clyde Howlett, of New Hampshire; three sisters, Eunice Bradley, of California, Lois Kamuenun, also of California, and Claire Fisher, of Florida; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by one son, Fred F. Lauro, and a sister, Lillis Funiole.
A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home, 40 Terrace Street. Burial will follow in Morningside Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Lauro’s name may be made to The Gill Odd Fellows Home, Activities Fund, 8 Gill Terrace, Ludlow, VT 05149.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.

Leo M. Henson 
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Leo M. Henson, 86, of Woodbridge, Va., died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge after a long battle with heart disease. 
Born in Stark, N.H. on August 14, 1915, the son of Ola and Nellie (Spreadbury) Henson, he graduated from Lancaster Academy in 1934. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was stationed at Schofield Barraks, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. He served throughout the Pacific Theater during WWII. In 1945, he returned to Lancaster, where he remained until the mid 1980s. For the past 12 years he resided with his son and family in Woodbridge. 
Leo was a life member of the VFW (Post 3041 in Lancaster), a Life member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (PHSA) and a member of the American Legion. He was active in the Masons for many years while living in Lancaster.
He was a member of the Woodbridge Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Alice. 
Family members include his daughter Dianne Versteeg and her husband Tony of Sandy, Utah; his son Richard and his wife Mary of Woodbridge; five grandchildren; and one great grandson. 
He was buried in a military funeral at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department (OWL VFD), P.O. Box 4207, Woodbridge, VA 22194. 

Winona "Judy" Couturier 
WHITEFIELD — Winona "Judy" Couturier, 77, of Brown Street, died on Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at the Country Village Health Care Center, Lancaster, where she had resided for several months during her illness.
She was born in Guildhall, Vt., a daughter of Elwin and Lyndall V. (Call) Brown, on April 20, 1924.
She graduated from the Lancaster High School in 1943. She had been a Whitefield resident since 1949.
She is survived by Rosaire Couturier, her husband of 52 years; her daughter Nancy Herbst of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her sister Edith Chessman of Lancaster; and brothers John Brown, Clarence Brown, and William Brown all of Lancaster.
Judy worked for many years at the Gilman Mill and later at Connor’s Footwear. She was creative, especially with crocheting. She enjoyed flowers and collecting "Blue Willow" china.
Memorial services, conducted by the Rev. Arthur Savage, were held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Ross Funeral Home, Whitefield Chapel. Calling hours were on Friday, Jan. 25.
A concluding service will be conducted at St. Matthews Cemetery, Whitefield, in the spring.

Timothy Jay Crompton 
LANCASTER — Timothy Jay Crompton, 43, of Prospect Street, died on Jan. 26, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, White River Jct., after a month long illness.
Mr. Crompton was born in Fall River, Mass., on January 9, 1959, the son of Gerald H. Crompton and Carol Rock.
Raised in Fall River, he served for a time in the Navy. He resided in Guildhall, Vt., and later moved to Lancaster when he married Michelle Marie Patnaude on Sept. 26, 1992. He enjoyed music and coin collecting.
Family members include his wife Michelle of Lancaster; a daughter Ava Marie Crompton of Lancaster; his mother and stepfather, Carol and Morris Costa of Fall River; his father Gerald H. Compton of Fall River; two brothers, Gerald Crompton of Groveton and David Crompton of Rhode Island; a sister Michelle Marie Crompton of Fall River; and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were held Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday (today) at 10 a.m. at All Saints Church, Lancaster. The Rev. John Mazzei, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held in the spring in Calvary Cemetery, Lancaster.

Harriet A. Ryder 
LANCASTER — Harriet A. Ryder, 96, of Hodge Road, died on Thursday morning, Jan. 24, 2002, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster.
Mrs. Ryder was born in Fitchburg, Mass., on August 28, 1905, the daughter of Ferdinand and Alice (Rossier) Perron.
Raised in Fitchburg and later Lowell, Mass., she was a graduate of Lowell High School. She also attended Gordon College for two years and later graduated from Lowell Normal School (University of Massachusetts, Lowell). For many years she resided with her family in Brockton, Mass., where she had a teaching career in elementary education. Approximately 14 years ago she move to Lancaster to live closer to family members.
She was a member of the Avon Baptist Church, Avon, Mass. and the Massachusetts Retired Teachers Assn.
Family members include two sons, Harry H. Ryder of Lancaster, Milton P. Ryder of Ocean Park, Me.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Henry H. Ryder.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Ocean Park. Interment will be at the Edson Cemetery, Lowell, Mass., at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster.

Fred B. Bowles 
LANCASTER — Fred B. "Ted" Bowles, 81, died on Saturday morning, Jan. 26, 2002, at the Courville Nursing Home, Nashua.
Mr. Bowles was born in Littleton on October 29, 1920, the son of Harold Little and Caroline (Brownlie) Bowles.
Raised in Franconia, he was a graduate of Dow Academy, Franconia and attended the University of New Hampshire graduating in 1942. He was a member of the ATO fraternity. Mr. Bowles served in the Navy during WWII as a supply officer and later attained the rank of Lt. Commander. 
In1947, he married Shirley Murphy. He was long-time resident of Lancaster and for 36 years was the District Manager in northern New Hampshire and Vermont for the NH-VT Blue Cross and Blue Shield. While in Lancaster he served on the Lancaster and White Mountains Regional High School Boards for several years and was a member of the Lancaster Zoning Board and the Lancaster Development Corporation.
Mr. Bowles was a past president of Rotary and a member of the VFW, the Prospect Ski Club, and the Lancaster Historical Society. He was a former member of the American Legion and the Elks and for many years he served as a Director and Secretary of the Lancaster Fair.
He was a communicant of All Saints Church, Lancaster.
Family members include his wife, Shirley (Murphy) Bowles of 9 Bartemus Trail, Unit 108, Nashua; a daughter, Cheryl (Bowles) Staab and son-in-law Charles J. Staab of Nashua; and two granddaughters, Heather Elizabeth Staab and Kathryn Leigh Staab both of Nashua.
Visiting hours were held Monday afternoon and evening at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday morning at All Saints Church, Lancaster. Rev. John Mazzei, pastor, officiated. Burial with military honors followed in Summer Street Cemetery, Lancaster.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to The Lancaster Ambulance Association, c/o Ron Wert, 25 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584

Gloria L. Alexander 
GROVETON — Gloria L. Alexander, 74, of 16 High Street, Groveton, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, after a long illness.
Born in Groveton on March 3, 1927, a daughter of Francis and Blanche (Woods) Hopps, she lived most of her life in Groveton. She attended school in Stark for a short time and in Groveton. She was a homemaker and worked for the Senior Meals and St. Francis Xavier Church for a number of years, getting done last month.
She was the widow of Joseph Alexander Sr., who died on Jan. 24, 1986.
Surviving her are two sons, Joseph Alexander Jr. of Seabrook and Earl Alexander of Groveton; one daughter, Geneva Alexander of Colebrook; a grandson, Ron MacKillop of Jefferson and a granddaughter Karen Fogg of West Stewartstown, along with several other grandchildren and a few 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 one son, John, one daughter, Gloria, and two brothers, Bernard Hopps and Elwin Hopps.
Calling hours were held on Monday, Jan. 28, at the Main-Armstrong Funeral Home, with Fr. Daniel Deveau, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, officiating. Spring burial will take place in the Northumberland Cemetery.
To sign the online register book or to send your condolences to the family online, go to www.legacy.com.

Jeanette B. Holmes 
DALTON — Jeanette B. Holmes, 82, of Dalton Road, died on May 23, 2002, at Weeks Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Holmes was born in Gilman, Vt., on September 28, 1919, a daughter of Charles and Emily (Pilotte) Belmore.
She attended local schools and worked in the Gilman Mill until her marriage to Arnold F. Holmes of Jefferson, who died in 1995. They were married for 55 years. She was a dedicated and loving mother and homemaker.
She leaves three sons, Jury P. Holmes of Dalton, Perry B. Holmes and his wife Carol of Owls Head, Maine, and Timothy A. Holmes and his wife Gabriele of Tenants Harbor, Maine; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pauline Streeter of Dalton.
In accordance with her wishes a graveside committal service will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m. at Cushman Cemetery, Dalton. The Rev. George Majka, pastor of St. Matthews Church, Whitefield, will officiate.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dalton Auxiliary, Dalton, NH 03598.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. 

Harriet Manuel 
JEFFERSON — Harriet Manuel, 85, of Shalom Drive, died on Tuesday afternoon, May 21, 2002, at Littleton Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Manuel was born in Milliken, Colo. on September 17, 1916, a daughter of John and Anna Birdie (Richardson) Wigham.
During her youth she resided in Colorado and later Wyoming where she worked on cattle ranches. After marrying her late husband, Randolph Charles Manuel, she moved to Puyallup, Wash., residing there for many years and raising a family. In 1967 they made the move to New Hampshire.
She enjoyed crocheting afghans and made many of them for the Veterans Home in Tilton. Most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren.
She was a member of the Berlin-Gorham Assembly of God and the Jefferson Adult Citizens.
Family members include a daughter, Madeline Burgess of Kelowna, B.C.; two sons, Charles Manuel of Jefferson, and William Thomas Manuel Sr. of Dayton, Wash.; a brother, William Wigham of Hightstown, N.J.; a sister. Ruth Fletcher of Modesto, Calif.; eight grandchildren; four great-greatchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There are no visiting hours. A graveside service was held on Thursday afternoon at the Northumberland Cemetery. The Rev. Paul Lavigne, pastor the Berlin-Gorham Assembly of God, officiated. 
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to Charles Enman Scholarship, In Care of Nancy Skillin, Laconia Savings Bank, Whitefield, NH
03598

Paul E. Nesbit 
WHITEFIELD — Paul E. Nesbit, 76, of McIntyre School Apartments, died there on Wednesday morning May 22, 2002, after a long illness.
Mr. Nesbit was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on May 17, 1924, a son of John "George" and Helen (Clune) Nesbit.
Raised in Brattleboro, he attended schools there and went on to serve with the Air Force during WWII as a belly gunner on a B-24. After being shot down he was a Prisoner of War in Bulgaria. In September of 1951, he married Earline Carey and for many years they resided in Ashuelot. He was employed at the Ashuelot Mill for 34 years. After retirement they resided between Florida and Powder Hill Drive in Lancaster. He had lived in Whitefield for most of this year.
Family members include two sons, Michael Nesbit of Chesterfield, and Daniel Nesbit of West Swanzey; a step-daughter, Barbara Hildreth of Winchester; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lucy Beruck of Winchester.
He was predeceased by his wife in 1990; three children, Patrick, Denise and Dennis; a brother, Robert Nesbit; three sisters, Betty Dyke, Hope Nesbit, and Toots Emery; and a great-grandson Jason Hildreth.
Visiting hours were held on Thursday evening May 23, at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A funeral service was held Friday afternoon at the funeral home. The Reverend David Pendleton, pastor of the Lancaster Congregational United Church of Christ will officiate. A graveside committal service was held on Saturday morning in the Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester.


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