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Chester F. Ryan
Chester F. Ryan, 67, of Bartlett Street, Manchester, died at home on Feb. 8, 1999, after a long illness.
Born in Revere, Mass., on Dec. 12, 1931, he was the son of Samuel W. and Grace L. (Woodland) Ryan. Chet, as his friends knew him, grew up in North Reading, Mass. He was in the poultry business in North Reading, where he was awarded the Future Farmers of America Award in 1951 for his outstanding contribution to poultry development.
He moved to New Hampshire in 1969 and lived in Amherst for 13 years. As self-employed builder and contractor, he built the First Baptist Church in Milford and Household of Faith in Amherst, in addition to homes and churches in Massachusetts, Ohio, Maine and Connecticut.
He was a member of FGBMIF and the First Assembly of God Church in Hooksett.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Barbara-Anne (Scott) Ryan of Manchester; five sons, Michael K. Ryan and David P. Ryan, both of Manchester, Chris F. Ryan of Hampstead, Tim M. Ryan of Derry, and Jonathan S.W. Ryan of Westboro, Mass.; four daughters, Dawn K. Benoit and Laurie Ann Ryan, both of Manchester, April L. Sarasin of Merrimack, and Heather L. Ryan of Somersworth; three brothers, Wesley Ryan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Alan Ryans of Auburn, Mass., and Carl Ryan of Malden, Mass.; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 227 Londonderry Turnpike (By-pass 28), Hooksett. The family will receive family and friends in the fellowship hall following the service.
Contributions may be made to the Youth With A Mission, 68 New York Ave., Smithtown, Long Island, NY 11787.
The Affordable Funeral and Cremation Service, a division of Nutfield Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.
 
Jane A. Gould  
Jane A. Gould, 55, of Bridge Street, Milford, died Feb. 7, 1999, at her home. 
She was born in Auclaire, Wisc., on April 2, 1943, a daughter of Reed and Maryjane (Laing) Struppa. 
Mrs. Gould had been a resident of Milford for the past year. She had lived in Derry for 14 years. 
She was employed as a secretary by the University of Michigan for several years. 
She received her bachelor's degree in marketing from New Hampshire College, Manchester. She was also a licensed massage therapist and graduated from N.E. Institute of Whole Health -- School of Massage Therapy, Manchester. 
Family members include two daughters, Cynthia A. Herman of Milford and Brandee L. Wilson of Litchfield, and four grandchildren. 
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held in Michigan at a later date. Burial will be in Otisville Cemetery, Otisville, Michigan.
In lieu of floral arrangements, perennials are suggested to establish a memorial garden at her home.
The Smith and Heald Funeral home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Elma H. Thomasian  
Elma H. Thomasian, 81, of Leominster, Mass., died Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Leominster Hospital after a long illness.
She was born on Jan. 19, 1918, in Milford, a daughter of the late Julius and Matilda (Neimi) Kolehmaenen, and had lived in Leominster for several years.
She graduated as class valedictorian from Milford High School in 1936 and attended Merrimack Business College. She was a secretary at Fort Devens for several years before her retirement in 1960.
She was predeceased by a son, Michael Thomasian.
She leaves her husband of 6l years, Thomas Thomasian of Leominster; a daughter, Jean Shea-Otis of Fitchburg; and a granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elm Street Congregational Church, 264 Elm St., Fitchburg MA 01420.
The Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciareilli Funeral Home, Leominster, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.
 
Henry P. Nault Jr.  
Henry P. Nault Jr., 67, of Laconia, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999.
Mr. Nault was born May 13, 1931 in Laconia, the son of Henry P. Sr. and Germaine (Champagne) Nault. He was a lifelong resident of Laconia.
Mr. Nault was employed at the Laconia Citizen for more than 45 years as a Linotype operator. He served In the N.H. National Guard.
Mr. Nault was a member of the Senior Bowling League and the Lakes Region Bowling League. He was an avid fly fisherman and tied his own flies. He was a member of the Trout Unlimited and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He also enjoyed roller skating and ice skating.
Survivors Include two daughters, Jean Ouellette of Milford and Brenda Eisner of Laconia; two sons, Gary Nault of Lawton, Okla., and Wayne Nault of Escondido, Calif.; seven grandchIldren; five great-grandchIldren; and his companion, Antoinette LeBlanc of Laconia.
Funeral services were held Feb. 8 at the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home in Laconia. Spring burial will be In Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Theresa Peters, Volunteer Memorial Chairman, 46 Taylor Home Drive, Laconia, NH 03240; or to the American Heart Association, New England Affiliate, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688.
 
Beatrice M. Wilder  
Beatrice Minnie Wilder, 80, of Crosby Street, Milford, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at the Crestwood Nursing Home.
She was born in Vermont on August 18, 1918, the daughter of William and Zaide Abbie (Keith) Wilder.
Miss Wilder lived in Peterborough for 25 years. She had resided at the nursing home since 1957.
Survivors are a brother, Calvin C. Wilder of Greenland; and a niece and nephews.
There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery in Peterborough in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Crestwood Nursing Home, 20 Crosby St., Milford, NH 03055.
The Woodbury and Son Funeral Service, Peterborough, is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn P. Johnston  
Evelyn P. Johnston, 90, of Crosby Street, Milford, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, at her residence. 
Mrs. Johnson was born in Eagle Lake, Maine, on Sept. 29, 1908, a daughter of the late Amos and Anna (LaFerriere) Pinette. She had been a resident of Milford since 1950 and had formerly resided in Fort Fairfield, Maine, for many years. 
She was employed as a licensed practical nurse by the former Cox Nursing Home, Milford. 
Mrs. Johnston was a member of The First Baptist Church, Milford. She was a former Sunday school teacher and a Baptist Youth Fellowship advisor. 
She was the widow of Austin E. Johnston, who died in 1994; and was predeceased by a son, Milton Johnston; a sister, Emily Goodblood; four brothers, Amos Pinette, Orin Pinette, Edmund Pinette and Wilbert Pinette. 
Survivors include two sisters, Essie Simpson of Lyndeborough and Marion Hathaway of Rye; a son and daughter-in-law, Kemp L. and Jacquelyn Johnston of Amherst; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet M. and Frank L. Dennett of Kittery, Maine; a daughter-in-law, June Johnson of Rochester; four grandchildren, Kevin and Stacy Johnston of Germany, Keith and Shannon Johnston of Hinesburg, Vt., Frank A. and Molly Dennett of Eliot, Maine, and Katherine Dennett of Kittery, Maine; three great-grandchildren, Andrew Dennett and Allison Dennett, both of Eliot, Maine, and Katherine Johnston of Hinesburg, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Feb. 6 in the First Baptist Church, Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. 
Donations in Mrs. Johnston’s memory may be made to Harborside Healthcare Center - Crestwood, Activities Fund, 40 Crosby St., Milford, NH 03055; or to Souhegan Nursing Association, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Donald C. Lewis  
Donald C. "Buddy" Lewis, 15, of Pleasant Street, Milford, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Feb. 3, 1999, at the Milford Medical Center.
Born in Lowell, Mass., on Dec. 2, 1983, he was the son of Donald E. and Deborah (Monahan) Lewis. He was an eighth-grader at Milford Middle School.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Rebecca M. Correa of Milford; his paternal grandparents, Donald E. Lewis of Billerica, Mass., and Helen M. Lewis of Orange Park, Fla.; his maternal grandparents, Lee and Virginia Euler of Lowell, Mass.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service was held Feb. 8 at St. Patrick Church In Lowell, Mass. Burial followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chelmsford, Mass.
The Roland W. Martin Funeral Home, Lowell, was in charge of arrangements.
 
Marie Working  
Marie "Mitch" Working, 60, died Jan. 21, 1999, at home in Golden, Colo.
Clara Marie Mitchell was born in Baltimore, Md., on March 28, 1938, and grew up in Milford. She graduated from Milford High School in 1956.
She married Robert D. Working on Feb. 18, 1961, in Pullman, Wash.
Mrs. Working graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960 with a major in geology, and in 1967 received a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Denver.
For many years she worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, and most recently was employed by Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs.
An enthusiastic and skilled mountaineer, in 1964 she became the fourth woman to climb Mt. McKinley. She also was an experienced cyclist, kayaker and backcountry skier.
She is survived by her husband; a brother, Wilfred Mitchell of Manchester, and a sister, Maxine Heck of Sceptre, Sask., Canada.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at Rockland Community Church on Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colo.
Contributions may be made to the Clear Creek Land Conservancy, 25958 Genesee Trail Road, K232, Golden, CO 80401.
 
Raymond V. Harling  
Raymond V. Harling of Conway, S.C., formerly of Temple, died Dec. 26, 1998, at his home.
Mr. Harling was born in Boston, Mass., on Feb. 14, 1925, son of Mary and Bertram Harling.
He was an Army World War II veteran, a member of the American Legion and Souhegan Masonic Lodge.
Members of his family include his wife, Julie (Donaher) of Conway, S.C.; his daughter, Lori Harling Milloway of West Roxbury, Mass.; three brothers, George Harling of Washington, N.H., John Harling of Deland, Fla., and C. Ernest Harling of Temple; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Temple Congregational Church, on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation of MEEI, Inc., c/o Dr. Donald D’Amico, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114.

Thomas A. Galligher Sr.  
Thomas A. "Tom" Galligher Sr., of Newtown Square, Pa., died Feb. 14, 1999.
He was the husband of the late Emma "Gerry" (Mulqueen) Galligher. Members of his family include three sons and a daughter-in-law, Dennis M. and Andrea Galligher of Mont Vernon, Thomas A. Galligher Jr. and Wayne Galligher; six grandchildren, Russell, Heather, Rebecca, Shawn, Christian and Jessica; two brothers, Joe Galligher and Jimmy Galligher; and a sister, Sissy Devine.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Robert L. D’Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, Pa., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Anastasia Church and interment at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Father’s Mission, 70 Edgewater Road, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010.
 
Joan M. Brown  
Joan M. Brown, 65, of Clinton Street, Milford, died Feb. 13, 1999, at her home.
She was born in Brattleboro, Vt., on July 20, 1933, daughter of George C. and Marie (LeBlanc) Beach. 
Mrs. Brown had been a resident of the Milford/Amherst area for the past 40 years. 
She was employed by Norton Company, Milford, for more than nine years. 
Family members include her husband of 41 years, Richard M. Brown of Milford; four sons, Richard M. Brown of New Jersey, Frank J. Brown of Alabama, Michael A. Brown of Greenfield, and Russell S. Brown of Milford; four daughters, Jean M. Morisett of Salem, Joann U. Brown of California, Laura A. Brown of Milford, and Cindy L. Brown of Vermont; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Carole O. Huber of Milford; a brother, George C. Beach Jr. of Wilton; and many nieces and nephews. 
A graveside service will be held in South Cemetery, Bolton, Mass., at a later date. 
Donations in Mrs. Brown’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Unit 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Joanne B. Gould  
Joanne B. Gould, 46, of Ocala, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at Estelle’s House.
She was born in Randolph, Vt., and lived in Milford for 20 years before moving to Florida.
Mrs. Gould had been employed as a secretary for Munroe Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her husband, Clifton Gould of Ocala, Fla.; her mother, Simone Bell of Ocala, Fla.; a son, Matthew Bell of Milford; two daughters, Darlene Smith of Ocala, Fla., and Jennifer Smith of Manuels, Newfoundland; four sisters, Anita Paparella of Tomball, Texas, Anne Gaidmore of Ocala, Fla., Patricia Desrosiers of Alpharetta, Ga., and Mary Contardo, of Ocala, Fla.; two brothers, John Bell of Ocala, Fla., and Mark Bell of Wayland, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Marion County or the American Cancer Society.
The Roberts Jennings-Archway Funeral Home of Ocala, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Normand A. Parent  
Normand A. Parent, 70, of Nashua, died Feb. 13, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Nashua on Sept. 6, 1928, the son of the late Leo P. and Olida (Pelletier) Parent. He was a educated in the Nashua school system and was a lifelong resident of Nashua. 
Mr. Parent was a self-employed carpenter in the Nashua area, and previously had worked at the Nashua Foundry for many years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, and was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. 
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Coffey of Brookline; three grandchildren, Amanda Coffey, Jordan Coffey and Devon Coffey, all of Brookline; companion Carol Watson of Nashua; three sisters, Annette Lathe of Nashua; Claudette Demanche of Merrimack; and Cecile Hall of Amherst; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held Feb. 16 in the chapel of the St. Laurent Funeral Home, Nashua. Burial followed in St. Louis Cemetery.
 
Edith C. Sawtelle  
Edith C. Sawtelle, 79, of Ridgefield Drive, Milford, died Feb. 13, 1999, at Harborside Healthcare Center - Crestwood, Milford.
She was born in East Northfield, Mass., on Dec. 2, 1919, a daughter of Albert S. and Anne (Mathewson) Gordon.
Mrs. Sawtelle had been a resident of Milford for more than 40 years. 
She was a graduate of Newton (Mass.) High School, class of 1937, and Vesper-George School of Art in Boston.
She was a former member of the Church of Our Saviour, Milford. 
Family members include her husband, Ernest Sawtelle of Milford; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul G. and Corinne Sawtelle of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and David Murray of New Boston, and Linda M. and Nicholas Macenas of Fort Meyers, Fla.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Joan Gordon of Massachusetts; and nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. The Rev. David Murray will officiate.
Donations in Mrs. Sawtelle’s memory may be made to Harborside Healthcare Center - Crestwood, Activities Fund, 40 Crosby St., Milford, NH 03055.
 
Madeliene A. Shattuck  
Madeliene A. (Watson) Shattuck, 80, of Center Ossipee, and formerly of Milford and Brookline, died at Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, early Friday morning, Feb. 12, 1999.
For the past four years she had resided in Ossipee. She had lived on Melendy Road in Milford and on Quimby Road in Brookline.
Mrs. Shattuck was born in Goffstown Aug. 6, 1918, a daughter of the late Jeremiah L. and Florence M. (MacKay) Watson.
She graduated from Milford High School.
Mrs. Shattuck was an assembler at PVA in Milford. At one time she had been employed as a salesperson in the men’s department of the former Rich’s department store in Nashua.
At one time, Mrs. Shattuck was active in the 4-H program and served as a 4-H leader.
Fraternally, she held membership in and was a past master of Brookline Grange 211, Patrons of Husbandry. She was a member of Hillsborough County Pomona Grange and held various offices, including secretary. She was a member and past Ceres of The New Hampshire State Grange and a member of the Assembly of Demeter of the national Grange.
Mrs. Shattuck, with her husband, Philip, established the Brookline Junior Grange. She also held membership in Custos Morum Rebekah Lodge of Milford. She had served as president of O.W. Lull Women’s Relief Corps in Milford.
She had attended the United Church of Christ in Brookline.
Mrs. Shattuck was the widow of Philip A. Shattuck, who died Sept. 15, 1992.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard I. and Lori Ashford of Nashua, Donald P. and Linda Shattuck of Cape Coral, Fla., and John S. Shea of Manchester; 10 daughters and eight sons-in-law, Shirley E. Rivard, Betty M. Hammond and Deanna S. and Robin Chaffee, all of Ossipee, Norma J. and Gladwyn Smith of New Boston, Joyce A. and Ross Jensen of Brookline, Donna L. and Robert Kimball of Hopkinton, Nancy I. and Alan Orde of Hollis, Brenda C. and Raymond Young and Pamela J. and John Young, all of Manchester, and V. Mary and Norman Hall of Nashua; 40 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine S. and Russell E. Dickerman of Milford.
A funeral service was held Feb. 16 at the Church of Christ, Brookline. The Rev. Jerry Maske officiated. Interment prayers and burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Brookline. 
Memorial contributions may be made to N.H. State Grange Educational Loan Fund, c/o George Currier, PO Box 75, Sanbornton, NH 03265. 
The Davis Funeral Home, Nashua, was in charge of arrangements.
 
Virginia M. Harcovitz  
Virginia M. Harcovitz, 77, died suddenly Feb. 5, 1999, at Osceola Regional Hospital in Kissimmee, Fla. She was the widow of the late William Harcovitz, to whom she was married for 46 years.
She was born in Natick, Mass., on March 9, 1921, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William I. Hosmer. She resided in Natick and Millis, Mass., during her earlier years, and then moved to Mont Vernon in 1952.
She graduated from Natick High School and Framingham (Mass.) State College. During her 25 years of teaching, she taught all grades from preschool through high school. In Mont Vernon, she was hired as the third and fourth grade teacher in the three-room schoolhouse and then went on to teach first grade at Maple Avenue School in Goffstown, where she retired in 1978. She also was a teacher and director for Head Start.
For a number of years, she coordinated the town children's Christmas party and sponsored a town New Year’s Eve party. She also coordinated Couples Club outings and Christmas caroling events for the town shut-ins.
She was a member of Mont Vernon Congregational Church, UCC, serving as choir director, representative to state conferences and a member of varied church committees. She was the superintendent of church school and a substitute teacher.
Mrs. Harcovitz was a member of Puritan Charity Themis Chapter 29, Order of Eastern Star, the late Bektash Belles, the AARP Souhegan Valley Chapter 1235, and a former member of the Nashua Board of Realtors and the Prospect Grange in Mont Vernon. She actively engaged in Shrine events and referred children to Shrine hospitals.
Mrs. Harcovitz is survived by two daughters, Donna Lewandowski of Manchester and Sheril Porter of Mont Vernon; four grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Maloon of Plymouth, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., in the Congregational Church, UCC, Main Street, Mont Vernon. Burial will be private in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Mass.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Burn Institute or the Springfield Shriners Hospital and sent to Recorder, Bektash Temple, PO Box 7252, Concord, NH 03301.
 
Angela A. Nicolari  
Angela Ann Nicolari, 53, of Derby, Conn., died suddenly Jan. 16, 1999, at Hospital of St. Raphaels in New Haven, Conn.
Born in New Haven on Feb. 12, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Bernard J. and Catherine (Princevalli) Nicolari. She attended Milford High School in the 1950s, and graduated from Derby (Conn.) High School, class of 1963, and the Valley Academy of Beauty Culture in Ansonia, Conn.
Ms. Nicolari was a workshop supervisor for VARCA Industries. She had formerly worked at Hewitt Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s aide, and had owned and operated Angie’s Beauty Shop.
Ms. Nicolari was a parishioner of St. Jude Church and Holy Rosary Church.
Ms. Nicolari is survived by two sisters with whom she resided, Frances C. Nicolari and Bernice M. Nicolari, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
The Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, Derby, Conn., was in charge of arrangements.

Tauno A. Keskinen
Tauno A. Keskinen, 84, Bridge Street, Milford, died Feb. 21, 1999, at his home. 
He was born in Maynard, Mass., on Aug. 15, 19l4, a son of Victor and Hilma (Happa) Keskinen. 
Mr. Keskinen had been a lifelong resident of Milford, and attended Milford schools. He was a self-employed painter for more than 30 years. 
Mr. Keskinen was a member of Harley Sanford Post 4368, VFW and Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23, American Legion, Milford. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran, and served during World War II. 
He was predeceased by a brother, Walter J. Keskinen. 
Family members include a brother, Victor J. Keskinen of Milford; a sister, Kaino Bergstrom of Nashua; three nieces, Vicki Keskinen of Milford, Dawn Lyon of Mont Vernon, Kathi Infanti of Mont Vernon; a nephew, Stephen Keskinen of Milford; a grandniece; and three grandnephews. 
There are no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, March 2, at 11 a.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Nashua Street, Milford. 
Donations in Mr. Keskinen’s memory may be made to St. Patrick Share Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Jeanne L. Boisvert  
Jeanne L. Boisvert, 86, formerly of Nashua, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999, in Fairview Nursing Home, Hudson, after a long illness.
She was born in Bury, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 14, 1912, a daughter of the late Ferdinand and Leonide (Beauchesne) Lizotte.
She was a communicant of Infant Jesus Church in Nashua, and had been longtime resident of Nashua.
Before retirement she was employed as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital and also as a private home care nurse.
She was the widow of Louis Boisvert, who died Feb. 26, 1988.
Members of her family include two sons, Donald Boisvert of Bedford and Ralph Boisvert of Nashua; two grandchildren; several sisters; a brother in Quebec, Canada; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 21 in Infant Jesus Church, Nashua. Father Raymond Gagnon, pastor, was celebrant. Burial followed in Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack was in charge of arrangements.
 
Margaret A. Cronin  
Margaret A. Cronin, 86, formerly of Coventry Court, Merrimack, died Feb. 18, 1999, at Genesis Health Care Ridgewood in Bedford.
She was born in Boston, Mass., on July 14, 1912, a daughter of Thomas and Ann (Morgan) Halloran.
Before moving to Merrimack in 1980, Mrs. Cronin resided in Londonderry for 10 years and was a former member of the Pro-Life Council of New Hampshire and the N.H. Right to Life organizations.
She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford.
Mrs. Cronin was employed with the Investigations Division of the Civil Service Commission in Boston, the Rehabilitation Division of the Veterans Administration of Boston and the Selective Service Draft Board of Plymouth, Mass.
Members of her family include a son, John Cronin of Belgium, and several cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 20 in the St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Bedford. The Rev. Marc Guillemette, associate pastor, was the celebrant. Burial followed in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack was in charge of arrangements.
 
Forrest N. Higley  
Forrest N. Higley 71, of Laconia, died Feb. 18,1999, at his home.
He was born in Waitsfield, Vt., on Dec. 28,1927, a son of Clarence F. and Mary Ellen (Neill) Higley. 
He graduated from Brattleboro High School class of 1946, Brattleboro, Vt. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served until June 1949. He later went on to attend the University of Vermont, graduating in 1955, and was the recipient of the Edmund F. Little Cup for meritorious work in the mechanic arts.
He was employed by General Electric for 12 years and worked for Sanders Associates, Nashua, for 23 years. He retired in December 1990. 
Mr. Higley and his wife moved to Laconia in 1995, after living in Milford for 28 years. 
Family members include his wife of 43 years; Mary E. (Guthrie) Higley of Laconia; two daughters; Ellen M. Salisbury and Sharon Higley of Milford; two sons, Gregory J. Higley of Temple and Patrick N. Higley of Nashua; 10 grandchildren; four brothers, Delbert Higley of Brattleboro, Vt., Carroll Higley of Ashuelot, and Meriden Higley and Elwin Higley, both of Chesterfield; two sisters, Inez Laskowski of Chesterfield and Janette Page of California; and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 23 in St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Share Program, St. Patrick Church, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055; or to St. Joseph Church Building Fund, Belmont, NH 03220 
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements. 
 
Joyce M. Swanson  
Joyce Elaine Molenaar Swanson died at home in Putney, Vt., on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, after a long illness.
She was born on the family farm in Kandiyohi County, near Prinsburg, Minn., on July 9,1922, the fourth of five daughters of Nicholas and Grace Molenaar.
Mrs. Swanson was a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural College. In 1943, she married J. Herbert Swanson of Minneapolis. She was predeceased by her husband in 1987, after 44 years of marriage.
Mrs. Swanson worked for 10 years at High Mowing School in Wilton, where she taught typing and was the assistant to the headmistress. In 1970 she took a position at Yankee Magazine in Dublin, and worked there for l8 years until her retirement in 1988.
She moved to Putney, Vt., in January 1996.
A person of great kindness and devotion to her family, Mrs. Swanson had a lively creative talent and a deep appreciation for nature.
She is survived by four daughters, Lady (Kristin) Daniel of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, Rondi Lightmark of Brattleboro, Vt., Andrea Scheidler of Putney, Vt., and Erica Swanson of Wenatchee, Wash.; a son, Jon Swanson of Amherst, Mass.; three sisters, Edith Haroldson of Wilmar, Minn., June Mork of Renville, Minn., and Nina Johnson of Loveland, Colo.; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were private
The Atamaniuk Funeral Home, Brattleboro, Vt., was in charge of arrangements..
 
Alan R. Guertin  
Alan Robert Guertin, 45, died Feb. 13, 1999, in Sacramento, Calif.
Mr. Guertin was born July 4, 1953, in Manchester to Louis and Marcelle Guertin. He grew up and attended school in Milford.
In 1978 Mr. Guertin and his wife moved to California. They have been residents of Nevada City for the last 11 years.
Mr. Guertin was a the general manager of Sierra R.V. of Colfax. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and RVing to Mexico.
Mr. Guertin is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lee Ann Guertin of Nevada City, Calif.; his mother, Marcelle Guertin of Skowhegan, Maine; and four sisters, Paula Goduti of Londonderry, Jeanne Guertin Potoff of Farmington, Conn., Carol Lowell of Skowhegan, Maine, and Denise Jackson of Hollis, and their husbands; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 22 in the Elks Lodge of Nevada City, Calif.
Memorial donations may be made to Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation, 4901 Main Street, #200, Kansas City, MO 64112.
The Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City, Calif., is in charge of arrangements.


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