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Florence R. Morell
Worked at the People’s Laundry for many years
Florence R. Morell, 87, of 71 Elm Street, Milford, died May 22, 1999, at Harborside Healthcare Center, Milford.
She was born in Hollis on Jan. 23, 1912, a daughter of the late Albert G. and Susie (King) Muzzey. 
She had been a resident of Milford for more than 70 years.
Mrs. Morell retired in 1970, after being employed by People’s Laundry in Milford for 30 years. 
She worked the voter checklist for many years. She was a member of the Souhegan Seniors, AARP, and the Milford Women's Club. She was a member, past president and former chaplain of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23 American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Lull Women's Relief Corp. 
Mrs. Morell was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur J. Morell and a son, Richard E. Morell. 
Family members include a daughter, Mildred A. Tucker of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a son, Arthur J. "Muzzey" Morell of Milford; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
There are no visiting hours. Services will be held at a later date.
Donations in Mrs. Morrell’s memory may be made to Milford Ambulance Service, 1 Union Square, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Janet L. Reis  
Janet L. Reis, 48, of Mont Vernon, died at the Palliative Care Unit of Elliot Hospital in Manchester on the evening of Wednesday, May 19, 1999, after a brave struggle with cancer.
Mrs. Reis was born in Utica, N.Y. She graduated from Utica Catholic Academy and in 1972 from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in science. She went on to New York University to earn certification as a respiratory therapist, and after moving to New Hampshire in the early 1970s she worked for 10 years on the staff of Memorial Hospital in Nashua.
From 1987 to 1990, Mrs. Reis served on the Mont Vernon School Board. She was also a member of the Souhegan Valley Cooperative School Board at its formation in 1988 and of the Souhegan School District Board at its formation in 1990. Her school board colleagues and the townspeople whom she represented remember her for her tireless and conscientious work.
Mrs. Reis also served as a member of the Derryfield School Parents’ Association, and as its president, and as a member of the Derryfield Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1996. Throughout her association with the school, she gave generously of her time and energy in support of its community service and athletic programs, and to raise scholarship and development funds.
Mrs. Reis was an accomplished hiker, skier, outdoorswoman, and kids’ team parent. She was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s 4,000-Footer Club and a long time parent-gatekeeper with the Pat’s Peak ski racing program. She is remembered as a highly effective bull pen boss for the Hampshire Hills and Seacoast Swimming Association swim teams.
She was a knowledgeable, loyal, and attending fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Mrs. Reis enjoyed opera, reading and dogs. She enjoyed traveling with her family. She was a formidable Balderdash player.
Mrs. Reis was the daughter of the late Adelle Powroznik and of Stanley Powroznick of New Hartford, N.Y., who survives her.
Mrs. Reis also leaves behind her husband, Randy; her daughters, Katy and Laura; her sister, Christine Potocki of New Hartford, N.Y.; her brother, Charles Powers of Portland, Ore.; nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends.
Janet Reis was a lovely, kind, and gracious woman. She was a good wife and mother. She was unselfish. Everyone liked her and respected her.
A memorial mass was celebrated May 22 in St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mont Vernon, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be sent to the SHARE Program, of which she was an active volunteer, 34 Amherst St., Milford, NH 03055. 
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Delia R. Vanetti  
Delia R. Vanetti, 80, of Riverview St., Milford, died May 28, l999, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.
She was born in Sandown on Sept. 22, 1918, a daughter of the late Arthur and Katie M. (Pervere) Beaubien. 
Mrs. Vanetti had been a resident of Milford for 61 years. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Cesare R. Vanetti, who died in 1991.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary B. Currier of Nashua; two sons, Charles C. Vanetti of Milford and Edward R. Vanetti of Wilton; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Tulley of Nashua, Elsie Fessenden and Thelma Fessenden, both of Brookline; a brother-in-law, Oonald Burke of Brookline; and many nieces and nephews. 
There are no visiting hours. A graveside service was held June l in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. Donations in Mrs. Vanetti’s memory may be made to Souhegan Nursing Association, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055. 
Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 

Annette M. Wodarz  
Annette M. Wodarz, 93, of Beech Hill Road, Mont Vernon, died at her residence on May 27, 1999 after a long illness.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 6, 1905, to the late Guiseppi and Michelina (LoBianco) Tarantino. Before moving to New Hampshire, she worked for a many years as a seamstress for a Brooklyn fashion designer. She was a true-blue lady without an enemy in the world.
Family members include two sons, Joseph J. Sottile of Mont Vernon and Richard Sottile of Tehachapi, Calif.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Louis Tarantino of Tenn., and two sisters, Tessie Serracane and Sylvia Lauro, both of Long Island, N.Y.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.
 
Grace G. Hobbs  
Grace G. Hobbs, 93, died May 26, 1999, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood, Milford.
She was born in Somerville, Mass., on May 1, 1906, a daughter of the late John P. and Marian S. (Harding) Goudy.
She was a graduate of Miss Child's Finishing School, Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Hobbs studied and taught art at the Butera School of Art. She worked many years for her family's business, John P. Goudy, Interior Decorators of Boston and Cape Cod.
Mrs. Hobbs had been a resident of Milford for 23 years, after living in West Medford, Mass., for most of her life.
She was a longtime active member of the First Congregational Church of West Medford, Friends of the Medford Public Library, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Girl Scouts.
Mrs. Hobbs was a member of the First Congregational Church, UCC, Milford. She was active in the Women's League, Laura G. Heald Club and AARP. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick S. Hobbs, who died in l 975. 
Family members include two sons, Robert A. Hobbs of Sugar Hill, Ga., and Frederick G. Hobbs of Phoenix, Ariz., four grandchildren, Frederick R. Hobbs, Debra Bennett, Robert D. Hobbs and Christine Hobbs Vallieres; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, J. Alden Goudy of Tucson, Ariz.; and a niece and a nephew. 
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 21 at 10 a.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Mass. 
Donations in Mrs. Hobbs’ memory may be made to the Marguerite Sawyer Scholarship Fund, First Congregational Church, PO Box 188, Milford, NH 03055-0188, or to the charity of one's choice. 
 
Louise Hurley Bassett  
Louise Hurley Bassett, 94, died March 22, 1999, in Naples, Fla. She was predeceased by husband Joseph Hurley, a former postmaster in Wilton, and by William Bassett of Temple. She is survived by a daughter, Jean Burke of Naples, Fla.; a grandson, John, and his wife, Susan, and great-grandchildren Jaclyn, Matthew and John Ryan, of Naperville, Ill.; and nieces and a nephew.
Services were private.

Josephine A. Pedrotti  
Josephine A. Pedrotti, 98, of Nashua, formerly of Milford and Saugus, Mass., died Sunday, June 6, l999, at Courville at Nashua.
She was born in Verghera, Italy, on Nov. 28, l900, a daughter of Agostino and Ambrogina (Puricelli) Provasoli.
Mrs. Pedrotti immigrated to the United States in 1903. She attended schools in Milford. She had lived in Milford for many years and was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford. She also lived in Saugus, Mass., for more than 40 years.
Mrs. Pedrotti was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Pedrotti, who died in 1985. 
Family members include a sister, Emma Forsyth of Milford; two brothers, John Provasoli of Andover, Mass., and Charles Provasoli of Deland, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today (Wednesday, June 9) at l0 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Alice L. Gates  
Alice L. Gates, 87, of Rockville, Conn., died June 3, 1999. She was the wife of the late Harry A. Gates.
Mrs. Gates was born on Sept. 3, 1911, in North Adams, Mass., and resided in Rockville most of her life.
She was a member of the Rockville Baptist Church.
Mrs. Gates is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Gates-Rector and Ray Rector of Rockville, Conn.; a grandson, Jay Bradford of Peterborough; and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Ashley and Tyler Bradford. 
She was predeceased by a daughter, Gail E. Gates, who died in 1990.
Funeral services were held June 7 at Rockville Baptist Church, Vernon, Conn. The Rev. Robert L. LaCounte officiated. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to Rockville Baptist Church 825 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066, or Visiting Nurse and Health Services, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066.
The White-Gibson-Small Funeral Service, Inc. in Rockville, Conn., was in charge of arrangements.
 
Victor P. Murray  
Victor P. Murray, 91, of Elm Street, Milford, died June 1, 1999, at Harborside Nursing home after a short illness.
He was born on May 20, 1908, in .Jerusalem, Israel, to Gordon and Emma (Barton) Murray. He was employed as a dairy farmer for many years and devoted most of his life to Christian work for The Kingdom, Inc., in New Boston.
Family members include his wife of 18 years, Ethel May (Creak) Murray; two sons, Gordon Murray of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Alan Murray of Naples, Fla.; five daughters, Elizabeth Morgan of Nashua, Choral Maxwell of Milford, Beryl Peterson of Magnolia, Mass., Dorothy Post of Tampa, Fla., and Bonnie McGuigan of Gonowingo, Md.; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Murray of Dublin; a sister, Mildred Holland of New Boston; many nieces and nephews; and a cousin.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.
 
Charles E. Barry  
Charles E. Barry, 84, of New Boston, and formerly of Sunnydale Drive, Merrimack, died Saturday, May 29, 1999, at his son's home after along illness.
He was born in Nashua, on May 1, 1915, a son of the late Frank and Levine (Lavoie) Barry.
He had been a resident of Merrimack for 40 years, after living in Nashua for 43 years.
Before he retired in 1980, Mr. Barry had been employed at Johns-Manville as a maintenance foreman for 46 years.
He was an avid golfer and bowler and was known for his skills as a craftsman, his strength and his patience.
Mr. Barry was the widower of Hazel Barry, who died in 1982.
Members of his family include one son, Frank "Butch" Barry of New Boston; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Ernie Barry of Belchertown, Mass.; two sisters, Jeanette Anderson of Millis, Mass., and Betty Tamulonis of Nashua; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held June 2, 1999, in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack. Fr. Denis Audet, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church, officiated.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home, Merrimack, was in charge of arrangements.
 
Richard B. Maxner  
Richard B. Maxner, 70, of Riley Road, Gilford, died early Sunday morning, May 23, 1999, at his home.
He was born June 14, 1928, in Beverly, Mass., the son of Capt. Carl H. and Florence (Bradley) Maxner. He was a graduate of Beverly High School and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University. 
He was employed as a mechanical engineer for many years in research and development for United Shoe Machinery, Emhart Corporation and Black and Decker, all of Beverly, Mass., and held many machinery patents.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Maxner was a resident of Amherst for many years before moving to Danvers, Mass., and then settling in Gilford in 1986.
He was a member of the Gilford Community Church, The American Society of Engineers, Cy Tenney Club of Peabody, Mass., Jubilee Yacht Club of Beverly, Mass., and the Northeastern Alumni Association.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. (Clark) Maxner of Gilford; a son, Carl B. Maxner of Mont Vernon; two daughters, Karen A. Golder of Hiram, Maine, and Joy E. Bechard of Alton; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, John H. Maxner of Beverly, Mass., and Albert Maxner of Cumberland, Maine; two sisters, Elsie M. Trowt of Beverly, Mass., and Betty Emilio of Hampton Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Carl H. Maxner Jr. of Beverly, Mass.
Services were held May 26 at the Gilford Community Church. Burial followed at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilford.
Memorial contributions may be made to D.A.V., Room 319, Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut St., Manchester, NH 03101-2418; or to Community Health and Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246; or to the Raymond C. Wixson Community Center, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03246.

Ainslee G. Goodridge  
Ainslee G. (Downing) Goodridge, 87, of Badger Farm Road, Wilton, formerly of Fitchburg, Mass., died Monday, June 14, 1999, in St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, after an illness.
Mrs. Goodridge leaves her husband of 30 years, Edwin D. Goodridge, and many nephews and nieces. Her first husband, Robert A. Goodridge, died in 1965, and a sister, Laura Beers of Townsend, Mass., died in 1997.
Mrs. Goodridge was born in Ayer, Mass., on Jan. 18, 1912, the daughter of Henry A. and Stella G. (Stratton) Downing. She later lived in Fitchburg, Mass., before moving to Wilton in 1969.
Mrs. Goodridge was a graduate of the Henry Heywood Memorial School of Nursing in Gardner, Mass., and was a member of its alumni association.
She was a registered nurse for more than 40 years, and retired several years ago from Mt. Elam Nursing Home (now Mariner Health Care) in Fitchburg, Mass.
She attended Highland Baptist Church in Fitchburg, Mass.
Calling hours will be Friday, June 18, 10-11 a.m. at the Lavery-Chartrand Funeral Home, 99 Summer St., Fitchburg, Mass. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in funeral home.
 
Harold M. Lamontagne  
Harold M. "Red" Lamontagne, 75, of Willow Street, Milford, died June 14, 1999, at Pheasantwood Nursing Home, Peterborough. 
He was born in East Rochester on June l9, 1923, a son of William and Lena (Burke) Lamontagne. 
Mr. Lamontagne had been a resident of Milford for more than 45 years. He was a graduate of Spaulding High School in Rochester, class of 1943. 
He was employed by Talarico Automotive of Milford for many years, and had worked at Draper Chevrolet and Milford Ford for several years. 
Mr. Lamontagne was a member of The First Baptist Church, Milford. 
He was a member of the Milford Fire Department and served on Engine No. 2 for more than 20 years 
Mr. Lamontagne was a U.S. Army veteran and had served in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a lifetime member and Past Commander of Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23 American Legion in Milford. 
Family members include his wife of 52 years, Jeanette (Demers) Lamontagne of Milford; a daughter, Susan K. Martin of Danbury; a son, David A. Lamontagne of Milford; two grandchildren, Timothy A. Martin and Paul D. Martin, both of Danbury. 
Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mr. Lamontagne’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301, or to World War II Memorial Fund, Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23 American Legion, c/o Mike Cullinan, Cottage Street, Milford, NH.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Sarah H. Rand  
Sarah H. Rand, 79, of Concord, died of cancer June 11, 1999, at the Concord Hospice House.
She was born in New York City, the daughter of Dr. DeRuyter and Bertha (Vosburgh) Howland of Stratford, Conn. Mrs. Rand was a graduate of Stratford High School. She received her bachelor's degree from. from Colby Sawyer in 1943.
Mrs. Rand married John A. Kand in Tacoma, Wash., in 1942. They lived in Hanover for many years before retiring first to South Chatham, and then to Heritage Heights in Concord. Her husband died on March 27, 1996.
The family members include a son, John H. Rand of Cornish; her daughters, Susan Rotch of Amherst and Robin Rand of Falmouth, Maine; her grandchildren, Duncan Rotch, Heather Rotch, Tyler Rand and Timothy Rand.
A memorial service celebrating Sarah Rand's life will be held Friday, June 18, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at Havenwood, 33 Christian Ave., Concord. Burial will be in the South Chatham Cemetery at a later date. 
Memorial donations may be made to the C.R.V.N.A., PO Box 1797, Concord, NH 03302-1797.
 
Malcolm C. Dunbar  
Malcolm C. "Mac" Dunbar, 65, of South Merrimack Road, Hollis, died June 10, 1999, at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center, Nashua. 
He was born in Boston, Mass., on Oct. 13, 1933, a son of the late Robert A. and Frances D. (LaPierre) Dunbar. 
Mr. Dunbar had been a resident of Hollis for 25 years and had formerly resided in Sharon, Mass., for 12 years 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and had been employed as a civil engineer for Data General Corporation in Westboro, Mass., for more than 15 years. 
Mr. Dunbar was a member and had served as trustee of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Sharon, Mass., for many years. He was a member of the Data General Golf League, and he enjoyed boating on the coast of Maine with his family.
Family members include his wife of 43 years, Nancy (Grant) Dunbar of Hollis; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sally E. and Tom Wilkins of Amherst, and Amy J. Dunbar of Manchester; a son and daughter-in-law, David G. and RoseMarie Dunbar of Nashua; seven grandchildren, Becky, Aaron, Rachel, Kathie and Isaac Wilkins, all of Amherst, and David and Andrew Dunbar, both of Nashua. 
There are no visiting hours. Private family services will be held at a later date.
Donations in Mr. Dunbar’s memory may be made to the Hollis Ambulance Fund, PO Box 38, Hollis, NH 03049.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 

Patricia A. Manley  
Patricia A. "Tricia" Manley, 44, of Aglipay Drive, Amherst, died June 10, 1999, at her home. 
She was born in Collingswood, N.J., on Dec. 10, 1954, a daughter of Elizabeth (Doyle) Bennett of Pomona, N.J., and the late James Bennett.
Mrs. Manley had been a resident of Amherst for two years. 
She had been employed as an operating room technician at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua for 20 years. She was an avid golfer and played in the ladies’ league at the hospital. She was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed skiing, gardening and reading. 
In addition to her mother, family members include her husband of 10 years, Andrew T. Manley of Amherst; a sister, Elizabeth Bennett of Philadelphia, Pa.; three brothers, James Bennett, Keith Bennett and Brian Bennett, all of Pomona, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held June 14 in St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial will be private in West Park Cemetery, New London.
Donations in Mrs. Manley’s memory may be made to Home, Health and Hospice Care, 22 Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 

Arthur O. Robinson  
Arthur O. Robinson, 90, Mason Road, Mont Vernon, died June 8, 1999, at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center, Nashua.
He was born in Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 22, 1909, a son of the late William O. and Ida (Duff) Robinson.
Mr. Robinson was a lifelong resident of Mont Vernon. He was a self-employed produce farmer for many years.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth A. (Salisbury) Robinson, who died in 1983.
Family members include two sons, Robert C. Robinson of Mont Vernon and Richard W. Robinson of Nashua; two daughters, Dorothy A. Gaudet of Waltham, Mass., and Barbara R. Blake of Mont Vernon; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 12 at 9 a.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mr. Robinson’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Unit 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032. 
 
Grace G. Hobbs  
A memorial service for Grace G. Hobbs will be held Monday, June 21 at 10 a.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Mass. 
Mrs. Hobbs, 93, died May 26, 1999, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood, Milford.
Momorial donations may be made to the Marguerite Sawyer Scholarship Fund, First Congregational Church, PO Box 188, Milford, NH 03055-0188, or to the charity of one's choice.


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