|Hilda J. Wharton
Hilda J. Wharton, 85, of Nashua St., Milford, died Aug. 28, l999 at
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
She was born in Coplin, Maine on Jan. 5, 1914, a daughter of the late
Wallace and Effie (Wyman) Scribner.
She moved to Milford four years ago, after living in Lyndeborough for
Mrs. Wharton was a graduate of Stratton (Maine) High School and the
Maine School of Commerce in Auburn, Maine.
She had been employed as a bank teller for the former Indian Head National
Bank in Wilton for several years and had formerly worked for Doehla Greeting
Cards in Nashua.
She was a member of the Souhegan Valley Seniors Bridge Group at the
Community House in Milford.
Family members include her husband of 38 years, John E. Wharton of
Milford; a daughter, Beverly M. Drewry of New Boston; a son, James Wallace
Cook of Jackman, Maine, formerly of Merrimack; five grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; three brothers, Verne Scribner of Phillips, Maine,
Wallace Scribner Jr. of Strong, Maine, and Sheridan Scribner of Stratton,
Maine; and many nieces and nephews.
There are no visiting hours. Funeral services will be private at the
convenience of the family. Burial will be in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack.
Donations in Mrs. Wharton’s memory may be made to the American Cancer
Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route l01, Unit 501, Bedford,
NH 03110-5032. Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
William J. Volkman
William J. Volkman, 89, of Laconia, died at his residence on Saturday,
Aug. 28, 1999.
He was the widower of Dorothy J. (Moore) Volkman, who died in 1996.
Born in Manchester on March 14, 1910, he was the son of Henry A. and
Minnie (Wagenknecht) Volkman. He had lived in Laconia for many years, making
his home at 13 Lyman Street.
Mr. Volkman was a graduate of Manchester High School West, class of
1928. He was class president and valedictorian. He graduated in 1932 from
the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of science in mathematics.
Mr. Volkman was a teacher. He taught mathematics at Portsmouth Junior
High School from 1933-1942, where he also coached basketball and intramural
sports. In 1945, he became an educational advisor and an organizer of schools
for the Army Air Force Technical Training Command, training aircraft mechanics
to become crew chiefs for many of the World War II planes. On Nov. 18,
1993, a United States flag was flown over the United States Capitol in
the honor of his recognition of service to his country during World War
After the war, Mr. Volkman operated the Clipper Press in Milford for
In 1946, Mr. Volkman was hired by Laconia High School to teach mathematics
and graphic arts, a career that spanned 26 years until he retired in 1972.
While at Laconia High School, he coached golf, leading the team to three
state championships and two undefeated seasons.
After retiring, Mr. Volkman and his wife operated a print shop from
In 1950, he studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh,
Pa., to learn offset (lithography) printing, bringing this knowledge to
secondary schools in New Hampshire. In 1952 Laconia High School was the
first school in the state to acquire an offset press. Many students who
studied under him have gone on to post-secondary graphic arts schooling.
Mr. Volkman was an honorary member of the International Graphic Arts
Education Association and served as regional vice president from 1961-1972.
Mr. Volkman was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church for more
than 50 years. He was a member of the Laconia Education Association, the
N.H. Educational Association and the New England Industrial Education Association.
Family members include his son, William J. Volkman Jr. of Long Island,
N.Y; his daughter, Marianne Jennings of Concord; three grandchildren; and
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, Sept. 1) at the Laconia
Congregational Church, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, at 10 a.m. with the
Rev. Janet Heslam, associate pastor of the church, officiating. Burial
will be held in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery, Milford, at 1 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the William J. Volkman Scholarship
Fund, c/o Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH
Alice G. Rollins
Alice G. Rollins, 86, of Castleton, Vt., died Aug. 22, 1999, at the
Rutland (Vt.) Regional Medical Center after an extended period of failing
Mrs. Rollins was born Feb. 1, 1913, at Framingham, Mass. She was the
daughter of the late George Edward and Carrie (Hunt) Graham.
She was educated in Massachusetts and Vermont schools. For many years
she was a housekeeper and child care provider for area families in Vermont
and New Hampshire. She was a former member of the Grange, the Extension
and the PTA.
She married George Herbert Rollins on Aug. 30, 1932, at Calais, Vt.
They made their homes in No. Montpelier, Brookfield and West Newbury, Vt.,
before moving to New Hampshire. For several years they lived in Hollis,
Wilton and Amherst, until Mr. Rollins' retirement in 1977, at which time
they returned to Vermont.
Mrs. Rollins valued her family and friends and loved animals. She enjoyed
reading, sewing, word search puzzles, patchwork and taking snapshots. Her
deep and abiding faith in God sustained her through many of life's trials.
She was predeceased in August 1933 by an infant daughter, Sylvia; by
her devoted husband George H. Rollins on Jan. 24, 1999, and by her beloved
son, Gordon E. Rollins Sr., on March 28, 1999.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Oren H. and Mutsuko
Rollins of Naranja, Fla., and George H. and Nita Rollins of Groton, Mass.;
two daughters and a son-in-law, Anita L. Snow of Londonderry, and Nancy
and Dennis Watkins of Castleton, Vt., and Londonderry; a daughter-in-law,
Jerrie E. Rollins of Milford; a brother, Lewis Graham of Marshfield, Vt.;
nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Aug. 24 at the Durfee Funeral Home in Fair
Haven, Vt. The Rev. Gordon Naser of the United Church of West Rutland officiated.
Burial took place at Poplar Hill Cemetery, Calais, Vt.
Donations in memory of Mrs. Rollins may be made to the American Heart
Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., PO Box 485, Williston, VT 05445 or
to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 77 Hegeman
Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.
Curtis L. Bell
Curtis Leman Bell, 78, of Lunn Road, Stark, died Saturday, Aug. 21,
1999, at his home.
He was born on the Bell family farm in Reeds Ferry, Merrimack, on Oct.
8, 1920, a son of the late Arthur and Olive (Wotten) Bell.
Mr. Bell was a veteran of World War II. He served in the 172nd Artillery,
and received the Purple Heart.
He retired in 1982 from Improved Machine Co. in Nashua and moved to
Stark to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning and operating his own farm.
He continued maintaining his farm until this year, when his health declined.
Members of his family include his wife of 57 years, Florence (Farrell)
Bell of Stark; two sons, Curtis L. Bell Jr. of Manchester, and Russell
H. Bell of Raymond; two daughters, Barbara Sargent and Debra F. Levesque,
both of Candia; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother,
Russell V. Bell of Florida; a sister, Marilyn Durocher of Arizona; and
several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Aug. 28 at the George R. Rivet Funeral
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Marjorie S. Zecchini
Marjorie S. (Sherman) Zecchini, 95, of Hampstead, died Sept. 2, 1999,
at the Penacook Place Nursing Home in Haverhill, Mass.
She was born in Andover, Mass., where she grew up and attended schools.
She graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry.
Mrs. Zecchini was a retired homemaker. She also taught at Briggs-Allen
School in Andover, Mass., until she joined the staff of the former Andover
National Bank, where she was the first female employee allowed to work
after her marriage in 1936.
Mrs. Zecchini was active in church and community affairs. In Andover,
Mass., she was a member of the South Church, where she was a deaconess,
and active in two women’s groups. She was secretary to the Andover Council
of Churches. In Atkinson, she was an assistant in the Kimball Public Library.
She managed the Fannie Farmer Candy Shop on Merrimack Street in Haverhill,
Mass., following the death of her husband.
She was a member of the Atkinson Congregational Church, where she had
been a deacon, collector and treasurer, was active in the Women’s Fellowship
and Bible study, and a member of the Rockingham County Cooperative Extension
In the Atkinson and Hampstead communities she was known for her work
caring for infants and children, and the elderly (who were usually younger
than she) well into her 80s. She was noted for her quiet, dry wit and gracious
manner, which endeared many to her. She was an avid reader and knitter.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard M. Zecchini; a brother,
Leonard D. Sherman Jr., and a sister, Louise Sherman.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Leonard
and Ruth Zecchini of Lyndeborough, and Allan and Norma Zecchini of Salem;
a sister, Betty S. Peterson of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 4 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral
Home Chapel in Salem. Burial will be in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica, Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Atkinson Congregational Church
Memorial Fund, 101 Main St., Atkinson, NH 03811.
W. Guild Smith
W. Guild Smith, 75, of Mont Vernon, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
He was born in Mont Vernon on Dec. 28, 1923, a son of the late Harry
A. and Catherine (Guild) Smith.
Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of Mont Vernon. He attended local
schools and graduated from Milford High School, class of 1943.
He was employed at Wirthmore, Lumbertown of Milford, and retired from
the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
He had served the town of Mont Vernon as selectman, trustee of trust
funds, trustee of McCollom Institute, road commission, highway commission,
planning board, zoning board of adjustment, cemetery trustee, health officer
and welfare officer.
He had been a member of the Mont Vernon Volunteer Fire Department for
25 years and served as both fire ward and fire chief. He had been a regular
member of the town softball team and the local veterans organization.
Mr. Smith served in the Pacific Theater as a member of the 4th Division
of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He took part in the battles
of Saipan, Tininan, Roi Namur and Iwo Jima. He held lifetime membership
in the New Hampshire 4th Marine Division Association and The National 4th
Marine Division Association. He was a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn
Post 23 American Legion, Milford.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Anne Elizabeth Smith, who died in
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Caverly) Smith of Mont Vernon.
They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 12. He is also survived
by three sons, Harry A. Smith of Mann's Choice, Pa., Scott C. Smith of
LaVergne, Tenn., and David G. Smith of Plano, Texas; two daughters, Barbara
S. Whipple of New Boston and Margaret S. Garel of Aurora, Colo.; four grandsons
and five granddaughters; a sister, Mary Fessenden of Milford; and several
There are no funeral services. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery,
Mont Vernon, at the convenience of the family.
Donations in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to the 4th Marine Division
Scholarship Fund, PO Box 3008, Princeton, NJ 98543; or the American Diabetes
Association, 1001 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
J. Paul Simoneau
J. Paul Simoneau, 67, of First Street, Mont Vernon, died Sept. 5, 1999,
at the Milford Medical Center.
He was born in Wilton on Nov. 5, 1931, a son of the late Arthur and
Virginia (Boutot) Simoneau.
Mr. Simoneau had lived in Mont Vernon for 23 years, and in Wilton for
He was employed as a machinist for Diamond Casting, Hollis, for l9
Mr. Simoneau enjoyed playing horseshoes and fishing.
Mr. Simoneau served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean
Conflict, and was a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23 American
Family members include his wife of l9 years, Betty C. (Girt) Simoneau;
a son, William A. Simoneau of Mason; three stepsons, Keith Allen of Manchester,
Scott Allen of Amherst and Mark Allen of Milford; a stepdaughter, Susan
Hodgen of Manchester; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Arthur Simoneau
of Wilton, Wilfred Simoneau of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Peter Simoneau
of Milford; and several nieces and nephews.
There are no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held Friday,
Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Abbott Hill Road, Wilton.
Donations in Mr. Simoneau’s memory may be made to the American Cancer
Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Suite 101, Unit 501, Bedford,
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Rosemary F. Bosler Toomey
Rosemary F. Bosler Toomey, 71, of Falconer Avenue, Milford, died Sept.
13, 1999, at Monadnock Community Hospital, Peterborough.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 12, 1927.
Mrs. Toomey had made her home in Milford with her son and daughter-in
law, Charles and Elizabeth Bosler Jr., for eight years. She had formerly
resided in Worcester, Mass., for many years and had worked as a waitress
for The Plaza Club.
She was a member of AARP, Souhegan Valley Chapter, Milford.
Mrs. Toomey was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford, and a
former communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church in Worcester.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles W. Bosler Sr.; her
second husband, John E. Toomey; and a son, James F. Bosler.
Family members include three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W.
Jr. and Elizabeth Bosler of Milford, Michael D. and Laurie Bosler of Anchorage,
Alaska, and Robert F. Bosler of Hubbardston, Mass.; three grandchildren,
Marc A. Bosler and Charles W. Bosler III, both of Milford, and Kory Bosler
of Anchorage, Alaska.
Calling hours are Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 7-9 p.m., in the Smith
and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst
St., Milford. A committal service will be held in St. John's Cemetery,
Cambridge St., Worcester, Mass., at 1 p.m.
Donations in Mrs. Toomey’s memory may be made to the Share Program,
PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
Beverly A. Barnsley
Beverly A. Barnsley, 58, of Wilmot, died suddenly Wednesday, Sept.
8, 1999, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
She was born in Leominster, Mass., on Aug.18, 1941, the daughter of
William H. and Amy M. (Ward) Barnsley. She graduated from Groton (Mass.)
High School and had been a housekeeper for over 30 years. She was a member
of the Wilmot Flat Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Ministry was a
large part of her life.
Miss Barnsley had resided in Wilmot since 1950, previously living in
Brookline for eight years and in Milford before that. Members of her surviving
family include three brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Doris Barnsley,
Richard and Willie Barnsley of Shirley, Mass. and Robert and Nancy Barnsley
of Nashua; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred and Gerald Carkin
of Sherman Mills, Maine, Barbara and David Hoagland of Wilton and Beryl
and Frank Hutchins of Fitchburg, Mass.; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and
special friends David and Martha Glass of Bristol.
A memorial service was held Sept. 11 at the Kearsarge Regional High
School in Sutton, with Brother Fred Pihl.
Memorial contributions may be made to help with expenses to Martha
Glass, P.O. Box 413, Bristol, NH 03222.
The Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, is in charge of arrangements.
Jeannette Robichaud, 82, formerly of Ashton Place, Greenville, died
Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at the Concord Hospital.
Born in Salmon Falls on May 28, 1917, the daughter of Maxim and Alphonsine
(Pelletier) LaFreniere, she lived in Greenville for more than 75 years.
She worked as a machine operator at Pioneer Plastics of Greenville for
She was the widow of Joseph L. Robichaud, who died in 1994.
She had been a member of the LeClair-Caron Women’s Auxiliary, American
Legion Post 13 of Greenville for 55 years.
Members of the family include four sons, Leo Robichaud of Gardner,
Mass., Joseph R. Robichaud of Rindge, Maurice Robichaud of Weare, and Donald
Robichaud of Northwood; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many
nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Robichaud was predeceased by four sisters, Delnina Hutchinson,
Ida Taylor, Desneige Frost and Megella LaFreniere.
A funeral service was held Sept. 13 at the Sacred Heart Church in Greenville.
Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Ipswich.
Memorial donations may be made to the Souhegan Valley Ambulance Association,
PO Box 95, New Ipswich, NH 03071.
The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, was in charge of arrangements.
Hazel P. Ecklund
Hazel Pickett Ecklund, a long-time resident of Milford, died Thursday,
Aug. 12, 1999, in Chester, Conn.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in
Milford on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,
919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611-1676.
Robinson, Wright and Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook, Conn., is
in charge of arrangements.
Jeannette Clow, 82, formerly of Greenville, died Sunday, Sept. 12,
1999, in the Pheasant Wood Nursing Home in Peterborough.
Born in New Ipswich Nov. 13, 1916, the daughter of Amede and Angelina
(Beausoliel) Vaillancourt, she had lived most of her life in Greenville.
She was a 54-year member and past president of the LeClair-Caron-Pelletier
American Legion Post 13 Ladies’ Auxiliary of Greenville, and a member of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of Greenville.
She was the widow of Howard Clow, who died in 1985.
Members of her family include three sons, Howard B. Clow Jr. and William
H. Clow, both of Bennington, and David H. Clow of Peterborough; six grandchildren;
and a sister, Theresa Fortin of New Ipswich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today (Wednesday, Sept.
15) at 10 a.m., in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 15 High St., Greenville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Memorial Fund, 15 High St., Greenville, NH 03048.
The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, is in charge of arrangements.
Irene M. Saraceno
Irene M. Saraceno, 85, of Prospect St., Milford, died Sept. 10, 1999,
at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.
She was born in Raymond on Dec. 21, 1913, a daughter of the late Roy
Townsend and Nellie (Clements) Townsend York.
Mrs. Saraceno had been a resident of Milford for 65 years.
She was a member of the Harley Sanford Post 4368 VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary,
Family members include her husband of 65 years, Leo Paul Saraceno of
Milford; three daughters and sons-in-law, Norma M. and Frederick Jepson
of Milford, Nancy I. Boyer and Stan Sichel of Marco Island, Fla., and Noreen
B. Clifford of Milford; eight grandchildren, Bret and Maureen Jepson, Jo
Ann and Phillip Aubrey, Jayma and Mark Walker, Jon Jepson and Patrick Clifford,
all of Milford, Jeryl and Ned Williams of Charlestown, Mass., Lena Boyer
of San Diego, Calif., and Jeff and Sue Boyer of Danvers, Mass.; 11 great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Dorothy Richards and Beatrice Sargent, both of Milford; and
several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Saraceno was predeceased by a brother, Richard Townsend of Massachusetts.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14 in St. Patrick Church,
Milford, followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mrs. Saraceno’s memory may be made to the Share Program,
PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.