|Edward J. Thane
Edward J. Thane, 84, of Johnson St., Milford, died Sept. 26, 1999,
at the Milford Medical Center.
Mr. Thane was born in Maynard, Mass., on Aug. 27, 1915, a son of the
late James and Mary Thane.
He had been a resident of Milford 50 years. He was the store manager
at Aubuchon Hardware in Milford, where he was employed for 30 years.
He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford, and a member of
the Milford Council 3035 Knights of Columbus, 4th degree. He was a member
of the Milford Lions Club; the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23, American Legion;
and Harley Sanford Post 4368, VFW, in Milford.
Mr. Thane served as bail commissioner in Milford for many years and
also as supervisor of the check list.
He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought in
the Battle of the Bulge and received a Bronze Star.
Family members include his wife of 53 years, Kathryn L. (Reid) Thane
of Milford; two sons and daughters-in-law, James E. and Karen Thane of
Arroyl Grande, Calif., and William R. and Shannon Thane of Hayward, Calif.;
two grandchildren, Kathryn Thane and William Thane, both of Arroyl Grande,
Calif.; two nieces, Carole Autori of New York City and Sheila Hurteau of
Calling hours are today (Wednesday, Sept. 29), from 6-9 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. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mr. thane’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association,
20 Merrimack St., Manchester, NH 03101.
Scott Richardson, infant son of Tammy and James Richardson of Vero
Beach, Fla., formerly of Milford, died unexpectedly on Sept. 16, 1999,
at Indian River Memorial Hospital.
He is suvived by his sister, Jessica Richardson of Vero Beach, Fla.;
maternal grandparents, Dolores and Donald Fabri of Nashua; paternal grandparents,
Carolyn and Edward Richardson of Vero Beach, Fla.; and great-grandparents,
Stella and Clifford Kinghorn of Vero Beach, Fla.
Private services will be at a later date.
The Cox-Clifford Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.
Dian F. Pinkerton
Dian F. Pinkerton, 58, of Beaver Brook Circle, Amherst, died Aug. 24,
1999, at her home.
She was born in Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 30, 1940, a daughter of
the late Lawrence and Hollace (North) Wyman.
Mrs. Pinkerton had been a resident of Amherst, for the past 26 years.
She was educated in Sacramento schools and graduated from Sacramento
Junior College with an associate’s degree and earned her bachelor's degree
from the University of Oregon.
Mrs. Pinkerton had been employed as a Realtor for Norwood Real Estate,
Amherst, for 21 years. For a short time she had been employed as a flight
attendant for World Airways.
She was a member of the Amherst Junior Women's Club. She was a volunteer
at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
Mrs. Pinkerton was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford and
was active in the SHARE Program. She spearheaded the Christmas Program
through SHARE. In addition, she enjoyed gardening, reading mystery novels
She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America,
The United States and the Caribbean.
Family members include her husband, Kent R. Pinkerton of Amherst; a
daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly D. and James E. Stone of Mont Vernon;
a son, Kent R. Pinkerton Jr. of Amherst; a sister, Colleen D. Warnshuis
of Fair Oaks, Calif.; her mother-in-law, Frances Pinkerton of Nashua; a
sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judith and Richard Shuman of Westfield,
N.J.; Several nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Oct.
1 at 9 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Milford. A private family burial will
be in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations in Mrs. Pinkerton’s memory may be made to SHARE, PO Box 27,
Milford, NH 03055 or to the Humane Society, Proctor Cemetery Fund, 24 Ferry
Road, Nashua, NH 03060.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Vincent P. Bowen
Vincent P. Bowen, 72, of Old Bass River Road, Dennis, Mass., died Wednesday,
Sept. 22, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Bowen was born on Aug. 8, 1927, in Milford, the son of the late
Luke and Theresa Katherine (Burke) Bowen. He was a graduate of Milford
High School and St. Anselm College with a bachelor’s degree.
Mr. Bowen spent nearly 40 years in the fine china industry based out
of New York City. He represented Johnson Brothers Wedgewood and International
China in national sales.
After hs retirement in 1986, he worked for Cape Cod Stoneware and the
South Yarmouth Hardware Store.
Mr. Bowen lived in Ridgewood, N.J. from 1971 to 1986, and moved to
Dennis, Mass., in 1986.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Eleanor (Hughes) Bowen of Dennis,
Mass., two step-daughters, Karen Powers and Susan Russo, both of Wallop,
Mass.; a grandchild; a brother, James Bowen of Wilton; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 2, at
11 a.m., in St. Patrick Church, Amherst Street, Milford. Burial will be
in Calvary Cemetery in Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to Cape Cod Artificial Kidney Center
Patient Fund, 241 Willow St., Yarmouthport, MA 02675; or to Covenant House,
Times Square Station, Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0731.
The Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, Bourne, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.
Albert R. Gould
Albert R. Gould, 70, of Railroad Avenue, Merrimack, died Sept. 20,
1999, at his home.
He was born in Ripley, Maine, on May 18, 1929, son of the late Guy
Raymond and Thelma (Leo) Gould.
Mr. Gould was predeceased by two brothers, Milton Gould and Gerald
Before his retirement, Mr. Gould had been employed at W.R. Grace in
Nashua for more than 27 years
Members of his family include his wife, Juanita (Bishop) Gould of Merrimack;
two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Cheryl Henderson of Lyndeborough
and Chill Gould of Merrimack; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and George
Merrimack; three grandchildren, Joshua Rowsey, Jessica and Colby Montminy;
a brother, Eugene Gould of Maine; a sister, Arline Pullen of Maine; and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 24 in the George R. Rivet Funeral
Home, Merrimack. Burial followed in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack.
Memorial contributions may be made to Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect
St., Nashua, NH 03060.
Matthew Burks, age 19, of Amherst, died suddenly on Sept. 22, 1999,
after suffering a cerebral aneurysm. Matthew is the beloved only son of
Ken and Bernadette Burks, and the cherished older brother of Kristina and
Bernadette of Amherst.
Matthew's devoted grandparents are Jack and Bernie O'Callahan of Charlestown,
Mass., to whom he was particularly close. He was predeceased by his paternal
grandparents, Joseph J. and Ouida Burks of Wolfforth, Texas. Other family
members include many uncles, aunts and cousins in Massachusetts, Ill.,
and throughout the Southwest.
Matthew attended Souhegan High School and Boston University where he
was studying computer science. He was employed by Oracle Corporation, in
Waltham, Mass., as a software engineer.
Matt will be best remembered for his friendliness and his enormous
personal charm. He also had a wide variety of interests and talents. At
the age of three, he began to sit on his father’s lap to reach the keyboard
and that began his lifelong love of the computer.
Matt was an expert skier and played ice hockey for many years.
He was an avid sailor who proudly sailed solo on Boston Harbor at the
age of eight.
A lover of music, he played the oboe and taught himself to play the
A Memorial Mass will be held in celebration of Matthew's life on Saturday,
Oct. 2, at 9 a.m., St. Patrick Church, Milford. If you choose, kindly write
down a few memories of Matt so that they might become treasured keepsakes
for his family to read in the future.
Donations in his name may be made to Matthew Burks' Memorial, Nashua
Soup Kitchen, Box 3116, Nashua, NH 03061.
Dorothea W. Leighton
Dorothea W. Leighton, 79, resident of Leighton Lane, Temple, died Oct.
12, 1999, at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Medford, Mass., on Aug. 16, 1920, a daughter of the
late S. Prank and Kathryn L (Porter) Williams.
Mrs. Leighton had been a resident of Temple, for the past eight years.
She was currently employed as office manager for Red and White Trucking
Service, Fitchburg, Mass., for 43 years.
Mrs. Leighton and her late husband owned and operated Upland Acres
Farm in Temple, for many years. In addition, she had been a bookkeeper
for her son's restaurant, The 1808 House, New Ipswich, for several years,
and had worked at the school lunch program in Temple.
In her youth, she was a member of the Rainbow Girls and later became
a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She enjoyed crafts and cooking and was the recipient of the Cook of
the Year Award..
Mrs. Leighton was also an avid NASCAR Racing fan.
She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Edgar L. Leighton Jr.,
and a son, Edgar L. Leighton III.
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothea F. Guy and
John A. Parker of Temple; a daughter-in-law, Elle Matthews of Temple; six
grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Helen
McKinnon of Cottonwood, Ariz., Shirley and Bruce Coughlin of Lynn, Mass.;
and many nieces and nephews; her dearest friends, the Bouchard and Bergeron
families of Fitchburg. Funeral services were private. Burial was in Miller
Cemetery, Temple. Donations in her memory may be made to the Temple Congregational
Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 115, Temple, NH 03084.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Jacquelin K. Hardy
Jacquelin K. Hardy, 78, of Coventry Court, Merrimack, died Oct. 12,
1999, at Elliot Hospital, Manchester.
She was born in Freeport, N.Y., on Feb. 8, 1921, a daughter of the
late Eugene and Rhoda (Wilson) Ferris.
Mrs. Hardy had been a resident of Merrimack for 10 years. She had formerly
lived in Goffstown and Nashua.
She was employed for 15 years as a manager by the 5 &10 Variety
in North Merrick, Long Island, N.Y.
Mrs. Hardy was predeceased by her first husband, James Radin, and her
second husband, Edwin Hardy.
Family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Glen
Whitehouse of Amherst; two grandchildren, Corrie Kirklen of Park City,
Utah, and Tracy McGuire of Goffstown; and a great-grandchild, Kendall Kirklen
of Park City, Utah.
Funeral services were scheduled Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the
Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. The Rev. David Taylor,
pastor of the First Congregational Church of Amherst, officiated. Burial
will be private in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations in Mrs. Hardy’s memory may be made to the American Cancer
Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
Joan M. Hall
Joan M. Hall, 56, of Palm Bay, Fla., died Oct. 12, 1999, at Cedars
Medical Center, Miami, Fla.
Mrs. Hall was born in Nashua. She was a 1961 graduate of St. Louis
High School, Nashua. She moved to Florida from Mont Vernon in 1992.
Mrs. Hall worked for Hall Bros. Construction Company in Amherst as
a bookkeeper before moving to Florida. She enjoyed bowling, reading crossword
puzzles, sewing and cooking.
Surviving members of her family include her husband of 35 years, Robert
J. Hall, of Palm Bay, Fla.; a daughter and a son-in-law, Karen M. and Scott
Russell of West Melbourne, Fla.; a grandson, Ryan Russell; a sister, Jeannette
Gagnon of Nashua; and two brothers, Omer Leith of Milford, and Robert Leigh
A Memorial Mass was held Oct. 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Palm
Donations may be made to Catholic Hospice, 14100 Palmetto Frontage
Road, Suite 370, Miami, FL 33016.
The Fountainhead Memorial Funeral Home, Palm Bay, Fla., was in charge
Bruce L. Bourgeois
Bruce L. Bourgeois, 40, resident of Salisbury Road, Mont Vernon, died
unexpectedly, Oct. 15, 1999, in Brookline.
He was born in Lowell, Mass., on Sept. 8, 1959, a son of Theresa (Baril)
Bourgeois of Mont Vernon, and the late Lionel Bourgeois.
Mr. Bourgeois had been a resident of Mont Vernon for the past 14 years
and had formerly resided in Wilton for several years.
He was a graduate of White Mountain Regional High School, Whitefield.
He earned his associate’s degree from N.H. Vocational Technical College,
Nashua, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Lowell, Mass.
Mr. Bourgeois was self employed as a carpenter for 13 years.
He was a member of Light of the World Christian Church in Milford.
In addition to his mother, family members include his wife, Cheryl
L. (Canada) Bourgeois of Mont Vernon; three sons, Josiah B. Bourgeois,
Ryan M. Bourgeois and Christopher R. Bourgeois, all of Mont Vernon; a daughter,
Rachel M. Bourgeois of Mont Vernon; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy
and Ron Sheehan of Avon Park, Fla.; a niece, Cheryl Winget of Twin Mountain.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held today
(Wednesday, Oct. 20), 6 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, West Street,
Milford. The Rev. Kyn Ghanian, past of Light of the World Christian Church,
will officiate. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Light of the World Christian Church
of Milford Christian Academy, 273 Elm Street, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys E. Foote
Gladys E. Foote, 98, of Niceville, Fla., died Sept. 23, 1999, at her
caregivers home in Destin, Fla.
She was born in Lyndeborough on June 27, 1901, a daughter of the late
Harlan and May (Poller) Emery.
She moved to Kittery in 1940 and then to Eliot, Maine. She became a
resident of Niceville, Fla., in 1985.
She was active in the Eliot Garden Club and became a member of the
Maine Judges Council. At the time of her death her title was "Master Judge
Emeritus," accredited by the National Council of Federated Garden Clubs.
For 66 years she was married to the late Wells D. Foote.
She is survived by a daughter, Lois Ann Oliver of Portsmouth; and four
sons, Wells D. Foote Jr. of Lyndeborough, Hubert E. Foote of Niceville,
Fla., Emery B. Foote of Hemando Beach, Fla., and Harlan B. Foote of Renton,
A graveside service will be held in the Lyndeborough South Cemetery
Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.
Judith Anne (Ratcliffe) Daigle
Judith Anne (Ratcliffe) Daigle, 43, of Melody Lane, Amherst, died Oct.
16, 1999, at her home on Saturday evening.
She was born in New Bedford, Mass., on Aug. 3, 1956, a daughter of
William Ratcliffe of Massachusetts and the late Hope (Johnson) Ratcliffe.
Mrs. Daigle was a graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1974.
She also attended South East Massachusetts University in North Dartmouth,
She had resided in Amherst since 1985, moving there from Nashua, where
she had lived since 1976. Prior to moving to Nashua, she had resided in
Mrs. Daigle was the wife of David R. Daigle, whom she had married June
Until two years ago, she had been employed at PK’s Garden Center for
about 10 years.
Mrs. Daigle’s greatest joy was in her family. She also enjoyed drawing,
painting, various crafts, gardening and horseback riding. For many years
when was a member of the Hannah Dustin Quilters Club. She also did quilting
for Country Acres of New England, a women’s home in the Keene area.
Mrs. Daigle was a member of Grander Brook Women’s Association, and
volunteered at their Christian camp in Maine painting, cooking an cleaning.
At one time, she served as a Girl Scout leader and Bible teacher at the
Mrs. Daigle was a member of Nashua Church of Christ serving on the
building expansion committee. She also was instrumental in forming the
church’s library and was an active gardener for the church grounds.
In addition to her husband and father, survivors include a daughter,
Allison Daigle, currently a sophomore at Harding University in Searcy,
Ark.; a son, Christopher Daigle of Amherst, currently a senior at Souhegan
High school; a sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Stuart Pessin; a
niece, Sarah-Ellen Pessin, all of Acushnet, Mass.; her mother-in-law, Alice
Daigle of Milford; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service will be held today (Wednesday, Oct. 20), 1 p.m.,
at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, One Lock Street, Nashua.
The Rev. Mark Hopkins, pastor of Nashua Church of Christ, will officiate.
Interment and committal prayers will follow in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at Nashua Church of Christ,
97 Farley Road, Nashua, on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. Friends are invited
to attend both services.
Donations may be made to Gander Brook Christian Camp, c/o Nashua Church
of Christ, 97 Farley Road, Nashua; or the Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer
Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115.
Edith F. French
Edith F. French, 75, resident of Chappell Drive, Milford, died Oct.
15, 1999, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.
She was born in Long Island, Maine, on May 17, 1924, a daughter of
the late Harold and Ella W. (Jacobsen) Floyd.
Mrs. French had been a resident of Milford, for the past 22 years and
had formerly resided in Dunstable, Mass. for 17 years.
She was an avid sports fan.
Mrs. French was predeceased by her husband, Carl French Jr., who died
in l983, and a daughter, Linda M. Ross, who died in 1997.
Family members include a daughter, Deborah A. Surprenant of Milford;
two sons, Timothy A. Ross and Barry L. Ross, both of Milford; six grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; a brother, William A. Floyd of Cape Elizabeth,
Maine; and two nephews and a niece.
A private graveside service will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth,
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association,
NH Affiliate, 20 Merrimack Street, Manchester, NH 03101; or to American
Diabetes Association, NH Affiliate, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Christopher G. Warriner
Christopher G. Warriner, 20, of Milford, died Oct. 20, 1999, in Dartmouth
Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, after a life-long struggle with cystic
He was born in Nashua on Feb. 27, 1979, a son of Steve and Julia (Saytanides)
Warriner of Milford.
He had lived in Nashua, Bedford, Bow and more recently in Milford.
He attended Milford High School.
Christopher had been employed as a stock clerk at Parts America, Milford.
He enjoyed working on cars, snowmobiles and three-wheelers.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Amy Warriner,
Caitlin Warriner and Jessica Warriner, all of Milford; maternal grandparents
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Saytanides of Milford; paternal grandmother Beatrice
Warriner of Manchester; a niece, Rebecca Warriner of Milford; a granduncle
and aunt, Russ and Geri Dickerman of Milford; aunts, uncles, cousins and
Graveside service were held Oct. 23 in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Christopher’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
114 Perimeter Rd., Unit E, Nashua, NH 03063. Smith and Heald Funeral Home,
Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. Anderson
Robert L. Anderson, 62, of 70 Island Drive, Merrimack, died Saturday,
Oct. 16, 1999, in Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua, after a long
He was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., on June 1, 1937, a son of the late
Lawrence N. and Ruth I. (Erickson) Anderson.
Mr. Anderson was a resident of Merrimack for the past nine years.
Following four years of service in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Boston,
Mr. Anderson was employed at Sanders Association in Nashua for 38 years
as an electronic engineer, holding various technical and managerial positions.
Mr. Anderson received his electrical engineering education at the Milwaukee
(Wisconsin) School of Engineering.
Members of his family include his wife of 41 years, Kaye A. (Dulbis)
Anderson of Merrimack; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Anderson
and Jeffrey and Catherine Anderson, all of Nashua; three grandchildren,
Robert M. and William L. Anderson, both of Merrimack, and Lauren E. Anderson
of Milford; and an aunt, Phoebe Erickson of White River Junction, Vt.
Funeral services were held Oct. 19, in the George R. Rivet Funeral
Home, Merrimack. Following cremation, burial will be at a later date in
Washington Cemetery on Washington Island, Wisc.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Church of Washington Island,
Vileta P. Selchow
Vileta P. Selchow, 99, of Milford, died Oct. 20, 1999, at Harborside
Healthcare Center-Crestwood in Milford.
She was born in Hillsboro on Feb. 1, 1900, the daughter of Fred and
Myrtie May (Hoyt) Nelson.
She lived most of her adult life in Milford, graduating from Milford
High School in 1918. She wintered in Florida for more than 25 years.
Her second husband of 23 years, Frederick M. Selchow, died in 1987.
Her first husband, George C. Chartier, died in 1949.
Mrs. Selchow worked as a secretary and as a loan teller in the Souhegan
National Bank in Milford for many years. She also worked for several years
in the Milford office of The N.H. Farm Bureau before her retirement.
She was a longtime member of the Milford Woman's Club and the A.A.R.P.
During her life she was well known for the many poems she wrote which were
published in magazines, anthologies, and newspapers, including the Milford
She studied oil painting in Florida after her retirement and completed
a large body of work. She and Mr. Selchow were avid square dancers, participating
regularly in New Hampshire towns.
Mrs. Selchow was predeceased by a grandson, Bruce Robert Chartier,
who died in 1994, a sister, Lila G. Ashford George, and a brother, Guy
Family members include one daughter, Vileta C. Chase of New Ipswich;
two sons and daughter-in-law, Donald A. and Lucille (McKay) Chartier of
Nashua and Robert N. and Betty (Bruce) Chartier of Merrimack; nine grandchildren,
Linda D. Chase of New Ipswich, Judith A. Falkowski of Merrimack, William
N. Chartier of Milford, Glenn K. Chartier of Weare, Lynne D. Perron of
Manchester, Jeffrey D. Chartier of Andover, Mass., Alison J. Chase of Milford,
Stephen M. Chartier of Nashua and Valerie D. Gerlack of Milford; 13 great-grandchildren;
3 great-great-grandchildren; two nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral services were held Oct. 23 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home,
Milford. The Rev. Thomas Getchell-Lacey, pastor of the Milford United Methodist
Church, officiated. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mrs. Selchow’s memory may be made to the charity of one's
Fay A. Scharmett
Fay A. (Zerinsky) Scharmett, 62, of 7 Country Lane, Leominster, Mass.,
died Oct. 5, 1999, at the University of Massachusetts Hospital in Worchester,
after a long illness.
She leaves her husband of 38 years, Robert Scharmett; two sons, Barry
Scharmett of Boca Raton, Fla., and Steven Scharmett of Leominster, Mass.;
a daughter, Karen Cruz of Delray Beach, Fla.; a brother, Dr. Richard S.
Zerinsky of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, and one granddaughter.
She was born in Winchendon, the daughter of Sidney C. and Sadie (Side)
Zerinsky and lived in Leominster for 38 years.
With her husband, she owned and operated the Milford Drive-In Theater
for 30 years, the Key Road Car Wash in Keene for 19 years, and Central
Street Car Wash in Leominster since 1986.
She graduated from Murdock High School in Winchendon and Simmons College
in Boston. She was a member of Agudas Achim Synagogue and its Sisterhood
and Leominster Chapter of Hadassah.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 7 in Agudas Achim Synagogue, 268
Washington St., Leominster. Burial was at Agudas Achim Cemetery in Fitchburg,
Memorial contributions may be made to Agudas Achim Synagogue, 268 Washington
St., Leominster, MA 01453.
James W. Signor
James W. Signor, 60, of Meriden, Conn., died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999,
at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Conn., following a brief illness.
Mr. Signor was born on Feb. 6, 1939, in Nashua, son of Mary Kirby Signor
of Tennessee and the late Benjamin Signor.
Mr. Signor lived most of his life in Milford, and attended Milford
schools in the 1950s. He had been a Meriden resident for the past 22 years.
Mr. Signor was a Milford police officer in the 1960s and 1970s, working
under Chief "Rocky" Rockwell.
He had worked at Sterm-Rueger of Prescott, Ariz., as a national sales
manager. He previously had worked at Hitchiner Manufacturing Company as
a sales manager for 15 years.
Mr. Signor was a member of the B.P.O.E. and the N.R.A.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Marietta Percope
Signor; children from a previous marriage to Janet (Lemay) Porter of Milford:
a son, Jeffrey Alan Signor of Clinton, Mass., and two daughters, Cindy
L. Labrie of Hancock and Patricia L. Turner of Milford; four brothers,
Gary, Robert and Benjamin Signor, all of New Hampshire, and Peter Signor
of Tennessee; a sister, Virley Maxwell of Tennessee; eight grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private and held at a later date.
The Smith-Ruzzo Funeral Home, Meriden, Conn., was in charge of arrangements.
Calvin C. Wylie
Calvin C. Wylie, 74 of Howard Street, Wilton, died Friday, Oct. 29,
1999, at this residence after a lengthy illness.
Born in Wilton Oct. 13. 1925, the son of the late Alva F. and Helen
J. (Magoon) Wylie, he had lived in Wilton all his life.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Campaigns.
He was a Past Commander of the Bent-Burke American Legion Post No. 10 of
Wilton and a member of the Harley-Sanford VFW Post No.4368 of Milford.
He was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Wilton and a
former member of the Wilton Fire Department for many years.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping with his family.
Members of his family include his wife of 20 years, .May B. (Welch)
Wylie of Wilton; two step-sons, James W. and his wife Donna Patterson,
and Ronald P. and his wife Linda Patterson, all of Wilton; four step-grandchildren;
a sister, Gwendolyn Bolduc of Port Richie, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews
Funeral services were held Nov. 2 in the Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Second Congregational Church
Memorial Fund, 5 Gregg St. Wilton, NH 03086
The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, was in charge of arrangements.
Robert A. Tagg
Robert A. Tagg, 83, of Mooreland Street, Milford, died Oct. 27, 1999,
at his home.
He was born in Ayer, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1915, a son of the late James
and Helen (McPherson) Tagg.
Mr. Tagg was a graduate of Ayer High School, class of 1933. He was
U.S. Army veteran, stationed in the pacific during World War II. After
the war, he and his late wife, Phyllis, made their home in Milford.
Mr. Tagg worked in the construction industry for 50 years and on several
projects, including Logan International Airport in Boston, the Tappan Zee
Bridge in New York and Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, Seabrook. He was a
member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4, Roslindale,
Mr. Tagg enjoyed playing golf and working around his home.
He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis (Montgomery) Tagg,
who died in 1997; a brother and two sisters.
Family members include a brother-in-law, Gordon C. Phillips of Kennebunkport,
Maine; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Oct. 30 in Riverside Cemetery in Milford.
Donations in Mr. Tagg’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.
Francis W. Sweeney
Francis W. Sweeney, 68, of Windham, died Oct. 28, 1999 in St. Joseph
Hospital in Nashua, following a brief illness.
Mr. Sweeney was born in Keene on Sept. 19, 1931, the son of Evelyn
(Felkey) Woodward and the late Roger Sweeney. He had resided in Windham
for 20 years, formerly living in Fitzwilliam and Milford. He was a 1949
graduate of Keene High School. He attended the University of New Hampshire
in Durham and MIT in Cambridge, Mass.
He later served with the U.S. Navy. He was employed as an electrical
engineer for Adams-Russell in Amesbury, Mass.
He enjoyed reading and walking and loved to watch sports.
He was predeceased by his son, Lance Chamberlain on March 17, 1999.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beverly A. (Brothers)
Sweeney of Windham; four daughters, Deborah S. Lohoski of Vienna, Va.,
Linda D. Hartwell of Jaffrey, Patricia A. Dubey of Middlefield, Conn.,
and Cynthia J. Mullert of Princeton, Mass.; two sons, Mark D. Sweeney of
Fitzwilliam and Paul M. Sweeney of Wilton; a stepdaughter, Melanie L. Chamberlain
of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two stepsons, Michael L. Chamberlain of Redondo Beach,
Calif., and Scott K. Chamberlain of Goffstown; 18 grandchildren; a sister,
Marilyn Nims of Ashburnham, Mass.; and his former wife, Theodora B. Sweeney
of Worcester, Mass.
There are no calling hours. Following cremation, a memorial Mass will
be celebrated Thursday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Bernard’s Church,
Memorial contributions may be made to N.H. Heart Association, 20 Merrimack
St., Suite 1, Manchester, NH 03101—2244.
The Peabody Funeral Home, Derry, is in charge of arrangements.
Frederick R. Shenk
Frederick R. Shenk, 99, of Doylestown, Penn., on Oct. 27, 1999, at
Pine Run Community in Doylestown, Penn.
Mr. Shenk was born on March 31, 1900, in Reading, Penn., the son of
Dr. George and Letta Shenk of Reading. He graduated from Reading High School
in 1918, attended Cornell University and graduated from the university
of Pennsylvania with a bachelors degree in Architecture in 1923.
Mr. Shenk lived most of his life in Reading and Wyomissing, where he
was a partner in the architectural firm of Muhlenberg Bros., and, later,
Shenk and Seibert. He specialized in educational buildings, designing more
than 100 schools. He served two terms on the Governors Advisory Committee
on School Building Standards.
Mr. Shenk was a member of the American Institute of Architects and
was a former board member and treasurer of The Pennsylvania Society of
Architects School Facilities Council.
He was a trustee of the Reading and Berics County YMCA, a trustee of
Charles Evans Cemetery, a member of the Wyomissing recreation board, The
Torch Club of Reading and The Washington Library Company.
Mr. Shenk served in the Pennsylvania Reserve Militia in 1917 and the
U.S. Army in 1918.
His wife, Alice Fox Shenk, predeceased him in 1990.
Survivors include two sons, Frederick R. Shenk Jr. of Southport, N.C.
and Christopher F. Shenk of Amherst; six grandchildren, including Fritz
Shenk of Wilton; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be conducted at the convenience of the family
at the Chapel at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Penn.
Donations may be made to Atonement Luthern Church, Wyomissing, Penn.,
or the American Cancer Society.
Jeane H. Reed
Jeane H. Reed, 73, resident of Philip Road, Derry, died Oct. 27, 1999,
in Milford, at the home of her daughter.
Born in San Francisco, Calif., on Aug. 29, 1926, she was the daughter
of the late Ronald M. and Eneth (Sparks) Hall.
She was married 49 years to Marion W. Reed, who died in 1990.
Mrs. Reed was actively involved with the Native Daughters of The Golden
West, as a CASA representative, and a member of the Milford Lioness, where
she served as treasurer.
Family members include her daughter, Denise Macenas of Milford; two
sons, David A. Reed of Rochester, and Darrel L. Reed of Lowell, Mass.;
six grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald M. Hall of Walker, Calif., and
Lloyd P. Campbell of Ilailo, Philippines; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Oct. 29 at the Smith and heald Funeral
home, Milford. Burial was to be private in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mrs. Reed’s memory may be made to the American Cancer
Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Unit 501, Bedford,
03110-5032 or Home, Health and Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua,
Margaret M. Cassanerio
Margaret M. Cassanerio, 80, resident of Crosby Street, Milford, died
Oct. 28, 1999, in Southern N.H. Medical Center, Nashua.
She was born in Fall River, Mass., on Aug. 20, 1919, a daughter of
the late Winfield and Alice (McCrink) Wentworth.
Mrs. Cassanerio had been a resident of Milford for more than 40 years.
She had been employed as a nurse’s aide at the former Crosby Street
Nursing Home, Milford, and St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua. In addition, she
had worked at the Clinton Street Mill, Milford.
Mrs. Cassanerio was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
Family members include her daughter, Sharon Hubbard of Bennington;
two grandchildren, Leah Hubbard of Temple, and Sarah Hubbard of Lyndeborough;
and several nieces.
Mrs. Cassanerio was predeceased by her husband, Charles Cassanerio
Sr., who died in 1973; two sons, Charles Winfield Cassanerio and Charles
Cassanerio Jr.; and a daughter, Linda Cassanerio.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 2 in St. Patrick
Church, Milford. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mrs. Cassanerio’s memory may be made to St. Patrick Share
Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.