|Evelyn A. King
Evelyn A. King, 69, of Abbot Hill Road, Wilton, died Oct. 27, 1999,
at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough following a brief illness.
Born in Waltham, Mass. on May 17, 1930, the daughter of the late Salvatore
and Mary (Krill) Galletta, she had lived in Wilton 40 years. She was a
1948 graduate of Belmont (Mass.) High School and had lived in Dorchester,
Mass., before moving to Wilton with her husband of 51 years, Neil O. King
Mrs. King was a member of the Mayflower Rebekah Lodge of Wilton and
the Sacred Heart Parish of Wilton.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law,
Neil O. Jr. and Kathy King of Cave Creek, Ariz. and Robert D. and Christine
King of Greenland; three daughters, Elaine Schencks of Warner Robins, Ga.,
Sharon Schoffstall of Morrisonville, N.Y., and Elizabeth Stevens of Wilton;
10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law,
Joseph and Joyce Galletta of Wilton, and James and Carole Galletta of Woburn,
Mass.; one sister, Alice Papia of Grants Pass, Ore.; and many nieces and
Mrs. King was predeceased by one sister, Dorothy Adams.
Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in the Nelson Funeral
Home in Wilton. Burial followed in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20
Merrimack St., Manchester, NH 03101-2244, or the American Diabetes Association/NH
Affiliate, 104 Middle St., Manchester, NH 03101.
William O. Holt
William 0. Holt, 73, of Center Road, Lyndeborough, died Tuesday, Oct.
26, 1999, at the Crestwood Health Care Center in Milford, after a lengthy
Born in Lyndeborough, on Feb. 25, 1926, he was the son of Oliver and
Mary (Meshicovsky) Holt. He was a 1943 graduate of Wilton High School and
has lived in Lyndeborough all his life.
Mr. Holt was co-owner and operator with his brother, Benjamin, of the
Holt Brothers Orchards of Lyndeborough. He and his brother also acquired
two other farms and operated both dairy and fruit farms for many years.
He had served on the Lyndeborough Planning Board and Budget Committee
for many years. He had also been the treasurer of the Lyndeborough Mutual
Fire Insurance Association for many years. He was an avid hunter, and enjoyed
weekends at the family camp.
Members of his family include his wife of 51 years, Carma (Miller)
Holt of Lyndeborough; three sons, Mark C. Holt of Wilton, Daniel W. Holt
of Lyndeborough, and David A. Holt of Portsmouth; two daughters, Virginia
Lee Holt of Scarborough, Maine, and Susan S. Pierce of Concord; eight grandchildren;
a great-granddaughter; a brother, Benjamin Holt of Wilton; and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at the Second Congregational Church,
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater
New Hampshire Chapter, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, is in charge of arrangements.
Williamina I. Hepburn
Williamina I. Hepburn, 100, died Oct. 26, 1999, at Harborside Healthcare
She was born in Scotland on April 1,1899, a daughter of the late William
and Christina Hepburn.
Miss Hepburn emigrated to the United States in 1914. She had been a
resident of Milford for many years and had also resided in Mont Vernon
for a number of years.
She had been employed by Hillsboro Mills in Wilton, for several years.
Miss Hepburn was a member of Puritan-Charity Chapter 29 Order of Eastern
Star and a 70-year member of Custos Morum Rebekah Lodge 23, Milford.
She was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church.
Miss Hepburn was predeceased by her brother, Alexander Hepburn.
Family members include a niece, Christine Schramm of Hayward, Calif.,
and several friends.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held Friday,
Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford.
The Rev. Thomas Getchell-Lacey, pastor of the Milford United Methodist
Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mont Vernon,
at a later date.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Milford United Methodist
Church Memorial Fund, 20 Mont Vernon St., Milford, NH 03055.
Franklin James Hadley
Franklin James Hadley, 90, of Squantum Rd., Jaffrey, died on October
27, 1999, at Genesis Elder Care in Keene
Mr. Hadley was born in Temple on Feb. 25, 1909, the son of Willis Osgood
and Clara Luella (Perry) Hadley.
He attended schools in Temple and Milford.
He worked for the Hampshire Hills Dairy, Wilton, and as a manager of
the Bible Hill Farm in Francestown from 1946 to 1954.
Mr. Hadley worked at the Goodell Cutlery Co., Antrim for 11 years,
and W.W.Cross in Jaffrey. After retirement, he worked for 18 years as the
caretaker at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge.
He was an accomplished gardener and enjoyed people and working with
He was a member of Oak Hill Grange in Francestown.
He was predeceased by his second wife, Isabelle (Dodge) Wilson Hadley,
in l975, and by five brothers, Herman, Curtis, Osgood, Perry, and Wilfred
He leaves his first wife and companion, R. June Sumner, Jaffrey; four
sons, James A. Hadley, Jaffrey, Edward Opphile, Jaffrey; Willis 0. Hadley
and Daniel Cetrone, Greenfield; two step-children, Maurice Wilson Jr.,
M.D., and Joan Putnam of Bennington,and their families; and several nieces
A private graveside services will be held at Greenvale Cemetery, Greenfield,
at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to his favorite charity, the VFW Ambulance
Service, Main St., Jaffrey, NH 03452
The Woodbury and Son Funeral Service, Peterborough, is in charge of
Josephine L. Fairfield
Josephine L. Fairfield, 84, died Oct. 27, 1999, at Harborside Healthcare
She was born in Milford, on Feb. 21, 1915, a daughter of the late Louis
and Louisa Locicero.
Mrs. Fairfield had been a resident of Milford and Wilton for most of
her life. She had been employed as a bookkeeper and secretary for Draper
Fuel Company, Wilton, for more than 10 years.
Mrs. Fairfield was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford, and
a member of Harley Sanford Post 4368, VFW Auxiliary, Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Otis E. Fairfield, who died in
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Maxene and David
Flynn of Wilton; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister,
Rose Fogliani of Milford; a brother, Atilio Locicero of Nashua; and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Nov. 2 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home
in Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. Donations in
Mrs. Fairfield’s memory may be made to the Milford Ambulance Service, 1
Union Square, Milford, NH 03055.
Raymond C. Daudier
Raymond C. Daudier, 63, of Milford, died Oct. 28, 1999 at the Milford
Medical Center after a sudden illness.
He was born in Manchester on May 14, 1936, the son of Conrad and Yvonne
(Huard) Daudier. He was educated in the local school system and attended
Bishop Brady High School. He was a graduate of Wentworth Technical Institute.
He had been a resident of Milford for the past 30 years.
He served four years in the United States Air Force.
For 30 years, until his retirement, Mr. Daudier had been employed as
an electronic technician by Sanders Associates.
He was predeceased by his father, Conrad Daudier, who died in 1998.
Members of his family include his wife, Sue Yuan (Chang) Daudier of
Milford. Two sons, Daniel Daudier and Steven Daudier, both of Milford;
three daughters, Judith Merrill of Stratham, Angela Reeve of Hastings,
N.Y., and Elizabeth Daudier of Nashua; six grandchildren; and his mother,
Yvonne Daudier of Amherst.
Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at the McHugh Funeral Home in Manchester,
followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church. Encryptment
will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Manchester.
Elizabeth M. Norsell
Elizabeth M. Norsell, 95, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at Harborside
Healthcare Center, Milford.
She was born in East Orange, N.J. on Sept. 10, 1904, a daughter of
the late John A. and Anna M. (Link) Berry.
She attended Montclair (N.J.) Normal School.
Mrs. Norsell had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law in
Amherst for nine years. She formerly resided in Upper Darby, Pa., and Haddonfield,
N.J., for many years.
She was employed for many years by I-T-E Circuit Breaker Company in
Philadelphia, Pa., and had taught kindergarten for several years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph F. Norsell.
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Robert
A. Suomala of Amherst; two grandsons and their wives, Mark and Becky Suomala
of Chichester, and Paul B. and Jean Suomala of Antrim; two great-grandchildren,
Johanna Suomala and John Suomala, both of Antrim; and a sister, Margaret
Burton of Marshfield, Wisc.
A memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst
St., Milford, at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Locustwood Cemetery,
Cherry Hill, N.J., at later date.
Donations in Mrs. Norsell’s memory may be made the Audubon Society
of New Hampshire, 3 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Louise S. Wylie
Louise S. Wylie, 90, a resident of the Pillsbury Home, Milford, died
Oct. 28, 1999, at her daughter’s home in Milford.
She was born in Methuen, Mass., on May 22, 1909, a daughter of the
late Thomas and Flora (Hall) Smith.
Mrs. Wylie had been a resident of Milford for the past 34 years and
had formerly resided in Fremont, for many years.
She was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church and had been
active in many church organizations, and was a member of the Custos Morum
Rebekah Lodge 23, Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. William B. Wylie, who died
Family members include a son, Robert W. Wylie of Leominster, Mass.;
two daughters, Cynthia J. Burke of Milford, and Sandra L. Lyford of Oxford,
N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Oct. 31 in the Milford United Methodist
Church in Milford. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Methuen, Mass.,
at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands, c/o Milford United
Methodist Church, 20 Mont Vernon Street, Milford, NH 03055. The Smith and
Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth I Maki
Ruth I. Maki, 78, of Lyndeborough Center Road, Lyndeborough died Wednesday,
Nov. 3, 1999, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, after a lengthy
Born in Salem, Mass., on Aug. 8, 1921, she was the daughter of Thomas
and Kathryn (Costello) O'Brien. She was a 1938 graduate of Thayer Academy
in Winchester, and has lived in Lyndeborough for the past 24 years.
She was employed for 37 years by the Abbott Machine Company of Wilton
and most recently as office manager of the Aldsfeld Tax Service of Wilton.
Prior to moving to Lyndeborough, she had lived in Wilton for 35 years.
Members of her family include two sons, Jerry W. Greene and his wife
Louise, and Barry A. Greene and his wife, Martha, both of Wilton; eight
grandchildren, Brian Greene, Jennifer Greene, Pamela Rantilla, Wendy Rantilla,
Paul Rantilla, Nicholas Greene, Stephen Greene and Benjamin Greene; and
a great-grandson, Jago Rantilla Provost; a brother, T. Francis O'Brien
of Rochester, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Nov. 6, at the Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, N.E.
Division, 360 State Route 101, Ste. 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032; or to
the Shriner's Burn Institute, c/o Bektash Temple, PO Box 7252, Concord,
William P. Schooley Sr.
William P. Schooley Sr., 71, a resident of Oak Street, Milford, died
Nov. 5, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Plymouth, Pa., on Oct. 3, 1928, a son of the late Ralph
and Audrey (Coates) Schooley. He was a graduate of Plymouth (Pa.) High
School, Class of 1946.
Mr. Schooley had lived in Milford for 31 years. He was employed as
a loan officer for the former Wilton National Bank for 18 years, and served
as treasurer for the former Playhouse 101 (now American Stage Festival)
in Milford. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Milford,
Mr. Schooley was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 4368 VFW, Milford.
Family members include his wife of 46 years, Nancy (Fitch) Schooley
of Milford; two sons and daughters-in-law, W. Penn Jr. and Gloria Schooley,
of Milford; and Robert F. and Laurie Schooley of Mont Vernon; five grandchildren,
Justin Schooley, Aaron Schooley and Mollie Schooley of Mont Vernon, and
Laura Schooley and Matthew Schooley of Milford; and several aunts and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Nov. 9 in the First Congregational Church
of Milford. Burial was at the Riverside Cemetery, Milford. Donations in
Mr. Schooley’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, UCC,
Memorial Fund, PO Box 188, Milford, NH 03055 or the Souhegan Nursing Association,
24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.
Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Rosalie June "Hadley" Sumner
Rosalie June (Gordon) "Hadley" Sumner, 82, of Squantum Road, Jaffrey,
died Nov. 2, 1999, at Genesis Elder Care, Keene.
She was born in Greenfield, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth Angelia
(Burnham) Gordon. She is the widow of Walter Sumner Sr., who died in 1972.
She is also the former wife of Franklin James Hadley, who died Oct. 27,
She attended schools in Greenfield and Milford. She is a former member
of the Greenfield Grange and the Miller Grange, Temple. She is a former
employee of Sumners Rest Home, Greenfield.
Mrs. Sumner enjoyed doing crotchet work.
She had lived in Francestown, Greenfield and Jaffrey, and was a member
of the Union Congregational Church, Greenfield.
Survivors include four sons, James Alan Hadley and Edward Opphile,
both of Jaffrey, Willis O. Hadley and Daniel Cintrone, both of Greenfield;
a sister, Alice Tremblay, Northfield, Vt; a sister-in-law, Elsie Taylor
of Chelmsford, Mass.; and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Nov. 7 in Greenvale Cemetery, with the
Rev. F. Daniel Osgood officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Union Congregational Church,
Greenfield, NH 03047.
The Woodbury and Son Funeral Service of Peterborough was in charge
Richard N. Bragdon
Richard N. Bragdon, 68, a former dairy farmer and lifelong resident
of Amherst, died Dec. 4, 1999, after a valiant struggle against complications
that arose following scheduled knee surgery.
Born in Amherst center on Jan. 25, 1931, he was the son of the late
Orson H. Sr. and Helen L. (Newton) Bragdon.
He attended school in Amherst and Milford, graduating from Milford
High School in 1949.
Mr. Bragdon was employed by the Bragdon Dairy Farm located on Route
101 in Amherst. He continued to mow and produce hay on the fields of the
former Bragdon farm even after the property was purchased by the town as
Throughout his life he took great joy in watching the many people who
sledded on Bragdon’s Hill, located across the road from where the dairy
barns once stood. During its operation many years ago, he also was involved
with the Bragdon Ski Hill.
Richard Bragdon was a member of the Farm Bureau and served on several
agricultural committees. He was an organizer of the recent 50th class reunion
of the Milford High School class of 1949.
He often told stories, and all who knew him well, knew of the motorcycles
of his youth, days when he should have been in school, days when he was
in school, putting in the "new" Route 101 highway, deer in the fields,
and cows that got out of the fields. Although he never traveled far in
his lifetime, he always was fascinated with faraway people and places.
After retiring as a dairy farmer, he channeled his energies into the
sport of horseshoe pitching, even though he found the sport challenging
due to his arthritic knees. He was a founding member of the Milford Horseshoe
Club and was very proud of his involvement in the construction of the horseshoe
pits at the Milford Police Department. He was nationally ranked in 1998
as fifth best in the country for high game over average and had received
several trophies in pitching competitions. He was a member of the National
Horseshoe Pitchers’ Association, and the Gate City Clangers, and he also
pitched indoors at the Double Ringer Horseshoe Club.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Orson H. Bragdon Jr., and
his sister, Bernice M. Hardy.
Members of his family include his wife of 39 years, Jeannette (Sylvester)
Bragdon; a son, William Bragdon of Newbury, Vt.; three daughters, Nancy
Kierstead of Rochester, Betsey Noble of Richmond, Maine, and Wendy Longmoore
of Newbury, Vt.; two sisters, Barbara Medlyn of Milford and Muriel Caughlin
of Franconia; a brother, Robert Bragdon of Amherst; five grandchildren,
Dawna Pierce, Nicholas Noble, and Jessica, Benjamin and Samuel Kierstead;
and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be today (Wednesday, Dec. 8), 6-9 p.m., at the Smith
and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A service will be held Thursday,
Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Graveside services will follow
at the Bragdon family plot at Meadowview Cemetery in Amherst.
Donations may be made to the Richard N. Bragdon Memorial Fund, 249
Milton Rd., Rochester, NH 03868-8715. The fund will be used to construct
horseshoe pits in Amherst or sponsor a program for teaching horseshoe pitching
to youth and others.
E. Earl Witty
E. Earl Witty, 83, of Mont Vernon, died Dec. 4, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Montreal, Quebec, on March 25, 1916, a son of the late
Everett E. and C. Myrtle (Martin) Witty.
Mr. Witty had lived in Mont Vernon for most of his life. He was a self-employed
dairy farmer for many years.
Mr. Witty was a former member of the Prospect Grange in New Boston,
a member of the Mont Vernon Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member
of The Mont Vernon Historical Society and Purgatory Falls Fish and Game.
He was also a longtime member and former deacon of the Mont Vernon Congregational
Mr. Witty was an avid bee keeper, a lover of animals and nature. In
addition, he was a New Hampshire State Bee Inspector.
Family members include his wife, with whom he would have celebrated
their 55th anniversary on Dec. 24, Helen (Pomeroy) Witty of Mont Vernon;
two sons and daughter-in-laws, Garth Earl Witty and his wife, Louanne,
of Mont Vernon, Dirk Evans Witty and his wife, Paula, of Sharon; a brother
and sister-in-law, Donald M. Witty and his wife, Ila, of Rindge; seven
grandchildren, Sean E. Witty of Claremont, Kyle S. Witty of Plainsfield,
Travis E. Witty of Mont Vernon, Thatcher I. Witty of Nashua, Douglas B.
Witty of Sharon, Melinda M. Dean and Michelle J. Paquette, both of Milford;
six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 7 in the Mont Vernon Congregational
Church. The Rev. Bonnie Evans officiated. Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery
in Mont Vernon.
Donations in Mr. Witty’s memory may be made to the Souhegan Nursing
Association Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.
Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Isaac W. Hall
Isaac W. Hall, 83, of Amherst Street, Amherst, died Saturday Dec. l8,
l999, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness.
Mr. Hall was born in Brookline on January 26, 1916, the son of Frederick
and Irinda (Burton) Hall. He was raised in Brookline, had lived a period
of time in Wilton and then Milford, and for the past 50 years in Amherst.
He was employed for 38 years at Abbott Machine Co. of Wilton, retiring
He enjoyed gardening and antiques. He also was an avid fisherman.
His wife, Alice L. (Hanson) Hall died in 1972.
He is survived by a son, Isaac C. Hall of Milford; seven grandchildren,
12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Boutwell of Lyndeborough and
Edna Whitney of Wilton; and nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held today
(Wednesday, Dec. 22) at 11 a.m. in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations may be made to: High Hopes Foundation, P0 Box 326, Amherst,
The Fournier Funeral Home, l2 High Street in Greenville is in charge
Roy Drummond, 68, resident of 33 Eastview Drive, Wilton, died Dec.
19, 1999, at the Milford Medical Center in Milford.
Mr. Drummond was born in Port Chester, N.Y., on June 27, 1931, son
of the late Clarence and Elsie (Paul) Drummond.
He had been a resident of Wilton, for the past seven years and had
formerly resided in Milford for six years.
Mr. Drummond was a graduate of American University, Washington, DC.
He was employed as a store manager for Sears for 25 years and had worked
as a Business Broker and Real Estate Agent for the past 15 years.
Mr. Drummond was a U.S. Naval Pilot having served during the Korean
Conflict He was the recipient of the United Nations Service Medal, National
Defense Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.
He enjoyed boating and camping.
Family members include his wife of 44 years, Lois (Greig) Drummond
of Wilton; five sons, Roy G. Drummond of Charlotte, N.C., Brian Drummond
of Ludlow, Vt., Warren Drummond of Fort Washington, Md., Wayne Drummond
of San Ysidro, Calif., David Drummond of Arlington, Mass.; nine grandchildren;
a sister, Claire Sentar of New Bern, N.C.; a brother, Paul T. Drummond
of Scituate, Mass.; two nieces and three nephews.
There are no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held at a later
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association,
NH Affiliate, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 53 Elm Street, Milford, NH, is in
charge of arrangements.
Raymond E. Johnson
Lt. Col. Retired Raymond E. Johnson Sr, 92, died Dec. 16, 1999, at
the Greenbriar Nursing Home in Nashua.
He was born in Worcester, Mass., the son of the late Thure V. and Hilda
Mr. Johnson was owner and operator of Raymond Johnson Glass Co. for
many years before his retirement.
He was a Lt. Col. U.S. Army WW11, a member and former deacon with First
Baptist Church, Worcester, Mass., Freeman Worcester, Mass.
He is survived by one son and daughter in law, Raymond E. and Karen
B. Johnson Jr of Brookline; two granddaughters, Deborah Humphrey of Nashua
and Evangeline Davis of Milford; five great grandchildren, Linnea Johnson
of Concord; Brooke Johnson of Nashua; Amber Davis, Amanda Davis and Jacob
Cox, all of Milford.
Graveside services were held Dec. 21 in the Worcester County Memorial
Park Cemetery in Paxton, Mass. The Rev. John Dick, pastor of First Baptist
Church of Worcester officiated.
The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.