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Ken Allen Davis
Kent Allen Davis, 64, of St. Charles, Mo., and formerly of Milford, died March 20, 2000, at his home.
He was born on Oct. 14, 1935, and graduated from Milford High School in 1953.
Mr. Davis was a salesman.
He was predeceased by his father, Willis Davis of Milford.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Marie (Lemmone) Davis; his mother, Mary D’Ramio of Franklin, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Neil Cassmeyer; a grandson, Alex; a step-mother, Priscilla Davis of Milford; three step-sons and their 10 children; and three step-brothers.
Memorial donations may be sent to Pleasant Point Baptist Church, 3500 Highway K, St. Charles, MO 63304.

Marjorie G. Delorey
Marjorie G. (Myshrall) Delorey, 78, of Waltham, Mass., died Sunday, April 16, 2000, in Palliative Care Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Mrs. Delorey was the daughter of the late William and Marie Boudrot, and the sister of the late Frederick "Buddy" Myshrall and M. Dorothy LeBrun. She had lived in Waltham for most of her life.
She worked at the Waltham Supermarket for more than 10 years until her retirement.
She is survived by her children, William P. Delorey and his wife, Linda, of Brewster, Mass.; John F. Delorey of California; Linda T. Levesque of Milford; Kellie L. Delory, Patricia A. Woodside and her husband, Robert, and Robert M. Delorey, all of Waltham, Mass.; Michael J. Delorey of Westboro, Mass.; grandchildren Brian, Jason, Nicholas, Adam and Shawn; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to gather at the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main St., (Route 20), Waltham, Mass., on Monday, April 24, at 9:15 a.m. A graveside service will follow at 10 a.m. in Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St., Newton.
Memorial donations may be made to HealthCare Dimensions, 254 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453; or to Susan O. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Mary Jo Drauch
Mary Jo (Conlon) Drauch, 62, died Saturday morning, April 8, 2000, at the D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell, Mass.
She was born in Lowell, on Feb. 23, 1938, a daughter of the late John and Irene C. (Dempsey) Conlon.
She was the wife of the late Bernard E. Drauch, who died on Feb. 6, of this year.
Surviving her are a daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Randolph Sutton of Lowell; two grandsons, Donovan Reno and Kenneth Reno Jr. of Lowell; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Noreen Conlon of Lowell; two nephews, John Conlon and James Conlon of Lowell; also several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral services were held April 13, at the Mahoney Funeral Home. A Burial, Lowell, Mass. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell, Mass.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Mary Jo Drauch Scholarship Fund, c/o Washington Savings Bank, 30 Middlesex Street, Lowell, MA 01852; or the American Diabetes Association; PO Box 31160 Hartford, CT 06150-1160.

Mabel Ann Forsythe
Mabel Ann Forsythe, 81 of Mansfield Road, Temple, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, in Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough after a brief illness.
She was born in New Salem, Pa., on Aug. 20, 1918, the daughter of Jennie (Kennedy) and James Boylan, and moved to Temple four years ago from Brownsville, Pa. She had been a member of St. Peter's Church in Brownsville.
Mrs. Forsythe enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. Her husband, Willis Forsythe, died Feb. 15, 1987. She leaves two daughters, Susan Willard of Temple and Jacqueline Camerer of Milford, Mass.; six grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Trumper of State College, Pa., and Doris Coleman of Chardon, Ohio.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 12 in St. Peter's Church in Peterborough with the Rev. William Kelley, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery in Peterborough.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Church, Vine St., Peterborough, NH 03458.
The Jellison Funeral Home, Peterborough, was in charge of arrangements.

J. Edward LaCasse
J. Edward LaCasse, 97, of Burns Hill Road, Wilton, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.
Born in Wilton on Aug. 31, 1902, he was the son of the John and Delia (Gregoire) LaCasse.
Mr. LaCasse had been in the fuel supply business with his father, delivering wood, kerosene, and later oil for many years. He had been the proprietor of the LaCasse Oil Company of Wilton for more than 35 years.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish of Wilton, and was a member of the former Holy Name Society of Sacred Heart Parish.
Members of his family include two daughters, Rita LaCasse of Wilton and Sister Kathryn LaCasse of Jaffrey; a brother, David LaCasse of Tilton; and several nieces and nephews.
A calling hour will be held today (Wednesday, April 19) at 2:30 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home, 32 Maple St., Wilton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 3:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, Maple Street, Wilton. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wilton.
Donations in Mr. LaCasse’s memory may be made to the Project Access for All, Sacred Heart Parish, Wilton, c/o 15 High St., Greenville, NH 03048; or to the Outreach Fund, c/o St. Patrick Church, 220 Main St., Jaffrey, NH 03452.

Meredith R. McKernan
Meredith R. McKernan, 26, of Marshall Street, Milford, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, in Wilton as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Born in Westwood, N.J., on Oct. 31, 1973, she was the daughter of Peter J. McKernan and Joanne (Barnes) Bennett. She attended Milford High School, and was a 1991 graduate of Washingtonville (N.Y.) High School, returning to Milford after graduation.
She worked as a manager and bartender at Lui-Lui Restaurant of Nashua for several years. She had also worked for a time at Toyland of Milford.
In addition to her parents, members of her family include a brother, Sean McKernan of Mont Vernon; her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Olson of Sebring, Fla.; two aunts, an uncle and several cousins; and her close friend, Charles Fairchild of Milford.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, April 19), at 11 a.m. in the Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton. The Rev. Dana Miller will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of N.H., 545 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110.

Vivian E. Cooper
Vivian E. Cooper, 63, of Melendy Road, Milford, died April 23, 2000, at the home of her daughter after a long battle with cancer.
Ms. Cooper was born on March 10, 1937, in Chelmsford, Mass., the daughter of the late Angelo and Angelina (Zanchi) Leo.
She was employed at Norton Company in Milford for 21 years, and enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.
Family members include two sons, Darrell Cooper of Milford and Michael Robbins of Bennington; three daughters, Darlene Faulkner of Sonora, Calif., Dawn Beyer of Wilton and Diane Cooper of Milford; two granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; two brothers, Phillip Leo of Tyngsboro, Mass., and Bobby Leo of Lowell, Mass.; two sisters, Carmella Bergeron of Nashua and Concetta Bishop of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. at Westford Cemetery, Tadmuck Road, Westford, Mass.
Donations in Mr. Cooper’s memory may be made to Nashua Children's Home, Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03060.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an on-line memorial go to www.csnh.com.

Ruth McGhee
Ruth Lucille McGhee, 83, of Amherst, died April 24, 2000, at the Good Shepherd Home in Jaffrey, where she had been a resident since February.
Mrs. McGhee was born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 3, 1917, daughter of Edward and Frances (Rees) Maurer. She graduated from Cambridge High and Latin High School, received a bachelor of science degree from Bridgewater (Mass.) State College and a master’s in education from Boston University.
Mrs. McGhee taught more than 30 years in Massachusetts school systems as an elementary and reading teacher in Ashby and Townsend, and as a guidance counselor at North Middlesex Regional School in Townsend, Mass.
She belonged to the Amherst Congregational Church and was a lifetime member of the Women’s Association. During retirement, she enjoyed many crafts, the Souhegan Valley Chorus, the Amherst Gardeners, and learning to play the piano. She composed many pieces, and booklet of Christmas carols titled "A Song, A Star, A Child" was published in 1995.
Mrs. McGhee enjoyed travel to Europe and the Middle East as well as across the United State and Canada.
Mrs. McGhee was devoted to her family and is survived by three daughters, Joan Ames of Marlborough, Janice Adams of Amherst and Elizabeth Taft of Barberville, Fla.; four grandchildren; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Bill Millar of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and several nephews.
A time of remembrance will be celebrated at the Amherst Congregational Church on Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m.
Contributions in Mrs. McGhee’s memory may be made to Bridgewater State College Student Scholarship Fund, PO Box 13, Bridgewater, MA 02324; to the Amherst Congregational Church Garden Fund, 11 Church St., Amherst, NH 03031; or to the Nashua Soup Kitchen, 42 Chestnut St., Nashua, NH 03060. 

John H. Smith
John Jack H. Smith, 71, of Howard Street, Wilton, died April 25, 2000, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wilton after an illness. A native and lifelong resident, he was born in Wilton on Nov. 22, 1928, the son of Annie (Balmforth) and Rupert W. Smith.
Mr. Smith graduated from Wilton High School, attended the University of New Hampshire and Lowell Technical Institute, and was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was a shop foreman at Abbott Industries. He was a member of the American Legion; the AARP and enjoyed fishing, woodworking, reading and traveling
He is survived by his long time friend and companion, Cheryl Markaverich of Wilton; three brothers, Harold B. Smith of Milford, Rupert W. Smith Jr. of Clearwater, Fla. and James Smith of Burlington, Mass; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Thursday, April 27, from 5-8 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 32 Maple St., Wilton.
The funeral will be held on Friday, April 28 at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Nace officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Wilton.

Susan J. Dunleavy
Susan Jane Dunleavy, 38, of Western Avenue, Brattleboro, Vt., died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at her home from complications of pancreatic cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
Ms. Dunleavy was born in Brattleboro on Dec. 2, 1961, the daughter of John H. and Helen M. (Baronas) Dunleavy. She was raised and educated in Brattleboro and attended Brattleboro Union High School.
At the time of her death, she was employed as a shipping clerk for C&S Grocers Wholesale, a position she had held for 14 years. Before joining C&S she had worked at Connective Technologies.
She was predeceased by her mother who died Aug. 7, 1997.
She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Brattleboro Aerie 2445, and a communicant of Saint Michaels Catholic Church.
She enjoyed playing softball and was a member of the Brattleboro Softball League for several years. She also enjoyed bowling, horses, attending harness horse races and dancing. She was a devoted and loving daughter.
Survivors include her father of Brattleboro, Vt., three brothers; John W. Dunleavy Jr. of Milford, James W. Dunleavy of Hinsdale and Francis E. Dunleavy of Brattleboro, Vt.; two sisters, Carol Ann Smith of Greenfield, Mass., and Rosemary George of Milford; several aunts and uncles, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, who died Aug. 7, 1997.
Members of the Eagle’s Auxiliary conducted a memorial service April 30. A Catholic vigil service took place Sunday evening. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated May 1 at Saint Michaels Catholic Church. Burial and committal rites followed in the Dunleavy family lot in St. Michaels Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Rescue Inc., PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05301; or to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 431 Pine St., Burlington, VT 05401.
The Atamaniuk Funeral Home, Brattleboro, Vt., was in charge of arrangements.

Charles A. Elliott II
Charles A. Elliott II, 79, formerly of Old Mountain Road, Lyndeborough, died April 27, 2000, in the Harborside Crestwood Healthcare facility in Milford.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Dec. 21, 1921, the son of the late Charles F. and Rose Katherine (Bowden) Elliott, he had lived in Lyndeborough for more than 50 years. 
Mr. Elliott had been employed as a general laborer for the Anheuser-Busch Co. of Merrimack for many years. He was a member and past master of Clinton Lodge F&AM of Wilton and the New Hampshire Bektash Temple Shrine. He was a member of the Lyndeborough United Church of Christ and had been a member of the church choir for many years. He was a former Scout leader for Post 10 and Pack 10 Boy Scouts of America, Wilton. He was also a former 4-H leader for animal husbandry and domestic education.
Members of his family include seven sons, Charles A. Elliott III of Lyndeborough, Douglas J. Elliott of Colebrook, William P. Elliott of California, Robert T. Elliott of Hinsdale, Edward S. Elliott, serving in the U.S. Navy in Spain, Joseph J. Elliott of Marlboro, Mass., and Ernest E. Elliott, serving in the U.S. Army in Clarksville, Tenn.; five daughters, Susan J. Whitney of Keene, Rosalie Dick of Amherst, Catherine LaValle of Amherst, Deborah Hoest of Amherst and Neola Elliott of Milford; and 23 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 29 at Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shrine Burn Institute, c/o Bektash Temple, PO Box 7252, Concord, NH 03301-7252.

Constance L. Guetens
Constance Liotard Guetens, 96, formerly of Mont Vernon and Milford, and West Haven, Conn., died May 1, 2000, at the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare facility in Wallingford, Conn. She was the widow of John Edward Guetens, who died Jan. 15, 1966.
Mrs. Guetens was born May 30,1903, in Torrington, Conn., daughter of the late Edouard Sigismond Liotard and Jennie Miner Harrison. In her youth, she was a photographer’s model, and from 1930 to 1970 owned and operated the Constance L. Guetens School of Dance in West Haven, where she specialized in teaching ballet.
She was a descendant of Elder William Brewster, Mayflower passenger and founder of Plymouth Colony, and of Jean Etienne Liotard, noted Swiss pastelist and painter of the famous LaBelle Chocolatière. 
Mrs. Guetens was a Past Matron of Mystic Chapter, Order of Eastern Star of New Haven, Conn.; a Past Regent of Captain Josiah Crosby Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution of Milford; and was an active of several other lineage, patriotic and genealogical societies in Connecticut and New Hampshire.
She is survived by a son, John Edward Guetens Jr., of Cheshire, Conn., and a daughter, Sandra Dudley of Nashua; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a brother, Edward H. Liotard, who died on Nov. 27, 1977, and a grandson, Peter H. Dudley, who died on Dec. 24, 1995.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday May 11, at 1 p.m., at the Chapel of the Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center, Wallingford, Conn. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park.
The Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home, Hamden, Conn., is in charge of arrangements. 

Richard R. Heineke
LTC Richard R. Heineke US Army (Ret.), 71, of Amherst died at his home on Tuesday, April 25, 2000.
He was born in Philadelphia Pa. on Dec. 5, 1928, son of the late US Army Colonel Hilton E. Heineke Sr. and Emily L. (West) Heineke. 
He attended Norwich University in Northfield Vt. as an Army ROTC Armored Cavalry cadet, competed nationally on the school’s varsity rifle team, and graduated with a bachelor of science in mathematics in 1951.
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Armored Cavalry upon graduation, he served two tours on the West German/Czech Border with both the 6th and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiments, serving as troop commander and in several staff positions.
He was a nuclear weapons instructor at the US Army Armor School at Fort Knox, KY. 
In 1967, he started two tours of duty in S. Vietnam as a military advisor to the Vietnamese II Corps. Headquarters. He also served as a liaison to the Chinese Nationalist Army in Taiwan.
He received the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars, Vietnam Staff Honor Medal (First Class), the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and three overseas bars.
Active in Amherst, he served on the fire prevention team and Engine 2 Ladder Company of the Amherst Fire Department for almost 10 years. He also served on the town of Amherst Ways and Means Committee and the Amherst Town Library Board of Trustees.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Amherst Congregational Church in Amherst Village on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Interment, with full military honors, will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Amherst Fire Department, PO Box 1199, Amherst NH 03031.

Bertha L. Kelly
Bertha L. Kelly, 68, of Adams Street, Milford, died Monday, May l, 2000, at the Milford Medical Center, Milford.
She was born in Quincy, Mass., on Oct. 26, 1931, a daughter of the late Henry and Catherine (Valiere) Horton.
Mrs. Kelly had been a resident of Milford for six years and had formerly resided in Nashua for many years.
She had been employed as a waitress at the Englewood Diner in Dorchester, Mass., and had worked for several years at Nashua City Hall. She attended St. Patrick Church, Nashua, and was a devoted mother and grandmother.
She was predeceased by a son, Richard R. Kelly, who died in 1989, and a brother, Henry I. Horton.
Family members include a son, Ronald G. Matranga of Quincy, Mass.; two daughters, Janeen C. Hastie of Merrimack and Lori Ann Forrence of Mont Vernon; 10 grandchildren, a great-grandchild; a niece and a nephew.
A graveside service will be held today (Wednesday, May 10) at 1:15 p.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery, Kinsley Street, Nashua.
Donations in Mrs. Kelly’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association of New Hampshire, 456 Beech St., Manchester, NH 03103.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary C. McKuskie
Mary C. McKuskie, 83, resident of Horace Greeley Road, Amherst, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.
She was born in Goshen, N.Y. on Jan. 2, 1917, a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Titus) Laedke.
Mrs. McKuskie had been a resident of Amherst, for the past 30 years.
She was a lifetime member of Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23, American Legion Auxiliary, Milford, and Harley Sanford Post 4368, VFW Auxiliary, Milford. In addition, she was a lifetime member of Air Force Sergeants Association.
She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley J. McKuskie, who died in 1986; and two brothers, Francis Laedke and Norman Laedke.
Family members include a daughter, Grace Coyne of Long Beach, N.Y.; a son, Edward Nightingale of Huntington Station, N.Y.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert W. Laedke of Amherst and William L. Laedke of Long Island, N.Y.; a niece and grandniece.
There are no services.
Donations in her memory may be made to Amherst Police Department, Benevolent Association, PO Box 703, Amherst, NH 03031. 
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Powers
Irene Powers, 74, resident of 274 Federal Hill Road, Milford, died May 2, 2000, at her home.
She was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 30, 1925, a daughter of the late Arnold and Mary (Martin) Pynn.
Mrs. Powers had been a resident of Milford, for 13 years and had formerly resided in Groton, Vt., for 10 years and Melrose, Mass., for many years.
She had worked at Coronis Cleaners, Milford, for several years.
Mrs. Powers was an avid bowler and belonged to leagues in Groton, Vt., and Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred H. Powers Jr.
Family members include four daughters, Judith A. Ring of Andover, Mass., Helen G. Phillips of Wilmington, Mass., Deborah M. Goding of Milford and Mala L. Hebert of Milford; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn McLeod of Groton, Vt.; a brother, Chester Pynn of Mass.; and three nieces.
A memorial service was held May 8 in the Milford United Methodist Church. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, New Hampshire Affiliate, 20 Merrimack Street, Manchester, NH 03101; or the American Lung Association of New Hampshire, 456 Beech Street, Manchester, NH 03103.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

James P. Romeo
James P. Romeo, 89, died on May 6, 2000, after a brief illness.
He was born and raised in Milford, and taught at Milford High School in the 1930s and early 1940s.
He spent many years as principal of Marshfield (Mass.) High School. After retirement, he lived in Kingston, Mass.
His wife, Barbara Gullberg, was also a teacher at Milford High School.
Family members include a son, Robert; a daughter, Mary; two granddaughters; and a grandson. His sisters, Nancy Puckett and Lena Richelli, live in Milford.
A funeral service will be held today (Wednesday, May 11), at the Catholic Church in Kingston, Mass. Burial will be in Kingston.
Donations in his memory may be made to the James P. Romeo Library at Marshfield (Mass.) High School.

Lloyd P. Shildneck
Lloyd P. Shildneck, 101, of Allds Street, Nashua, and formerly of Marblehead, Mass., died at his residence late Thursday evening, April 27, 2000.
He was born in Edgemont, South Dakota, April 25, 1899, and grew up in Salem, Neb.
He was the widower of Virginia (Arganbright) Shildneck who died in 1982.
Following graduation from high school in Nebraska, he attended the University of Nebraska and graduated with high honors. While residing in Lynn, Mass., and employed at General Electric, he earned a masters degree from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and graduated from General Electric’s Advanced Engineering Program.
Mr. Shildneck retired as the manager of Generator Engineering at Lynn, Mass., after 40 years of service.
Mr. Shildneck was a gifted athlete who loved to teach. There are countless individuals who received their initial instructions in swimming, gymnastics, skiing, skating, badminton and tennis under his supervision. A dedicated outdoorsman and hiker, he was a long-time member of the Green Mountain Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Family members include two sons, Donald P. Shildneck of Madison, Conn., and James E. Shildneck of Amherst; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Services and interment will be private.
Donations in his memory may be made to: The Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108; The Green Mountain Club, Route 100, RRI, Box 650, Waterville, VT 05677; or the charity of one’s choice.
The Davis Funeral Home, Nashua, is in charge of arrangements.


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