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Clayton I. Miller
Clayton I. Miller, 65, of Bedford Road, New Boston, died July 17, 1998, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.
He was born in Alberta, Canada, on Oct. 5, 1932, a son of the late Carl and Elsa (Headman) Miller.
Mr. Miller had been a resident of New Boston for several years and had formerly resided in Wilton and Amherst.
He had worked as a carpenter for many years.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Harley Sanford Post 4368, American Legion, Milford, and a member of the American Legion in Weare and Concord. 
He was a member of the Church of Our Saviour, Milford. 
Mr. Miller was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served during the Korean War. 
Family members include his wife of 43 years, Cynthia (Soucy) Miller of New Boston; a son, Thomas Miller of New Boston; a daughter, Wendy-Jo Thibodeau of Charlton, Mass.; three grandchildren, Brandon Thibodeau, Keith Thibodeau and Katie Thibodeau, all of Charlton, Mass.; and a brother, Gerald Miller of Edgewood, N.M. 
The funeral was held July 22 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home in Milford.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 1 Montgomery Avenue, Nashua, NH 03060.

Diantha P. Gross  
Diantha P. "Danny" Gross, 51, of Boxwood Circle, Milford, died July 25, 1998, in St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
She was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on Jan. 8, 1947, a daughter of Albert Q. and Irene (Lewis) Perry of Biddeford, Maine.
Mrs. Gross had been a resident of Milford for the past 10 years, after living in Franklin for several years.
She was a daycare provider for many years.
Mrs. Gross was a member of the First Baptist Church in Milford, and the Congregation Betenu in Amherst.
In addition to her parents, family members include her husband of 28 years, Geoffrey F. Gross of Milford; a son, Abraham H. Gross of Milford; two brothers, Lewis Perry of Nashville, Tenn., and Bond Perry of Laconia; and eight nieces and nephews.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service was held July 27 in the First Baptist Church in Milford. Burial was be private.
Memorial donations 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 was in charge of arrangements.

Robert J. Milliard  
Robert J. Milliard, 56, of Newbury and a former resident of the Milford area, died Saturday, July 25, 1998, at the New London Hospital from injuries sustained in a tree cutting accident.
A resident of Newbury since 1995, Mr. Milliard and his wife, Cyndy, were operating Barking Meadow Collectibles, featuring furniture collectibles and country items.
A Nashua native and a resident of the Milford area for several years, Mr. Milliard bad been employed with Nashua Corporation and later served the city of Nashua as its rehabilitation officer. He then served as a building inspector for the Milford, Wilton and New Boston area. As an avocation, Mr. Milliard built several homes for members of his family.
Born in Nashua on Nov. 14, 1941, he was a son of the late Joseph and Hazel (North) Milliard. He was a graduate of Nashua High School and attended Lowell Tech. 
He served in the N.H. National Guard with the 4077 Quartermaster Group, and was a member of the James B. Coffey Post 3 and the Milford Post 23, American Legion. While residing in Newbury, he was a member of the Twin Villa Golf Club, New London.
Mr. Milliard was predeceased by a sister, Joanna Millette. Surviving members of his family include his wife, Cynthia F. (Conrad) Milliard of Newbury; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brian P. Milliard of Leominster, Mass., and Steven J. Milliard and his wife, Donna, of West Boylston, Mass.; a granddaughter, Allison Ann Milliard of West Boylston; two sisters, Bette Fuller of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Joyce Sanders Traisl of West Palm Beach, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his two dogs, Molly and Megan. 
A funeral service will be held in the Farwell Funeral Service, 18 Lock Street, Nashua, today (Wednesday, July 29).

Raymond Mitchell  
Raymond "Pop" Mitchell, 79, of Allds Street, Nashua, died Sunday, July 26, 1998, at his residence.
He was born in Milford on Dec. 23, 1918, a son of John and Sophia (Marialinen) Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell had lived in Milford for most of his life, and in Nashua since 1991.
He had been employed by the town of Milford as building inspector, worked for Overhead Door in Milford as a bookkeeper, and had owned and operated Mitchellís Market in East Milford with his first wife, Christine (Bullard) Thurston Mitchell, who died in 1983.
Mr. Mitchell was a former selectman in Milford, past master of Benevolent Lodge 7 O.E.S., past high priest King Solomon Chapter 17, a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23 American Legion, Harley Sanford Post 4368 V.F.W. In addition, he was an avid golfer.
He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Edna Bianchi, who died June 24, 1998, and Helen Webster; and a stepson, Leon Thurston.
Family members include his wife, Catherine (Little) Smith Mitchell of Nashua; two stepdaughters, Beverly Simpson of Milford and Barbara Sherman of Lyndeborough; a sister, Lempi Suokko of Fitchburg, Mass.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held today (Wednesday, July 29), at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 30 Mont Vernon St., Milford. The Rev. Dana Miller will officiate. Burial will be private in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Order of Eastern Star, c/o Patricia Sperry, 26 Melendy Road, Unit 65, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Merridon F. Albee  
Merridon F. "Al" Albee, 81, formerly of Amherst, died July 27, 1998, at his Milford home after a long illness.
He was born in Brockton, Mass., on Oct. 18, 1916, a son of the late Merridon F. and Lucy (Harlow) Albee.
Mr. Albee was a cabinet maker and had been employed by Hermsdorf Fixtures of Manchester, until his retirement in 1981.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
Mr. Albee was a member of the First Baptist Church, Milford. A member of the Benevolent Lodge 7, Puritan Charity Themis Chapter 29 O.E.S. and the D.A.V.
He enjoyed woodworking, music, travel and time with family and friends.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara V. (Fowler) Albee, and two brothers, Karl Albee and Royce K. Albee.
Family members include his wife, Janet (Groves) Albee of Milford; a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen H. and Kathleen A. Albee of Hollis; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurice V. and Russell J. Belden of Clinton, Mass.; two stepsons, Richard K. Randlett of Newberry, Fla., and Gary S. Randlett of Amherst; a grandson and three granddaughters; two great-grandsons; a nephew and nieces and cousins.
Visiting hours will be today (Wednesday, July 29), from 6-9 p.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 30, at 10 a.m. in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst.
Memorial donations may be made to Nashua Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060.
 
Pearl M. Hall
Pearl M. Hall, 88, of Canal Street, Brookline, died Friday, July 31,1998, at Greenbriar Healthcare, Nashua.
She was born in Fitzwilliam on Oct. 12, 1909, a daughter of Louis and Clara (Hayden) Ingraham.
Mrs. Hall had been a resident of Brookline for more than 50 years and wintered in Florida for many years. She had worked as a hostess at the Woodbound Inn in Jaffrey for many years.
She was a member of the Puritan Charity Themis Chapter 29 Order of Eastern Star in Milford, and the Kilduff Wirtanen American Legion Post 74 Ladiesí Auxiliary in Brookline.
She was predeceased by her husband, Forace Hall.
Family members include two sons, Donald R. Fusco of Brookline and Robert L. Fusco of Arcadia, Fla.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Church of Christ, Main St., Brookline. The Rev. Sheila Rubdi will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Brookline.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of NH, 360 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110. 
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Bruce A. McComish Jr.  
Bruce A. McComish Jr., 27, of Forest Road, Lyndeborough, died Friday, July 31, 1998, at his home after a lengthy illness.
Mr. McComish was born Aug. 26, 1970, in Manchester, son of Gloria (Beauchesne) and Bruce A. McComish Sr. of Lyndeborough. He had lived in Lyndeborough for the past 23 years. 
Mr. McComish was a member of the High Hopes Foundation of Amherst. He was also a member of the Sacred Heart Parish of Wilton and St. John the Baptist Rose Bush Society of Suncook.
Mr. McComish was a 1989 graduate of Wilton High School, and before his illness was an avid athlete at the school.
He was an enthusiastic bingo player.
Besides his parents, survivors include two brothers, Jeffrey A. McComish of Hamden, Conn., and Bryan M. McComish of Lyndeborough; a sister, Paula Sue McComish of Lyndeborough; his maternal grandparents, Rene and Laurette (Viens) Beauchesne of Suncook; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 3 at the Sacred Heart Church in Wilton, followed by burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to High Hopes Foundation of N.H., Amherst Chapter, PO Box 326, Amherst, NH 03031.
The Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton is in charge of arrangements.

Helen I. Hammond  
Helen I. Hammond, 98, of Crosby St., Milford died Aug. 1, 1998, at Harborside Healthcare, Milford.
She was born in Lewis, Ind., on June 17, 1900, a daughter of James A. and Nettie (Taylor) Forbes.
Mrs. Hammond had been a resident of Milford for seven years and had lived in Amherst for more than 50 years. She had been employed as a secretary for Overhead Door Company, Milford. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Amherst and was active in many church groups.
She was predeceased by her husband, George E. Hammond Jr., who died in 1972.
Family members include two sons, Barry B. Hammond, MCPO USN (Ret.) of Amherst, and Sterling Hammond, Col. USA (Ret.); four grandchildren; and twin great-granddaughters.
There are no calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of NH, 360 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110.
Smith and Heald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
John R. Gregoire
John R, Gregoire, 69, of New Durham, and a former longtime resident of Dover, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998, at his daughter's home at York Beach, Maine.
Mr. Gregoire was born in Wilton on July 29, 1929, the son of Charles and Julia H. (Sullivan) Gregoire. He grew up and attended schools in. Wilton.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, and participated in the Berlin Airlift.
He was a former employee of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and retired in April 1993 after 31 years of government service. He also owned the Tool & Cutter Grinding Service for many years.
He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church of Dover.
Mr. Gregoire is survived by his wife of 46 years, Margaret (Gibbons) Gregoire; four sons, Daniel Gregoire of Berwick, Maine, John Gregoire, Matthew Gregoire and Timothy Gregoire, all of Portsmouth; three daughters, Maureen Wallace of York, Maine, Juliet Kelly of New Durham, and Kathleen Leavitt of Dover; nine grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Johnston of Austin, Texas; a sister-in-law, Barbara Gregoire, and a brother-in-law, Guy Holt, both of Wilton; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 11 at St. Joseph Church, Dover. Burial followed in St. Mary's New Cemetery, Dover.
Memorial donations may be made to York Hospital, Home Health Care, 15 Hospital Drive, York, ME 03909.
Tasker Funeral Home in Dover is in charge of arrangements.

Madeline C. Osgood
Madeline C. Osgood, 71, of Mack Hill Road, Amherst, died Aug. 6, 1998, at her home. 
She was born in Fitchburg, Mass., on Sept. 26, 1926, a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Fenton) Connell. 
Mrs. Osgood lived in Amherst for 25 years, and in Westminster, Md., for 14 years. 
Mrs. Osgood was a 1944 graduate of Saint Bernard School, Fitchburg, Mass. 
She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford. She had been co-coordinator and a volunteer for St. Patrick's Share Clothing Barn and volunteered at the Share Christmas Fair. She was a member of Fitchburg Irish-American Club. 
Family members include her husband, Edward F. Osgood of Amherst, with whom she would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Aug. 18; two daughters, Kathryn M. Osgood of Standish, Maine and Lynn Ellen Manhardt of Merrimack; a son, Edward J. Osgood of Lakeland, Fla.; two grandchildren; a brother, Fr. John Connell, Pastor of St. Peter Church, Northbridge, Mass.; four sisters, Mary Hardy and Eileen Dedian, both of Fitchburg, Mass., Kathleen Mullaney of Leominster, Mass., and Ann McInerney of So. Yarmouth, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews. 
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug. 10 in St. Patrick Church, Milford, by the Rev. John Connell and the Rev. Andrew Cryans. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amherst. Memorial donations may be made to Home, Health & Hospice Care, 22 Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060. 

Evan Douglas Smith
Evan Douglas Smith died Aug. 6, 1998, prior to birth at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua.
His maternal great-grandmother, Helen Harmon of Milford, is among the survivors. Other survivors include his parents, Melvin D. Smith and Natalie C. Pelletier, both of New Ipswich; two sisters, Kali and Desirée Smith of North Carolina; maternal grandparents, Cheryl Reed of New Ipswich and Denis Pelletier of Greenville; paternal grandmother, Betty Fowler of North Carolina; maternal great-grandmother, Claire Pelletier of Quebec; an aunt, uncle and cousins.
Services will be private.
The Fournier Funeral Home of Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer Peacock
Elmer W. "David" Peacock, 86, a former longtime resident of Milford and more recently of St. Ann Home and Riverside Rest Home, Dover, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, following a period of failing health.
Born in Milford May 27, 1912, he was the son of the late Albert W. and Luva A. (Williams) Peacock.
Mr. Peacock was a Linotype operator for the Milford Cabinet for many years and had also worked at Fred E. Powersí menswear store.
He was formerly associated with the Milford Methodist Episcopal Church.
He is survived by a brother, Roy A. Peacock.
A graveside committal service was conducted Aug. 6 at Riverside Cemetery, Milford, with the Rev. Dr. Sheila Rubdi, pastor of the Milford Congregational Church, officiating.
Tasker Funeral Home, Dover, was in charge of arrangements.

Eva Levesque
Eva Levesque, 77, of Bedford, dies July 28, 1998, after a long illness.
She was born in Berlin on Jan. 27, 1921, a daughter of the late Mitchel and Louise (Therault) Landry.
Mrs. Levesque was a longtime resident of Amherst, where she and her husband were caretakers at Camp Young Judaea.
She was predeceased by a son, Maurice Levesque, and a brother, Raymond Levesque. 
Survivors include her husband, Leo Levesque of Goffstown; a son, Lionel "Joe" Levesque; three daughters, Florence Bell of Raymond, Linda Barrett of Goffstown and Claire Smith of Wilton; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wilfred Landry of Sun City, Calif., Leo Landry of Ormand Beach, Fla., and Paul Landry of Nashua; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held July 31 in the George R. Rivet Funeral Home, Merrimack.

Richard L. Taylor
Richard L. Taylor, 66, a resident of Chelmsford, Mass., for 41 years and husband of Elsie J. (Mann) Taylor, died Aug. 12, 1998, in Billerica, Mass.
Born on Sept. 22, 1931, in Milford, he was the son of Charles A. and Mabel (Todd) Taylor.
He received his bachelorís degree from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, in 1954 and he had served with the U.S. Army.
Prior to his retirement, he worked with the Electromagnetic Sciences Division, Rome, Air Development Center at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., working in the areas of radar systems modeling and data analysis. Previously he had been employed by Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories at Hanscom Air Force Base, working in the field of plasma physics.
He was a member of the Granite Grange in Milford, a charter member of the Alpine Square Dance Club, the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford and a former ham radio operator.
Mr. Taylor was the father of the late Thomas C. Taylor, who died in 1983.
Besides his wife, to whom he had been married for 44 years, he is survived by a daughter, Ellen M. Pascoe of Lowell; a son, Andrew M. Taylor of Milford; two brothers, Ralph Taylor and Kenneth Taylor, both of Milford; two grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The Blake Funeral Home in Chelmsford, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra L. Vaillancourt
Sandra L. Vaillancourt, 58, of Nashua, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998, in Lahey-Hitchcock Clinic in Burlington, Mass.
She was born in Lowell, Mass., July 30, 1940, a daughter of the late Claude A. and Esther L. (Smith) Harvey.
Mrs. Vaillancourt was a charter member and past president of the Chelmsford Emblem Club 541, and one of the first female members inducted into the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks 2310. Passionate about patriotism and community activism, she proudly followed in her fatherís footsteps with her sister and brothers, volunteering and raising funds for scholarships and community projects, which included raising funds for the Chelmsford Veterans Memorial Park. 
She was employed at Langdon Place, where she enjoyed the interaction with the residents. She was not just a wife and a mother, but a best friend and confidante to her husband and children. Her quick wit and love for the simple things will long be cherished.
Mrs. Vaillancourt was predeceased by a brother, Stephen K. Harvey.
Members of her family include her husband, Roger G. Vaillancourt of Nashua; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon (Bunker) Flanders and Jerry Flanders of Amherst; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Stacy Vaillancourt of Dunstable, Mass.; four grandchildren, Chad and Cooper Flanders of Amherst, and Kelsey and Taylor Vaillancourt of Dunstable, Mass.; a sister, Karen Dunn and five brothers, David C. Harvey, Claude J. Harvey II, Robert A. Harvey, all of Chelmsford, Mass., Charles D. Harvey of Englewood, Fla., and Richard C. Harvey of Dracut, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Aug. 15 in the George R. Rivet Funeral Home, Merrimack. The Rev. Paul Berube, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Nashua, officiated. Burial followed in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelmsford Emblem Club 541 Scholarship Fund, Littleton Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Marian F. McNear
Marian F. McNear, a former resident of Amherst Street, Milford, died Aug. 8, 1998, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood, Milford.
She had been a resident of Milford for 42 years.
Mrs. McNear worked in her husbandís chiropractic office for many years and had worked at the former Fletcher Paint and Wallpaper Company in Milford.
Mrs. McNear was a charter member and past director of the Milford Lioness Club and past director of the Milford Womanís Club. She was a Red Cross volunteer and coordinator of monthly blood drawings. In addition she had been a volunteer at the Milford Nursing Home.
She will be remembered for the warmth and kindness she extended to many people in the community.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Baker F. McNear, who died in 1990.
Family members include a cousin, Elizabeth P. Farnsworth of Haverhill, Mass.
A graveside service was held in St. Patrick Cemetery in Jaffrey.
Memorial donations may be made to the Milford Historical Society, PO Box 609, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

John J. Sullivan Jr.
John J. Sullivan Jr., 73, of Birchwood Drive, Milford, died July 29, 1998, at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Lunenburg, Mass., Sept. 16, 1924, the son of John J. and Anna (May) Sullivan Sr. He had lived in Milford for many years. 
Mr. Sullivan was a 1942 graduate of Fitchburg (Mass.) High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had been employed as an installation supervisor by Ingersoll Rand for many years. 
He had been a baseball coach for the Milford Community Athletic Association for several years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who also enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Sullivanís wife, Beulah M. Sullivan, died in 1997.
Members of the family include two sons, Michael A. Sullivan of Milford and John J. Sullivan III of Peterborough; a daughter, Linda Ouellette of Milford; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Aug. 1 in the Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, with burial in the Miller Cemetery, Temple.
Memorial donations may be made to the Share Program, c/o Saint Patrick Church, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.


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