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Robert P. Boisvert
Member of Londonderry Fish & Game
Robert P Boisvert, 66, of Nashua, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000. at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua.
Mr. Boisvert was born April 8, 1934, in Lowell, Mass., son of the late Philibert and Lillianne (Trudel) Boisvert. He lived in the Lowell area before moving to Nashua in the early 1950s.
He was the husband of Elaine (Marquis) Boisvert.
Mr. Boisvert worked at Advanced Circuit Technology. He also worked as a part-time delivery man at Wingate Pharmacy following retirement.
He was a member of Londonderry Fish & Game, the American Legion Coffey Post 3 and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed spending time with and his grandchildren.
Mr. Boisvert was an Air Force veteran, having sewed as an airman first class from 1951 to 1954.
He was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Boisvert.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son and daughter-in law, Michael and Sandra Boisvert of Milford: a daughter, Susan Hall of Manchester; four grandchildren, Jaime, Kathryn, David and Mechelle; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Doris Boisvert of Lowell. Mass.; a sister and brother-in-law. Cecile and Edward Carpenter of Gilmanton: and several nieces. nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Aug. 21 in Infant Jesus Church, Nashua and burial followed at St. Louis Cemetery.
The Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, Nashua was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Bussiere
Mary Bussiere, 84, of Franklin, and formerly of Manchester, died Aug. 20, 2000, in Franklin.
Mrs. Bussiere was born Dec. 16, 1915, in Manchester, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Brenner) Pollock, and had been a Manchester resident for many years before moving to Franklin several years ago.
Prior to retirement, Mrs. Bussiere was employed with the cafeteria department at Manchester West High School. She had also been employed with the Sheraton Wayfarer in Bedford.
Mrs. Bussiere was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, and was active in the women’s groups of the church. Mrs. Bussiere was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
The family includes her husband, Harold J. Bussiere of Franklin; a son, Mark C. Bussiere of Franklin; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Raymond Pollock of Milford; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted today (Wednesday, Aug. 23), 11 a.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1112 North Main St., Manchester. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Franklin Visiting Nurses Association, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235.
The Cate and Johnson Funeral Home, Manchester, is in charge of arrangements.

Marion Dougherty
Marion Dougherty, 88, resident of Quarry Circle, Milford, died Aug. 21, 2000, at the Laurel Center, Bedford.
She was born in Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 1911, a daughter of the late Thomas E. and Isabella (Vail) Cody.
Mrs. Dougherty had been a resident of the Milford/Amherst area for the past eight years and had formerly resided in Northport, N.Y., for many years.
She was employed as a secretary for Boening Bros. in New York for 15 years.
Mrs. Dougherty was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford and a member of the Rosary Altar Society.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Dougherty, who died in 1958.
Family members include a daughter, Loretta Lizotte of Milford; a son, Donald Dougherty of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will be Friday, Aug. 25, in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, N.Y.
Donations in her memory may be made to the SHARE Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Colin Falla
Colin Ian Falla, 51, formerly of Reading, Mass., died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. He was the husband of Maureen (O’Brien) Falla.
Born in Boston, he was the son of Virginia (Wilcox) Fall and the late George M. Falla of Acton, Maine. He was raised in Reading and graduated from Reading High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was employed as a salesman for Moore Lumber in Ayer, Mass. He had lived in Amherst for five years. He was a fan of all sports, especially the Red Sox.
Besides his wife and his mother, Mr. Falla is survived by a son, Gregory Falla, and a daughter, Jessica Falla, both of Amherst; a brother, Craig Falla and a sister, Laurie Sheehan, both of Reading; an uncle, Arthur Falla of Attleboro; a niece, Casey Falla and two nephews, Patrick and Michael Sheehan, all of Reading.
A graveside service was held on Aug. 7 at Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading.
Arrangements were handled by the Joseph Doherty Funeral Home, Reading.

Elizabeth Marie Higgins
Elizabeth Mane (Stovel), Higgins died on Aug. 15, 2000, while visiting family in her native home of Bermuda.
Known as Marie, she was born on Dec. 15, 1929 to Daniel and Helena Stovel. She is survived by her spouse, the Rev. George B. Higgins of Eastham, Mass.
A graduate of Ontario Ladies College and Hamilton School of Laboratory Technology, she studied to become a hospital lab technician and pursued her career at King Edward the Seventh Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, Bermuda, until her wedding in Williamstown, Mass. in 1953.
She made her home in Vernon, Conn., Milford, Dover, Del., Dalton, Mass., and Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., following her husband during his numerous pastoral assignments.
She enjoyed membership in the Congregational Church where she sang in the choir. She also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Tarrytown, N.Y., was a member of the Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary and a life time member of the Imperial Order of the Daughter’s of the Empire (LO.D.E.)
A true lover of animals and children, a cheerful caregiver and volunteer, she will be remembered for her selfless support of others, and love for her family.
Mrs. Higgins is survived by three sons, David of Waquolt, Mass., Jonathan of Milford, Conn.; Andrew of Glens Falls, N.Y.; three daughters, twins, Martha of Millwood, N.Y., and Rachel of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Nancilee Joines of York, Pa.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Judith Martin and Adele Jones of Bermuda, and Phyllis McCormick of Miami, Fla.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. in the Briarcliff Congregational Church, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. A private committal service will follow at the Southview Cemetery in North Adams, Mass.
Donations be made to The Tommy Fund at P0 Box 55, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
The Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., is in charge of arrangements.

William J. Holt
William J. Holt, 91, formerly of Intervale Road, Wilton, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000 at the Harborside Healthcare Center in Milford after a lengthy illness.
Born in Francestown on May 2, 1909, he was the son of the late Andy R. and Amy (Kendall) Holt. He lived most of his life in Wilton. He was employed as a lead man by the Portsmouth Navel Ship Yard during World War II and later by the Abbott Machine Co. of Wilton as a foreman and supervisor for 40 years. He was predeceased by his wife Evelyn (Keyes) Holt in 1988.
Members of his family include one son, Kenneth R. Holt of Wilton, nine grandchildren, many great grand and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours.
A graveside service was held on Aug. 22, at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Wilton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilton, Lyndeborough, Temple EMS, PO Box 584, Wilton, NH 03086.
The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton was in charge of arrangements.

Lionel F. Pelchat
Lionel F. "Ned" Pelchat, 71, resident of 40 Bridge Street, Milford, died Aug. 15, 2000, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.
He was born in Milford on Jan. 15, 1929, a son of the late Alfred J. and Regina (Valuer) Pelchat.
Mr. Pelchat, a lifelong resident of Milford, was a self-employed carpenter, and a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of Harley Sanford Post 4368 VFW, Milford, He was predeceased by two brothers, Alphee Pelchat and Robert Pelchat.
Family members include his wife with whom he would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in December, Corinne (Field) Pelchat, of Milford; five daughters, Jody Caplan of Nashua, Deborah Brooks and Diane Finkle, both of Bedford, Denise Fontaine of Londonderry, and Donna Cobb of Medfield, Mass.; two sisters, Marion Hartson of Milford, Regina Baldini of Las Vegas, Nev.; six brothers, Henry Pelchat of Palm Bay, Fla., Adrian Pelchat of Nashua, Richard Pelchat of Amherst, Raymond
Pelchat of Milford, Roger Pelchat of Bennington, and Albert Pelchat of Goffstown; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Aug. 17 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford, at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Unit 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032; or Home, Health and Hospice Care, 80 Continental Blvd., Merrimack, NH 03054.

Donna M. Poisson
Donna M. Poisson, 50, of Goldsmith Road, Wilton, died Aug. 17, 2000, at the Milford Medical Center, Milford. 
She was born in Nashua, on Sept. 11,1949, a daughter of Eva (Lorette) Cheever of Peterborough, and the late Richard Cheever.
She was a graduate of Wilton High School, class of 1967, Wilton. In addition, she graduated from Granite State Hairdressing School.
Mrs. Poisson had been a resident of Wilton and Lyndeborough for many years, and had formerly resided in Francestown for 18 years.
She and her husband owned and operated J & D Towing, Wilton for the past 25 years, and she was an avid NASCAR racing fan. She was an organ donor.
In addition to her mother, family members include her husband of 29 years, Paul Joseph "Joe" Poisson of Wilton; two daughters, Amy Lynn Sheehy of Seattle, Wash., Jami Jo Daniels of Amherst; four grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie Jondahi of Portland, Ore.; two brothers, Charles Cheever of Portland, Ore., Kevin Cheever of Peterborough; a niece and several nephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held today (Wednesday, Aug. 23), 10 a.m., in the Second Congregational Church of Wilton on Gregg Street.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Gustavi Paul Santinelli
Gustavi Paul Santinelli of Tampa, Fla., died Aug. 4, 2000, at University Hospital.
Born in Glenco, Ohio, on Feb. 7, 1919. He moved to Milford in 1938, and Florida 20 years ago.
Mr. Santinelle attended school in Glenco and attended Lowell Technical Institute in Lowell, Mass.
He worked for the government at Fort Devens. From there he transferred to Hanscom Field, Mass., where he worked for many years as an automotive inspector before he retired.
He was a veteran of World War II, and belonged to the VFW 10140 in Tampa, Fla.
He organized and led a neighborhood watch committee in Tampa.
His hobbies were sports and flea markets.
He leaves his wife Helen; a son, Paul Santinelli; a stepson, Joseph Janowiec; a daughter, Carol Flanders; a step-daughter, Sandra Vachon; two sisters, Mary Ireland and Pierina Santinelli; a brother, Julio Santinelli; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The National Cremation Society in Tampa, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.

Bernadette M. Stowe
Bernadette Martin Stowe, 81, formerly of Swanzey, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Jaffrey.
She was born in Long Island City, N.Y., on Feb. 26, 1919, a daughter of the late Henry C. and Gertrude V. (Cooney) Martin and the oldest of four sisters. Mrs. Stowe resided on Long Island and was an alumna of Our Lady of Wisdom Academy. After graduation, she was employed as a librarian at the school.
Before moving to New Hampshire in 1960, she was employed by the Gulf Oil Corporation in Battery Park, N.Y., as an executive assistant.
In New Hampshire, she raised two daughters and worked as the manager at Fletchers Paint Store in Keene. Mrs. Stowe worked for several area hotels as the desk receptionist, and later retired from the Valley Green Motel, Keene.
Mrs. Stowe is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary LaRoche-Cullotta, and her husband, Paul, of Sandwich, Mass., and Carol S. Malony and her husband, Charles, of Milford; five grandchildren, Kelly, Katie, Patrick and Amanda Malony, and Cameron Cullotta; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Gertrude Martin of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Patricia and Joseph Hager of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Marilyn and Charles Jaeger of Deer Park, Long Island, N.Y.; and a niece and two nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 21, in St. Patrick Church, in Milford. Burial will be in Centennial Cemetery, Gilsum, at a later date. Donations may go to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home Activities Fund, 5 Plantation Drive, Jaffrey, NH 03452; or the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research, McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Gloria May Anderson
Worked 23 years at Hitchiner
Gloria May Anderson 53, died Aug. 27, 2000, at her residence in New Boston.
Born in Grasmere, she had been a lifelong resident of New Boston. She was the daughter of Laurie and Bertha Louise (Paige) Anderson.
Miss Anderson was a graduate of New Boston High School. She was employed by Hitchiner Manufacturing of Milford for more than 23 years. She also worked for Wal-Mart of Amherst and the Toll House Variety Store.
Members of her family include her mother, Bertha Louise (Paige) Anderson, of New Boston; a brother, Paul A. Anderson of New Boston; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the New Boston Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Souhegan Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.
The French and Rising Funeral Home in Goffstown is in charge of arrangements.

Corey J. Heater
Grandmother lives in Milford
Corey J. Heater, 30, of Blake Corner Road, Phillipston, Mass., died recently of injuries suffered in a car accident in Skohegan, Maine.
He was born in Nashua on March 1, 1970. He attended Narragansett Regional High School.
Mr. Heater worked as an attendant at the Abnaki Campground in Skohegan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
A funeral service was held Aug. 2 in the Fiske Funeral Home in Athol, Mass. Burial followed in the Lower Cemetery in Phillipston, Mass.
He leaves his mother, Linda A. (LaBonte) Richard of Phillipston, Mass.; his father, James Heater of Goffstown; three bothers, Trevor N. Richard, Adam J. Richard and Brandon K. Richard, all of Phillipston, Mass.; a paternal grandmother, Betty Heater of Milford; a maternal grandmother, Dorothy (Seneschal) LaBonte of Jaffrey; a stepfather, Robert F. Richard; step-grandparents, Joseph and Mary (Ishii) Richard of Gardner, Mass.; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Marion M. Hodgdon
Collector of sea memorabilia
Marion M. Hodgdon, 77, of Larch Road, Milford, died Aug. 27, 2000, in Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.
She was born in Lubec, Maine, on June 29, 1923, a daughter of the late James and Mary Agnes (Denbow) Ramsdell.
Mrs. Hodgdon had lived in Milford for six years and had formerly resided in Somersworth for 12 years and Brockton, Mass., for many years.
She was employed as a licensed practical nurse at the Rockingham County Nursing Home for 10 years.
Mrs. Hodgdon loved children, and was an avid collector of lighthouses and ships.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Geraldine Reitz and Johann Oberlander.
Family members include a son, Gordon R. "Buddy" Hodgdon of Brockton, Mass.; two sisters, Barbara L. Broderick of Pembroke, Mass., and Janet Sheehan of Wareham, Mass.; two brothers, James Ramsdell Jr. of Halifax, Mass., and Donald Carter of New York; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and an aunt.
A visiting hour will be held today (Wednesday, Aug. 30), noon-1 p.m., at the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Sharon, Mass., at a later date. The Rev. Dana Miller, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Milford, will officiate.
Donations in Mrs. Hodgdon’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association of New Hampshire, 456 Beech St., Manchester, NH 03103.

Geraldine C. Jarest
Longtime Wilton resident, veterinary technician 
Geraldine C. Jarest, 72, of Park Street, Wilton, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at her home following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Jarest was born Aug. 4, 1928, in Wilton, daughter of the late Wilfred and Mildred (Sullivan) Champagne. She graduated from Wilton High School in 1946, and had been a longtime resident of Wilton.
She was the widow of Alfred J. Jarest Sr., who died in 1980.
Mrs. Jarest worked at the Abbott Worsted Mills and Hitchiner Manufacturing for several years and was a veterinarian technician at the Care Hospital for Animals in Milford for 10 years before her retirement. She enjoyed animals, especially cats.
She was a member of Wilton Lioness Club and Sacred Heart Parish in Wilton.
Survivors include a son, Alfred J. Jarest Jr. of Milford; two daughters, Brenda R. Jarest and Diane M. Jarest, both of Wilton; a sister, Marie Theriault of Wilton; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 28 at the Sacred Heart Church in Wilton. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wilton. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Jarest’s name to the Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, PO Box 393, Manchester, NH 03105.
The Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton is in charge of arrangements.

Roy W. Johnson
Served 22 years in Marines Corps
Roy W Johnson, 66, of South Main Street, Brookline, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at his summer home in Lyndeborough.
He was born Jan. 28, 1934, in Concord, Mass., son of the late Walter and Paula (George) Johnson. He lived in the Brookline area for the last 20 years, moving here from the Maynard, Mass., area.
He was a 1952 graduate of Concord (Mass.) High School. He was in the Marine Corps for 22 years and served in the Korean Conflict.
He was employed for 20 years as head cook at the Walden House Healthcare Facility in Concord, Mass.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the Maynard Elks Club, the Maynard Rod and Gun Club, and Harley Sanford VFW Post No. 4368 and the Ricciardi Hartshorn American Legion Post No. 23, both in Milford.
He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Durnford, who died in 1993.
Survivors include a sister, Sena Martinec of Littleton, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held Aug. 29, at the Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton. Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Brookline.

Lionel F. Pelchat
Veteran of the Korean War
Lionel F. "Ned" Pelchat, 71, resident of 40 Bridge Street, Milford, died Aug. 15, 2000, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.
He was born in Milford on Jan. 15, 1929, a son of the late Alfred J. and Regina (Valuer) Pelchat.
Mr. Pelchat, a lifelong resident of Milford, was a self-employed carpenter, and a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of Harley Sanford Post 4368 VFW, Milford,
He was predeceased by two brothers, Alphee Pelchat and Robert Pelchat.
Family members include his wife with whom he would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in December, Corinne (Field) Pelchat, of Milford; five daughters, Jody Caplan of Nashua, Deborah Brooks and Diane Finkle, both of Bedford, Denise Fontaine of Londonderry, and Donna Cobb of Medfield, Mass.; two sisters, Marion Hartson of Milford, Regina Baldini of Las Vegas, Nev.; six brothers, Henry Pelchat of Palm Bay, Fla., Adrian Pelchat of Nashua, Richard Pelchat of Amherst, Raymond Pelchat of Milford, Roger Pelchat of Bennington, and Albert Pelchat of Goffstown; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Aug. 17 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford, at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Unit 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032; or Home, Health and Hospice Care, 80 Continental Blvd., Merrimack, NH 03054.

Charles E. Wood III
Self-employed in home improvement industry
Charles E. "Chuck" Wood III, 30, of Mont Vernon Street, Milford, died Aug. 25, 2000, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.
He was born in Nashua on April 11, 1970, a son of Charles F. Wood Jr. of Milford, and the late Brenda M. (Bouchard) Wood.
Mr. Wood had lived in Milford for the past 15 years and had formerly resided in Brookline.
He was self-employed in the home improvement industry.
In addition to his father, family members include a sister, Lee Ann Blanc of Milford; a nephew; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial mass was celebrated Aug. 29 in St. Patrick Church in Milford.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Hollie Jo Blanchette
Hollie Jo Blanchette, 23, of Wilton, died Aug. 31, 2000, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Skowhegan, Maine. 
She was born on Nov. 6, 1976, in Peterborough, the daughter of Claudette Blanchette of Wilton and the late Ronald Blanchette.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Patrick Blanchette of Wilton; a brother, Grant Blanchette of Wilton; a grandmother, Nathalie Pangborn of Long Boat Key, Fla.; and a grandfather, Maurice Guevin of Meeker, Colo.;
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m., in Saint Georges Church, 317 Pine St., Manchester.

Tammy L. Caldwell
MASH Class of 1978
Tammy L. Caldwell, 40, of Nashua, died Aug. 28, 2000, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a long illness.
Ms. Caldwell was born on July 30, 1960, in Nashua. She was a graduate of Milford AREA Senior High School, class of 1978. She was the daughter of Ralph C. and Edna H. (Fournier) Caldwell of Mont Vernon.
In addition to her parents, survivors include a daughter, Katrina Caldwell of Nashua; four sisters, Moxie Roby of Mont Vernon, Lynn Robinson of Nashua, Kimberly Sponagle of Hudson and Candi Goff of Milford; two nieces, Krystal Roby and Angelia Goff, both of Milford; three nephews, Robert Roby of Mont Vernon, Joshua Iles and Bryce Caldwell, both of Nashua; two great-nieces, Patience Roby and Jaiden Schmidt of Milford; an aunt, Alice Quinn of Manchester; two uncles, George Fournier of Florida and Warren Fournier of Fitchburg, Mass.; and many cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m., at the Milford United Methodist Church, 20 Mont Vernon St.
Donations may be made to Edna and Katrina Caldwell, 27 Third St., Mont Vernon, NH 03057, to assist the family with funeral expenses.
The Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view our on-line memorial go to www.csnh.com

William L MacDonald
Centenarian 
William Lauchlin MacDonald, 100, of Nashua, a retired building contractor, died Sept. 3, 2000, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center following a brief illness.
A resident of Nashua for more than 70 years, Mr. MacDonald and his late brother, Ray Archibald MacDonald, operated MacDonald Brothers Builders, a firm that ran a sawmill, lumber yard and building operation on Amherst Street for many years. Following the death of his brother, Mr. MacDonald was joined by his son-in-law, Creighton MacKinley, in forming MacDonald & MacKinley Builders, a contracting business in Nashua, for many years.
Born in Greenwood, Mass., now a part of Wakefield, Mass., on May 24, 1900, Mr. MacDonald was the son of John Archibald and Annie T. (Scott) MacDonald. He graduated from Wakefield (Mass.) High School.
Mr. MacDonald married Gladys Grace Dudley on June 21, 1924. The couple resided in Nashua, and observed their 76th wedding anniversary in June.
Mr. MacDonald loved gardening and had maintained a garden for most of his married life. He was active in his garden as recently as last month.
He held membership in the First Baptist Church of Nashua for many years.
In addition to his wife, his family includes a daughter and son in-law, Grace Evelyn and Creighton MacKinley of Nashua; a son and daughter-in-law, Glenn William and Betty MacDonald of Montgomery, Texas; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Christine (MacDonald) White of Milford; and several nephews and nieces.
A funeral service was held Sept. 5 in the First Baptist Church in Nashua. The Rev. Dr. Margaret, Hess, pastor, officiated. Burial followed in Edgewood Cemetery.
Donations in his name may be made to the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua, NH 03060; or to a charity of one’s choice.
The Farwell Funeral Service, Nashua, is in charge of arrangements.

Donald B. Read
Manager for Nashua Corp.
Donald Barrett Read, 69, of Nashua, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at the Courville at Nashua, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Read was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Lowell, Mass., son of the late Harvey and Bertha (Leazott) Read. He lived in Nashua for most of his life.
Educated in local schools, Mr. Read was a graduate of Nashua High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Hampshire at Durham.
Mr. Read was predeceased by his first wife, the late Dorothy I. (Bergeron) Read, who died in November 1979, and his second wife, the late Judith (Zedalis) Read, who died in 1987.
He had been employed with Nashua Corporation as general manager of the Graphics Product Division from 1960 until his retirement in 1988.
Mr. Read held membership in the Nashua Country Club for many and was an avid golfer.
He was an Air Force veteran, serving as a staff sergeant during the Korean War.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Pamela Beth Read of Nashua, and Patricia and Stephen Barrett of Amherst; a step-daughter, Jennifer Jalbert of Merrimack; two grandchildren, Amanda Gaukstern and Trevor Barrett; and a dear friend, Ruth Gaukstern of Nashua.
A private memorial service is being planned and will he held at a later date.
Donations in Mr. Read’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association of New Hampshire, 9 Cedarwood Drive, Unit 12, Bedford, NH 03110.
The Farwell Funeral Service of Nashua, is in charge of arrangements.

Therese Dello Russo
Sister lives in Wilton
Therese Miville Dello Russo, 76, died at her home on Aug. 14, 2000.
She was born on Aug. 14, 1924 in Manchester, and grew up on a farm in Merrimack. She graduated from McGaw Normal Institute in Merrimack and became a practical nurse at Winthrop (Mass.) Hospital.
Mrs. Dello Russo had lived in Somerville, Mass., and worked for many years in area nursing homes.
She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Dello Russo.
The family includes two sons, Anthony Dello Russo of Tewksbury, Mass., and Joseph Dello Russo of Somerville, Mass.; a daughter, Mary Sorensen of Dracut, and a granddaughter; three sisters, Simone Chabot of Wilton, Lina Landry and Lucienne Lafond, both of Manchester; Roland Miville and Maurice Miville, both of Florida; and nieces and nephews.

Mary E. Signor
Former Milford resident loved music
Mary E. (Kirby) Signor, 80, resident of Antioch, Tenn., died Dec. 17, 1999 at her home.
She was born in Milford, on Oct. 29, 1919, a daughter of the late John J. and Eva (Cochran) Kirby.
She was educated in Milford schools and was a long-time resident of Milford.
Mrs. Signor had been employed by the former O.K. Tool Company, Milford, for many years.
She loved music and enjoyed playing the piano.
She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin W. Signor, who died in 1977, and a son, James Signor.
Family members include a daughter, Virley Maxwell of Antioch, Tenn.; four sons, Benjamin W. Signor III of Manchester, Robert Signor of New Hampshire, Peter Signor of Antioch, Tenn., and Gary Signor of Milford; 15 grandchildren; a sister, Virley Kaye of Milford; and a brother, John J. Kirby, Jr. of Milford.
A graveside service will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m., in
Riverside Cemetery, Nashua Street, Milford.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Edward S. Soule
Owned Mass. business
Edward S. Soule, 89, of Purgatory Road, Milford, died on Aug. 29, 2000, at Mapleleaf Nursing Home in Manchester.
Mr. Soule was born on Feb. 7, 1911, in Duxbury, Mass., the son of the late Sidney and Mercy (Parker) Soule.
He was in the Army Air Corps Reserve from 1942 to 1944, and owned and operated the Ford Agency in Marshfield, Mass., from 1946 to 1965.
Mr. Soule was an active member of the Duxbury Fire Department from 1929 to 1942, and since then had been an honorary member of the department.
He was predeceased by his wife, Bessie F. (Studley) Soule, in November 1993. Family members include two sisters, Alice N. McDonald of Weston, Mass., and Mercy A. Collingwood of Conestoga, Pa.
The Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an on-line memorial, go to www.csnh.com.

Esther H. Webster
Worked at Boulter’s Pharmacy in Milford
Esther Holland Webster, 88, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and formerly of Milford, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Gulf Breeze Hospital.
She was born March 15, 1912, in Milford, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Holland of Milford. She lived in Milford for more than 60 years.
She was predeceased by her late husband. Johnny Stoddard.
She worked at Boulter’s Pharmacy, formerly Coleman’s Rexall Drug Store, for more than 40 years.
She was a member of St. Patrick Church of Milford.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lou Kroeger of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Peggy Ann Soucy of Ocala, Fla.; a son, Frank Stoddard of Nashua; an adopted son, James A. Gillis of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six nieces; and a nephew.
Memorial Mass will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Milford, at a time to be announced. There will be a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Milford followed by burial.
The Rose Lawn Funeral Home, Gulf Breeze, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.


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