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Kenneth S. Andersen
20-year Navy veteran
Kenneth S. Andersen, formerly of South Boston, Mass., died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, in Amherst.
Mr. Andersen was the widower of Lorraine C. (McDonald) Andersen.
He worked for the Public Safety Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority.
He was a 20-year veteran of the Navy, serving in Korea and Vietnam.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth S. Andersen Jr. of East Weymouth, Mass.; a daughter, Cecilia Dunbar of East Weymouth, Mass.; five grandchildren, Sean Andersen, Amy Smith, Toni-Marie, and Danielle and Tiffany Dunbar; and a great-grandson, Michael J. Rawlins.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, 8 a.m. from the William F. Spencer and Son Funeral Home, South Boston, Mass. A Funeral Mass will be at St. Augustine Church, South Boston, at 9 a.m. Interment will be with full military honors in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.

David R. Clark
Retired from Air Force
David R. Clark, 66, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in Ontario, Ore.
Mr. Clark was the son of the late John and Margaret Clark of Mont Vernon.
He was born in Peterborough, and was a graduate of Milford High School. 
He retired as a senior master sergeant from the Air Force after 22 years of service, and Alabama Department of Transportation after 16 years. He had been a resident of Biloxi, Miss. for two years.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Clark of Biloxi, Miss.; a daughter, Peggy Clark Bradford of Ocean Springs; two sons, David Shawn Clark of Vernonia, Ore. and Robert Burke Clark of The Woodlands, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 15 at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home. Burial was in Gulfport, Miss. at Evergreen Cemetery.

Marjorie P. Freeman
Marjorie P. Freeman, 80, of Nashua, died Sept. 11, 2000, at the Hunt Community, Nashua.
She was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on Oct. 23, 1919, a daughter of the late Hans and Margaret (Krumb) Popp.
Ms. Freeman had been a resident of Nashua for the past four years, and had formerly resided in Piscataway, N.J. for many years.
She was a real estate broker and manager of the Carlton Club Apartments for 22 years having retired in 1987. She served on the Piscataway, N.J. rent control board.
She was a deacon and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Sayreville, N.J., and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Nashua. In addition, she enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad, collecting antiques, bridge, crossword puzzles, and most especially, family.
Ms. Freeman was predeceased by a brother, Harold Popp, and a sister, Erma Conover.
Family members include two sisters, Anna Werner of Hudson; Wilhelmina Daly of Neptune, N.J.; five nieces, Marjorie Ball of Milford, Linda Vona, Suzanne Slover, Pat Daly, all of New Jersey, and Christine Young of Pennsylvania; two nephews, Carl Werner of New Jersey and Peter Werner of Texas.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m., in the Amherst Congregational Church, Church Street, Amherst.
Memorial donations may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church of Amherst, Building Fund, PO Box 488, Amherst, NH 03031.
Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Frances E. Grant
Veteran of the WACs
Frances E. "Fran" Grant, 77, of 56 West St., Milford, died Sept. 7, 2000, at Saint Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
She was born in Winthrop, Maine on Oct. 18, 1922, a daughter of the late Stephen and Phyllis (Burr) Belden.
Mrs. Grant was a resident of Milford for more than 40 years. She was educated in Winthrop, Maine schools, and graduated in 1941 from Winthrop High School. In addition, she attended Moore’s Business College, New Britain, Conn.
She was employed at New Hampshire Ball Bearing Company, Peterborough, for 20 years, and had formerly worked at the 5&10 Store, Milford and Kenmore Stamp Company, Milford.
Mrs. Grant was a U.S. Army (WAC) veteran, having served in the Medical Corp. during World War II. She was a member of the Harley Sanford Post 4368, VFW, Milford, and a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23, American Legion, Milford.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Donald L. Grant; a son, Arthur Rockwell Jr.; and a brother, Steven Belden.
Family members include a daughter, Donna Garnham of Wilton; two sons, Gregory Rockwell of Brookline and David Grant of Milford; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter Belden of Winthrop, Maine; four sisters, Gertrude Fish of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Josephine Buzzell of Fryeburg, Maine, Sylvia Jones of Temple, Maine, and Ethel Maxim of Winthrop, Maine; many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mrs. Grant’s memory made be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Bldg., 360 Route 1010, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Philip A. Mercier Jr.
Received Silver Star and Purple Heart
Philip Albert "Al" Mercier Jr., 81, of Crickelwood St., Torrance, Calif., died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at his home,
Mr. Mercier was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Houghton, Mich, son of the late Philip Mercier Sr. and Mildred (Kerouac) Mercier.
He received his schooling in Flint, Mich., and completed two years at Michigan State University before entering the military in 1942.
He was the husband of Johanna (Santii) Mercier of Milford.
He worked at the Hughes-Garrett Air Research Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., retiring in 1982 as chief of the design department.
He was a member and past president of the California Aircraft Owners Association, and a director in the Pilots Association.
A member of the 11th Airborne Division, he made several combat jumps in the Philippine Islands area and was medically discharged in 1945, after receiving the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
He was a communicant of San Angeles Church in Torrance, Calif., where he was a member of the parish council.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Julie (Mercier) Simpson of Pasadena, Calif.; two sons. Philip Mercier III and Keith Mercier, both of Redondo Beach, Calif.; five brothers, Eugene and Leonard of Nashua, Michael of Merrimack; Roland of Somersworth and Lauren of Auburn Hills, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The Edison Funeral Home in Torrance, Calif., is in charge of arrangements.

James L. ‘Jimbo’ O’Brien
Avid sports fan
James L. "Jimbo" O’Brien, 62, of Old Blood Road, Merrimack, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine.
Mr. O’Brien was born Oct. 31, 1937, in Colchester, Vt., son of the late Bernard and Florence (Carpenter) O’Brien. He was a longtime resident of Merrimack, previously residing in Connecticut and Hudson.
He was the husband of Joan (Donoghue) O’Brien, to whom he had been married for five years.
Mr. O’Brien worked for R&M Leasing in Merrimack as an operations manager for 12 years. He previously was employed by Blue Line Express for 18 years.
He was a member of the Lafayette Club and the Knights of Columbus, Council 122, in Nashua. His hobbies were bowling, cribbage and golf. Also, he was an avid sports fan.
Besides his wife, survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Mark Cervas of Houston, Texas, Lori and Stuart Rolke of Wilton, and Jodi and Wayne Leonard of Merrimack; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Shaun and Cindy (Kodesh) O’Brien of Merrimack, Dennis "Bum" O’Brien of Merrimack, and Rickey and Valerie (Dionne) O’Brien of Manchester; a step-daughter, Sue Muise of Merrimack; a step-son and his wife, Robert and Cindy Thibeault of Amherst; a brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Diana (Turley) O’Brien of Norwich, Conn.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Robert Niles of Moosup, Conn., Dale and William Russell Sr. of Hudson, and Paula and Thomas Toland of Preston, Conn.; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 4-8 p.m. at the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St., Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Merrimack. Burial will be in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack.
Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Joseph Hospital, Cardiac Unit, c/o Human Development and Resources, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua. 

Mary S. Riedel
Longtime Brookline resident
Mary S. Riedel, 85, of Oak Hill Road, Brookline, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood, Milford.
She was born in Kew Gardens, N.Y., on April 28, 1915, a daughter of the late Norman Sammis.
Mrs. Riedel had been a resident of Brookline, for the past 30 years and had formerly resided in Leominster, Mass., for several years.
She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Brookline and enjoyed sewing.
Family members include her husband, Robert A. Riedel of Brookline; two sons, Robert C. Riedel of Littleton, and John S. Riedel of Providence, R.I.
There are no services.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Margaret Caulfield Villane
Long-time member of Mooreland Club 
Catherine Margaret Caulfield Villane died recently.
She was born April 18, 1906, in Milford, the daughter of James Caulfield and Anna Caulfield. 
She left school at an early age in 1922 to care for her ill mother. She resumed her schooling after her mother died in 1923, and graduated from Milford High School, class of 1924.
She did many things to support the family during her early years and worked at the old Milford Inn as a waitress. She traveled to Maine to work during the summer, and on one occasion wished Charles Lindbergh bon voyage on one of his excursions.
She married James Villane, an quarryman, in 1929. They were married for 69 years.
During the World War II period, she was active in civil defense as a volunteer airplane spotter.
She was a Realtor and also worked as an accountant for Kenmore Stamp Company in Milford.
In 1957 Mrs. Villane and her husband moved to Orlando, Fla., where she worked for an advertising company until she retired.
She loved skiing and cooking and was known for her Parker House rolls and apple pies. She also enjoyed needlework and made many afghans and knitted ski sweaters. She was cautiously daring and loved to hitch a ride on the back of her sons’ Harley Davidson motorcycle. 
Mrs. Villane was a long-time member of the Mooreland Club in Milford.
She was the grand matriarch of the family, a strict disciplinarian, yet a soft shoulder to lean on. She was an eternal optimist with a carefree spirit who will be remembered for the small things, like waking the kids up in the morning by playing marches on the old upright piano and always having that warm apple pie on the stove.
She was predeceased by a son James, who died at the age of 11 in an accident.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald Villane of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Joseph Villane of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Nashua Street, Milford, on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn E. Wilson
Evelyn E. Wilson, 94, of Nashua, died Sept. 7, 2000, at Rose Haven, Merrimack.
She was born in Haverhill, Mass., on Nov. 9, 1905, a daughter of the late George L. and Susan Belle (Wells) Brittain.
Mrs. Wilson had been a resident of Milford for more than 50 years.
She and her late husband were former owners of Town & Country Mobile Home Park in Milford, and had established the White Horse Farm. In addition, they were antique dealers.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of New England Mobile Homes Association.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles T. Wilson.
Family members include a son, G. Lee Wilson of Nashua.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford, at a later date.
Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Borghild Andersen
Borghild Andersen, 95, died Sept. 13, 2000, at Pheasantwood Nursing Home, Peterborough.
She was born in Stavanger, Norway, on March 16, 1905, a daughter of the late Lars and Inga (Torgersen) Annaniassen.
Miss Andersen had been a resident of Peterborough for the past four years, and had formerly resided in Wilton for 26 years and Boston, Mass., for 32 years
She had owned and operated the Wilton Diner for 26 years. She was part owner of the former Smorgasbord Restaurant on Tremont Street in Boston, for many years.
She is survived by a friend, Paula L. Basha of Milford.
There are no services. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Wilton at a later date. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Wilton Fire Department, PO Box 83, Wilton, NH 03086. Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie P. Freeman
Member of Congregational Church in Nashua
Marjorie P. Freeman, 80, of Allds St., Nashua, died Sept. 11, 2000, at the Hunt Community in Nashua.
Ms. Freeman was born Oct. 23, 1919, in New Brunswick, N.J., daughter of the late Hans and Margaret (Krumb) Popp. She had been a resident of Nashua for the past four years, formerly residing in Piscataway, N.J., for many years.
She was a real estate broker and manager of the Carlton Club Apartments for 22 years, retiring in 1987, and served on the Piscataway rent control board.
Ms. Freeman enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad, collecting antiques, playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles and, most especially, family.
She was a deacon and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Sayreville, N.J., and she was a member of the First Congregational Church in Nashua.
Ms. Freeman was predeceased by a brother, Harold Popp, and a sister, Erma Conover.
Survivors include two sisters, Anna Werner of Hudson and Wilhelmina Daly of Neptune, N.J.; five nieces, Marjorie Ball of Milford, Christine Young of Pennsylvania, and Linda Vona, Suzanne Slover and Pat Daly, all of New Jersey; and two nephews, Carl Werner of New Jersey and Peter Werner of Texas.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Amherst Congregational Church.
Donations In Ms. Freeman’s memory may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church of Amherst, Building Fund, PO Box 488, Amherst, NH 03031.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Eric P. Galarneau
Eric P. Galarneau, 51, of Nashua, died Sept. 13, 2000, at his home after a brief illness.
Born in Manchester on May 8, 1949, he was the son of Francis and Elouise (Hoitt) Galarneau. He resided in Milford for most of his life before moving to Nashua 12 years ago.
Mr. Galarneau graduated from Milford AREA Senior High School in 1969.
He was an avid fisherman, and also enjoyed landscaping. He loved spending time with his family and close circle of friends.
Family members include his sister, Nancy G. Kane of Manchester; a nephew, Michael O. Kane of Manchester; two nieces, Kaitlyn S. Kane of Manchester and Korin Galarneau of West Ossipee; and many friends.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Peter E. Galarneau and John J. O’Donohue.
A funeral service was held Sept. 16 at Connor-Healy Funeral Home in Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to Harbor Homes, a non-profit organization devoted to helping those with mental illness, 12 Amherst St., Nashua, NH 03060.

Mona H. Griffin
Mona H. Griffin, 87, died Sept. 6, 2000, at the New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home in Concord.
She was born Sept. 4, 1913 in Hartland, Vt., the daughter of Ben and Virginia (Bythrow) Hill.
Ms. Griffin was a graduate of West Lebanon High School and the Cottage Hospital Nurses Training program. She was employed as a registered nurse at the Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, and later as director of nursing services at the Spear Hospital in Plymouth. She was an active Red Cross volunteer.
She was a member of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Plymouth, and was a Past Noble Grand of the Plymouth Rebekahs.
She is survived by a daughter, Candace Rapf of Amherst; a sister, Virginia Belanger of Safety Harbor, Fla.; a grandson, Kevin Rapf of Castleton, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two daughters, Judith and Jane Griffin; and two sisters, Gretchen Story and Clara Stimson.
Memorial services will be conducted on Friday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m., at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church of Plymouth, with the Rev. Paul Mayerson officiating. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m., at the Monroe Cemetery with the Rev. A. Dickerson Salmon officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home, 200 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301.
Bennett Funeral Home, Concord, is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest J. Laviolette
Recipient of Purple Heart
Ernest J. Laviolette, 76, of Boston Post Road, Amherst, died Sept. 7, 2000, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, following a brief illness.
Mr. Laviolette was born March 10, 1924, in Lawrence, Mass., son of the late Joseph and Susan (Mailette) Laviolette.
He was the husband of Theresa (Desruisseaux) Laviolette, to whom he had been married for 53 years.
Mr. Laviolette worked as a layout operator for Western Electric in North Andover, Mass., for more than 30 years.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, and received the Purple Heart.
Besides his wife, survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Robert and Mary Ann Kimball and Linda Zurwell, all of Salem, Mass., and Susan Tracy of Pepperell, Mass.; a brother, Victor Laviolette, and a sister, Evelyn Siegel, both of Lawrence, Mass.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.

Adelaide K. McKellar
Adelaide K. "Tak" (Kershaw) McKellar, 83, of Mack Hill Road, Amherst, died Sept. 15, 2000, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the late William and Adelaide (Halkett) Kershaw, and had been a Amherst resident since 1960. She was a noted real estate agent in Amherst for many years and owned Tak McKeIlar, Broker. She was an accomplished painter and an avid fisherman.
Family members include two sons, William D. McKellar III of Mont Vernon and Bruce K. McKellar of Temple; a sister, Margaret Bourtell of Fall Brook, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be an informal gathering in celebration of her life on Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-9 p.m. at the family residence, 15 Mack Hill Road, Amherst.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
The Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Manchester, is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an on-line memorial, go to www.phaneuf.net.

Frank R. Watts
50-year member of Londonderry Grange
Frank R. Watts, 81, of South Road, Londonderry, died Sept. 17, 2000, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua.
Mr. Watts was born July 26, 1919, in Londonderry, son of the late Neil and Fannie (Robie) Watts. He had lived in Londonderry for most of his life. He was a 1940 graduate of Pinkerton Academy in Derry.
Over the years he had been employed at American Box and Lumber Co. in Nashua, Victory Lumber in Londonderry, and more recently, at Henry Lumber in Londonderry.
Mr. Watts was a 50-year member of the Londonderry Grange. Also, he was an avid raccoon hunter and fisherman.
He was an active member of the Londonderry Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Inez Caron and Phyllis W. Holton, both of Londonderry, and Shirley Gilcreast of Sundown; two brothers, Earl W. Watts of Wilton and Ralph N. Watts of Dunbarton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Sept. 20 at Londonderry Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Londonderry.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, NH 03053.
The Peabody Funeral Home in Londonderry is in charge of arrangements.

Esther H. Webster
Worked at Boulter’s Pharmacy in Milford
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 6, in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford, for Esther Holland Webster, 88, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and formerly of Milford, who died Aug. 27, 2000, at Gulf Breeze Hospital. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford
Mrs. Holland was born March 15, 1912, in Milford, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Holland. She lived in Milford for more than 60 years.
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 all her life until moving to North Carolina, and then to Florida in 1984, to live near family members.
The family deeply appreciated Dr. Anna S. Westafer, who honored their mother’s wishes, and the staff of Bay Breeze Nursing Home in Gulf Breeze, Fla., who enabled the family to care lovingly for their mother for the 18 months before she died.
Mrs. Webster is survived by 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.
Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Alice Maude Ackley
Graduate of Amherst High School
Alice Maude (Converse) Ackley, 89, of Spring Road, Amherst, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Harborside Crestwood Healthcare Center in Milford.
She was born in Hollis on Sept. 30, 1910, a daughter of the late Walter C. and E. Maude (Wentworth) Converse.
She had spent greater part of her life in Amherst, and for a short time, lived in Nashua and Hollis. She was educated in Amherst and was a graduate of Amherst High School, class of 1932.
She was the widow of Philip Ackley.
Mrs. Ackley had at one time been employed by the U.S. Post Office in Amherst. Prior to her retirement in 1962, she had been employed for 30 years in various capacities at the Manchester Savings Bank.
She was a former member of WCTU, and belonged to the Merrimack Valley Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother, Howard W. Converse of Manchester; five nephews, George Russell of Hollis, Robert Russell of Costa Mesa, Calif., John Russell of Hudson, Howard Prior of Wakefield, and Kenneth Prior of Nashua; a niece, Jane Gagnon of Greenfield; and several grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews and cousins.
Visiting hours will be Friday, Sept. 29, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock St., Nashua. A funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m., at Merrimack Valley Baptist Church, Route 101A and Boston Post Road, South Merrimack. The Rev. Larry Clouse will officiate. Burial will be in North Cemetery, Hollis.

Paul J. Caulfield
Active supporter of Pop Warner football
Paul J. Caulfield, 72, of Corduroy Road, Amherst, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at his home.
He was born in Allston, Mass., on March 3, 1928, a son of the late John J. and Margaret (Brady) Caulfield.
Mr. Caulfield had been a resident of Amherst for 41 years and had formerly resided in Cambridge, Mass., for a number of years. He had wintered in Lake Wales, Fla., for six years.
He attended Amherst High School and graduated from Cambridge (Mass.) Latin High School.
Mr. Caulfield was employed as a printer for the Currier Citizen in Lowell, Mass., for 21 years. He had worked at Sanders, Nashua, for nine years.
He was an active supporter of the Amherst Patriots Pop Warner Football League. For many years, they practiced in Caulfield Field and held the annual "Caulfield Bowl." He was a member of Souhegan Men’s Chorus Club, and was an avid sailor and a member of Massabesic Yacht Club in Hooksett. He was a communicant of St. John Neumann Church, Merrimack.
Mr. Caulfield was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen E. Nickerson of Cambridge, Mass.
Family members include his wife of 43 years, Hope M. (Stephenson) Caulfield of Amherst; a daughter, Faith M. Ludvigsen of Neshanic Station, N.J.; three grandchildren, Meghan, Matthew and Michael Ludvigsen, all of Neshanic Station, N.J.; a brother, John G. Caulfield of Cambridge, Mass.; a sister, Margaret M. Fay of Belmont, Mass., and many nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 25 in St. John Neumann Church, Merrimack. Burial followed in Cricket Corner Cemetery, Amherst. 
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Home, Health & Hospice Care, 80 Continental Boulevard, Merrimack, NH 03054.
The Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements. 

James H. Clarke Jr.
James H. Clarke Jr., 61, of Crosby St., Milford, died Sept. 23, 2000, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood, Milford.
He was born March 7, 1939, and raised in Portland, Maine, a son of the late James H. Clarke Sr. and Marian (Stilphen) Clarke.
Mr. Clarke had been a resident of Wilton for 10 years, and more recently had resided in Milford for 18 years.
He was employed by Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Milford, for more than 20 years.
Mr. Clarke had served in the United State Coast Guard.
Family members include a son, Patrick J. Clarke of Milford; a daughter, Julie A. Clarke of Milford; three sisters, Marjorie DiMillo of Portland, Maine, and Nina Gilbert and Ellen Shaw, both of South Portland, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.
There are no visiting hours.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m., in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, Maine, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

C. Arthur Foote
C. Arthur Foote, 76, of Foundry Street, Amherst, died Sept. 18, 2000, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester.
He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Dec. 20, 1923, a son of the late William and Kathryn (O’Connell) Foote.
Mr. Foote had been a resident of Amherst since 1951, and had wintered in Dataw Island, Beaufort, S.C.
He was a graduate of Syracuse (N.Y.) University.
Mr. Foote was an officer in the U.S. Navy, and served in World War II. He was co-founder and an owner for 36 years of Industrial Aluminum Company, Waltham, Mass. He had previously worked for Edgecomb Steel, Nashua.
Mr. Foote was a Friend of the First Congregational Church of Amherst. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Nashua Country Club. He enjoyed his Tuesday night poker club, crossword puzzles and especially, he loved his home.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane (Frederick) Foote, who died in 1986.
Family members include his wife, Roberta (Ricker) Foote of Amherst; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Betsy Foote of Hudson, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Jad Brown of Wilton; three stepchildren, Rick and Hang Suydam of Hartford, Conn., Kristin and Matthew Straut of Beaufort, S.C., and Sondra and David Baseggio of Bay Village, Ohio; five grandchildren, Emily and Joshua Brown of Wilton, and Andrew, Jeffrey and Julie Foote, all of Hudson, Ohio; two stepgrandchildren, Trevor Suydam of Hartford, Conn., and Hannah Straut of Beaufort, S.C.; and three nephews and two nieces.
A memorial service was held Sept. 22 in the First Congregational Church of Amherst. Burial was private.
Donations in Mr. Foote’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 1 Montgomery Ave., Nashua, NH 03060; or to the First Congregational Church of Amherst, Building Fund, 11 Church St., Amherst, NH 03031.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Donald G. Landis
Donald G. Landis, 53, of Hollis, died Sept. 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
He was born in Harleysville, Pa., on June 20, 1947, a son of the late Dayton and Clara (Godshall) Landis.
Mr. Landis had been a resident of Hollis for the past 24 years.
He was educated in Pennsylvania schools and earned his engineering degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. Landis was a founder and for 20 year, CEO of Integrated Control Concepts, Hollis. He recently founded Lansense L.L.C., an environmental sensor technology company in Hollis.
Mr. Landis held 10 U.S. patents in the semi-conductor field, and four pending patents in sensor technology.
He was an artist and sculptor in contemporary furnishings.
Mr. Landis was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and tennis.
He was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church, and a member of the choir. He had received numerous awards for his evangelism and ministries within the Methodist church.
Family members include his wife of 32 years, Sally Ann (Macomber) Landis of Hollis; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie A. and Sean V. Baker of Milford; a son, Zachary R. Landis of Barre, Vt.; two grandchildren, Bridget Elizabeth Baker and Alexander Vincent Baker, both of Milford; a sister, Dorothy Darrow of North Carolina; four brothers, Dayton Landis, Sanford Landis and Robert Landis of Pennsylvania, and Mark Landis of Mexico; and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
There are no visiting hours.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m., in the Milford United Methodist Church, Mont Vernon Street.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, Building Fund, Mont Vernon St., Milford, NH 03055; or to the National Kidney Foundation of New Hampshire, 1 Tremont St., Concord, NH 03301.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Homer F. McMurray
Homer F. "Doc" McMurray, D.V.M., 80, of Cricket Hill Drive, Amherst, died Sept. 25, 2000, at Greenbriar Healthcare Terrace, Nashua.
He was born in Fall River, Mass., on July 30, 1920, the son of the late Homer J. and Mary E. (Galvin) McMurray.
Dr. McMurray had been a resident of Amherst for 25 years and had formerly resided in Milford for 22 years.
He was a graduate of Nashua High School, class of 1939, and Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, class of 1945. He was co-captain of the Cornell cross-country team.
Dr. McMurray was self-employed as a veterinarian in Milford for many years, and retired in 1976. He was also a real estate developer in Nashua.
He was a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association, and past director of the Cornell Club of New Hampshire.
In 1979, the 75-acre sanctuary of the Ponemah Bog Preserve came under the protection of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Homer F. McMurray and local friends of the sanctuary.
Dr. McMurray was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford, and had served as an usher for 30 years.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict.
Dr. McMurray was predeceased by a sister, K. Dorothy Nadeau, who died in 1994.
Family members include his wife of 51 years, Dorothy L. (Desmarais) McMurray of Amherst; a son, Kevin M. McMurray of Nashua; a daughter, Colleen F. Trudeau of Merrimack; six grandchildren; a sister, Constance D. McMurray of Bridgeport, Conn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours are today (Wednesday, Sept. 27), 7-9 p.m., in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m., in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.
Donations in his memory may be made to the SHARE program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055; or to Alzheimer’s Association, Greater N.H. Chapter, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.

Jouko Oravainen
Jouko Oravainen, 61, of Cram Hill Road, Lyndeborough, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Milford Medical Center, after being stricken with a sudden illness at his home.
Born Sept. 26, 1938, in Helsinki, Finland, the son of the late Juho E. and Hanna (Aleksandra) Oravainen, he had lived in Lyndeborough for 11 years. He graduated from high school and college in Finland and served with the Finnish Army Infantry.
Mr. Oravainen was an associate member of the United Church of Lyndeborough, and a member of the Aurora Lodge, AF&AM of Fitchburg, Mass.
He was predeceased by a son, Ari Oravainen.
Members of his family include his wife, Therese (Houle) Bartlett of Lyndeborough; a son, Arto Oravainen of Massachusetts, a daughter, Riita Cote of Westminster, Mass.; two stepsons, Alan Bartlett and Dwayne Bartlett, both of Manchester; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. in the United Church of Lyndeborough.
The Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton is in charge of arrangements.

David B. Parker
David B. Parker, 75, died Sept. 22, 2000, at home after a brief illness.
He was born in Milford on May 2, 1925, the son of Harold P. and Alice B. Parker. He was a 1943 graduate of Montpelier (Vt.) High School.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a bombardier navigator for two years. Upon his discharge, Mr. Parker attended the University of New Hampshire.
Mr. Parker worked at the Capital Savings Bank in Montpelier, Vt., for three years. He spent another two years in the life insurance field before joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Vermont in 1952. He remained at BC/BS for 33 years, becoming president of the Vermont Plan in October 1980. He retired in 1985.
He was a charter member and president of the Montpelier Lions Club and zone chairman of District 45 of the Lions Club International. He was on the board of directors and treasurer of the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce.
He was a member of the Montpelier Theater Guild, treasurer of Babe Ruth League, and Montpelier town chairman of the American Red Cross. He was also a longtime member of the Montpelier Elks Club and the American Legion.
The family includes his wife, Georgiana (Clark) Parker of Barre; a son, David B. Parker Jr. of Contoocook; a daughter, Sarah Smith of Barre; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, Inc., 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
The Guare and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Esther H. Webster
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford, for Esther Holland Webster of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and formerly of Milford, who died Aug. 27, 2000. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore E. Wirtanen
Geodesist with U.S. Air Force
Theodore E. "Ted" Wirtanen, 72, of Clydesdale Circle, Nashua, died suddenly Sept. 18, 2000, at Deaconess Hospital in Boston.
He was born in Nashua on July 28, 1928, a son of Dorothea (Fessenden) Wirtanen Beaubien of Fitchburg, Mass., and the late Waino Wirtanen.
Mr. Wirtanen had been a resident of Nashua for 22 years, and formerly resided in Chelmsford, Mass., for many years. He graduated from Milford High School, class of 1946 and was class president. In 1951, he graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of arts in history, and received a master of science degree in engineering management from Western New England College.
He had been employed as a geodesist with the U.S. Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Terrestrial Science Division at Hanscom (Mass.) AFB for 34 years, before retiring in 1986. He had formerly worked for the Army Map Service in Brookmont, Md.
Mr. Wirtanen earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Brookline troop. He was a long-time member of the operating committee of the Daniel Webster Council Scouting Museum and served as chairman of the long range program committee.
He was a volunteer tax preparer for the elderly, and a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, Nashua.
Mr. Wirtanen is survived by his wife, Carmela V. (Grasso) Wirtanen of Nashua. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 23. In addition to his mother and his wife, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas A. and Claire Wirtanen of Lowell, Mass.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mauri J. and Jim Gray of Tewksbury, Mass.; four grandchildren; three sisters, Jacqueline Knowles of Brookline, Beth Gay of Milford and Bonnie Beaubien of Deerfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard and Margaret Beaubien of Monrovia, Md., and Harold and Kathy Beaubien of Milford; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today (Friday, Sept. 22), 10 a.m., in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mr. Wirtanen’s memory may be made to the Scouting Museum, PO Box 1121, Manchester, NH 03105.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.


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