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G. Hope Holden
G. Hope Holden, 78, of Crosby Street, Milford, died Aug. 23, 1998, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood, Milford. 
She was born in Milford on Nov. 20, 1919, a daughter of the late Moses and Flora (Weston) Towne. 
She was a graduate of Milford High School, class of 1938. 
Mrs. Holden had been a resident of Milford for many years and had formerly lived in Wilton and Mont Vernon. 
She was a member of the First Congregational Church UCC, Milford, and had been active in the Laura G. Heald Club and Women's League. She was a 50-year member of the Milford Granite Grange, past master of Advance Grange in Wilton, and held offices in Hillsborough County Pomona Grange. She was a former member of Charity Chapter O.E.S., Wilton, and AARP, Milford. 
Mrs. Holden was predeceased by her husband, Charles H. Holden, who died in 1980. 
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen B. and James Cridge of Herndon, Va.; a stepdaughter, Sally Ann Patterson of Milford; three granddaughters, Cindy and David Lewis of Indianapolis, Ind., Patti and Mohamed Benalayat of Manassas, Va., Bonnie Cridge of Erie, Penn.; four great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Eleanor B. Fallon of Milford; and several nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. 
Visiting hour are today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Congregational Church UCC, Union Street, Milford. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mont Vernon. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Activities Fund, c/o Crestwood Healthcare Center, 40 Crosby St., Milford, NH 03055 or to The Women's League, c/o First Congregational Church UCC, PO Box 188, Milford, NH 03055.

Marjorie E. Browning
Marjorie E. Browning, 71, of Pine Valley Street, Wilton, died Aug. 23, 1998, at the home of her daughter, Deborah Boudreau, in Goffstown. 
She was born in Waltham, Mass., on April 19, 1927, a daughter of the late Reginald and Olive (Drew) Mosher. 
Mrs. Browning had lived in New Hampshire for 30 years and had resided in Lincoln, Mass., for many years. 
She had been employed by Agway in Milford for 10 years, PVA in Wilton for five years, and was an Avon representative for 12 years. 
Mrs. Browning was a former member of St. Anne's Church, Lincoln, Mass., and the St. Anne's Hospitality Group. She had been a den mother, and was a member of the Harley Sanford Post 4368 VFW Auxiliary, Milford, for 22 years. 
Family members include her husband of 50 years, George U. Browning Jr. of Wilton; three sons, George U. Browning III of West Chesterfield, Gerald M. Browning of Milford and Geoffrey D. Browning of Hillsborough; three daughters, Deborah E. Boudreau of Goffstown and Sarah Jane Cormier and Dorothy Ann Marshall, both of Toole, Utah; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elizabeth Archdeacon of Waltham, Mass., Dorothy Bolton of Natick, Mass., and Sally Dugan of Hollywood, Calif.; a brother, Reginald Mosher of Goldengate, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. 
Visiting hours are this evening (Wednesday, Aug. 26.) from 6-9 p.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Burial will be in New Cemetery, Lincoln, Mass., at a later date. 
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Patrick Share Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055. 

Alice M. Smith
Alice M. Smith, 78, of Milford, died suddenly Aug. 22, 1998, at her home.
She was born on June 16, 1920, a daughter of the late John A. and Alice M. Tostevin.
A lifelong resident of Milford, Mrs. Smith will always be remembered as "the hot lunch lady," who worked many years for the Milford school hot lunch program. Prior to her retirement, she was the manager of the Jacques School kitchen.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard W. Smith, who died in 1976.
Family members include a daughter, Sheila Winkler of Milford, and a granddaughter, Melissa R. Dickinson of Greenbelt, Md.
It was her wish that there be no calling hours. A graveside service was held Aug. 25 in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, 545 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia A. Sperry
Patricia A. Sperry, 62, of Melendy Road, Milford, died Aug. 21, 1998, at her home.
She was born in Weston, Mass. on Feb. 16, 1936, a daughter of the late Richard W. and Helen E. (Franklin) Travis.
She attended Weston public schools, than moved to Concord, Mass., where she graduated from Concord High School, class of 1954. She attended New England School of Art.
Mrs. Sperry had lived in Milford for 16 years and in Dracut, Mass., for many years.
She had been employed by Label Art, Inc., Wilton, for 14 years. While residing in Massachusetts, Mrs. Sperry and her late husband owned and operated Northern Printing and Publications, Inc., in Dracut for 15 years.
She was past president of Business and Professional Women’s Club of Greater Lowell, a member and past matron of Puritan Charity Themis Chapter 29 O.E.S., Milford, and was active with the Rainbow Girls.
Mrs. Sperry was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and served during the Korean Conflict.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph R. Sperry Jr., who died in 1980.
Family members include four sons, Richard T. Sperry of Milford, Joseph R. Sperry III of Lowell, Mass., Daniel W. Sperry of Concord, and James W. Sperry of Pembroke; two daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah A. and Paul Marion of Lowell, Mass., and Diane T. Salisbury of Nashua; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Marcia Learmonth of Littleton, Mass., and Barbara House of Brentwood, Md.; a special aunt, Phyllis Wallace of Littleton, Mass.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
An Eastern Star service was held Aug. 24 and a service at the chapel at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in East Chelmsford, Mass., was held Aug. 25.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Madeline H. Cassidy
Madeline H. Cassidy, 86, of Dearborn Street, Milford, died Aug. 21, 1998, at her home.
She was born in Webster, Mass., on June 16, 1912, a daughter of the late Henry W. and Mary Ellen (Scanlon) Harte.
Mrs. Cassidy was a graduate of Nashua High School, class of 1929, and attended Nashua Business College.
She had been a resident of Milford for 52 years.
Mrs. Cassidy had been employed by Kenmore Stamp Company in Milford for more than 10 years when she retired in 1977.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, James L. Cassidy, who died in 1988.
Family members include a daughter, Ellen M. Mamone of Milford; three sons, Richard L. Cassidy and David J. Cassidy, both of Milford, and John K. Cassidy of Greenfield; four grandchildren, Sean C. Mamone of Mont Vernon, Erin C. Mamone of Portland, Ore., Melissa M. Cassidy and Connor Cassidy, both of Greenfield; two sisters, Catherine T. Kelley of Nashua and Dorothy H. Rizzi of Southington, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) at 9 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amherst.
Memorial donations may be made to the Souhegan Nursing Association, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Kyper
Mary (Schaible), Kyper, 88, of Lunenburg, Vt., died at the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998.
She was born Sept. 16, 1909, in Walvis Bay, South Africa, the daughter of John and Mary (Boehm) Schaible. Her parents were American and German missionaries, and she spent the first 12 years of her life in South Africa.
A registered nurse, she was a 1931 graduate of the nursing school at the Deaconess Hospital in Detroit.
She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Ralph Kyper, a prominent Unitarian Universalist minister, in 1971.
The Kypers were residents of Wilton and served the Unitarian churches in Wilton and Milford from 1954 to 1961.
Mrs. Kyper is survived by two sons, Frank Kyper of Acworth, Ga., and John Kyper of Roxbury, Mass.; and three grandchildren.
Friends and neighbors are invited to attend a memorial service at her home on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Caledonia Home Health Care, PO Box 383, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819; or to American Cancer Society, 13 Loomis St., Montpelier, VT 05602.
The Sayles Funeral Home, St. Johnsbury, Vt., is in charge of arrangements.

Rudolph Parker
Rudolph Parker, husband of Merle Shaw Parker, died Aug. 19, 1998, in Hollywood, Fla.
Merle Shaw Parker and her late husband, Frank Shaw, were former Milford residents.
Mr. Parker was producer of Caribbean music and owned a music store in St. Thomas.
He is survived by a step-daughter, Deborah Shaw Luciani of Woodbridge, Coon., and a step-son, Jonathan Shaw of Hollywood, Fla.
He was predeceased by a step-son, Colen Shaw.

Jean L. Daley
Jean L. Daley, 71, of Bridge Street, Milford, died Aug. 19, 1998, in St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
She was born in Boston, Mass., on April 23, 1927, a daughter of the late Alfred E. and Mary (Croke) MacKinnon.
Mrs. Daley was a graduate of Somerville (Mass.) High School.
She had been a resident of Milford for eight years, and had resided in Nashua for 20 years and Somerville, Mass., for more than 40 years.
While living in Nashua, Mrs. Daley had been employed by Nashua Trust Company as a bookkeeper. She had also worked at the Milford Town Hall.
She was an avid gardener and a gourmet cook. She also enjoyed making dolls and sewing.
Mrs. Daley was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Daley, who died in 1995.
Family members include two daughters, Mariellen Cornett of Concord, Mass., and Barbara Jean Richardson of Milford; three grandchildren, David Cornett, Christopher Cornett and Katie Richardson; a sister, Barbara Carroll of Arlington, Mass.; a brother, Joseph Blake of Medford, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews. 
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug. 24 at St. Patrick Church, Milford, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. 
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Patrick Share Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret A. Balcom
Margaret A. Balcom, 75, of Brooksville, Fla., and formerly of Milford, died Aug. 19, 1998, in Brooksville, following many years of failing health.
She was born in Johnstown, Pa., on May 4, 1923, a daughter of the late Stanley and Marion Bowser. She had lived in Brooksville, Fla., for six years and formerly resided in Milford for many years.
Mrs. Balcom was a homemaker and enjoyed square dancing. She was well known for her homemade wedding cakes.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arnold V. Balcom, who died Dec. 14, 1997, and two sons, Vernon Roy Balcom and Alan Richard Balcom.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Graham and Carol Balcom and Gary and Debbie Balcom, all of Milford; a daughter, Barbara (Riendeau) Parker and Chris of Milford; nine grandchildren; a brother, Charles Bowser; and three sisters, Jean Leonard, May Barkhouse and Virginia Studt.
A graveside service was held Aug. 24 in Gibson Cemetery, Pelham.
Memorial donations may be made to The Good of The Men, c/o The Milford Fire Department, 39 School Street, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

William R. Lehrfeld
Col. William R. Lehrfeld, U.S. Army (Ret.), 62, of Greenfield, died Aug. 17, 1998, at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester.
He was born at Fort Davis Army Post, Panama, on July 4, 1936, a son of the late Irving and Naomi (Glazer) Lehrfeld.
Col. Lehrfeld had lived in New Hampshire for 12 years and had resided in Reading, Mass., for several years.
He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., class of 1959. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry for 24 years.
Col. Lehrfeld was instrumental in funding the Jewish Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy. He was a member of the West Point Association of Graduates, and the American Legion.
Family members include his fiancée, Janice Lovewell of Greenfield; a daughter. Dana Campbell of Austin, Texas; a sister, Toby L. Fisch of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a niece, Barbara Glanz of Marion, Iowa, and a nephew, Captain David Fisch of Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
Funeral services were be held Aug. 25 in the Jewish Cadet Chapel at West Point. Burial was be in the West Point Cemetery with full military honors. 
Memorial donations may be made to the West Point Jewish Cadet Chapel through the Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
 
George U. Browning Jr.
George U. Browning, Jr., 78, of Pine Valley Street, Wilton, died Aug. 27, 1998, at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester.
He was born in Waltham, Mass., on July 15, 1920, a son of the late Isabell (Smith) and George U. Browning Sr.
He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Stockbridge College of Agriculture.
Mr. Browning had lived in New Hampshire for 30 years, after moving here from Lincoln, Mass., where he operated the last family farm in that town.
He moved to New Hampshire in 1968 and was employed by Agway Inc., in Concord and Milford for 19 years, and retired in 1985 as manager. After retiring, Mr. Browning enjoyed woodworking and carpentry.
He was a member of the Lincoln (Mass.) Grange, and was involved in Scouting in Lincoln and Amherst.
The love of a husband for his wife of 50 years, Marjorie E. (Mosher) Browning, who died Aug. 23, 1998, could not be stronger than what he showed by following her so closely in death.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte Willette, and a brother, William Browning.
Family members include three sons and daughters-in-law, George U. III and Barbara Browning of West Chesterfield, Gerald M. and Susan Browning of Milford, and Geoffrey D. and Leslie Browning of Hillsborough; three daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah E. and Frank Boudreau of Goffstown, Sarah Jane and Raymond Cormier and Dorothy Ann and William Marshall, all of Toole, Utah; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Frances Lake of Shelter Island, N.Y., and a brother Robert Browning of Newark, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held for both Mr. and Mrs. Browning on Sept. 1 in New Cemetery, Lexington Road, Lincoln, Mass..
Donations in their memory may be made to St. Patrick Share Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth C. Rau
Kenneth C. Rau, 87, of Edgewater Estates, Wilton, died Aug. 26, 1998, at Harborside Healthcare Center, Milford.
He was born in Auburn on Nov. 4, 1910, a son of the late Esther M. (Clark) and Henry J. Sr.
Mr. Rau had lived in Manchester for 30 years before moving to Wilton. 
He was employed by Bee Bee Shoe Company, Manchester, for many years and retired in 1979.
He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn (Stearns) Rau, who died in 1991.
Family members include a son, Leonard Rau of Manchester, many nieces and nephews, and the staff at Harborside Healthcare-Crestwood.
Funeral services were held Aug. 28 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Burial will be in Johnson Corner Cemetery, Lyndeborough, at a later date.

Ade Ayo Moody  
Ade Ayo "Our Crown Joy" Moody , 28, of Nashua, died Aug. 21, 1998, in Nashua.
He was born in Quebec, Canada, at the Hospital Hotel Dieu on June 5, 1970, the son of Robert Moody and Naomi (Jackson) Moody, both of Nashua. Mr. Moody had been a resident of Nashua for 20 years.
He graduated from Nashua High School and took courses at Boston University.
Mr. Moody was employed by Cirtech of Nashua. He belonged to the Nashua Baptist Church, and was on the board of directors at the Harbor Homes in Nashua.
Mr. Moody enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, body building and dancing. His love and compassion for people will never be forgotten.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Aldrich Hill Jackson. Besides his parents, survivors include his daughter, Carissa Kearns of Milford; two sisters, Makiyah Oni Moody of Nashua and Sia Aminata Moody of Chicago, Ill; three brothers, Mensah Omari Moody of Keene, Issa Sekayi Moody of Nashua, and Sy Sekou Moody of Los Angeles; maternal grandmother, Naomi Jackson of Hampton, Va.; paternal grandfather and grandmother, George and Ella Gavin of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Sept. 1 at Nashua Baptist Church.
The St. Laurent Funeral Home, Nashua, was in charge of arrangements.

William R. Powers  
William Roy Powers, 74, of Exeter died Aug. 20, 1998, at Exeter Hospital.
Mr. Powers was born in Montgomery, Mass., on July 16, 1923, son of John F. and Viola (Herrick) Powers.
He graduated from Amherst High School in 1942 and from the University of New Hampshire in 1949. He received a master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1963.
Mr. Powers taught at Tilton Northfield High School and in Gilford.
He was a member of the Sanbornton Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years and served as chief for several years. He was a long-time member of the Audubon Society of N.H. and its Seacoast Chapter. He was an avid birder, naturalist and lover of the outdoors.
He was a member of Harmony Grange of Sanbornton, a life member of the Kensington Historical Society, and a life member of N.H. Retired Educators Association.
He was active in community affairs and generous with his time and talents for all of his friends and neighbors.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Barbara Smith Powers of Kensington; three children, Nancy Moen of Neola, Iowa, Glen Powers of Divide, Colo., and Melissa Powers of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; a stepson, Steven Torrey Staton; four grandchildren; a brother, David Powers of New Sewickly, Pa.; and a sister, Ruth Powers of Mont Vernon.
A memorial services was held at the Kensington Community Church on Aug. 30. The Rev. Dr. David Lennox officiated.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Robert Upton, 169 Amesbury Road, Kensington, NH 03827, or the Sanbornton Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund, Sanbornton, NH 03269.
The Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter, was in charge of arrangements.

Alan L. Knowles  
Alan L. "Mickey" Knowles, 62, of South Main Street, Brookline, died Aug. 19, 1998, at the Milford Medical Center, Milford.
He was born in Leominster, Mass., on June 27, 1936, a son of the late Walter I. and Helen (Abrahamson) Knowles.
Mr. Knowles had lived in Brookline for 40 years and had formerly resided in Leominster, Mass., where he attended Notre Dame High School.
He was employed as a truck driver and forklift operator for Tapply Lumber Company in Brookline for 25 years.
Mr. Knowles was a former member of the Brookline Fire Department. In addition, he enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Knowles was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served during the Korean Conflict.
He was predeceased by a brother, Don Knowles.
Family members include his wife, Jacqueline (Beaubien) Knowles of Brookline, with whom he would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Scott and Michelle Knowles of Brookline, and Randy Knowles of Goffstown; a daughter, Betsy Knowles of Brookline; his stepfather, Alderic Leblanc of Milford; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Sue Knowles of Edgewater, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Dorothea B. Beaubien of Milford; and many nieces, nephews and an uncle.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 21 at St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Brookline.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Brookline Fire Department, PO Box 343, Brookline, NH 03033; or to the Brookline Ambulance Association, PO Box 360, Brookline, NH 03033.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Frank R. MacWilliams
Frank R. MacWilliams, 65, of Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, in the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton after a lengthy illness.
Born in Croydon on Oct. 3, 1932, the son of Ernest and Rozalia Kitty (Gazda) MacWilliams, he had lived in Wilton for 40 years. He attended Temple schools and was a 1950 graduate of Wilton High School.
He served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. MacWilliams was a member and twice the commander of the Bent-Burke American Legion Post 10 of Wilton, and was awarded a life membership by the Wilton Post. He was vice commander of the N.H. Department of American Legions.
He bad been employed by the Abbott Machine Company for 38 years and retired as a purchasing agent in 1985.
Mr. MacWilliams dedicated many years of service as a coach for the Wilton Biddy League and was well known as an avid golfer.
Members of his family include his wife of 47 years, Doris E. (Hawkins) MacWilliams of Wilton; two daughters, Nancy Millward of Wilton and Sandra Smith of Newark, Del.
Funeral services were private.
Memorial donations may be made to the N.H. Veterans Home, Members Benefit Fund, PO Box 229, Tilton, NH 03276.
The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, is in charge of arrangements.


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