|Veleta F. Dunton
Resident of Milford for 80 years
Veleta F. Dutton, 93, of Ball Hill Road, Milford, died Feb. 14, 2001,
at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
She was born in Francestown, on Jan. 11, 1908, a daughter of the late
Alphonso C. and Ora M. (Kimball) Foote.
Mrs. Dutton had been a resident of Milford for the past 80 years.
She had been employed at Kenmore Stamp, Milford for 22 years, and Hillsborough
Mills, Milford, for several years.
Mrs. Dutton was a member of The First Baptist Church, Milford. She
had been active in many church groups including the Pathfinders and was
a longtime member of the church choir.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur L. "Buster" Dutton.
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Lorna D. and Robert
Willette of Milford; three grandchildren, Dale L. White of Milford, Bruce
C. and Elizabeth White of Milford and Matthew A. Willette of Santa Cruz,
Calif.; two great-granddaughters, Sarah E. White and Megan L. White, both
of Milford; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., in The
First Baptist Church, 65 West St., Milford. Burial will be in Riverside
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 65 West
St., Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Worked for Hitchiner for 23 years
John Wornick, 83, of Auburn, died Feb. 16, 2001, at a Manchester hospital.
He was born Nov. 3, 1917, in Springfield, Vt., the son of Samuel and
Femma (Mashuk) Wornick. He lived in Laconia from 1938 until 1967, when
he moved to Wilton, where he lived until 1978. He had been a resident of
Auburn since 1978.
Mr. Wornick was a graduate of Springfield (Vt.) High School, where
he was an outstanding basketball and football player.
While living in Laconia, Mr. Wornick worked for many years at Scott
& Williams. He was the retired production control manager at Hitchiner
Manufacturing Company, Inc. in Milford, having worked there for 23 years.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and enjoyed traveling throughout
Mr. Wornick was a member of the Longmeadow Congregational Church in
His first wife, Dorothy Jones Wornick, died in 1975.
Members of his family include his wife of over 22 years, Margaretta
"Peg" (Kreckmann) (Hammell) Wornick of Auburn; a daughter, Patti Horne
of Milford; a son, Douglas K. Wornick of Bow; a stepson, Steven Hammell
of Tokyo, Japan; three stepdaughters, Susan Anderson of Auburn, Nancy Hammell
of Washington, D.C., and Heidi Hammell of Anchorage, Alaska; six grandchildren;
two sisters, Tina Hennessey of Bellows Falls, Vt., and Nina Lindstrom of
A funeral will be held today (Wednesday, Feb. 21) at 10 a.m., at the
Longmeadow Congregational Church in Auburn. The Rev. Michael R. McCutcheon
will officiate. Burial will take place in the spring in the Laurel Hill
Cemetery in Wilton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Longmeadow Congregational
Church, 493 Chester Road, Auburn, NH 03032.
The Goodwin Funeral Home, Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.
Anne Maire Smith
Generous and giving individual
Anne Marie Smith, 68, of Barrett Hill Road, Wilton, died Feb. 24, 2001,
at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, after a period of failing health.
Mrs. Smith was born June 7, 1932, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of
the late William and Eleanor (Stubbs) Kessler. She was a lieutenant in
the U S Air Force. She attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.
Mrs. Smith was a co-founder of the Nashua Chapter of Compeer. She enjoyed
creative writing and was a member of several writing groups, including
the Merrimack Valley Writers Group. She wrote numerous short stories and
She loved to entertain and was well known for her theme parties. She
was a generous and giving individual and devoted most of her life to her
family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was predeceased by a sister, Camilla "Sissy" Hessler.
Family members include her husband of 43 years, Richard A. Smith; a
son, Michael A. Smith of Nashua; three daughters, Patricia M. Smith of
Amherst, Susan J. Smith of Wilton, and Elizabeth A. Smith of North Billerica,
Mass.; two grandchildren, Bradley and Katie; and several cousins.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.
To view an on-line memorial, send a condolence or for more information,
go to www.csnh.com.
Yvonne M. Carter
Holder of Merrimack’s Boston Post Cane since 1998
Yvonne M. Carter, 99, of Hall Ave., Merrimack, and formerly of Milford
Road, Merrimack, died Feb. 19, 2001, at Greenbriar Nursing Home after a
She was born in Manchester on April 14, 1901, a daughter of the late
Charles and Eva (Pellerin) L’Ecuyer
She was a resident of Manchester and graduated from Manchester Schools.
In 1920, she moved to Merrimack and worked at J.F. McElwain Shoe Co. She
attended Hesser College, and then went to nursing school in Tewksbury,
Mass., in 1923. She did private duty nursing, and also worked at the Hunt
Home in Nashua.
Mrs. Carter was a 55-year member of the Hillsborough County Pomona
Grange. She was also member of Pilgrim Church in Nashua and the Ladies
She was the holder of the Boston Post Cane which was for the oldest
living Merrimack resident since April 2, 1998.
Mrs. Carter was predeceased by her husband, Charles Carter, and father
of her eight children and Ernest Higton.
Member of her family include five sons and four daughters in-law, Paul
Carter of Milford, Carlton and Judy of Milford, Charles and Dede Carter
of Amherst, J. Wendell and Marion Carter of Amherst, and Gary and Sandra
Carter of Bridgewater; three daughters and sons in-law, Lorraine and Frank
Hall of Merrimack, Madeline and Pete Fuller of Litchfield, and Virginia
and William Payne of Mont Vernon; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren;
17 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence Henderson of Nashua; and
several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
A private funeral service was held Feb. 22 in the George R. Rivet Funeral
Home in Merrimack. Following cremation, burial will be in Reed Cemetery
in So. Merrimack in the spring.
Memorial contributions maybe made to Home Health & Hospice, 22
Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060.
Therese Marie Ward
Therese Marie (Maloney) Ward, 69, died in the Brigham & Women’s
Hospital Boston, Mass., on Saturday, March 3, 2001.
She was the daughter of the late William J. and Gertrude C. (Sheehan)
Maloney. Born in Providence, R.I., she graduated from Sharon (Massachusetts)
High School with the class of 1948. She had lived in Walpole for 10 years,
and prior to that in Milford for 18 years.
In April of 1996 she retired from Northeastern University as an administrative
assistant in the financial aid office.
Mrs. Ward earned an acting certificate from Northeastern University
and attended many classes there during her tenure with the financial aid
She was active with many local theater groups including the Fiddlehead
Theater in Norwood.
She sang, at one time, in the regular and funeral choirs in Blessed
Sacrament Church in Walpole, Mass., Saint Timothy’s Church in Norwood,
Mass., and Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Sharon, Mass.
Mrs. Ward sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park Patriots Day weekend
She was predeceased by a brother, Daniel F. Maloney, and a sister,
Patricia J. Maloney.
She was survived by her three daughters, Terry Ann Heath of Vermont,
Mary Ellen Faneuf and April Jeanne Ward of New Hampshire; three sons, Raymond
Ward and John Ward of New Hampshire, and Thomas Ward of Florida; 11 grandchildren;
2 great-grandchildren; her former husband, Henry W. Ward of New Hampshire;
five sisters, Mary M. McNamara, Diane LaCivita of Walpole, Mass., Maureen
A. Wells and Kathleen G. Crosby, both of East Falmouth, Mass., and Mary
Foley of Woburn, Mass.; two brothers, William J. Maloney Jr. of Walpole,
Mass., and Skip Maloney of New York.
A. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament
Church, Walpole, Mass., today (Wednesday, March 7), at 10 a.m. Interment
will be in Saint Francis Cemetery, Walpole.
Memorial donations may be made to The Gillette Center for Women’s Cancer,
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street Boston, MA 02115.
The James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole, Mass., is in
charge of arrangements.
Charles Henry Levesque
Past president of Amherst Area SNO Runners
Charles H. Levesque, 64, resident of Levesque Lane, Mont Vernon, and
Hill Road, Winnisquam, died March 4, 2001, at Pine Rock Manor, Warner,
after a lengthy illness.
He was born on Feb. 27, 1937 in Quincy, Mass., a son of the late Alphonse
C. and Aurore M. (Charron) Levesque. He was a resident of Amherst and Mont
Vernon, for most of his life.
Mr. Levesque was educated in the Milford school system and a graduate
of Milford High School, class of 1955. He was the first student to receive
the Industrial Arts Award.
In 1954, Mr. Levesque joined the Service Battery, 2nd, Howitzer Batallion,
172 Artillery, N.H. National Guard. His unit was activated during the Berlin
Crisis in 1961 through 1962. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and
was discharged in 1962 as a Specialist Sixth Class.
He was the owner of Rt. 101A Auto Body and Amherst Glass. He owned
Tilton Auto Clinic, Tilton, and was a developer of S&C Land Properties
in Mont Vernon.
He was a member of the Tilton-Northfield Rotary Club.
After his retirement in 1987, he worked for Nashua Transit and Bruce
Transportation Bus Services.
He was past president of Amherst Area SNO Runners, a member of Granite
State Antique Auto Club and St. John Neumann Day A Way Program.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, golfing, hunting, snowmobiling
Mr. Levesque was predeceased by a son, Darren S. Levesque, who died
March 16, 1989; and a granddaughter, Samantha Jane Levesque, who died July
Family members include his wife of 44 years, Shirley J. (Pratt) Levesque
of Mont Vernon; a son, Daryl C. Levesque of Tilton; a granddaughter, Alicia
Marie Levesque, of Center Harbor; his Godfather, Henry C. Charron, of Fremont,
Calif.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul L. and Pauline Levesque of
Dunnellon, Fla., Robert H. and Marjorie Levesque of Belleview, Fla.; two
sisters, Therese M. Lloyd of Dunnellon, Fla., and Joni A. Levesque of Tenn.;
two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Norma Pratt of Gillette,
N.J., Leon and Ellen Pratt of Temple; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law,
Glenda and John Simo of Milford; an aunt; three uncles; many nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
Memorial visiting hours will be held Friday, March 9, from 7-9 p.m.,
in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. A Memorial
Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at 10 a.m., in St. Patrick Church,
34 Amherst Street, Milford. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mont
Vernon, in the spring.
Donations in his memory may be made to St. John Neumann Day Away Program,
708 Milford Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.
Mary E. Brahaney
Communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Milford
Mary E. Brahaney, 69, resident of Summer Street, Milford, died Feb.
25, 2001 in Lake Placid, Fla.
She was born in Milford, on Feb. 2, 1932, a daughter of the late Leo
R. and Helen (Flanagan) Brahaney.
Miss Brahaney was a lifelong resident of Milford and wintered in Lake
She was a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, Mass.,
and received her master’s of education from Lesley College, Cambridge,
Prior to her retirement in 1994, she taught fourth grade at Swan School,
Medford, Mass., for 40 years.
Miss Brahaney was a member of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
She was predeceased by her brother, John J. Brahaney Sr., who died
Family members include four nieces, Gail M. Brahaney of Merrimack,
Patricia H. Pageau of Dunedin, Fla., Ann M. Francke of Milford, and Karen
Brahaney of Nashua; a nephew, John J. Brahaney Jr. of Nashua; a sister-in-law,
Mary L. Brahaney of Nashua; a great-niece, Joleen Brahaney of Nashua; great-nephews,
John J. Brahaney III of Nashua, and Sean P. Bernier of Milford; cousins,
Maurice and Glenda Flanagan of Denver, Colo.; and her lifelong friends,
Jeanne M. Jacques and Rev. Donald Jacques, both of Milford.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 5 in St. Patrick Church,
Milford. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amherst, in the spring.
Donations in her memory may be made to the SHARE Program, PO Box 27,
Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Owen P. Fisk
Longest term member of The First Congregational Church of Milford
Owen P. Fisk, 90, of Union Street, Milford, died March 5, 2001, at
Indian River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach, Fla.
He was born in Haverhill, Mass., on Nov. 29, 1910, a son of the late
Charles P. and Wellie (Owen) Fisk.
Mr. Fisk was a lifelong resident of Milford.
He had worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during World War II,
building submarines. He was a self-employed electrical contractor for more
than 40 years. In addition, he was a real estate appraiser.
He was a member of the Milford Rotary Club, where he served on the
board of directors and was a Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. Fisk was a director of the former Souhegan National Bank, Milford.
He served as chairman of the Milford School Board from 1953-1954, as water
commissioner, and had served the community on various town boards and committees.
He was a member of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years,
the Milford Historical Society, and the Amherst Century Club. He was treasurer
of Grey Rocks Association, and a 32nd degree Mason of the Benevolent Lodge
7 F&AM, Milford. He was also a member of the Bektash Temple A.A.O.N.M.S.
He was the longest term member of The First Congregational Church of
Mr. Fisk was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Esther (Rossiter)
Fisk, who died in 1997.
Family members include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Elizabeth
Fisk of Milford; a daughter, Judith Boska of Loudon; seven grandchildren;
and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held March 12 in The First Congregational Church
of Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in his memory may be made to the First Congregational Church
Memorial Gift Fund, PO Box 188, Milford, NH 03055; or Milford Rotary Club
Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 618, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Carla E. McDermott
Brother lives in Amherst
Carla E. McDermott, 50, of Merrimack, died Thursday, March 1, 2001,
at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, after a sudden illness.
She was born in Dorchester, Mass., on June 19, 1950, a daughter of
the late Michael M. and Betty (Golance) Moskowitz.
Mrs. McDermott was a longtime resident of Merrimack and had been employed
as a supervisor at Continental-PET.
Members of her family include her husband, Phillip W. McDermott of
Merrimack; a son, Michael W. McDermott of Nashua; two daughters, Michele
M. Marks and Kelly A. Mazza, both of Merrimack; five grandchildren; a brother,
Alan Moskowitz of Amherst; a sister, Brenda Helinski of Narragansett, R.I.;
and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 8 in Our Lady of Mercy
Church in Merrimack. The Rev. Marc Guillemette was the celebrant. Following
cremation, burial will be in Last Rest Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
20 Merrimack St., Suite 1, Manchester, NH 03101-2244.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack was in charge of arrangements.
John E. Rossiter
Graduate of Milford High School, class of 1931
John E. Rossiter, 88, of Crosby Street, Milford, died March 8, 2001,
in Harbor Side Healthcare Center, Milford.
He was born in Manchester, on Aug. 25, 1912, a son of the late John
J. and Harriet (Burroughs) Rossiter.
Mr. Rossiter had been a resident of Milford for more than 70 years.
He attended schools in Nashua and graduated from Milford High School,
class of 1931.
Mr. Rossiter had been employed by the J.F. McElWain Company, Nashua,
as an industrial engineer. He retired in October of 1977 after more than
30 years of service to the company.
He was a charter member of the Milford Council 3035, Knights of Columbus,
Milford. In 1993, he received the Knight of the Year award for the state
of New Hampshire. He served as the organization’s financial secretary for
more than 46 years, an accomplishment for which he was honored in 1992.
Mr. Rossiter served on the budget committee for the town of Milford and
on the committee which developed Milford’s Emerson Park.
He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed the Boston Red Sox.
For many years he coached the Ricciardi Hartshorn Legion Baseball Team
Mr. Rossiter was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford, where
he had been an usher for more than 40 years. He served on the St. Patrick
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, having served
as an aerial engineer in the China-Burma-India Theater, and received the
He was a member and past commander of Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23,
American Legion, Milford.
Mr. Rossiter was predeceased by a sister, Esther E. Fisk, and a brother,
Carl M. "Mike" Rossiter.
Family members include his wife with whom he celebrated their 55th
wedding anniversary on Feb. 9, Harriet C. (Lynch) Rossiter of Milford;
a brother, Lawrence Rossiter of Hilton, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews,
great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 13 in St. Patrick Church,
Milford. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus Scholarship
Fund, PO Box 273, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Thomas H. Sullivan
Owned Eltrex, Inc. in Amherst
Thomas H. Sullivan Jr., 54, of North River Road, Milford, died March
6, 2001, in Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.
He was born in Middletown, Conn., on June 7, 1946, a son of the late
Thomas H. and Faye (Watkins) Sullivan.
Mr. Sullivan had been a resident of Milford for the past 18 years and
had formerly resided in Rowayton, Conn., for several years.
He received his M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Sullivan owned Eltrex, Inc. in Amherst for 20 years.
He enjoyed playing tennis and was a member of Hampshire Hills Health
& Fitness Club, Milford.
Mr. Sullivan was a member of First Congregational Church of Milford,
Family members include his wife of 27 years, Betsielane (Ward) Sullivan
of Milford; two sons, Jason W. Sullivan and Todd G. Sullivan, both of Milford;
a sister, Gloria Searfoss of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, Wallace
Battison of West Palm Beach, Fla.; an aunt; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held March 10 in The First Congregational Church
of Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford, in the spring.
Donations in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation
of New Hampshire, 1 Tremont St., Concord, NH 03301; or American Diabetes
Association New Hampshire Affiliate, 249 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Melio J. Riccitelli
Builder of Amherst’s Dream Lake
Melio "Mel" J. Riccitelli, 88, of Dream Lake Drive, Amherst, died March
19, 2001, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.
He was born in Milford on Oct. 10, 1912, a son of the late Rocco and
Concetta (Grugnale) Riccitelli.
Mr. Riccitelli was a lifelong resident of Amherst and Milford.
He was a self-employed stone mason. He built Dream Lake, a man-made
lake that is spring-fed, and many of the houses that surround it.
Mr. Riccitelli was a charter member of the Milford Lions Club. He enjoyed
hunting, fishing, and most especially, gardening.
He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He had been stationed in Fort
Riley, Kan., and later, became an Instructor Cook for WACS at Camp Crowder
in Missouri. He was a member of Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23 American Legion
Family members include his wife of 65 years, Emmagene (Tuttle) Riccitelli
of Amherst; a son, Michael Riccitelli of Amherst; a daughter, Patricia
Tsoumas of North Easton, Mass.; four grandchildren, Tammy Tsoumas, Troy
Tsoumas, Jeff Sickler and Jim Sickler; a great-grandson, Jacob Sickler;
a sister, Teri Boone of North Carolina; a brother, Fred Riccitelli of Port
Charlotte, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are Thursday, March 22, from 5-8 p.m., in the Smith
and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Funeral services will be held
Friday at 10 a.m., in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Riverside
Donations in Mr. Riccitelli’s memory may be made to Home, Health &
Hospice Care, 22 Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060.
Elma H. Kittridge
Taught in Amherst and Brookline
Elma H. Kittridge, 87, of Hazelton, Pa., and former resident of New
Hampshire, died Monday, March 12, 2001, after a lengthy illness, at the
Hometown (Pa.) Nursing Home.
Mrs. Kittredge was born in Lyndeborough on Feb. 2, 1914, the daughter
of the late Jason and Ruby (Melendy) Holt.
Mrs. Kittridge was a graduate of Wilton High School and of Plymouth
Teacher’s College, now Plymouth State. She was an elementary school teacher
in Amherst and Brookline, and at one time, was in charge of the Head Start
Program in Nashua.
She was a member of Puritan Charity Themis Chapter 29, Order of Eastern
While living in New Hampshire, she was a member of Mont Vernon Congregational
Church, UCC, and was attending the First Presbyterian Church while living
in Hazelton, Pa.
She was predeceased by her husband, George D. Kittridge, who died in
Family members include a daughter, Audrey Rogala of Hazelton, Pa.;
a son, George D. Kittridge III of Pittsford, N.Y.; five grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; a brother, Guy Holt of Lyndeborough; two sisters,
Lura Seavey of Milford and Grace Campbell of Rittman, Ohio; and nieces
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m.,
in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Burial will be
in Greenlawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon.
Memorial donations may be made to the Brookline School District, Attn:
Richard Maghakian, Principal, Brookline, NH 03033.
John H. Jakubens, Jr.
Served in the U.S. Air Force
John Henry Jakubens Jr., 60, of Caldwell, Idaho, died suddenly on Saturday,
March 10, 2001, at West Valley Medical Center.
Mr. Jakubens was born Nov. 26, 1940, in Boston, the son of the late
John and Grace (Chandler) Jakubens Sr.
He was the husband of Cheri Sue (Chrane) Jakubens Jr.
Mr. Jakubens worked as a lumber importer for Wood Lumber, Inc. of Camden,
Ark. He was a graduate of Scituate (Mass.) High School and served in the
U.S. Air Force.
He was an avid golfer, enjoyed baseball, and was an active member of
the Midway Bible Missionary Church in Caldwell, Idaho.
Mr. Jakubens was predeceased by a brother, Peter Jakubens.
Besides his wife, survivors include four sons and a daughter-in-law,
Christopher Edward Jakubens and David Andrew Jakubens, both of Amherst,
Michael Grant Jakubens of Manchester, and John Henry III and Sandra (Dugan)
Jakubens of Gilmanton Iron Works; a sister and brother-in-law Linda and
John Holland of Phoenix, Ariz.; an aunt, Winona Stratford of Morgan Hill,
Calif.; stepchildren Joseph Roberts, Rachael Roberts and Anthony Roberts,
all of Caldwell, Idaho; Diane (Deguio) DiGiacomo and Michael Deguio of
Plaistow, Robert Deguio of Rye, William Deguio of Florida, and Audrey Deguio
of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and
Funeral services were held March 13 in Caldwell, Idaho, and on March
16 in Scituate, Mass.
Donations may be made to the John H. Jakubens Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o
Citizens Bank, 173 Elm St., Milford, NH 03055, Attn. Lori Warren.
The Daken Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho, and the Richardson Funeral
Home in Scituate, Mass., were in charge of arrangements
Rosario J. Grasso
Owned and operated barber shop in Milford
Rosario J. "Czar" Grasso, 84, Nashua Street, Milford, died March 16,
2001, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.
He was born in Milford on Sept. 15, 1916, a son of the late Angelo
and Vincenza (Locicero) Grasso.
Mr. Grasso was a lifelong resident of Milford. He graduated from Milford
High School in 1934, and was a graduate of Scott Carbee School of Art in
He owned and operated Grasso’s Barber Shop on South Street, Milford,
for many years. For several years, Mr. Grasso was the innkeeper for the
New Woodlawn Hotel in Bethlehem.
Mr. Grasso was a commercial artist and was known for his many murals
and painted signs. For a number of years, he had been a gunsmith and gun
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; he served in France under
Gen. George Patton and received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Grasso was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (White) Grasso, who died in
1985, and a brother, Salvatore P. Grasso.
Family members include his daughter and son-in-law, Paul and Betsy
Franks of Milford; two sisters, Mary Lenz of Milford and Carmela Wirtanen
of Nashua; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian was celebrated March 19 in St. Patrick Church in
Milford. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mr. Grasso’s memory may be made to Save the Children,
52 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
James E. Graney, Sr.
Avid musician golfer and chess player
James E. Graney, Sr., 84, of Goffstown, died March 13, 2001 at Catholic
Medical Center, Manchester.
He was born in Boston, Mass., on July 26, 1916, a son of the late Edward
and Ida May (Williams) Graney.
Mr. Graney had been a resident of Goffstown for the past 15 years and
had formerly resided in Nashua for many years.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Graney had been employed as a mechanical
engineer at Raytheon Company, Boston, Mass., and Sanders Associates, Nashua,
having retired in 1967.
He was an avid musician, golfer and chess player. For many years, he
volunteered at local nursing homes playing the organ and piano. Family
members include a son, James E. Graney, Jr. of Mason; two daughters, Judith
L. Trest of San Diego, Calif. and Barbara J. Brown of Lyndeborough; six
grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, George Graney of South
Boston, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on March 17 in the Good News Bible Church
in Wilton. Burial will be in Saint James United Cemetery, Lochaber Mines,
Nova Scotia, in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20
Merrimack Street, Suite I, Manchester, NH 03101-2244.
Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.
Robert J. Goucher, Jr.
Employed by Lucent Technologies
Robert J. Goucher, Jr., 46, resident of 90 Amherst Street, Milford,
died March 13, 2001, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.
He was born in Milford, Mass., on Aug. 31, 1954, a son of Robert J. Goucher,
Sr., of Milford, Mass., and the late Margaret Mary (Miller) Goucher.
Mr. Goucher had been a resident of Milford for the past six years and
formerly resided in Bradford and Milford, Mass.
He was currently employed by Lucent Technologies, Westford, Mass.,
and had previously worked for Prime Computer, Framingham, Mass.
Mr. Goucher was an avid guitarist and had played in several bands.
He was predeceased by his son, Wade G. Goucher, who died in 1992.
In addition to his father, family members include his wife of four
years, Suzanne (Anderson) Goucher of Milford; four sisters, Karen Chelotti
of North Falmouth, Mass., Victoria Griffin of Southbridge, Mass., Roberta
Dubick of Nashua, Lynn Goucher of Franklin, Mass.; an aunt, Louise Duridas
of Milford, Mass.; one niece, four nephews and several cousins; his mother-in-law
and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Anderson of Amherst.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated on March 16 in St. Patrick Church, Milford.
Burial will be in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst, in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to "My One Wish" Inc., PO Box 79, Milford,
Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford was in charge of arrangements.