|Leslie A. Camacho
Design consultant and owner of Dillenger’s
Leslie A. (Miller) Camacho, 44, of Pembroke, died Nov. 26, 2001, at
the Concord Hospital.
Mrs. Camacho was born Oct. 9, 1957, in Lowell, Mass., and attended
Dracut High School. She had lived in New Hampshire for the past 20 years.
Her early interest in art and design matured into a career as a design
consultant in interior fashion. She was self-employed and the owner of
Dillinger’s. Even more important than her work was her dedication to her
children and grandchildren.
Family members include her husband, Michael Camacho of Pembroke; a
daughter, Jami Steadman of Raymond; a son, Jason Hurley of Pembroke; a
stepdaughter, Jennifer McKeating of Merrimack; five grandchildren; her
parents, Robert Miller of Florida and Judith Ann (Miles) Cummings of North
Carolina; her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Witham of North Carolina;
four brothers, Frank Miller of Florida, Matthew Miller of Dracut, Mass.,
James Miller of Concord, and Shawn Cummings of North Carolina; and nieces
Friends and family gathered Dec. 1 at the Petit Funeral Home in Pembroke
to remember Mrs. Camacho’s life.
Edward L. Cauchon
Edward L. Cauchon of Wilton, formerly of Cambridge, Mass., died Dec.
6, 2001. He was the son of the late Robert and Priscilla (Theriault) Cauchon.
Mr. Cauchon was a graduate of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
He had worked as a group home parent at Aroostook Boys’ Home, and had been
a Porsche-Audi-Volkswagen automobile technician. He was a clerk at Earthward,
a natural food store in Amherst.
Mr. Cauchon is survived by Patricia Cauchon and daughters, Helena and
Evelyn, of Wilton. His children were the focus of his life.
He is also survived by four sisters, Marie Seddiki of South Burlington,
Vt., Patricia Clinton of Stoneham, Mass., Janice Cauchon of Malden, Mass.,
and Louise Cauchon of San Jose, Calif.; a brother, Thomas Cauchon of Winchester,
Mass.; an aunt, Helen Cauchon of Cambridge, Mass.; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at the
Souhegan Congregational Church, 5 Route 101A, Amherst.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care, Inc., 41 Montvale Ave.,
Stoneham, MA 02180.
The Keefe Funeral Home, Arlington, Mass., was in charge of arrangements.
Stewart V. Doucet
Lifelong Milford resident
Stewart Vernon “Tuff” Doucet, 85, of South Street, Milford, died Dec.
6, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
He was a well-known Milford businessman.
Mr. Doucet was a member of the greatest generation, having served in
the U.S. Air Force from Sept. 23, 1940, until July 21, 1945.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anna (VonIderstine) Doucet
of Milford; a son, Thomas B. Doucet of Nashua; three daughters, Linda Kellman
of Ben Lomond, Calif., Susan D. Proctor of Peterborough and Kathleen Rowe
of Henley-on-Thames, England; six grandchildren, Derek Doucet, Jasmine
Proctor, Alyssum Proctor, Noah Proctor, and Ian and Elliot Rowe; and many
nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on Dec. 11, in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to The Share Program, PO Box 27, Milford,
The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford was in charge of arrangements.
Registered nurse, graduate of Milford High School
Veronica (Buckley) Gaudreau, 84, of Nashua, died Dec. 5, 2001, at St.
Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
Born in Milford on Oct. 1, 1917, she was the daughter of the late William
P. and Ellen (Bizel) Buckley. She was educated in the Milford school system
and graduated from Milford High School with the class of 1935. She graduated
from the Nashua Memorial Hospital School of Nursing with the class of 1938
as a registered nurse.
Mrs. Gaudreau worked as a registered nurse for many years until retiring
in 1970 from Nashua Memorial Hospital. She previously worked as a private
duty nurse, and later at the Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Nashua. She was Past President
of the Nashua Memorial Hospital Nurse’s Alumni Association, and served
on the reunion committee for Milford High School for many years. She and
her husband were one of the original founders of the Associated Retarded
Citizens of Nashua.
She was the wife of the late Edward L. Gaudreau, who died Feb. 21,1998,
and mother of the late Richard E. Gaudreau, who died Aug. 22, 1999. She
was also predeceased by two brothers, Frederick Buckley, who died Dec.
5, 1969, and William Buckley, who died July 30, 1982.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty (Gaudreau) Landry and Pat A.
Gaudreau, both of Nashua; her son and daughter in-law, James M. and Mary
Anne (Berube) Gaudreau of Nashua; two sisters, Mary Leach of Amherst, and
Lucienne Cardin of Nashua; four grandchildren, Debra Martel, Lynn Louis,
Christopher and Steven Gaudreau, all of Nashua; four great-grandchildren;
and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 10 from the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home,
Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Patrick Church
in Nashua. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Hudson.
Contributions in her name may be made to the Milford Historical Society,
2 Union St., Milford, NH 03055; or to the Plus Co., 240 Main Dunstable
Rd., Nashua, NH 03062.
Fred G. Guptill
Electrician in the Navy
Fred G. Guptill, 83, of Brunswick, Maine, died Dec. 7, 2001, at Skolfield
Mr. Guptill was born April 17, 1918, in Stow, Maine, son of Fred A.
and Lillian G. Knight Guptill.
He was the widower of Rita J. Sears, who died Aug. 17, 1997. They were
married Nov. 5, 1940.
Mr. Guptill began his civil service career in 1952 as an electrician
in the supply department at the Navy Fuel Annex in Long Island, Maine,
and later transferred to the Harpswell Fuel Depot. In 1963, he transferred
to the public works department and was promoted to maintenance foreman
in 1968. He retired Dec. 22, 1978. Mr. Guptill received numerous letters
of commendation and appreciation for outstanding work performance.
Mr. Guptill was a Navy veteran, having served 61&Mac218;2 years
in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters during World War II and was recalled
to active duty in 1950 and 1961. During World War II, Mr. Guptill was aboard
the USS Lexington, stationed at Pearl Harbor, at the time it was destroyed
in the battle of the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942. Mr. Guptill served 18 years
in the Naval Reserves, retiring as an Electrician’s Mate 1st Class.
Mr. Guptill served as a past commander and financial officer of the
American Legion Post 202, Topsham, Maine. He was also a member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars and the Forty-n-Eight.
He enjoyed boating, particularly at Sebago Lake, fishing and golfing.
Mr. Guptill attended Gorham, Maine, schools.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Nelson and Bernard Guptill; and
a sister, Maryan MacDonald.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Fred L. and Janice Guptill
of Topsham; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Charles Poltack of Merrimack;
and four grandchildren, F. Michael Guptill, Donna Guptill, Garrett Poltack
and Stacey Poltack.
The Stetson’s Funeral Home in Brunswick, Maine, is in charge of arrangements.
Rita St. Hilaire
Member of St. Martin Church in Somersworth
Rita St. Hilaire, 80, died Dec. 4, 2001, at Riverside Rest Home, Dover,
after a period of failing health.
She was born in South Berwick, Maine, on Dec. 16, 1920, the daughter
of John and Lena (Lacasse) Demers, and lived in the S. Berwick/ Somersworth
area all of her life.
Prior to retirement, Mrs. St. Hilaire had been employed with Somersworth
Shoe Co. for more than 15 years. She was a member of St. Martin Catholic
Family members include two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Lorette) Miller of
Bedford, and Mrs. James (Jeanne) Birmingham of Somersworth; two sons, Norman
St. Hilaire of Concord, and Ronald St. Hilaire of Lebanon, Maine; eight
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Albert St. Hilaire, in 1978.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 7 in St. Martin Catholic
Church, West High Street, Somersworth. Burial followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to the NH Alzheimer’s Association,
10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
Natalie G. Johnson
Active in church community and nursing.
Natalie G. (Buckland) Johnson, 79, of Falmouth, Mass., died at the
Falmouth Hospital on Dec. 3. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward
William Johnson Jr.
She was born and raised an Haverhill, Mass. In 1938, she graduated
from Haverhill High School, and was a 1941 graduate of Tewksbury State
Hospital School of Nursing. She also attended Northern Essex Community
College Merrimack College.
From 1941 to 1977 she was a nurse at Hale Hospital in and Haverhill,
Mass. She was a part-time school nurse in Groveland elementary schools
for several years.
Mrs. Johnson spent her retirement years in Falmouth, where she was
a member of the First Congregational Church. She was very active with the
church as a Communion minister involved with Sunday School activities,
the parish nursing program, Friendly Circle, Women’s Union, and as past
She was a member of the lay ministry community Barnstable Women’s Fellowship,
board of directors Church Women United, past Matron Good Will Chapter 123
in Falmouth, Falmouth Women’s Club, Eastern Star Adah Chapter 9 in Candia,
N.H., PEO Chapter AH in Falmouth and PEO Chapter 3 in Concord, NH.
She is survived by three sons, Edward W. Johnson III, of Danvers Mass.,
David A. Johnson of Sterling, Mass., and Laurence M. Johnson Sr. of Meriden
Conn.; two daughters, Martha A. Gagne of Milford, and Susan E. Winkle of
Wyoming, Mich.; two brothers, Herbert A. Buckland of Gulfport, Fla., and
Robert E. Buckland of Haverhill, Mass. She was also the beloved grandmother
of Marc Gagne of Milford, and nine other grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be on held Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m., at the
First Congregational Church in Falmouth, Mass. Burial will be private.
Donations in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church,
68 Main St., Falmouth, MA 02540.
The Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Falmouth, Mass., is in
charge of arrangements.
John F. Joyal
Former state trooper, insurance agent
John F. Joyal, 88, of Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, died Dec. 9, 2001,
at his home after a brief illness.
Mr. Joyal was born Oct. 30, 1913, in Manchester, son of the late John
W.S. and Margaret (Maloney) Joyal. He had lived in Merrimack for more than
52 years, and had lived in Manchester until 1949.
He was the husband of Ruth M. Joyal of Merrimack.
Mr. Joyal was a New Hampshire State Police trooper for 25 years, retiring
in 1962. He then worked as a claims adjuster for Hanover Insurance in Manchester,
and most recently he was a bail commissioner for the Merrimack District
Court for more than 20 years.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European
Mr. Joyal was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church.
He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Manchester, where he
was a member of the 1932 state championship basketball team.
Mr. Joyal was predeceased by a son, John S. Joyal, who died in 1969.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, J. Jeffrey
and Susan Joyal of Webster; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Robert
Hansen of Merrimack; four grandchildren, Steven and Kirsten Hansen and
Duncan and Kendall Joyal; a brother, Richard Joyal Sr. of Manchester; and
several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Mercy Church,
Merrimack on Dec. 12. Burial followed in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack.
Memorial contributions to Home Health & Hospice, 22 Prospect St.,
Nashua, NH 03060.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is in charge of arrangements.
Blanche M. Labbe
Hollis resident for many years
Blanche Marie Labbe, 88, formerly of Hollis, died Dec. 4, 2001, at
Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua.
Mrs. Labbe was born Sept. 16, 1913, in Lowell, Mass., daughter of the
late Napoleon and Eva (Dion) Langlois. She moved to Hollis in 1971 from
Westford, Mass., where she had spent most of her married life.
She was the widow of Edward L. Labbe, to whom she had been married
for 62 years. He died Nov. 23, 1994.
Mrs. Labbe had worked at Murray Printing in Westford for several years.
She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles and playing
Mrs. Labbe attended Chelmsford, Mass., schools.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerard and Gloria
Labbe of Florida and Roland and Jeannette Labbe of Westford, Mass.; a daughter
and son-in-law, Beatrice and Marcel Gamache of Amherst; a brother, Leo
Langlois of North Chelmsford, Mass.; two sisters, Gabrielle Suprenant and
Doris Benoit, both of Florida; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church. Burial
will be in St. Louis Cemetery, Nashua.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 10 Ferry
St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
The St. Laurent Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Steve Loukides, 81, of Nashua, died Dec. 8, 2001, at Southern New Hampshire
Medical Center in Nashua after a brief illness.
Mr. Loukides was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Nashua, son of the late Theodore
and Annie (Rakowska) Loukides. He was a lifelong Nashua resident.
He was the widower of Theresa (Picard) Loukides, who died April 28,
Mr. Loukides worked for the Nashua Department of Public Works in the
sign installation department. He retired in 1965, after 21 years of service.
He was a member of the National Club and the Polish-American Citizens
Club – Jan Sobieski Society.
Mr. Loukides was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in
the infantry division.
He was educated in Nashua schools.
Mr. Loukides was predeceased by a sister, Mary Kolocotronis; and a
half-sister, Anna Mamalis.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Steve T. and Leta (Beatham)
Loukides of Nashua; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and Richard
Moreau of Port Orchard, Wash., Cheryl R. and Roger Anctil of Nashua and
Caroline C. and Norman Fortin of Frenchville, Maine; eight granchildren;
five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Luca Loukides of Florida, James
Loukides of Washington, Charles Loukides of Nashua and Christos Loukides
of California; two sisters, Sophie Scaible of Nashua and Alexandria Whittington
of Florida; a half-sister, Cleo Tsatsa of Milford; and several nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, Dec. 12), at 11:30
a.m. in the Chapel of The Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St., Nashua.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
C. Craig MacFarland
Dedicated conservationist and recipient of Lions award
C. Craig MacFarland, 57, of Belmont, died Dec. 1, 2001, at the Lakes
Region General Hospital, Laconia, after a long battle with cancer.
Mr. MacFarland was born Jan. 22, 1944, in Newton, Mass., the son of
Charles C. and Phyllis (Uhlin) MacFarland.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He lived in Gilford
for a number of years, before moving to Belmont 10 years ago. He owned
and operated American Microtechnologies.
Mr. MacFarland was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Gilford.
He was a loving husband and a caring father. He spent the last eight
months of his life as a grandfather to his granddaughter, Emily. He was
dedicated to the preservation of the natural beauty of the Lakes Region
through the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.
He was also an active member and former King Lion of the Laconia-Gilford
Lions Club, and received the Melvin Jones Award.
Family members include his wife, Jean (Herr) MacFarland of Belmont;
a son, Kirk A. MacFarland of West Alton; a daughter, Heather A. Adams of
Bedford; a granddaughter; a sister, Sandy Zeising of Alamo, CaIif.; a brother,
Stuart MacFarland of Bristol, Vt.; and two nephews and two nieces.
A memorial service was held Dec. 7 at the First United Methodist Church
Memorial donations may be made to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust,
PO Box 1097, Meredith, NH 03253.
Member of Harley Sanford Post and VFW Auxiliary
Mary Elizabeth O’Connell, 85, of Elm Street, Milford, NH, died Dec.
11, 2001, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Milford.
She was born in Winthrop, Mass., on May 2, 1916, a daughter of the
late Edward and Maude A. (Mills) Pickett.
Mrs. O’Connell was a graduate of Wilton High School, and had been a
resident of Milford for more than 50 years. She worked at Abbott Worsted
Mills in Wilton and the Cox Nursing Home in Milford for several years.
She attended the First Congregational Church of Milford, UCC. She was
an avid reader, enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and was a member of Harley
Sanford Post 4368, VFW Auxiliary, Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth L. “Barney” O’Connell,
and two sisters, Virginia M. Olson and Hazel M. Ecklund.
Family members include a daughter, Linda A. Goinsalvos of Wilton; a
son, Timothy E. O’Connell of Milford; four grandchildren, James Hall of
Hancock, Brian Hall of Beverly, Mass., Christina Hall and Joanna Hall,
both of Wilton; two great-grandchildren, Thomas Hall and Meagan Hall, both
of Hancock; a sister-in-law, Katherine Bliss of Merrimack; and several
nieces and nephews.
A calling hour will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2-3 p.m., in the Smith
& Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Funeral services will follow
at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery,
Amherst, at a later date.
Richard H. Perault
Owned Richard H. Perault CPA in Amherst
Richard H. Perault, 55, of Merrimack, died Dec. 5, 2001, at St. Joseph
Hospital in Nashua from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on
Nov. 20, 2001.
Mr. Perault was born May 16, 1946, in Nashua, son of the late Felix
and Rachel (Levesque) Perault.
He was the husband of Diane J. (Provencher) Perault of Merrimack.
Mr. Perault was a certified public accountant and was the owner of
Richard H. Perault CPA in Amherst. He was a member of the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants, and also was a professor of Tax Planning
at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 98 in Merrimack.
Mr. Perault was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Vietnam
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Christopher M. Perault
of Merrimack; a stepson, Jonathan Coronis of Sarasota, Fla.; two stepdaughters,
Wendy Herschfeld and her husband, Todd, of Sarasota, Fla., and Amy Mitchell
and her husband, Ryan, of Nashua; a grandson, Benjamin Hershfeld; a brother,
Paul F. Perault of Nashua; and many nephews.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is in charge of arrangements.
Marguerite H. Rogers
An avid reader and cook
Marguerite H. Rogers, 89, formerly of Claremont, died Dec. 2, 2001,
at the Villa Crest Nursing Home in Manchester, after a period of failing
She was born in Claremont on Jan. 5, 1912, the daughter of Charles
and Sarah (Clarke) Reed, and had been a lifetime Claremont resident until
her admission to Villa Crest in 1996.
Mrs. Rogers was an avid reader and loved to cook. She also loved animals
and children, especially infants.
She was the widow of Edward Rogers, who died in 1985.
Members of the family include two daughters, Sarah Lizotte of Camp
Verde, Ariz., Isabelle Hodgman of Bedford; a son, Frederick Rogers of Wolfeboro;
11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Corinne Dionne of Springfield,
Vt.; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and one great-great-grand-nephew.
Graveside services were held on Dec. 6 in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions be made to the Special Care Unit at Villa Crest,
1276 Hanover St., Manchester, NH 03104.
The Roy Funeral Home in Claremont, was in charge of arrangements.
Jeannette B. Shepard
Bookkeeper and secretary, avid Boston Bruins fan
Jeannette B. Shepard, 68, of Nashua, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at
her home surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Shepard was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Franklin, daughter of the late
Ernest and Laura (Gobeil) Gaudette. She lived in Franklin during her youth
and lived in Nashua since 1954.
She was the widow of Donald E. Shepard, who died June 22. They had
been married for 48 years.
Mrs. Shepard was a homemaker and had also worked as a bookkeeper and
secretary for Hilton Homes in Merrimack and Beebe Rubber Co. in Nashua.
She loved traveling with her husband on vacations to Las Vegas. Also,
she enjoyed bingo and was an avid Boston Bruins fan.
Mrs. Shepard was a communicant of St. Christopher Church in Nashua.
She attended Franklin parochial schools and was a 1951 graduate of
Franklin High School.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen W. and Irene
Shepard of Milford, and Brent M. and Terri Shepard of Nashua; a daughter
and son-in-law, Dawne M. and Gerald Fransen of Merrimack; five grandchildren,
Amanda Fransen, Samantha and Nicole Shepard, and Kaitlyn and Tyler Zaccagnini;
a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Lucille Gaudette of Franklin;
and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 7 in St. Christopher
Church, Nashua. Burial followed at St. Louis Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Souhegan Home & Hospice Care,
24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.
The Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Douglas G. Wiggin
Loved cars and enjoyed racing in Epping
Douglas Gregg Wiggin, 21, died Dec. 8, 2001, at his home in Bedford.
Mr. Wiggin was born April 15, 1980, in Manchester, the son of Kendall
F. Wiggin and Elaine M. Elliott. He was raised in New Boston and lived
in Concord, where he attended Concord High School, before moving to Bedford
three years ago.
He had been employed at Merrimack Suzuki. He loved cars, especially
drag racing at the New England Dragway in Epping, and enjoyed spending
time with his friends.
He was predeceased by his mother, Elaine M. Elliott, in 1999.
The family includes his father of Windsor Locks, Conn.; a sister, Sara
E. Wiggin of Somerset, Mass.; two half sisters, Lindsey Wiggin and Tess
Wiggin, both of New Boston; his paternal grandparents, Ralph M. and Frances
(Miltimore) Wiggin of Bedford; his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Verna
(Gregg) Elliott of New Boston; aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held in the New Boston Community Church on Dec.
12. Private burial was to be in the New Boston Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to a fund that will be established in his
name at the New Boston Central School, New Boston, NH 03070.
The Goodwin Funeral Home, Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.