|Irene R. Adams
Enjoyed cooking and gardening
Irene R. Adams, 97, of Garnet Lane, Merrimack, died Dec. 15, 2001,
at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Adams was born Nov. 15, 1904, in Francestown, daughter of the
late Edwin and Gertrude (Colby) Dow. She was educated in Francestown schools.
A resident of Merrimack for the past 11 years, she previously lived
in Greenfield and later in Milford for many years.
She was the widow of George Adams, who died in 1986.
Mrs. Adams was a member of the Goffstown congregation of Jehovah’s
Witnesses. She was devoted to her Bible and also enjoyed cooking and gardening.
Mrs. Adams was predeceased by two brothers, Carroll and Arthur Dow;
and a sister, Alice Canavan.
Survivors include a son, Winston Russell of Milford; four daughters
and two sons-in-law, Jeanne and Curtis Roughton of Texas, Joyce and Roland
Seyer of Merrimack, with whom she lived, Rosalind Wasilewski of Nashua
and Ruth Easton of Peterborough; nine grandchildren, including Sandra Allard
of Nashua and April Bohaker of Boston; a sister, Nellie Pickens of Georgia;
several great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
The funeral service will be held today (Wednesday, Dec. 19) at 10 a.m.
in The Farwell Funeral Home, 18 Lock St., Nashua, followed by burial at
Greenvale Cemetery in Greenfield.
Memorial donations may be made to the Community Hospice House, 210
Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.
Raymond J. Casey
Raymond J. Casey, 73, of Merrimack, died Dec. 16, 2001, at Catholic
Medical Center in Manchester, after a brief illness.
Mr. Casey was born March 20, 1928, in Gardner, Mass., son of Lucy (Richard)
Casey Leger of Baldwinville, Mass., and the late Alex Casey. A resident
of Merrimack for the past six years, he had previously resided in Hudson
for a number of years.
He was the husband of Claire D. (Letourneau) Casey of Merrimack, whom
he married Dec. 31, 1949, in Gardner. They would have celebrated their
52nd wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve.
Mr. Casey was educated in Gardner schools, graduating from Gardner
High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering
from the American Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill., in 1952.
He was an electrical engineer. He began his lengthy career in electronics
with Westinghouse in Baltimore, Md., then worked at the former Sanders
Associates in Nashua and later at Raytheon Corp. in North Andover, Mass.,
where he was a senior design engineer. While working for Westinghouse,
he was the holder of several electronic warfare patents.
He was a member of the Hudson-Litchfield Knights of Columbus Council
5162. He was a founding member of the Suburbanette Drum and Bugle Corps.
He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying his own airplane. Also, he was
an avid golfer.
Mr. Casey was an Air Force veteran, stationed at the Pentagon, where
he worked in the photography unit during World War II.
He was a communicant of St. Marie Church in Manchester.
Besides his wife and mother, survivors include two sons, Steven E.
Casey of Nashua and Michael H. Casey of Northfield; five daughters, Carol
L. Soucy of Nashua, Mary A. Martin of Glencliff, Kathleen J. Boisvert of
Nashua, Eileen J. Larouche Pellerin of Wilton and Cynthia L. Bouley of
Hudson; a sister, Doris Parviainen of Baldwinville, Mass.; and many grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be held at the Farwell Funeral Home, 18 Lock St.,
Nashua today (Wednesday) 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. in St. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame
Ave., Manchester. Friends are invited to gather at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association,
New Hampshire Affiliate, 249 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101 or to the
American Heart Association, New England Affiliate, 20 Speen St., Framingham,
James J. Connaughton
Past Grand Knight, Fr. Coppins Council
James J. Connaughton, 76, of Tewksbury, Mass., died Dec. 10, 2001,
at his home after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Connaughton was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Athlone, County Roscommon,
Ireland, and lived there until immigrating to the United States in May
1949. He lived in Roslindale and Dorchester, Mass., before moving to Tewksbury
in 1984. He maintained strong family ties to Ireland and organized the
“Connaughton Family Reunion” at his family’s pub in Ireland in 2000, traveling
there with his extended family from the United States.
He was the husband of Kathleen (Killelea) Connaughton, with whom he
had celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary April 7.
Mr. Connaughton was a member of Boston Local 10 of the plasterers union
and worked on numerous building projects throughout Massachusetts. He specialized
in decorative plaster moldings and columns. He retired from the Boston
Housing Authority in 1992.
He was the Past Grand Knight of the Fr. Coppins Council, Knights of
Columbus 4336 in Tewksbury from 1999-2000 and a member of the Bishop Delaney
Council, 4th Degree, Knights of Columbus in Lowell, Mass. He was also a
member of the Jackson-Gourley Post of the American and the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 8164, both in Tewksbury.
Mr. Connaughton was an Army veteran, having served in the Irish Army
from 1946-1949 and the U.S. Army as a member of the 503rd Infantry Airborne
Division during the Korean War.
He was a devout Catholic. As a member of St. Peters Parish in Dorchester,
Mass., he served as Holy Name Society president, president of the Irish
Club, and as a Eucharistic minister. As a member of St. William’s Parish
in Tewksbury, he was a member of the Men’s Club, Eucharistic minister and
He was predeceased by four brothers, Patrick, Edward, Owen and Michael
Besides his wife, survivors include three sons and three daughters-in-law,
“PJ” and Arlene (Clarkin) Connaughton of Litchfield, “Jimmy” and Paula
(Callahan) Connaughton of Canton, Mass., and Michael E. and Elizabeth (Farricy)
Connaughton of Stoneham, Mass.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary
B. and Robert Elrick of Bedford, Kathy A. and Richard Levasseur of Tewksbury,
and Pauline Connaughton of Randolph, Mass.; two brothers, William Connaughton
of Ireland and Thomas Connaughton of Dorchester; two sisters, Bridie Kelly
of Scituate, Mass., and Florida, and Mary Moore of Boston; nine grandchildren,
Stephen, Meaghan, Michael, Joseph, Jason, Molly, Sean, Brendan and Owen;
and many nieces and nephews.
The Tewksbury Funeral Home in Tewksbury, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.
Charles W. DeLuca
Army veteran and avid Penn State football fan
Charles W. DeLuca, 71, of Profile Drive, Merrimack, died Dec. 11, 2001,
at his home after along illness.
He was born in Newport, Pa., on June 30, 1930, son of the late Charles
W. Sr. and Marie (DeBlasi) DeLuca.
DeLuca was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean conflict in
the 25th infantry and 27th Wolfhounds.
He was a graduate of Penn State University and a Penn State football
He was also a resident of Penn State, Pa., before moving to Merrimack
30 years ago.
Mr. DeLuca was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merrimack.
Before retirement, he was employed as a contract administrator for
Members of his family include his wife of 47 years, Patricia (Kearns)
DeLuca of Merrimack; a son, Douglas DeLuca of Manchester; two daughters
and a son-in-law, Kathleen and Joseph Roemer of Mt. Airy, Md., and Eileen
DeLuca of Merrimack; three grandchildren, Nicole and Alison Roemer, Mt.
Airy, Md., and Michele DeLuca of Goffstown; a brother, Joseph DeLuca of
Marble Falls, Texas; four sisters, Josephine Boova and Katherine Kapp of
Harrisburg, Pa.; and Irene Campbell and Mary Jane Stevens of Youngstown,
Ohio; a friend, Amy Dawe; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 15 in Our Lady of Mercy
Memorial contributions may be made to the Home Health & Hospice,
22 Prospect St., Nashua, NH 03060; or to St. Joseph Hospital, 4th Floor
Oncology Palliative Care, Nashua, NH 03060.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home, Merrimack, was in charge of arrangements.
Frank W. Jeske
Self-employed business owner
Frank W. Jeske, 69, of Goffstown, died on Dec. 3, 2001, at a local
Mr. Jeske was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., Nov. 19, 1932, the son of the
late Erich and Olga (Bauch) Jeske. Mr. Jeske was a resident of Goffstown
for the past three years, after having lived in Milford for 15 years. Mr.
Jeske was a self-employed business owner of F. J. CorcBoxes for the past
Members of his family include his wife, Pamela (Rinaldi) Jeske, of
Goffstown; three daughters, Victoria Parker, Debbie Jeske, Jennifer Jeske
Williams; and a grandson. He also leaves many relatives, friends and business
associates, and many special children who will sadly miss him, but are
lucky to have had him in their lives.
A memorial service was held Dec. 15, at the Goodwin Funeral Home, Manchester.
Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Frank Jeske Family Memorial Fund,
c/o First National Bank of Suffield, P0 Box 682, East Granby, CT 06026.
Edward F. Nichols III
Active in local community
Edward F. Nichols III, 59, of Crosby Street, Milford, died Dec. 16,
2001, at Elliot Hospital, Manchester, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Nashua on Aug. 16, 1942, a son of Edward F. Nichols
Jr., of Florida and the late Muriel (Johnson) Nichols.
Mr. Nichols was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1960.
He had been employed by Contemporary Chrysler, Milford, for the past
eight years, and had formerly worked for Fantini Bakery and Pepperidge
Farm Company for more than 15 years.
Mr. Nichols had served twice as president of the Souhegan Valley Jaycees.
He was an honorary life member of the Junior Chamber International Jaycees,
past vice president of the New Hampshire Jaycees, and past president of
the New Hampshire Jaycees Senate.
he served two terms as president of the Milford Community Athletic
Association and was an honorary life member. He had been a member of the
Milford town and school budget committees, and a member of Milford Parks
and Playground Commission.
He was a member and past vice president of Milford Republican Committee,
a member and past president of the Milford Lions Club, past zone and region
director of N.H. Lions District 44 N. He was a director of the Lions of
New Hampshire Sight and Hearing Foundation. He recently became a Melvin
He had coached Little League baseball for more than 20 years. He was
a 22-year member of the Milford Fire Department, and a life member of the
Milford Firemen’s Relief Association.
Mr. Nichols was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Milford,
and a member of Gideons International.
In addition to his father, family members include his wife of 15 years,
Jean M. (Farrar) Nichols of Milford; his stepmother, Lois Nichols of Florida;
a son and daughter-in-law, Edward “Ted” Nichols IV and Mary Nichols of
Milford; a daughter, Holly Nichols of Merrimack; four stepchildren, Scott
Lessard of Manchester, Ian and Jamy Lessard and Michelle Lessard, all of
Milford, and Airman 1st Class Jamie Lessard, stationed at Molesworth AFB,
England; three grandchildren, Allen, Alyza and Laila; a brother and sister-in-law,
David and Debbie Nichols of Durham; a stepbrother, Jim Monroe; and many
nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, Dec. 19), at 1 p.m.,
in The First Baptist Church, West Street, Milford. Burial will follow in
Memorial donations may be made to Milford Community Athletic Association,
PO Box 625, Milford, NH 03055; Milford Firemen’s Relief Association, 39
School St., Milford, NH 03055; or NH Sight & Hearing Foundation, PO
Box 970, Concord, NH 03302-0970.
Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Eileen M. Ryder
Lifelong resident of Framingham
Eileen M. (Hayes) Ryder, 85, of Framingham, Mass., died Friday, Dec.
7, 2001, at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham, Mass., after a
Born in Holbrook, daughter of the late Charles R. and Margaret (O’Toole)
Hayes, she was a lifelong resident of Framingham.
She was the wife of Stephen R. Ryder, who died in 1979; and the mother
of the late Jerelyn “Peaches” Ryder, who died in 1982.
She leaves a son, Stephen C. Ryder and his wife, Marguerite, of Framingham;
three daughters, Lynne A. Erdody of Milford, Sharleen M. Peters of Framingham
and Madelyn Peaslee of Framingham; one sister, Madelyn Glew and her husband,
Robert, of Framingham; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 10 from the Eugene J. McCarthy and
Sons Funeral Home, Framingham, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. George’s
Church, Framingham. Burial followed at Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham.
Mary E. Seelye
Worked for New England Telephone, Jordan Marsh
Mary E. (McKenney) Seelye died Dec. 14, 2001, at the Braemoor Rehabilitation
Center in Brockton, Mass., after a period of failing health.
Mrs. Seelye was born and raised in Brockton, daughter of the late Henry
A. and Mary E. (Hannan) McKenney.
She was the wife of Leo P. Seelye, her husband of 54 years.
Mrs. Seelye attended Brockton schools and was a 1941 graduate of Brockton
High School. She worked for New England Telephone as a toll supervisor
before staying home to raise her children. She later returned to work at
Jordan Marsh in Brockton.
She was a homemaker who was devoted to her family, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She had been a member of the Brockton Catholic Women’s
Mrs. Seelye was a longtime communicant of St. Margaret Church in Brockton,
and was a communicant of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater, Mass.,
while living there.
Mrs. Seelye was predeceased by a daughter, Jean M. Doulette; and a
sister, Henry A. McKenney.
Besides her husband, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, ,
Paul E. and Judy Seelye of Amherst; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 17 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church,
Bridgewater, Mass., with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin
Place, Boston, MA 02215.
The J. Frank Conley Funeral Home in Brockton, Mass., (www.conleyfuneralhome.com)
was in charge of arrangements.
Noel B. Simoneau
Owned Sims Construction Co. in Nashua
Noel B. Simoneau, 78, of Nashua, died Dec. 12, 2001, at St. Joseph
Mr. Simoneau was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Nashua, son of the late Armand
and Leda (Messier) Simoneau. He was a lifelong resident of Nashua.
He was the husband of Rita L. (Jean) Simoneau.
Mr. Simoneau was the owner and operator of Sims Construction Co. in
Nashua before his retirement.
Mr. Simoneau was an Army veteran, having served during World War I.
He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Nashua. He was a member
of the Nashua Senior Center, and enjoyed playing golf.
Besides his wife, survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law,
Linda and Jeff Makos of Dracut, Mass., Denise and Donald Hurt of Hollis,
Patricia and Reginald Tremblay of Nashua, Paula and Kevin Brodeur of Merrimack,
and Susan Sanborn of Nashua; a son and daughter-in-law, Rene and Robin
Simoneau of Nashua; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Paul and Theresa
Simoneau of Nashua, Laurent Simoneau of Hudson and Fernand Simoneau of
Milford; two sisters, Gilberte Turcotte and Collette Livingston, both of
Nashua; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews
Carol Ann Weaver
Worked at Easter Seals
Carol Ann Weaver, 54, of Ridgewood Road, Bedford, died Dec. 15, 2001,
at the Ridgewood Center Genesis Eldercare Network after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Weaver was born Sept. 7, 1947, in Manchester, daughter of Edna
(Burbank) Klardie and the late William J. Klardie.
She was the wife of Harry Weaver of Manchester.
Mrs. Weaver was previously employed at Easter Seals of Manchester as
Besides her mother and husband, survivors include a son, Thomas Weaver;
a brother, Dan Klardie of Goffstown; a sister, Gail MacGuire of Merrimack;
two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Dec. 19 in The George R. Rivet Funeral
Home, Merrimack, with burial in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack at the convenience
of the family.
Edna M. White
Worked at Gardiner-Beardsell Co.
Edna Morrison White, 99, a Nashua native, died Dec. 10, 2001, at Providence
Extended Care Center in Worcester, Mass.
Mrs. White was born Oct. 19, 1902, in Nashua, daughter of the late
Fred E. and Nellie E. (Dandley) Morrison.
She was the widow of Arthur J. White, to whom she had been married
for 65 years. He died in May 2000.
Mrs. White attended local schools and was a graduate of Nashua High
School. She worked as an executive secretary for many years at the former
Gardiner-Beardsell Co., and maintained membership in the Arlington Street
United Methodist Church in Nashua for many years.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Christine White of Milford; a cousin,
Maxine Tessier of East Derry, and a close friend, Linda Olson of Boylston,
The Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Angela M. Adams
High school junior; enjoyed snowmobiling, friends
Angela M. Adams, 16, of North Mason Road, Brookline, died Dec. 23,
2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
Miss Adams was born June 8, 1985, in Manchester, daughter of Daniel
C. and Lisa M. (Charland) Adams of Brookline. She had lived in Brookline
for the past 10 years and had formerly lived in Milford.
She was a lifeguard at the Max Cohen Town Beach and enjoyed snowmobiling
and being with her friends.
Miss Adams was a junior at Hollis/Brookline High School and was a member
of the girls’ junior varsity and varsity soccer team.
Besides her parents, survivors include a brother, Justin Adams of Brookline;
her maternal grandparents, George and Madeleine Charland of Milford; her
paternal grandparents, Ernest and Esther Adams of Milford; six aunts, Susan
Derry, Carol Morency, Melissa Hopkins, Rachael Adams, Deborah Hubert and
Lori Charland; six uncles, Randolph Adams, Michael Adams, Mark Adams, Brian
Adams, Matthew Adams and John Charland; and 12 cousins.
Funeral services were held Dec. 26 in The First Baptist Church in Milford.
Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to The Angela Adams Memorial Scholarship
Fund, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, Route 13, Brookline, NH 03033.
The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.
Marguerite A. Allaire
Member of St. Patrick Church in Nashua
Marguerite A. (Gould) Allaire, 70, of Englewood, Fla., died Dec. 13,
2001, in Englewood, Fla.
Mrs. Allaire was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Nashua, daughter of the late
Romeo and Lillian (Gilmore) Gould. She resided in Nashua for most of her
life, moving to Englewood in 1982.
She was the wife of Rudolph Allaire Sr. of Englewood, to whom she had
been married for 53 years. She was a housewife.
She was a communicant of St. Raphael Church in Englewood and St. Patrick
Church in Nashua.
Besides her husband, survivors include six sons and daughters-in-law,
Rudolph Jr. and Louise Allaire of Hollis, John and Donna Allaire, and James
and Karen Allaire, all of Englewood, Ronald and Kathy Allaire of Litchfield,
Robert and Janet Allaire of Jaffrey, and Leo and Stacey Allaire of Holiday,
Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and William Thomas of Englewood,
and Kathleen and Paul Dutrisac of Milford; a brother, John Gould of Nashua;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The National Cremation Society in Port Charlotte, Fla., was in charge
Erling O. Andersen
Army veteran of World War II
Erling O. Andersen, 82, of Nashua, died Dec. 19, 2001, at The Courville
Mr. Andersen was born Oct. 11, 1919, in Somerville, Mass., son of the
late Thomas A. and Helga A. (Petersen) Andersen. He had been a resident
of Nashua for six years, previously residing in Concord, Mass., for more
than 30 years.
He was the husband of Joyce (Addor) Andersen of Nashua, to whom he
had been married for 59 years.
Mr. Andersen owned and operated the Andersen Printing Co. in West Concord,
Mass., for more than 20 years.
He was an Army veteran, having served during World War II.
Mr. Andersen was educated in Somerville schools, and graduated from
Somerville High School in 1937.
He was predeceased by a sister, Thelma Andersen; and two brothers,
Harold Andersen and Rolf Andersen.
Survivors include two daughters, Joan P. Seneschal of Deering and Janet
C. Von Handorf of Amherst; a sister, Louise O’Connell of Chelmsford, Mass.;
a brother, Andrew Andersen of Littleton, Mass.; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild;
and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Dec. 24 in the Smith & Heald Funeral
Home in Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, New
England Affiliate, 20 Merrimack St., Suite One, Manchester, NH 03101-2244.
Helen E. Bridges
Brookline town clerk; avid sports fan
Helen E. Bridges, 66, of Old Milford Road, Brookline, died Dec. 22,
2001, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood in Milford after a lengthy
Mrs. Bridges was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Staten Island, N.Y., daughter
of Helen (Gswhind) Dunn of Holiday, Fla., and the late Arthur T. Dunn Sr.
She lived in Brookline for more than 39 years and previously lived in the
Concord area for several years.
She was the widow of Webster E. Bridges Jr., who died in 1998.
Mrs. Bridges graduated from St. Vincent’s Nursing School in New York,
and worked as a registered nurse at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua
for 18 years. She served as the Brookline town clerk for many years.
She was a former trustee of Brookline Public Library and a member of
the Republican National Committee. She was an avid sports fan.
Mrs. Bridges was a communicant of Infant Jesus Church in Brookline,
where she had been the organist for many years.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Webster E. III and
Sunny Bridges of Sumter, S.C., and James E. and Dorinda Bridges of Hollis;
a brother, Arthur T. Dunn Jr., of Randolph, N.J.; a sister, Kathleen Warren
of White Plains, N.Y.; four grandchildren, William Bridges, Lauren Bridges,
Melissa Bridges and Rachel Bridges; and several aunts, cousins, nieces
Memorial visiting hours are Friday, Dec. 28, from 6-9 p.m. in The Smith
& Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A memorial Mass will be
celebrated Saturday at 9 a.m. in Infant Jesus Church, Main Street, Brookline.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Brookline.
Donations in Mrs. Bridges’ memory may be made to the American Cancer
Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 State Route 101, Suite 501,
Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
Thomas A. Caron
Loved to cook, enjoyed music
Thomas A. Caron, 21, of Nashua, died unexpectedly Dec. 20, 2001, at
Mr. Caron was born Aug. 8, 1980, in Nashua, son of Alexander R. Caron
of Nashua and Monique R. (Belland) Caron of Boston, Mass. He was a lifelong
resident of Nashua, and was educated in Nashua schools.
Mr. Caron loved to cook and enjoyed music. He had been employed as
a cook with several local restaurants.
He was a communicant of St. Christopher Church.
Besides his parents, survivors include a sister, Brigitte A. Caron
and her close friend, Dana Reagan of Merrimack; his paternal grandparents,
Leo and Gertrude Caron of Londonderry; an aunt and uncle, Diane and Marc
P. Belland of Brookline; and several cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 24 in St. Christopher
Church, Nashua, followed by burial at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Memorial
Processing Center, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
The Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Teresa R. Case
Enjoyed travel, writing; volunteered for local groups
Teresa R. (Donaghue) Case, 80, of Hardy Lane, Hollis, died Dec. 21,
2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
Mrs. Case was born Jan. 7, 1921, in Worcester, Mass., daughter of the
late John J. and Teresa R. (Dervin) Donoghue. She had lived in Hollis since
She was the widow of retired Army Col. Francis R. Case, who died Oct.
Mrs. Case devoted most of her life to raising her four children and
taking care of her family through their many moves and travels all over
the world. In addition to taking care of her family, her position as officer’s
wife involved many duties on various military bases, such as teaching nursery
school in Guam, and being involved in other types of activities on bases
stateside and abroad.
She enjoyed travel, initially with her husband and family through his
military career, and then with Mr. Case after his retirement. One of the
highlights of her travels was being in Rome at Easter in 2000, where she
attended Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and saw Pope John Paul II.
Mrs. Case was a member of the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester,
the Smithsonian Institute and the National Wildlife Association. She also
enjoyed writing poetry. An advocate for the needy, she volunteered in collecting,
organizing and distributing clothing, food, and household items for the
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, the Nashua Senior Center and the Upper
Room Compassionate Ministries.
She was a communicant of Parish of the Resurrection in Nashua.
Mrs. Case was educated in Massachusetts and completed two years of
college after graduating from high school.
She was predeceased by a sister, Catherine Pietro, and a brother, John
Survivors include a son, Richard F. Case of Orlando, Fla.; three daughters
and a son-in-law, Kathleen J. and Josiah Pierce of West Baldwin, Maine,
Patricia Dervin-Fox of Nashua and Barbara A. Case of Merrimack; two grandsons
and two granddaughters; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Alice Donoghue
of Worcester; a sister, Mary Thomas of Worcester; and two nieces and two
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Parish of the Resurrection,
Nashua on Dec. 27. Interment will take place in St. John Cemetery, Clinton,
memorial donations may be made to the Nashua Public Library, Attn:
Concert Series, 2 Court St., Nashua, NH 03060.
The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
James J. Cashin Sr.
Pipe fitter; served in Army National Guard
James J. Cashin Sr., 66, of Manchester, died Dec. 22, 2001, at his
home after a period of declining health.
Mr. Cashin was born July 2, 1935, in Manchester, son of John F. and
Julia Mae (Clear) Cashin. He was a lifelong Manchester resident.
He was the husband of Patricia A. (Dyer) Cashin of Manchester, to whom
he had been married for 47 years.
Mr. Cashin was a pipe fitter with R.C. Peabody Co. at Anheuser-Busch
Co., where he worked as a general foreman for 35 years, retiring in 1994.
He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 131; the
American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post 2; the Raphael Club; the Irish American
Club; and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division One. He was president
of the board of directors at Bailey’s Beach Resort in Hampton.
Mr. Cashin served in the Army National Guard.
He was a communicant of St. Anne Church and was a member of Legion
of One Thousand Men at the Monastery of the Precious Blood.
Mr. Cashin graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in 1953.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James
J. and Aline Cashin Jr. of Merrimack; three daughters and a son-in-law,
Kathleen Henderson of Bedford, Maureen Cashin and her companion, Robert
Pichette, both of Manchester, and Eileen and William Long of Manchester;
three brothers, John F. Cashin and William B. Cashin, both of Manchester,
and E. Robert Cashin of Florida; a brother-in-law, the Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer,
Bishop of Bethlehem, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; several
nieces, nephews and cousins; and many close friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 27 from The Connor-Healy Funeral Home
in Mancester. A Mass of Christian Burial followed in Saint Anne Church,
Manchester. Burial will take place in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of
NH Hospice Care, 1850 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03104; or to the Make-a-Wish
Foundation of New Hampshire, 66 Hanover St., Manchester, NH 03101.
Richard L Chickering
Owned and operated car dealership and Morgan horse farm
Richard L. Chickering, 76, died Dec. 18, 2001, at his home in Bedford.
He was born Sept. 1, 1925, in Bellows Falls, Vt., the son of Edward
L. and Freda M. (Cove) Chickering.
Mr. Chickering was a 1943 graduate of Central High School, Manchester,
and an Army veteran of World War II. Following his discharge form the military,
he returned to Manchester and took over the family business, Dick’s Gulf
gas station, on Granite and Elm streets.
He had been service manager for Goff Chevrolet of Candia, Betley Chevrolet
of Derry, and retired in 1991 from the former Alexander Chrysler Plymouth
A resident of Bedford since 1952, he and his wife owned and operated
a horse farm where they bred and raised Morgan horses and sponsored horse
shows and trail rides.
One of the founders of Bedford Westerneers Riding Club, he was a volunteer
at horse shows in Maine and Vermont, a member of Granite State Morgan Club
and Bedford Unity Club. Recently, New Hampshire Horse and Trail sponsored
A Chickering Challenge in honor of Mr. Chickering and his wife.
He was a member of the Monday night Postal Service cribbage league
in Manchester, and enjoyed camping and bowling in the senior league at
His wife, Doreen R. (Hart) Chickering, died April 30, 2001.
Family members include a daughter, Patricia Thompson of Goffstown;
two sons, Edward Chickering of Weare, and Bruce Chickering of Bedford;
five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Dec. 22. Private inurnment will be held
in Bedford Center Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Bedford Fire Dept. and Rescue Fund,
55 Constitutional Drive, Bedford, NH 03110.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Goodwin Funeral Home and
Bedford resident was centenarian
Julia (Boucher) Dearborn, 102, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Genesis Eldercare/Ridgewood
in Bedford, after a long illness.
She was born May 31, 1899, in Milton, the daughter of Peter and Julia
(Haggerty) Boucher and attended local schools.
Mrs. Dearborn had lived many years in Manchester and Bedford.
She was predeceased by her husband, Rexford Dearborn, in 1998, and
a daughter, Ethel Levesque, in 1995.
Family members include a daughter, Elaine Yergeau of Portsmouth; a
son, Richard Dearborn of Palm Coast, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 21
great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Dec. 22 in the McHugh Funeral Home, in Manchester.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
Alice D. Dockham
Volunteer of year at Taylor Home Community
Alice D. Dockham, 94, of Laconia, died Dec. 22, 2001, at Lakes Region
Mrs. Dockham was born Dec. 8, 1907, in Laconia, daughter of the late
Horace Burhoe and Evelyn (Piper) Fay. She had lived in The Taylor Home
Community since 1989, coming from Gilford. She previously had lived in
Moultonboro for a number of years.
She was the widow of Charles D. Dockham, who died in 1992.
Mrs. Dockham was the bookkeeper for her late husband’s pharmacy, Story’s
Drug. She had also worked at Laconia Savings Bank.
She was a member of the Hannah Francis Rebekah Lodge 41 and a member
and past president of Altrusa. She was also a volunteer at Lakes Region
General Hospital, and in 2000 was named the volunteer of the year at The
Taylor Home Community.
Mrs. Dockham was an active member of Gilford Community Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles E. “Ted” and Sonja
Dockham of Laconia; four daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Karl Phelps
of Laconia, Va., Virginia and Paul Sipe of Merrimack, Caroline and Donald
Barney of Tellico Plains, Tenn., and Natalie and Wilfred Mathewson, of
Bonsall, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Dec. 27, at the Gilford Community Church,
Gilford. Burial followed in Bayside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Community Center of the Gilford
Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249; Community Health
& Hospice 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246, or to The Taylor
Home Community, 435 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 03246.
The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home in Laconia was in charge of arrangements.
Herbert B. Durant
Leaves a sister in Bedford
Herbert B. “Tim” Durant, 89, died Dec. 12, 2001, at his home in Boscawen,
Maine, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born in Albion, Maine, the son of Herbert S. and Hazel (Barnes)
He and his father came to New Hampshire in 1938 with a portable sawmill
to saw lumber felled by the great hurricane of that year.
He lived in Pembroke, Newbury, Concord and Franklin before moving to
Boscawen in 1945. In 1946, he started his own sawmill, eventually moving
the mill to Boscawen and operating a custom sawing, wholesale and, retail
lumber business until 1983.
He was affiliated with the United Church of Penacook.
Family members include his wife of 33 years, Marie (Carter) Durant
of Boscawen; two daughters, Elizabeth D. Blanchard of Penacook, and Katherine
M. Gillman of Indianola, Iowa; a son, David C. Durant of Parker, Colo.;
one sister, Alice Porter of Bedford; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren;
a foster granddaughter; two foster great-grandchildren; an aunt; and nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at the United Church of Penacook on Dec.
15. Pastors Oliver Northcott and John Westhaven, officiated. Interment
services will be held at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson’s Disease
Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494; or
the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 250 Pleasant St., PO Box
0797, Concord 03301-0797.
Member of Arlington Street United Methodist Church
Dorothea (Lovett) Johnson, 87, of Nashua, died Dec. 18, 2001, at Southern
New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a brief illness.
Mrs. Johnson was born March 16, 1914, in Salem, Mass., daughter of
the late James E. and Velma Pearl (Hill) Lovett. She had lived in Nashua
since early childhood and for the past four months has lived at Nashua
Crossings on West Hollis Street.
She was the widow of Robert E. Johnson, who died in Nashua on March
Mrs. Johnson was educated in local schools and was a 1932 graduate
of Nashua High School. She was a homemaker to her husband and children.
Before her marriage, she had worked for a time at the Mary E. Hunt Home.
She was a member of the Arlington Street United Methodist Church and
the Salvation Army Auxiliary.
Survivors include a son, Peter Johnson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a
daughter, Karen R. Johnson of Nashua; two grandchildren, Debbie Sperberg
of Medford, Ore., and Daniel Sperberg of Milford; a sister, Marguerite
P. Rossignol of Providence, R.I.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral was held Dec. 21 in The Farwell Funeral Home, Nashua, followed
by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Albert E. Labonville
Served in Vietnam and worked for Pandora Industries
Albert E. Labonvile, 71, of Hooksett, died Dec. 18, 2001, at the Catholic
Medical Center in Manchester, after a brief illness.
He was born in Providence, R.I., on April 12, 1930, the son of George
and Eva (Beausoleil) Labonville, and lived most of his life in Hooksett.
He served in the Army National Guard for 12 years, served one year
in Vietnam and was a member of the American Legion Post 37.
Before his retirement in 1992, he worked for the Sisters of Holy Cross,
and also worked for Pandora Industries. He had been a member of the Hooksett
Fire Department for 20 years.
He held membership in the Hooksett Men’s Club, the League of 1000 Men
of the Precious Blood Monastery, a director of the Duvernay Club, President
of the Court 1, and member of the Court St. George of the Association Franco-Americaine.
Mr. Labonville was predeceased by a son, Paul Labonville in 1981.
Members of the family include his wife, Irene Y. (Mofette) Labonville
of Hooksett; two sons, Robert Labonville of Hooksett, and Albert E. Labonville
Jr. of Bedford; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; a brother,
Arthur Labonville of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 21 in St. Catherine
Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
The J.N. Boufford & Sons Funeral Home, in Manchester, was in charge
Helen N. McKeown
Former dancer and avid figure skating fan
Helen N. McKeown, 83, of Ridgewood Road, Bedford, died Dec. 17, 2001,
at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester, after a brief illness.
She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 29, 1918, the daughter
of Thomas F. and Martha B. Ryder.
She had been a resident of Philadelphia for most of her life.
A devoted wife and homemaker, Mrs. McKeown was predeceased by her husband,
Robert J McKeown, in 1987.
As a former dancer, she was an avid fan of dancing and figure skating.
But most of all, she was focused on her children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter
and their activities.
Family members include three daughters, Eileen R. Brennan, of Bedford,
Norma Garro, of Hollywood, Fla., and Lynn Parker, of Philadelphia, Pa.;
five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 21 in Broomwall, Pa. Burial will be
at Saint Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.
Edwin W. Robinson
Lived in Mont Vernon for 40 years
Edwin W. Robinson 79, of Mont Vernon, died Dec. 18, 2001, at The Arbors
He was born April 19, 1922, in Somerville, Mass., a son of the late
Richard H. and Ethel (Darvil) Robinson
Mr. Robinson had lived in Mont Vernon for 40 years.
He had been employed by Cambridge (Mass.) Savings Bank, for more than
Mr. Robinson had been a member of Wyoming Lodge F & AM, Melrose,
Mass., and a member of The Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order
of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America at Aleppo Temple,
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Family members include his wife of 40 years, Marie E. (Sawyer) Robinson
of Mont Vernon; a daughter, Bret Ann Moynihan of Lyndeborough; a son, Brian
W. Robinson of Nashua; two grandchildren, Brianna A. Moynihan and Shane
M. Moynihan, both of Lyndeborough; and several nieces and nephews.
There are no services. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, East
Jaffrey, at a later date.
Donations in Mr. Robinson’s memory may be made to Meals on Wheels,
PO Box 266, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Peter H. Stamas
Member of Catholic Men’s Association
Peter H. Stamas, 69, of Crosby St., Milford, died Dec. 19, 2001, at
Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen.
Mr. Stamas was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Paterson, N.J., son of the late
Harry and Katherine (Cotsakos) Stamas. He had been a resident of Milford
for the past eight years, formerly residing in Nashua for many years.
He was the husband of Theresa M. (Rogers) Stamas of Milford.
Mr. Stamas was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean
War. He had worked for Hughes Aircraft Co. in California for a number of
He was a member of the Catholic Men’s Association and the Promise Keepers.
He was predeceased by a son, Peter H. Stamas.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Harry P. Stamas of Nashua;
four daughters and a son-in-law, Katherine M. Boissonnault of Milford,
Patricia A. Stamas and her good friend, Lori Thorpe, and her children,
Josh and Casey, all of Epping, Theresa M. and John Everett of Auburn, and
Andrea H. Stamas of Lowell, Mass.; four grandchildren, David Boissonnault
and Jamie Boissonnault, both of Milford, and James Everett and Sara Everett,
both of Auburn.
A memorial service was held Dec. 22 in The Smith & Heald Funeral
Home, Milford. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua. Memorial donations
may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NH Chapter, 10 Ferry
St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.