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Herbert E. Schmitz
Herbert E. Schmitz, 66, of Amherst, died of pneumonia at Southern N.H. Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998.
The son of Edward and Madeleine (Sprague) Schmitz, he was born in Cambridge, Mass., on May 13, 1932, and raised in Acton, Mass. He graduated from Acton High School in 1950.
After spending four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958.
He has lived in Amherst since 1958 and worked at Sanders Associates for many years.
Mr. Schmitz is survived by his wife of 41 years, Pat; three children and their families, Karl Schmitz and Margie Watters and their daughter, Kayla, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Kathy Schmitz and Charlie Behrens and their daughters, Pam and Erika, of Chelmsford, Mass.; and Edward Schmitz of Mont Vernon; and a sister, Anna Nash, of Bar Harbor, Maine.
A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist church, Elm Street, Milford, on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
Memorial donations may be sent to the United Parkinson Foundation, 833 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Edson D. Phelps
Edson D. Phelps, 80, of Amherst, died Sept. 5, 1998, at Pine Rock Manor in Warner of complications resulting from Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Phelps was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Windsor, Vt., the son of John Edson and May (Russ) Phelps. He graduated from Marlboro (Mass.) High School, attended Boston University, and holds an honorary doctorate from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., where he served as chairman of the board of trustees.
Mr. Phelps began his career in 1937 at State Mutual Life Insurance Company (now Allmerica Financial) in Worcester, Mass., and retired as a vice president in 1983.
He enlisted in the Army as a private in May 1942, was commissioned an officer in December 1942, and saw action in the Ardennes and at the Battle of the Bulge and was with the first occupation troops to enter Japan. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1946 and remained in the reserves until 1952.
Before moving to Amherst in 1985, Mr. Phelps lived in West Boylston, Mass., for 44 years, where he served on the board of selectmen, the planning board and as a member of the high school building committee. He was also a member of the Community Services of Greater Worcester, Inc. for 11 years (president for two); on the board of directors of the Worcester (Mass.) chapter of the American Red Cross and chairman of the Disaster Committee; an active member of the West Boylston Congregational Church, serving as chairman of the board of trustees and of the capital fund drive, and a trustee of Pine Ridge School in Williston, Vt.
He was a former member of the Amherst Lions Club, a member of VFW Post 8401 in Bedford and a member of the Amherst Congregational Church, where he served as trustee for two years.
Mr. Phelps was also a private pilot and enjoyed flying in his leisure time.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Elvi (Nystrom) Phelps of Amherst; his daughter, Marie Benway of Germantown, Md.; his son and daughter-in-law, Joel Edson and Janet M. Phelps and two grandchildren, Caitlin and Mark Phelps of Amherst; his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Florence Phelps of Whitinsville, Mass.; his brother- and sister-in law, Carl and Elsie Nystrom of Bolton, Conn; four step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Amherst Congregational Church.
Donations may be made to St. John Neumann Church Day Away Program, 708 Milford Rd, Route l0lA, Merrimack, NH 03054 or to the Greater NH Alzheimer's Association, 10 Ferry St., Concord, NH 03301.

Elizabeth M. Edwards Pike
Elizabeth "Betty" M. Edwards Pike, 65, of Maple Street, Wilton, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, at her home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 28, 1932 in Brighton, Mass., the daughter of Eugene J. and Dorothy (McNiel) King.
She had lived in Wilton for 51 years. She had been employed as a cook for the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School for more than seven years, and was the proprietor of "Betty’s Place" restaurant of Wilton for three years. She was a member and past president of the of the Degree of Pocahontas, a member of the Bent-Burke American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary of Wilton. She was a former member of the Mayflower Rebekah 40 of Wilton.
Mrs. Pike was predeceased by two husbands, Peter Edwards in 1974 and A. Paul Pike in 1996.
Members of her family include two sons, Eugene J. Edwards of Manchester and Jerald P. Edwards of Wilton; a daughter, Dorothy M. Wells of Milford; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Neil King of Wilton; a sister, Esther Cardillo of Stoughton, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 5 in the Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, followed by burial in the Mount Calvary Cemetery of Wilton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wilton-Lyndeborough Ambulance Association, PO Box 584, Wilton, NH 03086.

Guy W. Franklin Jr.
Guy W. Franklin Jr., 62, of Abbot Hill Acres, Wilton, died Sept. 1, 1998, at his home.
He was born in Nashua on May 23, 1936, a son of Carrie (Michaud) and Guy W. Franklin Sr.
Mr. Franklin had been a resident of the Milford and Wilton area his entire life. He was a graduate of Milford High School, class of 1954.
Upon graduating, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served in France and Morocco. He came back to the United States in 1958 as a staff sergeant and completed his military service at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Franklin was employed as a police officer with the Milford Police Department from 1959 to 1965 and was chief of the Wilton Police Department from 1966 to 1971. He returned to the Milford Police Department as a dispatcher and later as head of communications. He officially retired in 1984. From 1989 until last September, Mr. Franklin had volunteered at the Milford Police Department as desk sergeant.
He was an avid bingo player.
He attended the First Baptist Church, Milford.
Family members include his wife of 37 years, Diane (Courage) Franklin of Wilton; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Brian Edwards of Brookline; a son and his fiancée, Douglas W. Franklin and Jodi Sanborn, both of Greenfield; three grandchildren, Renee, Nicole and Morgan Edwards, all of Brookline; a sister, Helen M. Roy of New Ipswich; a niece, Lisa Haskell, and a nephew, Scott Hasu, both of Milford; and several cousins.
Funeral services were held Sept. 4 at the First Baptist Church, Milford. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 1492 Elm Street, Suite 1, Manchester, NH 03101.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Effie Marshal
Effie Marshall, 88, of Goffstown, died Aug. 31, 1998, at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown.
She was born in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 1909, a daughter of the late Herbert and Maude I. (Wood) Chick.
Mrs. Marshall had been a resident of Goffstown for the past four years. She had also lived in Hudson and Milford for many years.
She and her late husband owned and operated Eddie’s Garage and Grocery at the old railroad station on South Street in Milford.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Edward Marshall, who died in 1985; two sons, Edward A. Marshall and Wilbur A. Marshall; and two granddaughters, Cassandra A. Wilson and Angel L. Wilson.
Family members include a son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Dorothy Marshall of Milford; a daughter, Jeanne Felton of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Marie Marshall of Milford; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a sister, Thelma Stevens of Florida.
Funeral services were private, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Elaine S. Harrington
Elaine S. Harrington, 26, of Brookline, died Aug. 5, 1998, at her home after an 11-year battle with leukemia.
She was the daughter of Brian Harrington of Goffstown and Susan M. Harrington Putnam of Brookline.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Notre Dame College, 2321 Elm St., Manchester. Friends and family are invited.

Jane F. Boyle
Jane F. Boyle, of Blueberry Hill Road. Amherst, died Sept. 10, 1998, at her home.
She was born in Providence, R.I., on Feb. 21, 1929, a daughter of the late Edmund and Maybelle (O'Donnell) Beagan.
Mrs. Boyle was a 1946 graduate of Hope High School in Providence, R.I., and attended Rhode Island College of Education.
She had been a resident of Amherst for 29 years and had formerly resided in Canton, Mass., Berlin, N.H., Warwick and Providence, R.I.
Mrs. Boyle had been employed as a teacher's associate at Milford High School for 15 years. She had worked at the Massachusetts Department of the Deaf and in the Rhode Island Employment Bureau.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
Family members include her husband of 46 years, John F. Boyle of Amherst; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon F. Boyle of Contoocook, Maureen B. and Bret Jepson of Milford, and Joanne M. and Scott Mainella of Dover; four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard A. and Jayne Boyle of East Dennis, Mass., Michael E. and Jackie Boyle of Westford, Mass., David J. and Pati Boyle of Eatontown, N.J., Kevin R. and Tracy Boyle of Dover; 10 grandchildren; a brother, John P. Beagan of Pawtucket, R.I.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14 in St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial followed in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations in Mrs. Boyle’s memory may be made to Visiting Nurses Association, Home Health and Hospice Care, 1850 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03104.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Martha Hardy Parker
Martha Hardy Parker, 73, of Penacook, died suddenly Sept. 9, 1998, at Concord Hospital.
She was born in Willimantic, Conn., on May 25, 1925, a daughter of the late Charles R. and Marjorie R. (Sherwood) Hardy.
Mrs. Parker had been a resident of Penacook for several years and had formerly resided at Baboosic Lake, Amherst, and in Milford for many years.
She had been employed as a bookkeeper for the former Souhegan National Bank in Milford for many years, and had been the bookkeeper for her late husband's construction company.
Mrs. Parker was active for many years with the Naval Sea Cadets, Manchester Unit.
Mrs. Parker was past noble grand, past district deputy president and longtime member of Custos Morum Rebekah Lodge 23, Milford, and was a member of Puritan Charity Chapter 29 Order of Eastern Star, Milford. She belonged to the United Church of Penacook, Penacook.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin S. Parker, and her son, Roy "Charlie" Parker.
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Caroline (Parker) and William Cook of Shady Dale, Ga.; two sisters, Marjorie O'Neal of Hudson and Helen Kennedy of Westmoreland; two brothers, James Hardy of Colchester, Conn., and Waldo Dean Hardy of Concord; and many nieces and nephews.
A Rebekah service was conducted Sept. 13, and funeral services was held Sept. 14 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Burial followed in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations in Mrs. Parker’s memory may be made to the United Church of Penacook, PO Box 6178, Penacook, NH 03302-6178.

James A. Richardson
James A. Richardson, 53, of Ridgefield Drive, Milford, died Sept. 9, 1998 at his home.
He was born in Nashua, on Jan. 6, 1945, a son of the late Oscar and Anna (Miller) Richardson.
He was a graduate of Wilton High School, class of 1965.
Mr. Richardson was a resident of Milford for 26 years and had formerly lived in Wilton for many years.
He had been employed as a control tower operator at Hampshire Chemical Company in Nashua for 31 years.
Mr. Richardson served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and was a member of the Bent-Burke Post 10 American Legion, Wilton.
Family members include his wife of 29 years, Noreen I. (Albert) Richardson of Milford; two sons, Allan J. Richardson of Portland, Maine, and Jason M. Richardson of Milford; a brother, Andy Richardson of Los Angeles, Calif., and a sister, Madeline Meyers of Springfield, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 12 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.

William F. Ball Jr.
William F. Ball Jr., 69, of Nashua, died Sept. 20, 1998, at his home.
He was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Sept. 11, 1929, a son of the late Mary (Allen) and William F. Ball Sr.
Mr. Ball had been a resident of Nashua for a year, after living in Amherst for 18 years.
He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova (Pa.) University.
Mr. Ball was employed by Computervision in Manchester for 10 years and had formerly worked at Burroughs Corporation in Pennsylvania and Florida for 25 years.
He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford.
Mr. Ball was as U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and served during the Korean Conflict.
He was predeceased by a son, John E. Ball.
Family members include his wife of 46 years, Barbara C. Ball of Nashua; five daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy A. Ball of West Plains, Mo., Elizabeth J. and Edward Pearce of Seaville, N.J., Virginia L. and Frank Morang of Gray, Maine, Mary J. Ball of Merrimack, Barbara J. and Daniel Waris of Milford; three sons and daughters in-law, William F. and Kathleen Ball of Brunswick, Maine, David K. and Sherrie Ball of Fitchburg, Mass., Walter M. and Terri Ball of Manchester; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are today (Wednesday, Sept. 23) from 7-9 p.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.

J. Harold Schoolcraft
Harold Schoolcraft, 72, of Homestead Circle, Milford, died Sept. 19, l998, at his home.
He was born in Bathurst, N.B., Canada, on Aug. 31, 1926, a son of the late William R. and Celia (Boyle) Schoolcraft.
Mr. Schoolcraft had lived in Milford for eight months, after residing in Carlisle, Mass., for 45 years.
For many years Mr. Schoolcraft owned and operated Schoolcraft Stationery in Bedford, Mass.
He. was a communicant of St. Irene Church, Carlisle, Mass..
Mr Schoolcraft was a World War II veteran having served in the Canadian Army.
Family members include his wife of 48 years, T. Mary (Howard) Schoolcraft of Milford; a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa M. and Geoffrey Thomas of Milford; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael H. and Jan Schoolcraft of Milford, William G. and Susan Schoolcraft of Pennsauken, N.J., Matthew J. Schoolcraft of Milford; four grandchildren, Hillary Leigh Thomas and Paige Elizabeth Thomas, both of Milford, and Rebecca Lynn Schoolcraft and William Andrew Schoolcraft, both of Pennsauken, N.J.; a sister, Lois Dawe of New Glasgow, Quebec; two brothers, William K. Schoolcraft and Robert Good, both of New Brunswick, Canada; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today (Wednesday, Sept. 23) at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will be at 1 p.m. in Green Cemetery, Carlisle, Mass.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Souhegan Nursing Association, 24 North River Road, Milford, 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Vincent J. Prestipino Sr.
Vincent Joseph Prestipino Sr. died peacefully at his home in Frederick, Md., on Sept. 17, 1998.
Mr. Prestipino was born and raised in Milford. He graduated from Boston College and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Marie A. Prestipino; his children, Ginny Westrick, Vincent, Stephen, David, Tony and Nicholas Prestipino; his 11 grandchildren, Stephanie and Regina Westrick, Ashlee, Paige, Dominic, Nicholas, Kerrie, Erica, Christian, Toni and Vincent Nicholas Prestipino; his sister, Mary Littlefield; and his brothers, Charlie and Bart Prestipino.
A funeral service was held Sept. 19 at Pumphrey’s Colonial Funeral Home in Rockville, Md. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the National Cancer Institute, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bldg 31, Rm 11A 1616, Bethesda, MD 20892; or the Frderick County Hospice, PO Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702—0799.

Edward A. Bachtler
Edward A. Bachtler, 75, of Nashua St., Milford, died Sept. 15, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 20, 1923, the son of the late Edward and Pauline (Proeschel) Bachtler.
He graduated from Southside High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., in 1941 and attended the University of Georgia in Athens from 1941 to 1942. From 1942 to 1943, he attended Syracuse University, where he was enrolled in the College of Forestry. He then attended the United States Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School at Columbia, graduating in 1944.
He was a Navy lieutenant during World War II. After the war, he started Bachtler Brothers Office Furniture and Supplies in Rockville Centre, N.Y., which he owned and operated from 1947 to 1973.
He moved to New Hampshire in 1973 and resided in Amherst until 1982, when he moved to Milford.
He worked for Tom Ray Office Supply Company in Manchester and Concord from 1976 until the company closed in the late 1980s. After that, he continued to work part-time in the office supply industry until he retired in 1997.
He was the widower of Jewel (Stireman) Bachtler, who died in 1981. Family members include a son, Douglas Bachtler of Tryon, N.C.; three daughters, Dr. Jewell Harris of Pocotello, Idaho, Cameron Young of Gorham and Elizabeth Downie of Goffstown; seven grandchildren; a brother, William Bachtler of Boca Raton, Fla.; two nephews and two nieces.
A reception and memorial service were held at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire in Manchester. Urn burial was in Meadowview Cemetery in Amherst.
Memorial donations may be made to the AMVETS, 275 Chestnut St., Manchester, NH 03103.

Earl J. Russell
Earl J. Russell Sr., 60, of Merrimack, died Sept. 14, 1998, at Southern N.H. Regional Medical Center, Nashua after a long illness.
He was born in Keene on June 15, 1938, son of Kathleen (Pollard) Russell Harden of Iverness, Fla., and the late Earl B. Russell.
He resided in Hinsdale during his childhood and attended local schools.
Mr. Russell belonged the First Congregational Church in Merrimack, and a long-time member of the board of deacons.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Before his illness, he was employed as a training manager for New York Life Insurance.
In addition to his mother, members of his family include his wife, Sylvia Ann (Howe) Russell; two sons, Earl J. Russell Jr. of Goffstown and Todd Russell of Manchester; two daughters, Dawn Russell of New Orleans, La., and Kelly Kinsella of Milford; five grandsons; two brothers, Paul Russell of Cranbury, N.J., and Elmer Russell of Marietta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Sept. 19 in the First Congregational Church in Merrimack. The Rev. Allen Tomlinson, pastor, officiated. Burial followed in Last Rest Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, PO Box 507, Merrimack, NH 03054.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Shea
Dorothy Shea, 87, a resident of Milford from 1993 to 1996, died Sept. 10, 1998, in Burlington, Mass., after a long illness.
Mrs. Shea was a member of the Milford Woman’s Club and a volunteer for the Wadleigh Memorial Library.
She is survived by her five children, Preston of Wolfeboro, Burke of Nashua, Dorothea of Peterborough, Margaret Taylor of Weston, Mass., and Nancy Tuckerman of Fairview, N.C.; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Massachusetts in October.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liver Center, The Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

Bob E. Salisbury
Memorial services for Bob E. Salisbury, who died July 1, 1998, will be held Friday, Sept. 25, at 2:30 p.m. at the Johnson Corner Cemetery on Purgatory Road, Lyndeborough.
Mr. Salisbury was a long-time employee of Lorden Lumber Company and had lived in Amherst for many years before moving to Oregon in 1994.


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