Miscellaneous Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Obituaries
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|Odile J. Ackerson
Volunteer at VA Medical Center
Odile J. (Desilets) (Mullen) Ackerson, 86, of Manchester, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Villa Crest Retirement Center after a brief illness.
Born in New Bedford, Mass., on Sept. 18, 1915, she was the daughter of Horace and Martha (Grimshaw) Desilets. She graduated from Manchester Central High School and lived most of her life in Manchester.
Mrs. Ackerson worked at New England Telephone Company, Silver Brothers, Manchester Bank and Senak Company for many years.
She was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Cathedral and had volunteered at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester for several years.
The family includes two daughters, Marcia Stone of Manchester, and Cynthia Lamey of Bedford; two stepsons, Robert Ackerson of Bedford, and Elmer R. Ackerson Jr. of Manchester; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; five step-grandchildren; a brother, Albert Desilets of Manchester; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 16 in St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. After cremation, burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bedford.
Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities of New Hampshire Inc., 215 Myrtle St., Manchester, NH 03104.
Lucy M. Anselmi
Daughter lives in Bedford
Lucy (Mele) Anselmi, 92, died Jan. 13, 2002, at a local nursing facility.
Mrs. Anselmi was born in Avellino, Italy, Nov. 15, 1909, the daughter of Salvatore and Madeline (Dimattia) Mele. She had been a resident of Bedford for four years, coming from Wakefield, Mass.
Mrs. Anselmi was predeceased by her husband, Salvatore “Bob” Anselmi on July 30, 1986.
Members of the family include a daughter, Theresa Trott of Bedford; three grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother, Ralph Mele of Winthrop, Mass.; three sisters, Josephine Alessi of Boston, Clara Armato of Massachusetts, Marion Driscoll of Boston; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Jan. 16 in the Goodwin Funeral Home in Manchester. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, in Medford, Mass.
Memorial donations may be made to Covenant House, 346 W. 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 or to the American Diabetes Association, New England Region,. 249 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101.
Louis P. Chasse
Leaves a daughter in Merrimack
Louis P. Chasse, 86, of Somersworth, died at Riverside Rest Home in Dover.
Born in Somersworth, he was the son of Narcisse and Aurore (Cliche) Chasse, and the widower of A. Rita (McKee) Chasse.
Mr. Chasse was the owner of Chasse’s Service Station in Somersworth. He also worked for many years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard until his retirement.
He was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Somersworth, a lifetime member and former district governor of the Lions Club and a lifetime member of the American Legion.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Yvette Grimes.
Family members include a daughter, Judy Brewster of Merrimack; a son, Mike Chasse of Farmington; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by National Cremation Service.
Kathleen F. Cutliff
Member of Rebekahs in Bristol
Kathleen F. (Burnham) Cutliff, 88, of Penacook, died Jan. 9, 2002, at Harris Hill Center in Concord after a brief illness.
Mrs. Cutliff was born May 8, 1913, in Nashua, daughter of the late Frank A. and Catherine (Madden) Burnham. She lived for many years in Everett, Mass., and retired with her husband in 1975 to Newfound Lake in Bristol.
She was the wife of William A. Cutliff, to whom she had been married for 64 years.
Mrs. Cutliff was a member of the Rebekahs in Bristol.
She had been a member of the First Congregational Church of Everett, Mass.
Mrs. Cutliff was predeceased by two brothers, Lester Burnham and Roy Burnham, both of Nashua; and two sisters, Nora Williamson of Melrose, Mass., and Mildred Dachos of Nashua.
Besides her husband, survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Debra and Paul Waitt of Londonderry, and Martha McCarthy of Merrimack; four grandchildren, Cheryl McCarthy of Portland, Ore., Karen Soule of Plymouth, Mass., and Rebecca and Adam Waitt of Londonderry; and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Thomas of Plymouth, Mass.
Services will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Disease, Grand Central Station, PO box 4777, New York, NY 10163.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire in Manchester is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond N. Demanche
Loved vacations at Disney World, bowling, cribbage
Raymond N. Demanche, 72, of Hudson, died Jan. 13, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Demanche was born Oct. 8, 1929, in Nashua, son of the late Joseph Demanche and Maryann (Lagasse) Demanche Pelletier.
He was educated at the former St. Francis Xavier School in Nashua.
He resided in Nashua for a number of years, and then lived in Litchfield for 15 years before moving to Hudson in 1998.
He was the husband of Margaret Y. (Dube) Searles Demanche of Hudson, to whom he had been married for 19 years.
Mr. Demanche worked at Nashua Foundries Inc. for a time and then at the former Merrimack Wayside Furniture store as a delivery man. He later worked in shipping and receiving at the former Continental Homes in Nashua.
He was a member of the former Garde Rochambeau and the Loyal Order of Moose, both in Nashua. He loved vacations with his family at Disney World in Florida, and he enjoyed bowling and cribbage.
Mr. Demanche served in the New Hampshire National Guard for 12 years.
Mr. Demanche was predeceased by a brother, Robert Demanche; and a stepson, Charles E. Searles.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Keith D. and Donna Demanche of Merrimack; a daughter, Laurie Ann Demanche of Hudson; a stepson, Timothy J. Searles of Boca Raton, Fla.; two grandchildren, Danielle L. and Angela M. Demanche; a sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Roger L’Hussier of Nashua; his mother-in-law, Jeannette Dube of Nashua; five sisters-in-law, Cecile Demanche, Theresa Maheu, Natalie Gendron, Nancy Bathalon, and Frances Doucette and her husband, Donald, all of Nashua; three brothers-in-law and their wives, Daniel and Sally Dube of Hudson, Leonard and Jackie Dube of Franklin, and Gerard and Margaret Dube of Merrimack; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Jean Stanton Duffy
Real estate title examiner and avid Yankees fan
Jean Stanton Duffy, 79, died Jan. 9, 2002, at New London Hospital.
Born June 11, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of James Stanton Sr., and Florence (Vickery) Stanton.
Mrs. Duffy graduated from Youngstown College. A former teacher, she moved to New York state upon her marriage to the late Thomas S. Duffy.
Mrs. Duffy was a former resident of White Plains, Waccabuc, and Cold Spring, N.Y.
After raising her family, she started a second career in 1981 working with her husband as a real estate title examiner. Retiring in June 2000, she relocated to New Hampshire.
She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, the New York Yankees, playing cards, but most important, her family.
The family includes three daughters, Patricia Decoteau of Manchester, Susanne Greenbaum of New London, and Megan Duffy Knight of Danbury, Conn.; four sons, Thomas Duffy Jr. of Portsmouth, Richard Duffy of Bedford, John Duffy of Hawthorne, N.Y., and Brendan Duffy of Bedford; a sister, Wilda Martin of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; two nieces; a nephew; 10 grandchildren.
Donations may be made to a children’s charity of one’s choice. Services will be in New York.
Worked at North Country Aggregates, Barlow Wood
Roy “Pa” Ellis, 83, of Forest Road, Wilton, died Jan. 5, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness.
Mr. Ellis was born Sept. 16, 1918, in Keene, son of the late Burt and Mary (Kingsbury) Ellis. He had lived in Wilton for many years after moving from Pepperell, Mass.
He was the husband of Madge “Ma” (Hastings) Ellis of Wilton, to whom he had been married for 52 years.
Mr. Ellis had been employed by Shattuck Farms in Pepperell for several years. After moving to Wilton, he was employed by the North Country Aggregates quartz quarry of Lyndeborough for many years and later by Barlow Wood Products in Milford, as a machine operator for more than 10 years.
He was predeceased by a son, Roy H. Ellis Jr., who died in 1971.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Wayne L. Ellis of Nashua; a daughter, Donna Walker of Swanzey; a sister, Rena Mackey of Keene; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
The Nelson Funeral Home in Wilton is in charge of arrangements.
Olive A. Foley
Raised her family in Manchester
Olive Ann (Sullivan) Foley, 73, of York, Maine, died Jan. 8, 2002, at York Hospital.
She was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Manchester, daughter of George and Alice (Fountaine) Sullivan, and graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1946.
Prior to being a homemaker, she was employed as a clerk in the city treasurer’s office.
She and her husband chose Manchester to raise their family of five children. They had relocated to York 12 years ago for their retirement years. In November, they celebrated 49 years of loving, dedicated marriage.
She was active in the Pagets Foundation and was a volunteer at York Hospital. She enjoyed reading and painting with watercolors.
Family members include her husband, Donald M. Foley of York; four sons, Michael Foley of South Berwick, Donald Foley of Manchester, Shaun Foley of Merrimack, and Kevin Foley of Mont Vernon; a daughter, Mary (Foley) Masse of York; two sisters, Margaret (Sullivan) Parodi of Auburn, and Teresa (Sullivan) Donati of Goffstown; and 13 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was be celebrated Jan. 12 in St. Christopher Church, York Street, York, Maine.
Memorial donations may be made to the Paget Foundation, 120 Wall Street, 1602, New York, NY 10005; or to the Adult Day Program (VNS) of Portsmouth, NH.
The Lucas and Eaton Funeral Home, York, Maine, was in charge of arrangements.
Aaron A. Johnson
Taught English as a Second Language
Aaron Andrew Johnson, 26, of Pepperell Road, Hollis, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Johnson was born Aug. 1, 1975, in Springfield, Ill., son of David O. and Pamela A. (Blocksom) Johnson of Hollis. A resident of Hollis for the past seven years, he had previously lived in Bow and before that in Pennsylvania.
He taught in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Providence, R.I. As a member of Americorps, he had taught English in the inner-city schools of Seattle.
Mr. Johnson enjoyed playing lacrosse, photography and writing, especially poetry.
He was a graduate of Concord High School and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Wheaton College.
Besides his parents, survivors include three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sara and Ted Cochin of Arlington, Va., Amy and Rex Muston of Keokuk, Iowa, and Ellen and Andrew Oh of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a niece, Jacqueline Oh of Brooklyn; and a nephew, Connor Muston of Keokuk.
A funeral service was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua on Jan. 12, with the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Odierna, officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Access Unit at Southern N.H. Medical Center, PO Box 2014, Nashua, NH 03061.
The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua was in charge of arrangements.
David L. Kiesling
Attended Milford school and had lived in Lyndeborough
David L. Kiesling, 59, of Tewksbury, Mass., died Jan. 12, 2002, in Tewksbury State Hospital.
He was born in Milford, on Nov. 18, 1942, a son of the late Chester L. and Doris (Wazel) Kiesling.
Mr. Kiesling had been a resident of Tewksbury for the past nine years and had formerly resided in Lyndeborough for several years, and Nashua for many years.
He attended Milford schools.
Mr. Kiesling had been employed as a machinist for Barrett & Gould Machine Company in Nashua for many years.
He was predeceased by a sister, Susan Karnis of Lyndeborough.
Family members include a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Lisa Kiesling of Nashua; a grandchild, Michael Smith of Nashua; two great-grandchildren, Hannah Smith and Sierra Smith, both of Nashua; a brother, Jon Kiesling of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Ann Keys and Judy Mannon, both of Arkansas.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford.
Therese S. Larose
Lifelong resident of Nashua
Therese Simone (Noel) Larose, 80, of Nashua, died Jan. 16, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.
Mrs. Larose was born April 17, 1921, in Nashua, daughter of the late Emery and Rose (Belanger) Noel. She was a lifelong resident of Nashua.
She was the wife of Arthur L. Larose, to whom she had been married for 56 years. Also, she was the widow of Norman Levesque.
Mrs. Larose had been employed for several years in the corporate dining room at Sanders Associates and as a cashier at the Modern Restaurant. Also, she worked as a gift wrapper for Miller’s Department Store during the holidays.
She was a communicant at Infant Jesus Church in Nashua.
Mrs. Larose attended local schools, graduating from Nashua High School.
She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Noel; and a sister, Edna Bergeron.
Besides her husband, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gerard and Barbara Larose of Hollis; two daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Ronald Cunha of Pittsburg, and Donna and Robert Cormier of Hollis; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Cunha, Kristi Cunha, Emily Cunha, Tim Cunha, Dana Larose, Eric Larose, Alyssa Larose, Todd Cormier and Brian Cormier; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Normand and Myrtle Noel of Hooksett, Richard and Katherine Noel of Nashua, Conrad and Dolores Noel of La Miranda, Calif., and Roland and Lois Noel of Camdenton, Mo.; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Lorraine and George Provencher of Nashua, Sister Camille Noel of the Grey Nuns in Lexington, Mass., Gabrielle and Gerald Kendall of Nashua, Yve and Joseph Hines of Merrimack, and Priscilla and Edward Lahoullier of Hollis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Jane S. Leibig
Employed by Paralyzed Veterans Association in Wilton
Jane S. Leibig, 55, of Bedford, died Jan. 10, 2002, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.
Mrs. Leibig was born in Pottsville, Pa., on Dec. 11, 1946, the daughter of Gerald and Kathleen (Deifenderfer) Swoyer.
She attended Davis and Elkins College in Elkin, W. Va., and graduated from McCanna Business School in Reading, Pa.
Mrs. Leibig was employed by the Paralyzed Veterans Association of Wilton.
She was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Manchester.
Family members include her husband, Bruce E. Leibig; a daughter, Jennifer C. Leibig, and a son, Brian A. Leibig, both of Bedford; her mother, Kathleen Sawyer of Reading, Pa.; two brothers, Gerald Swoyer of Bernville, Pa., and John Swoyer of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Ann Clark of Beverly, N.J.; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
The funeral service was held Jan. 15 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Manchester, with the Rev. Donald Blume, officiating. Burial will at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Auburn, Pa.
Memorial donations may be made to either a local S.P.C.A. or the American Cancer Society, 360 Route 101, Unit 8, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
The Cain & Janosz Funeral Home, 74 Brook St., was in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine R. Lill
Co-owner of three Milford businesses
Lorraine R. (Boudreau) Lill, 54, of Nashua, died Jan. 6, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center after an unexpected illness.
Mrs. Lill was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Hopkinton, Mass., daughter of the late Lawrence and Mary (Sheridan) Boudreau.
She had been employed at the Middlesex Courthouse in Framingham, Mass., and the former Digital Equipment Corp. of Nashua as an administrator.
Mrs. Lill was co-owner of R&L Equipment, Barry Construction and Milford Framing, all in Milford.
She was a communicant of St. John Neumann Church in south Merrimack.
Mrs. Lill was a 1965 graduate of Hopkinton Junior-Senior High School.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Ramona Lill of West Townsend, Mass.; a daughter, Christine Levesque-Cristenzio of Weeki-Wackee, Fla.; two grandsons, Michael and Brody Levesque; a granddaughter, Rebecca Lill; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary McCormack of Hopkinton, Mass., and Judith and Marvin “Mike” Hardy of Nashua, with whom she lived; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Jan. 9 in St. John Neumann Church, Merrimack. Deacon Richard Cloutier was officiant. Following cremation, burial will be in St. John Cemetery in Hopkinton, Mass., in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford R., Route 101A, Merrimack, NH 03054.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is in charge of arrangements.
Rudy L. Lortie
Proprietor of Bob’s Barber Shop in Merrimack
Rudy L. Lortie, 62, of Manchester, died Jan. 5, 2002, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born in Manchester, on April 7, 1939, the son of Arthur A. and Bertha M. (Donovan) Lortie. He was educated in the local school system.
He was a veteran of the US Navy.
He had been a proprietor of Bob’s Barber Shop in Merrimack, for many years.
Mr. Lortie was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post 98 in Merrimack. In his spare time, he enjoyed doing small engine repair.
He was predeceased by his son, Scott Lortie.
Members of his family include his mother of Manchester; three daughters, Sherri Rasetta of Norton, Mass., Kim Brown of Rocky Point, N.C., and Shena Gannino of Hudson; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Russell Lortie of Merrimack and Ronald Lortie of Hooksett; a sister, Lorraine Case of Rehoboth, Mass.; several nephews, nieces and cousins.
A memorial reception will be held in McHugh Funeral Home, 483 Beech St., corner of Hanover Street, Manchester, on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home. Spring burial will be in Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack.
Donations may be made to the VA Medical Center, 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03104.
John B. May
Program director at BAE Systems
John B. May, 54, of Castleton Court, Merrimack, died Jan. 13, 2002, at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Mr. May was born Feb. 19, 1947, in Schenectady, N.Y., son of Virginia M. (Kinney) May of Mansfield, Mass., and the late John P. May. He lived in Liverpool, N.Y., before moving to Merrimack five years ago.
He was the husband of Judith R. May of Merrimack.
Mr. May was employed at BAE Systems as a program director. Before that he had worked for General Electric and Lockheed Martin in New York.
He was involved in Scouting while living in New York. He was active with Cub Scout Pack 209 and was an assistant troop leader for troops 209 and 139. He was also an avid ham radio operator, with the call name KF2TW.
Besides his wife, survivors include four sons and a daughter-in-law, John F. and Beth May of Great Barrington, Mass., Bruce D. May of Liverpool, N.Y., Peter T. May and Robert J. May, both of Merrimack; a brother and sister-in-law, Peter J. and Patricia May of Issaquah, Wash.; a sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Robert Dunderdale of Marshfield, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 17 in Our Lady of Mercy Church, in Merrimack.
Memorial contributions may be made to C.A.S.A., PO Box 1327, Manchester, NH 03105-1327.
The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack, was in charge of arrangements.
Ross B. McKinley
Machinist for Ingersoll-Rand for 40 years
Ross B. McKinley, 81, of Rose Haven, Jennifer Drive, Merrimack, a former longtime resident of Nashua, died Jan. 15, 2002, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.
Mr. McKinley was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Bristol, one of 10 children of Ralph and Grace (Sanborn) McKinley. A resident of Merrimack for the past three years, he had previously lived on Elm Street for more than 40 years.
He was the widower of Mary A. (Burns) McKinley, who died April 10, 1996.
Before his retirement in January 1980, Mr. McKinley had been a machinist for Ingersoll-Rand and the former IMPCO for 40 years.
During the late 1930s, he had been a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and was assigned to work at Bear Brook State Park.
Mr. McKinley enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf and stock car racing.
He had been a communicant of St. Patrick Parish in Nashua.
Mr. McKinley was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include six sons and three daughters-in-law, Ronald R. McKinley, Gerald R. and Sandra McKinley, William P. and Sylvia McKinley, Thomas E. McKinley, David M. and Sandra McKinley, and Richard A. McKinley, all of Nashua; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen M. and Dennis Laine of Nashua; a brother and sister-in-law, Creighton and Grace MacKinley of Nashua; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Isabelle and Joseph Skirkey of Nashua, Alice and Buddy Rather and Katherine and Ira Lovett, all of Mississippi; a sister-in-law, Simone Marshall of Nashua; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua, is in charge of arrangements.
Member of the Genealogy Society
Ricki Monaghan, 71, of Monroe, Mich., died Jan. 6, 2002, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua, where she had resided since November.
Mrs. Monaghan was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late Gerald F. and Mary (Ryan) Finn.
She was the widow of J. Dean Monaghan, who died Oct. 6, 1988. They were married May 17, 1952, in Kankakee, Ill.
Mrs. Monaghan was a homemaker, and a member of the Genealogy Society and of St. John Catholic Church in Monroe, Mich.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Krisna and Tom Koenig of Merrimack; four grandchildren, Sharon, Mark, Patrick and Nicholas Koenig, all of Merrimack; a brother and sister-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” and Helen Finn of Columbus, Ohio; and a niece, Margaret Maureen Finn-O’Brien and her husband, Carl, of Columbus.
A mass was held Jan. 11 at St. John Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
The Allore Funeral Home in Monroe, Mich., was in charge of arrangements.
Adeline M. Richardson
Formerly of Manchester; leaves daughter in Bedford
Adeline M. Richardson, 93, of Largo, Fla., and formerly of Manchester, died Jan. 11, 2002, at Sabal Palm Health Care Center, Largo, Fla.
She was born in Quebec on April 9, 1908, the daughter of Eugene and Louisa (Tremblay) Levesque.
She lived in Manchester until 1968, when she moved to Florida.
Family members include her daughter, Janet Beliveau of Bedford; a brother, Maurice Levesque of Manchester; two sisters, Cecile Nichols of Massachusetts and Simone O’Rourke of Manchester; several nieces and nephews.
Interment will be in Garden Sanctuary in Seminole, Fla. A memorial service will be at a later date.
Robert A. Riedel
Resident of Brookline for more than 40 years
Robert A. Riedel, 87, of Oak Hill Road, Brookline, died Jan. 13, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
Mr. Riedel was born Feb. 16, 1914, in Theresa, Wis., son of the late Adolph R. and Anna (Bartelt) Riedel. He had been a resident of Brookline for more than 40 years.
He was the widower of Mary (Sammis) Riedel, who died in September 2000.
Mr. Riedel was an electronic repair technician and had worked for the Philco Co. for more than 20 years. He retired from Fort Devens in Ayer, Mass., in 1980.
He was a member of the Senior Center in Brookline. He enjoyed reading the Bible and quoting Scripture. Also, he was very innovative in repairing anything mechanical or electronic.
Mr. Riedel was an Army Signal Corps veteran, having served during World War II and the Korean conflict.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert C. Riedel of Brookline, and John S. Riedel and Ida H. Schmulowitz of Providence, R.I.; a brother, George Riedel of Brookfield, Wis.; a sister, Rosalie Himes of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Jan. 16 in The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to Brookline Ambulance Association, PO Box 360, Brookline, NH 03033.
Frederic Shackley II
Received many medals for service in World War II
Frederic Shackley, II, 81, resident of Arlington Heights, Ill., died Dec. 31, 2001, at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights.
He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 10, 1920, son of the late Frederic W. and Cecelia V. (Doyle) Shackley.
Mr. Shackley had been a resident of Arlington Heights, Ill., for 40 years.
He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, class of 1942, and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity.
Mr. Shackley had been employed as a meteorologist for United Airlines for 33 years.
He was a member of Vintage Chevrolet Car Club in Illinois.
In addition, Mr. Shackley was a longtime member of Evangelical Free Church.
Mr. Shackley was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served in World War II. He was a captain in the US Air Force and was a navigator with the 452nd Bomber Group. He flew bombing missions over Germany and was a recipient of many medals, including the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
Family members include his wife, Kathrine (Robbins) Shackley of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and a daughter, Carol S. Watson of Milford.
A memorial service will be held in Illinois. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford, at a later date.
The Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
Alvin W. Shutzer
WWII U.S. Navy veteran
Alvin W. Shutzer, 83, of New London, died Jan. 6, 2002, at the Clough Center in New London after a lengthy illness.
He was the husband of Phyllis (Simons) Shutzer.
Born in Boston, Mass., he graduated from Boston Latin, Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
He lived in New London for 14 years, formerly living in Swampscott, Mass., for more than 25 years.
He served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was the president of William Barry, a men’s clothing manufacturing company in Lawrence, Mass.
He is predeceased by three sisters, Ethel Kennedy, Bernice Glassman and Sydney Shutzer.
He was a member of the Masonic Order, the Kernwood Country Club in Salem, and the Lake Sunapee Country Club in New Hampshire. He was also a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, Mass.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Shutzer leaves a son, Kenneth B. Shutzer of Swampscott; a daughter, Jeanne Shutzer Rosenblatt of Amherst; a sister, Shirley Fanger Glass of Providence, R.I.; a brother, Lawrence Shutzer of Swampscott; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 8 at Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead, Mass. Burial was in the Temple Emanu-El Memorial Park, Danvers, Mass.
Rebecca Berry Stephan
Traveler, active in churches
Rebecca Berry Stephan, 94, of Nashua, died Jan. 15, 2002, at her home.
Mrs. Stephan was born April 30, 1907, in Birmingham, Ala., daughter of the late Dr. William Thompson Berry and Rebecca (Cecil) Berry. A resident of Nashua since 1995, she had previously resided in Birmingham, Washington, D.C., San Marino, Calif., and London.
Mrs. Stephan was a past president of the San Marino Women’s Club, a member of the Pasadena Chapter of P-E-O and past president of the Christian Business Women’s Association of Pasadena, Calif. While residing in London, Mrs. Stephan was a member of the American Women’s Club and was active in local churches. She also was a past president of the Garden Club of Birmingham, Ala.
She and her husband traveled extensively throughout the world. She enjoyed painting china and held membership in the China Painters Association.
While in California, Mrs. Stephan was a member of The Lake Avenue Congregational Church in, where she was past president of the Women of The Church group and taught Sunday school. She also held membership in the South Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala.
Educated in Alabama, she was a graduate of Lola Compton Seminary and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Howard College in Birmingham.
Mrs. Stephan was predeceased by a daughter, Rebecca Louise Stephan, who died in 1946.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Dean E. Jr. and Dawn Stephan of San Marino, Calif., and Dr. William C. and Sharon Stephan of Hollis; a daughter and son-in-law, Martha Jean and Jerry Howell of Williamsburg, Va.; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Ray Stephan and Shelby Elizabeth Stephan of Hollis; Dean E. Stephan III of Orinda, Calif., Angela Stephan Thompson of Newport Beach, Calif., Melissa Howell Ogren of St. Paul, Minn., Rebecca Howell Bates of Grand Prairie, Texas and Evan Howell of Atlanta; six great-grandchildren, Erica Stephan, Evan and Mark Thompson, Jacob Ogren and Morgan and Jordan Bates; a brother, Gordon C. Berry of Atlanta; two sisters-in-law, (Mrs. James) Marjorie Berry and (Mrs. Robert) Ann Lloyd Berry both of Alabama; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held in The First Church, U.C.C., One Concord Street, Nashua, today (Friday, Jan. 18), at 11 a.m. The Rev. James S. Chaloner, Senior Minister, will officiate. Burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend.
Memorial donations may be made to the Partners International Missions, 1313 North Atlantic St., Suite 4000, Spokane, WA 99201 or to Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Greater New Hampshire Chapter, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
The Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Stephen Douglas Summers
Stephen Douglas Summers, 32, of Hudson, died Jan. 12.
A funeral service will be held in the Milford United Methodist Church, 20 Mont Vernon St., Milford, today (Wednesday, Jan. 16), at 11 a.m. All are invited to attend and may meet at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson, at 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua.
Memorial donations may be made to Madison & Haley Summers, 25 Adams Dr., Hudson, NH 03051.
The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements. To send an online message of condolence, get directions, or for more information, go to http://web.archive.org/web/20020328083939/http://www.dumontsullivan.com/.
Joseph L. Swiezynski
‘Joe The Barber’ clipped Milford for 55 years
Joseph L. Swiezynski, 80, of Milford, died Jan. 14, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, after a brief illness.
Mr. Swiezynski was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Exeter, son of the late Benjamin and Helena (Pinkowski) Swiezynski. He had been a resident of Milford for more than 55 years, previously residing in Nashua and Exeter.
He was the husband of Margaret N. (Robinson) Swiezynski, of North and South Carolina, to whom he had been married for 55 years and who predeceased Mr. Swiezynski on Feb. 11, 2000.
Mr. Swiezynski owned and operated Joe’s Barbershop in the Milford Oval where family, friends and national and area political candidates were welcomed for more than 50 years.
Mr. Swiezynski was a decorated U.S. Naval veteran of World War II, having survived four invasions in the European Theater as a member of the LCI Flotilla Division. Mr. Swiezynski was president and vice president of the U.S. National Board of Barber Examiners and served as a board member for New Hampshire Barbering and Cosmetology for 26 years, distinguishing himself as the longest ranking board member in the United States. He served many national and area Republican political candidates as a chair or member of the New Hampshire State Republican Committee and the Hillsborough County Republican Committee.
Mr. Swiezynski was charter president of the Milford Lions Club, life member of Milford VFW Post 4368, member of the American Legion, Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus and was instrumental in the formation of the Milford Parks and Recreation Department and the development of the Keyes Field recreation complex. Mr. Swiezynski coached semi-pro and local baseball for 27 years and though recruited, declined a coaching position with the New York Yankee franchise.
Mr. Swiezynski was a 1939 graduate of Exeter High School, a 1941 graduate of Haverhill Trade School and graduated from Boston Barber School.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph L. Swiezynski II of Amherst, Michael H. Swiezynski of Goffstown; a daughter, Darlene M. Goodin of Lancaster; and a brother, Benjamin F. Swiezynski of Exeter.
He also leaves six grandchildren, Beverly D. Swiezynski of Milford; Patrick S. Deware of Haverhill, Mass.; Matthew M. Swiezynski of San Francisco, Calif.; Eleanor W. Swiezynski of Manchester; Michael J. Goodin and Trevor 0. Goodin of Lancaster; a great-grandchild; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are Sunday, Jan. 20, from 2-8 p.m., in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m., in St. John Neumann Church, Route 101A, 708 Milford Road, (intersection of Pennichuck Square and next to P.C. Connection), Merrimack. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Milford Parks and Recreation Department, c/o Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square, Milford, NH 03055.
Duncan F. Tinker
Retired from Houck and Hall in Amherst
Duncan Forbes Tinker, 72, of Weare, died Jan. 6, 2002, at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown.
Mr. Tinker was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Nashua, son of the late Herbert T. and Lyler (Forbes) Tinker. A resident of Weare since November 1997, he had previously lived in Nashua.
He was the widower of Judith A. (Robie) Tinker, who died Feb. 10, 1998.
He was educated in Nashua and graduated in the upper quarter of the Nashua High School class of 1947. He then attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham for two years, prior to his military service.
Mr. Tinker was the executive vice president of the former Nashua Savings Service Corp., a subsidiary of Nashua Federal Savings and Loan Association, for 20 years, retiring in 1982. Also, he was the chief appraiser for the former Nashua Federal Savings and Loan Association, and trained numerous appraisers at the Realty Institute and the American Savings and Loan Institute. At one time he was the office manager at the Dowd Insurance Agency.
After leaving Nashua Savings in 1982, he was employed by H.J. Stabile and Co. for several years and was then realtor/sales agent for Houck and Hall in Amherst and Frazier Realty in Nashua until his retirement in 1992. He was also credit manager at Heat Inc. in Hudson for a brief period.
Mr. Tinker was a member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He was an associate member of the Nashua Homebuilders Association and became vice president of associates. Also, he was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Nashua West and, at one time, served as secretary.
He was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean conflict, and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria, for most of his military service.
While living in Nashua, Mr. Tinker had been a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church. At one time he had been an adviser to the Methodist Youth Fellowship.
Survivors include a son, Jeffrey S. Tinker and his friend Kathy Obed of Weare; his mother-in-law, Florence (Snow) Robie of Nashua; a sister, Patricia Russell of Hudson; two brothers-in-law, Everett W. Robie of Nashua and Richard D. Robie of North Abington, Mass.; a nephew, John M. Glines of Goffstown; two nieces, Mary Jane (Glines) Gagnon of Hudson and Donna Russell of Milford; and numerous cousins.
The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.
Guy G. Toupin Sr.
Worked at Digital Equipment Corp.
Guy G. “Frenchie” Toupin Sr., 47, of Dalton, a former Nashua resident, died unexpectedly Jan. 7, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Toupin was born April 16, 1954, in Drummondville, Quebec, son of the late Maurice and Theresa (Hevey) Toupin.
He was the loving husband of Cynthia (McLavey)(Kulesza) Toupin.
Before moving to Dalton, Mr. Toupin was employed by Digital Equipment Corp. at several plants in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
He was an avid racing fan and loved the outdoors.
Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Derek Burns of Goshen and Guy G. Toupin Jr. of Sandown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen and Robert Richardson of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Kelly Toupin of Nashua; four grandchildren, Danissa Devardier of Milford, Jayda Burns of Goshen, Caine Toupin of Sandown and Brandon Richardson of Tyngsborough; a stepson, Joshua Desrosiers of Lowell, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Angela Desrosiers of Lowell; four step-grandchildren, Michael Edward Giardina II, Zachary Giardina, Jacob Desrosiers and Melanie Desrosiers, all of Lowell; a sister, Ginette Lawrence of Litchfield; a brother, Jean Toupin of Washington; his beloved dogs, Saralee and Maxwell; and several nieces and nephews.
The O’Donnell Funeral Home in Lowell, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.
Shawna M. Viglione
She was a sophomore at Goffstown High School. During her middle school years, she served as the manager of the girls’ basketball team at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to music.
In addition to her mother, family members include her stepfather, Thomas Thorgerson of New Boston; a sister, Meaghan Thorgerson of New Boston; maternal grandmother, Joan (Brady) Viglione of New Boston; paternal grandparents, Norman and Pauline Longval of Bedford; maternal great-grandmother, Janet Brady of Manchester; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 15, in Blessed Sacrament Church, Manchester. Burial was in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 66 Hanover St., Manchester; or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.
The Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.
Mabel P. Weeks
Mabel P. Weeks, 105, of Russell Street, Wilton, died at Harborside Crestwood in Milford on Jan. 9, 2002.
Born in Manchester on Sept. 19, 1896, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Flora (Bissonette) Parker.
She was educated in the Peterborough School system, and had been employed by the American Guernsey Cattle Club of Peterborough for many years and later by Derby’s Department Store in Peterborough, until her retirement in 1976.
She was a member and Past Noble Grand of Peterborough Rebekah Lodge No. 5, the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary of Keene, and a member of the Peterborough Senior Citizens before moving to Wilton in 1996.
She was an avid flower gardener and received many compliments about her flowers.
She was predeceased by a husband, Karl H. Weeks in 1960; a daughter, Evelyn K. Edwards in 1959; a grandson, Sean M. McGrath in 1982; and a son-in-law, Milan H. McGrath in 1999.
Members of her family include her daughter, Violet K. McGrath of Wilton; a sister, Mrs. Mildred P. LaFlamme of Jaffrey; five grandchildren, Shaun McGrath of Clearwater, Fla., Shane McGrath of Wilton, Geraldine McQuade of Washington, Linda Foster of Wilton and Claire Berwick of Milford; six great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Harborside Crestwood Activities Dept., c/o Nancy Farmer, 40 Crosby St., MIIIord, NH 03055.
The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, is in charge of arrangements.
Stanley C. Witham
Formerly of Milford
Stanley C. Witham, 86, of Fitchburg, Mass., formerly of Milford, died Jan. 10, 2002, at UMass Memorial Health Alliance in Leominster, Mass., after a brief illness.
Mr. Witham was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Montpelier, Vt., son of the late Ralph and Hattie (Schettle) Witham.
He was the widower of Anna (Kelly) Witham, who died in 1973.
Mr. Witham retired from Hampshire Manufacturing after 10 years of service in the maintenance department.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Lillian Witham.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara McGrath of Londonderry and Cheryl Munroe of Milford; one brother, Philip Witham of Travelers Rest, S.C.; two sisters, Alva Minor of Leominster, Mass., and Norma Amdsen of Bristol, Conn.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial reception was held Jan. 14 at the Cremation Society of N.H., affilate of Phaneuf Funeral Home in Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10 Ferry St., Concord, NH 03301.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire was in charge of arrangements.