Miscellaneous Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Obituaries

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Viola G. Anderson
Member of Bedford Presbyterian Ladies Social Circle

Viola G. Anderson, 93, of Bedford and also of Englewood, Fla., died Jan. 25, 2002, at Englewood Community Hospital, Englewood, Fla.

Mrs. Anderson was born Jan. 9, 2002, in Lowell, Mass., to John and Anna Zankowski.

She was a loving wife and mother, as well as a self-employed seamstress. She and her husband had been wintering in Englewood for more than 22 years.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Social Circle.

The family includes her husband of 58 years, Murray K. Anderson of Bedford, and Englewood; a daughter, Judith Long of Englewood; a son, Laurence Anderson of Rutland, Vt.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel, with the Rev. Jennifer L. Turick, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church, officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in New Hampshire.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Hampshire Chapter, 10 Ferry St., Concord, NH 03301.

Leona M. Audette
Member of Split Feather Indian Council
Leona M. Audette, 82, of Pittsfield, Mass., died Jan. 27, 2002, at Berkshire Medical Center.

Mrs. Audette was born May 19, 1919, in Pittsfield, daughter of the late Joseph and Irene Packard Levitre.

She was the widow of Clarence C. Audette, to whom she had been married since 1945. He died June 3, 1968.

Mrs. Audette was employed as a graphic artist at the former Eaton Paper Co. in Pittsfield and later as a practical nurse at Hillcrest Hospital until her retirement.

She was a member of the Split Feather Indian Council. Known as “Red Sky,” she was a faithful attendant at the Pow-Wows in Charlemont, Mass. In the summer of 2000, a special ceremony was held in her honor by the Split Feather Council.

Mrs. Audette was a graduate of Pittsfield High School.

She was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Levitre of Cohoes, N.Y., who died in February 2001.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gordon C. Taylor of Pittsfield, and David C. and Rosemary Audette of Merrimack; a sister, Julia M. Brown of Pittsfield; and several nieces and nephews.

The Dery Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.

Lee R. Crenshaw
Navy veteran of World War II
Lee R. Crenshaw, 78, of Concord, died Jan. 28, 2002, at Concord Hospital after a long illness.

He was born in Lanett, Ala., on Aug. 20, 1923, son of the late Frank and Carry (Moore) Crenshaw.

Before retirement, he was employed in building maintenance by the city of MaIden, Mass.

Mr. Crenshaw was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II on the Mont. Vernon.

He had been a resident of Malden, Mass., for more than 45 years before moving to Turkey Hill Road, Merrimack, in 1990. Mr. Crenshaw has resided in Concord for the past two years.

He was a former member of the Merrimack Senior Citizens.

Members of his family include his wife of 55 years, Jessie J. (Sawyer) Crenshaw of Concord; four sons, William Crenshaw of Merrimack, James Crenshaw of Everett, Mass., Richard Crenshaw of Derry, and Paul Crenshaw of Marksville, La.; a daughter, Linda DeLorey of Dracut, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Ted Crenshaw of Lanett, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Jan. 31 in the George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack with the Rev. William Balson, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 249 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101.

Joseph Crowley
Enjoyed square dancing and stamp collecting
Joseph Daniel Crowley, 82, of Milford, formerly of Braintree and Norwell, died Jan. 20, 2002, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

He was born in Canton, Mass., and was a New Hampshire resident for the past 20 years.

He received his education at Canton High School and at Wentworth Institute in Boston.

He was an overseas Army veteran of World War II, having serviced in Tunisia, Sicily, Naples and Ryukus. He received the American Defense Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon.

He was the retired vice president of the Chapman Waterproofing Company of Dorchester, and was associated with that firm for many years.

He enjoyed square dancing and stamp collecting. He was also a member of the Brick Layers Union.

H is survived by his wife, Nancy (Packard) Crowley; two sons, Douglas Joseph Crowley of Longmont, Colo., and Dean Allan Crowley of Albany, N.Y.; a daughter, Donna Lynne Moulder of Uxbridge, Mass.; and 12 grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, Jan. 31, from 4-8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at the Mortimer N. Peck - Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington St., Braintree, Mass., on Friday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Assn., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to the Square Dance Foundation of New England, c/o Mr. and Mrs. Mel Dixon, 238 Woburn St., Reading, MA 01867.

Cynthia Daigle
Employee of Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center
Cynthia “Cindy” Daigle, 45, of Manchester, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at her home.

Ms. Daigle was born Jan. 22, 1956, in Lowell, Mass., daughter of Bernadette (Sousa) Daigle of Merrimack and the late Arthur Daigle. She had been a resident of Manchester for many years.

She worked a number of years with special needs children for the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield.

Ms, Daigle loved camping, fishing, gardening, and arts and crafts.

She was a graduate of Gorham High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Keene State College, and she attended the Course of Miracles directed by Dr. Ken Fiery.

Besides her mother, survivors include three brothers, Stephen Daigle of Lewiston, Maine, Douglas Daigle of Merrimack and Joseph Daigle of Hooksett; three sisters, Annmarie Daigle of Manchester, Sandra Norman of Allenstown and Pamela Sanford of Palo Alto, Calif.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial reception and service was held Jan. 26 at the Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium Chapel, Manchester.

Memorial donations may be made to the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, Greenfield, NH 03047. 
Jean S. Darling
Deaconess of Mont Vernon Congregational Church
Jean S. Darling, 90, of Nashua, died Jan. 21, 2002, at her home.

Mrs. Darling was born Nov. 28, 1911, in Chicopee Falls, Mass., daughter of the late Frank and Aimee (Vinton) Savage. She had been a resident of Nashua for the past two years, formerly residing in Mont Vernon for almost 40 years.

She was the wife of R. Morton Darling of Nashua, to whom she had been married for 41 years.

Mrs. Darling was a 1936 graduate of American International College in Springfield, Mass., and had been employed as a social worker for the state of Massachusetts Department of Social Services and at Holyoke Hospital in Massachusetts for 24 years.

She was a member of Mont Vernon Congregational Church and had served as deaconess. She was a member of Milford Women’s Club, where she had held every office, including president of the past presidents. She was a member of King’s Daughters of Mont Vernon and Nashua, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Milford Garden Club. Also, she loved animals.

A memorial service was held Jan. 28 at the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.

Donations in memory of Mrs. Darling may be made to the Mont Vernon Congregational Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 197, Mont Vernon, NH 03057.

Margaret A. Elliott
Served 10 years in U.S. Navy
Margaret A. Elliott, 43, died Jan. 20, 2002, after a brief illness.

Born in Manchester, Sept. 18, 1958, she was the daughter of Pauline (Gagnon) Elliott and the late Dr. Robert Elliott.

She was a 1976 graduate of West High School in Manchester, and the Naval School of Dental Assisting and Technology, San Diego, Calif.

She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1983, serving 10 years at various bases in the United States and Guam.

Following her discharge, she became a resident of Wisconsin where she lived until her death.

Family members include a son, Elliott Apfel, and a daughter, Eliza Apfel, both of Wisconsin; her mother of Manchester; a brother, Robert L. Elliott of Manchester; three sisters, Marlene Marraty of Merrimack, Karen Prescott of Rutland, Vt., and Janine Couppee of Davenport, Iowa; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Caitlin Couppee Benefit Fund, c/o Citizens First Bank-Clinton, 1442 Lincoln Way, Clinton, IA 52732.

The Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory in Manchester is in charge of arrangements. 
Arthur P. Ferguson
Army veteran, resident of Wilton
Arthur P. “Fergie” Ferguson, 87, of Tighe Farm Road, Wilton, died Jan. 25, 2002, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Ferguson was born Feb. 14, 1914, in Gibsonville, N.C., son of the late William & Etti (Allred) Ferguson. He had been a resident of Wilton for the past 24 years. Previously, for 35 years, he had resided in Satellite Beach, Fla., where he had worked as a painting contractor.

He was the widower of Majorie Virginia (Wyrick) Ferguson, who died in 1991.

Mr. Ferguson was an Army veteran, and served in World War II.

He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed gardening and puttering in his barn.

Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Janice E. and Royden Sanders of Wilton; three grandchildren, Jill Sanders and Wade Sanders, both of Wilton, and Donnie Kelley of Vero Beach, Fla.; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Kelley of Vero Beach, Fla.; and several nephews.

Funeral services were held Jan. 29 in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford. Burial will be in Gibsonville, NC.

Donations in Mr. Ferguson’s memory may be made to The Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration, Neuroscience Research Institute, University Of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1130.

James S. Freeman
Self-employed in logging industry
James S. Freeman, 88, of Millbrook Drive, Milford, died Jan 25, 2002, at his home.

Mr. Freeman was born April 29, 1913, in Rumford, Maine. He had been a resident of Milford for 10 years, after living in Nashua for more than 40 years.

He was the widower of Clara (Tanguay) Freeman, who died in 1971.

He was self-employed in the logging industry for many years. He played and coached softball, and attended St. Patrick Church in Nashua.

Survivors include six sons, Calvin R. Freeman Sr. of Milford, Louis J. Freeman of Salisbury, Sherwood O. Freeman of Franklin, Earl E. Freeman of Wyoming, Mich., Ernest Freeman of Bonterre, Mo., and Joseph A. Freeman of Nashua; a daughter, Lydia I. Carrier of Nashua; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

There are no services. Burial will be in Rumford, Maine, at a later date. Donations in Mr. Freeman’s memory may be made to the funeral home to help defer costs.

Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford, NH 03055, is in charge of arrangements.

Janice C. Pepper
Involved in many community youth sports programs
Janice C. Pepper, 43, of Raymond, died Jan. 24, 2002, at the Elliot Hospital, after a long battle with an aggressive brain tumor.

She was born on March 28, 1958, in Dedham, Mass., the daughter of Frank “Bub” Snow and Eleanor (Tomilson) Snow.

A resident of Raymond for 14 years, she was the wife of Robert W. Pepper whom she married on June 23, 1984, in Winthrop, Mass.

She was an assistant manager of the Raymond Shop N’ Save Deli and Seafood department and was Associate of the Month in November 2000, where she worked up until she was diagnosed. She worked at Raymond Shop N’ Save from the time it first opened and was part of a close team.

She was involved with the Nor-Rock Viking Cheerleading programs where she was an assistant coach of the Pee-Wee Division Girls State Champions. She was an active supporter of the Raymond Youth Soccer Programs.

She also contributed to many of the fund-raising efforts for the community, including the Raymond Fire Department and police departments.

Mrs. Pepper excelled in sports and was an avid water skier who enjoyed summers at Great East Lake in East Wakefield.

She represented a love of life and inner strength, never complaining of her condition.

Family members include her husband, Robert W. Pepper of Raymond; a son, Warren F. Pepper of Raymond; a daughter, Brittany E. Pepper of Raymond; her parents of Dedham; a sister, Elaine McCarthy of Taunton, Mass.; three brothers, Larry Snow of Mashpee, Mass., Frank Snow of Amherst, and Kenny Snow of Bedford.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 28 at St. Joseph’s Church, Epping. Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Raymond. Flowers are acceptable.

The Brewitt Funeral Home in Raymond, was in charge of arrangements.

Vincent A. Russo
Air Force veteran
Vincent Anthony Russo, 67, of Hudson, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

Mr. Russo was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Scranton, Pa., son of the late Anthony and Elba (Leoncini) Russo. His family moved to Bridgeport, Conn., where he resided during his youth and later lived in Monroe, Conn., for several years. Mr. Russo moved to Nashua in 1980 and made his home there for 12 years before moving to Hudson in 1992.

He was the husband of Veronica G. (Lopez) Russo of Hudson, whom he married on Oct. 12, 1991.

Mr. Russo worked as a technical writer and had been employed with Digital Equipment Corp. in Nashua for 30 years.

He was also active with Hudson Youth Baseball, where he served as a coach.

An Air Force veteran, Mr. Russo served four years during the 1950s and was stationed in Greenland and Montana.

He was an active communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church in Nashua and taught Sunday School to seventh and eighth grade students.

Educated in Connecticut, Mr. Russo graduated valedictorian from Harding Junior High School in Bridgeport and was a graduate of Bridgeport High School. He earned an associate degree in business from Post College in Waterbury.

Besides his wife, survivors include five sons and two daughters-in-law, Christian and Lisa Russo of Merrimack, Michael Russo of Massachusetts, Anthony Russo of Nashua, Vincent A. Jr. and Cheryl Russo of Hudson, and Alexander Russo of Hudson; two daughters, Vinita Russo of Keene and Bernadette Houle-Russo of Hudson; five grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony and Dawn Russo of Florida, Joseph and Arlene Russo of Connecticut and Robert and Sharon Russo of Arizona; a sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Richard Zepko of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 31 in St. Francis Xavier Church, Nashua. Burial followed in Edgewood Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society for Cancer Research. Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

The Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.

Helen M. Stone
1923 graduate of Wilton High School

Helen M. Stone, 96, of Temple, died Jan. 27, 2002, at Harborside Pheasantwood in Peterborough.
Born in Temple Nov. 30, 1905, the daughter of the late George W. and Fannie (Emmons) Stone, she had lived most of her life in Temple.

She was a 1923 graduate of Wilton High School, and earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Keene Normal School.

After graduation, she taught school in Unity, Lyndeborough, Mason, and in Temple for more than 21 years, retiring as principal in 1966. She had been a member and Past Matron of the Mason Grange and the Miller Grange of Temple, and received her 50-year membership in 1999.

Miss Stone had moved to the former family homestead in Kennebunkport, Maine, for four years with her late brother Maurice Stone, who died in 2000. She and her brother lived with their niece in the homestead before returning to Pheasantwood due to health reasons.

Members of her family include two nephews, Merton Benson of Sherrills Ford, N.C., and David Stone of Kennebunkport, Maine; four nieces, Janice Mason, Ann Hutchins and Louise Rice, all of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Elaine Baker of Canaan, Maine; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m., in the Temple Congregational Church, Route

45, Temple. Burial will be in the East Cemetery, Temple.

The Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, is in charge of arrangements.
 

Paul M. Szumiesz
Served in the Air Force during Vietnam conflict
Paul M. Szumiesz Jr., 56, of Manchester, died on Jan. 24, 2002, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

Mr. Szumiesz was born in Manchester on Dec. 13, 1945, and educated in local schools. He joined the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, and later worked many years as an optician for Kollsman Instruments. He had been a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Milford.

Mr. Szumiesz was predeceased by a brother, Glenn Szumiesz, in 1980.

He is survived by sons Ryan Szumiesz of Milford and Sean Szumiesz/Allard of Montreal; and, Marcia Szumiesz, John Pelczar and Dave Pelczar.

Donations in memory of Mr. Szumiesz may be made to New Horizons, 199 Manchester St., Manchester, NH 03103.

The Cremation Society of N.H. is in charge of arrangements.

Robert H. Westcott Sr.
Carpenter, avid outdoorsman
Robert Henry Westcott Sr., 66, of Nashua died suddenly Jan. 23, 2002.

Mr. Westcott was born Feb. 3, 1935, in Wilmington, Mass., son of the late Joseph Henry Westcott and Dorothy (Swain) Westcott. Mr. Westcott lived in Nashua for more than 39 years.

He was the widower of Dolores Westcott, who passed away in 1998. They had been married 44 years. He was engaged to Shirley Guertin of Hudson at the time of his death.

Mr. Westcott had worked as a carpenter all of his adult life. He had been employed by Guilbuilt Homes, Continental Homes, Key-Loc Homes, Cab-Tec and Customized Structures Inc. He had retired in 1997.

He was an avid outdoorsman, with a great love and respect for nature. He was a lifelong hunter, fisherman, and trapper. Mr. Westcott was a member of The National Rifle Association, The N.H. Trappers Association, and The Nashua Flycasters Association.

Although Mr. Westcott was not a communicant of a particular church, he was a man of faith

Mr. Westcott attended school in Wilmington, Mass., but left high school in 12th grade to care for his ailing mother.

Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert H. and Kathy (Dean) Westcott of Switzerland, Fla., Donald and Sheila (Kelly) Westcott of Nashua, and Michael A. Westcott and his fiancée Judy Daley of Merrimack; a daughter and son-in-law, Robin A. and Michael Makela of Lyndeborough; 10 grandchildren, Jason Westcott of Milford, John Dean of Mont Vernon, Joshua Westcott of Manchester, Anthony Westcott of Manchester, Rindy Westcott of Merrimack, Justin Westcott of Nashua, Joseph Westcott of Nashua, Ashley and Amber Makela of Lyndeborough, and Corey Daley of Merrimack; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister in-law, William and Carolyn Westcott of Glen St. Mary, Fla., and Daniel Westcott of Wenham, Mass.; two sisters and a brother in-law, Janice and Bobby Burke of Wilmington, and Beth Westcott of Lowell, Mass.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral service was held Jan. 28 in the Chapel of The Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, Nashua, followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101, or the Nashua Flycasting Association, c/o Everett Tuttle, 19 Ledgewood Hills, Nashua, NH 03062.

Harriet R. Whitney
Leaves a daughter in Hollis
Harriet R. Whitney, 91, of Greenville, died Jan. 28, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, after a period of failing health.

She was born in Greenville, on Oct. 9, 1910, the daughter of Frederick I. and Fannie S. (Blood) Frost. She lived in Greenville most of her life.

She was a long time member of the Greenville Federated Church, now the Greenville Community Christian Church.

Her husband, Ralph Whitney, died in 1990.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy S. Brooks of Hollis, and Bonnie Rouley of Dorchester, Mass.; four grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m., in the Greenville Community Christian Church on Pleasant Street. The Rev. Dan Peterson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Pleasant Street Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Greenville Community Christian Church, c/o Ada Buffington, 7 Timbertop Rd., New lpswich, NH 03071.

The Fournier Funeral Home, 12 High Street in Greenville, is in charge of arrangements.


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