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John F. Fellows
Air Force veteran and avid woodworker

John Frederick Fellows, 77, of Hudson, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at his home after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Fellows was born March 9, 1924, in Fitchburg, Mass., son of the late Fred H. and Ethel (Campbell) Fellows. He resided in Hillsboro and Henniker during his youth and then moved to the Nashua area after his marriage, residing in Milford and Nashua for many years. Mr. Fellows moved to Hudson 10 years ago

He was the husband of Deloris I. (Drook) Fellows of Hudson. They were married in Indiana on May 18, 1946, and would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in the spring.

Educated in Henniker and Warner schools, Mr. Fellows graduated from Warner High School. He was an Air Force veteran, having served as an airplane mechanic in the Pacific Theatre of operations during World War II. He held the rank of staff sergeant.

Mr. Fellows had been employed as service manager for International Harvester in Nashua for 23 years. He previously worked for Improved Machinery Co. for several years.

He was a steam engine train and airplane enthusiast. He was also an avid woodworker and enjoyed creating furniture for his family.

Mr. Fellows was predeceased by a son, Paul James Fellows, who died in 1951, and his twin sister, Eleanor Draper.

Besides his wife, survivors include three sons, John D. Fellows of Milford, Paul R. “Rich” Fellows of Hudson and Fred H. Fellows of Milford; a daughter and son-in-law, Lillian and Brian Sutcliffe of Hudson; nine grandchildren, John Letendre, Lisa Ann Kloza, James Letendre, Melanie Beth Gabriel, Marlena Fellows, Charlene Fellows, Janie Fellows, Michael Robinson and Amanda Fellows; a sister, Edith Smith of Orchard Park, N.Y.; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service was held Feb. 2 at the Farwell Funeral Home in Nashua Burial will take place in Henniker in the spring.

Fernando P. Gonzalez
35-year resident of Nashua

Fernando P. Gonzalez, 78, of Nashua, died Jan. 31, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a sudden illness.

Mr. Gonzalez was born May 30, 1923, in Guines, Habana, Cuba, son of the late Jose Ines and Mercedes (Palenzuela) Gonzalez. A resident of Nashua for the past 35 years, Mr. Gonzalez previously resided in Miami and Chicago. He became a U.S. citizen in 1993.

He was the husband of Elena (Gomez) Gonzalez of Nashua. They were married in October 1946 in Havana, Cuba, and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last year.

Mr. Gonzalez had been employed with Hampshire Manufacturing Company in Nashua for more than 25 years.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Manuel and Fermin Gonzalez, and a sister, Elvira Gonzalez.

Besides his wife, survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Henry Gonzalez of Keene and Jose and Lorna Gonzalez of Merrimack; a daughter, Mercedes Gonzalez of Miami; two grandchildren, Lorenzo and Anjelica Gonzalez; three brothers, Aurelio, Norberto and Enrique Gonzalez, all of Miami; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service was held Feb. 5 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua.

Memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Zero Kinsley St., Nashua, NH 03060 or to Angel Flight, 4620 Haygood Road, Suite One, Virginia Beach, VA. 23455.

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

Marcelle C. Guertin
Member of American Stage Festival Guild

Marcelle C. Guertin, 87, of Nashua, died Jan. 31, 2002, at Langdon Place in Nashua.

Mrs. Guertin was born Jan. 11, 1915, in Haverhill, Mass., daughter of the late J.A. François and Georgianna (Bolduc) Cloutier. She moved to Nashua 1 1/2 years ago, after living in Milford for more than 40 years.

She was the widow of Louis L. Guertin, who died in 1973.

Mrs. Guertin was a member of the American Stage Festival Guild. Well-known for her sewing ability, she made many of the costumes and stored them in the Costume Shop in her barn. Also, she provided housing for many of the actors and designers. Mrs. Guertin also was in a number of productions in supporting roles, including “Tartuffe,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “Inherit the Wind.”

She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Milford, a past president of the Rosary-Altar Society and a charter member of the Columbiettes.

Mrs. Guertin was predeceased by two sons, Micheal Leon Guertin and Alan Robert Guertin.

She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, J. Paula and Donald Goduti of Londonderry, Jeanne C. and Morton Potoff of Farmington, Conn., Carol L. and Charles Lowell of Skowhegan, Maine, and Denise M. and Kenneth Jackson of Hollis; a daughter-in-law, Lee Guertin of Nevada City, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 4 in St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Hollis/Brookline Middle School Drama Department, Attn: Diedre Adams, 25 Main St., Hollis, NH 03049

The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Ricardo J. Lopez
U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam

Ricardo J.” Rick” Lopez, 56, of Mason Road, Milford, died unexpectedly Jan. 31, 2002, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I.

He was born in Orence, Spain, on March 12, 1945, a son of the late Ricardo and Josepha (Villarino) Lopez.

Mr. Lopez had been a resident of Milford for six years and had lived in New Jersey for 30 years.

He was an owner-operator of Norbet Trucking, Carneys Point, N.J., for nine years, and had formerly worked for Arco Auto Carriers, Newark, N.J., for 22 years.

Mr. Lopez was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and was a member of Bent-Burke Post 10, American Legion in Wilton. He attended St. Patrick Church in Milford, and was an avid fisherman.

Family members include his wife, Barbara M. (Hague) Lopez of Milford; a son, Joseph R. Lopez of Howell, N.J.; a daughter, Jennifer A. Lopez of Milford; a sister, Maria Sainz of New Jersey; and a niece.

Funeral services were held Feb. 5 in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Organization, 275 Chestnut St., Room 319, Manchester, NH 03101.

Alice A. Major
Enjoyed spending winters in Florida

Alice A. Major, 80, of Nashua, died Jan. 27, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Major was born Feb. 27, 1921, in Jonesboro, Maine, daughter of the late Sidney Tucker and Ida (Dudley) Love. She was educated in Maine schools.

She was the widow of James Harry Major, who died Feb. 19, 2001.

She resided in Pembroke, Mass., and then in Milford before moving to Nashua, where she and her family made their home on Bramble Drive for a number of years.

Mrs. Major and her husband enjoyed traveling to Florida during the winter, and they later lived in Winter Haven, Fla., for several years. She also loved knitting mittens and hats for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Major was predeceased by two sisters, Beatrice E. Anderson, who died in September 1980, and Bernice Brusie, who died in July 2000.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard D. and Irene Major of Londonderry, and Jack R. and Heidi Major of Nashua; two daughters and sons-in-law, Madeleine M. Giggey and Robert Pichette of Milford and Patricia A. and Raymond Levesque of Salisbury, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Sandra Jumpe, Karen Rowe, John Major, Jimmy Major, Nicole Giggey, and Kristi and Melissa Levesque; a brother and sister-in-law, Curtis and Ina Love of Nashua; a sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Douglas Wright of Milford; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Following cremation, a private graveside service will take place in Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua.

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

Alexa L. Pflaum
Member of Temple Beth Abraham

Alexa L. (Koufopoulos) Pflaum, 45, of Litchfield, died unexpectedly Jan. 29, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Pflaum was born Sept. 2, 1956, in Nashua, daughter of the late George and Eva (Bouchard) Koufopoulos. A resident of Litchfield since 1995, she had previously lived in Nashua, Mont Vernon and Wilton.

She was the wife of David Steven Pflaum, whom she married Sept. 2, 1994.

Mrs. Pflaum was educated in Nashua and also took some college courses. She did not work outside the home and enjoyed doing various types of crafts. She was a member of Temple Beth Abraham.

Besides her husband, survivors include her son, Steve G. Koufopoulos of Nashua; a stepson, Paul Simmons of Florida; a brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Anita Koufopoulos of Goffstown; an aunt, Lillian Dodge of Franklin; her godmother, Athena Feraios of Nashua; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Her funeral was held Feb. 1 in the Davis Funeral Home, Nashua. Rabbi Mark D. Finkel officiated. Interment prayers and burial were to follow in Beth Abraham Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Abraham Flower Fund, 4 Raymond St., Nashua, NH 03064.

Janet O. Pratt
Leaves a son in Merrimack

Janet O. Pratt, 59, of Chichester, died Jan. 27, 2002, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

She was born Nov. 1, 1942, in Manchester, a daughter of Waldo and Louise (Lonergan) Orrill and was a Manchester resident for many years before moving to Hooksett, and later to Chichester.

Mrs. Pratt was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Manchester. Family and church were the center of her life.

Her family includes her husband of 36 years, Richard M. Pratt of Chichester; two sons, Michael S. Pratt of Chichester, and Chris H. Pratt of Merrimack; a grandson; a sister, Joan P. Ouellette of Center Barnstead; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was conducted Feb. 7 in First United Methodist Church, Manchester. Burial was to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 961 Valley St., Manchester, NH 03103.

Napoleon H. Roberge
Army veteran, resident of Milford

Napoloeon “Paul” H. Roberge, 83, of Bridge Street, Milford, died Feb. 2, 2002, at Harborside Healthcare Center-Crestwood in Milford.

Mr. Roberge was born July 2, 1918, in Lowell, Mass., son of the late Philias and Delerise (Bougie) Roberge. He had been a resident of Milford for 14 years and had formerly resided in North Dixmont, Maine, and Dracut, Mass. He was the widower of Lillian (Belisle) Roberge, who died in 1993.

He was employed as a construction engineer by the International Union of Operating Directors, Local 4, in Lexington, Mass., for more than 35 years.

Mr. Roberge was an Army veteran, having served in World War II. He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Milford. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Dracut, Mass.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolann Niquette of Milford; two sons, Paul H. Roberge of Derry and Michael S. Roberge of Nashua; a brother, Raymond Roberge of Groton, Mass.; three sisters, Adelard Roberge of Dracut, Mass., Noella Taney of Pepperell, Mass., and Yvette Roberge of Louisiana; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated today (Wednesday, Feb. 6) at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, Mass., at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Souhegan Home & Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.

The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Robert G. Therrien
Worked for Reliable Security

Robert G. Therrien, 55, of Nashua, died unexpectedly Jan. 29, 2002, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

Mr. Therrien was born Dec. 15, 1946, in Victoria, Texas, son of the late Euclide and Germaine (Poitras) Therrien Moran. He had been a longtime resident of Nashua.

He was the husband of Judith M. (Schutt) Therrien, whom he married Sept. 6, 1968.

Mr. Therrien had worked as a security guard with Reliable Security for several years.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and archery. He also enjoyed building model cars. At one time, he was a member of the Nashua Fish and Game Club.

Mr. Therrien was a Navy veteran, having served during the Vietnam conflict.

He was educated in Nashua.

Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and David Bellamy, and two grandchildren, Lyle and Nathan Bellamy, all of Amherst; a son, Brian Therrien of Hugo, Colo; a brother, Denis Moran of Nashua; two sisters, Jacqueline McMasters of Gardner, Mass., and Jerrilynn Linscott of Nashua; an aunt, Rita Forest of Nashua; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside funeral services were held Feb. 2 at Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua. The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.

Adrienne Thibault
Leaves a son in Hollis

Adrienne (Morin) Thibault, 85, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Amherst, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at the Village at Westerville Nursing Center.

Mrs. Thibault was born May 13, 1916, in Nashua, daughter of the late Oscar and Flora (Morin) Morin. Before moving to Ohio four years ago to live with her daughter, she had resided in Amherst for many years.

She was the widow of Albert A. Thibault, who died Sept. 14, 1994.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Albert A. Jr. and Suzanne Thibault of Sanbornton, and Maurice and Constance Thibault of Hollis; a daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and William Rose Jr. of Westerville; two sisters, Doris Cote and Gabrielle Levesque, both of Nashua; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.

Ginette Turcotte

Ginette (Duquette) Turcotte, 58, of Suncook Terrace, Merrimack, died Feb. 5, 2002, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

Mrs. Turcotte had been a resident of Merrimack for two years and previously lived in Hudson for over 30 years.

The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.

Louis H. Watkins
Charter, life member of American Legion Post 98

Louis H. Watkins, 83, of Rainbow Ave., Merrimack, died Feb. 4, 2002, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Watkins was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Merrimack, son of the late John H. and Anne (Valley) Watkins. He was a lifelong resident of Merrimack.

He was the husband of Ruth (Burbank) Watkins of Merrimack.

Before retirement, Mr. Watkins was a local carpenter and had formerly worked at International Shoe.

He was a charter member and life member of the American Legion Post 98 in Merrimack.

Mr. Watkins was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Louis “Skip” and Rachel Watkins of Merrimack; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Peter Wood of Merrimack, and Annie and Norton Best of Canada; a brother, George Watkins of South Weymouth, Mass.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is charge of arrangements.

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.

Helen M. Ashburner
Owned and operated Texaco station
Helen M. (Maciolek) Ashburner, 92, of Bedford, died Feb. 6, 2002, after a period of declining health.

She was born in Manchester on Nov. 4, 1909, the daughter of Lawrence and Catherine (Kiszka) Maciolek.

She was educated in the Manchester school system.

She and her husband owned and operated Ashburner’s Texaco Station and Cy’s Country Store in Bedford for many years prior to retirement.

Mrs. Ashburner had been a resident of Bedford for the past 60 years and was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish.

She was a great cook, loving mother, and cherished every moment her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were with her.

The family includes three daughters, Arline O’Reilly of Bedford, Constance Wiggin of Polk City, Fla., and Kathleen Johnson of Bedford; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two nieces and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry J. Ashburner, in 1977, and a son, Henry J. Ashburner, in 1968.

A funeral was held Feb. 9 from the McHugh Funeral Home in Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Burial followed in the new St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.

Memorial donations may be made to Bedford Fire and Rescue, 55 Constitutional Drive, Bedford, NH 03110.

For directions and to sign the online guest book, go to www.mchughfuneralhome.com.

Cecelia Brock
Held Boston Post Cane as Bedford’s oldest citizen

Cecelia Mayhew Brock, 101, a resident of the Villa Crest Nursing Home in Manchester, died Feb. 8, 2002, at home.

Born on Sept. 4, 1900, in New Bedford, Mass., she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Roi) Pageotte.

She grew up in New Bedford and was educated in public schools there. She later lived in Fairhaven, Mass., and most recently Bedford, where she was awarded the Boston Post Cane in 1998 for being the oldest resident of the town.

Mrs. Brock was instrumental in establishing a monthly Mass at Briston Manor in Bedford, where she was a resident for several years. She was also the oldest parishioner of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford.

Mrs. Brock was the wife of Leon J. Mayhew, who died in 1975, and Louis T. Brock Sr., who died in 1988.

Family members include a daughter, Dorothee Mayhew Seaver of Bedford; a son, Leon J. Mayhew Jr. of Utah; two grandsons; a granddaughter; four great-grandsons and nieces.

The funeral service and burial in the Bedford Center Cemetery will be held in the spring.

The Goodwin Funeral Home, 607 Chestnut St., corner of Harrison Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Brandan J. Delaney
Avid outdoorsman, snowmobiler and waterskier

Brandan J. Delaney, 26, of Manchester, died Feb. 4, 2002, at Elliot Hospital after a sudden illness.

Born in Manchester, on Sept. 18, 1975, he was the son of John J. and Mary E. (Nealon) Delaney. He resided in Bedford most of his life, before moving to Manchester in 1996.

Mr. Delaney graduated from Manchester High School West.

He worked as a machinist with Kimark Specialty Box Company for six years.

Mr. Delaney was an avid outdoorsman and had a special interest in snowmobiling and waterskiing.

He was a communicant of Saint Elizabeth Seton Church.

Family members include his parents, of Bedford; a daughter, Taylor L. Delaney, of Manchester; a stepson, Alexander Lyonnais, of Manchester; his twin sisters, Kristine Delaney and Heather Delaney, both of Concord, N.C.; maternal grandparents, Daniel and Mary (O’Donnell) Nealon of Manchester; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and his companion of seven years, Andrea Masse of Manchester.

The funeral was held Feb. 11 with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Saint Elizabeth Seton Church, Bedford. Burial will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.

Memorial donations may be made to John J. Delaney in trust for the Taylor Lee Delaney Trust Fund, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 184 Route 101, Bedford 03110.

The Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.

Paul J. Fortier Sr.
Vietnam veteran and avid hunter and fisherman

Paul Joseph Fortier Sr., 50, of Milan, died Feb. 5, 2002, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.

Born in Berlin on April 2, 1951, the son of Arthur and Rolande (Belanger) Fortier, he graduated from Berlin High School.

Mr. Fortier was married to Donna Perry at the Berlin United Methodist Church on Nov. 22, 1969. They resided in Manchester for 15 years before returning to the area where they lived in Milan for the past five and a half years.

Mr. Fortier worked as a laborer in the Floc Plant for Crown Vantage.

He was a Vietnam veteran in the Army.

He was a member of the VFW in Berlin, and a past member of the North American Rifle Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping and tying flies for fly fishing.

Family members include his wife, Donna of Berlin; a son, Paul Fortier Jr. of Gorham; a daughter, BillieJo Bishop of West Milan; six grandchildren; his parents of Berlin; three brothers, Arthur Fortier Jr. of Bedford, Peter Fortier of Berlin, and Richard Fortier of Nashua; two sisters, Mary-Jane Chevarie and Doris Lapointe, both of Berlin; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles.

A funeral service was held in the chapel at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home in Berlin, on Feb. 8, with Deacon Merle Albert officiating.

Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery with a graveside service held at a later date.

Stephen P. Grzech
Resident of Amherst, avid golfer

Stephen P. Grzech, 49, of Spring Road, Amherst, died Feb. 3, 2002, at the Milford Medical Center.

Mr. Grzech was born April 19, 1952, in Van Nuys, Calif., son of the late Peter and Margaret (Rebar) Grzech. He had been a resident of the Amherst-Milford area for the past four years and had resided in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for many years.

Mr. Grzech was a graduate of Pompton Plains (N.J.) High School, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.

He was employed as a quality control manager at Nashua Corp. for seven years, and he enjoyed golf.

He was predeceased by a brother, Mark A. Grzech.

Survivors include two daughters, Holly Karpien of Wilkes-Barre and Stacy Welles of Plymouth, Pa.; a sister, Sharon Burke of Stuart, Fla.; a granddaughter, Paige Karpien of Wilkes-Barre; a longtime companion, Elaine “Lani” Heney of Amherst; and several nieces and nephews.

The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Norma R. Howard
Attended Wilton schools graduating in 1942

Norma R. Howard, 78, resident of Mission Avenue, Manchester, died Feb. 9, 2002, at the Villa Crest Nursing Home in Manchester.

She was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Wilton, a daughter of the late Leslie N. and Angeline (Doucet) Center.

Mrs. Howard was educated in Wilton Schools and graduated from Wilton High School class of 1942. She attended Nashua Business College prior to enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1944 and was discharged in 1945.

She was a member of the Henry J. Sweeney Post 2 American Legion, Manchester.

Mrs. Howard was a member of the First Congregational Church, Manchester.

She enjoyed her flowers and was an avid gardener. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother.

She was predeceased by two daughters. Donna Howard and Brenda E. Howard.

Family members include her husband of 56 years, F. Kenton Howard of Manchester; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Dawn) Pappas of Manchester; two sons; Kevin W. Howard and Gary N. Howard of Manchester; seven grandchildren; a sister, Pamela Center of Alexandria, Va.; three brothers, Maurice S. Center of Bandera, Texas, and Wendell Center, Las Vegas, Nev., and Winston Center of Wilton; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the chapel of the the First Congregational Church 508 Union St. Manchester, on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Milford at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02172.

The Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles W. Kierstead
Veteran of the Army Air Forces

Charles W. Kierstead, 75, of Hudson, died Feb. 9, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

He was born Dec. 23, 1926, in Everett, Mass., son of the late Thomas and Lillian (Brown) Kierstead. A resident of Hudson since 1978, he had previously lived in Litchfield since 1965.

Mr. Kierstead was educated in Dracut, Mass.

He was the husband of Mary (LeRiche) Kierstead Charles, whom he married Sept. 7, 1946.

For more than 35 years prior to his retirement, Mr. Kierstead had been the owner/operator of A-one Roofing Co. of Brookline, Mass.

He was a member and past president of the Hudson Lions Club; member and past commander of Hudson Post 48, American Legion; and a life member of Nashua Lodge 720, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Mr. Kierstead was a veteran of the Army Air Forces, having served in 1946 at the end of World War II.

He had attended the Community Chapel (Church of the Nazarene) in Nashua.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ross E. Kierstead, who died in 1987; and several sisters.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Linda Kierstead of Litchfield; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen and David Burnell of Hudson and Charlene Smith of Merrimack; four grandchildren, Keith Kierstead of Milford, Kevin Kierstead of Litchfield, and Heather and Timothy Burnell of Hudson; three great-granchildren, Kimberly Kierstead of Litchfield, and Hannah Kierstead and Lindsey Catalano, both of Milford; a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas “Tim” and Rita Kierstead of Litchfield, three sisters, Majorie Dufour of Hudson, Faith Salvatore of Las Vegas and Eva Fortier of Maine; a sister-in-law, Gladys Kierstead of Hudson; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held in The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua on Feb. 13. Interment prayers and burial followed in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Diabetes Associations, 249 Canal St., Manchester NH 03101.

Robert Lamontagne
Raised in Greenville

Robert Lamontagne, 75, of California, Mo., passed away on Feb. 2, 2002.

He is predeceased by his parents, Emerick and Alice Lamontagne.

He was born in Worcester, Mass., and raised in Greenville until he joined the Navy in World War II

He leaves his wife Nesta (Lee) Lamontagne, one son Emerick (Ricky) Lamontagne of Hawaii, one daughter Claudette Lamontagne of Texas, three grandchildren of Hawaii; one sister, Claudette DeBari of Hyattsville, Md.

A private service was held in California, Mo on Feb. 9.

Daniel J. McNamara
Navy and Army veteran

Daniel J. McNamara, 74, of Pelham, died Feb. 6, 2002, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

Mr. McNamara was born July 3, 1927, in Boston, son of the late Daniel and Ethel (Carroll) O’Leary. He was later adopted by the late Joseph J. and Margaret (Sullivan) McNamara.

Mr. McNamara attended Lowell, Mass., schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

He was the husband of Germaine (Bergeron) McNamara, with whom he celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary July 19, 2001.

Mr. McNamara was retired from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Bedford, Mass., where he had worked for many years.

A founding member of Pelham Pop Warner football, he coached Babe Ruth baseball and was a member of the Pelham Recreation Commission. Also, he held membership in the Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. McNamara was a Navy veteran of World War II, and also served as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Pelham.

He was predeceased by a brother, John J. McNamara; and a sister, Ethel (O’Leary) Nolet.

Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Michael D. McNamara and Alan D. McNamara; four brothers-in-law, Edward Nolet Sr. of Chelmsford, Mass., Wilfred Bergeron and his wife, Janet, of Pepperell, Mass., Gerald Bergeron and his wife, Deborah, of Merrimack and Raymond Bergeron and his wife, Pearl, of Pelham; three sisters-in-law, Florence Dwyer and her husband, Edward, of Bradford, Marie Caputi and her husband, Rudolph, of Hamden, Conn., and Marion Bergeron of Pelham; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Rita C. Niquette
Former Xavier House resident

Rita C. (Hudon) Niquette, 81, of Nashua, died Feb. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

Mrs. Niquette was born March 10, 1920, in Lowell, Mass., daughter of the late Leon and Alice (Fournier) Hudon. She was a longtime resident of Nashua.

She was the widow of Aristede H. Niquette, who died June 19, 1978.

Mrs. Niquette was employed by the former Sanders Associates (now BAE Systems), and retired in 1974. Prior to working for Sanders Associates, she worked in the mills in Nashua.

She was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Nashua. She also taught CCD education at the St. Francis Xavier School.

Mrs. Niquette was educated in local schools, and attended the St. Francis Xavier School.

She enjoyed crocheting and working with ceramics and macrame. She enjoyed being with her family and spending time with her dog, Shu-Shu.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Peter McKenzie of Hudson, and Cynthia and Garrick Pelletier of Deering; two sons and daughters-in-law, Marc and Valerie Niquette of Nashua, and Gerard and Carol Niquette of Milford; five grandchildren, Garrick J. Pelletier, Kristen Pelletier, Stephanie Pelletier, Rebecca Pelletier, all of Deering, and Justine Niquette of Nashua; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Irene and Bob Constant, Rose Niquette, Jackie Niquette, Ernest Charest, all of Nashua, and Alvina and Russell Litzau of Florida; and her special friends Maureen and Bill Niford of Nashua.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Christopher’s Parish today (Wednesday, Feb. 13), at 10:30 a.m. Friends are invited to attend. Interment prayers and burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Parish, 41 Chandler Street, Nashua, NH 03064, or the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064.

The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.

Ermond E. Primeau
Member of American Legion

Ermond E. “Ed” Primeau, 84, of Powers Street, Milford, died Feb. 5, 2002, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

Mr. Primeau was born July 1, 1917, in Lowell, Mass., son of the late John and Alice (Boisvert) Primeau. He had lived in Milford for 24 years, and had formerly resided in Nashua for 16 years.

He was the husband of Lula (Dickey) Primeau of Milford, to whom he had been married for 47 years.

Mr. Primeau was employed as a bus driver for the MBTA for 40 years. He retired as a staff sergeant from the Massachusetts National Guard after 20 years of service, and was a member of American Legion Ricciardi-Hartshorn Post 23 in Milford.

Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Caroline and Daryl Pfaff, and two grandchildren, Melissa Pfaff and Zachary Pfaff, all of Hooksett.

Burial will be at a later date in the New Hampshire State Veterans’ Cemetery, Boscawen.

The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth R. Santomas
Leaves a granddaughter in Milford

Elizabeth R. “Nana” (Champy) Santomas, 96, of Methuen, Mass., died Jan. 30, 2002, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass., after a brief illness.

Mrs. Santomas was born and raised in Lawrence, Mass. She also lived in Andover, Mass., for many years.

She was a member of the Andover Country Club for many years, and was an avid golfer and gardener.

Mrs. Santomas was a graduate of Lawrence High School.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Dorothy Payne McLay.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Kimberly Chaisson and her husband, James, of Methuen, with whom she resided, and Kerry Payne of Milford; two great-grandchildren, Evan and Stephanie Chaisson of Methuen; two sisters, Irene Saccuzzo and Alberta Massa, both of Andover; and several nieces and nephews.

The Cataudella Funeral Home in Methuen, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.

Bernard W. Sharpe
Owned and operated Bernie’s in Milford

Bernard W. Sharpe, 92, of Milford, died Feb. 7, 2002, at Harborside Crestwood Healthcare Center in Milford.

Mr. Sharpe was born July 10, 1909, in Nashua, son of the late Hyman and Fannie (Lovett) Sharpe. He had lived in Milford since April 2001 and previously had resided at Nashua Crossings for a short time.

He owned and operated Bernie’s, a fabric retail store in down town Milford for more than 40 years, retiring in 1993.

Mr. Sharpe was an avid fisherman and cribbage player and held member ship in the Harley Sanford Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Milford.

He was an Army veteran, having served in the Army Ordnance Corps in Europe.

Mr. Sharpe was educated in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School in 1928. He also attended the University of New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Milton Sharpe and Henry Sharpe

Survivors include two brothers and a sister-in-law, Arnold and Anita Sharpe of Gardner, Mass., and Myron Sharpe of Venice, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Davis Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of the arrangements.

Roger L. Stearns
Worked at Granite Industrial Trucks for 24 years

Roger Langdon Stearns, 78, of Brookline, died Feb. 12, 2002, after a brief illness.

Mr. Stearns was born Jan. 21, 1924, in New Boston, son of the late Langdon W. and Esther M. (Smith) Stearns.

He was the husband of Thelma (Glover) Stearns, to whom he had been married for almost 56 years.

Mr. Stearns worked at Granite Industrial Trucks for 24 years, retiring in 1992. Previously, he was an auto mechanic and a truck driver.

In his earlier years, he liked hunting and fishing. Also, he enjoyed traveling, doing puzzles, taking his family for rides and telling them stories of his childhood.

Mr. Stearns was predeceased by four sisters, Luna Abeels, Evelyn Rau, Barbara Johnson and Eileen Jobins.

Besides his wife, survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David R. and Gale Stearns of Milford and Dean R. and Karen Stearns of Merrimack; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Roland Wheeler of Franklin; 10 grandchildren, Jim Wheeler of Amherst, Sheri Skelly of Wilton, Michael Wheeler of Weare, Jessica Stearns and Jason Stearns, both of Merrimack, Rachael Stearns, Brien Stearns, Shawn Stearns and Meagan Stearns, all of North Berwick, Maine, and Nathan Stearns of Milford; three great-grandchildren, Shelby Wheeler of Amherst and Olivia Skelly and Emma Skelly, both of Wilton; four sisters, Eunice Gray of Manchester, Jane Piecuch of Sanford, Fla., Elizabeth Frye of Wilton and Leslie Mason of Milford; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Smith & Heald Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Adrienne Thibault
Leaves a son in Hollis

Adrienne (Morin) Thibault, 85, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Amherst, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at the Village at Westerville Nursing Center.

Mrs. Thibault was born May 13, 1916, in Nashua, daughter of the late Oscar and Flora (Morin) Morin. Before moving to Ohio four years ago to live with her daughter, she had resided in Amherst for many years.

She was the widow of Albert A. Thibault, who died Sept. 14, 1994.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Albert A. Jr. and Suzanne Thibault of Sanbornton, and Maurice and Constance Thibault of Hollis; a daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and William Rose Jr. of Westerville; two sisters, Doris Cote and Gabrielle Levesque, both of Nashua; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.

Ginette Turcott
Waitressed for many years at area restaurants

Ginette (Duquette) Turcotte, 58, Suncook Terrace, Merrimack, died at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, on Feb. 5, 2002, following a lengthy illness.

She was born in LacMegantic, Quebec, Canada, on Sept. 11, 1943, the daughter of Edmund and Alma (Goulin) Duquette. She had resided in Merrimack for the past two years, previously residing in Hudson for more than 30 years.

She had been employed in the Nashua area as a waitress for many years at various restaurants including the former Greenridge Turkey Farm restaurant in South Nashua. Prior to coming to the United States she taught school in Canada.

In her younger years, she enjoyed singing. She also enjoyed being with her friends.

She was a member of St. Louis de Gonzague Church in Nashua and held membership in the Daughters of Isabella of the church.

She was educated in Canada and received an associate’s degree in teaching.

Family members include two daughters, Cindy Cipriano of Merrimack and Brenda Robinson of Bedford; a son, Paul Turcotte of Mooresville, N.C.; three grandchildren; a brother, Norman Duquette of Sherbrooke PQ, Canada; three sisters, Pauline Doucet of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, Jacqueline Poirier and Lisette Poirier, both of LacMegantic, Quebec, Canada; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Feb. 8 from the Davis Funeral Home in Nashua, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Louis de Gonzague Church, Nashua. Following cremation burial was in St. Louis Cemetery, 752 West Hollis St., Nashua.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, New Hampshire Division, Inc., The Gail Singer Memorial Bldg., 360 Route 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.


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