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Richard W. Mealey Jr.
Richard W. (Dick) Mealey Jr., 61, of Strong, Maine, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998 at Edgewood Manor Nursing Care and Rehab Center in Farmington, Maine, following a lengthy illness.
He had lived Milford and Hollis before moving to Maine 13 years ago.
Mr. Mealey was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Madison, Maine, the son of Richard W. and Irene (Scoville) Mealey Sr. 
He graduated from Gorham High School in 1956 and earned a B.S. in business management in 1976 from New Hampshire College in Manchester.
Mr. Mealey served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1962, and was stationed in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Washington and Newfoundland.
He retired in June 1998 from at the International Paper Company in Jay, Maine.
He was a member of the Phillips Sportsman Club and the Farmington Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fly-tying and was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed playing pool, reading and bird hunting.
He is survived by a son, Richard W. Mealey III of San Diego, Calif., two daughters, Connie J. Comire of Weare and Daphne K. Gellhaus of Edmunds, Wash.; and five grandchildren.
At the request of the family, there were no services.
Donations in Mr. Mealey’s memory may be made to the Phillips Sportsman Club, c/o Tom Piekart, RR2, 932 Dodge Road, Phillips, Maine 04966.
The Adams Funeral Home, Phillips, Maine, is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara B. Taylor  
Barbara B. Taylor, 82, of Highland Drive, Amherst, died Sept. 22, 1998, in Hanover Hill Nursing Home, Manchester.
She was born in Nutley, N.J., on Aug. 21, 1916, a daughter of Richard W. and Henrietta (Marshall) Booth.
Mrs. Taylor was a graduate of Miss Beard’s School in Orange, N.J.
She had been a resident of Amherst for 25 years, after living in Weston, Mass., for many years.
Mrs. Taylor attended the Congregational Church of Amherst.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur R. Taylor, who died in 1994.
Family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Arthur R. and Claudia Taylor, and two grandsons, Bronson B. Taylor and Nathaniel B. Taylor, all of Duxbury, Mass.
There are no services. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Donations in Mrs. Taylor’s memory may be made to the Souhegan Nursing Association, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Barbara Jones Stewart  
Barbara Jones Stewart, 88, a relative of former Amherst residents, died Sept. 30, 1998, at Havenwood Retirement Community after a sudden illness.
Born in Concord on Aug. 7, 1910, she was the daughter of Anne (Edmonds) and Waldo Jones. She grew up in Concord and was a graduate of Concord high School. She was the widow of the late James Byron Stewart, a 1944 World War II casualty.
Mrs. Stewart was a lifelong member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church In Concord. She was the first receptionist of the Concord Clinic when it opened on Pillsbury Street in 1957. She was a long-time Concord Hospital volunteer, New Hampshire secretary of the national Community Concert Series and a former trustee and recording secretary of the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association.
She was predeceased by a younger sister, Natalie J. Stockman.
She leaves two sons, James R. Stewart of Concord and Stephen B. Stewart of Sarasota, Fla., formerly Buckridge Drive, Amherst; six grandchildren, Jay, David, Erica, Kimberly, Bradford and James; nine great-grandchildren; three nephews; one niece; and six cousins.
Visiting hours ‘will be Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main St., Concord. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to Havenwood Heritage Heights, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord, NH 03301, or Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 25O Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301.

Catherine L. Smith Mitchell  
Catherine L. "Kay" (Little) Smith Mitchell, 88, of Allds Street, Nashua, died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at the Hunt Community Home in Nashua.
She was born in Kalida, Ohio, on Dec. 8, I 909, a daughter of the late Robert and Catherine (Kessler) Little.
Mrs. Smith Mitchell had lived in Nashua for seven years, after having been a resident of Milford for many years.
She was a graduate of Co-op High School, Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass., in 1935. She worked as a private duty registered nurse for 33 years, and retired in 1969.
Mrs. Smith Mitchell had been a communicant of St. Patrick Church, Milford. She was a member of the Catholic Women's Club, the Milford Women's Club and the Amherst Country Club. She was an avid golfer and bridge player.
She was predeceased by her first husband, L. Keeley Smith, and her second husband, Raymond Mitchell, who died July 26, 1998.
Family members include a sister-in-law, Marie Little of Largo, Fla., and 22 nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 9, in St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations in Mrs. Smith Mitchell’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Unit 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Albert E. Hills  
Albert Edward Bins, 83, a Hollis native, died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at his residence at Pine Hill Road in Hollis, after a long illness.
Born in Hollis on April 11, 1915, he was a son of the late Edward A. and Mabel K. (Hardy) Hills. Educated in Hollis schools, he was a graduate of Hollis High School, class of 1933.
Hr. Hills was a pioneer of organic gardening. He continually experimented with new species of vegetables and flowers. Mr. Hills was also fondly known as the "Shepherd of Pine Hill Road,"and successfully bred and raised Dorset sheep for my years.
A three-year Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Hills received the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with six stars in 1944 and the Purple Heart Medal for service injuries received at Anzio Beachhead on Feb. 29, 1944.
Mr. Hills was a lifelong member of the Congregational. Church of Hollis. He was an active member of the Hollis and Granite Grange for more than 60 years; was a charter member of the Hollis Historical Society and a member of the New Hampshire Forestry Service. Mr. Hills was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 11373 of Hollis.
He was predeceased by a brother, James H. Hills, and a sister, Grace Hills Chamberlain.
Members of his family include two sisters, Ruth A. Coleman and Mabel H. Hills, both of Hollis; a sister-in-law, Harriet K. Hills of Hollis; four nephews, Robert H. Coleman, his wife Shirley, and their sons, Seth and Keith of Hollis; Edward A. "Ted" Chamberlain, his wife Joan, and their sons, Gary and Richard, of Hollis; David J. Hills, his wife Nancy, and their children, Benjamin and Althia of Ann Arbor, Mich.; William H. Hills of Eliot, Maine; two nieces, Claire C. Chase, her husband Donald and their children, Michael and Katherine of South Portland, Maine, and Ethel H. Hills and her husband John Zook of Hampton; four great-grandnephews; and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held in the Congregational Church of Hollis, Monument Square, today (Wednesday, Oct. 7) at 5 p.m.. The Rev. Dr. John A. Terry, pastor, will officiate. Friends are invited to attend.
Memorial donations may be made to Home Health and Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060; or to the Accessibility Fund of The Congregational Church, Monument Square, Hollis, NH O3O49.
The Farwell Funeral Service, Nashua, is in charge of arrangements.

Cleora M. Worley  
Cleora M. Worley, 94, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Embankment Road, Amherst, died Sept. 27, 1998, in San Antonio.
She was born in Woburn, Mass., on May 27, 1904, a daughter of Karl and Catherine (Nelsen) Paulsen.
Mrs. Worley had moved to Salem, and later to Texas, after living at Baboosic Lake in Amherst for 30 years. She enjoyed embroidery.
Mrs. Worley was predeceased by her husband, Alton J. "Red" Worley, who died in 1995.
Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Audrey J. and Carl I. Homer of San Antonio, Texas; and a granddaughter, Cheryl Clark of Dallas, Texas.
A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 5 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. The Rev. Thomas Getchell-Lacey, pastor of the Milford United Methodist Church, officiated.

Otis E. Fairfield
Otis E. Fairfield, 86, of Nashua Street, Milford, died Oct. 10, 1998, at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
He was born in Wilton on Jan. 28, 1912, a son of the late Edmund and Velma (Nickerson) Fairfield.
Mr. Fairfield had been a lifelong resident of the Milford and Wilton area. He was a graduate of Wilton High School.
He was employed as an accountant for Draper Fuel Company, Wilton, and O.K. Tool Company, Milford, for many years.
Mr. Fairfield was a former director of the Milford Taxpayers Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Milford Council 3035.
Family members include his wife of 63 years, Josephine (Locicero) Fairfield of Milford; a daughter and son-in-law, Maxene and David Flynn of Wilton; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alvin Fairfield of Concord and Winston Fairfield of Wilton; four sisters, Helen Lorette of Nashua, Christine Sono of Montague, Mass., Margaret Shaw of Texarkana, Texas, and Velma Swain of Nashua; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, Oct. 14) at 10 a.m. in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. 
Donations in Mr. Fairfield’s memory may be made to the Milford Ambulance Service, I Union Square, Milford, NH 03055. 

Dana W. Gangloff  
Dana W. Gangloff, 81, of North Street, Milford, died Oct. 9,1998, at the Milford Medical Center, Milford.
He was born in Milford on April 24, 1917, a son of William J. and Hazel E. (Wheeler) Gangloff.
A lifelong resident of Milford, Mr. Gangloff graduated from Milford High School, class of 1935.
He was employed as a shipping and receiving clerk by Nashua Corporation for 45 years and was instrumental in forming the company’s credit union.
During the l940s, Mr. Gangloff had been active in the Milford semi- pro baseball league as a player and later as coach. From 1950 through 1955, he coached the Milford American Legion baseball team.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23, American Legion, Milford.
Mr. Gangloff was predeceased by a son, Kent Gangloff.
Family members include his wife of 19 years, Virginia M. (Ordway) Gangloff of Milford; a son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Sandra Gangloff of Milford; three stepchildren, Douglas and Joyce Claire of Concord, Dennis and Nancy-Lee Claire of Wilton, and Cathy and Stephen Pratt of Nashua; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Scott E. Gangloff of Milford; a sister, Hazel G. Rockus of Milford; and two nieces and two nephews.
Funeral services were held Oct. 13 in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. The Rev. Dr. Sheila Rubdi, pastor of the First Congregational Church, UCC, Milford, officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mr. Gangloff’s memory may be made to the Milford Ambulance Service, 1 Union Square, Milford, NH 03055; or to the Milford Fire Department, For The Good of The Men, 39 School St., Milford, NH 03055.

Stella Szynal  
Stella M. (Plaza) Szynal, 88, of Hadley, Mass., died Oct. 9, 1998, at the Sunrise Care and Rehabilitation in Hadley.
Mrs. Szynal was born in Cliffside, N.J., on Nov. 17, 1909, to John and Katherine Plaza. She moved to Shutesbury, Mass., at age 4, and attended Shutesbury schools. She moved to Northampton, Mass., in 1928 and then to Hadley, Mass., in 1963, where she had lived for more than 35 years.
Mrs. Szynal was a farmer at the family farm and a dining room attendant at the University of Massachusetts for many years. She retired in 1974.
She was a communicant of St. John Cantius Church in Northampton, and a member of the Women’s Club and the Polish Women’s Alliance there.
She was predeceased by her husband, James W. Szynal, who died in 1967, and by three brothers, George Plaza of Montague, Mass., Joseph Plaza of Somerville, Mass., and Edward Plaza of Easthampton, Mass., and a sister, Veronica Moulton of Shutesbury.
She leaves five daughters, Lorraine Klekotka of Milford, Estelle Doherty of Hadley, Mass., Dolores Pinciak of Chicopee, Mass., Marlene Werenski of Holyoke, Mass., and Janet Kellogg of Whately, Mass.; a son, James Szynal of Florence, Mass.; two brothers, Anthony Plaza Sr. of South Deerfield, Mass., and Michael Plaza of Shutesbury, Mass.; five sisters, Sophie Swiercz of Easthampton, Mass., Louise Bartos of South Deerfield, Mass., Genevieve Zak of Amherst, Mass., Johanna Hayes of Shutesbury, Mass., and Lorraine Cislo of Maryland; 12 grandchildren, including Jo-Ellen Redmond of Amherst; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Oct. 9 from the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton, Mass., followed by Mass at St. John Cantius Church. Burial was at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Hadley. 
Memorial donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 61210, Longmeadow, MA 01116-1210.

Howard S. Shaff  
Howard S. Shaff, 63, vice president and investment officer at Fleet Financial Services, died Tuesday , Oct. 6, 1998, at his home in Amherst.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., Mr. Shaff resided in Amherst for 15 years and in New Canaan, Conn., for many years.
Mr. Shaft was a graduate of Phillips Academy at Andover and Yale University. He earned an MBA from Columbia University.
Mr. Shaff leaves his wife of 31 years, Margaret A. Shaff of Amherst; a daughter, Heather A. Shaff of Cambridge, Mass.; a son, W. Tyler Shaff of Amherst; two sisters, Lucy N. Dodge of Stratford, Conn., and Emily Priscilla Parker of Stamford, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 10 in St. Patrick Church, Milford. Burial was in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations in his memory may be made to St. Patrick Share Program, PO Box 27, Milford, NH 03055.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Pauline B. Burgess  
Pauline "Polly" B. (Flanders) Burgess, 65, of Sarah Drive, Merrimack, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998, in her home.
She was born in Nashua on June 10, 1933, daughter of Frank R. and Annie F. (Wise) Flanders.
Mrs. Burgess was a lifelong resident of Merrimack. She was a member of the First Congregational Church.
She was a graduate of the McGaw Normal Institute, class of 1952, and a member of the VFW Auxiliary Merrimack Post 8641 and American Legion Auxiliary Post 98.
Mrs. Burgess was predeceased by two brothers, Ralph Flanders and Harold L. Flanders, and a sister, Dorothy L. Zintel.
Members of her family include her husband, Arthur "Junior" A. Burgess Jr. of Merrimack; two sons, Ricky Burgess of Merrimack and Randall Burgess of Nashua; four grandchildren, Kevin Burgess and Corey Burgess, both of Nashua, and Ricky Burgess Jr. and Toby Burgess, both of Merrimack; four brothers, Frank Flanders of Milford, Donald Flanders of Merrimack, Richard Flanders of Garland, Texas, and George "Chip" P. Keller of Merrimack; two sisters, Elizabeth O’Gara of Merrimack and Evelyn Glover of Hollis; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Oct. 6 in the George R. Rivet Funeral Home, Merrimack. The Rev. Allen Tomlinson, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiated. Internment was in the family lot in Last Rest Cemetery.

Ethel Kiess Betka  
Ethel (Carleton) Kiess Betka, 82, of Rotterdam, N.Y., died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, at Kingsway Arms Nursing Home, after a long illness.
She was born in Mont Vernon, and moved to Schenectady, N.Y. in 1946.
Mrs. Betka was a 1937 graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. From 1939 until 1942 she worked at Doctor’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1964, she joined the staff at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital and held the night supervisor position until she retired in 1981.
She was a member of the RN Club and served on the board of directors at the Heritage Home for Women.
Mrs. Betka was a member of the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, N.Y.
Her first husband, Arthur W. Kiess, died in 1983. 
Survivors include her husband, Walter H. Betka, whom she married in 1992; a son, Wade C. Kiess of Mt. Prospect, Ill.; a daughter, Carolyn F. Kiess of Stoughton, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Joanne Marhafer of Schenectady, N.Y.; two sisters, Evelyn Osborne of Concord and Eleanor Buracyznski of Moody, Maine; a brother, Joseph Carleton of Mont Vernon and Hernando, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
A committal service will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church, 8 N. Church St., Schenectady, NY 12305.
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Ralph Tonnesen  
Ralph Tonnesen, 62, of Hampton Beach, died Oct. 16, 1998, in Exeter Hospital. 
He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Oct. 3, 1936, son of Lorents Tonnesen of Hampton Beach, and the late Marie (Jacobsen) Tonnesen. 
Mr. Tonnesen had been a resident of Hampton Beach for three years and had formerly resided in Amherst for 25 years. 
He earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, N.J., and his M.B.A. from Northeastern University, Boston. 
Mr. Tonnesen was employed by New England Nuclear in Billerica, Mass. as a corporate distribution manager. Prior to moving to Amherst, he had worked for Squibb Pharmaceutical Corporation in New Jersey for 10 years. 
He was a member of the Amherst Congregational Church. 
Mr. Tonnesen served in the U.S. Army. 
In addition to his father, members of his family include three sons, Gregory S. Tonnesen of Milford, Drew P. Tonnesen of Merrimack and Todd D. Tonnesen of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Holly A. Tonnesen of Milford; a granddaughter, Nichole Tonnesen of Milford; a sister, Lorraine Heyns of Boulder, Colo.; and two nieces. 
A memorial service was held Monday. Oct. 19, in the Amherst Congregational Church. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amherst.
Donations in Mr. Tonnesen’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Hampshire Chapter, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301. 
The Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements. 

Ernest J. Medlyn  
Ernest J. "Med" Medlyn, 76, of Medlyn Street, Milford, died Oct. 12, 1998, in St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.
He was born in Milford on Dec. 29, 1921, a son of the late Joseph F. and Lucy J. (Moyle) Medlyn.
Mr. Medlyn was a lifelong resident of Milford and graduated from Milford High School, class of 1940.
He was employed as a machinist foreman for Whitney Screw Company in Nashua for 43 years.
Mr. Medlyn was a member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post 23, American Legion, Milford, and the Benevolent Lodge 7 F&AM and Club 7, Milford.
Mr. Medlyn was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in September 1942 and was discharged from Fort Douglas, Utah, on Feb. 3, 1946, as a sergeant.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Syl Medlyn and A. Hank Medlyn.
Family members include his wife of 44 years, Marjorie (Kendall) Medlyn of Milford; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Gary Atwood, and two grandchildren, Jodi Atwood and James Atwood, all of Wilton; a brother, William A. Medlyn of Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Clara Kendall of Hernando Beach, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 15, in the Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford. The Rev. Dana Miller, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Milford, officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Milford.
Donations in Mr. Medlyn’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, New Hampshire Affiliate, 20 Merrimack Street, Suite I, Manchester, NH 03101-2244; or to Souhegan Nursing Association, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055.

Edith M. Shunaman
Edith M. (Cooper) Shunaman, 79, of Leominster, Mass., died Oct. 12, 1998, in Health Alliance-Leominster Hospital.
She was born in Leominster, Mass., on Dec. 20, 1918, the daughter of Franklin H. and Alice (Maxim) Cooper. She was a graduate of Leominster High School.
Mrs. Shunaman had lived in Milford for 27 years before moving back to Leominster three years ago. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Milford and was very active in the church choir.
Mrs. Shunaman was predeceased by her husband, Chester E. Shunaman, who died in 1971.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra M. Shunaman of Leominster, Mass.; two brothers, Warren F. Cooper of Manchester and Franklin H. Cooper Jr. of York, Pa.; and nine nephews and nieces.
A funeral was held Oct. 15 in the Silas F. Richardson and Son Funeral Home, Leominster, Mass. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery

Debra Cadorette
Debra Cadorette of Port St. John, Fla., and formerly of Milford, died Sept. 1, 1998, after a brief illness.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Cadorette, of Port St. John, Fla.; two sons, Jason Cadorette and Patrick Cadorette; a daughter, Sarah Cadorette; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gilbert of Nashua. She is also survived by five brothers, Ronald Gilbert, Steven Gilbert, David Gilbert and Tim Gilbert, all of Nashua, and James Gilbert of Virginia.


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