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Joseph J. Langevin, MANCHESTER 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
MANCHESTER - Joseph J. Langevin, 69, a former area resident and relative of area residents, died Monday at home.
He was born in Franklin, the son of Joseph and Almeda (Gill) Langevin. He was raised in Franklin, and was a graduate of Franklin High School, Class of 1947. He also lived in Bedford.
He served as an Army corporal in the Korean War and was stationed at White Sands Missile Proving Ground, New Mexico.
He worked for Public Service Company of New Hampshire for 40 years before retiring.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 79.
He is survived by a son, Ronald Langevin of Center Barnstead; a granddaughter, Hailey Gaudreault of Manchester; a sister, Ann Houle of Bow and Frostproof, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin.
A Mass of Christian burial will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Church, School St., Franklin. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Diamond G. Pickard, CANAAN 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
CANAAN - Diamond G. Pickard, 48, of School Street, died Tuesday at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, after a sudden illness.
He was born in Concord, the son of Walter Pickard and Clemetis Lawrence.
He attended Canterbury and Tilton schools, and was married to Holly Bentley in 1972.
He had lived in Penacook, where he was employed by the state of New Hampshire Highway Department. The couple lived in Billings, Mont., for 13 years, before moving to Canaan 10 years ago.
He was employed by Janci's Metal Recycling, West Lebanon, and for the town of Canaan Transfer Station.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Jonathan Pickard and Raymond Pickard.
In addition to his mother of Laconia, he is survived by his wife, Holly Pickard of Canaan; a daughter, Megan Pickard of Canaan; a sister, Heidi Nolette of Laconia; two brothers, Clifford Pickard of Belmont and Jesse Pickard of Northfield; a maternal grandmother, Teresa Phillips of Belmont; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be held tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ricker Funeral Home, 56 School St., Lebanon.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Canaan Assembly of God Church. Dr. David Baker will officiate.
Donations may be made to the Megan Pickard Scholarship Fund, c/o Mary Bailey, Mascoma Savings Bank, Church Street, Canaan 03741.

Ada M. Witham, DEERFIELD 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
DEERFIELD - Ada M. Witham, 83, of Brown Road, died yesterday at Concord Hospital.
She was born in Vermont, but had been a lifelong Deerfield resident. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post No. 103.
She was predeceased by her husband, George Witham.
She is survived by two sons, George Whitham and Albert Witham, both of Deerfield; two daughters, Alberta Barry of Epsom and Norma Hackett of Freeport, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be held tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Maiden-Petrin Funeral Home, Four Corners, Candia.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Morrison Cemetery, Deerfield. A luncheon will be served after the burial at the American Legion Post No. 103, Deerfield.

Justin K. Barton, ANDOVER 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
ANDOVER - Justin Kane Barton, infant son of Duane Barton and Kenice Palm, died Nov. 28. He was born in Lebanon on Nov. 26.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by maternal grandparents, Deborah Palm and Gerald Dickinson of Alexandria; paternal grandparents, George and Rachel (Cote) Barton of Andover; maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Gallagher of Alexandria; paternal great-grandmothers, Katherine Barton of Andover and Odile Cote of Franklin; and uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
Graveside services will be held tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in Lakeview Cemetery, East Andover. The Rev. Lynne Hubley, pastor of The First Baptist Church of Bradford, will officiate. Chadwick Funeral Service in New London is in charge of arrangements.

Laura I. MacDonald, NEWBURY 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
NEWBURY - Laura I. (Brogrin) MacDonald, 87, of Gillingham Drive, died Tuesday at the Genesis Elder Care in Laconia after a long illness.
She was born in Boston, the daughter of Carl and Irene (Armstrong) Brogrin. 
She had lived with her son and daughter-in-law since 1977.
She was retired from Sears and Roebuck in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
She was predeceased by her husband, Almon MacDonald.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Kathy MacDonald of Newbury; a grandson, Seaman MacDonald of Gulf Port, Miss.; a granddaughter, Stephanie MacDonald of Newbury; and a great-granddaughter.
A private service will be held at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Tilton. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Christopher Oliver, LACONIA 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
LACONIA - Christopher W. Oliver, 73, of Pleasant Street, died Monday at Lakes Region General Hospital.
He was born in Boston, the son of the late John and Margaret (Gallagher) Oliver. He attended school in Perkinsville, Vt., and had lived in Springfield, Vt., and Chatsworth, Calif., for several years before moving to Laconia 25 years ago.
He was a World War II Army veteran. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the European-Africa Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the Victory Medal and a Purple Heart after being wounded Jan. 15, 1945. He served in campaigns in Normandy, the Rhineland and the Ardennes.
He was employed by New Hampshire Ball Bearings as a machinist for many years before retiring.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 1, Laconia and the Brattleboro, Vt., Lodge of Elks.
He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth DiLeo of Oceanside, Calif., and Lori Wright of Palmdale, Calif.; five sons, James Oliver and Dennis Oliver, both of Laconia, Paul Oliver and Scott Oliver, both of Simi Valley, Calif., and Robert Oliver of Laguna Hills, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Lawrence Oliver and John Oliver, both of Florida, and Alfred Oliver of Perkinsville, Vt.; a sister, Irene Durland of Bellows Falls, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours.
Services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the chapel at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. The Rev. Gary Kosmowski, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Laconia, will officiate.
The Dewhirst Funeral Home in Laconia is in charge of arrangements.

Helena B. Lemay, FRANKLIN 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
FRANKLIN - Helena B. Lemay, 92, formerly of Smiling Hill Road, died Tuesday at The Peabody Home, Franklin.
She was born in Franklin, the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Decato) Bergeron. A lifetime resident, she was a former member of the Franklin Senior Citizens and a communicant of St. Paul Church.
She was employed by the JP Stevens Company for 38 years.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Stephen Barnaby and Ernest LeMay; and a son, Stephen Barnaby.
She is survived by five stepsons, Oscar LeMay of Norwalk, Conn., Andrew LeMay of Bow, Alfred LeMay of Hollandale, Fla., Richard LeMay of Raleigh, N.C., and Raymond LeMay of Norwalk, Conn.; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Frances Perrault of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul Church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

James E. Bodell, HOOKSETT 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
HOOKSETT - James E. Bodell, 76, died yesterday at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester, after a short illness.
He was born in Central Falls, R.I., the son of Joseph and Mary (Powers) Bodell. He lived in Pawtucket, R.I., before moving to Hooksett in 1960. He was a graduate of Pawtucket, R.I., Senior High School in 1940 and of New Hampshire Technical College in 1969.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served as a pilot in the European and African theaters. He piloted an Air Corps C47 "Dakota" dropping paratroopers over Normandy during the pre-invasion hours of June 6, 1944. 
He worked in the textile industry for several years, and later retired from Harris Corporation in 1984.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 149 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1617.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Bodell, Edward Bodell and Paul Bodell.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice (Cardin) Bodell of Hooksett; two sons, Edward Bodell of Cary, N.C., and Barry Bodell of Concord; a daughter, Allyson Bodell of Manchester; four grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Donahue of Pawtucket, R.I., Teresa Nyberg of Falmouth, Mass., and Carol Trustey of Glastonbury, Conn.
Calling hours will be held tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm St., Manchester.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday at noon in St. Catherine Church, Webster St., Manchester. Encryptment will be in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made to the Union Leader Santa Fund, P.O. Box 9555, Manchester 03108.

Cecilia M. Jordan, LACONIA 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
LACONIA - Cecilia M. Jordan, 79, of Union Avenue and formerly of Mechanic Street, died yesterday at home.
She was born in Lincoln, the daughter of Joseph and Odile (Lanteigne) Landry. She was a long-time Laconia resident.
She worked for Laconia Shoe as a stitcher for 15 years, retiring in 1980. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport.
She was predeceased by her husband, Archie Jordan.
She is survived by a son, Eugene Jordan of Lakeport; two daughters, Carole Wells of Belmont and Janet Lafreniere of Manchester; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Adeline Burke of Keene; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House Entrance.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow at noon in Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Washington Street, Lakeport. The Rev. George Soberick, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will take place after the Mass in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
Donations may be made to the Lakes Region General Hospital, Oncology Department, 80 Highland St., Laconia 03246.

Bertha E. Harrison, ALEXANDRIA, Va. 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Bertha E. Harrison, 98, a former area resident and relative of area residents, died yesterday at Mt. Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Va.
She was born in Laconia, the daughter of the late Charles Ward and Isamay Elliott.
She attended secretarial school in Boston, after which she worked as a legal secretary for a prominent Boston justice. 
In 1952, she became office manager of Gerry-Northup Company in Boston, a general contracting firm founded by her grandfather and managed by her father and later her late husband, John Harrison. She retired in 1966.
She lived in Reading, Mass., where she made homemade beans and bread and marketed them under the name Cone Maple Farms.
She moved to Alton Bay after retiring, and lived there until 1989, when she moved to Alexandria, Va.
She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Wordell of Alexandria, Va.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a nephew, Ralph Jury of Alton; and a niece.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the family lot in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading, Mass. 
The Rev. David Reid will officiate.

Diana M. Roy, MANCHESTER 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
MANCHESTER - Diana M. Roy, 97, relative of area residents, died yesterday at Villa Crest, Manchester, after a short illness.
She was born in St. Monique, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Omer and Clerina (Cote) Dube. She lives in Manchester for most of her life. She was a member and former president of the Sodality of St. Anne at St. Marie Church, Manchester. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Marcel Roy; and a son, George Roy.
She is survived by three daughters, Lucille Chalifour of Manchester, Sr. Laurette Roy, PM of Hudson, and Carmelle Paveglio of Chichester; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Lorraine Roy of Merrimack; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm St., Manchester.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in St. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Manchester.
Donations may be made to Eden Alternatives c/o Villa Crest Inc., 1276 Hanover St., Manchester 03104.

Irene D. Dow 
Thursday, December 3, 1998
Irene D. Dow, 77, of Pitman Street, died Tuesday at home after a long illness.
She was born in Pembroke, the daughter of the late Napoleon and Rosanna (Daneault) Dandurand.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, James Dow of Concord; four daughters, Jean, Louise, Lorette and Cecile; a stepson, Harold Dow; two sisters, Germaine Garland of Concord and Emily Brough of Rumford, R.I.
There are no calling hours.
A memorial service will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the chapel at the Robert C. Crutchfield Apartments, 15 Pitman St. The Rev. Mitchell Wanat, pastor of St. Peter's Church, will officiate. The Waters Funeral Home in Concord is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Kilbourne, HAMDEN, Conn. 
Friday, December 4, 1998
HAMDEN, Conn. - Dorothy Hall Kilbourne, 84, formerly of Concord, died Tuesday at Harborside Health Care Arden House in Hamden after a brief illness.
She was the wife of John Kilbourne.
A daughter of the late Robert and Florence Sweet Hall, she was born in Watertown, Mass. She had been a resident of Concord for many years before moving to Hamden in 1955.
She was a member of the Mount Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden and a former member of the Grange in Mount Carmel. She was a librarian at the Yale Medical School Library for more than 20 years before her retirement.
Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Faith Bates of Watertown and Marianne Thompson of Hingham, Mass.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two daughters, Nancy Kilbourne and Dorothy Kilbourne; two sisters; and a brother.
A memorial service will be held on tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Mount Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden. There will be no calling hours and the interment will be private.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association South Central Connecticut Chapter, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, Conn. 06518.
The Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home in Hamden is in charge of arrangements.

Florence D. Devenger, CLAREMONT 
Friday, December 4, 1998
CLAREMONT - Florence D. Devenger, 95, formerly of Hillside Terrace, where she had lived since it's opening in 1978, died Wednesday at the Sullivan County Nursing Home.
She was born in Brookline, Vt., the daughter of Adam and Antonia (Bolska) Jankewicz Johnson. She was one of nine children.
She lived in Newport for 50 years, and worked as a stitcher for the Newport Clothing Company, retiring in 1975.
She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, and a member of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union.
She was predeceased by a son Richard Devenger.
She is survived by a son, Rodney Devenger of Claremont; four daughter, Elizabeth Sanborn of East Flat Rock, N.C., Albertine Sinotte of Concord, Gwen Brinkley of Magee, Miss., and Sandra Peterson of Tampa, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter Johnson of Eustis, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad St., Claremont.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated tomorrow at 1 p.m. in St. Joseph Church, The Rev. Stanley Piwowar, pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bellows Falls, Vt.
Donations may be made to the St. Joseph Church Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 824, Claremont 03743.

Kenneth E. Wood 
Friday, December 4, 1998
Kenneth E. Wood, 58, of Chancellor Drive, died Wednesday at Concord Hospital.
He was born in Concord, the son of H. Kenneth and Cora Mae (Palmer) Wood.
He worked as several restaurants in the Concord area before retiring in 1989.
He was an avid car enthusiast and an expert jigsaw puzzle solver.
He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Nicole Greene.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Pamela (Leary) Wood of Concord; two daughters, Coralyn Wood of Concord and Melissa Howard of Gilmanton; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Sally Johnson of Hillsboro.
Calling hours will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. George Blackman will officiate. Burial will be in Blossom Hill Cemetery.

Acile Harrison 
Friday, December 4, 1998
Acile Harrison, 100, of Christian Avenue, died Sunday at the Havenwood Health Care Facility.
She was born in Paris, France, the daughter of Cyril and Alice (Morgan) Harrison.
Before moving to Concord in 1983, she lived in Boston and New York City.
She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree and received a master's degree from the Boston School of Physical Education, where she worked as the admissions director.
She worked for various New England private schools as a physical education teacher, and spent many summers as a counselor and director for New England area camps. She also worked in the office of the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a time.
She is survived by a cousin, Harriet Anderson of Wethersfield, Conn.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial services will be held at Havenwood. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
Donations may be made to the Havenwood-Heritage Heights Endowment Fund, 33 Christian Ave., Concord 03301, or to the CRVNA Hospice Program, P.O. Box 1797, Concord 03302-1797.
The Boutwell, Hussey-Wiren Funeral Home in Concord is in charge of arrangements.


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