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Lena M. Thompson
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
Lena M. Thompson, 78, died Thursday at Concord Hospital. 
She was born in Oakland, Maine, the daughter of Ralph and Ella (Osborn) Stevens. She lived in Oakland before moving to Pembroke in 1970.
She was a former member of the Oakland Chapter No. 191, the Order of the Eastern Star. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Actor Thompson; and a sister, Besse Culberson.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Leiby of Clinton, Maine; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Melvin Sawtelle, Lawrence Stevens and Raymond Pottle, all of Massachusetts.
A graveside service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Lake View Cemetery, Old Belgrade Road, Oakland, Maine. 
Wheeler Funeral Home of Oakland, Maine, is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia C. Peaslee
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
Virginia C. "Ginny" Peaslee, 82, of Pembroke Street, died yesterday at Hospice House in Concord.
She was born in Bradford, the daughter of Hartwell and Ethel (Trow) Clement. She was a 1935 graduate of Simonds Free High School in Warner.
She worked at the Congregational Christian Conference Center in Pembroke and also for the hot lunch program at Pembroke Academy.
She was a member of the Pembroke Congregational Church; the Henicon chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Henniker; and the Star Rebekah Lodge in Weare. 
She also belonged to the Pembroke Women's Club and was the past president of the Pembroke Parent-Teacher Association and the past president of the Plausawa Valley Country Club Women's League.
She known for the braided rugs she created.
She is predeceased by a daughter, Lynda Peaslee, who died in 1961.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Arnold "Ben" Peaslee of Pembroke; a daughter, Marcia Duford of Allenstown; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Clement of Henniker; and nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord. The Rev. Dan Stauffacher and the Rev. Hugh Topliff, will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to the 4 Girls Memorial Library Fund, Pembroke Academy, Academy Road, Pembroke 03275 or to Hospice House, in care of the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Concord 03302-1797.

Blanche Riley, MEREDITH
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
MEREDITH - Blanche Riley, 80, of Gould Avenue, died Saturday at Hospice House in Concord after a long illness.
She was born in Manchester, the daughter of Wright and Willa (Richards) Heald. She lived in Meredith for 18 years, moving here from Dunbarton.
She was a Girl Scout leader in Dunbarton. She also volunteered for the 4-H Country Kitchen in Hopkinton, helping staff the baked potato window, where she will be missed.
She was a waitress for various Manchester restaurants and worked for the New Hampshire Insurance Co. where she served in the executive dining room. 
She was known for lending a helping hand to everyone. She volunteered her time organizing activities for seniors at Hillside Apartments. She also wrote for the Meredith Senior Center newsletter. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Riley, who died in 1983.
Family members include her daughter, Sylvia Grenier of Dunbarton, and several cousins.
A memorial service will be celebrated Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bethan Chapel, 54 Newbury Road (off Brown Avenue) in Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association in Meredith or Hospice House of Concord.
The Phaenuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Manchester is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Colclough, GOFFSTOWN
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
GOFFSTOWN - Margaret F. Colclough, 90, died Sunday at Hillsborough County Nursing Home.
She was born in Black Foot, Idaho, the daughter of Steven and Helena (Fitzmorris) Hilliard. She had lived in the Goffstown area for many years.
She had worked as a nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Moore General Hospital, from which she retired in 1974.
She was predeceased by two husbands, Arthur Flanders, who died in 1985, and Earl Colclough, who died in 1975; and a grandson, Keith Wynands who died in 1990.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith Ann Wynands of New Boston; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Mooney of West Newton, Mass.; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at French & Rising Funeral Home, 17 S. Mast St., Goffstown. The Rev. Nancy Vogele of St. Matthews Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hillsborough County Nursing Home.

Edme V. Prive, ALLENSTOWN
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
ALLENSTOWN - Edme V. Prive, 65, died yesterday at Concord Hospital after a period of failing health.
He was born in Allenstown, the son of Derezinne Prive and Marie Prive Herneon. 
He served for three years with the New Hampshire National Guard.
He had worked as a carpenter for Key-Loc Corp. and Pembroke Boat Co. He had also been employed by Beebe Shoe, Manchester Shoe Co. and Emerson Mills.
He was known for his love of animals and collection of key chains.
Survivors include his wife of almost 43 years, Grace (Gray) Prive; two sons, Raine Prive of Lawrence, Mass., and Edward Prive of Allenstown; a daughter, Pearl Labrie of Concord; four grandchildren; two sisters, Palma Reardon of Epsom and Palmire Rondeau of Allenstown; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main St., Pembroke.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown. The Rev. C. Peter Dumont, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will take place in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Hooksett, at a later date.

Grace F. Powers, NEW LONDON 
Tuesday, October 26, 1999
NEW LONDON - Grace F. (Burke) Powers, 97, died Saturday at the Clough Extended Care Center in New London. 
She was born in Waltham, Mass., the daughter of John and Mary (Shea) Burke. She lived in Waltham for more than 90 years before moving to New Hampshire in 1995. She lived at Foxchase in South Sutton for four years.
She was a member of the Grange, the Waltham Mothers Club and was an active communicant at Saint Mary's Parish in Waltham for many years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Powers; a daughter, Nancy Ballou, and by seven brothers and sisters.
She is survived by a son, Peter Powers of Hopkinton; a daughter, Marilyn Ohlsen of Palmerton, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. 
Visiting hours will be held today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main St., Waltham, Mass. 
The funeral will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Church, 51 Hall St., Waltham. 
Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Way.

Agnes L. VanderHaegen, DELAND, Fla.
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
DELAND, Fla. - Agnes L. VanderHaegen died Aug. 30 in Deland, Fla., in a nursing home where she had been living since May.
She was born in Concord, the daughter of Morrill and Georgia (Fitts) Smith. She lived in Concord for many years before moving to Deland in 1983. 
She belonged to the Dunbarton Historical Society. She was a hospital gift shop volunteer and she also belonged to several clubs in Deland.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Janice, in 1982; and a brother, Dr. Preston Smith of Holderness in 1988.
She is survived by nieces and cousins. 
Her ashes will be interred in Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord at the convenience of the family. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Dunbarton Historical Society, in care of Wendy Dailey, Rangeway Road, Dunbarton 03045.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of local arrangements. 

Graydon Clark, CLAREMONT
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
CLAREMONT - Graydon "Jerry" Clark, 65, of Myrtle Street, died Monday at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont after a period of failing health.
He was born in Henniker and had lived in Claremont for many years. 
He attended Henniker schools and was an Army veteran. He worked as a self-employed electrical and plumbing and heating contractor.
He loved children, music and model trains.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Kerry Clark and Larrie Clark. 
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Barrows) Clark of Claremont; his mother, Dorothy Bergh of Henniker; three sons, Larrie Clark of Claremont, Robert Snare and Gary Snare; three daughters, Lisa LaPlante of Claremont, Brenda Lyman of Troy and Victoria Caffey; and a brother, Barrie Clark of Claremont.
There will be no visiting hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Toys for Tots Foundation, P.O. Box 1947, Quantico, Va. 22134.
Roy Funeral Home in Claremont is in charge of arrangements.

Bernard A. Kimball, WICHITA, Kan.
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
WICHITA, Kan. - Bernard A. Kimball, 91, formerly of Concord, died Monday in Kansas.
He was born in Hopkinton, and had lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Concord before moving to Kansas. 
He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1931. He was a retired farmer at the time of his death.
He is survived by two sons, Bruce Kimball of Wichita, Kan., and Duncan Kimball of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The graveside service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Wichita, Kan. A memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Derby Friends Church in Derby, Kan. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Derby Friends Church, 1034 N. Woodlawn, Derby, Kan. 67037.
The Resthaven Mortuary in Kansas is in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Carl J. Puleo Sr., MALDEN, Mass.
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
MALDEN, Mass. - Carl J. Puleo Sr., a relative of area residents and a former resident of Malden, Mass., died Monday. 
He was predeceased by two brothers, John Puleo and Daniel Puleo. 
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Mazza) Puleo of New Hampshire; a son, Carl Puleo Jr. of Melrose, Mass.; two daughters, Donna Downs of Billerica, Mass., and June Wallace of Hopkinton; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Margaret Puopolo, Grace Walters, Anne Brescia, and Pauline Trischetta; and four brothers, Salvatore Puleo, Vincent Puleo, John Puleo and Francis Puleo.
There are no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, Pearl Street, Malden, Mass. Interment will be at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose, Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 1797, Concord 03302. 
The A.J. Spadafora Funeral Home of Malden, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.

Harold A. Wheeler, SPRINGFIELD
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
SPRINGFIELD - Harold A. Wheeler, 63, of Bowman Road, died yesterday at home. 
He was born in New London, the son of Harold and Pearl (Stone) Wheeler. He had lived in Springfield for the past 30 years, moving there from New London. 
He had been employed as a toolmaker for Sturm Ruger in Newport for 29 years before his retirement in 1998. He also served in the Navy from 1958 to 1959. 
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Betty (Smith) Wheeler of Springfield; two sons, Edward Wheeler of Woodstock, Ga., and Mason Wheeler of Springfield; three daughters, Holly Wheeler of Springfield, Donna Newton of Saratoga, Wyo., and Wendy Keyser of Springfield; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Guy Wheeler of Springfield, and Kneiland Wheeler of Croydon; and nieces, nephews and cousins. 
There will be no calling hours.
Private graveside services will be held in Pleasant View Cemetery in Springfield. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springfield FAST Squad, P.O. Box 121, Springfield 03284. 
Chadwick Funeral Service of New London is in charge of arrangements.

John C. Lewis, GROTON
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
GROTON - John C. Lewis, 70, of Sculptured Rocks Road, died Thursday at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth.
He was born in Concord, the son of Crosby and Miriam (Putney) Lewis. He lived in Weymouth, Mass., before moving to Groton three years ago.
He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1949, and the New England Institute of Mortuary Science in 1957. 
He was employed by the Stanetsky Funeral Home in Brookline, Mass., before retiring in 1996. He was most recently employed by Century 21 in Bristol as a real estate agent.
He was an Air Force veteran, as well as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, the Royal Arch chapter and the South Shore Commandery, all in Weymouth, Mass. He was also a member of the town house committee, the historical society and the planning board in Groton. 
He was an avid gardener and antiques collector.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Aletha (Goss) Lewis of Groton; a daughter, Susan Harville of Germany; a son, Peter Lewis of Holliston, Mass.; his mother, Miriam Lensch of Hollywood, Fla.; three grandchildren; four sisters, Ellen Salerno, Roberta Hall and Martha Chase, all of Concord, and Sandra Cunningham of Connecticut; four brothers, Harry Lewis of Concord, Crosby Lewis and Scott Lewis, both of Fairbanks, Alaska, and William Lensch of Wisconsin; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at the Mayhew Funeral Home in Plymouth. The Rev. John Fischer, pastor of the Union Congregational Church in Hebron, officiated.
After cremation, burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Lincoln. 
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Merrimack St., Suite 1, Manchester 03101 or to the American Cancer Society, New Hampshire Division, 360 Route 101, Unit 501, Bedford 03102.

Pearl M. Fletcher
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
Pearl M. Fletcher, 81, of Hopkinton Road, died Monday at Concord Hospital. 
She was born in Loudon, the daughter of Wilbur and Edith (Davidson) Kendall. 
She was a craftsperson and bookkeeper for Concord Arts & Crafts and a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She was also a member of the United Baptist Church and an avid skier.
She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Fletcher, and a brother, Ralph Kendall.
She is survived by a son, K. Allen Fletcher of Concord; a daughter, Joan Plodzik of Concord; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Burt of Canterbury; and nieces and nephews. 
There are no services.
Memorial donations may be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 1797, Concord 03302.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of arrangements. 

Dorothy K. Sherman, BELLEAIR BLUFFS, Fla.
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
BELLEAIR BLUFFS, Fla. - Dorothy K. Sherman, 87, died Oct. 17 at home.
She was born in Homer-Cortland, N.Y., the daughter of Jessie (Baldwin) and Frank Scudder. She moved to Florida from Port Jervis, N.Y. 
She was a volunteer ambulance driver during World War II, and was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Foresters of America, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She volunteered at the St. Alban's Naval Hosptial and the Humane Society of New Jersey, and was a board member of Port Jervis and all New York state hospitals. 
She is survived by her husband, Joseph; two daughters, Marilyn Debuc of Loudon, and Lois Hirt of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; two sons, Frederick Krebs of Buffalo, N.Y., and Willis Krebs of North Babylon, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a twin sister, Doris Wheeler of Walden, N.Y.; and a brother, Willis Scudder of Port Jervis, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo, Fla. 33770.
Funeral and interment arrangements are at convenience of the family. 

M.E. Gillis, HOUSTON
Wednesday, October 27, 1999
HOUSTON - M.E. "Gene" Gillis, 69, of Houston and Troup, Texas, and a relative of area residents, died Monday at his home in Houston. 
He was born in Fentress, Texas, the son Fred and Seawillow Gillis. He was a 1951 graduate of the University of Texas. 
He worked with Humble Oil & Refining Company, and retired as vice president of human resources of Exxon Corp. in 1994. 
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, June (Evans) Gillis; a son, David Gillis of Houston; a daughter, Dana Gillis-Cabanel of Concord; three grandchildren; and several nieces and a nephew.
Calling hours will be held today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston. 
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston. The Rev. Jim Jackson, the Rev. Carey Sayers and the Rev. Kelly Williams will officiate. 
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Troup United Methodist Church in Troup, Texas. The Rev. Jon Stouffer will officiate.
Private interment services will be held in Griffin Community Cemetery in Griffin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. 

Edith Anderson, NEEDHAM, Mass.
Thursday, October 28, 1999
NEEDHAM, Mass. - Edith Anderson, 89, a 56-year resident of Needham, Mass., and a former area resident, died yesterday at Deaconess Glover Hospital in Needham.
Born and raised in Bow, she graduated from Concord High School and married her high school sweetheart, the late Eric Anderson.
She worked for many years in alterations for women's clothing in Needham and Wellesley, Mass., until her retirement at age 81 from Decelle's Clothing Store in Needham.
She also worked for the Gorse Company of Needham.
During her years in Needham, she hosted many students from Babson College in Wellesley, and she was active at the Senior Place of the Dedham, Mass., V.N.A.
She was predeceased by her husband, Eric Anderson.
She is survived by a son, Eric Anderson of Bow, who is a selectman for Bow and a state representative for District 7.
Private services will be held.
Arrangements will be handled by the Eaton Funeral Home of Needham.
Memorial donations can be made to the Bow Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1935, Bow 03304.

Nelson L. Evans
Thursday, October 28, 1999
Memorial services for Nelson L. Evans, 65, who died Sept. 3, were held Saturday in Pine Grove Cemetery, Concord.

Alphonso Potter Jr., LOUDON
Thursday, October 28, 1999
LOUDON - Alphonso Potter Jr., 75, of Sheep Rock Road, died Monday at his home.
He was born in Concord, the son of Mary Ann (Baker) and Alphonso Potter Sr. He attended Concord schools.
He worked for the City of Concord with his father and was a friend to all.
He is survived by his uncle, Roland Potter of Concord.
Memorial services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord.
Private interment will be held in Blossom Hill Cemetery.

Joseph J. Veno, EPSOM
Thursday, October 28, 1999
EPSOM - Joseph J. Veno, 68, of North Road and formerly of Brockton, Mass., died yesterday at Concord Hospital.
He was born in Boston, the son of Michael and Thelma (Atkins) Antonelli.
He was a tool maker for Instron Corp.
He was a member of the Northeastern University hockey team. He was a former member of St. Colmens Church in Brockton, Mass., and the Knights of Columbus in Massachusetts. He was an avid bowler.
He was predeceased by a brother, John Veno.
He is survived by a son, Joseph Veno Jr. of Germany; three daughters, Michelle Rollins of Marshfield, Mass., Mary Ellen Belley and Georgiann Perry, both of Epsom; and nine grandchildren.
Calling hours will be tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place after the services in McClary Cemetery, Epsom.
Donations may be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 1014, Manchester, 03105.

Doris F. Mann, HILLSBORO
Thursday, October 28, 1999
HILLSBORO - Doris F. Mann, 87, died Tuesday at her son's home.
She was born in Fitchburg, Mass., the daughter of Albert and Grace (Tichnor) Fish. She lived in Hopkinton after her retirement and later moved to Hillsboro.
She was a registered nurse and worked for 30 years at the Fay School in Southboro, Mass. She retired in 1973.
She attended Deering Community Church.
She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas Mann.
She is survived by two sons, W.M. Bruce Mann of Hillsboro and Douglas Mann of Deer Island, Maine; one daughter, Judith Donnelon of Damariscotta, Maine; and five grandchildren.
There are no calling hours.
Funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 456 Beech St., P.O. Box 1014, Manchester 03105.
The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is in charge of arrangements.


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