Obituaries

Gloria A. LeBoeuf

Gloria A. LeBoeuf, 76, of Windham, died on June 22 , 2009, in her home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born in St. Zachary, Province of Quebec, Canada, and was the daughter of the late Sylvio and Florida Tessier.  Gloria grew up in Lawrence, MA.  She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School.

An amazingly creative individual, Gloria owned her own business, Formal Fashions Bridal Salon, in Lawrence for 16 years.  She designed and created custom gowns and dresses for weddings, proms, and beauty pageants.

A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother, family always came first for her.  The ever-present matriarch of the family, she could be found at every christening, wedding, holiday, graduation, birthday, concert, play or recital any of her children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren had.  She will be greatly missed, but her spirit will remain forever in our hearts.

Gloria leaves her beloved husband of 57 years, J. Raymond R. LeBoeuf; three sons, Allen LeBoeuf and his wife Elaine (Schevis) of Windham, Ronald LeBoeuf and his wife Susan (Kennedy) of Merrimack, and Mark LeBoeuf and his wife Denise (Midgley) of Windham; a daughter, Diane DiPersio and her husband Carlo of Windham; nine grandchildren whom she loved greatly, Matthew, Cheryl, Lori, Julie, Kristen, Cynthia, Christopher, Adam and Jillian, three great-grandchildren Kayla, Gabe and Haley, and her life-long friend Claire Desjardin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 25 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Londonderry.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 2990 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 300C, Los Angeles, CA 90064, www.pancreatic.org, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, www.cancer.org.

Arrangements were under the care of the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Londonderry. 

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Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo

Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo, 23, of Salem, died June 13, 2009, in Iraq.

SSgt. Lo graduated from Salem High School in 2004.  He was a member of the Air Force JROTC program and he was the operations squadron and color guard commander and a drill team commander.  SSgt Lo was on the first drill team from Salem High School to compete in the National Drill Team Championship; the team earned second place.  He entered the Army and was assigned to the 797th Ordnance Company, 79th Battalion based in Fort Hood, TX.

SSgt. Lo loved learning and was always willing to help tutor students in any grade during his years at Salem High School.  He was a talented musician and played several instruments.  SSgt Lo was very well liked and people were drawn to him because of his personality, commitment, and loyalty.  He was a leader who was respected by many and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his parents, David and Rosa Lo of Salem; his maternal grandfather, Chung Fai Lam of Hong Kong, China; three sisters, Carmen Lo and her husband Rakesh Hira of Salem, Selma and her husband Thomas Deyak of Bedford, and Lena and her husband James Rozzi of Hooksett; two brothers, Raymond Lo and Norman Lo, both of Salem; nieces Marisa and Ava Rozzi and nephew Evan Deyak.

Calling hours are Friday, June 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edmond Lo Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Salem Co-Op Bank, Attn:  Sheila King, 3 South Broadway, Salem, NH 03079.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Pamela Ann Seidel

Pamela Ann Seidel, 59, of Salem, died June 6, 2009, at her home.

Pamela was born, raised and educated in Waterbury, CT.  She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.  Pamela has been a long-time resident of Salem and worked as a Realtor for Prudential Dinsmore Associates.  Pamela was a member of the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem where she enjoyed working with various church groups and with the children of the congregation.  She also co-founded the Salem Family Co-op and was active in the Salem School PTA and other school activities.  Those closest to Pamela knew that her greatest love and joy came from raising and caring for her two girls.  Pamela dedicated her life to her family and she will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

She leaves her loving and devoted husband of 34 years, Roger Seidel of Salem.  She also leaves two daughters, Debra and Casey, as well as her beloved son-in-law Ian.  She also leaves her father and step-mother, Floyd and Gwen Johnston of Middlebury, CT, her sister Candice and many dear relatives and friends. 

Pamela is predeceased by her mother, Beverly (Lawson) Johnston, and her sister Cindy.

A memorial service in her honor was held on June 10 at Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem.  Arrangements were under the direction of Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Salem, NH. 

Memorial donations may be made to Pam Seidel Memorial Fund, Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 171 Zion Hill Road, Salem, NH 03079.  To leave an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Stephen John Stephanian

Stephen John Stephanian, 85, of Salem, died June 20, 2009, at his home.

He was born in Lawrence, MA, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 24 years.

Mr. Stephanian was a retired Supervisor and Letter Carrier for the Lawrence Post Office.  He was a member of St. Matthew Church in Windham, and a member of the Knights of Columbus #4027 in Methuen, MA.  He was an Army veteran, serving during World War II.  He was a charter member of the World War II Memorial, the VFW Post #1549 in Lawrence, and the Letter Carriers Union Branch 212, where he was a past president and a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.  He was also the Legislative Director and Past President of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Methuen, MA Chapter.

He is survived by his wife, Fanny (Rizzo) Stephanian of Salem; one daughter, Brenda Huxley of Windham; one brother, Garabed Stephanian of Methuen; two grandchildren, Michael Huxley of San Francisco, CA, and Christine Huxley of Windham; and one niece, Cynthia Landry of San Francisco. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 24 at St. Matthew Church, Windham.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. 

Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Sophia K. Ford

Sophia K. Ford, 88, formerly of Windham, died June 11, 2009, in Chapin, SC, where she resided with her niece Natalie Neuman-Basso.

She was born May 2, 1921 in Northampton, PA.  She was the youngest surviving child of Nicholas and Ellen (Homik) Kraftician.  After graduating from Northampton High School in 1938, she entered the Navy, which she served honorably from 1943 – 1946.  Upon her discharge she was employed by the Department of Labor, Department of State, the Internal Revenue Service (Criminal Division), Yale University Law School, and various legal firms.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Chapin, SC.

Sophia, widow of John F. Ford, is survived by loving family members and faithful friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 16 at St. Matthew Church, Windham.  Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery, Lawrence, MA.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Church, 2 Searles Road, Windham, NH, or to the charity of ones choice.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Frances Brennan Jenkins

Frances Brennan Jenkins, 79, of Salem, died June 11, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family.

Frances was born in Ludlow, MA the daughter of the late Margaret (McGuiness) and James Brennan.  She grew up in Indian Orchard, MA graduating from St. Michael’s Cathedral High School.  Frances lived in Salem for 50 years.

Frances was a founding member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem, and was very active in Salem politics with the Salem Democratic Party.  She enjoyed reading, especially political history.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen Rose Jenkins.

She is survived by daughters, Margaret J. Spencer of Gloucester, MA, and Mary E. Gifford of Salem; a sister, Sheila Tipton of East Longmeadow, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held June 15 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Salem Caregivers, PO Box 2316, Salem, NH 03079.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Julia Norton

Julia Norton, infant daughter of Rebecca (Pomfret) Norton and Aaron Norton of Lowell, MA, died peacefully June 9, 2009, at Lowell General Hospital.  She was born at 2:30 and met the eyes of Jesus at that time.  In addition to her parents her brother Lucas, and her grandparents Marilyn Norton and John and Margaret Pomfret survive her.

You are invited to a Memorial Mass in honor of Julia on Friday, June 19, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Kathryn Parish, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson.  All are invited to a reception in the church hall immediately following the Mass.  Flower deliveries will be accepted directly to the church.  Arrangements are by the McDonough Funeral Home, in Lowell.  E-mail condolence Website:  www.mcdonoughfuneralhome.com. 

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Jeannette (Courtois) Proteau

Jeannette (Courtois) Proteau, 87, of Hudson, formerly of Dracut, MA, died June 14, 2009, at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 20, 1922, in Lowell, MA, daughter of the late Andre’ and Florence (Larmand) Courtois.  Jeannette was the wife of the late Arthur J. Proteau, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage prior to his death in 1996. 

She was a Quality Control Inspector at the former Wang Labs in Lowell, MA.  She enjoyed reading, solving word searches, the Boston Red Sox and Bruins, playing Bingo and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A brother, Leo Courtois, predeceased her.

Survivors include a son and a daughter-in-law, Arthur, Jr. and Debra Proteau of Lunenburg, MA; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Pauline and Robert Martin of Hudson, and Shirley and Guy Lamarche of Lowell; seven grandchildren, Allison Proteau, Julia Proteau, Tyler Proteau, Corey Lamarche, Ashley Boland, Lori Laine and David Martin; six great-grandchildren, Dylan Boland, Brenden Laine, Daniel Laine, Andrea Laine, Stephanie Martin, and Andrew Martin; and two brothers, Albert Courtois and Victor Courtois.

A Prayer Service will take place on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Cemetery Chapel in Chelmsford, MA.  All may meet at the cemetery.  Private interment to follow. 

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Rosalie H. Shertzer

Rosalie H. Shertzer, 65, of Hudson, died June 12, 2009 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester surrounded by her loving family.

Rose was born on October 29, 1943 in Steelton, PA, daughter of the late John and Irene Tonkovic.

Rosalie lived most of the last years in Hudson as a master tailor and had operated the business Stichin’ & Such for several years.  She also resided in Laconia and did custom tailoring/alterations for many local Hudson and Nashua dry cleaners and customers.  Rosalie took great pride in her craft and personal customer satisfaction.  She was always outgoing and developed many friendships that she deeply cherished.  Anyone that knew her would know her passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers and how she traveled to games and relished their victories.  She was also an avid Formula One racing fan.  She unselfishly loved her family and was more then a ‘Mom’ to her sons but a ‘Best Friend’.  She will be missed by all.

Rosalie is survived by her two sons, David S. Shertzer and his wife Katharine of Clifton Park, NY, and Craig K. Shertzer and his fiancée Jessica Chen of Nashua; her brother, John Tonkovic, Jr., of Harrisburg, PA; and five grandchildren, Gavin Shertzer, Kallan Shertzer and Jordan Shertzer, all from Clifton Park, NY, and Kevin Shertzer and Carrissa Shertzer of Nashua. 

No memorial services were held per Rosalie’s wishes.  The family has requested that donations be made in Rosalie’s name to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. 

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Claudette ‘Toots’ Shibel

Claudette “Toots” Shibel, 69, of Phoenix, AZ died May 24, 2009, at the Desert Gardens hospice home in Phoenix.

She was born June 6, 1939, in Dracut, MA, daughter of the late Leo and Lillian (Albert) Roussell.  Claudette was the widow of Kenneth Shibel who died in 1996.

Claudette lived much of her life in Dracut where she and her husband helped her father with his family business.  She moved to Nashua in 1966 where she resided for two years and then to Ohio for five years.  She eventually moved to Arizona in 1982 where she made her final home.  There Claudette worked as an office administrator in the construction sector until 2008 when she retired in order to pursue diverse personal activities.

Claudette was formally a communicant of St. Theresa Church, now St. Marguerite D’Youville Parish, in Dracut prior to moving from the area.

Claudette’s hobbies included tennis, bowling, dancing, cooking and gardening.  She also loved the ocean and enjoyed traveling.  She will be remembered by all for her signature “bubbly” personality, her zest for life and her gracious hospitality.  An additional “Toots” trademark that will not be forgotten would be her outdoor home décor and holiday themes, which she proudly displayed throughout the years.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Martina Shibel of Queen Creek, AZ, and Stephen and Julie Shibel of Paris, France; one brother and three sisters, Leo Roussell of Peoria, AZ, Jeanne Passon of Glendale, AZ, Elaine Paquette of Burlington, VT, and Collette Deneault of Hudson; four grandchildren, Allie, Kennedy, Lena and Ethan; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on July 31 at 1 p.m. at St Joseph Cemetery Chapel in Chelmsford, MA.  The family has requested that donations be made in Claudette’s memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656 or www.hov.org/donate_online.aspx. 

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James E. Sullivan

James E. Sullivan, 88, of Salem, died June 13, 2009, at his home.

James was born and educated in Brookline, MA, graduating from St. Mary’s High School.  He served in the Army during World War II in the Philippines.  James was a manager at Grossman’s in Salem and in Billerica, MA.  He later worked at Stateline Supply in Seabrook and Maxwell Supply in Salem.  After his retirement, he worked as a greeter at Wal-Mart in Salem. 

James was a former president of the Salem South Little League.  He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics fan.  James especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

His wife, Virginia C. (Marshall) Sullivan, predeceased him.

He is survived by sons Winston Sullivan and his wife Lynn of Laconia, Jeffrey Sullivan and his wife Aracelis of Lawrence, MA, and Scott Sullivan of Salem; a brother, Alfred Sullivan of East Boston, MA; sisters Jean Melito of Stoughton, MA, and Eileen Flynn of Northborough, MA; 11 grandchildren, Krystal, Susan, Stephanie, James, Christopher, Michael, Scotty, Roberto, Genesis, Kate and Craig; and great-grandchildren, Avery and Nathan. 

Services were private.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem handled arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to Rockingham VNA and Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Mary M. (LaBounty) Anderson

Mary (Mae) Anderson, 92, of Hudson, died peacefully in her sleep, June 5, 2009 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson.

Mae was born in Boston, MA on August 30, 1916; she was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Kelly) LaBounty.  Her husband of 42 years, Edwin Anderson, predeceased her.  All other relatives have predeceased her.

Mae graduated from Concord High School, in Concord, MA in 1934 and then graduated from the Taunton State Hospital School of Nursing, Taunton, MA, in 1938.  She was a licensed Registered Nurse for over 50 years.

She had been a baptized Jehovah’s Witness for the past 51 years.  She was a member of the Hudson Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the past 25 years and also served as a full-time pioneer during that time.  Her life was centered on her love for God and her spiritual brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Hudson Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 128 Greeley Street, Hudson, on Saturday, June 13, at 5 p.m. 

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Gale A. E. DeGraeve

Gale A. E. (Edwards) DeGraeve, 58, of Pelham, formerly of Sudbury and Framingham, MA, died June 5, 2009, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua surrounded by her loving family.  She was the beloved wife of Donald A. DeGraeve with whom she would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on June 17.

Born April 3, 1951 in Milton, MA, the daughter of Leonard and Barbara (Gale) Edwards of Pelham, she was a graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury High School Class of 1969.  She went on to graduate from Middlesex Community College in 1972 and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts in 1974.

Mrs. DeGraeve was the co-owner and operator of Wayside Printers in Sudbury, MA with her husband Donald for many years.  In addition to her love of the arts, she was an avid gardener and quilter.

Mrs. DeGraeve is survived by her husband and parents; a daughter, Sara Emily April and her husband Daniel of Santa Fe, NM; a son, Steven J. DeGraeve of Belmont, MA; two sisters, Carol Peirce and her husband Andrew of Hadley, MA, and Elizabeth Wood and her husband Darren of Pelham; a brother, Steven Edwards and his wife Patricia of Pelham; her mother-in-law, Mary Lou DeGraeve of Jackson, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

Reverend William Ferguson conducted her Funeral Service on June 11 at the First Congregational Church in Pelham.  Burial followed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sudbury, MA.  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Gale A. E. DeGraeve Fund for the Arts, c/o The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009.  Arrangements by Funeral Directors John W. Crane and James F. O’Donnell, Jr., Pelham Funeral Home. 

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Shirley A. (Blake) Fennell

Shirley A. (Blake) Fennell, 77, of Nashua, died June 4, 2009, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry surrounded by loving family.

Shirley was born on April 5, 1932, in Exeter, ME, daughter of the late Dana and Beatrice ( McCotter) Shepard.

Shirley enjoyed doing crosswords and needlework.  Flowers and animals were among her loves.  She always had a kind heart and enjoyed helping others.  She never complained and her sense of humor was always present even throughout her illness.  Most of all Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She was loved and will be missed by every heart she ever touched.

Shirley is survived by a son, Brian Priest and his wife Debra of Litchfield; two daughters, Sharon Jamison and her husband Bob of Sumter, SC, and Catherine Hill of Fredericksburg, VA; two brothers, Donald Blake of Spring Hill, FL, and Carroll Blake and his wife Terry of Concord; three grandchildren, Brittany Hill of Fredericksburg, VA, Brian Jamison of Atlanta, GA and Kimberly Tomberlin of Valdosta, GA; two great-grandchildren, Madison Tomberlin and Hunter Tomberlin, both of Valdosta, GA; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours were held on June 10 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  The family has requested that donations be made to Home Health & Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Patricia A. (Bolan) Hanlon

Patricia A. (Bolan) Hanlon, 76, of Salem, died June 5, 2009, at the Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford, ME.

She was born in Lowell, MA, where she grew up and attended St. Michael Grammar School, Keith Hall, and graduated from Lowell State Teachers College.  She later received her master’s degree in education from Tufts University.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 39 years, and formerly of Derry. 

Patricia was an Administrator for the Timberlane Regional School District in Plaistow.  She had previously worked as a substitute teacher for St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Salem.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, the Teachers Association, and the Kappa-Gamma Society.  She enjoyed painting, photography, crafts, but most of all spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert A. Hanlon of Salem; two sons, Robert M. and his wife Sheila Hanlon of Salem, and Brian E. and his wife Adriene Hanlon of McLean, VA; one brother, Edward Bolan of Lowell, MA; two grandchildren, Molly and Maegan Hanlon; and several nieces and cousins, including Cletus Bolan of New York. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 11 at St. Joseph Church, Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send a message of condolence, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Lewis E. Carter

Lewis E. Carter, 75, of Hudson, died May 31, 2009, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua.

Lewis was born in Carrabasset, ME, on September 4, 1933, a son of the late Clyde R. and Minnie (Esty) Carter.  He was the husband of Gloria P. (Cote) Carter of Hudson.

Lewis had been a longtime resident of Nashua and Hudson.  He was a 1951 graduate of Nashua High School.  Prior to his retirement he had been employed by New England Telephone for 40 years.  He was a Navy veteran serving during the Korean War.  He served on the USS Enoree TAO69 and the USS Breckinridge TAP176.  Lewis had been a member of the Telephone Pioneers as well as the Senior Activity Center of Nashua and Hudson.  Lewis was an avid bowler and he enjoyed country dancing.  He was a communicant of St. Louis de Gonzague Church in Nashua. 

He was predeceased by a daughter, Monique Carter.

Besides his wife of 53 years, Lewis is survived by one, Denis B. Carter and his wife Jennifer of Los Lunas, NM; two grandchildren, Madison Carter and Ty Carter; two brothers, Chester Carter and his wife Irene of Homosassa, FL, and Robert Carter and his wife Doris of Punta Gorda, FL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was held on June 4 in St. Louis de Gonzague Church.  Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Home Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua.  To view an on-line memorial, send a condolence or for more information, go to www.anctil-rochette.com. 

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Ellen Mary (Staples) Laffin

Ellen Mary (Staples) Laffin, 69, of Hudson, died June 2, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua from complications of living with rheumatoid arthritis for over 40 years.

Born in Somerville, MA, and raised in Acton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Anne (Quinn) Staples.  A sister, Patricia MacDonald, predeceased her.

Ellen was the wife of Curt Laffin of Hudson, with whom she shared 47 years of marriage.

She was a volunteer at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and St. Joseph Hospital and enjoyed gardening, singing, traveling, cooking and she loved to entertain.  Her greatest joy was found when spending time with her family and friends.

Besides her loving husband Curt, survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Catherine and Gary Provencher of Merrimack, Jill Laffin of Maui, HI, and Amy Laffin of Milford; two grandchildren, Emily Provencher and Curtis Provencher, both of Merrimack; a sister, Carol Quinn of Groton, MA; her mother-in-law, Eleanor Laffin of Hollis; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street in Hudson.  A Prayer Service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Ellen’s loving memory be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Northern New England Office, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, NH 03301.  To send an online message of condolence to the family please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Camille (Vachon) Beaudry

Camille (Vachon) Beaudry, 59, of Hudson, died Sunday, May 24, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 5, 1949, in Sanford, ME, daughter of the late Dr. Robert D. and Pauline (Belanger) Vachon.

Camille was the wife of Robert A. Beaudry of Hudson with whom she shared 37 years of marriage.

She was a Hudson resident for 37 years and was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church.

Camille received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Trinity College (Vermont) in 1971 and worked for a short time in the laboratory at St Joseph Hospital.  The majority of her career was spent at Elliot Hospital in Manchester where she worked approximately 35 years in the microbiology laboratory.

Camille’s first love was her family and some of her happiest moments were spent with them near the ocean in Maine.

Besides her loving husband Robert, survivors include three brothers and three sisters-in-law, Paul and Joanne Vachon of Lebannon, ME, Dr. Lionel and Suzanne Vachon of Sanford, ME, Denis and Maureen Vachon of Lewisberry, PA; one sister and a brother-in-law, Claudette and Dr. Harry Fountain of Plymouth, MI; as well as nine nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery, Nashua.  In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations in Camille’s loving memory to St. Joseph Hospital (Oncology Department), c/o  St. Joseph Hospital Resource Development, 172 Kinsley Street, PO Box 2013, Nashua, NH 03061.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Eva H. (Kuchar) Bucheri

Eva K. (Kuchar) Bucheri, 91, of Salem, died May 24, 2009, at the Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

She was born in Lawrence, MA, where she grew up and attended schools.  She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Annie (Pretka) Kuchar.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 50 years.

Mrs. Bucheri was a homemaker.  She had previously worked as a real estate agent for Blynn Realty in Salem, and later started Evangelin Realty in Salem.  She was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  She enjoyed traveling, reading and attending World War II reunions with her late husband Sam Bucheri.

She is survived by her nephew, Al and his wife Laurette DeBurro of Methuen, MA; nieces, Althea Castellano of St. Petersburg, FL, Pamela and her husband Michael Zoglio of Naples, FL; and several grand nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held May 28 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 Sarl Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Jacqueline D. (Neal) Coville

Jacqueline D. (Neal) Coville, 60, of Salem, died May 19, 2009, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

Jacqueline was born and educated in Connecticut, the daughter of the late George F. and Emma (Rink) Neal.  She lived in Salem for the past 28 years, and was formerly of Rockville, CT.

Jacqueline was a baker for Wal-Mart in Salem and she worked as an LNA for Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.  She previously worked at Sutton Hill Nursing Home in North Andover, MA.  Jacqueline was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Nashua, and a member of the National Corvette Owners Association.  She enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Thomas Coville of Salem; a son, Kenneth and his wife Kristen Chase of Weare; a daughter, Barbara and her husband Joseph Lytwyn of Stafford Springs, CT; two brothers, Lawrence Neal of Springfield, MA, and Thomas Neal of Russell, MA; a sister, Kathy Caron of Enfield, CT; five grandchildren, Martin, Gerard, Andrew, Serina, and Joey; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on May 23 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110, or Corvettes Conquer Cancer, 23 Page Avenue, Wiscasset, ME 04578.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Jeannette (Danault) Lajoie

Jeannette (Danault) Lajoie, 84, of Hudson, died May 19, 2009 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by her loving family.

She was born June 1, 1924, in Allenstown, daughter of the late Edward and Regina (Maynard) Danault.

Jeannette was predeceased by her husband, Normand Lajoie, in May of 1981.

She was employed with Fashion Neckwear in Hudson for over 20 years.  Jeannette enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles as well as traveling to Foxwoods Casino.

Survivors include three loving sons and daughters-in-law, Lenny and Nita Lajoie of Dover, Ed and Vicki Lajoie of Candia, and Allen and Leisa Lajoie of Litchfield; a sister, Esther Boucher of Hudson; and three grandchildren, Timothy Lajoie, Alison Lajoie, and Tanya Lajoie.

A funeral Mass was held in Blessed John the XXIII Parish in St. John the Evangelist Church.  Burial was in St. Louis Cemetery, Nashua.  Donations may be made to the Community Hospice House, c/o Home Health & Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua NH 03060, or the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont-Sullivan funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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John Lincoln

John Lincoln of Hudson died May 25, 2009 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

He was born in Everett, MA, son of the late George O. and Esther (Victoria) Lincoln.  He was predeceased by a brother, George O. Lincoln, Jr., and a sister, Phyllis Frazier.

John was the husband of Laurel (Cloutier) Lincoln of Hudson with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.

He was a graduate of Billerica High School, Billerica, MA, and Suffolk University, Boston, MA, and later from Suffolk Law School, graduating Cum Laude.  John was employed for many years with Travelers Insurance.  He was a violinist that enjoyed music and loved to read.

Besides his loving wife Laurel, survivors include four brothers-in-law, Raymond Cloutier, Roland Cloutier, and Norman Cloutier, all of Hudson and Kenneth Cloutier of Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Prayer Service was held on May 28 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson. 

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Lenore B. ‘Bobby’ (Lane) Nightingale

Lenore B. “Bobby” (Lane) Nightingale, 75, of Salem, died at her home on May 20, 2009.

Bobby grew up and was educated in Lawrence, MA, graduating from Lawrence High School.  She was the daughter of the late Muriel (Sayers) and Arthur Russell.  Bobby had worked as a Key Punch Operator for the Internal Revenue Service in Andover, MA.  She previously worked for Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA, and PNA in Windham

Bobby enjoyed reading, collecting Native American items and her pets.  She loved spending time with her grandsons.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Herbert Nightingale; a son, Peter Nightingale and his wife Robin of Salem; a daughter, Elaine and her husband Colonel Robert Lawless (Retired) of Apopka, FL; a stepson, Kevin Nightingale of Lawrence; three grandsons, Matthew Minicucci of Chicago, IL, Peter Nightingale II of Salem, and Mark Nightingale of Lawrence; and a sister, Joyce Fortin of Lawrence.

A memorial visitation was held May 26 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Anita L. (Campaniello) Suleski

Anita L. (Campaniello) Suleski, 66, of Salem and North Port, FL, died May 24, 2009, at her home.

She was born in Westfield, MA, where she grew up and attended schools and graduated from Westfield High School.

Anita was a self-employed accountant.  She was a member of the Red Hat Society of Florida.  She loved Florida and the beach and she enjoyed driving in her convertible and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her father, Anthony Campaniello, and a brother, Louis Campaniello.

She is survived by her husband, J. B. “Lee” Suleski of North Port, FL; a son, Jeff Suleski of Salem; a daughter, Tina Belair of Salem; her mother, Tina (Leonesio) Campaniello of East Hampton, MA; a brother, Anthony Campaniello of East Hampton; sisters, Jan M. Camp of Berkley, CA; Christine Ravish of South Deerfield, MA, and Natalie Birnie of Lebanon; and three grandchildren, Matthew Belair, Eric Belair, and Stephanie Belair.

Services will be private for the family and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.  Arrangements are by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Alfred J. Theberge

Alfred J. Theberge, 83, of Salem, died May 22, 2009, at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

He was born in Lawrence, MA, where he grew up and attended St. Ann’s School.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 20 years.

Mr. Theberge was a dye mixer for Malden Mills in Lawrence.

He is survived by his brother, Maurice Theberge of Salem and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Private graveside services were held in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Andover, MA.

The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Ronald G. Levesque

Ronald G. Levesque, 62, of Hudson, beloved husband and father, died May 4, 2009 at his home.

Ronald was born in Nashua on July 22, 1946, a son of the late Gerard and Pauline (Verville) Levesque.  He was the husband of Andrea (Roberge) Levesque of Hudson. 

Ronald had been employed by Anheuser-Busch for 35 years prior to his retirement.  Ronald was well known for displaying his huge American Flag, which he proudly flew in front of his home every July 4th.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter.  Ronald was an amazing cook and he always tried something new.  He took pride in his home and he enjoyed gardening.  Ronald was well known for his French Night at the Nashua Horse Pond Fish and Game Club.  He enjoyed being around family and friends and was never happier than when entertaining them.

Besides his wife of 42 years, Ronald is survived by three sons, Luke Levesque of Hudson, Mark Levesque and his wife Karen of Sun Prairie, WI, and Philip Levesque and his wife Christin of Chelmsford, MA; three daughters, Nicole Reihl and her husband John of Ormond Beach, FL, Margaux Levesque of Calabash, NC and Angela Levesque of Nashua; eight grandchildren, Justin Maher, Derek Nadeau, Sierra Levesque, Dylan Levesque, Gage Marynicz, Kolby Marynicz, Morgan Levesque and Emily Levesque; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 9 in Blessed John XXIII at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson. 

Services and arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua.  To view an on-line memorial, send a condolence or for more information go to www.anctil-rochette.com. 

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Henrietta A. (Cayer) Moore

Henrietta A. (Cayer) Moore, 86, of Hudson, died at Parkland Medical Center in Derry on May 18, 2009.

Henrietta was born on December 1, 1922, in Lowell, MA ,daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Leclerc) Cayer and was the loving wife of the late Kenneth M. Moore (2009) with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.  Henrietta was also predeceased by a brother, Raymond Cayer, and two sisters, Anita Buteau and Margie Braga.

Henrietta was active with the Hudson Seniors and played on their bowling league for many years.  She also enjoyed playing bingo and solitaire very much.  Family was, above all, most important to Henrietta.

Henrietta is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth F. and Karen Moore of Hudson; a daughter, Marlene Moore of Derry and her significant other, Greg Pegram of Haverhill, MA; a sister, Joann Baker and her husband Robert of Virginia Beach, VA; two grandsons, Justin Moore of Hudson and Travis Moore of Gilford; and several nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 22 in Blessed John the XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hudson; burial was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Hudson.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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Richard A. Noyes

Richard A. Noyes, 85, of Salem, died May 15, 2009, at Andover Manor in Andover, MA.

Dick grew up in Peterborough, graduating from Peterborough High School as salutatorian in 1940.  He served in the Navy as a Naval Aviator and Plane Commander flying in the Pacific Theater during World War II. 

Dick was a NH State Representative for Salem for 10 years.  He was Editor and Publisher for the Salem Observer for 35 years.  Dick was a life member of VFW Post #8546 of Salem.  He was a member and director of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, a member and Past President of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and was a recipient of the Bill Brown Award and he was a member and Past President of the Salem Board of Trade.  Dick designed and built his own house.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marianne (Harris) Noyes, and his brother, Fred Noyes.

He is survived by his wife Joan (DiGrazia) Herrick Noyes of Salem; sons, Timothy Noyes of Los Angeles, CA, David Noyes of Portland, ME, Christopher Noyes of Brooklyn, NY, and Mark Noyes and his wife Barbara of North Andover; daughters, Susan and her husband Joseph Saunders of Durham, ME, and Elizabeth Adams and her fiancé Michael Martini of Nashua; grandchildren, Kimberly, Katie, Matthew and Carolyn; and stepson, Michael Herrick and his wife Barbara of Salem, and their children Joe and Jason.

A funeral service was held May 19 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, One Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Geraldine S. Regan

Geraldine S. Regan, 71, of Cheshire, CT, died May 18, 2009, at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, CT.  She was the wife of William A. Regan.

Mrs. Regan was born March 1, 1938, in Bronx, NY, the daughter of the late William J. and Helen M. (O’Sullivan) Sullivan.  She was the Owner and President of G.S. Regan Associates in Waterbury, a business that she started in 1985 after previously working for Aetna Life and Casualty as well as Root and Boyd Insurance Agency.  In 2002, Mrs. Regan was recognized by the Business Women’s Forum as the Woman of the Year for her leadership and community responsibility. 

Throughout her career, Mrs. Regan was very active with the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce serving on their Board of Directors as well as many Chamber committees.

For over 20 years, Mrs. Regan has been involved with the American Cancer Society and received the Red Sword Gala Award for her tremendous volunteerism.  She has chaired the Greater Waterbury Annual “Daffodil Days” drive and in 2000 received the Daffodil Days Award for her outstanding efforts.  In the past she also co-chaired the American Cancer Society Annual Hope Gala event.  In 2002 she received the Distinguished Service Award for her continued and varied efforts with the American Cancer Society.

She was a longtime Cheshire resident where she was an active communicant of St. Thomas Becket Church serving as Past President of the Women’s Club.

Besides her husband of 51 years, Mrs. Regan is survived by her sons William A. Regan III and his wife Johanna of Claremont, Wayne A. Regan and his wife Diane of Holliston, MA and Michael P. and his wife Dianna of Watertown, MA; her daughter Melanie Regan Gerraughty and her husband James of Pelham; and seven grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her brother William and her sister Eileen.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on May 22 at St. Thomas Becket Church in Cheshire.  Burial followed in St. Bridget Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1004 Meriden, CT 06450.  Arrangements were under the care of the Alderson Funeral Home of Cheshire.  For online condolences, please visit www.aldersonfuneralhomes.com.

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Henry J. ‘Jack’ Schultz, Jr.

Henry J. “Jack” Schultz, Jr., 75, of Salem, died May 17, 2009, comfortably at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born and educated in Lawrence, MA, the son of the late Irma (Hoelzel) and Henry J. Schultz, Sr.  He graduated from Lawrence High School and Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  Jack served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Jack retired from Raytheon in Andover, MA, where he was an Industrial Engineer.  He previously worked at Bolta Tire and Rubber in Lawrence and Tire Rubber in Andover.

Jack was a member of VFW Post # 8546 in Salem.  He enjoyed fishing and cutting wood.

He is survived by his wife, Connie (Boylan) Schultz of Salem; sons, Henry J. Schultz, III of Texas, Paul Schultz, Stephen Schultz and his wife Rita and Eric Schultz and his wife Rene, all of Salem, a sister, Naomi Anderson of Andover, MA; grandchildren, Arika and her husband Shawn, Aaron, Ashley, Stephen, Rachel, Emily; and great-granddaughters, Hannah Lee and Alyvia.

A funeral service will be held Friday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street.  Cremation will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Health and Hospice, 80 Continental Boulevard, Merrimack, NH 03054.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Lester J. ‘Jim’ Sommers

Lester J. “Jim” Sommers, 87, of Salem, died May 12, 2009, at the Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Methuen, MA.

Jim was born and educated in New York, the son of the late Florence (Duffy) and John Sommers.  He served in the Navy during World War II.  Jim lived in Salem for 46 years, and had previously lived in Florida.

Jim was a carpenter with the Massachusetts Carpenters Union, Local 111, in Methuen.  He previously worked for Volpe Construction in Boston, MA.  Jim enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking and taking care of his home.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and caregivers from the second floor Station B at the Nevins Nursing and Rehab Center.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Walker) Sommers of Salem; a son, James Sommers and his wife Irene of Windham; a daughter, Roseanna and her husband Kenneth Galvin of Dracut, MA; a sister, Eleanor Rice of Miami, FL; two grandchildren, Sean Galvin and Stefanie and her husband Michael Lynch; brother-in-laws, Raymond Walker of Nashua, and Herbert Walker of Salem; and favorite sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Murray of Salem.

There were no funeral services.  Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the Nevins Activity Fund, 10 Ingalls Court, Methuen, MA 01844.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Robert H. Carr

Robert H. Carr, 92, of Salem, died on May 5, 2009, at the Meadows, North Andover, MA, surrounded by his loving family and beloved dog, Domino.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended school there prior to entering the 101st Cavalry in 1938.  He served with the Army Air Corps and served his country in the South Pacific during World War II.  He married Ruth Sinnett (deceased) in 1943, moved to New England, and settled in Salem in 1959.  In 1972, the Carrs moved to Bow where they lived for 18 years and then in 2000 returned to Salem to join the rest of the family. 

Mr. Carr was a member of the Salem VFW Post, the American Legion, and was very generous to all veterans organizations.  He was a committed member of the Salem Athletic Club, loved gardening, his dogs, horses, Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk, ME, and most of all, his family. 

He is survived by his daughters, Lyn Schwager and her husband Charles, Barbara Scanlon and her husband, Timothy, all of Salem; his best friend Milli Faulkner; grandchildren, Chad Schwager and his fiancée Adriane Fredette of Chicago, IL, Elaine Schwager of North Andover, and Thomas Scanlon, Ph.D. and his wife Katie of Lebanon; and great-grandson, Colby Scanlon.  His niece, Starr Lockley and her husband Glenn of Hooksett, and the Goedewaagen family of the Netherlands also survive him.

Funeral services were held May 11 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844, or to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 Sarl Drive, Salem, NH 03079.

To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Hugh J. ‘Buddy’ Davey

Hugh J. “Buddy” Davey, 63, of San Diego, CA, died May 6, 2009, after collapsing at work in San Diego.

He was born in Lawrence, MA, grew up in Andover, MA, and attended St. Augustine’s Grammar School and graduated from Lawrence High School.  He was a resident of San Diego for the past 25 years.

Buddy worked in Shipping and Receiving for Home Depot in San Diego, where he worked for 22 years.  He was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Vietnam War.  He later joined the Navy.  He was a former member of St. Augustine’s Church in Andover.  He loved cribbage, 45’s, poker and crossword puzzles.  He was also very proud to be an organ donor.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was the beloved son of the late Hugh H. and Margaret T. (McCarthy) Davey.

He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Tedder of Salem, and Theresa Dow of Derry; a brother-in-law and best friend, Jack Tedder of Salem; five nieces and nephews, Tracey Wilder, Wendy MacCormack, Nolan Dow, Brian Dow, and Jason Dow; and many loving cousins and friends.

A funeral Mass was held May 12 at St. Augustine’s Church, Andover, MA.  Burial followed in St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Andover.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Joseph S. Hughes

Joseph S. Hughes, 87, of Hampstead, died May 9, 2009, in Derry due to complications from a long illness.

He was born in Watertown, MA, and was formerly of Boxborough, MA and Atkinson.

Mr. Hughes was a Flight Engineer for Pan American Airlines for 24 years.  He was actively involved in the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem.  Joseph was an educator at East Coast Aero-tech.  He volunteered as a fireman in Boxborough for many years.  During his retirement he captained the Canobie Queen at Canobie Lake Park in Salem.  In his earlier years he enjoyed sailing as well as vacationing in Florida during the winter.

He was predeceased by his son, Lance Corporal Paul Hughes. 

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Edmands) Hughes; five children, Carol Gallagher and her husband John, Michael Hughes and his wife Darlene, Patricia Lowden, Joan Maier and her husband Bill, and Jack West and his wife Gloria; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  The family requests that no flowers be sent.  Expressions of sympathy can be made to the charity of one’s choice.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnosn.com. 

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Claire R. (Rathgeb) Morgan

Claire R. (Rathgeb) Morgan, 82, of Salem, died May 7, 2009, at Greystone Farms in Salem.  She was a resident of Salem for the past three years and had lived in Levittown, PA for 55 years.  Claire was born and educated in Pennsylvania graduating from Abington High School in Abington, PA and the University of Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of the late Florence (Aaronson) and Frederick Rathgeb. 

Claire was a Registered Nurse in an OB GYN office in Pennsylvania.  She was a member of the Levittown Presbyterian Church.  Claire enjoyed sewing, camping, bird watching and playing cards.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hibbert Morgan.

Survivors include a son, Milton Morgan and his wife Janet of Langhorne, PA; daughters, Marcia and her husband Jeffrey Larason of Salem, and Kim and her husband Paul Birdsey of Utah; a sister, Jane and her husband Dan Willis of King of Prussia, PA; eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held in the summer.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Trustees of the Kidney Transplant Patient Fund, c/o Diane Jakobowski, One Founders Building, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Please note on the check “In Memory of Claire Morgan.”

Arrangements are by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Alice I. (Gordon) Campbell

Alice Irene (Gordon) Campbell, 73, of Hudson, died May 3, 2009, with her family by her side after struggling with a long illness.  She had been a long-time resident of Hudson and had grown up in Reeds Ferry. 

Alice was born on September 30, 1935 in Boscawen, daughter of the late Duane C., Sr. and Marion R. (Minor) Gordon and had been the loving wife of the late Robert O. Campbell (2006) with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by a son, Robert Jr. (1988); and two sisters, Carolyn (Maurice) Levesque and Nancy (Robert) McRoberts.

Alice is survived by a son, Oscar “O.P.” Campbell and his wife Shirley of Milford, with whom she had spent the last few months of her life; four daughters, Cynthia Nutting and her husband Charles of Hudson, Crystal Campbell Cauthorn and her husband Edward of Allenstown, Candia Campbell and long-time partner Tom Tomas of Lyndeborough, and Catherine Sims and her husband Brian of Sullivan; a brother, Duane Gordon, Jr., and his wife Nora of VA; a sister, Shirley Gordon of Reeds Ferry; two brothers-in-law, Maurice (Joe) Briand of Winterhaven, FL, and Robert McRoberts and his wife Betty of Merrimack; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson all of whom affectionately knew her as Lil’ Gram.

A private graveside committal was held.  Memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Fire Department Relief Association, 15 Library Street, Hudson, NH 03051; St Joseph’s Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, NH 03055; or St Joseph’s Oncology, 172 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH 03061-2013.

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To leave an online message of condolence to the family, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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Gerald L. Capron

Gerald L. Capron, 73, of Windham, died April 30, 2009, at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry. 

Jerry grew up in Marlborough, graduating from Marlborough High School in 1954, and later graduating from NH Technical Institute with an Electronics degree.  He was a member of the 4-H Club often winning awards for his gardens and animals.  Jerry was a Boy Scout and Explorer with Troop 14 and was a member of the Marlborough Federated Church and sang in the choir.

Jerry served in the National Guard, then enlisted in the Army and was a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.  He became a member of the 11th Airborne Division and served in Germany.

Jerry worked for Raytheon in Lowell, MA for 33 years retiring in 1994.  From the early 70s, Jerry has worked in Scouting, serving as a Unit Commissioner, a Scoutmaster, a Wood Badge trainer, he was on the District Commissioner Staff and Committee and with the District’s Advancement Committee.  He was recognized with the Commissioners Arrowhead Award, the Commissioners Key, the George Meaney Union Scouters Award, the DWC Silver Beavers Award, and the Award of Merit.  Jerry had worked at the Lawrence L. Lee Museum, Max I. Silber Library for over 15 years.

Jerry served for 15 years on the Windham Conservation Commission and also on Windham’s Committee for the Handicapped.  He was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post #109 in Windham.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lillian (Martin) Capron.

He is survived by his soul mate, Iline Glatgelter of York, PA; brothers, Robert of Marlborough, Herbert of North Swanzey, and Harold of Peterborough; a son, Tim Heinse of Madison, AL; and special friends, Harry Burnham, Jr., and his wife Ann of Windham.

A funeral Service was held May 4 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial was in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Lee Museum and Max Silber Library, 571 Holt Avenue, Manchester, NH 03109.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Andrew H. Carbone, Sr.

Andrew H. Carbone, Sr., 76, of Salem, died May 1, 2009, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Andy was born and educated in Torrington, CT, graduating from Torrington High School.  He attended Bryant College and was a student and teacher at Andover Institute of Business.  Andy served in the Army during the Korean War.  He retired from Standex International in Salem where he was the data processing manager.  Andy previously worked as a manager of applications for Data General in Southborough, MA.

Andy was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.  He was a life member of the VFW Post #8546 in Salem, the Elks Lodge #65 in Lawrence , MA, and the American Legion in Salem.  Andy was a 3rd degree Knight of the Bishop Peterson Council #4442 in Salem, and a 4th degree member of the Bishop Peterson Assembly.  He was a member of the National Association of Accountants, the Men’s Guild at Holy Family Hospital and he was a member and Past President of the Data Processing Management Association.

Andy enjoyed traveling and wintering in Florida where he liked to walk on the beach.  He also enjoyed playing bingo, dancing and having fun with friends.  Andy loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Ruggiero) Carbone of Salem; a son, Andrew H. Carbone, Jr., and his wife Cyndy of Derry; brothers, Anthony and William of CT; a sister, Angela Smith of AL; and two grandchildren, Brian and Wendy Carbone of Derry.

Calling hours will be held Friday, May 8 from 4–8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Cremation will follow.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Claire E. (Wilson) Holland

Claire E. (Wilson) Holland, 78, of New Port Richey, FL, died April 23, 2009, at the Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey.

She was born in Lawrence, MA, where she grew up and attended schools.  She was a resident of Florida for the past 25 years, and formerly of Salem where she was a long-time resident.

Mrs. Holland retired from Digital in Salem.  She had also worked as an inspector for Salem Coca Cola.  She enjoyed Florida and spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert Holland.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, retired Salem Police Safety Officer James E. Holland, Sr., of New Port Richey; one son, James E. Jr. and his wife Pat Holland of Salem; three daughters, Vivian and her husband Michael Iannazzo of Salem, Donna Goodwin and her partner Michael Duval of Peterborough, and Jamie and her husband Steve Martin of New Boston; three brothers, Arthur Wilson of Florida, Frank Wilson of Sandown, and Alan Wilson of Derry; two sisters, Arline Myette, and Shirley Leary, both of Salem; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m., at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Urn interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, FL, 34653.

To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Robert C. Stuart

Robert C. Stuart, 18, of Salem, died May 5, 2009, from injuries sustained in a car accident.

Rob was a lifelong resident of Salem.  He attended Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow and the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative in Massachusetts and was due to graduate from both next month.  Rob enjoyed dirt biking, four-wheeling and fixing cars.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Kathleen (Robinson) Stuart and of Salem; two sisters, Crystal Prince of Canada and Mae Stuart of Salem; paternal grandparents, Charles Jackson “Jack” and Lillian Stuart of Canada; maternal grandmother, Margaret Robinson of Chelmsford, MA; a niece, Leah Clow of Canada; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service was held May 7 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Arthur T. Bastien

Arthur T. Bastien, 88, of Salem, died on April 23, 2009.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 35 years, formerly of Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Arthur worked in the retail baking industry for many years, retiring from Hostess/Wonder Bread of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Arthur was the beloved husband of the late Doris Y. (Berube) Bastien with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.  He is survived by son, Robert A. Bastien and his wife, Eileen of Danville; son Charles L. Bastien of Salem; five grandchildren Jason, Michelle, Eric, Brian and Tiffany; four great-grandchildren Jessica, Jaeda, Angelo and Alyssa; also many nieces and nephews.

Family was the most important part of Arthur’s life.  Arthur enjoyed time with his family.  He loved to go to the beach, take walks, playing card games, arts and crafts with his grandchildren, as well as, gardening or yard work.  He enjoyed spending his time outdoors and talking with his family and neighbors.  One of Arthur’s fondest memories was of his days ice-skating up and down the Merrimack River as a teenager.  Arthur was known by his friends and neighbors as “Bengy.” 

Arthur’s natural sense of wit and positive outlook will be greatly missed by all.  By request of the family there will be no calling hours.  Family will have a private graveside service at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Arthur’s memory to the charitable foundation of your choosing.  Arrangements are by The Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 42 Main St., Salem.  For online condolences or to sign the family guest book, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Alfred Paul Cote

Alfred Paul Cote, 75, of Hudson, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at St. Joseph hospital in Nashua surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 12, 1933 in Nashua, son of the late Alberic and Cecile (Hebert) Cote. He was also predeceased by a brother; George Cote and a granddaughter; Liberty Cote.

Alfred was the husband of Jeannette (Landry) Cote of Hudson with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.

He was a graduate of Nashua High School and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years. Alfred was employed with Twentieth Century for 15 years and later with Edgecomb Steel for over 20 years. He was also an avid softball player who will be remembered for his great sense of humor, whose greatest source of pride came from being the father of what he called his ”Magnificent Seven.”

Besides his loving wife Jeannette, survivors include his magnificent seven children; Kathryn M. Cote-Wayman and her husband Gary of Nashua, Steven J. Cote and his wife Elizabeth of New Boston, Laura M. Clancy and her husband Timothy of Milford, Lisa F. DeCoito and her husband Shannon of MS, Kenneth M. Cote and his wife Dawn of Merrimack, James A. Cote and his wife Kelly of Hudson, Jason S. Cote and his wife Taina of Florida; 11 Grandchildren, Allen Cote, Dylan DeCoito, Kiersten DeCoito, Joshua DeCoito, Kortney DeCoito,  Jason Cote, Marcus Cote, Mateo Cote, Abbigail Cote, Lucy Cote, and Sadie Cote; three sisters, Francis Dowling of Florida,  Theresa Seltzer of Hudson, Rachel Dumas of Nashua; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many in-laws.

Visiting Hours were held in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 25 in Blessed John the XXIII Parish in St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson. In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110. To send an online message of condolence or flowers to the family, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  A Video Tribute is available for online viewing. The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Louise H. (Renard) Gray

Louise H. (Renard) Gray, 84, died Sunday at the Salemhaven Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Epinal, France, where she grew up and attended schools, and she moved to the United States at the age of 21.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 15 years, formerly of Lowell, MA.

Mrs. Gray was a retired homemaker.  She enjoyed crafts, sewing, puzzles, and making clothes for her grandchildren.  She also loved bowling and bowled in several leagues.  Most of all, she loved being a homebody and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband William C. Gray.  She is survived by four daughters, Yvette Boudreau of Salem, Margaret Cason of Nashua, Rose Marie Sullivan of Salem, Michelle and her husband Christian Gauthier of Mason; one son, William C. Jr. and his wife Ronnie Gray of Tyngsborough; one nephew, Christian Aubry of France; 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Funeral services will be held Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA.

To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Scott G. McComish

Scott G. McComish age 49 of Hampstead, NH, formerly of Salem and Windham, NH, died Tuesday at the Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill, MA.

He was born in Lawrence, MA, grew up in Windham and Salem, NH, and attended Salem schools.  He was a resident of Hampstead for the past two years.

Scott was an Expeditor for Raytheon Corporation in Burlington, MA.  He was a member of the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem, where he was “Elk of the Year” for 2007.  He enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family and friends.

He was the son of the late Matthew and Beatrice (Feugill) McComish  He is survived by his wife, Linda (Perry) McComish of Hampstead, NH;  three Brothers, Matthew McComish of Andover, MA, Lance McComish of Topsfield, MA, Mark McComish of Manchester, NH;  nieces and nephews, Matthew, Laura, Craig, and Olivia.  Calling hours will be held Friday, May 1st from 4-8 p.m., with a funeral service at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem, NH.  Cremation will follow.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary

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William H. McElwain

William H. McElwain, graduate of Harvard College in 1941, veteran of WWII in Sudan, Guam, and Japan as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Air Corps, graduate study in agriculture at the University of California and French at the University of New Hampshire and in Aix-en-Provence - farmer, educator, mentor, adventurer, community organizer, and free thinker – died at home after a long illness on April 19, 2009.

At Brickyard Farm in Litchfield, Bill grew or raised everything from corn, carrots, cattle, to chickens and pigs, from 1947 to 1965. In the mid 60’s he combined career change with adventure, first going to live and study in Aix-en-Provence with his wife, Katchen, and his three children, Louisa, Amy, and Donald, then teaching French, an interest he had since his school days at the Noble and Greenough School in the mid 30s. Bill and his family moved to Amherst, New Hampshire in 1965. He taught history at the High Mowing School in New Hampshire. He then moved to Weston, Massachusetts in 1969 to earn his master’s degree in history at Northeastern University. He became a community organizer, coordinating volunteers at Low Cost Housing Corps in the South End of Boston, bringing people in from the suburbs to rehabilitate old houses and apartment buildings for inner city people with limited financial means. Students from public and private schools, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and many others took part in the effort. Not long after he began working there, he managed to convert the large vacant lot in front of the Low Cost Housing office into a community garden despite Boston City government red tape and obstacles. He combined farming with community organizing as a project director of the Weston Youth and Conservation Commission. He organized a youth-operated farm, a recycling program, and a town wide maple sugaring operation, featuring a maple sugar house on Weston Junior High School land. The agricultural program he created inspired people of all ages in Weston to grow vegetables on town land, selling the produce at a reasonable cost to inner city markets in cooperation with Boston Urban Gardeners. The concept became known as Green Power, and the idea spread to surrounding towns. He also began writing a regular and eagerly anticipated column in the Weston Town Crier, covering a range of topics from agriculture and recycling to current events. After the death of his wife Katchen in the early 80’ he gathered volunteers to start a farm on the land he still owned in Litchfield. His objective to produce and provide low-cost, fresh, organic food to low-income people of Boston public housing projects resulted in the success of Nesenkeag Farm.

Bill is survived by his partner, Mary Noble of Milton; his daughters, Louisa McElwain of Santa Cruz, NM, Amy McCoubrey of Philadelphia, PA.; Donald McElwain of Bristol, VT; his sister, Charlotte Allen of Concord; and his brothers, David McElwain of Lexington and Robert McElwain of Portsmouth, NH.  He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 4 nephews and a niece.  Funeral services will be private. Donations in William’s memory may be sent to the Green Power Program, Land’s Sake, 27 Crescent Street, Weston, MA, 02493.

For online guest book, please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home of Milton, MA.

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Edward N. Plourde Jr.

Edward N. Plourde Jr., 59, of Windham, died Sunday, April 26, 2009 at his home.

Born on September 25, 1949, in Manchester, Mr. Plourde was the son of Edward Plourde Sr. and Elinor (Pfefferle) (Plourde) Doherty.  He was raised and spent most of his life in Hooksett, moving to Windham in 2001.

Mr. Plourde had been employed as a heavy equipment operator for Weaver Bros. Construction.

He served with the US Army and was a member and past commander of the Merrill Follansbee American Legion Post #37 of Hooksett.  A member of the Granite State Chariots, Mr. Plourde enjoyed motorcycle riding and attending NASCAR races.

Members of his family include his son and daughter-in-law, Edward L. and Stacy (Lyon) Plourde of Hooksett; two grandchildren, Ryan and Sarah; and his fiancée, Mary Jane Cormier of Windham.

Calling was held at the Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main Street, Pembroke, last Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.  A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, Hooksett, with burial following in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Norris Cotton Federal Bldg., 275 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH 03101.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit petitfuneralhome.com.

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James Thomas Gallagher, Sr.

James Thomas Gallagher, Sr., 88, of Hudson, died April 12, 2009 at the Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua after complications from pneumonia.

James was born January 29, 1921 in Nashua, the son of the late Christopher and Abbie (York) Gallagher.  He was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Theresa I. (Cote) Gallagher, who died January 30, 2004; two brothers, Leslie (Buster) Gallagher and Christopher (Jack) Gallagher; and two sisters, Margaret Vadney and Edna Holt.

James enjoyed being with his family and watching the Red Sox, and the Patriots.  He was employed by Law Motor Freight for almost 30 years, retiring in 1976.

Family members include a sister-in-law, Delima Gallagher and a brother-in-law Ellsworth Vadney, Sr., both of Florida; five sons, James T. Gallagher, Jr. and his wife Marie of Allenstown, Robert Gallagher and his wife Janice of Bow, Ronald Gallagher of Hudson, Scott Gallagher and his wife Virginia of Londonderry, and Richard Gallagher and his wife Melissa of Milo ME; three daughters, Sally Drevojan and her husband Raymond of Hudson, Debra St. Louis and her husband Alan of Nashua, and Robin Martin and her husband Normand of Hudson; and several grandchildren , great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

There are no calling hours and a service will be held at a later date for the family.  Those who wish may make contributions to the Home Health Hospice, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  The Cremation Society of NH was in charge of arrangements.

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Amy L. (Torcomian) Gauvreau

Amy L. (Torcomian) Gauvreau, 72, of Hudson died April 15, 2009 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, surrounded by her loving family, as a result of the reoccurrence of Thyroid Cancer.

Amy was born on March 27, 1937 in Lowell, MA daughter of the late Toros and Shooshan “Lily” (Baligian) Torcomian and was the loving wife of Paul F. Gauvreau with whom she shared 38 years of marriage.  Amy was also predeceased by a brother, Albert Torcomian.

Amy was a member of St. Vartanantz Church in Chelmsford, MA.  She attended Sunday school and sang in her church choir until marriage and then later sang in the Erevan Choral Group of the Boston, MA area under the direction of the late Very Reverend Oshagan Minassian.  In later years she served as executive secretary to the Very Reverend Ghevont Samoorian.  She also organized many banquets and fundraisers for her church.  She was a claims representative for the Social Security Administration Office in Nashua for 24 years and before that worked as an insurance councilor for Raytheon Co. in Waltham, MA and Itek Corp. in Burlington, MA.  Amy enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family.

Besides her loving husband, Amy is survived by a son, Matthew Gauvreau of Hudson; two sisters, Alice Dossett and her husband James of Chelmsford, MA, and Annette Veiga and her husband John of Lowell, MA; one sister-in-law, Veronica Torcomian of Havertown, PA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Prayer Service was held April 19 at the Dumont-Sullivan-Funeral Home in Hudson.  To send an online message of condolence visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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Tamara R. Bogdan

Tamara R. Bogdan, 34, of Salem, died unexpectedly April 9, 2009, at her home.

Tamara grew up and was educated in Salem.  She graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA and earned her master’s degree from Rivier College in Nashua. 

Tamara enjoyed making jewelry, music and photography and she was an excellent writer. 

She was predeceased by her father, Carl Bogdan.

She is survived by a daughter, Autumn-Rose Bogdan of Salem; her mother and stepfather, Ruth (Lawn) and Daniel McAvoy of Methuen, MA; and her maternal grandmother, Ruth Lawn of Salem.

Funeral services will be private for the family.

For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Thomas R. Burke

Thomas R. Burke, 82, of Hampstead, died Monday at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. 

He was born in Woburn, MA, where he grew up and attended St. Charles Parochial School and graduated from Woburn High School.  He was a resident of Hampstead for 34 years, and was formerly of Salem. 

Mr. Burke retired from Lockheed Sanders in Nashua as a production control manager.  He had also worked for Raytheon Corporation in Andover, MA for 28 years.  He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II.  He was an avid music lover and performed in many minstrel shows for the Cub Scout Pack 160 in Salem.  He enjoyed the beach and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Adele (Olaff) Burke of Hampstead; two sons, Robert and his wife Susan Burke of Haverhill, MA, and Thomas Burke of Salem; one brother, Lester Burke of Jacksonville, FL; a sister, Evelyn Costello of Nahant, MA; two grandsons, Jared and Bryce Burke; one great-granddaughter, Cadence Burke; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Burial will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, MA.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 40 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, NH 03053.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Richard J. McAleer

Richard J. McAleer, 59, of Braintree, MA died at his home after a brief illness.

He was born in Boston, MA, the son of the late G. Fred and Claire M. (Carroll) McAleer.  He grew up and attended schools in Medford, MA.  He was a resident of Braintree for the past four years, and was formerly of South Boston and Somerville, MA.

Richard was a pipe fitter for the Boston Pipe Fitters Local Union #537.  He was a member of St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, MA.  He was a Marine veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.  He enjoyed walking, traveling, and NASCAR, and was an avid New England sports fan.

He is survived by two brothers, James and his wife Susan of Salem, and Arthur and Mary of Hudson; three sisters, Jeanne and Mike Polanik of Auburn, Susan Lampton of Medford, MA, and Tricia McAleer of Hampton; and several nieces and nephews.  He was a friend of Bill W.

Funeral services were held April 16 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery, Derry.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Valencia A. Taylor

Valencia A. Taylor, 77, of Salem, died April 10, 2009, at her home.

She was born in Lawrence, MA, where she grew up and attended schools.  The daughter of the late Mario and Bertha (LaJoie) Ariola.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 51 years, formerly of Ayers Village.

Valencia was an inspector for Western Electric in North Andover, MA.  She was a volunteer at Salem Senior Center and enjoyed painting, knitting, and was an avid Patriots fan.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Taylor.

She is survived by three sons, Scott and his wife Catherine Taylor of Salem, Glenn and his wife Katie Taylor of Port Charlotte, FL, and Stuart Taylor of Salem; one daughter, Leslie and her husband Edward Borrelli of Pittsfield, ME; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held April 15 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Eileen J. (Guzowski) Tokanel

Eileen J. (Guzowski) Tokanel, 71, of Salem, died April 9, 2009, surrounded by her family, at Sutton Hill Center in North Andover, MA after a long battle with cancer.

Eileen was born and educated in Haverhill, MA, graduating from Haverhill High School.  She received her associate’s degree in Business from Merrimack College.  Eileen was a secretary for Western Electric in North Andover.  While working there she met Peter with whom she shared 42 years of marriage.

Eileen was a member of St. Matthew Church in Windham, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #8546 in Salem, Salem Senior Services and she was on the Salem Senior Center golf team.  She and her husband traveled extensively.  Eileen enjoyed golfing and gardening and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Tokanel; brothers, Robert and Richard Guzowski; and grandson; Shawn Peter Tokanel.

She is survived by two daughters, Lori Tokanel of Salem, and Dawn and her husband Pete Hall of North Andover; a brother, Daniel Guzowski and his wife Margo of Andover, MA; grandchildren, Michelle Hall, Preston Hall, Eric Hall and Melissa Kiver; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held April 14 at St. Matthew Church in Windham.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110 or FRAXA, www.fraxa.org.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Michael D. Bascio

Michael D. Bascio, 64, of Andover, MA, died April 4, 2009, in South Carolina while visiting his son and family.

Michael grew up and lived for many years in Salem and graduated from Woodbury High School.  He recently moved to Andover.

Michael owned and operated Pat’s Garage in Haverhill, MA for many years, later working for Early and Sons in Kingston.  He was an avid tennis player and actively played in competitions.  Michael enjoyed TV sports, dining out and especially spending time with his grandchildren.  He will be missed and remembered fondly by his family and friends.

He is survived by his dear companion, Christine Sullivan of Andover; sons, Michael Bascio and his companion Cindy Gilman of Salem, James Bascio and his wife Elizabeth of South Carolina, and David Bascio and his wife Claire of Epping; a sister, Patricia Bascio of Salem; grandchildren, Shayna, Dallas, Jared, Jessica, Jonah and Troy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will held Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A Graveside Service will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.

For online condolences, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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David Bernard Christopher

David Bernard Christopher born on April 8, 1947 died surrounded by his family on April 4, 2009 at the Maine Medical Center at the age of 61.  Dave was life-long resident of Hudson and recently retired to Ocean Park, Maine. 

In his younger years he was an active athlete starring on the Alvirne Bronco Basketball Team in the early 1960s.  He married his high school sweetheart Elaine Scott on September 23, 1967.  Together they had two children Scott Alexander and Sharon Ann.  Elaine was taken to heaven on July 19, 1982.

Dave enjoyed playing hockey with his large family of friends made at Hampshire Chemical where he made his living and retired in 2000 after 35 years as a shipper-receiver.  After hockey he and his friends were active players in the Nashua Industrial Softball League making this one of his fondest enjoyments with his tight circle of friends. 

In 1983 he married Carol Hart and they continued to live in Hudson until his retirement.  Upon which they moved to Ocean Park Maine in 2004.  Dave spent most of his young life making memories at the beach property owned by his family and he was always most happy there making more memories with his own family.  Most recently watching Kirsten and Logan Gardner (Sharon’s children) splashing in the waves and helping Grandpa out with most things, as well as looking forward to the same with Alexander, Elizabeth, and Rachel (Scott’s children) in summers to come.  His favorite place at the beach was a washed up log that became his “center” and he and Carol enjoyed quiet and party time there.  He found God with Carol and became an avid practicing Catholics both at St. John the Evangelist in Hudson and St. Margaret’s in Maine.  He had daily conversations with Father O’Toole, and enjoyed helping out in the church any way possible, he even filled in as an alter boy once. 

David always had a kind word and a smile in spite of his many illnesses and woke up each day happy for the opportunity to live another day.  He left his unique mark on everyone who crossed his path, and will be missed by all, and was loved by all.

Arrangements will be announced at a later date by Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland, ME. 

Donation may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 163 Lancaster Street, Suite 98 R, Portland, ME 04101.

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Andrew ‘Drew’ Monroe Dubois

Andrew “Drew” Monroe Dubois died March 24, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua surrounded by his loved ones. 

Drew was born October 19, 1984, in Nashua, son of Dale and Kellie (Monroe) Dubois.  He lived life to the fullest and loved spending time with his family, neighbors, and friends.  From the tops of Cannon and Loon Mountains to the caves of Ruby Falls, TN, Drew enjoyed all types of adventures.  He spent the summers camping, swimming, and going for boat rides.  Drew appreciated all types of music.  He was an avid sports fan of the Patriots, Red Sox, and NASCAR.

Drew attended the Hudson school system as one of the first multiple-handicapped students to be mainstreamed.  He graduated from Alvirne High School with an honorary degree in 2005.  He attended the PLUS Company where he visited with his close friends daily.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Maynard and Patricia Monroe, and Joan Dubois.

Besides his parents, survivors include a brother, Brandon and a sister, Abbie, of Hudson; his grandfather, Joseph (Pete) Dubois of Hudson; aunts and uncles, Kathie Monroe of Hudson, Kirk Dubois of Nashua, Scott and Kelley Dubois of Merrimack, and Kevin Dubois of North Conway; cousins Rhianna and Aaron Dube, Kristy Gould, Holly Edmonds, Audrey and Matthew Dubois, Colby and Sydney Dubois, Noah and Taryn Dubois; and many great aunts and uncles and second cousins.

A Prayer Service was held on March 31 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral home in Hudson, with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  Donations may be made to the PLUS Company of Nashua, 240 Main Dunstable Road, Nashua, NH 03062.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Beverly J. (Stone) Emond

Beverly J. (Stone) Emond, 61, died April 7, 2009, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Methuen, MA, grew up and was educated in Lowell, MA and Salem and was a resident of Haverhill, MA for the past 31 years.

Beverly was a bus monitor for Assist Transportation in Lawrence, MA.  She was a member of Granite State Baptist Church in Salem where she was also in the cancer support group.  She loved nature, especially bird watching, cookouts and camping.  Most of all she loved family get togethers and spending time with them.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Richard D. Emond, of Haverhill, and would have celebrated 43 years of marriage on April 9.

She was the loving mother of Robert J. and his wife Kare of England, Richard D. Jr. and his wife Maria of, Russell M., Cheryl Murphy, Crystal Emond, all of Haverhill, Heather Emond of Ayer, MA; loving daughter of Gladys Chute of Lowell; devoted sister of Margaret Giguere of Tyngsborough, MA, Karen Loring of Greenville, NY, Florence Fahey of Salisbury, MA, James E. Angers of Claremont, stepsister to Paula Shank, Nancy Noyes, and Sandra Wilkins; four grandchildren, Kristofer, Marlene, Darian, and Anthony; special friend to Margaret Minkle; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held April 9 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; cremation followed.  A memorial service will be held Monday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at Granite State Baptist Church, Salem.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843, or to Granite State Baptist Church 1 Sandhill Road, Salem, NH 03079. 

For online condolences, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Ricky W. Jette, Sr.

Ricky W. Jette, Sr., 49, of Hudson, died unexpectedly at his home on March 28, 2009 after a lengthy illness.

Ricky was born on July 7, 1959 in Fort Dix, NJ, son of Louis Jette and Frances (Brown) Jette, both of Hudson.

Ricky was an avid Harley rider and was a skilled woodworker.

Besides his loving parents, Ricky is survived by one son, Ricky Jette, Jr., of Wilton; a brother, Craig Jette of Francestown; three sisters, Ann Weatherbee of Hudson, Cecile Jette-Poulin of Hudson and Jenn Jette-Richards of Hudson; seven nieces and nephews, Scott Jette of Merrimack, Lyndsay Riccio of Milford, Justin Jette, Alicia Jette, Taylor Jette all of Francestown, and Brandon Richards and Joey Richards of Hudson.

A funeral Mass was held April 7 at St. Kathryn Church in Hudson.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Dr. Manorma (Jawa) Sharma

Dr. Manorma (Jawa) Sharma died on March 24, 2009 surrounded by family in India.  Dr. Sharma suffered an aneurysm in February 2004 that left her greatly incapacitated.  She was taken to India by relatives so her siblings could care for her.

Dr. Sharma was born in India on August 17, 1948.  She was one of nine children.  She spent 25 years of her life in Salem where she worked as an obstetrician/gynecologist.  She greatly enjoyed the practice of medicine and the one-on-one patient relationships she was able to form.  In addition to a private practice in Salem, she worked at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA and Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.  She spent countless hours working, often forgoing sleep, for the profession that she loved.  She also held an adjunct faculty position at Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.

Dr. Sharma was a devoted mother to her two children, Arun and Monisha Sharma.  In the small amount of free time that she had, she enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveling.

A memorial service will be held at Lawrence General Hospital at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to ASHA for Education, an organization that helps underprivileged children in India obtain an education to better their future.  Checks may be mailed to:  ASHA for Education, P.O. Box 322, New York, NY 10040-0322 or donations can be made online at:  www.ashanet.org.  This is a cause that Dr. Sharma held dear as she hoped other children could receive the education that she was fortunate enough to have.

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Robert C. Young

Robert C. Young, 72, of Salem, died March 26, 2009, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

He was born in Woonsocket, RI, and grew up and attended schools in Hillsboro.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 40 years, and was formerly of North Andover and Lawrence, MA.

Mr. Young was a retired machine operator for International Tape in Windham.  He also worked for the Bolt-General Tire in Lawrence and Reading, MA.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem, was involved in many bowling leagues at Park Place Lanes in Windham, and was very involved in coaching town sports.  Mr. Young also served his country in the Air Force and Marine Corps.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann (Manahan) Young.

He is survived by his son, Robert and his wife Debbie Young of Manchester; two daughters, Robin and her husband Philip Trachier of Windham, and Tracy Turner of Salem; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Robert A. Young, PJ and Chloe Trachier.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 31 at St. Joseph Church, Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.

The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  To send a message of condolence, view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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