Obituaries

Arthur L. Baker, Jr.

After a courageous battle with stomach cancer, Arthur L. Baker, Jr., 76, of Windham and formerly of North Reading, Massachusetts, died Friday evening May 27 at his home surrounded by family.  He was the husband of Marion (Stevenson) Baker; they would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary later this year.

He was born in Medford, Massachusetts, November 17, 1928, the son of the late Arthur L. Baker, Sr. and the late Sybil (Haseltine) Baker.  He was raised in Malden, Massachusetts, and was a graduate of Malden High School in the Class of 1947.  In 1972, he graduated from Lowell Technological Institute (now the University of Massachusetts - Lowell).

Mr. Baker was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict as a Corporal in the Military Police.

Before retiring several years ago, he was a Senior Project Manager with Mass Electric Construction Co. of Allston for many years.  He held membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 103 for over 57 years.

He was a member of the North Reading Masonic Lodge A. F. & A.M.

Mr. Baker and his wife did a lot of traveling before Marion slowed down.  Their favorites were to England and a cross country trip visiting as many gardens as possible.  They also enjoyed many trips with the former Senior Friends of Parkland in recent years.

He enjoyed the Red Sox, but stopped everything to watch his favorite New England Patriots.  He looked forward to the family's many gatherings through the years.

His biggest passion was as a gardener, passing on his knowledge and sharing his plants with others.  No one left his home in the planting season without the car trunk open and Arthur giving them plants.

He was one of the first members of the Windham Garden Club and received the club's Golden TroweI award in 1990.

Mr. Baker was also a member of the first New Hampshire Master Gardener's class.  Still active until illness forced him to stop, he was working on the Rockingham County Botanical Garden in Brentwood, which is a work in progress.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four children, Susan Earle and her husband, David, of Wilmington (Susan was his primary care-giver with the rest of the family working as a team to help); A. Lee Baker and his wife, Debra, of Stephens City, Virginia; Cliff Baker and his wife, Barbara, of Brookline, New Hampshire; and Amy Lynne Baker-Santagate of Derry; eleven grandchildren, Erich Baker and his wife, Melissa, of Stephens City, Virginia; Brad Baker and his wife, Kati, of Brookline; Rachel Ann Baker of Winchester, Virginia; Scott S. Conrad of North Reading; Shannon L. Baker of Brookline; Diana Lee Baker of Stephen City, Virginia’ Beth L. Baker of Brookline; Rebecca A. Baker and Callie L. Baker, both of Stephens City, Virginia; Shailynne J. Santagate and Jaquelyn M. Sanatgate both of Derry; three great grandchildren, Siera S. Baker, Jade Wainwright, and Dillon Baker; a sister and brother-in-law, Sybil and Emile Rodrigue of Bridgewater, Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews.

Fiends were invited to a Remembrance Service to Honor His Life on Wednesday, June 1 at the first Congregational Church, Main Street, Pelham.  In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the R.C. B.G. c/o Nancy Adams, New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, 113 North Road, Brentwood, New Hampshire 03833 or to the Plymouth/Derry Hospice, 1E Commons Drive, Unit 31, Londonderry, New Hampshire 03053.  Arrangements by the Pelham Funeral Home.

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Adele Bonhomme

Adele Bonhomme, 77, of Charbonneau Street, Hudson, died at home Thursday, March 3 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts January 7, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Alessardao and Noenin (Ronragna) Bartolucci. 

She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.

Mrs. Bonhomme enjoyed shopping and going for outdoor walks.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Daniel Bonhomme, Sr. of Hudson; a son, Daniel Bonhomme, Jr. of Hudson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Bruce Hughes of Hudson and Mary Lou and Douglas McCrady of Londonderry; also four grandchildren, Adam Hughes of Hudson, Alex and Travis McCrady of Londonderry, and Emilie Bonhomme of Hudson.

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Glenys A. “Penny” Boucher

Glenys A. “Penny” Boucher, 85, of 12 Fairview Avenue, Nashua, died Tuesday evening, January 25th at St. Joseph Hospital, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Boucher was born in Nashua on July 30, 1919, daughter of the late John and Blanche (Merrill) Locke and was a lifelong resident of Nashua.

She was the wife of the late George A. Boucher, whom she married on August 30, 1941.  The couple had celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary, prior to his death on May 11, 1984.

Mrs. Boucher had been employed with the former J.F. McElwain Shoe Company in Nashua, and then at Sprague Electric Company for many years and retired from the former Doehla Greeting Card Company.

Educated in local schools, Mrs. Boucher graduated from Nashua High School in 1938 and from Michael’s School of Hairdressing in Manchester in 1939.  She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Nashua and was a member of the Rosary Altar Society.

As a young woman, Mrs. Boucher was an accomplished ballerina in the Nashua area.  She loved seasonal camping at the Clearwater Camp Grounds.

Mrs. Boucher was predeceased by a brother, Willis Floyd and a sister, Beryl Dana.  Members of her family include:  four daughters and two sons-in-law, Gloria J. and Michael St. Pierre of Manchester; Georgianna A. Boucher of Nashua; Pauline L. Dingee of Manchester and Sheila M. and Daniel Crete of Hudson; three grandchildren, John and Joseph St. Pierre of Manchester and Charlotte Smalley and her husband, Jason of Derry; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Edward and Simone Boucher of Hillsboro and Donald and Cecile Boucher of Nashua; a sister-in-law, Louise Marchand of Nashua; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Farwell Funeral Service, 18 Lock Street, Nashua, is in charge of arrangements.

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Louis Carey

Louis Carey, 74, of 10 Pine Road, Hudson, died at his home on Monday, March 14.  He was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts on July 22, 1930, a son of Carrie (Stevens) Carey of Kingfield, Maine and the Late Albert Carrie.  He had resided in Hudson for the past 21 years and previously in Pelham and Nashua.

He was the husband of Mary Jane (Hieler) whom he married on September 13, 1968 in Hawaii.

Mr. Carey was a 20 year veteran of the U. S. Army.  Among his decorations are the Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.  He was discharged in 1968 with the rank of Sergeant First Class.

He enjoyed building model boats, gardening, and caring for dogs.  His memberships included Veterans of Foreign War Post 200 in Concord, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the Retired Armed Forces Association and TREAT.  He was education in Marblehead and took college courses in Hawaii.

In addition to his wife survivors include three daughters Malialou Carey of Hudson, Loucinda Care of Derry, Sarinalou Carey and her finance Derek of Manchester, his sister Alice Leclerc of Florida, four brothers, Robert Carey of Mont Vernon; Dexter Carey of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; John Carey of Florida; and Henry Carey of Thomaston, Maine, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements were in the care of Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua.

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Kathleen M. Cox

Kathleen M. Cox, 61 of Merrimack died Monday, December 27, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a long illness.  She was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on August 31, 1943 a daughter of John and Kathleen (Coffey) Quirke.  Mrs. Cox was a graduate from the College for Life Long Learning, with a degree in Religious Studies.  She was the Director of Religious Education at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  She was a long time resident of Merrimack and was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church.  She was also a member of Voices in Harmony in Nashua.  Members of her family include her husband John Cox of Merrimack, two sons, John F. Cox, Lowell, Massachusetts, and Michael Cox, Merrimack, three daughters, Karen Avard, Manchester, and Helen Caron and Kathleen Cox both of Merrimack, eight grandchildren, and two brothers, Maurice Quirke, Clinton, Massachusetts and Kerry Quirke, Brighton, Massachusetts; three sisters, Brenda Boyle and JoAnne Reynolds both of Marlboro, Massachusetts, and Susan Bray, Braintree, and several nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated December 31, 2004 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Hudson.  Memorial contributions may be made to Souhegan Home and Hospice Care, 24 North River Road, Milford, New Hampshire 03055 or to the Oncology Center at St. Joseph Hospital, 172 Kinsley Street, Nashua, New Hampshire 03060.  The George R. Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack was in charge of arrangements.

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Theresa A. Crete

Theresa A. Crete, 66, of Burton Street, Hudson, died Wednesday, February 16 at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Born in West Stewartstown, she was the daughter of Simonne (Gelinas) Biron of Colebrook and the late Edward Biron. 

Mrs. Crete was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  She enjoyed reading, painting, and ceramics.  She was an Air Force Veteran.  Besides her mother survivors include her husband Adrian Crete of Hudson, five sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel E. and Sheila Crete of Hudson, Ronald F. and Leslie Crete of Litchfield, Robert S. and Laurie Crete of Laconia, Richard R. and Paula Crete of Woodbridge, Virginia, and David Crete of Hudson.  A daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne M. and Alan Semple III of Litchfield.  A brother, Edward Biron Jr. of Epping; two sisters, Sadie Guy of Stewartstown, and Rita Gervais of Colebrook; 10 grandchildren, Erin Crete of Londonderry, Elana Crete of Londonderry, Devon Crete of Litchfield, Victoria Semple of Litchfield, Tiffany Semple of Litchfield, Sarah Crete of Woodbridge, Jessica Crete of Woodbridge, Alisha Crete of Laconia, Brian Crete of Laconia, and Melanie Crete of Laconia.  Also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson, was in charge of arrangements.

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John C. Crisman

John C. Crisman, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Retired, 78, resident of 2 Jennifer Lane, Amherst, New Hampshire died March 31, 2005 at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester, New Hampshire after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Mobile, Alabama on August 12, 1926, a son of the late John and Frances Mae (Miracle) Crisman.

Mr. Crisman had been a resident of Amherst for the past nine years and had formerly resided in Hudson, New Hampshire for many years.

Mr. Crisman entered the U.S. Navy in 1944.  His military career spanned more than 25 years having served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  He received numerous awards including the Navy Commendation First and Second Award with Combat “V”, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign, Navy Occupation Service Medal, WWII Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with six Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.  In 1970, he retired and held the rank of Lieutenant.  After his retirement from the Navy, he had been employed by the City of Nashua.

He was an avid gardener, sailor, and craftsman and also enjoyed fine dining.

Mr. Crisman was a loving husband, a devoted father, and grandfather.

He was predeceased by a brother, Henry Beard; two grandsons, Kyle and Timothy Crisman.

Family members include his wife of 53 years, Margaret A. (Dudley) Crisman of Amherst, New Hampshire; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sue E. and Gary Slamin of Francestown, New Hampshire, Sheila A. Crisman of Boise, Idaho; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kirk and Polly Crisman of Nashua, New Hampshire, Erik and Kathy Crisman of Amherst, New Hampshire and Mark D. and Peggy Crisman of Bow, New Hampshire; 13 Grandchildren; a brother, Francis B. Crisman of Gulfport, Mississippi; three sisters, Katherine Peterson and LaMerle Bergeron both of Gulfport, Mississippi, Sue Durbec of Texas; cousins, Marcy and Richard Cunningham of Winchester, New Hampshire; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at Smith and Heald Funeral Home in Milford, New Hampshire.  Burial took place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Amherst, New Hampshire.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Unit 8, Bedford, New Hampshire 03110-5032. 

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Robert W. Dickey

Mr. Robert W. Dickey of Pelham died unexpectedly at his home on March 12.

He was married to the late Mrs. Donna M. (Sullivan) Dickey who died on February 8, 2002.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on February 5, 1938, the son of the late Wallace and Yvette (Hulmes) Dickey.  He was a graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1956.

Over the years he was employed with Union National Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Purity Supreme Supermarkets in Pelham, Salem, and Nashua.  Most recently, he was employed with the Pelham School District until retiring in 2003.  He was a communicant of St. Rita’s Church of Lowell, Massachusetts.

He is survived by a daughter and her husband, Kara and Mark Beauchamp of Swampscott, Massachusetts, and a son and his wife, Robert M. and Tracey (Reattie) Dickey of Windham; and three grandchildren, Robert P. Dickey, Daniel J. Dickey, Julia Rose Dickey, and the late Thomas A. Dickey all of Windham; two sisters, Shirley Davis of Lowell, and Claire and her husband, Raymond Cox of Lowell; he was the brother-in-law of Maureen A. Ferrari of Lynn, Massachusetts, Judith C. and Henry McDermott of Andover, Massachusetts, and Patricia A. and Ralph Wise of Lowell.

A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, March 16 at St. Rita’s Church in Lowell.  Memorials may be made in his name to the Donna (Sullivan) Dickey Memorial Fund, c/o Winchester Co-Operative Bank, 19 Church Street, Winchester, Massachusetts 01890.  Arrangements by Dolan Funeral Home in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

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Benoit “Benny” J. Joyal

Benoit “Benny” J. Joyal, 80, of Highland Street, Hudson, died Sunday, March 27, 2005 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 26, 1924 in Lowell, Massachusetts, son of the late Donat and Florida (Pellerin) Joyal.

He was the husband of the late Rita (Boisvert) Joyal, who died in February of 1995.

Mr. Joyal worked at Greenridge Turkey Farm Restaurant in Nashua for 20 years.  After retiring form Greenridge, he and his wife Rita co-founded a catering business, Benny’s Catering.  He was very devoted to their business and retired after 35 years of work.

He was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion Hudson Post 48, as well as a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.

Mr. Joyal loved spending time with his family and enjoyed taking trips to Atlantic City with them.

Survivors include one son, Rene Joyal of Hudson, and one daughter and a son-in-law, Susan and William Zelonis of Hudson.  A brother, Aurelien “Joe” Joyal of Dracut, Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Erica Petralia of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, Peter Zelonis of Ascutney, Vermont, Christine Floyd and Bryan Joyal, both of Hudson.

Services were held on Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Benny’s memory are asked to consider the Make A Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 66 Hanover Street, Suite #101, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101.  To send an online message of condolence, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Constant C. Joyce

Constant C. Joyce, 79, of A Street, Hudson, died Friday at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. 

Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, July 29, 1925, he was the son of the late Frederick and Lucy (Drexler) Joyce Sr.

Mr. Joyce had worked for l8 years at the former Improve Machinery Co.  While working there he invented the main components for the high capacity washier for pulp paper.  He was also owned operated Connie’s Clock Repairing.  He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church.  Mr. Joyce enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife Mary H. (Schoolcraft) Joyce of Hudson, two sons and a daughters in law Gerald and Patrice Joyce of Newton, Massachusetts, Richard and Sandra Joyce of Hudson, three sisters Lucy Sweeney of Littleton, Massachusetts, Claire Inferrara of Concord, Massachusetts, Joan Joyce of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and three grandchildren, Mathew Joyce of Hudson and Elaine and Renee Joyce both of Newton, Massachusetts.  Also several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son David Joyce

Donations may be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054.  To send an online message of condolence or for directions go to www.dumonsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Gary T. Lee

Gary T. Lee, 60 of Bolivia, North Carolina, died Thursday, April 21, 2005 at his home, surrounded by family, after a long illness.

Born December 10, 1944, in Claremont, New Hampshire Gary grew up in Hudson, before serving his country in Vietnam.  Gary returned home to reside in Londonderry with his wife and two sons until 1983, moving to Springfield, New Hampshire and residing there until 2003, before retiring to Bolivia, North Carolina. 

He is survived by his wife of thirty-seven years, Linda S. Lee of Bolivia, North Carolina; son, Thomas P. Lee and wife Allison and two grandsons, Jeremy and Tucker, son Timothy Lee and wife Jennifer, and granddaughter, Sophia; his parents, Fred and Ruth Lee all of Springfield, New Hampshire, two brothers, Richard Lee and Alan Lee, both of Florida and one sister, Sharon Lee of Deering, New Hampshire.  Gary is also survived by numerous other family members and close friends. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall in Springfield, New Hampshire.  A potluck luncheon will follow the service in the same location.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 402, Bolivia, North Carolina 28422.

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Ruby M. McEachern

Ruby M. McEachern, 93, of Highstown, New Jersey, passed away Sunday in Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey.

Born in North Kingston, Nova Scotia, Canada, Mrs. McEachern was a former resident of Acton, Massachusetts before moving to Highstown in 1950.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Highstown.  Mrs. McEachern was also an avid sports fan who loved the New York Yankees and enjoyed hooking rugs.

Wife of the late Roy C. McEachern who passed away in 1987 and sister of the late Leota P. Harris, James W. Baker and Marion W. Couette, she is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne E. and Michael Motherway of Litchfield, New Hampshire; Shirley M. and Richard Newell of Hamilton; a brother, Milton O. Baker of Machias, Maine; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, and eleven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 24 at the Saul Colonial Home in Hamilton Square, New Jersey.  Internment followed in Princeton Memorial Park, Robbinsville, New Jersey.

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Pauline E. (Hammar) Bardsley Santos

Pauline E. (Hammar) Bardsley Santos, 71, of Nashua, New Hampshire, died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday February 1, 2005.

(She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on October 7, 1933, a daughter of the late Alrick J. and Fossie (Greenwood) Hammar Spence.  She had been a resident of Nashua for many years; she had also resided in Pelham.

She was the wife of Charles R. Santos, Sr. whom she married in November of 1989.

Mrs. Santos was employed by Sanders Associates for 15 years, Tulley Auto Dealership for 15 years, and the Persian Rug Galleries for four years.  Most recently, she worked as a Paraprofessional in the Nashua School System. 

She was a member of the Ladies Guild of the Church of the Good Shepherd and Compassionate Friends.  She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Pelham, New Hampshire.

Her greatest achievement in life was raising her children and spoiling her grandchildren.

Mrs. Santos was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua.  She was educated in Pelham Public Schools and graduated high school in Lowell, Massachusetts.  She was predeceased by a son, James H. Bardsley III and a sister-in-law, Mary Hammar.

In addition to her loving husband of 15 years, survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Dan Holden of Hudson, Heidi and Ken Nielsen of Nashua, Rebecca and Fred Dolloff of Amherst; her three step-sons, Charles R. Santos, Jr. of Wareham, Massachusetts, Christopher A. Santos of Manchester, and Robert M. Santos of Nashua and her step-daughter Sandra Santos of Nashua; seven grandchildren, Jake Holden, James Holden, Katie Bardsley, Olivia Bardsley, Samuel Paul Nielsen, Charles R. Santos III, and Erin E. Santos; one great-grandchild, Ariana Santos; two brothers, and sisters-in-law, Alrick Hammar of Windham, Philip and Kathy Hammar of Bedford; one sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Frank Babin of St. Petersburg, Florida; four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Arthur Santos of Wareham, Massachusetts, Albert and Evelyn Santos of Wareham, Massachusetts, Richard and Martha  Santos of Rochester, Massachusetts, and Joseph Santos of Wareham, Massachusetts, and Helen Santos Haywood of Wareham, Massachusetts; other family members include Dick Spence of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Bill and Pat Spence of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Betty and Gerald McCarthy of Lowell, Massachusetts, an aunt Rita Greenwood of Nashua, five nieces, Kelly Shaw, Carrie Shaw, Gretchen Besse, Wendy Reed, and Susan O’Roarke, eight nephews, Russell Shaw, Mike Hammar, Carl Hammar, Mark Hammar, Rick Hammar, Kevin Hammar, Phil Ray Hammar, and James Andrews.

Arrangements were in the care of Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua (603) 883-3401.

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Andrew R. Schindler

Decorated WWII Fighter Pilot Andrew Richard Schindler, 88, of Robin Drive, Hudson, died February 1 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in New York City, New York on December 27, 1916, he was the son of the late Richard A. and Mary (Perdoch) Schindler.

He was the widower of Doris (Masterson) Schindler.

He joined the Army Air Corp in 1940 and became a pilot.  In 1945, he was leading a squadron of P-47s over Italy and his plane was shot down.  While in the service, he also flew P-51 Mustang and numerous jets.  He was the first Commanding Officer of the Empire Michigan Air Base and was Base Commander in Langerkopf, Germany.  He retired from the service in 1968 after 28 years of service.  He obtained the rank of Colonel and was awarded the Purple Heart, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Croix deGuerre medal from the French Government.  In 1970, he became the Circulation Manager at the Nashua Telegraph, retiring in 1983.  He was an avid fisherman and sports fan and enjoyed reading history books.  He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and a past officer of the VFW Hudson Post 5791.

Mr. Schindler belonged to the Radio Control Model Airplane Club, the Ham Radio Club, the Aero Flying Club at Hanscom Air Force Base, and was the treasurer of the VFW bingo games which he helped establish.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter Meg Anne Schindler.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law A. Michael and Mary Beth Schindler of Niantic, Connecticut; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Nancy S. and Willis Brucker of Hudson, Jane M. Schindler and fried Norman Roy, both of Hudson, Elizabeth A. and John Lavoie of Hudson; five grandchildren, Katherine Brucker of Hudson, Willis M. Brucker of White Plains, New York, Amanda Lavoie, Jeffrey Lavoie, Rebecca Lavoie, all of Hudson; one great grandchild, Trevor Brucker of Hudson; one cousin, Albert Bunner of Johnstown, New York,; and several nieces and nephews.

The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson, was in charge of arrangements. 

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Michael Gary Taylor

Mr. Michael Gary Taylor, 53, of Hudson, lost a year long battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack in the arms of his loving family.  Michael, like a brave warrior, spent the lat seven months fighting his battle with cancer.

Born on May 19, 1951 in Nashua, he was the son of Grace (Miner) Taylor Carmey of Merrimack, and the late John “Pete” Taylor.  He was educated in the Merrimack school system and graduated with the class of 1969.  He was a resident of Hudson for the past 21 years.

Mr. Taylor served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972.  He served a 13 month tour of duty in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971.  During the Vietnam War, he risked his own life at nineteen years old and pulled a Vietnamese pilot from a burning helicopter.

After returning from the Vietnam War, he entered New Hampshire Vocational Technological College in Nashua from 1972 to 1974 earning his associates degree.

On March 2, 1974, he married his college sweetheart Angela May (Simoneau) Taylor.  They shared 31 years of marriage.

Mr. Taylor owned and operated MG Taylor Transportation in Hudson.  He was a member of the American Legion #48 in Hudson.

During his last months, Michael and his wife and children traveled to Tucson, Arizona seeking special treatment but was crushed to learn he did not qualify.  Never complaining, he made the best of each day and spent wonderful days with his dear buddy Bill Swier and his baby sister Maureen from California.  He enjoyed the beauty that Arizona has to offer and made new friends along the way.  He then traveled to Florida to spend time with his mother Gracie and stepfather Warren “Buck” and also made a new friend, Pete Riley, whose generosity was greatly appreciated by Michael.  Unable to continue to travel the roads, his brother-in-law and dear friend Alan Simoneau and nephew Joseph Simoneau flew to Florida, put Michael, Angela, and April on a plane home and then drove his belongings back to New Hampshire along with Michael’s son Nathan.  His other brother-in-law and dear friend, Earl Simoneau and favorite sister-in-law, Rita Simoneau were there to meet them at the airport and safely took them home.  Michael passed away three weeks later.  He never complained and never asked for anything except to be surrounded by his loved ones and to die with dignity.  His bravery and strength was shown to his loved ones every day of his life especially as he took his last breath and went home to God.

Mr. Taylor loved to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycles, he loved to throw lobster feasts for friends and family, he loved to be “trucking” in his tractor trailer, and he loved to go camping and to sing on stage with his mother Gracie at the family reunion grounds at the homestead of his great grandparents in Bennington, New Hampshire.  Building and sitting around his glorious campfire with Angela, Nathan and April were his happiest moments and he said “that’s where I’ll always be!”  The three best days of his life were his wedding day, March 2, 1974, the day of the birth of his “best bud” Nathan and his “girly-girl” April.  He also adored and admired his mother-in-law Dolores Simoneau and enjoyed sitting and chatting over a cup of coffee.

Michael was a gentle giant and silent hero.  Never boasting, a simple thank you would do.  He risked his life to save others.  One time he ran ahead of everyone to pull a baby out of a car that had crashed in a ditch and was beginning to burn.  Another time he ran through a crowd and saved a child from chocking on a piece of candy.  He’d give to those in need, always respecting their pride and dignity.  He helped and comforted the sick and dying.

Besides his wife and mother, surviving family members include his son Nathan Michael Taylor of Hudson, daughter, April May Taylor of Hudson, his siblings, Monica Pelletier and her husband Norman and their children, Nicholas and Melissa of Merrimack, Mary Chase and her husband Robert and their children, Bobby and Bradley of Plymouth; Mark Taylor and his wife Karen and their children, Melina and Lindsay of Merrimack; Maureen Taylor and her children Soara, Jessie, Levi, Austin of California and her three grandchildren, Kaileb, Deja, Logan; mother-in-law Dolores May Simoneau of Nashua, deceased father-in-law Paul A. Simoneau; two brothers-in law “who were like brothers to him,” Alan J. Simoneau and his wife Rita of Hudson, and their children, Joseph and his Wife Kristena Simoneau of Nashua, Jonathan Simoneau and Sephera Simoneau of Hudson, and Earl W. Simoneau of Nashua, and he also leaves approximately 400 uncles, aunts, and cousins across the country.

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William Frederick Wall

William Frederick Wall, 95, a former 50 year resident of Boscawen, died Sunday, May 8, 2005 at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua.

He was born in Sheffield, England, the son of William G. and Elizabeth (Wallage) Wall.

In 1938 he started working for Beede Electric in Penacook, retiring as general manager after 40 years.

He played semi-pro basketball in Concord and was a charter member of a referees’ association in Concord.  He loved hunting and fishing.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen L. Cameron and Sandra L. Westover, both of Hudson; 8 grandchildren; Scott R. Cameron and Denise Lamoureux, both from Fort St. Lucie, Florida, Michael W. Cameron of Epping, Mark E. Cameron of Salem, Derek Craig of North Londonderry, Bonnie L. Umbro of Milford, Steven D. Atwood of Fort Drum, New York and Jason P. Westover of Hudson as well as 16 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Louise P. (Delaney) Wall in 1989 and two sisters, Kathleen W. Clark and Nellie Wall.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord.  Burial followed in Blossom Hill Cemetery.

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