Obituaries

Kristie L. Kittredge

Kristie L. Kittredge, of Tamarac, FL, daughter of the late Thomas H. and Annie M. (Dickensen) Kittredge, died August 6 at North Broward Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, after her courageous fight against cancer.

Born June 17, 1952, she was schooled in Salem, NH.  She previously lived in CA and Deerfield, NH.

A member of the Salem, NH, Chapter 57 OES., she was a lifelong animal lover and always enjoyed her dogs. She trained and worked in healthcare in FL.

Survivors include two sisters, Jo Ann Mika of Salem, NH, and Bertha Atwell of AZ; one brother, Thomas Kittredge of West Palm Beach, FL; former husband, James Shepherd of Naples, FL; and loving niece, Lori Crutchfield of Coral Springs, FL.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in FL.

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John P. Martin

John P. Martin, 49, of Salem, died unexpectedly on August 17 at his home.

John was born in Pilot Point, TX, on August 4, 1960.  He served in the United States Army.  John was a truck driver for Colony Foods in Lawrence, MA.

John was an ardent lover of life and the people in his life, whether he knew them for an hour or a lifetime.  He first loved Jesus as a young man and grew in his love by the years.  He sends his warmth to all who knew him.

He is survived by two daughters, Andrea and Emmie Martin of MN; his fiancée, Darlene DiCesare of Salem, and her children Eric DiCesare, Alexandria DeCesare, Erica Martell, and Anthony DiCesare; father, James Martin of Silver Spring, MD; mother, Barbara Ringo of FL; sisters, Mary Suzanna Martin of Lawrenceburg, KY, and Kharis Martin of DE; and his brother, Matthias Martin of MD.

There are no funeral services.

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

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Paul T. Metcalf

Paul T. Metcalf, 91, of Salem, died Friday August 21, 2009 at the Veterans Hospital in Manchester, NH.

Paul was born in Medford, MA, the son of the late Florence (Streeter) and Charles Metcalf, and he had lived in Salem for 25 years.  He served in the US Army during WW II, first in the Yankee Division, then in the 101st Infantry.  Paul served in France and Germany and was in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.  He retired from Mancini Sheet Metal in Billerica, MA.

Paul was a member and past commander of VFW #8546 of Salem, a past District 7 commander for NH, a member of the VFW Cooties, Pup Tent #12 MOC, and a member of the DAV of Salem, NH.

He was predeceased by is wife Theda (MacAdams) Metcalf, his son Paul T. Metcalf, II, and his sisters Elsie Billings and Barbara Howe.

He is survived by his son, Kevin and his wife, Nancy, of Methuen, MA; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were on Monday, August 24 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem.  The Funeral Service was held Tuesday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Colonial Veterans Cemetery in the Salem Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Dr., Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110 or Alzheimer’s Assn., 1 Bedford Farms Dr., Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110.

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

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Stevan Albert Misek

Stevan Albert Misek, 50, of Fitzwilliam, NH passed away peacefully at home on August 18, 2009 after a long battle with cancer.  Stevan was born December 17, 1958, to Victor and Susan Misek of Hudson, NH.

Growing up, he was an active member of the Boy Scouts and the NH Grange.  He was a 1976 graduate of Alvirne High School in Hudson.  He married Wendy Whitham of Sullivan, NH on May 3, 1980, in Keene, NH, after which they spent a year traveling across the country before finally settling in Fitzwilliam, NH, with their two sons, Morgan and Adam.

Steve’s working career gave him experience in many fields, from auto body repair with J&L Auto Body to selling tools for Snap-On Tools to delivering mail for the US Postal Service to building log homes with Monadnock Log Homes (including his own) to delivering for FedEx.  He enjoyed working with his hands and used his math, analytical, and artistic skills in both the auto body repair and carpentry fields.  He enjoyed camping and hiking with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Wendy Whitham; his sons, Adam Misek of Fitzwilliam, NH, and Morgan Misek, along with Morgan’s fiancé, Tara Tumulty of Jamaica Plains, MA; his parents, Victor and Susan Misek of Hudson; siblings, Martha Frick and Gary Keith of Plaistow, NH, William and Dawn Misek of Nashua, NH, and Carl Misek of Winchester, NH.  In addition, his mother-in-law, Lucille Saturley of Troy, NH; father-in-law and his wife, George and Carol Whitham of Grimsley, TN; sister-in-law, Deb Marcotte of Troy, NH; brother-in-law, George Whitham Jr of Franklin, NH; brother- and sister-in-law, Rick and Pam Cadmus of Troy, NH; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

There will be celebration of his life at his home in Fitzwilliam, NH (his favorite place to be) on Sunday, August 23, at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Hospice or the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Keene, NH.
The family wishes to thank Hospice for their support and care, as well as all of their family and friends.  They also thank the caring staff at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Keene and Monadnock Community Hospital.

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Charles J. O’Donaghue

Charles J. O’Donaghue, 58, of Hudson, died Friday, August 14, 2009 at Southern NH Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 2, 1951 in Boston, MA, son of the late Anne M. McDermott.  He was the husband of Barbara (Higham) O’Donaghue, of Hudson.

Charlie began a career with New England Telephone in 1972 and retired from the then-named Bell Atlantic in 1998.  He later was employed with the Town of Derry as the Director of Parks and Recreation, a position which he held for five years.

Charlie was an avid drummer and was a co-founding member of ‘The Classics Band’.

Besides his loving wife, survivors include two sons, Shawn O’Donaghue of Hudson and Captain Timothy O’Donaghue, U.S. Army, and his fiancé, Erica Natsios, of Ft. Campbell, KY; two daughters, Allison O’Donaghue and Amanda O’Donaghue, both of Hudson; as well as several in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many very dear friends.

Visiting hours were on Sunday, August 16 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson.  A prayer service was held on Monday, August 17 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made in Charlie’s loving memory to the following organization: C.H.I.P.S., c/o Hudson Police Department, 1 Constitution Drive, Hudson, NH 03051.  To send an online message of condolence, send the family flowers or a sympathy meal, or to access 24-hour grief support, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Joyce Louise (Anctil) Pike

Joyce Louise (Anctil) Pike, 55, of Hudson, wife of Larry D. Pike, died Sunday morning, August 23, 2009, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a period of declining health.  Born in Nashua on January 12, 1954, Mrs. Pike was the daughter of Pearl (Galipeau) Anctil of Nashua and the late Robert Anctil.

Joyce grew up in Nashua, was educated in local schools, and was a graduate of Nashua High School, class of 1972.  She and her husband Larry were married July 2, 1971 and made their home in Litchfield for several years and in Hudson for the past 15 years.

Mrs. Pike had been employed as a senior accounting clerk for the Town of Hudson for 14 years.  Joyce loved shopping for her wardrobe and enjoyed trips to Foxwoods.

Members of her family include her husband Larry, with whom she recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary; her mother, Pearl Anctil of Nashua; two daughters, Janel J. Pike of Nashua and Jaime L. Pike of Hudson; three grandchildren, Emily P. Walker, Kassidy Rolfe and Laney Rolfe; a sister, Annmarie Beaucher of Nashua; a brother, Denis Anctil and his wife Patricia of Nashua; her mother-in-law, Anita Pike of Hudson; also nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were held at the Farwell Funeral Home, 18 Lock St., Nashua, on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.  Following cremation, a graveside service took place in St. Louis Cemetery, 752 West Hollis Street, Nashua, on Friday morning.  Arrangements were in the care of the Farwell Funeral Service, 882-0591, www.farwellfuneral.com.

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Jeanette M. (Morits) Scalzo

Jeanette M. (Morits) Scalzo, 80, of Salem, NH died Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at Parkland Medical Center, Derry.

Jeanette was born and educated in Connecticut.  She had lived in Salem for the past 35 years.  Jeanette had worked in the Food Service Department for Digital in Salem and had previously worked in Food Service for the Salem School Department.

Jeanette volunteered at Parkland Medical Center for several years and was a member of the Salem Senior Center.  She enjoyed traveling with Shirley’s Friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Scalzo, and her siblings Joseph, Bernard, and Thersa Morits, and Madeline Howley.

She was survived by her son, Jeff Scalzo and his wife, Cindy, of Danville, NH; daughter, Nancy and her husband, Bill McNeill, of Salem; sisters Pauline Tita of Danbury, CT, and Bea Arconti of Danbury, CT; grandchildren Tammy McNeill, Shannon McNeill, Brady McNeill, Jamie Scalzo, and Danny Scalzo; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling Hours were on Friday, August 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, August 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, 2 Wall St., Manchester, NH 03101.

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

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Hildred M. (Haynes) Wells

Hildred M. (Haynes) Wells, 88, of Salem, NH, died Sunday, August 16 at Salemhaven Nursing Home, Salem, NH.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lillian (Smallwood) Haynes.  She was the wife of the late William J. Wells.

Hilda was a longtime resident of Salem, NH where she was a member of Pleasant Street United Methodist Church for over 80 years.  She loved to spend time with her large extended family and welcomed all of their friends as well.  Hilda was known as “Ma” to many more than her own 13 children.  She loved to read and shared books with her family.  She loved to travel, with an occasional visit to the casino.  An avid Red Sox fan, she continued to watch their games each season.

Hilda was predeceased by her brother, George (Bev) Haynes; sister, Viola Haynes; and three of her sons, William Haynes, Robert Wells, and Lawrence Wells.  She was survived by six sons: Roderick Wells of NY, NY; Ronald Wells and his wife, Roberta, of Salem, NH; Randall Wells and his wife, Carlene, of Epping, NH; John Wells of Salem, NH; James Wells of Tequesta, FL; and Peter Wells and his wife, Lisa, of Salem, NH.  She was survived by four daughters: Judi Phelps and her husband, Howard, of Epping, NH; Jeri-Lyn Thomas and her husband, Steven, of Manassas, VA; Jo-Ellen Wells of Salem, NH; and Janie Deveaux and her husband, William, of Raymond, NH.  She is also survived by 33 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held Tuesday, August 18 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem, NH.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m. at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Salem, NH.  Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salemhaven Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Dr. Salem, NH. 03079

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

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Mildred C. (Conkle) Yourtee

Mildred C. (Conkle) Yourtee, 92, of Windham, NH died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Windham Terrace, Windham.

Mildred was born in Oxford, Alabama.  She spent her formative years in Atlanta and attended Oglethorpe University.  In 1941 she married Lawrence Karn Yourtee and they relocated to Austin, TX, where Lawrence (Larry) completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas.

In 1947, when Larry accepted a professorship of chemistry at Hamilton College, they made their home in Clinton, NY, where they lived happily for the next 50 years.  Mildred was an avid reader and a member of the Clinton Monday Book Club for over 25 years.  In Clinton, she enjoyed gardening and was a gourmet cook.

Mildred developed an ongoing appreciation for art and enjoyed frequent visits to major art museums in the Northeast, Great Britain, and Greece.  She was a founding member of the Kirkland Bird Club and an enthusiastic amateur ornithologist.  Her love of nature inspired her, in 1966, to spearhead a community-wide effort that saved a historic 200-year-old Sycamore tree in Clinton, which still graces Clinton with its beauty 45 years later.  Mildred’s later years have been spent close to her family in Windham.

She is predeceased by her husband, Professor Lawrence Yourtee; her sister, Mary Robinson; and her parents, Beatrice and John Conkle.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Edward Yourtee and his wife, Elaine; grandsons, Jonathan and Matthew Yourtee, all of Windham; granddaughter, Sumiko Yourtee and her husband, Wayne Rowe, of Portland, OR; and nephew, Richard Yourtee of Bethlehem, PA.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 22, at 1 p.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem.  Her final resting place will be the Hamilton College Cemetery in Clinton, NY.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lawrence K. Yourtee Prize Scholarship at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 13323 or to Nobody’s Children, PO Box 1076, Windham.

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

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Guilda M. (Cote) Boudreau

Guilda M. (Cote) Boudreau, 67, of Danville, died July 25, 2009, at the Colonial Poplin Nursing Home in Danville.

Guilda was born and educated in Canada.  She had lived in Danville for 10 years, previously living in Sandown and Methuen, MA.  She had worked as an Electrical Bonder for Alpha Industries in Woburn, MA.  Guilda enjoyed crafts especially quilting, cross-stitch, and crocheting.  She liked reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Guilda was pre-deceased by her husband, Roger Boudreau.

She is survived by sons Daniel Boudreau and his wife Dawn of Derry, and Stan Boudreau and his wife Mei of Milford; a brother, Bertrand Cote of St. Leonard, Canada; sisters, Linda Cyr of Siegas, Canada, and Yolande Martin of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; and grandchildren, Sherri, Danny, Christopher, and Matthew.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 30 at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Cremation followed. 

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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Elsie S. (Thomson) Chase

Elsie S. (Thomson) Chase, 90, of Lawrence, MA, formerly of Andover, MA, died Monday at the Mary Immaculate Nursing Home in Lawrence, MA.

She was born in Andover, MA, the daughter of the late James and Annie (Auchterlonie) Thomson, both of Scotland.  She grew up and attended schools in Andover, MA.  She was a resident of Lawrence for the past 38 years, formerly of Andover.

Elsie was a housekeeper at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.  She had also worked at several nursing homes, including MI Nursing & Restorative Center in Lawrence, MA.

She was predeceased by her sisters and brothers: Alexina Harrison, Margaret Conkey, Marjorie Park, Anna Greenaker, James Thomson, George Thomson, and Robert Thomson.  She leaves several nieces and nephews, including her niece and caregiver Anne J. Priestly of Salem, NH.

At the request of Elsie, there will be no calling hours and services will be private for the family.  Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem, NH is in charge of the cremation.  Memorial donations may be made to your local food pantry.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Robert J. Felteau

Robert J. Felteau, 83, died July 22, 2009, at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

He was born in Methuen, MA, grew up, and was educated in Lawrence, MA.  He was a longtime Salem resident.

Mr. Felteau was a retired carpenter and worked for Ratte Construction of Lawrence.  He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 40 plus years, Rita (Bourdelais) Felteau.

He is survived by his sister, Jeannette Perron of Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews, including Nancy Greenwood and her husband Ronald Briggs of Concord, Joann and her husband Donald Vesper of Bellingham, WA, and Linda and her husband Chuck McCarthy of Bellingham, WA.

Mr. Felteau’s family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of the Salemhaven Nursing Home for all their love, care and compassion they gave to him.  They would also like to thank the staff of Amedisys Hospice.

A funeral service was held July 25 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salemhaven Nursing Home Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty 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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Ruth (Raymond) Goundrey

Ruth (Raymond) Goundrey, RN, of Windham died on August 2, 2009, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.  She was the daughter of the late Alphonse L. and Marion (Jennings) Raymond. 

Born in Lawrence, MA, she was raised and schooled in Nashua, until moving to Salem where she graduated from Woodbury High School in 1941; entered the Lawrence General School of Nursing and graduated in 1943; she then became the Visiting District Nurse of Lawrence General Hospital. 

Ruth and her late husband Bob established the Robert Douglas Goundrey Funeral Home at 42 Main Street in Salem in 1949, serving Salem and its surrounding communities for the past 50 years.  Her duties included Lady Assistant, hairdresser, cosmetologist, billing clerk, record keeper, secretary, floral arranger, and maintenance.  She also was telephone operator and scheduler for Salem’s first Ambulance Service. 

A resident of Salem for 73 years and winter resident of Clearwater, FL, she and her husband moved to Windham in 1996.  She was a member of Pleasant Street United Methodist Church and a member of the Ding-A-Lings (Adult Sunday School Class group) organized by her husband; former member of the Couples Club; former choir member; a 50-year member of Salem NH Chapter 57 OES; member of the former Salem Junior Woman’s Club; in 1959 one of the founders of the former Salem Contemporary Club which became federated in 1960; in 1961 organized and co-sponsored the First Annual State Wide Health Fair; member of SARC; charter member of VFW Salem Post 8546 Auxiliary.  She also attended High Point United Methodist Church, Clearwater, FL. 

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Jill, wife of Gregory Moe, Windham; three grandchildren, Erol and his wife Jennifer Moe of Dover, Eden and his wife Dr. Julia Moe of Durham, England, and Tamara and her husband Matthew Croteau of Londonderry; five great-grandchildren, Catherine and Collin, Zara, and Jacob and Annabelle; one niece and two nephews. 

Her brother, Robert J. Raymond, predeceases her.

Funeral services will be on Friday, August 7, at 11 a.m. at the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem.  Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Street United Methodist Church Elevator Fund, 8 Pleasant Street, Salem, NH 03079, or to the charity of one’s choice. 

To send an online condolence, please visit, www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Dorothy A. Hardy

Dorothy A. (Bennett) Hardy, 87, a member of a well-known Pelham family, died July August 1, 2009, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Roy E. Hardy, who died in July 18, 1965.

Born in Lowell, MA, August 26, 1921, the daughter of the late Fred J. and the late Sadie M. (Keyes) Bennett, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1938.

For over 25 years, Mrs. Hardy served as a Dispatcher for the Pelham Police Department until her retirement.

An active member of her community, Mrs. Hardy served as a news correspondent to both the Lowell Sun and the Nashua Telegraph for the town of Pelham.

A founding member of the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, she also was a member of the Pelham 250th Anniversary Committee.  In addition, she was a Pelham Voter Checklist Supervisor for over 37 years and was a former member of the Pelham Budget Committee.

Mrs. Hardy was also a member of the American Legion Post 100 Auxiliary.

Mrs. Hardy was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Pelham.

She is survived by two daughters Phyllis Hardy of Phoenix, AZ and Barbara Hardy of Pelham; four sons Roy E. Hardy, Jr., and his wife Marie of Dover, Richard G. Hardy and his wife Adele Gagne of Concord, MA, James A. Hardy of Pelham and Philip E. Hardy of Goffstown; three granddaughters Laura Hardy of Dover, NH, Aidan Hardy of Concord, MA and Rebecca Hardy of Goffstown; three grandsons Christopher Hardy and his wife Crystal of Hampton, Ryan Hardy of Goffstown and Owen Hardy of Concord, MA; a sister Rita Ducharme and her husband Alfred of Pelham; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hardy is also the sister of the late William Bennett and the late Frederick Bennett.

The Hardy family wishes to thank the members of the Greenbriar staff for the loving and personal care given to their mother.

Her Funeral Service was held August 5 at the First Congregational Church of Pelham.  Burial followed in Gibson Cemetery, Pelham.  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund, P.O. Box 953, Pelham, NH 03076.  Arrangements were under the care of Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane of the Pelham Funeral Home. 

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Gerhard Hoffmann

Gerhard Hoffmann, 77, of the Brookfield section of White Township, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, August 3, 2009.

Born in Schlesien, Germany on March 21, 1932, he was the son of the late Erich and Gertrud Stenke Hoffmann.  Mr. Hoffmann immigrated from Germany in 1952.  He had lived in both Wayne and Hudson, N.H., before moving to Belvidere nine years ago.

Mr. Hoffmann was the president of Hoffmann Steel Rule Dies, of Paterson and Hudson, NH.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Hoffmann was an avid bicyclist, enjoyed playing pool, and swimming.  He was a member of the American Legion, Post 131, Belvidere.

Survivors include his wife, Ingrid Dahlmann Hoffmann; a son-in-law, David Felder; and a grandson, Ryan Felder.

Mr. Hoffmann was predeceased by his daughter, Linda H. Felder, who died September 11, 2008.

Graveside services with military honors were  held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11 at Belvidere Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to www.macfaddenfuneralhome.com.  In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 669 Littleton Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054-4834.

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Joseph James Olivera III

Joseph James Olivera III, 52, died July 26, 2009, at his home in Salem.

Joe was raised and schooled in Salem.  He lived with his mom and best friend Diane Blanchard.  He had a heart for children with disabilities and for veterans and for a time helped in raising funds for both.  He was a huge sports fan and especially enjoyed watching Pat’s games with his best buddy, his mom.  Over the past few years, he rekindled his relationship with Christ and was devoted to learning more about God and His Word through the bible and prayer.

He is survived by his mother, Diane; only daughter, Melody Olivera of Antioch, CA; grandchildren, Dashawn and Liana Jensen of Antioch; as well as his aunts and several cousins.

A gravesite service will be held on Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  All are welcome to attend.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Dewhirst Funeral Home.  To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com. 

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Raymond E. Parker

 

Raymond E. Parker, 77, of Hudson, died Wednesday morning, July 15, 2009 at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry, after a period of declining health.

A longtime resident of Hudson, Mr. Parker was born in Nashua on October 24, 1931, son of the late Ernestine Parker.  ‘Ray’ was educated in both Nashua and Hudson schools and graduated from Alvirne High School with the first graduating class of the school in 1951.  A New Hampshire Army National Guard veteran, Ray served as a Staff Sergeant with the HMB 1/172 Artillery from October 1949 to 1991.

Mr. Parker had been employed as an electronics engineer with the former Sanders Associates Inc. and its successor, Lockheed–Sanders, for 31 years.  Ray was a member of Hudson Call Fire Department for 25 years.

An active sportsman, Ray was a member of the Nashua Fish & Game Association for many years, serving as its president in 1982.  He also served as an instructor of the New Hampshire Hunter Safety Education for 15 years.  In his younger years, Ray enjoyed scuba diving and skydiving and was an avid reader.

Mr. Parker held membership in the First Baptist Church of Hudson.

Ray married the former June Brickett on October 16, 1955, and would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in the fall.  Besides his wife, members of his family include a son, Gerald R. Parker of Hampstead; a daughter, Kathleen A. Parker of Hudson; two grandchildren, Christa and Philip Parker; two step-grandchildren, Shane and Heath Sousa; two sisters-in-law, Winnifred A. Blaine of Florida and Dorothy Husband of Oklahoma; also nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Mr. Parker was predeceased by a son, Rodney S. Parker, who died in 1990, and a brother-in-law, Harry S. Blaine of Florida.

There were no calling hours.  A memorial service was held in the First Baptist Church, 236 Central Street, Hudson, on Tuesday, July 28 at 2 p.m.

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Elvira (Giordanelli) Porras

Elvira (Giordanelli) Porras, 92, of Windham, died July 23, 2009, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

She was born in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, South America.  She came to the United States 40 years ago.  She was a resident of Windham for the past eight years, and was formerly of Salem.

Mrs. Porras was a homemaker, and was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Her life centered on her family, which was most important to her.  She was very generous, giving, and loving to her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rafael Porras.

She is survived by two daughters, Alix Porras Lawlor of Windham, and Victoria Porras and her husband Arthur McAuley of Paxton, MA; one son, Carlos Porras and his wife Rebecca Sholes of Worcester, MA; one brother, Vicente Giordanelli of Colombia; one sister, Maria Reyes of Italy; four grandchildren, Owen Lawlor, Alexandra Tokanel, Santiago and Daniella Porras; and three great-grandchildren, Jimmy Tokanel Jr., Kayla and Alec Lawlor.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 27 at St. Joseph Church, Salem.  Cremation followed.

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

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Joseph Savarese

Joseph Savarese, 73, of Salem, died July 25, 2009, peacefully at his home.

Joseph grew up and was educated in Medford, MA graduating from Medford High School in 1954.  He was the last surviving son of food and cheese pioneer Vincenzo Savarese, founder of G. Savarese and Son of Boston, and the loving son of Marie (Sacco).

He was predeceased by his son, William, and his brother, Vincent.

He is survived by sons, Vincent Savarese, II of Revere, MA, Joseph Savarese, Jr. of Kensington, Anthony Savarese of  Stoneham, MA, and Michael Savarese of Dracut, MA; a daughter, Gina Savarese of Methuen; a sister, Tina LeMay of Woburn, MA; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held July 28 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 1E Commons, Suite 33, Londonderry, NH 03053.

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

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Lena M. (Grimaldi) Thibeault

Lena M. (Grimaldi) Thibeault, 89, of Derry, died July 26, 2009 at the Derry Health and Rehab Center in Derry.

Lena was born in Jay, ME to Carmello and Maria (Notragiacomo) Grimaldi.  She was raised and educated in Livermore, ME.  She was a graduate of Jay High School.  Lena was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Church in Salem where she was very active with the Widow’s Group.  Lena enjoyed traveling the country and the world with her family in her younger years.  In her free time she enjoyed music, opera, nature’s wonders, reading and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  One of her enjoyments was helping to support American Indian and African children through Catholic Charities.  She will be dearly missed by all that knew her including the wonderful caretakers who became her friends at Derry Health and Rehab.  Her wit, smiles and laughter made a lot of people’s lives happier. 

Lena is predeceased by her husband, Joseph A. Thibeault. 

She leaves her two children, Joellyn Suszek of East Kingston, and Jacqueline Kupu of Haverhill, MA, a brother, Joseph Grimaldi of Jay; three grandchildren, Peter Pustizzi and his wife Tracie of Canton, MA, Mark Pustizzi and his wife Denise of Hudson, and Melena Lugo and her husband Francisco of Rochester; nine great-grandchildren, Maria and Gina Pustizzi both of Hudson, Katie Ann, Jarrod, Mele’ana, Gabriella and Francisco Lugo all of Rochester, and Joseph and Jessica Pustizzi both of Canton; and beloved nephews, Tim Knowles of Sanbornville, and Brian Knowles of Great Falls, MT.

A funeral Mass was held July 30 at St. Joseph’s Church.  Cremation followed.  Donations may be made to Autism Speaks, 5545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036, or visit www.autismspeaks.org, click “donate,” then click “memorial donation.”  Arrangements were under the care of the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Salem.  To submit an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com. 

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Rose A. (Niquette) Trombly

Rose A. (Niquette) Trombly, 92, of Hudson, died July 25, 2009, at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua.

Rose was born in St. Nazaire, Providence of Quebec, Canada, on June 1, 1917, a daughter of the late Oscar and Rosa (Morrissette) Niquette.  She was the widow of Raymond Trombly who died May 24, 2998.

Rose had attended schools in Nashua.  She had been employed as a dance teacher for Arthur Murray, managing two studios in Hartford and New Haven, CT.  She was an accomplished violinist.  Rose was a communicant of St. Louis de Gonzague Church in Nashua. 

She is survived by two sisters, Yvette Upham and her husband Kenneth of Washington, and Constance St. Jean of Nashua, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 29 in St. Louis de Gonzague Church, Nashua.  Burial followed in St. Louis Cemetery.  Services and arrangements were 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.anctiltil-rochette.com.

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Ronald A. Bartel

Ronald A. Bartel, 53, of Windham, died July 17, 2009, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

He was born in Poitiers, France, grew up and was educated in Lowell, MA.  He was a resident of Windham for the past 14 years.

Ronald worked in maintenance for the Pelham School system.  He was a member of the Raymond Gun Club where he enjoyed shooting.  He loved animals and was a volunteer for Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue in Hudson, MA.  His passion was photography.  He did several photo shoots, including NY Fashion Shows, and the Hasty Pudding Man and Women of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Mary G. (MacDonald) Bartel of Windham; his mother, Jeanine C. (Sepulcre) Bartel of Lowell, and several close friends.

Funeral services were held July 22 at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, PO Box 808, Hudson, MA 01749-0808.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Elizabeth (Marjerison) Edgecomb

Elizabeth (Marjerison) Edgecomb, 92, of Windham, died July 16, 2009 at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.  She was born on April 7, 1917 in North Salem to T. Sydney Marjerison and Ruth Palmer Marjerison.  She grew up on Tower Hill in Lawrence, MA where she attended Mrs. Daniel’s Kindergarten on Bellevue Street, and the old A.B. Bruce School on Ames Street.  She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1934 and after attending McIntosh Business School in the Bay State Building, she worked in the Patent Card Room of the Lower Pacific Mill and then the Post Office until her marriage to Glenn R. Edgecomb on April 25, 1942.  She was a member of the Central Methodist Church on Haverhill Street in Lawrence since 1935 and she also attended the Methodist Church in North Salem during a lifetime of summer vacations spent in the village.

Elizabeth enjoyed vacationing at Hedding Camp Ground in Epping with her family and friends.  She loved to read and write and kept an extensive journal and also a family genealogy, but most of all she cherished her time spent with family.  She will be sadly and fondly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her son, G. Robert Edgecomb and his wife Jill G. Edgecomb of Atkinson, and her daughter, Kathleen Elizabeth Bryant and her husband Thomas R. Bryant with whom she made her home for the last 20 years in Windham; grandsons Glenn R. Edgecomb II of Aliso Viejo, CA, Michael T. Edgecomb of Lakewood, CO, and Scott T. Bryant and his wife Kim and their two sons, TJ and Dylan of Weare.  She leaves a sister-in-law, Jenice Edgecomb Peterson of Worcester, MA; several nieces and nephews and a very special lady and friend; and a sister-in-law, Vida Marjerison of Andover, MA.

A memorial service was held July 22 at the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Salem.  Burial of ashes followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Salem.  Donations in her honor may be made to any animal shelter.  To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com. 

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Lise J. Gosselin

Lise J. (Roy) Gosselin, 63, of Hudson, died July 11, 2009 at her residence.

Lise was born in Tring-Jonction, Providence of Quebec, Canada on November 2, 1945, a daughter of the late Joseph and Agathe (Cliche) Roy.  She was the wife of Donald Gosselin of Hudson. 

Lise was a longtime resident of Nashua and Hudson.  She enjoyed golf, bowling, bingo and especially her grandchildren.  Lise was a member of the Daughters of Isabella.  She was a communicant of St. Louis de Gonzague Church in Nashua. 

Besides her husband, Lise is survived by three daughters, Joanne Perez and her husband Alberto of Haverhill, MA, Kathy Lamontagne and her husband Jeff of Nashua, and Lisa Morin and her husband John of Nottingham; five grandchildren, Alexander, Jeremy, Shantel, Anthony and Christian; four brothers, Robert Roy, Gerard Roy, Claude Roy and Gaetan Roy all of Canada; two sisters, Monique Boucher and Francine Bureau both of Canada; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 16 in St. Louis de Gonzague Church, Nashua.  Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, ATTN:  Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

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

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Dorothy G. (Playdon) Greenfield

Dorothy G. (Playdon) Greenfield, 88, of Salem, died July 16, 2009, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. 

Dorothy was born in Lawrence, MA, the daughter of Helen (Kent) and Howard Playdon.

She grew up in Salem graduating from Woodbury High School.  Dorothy had lived in Salem for 65 years.  She had worked as a Registered Nurse for the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Haverhill, MA, and had previously worked at Lawrence General Hospital.  Dorothy enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing, boating and camping and enjoyed bird watching and making puzzles.  She was an avid Red Sox and tennis sports fan.  Dorothy loved visiting with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband Maurice Greenfield.

She is survived by four sons, Mark and his wife Janice of Derry, Brian and his wife Carol of Salem, Paul and his wife Louise of Loudon, and Steven and his wife Linda of Salem; three brothers, Richard Playdon of Concord, Harry Playdon of Derry, and Jack Playdon of Haverhill; a sister, Melodie Playdon of Londonderry; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.  Arrangements are being handled by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, checks payable to Rockingham Nutrition, c/o Salem Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweet Way, Salem, NH 03079.

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

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Thomas P. Madden

Thomas P. Madden, USMC Retired, CWO4, 77, of Hudson, died July 17, 2009 at the Courville at Nashua Nursing Home in Nashua.

Thomas was born in New York, NY on July 22, 1931, son of the late Peter and Nora (Moyles) Madden and was the loving husband of Elizabeth A. Madden (2008) with whom he had shared 53 years of marriage.

He was a decorated Korean War veteran that had served for more than 41 years with the Marines.  He worked for the NY Telephone Company for 33 years.  He was a 4th-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed watching football and golf, but above all loved his family and will be missed by all that knew him.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Anne Bowersox and her husband George of Hudson, and Nancy Hall and her husband Robert of Richboro, PA; three sons, Kevin Madden and his wife Sandra of Bedford, Charles Madden and his wife Beth of Wantagh, NY, and Thomas Madden and his wife Michelle of Salisbury; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on July 22 in Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  A graveside service took place in the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.  The family has requested that donations be made to the NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276-5415.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Joan T. (Dombroski) Miller

Joan T. (Dombroski) Miller, 63, of Salem, died July 21, 2009, at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Joan was born and educated in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of the late Matilda and Frank Dombroski.

Joan was a homemaker.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Miller of Salem; daughter, Lisa and her husband Robert Levesque of Derry; son, Jason Miller and his wife Amy of Puyallep, WA; brother, Lester Dombroski of Philadelphia, PA; her mother-in-law, Jean Lensenberg of Bellmawr, NJ; grandchildren, Brett and Paige Levesque of Derry; best friend, June Gosselin of Salem; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Friday, July 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A funeral service will be Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

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

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Jane W. Sullivan

Jane W. (McNab) Sullivan, 84, died July 18, 2009 at her home in Stratham, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her family. 

“Jean,” as she was known, was born August 8, 1924, in North Andover, MA, shortly after her family emigrated from Scotland.  She was the daughter of Hugh and Jane (Cooper) McNab.

She graduated from Johnson High School in North Andover in 1942 where she was a standout basketball player.  She met her future husband, Alfred K. Sullivan, at the Crystal Ballroom in North Andover and they married in 1948.  They moved to Salem where they raised their six children.  Jean worked for many years in the Salem school system as a school secretary.  In 1969 they moved to East Kingston and later retired to Fort Lauderdale and Deland, FL.  More recently Alfred and Jean returned to New Hampshire, living for a time at the home of their daughter Debbie in Salem, and in 2007 moved to the home of their daughter Judy in Stratham.  Jean especially enjoyed doing needlework and many of her pieces are displayed in her home as well as the homes of her family.

She was predeceased by her beloved son Daniel in 1978, and her sisters Agnes Gracie and Ruby Packard.

Jean is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Alfred K. Sullivan; sons, Bruce and his wife Pat of Dunbarton, and Michael and his wife Elaine of Debary, FL; daughters, Debbie Desantis and her husband Steve of Londonderry, Judy Dowling and her husband Dana of Stratham, and Pat Dagostino of Kensington.  She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Jeffrey Sullivan and his wife Maria of Tuono, VA, Jennifer Morin and her husband Mike of Weare, Pamela White and her husband John of Londonderry, Jessica Thompson and her husband Tim of Concord, Daniel Sullivan of Chester, Amy Labossiere of Salem, Allison Dowling of Burlington, VT, Emily Dowling of Stratham, Shannon Sullivan and Ryan Sullivan of Debary, FL, Bryan Dagostino of Portsmouth, and Jason Dagostino of Burlington, VT.  Jean is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held July 22 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Graveside services will be held at a later date.  Donations may be made in her memory to Seacoast Hospice, Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 0383.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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John J. Witkowski, Sr.

John J. Witkowski, Sr., 71, of Salem, died July 18, 2009 at his home following a short illness.

John was born, raised and educated in Lawrence, MA.  He was a graduate of Lawrence High School.  John moved to Salem in 1985 where he has since resided.  He served with the Navy and then with the Army Reserves.  John worked for the former Tyer Rubber Corporation, Malden Mills and most recently for Target and Rockingham Park as a security guard.  In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking and most of all spending time with his family and grandchildren.

John leaves his loving wife of 49 years, Betty T. (Salois) Witkowski of Salem; four children, Pamela Benjamin and her husband James of Lowell, MA, Elizabeth Zahn of Methuen, MA, John J. Witkowski, Jr., and his wife Nancy of Bolton, MA, and Patty Robbins and her husband David of Lake Wales, FL; 12 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

At the request of the family all services were private.  Donations in John’s memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, Bldg. 9, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843.  To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Edward P. “Ted” Cyr Jr.

Edward P. “Ted” Cyr Jr., of Fremont, died July 6, 2009, on his 60th birthday at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

He was born in Lawrence, MA, grew up and was schooled in Salem.  He was a resident of Fremont for the past eight years and was formerly of Danville.

Ted owned and operated Cyr Construction Co. Inc. in Fremont.  He was a member of the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem, the American Legion in Raymond and Alton, and the Kingston Veterans Club.  He enjoyed motorcycle riding.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Richard Cyr and Ralph Denoncourt.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne (Maliff) Cyr of Fremont; children, Patricia Cyr, Monica Cyr, Jason Cyr, Nicole Robinson, Stephanie Gagnon, Dawn Gagnon, Kimberly Solimine, Krystal Papetti, Amy Maliff, Jessica Frenette, Kimberly Bourne, Kerrie Bourne, Amelia Cantres, Freddy Cantres, Tasha Almeda, Ashley Almeda; brothers, William Cyr of Raymond, Bruce and his wife Susan Cyr of Londonderry, Dennis Cyr and his companion Wendy of Salem, Michael Cyr and his wife Sam of Raymond; a sister, Diane and her husband Ronald Allard of Londonderry; 18 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 13 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Cremation followed.

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

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James Wadsworth Rice

James Wadsworth Rice, 47, of Hudson, died July 9, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

He was born August 21, 1961 in Newton, MA, son of Abbott and Annie (Kempton) Rice of Hudson.

Jimmy was a 25 year member of the Wattanick Grange in Hudson and was also a member of the Hudson Community Church.  He was an avid photographer who regularly won awards for his work.  Jimmy loved to collect old movies and take long New England drives while listening to music.  He enjoyed working in the garden and was an avid reader.  He held a passion for politics, especially local politics.

Throughout the years, he held various employment positions in the Hudson and Nashua area that included Jordan’s Furniture and Sam’s Club.

Besides his loving parents, survivors include two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Abbott Jr. “Rick” and Kelley Rice of Hudson, and David and Laurel Rice of Wakefield, MA; a sister and a brother-in-law, Beverly and Frank Tedeschi of Plymouth; as well as three nieces and four nephews.

A Prayer Service was held on July 15 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Burial was in Newton Center Cemetery, Newton, MA.  In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be made in Jimmy’s loving memory to the Wattanick Grange Building Fund, c/o Mrs. Mildred Plynkofsky, 71 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  To send an online message of condolence to the family please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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Audrey A. (Oliver) Allen

Audrey A. (Oliver) Allen, 75, of Manchester, died May 28, 2009 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

Audrey was born in Nashua, the daughter of Carl D. and Beulah E. (Chapman) Oliver.  She graduated from Nashua High School in 1951 and attended the University of New Hampshire.  Audrey worked for Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier, Inc. Raytheon, Sanders Associates, French Insurance Agency, Precision Airlines and the First United Methodist Church.  She was also self-employed as a cake decorator for 10 years. 

Audrey was a member of the First Parish Church in East Derry for 44 years where she taught Sunday school, belonged to the Se-Lo-Ki and was interim church secretary.  For several years she was also secretary for Boy Scout Troop 405, East Derry.  She was a 10-year member of the Neighborly 4-H Club in Hudson, and was in the very first graduating class of Alvirne School (Summer of 1948, prior to the building of the high school). 

She thoroughly enjoyed her Siamese cats, cooking, knitting, and other assorted handwork.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband, Richard G. Allen, who died in 1992. 

She leaves her son, Jerome O. Allen of Manchester with whom she has made her home since 1993 and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held June 4 at the First Parish Church in East Derry.  Burial followed at Forest Hills Cemetery, East Derry.  Donations may be made to the NH Food Bank, 62 West Brook Street, Manchester, NH 03101, or to New Horizons, 199 Manchester Street, Manchester, NH 03102. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Salem.  To make an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Robert A. Devaney

Robert A. Devaney, 67, of Windham, died June 23, 2009, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.  He was born in Methuen, MA, where he grew up.  He attended St. Rita’s Grammar School and later graduated from Central Catholic High School.  He was a resident of Windham for the past 50 years.

Bob was a self-employed oil burner repairman.  He was also a self-employed mechanic.  He was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Windham.  Bob was a racecar driver enthusiast, driving car #222.  He was a jack of all trades, but most of all he was a loving husband and father.

Bob was predeceased by a son, Shane Devaney.

He is survived by his wife, Nicole (Ouellette) Devaney of Windham; four sons, Robert and his wife Sharyl Devaney of West Charleston, VT, Sean Devaney of Windham, Serge Devaney of Derry, and Brice Devaney of Derry; two daughters, Kelly Devaney and her partner Christy of Oceana, CA, and Heidi and her husband Glenn Williams of Windham; his former wife, Eleanor (Brown) and her husband Richard March of Pittsburg; two brothers, Joseph Devaney of Salem, and Steve Devan of Methuen, MA; 11 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass was celebrated June 29 at St. Matthew’s Church, Windham.  Internment followed in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054. 

The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of the arrangements. 

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William Sumner Edmands

William Sumner Edmands, “Mr. Ed,” 76, of Hudson and formerly of Fitchburg, MA, died June 19, 2009 in Hudson.

He was born April 29, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late Charles and Gladys (Stockwell) Edmands.  He was also predeceased by two children, Kenneth Edmands and Kim Edmands.

William was a self-employed Master Electrician who owned and operated Ed’s Electric in Hudson.  He also held licenses in Massachusetts and New Jersey. 

Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, Karl and Karen Edmands of Ashby, MA, Keith and Naseen Edmands of Fitchburg, Kirk Edmands of Worcester, MA, Kevin and Jackie Edmands of Leominster, MA; two daughters, Kristine Watson of Fitchburg, and Kathleen Paine of North Carolina; his former wife, Fay Edmands McChristian of Pepperell, MA; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service was held July 19 in the Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg, MA.  Burial was private.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To send the family an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. 

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Phyllis M. Gagnon

Phyllis M. Gagnon, 86, of Nashua, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009 in the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.  Mrs. Gagnon was born in Derry on January 18, 1923, a daughter of the late Howard B. and Helen J. (Cutting) Warren.  She was a resident of Nashua for the past several months, formerly living in Litchfield and Hudson. 

Mrs. Gagnon was a member of the RISE program at Rivier College in Nashua.  She enjoyed playing cards and looked forward to Saturdays for the weekly Whist Party.  Mrs. Gagnon loved spending time with her family.  She enjoyed flowers, gardening, trips to Foxwoods, reading, sewing and going to the beach.  She had an incredible sense of humor and was known for saying “What is, is,” she also considered herself a palmist.

She is survived by four daughters, Nancy L. Conrad and her partner Maurice Leaor of Hudson, Diana Forrence and her husband Kenneth of Hudson, Brenda Cote and her husband Christopher of Newfields, and Cheryl Martin of Nashua; one son, David Gagnon and his wife Mary of Brookline; her daughter-in-law, Debra Gagnon of Nashua; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband Ernest Gagnon, Sr., in 2005, her grandson Jason Gagnon in 2002 and more recently her son Ernest Gagnon, Jr., in 2007.

A memorial service was held on July 6 in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Derry.  Burial followed in the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice House, 230 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054, or to A Safe Place, 6 Greenleaf Woods Drive, Unit 101, Portsmouth, NH 03801. 

To send a condolence or for more information, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.

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Doris T. (Nolet) Gardella

Doris T. (Nolet) Gardella, 81, of Salem, died July 1, 2009 at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA, following a long illness.

Doris was born and raised in Methuen.  She was a graduate of Lawrence High School in Lawrence, MA.  Doris worked in many shoe mills in and around Lawrence including the Gerber Shoe Co., Oomphies Shoe Co., Stride Rite Shoe Co. and Jo-Gals Shoe Co.  She most recently worked within the Cafeteria Department at Digital Corporation, formerly of Salem, prior to her retirement.  Doris was a former a member of the Red Cross Club of Lawrence, St. Theresa’s Women’s Sodality in Methuen and she was also very involved with the PTA at St. Theresa’s Grammar School in Methuen.  She was most recently a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Salem.  In her free time, Doris enjoyed playing cards, listening to Big Band Music and spending time at the beach. 

She leaves her loving husband of 61 years, William “Jack” P. Gardella of Salem; a son, Steven Gardella and his friend Harry Bain of Sandown; a granddaughter, Melissa J. Bernard and her husband Edward of Salem; a sister, Marie McNemar of Gautier, MS; and several nieces and nephews. 

Doris is predeceased by her siblings, Evelyn Nolet, Pauline Frederick and Lawrence Nolet.

A funeral Mass was held July 6 at St. Joseph’s Church in Salem.  Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Donations in her name may be made to the Salem Animal Rescue League, Attn:  Ray Denis, 4 SARL Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  Arrangements were by Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem.  To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Jillian W. Law

Jillian W. Law, 25, of Daytona Beach, FL, and formerly of Hudson, died unexpectedly June 24, 2009.

Jillian was born on August 31, 1983 in Hanover, daughter of Joseph P. Law of Hudson, and Amery K. Law of Londonderry.

Jillian graduated with the class of 2002 at Alvirne High School in Hudson and was awarded the Hudson Girls Softball MVP award in 1998.  She was very athletic and loved all sports.  But above all, her family was the most important thing in her life and they truly meant the world to her.

Besides her parents Jillian is survived by three sisters, Tiffany Law-Smith of Merrimack, and Amanda Law and Elizabeth Law, both of Hudson; two brothers, Sergeant Jason Law of North Carolina, and Shaun Law of Mashpee, MA; and several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

A private graveside service will be held in Weston, MA at a future date.  The family has requested that donations be made to the Hudson Girls Softball League, P.O. Box 752, Hudson, NH 03051.

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

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Dorothy Louise Beaubien (Tate) Madigan

Dorothy Louise Beaubien (Tate) Madigan; 76, of Hudson, wife of Robert Madigan went with God on June 23, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by her husband, daughters and sons.

Dorothy was born on January 24, 1933 in Wilton; she was the daughter of the late Walter W. Beaubien and Dorothy L. (Wheeler) Beaubien.

She loved spending time with her sons and daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they were her life as she was theirs.  She was always there for her children; they were the sunshine of her life.  Dorothy was a 25-year member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary Post #483 in Nashua.  She was employed for over 20 years as a waitress at Roland’s Variety as well as working for Fashion Neckwear and Nashua High School for many years.

Besides her parents, a son, Rodney B. Tate, as well as a grandson, Michael, predeceased her.

Dorothy is survived by four sons, Gordon B. Tate, Jr.; Roger Tate; Steven Tate and his wife Stacy and Norman P. Tate, Sr.; two daughters, Linda Kierstead and her husband Brian and Susan Tate and Maritza Clay; 13 grandchildren, Christy and Amanda Tate, Jason Tate, Norman Jr., Krystel, Samantha Tate, Tommy and his wife Crystal Kierstead, Heather McDuffee, Jessica Kierstead, Peter Kierstead and Phelicia, Nicholas Kierstead, Jennifer, Chris and Greg; 10 great-grandchildren, Sydney, Bailey, Jayden, Natasha, Nathan, Michaela, Dustin, Trey, Victoria and Kegan; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins, along with the two little girls to whom she was known as Bobby’s Grandma, Tahriah Clay and Cynnea Clay.

A memorial service was held June 26 at the St. Laurent Funeral Home in Nashua.  Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brookline, MA. 

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James J. Murray

James J. Murray, 75, of Danville, died July 7, 2009, at his home.

Jim was born and educated in Lawrence, MA, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1953.  He served in the Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, VA, aboard the USS Neosho.  Jim lived in Salem for 39 years.  He and Sara moved to Iron Will Park in Danville six years ago, and have enjoyed living there and spending time with their wonderful neighbors.

Jim retired from Textron in Wilmington, MA, where he worked as an engineer.  He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Peterson Council #4442 of Salem and a life member of the Lawrence Elks Lodge #65.

Jim was a talented handyman who enjoyed home repair and tinkering.  He loved spending time with his friends and family especially his grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester and Dr. Michael Stein of Hampstead for the wonderful care they gave to Jim.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sara (Stella) Murray of Danville; two sons, James Murray, Jr., and his wife Maryanne of Auburn, and Michael Murray of Methuen, MA; a sister, Ann Hildebrand of Gloucester, MA; two grandchildren, Jason and Samantha Murray; a brother-in-law, Louis Stella and his wife Maryann of Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, June 10, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen, MA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843, or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Nishan Ohanian

Nishan Ohanian, son of Ohan and Satenig Ohanian, was born August 14, 1923 in Methuen, MA and died June 28, 2009 in Massachusetts with his family around him.

After graduating from Edward F. Searles High School, Class of 1940, Nishan joined the Air Force where he served from 1941-1945 during World War II.  He was stationed at Deenthorpe, England in the 401st Bomb Group, 613th Squadron as a waist gunner on a B-17 bomber called the “Pistol Packin’ Mama.”  Having completed 28 missions over Germany, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with several oak clusters.  He was a Staff Sergeant.  After the war, he came back to Methuen and married Grace Akmakjian, a longtime neighbor and friend.  Their marriage lasted 63 years until his death.

In 1955 he and his family moved to California where he lived for 37 years.  He was the vice president of a bank, managed Little League Baseball teams, was a member of several service clubs, and was a parishioner of St. Peter Church in Van Nuys where he was treasurer for many years.

He was an ardent golfer, loved to watch the Red Sox and Celtics.  He was a member of Haboosi Union.  He was a self-made horticulturist and planted many fruit trees and grew many kinds of vegetables.  His flowers were of the finest qualities.

In 1990, he returned to New Hampshire where he was a parishioner at Holy Cross in Lawrence, MA, the church where he was married, and at the Armenian Apostolic in Haverhill, MA, and at Ararat Church in Salem. 

He leaves his beloved wife, Grace, his beloved children Carol Ellis of California, and Mark Ohanian of Florida; his cherished granddaughters, Melissa Ellis and Katherine Ellis; his adopted dog, Frankie; his niece, Patricia Edwards and nephew Michael Ohanian of Virginia; and cousins, Ann Garabedian and Ida Garabedian.

Funeral services were held July 2 at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church, Haverhill, MA.  Burial followed in Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, MA.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe Building Fund, PO Box 8069, Ward Hill, MA 01835.

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

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Rose M. (Levesque) Simard

Rose M. (Levesque) Simard, 99, of Hudson, died July 3, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Rose was born in Nashua on October 10, 1909, a daughter of the late Alphonse and Claudia (Emond) Levesque.  She was the widow of Edward H. Simard who died December 15, 1978.

Rose was a lifelong resident of Nashua and Hudson.  She was a communicant of St. Kathryn Church in Hudson. 

Rose was predeceased by five brothers and seven sisters.

She is survived by one son, Donald Simard and his wife Cecile of Hudson; one daughter, Theresa Desjardins and her husband Raymond of Hudson, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on July 9 in St. Kathryn Church, Hudson.  Burial followed in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Services and arrangement were entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua.  To send an on-line condolence go to www.anctil-rochette.com. 

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