Obituaries

Vincent J. Zelonis

Vincent J. Zelonis, 92, of Courville at Nashua, formerly of Hudson, died Monday, December 19, 2005, at his residence.

He was born June 25, 1913, in Lowell, Massachusetts, son of the late William and Antonia (Alexute) Zelonis, both of whom had emigrated from Lithuania.

Mr. Zelonis was the husband of Mary E. (Wisneski) Zelonis of Nashua, to whom he had been married for 63 years.

Mr. Zelonis was a devoted gardener reflecting his “roots” on the family farm in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  He spent the greater part of each day tending to his flower gardens and yard.  He had been a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the American Horticultural Society.  He was also an avid follower of news programs especially those devoted to national and international financial topics.  And he loved to “tickle the ivories” on his accordion.

As a young man, he trained under master chefs and worked in resort hotels in Miami Beach; Rockport, Massachusetts; Ogunquit, Maine; and in Canada.  He later attended a Youngstown, Ohio, technical school and received his diploma in refrigeration and air conditioning.  He then worked for several refrigeration firms in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts.  Following WW II, he worked for J. Lawrence Hall Co. of Nashua until 1953, at which time he started his own HVAC-R business, Hudson Service CO., in which he worked alongside his brother, Richard, and sons, William, Charles and Daniel.  Professionally, he was a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society-Granite State and Boston chapters, having been elected President of the latter.

Mr. Zelonis served in the Army during WW II attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant while maintaining the refrigeration and air conditioning equipment at the Borinquen Army Field in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  

He was educated in the Tewksbury and Lowell school systems and also attended Lowell Technical School.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Stanley, John, and Richard, and two sisters, Ann and Helen.

Besides his loving wife, Mary, survivors include five sons and five daughters in law, Robert V. and Joan Zelonis of Nottingham, New Hampshire; Daniel M. and Gayle Zelonis of Hudson; Charles M. and Linda Zelonis of Laconia, New Hampshire; Mark E. and Sara Zelonis of Zionsville, Indiana; and William J. and Susan Zelonis of Hudson.  Two daughters- and sons-in-law, Marian and Jeffrey Sargent of Gilford, New Hampshire; Laurie and Robert Crete of Laconia, New Hampshire; and one brother, Edward Zelonis of Andover, Massachusetts.  Eight grandchildren, Jennifer Zelonis, Julie Flynn, Margaret Zelonis, Erica Petralia, Peter Zelonis, Alisha Crete, Brian Crete and Melanie Crete.  Five great grandchildren, Justin Landry, Caitlyn Landry, Brandon Zelonis, Amber Flynn, and Kayla Flynn, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, December 21 in St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be made to New Hampshire Association for the Blind, McGreal Sight Center, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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Donna S. James 

Donna S. James, 62, of Hudson and Francestown, died Thursday morning, December 1 at her home on Poor Farm Road in Francestown after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. James was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on February 7, 1943, daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Parrish) Schirf.  She was raised in Latrobe and has resided in New Hampshire since 1968.

She was the wife of Raymond M. James, to whom she was married for 38 years.

A longtime Nashua school teacher, Mrs. James taught at Sunset Heights School for 35 years.

Mrs. James attended schools in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Lock Haven State University in Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in education.

She was a member and Past President of Alpha Delta Kappa, a woman’s educational sorority.  Mrs. James had been an active member of The Francestown Community Theater where she performed in Social Security.

Mrs. James was a communicant of St. Kathryn Church in Hudson.

She and her husband enjoyed biking, hiking, skiing, swimming, tennis, and kayaking.

Mrs. James had been a volunteer at Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, Massachusetts, rocking newborn babies.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Andrea M. James of San Francisco and Marcie A. James and her husband, Yazid Alioche of Hudson; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Ronald and Ada Schirf of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Dennis Schirf of Germantown, Maryland, and Thomas and Becky Schirf of Latrobe, Pennsylvania; two sisters and brothers-in law, Marlene and Robert Mailloux of Wayland, Massachusetts and Elaine and Joseph Voytk of Latrobe, Pennsylvania; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

     Arrangements were in the care of the Farwell Funeral Service in Nashua.

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Michael J. Smilikis

Michael J. Smilikis, 60, of Hudson, died Wednesday, November 23at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

He was born May 1, 1945, in Nashua, son of the late Alphonse and Amelia (Balukavich) Smilikis.

Mr. Smilikis was the husband of JoAnn (Faucher) Smilikis of Hudson.

Mr. Smilikis was an antique car and hot rod enthusiast.  He was a member of the Carbon Scrapers in Hudson.  He was the proud owner of a 1937 Ford two-door sedan, which he owned since high school.  Mr. Smilikis drove this car in many parades for Old Home Days in Hudson.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who were his pride and joy.  He also loved animals.

Besides his loving wife, JoAnn, survivors include one son, James Smilikis, and his significant other, Shaunae Nolet, both of Hudson; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jennifer and Ben Nadeau and Michelle Smilikis, all of Hudson; two brothers- and sisters-in-law, Peter and Sue Smilikis of Nashua and William and Pat Smilikis of Hudson.  A brother-in-law, Robert Faucher of Hudson; three sisters-in-law, Linda Bernier of Hudson, Rita Royce of Vermont, and LuAnn Albert of Virginia; two grandchildren, Amanda “Amandy” Girouard-Nadeau and Cassie Jo Girouard-Nadeau, both of Hudson; his dear dog, Kellie Ann, as well as many nieces and nephews.

 Services were held in St. John the Evangelist Church with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, both in Hudson.  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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James H. Rice

 James H. Rice of Hudson, New Hampshire, died early Thursday evening November 17 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  He was 79.

Born on October 26, 1926, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Mr. Rice was a resident of West Peabody for over 20 years and Winthrop for 10 years before moving to Hudson two years ago.

Mr. Rice served as a radio gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

A graduate of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Mr. Rice was employed as a salesman with U.S. Foods, now Sara Lee Food Products. 

In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, spending time with his grandchildren, sharing his heritage with others, and playing golf and semi-professional hockey.  Most of all, his family will remember him for being a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

Beloved son of the late Clifford and Gladys (Kennedy) Rice, father of the late Patricia Rice, and brother of the late JoAnn Radford.

He is survived by his loving wife, Martha E. "Kass" (Kascak) Rice; his daughter Teresa Caminiti and her husband James of West Newton; his sons Clifford Rice and his wife Heather of Derry, New Hampshire; and James M. Rice of Henderson, Nevada; his sisters Sister Betty Lou Rice and Doreen Cleveland; and his brother Gerald Rice, all of Nova Scotia.

 Loving grandfather of Michael and Matthew Caminiti, Lee, Wade, and Cassandra Rice.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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Paul Fournier

Paul “Pepe” Fournier, 78, of Hudson, died Thursday, November 17 at his residence.

He was born June 27, 1927, in Norwich, Connecticut, son of the late Pierre and Edna (Bergeron) Fournier.

Mr. Fournier was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Shea) Fournier in 1999, as well as a daughter, Paula Dufresne in 1987.  He was also predeceased by six brothers and one sister.

Mr. Fournier worked for over 30 years at Raytheon in Bedford, Massachusetts.  For many years he was an assistant coach with various Pop Warner, Little League, and recreational basketball teams.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who were his pride and joy.

Survivors include one son and a daughter-in-law, Len and Judith Fournier of Hudson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pattye and Arthur Franz of Boxborough, Massachusetts; and Lauren and Steven Erickson of Hudson.  One brother and a sister-in-law, Louis and Phyllis Fournier of Lowell, Massachusetts.  Four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Gertrude Defero of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Lorraine and Carl Martin of Maine, Rose Lyons of Hudson; and Edna and John Mullen of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.  Also 10 grandchildren, Robert Dufresne of Hudson, Jessica Dufresne of Stratford, Connecticut; Paul Fournier III, Patrick Fournier, and Susan Fournier, all of Hudson; Nathan Franz, Hayley Franz, and Hannah Franz, all of Boxborough; Danika Erickson and Jace Erickson, both of Hudson.  As well as several nieces and nephews.  

A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  To send online messages of condolence go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Mabel “Mickey” Courounis

Mabel "Mickey" Courounis, 69, of B Street, Hudson, died peacefully on Thursday, November 10 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

Born May 23, 1936, in Nashua, she was the daughter of the late Hanore Napoleon Landry and Laura Elizabeth (Smith) Landry.  She is predeceased by her husband, William Courounis, who died on October 19, 2003.

Mrs. Courounis was a former member of' the Arlington Street United Methodist Church in Nashua.  She was an employee at the former Sanders Lockheed Corporation (now BAE) in Nashua for over 25 years.

Mickey enjoyed playing cards, trips to the beach, and shopping with her sisters.  She was an avid softball fan and loved family gatherings.  Her former coworkers will remember the times after work, lunches, and dinners.  Mickey will greatly be missed by her dog, Grumpy.

She is survived by three sons and their wives, Howard and Laurie Ives of Hudson, James and Cheryl Courounis of Pelham, and Chris Courounis of Hudson.  She is also survived by many siblings and their spouses, Leonard Landry of Nashua, Richard (Porky) Landry of Nashua, Bruce and Lousie Landry of Summerfield, Florida; Shirley (Landry) Baker of Ashland; Paul and Pauline (Landry) Desclos of Hampton, Virginia, Robert and Nancy (Landry) Hunt of Wilton, New Hampshire; Gloria (Landry) Berube of Nashua; and Dennis and Laura (Landry) Juonis also of Nashua.  Mickey also leaves behind four special grandchildren, Dianne and Laurie Courounis of Pelham, and Katelyn and Gregory Ives of Hudson, as well as many nieces and nephews.  

 The Dumont Sullivan Funeral Horne in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Raymond C. Taylor

Raymond C. Taylor, 87, of Hudson, New Hampshire, died Friday, October 21, 2005, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Taylor was born August 20, 1918, in Lowell, Massachusetts, son of the late Charles and Katherine (Nagle) Taylor.  He was also predeceased by a brother, Donald Taylor.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Boyle) Taylor of Hudson, with whom he would have celebrated his 59th wedding anniversary in February.

Mr. Taylor received a certificate degree in the 1950s from Lowell Tech.  He was employed by Massachusetts Mohair Plush, Co. as a production manager.  He was also employed by Pratt-Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut as a machinist.  Mr. Taylor also worked as a machinist for many years at Scully Signal in Wilmington, Massachusetts, prior to his retirement in 1984.

Mr. Taylor enjoyed working with his hands and reading, as well as watching boxing and wrestling on TV.  He was also very keen on jujitsu.

His greatest love was spending time with and entertaining his grandchildren.

Mr. Taylor was a WWII veteran, having served in the Army Air Corp.

Besides his loving wife, survivors include three sons and three daughters-in-law, David and Suzanne Taylor of Pittsfield, Maine; Edward and Nayna Taylor of Charlotte, North Carolina; Richard and Evangeline Taylor of Hampton, New Hampshire.  Two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathleen and Edward Nagle of Hudso,n and Eileen Taylor of Hudson.  Seven grandchildren, Kevin Taylor and Shane Taylor, both of Pittsfield, Maine; Steven Nagle, Angela Donahue, Mark Nagle, Raymond Gendreau, and Rachel Gendreau, all of Hudson.  Five great grandchildren, Michael Taylor and Randy Taylor, both of Pittsfield, Maine; Samantha Sousa of Lowell, Massachusetts; Kaylie Donahue and Shannon Nagle, both of Hudson.  

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church on Tuesday with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations in Ray’s loving memory to Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.  To send an online message of condolence for the family, go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Paul R. Arshalian

   Paul R. Arshalian, 62, of Rose Drive, Hudson, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 15 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.

Mr. Arshalian was born in Boston, Massachusetts, July 30, 1943, and was the son of the late Richard and Edith (D’Orsay) Arshalian.  He was an Army veteran.  Before his disability he had been employed at Andover Control in Andover, Massachusetts.

He enjoyed gardening and loved his dog Ben.

Survivors include his wife Jane (Waters) Arshalian of Hudson; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Joan Arshalian of Nashua; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and John Mangano of Dumbarton, New Hampshire; and a sister, Joan Hoey of Mansfield, Massachusetts.  Also several nieces and great nieces and great nephews.

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

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Archie J. Hughes, Jr.

Archie J. Hughes, Jr., 82, of Naticook Road, Merrimack, and formerly of Hudson, died Sunday, October 16 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Northumberland, New Hampshire, March 9, 1923, he was the son of the late Archie J. Sr. and Mildred (Cochran) Hughes.  He was the widower of Margery A. (White) Hughes who died in 1993.

Mr. Hughes was a WWII Marine veteran.  He had been active in barbershop singing in New Hampshire and Maine.  He also enjoyed yard sales.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Ruth Hughes of Hudson; three daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon Roy of Nashua, Deborah DeBelis of Brooksville, Florida, and Sheila and Jerry Burnett of Merrimack, New Hampshire.  Two sisters, Virginia Murphy of Iverness, Florida, and Sue Tibbals of White River Junction, Vermont.  A brother-in-law Carl White of Sunapee, New Hampshire, and six grandchildren:  Stephen Roy of Maryland, Michael Roy of Colorado, Adam Hughes of Hudson, Anissa Burnett of New York, Keli Howard of Alaska, Debi Bolduc of Nashua, and three great grandchildren: Jenna Bolduc of Nashua, Ian Howard of Alaska, and Georgia Roy of Maryland.

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

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Judith ''Judi'' (Malcolm) Robinson

Judith ''Judi'' Robinson, 54, of Hudson, New Hampshire, an organist and piano teacher, died Tuesday afternoon, October 18, 2005, at her home with her loving husband and children at her bedside.  Judi was born April 8, 1952, in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  

Judi graduated from Haverhill High School in 1969 where she was an all-state singer.  After high school, Judi attended Merrimack College.  She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Haverhill and an organist and teacher of piano for 35 years.  She was a member of the American Guild of Organists and was the founding director of the Cate Park Band in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and former director of the GodSpell play at the Searles Castle in Windham, New Hampshire.  

Judi was the beloved wife of Douglas K. Robinson and the former wife of David J. LaCarubba, Sr. of Melrose, Massachusetts.  Devoted mother of David J. LaCarubba, Jr. of Lowell and Brian K. Robinson and Kathryn N. “Katie” Robinson, both of Hudson, New Hampshire.  Cherished daughter of Frederick E. Malcolm of Haverhill and the late Marilyn (Woodman) Malcolm.  Loving sister of Janice “Jan” Malcolm of Hampstead, New Hampshire, Frederick “Freddie” Malcolm, Jr. and his wife, Mary of Bradford and Susan “Sue” Foley and her husband Peter of Amherst, New Hampshire.  Daughter-in-law of Tina LaCarubba of Haverhill and her late husband John LaCarubba.

Funeral services will take place at the First Baptist Church, 217 Main Street, Haverhill, on Saturday October 22 at 10:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.  Visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main Street, Melrose, Massachusetts, will be on Friday 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Interment will be at the Linwood Cemetery in Haverhill. 

Gifts in Judi’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church in Haverhill or in her name to Home Health and Hospice Care, 80 Continental Boulevard, Merrimack, NH 03060, Attn:  Hospice Care.  

Arrangements are being made by Robinson Funeral Home in Melrose.

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William C. Cullen

William C. Cullen, 58, husband of Diane L. (Jordan) Cullen of Hudson, New Hampshire, died Sunday evening at his home.

Born in Boston, September 18, 1947, he was a son of Dorothy (Condon) Cullen of Lynn, Massachusetts, and the late Joseph Cullen.

Mr. Cullen was employed by NEBS Deluxe Business Forms in Groton, Massachusetts, as a network analyst.

   Surviving him besides his wife and mother are a son and daughter-in-law, William and Jamie Cullen of Leominster, Massachusetts; two daughters, Jennifer Cullen and Elizabeth Cullen, both of Haverhill, Massachusetts; two stepchildren, Michael Whitney and his fiancé Paula Marlowe of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts; and Carolyn Whitney of Hudson, New Hampshire; four grandchildren, Matthew Whitney, Jordan Whitney, Breanna Whitney and Davis Cullen; a brother, Joseph Cullen of Marlboro, New York; a sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Jack Barberis of Salem, Massachusetts; his mother-in-law Eleanor F. Jordan of South Yarmouth; and several nieces and nephews.

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Harry F. Poper II

Harry F. Poper II, 61, of Sunland Drive, Hudson, died late Tuesday evening surrounded by his loving family.  He was the son of the late Harry Cecile and Eleanor Mae (Fillman) Poper. 

Mr. Poper was the husband of Carol (Williamson) Poper of Hudson, with whom he would have celebrated his 27th wedding anniversary next week.

Mr. Poper received an Associates Degree from Daniel Webster College in Nashua as well as a B.A. from Franklin Pierce College from which he graduated in 1977.

Mr. Poper worked for many years in the electronics field for various companies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  For the past few years Mr. Poper worked with his son at Poper’s Remodeling.

Mr. Poper enjoyed coaching his children’s little league, softball, and basketball teams and just recently finished coaching his grandson’s little league team.

He loved working with his hands and took great pride in his yard and pool.  He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, camping with his family and golfing.  One of his greatest joys was playing Santa for many years at various Veterans Administration functions as well as at the elementary schools in Hudson.

Mr. Poper will be remembered as a giver who was always helping others.

He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served three Tours of Duty.  He was a Life Member of the American Legion Hudson Post 48, Past State Commander, and currently held the position of State Judge Advocate.  He was also a member of the Post 48 Firing Squad and Honor Guard.

Besides his loving wife, survivors include: one son and a daughter-in-law, Sean Jason and Jessica Ann Poper of Hudson; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Laurie Jean and Richard Meade of Derry and Stacie Lynne and Paul Morse, Jr. of Adams, Massachusetts; a stepson, Phillip J. Kulingoski, Jr. of Westbrook, Maine; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles and Linda Poper of Limerick, Pennsylvania and James Poper of Royersford, Pennsylvania; a sister and a brother-in-law, Linda and Douglas Miller of Collegeville, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren, Tyler Kirane and Jonathan Kirane, Timothy Gile and Hannah Meade, all of Derry; Jessica Ellis, Jeffrey Ellis, Matthew Ellis, and Marie Ellis, all of Adams, Massachusetts; Cara Kulingoski of Nashua, Julia Kulingoski, Amanda Kulingoski and Peter Jordan, all of Westbrook, Maine; his in-laws, Lee W. and Raymond O. LaRoche of Hudson; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

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Lena M. Bright

Lena M. Bright, 76, of Second Street in Hudson, died Thursday afternoon, September 1, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Bright was born in York, Maine on September.3, 1928, daughter of the late Timothy F. and Laura J. (Winslow) Moulton.  A resident of Hudson for the past 43 years, she had previously made her home in York, Maine and later in San Diego, California for several years.

She was the wife of the late Lawrence Bright, who died in 1985.

Mrs. Bright was a homemaker to her family and also worked as a home healthcare companion.

Educated in Maine, Mrs. Bright was a graduate of York High School.  She held membership in the Main Street United Methodist Church of Nashua and was a member of The Audubon Society.

Members of her family include her son, Bruce A. Bright and his longtime companion, Tracy Staucik and her daughter, Kassandra, all of Hudson; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Katherine Moulton of York, Maine;, a sister, Ruth Lowell of Brownville, Maine; four nieces, Wendy Mracek of York, Maine, Deborah Flaherty of Kittery, Maine, Pamela Merrill and her husband, Fred, of Belmont, New Hampshire, and Roxens Myshrall of North Belmont, Maine; a nephew, Richard Lowell and his wife, Nancy of Rochester, New Hampshire); close friends Charles and Betty Rickey of Manchester, Beverly Parker of Nashua, Sandy Nadeau and Janet Bowden, both of Hudson.

A graveside Service will take place at First Parish Cemetery in York, Maine, Saturday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m.  Friends wishing to express their sympathy may make donations in her memory to the Main Street United Methodist Church, 154 Main Street, Nashua, New Hampshire 03060.  Arrangements are in the care of the Farwell Funeral Service, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. 

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Michael W. Dumont

Michael W. Dumont, 47, of Rena Avenue, Hudson, died suddenly July 26, 2005 at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.

He was born in Alexandria, Virginia; he is the son of Lee Dumont (Posey) of Hudson and the late Raymond J. Dumont.  He was also preceded by a brother, Raymond “Butch” Dumont

Michael enjoyed a full life full of love and happiness.  He was in partnership with his brother, Donald, at MD Wallboard, Inc. in Hudson, New Hampshire.  He enjoyed family and friends and the freedom of a lifetime of motorcycling.  He loved to travel, camp, and also gather with his friends.  His greatest joy was spending time with his new granddaughter.

He loved his motorcycle and will be remembered as a loving father, son, companion, brother, and uncle, as well as a very hard worker who took very good care of his mother and fiancé.  He was also very fond of his dog, “Leo”.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his fiancé and best friend, Stephanie Forbes of Hudson; two daughters, Melissa Dumont and her significant other, Eric Thompson of Winchendon, Massachusetts, and Megan Dumont of Nashua; three brothers and their significant others, Daniel Dumont of Hudson, Peter Dumont and Rebecca Davidson of Laconia, Donald Dumont and Sarah Boilard of Hudson and of Nashua; four sisters and four brothers-in – law, Patricia and Craig Johnson of Hudson, Doris and Jay Dumont of Moultonboro, Angel and Paul Schilling of Hudson, and Tina and Paul Lukitsch of  Hudson; also one very special granddaughter, Abigail Thompson, of Winchendon, Massachusetts; a sister-in-law, Dianne Dumont of Nashua, and 21 nieces and nephews, as well as 10 great nieces and great nephews, and many dear friends.

 Services were held for Michael on July 25 and 26.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made in Michael’s loving memory to the Christopher Reeves Paralysis Foundation, 500 Morris Avenue, Springfield, New Jersey 07081. To send an online message of condolence for the family go to www.dumontsullivan.com.  The Dumont – Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.


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Mabel "Dolly" (Relation) Andrew

Mabel "Dolly" (Relation) Andrew, 94, of Windham, New Hampshire, died at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on Sunday evening, October 2.

She was born in Ellenburg Depot, New York, on February 25, 1911, a daughter of the late Francis and Cora (Pelkey) Relation.  She was a resident of Windham since 1941, and previously resided in Nashua for 10 years and with her sister-in-law, Florence, in Hudson for three years.

Mrs. Andrew was the widow of Charles R. Andrew.  She was a homemaker.  She was educated in Nashua and Hudson.  Mrs. Andrew was a member of the Victory Baptist Church of Londonderry, New Hampshire.  She was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Florence Relation of Hudson; her brother-in-law, Clifford McCoy of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

 A funeral service was held at the Davis Funeral Home on October 5.  Burial followed immediately in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to Victory Baptist Church, 78 Litchfield Road, Londonderry, NH 03053.  The Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua (www.davisfuneralhomenh.com) was in charge of arrangements.

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Eva M. Field

Eva Maria (Gagnon) Field, 92, a longtime Windham and Pelham resident, died Thursday evening, September1 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Donald McAndrew in Nashua, where she has resided for several months.

Mrs. Field was born in Hudson on October 27, 1912, daughter of the late- Joseph C. and Maria (Ross) Gagnon.  She resided in Hudson during her youth, then in Pelham for a time and Windham for the past 66 years.

She was the wife of Francis H. Field, who died February 27, 1986.

Educated in Hudson, Mrs. Field attended Presentation of Mary Academy, and was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Pelham for many years.  Mrs. Field loved caring for her family and enjoyed cooking-and gardening.

Mrs. Field was predeceased by a son, Roger G. Field; a grandson, Daniel F. McAndrew; five brothers, Arthur, Albert, Leo, Victor and William Gagnon and two sisters, Rose Morrissette and Bertha Campbell.

Members of her family include three sons and a daughter-in-law, George D. Field of Pelham, Louis G. and Marianne Field of Hooksett and Robert A. Field of Windham; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia A. and Donald McAndrew of Nashua; ten grandchildren, Gary and Kevin Field, Karen Simpson, Robin, Jeff, Scott, Robert, Debbie Lynn, and Donna Lee Field and Patrick McAndrew; six great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Alex and Betty Gagnon of Hudson and Eli Gagnon of Nashua; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick Church in Pelham on Wednesday; burial followed in Gibson Cemetery.  The Farwell Funeral Service 18 Lock Street, Nashua, was in charge of arrangements.

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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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