Obituaries

Michael A. Abbott

Michael A. Abbott, 49, of Hudson, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. 

He was born July 13, 1958, in Nashua, son of the late William H. and Pauline (Pelkey) Abbott.  He was predeceased by a brother, Gerald Abbott and his pal Buck.

Michael loved to garden, especially his herb garden; he enjoyed picking blueberries, and observing birds, wild flowers, animals, and rare foliage.  He was a free spirit that enjoyed fishing and building things for others.  He held the position of Treasurer with the Sons of the Legion and was also a member of the American Legion Hudson Post 48 Firing Squad.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter.  Other survivors include three brothers, Thomas Abbott of Hudson, William Abbott of Litchfield, and James Abbott; three sisters, Gail Owens of California, Paula Drouin of Tilton, and Donna Abbott of Hudson, who was his best friend; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He also leaves his beloved Gypsy and Merlin to watch over his beloved sister.

Following cremation, all services will be private.  Those wishing to express sympathy may contact Donna Abbott.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements. 

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Lois E. Auler

Lois E. Auler, 60, of Hampstead, died May 24, 2008, at the Parkland Hospital from injuries sustained in a fall.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, where she grew up and attended schools.  She was a resident of Hampstead for the past 33 years and was formerly of Buffalo, New York. 

Mrs. Auler was a homemaker.  She was an active member of Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem.  She enjoyed gardening, plants, birds and her shelties.  Most of all Lois enjoyed spending time with her beloved family, especially her grandchildren, which were her pride and joy.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ed Auler of Hampstead; a son, Michael and his wife Shawn Auler of Medway, Massachusetts; a daughter, Julie Auler of Manchester; her mother, Lois Massio of Greensboro, North Carolina; three sisters, Joyce Hutchinson of Greensboro, Mary Laughlin of Greensboro, and Susan Serpe of Leawood, Kansas; and three grandchildren, Cameron and Joshua Auler, and Cody Pierce.

A Memorial Service was held May 29 at Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, 171 Zion Hill Road, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Blanche Bogacki

Blanche Bogacki, 92, of Salem, died May 26, 2008, at the Nevins Nursing Home in Methuen, Massachusetts.  She was born in Manchester, the daughter of the late Wladyslaw and Leokadia (Konieczka) Bogacki.  She grew up and was educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and was a resident of Salem for the past 20 years.

Miss Bogacki was a retired bookkeeper for WCCM in Lawrence.  She attended St. Joseph Church in Salem and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and was a member of the Salem Women’s Club.

She is survived by her sister, Genevieve “Gene” Silver of Salem; two nephews, John Silver of Salem, and Paul Silver of Milton, New York; three grandnephews, Ben, Josh, and William; and one grandniece, Katherine. 

There will be no calling hours.  A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 31, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Salem; urn burial will be private for the family in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Church Food Pantry, 33 Main Street, Salem, NH 03079.  Arrangements are by the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in  Salem.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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David G. Geer

David G. Geer, 61, of Hudson, died on March 20, 2008, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by loving friends and family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Born and raised in Nashua, February 3, 1947, son of Arlene Geer and the late H. Luther Geer, he attended schools in Nashua and enlisted in the Navy in 1965.  He served aboard the USS Oriskany during the Vietnam War, receiving commendations and medals.  Mr. Geer worked for many years in the automotive industry in various positions.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge #720, the American Legion Post #48, and the Gate City Chapter of the Harley Owners Group. 

In addition to his mother, David is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Judith (Holt) and his sons, Robert John of Hudson, and James David and his wife Tiffany (Sym) of Nashua.  He loved, and was very proud of his sons, and Tiffany also held a special place in his heart.  He also leaves behind a brother Phillip of Merrimack, Donald of Nashua, brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Patricia Geer of Hudson, sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Ken Grenier of Leominster, Massachusetts, as well as nieces, nephews, a grandniece, two grandnephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins and his much loved and spoiled pugs, Bandit and Smokey along with his special granddogs, Kia and Max.  He also leaves many good friends. 

David was predeceased by his father, Luther, and his sister-in-law, Penny Geer.

 David was known for his zest for life as well as for his love for his family and his many friends.  He was generous, loyal, and patriotic.  He had a great sense of humor and was known for his teasing nature.  Through the years he enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, boating, motorcycling, golfing, antique cars, and camping as well as finding bargains on Ebay.  He loved to go shopping, especially on Sundays, and spending his own money as well as helping others spend theirs.  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

A Funeral Service was held at Arlington Street United Methodist Church in Nashua on March 25.  Interment prayers and burial followed the service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054, or the Nashua Humane Society, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064.  Arrangements were under the care of the Davis Funeral Home in Nashua. 

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Miriam R. (Daley) Malloy

Miriam R. (Daley) Malloy, 86, of Salem, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

Miriam was born and educated in West New York, New Jersey; she had lived in Florida and had lived in Salem for over 40 years.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem and was a volunteer at the Volusia County Library in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  Miriam was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, attending church and praying the rosary.  Her family was her priority and she loved spending time with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph B. Malloy.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia and her husband Harry Learned of Salem, and Nancy and her husband Peter Beeley of Salem; a sister, Ruth McGorty of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; five grandchildren, Krysten and her husband Paul Magoon, Kari and her husband Christopher Harwood, Stacey Beeley, Peter Beeley and Erin Clancy, and Amanda Beeley; four great-grandchildren, Alex and Kelsey Magoon, Madilyn Harwood, and Peter D. Beeley; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held May 24 at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Contributions may be made in Miriam’s memory to Salemhaven Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  Arrangements were in the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Linda C. (Brown) Collupy

Linda C. (Brown) Collupy, 55, of Danville, died Friday, May 16, 2008, at the Exeter Hospital in Exeter.

She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Harry and Beatrice (Doerr) Brown.  She grew up and was educated in Salem.  She was a resident of Danville for the past 25 years.

Linda was a Home Health Aide for Residential Resources in Hampstead.  She was a member of the Hannah Tenney Methodist Church in Salem.  She loved reading and watching Dancing with the Stars.  Linda loved spending time with her family and will always be remembered as a loving and kind person.

Besides her parents she was also predeceased by a brother, Harry Brown, Jr.

She is survived by two brothers, Stephan A. and his wife Donna Decker of Danville, and David and his wife Susan Decker of Laconia; several nieces and nephews, including Christa and her husband Jason Grant of Nashua, and Jennifer Dowe and her husband Jason Rivera of Raymond; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Funeral services were held May 20 at the Hannah Tenney Methodist Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Lucie Goulet

Lucie Marie Gisele Goulet, 41, of Hudson, died peacefully on Monday, May 12, 2008, surrounded by her family at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. 

Lucie was born on July 14, 1966, in Magog, Quebec, Canada, daughter of Marcel R. Goulet of Hudson and Solange (Rodrigue) Goulet of Nashua.

Although Lucie was born in Canada, she was raised throughout New England.  She attended Massachusetts College of Art and was a freelance artist.  She especially enjoyed working with oils in the abstract.  She loved the outdoors, in particular the water.  Kayaking was one of her many pastimes.  She also loved her sister’s American Bulldog, Lilly-Belle.

Besides her loving parents, Lucie is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Guylaine and Tom Ostrander of New Boston, and Celine Goulet of Manchester; one niece, Ava Ostrander, and two nephews, Austin and Troy Ostrander, all of New Boston.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on May 19 in Blessed John XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  The family requests that donations be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements. 

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Richard Hope

Richard F. Hope, 74, of Nashua, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, surrounded by his loving family at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

Richard was born on September 12, 1933 in Worcester, Massachusetts, son of the late Edward F. and Anna (Lalimiere) Hope and was the husband of Patricia (Mattrick) Hope of Nashua, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage.

Richard was a true homebody.  He loved to read, research and investigate up on topics that would interest him at the time.  He was meticulous in his self-motivated studies. He studied the popes and presidents and collected memorabilia that related to them.  Richard enjoyed watching all sports and playing tennis.

Besides his loving wife, Richard is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Alice Hope of Nashua, and Andrew Hope of Hudson; a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Gary Stoncius of Amherst; a stepdaughter, Maranne Dennis and her husband Gary of Goshen; one grandson, four step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on May 20 at St. Patrick Church in Nashua.  Donations may be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054 or to a charity of one’s choice.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Nashua was in charge of arrangements. 

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Arthur D. ‘Bill’ Morton

Arthur D. “Bill” Morton,  77, of Salem, died Thursday, May 15, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.

He was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1950.  He later graduated from Burdette College in Boston, Massachusetts.  Bill was a resident of Salem for the past 47 years.

Bill was a retired Underwriting Manager for American Policy Holders Insurance Company in Wakefield, Massachusetts, where he worked for over 30 years.  After his retirement he worked as a Tax Examiner of the Internal Revenue Service in Andover, Massachusetts.  He was an Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean War.  Bill attended St. Joseph’s Church in Salem.  He was a life member of the American Legion Post 63 in Salem.  He was very involved with Boy Scout Troop 159 and Troop 442 for over 20 years.  He and his wife volunteered at Silverthorne in Salem and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).  Bill was a direct descendent of Miles Standish, who arrived in America on the Mayflower.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadette (Kuhn) Morton of Salem; one daughter, Janet and her husband Daniel Reynolds of Houston, Texas; one son, David Morton of Salem; one sister, Dorothy Sturtevant of Plymouth, Massachusetts; two grandchildren, Jacob and Rachel Reynolds of Houston; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service was held May 21 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial will be private in Plymouth, Massachusetts at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305. 

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Linda Ann (Walworth) Sillari

Linda Ann (Walworth) Sillari died suddenly on April 19, 2008, at her home in Glen Ellen, California.

Linda was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, on December 5, 1956, to Donald and Carolyn Walworth; she lived most of her life in Salem, until moving to California.  Linda graduated from Salem High School and worked for the National Weather Service, Logan Airport, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was a Marketing Director for Polymer Technology in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Linda was a very social person with an amazing zest for life.  She loved to entertain and put together many dinner parties.  Linda was very artistic and started taking art classes a few years ago; it appeared she was a natural artist from the start.  Her oil paintings are strikingly beautiful.  She loved her family and her dogs.  Linda will be remembered for her kind spirit, gentle nature, her warm inviting smile and her gracious heart.

Linda was predeceased by her father, Donald Walworth.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Sillari of Glen Ellen, California; her mother, Carolyn Walworth of Salem; a sister, Suzanne and her husband Richard Boisvert of Windham; a niece, Jamie Lyn Boisvert of Windham; stepchildren, Kim and her husband Jon Flintoff of Moorpark, California, Eddie and his wife Susan Sillari of Simi Valley, California, and Katie Sillari of Scottsdale, Arizona; and a grandson, Jonathan Conner Flintoff of California.

Services were held on April 25 in Sonoma, California.  Arrangements were under the direction of Duggan’s Mission Chapel of Sonoma, California.

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Mary C. (Keefe) Bishop

Mary C. (Keefe) Bishop, 86, of Hudson since 2002 and formerly of Arlington, Massachusetts, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack following a brief illness.

She was born August 1, 1921, in Lowell, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Denis and Florida (Dampliouse) Keefe.

Mary was the wife of Wilfred “Bill” Bishop of Hudson with whom she shared 59 years of marriage.

Prior to moving to New Hampshire, Mary was active in St. Camillos Church in Arlington for 45 years by taking part in sodality, as a beano worker, and arranging dances and bus trips with the social club. 

She was an avid reader and could always be found with a book in her hand.  Mary always enjoyed her monthly trips to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

Besides her loving husband, Bill, survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard and Lifen Bishop of Wilmont, and James M. Bishop of Daytona, Florida; two daughters and a son-in-law, MaryAnn and Steven Broussard of Litchfield, and Cathy Battye of Hudson; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Littlefield, Kevin Broussard, David Broussard, James Bishop, Tyler Bishop, Caroline Bishop, and Chris Higgins; and six great-grandchildren, Kyle, Jarrod, Ava, Zachary, Adam, and Kayla.

Funeral Mass was held in Blessed John the XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.  Burial will be held at a later date, following cremation.  Donations may be made in Mary’s loving memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Blessed John the XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church, 27 Library Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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Bethlyn B. (Emmett) Gagne

Bethlyn B. (Emmett) Gagne, 75, of Salem, died Wednesday, May7, 2008, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, after a long illness. 

Bethlyn was born and educated in Pennsylvania, graduating from Abington High School.  She graduated from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.  Bethlyn retired from the IRS in Andover, Massachusetts, where she worked for 25 years.  She and her husband owned APS Tax Service.

Bethlyn enjoyed traveling and especially loved Hawaii.  She enjoyed music and was an accomplished hula dancer.  Bethlyn liked cooking and gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years Robert P. Gagne of Salem; three sons, Scott and his wife Johanna of Staten Island, New York, Bruce of Salem, and David and his wife Jayne of Chester; a daughter, Robin and her husband Warren Azevedo of Hudson; four grandchildren, Heidi Pinard, Jamie Gagne, Matthew Gagne, Ryan Azevedo; and a nephew, Frank J. Emmett III. 

A Funeral Service was held May 13 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover, Massachusetts.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101. 

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Frank P. Abruzzese

Frank Peter Abruzzese, 91, of Salem, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at the Methuen Health and Rehab Center in Methuen, Massachusetts.

He was born in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past two years and was formerly of Billerica, Massachusetts.

Mr. Abruzzese was a store manager for the First National Stores and worked in Chelmsford, Arlington, Medford, and Somerville, Massachusetts.  He was a member of the Church of Christ in Melrose, Massachusetts, where he was very active and was an Elder.  Frank was an Army veteran, serving during World War II.  He enjoyed gardening and working around his yard.

He was predeceased by his wife Mildred (Hamilton) Abruzzese

He is survived by one daughter, Mischele and her husband James Koury of Salem; three sons, Frank M. and his wife Donna Abruzzese of Alexandria, Virginia, Stephen P. Abruzzese and his companion Kathy McCarthy of Yorbalinda, California; and David Abruzzese of North Reading, Massachusetts; a sister, Sue Andresen of Salem; nine grandchildren, Tina, Frank III, Josh, Carol, Stefanie, Gina, Kathleen, Jesse, and David II; eight great-grandchildren, Johnie, Alexis, Jayson, Jesse, Anthony, Alissa, William, and Amaya; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Massachusetts.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Scott Bamford

Scott Bamford, 53, of Chester, died suddenly at the Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, grew up and was educated in Methuen, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Tenney High School in 1972.  He later graduated from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  He was a resident of Chester for the past 10 years.

Scott was a retired forklift operator from Lucent Technologies in North Andover, Massachusetts.  He was an original member of the “Barker Bombers.”  He was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan and a Civil War buff.

He is survived by his wife Linda (Trotochaud) Bamford of Chester; two stepdaughters, Erika Signor of Windham, and Kristy and her husband Matt Chase of Chester; his parents, James and Joan (Merfield) Bamford of Methuen; a sister, Beverly and her husband Thomas Beanland of Orlando, Florida; two brothers, Stephen and his wife Terri (Gagne) Bamford of Melbourne, Florida, and David and his wife Madalyn (Leone) Bamford of Methuen; his mother-in-law, Alfrieda Trotochaud of Windham; a brother-in-law, James and his wife Lisha Trotochaud of Londonderry; and three nephews and three nieces.

Funeral Services were held May 5 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.

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Roland W. Bernier

Roland W. Bernier, 88, of Salem, died Friday, May 2, 2008, at the Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

He was born and educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts and attended Sacred Heart School.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 18 years, formerly of Andover, Massachusetts.

Mr. Bernier was a retired Glazier for Lawrence Plate Glass Company.  He was in the Local Union #1044 Glaziers in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  He was also a member of the Salem Senior Center, where he ran the 45s tournaments.  He was a former member of the Andover Elks Lodge, and he served his country in the Army during World War II.

He was predeceased by his wife, Celina (Delescluse) Bernier, and his son, James Bernier.

He is survived by his daughter, Jean and her husband Frank Rees, Jr., of Salem; son, Roland W. and his wife Cecilia Bernier of Ocoee, Florida, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 6 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salemhaven Nursing Home Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Ella Alice (McCoy) Connell

   Ella Alice (McCoy) Connell, 99, of Gardner, Massachusetts, widow of Frederick R. Connell and a well-known native and longtime Hudson resident, died early Saturday morning, January 19, 2008, at the Lachance Center in Gardner.  Born at the family home on Library Street in Hudson on February 8, 1908, Mrs. Connell was one of 11 children of the late Daniel G. and Bessie (Rivers) McCoy.

Mrs. Connell was educated in local schools, graduating from Nashua High School, class of 1927 and attended the University of Wisconsin, where she studied special training for a World War II job at Whittemore Deport at Fort Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts.

Ella studied piano, voice, and theater, and taught ballroom dancing at the Old YMCA on Temple Street in Nashua.

Ella married Frederick R. Connell on May 3, 1931, and they shared over 51 years together before his death on December 1, 1982.

Mrs. Connell had been employed as manager of the ladies clothing department at the former Montgomery Ward Store in Nashua.  Ella also worked for a time at the former Enterprise store, the former Speare Dry Goods and Coronis Cleaners, all in Nashua.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Hudson for many years, Ella was a member of the BAFTA Federation Ladies Group.  In 1993, Mrs. Connell was honored by the church at the Roll-Call Dinner for her faithful prayers and dedicated work.

Mrs. Connell was a member for over 50 years of the American Legion Auxiliary, Hudson Unit 48.  She served as treasurer for 25 years and was publicity chairman for 15 years.  Ella was a member of the Department of New Hampshire American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Chairman for over 45 years.

Ella volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester during the Christmas Holidays, Valentine parties and Bingo.  She also placed American flags at local cemeteries for 26 years with the Hudson Post 48 American Legion.  Mrs. Connell was a member of the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire and a member of the New Hampshire Veterans Association Auxiliary.  Ella was a life member of the Hudson Historical Society and served as Assistant Clerk, on Board of Directors and the Publicity Committee. 

Among the many honors bestowed on Mrs. Connell, she was mentioned in Network Publication’s New Hampshire Edition in June 1991, “Area Women Shine,” was featured on Channel 11’s New Hampshire Crossroads and New Hampshire Remembers.  The Hudson Chamber of Commerce presented Mrs. Connell with the Citizen of the Year Award in 1983 in honor of her late husband, Frederick Connell.  Mrs. Connell was the recipient of the Boston Post Cane in 2007.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ella was predeceased by five brothers, Eugene McCoy of Hudson, Daniel McCoy II of Nashua, Richard McCoy of Rochester, Raymond McCoy and Ralph McCoy of Nashua; a sister; Madeline Coburn of Nashua; and a brother-in law, David W. Connell of Hudson.

Members of her family include a brother, Clifford McCoy of Lantana, Florida; a sister, Barbara Stevens of Lantana, four sisters-in-law, Merlyn McCoy, widow of Richard of Rochester; Fernande McCoy, Carmelle McCoy, widow of Raymond, and Edna Connell Brigham, all of Nashua; a nephew, Wayne Huard and his special nurse, Gloria Levesque of Winchendon, Massachusetts; a niece and her husband, Jennie and Gary Signor of Milford; also 23 other nieces and nephews.  Also friends, Jackie and Richard Dionne, Dorothy Schlagle, Beverly and Paul Dion, June Parker, Ruth Parker and Nancy Merrill.

Committal prayers and internment will take place in Westview Cemetery, Burnham Road in Hudson on May 10 at 11 a.m.  The Reverend James R. Harrington, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hudson, will officiate.  Donations may be made in Mrs. Connell’s memory to the First Baptist Church of Hudson or the Hudson Historical Society.  Arrangements were in the care of the Farwell Funeral Services in Nashua.

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Ace Stanley, Jr.

Ace Stanley, Jr., 32, of Derry, died Friday, May 2, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Route 28 in Windham. 

He was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, grew up and was educated in Salem.  He was a resident of Derry for several years and also lived in Amherst.

Ace owned and operated Ace Paving in Derry with his dad Ace.  He was a good-hearted guy who would help anyone who needed help.

He is survived by his wife Michelle Stanley of Derry; his parents, Ace and Millie (Blaisdell) Stanley of Windham; four children, Andy Stanley, Ace Stanley III, Millie Stanley, and Shirley Stanley, a sister, Jane Stanley; and a grandmother, Betsy Stanley; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Family and friends were invited to gather at the family home in Derry on Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5.  Burial was held May 6 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of the arrangements. 

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Elfriede (Krautlein) Albright

Elfriede “Ellie” (Krautlein) Albright, 74, of Salem, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts, after a long illness.

She was born in Seukendorf, Germany, where she grew up and attended school.  She moved to the United States in 1956 and resided in Peabody, Massachusetts.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 45 years.

Mrs. Albright was a technician for Lucent Technologies in North Andover, Massachusetts.  She was a member of the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and crocheting.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed fine dining.  She was a mentor to her children, passing on many skills, including cooking.

She is survived by her husband Leroy Albright of Salem; one son, David and his wife Linda Albright of Rochester; two daughters, Barbara Ann Albright of Chester, and Linda Albright Malloy of Storrs, Connecticut; one sister, Irma Dorrer of Salem, Massachusetts; six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Stephen, Rachel, Elena, Grace, and Madeline; and several nieces and nephews, including Karin Harring and John Dorrer.

Funeral services were held April 28 at the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 or to the Jimmy Fund, 1309 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Henry E. Boisvert

Henry E. Boisvert, beloved husband of Louise H. (Bellefeuille) Boisvert and father of Ellen (Boisvert) Michael of Cape Coral, Florida, died April 21, 2008.  Henry was born on April 23, 1923, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the ninth of 12 children born to Arthur and Mabel Boisvert.

Henry resided in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Salem before moving with his family to Florida in 2006. A veteran of World War II, he served as a field medic with the Army’s 38th Infantry Division, Medical Detachment 151st Infantry Regiment in the Pacific Theatre.  Henry was a longtime employee of the former Wang Laboratories in Massachusetts prior to his retirement in 1983.

Henry was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Coppens Council in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, where he volunteered at the weekly bingo game for more than 20 years.  He will be remembered for his eternal optimism, tireless sense of humor, and generous spirit.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his son-in-law, Ron Michael, of Cape Coral; a grandson, Brian Michael, of Derry; a granddaughter, Nicole Michael, of Fort Collins, Colorado; one brother, Arthur Boisvert, of Chatanooga, Tennessee; one sister, Dorothy Hand, of Vermont; a brother-in-law and his wife, Thomas and Patricia Bellefeuille, of Dracut, Massachusetts; a sister-in-law and her husband, Margaret and Ted Reed, of Largo, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Henry also raised a son, Robert E. Boisvert.

Arrangements in Florida are being handled by Fuller Funeral Home of Cape Coral.  Burial arrangements by Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home of Salem will be announced by the family at a later date. 

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Gilman J. Gagnon

Gilman J. Gagnon, 62, of Salem, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts. 

He was born in Van Buren, Maine, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 32 years and formerly of Lisbon Falls, Maine. 

Mr. Gagnon was a retired carpenter and worked for the Local Union #275 in Newton, Massachusetts.  He was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  He enjoyed bowling, gardening, working around his yard, and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

He is survived by his wife, Marie (Doucette) Gagnon of Salem; a son, John J. Gagnon of Allenstown; a daughter, Jeanna Hamel of Epping; four brothers and six sisters; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha, Lauren, Jessica, and Michael; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 29 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements. 

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Felicia (Wlodyka) Chudoba

Felicia (Wlodyka) Chudoba, 95, of Methuen, Massachusetts, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Prescott House in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Felicia was born and educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts and had lived in Methuen for over 70 years.  Felicia was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Lawrence and worked at Tire Rubber in Andover, Massachusetts for 46 years.  Felicia enjoyed the outdoors and cooking.

She was predeceased by her parents, Anna (Gaita) and Bronislaw Wlodyka, her brother, Stanley, and her husband, Henry Chudoba.

She is survived by two sons, Henry of Methuen, and Robert and his wife Virginia of Salem; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours.  A Funeral Service will be held Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ararat Armenian Congregational Church, 4 Salem Street, Salem, NH 03079.

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Internment – George Walter Kienia

George Walter Kienia, 83, of Noel Street, Hudson, who died away on February  29, 2008, will be interred on Monday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery, 98 Central Street, Hudson.  Gathering to follow at his home adjacent to the graveyard. 

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Michael P. Mosher

Michael P. “Uncle Mikey” Mosher, 47, of Salem, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at his home after a brief illness.

He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and was a life-long resident of Salem where he attended schools and graduated from Salem High School.

Michael worked for G. M. Drilling and Blasting in Salem.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was an avid outdoorsman.  He was also a member of the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge in Salem.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Audrey (Hatfield) Mosher of Salem; four brothers, Bruce Mosher of Missouri, Gary and Debbie Mosher of Salem, Scott and his wife Tara Mosher of Salem, and twin brother Matt and his wife Jeanne Mosher of Salem; seven nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Cremation will follow.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 SARL Drive, Salem, NH 03079. 

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Donald Philcrantz

Donald Cecil Philcrantz, 80, of Litchfield, died early Tuesday morning on April 22, 2008, at The Courville at Nashua Care Center in Nashua, after a brief illness.

Donald was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on August 14, 1927, son of the late Fredrick and Ella (Desautelle) Philcrantz and was also predeceased by a son, Glen Philcrantz.  

Donald was the loving husband of Mildred E. (Strugnell) Philcrantz of Litchfield with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Donald served his country honorably in the Navy during World War II.  He was active and enjoyed sports.  He played on the varsity basketball team for Lynn Classical High School and also enjoyed bowling and tennis throughout his life.  Woodworking was not just a hobby, but a passion for Donald, but above all else, his focus was on his family.  He took on an active role in the lives of his son, grandchildren and great-grandson.

Besides his loving wife, Donald is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Linda Philcrantz of Hudson; a brother, Alfred Philcrantz of Illinois; a grandson, Brian Philcrantz and his wife Beth of Londonderry; a granddaughter, Amy Branco and her husband Joseph of Hudson; a great-grandson, Matthew Branco of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday, April 26, from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry Street, Hudson.  Burial will be at a later date.  The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110. 

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Charles R. Tesoro

Charles R. Tesoro, 56, of Salem, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at his daughter’s home in Derry.

Charles was born in Ohio, grew up and was educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts, graduating from Central High School.  He graduated from Hesser College.  Charles served his country in the Army.  He lived in Salem for 20 years and was formerly of Londonderry.

Charles worked for the State of New Hampshire as an Unemployment Counselor in the Salem and Manchester offices.  He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  Charles enjoyed camping and fishing.  He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Charles was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen Ann (Spates) Tesoro.

He is survived by a daughter, Vikki and her husband Dennis Ferreira of Derry; two sons, David Tesoro and his wife Jen of Salem, and Daniel Tesoro and his wife Jill of Nashua; three brothers, David of Dracut, Massachusetts, Guy of Hudson, and Ernest of Sandown; a sister, Nikki Chagnon of Florida; five grandchildren, Amber, Hali, Nicholas, Jared and Kathleen; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held April 22 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Hilda W. (Wentworth) Telfer

Hilda W. (Wentworth) Telfer, 104, of Salem, died peacefully at the Warde Health Center in Windham. 

She was born in Eastport, Maine, where she grew up and attended school.  She later graduated from Bryant and Stratton Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 76 years, formerly of Boston and Medford, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Telfer was a self-employed bookkeeper.  She was a charter member of the Salem Women’s Club and charter member of the Salem Garden Club.  Telfer Circle and Hilda Place in Salem were named after her and her late husband Harold Telfer.  She just recently received the Boston Post Cane Award for the oldest resident in Salem. 

Hilda was the matriarch of her family and was always there with love and care for them.

She is survived by her daughter, Lois Watjen of Thomaston, Maine; five grandchildren, Patrick Boylan of Windham, Audrey LaRoche of Salem, Peter Boylan of Candia, Paula Mills of Thomaston, and Dana Boylan of Salem; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 16 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Hilda’s family would like to extend a thank you to the Warde Health Center for all their love and care they gave to Hilda.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Warde Health Center, 21 Searles Road, Windham, NH 03087. 

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Margaret G. ‘Peg’ (O’Neil) Broughton

Margaret G. “Peg” (O’Neil) Broughton, 88, of Salem, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem.

Mrs. Broughton was born and educated in Lawrence, Massachusetts, graduating from Lawrence High School.  She was a resident of Salem for 60 years.  Mrs. Broughton retired from Mercury Shoe Outlet in North Andover, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed cooking, making candy and sewing.  Mrs. Broughton especially loved spending time with her family.  She enjoyed childcare for her family and friends.

She was the widow of David Broughton.

She is survived by a son, David Broughton and his wife Denise of Meredith; two daughters, Beth and Jim Robinton of Salem, and Meg and Michael Wallace of Salem; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Courtney, Brittany, Michaela, Mark and Sheri; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah. 

A Funeral Service was held April 9 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Donations in Mrs. Broughton’s memory may be made to Salemhaven Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079 or to High Hopes of , 416K Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054. 

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Kevin Michael Conroy

Kevin Michael “Big Dawg” Conroy, 54, of Hudson, died peacefully surrounded by his family at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 3, 2008, after a brief illness with cancer.

Kevin was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on October 12, 1953, son of the late John and Jeanne (McClellan) Conroy and was married for 26 years to Lynn M. (Seybold) Conroy of Hudson.

Kevin was a loving husband, blessed brother and a beautiful friend to all that crossed his path.  He will be dearly missed by all.  Kevin was a long-time Hudson resident and a business co-owner of the Backstreet Bar and Grill with his dear friend, Randy Dugay.  He worked at Mac Steel (Edgecomb Metals) for 25 years.  He loved sports and was a devoted Patriots and Red Sox fan as well as NASCAR.  He also had a passion for horse racing.  Many memories with Kevin are cherished by friends.  We will especially remember him singing songs and loving life. 

Besides his loving wife, Kevin is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Steven and Christine Vierra of Houston, Texas, and John Vierra of Bloomington, California; one daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Joe Lang of Atlanta, Louisiana; two brothers, Timothy Conroy and his fiancé, Rachael Chase of Hudson, and Brian Conroy of Boise, Idaho; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda and Richard Mckenize of Nashua and Patricia Conroy of Hudson; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 10 nieces and nephews, eight great-nieces and nephews, many uncles and cousins as well as many wonderful friends.

A remembrance benefit for Big Dawg will be held on Saturday, April 12, at the Backstreet Bar & Grill on Derry Road in Hudson.  Come join us for raffles, a pool tournament, and great friends.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Route 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

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William D. ‘Bill’ MacDonald

William D. “Bill” MacDonald, 79, of Salem, formerly of Prince Edward Island, Canada, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, Venice, Florida, after a brief illness.

Bill was the son of Laura (Matheson) and Albert C. MacDonald.  He retired as a Master Sergeant from the Air Force in 1971 after 20 years of service and also retired from Verizon Telephone Company in 1991.  Bill was a member of Crystal Springs Golf Club where he enjoyed many years of golf.  He was a member of Pleasant Street United Methodist Church.  Since retirement, Bill enjoyed spending winters in Venice with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy (MacGrillvrey) MacDonald of Salem; a daughter, Kathleen J. and her husband Doug of Springfield, Virginia; a son, Ron MacDonald and his wife Linda of Falmouth, Maine; four grandsons, Cameron and Ian Barry, Kellen and Ryan MacDonald; five sisters, Analene Strachan, Marion MacKenzie, Lucille MacLean, Thelma MacTavish, and Edythe Gillis; a brother, Albert MacDonald; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held April 7at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 8 Pleasant Street, Salem, NH 03079.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Lillian (McCarthy) Matseas

Lillian (McCarthy) Matseas, 83, of Derry, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry.

She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Daniel and Lillian (Delaney) McCarthy. She grew up and attended schools in Lawrence.  She was a resident of Derry for over 18 years.

Mrs. Matseas was a receptionist for Compugraphic in Wilmington, Massachusetts.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Lillian was the widow of Peter Matseas to whom she was married for 56 years.

She is survived by her beloved daughter, Shirley Poulin of Hampstead; a son, Robert and his wife Donna Matseas of Salem; a grandson, Lawrence Firefighter Gary and his wife Katie Poulin of Merrimac, Massachusetts, two granddaughters, Tracy Pittochelli and Brenna Matseas; four great-grandchildren, Alysha and Michael Poulin, Kaylin Bernier, Alex Pittochelli; a dear friend, Mary Loffredo of Hampstead; and several cousins.

A memorial gathering took place on April 7 followed by a memorial service at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

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James P. O’Neill

James P. O’Neill, 46, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a four-month battle with lung cancer. 

Jim was born March 16, 1961, in Maryland.  He will always be remembered for the love for his family, especially his wife Angela of 20 years and his son Adam who was number one in his eyes.  

He worked at Sprague Electric of Nashua for 15 years and then Teradyne for 10 years.  Jim enjoyed playing and coaching softball.  He also enjoyed bowling, bonfires, fantasy football, video games, and crossword puzzles.

Jim was educated in Hudson and graduated from Alvirne High School, Class of 1979.

Jim was predeceased by his mother, Bernice Amerault; his father, Anthony O’Neill; a sister-in-law, Judy Collins; and a nephew, Anthony Frost.  Also several aunts and uncles.

In addition to his wife Angela and son Adam O’Neill, both of Litchfield, Jim is survived by his father, Paul E. Amerault of Rockledge, Florida; a sister, Kathy Butler of Florida; six brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law, Carl and Joann Rackliff of Manchester, Kathy and William Gaudette of Greenfield, Brian and Mary Rackliff of Litchfield, Terry and Debbie Rackliff of Londonderry, Joe and Tammy Rackliff of Barnstead, and Billy Rackliff of Nashua; also several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, aunts, uncles, and several friends. 

A Funeral Service was celebrated at the Davis Funeral Home in Nashua on March 18.  Interment prayers and burial followed in Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua. 

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Kenneth M. Sheehan

Kenneth M. Sheehan, 65, of Hudson, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 2, 2008.

Kenneth was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 2, 1942, son of the late Maurice and Mary (Milmore) Sheehan and was married to Carol (Genovese) Sheehan of Hudson, with whom he spent many wonderful years together.

Kenneth was an electrical engineer for over 30 years and was a senior member of Technical Staff at AT&T.  Ken adored his grandchildren tremendously and loved to spend time with them.  His love for the Red Sox and the Patriots was as much a part of his life as anything.  He enjoyed traveling with his wife Carol and he loved his dog Bernie.  Ken will be deeply missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.

Besides his loving wife, Kenneth is survived by a son, Daniel Sheehan of Billerica, Massachusetts; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Mary Sheehan of Mequon, Wisconsin, and David and Joan Sheehan of Natick, Massachusetts; a brother-in-law and his wife, Ronald and Suzanne Genovese of Acton, Massachusetts; a granddaughter, Leah Sheehan of Billerica, and a grandson, Cameron Sheehan of Billerica; several nieces and nephews and all of his friends at the Hudson Tavern.

A Funeral Mass was held on April 7 at St. Kathryn Church in Hudson.  Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements. 

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Maureen (Reardon) Conway

Maureen (Reardon) Conway, 62, of Salem, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts; she grew up and was educated in Somerville, Massachusetts.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 40 years and was formerly of Malden, Massachusetts. 

Maureen was a Purchasing Agent for Radar Tech in Amesbury, Massachusetts.  She attended Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  She enjoyed cooking, volunteering to help other people, and was an avid gardener.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Joseph M. Conway, Sr., of Salem; two sons, Joseph M. Conway, Jr., of Goffstown, and Sean and his wife Carrie Conway of Derry; two daughters, Kelly and her husband Randy Tetreault of Derry, and Kathleen Conway of Methuen, Massachusetts; one brother, Lawrence P. “Lonnie” Reardon of Atkinson’ one sister, Kathleen Iannazzo of Salem; four grandchildren, JR, Ryan, Tyler, and Hailey; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 1 at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Salem; burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.

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Marion E. (Abell) Cormier

Marion E. (Abell) Cormier, 84, of Salem, died Monday, March 31, 2008, at Hanover Hill Healthcare in Manchester. 

Marion was born and educated in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and had lived in Salem for 25 years.  She was a caretaker for the Stevens family for 15 years while living in North Andover, Massachusetts.  Marion enjoyed sewing and redecorating her home.  She had a big heart and loved taking care of her family and friends.  Marion was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph F. Cormier, her son Richard F. Cormier, and her grandson, Ian Marchand.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Lee Unit at Hanover Hill Healthcare for the exceptional love and care they provided Marion while she was there.

She is survived by four sons, Dennis and his wife Maureen Cormier of Texas, John and his wife Gayle Cormier of Richmond, Virginia, Joseph and his wife Vicky Cormier of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, and Daniel Cormier of Boston, Massachusetts; two daughters, Jody and her husband Pete Michaud of Salem, and Jill and her husband Don Marchasseault of Moultonborough; 22 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held April 3 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem; cremation followed.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Diane M. Gingues

Diane Gingues, 67, of Salem, died Friday, March 28, 2008, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

She was born in Berlin, grew up and was educated in Gorham, and graduated from Gorham High School.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 41 years.

Diane was the manager for Grand China Restaurant in Salem where she worked over 20 years.  She enjoyed bowling in leagues, traveling, puzzles, reading, knitting, yard sales, and flea markets.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Cindy Decker of Salem, Kim and her husband Paul Thibault of Danville, and Michelle Allore of Fremont; two sons, Steven Decker and Scott Decker, both of Salem; and nine grandchildren, Tiffany, Blake, Corbin, Jared, Morgan, Bobby, Ryan, Cameron, and Taylor.

Funeral services were held March 31 at Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Internment was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110. 

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Clark Douglas Graves

Clark Douglas Graves, 70, of Manchester, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Ridgewood Center in Bedford. 

He was born February 11, 1938, in Ballston Spa, New York, son of the late Douglas and Elisabeth (Clark) Graves.

Clark was the husband of Ellen (Goyette) Graves of Manchester with whom he shared 49 loving years of marriage.

He was an Air Force veteran and was employed with Unisys for 36 years.  He enjoyed fishing and loved camping with his family.  Clark went on many cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda, and Europe, but his favorites were Russia and the Scandinavian countries.  For a number of years he was involved with Hudson Little League and he also managed the American Legion Little League team to a championship which meant as much to him as winning the World Series.  Clark found great joy in spending time with his family, especially his four sons who were his best friends.

Besides his loving wife Ellen, survivors include four sons, Clark Graves, Jr., of Manchester, Michael of Dover, Stephen Graves of Norwell, Massachusetts, and Brian Graves of Litchfield; seven grandchildren; a brother, Mark Graves of Connecticut; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service took place in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Burial was private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Clark’s loving memory to the Daniel G. Deschler, M.D. Research Fund, c/o Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114.

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Anita (Cloutier) Ouellette Hajj

Anita (Cloutier) Ouellette Hajj, 90, of Nashua, died Friday, March 28, 2008, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.  She was born January 8, 1918, in Lowell, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Henri and Blanche (Paquin) Cloutier.

Anita was the widow of William Ouellette who died in 1965 as well as the widow of Charles Hajj who died in 2000.  She was also predeceased by three brothers, Wilfred Cloutier, George Cloutier, and Donald Cloutier and a sister; Yvette Vaillancourt.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard and Valerie Ouellette and Reverend Paul Ouellette all of Lowell; a daughter, Anita Marchand of Nashua; three stepchildren, Joyce Bryant of Cali, Charlotte Jackson of Oregon, and Ronald Hajj and his wife Donna of Andover, Massachusetts; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Raymond and Julie Cloutier, Roland Cloutier, Kenneth and Lorraine Cloutier, and Norman Cloutier, all of Hudson; one sister, Laurel Lincoln and her husband John of Hudson; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours were on March 30 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Donations may be made in Anita’s loving memory to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.

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Adelbert L. Ivester

Adelbert L. Ivester, 77, of Salem, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Salem for the past five years and was formerly of Stoneham and Woburn, Massachusetts.

Mr. Ivester was an insurance underwriter for CNA Insurance in Quincy, Massachusetts.  He was a Marine Corps veteran.  He enjoyed hockey, softball, traveling, and was in bowling leagues in Woburn.  He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Laurie and her husband George White of Salem; three sons, Michael and his wife Louise Ivester of Danbury, Connecticut, Stephen Ivester of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Donald and his wife Diane Ivester of Woburn, Massachusetts; a sister, Barbara Flynn of Arlington; seven grandchildren, Caitlyn, Kevin, Brian, Casey, Derek, Jared, and Dale; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held April 2 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; cremation followed. 

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Thelma L. (Lewis) Smith

Thelma L. (Lewis) Smith, 90, of Salem, died peacefully Friday, March 28, 2008, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts, surrounded by her family.

She was born and educated in East Andover.  Thelma lived in Sterling, Massachusetts, for 35 years before moving to Salem in 1998.   

Thelma had many joys in her life in addition to her family.  She loved collecting Hummel’s and cardinals.  She enjoyed knitting and her dogs.  Thelma’s greatest passion was decorating for Christmas.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clayton Smith, and daughter, Beverly Smith.

She is survived by a son, Richard and wife Patricia Smith of The Villages, Florida; grandchildren Jeffrey Smith of Salem, Stephen Smith and wife Terry of Dunbarton, and Kimberly and husband Miles Hall of Wilmington, Massachusetts; great-grandchildren Bryan and Jacqueline, Victoria, Leann and Erin, Sarah and Sharon; and a great-great-granddaughter Angelina. 

A funeral service was held on April 1 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; burial will be private for the family.  Contributions in Thelma’s memory may be made to the Salemhaven Nursing Home Activities Fund, 23 Geremonty Drive, Salem, 03079. 

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Caroline (Shuman) Clough

Caroline (Shuman) (Sytek) Clough, 92, of Londonderry, died peacefully in her sleep at her home on March 17, 2008, after a period of declining health.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 29, 1915, she was the daughter of William and Eugenia Shuman.  She grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts, and worked for many years as a bookkeeper in various businesses in the Philadelphia area.  Mrs. Clough had been an active member of the Doylestown Nature Club in Pennsylvania and sang in the church choir.

She was the widow of John Sytek who died in 1967, and of Wendell Clough who died in 1988.  

She relocated to New Hampshire in 1996 and was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Londonderry.

She is survived by her son, John Sytek, and his wife Donna of Salem, and a granddaughter, Mary Sytek of Baltimore, Maryland.

There are no calling hours.  Burial will be April 28 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  Memorial contributions may be made to Greater Derry Community Caregivers, 58 East Broadway, Derry, NH 03038.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem is in charge of the arrangements.  To send a message of` condolence to the family, please view her obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Alvin Frederick Coleman

Alvin Frederick Coleman, 58, of Orlando, Florida, but formerly of Pelham, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando.  He was the beloved husband for 38 years of Kathleen (Donnelly) Coleman.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 10, 1949, the son of the late Michael F. and the late Genevieve (Murray) Coleman, he attended Pelham schools and graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson with the Class of 1967.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Coleman served with the Marine Corps.

Prior to his retirement, he was the owner and operator of Coleman Construction Co., Inc. in Pelham.

Besides his wife, Mr. Coleman is survived by a daughter, Kristen Falzaranno of Orlando; a son, Frederick Coleman and his wife Jennifer of Methuen, Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Taylor Falzaranno, Frederick Coleman and Kiele Coleman; a brother, Michael Coleman and his wife Jane (Ducharme) Coleman of Pelham; and also several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call for a memorial visitation at the Pelham Funeral Home, 11 Nashua Road in Pelham from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Habitat for Humanity, 1925 Traylor Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32804.  

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Theresa E. (Houle) Dionne

Theresa E. (Houle) Dionne, 86, of Salem, died March 12, 2008, at Sunbridge Colonial Heights in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Theresa was born and educated in Lawrence, the daughter of the late Roseanna (Dubois) and Achille Houle.  She had lived in Salem for 10 years.

Theresa had worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lawrence and had worked at WT Grant in Lawrence for many years.  She was a former member of St. Patrick Church in Lawrence and a member of St. Joseph Church in Salem.

Theresa enjoyed playing cards with her family, bingo, going on trips and going to Foxwoods.

She was predeceased by her son, Thomas, and her husband, Joseph “Chick” Dionne.

She is survived by two sons, Raymond and his wife Carol Dionne of Florida, and James and his wife Denise Dionne of Haverhill, Massachusetts; three daughters, Evelyn and her husband Ronald Dumont of Florida, Joanne and her husband Francis Preneveau of Salem, and  Susan and her husband Paul Coutsonikas of Lawrence; a brother, Eugene Houle; and 10 grandchildren. 

A Funeral Mass was held March 17 at St. Joseph Church; cremation followed.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 SARL Drive, Salem, NH 03079.  Arrangements were in the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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Lorraine M. (Colella) Duggan

Lorraine M. (Colella) Duggan, 55, of Salem, died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Lorraine was born and educated in Medford, Massachusetts, and graduated from Medford High School in 1971.  She was the daughter of the late Mary (Papa) and Alfred Colella, Sr.  Lorraine had lived in Salem for 30 years.

Lorraine was the Lab Office Coordinator for Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.  She was a devoted wife and mother who loved spending time with her family and friends.  Lorraine enjoyed traveling, shopping, cooking and playing the slot machines.  She was a die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan.

She is survived by her beloved her husband, Stephen Duggan of Salem; a son, Patrick Duggan of Somerville, Massachusetts; a daughter, Lauren Duggan of Salem; four brothers, Thomas Colella, Sr., of Woburn, Massachusetts, Richard Colella, Sr., and his wife Judith of Reading, Massachusetts, Alfred Colella, Jr., and his wife Marianne of Sandown, and Christopher Colella, Sr., and his wife Roxanne of Salem; his mother-in-law, Margaret Duggan of Salem; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held March 25 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove in Salem.  Contributions in Lorraine’s memory may be sent to the Caritas Holy Family Cancer Management Center, 70 East Street, Methuen, MA 01844. 

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Gregory J. McDevitt

Gregory J. McDevitt, 37, of Nashua, lost his life to an accidental drowning on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, in Nashua.

Greg was born in Nashua on September 28, 1970, a son of William and Joyce (Angley) McDevitt of Pelham.  He was the husband of Catherine (Lepine) McDevitt of Nashua. 

Mr. McDevitt was educated in Pelham schools and received an undergraduate degree from New Hampshire College and a master’s degree from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.  He was the owner of McDevitt Recruiting which provided recruiting and HR consulting services.  Greg served time with the Marine Corps Reserve as an enlisted Marine with Bravo Company 1/25 Marines in New Hamphsire. 

Greg was a genuine, kind, caring and loving husband, father, and friend.  He was always giving to others, especially his family.  He was admired by all that had the pleasure of knowing him and everything about him will be missed, especially his sense of humor.  He was a beloved son and brother and source of great joy to his many friends.  Greg and his wife, Catherine, are expecting their fourth child due in July.

Besides his parents and his wife, Gregory is survived by two sons, Joshua McDevitt and Jake McDevitt both of Nashua; one daughter, Julia McDevitt of Nashua; two brothers, Patrick McDevitt and his wife Kristine of Belgium, and Christopher McDevitt and his wife Alisha of Concord; four sisters, Theresa McDevitt of Derry, Jennifer Pendergast and her husband William of Pelham, Rebecca Buxton and her husband Dwayne of Arkansas, and Stefenie Cote and her husband Kenneth of Pelham; also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service was held March 18 at the First Congregational Church in Pelham.  Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions to benefit Greg’s children may be made to the Gregory McDevitt Memorial Fund, c/o Digital Federal Credit Union, 257 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  Services and arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Anctil-Rochette and Son Funeral Home in Nashua. 

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Frances Mlocek

Frances Mlocek, 90, of Salem, died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the Salemhaven Nursing Home in Salem. 

She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where she grew up and attended schools, and graduated from Lawrence High School.  She was a resident of Salem for the past 50 years.

Miss Mlocek was a retired nurse’s aide for Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  She was also a clerk at Symphony Hall in Boston.

She was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Paulina (Skladanoska) Mlocek.  She was also the sister of the late Joseph and Emil Mlocek.

She is survived by her nephew, John and his wife Lois Mlocek of Salem; two grand-nephews, Jason Mlocek of Atkinson, and Jonathan Mlocek of Iowa; a grand-niece, Jennifer Brooks of Windham; two great-grand-nephews and three great-grand-nieces

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 24 at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in North Andover, Massachusetts.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  

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William B. Nicoll

William B. Nicoll, 66, of Windham, died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Andover, Massachusetts, where he grew up and attended schools.  He was a resident of Windham for the past 24 years and formerly of North Andover, Massachusetts.

Mr. Nicoll was an Electronics Technician for Eastern Airlines and American Airlines in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was a member of West Parish Church in Andover.  He was an Air Force veteran, and spent many years in the Air Force Reserves.  He enjoyed working around the yard, the outdoors, home improvements, traveling, and planes.

He was the son of the late Geoffrey B. and Celia (Reynolds) Nicoll, and brother of the late Robert Nicoll.

He is survived by his wife Sandra (Smith) Nicoll of Windham; a son, Barry Nicoll of Swampscott, Massachusetts; a sister, Donna Meisel of Hampstead; and several nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at West Parish Church, Andover, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, c/o www.alzfdn.org.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.  Arrangements are in the care of Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem. 

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James A. Penkofski

James A. Penkofski, 88, of Hudson, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, at home.  He was born April 4, 1919, in Nashua, son of James and Felicia Penkofski.  He graduated from Nashua High School and served in the Army during World War II.  He was the owner and operator of a scrap metal business on Amherst Street in Nashua for almost 40 years.  He was a member of the Nashua Elks Club, and enjoyed playing poker, dancing with his wife, trips to the Bahamas and playing blackjack at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos.  

His wife, Alberta “Bertha” Y. (Landry) Penkofski of 43 years, died in 1990.  

He leaves a daughter, Sandra F. Farland of Hudson; two sons, James A. Penkofski of Hudson and Joseph “Joe” Penkofski of North Port, Florida; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by a son, John Penkofski, and a sister, Bernice Gagnon. 

A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 24 at St. Kathryn Church in Hudson.  Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center, 781 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03104.  Arrangements were under the care of Lucas and Eaton Funeral Home in York, Maine.

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Robert A. Sidney

Robert A. Sidney, 44, of Salem, died Sunday, March 23, 2008, at the Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

He was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, grew up, and was educated in Salem where he graduated from Salem High School in 1981.  He was a long time resident of Salem, and lived in Atkinson and Danville for a short time.

Bob was a former manager for the Store 24 in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  He attended St. Matthew Church in Windham and enjoyed golf, fishing, and skiing.

He was predeceased by his mother, Teresa A. (Endyke) Sidney, and a sister, Barbara Karp.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie (McCabe) Sidney of Salem; two sons, Trevor and Jacob Sidney of Salem; two sisters, Carole Hoerner of Manchester, Linda Cardoza of Merrimac, Massachusetts, and several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be private for the family and burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Firefighters Relief Association, 152 Main Street, Salem, NH 03079.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  

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Ronald J. Casagrande

Ronald Joseph Casagrande, 70, of Windham, son of Joseph and Cloe (Liatti) Casagrande, died Monday, March 10, 2008, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer; he was surrounded by his wife and children.

Born in Patterson, New Jersey, June 5, 1937, he attended RCA Institute in New York City, New York, and Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey.  He was employed by Bendix Corp. in Teterboro, New Jersey, until 1976, after which he was with General Electric Corp and Ametek Corp. in Wilmington, Massachusetts.  Ron was a longtime resident of Windham, and a parishioner of St. Matthew’s Church.

He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, a volunteer for the Town of Windham’s Emergency Management Team and a long time volunteer with Windham’s Communications committee, he was on the Board of Directors for Birch Hill Condominiums, and previously on the Board of Directors for Rockingham Commons in Salem.  He was an avid boater, a Boating Captain, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, taught courses for Boatwise in Amesbury, Massachusetts as well as the Auxiliary Coast Guard and an experienced Ham Radio Operator.

Ron was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Bernice Reap.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Nancy (Matthes) LaFlamme Casagrande of Windham and by his children, Wayne Casagrande and wife Elizabeth of Oviedo, Florida, Deborah O’Rourke and husband, John, of Salem, Robyn Hughes and her husband, John, of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, Joanne Reardon and husband, Vincent, of Fletcher, Vermont, Leo LaFlamme, Jr., of Hudson, and Michelle M. LaFlamme of Hudson.  He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Jonathan and Christopher O’Rourke, Sarah and Bryan Casagrande, Kellen and Kyleigh Hughes, and David and Daniella Reardon, Seppie Casagrande of Pittsford, Vermont, his mother-in-law, Rose Matthes of Methuen, Massachusetts, and Denise Woll of Hudson.

Calling hours will be held Friday, March 14, from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street in Salem.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church in Windham.  Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Plain in Windham.  Memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.  To send a message of condolence to the family, please view his obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com. 

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Anthony Luciano

Anthony Luciano, 44, a resident of Pelham, dedicated husband and father, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, Massachusetts.  He was the beloved husband of Cheryl J. (Soper) Luciano to whom he was married for 22 years.

He was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on October 15, 1963, and was a son of Gina (Politano) Luciano of Malden and the late Gennaro Luciano.  He was a graduate of Everett High School, Everett, Massachusetts, and received his bachelor degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tony was employed in marketing and sales by SunGard Corporation in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Prior to that he was employed by MCI for 16 years.

He was an active member of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pelham, and was also very involved in the community, serving on committees, coaching sports teams, and volunteering.

In his free time he loved playing softball, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three children, Michael Luciano, Joshua Luciano, and Kendra Luciano, all of Pelham; a brother, Joseph Luciano and his wife Debra of Billerica, Massachusetts; his mother and father-in-law, Ken and Joan Soper of Windham; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Soper and his wife Sue of Auburn, Massachusetts, and Stephen Soper and his wife Christine of Southwest Harbor, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Service was held on March 7 at the Granite State Baptist Church in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Anthony Luciano Children's Educational Trust, c/o Crossroads Baptist Church, payable to the Anthony Luciano Trust c/o Crossroads Baptist Church, 43 Atwood Road, Pelham, NH 03076.  Arrangements were in the care of Dracut Funeral Home, Dracut, Massachusetts. 

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Rene J. Mignault

Rene J. Mignault, 90, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, died Monday, March 10, 2008, at the Wingate Nursing home in Andover, Massachusetts.

He was born in Lawrence where he grew up and attended schools and was a life-long resident.

Mr. Mignault was a machine operator for Sealtest Ice Cream.  After his retirement Rene worked as a groundskeeper for Indian Ridge Golf Club in Andover.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence, and enjoyed the Postal Union Bowling League, golfing for the Vagabond Golf League, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Doris M. (Desrosiers) Mignault of Lawrence; two daughters, Claire and her husband William Bodenrader of Lawrence, and Janet and her husband Alan Phair of Salem; a sister, Blanche LeGere of Ludlow, Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Coleen (Bodenrader), wife of Robert Scharn, Karen (Bodenrader), wife of Kenneth Serverius, Melanie (Phair), wife of James Scharn, and Christopher Phair and his wife Michele; five great-grandchildren, Hayley, Kathryn, Matthew, Kiara, and Isabella; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem; burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Andover, Massachusetts.  Memorial contributions may be made to Wingate Nursing Home Activities Fund, 80 Andover Street, Andover, MA 01810.  The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem is in charge of arrangement. 

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Peter J. Rodziewicz

Peter J. Rodziewicz, 85, a resident of Hudson, and former York, Maine, and Dracut, Massachusetts, resident, died February 23, 2008, at his home after a long illness.  He was the beloved husband of Lucille A. (Boudreau) Rodziewicz to whom he was married for 62 years.

He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on July 22, 1922, and was a son of the late Peter and Sophie (Jankowski) Rodziewicz.

Mr. Rodziewicz served in the Army during World War II.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years as a manager by the former Merrimack Wayside Furniture in Nashua.

In his free time he enjoyed working in his workshop and was a member of the Polish American Veterans in Lowell.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Elaine Couillard of Hudson, and Linda Zagorites and her husband Peter of Litchfield; five granddaughters, Nancy Hammond and her husband Brian of Hudson, Shirley Wentworth and her husband Joseph of Windham, Catherine Paquette and her husband Jeffrey of Litchfield, Melissa Murrin and her husband Warren of Hollis, and Kristin Wilson and her husband Eric of Nashua; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley Rodziewicz and his wife Patricia, and Michael Rodziewicz, all of Dracut, Massachusetts; a sister Helen Sunderland of Methuen, Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late William Rodziewicz, Joseph Rodziewicz, Stella Rodziewicz, Sophie Milewski, Evelyn Nolan, and Dolores Beaulieu.

A funeral service was held on February 27 at the Dracut Funeral Home in Dracut, Massachusetts; interment was in Tyngsborough Memorial Cemetery.

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Margaret J. (Haskett) Valenti

Margaret J. (Haskett) Valenti, 90, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Harborside Healthcare in Bedford. 

She was born May 13, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of the late George and Ellen (McGrath) Haskett, formerly of Ireland.

On July 8, 1950, she was married to Natale Valenti at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining, New York, where she was a member for many years.  They were married for 48 years, until her husband’s passing in 1998.  She was also predeceased by a grandson, Angelo Natale Valenti in 1990, as well as by three brothers, George, David, and Michael and one sister, Sister Mary Ellen Haskett.

A resident of Ossining for over 50 years, she earned her high school diploma through the Ossining Adult Education Program.  She was an avid reader, a good speller, and had beautiful handwriting.  A tireless worker, she held many different jobs.  Prior to her marriage, she worked as a doctor’s assistant and housekeeper.  Other jobs included making toys, hats, various clerical jobs including one at Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville, New York.  She also earned her nurse’s aide certificate and worked in various nursing homes.

After retiring she volunteered at Veteran’s Hospital in Montrose, New York.  She would help feed the patients and help with recreation.  She enjoyed swimming and, while living in Ossining, often swam in the Hudson River by the Sparta docks.

Later in life, she moved to New Hampshire where she participated in the Alvirne Adult Day Program for Seniors.  She made many friends there and was known for her friendly smile and beautiful singing voice.  She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Litchfield where she was a member of the Ladies Guild.

She is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Angelo and Patricia Valenti of Litchfield, and a daughter; Margaret Mary Valenti of Litchfield. 

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on March 10 in St. Ann’s Church, Ossining, New York with burial to follow in St. Augustine’s Cemetery, also in Ossining.  Donations be made in Margaret’s loving memory to Alvirne Adult Day Program, 200 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Hampshire Chapter, 1 Bedford Farms Drive, Bedford, NH 03110.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements. 

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William P. Arseneault

William P. Arseneault, 67, a well-known Hudson resident and husband of Jacqueline (Belanger) Arseneault, died Monday, March 3, 2008, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack.  Born in Nashua on May 13, 1940, Mr. Arseneault was a son of the late William and Alice (Levesque) Arseneault.

A resident of Hudson for the past 31 years, Mr. Arseneault served as President and Moderator of the Hudson Town Council.  He was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 48 of Hudson.

Mr. Arseneault had been employed as a master electrician with the former Hampshire Chemical and W. R. Grace of Nashua for several years.  He served as President and Chief Steward of the International Chemical Workers Union, Local 952.

A Navy veteran, Mr. Arseneault served on the USS Lake Champlain as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class, during the late 1950s.  He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson.

Members of his family include his wife of 48 years, Jacqueline Arseneault of Hudson; three sons and daughters-in-law, William M. and Wendy Arseneault of Nashua, James R. and Lori Arseneault of Brookline and John W. and Michelle Arseneault of Hudson; five grandchildren, James, Megan, Justin, Amanda and Katlyn; and four great-grandchildren, Carmen, Charlotte, Cora and Cameron.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Blessed John the XXIII Parish at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson March 6.  Following cremation, interment will be private.  Donations may be made in his memory to Home Health and Hospice Care, 22 Prospect Street, Nashua, NH 03060.  Arrangements were in the care of the Farwell Funeral Service.

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Genevieve ‘Jean’ (Kalinowski) Berescik

Genevieve “Jean” (Kalinowski) Berescik, 89, died peacefully Friday February 29, 2008, at Greystone Farm in Salem.

Born in 1919 in New Britain, Connecticut, Jean was one of six children of Martin and Eleanor Kalinowski.  Jean married her late husband, John, in 1941 and enjoyed 59 years of marriage.  She and her husband moved to Saugus, Massachusetts, in 1952 where they lived for 48 years.

Jean worked for many years as an office clerk at General Electric Riverworks in Lynn, Massachusetts, retiring in 1984.

Her move to Salem in 2000 marked a new episode in her life in which she thrived and rejoiced in all the new friendships she made at Greystone Farm Assisted Living.  She enjoyed cooking, baking and especially dining out.  Jean also was a great animal lover, with a great fondness for dogs.  Her greatest pleasure in life, though, was her family, which she was fiercely devoted to.  She constantly spoke with great pride of her grandson, Chris.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan and son-in-law Michael Lehrman of Windham; a grandson, Christopher Lehrman of Windham; and several nephews.

A Funeral Service was held March 5 the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Committal services will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH  03110. 

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Sister Pauline Chabot

Sister M. Pauline (Dora) Chabot, 94, a Sister of Mercy for 68 years, died Friday, February 29, 2008, after a long illness.  A native of Keene, she was the daughter of William and Clara (Gauthier) Chabot.

Sister Pauline received her Bachelor of Science degree in science and business from Mt. St. Mary College in Hooksett, and her Master of Science degree in education and business from Plymouth State College, Plymouth.

For 21 years Sister Pauline taught at St. Ann High School in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  In 1963, she went to Cartago, Colombia, in the first group of missioners to go to South America with the Diocese of Manchester’s Manchester Mission.  Not only did she teach and serve as principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Cartago, but she also worked with teachers and gave instruction to parents.

After returning to the United States in 1973, Sister Pauline served in the Spanish-speaking Apostolate of the Diocese of Manchester.  She remained in that work until 1981, when she went to Sacred Heart Parish in Marlborough to engage in parish outreach ministry.  She retired in 1993.

In 1966, Sister Pauline was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (“For Church and Pontiff”) medal from Pope Paul VI.  In 1992, she was co-recipient of the Marlborough Interfaith Humanitarian Award given annually to persons who exhibit interfaith understanding and/or humanitarian concern.

Family members include two brothers, Edmund Chabot Sr., and William Chabot Jr., both of Keene, and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Pauline Chabot, and a brother, Francis.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 4 in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at the Warde Health Center.  Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.  Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box 420, Windham, NH 03087-0420.  The Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of the arrangements.

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Rita (Loranger) Hayward

Rita (Loranger) Hayward, 83, of Nashua, died Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at Laurel Place in Hudson.

She was born July 19, 1924, in Nashua, daughter of the late Omer and Annette (Trudel) Loranger.  She was the widow of Raymond H. Hayward, Sr., and was also predeceased by a son, Raymond Hayward, Jr., and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hayward.

Rita enjoyed spending time at her summer home on Lake Winnisquam.  She also enjoyed crocheting.  Her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include a son and a daughter-in-law, Rodney and Betty Hayward of Nashua; four grandchildren, Sara Witty and her husband Thatcher, Susan Hayward, and Nicholas Hayward, all of Nashua, and Spencer Hayward and his wife Laura of Johnson City, New York; a great grandson, Lucas Witty of Nashua; a sister, Jacqueline Michaud of Nashua; a daughter-in-law, Elaine Hayward of Nashua; a sister-in-law, Florence Lund of Nashua; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on March 3 St. Patrick’s Church in Nashua, with burial in Old St. Louis Cemetery, Nashua.  Memorial donations may be made in Rita’s loving memory to the Laurel Place Activities Fund, 203 Lowell Road, Hudson, NH 03051.  The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements. 

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George Walter Kienia

George Walter Kienia, 83, of Hudson, died Friday, February 29, 2008, at the Ridgewood Center in Bedford.

He was born January 6, 1925, in North Andover, Massachusetts, son of the late Wladimir and Stanislauw (Naruscwicz) Kienia.  He was the husband of Marion (Ellis) Kienia who died in July of 2002.  He was also predeceased by six brothers, Michael Kienia, Viaczeslaw Kienia, Anthony Kienia, Peter Kienia, Edward Kienia, Steven Kienia.

George attended Londonderry and Hudson elementary schools and later attended Nashua High.  He was raised on and worked at the Kienia Road vegetable and animal farm.  Being of immigrant parents who achieved the American Dream, he fed the farm animals before walking two miles to the school bus to take him to Nashua High.  At times, George collected discarded foods from Nashua homes to feed the family livestock and faced much ridicule for this from other young people.  George remembered walking home from school during the Hurricane of ’37 and seeing the downed trees sinking to the bottom of Robinson Pond as well as the Merrimack River flooding up to the current Sovereign Bank area in Hudson.  Kienia Road is named for George’s family; the original house there.  He often bemoaned the fact that the 165 acres was sold for $9,000 and that he didn’t purchase it.

George was an Army veteran of World War II.  He was inducted at age 18 in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and received Basic Training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia.  Six months later he left for the Pacific Theater and reported to the 147th Infantry three weeks later.  The USS John Polk transported his unit to Iwo Jima, their assignment being to flush out hidden Japanese.

Upon returning from the war, George worked delivering ice to area homes and later worked at Pratt Aircraft Plant in Connecticut.  He then worked the family farm through the 50s, regularly driving produce to Boston, Massachusetts.  When his mother and brother sold the farm, George progressed to an expert carper installer working for many years at Shattuck Rugs in Nashua.  He eventually became self-employed in the same specialty until his retirement.

George was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed horse racing, scrap-metal recycling, and gardening.  He was a founding member of the Hudson Fish and Game Club where he enjoyed many outings with the company of other sportsmen during his day.  There, still exists his “tile” on their clubhouse floor.  He was a lifelong member of Post 483 Nashua Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as a member of the Post 48 Hudson American Legion “The Foxhole.”

He bravely fought a 12-year battle with diabetes, enduring two and a half years of kidney dialysis up until his death.

He leaves behind two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Spencer Noel of Otis, Massachusetts, and Wendy and Richard Goddard of Derry; seven grandchildren, Laurel Goddard, Aric Goddard, Erin Goddard, Scott Carlson, Timothy Carlson, Ryan Carlson, Spencer Noel, Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; a sister; Nina Kienia of Derry; three sisters-in-law, Irene Kienia, Polly Kienia, Jenny Kienia; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting Hours were held March 4 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson; burial will be in the spring.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in George’s loving memory to the American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101.

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Joan C. (Higton) Laroche

Joan C. (Higton) Laroche, 72, of Salem, died February 27, 2008, at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry.  NH.

Joan was born August 18, 1935, in Methuen, Massachusetts, to Arthur and Sarah (Wunderlich) Higton.

She was educated in Methuen and graduated from Edward Searles High in 1953.  She was head teller at Indian Head Bank in her early years and also worked for the Salem School District as cafeteria worker for a while.

Joan’s family would especially like to thank the entire staff at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center (past and present) for the care, comfort and support given to her over the last 10 years.  Thank you also to the numerous medical professionals who have crossed Joanie’s path over the years.  And most recently, thanks to Adventa Hospice for making these last difficult months a little easier for both Joan and her family.

Joan especially enjoyed NASCAR racing and trips to the beach.  Her love of M & M’s and coffee will not be forgotten at the Nursing Center.

Survivors include two sons, Dean Laroche and his wife Judith of Kingston, Dennis Laroche and his wife Lynn of Hampstead, and one daughter, Denise Meisner and her husband Stephen of Sandown.  Five grandchildren also survive her:  Amy Laroche, Brian Laroche, Joshua Meisner, Kyle Meisner and Chad Laroche.  Additional survivors include one cousin, William Higton. 

A funeral service was held March 3 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem with burial in Pine Grove Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, ATTN:  Activities, 8 Peabody Road, Derry, NH  03038 or to C.A.R.T. (Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation), PO Box 1466, Derry, NH  03038.

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Michael J. Lindsey

Michael J. Lindsey, 33, of Manchester, and formerly of Nashua, died Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 9, 1974, in Nashua, son of Jerry and Cathi (Curran) Lindsey of Nashua and was the husband of Tracy Levesque of Manchester.

Mike loved music and was an avid guitar player.  He enjoyed traveling, especially exploring any beaches he could find as he loved the ocean.  He also liked watching boxing matches on TV.  Mike treasured the friendships he had with his close friends and will be remembered as a loving husband who always found time to be there for his wife.

Besides Mike’s loving wife and parents, survivors include; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Kelly Ann Lindsey and her husband Steven Pelletier of Greenfield, Dawn Lindsey and her fiancé Scott Merchant of Milford; a stepdaughter, Odessa Levesque of Manchester; a grandmother; Ethel Curran of Hudson; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jerry and Lorry Levesque of Manchester; a brother-in-law, Todd Levesque and his wife Michelle of Manchester; two nephews; Joshua Pelletier and Justin Pelletier and a beloved dog, Sophie. He was predeceased by a niece; Amber.

Visitation Hours were on March 5 in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson.  Burial will be private.  Donations may be made in Mike’s loving memory to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road,  Merrimack, NH 03054.

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John Thomas

John Thomas, 82, of Salem, died Sunday, February 29, 2008, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry. 

He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, grew up, and was educated in Andover, Massachusetts.  He was the son of the late Jeroslaw and Amelia Tomascewski.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 52 years.

Mr. Thomas owned and operated New England Ceramic Supply Company in Salem.  He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II.  He enjoyed bowling, golf, and bird watching.  He mostly enjoyed working around the home and gardening.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Ritchie) Thomas.  He was also predeceased by a brother, Steve Tomaski.

He is survived by a daughter, Judy and her husband Michael Brown of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, and a son, Mark Thomas of Salem,

A funeral service was held March 5 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem; burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to Adventa Hospice, 1 East Commons Drive, #33, Londonderry, NH 03053. 

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