Jean E. Surowiec, 84


SANBORNTON — Jean Eleanor (Stone) Surowiec, 84, a longtime resident of Sanbornton, died, Jan. 22, 2017, in the comfort of her home with family at her side following a brief illness.

Jean was born in Franklin on Oct. 5, 1932, daughter of the late Milton and Eleanor (Kelley) Stone.

She was a graduate from the Tilton-Northfield High School, class of 1950, and West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon, West Virginia) class of 1954. Jean completed graduate work at Danbury (Connecticut) State Teachers College, going on to teach school in Sharon, Connecticut and Newport.

Jean married Alphonse Surowiec Sept. 2, 1960, and together they operated a dairy farm on Perley Hill Road in Sanbornton, and started a family. When her husband unexpectedly passed away in 1970, she decided to sell the animals and dairy equipment, and plant apple trees. Her desire was to keep the farm in the family and provide family activity and enjoyment time for the community. Surowiec Orchard opened for business in 1976 as a pick-your-own apple orchard.

Jean was employed as tax collector for the Town of Sanbornton from 1972 until 1977. She was very interested in property research and worked from 1977 until 1990 as a deed researcher for Steven Smith and Associates in Gilford.

She was a lifelong member of the Sanbornton Congregational Church where she served as treasurer and was a member of the cemetery committee. In 1982 she initiated Senior Fellowship luncheons at the church in order to give elderly citizens a chance to share a meal and socialize with their friends. Most recently she had offered rides to appointments to other church members unable to drive. Jean was also active in her community serving on the Sanbornton Fire Department Women's Auxiliary and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Jean is survived by her sister, Harriet Hunter of Pacola, Oklahoma; her son, Stephen Surowiec, his wife Katie and their children, McKayla Shaw, Monica Raymond, and Stephania Surowiec; two daughters, Elaina Waibel, her husband, John and their children, Chad and Caitlin of Marlborough, and Linda Surowiec and her son Aaron Abbott of Sanbornton; as well as two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her husband, Alphonse Suroweic; brother, George Stone; and sister, Elizabeth Hux.

Respecting Jean's wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. in the Sanbornton Congregational Church. Private burial for Jean will take place later in the spring when weather permits in Holy Cross Cemetery in Franklin.

Rather than flowers, it would be Jean's wish that donations be made in her name to the Sanbornton Congregational Church , P.O. Box 126, Sanbornton, NH 03269.

The Surowiec family would like to express their appreciation to the Franklin VNA and Hospice for the care and support given to them in the last few months.

Assisting with arrangements is the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton. For more information, go to

Marc R. Vaillancourt, 62


Marc R. Vaillancourt, 62

LACONIA — Marc R. Vaillancourt, 62, of Laconia entered into eternal rest the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a short illness.

He was born in Biddeford, Maine, the third child to the late Roland and Rita (Dorais) Vaillancourt.

He graduated from Biddeford High School in the Class of 1972. He subsequently attended Southern Maine Vocational-Technical Institute where he received an associate's degree in Culinary Arts in 1974. He also completed a certified course in Computer Programming at the Computer Technical Institute in Hartford, Connecticut in 1988.

On Feb. 14, 1987, he married Elizabeth L. Mendenhall in Rockville/Vernon, Connecticut. Together they formed a bonded circle of love, hope, caring, openness, laughter, music and goodness for their families, friends and anyone who would soon become a friend.

Marc had many diverse careers and wore many different hats in his shortened life. His last and most fulfilling position was for Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance and eventually Lincoln Financial Group for almost 20 years in Concord, where he was a senior/analyst programmer.

Marc truly enjoyed the people he worked for and especially with. His work teams included many esteemed colleagues from all over the country who watched over him and his wife so closely while they were being taken on this cryptic but horrific ride of illness. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of those enlightened individuals who were there to hold our hands, give true meaningful hugs, pray with us while expressing your kind, thoughtful words and filling in the gaps with needed rides, true help and all necessary errands. You truly gave us hope, kindness, caring and understanding while our world was just crumbling around us. For you we will be eternally grateful.

Marc is survived by his true inspiration and cherished wife of nearly 30 years, Elizabeth L. Vaillancourt of Laconia; two completely treasured and darling daughters, Holly M. Paquette of Ponte Vedra, Florida, and Marina C. Hall of Biddeford, Maine; three sincerely adored and precious granddaughters, Kasey C., Tia M., and Shay O. Hall of Biddeford, Maine; a distinguished older brother, Ralph A.Vaillancourt and his endeared wife Debby P. Vaillancourt of Saco, Maine; a beloved and honored older sister, Claudette R. Lewis, and her profoundly admired husband, Warren C. Lewis Jr. of Lewiston. Maine; also his marveled at and esteemed nieces and nephews, Jeff Vaillancourt and his wife Gale and their two sons Austin and Trevor of Saco, Maine, Jason Vaillancourt (Godson) and his wife Bridget and their two sons Ian and Isaac of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, Drew Vaillancourt of Saco, Maine, Emma Vaillancourt of Boston, Debra (Lewis) Gere and her husband Mark and their two sons Nathan and Evan of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Nathan Lewis and his wife Anna-Marie and their two children Andrew and Amelia of Lewiston, Maine; also a precious Aunt Claire and Uncle Roger Fortier of Phoenix; many revered cousins and a truly fond of godson, Kevin Roy. Marc is also survived by his father-in-law, Ernest of Florida; six brothers-in-law, and six sisters-in-law, along with 19 nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews, and a numerous cousins from the Mendenhall/Vuille Family. And last but certainly not least his Sweet Papa-loving four-pawed fur girl, Duchess.

Please come and join us for the following visiting hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, where we will celebrate Marc's life at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, Maine. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at St. Anne's Chapel of St. Joseph's Church in Biddeford. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Biddeford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marc's memory may be made to the New Hampshire
Humane Society, 1305 Meredith Center Road, Laconia, NH 03246.

Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel. To share condolences online, please visit


Helen F. Pouliot, 76


Helen F. Pouliot, 76

FRANLKIN — Franklin Helen Fae (Simpson) Pouliot, 76, a resident of Franklin died, Jan. 21, 2017, following a period of declining health.

She was born in Concord, Aug. 15, 1940, daughter of the late, Robert and (Evelyn) (Champagne) Simpson.

Helen lived in the Tilton, Northfield and Franklin areas for most of her life. She graduated from the Tilton-Northfield High School, class of 1958. She worked as a machinist at Webster Valve Company in Franklin for over 20 years and later at the Arwood, Wyman-Gordon Corporation in Northfield as a technician for 18 years before retiring.

Helen was a member of the Franklin VFW Post 1698 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a parishioner of St. Paul Church. She and her late husband enjoyed their many travels in the United States. Helen was a avid collector of American Indian dolls and memorabilia over the years.

In addition to her father in 1975 and mother in , 1998, Helen was predeceased by her husband of seven, Roger J. Pouliot, in 2002; and her sister, Diane Dargy in 2016.

Her family includes her brother, Maurice "Moose" Simpson and his wife, Linda of Pittsburg; sisters, Carol Benjamin and husband Al of Fruita, Colonial, and Virginia Martel and husband, Bruce of Campton; and very special brother-in-law, Roger Dargy of Laconia; numerous nieces and nephews. Helen also leaves stepchildren, David Pouliot of Maple Valley, Washington, Douglas Pouliot of Boston, Daniel Pouliot of Raymond, and Christopher Pouliot of Boston, and their families.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road, (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan, 27, at 11 a.m in the Memorial Home. Burial will be in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery in Franklin when weather permits.

Following the funeral service Friday, a gathering to celebrant Helen's life will be held at the VFW Post 1698, Peabody Place, in Franklin.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Helen's name to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P. O. Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247-0572.

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Bree L. Robinson, 33


Bree L. Robinson, 33
MEREDITH — Bree Louise (Braxton) Robinson died suddenly on Jan. 18, 2017, of injuries sustained in automobile accident in Gilford.

She was born in Denver on June 6, 1983, and later that year was adopted by her parents, Charles R. Braxton and Marjorie C. (Binnington) Braxton. She was married to her loving husband, Anthony J. ("AJ") Robinson Sr. for seven-and-a-half years.

Bree grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and then moved to DeWitt, New York, where she attended Manlius Pebble Hill School excelling in drama and athletics. In high school Bree decided to challenge herself. She graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, and had additional military and academic training at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. After high school she worked in the hotel industry and retail management while attending Ohio State University and then moved to Detroit to marry the love of her life, AJ Robinson, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on June 5, 2009.

A series of events a few days after the wedding prompted Bree and AJ to relocate to Laconia where Bree and AJ worked at the Union Diner. Shortly thereafter, Bree joined Town Place Suites by Marriott in Gilford as front desk representative and later advanced to front desk manager and sales manager. When they were expecting their first child, Bree and AJ moved to Meredith. Her husband AJ has also held positions at the Hannaford's Supermarket and the Frog Rock Tavern in Meredith.

Bree will be remembered for her imagination, sense of drama, love of song and total devotion to her husband and their three children: Anthony Jerome, Jr. (4), Alanna Jade (2) and Aaliyah Jaye (6 months.).

In addition to her parents, Chuck and Maggie Braxton of Meredith, Bree leaves her brother-in-law, William J. "Dollar" Robinson, III and his wife Mary (Duso) Robinson; niece, Aubreigh Robinson; and nephew, William J. "Liam" Robinson IV of Meredith and AJ's parents, William J. Robinson, Jr. and Lita (Calvin) Robinson, and brother-in-law, Austin Robinson of Detroit; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins of Detroit, New York City, and Bellport, New York, Summit, New Jersey and Woburn, Massachusetts.

Private family services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28. The community is invited to pay respects to the Braxton-Robinson family at an informal gathering Sunday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Church Landing, Meredith in the ChrisCraft Room on the lower level.

In lieu of flowers a fund has been established to support Bree's children. Checks should be made payable to Trust for the Children of Bree Robinson, c/o Meredith Village Savings Bank, P.O. Box 177, Meredith, NH 03253.

The Mayhew Funeral Home, 204 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view on on-line memorial go to