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Austie ‘Candy’ Mellett, 70

WOODSTOCK — Austie "Candy" (Berry) Mellett, 70, passed away Feb. 25, 2017, with her family at her side after a long, courageous battle with COPD.
Born in Woodstock on May 1, 1946, Candy was the daughter of Fred Lawrence Berry and Ella Kinne Berry. Candy lived in Woodstock her entire life. In 1964 she graduated from LinWood High School as a member of the first class to graduate from the new school.
Candy was a homemaker and the most important thing in her life was her family. Candy's grandchildren were the love of her life and even in the darkest hours just the mention of Elizabeth or Zachary would bring a smile to her eyes. She enjoyed gathering with family and friends either as a group or with small visits to her home. She loved Christmas and would plan her giving all year long.
Candy was active in the community, spending over 20 years as a ballot clerk and election official. She worked in the Woodstock Town Office for 10-plus years, and at one time held the job of tax collector. She was an active member and past president of the Woodstock Baptist Church Ladies Aide. She was active member and past president of the Woodstock Fire Department Auxiliary as well as a member and past secretary of the Pemigewasset Valley Fire Wardens Association. Candy was an avid historian documenting activities and newspaper articles about the Woodstock fire department for the better part of 50 years.
Candy was predeceased by her parents; sisters Edna-Jean Merrill and Bonnie Coleman; and brother, Harvey Berry. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William "Bill" Mellett; son Jeff and wife Danielle of Belmont; daughter Jennifer of Biddeford, Maine; granddaughter Elizabeth Joslin and her husband, Nick, of Belmont; grandson Zachary and his wife, Megan, of Gilmanton; sisters Dawn Bavis and Melody Cote; aunt Edna Woodman of Concord; cousin Nancy West of Bow; as well as many special, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Family and friends will honor and remember Candy's life by gathering for a memorial service in the Pemi Valley Church, 1091 Daniel Webster Highway. (NH Route 3) Woodstock, on Thursday, March 2, at 2 pm. A springtime burial will take place in the Woodstock Cemetery. Bill and Candy love flowers.
To view or leave a message of condolence on Candy's Book of Memories, please visit
The Mayhew Funeral Homes & Meredith Bay Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Norman A. Bushman, 91


FRANKLIN — Norman A. Bushman, 91, of Franklin, passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2017, surrounded by family at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord.
Born in Franklin on Feb. 13, 1926, to Gladys W. Bushman and Harry Bushman, Norman graduated from Franklin High School in 1944. He served in the Army Air Force as an aviation cadet before returning to Franklin to become a very active member in the community.
Norman’s commitment to the Franklin community was unprecedentedly demonstrated by his involvement and leadership in The Outing Club, Kiwanis Club, the Historical Society, and the Webster Place Cemetery Association.
Norman was employed by the New England Telephone Co., and participated as a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Norman loved being outside, enjoyed hunting, skiing, gardening and plowing snow in his F250.
He was predeceased by his high school sweetheart and wife, Helen Barna Bushman; brother Roger Bushman and wife Eleanor R. Bushman; a sister, Jean Bushman; a son, Bruce Bushman; and a stepson, Mark Stevens. Norman was also predeceased by, and has now joined, his beloved wife, Norma J. Bushman, who passed in January 2015.
Norman is survived by his immediate children, David Bushman, Frank Bushman, Debra Bushman-Morales and Donna Gut. Norman is also survived by his siblings, Clayton and Jack Bushman; three stepchildren; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Havenwood for their dedication and commitment to providing quality care to our dad and their words of encouragement and support during this time.
Specifics on Norman’s graveside memorial service will be announced in the following months.
Memorial contributions may be made in Norman’s name for the preservation of the Webster Place Cemetery, c/o David Liberatore, P.O. Box 272, Franklin, NH 03235.
Carlton C. Ham, funeral director, H.L. Young & Company Memorial Home Franklin is assisting the family with these arrangements.


Michael P. Vastine


SANBORNTON — Michael P. Vastine, 69, a longtime Lakes Region resident, died peacefully in his sleep at his daughter’s home in Tilton on Feb. 24, 2017, following a long period of failing health. He was a resident of Sanbornton at the time of his death.
Michael moved from Connecticut to New Hampshire in 1977.
He was born in Chicago on July 22, 1947, son of the late Richard and Willa Mae (Buyers) Vastine. He spent his youth and was schooled in Chicago, and attended college in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Michael retired as flight service manager after 25 years employment with TWA (Trans World Airlines). Holding a private pilot’s license, Michael had always hoped to be a commercial pilot. Following his retirement, Michael worked as night auditor at the Steele Hill Resort in Sanbornton since 1999.
He leaves a son, Brian J. Vastine, and Brian’s son Andre of Sanbornton; and daughters Jessica A. Vastine of Tilton, and Carolyn M. Casano, her husband, Jason, and their son, Roman, of New York City. Also surviving him are the mother of his children, his former wife, Margarietha (Veken) Nesham and her husband, Robert, of Franklin.
A time of feflection will be held Saturday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton.
In lieu of flowers, Michael’s family suggests that memorial contributions in his name be made to the Sanbornton Fire Department and Rescue, P.O. Box 112, Sanbornton, NH, 03269-0112.
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Ann Lamarche, 76


Ann Lamarche, 76

LACONIA — Ann (Myers) Lamarche, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, after a long illness.

Wife of the late Albert Lamarche of Manchester, Ann is survived by daughters Colleen Condon of Hampton and Courtney Reagan of Canterbury. In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a sister, a sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Ann and Al lived and worked in Manchester, had six children, built a business; living their lives with all its joys and sorrows. Anyone lucky enough to know Ann was touched by her bravery and strength. A longtime Manchester resident, Ann moved to Belmont to be nearer her daughters and was living in a nursing home at the time of her death.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to