Dr. Norman R. Marquis, 82

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Dr. Norman R. Marquis, 82, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at his home.

Norman was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, on Jan. 3, 1936, to the late Edward and Beatrice (Landry) Marquis. He received his bachelor's and master's derees from the University of New Hampshire and his Doctorate of Physiology from the University of Michigan. Norman then spent two years teaching at Harvard University while he pursued post-doctoral training. He enjoyed playing golf, bridge and singing in the church choir. Norman was a member of the Kennel Club and loved to travel.

Norman is survived by his wife, Kathy (Rhame) Marquis of Evansville; daughters, Norma Lee Roll (Jeremiah) of Evansville, and Karen Ann Warpenburg of Evansville; son, Mark Steven Marquis of Evansville; sister, Claire Moore (Tom) of Alton Bay, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Brandon Smith, D.J. Smith, Michael Helm, Kent Snyder, Kayla Warpenburg, Sean Warpenburg and Jessica Marquis; and five great-grandchildren.

Norman was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Marquis; first wife, Alice Sawyer Marquis; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Old North United Methodist Church, 4201 Stringtown Road, Evansville, IN 47711, with the Rev. Michael Monahan officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to It Takes A Village Canine Rescue, 1417 N. Stockwell Road, Evansville, IN 47715, or to United Methodist Committee on Relief - Puerto Rico, 4201 Stringtown Road, Evansville, IN 47711.

Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com.

Betty Trask, 89

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Betty Trask, 89

LACONIA — Laconia native and former Citizen county editor Betty (Beatrice May Burbank) Trask, 89, of 150 Pleasant St., formerly of Gilford where she resided for 62 years, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Laconia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Born Jan. 28, 1928, in Laconia, she was the daughter of James Edwin and Clemency (Anstey) Burbank. A year after graduation from Laconia High School in 1946, she married World War II Army veteran Allison Keith Trask Sr., who died in 1999.

During 30 years association with The Laconia Evening Citizen, Mrs. Trask had worked in various positions, including 19 years as county editor. She had also been Gilford correspondent for three years, then full-time as a reporter, photographer, women’s lifestyle and religion editors, and was probably best known for her weekly travel column, “Around the Globe with the Prowling Cat.” (Her MEOW license plate soon became a familiar sight throughout the region.) She also was a book reviewer and covered plays at the Gilford Playhouse, interviewing many of the Broadway and film stars who appeared there.

On retirement from The Citizen in 1993, Mrs. Trask spent a few years at home with her husband until his death in 1999. Finally, she accepted a part-time position as administrative assistant at the Evangelical Baptist Church, which she held for eight years until retiring at the age of 81.

While with the newspaper, Mrs. Trask covered numerous local, state, national and international events, interviewing and/or photographing various political figures and/or members of their families, such as Lady Bird Johnson, Tricia, Julie and Pat Nixon, some of the Kennedys, Gerald and Betty Ford, the Carters, George and Barbara Bush and Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Personal letters cited her “fair, honest, and unbiased reporting.” Barbara Bush noted: “They may not like what I said but that is what I said,” referring to Mrs. Bush’s visit to Gilford. Mrs. Connelly hoped Betty would cover her husband John’s next campaign. (This was following his recuperation after being shot in Texas along with President Kennedy.)

Some of her articles appeared in such publications as The Congressional Record, U.S. Weather newsletter and NH Echoes magazine. She also was quoted in Variety after a performance starring Kitty Carlisle at Gilford Playhouse. Among those refusing interviews due to time elements was Princess Grace of Monaco in a handwritten letter from Moultonborough where she briefly stayed at the Bald Peak Colony Club while leaving her son, Prince Albert, at a summer camp in the area.

Betty’s foreign travels began in 1974 when she was assigned to cover the Laconia High School Band’s participation in St. Patrick Week festivities in Dublin and Limerick, Ireland, beginning a lifelong love for that country. During that time, following the famed parade on O’Connell Street, she was the only journalist permitted to photograph then-President Erskine Childers in Ireland’s equivalent to our White House.

Subsequent travels with her husband included return visits to the Emerald Isle, and also Scotland, England, Wales and the Continent, for a total of 17 countries. The highlight of her career was the 1979 Economic Summit Conference of world leaders in Tokyo, Japan, following a few days in Seoul, Korea, along with the national press corps accompanying President Jimmy Carter and members of his administration. Stops were also made in Hawaii and Alaska. Her candid photos included those of the late Emperor Hirohito.

Active in community affairs, Mrs. Trask was a former member and president of the Altrusa Club, Laconia Business and Professional Women’s Club and the women’s organization of the Evangelical Baptist Church. She had also taught Sunday school and served on the EBC board as well as boards of the Salvation Army (25 years), Lakes Region YMCA, Belknap County Chapter American Cancer Society, Belknap County Easter Seals, Child and Family Services, Belknap County Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, N.H. Organization for Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Smarteens, Gilford Sea Scout Explorers, Belknap County Law Enforcement Planning Council and Gilford Village Knolls Apartments. She was also a former member of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, Thompson-Ames Historical Society, Lakeport and Gilford Woman’s Clubs, Sigma Delta Phi (National Society of Professional Journalists), the New England Women’s Press Association, the International Platform Association, and a fellow of the International Biographical Association, Cambridge, England.

Her gubernatorial appointments included advisory boards of the New Hampshire Vocational-Technical College at Laconia (six years, three as secretary); two years on the New Hampshire Vocational-Technical Colleges and Institute state board; and the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women with one term as treasurer. She also served on the Governor’s Commission on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency task force on drugs and alcohol abuse.

Mrs. Trask was the holder of the Lakes Region Citizenship Award presented annually by New Hampshire Vocational-Technical College, and recipient of recognition awards from the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries and the Laconia Lions Club. On her retirement in 1993, she was named Woman of the Year by the Laconia Chapter AARP, and Betty Trask Day was observed in her honor by the Laconia Elders Friendship club. In the late 1960s, she was first runner-up for Mrs. New Hampshire.

In addition to her parents, the deceased also includes a son, Tom Trask, who died in 2016; a sister, Ruth Winslow, who died in 2017; and a great-grandson, Zachary Lapp, who died in 2004.

Family members include three sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Dawn Trask of Strafford, Tom’s widow, Dottie of Laconia, Rory and Linda of Belmont, and Chip of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Bonnie (Trask) and Alan Williams of Strafford; Heather (Trask) and Brandon Klein of Woodstock, Georgia; Frank and Sarah (Wolcott) Trask of Barnstead; Tim Trask of Farmington; Crystal (Trask) and Mike Mull, Tiffany (Trask) and Ryan Robinson all of Laconia, Michael Trask, of Barnstead; Kevin and Kelly (Madigan) Trask of Gilford; Kelly (Trask) and Daniel Turan of Belmont; Brandi (Trask) and Robert Lapp of Colorado; and Shalen (Trask) and Aaron Prado of Prince Edward Island, Canada. There are also 33 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Trask also leaves a sister, Barbara Hall of Kittery, Maine; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Betty deeply loved her family with whom she enjoyed many happy hours camping on the Maine coast and in the White Mountains, followed by several summer vacations in a cottage in Maine and more than 25 years at one on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, birthplace of her late husband.

She was listed in several biographical manuals including Marquis Who’s Who in America.

However, she emphatically believed the only books that really mattered were the Bible and God’s Book of Life, in which the names of those who will spend eternity with Him are listed. She noted, as stated in the Bible, that anyone can be included by repenting, believing on Him and trusting in His word. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Her life verse was: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A memorial service will immediately follow the calling hours at 6:00pm also at the Funeral Home. Burial will be held in the spring at Union Cemetery.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Aspire Women’s Center, 506 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 03246.

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 www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

James E. Conway, 81

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DUNELLON, Fla. — James "Jim" Conway passed away peacefully in his sleep at Legacy Hospice House of Ocala (Marion County), Florida, on Dec. 30, 2017, after suffering a stroke on Dec. 20.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1936, in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Henry and Louise (Post) Conway. Jim was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Marjorie Marie (Joudrey) Conway, in 2001, and his oldest son, Mark James Conway, earlier in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Erving) Conway of Dunnellon; his son Kevin D. Conway and his wife Laura Morelli Conway of Moultonborough, New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Adam Mark Conway of Tempe, Arizona, and Joudrey Marie Conway of Meredith, New Hampshire; and is also survived by three stepsons and their wives; 11 step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren and was beloved by all.

Jim is also survived by his extended family in Massachusetts, many close friends in his church in Florida, the motor coach community, antique car clubs, the motel in New Hampshire and all his travels.

He was a veteran of the National Guard in Braintree, Massachusetts. Jim had passion for cars and started his career working for his father at Conway Custom Radiator Shop in Quincy, Massachusetts. He later worked at the Fore River Ship Yard in Quincy, Armstrong Cork in Braintree, and eventually found a long career at and retired from IBM.

Jim grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, and started his family in Weymouth, Massachusetts. In 1978 he moved his family to Weirs Beach, New Hampshire to own and operate the Lake Winnipesaukee Motel until 1999. He lived in Northfield, New Hampshire for several years and spent many winters in different parts of Florida before building a home in Dunnellon in 2005.

He was widely respected as one who could build, fix, convert or restore anything and he always had several projects going. Over the course of his life, he had built and improved every property he ever owned. He had also restored many antique automobiles which he would proudly drive in parades or auto shows, often bringing home trophies. He also converted and traveled extensively in two custom recreational motor coaches.

Jim was active in many clubs over his 81 years, including: Boy Scouts of America Troop 2 of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Antique Auto Club of America (two chapters) – South Shore Antique Auto Club in Massachusetts and Kingdom of the Sun in Ocala, Florida – the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, Bussin' Buddies of New England and the Southeast Bus Nuts of Florida.

He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Laconia, New Hampshire and Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Dunnellon, Florida, where he served as sexton, then later on the vestry as Junior Warden. Jim was very active in the Men's Club and the Food-4-Kids program of Dunnellon.

A celebration of life was held at Holy Faith Episcopal Church of Dunnellon, Florida, on Jan. 20, followed by a reception in Faith Hall. Graveside services will be held at Hall Place Cemetery in West Quincy, Massachusetts, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Food-4-Kids Inc. Program of Dunnellon or The Legacy Hospice House of Marion County Florida.

Expressions of sympathy can be expressed at robertsofdunnellon.com. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.

 

Roland L. Patten Sr., 73

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Roland L. Patten Sr., 73

ALLENSTOWN — Roland L. Patten, Sr., 73, of Allenstown, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

Born on Nov. 16, 1944, in Laconia, he was one of nine children born to Claude and Barbara (Dow) Patten.

Roland was educated in the local schools and attended Tilton-Northfield High School. During his early years he was known for raising sled dogs, racing cars and rebuilding engines. Mr. Patten was extremely gifted when it came to working with his hands and using his imagination to build different things. His love for woodworking and engraving was known to many people.

He was a loving and gracious person, always thanking anyone who helped him. His enjoyment of country music and karaoke will be missed but remembered fondly. His love for his children will never be forgotten.

Besides his parents, Roland was predeceased by one son, Robert Patten; two grandchildren, Kaila Murphy and Cyler Koehler; three siblings, Ernestine Boyton, Albert Patten and Luella Patten.

He is survived by his children, Mickey Patten, Richard Patten, Tonya Zuppelli and her fiancé Dan Nadeau, Ginga Murphy and her husband Patrick, Roland (Bub) Patten Jr. of Belmont, Michael Patten and his wife Laurel of Gilmanton, and Ronald Judd and his wife Lisa of Laconia; his siblings, Beverly Taylor of Florida, Gloria Coffin and her husband Roland of Belmont, Sonny Claude Patten and his wife Norma of Belmont, Ruby Horn and her husband Alvin of Tennessee, and Roy Patten of Vermont; several grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

At his request, there are no services at this time.

The Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.petitroan.com.