George Twigg III, 85

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KENNEBUNK BEACH, MAINE — George Twigg III of Kennebunk Beach, Maine, died peacefully on Dec. 1, 2017, after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

George was born on Feb. 24, 1932, in Newark, New Jersey, to George Twigg Jr. and Julia Booth Twigg. He was raised in Needham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Needham High School. George attended Boston University where he was an accomplished athlete and member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He later received a master’s degree from Plymouth State College in 1975.

George had a wide-ranging career. After college, he served in the United States Navy, stationed in Newport, Rhode Island. George was a successful salesman for corporations such as Raytheon and General Electric, working in the Boston, Utica, and Washington, DC, areas. He worked for decades as a high school and college basketball referee, once officiating a high school game in which Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, played.

George later moved to Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and built a new jack-of-all trades career that included work as an auctioneer, appraiser, real estate agent, justice of the peace, and notary public. He served for many years as a member and chairman of the New Hampshire Commission on Eminent Domain and its successor, the Board of Tax and Land Appeals.

George was committed to public service. He was active in Republican politics, including a term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and worked for countless political candidates like Mel Thomson, Mitt Romney, and George W. Bush. While living in Gilmanton, he served on the School Board and Planning Commission.

George became well-known as an auctioneer for the New Hampshire PBS TV auction. When bidding slowed, he would play a rousing rendition of “Reveille” on his bugle to encourage bidders. He later served as auctioneer for countless other charity auctions.

George retired to Kennebunk Beach, Maine, where he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. He enjoyed taking his beloved husky, Blackie, for daily walks on Gooch’s Beach to enjoy the sand and surf and visit with friends and neighbors. This was a homecoming for George, as he spent his college summers as a lifeguard and sailing instructor at the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association.

George is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Twigg of Kennebunk Beach; his son, George Twigg IV and daughter-in-law Sharon Twigg of Underhill, Vermont; his stepdaughter, Karen Steiner of Chrisman, Illinois; his sister-in-law, Julia Twigg of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts; his nieces and nephews, Colette Twigg-Rowse, Charmaine Hartnett, Roy B. Twigg, and Michele Twigg; his cousins, John and Amy Wyeth; and his first wife, Brenda Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his only sibling, Charles Twigg.

George will be laid to rest in Needham, Massachusetts, at a private interment ceremony. A public event celebrating George’s life will take place in early 2018. Donations are welcome to the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk, Maine, and the Main Idea and Camperships Endowment for Camp Agawam in Raymond, Maine.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Monarch Center and VNA Hospice for their loving care of George.

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Annie L. Manning, 95

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FRANKLIN — Annie L. Manning, 95, a longtime resident of the Northfield-Tilton areas,  died peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, following a period of failing health.  Annie was born in Franklin on Feb. 10, 1922, the daughter of Frank and Annie (Weeks) Dubia.   Her family also included four brothers, now deceased: Norbert, Otis, Richard and Arthur, and one sister, Gertrude Jocelyn who resides in the Franklin area.
Following Annie’s marriage to Gilbert J. Manning II, she moved to Tilton, living for many years on Sanborn Road.  She and Gilbert had one daughter, Lana, and one son, Gilbert III.  As a homemaker, her daily schedule included maintaining a busy household, though she always found time for her favorite activities of cooking, sewing and gardening.  One of her special pursuits was painting.  She produced many beautiful landscapes and once took classes with the well-known local artist Loran Percy. In later years, her interests included quilt making and other needlework crafts.  She enjoyed creating special gifts for members of her family.
Annie’s family members include daughter Lana J. Manning Wrzesinski and her husband, Michael Wrzesinski of Franklin; son Gilbert J. Manning III of Hill; grandsons Dana Manning of Hill and Gilbert J. Manning IV and his wife, Sharlee; and great-grandchildren, Gilbert J. Manning V and Elizabeth Manning of Tilton.
Calling hours and a brief prayer service will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 W. Main St.) Tilton.  Following the service, her daughter Lana and her husband, Michael, will open their home to family and friends for light refreshments and the sharing of memories.  Their address is Mountain View Estates, 13 Eagle Nest Drive, Franklin.
Burial will be held later in the spring at the Park Cemetery in Tilton, where the family will gather for her interment beside her husband, Gilbert.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Annie L. Manning may be made  to the Franklin Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 265, Franklin, NH 03235-0265.
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Linda A. Lapete, 70

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BRISTOL — Linda A. Lapete, 70, of Park Street, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.  She was born and raised in Whitefield, the daughter of Flavys and Edith (Stanford) Lapete Sr.  She moved to Groton and graduated from Bristol High School.  She has lived in Bristol since 1977.  Prior to her becoming sick, Linda had worked for a time at IPC, later in banking, and most recently as an LNA she worked for various agencies and later as a private duty nurse.
Linda enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, playing cribbage and Skip-bo with her family, bingo and reading.  She was very proud to be a mother and grandmother.  She loved to be involved in her families’ lives and was proud of each one of them.  She even made up a game of “sheets” to pass time with her grandson.  Her family will remember how she always maintained a positive outlook on everything, no matter how bad it looked in reality.  She had a “spitfire” personality and was known for her humor (often off color) and her tenacity.  She fought for and through everything, including all of her health issues.  
She will be greatly missed by her children: Charles “Rick” Matthews of Haverhill; Kevin Matthews of Tilton; Tawnya Hobart of Bristol; grandchildren: Shania, Kaleb, Sarah, Hanna, Corey, Lacey, Jonna, Tessa, and Angel; great-grandchildren: Carter, Xylana, and Alayah; and siblings: Beatrice Dodge, Flavys “Sonny” Lapete, Evelyn Dodge, Kathy Lapete all of Florida, and Electa “Letty” Towne of Bristol.
Memorial calling hours will be held Friday, Dec. 15, from  6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bristol.  Interment will be at a later date at the Whitefield Cemetery in Whitefield.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center, 501 St. Jude place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Ellen M. Peterson, 89

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BELMONT — Ellen M. Peterson, 89, of Rogers Road, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, surrounded by her loving family.
Ellen was born April 1, 1928, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, daughter to late Ambrose and Viola (Conlin) McGough. She was a homemaker and spent many years RV traveling with her husband until her health kept her home in 2012. Ellen enjoyed western movies, her “stories” (soap operas), cooking and was notorious for her tuna fish sandwiches and endless supply of cookies. Above all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren was most important to her.
Ellen is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Raymond Peterson, USCG Retired; a daughter, Mary Ellen Blackey of Belmont; three sons, Carl Peterson and his wife Dianne, Charles Peterson and his wife Ann, all of Belmont, and Chris Peterson of Gilmanton; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer, Renee, Rhonda, Jerrica, TJ, Jamie, Colleen, Jessica, Elizabeth, Christopher, Hayden and Ashleigh; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas McGough and his wife Jackie of Moorestown, New Jersey; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her infant son, Raymond "Pete" T. Peterson III; four brothers, James, Nicholas, Ambrose and Eugene; five sisters, Gertrude, Bernice, Patricia, Viola and Elaine; and her son-in-law, Timothy W. Blackey.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, at St. Gabriel Parish at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 16 Chestnut St., Tilton.
Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
For those who wish, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168.
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, please visit

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