Jeffrey B. Manter, 54


BOSTON — Jeffrey B. Manter, 54, of Newbury Street, passed away suddenly of lung disease at his home on Monday, May 22, 2017, with family by his side.

Jeffrey was born on May 13, 1963, in Laconia, the son of Thomas B. and Gretchen (Fowler) Manter.

He was a graduate of Gilford High School and he attended Northwood Institute in Midland, Michigan. Jeffrey worked for Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Jeffrey is survived by his two daughters, Megan Manter, and MacKenzie Manter, both of Andover, Massachusetts; a sister, Lisa Harris and her husband Trevor, of Gilford; three nieces, Alexandra, Julia and Olivia, of Gilford; several cousins and his dear friends, who were like family to him, Jim and Cathy Trickey, Bill Hartmann, Justin Beurmann and Matt McGee.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Mark Manter.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 31, at 11 a.m. in the family plot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Belknap Mountain Road, Gilford.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 199 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923.

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

Mary Swan, 87


SANDWICH — Mary (Bryant) Swan, 87 of North Sandwich, died peacefully at home on March 27, 2017. 

She was born in North Sandwich on Aug. 20, 1929, daughter of the late Winfield Severance and Dorothy Bullard (Atwood) Bryant. She was the wife of the late Bernard E. Swan.

She attended elementary school in North Sandwich and went to high school at Quimby School in Center Sandwich.

She was a house cleaner for people in Sandwich for 50-plus years. She even cleaned for the Sandwich library and cleaned both churches in Center Sandwich.

Mary married Bernard on Dec. 9, 1949. After a couple of years Bernard joined the Marines and served in Korea during the Korean War. Mary then lived in Virginia for a short period of time. Mary and Bernard then moved to Meredith for a few years and lived there with the three older children and later bought a home in North Sandwich and had two more children.

Mary was a quiet woman and a very loving mother who was always there for her family. She was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Mary was a member of the Sandwich Fire Department Auxiliary. They were called the "Sirens."

She enjoyed knitting, cross stitch, rug hooking and baking cookies with her granddaughters Kayla, Savannah, Chelsea and Amanda. Mary enjoyed going out to eat at restaurants with her husband and later on when he passed away Colleen would take her out to eat with her daughter Kayla and son Cory. They would go to George's Diner, the Center Harbor Diner, Union Diner and Bay Haven to name a few places. She enjoyed having the grandchildren stay overnight. Mary loved sitting on the porch at her parents homestead in North Sandwich.

Mary is survived by her children, Bernard Swan of North Sandwich, Allen Swan (pre-deceased) and his wife Linda of South Tamworth, Regina and Milton Norcross of North Sandwich, Christopher Swan of North Sandwich and Colleen Welch and fiancé Robert Mitchell of Clarksville. Loving grandmother of Amanda and her husband Kevin Fullam, Carrie and her husband John Ames, Doug Murphy, Charlie Murphy and his wife Tellie, Justin Norcross and his wife Jen, Kyle Norcross, Christopher Swan, Savannah Bergstrom and her husband Eric, Chelsea Swan and her fiancé Steve Knapp, Cheyenne Swan, Jesse Swan, Dakota Swan, Diamond Swan, Cory Ames and his fiancée Michelle Watt, and Kayla Whiting and her fiancé Tyler Tucker. Great-grandmother of Sioban Fullam, Mathew Fullam, Zamyna Fullam, Adelayne Fullam, Isabella Norcross, Jonathan Norcross, Billie, Mollie Norcross, Kierra Norcross and Allison, Brandy West, Casey Ames, Clayton Swan, Dixie Swan, Kinsley Bergstrom, Kaylee Knapp, William Knapp, Angel Ames, Harley Ames, Madalynn Ames, Hunter Furbish and Malia Tucker.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Rural Cemetery in Center Sandwich, followed by a celebration of Mary's life at the Sandwich Fire Station.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the CHaD, The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

To view Mary's Book of Memories please visit The Mayhew Funeral Homes & Meredith Bay Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gordon M. Towle, 76

ALEXANDRIA — Gordon M. Towle, 76, died Monday, May 22, 2017.

He was born in Conway, the son of Gordon and Myrtle (Colbroth) Towle.

He was raised in Lebanon, Maine, and the family later moved to Rochester. Gordon then spent 35 years in Laconia before moving to Alexandria.

Prior to retirement, Gordon worked as a machinist for New Hampshire Ballbearing, Lewis & Saunders, and QCI. He also did custodial services with Joyce Janitorial and for the Laconia Congregational Church.

Gordon enjoyed hunting, working around his home, and four wheeling. He was a former member of the Elks Club in Laconia.

Family members include his wife, Brenda (Bucklin) Towle of Alexandria; a son, James Towle of Barnstead; two daughters, Julia Jason of Maine and Jennifer Towle of Laconia; two stepsons: Steven Newell of Alexandria and Timothy Newell of Epsom; six grandchildren, a great-grandson; two sisers, Dorothy Edgerly of Rochester and Patricia Hodgdon of Florida.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life, Saturday, May 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at his home, 342 Foster Pond Road, Alexandria.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Franklin Animal Shelter, 71 Punch Brook Road, Franklin, NH 03235. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home.

Carl E. Nordquist, 82


LACONIA — Carl Eric Nordquist 82, of Laconia, formerly of Statesville, North Carolina, and Holden, Massachusetts, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, May 12, 2017, at Lakes Region General Hospital.
Carl was born July 8, 1934 in Worcester, Massachusetts, son to the late Eric and Helen (Carlson) Nordquist.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army.
Carl work for many years for Omni Services as financial manager.
Carl was an avid golfer, and enjoyed family trips to York Beach, Maine. He loved his ice cream and reading the newspaper. Above all his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Carl is survived by his wife, Carol (Rosenlund) Nordquist of Laconia; three daughters, Karla Maki and her husband, Jon of Spencer, Massachusetts, Kathy Ciaschini and her husband, David of Holden, Massachusetts, and Karen Doherty and her husband, Gary of Gilmanton; nine grandchildren: Michael, Erik, David, Jennifer, Amanda, Brian, Melissa, Richard and Joshua; six great-grandchildren: Payton, Alicia, Liam, Abigail, Ayden and Tucker; one brother, Ralph Nordquist of Sterling, Massachusetts; two sisters, Jean Graham and her husband, Robert of Narragansset, Rhode Island, and Donna Hagglund of Holden, Massachusetts; and numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents he is predeceased by an infant sister, Charlotte; a sister-in-law, Donna Nordquist; a brother-in-law, Steven Hagglund; and niece, Kim Hagglund Abusheery.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
For those who wish, memorial contributions in his name may be sent to Laconia Fire Department Life Safety Fund, 848 North Main St., 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, please visit