Donald M. MacMillan, 85

GILMANTON — Donald Murray MacMillan, 85, of Prescott Road, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Forestview Manor in Meredith.

Donald was born April 2, 1932, in Nova Scotia, Canada, son to the late Murray and Veronica (MacDonald) MacMillan.

Donald began working for the Woolworth Company when he was just a teenager. He and his wife Mary lived in many locations during his employment with the company. When he retired Donald was the buyer and vice president of the Woolworth Co., based in New York City (Manhattan).

During his retirement, Don enjoyed spending time at his North Country home in Colebrook, where he and Mary spent many winters snowmobiling. During the summer months, Don could always be found working in the yard, tending to his meticulous lawn.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary (Knowles) MacMillan; and his best buddy, Oscar, his loyal dog. Also surviving him are two sisters, Joan McAnual of Texas, and Shirley Walsh of New York.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Phyllis Bateman and Audrey Horne.

There will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial will be at a later date in the Smith Meeting house Cemetery, Gilmanton.

For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to Gilmanton Snowmobile Association, P.O. Box 291 Gilmanton, NH 03237.

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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Joseph L. LaFrance, 90


TILTON — Joseph Leroy LaFrance, 90, former longtime resident of Meredith, died at the New Hampshire Veterans Home on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, with his loving family by his side.
Joseph was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Franklin, son to the late Frank L. and Annie (Robellard) LaFrance.
He proudly served his country in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.
He worked for the town of Meredith for more than 20 years, and spent the last 12 years working for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Joseph enjoyed being active in his community. He was a life member of the Lions Club in Meredith, the Booster Club, longtime member and color guard for the American Legion Post 33. Joseph was also an active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith for many years and served as an acolyte for 24 of those years. Around the holidays Joseph also helped put together gift baskets for under-privileged children, and throughout the years he brought food to those confined to their homes.
Joseph enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends, and above all spending time with his family.
Joseph is survived by a son, Frank LaFrance of Franklin; two daughters, Flora Koerbel and Kara LaFrance, both of Meredith; two stepsons, Dexter Weare of Melbourne, Florida, and Timothy Weare of Ashland; a stepdaughter, Theresa Wyman and her husband, Jay, of Wolfeboro; a sister, Lillian Plizga of Goffstown; two grandchildren, Lori Fogg and her husband, William, and Andrew LaFrance; four great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Viola LaFrance of Lakeport; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his loving wife of 42 years, Nancy (White) LaFrance in 2010, 11 brothers, three sisters and his former wife, Barbara (Wilkins) LaFrance.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 93 Route 25, in Meredith. Burial with military honors will follow in the family lot at Center Harbor Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the staff at the New Hampshire Veterans home for their kind and compassion care of Joseph.
For those who wish the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, c/o Resident Benefit Fund, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276, with the memo line Franklin Pierce neighborhood.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and 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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Gregory J. Hebert, 59


TILTON — Gregory John Hebert 59, of Laconia Road, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Greg was born Oct. 28, 1957, in Manchester. He was the first of five children born to Robert and Lucy (Fortier) Hebert, quickly followed, 10 minutes later, by his brother Steve, his fraternal twin. Mark was their next child, born 16 months later. Then came the girls, Sherri and Melissa.
The family moved from Derry to Laconia when Greg was young and in grade school. He attended, Laconia schools and graduated from Laconia High School in 1976.
Greg enlisted and served in the Air Force. Upon returning home to Laconia, he was employed as a machinist at New Hampshire Ball Bearing for many years. At the time of his death, he was employed at AKA in Belmont.
Greg enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his son and grandchildren. Fishing was one of his great passions, which he shared with his family and friends throughout the year. Cold or hot didn’t matter, he was fishing.
Greg frequently spent time with his friends at Shooters in Belmont, who in a sense became part of his family. He would enjoy sports events, and special occasions there with his Shooters family.
Gregory is survived by his son, Brian Hebert and his wife Nicole, of Belmont; four grandchildren, Lucas and Jameson Hebert, Jaedon and Sage Vega; a brother, Steve Hebert and his fiancée, Julie Ballou of Tilton; two sisters Sherri and Earl Leonard of Kentucky, and Melissa and Dave Jenkins of Laconia; a sister-in-law, Marylou Leach of Franklin; and several nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Lucy Hebert; and his brother, Mark Hebert.
Calling hours will be Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A celebration of his life will follow from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia. A private burial will be held in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
For those who wish, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Bank of New Hampshire c/o the Gregory Hebert Memorial Fund 62 Pleasant St., Laconia NH 03246.
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Linda S. Hanley, 80


BONAIRE, Ga. — Early on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, Linda Speidel Hanley, 80, joined her Lord and Savior in heaven.

Mrs. Hanley was born on March 6, 1937, in Fairmont, West Virginia, to the late Jess W. and Mary M. Speidel.

A strong woman by nature, she tirelessly gave of her time through her volunteer work with various civic organizations. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Her memory will forever be treasured by her adoring husband of 56 years, Thomas Hanley; three sons and daughters-in-law; several grandchildren; two siblings; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The memorial Mass celebrating Mrs. Hanley’s life was held Monday, Oct. 16, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warner Robbins. At the family’s request, burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry St., Suite A, Macon, GA 31201, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 886 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201.

Friends may go to to sign an online registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with Mrs. Hanley’s arrangements.

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