Charlotte A. Reed, 86

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Charlotte A. Reed, 86

MEREDITH — Charlotte Ann Reed, 86, passed away peacefully at Mountain Ridge Nursing home in Franklin on March 9, 2018.

Charlotte was born on Feb. 15, 1932, in Pawnee City, Nebraska, the daughter of, James and Agnes (Byrne) Settles.

Charlotte grew up in Burchard, Nebraska, after graduation she enlisted in the Air Force. While serving in the Air Force, she met and married Fred C. Reed, they started a family in California where they were stationed. When they left the service, they moved to West Peabody, Massachusetts, and then to Meredith where she became a single parent raising her family by herself and with help from her mother, Agnes Settles. They moved to Palmyra, Nebraska, and then eventually returning to Meredith to make her home on Lake Wicwas, which she loved, but she never learned to swim.

She retired from Post Office in Meredith.

Charlotte enjoyed going to church, playing cards, gardening, playing horseshoes, dancing, teaching her kids to play the guitar, and she loved spending time with friends and family. During her retirement, she traveled around the country to Hawaii, Arizona, and Nebraska. She was very close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very active in the American Legion.

She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Steven L. Reed, brothers, James Michael Settles, Donald Eugene Settles; a sister, Susan R. Wenzel; and grandchildren, Sean Reed and Hope Reed.

Charlotte is survived by her sister, Mary L. Dinges of Portland, Oregon; children, Donald A. Reed and his wife Diane of Gilmanton Iron Works, Susan M. Kenney and her husband Bruce of Meredith, James F. Reed and his wife Elita of Andover, and Fred M. Reed and his wife Laurie of Meredith; grandchildren, Steven, Donald Jr., Susan, Angela, Richard, Justin, Justine, Jakob, Dillan, Michael and Ryanl great-grandchildren, Isabel, Aria, Sean and Stephanie, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours for Charlotte will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral Home, 204 D.W. Highway, Meredith.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 300 Route 25, Meredith. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery Meredith Center Road Meredith.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Charlotte’s memory to the, American Legion Post 33, 6 Plymouth St., Meredith, NH 03253.

The Mayhew Funeral Home, 204 D.W. Highway, is assisting the family with their arrangements. To view Charlotte’s online book of memories go to;

Fred L. Hooper III, 66

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HILL — Fred Leon Hooper III, “Tawny,” was born April 22, 1951, in FrankliN. He passed peacefully in the early hours of March 10, 2018, at his childhood home in Hill, surrounded by his loving family.

An only child to Irene and Fred Hooper Jr., he lived in Hill Village and neighboring Franklin for 40 years before his profession with Watts Water Technologies called him to move with his wife and children to North Carolina.  Finishing a distinguished 46-year career with Watts in 2016, he answered the call of his loving heart to return home to Hill spending a quality year with his father which would unfortunately wind up being his father’s last year of life.

As a young child, Tawny was full of life.  An avid outdoorsmen like the men of his family he enjoyed and excelled at hunting and fishing.  He also excelled in the sport of baseball, having established a legendary reputation at Franklin High School.  He dominated the likes of Carlton Fisk with his lively fastball, amazing curveball and nasty slider.  Unbeaten against Tom Seaver amongst many of the talented arms he matched up against garnered the attention of the Montreal Expos who drafted him to their AAA team as he graduated high school.  A rotator cuff injury sadly cut his dreams of MLB success short.

Tawny would then work at Webster Valve, where the Hooper family work ethic shined bright.  He mastered every machine he worked with or repaired,  following in his father’s footsteps he became a renowned supervisor at the busy factory.  He would also start his own small businesses.  Starting first with “Hooper and Son Cordwood,”  he cut, split and delivered firewood all over New Hampshire, reaching as far as Connecticut for some orders with his unbeatable prices and service.

His next business endeavor would be much closer to his calling to serve others with a smile,  The Lumberjack Family Restaurant in Sanbornton. This would lay the foundation for a second restaurant in Spindale, North Carolina - The Sunrise Family Restaurant.  Both establishments were very true to their name as the entire Hooper family would be involved with the successful launch and growth of a warm and loving environment where the food and prices were almost as inviting as Tawny and Leslie’s smiles and laughter they would consistently share with the many beloved regulars who would eventually become an extended family.

Tawny loved to enjoy life. From the lows and highs of being a dedicated Red Sox and Patriots fan, to the pain and patience of perfecting his Carolina cat fishing.  Time spent with friends and family was what his heart longed for. The textbook definition of a family man, Fred dedicated his every breath to taking care of his family as it grew from five children to 21 grandchildren.  Any one of them, along with herds of other family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances would be happy to share one of many stories of hard work, loud laughter, unselfish service to others and most of all endless amounts of profound Love.

Fred is survived by his loving family, wife of 36 blissful years, Lesora Hooper; daughter Jenles Hooper Thompson with her husband Fred Thompson and their children Stacia, Cody, Myles and Mason; daughter Kara Hooper Lancaster with her husband Evan Lancaster and their children Brittany, Adam and Emilee;  son Louis “Chip” Hooper and his wife Samantha with their children Justin, Joshua, Raymond, Louis Jr. and Charlie; daughter Annie Hooper and children Justice, Joseph, Jeremiah, Jayden and Journee; and daughter Michelle Hooper Hines with her husband Neal Hines and their children Destinee, Neal Jr., Malayla and Bella.

Fred was preceded by his parents, Fred L. Hooper Jr. and Irene Griffin Hooper of Hill.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 15, at 10 a.m. at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 14 Franklin St., Franklin.
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Stephen J. Decato, 65

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TILTON — Stephen J. "Hank" Decato, 65, of Tilton passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on March 8, 2018.

Stephen was born on Jan. 9, 1953, in Laconia, the son of the late Emile and Madaline Decato. Stephen grew up in Gilford. Graduated from Laconia High School in 1970. He also resided in Virginia and West Virginia before moving back home to New Hampshire to be closer to his family.

Stephen was employed for 36 years as a systems analyst for the IRS for 36 years before retiring in 2008. Where he was a dedicated employee and made many lifelong friendships.

Stephen was a beloved husband of 42 years to his wife Annemarie (Melvin) Decato for 42 years. Stephen is also survived by his loving children Jennifer Decato of Manchester, Heather Decato of Tilton, Matthew Decato and wife Brandi of West Virginia; his cherished grandchildren, Levi and Arianna; his only sister, Kathleen Cass and her husband James from Florida; Phillip Decato and his wife Janet of Andover, Dennis Decato and his wife Beverly of Belmont, Ernest Decato and his wife Sheila of Northfield and his brother Lloyd Decato of Belmont. Stephen was predeceased by his parents and brothers Timothy and John Decato.

The last 19 years of his life was spent with his Jack Russell terrier, Jackie, his loyal companion and friend. He spoke of her often in his final days, looking forward to having her by his side once again.

Stephen was a compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. With a caring, loving, genuine soul. His journey in life doesn't end with his passing, it will forever live on in the hearts of the ones he touched in his lifetime.
Stephen always referred to himself as a jack of all trades, as he enjoyed taking on many projects usually to the benefit of others. He liked to tinker around with his computer, and was always there when someone needed help with theirs. He loved the Patriots and watching action and adventure movies. What he loved and cherished most of all was spending time with his family and friends. He was an invested father, taking an active role in his children's lives. He could be heard screaming from the sidelines at each one of their games and spent many summers coaching softball. He continued the trend with his grandchildren, attending dance recitals and sporting events, watching and spending time with and mentoring them as if they were his own.

Services will be held Wednesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Parish, 96 Main St., Belmont.

Barry K. Schroder, 54

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TILTON — Barry K. Schroder, 54, of Tilton, died surrounded by his family on March 
10, 2018, after a sudden illness.

Barry loved life and enjoyed skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, golfing and 
hanging around the fire with family and friends. He was truly blessed 
with all the family and friends that loved him.

Barry was employed at Webster Valve in Franklin for the last 32 years as 
an electrician and maintenance mechanic.

Family members include his parents, Frank and Doreen Schroder of 
Franklin; his wife of 27 years, Gina Sylvestre Schroder; and their son, 
Barry Jr., who were truly blessed to have him in their lives.

He also leaves a brother, Erik Schroder and his wife Lisa of Manchester 
and their two children, Emma and Sophie; a sister, Tammy Schroder Fisher 
and her husband Bill of Farmington and two children, Zachary and 
Stephen; and great-nephews Aiden and Collin.

Barry also leaves mother-in-law Michelle Sylvestre of Franklin; sister 
in-law Jane Sylvestre and her fiance Dan of Franklin; two 
brothers-in-law, Marcel Sylvestre and his fiancee Peggy of Sanbornton, 
and Tony Sylvestre and his wife Karen of Hill and their daughter, 
Marissa; and a greatnephew Ian Burley of Franklin.

He was predeceased by father-in-law Nelson “Sonny” Sylvestre.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, March 17, at Thibault-Neun 
Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin, from 1-4 p.m. 
Spring burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Barry may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 166 
S. River Road, #210, Bedford, NH 03110; or St. Gabriel Parish, P.O. Box 
490, Franklin, NH 03235.
Thibault-Neun Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements (