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Gladys Sakowich, 97

Gladys Sakowich, 97

ANDOVER, Mass. — Gladys Sakowich, an incredible business woman, leader, philanthropist, devoted wife, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, on her 97th birthday.

Born to Frank and Harriet (Armitage) Tidswell of England, young widow to the late Robert Strauten, married the late Anthony "Tony" Sakowich with whom she shared nearly 60 years of unwavering love, Gladys grew up in Methuen and spent most of her life between her marital home in Andover and their home-away-from-home on Lake Winnipesaukee and Governors Island in Gilford, N.H.

She took over running her first late husband's family lumber business in Lawrence after he was killed in World War II. She was a female business pioneer, enjoying finance and investment, helping to lead and serve on many charitable, banking, and educational boards including the Andover and Laconia Garden Clubs, the Home for Little Wanderers, Merrimack College Board of Trustees, the Quota Club, Shawsheen Women's Club, YMCAs, Women's City Club of Boston, Nevins Library, the November Club, Lawrence Cooperative Bank and Merrimack Coop Bank.

Gladys generously supported numerous charities and educational missions, including Merrimack College for which the Gladys Sakowich Center is named in her honor, the Lawrence Boys & Girls Clubs, the Lakes Region Boys and Girls Club whose headquarters in Laconia, N.H., is named her honor, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School in Laconia, N.H., Outward Bound/Thompson Island in Boston whose Sakowich Hall is named in her honor, churches, libraries, gifting her nine-acre Andover homestead to the Andover Village Improvement Society for recreational and open space, ever passionate about improving the lives of children through scholarship.

Gladys was fiercely generous, outspoken and strong, devoted to children and passionate about education. She left a huge mark on the world and her legacy will live on continuing to greatly improve the lives of children.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, March 3, from 9-11 a.m. at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at the West Parish Cemetery in Andover.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the organizations that Gladys was involved with.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com or facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 07:56

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Jennifer S. Dahlberg, 57


ASHLAND — Jennifer Susan Dahlberg, 57, of Candia, passed away at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Manchester on June 12, 1957, she was the daughter of Robert and Jane (Merrill) Dahlberg, she was raised throughout the U.S., as her father Robert was an active Marine. She eventually settled in Ashland, graduating from the Ashland High School. Jennifer furthered her education at Keene State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree, and achieved her master's degree from Plymouth State College and Gallaudet University.

Jennifer took great pride in being a special education teacher and administrator, she held various positions throughout her career.

She is predeceased by her parents.

Jennifer is survived by her two children, daughter, Heidi (Gile) VanderWest and her husband David, of Williamsburg, Va., son, Robert Bolser, of Manchester; siblings, Ingrid McIver, Heidi Dahlberg, and Michael Dahlberg, all of New Hampshire; one grandson; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 1-3 p.m. at Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennifer's memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 www.nationalmssociety.org

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Jennifer's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:31

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Neil R. Noyes Sr., 83

Neil R. Noyes Sr., 83

BELMONT — Neil Raymond Noyes Sr., 83, of Jamestown Road, died at his home on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

Neil was born in Laconia on July 20, 1931, the son of Hilton H. and Evelyn (Hill) Noyes. He grew up in Winnisquam and moved to Belmont 60 years ago. Neil was a descendant of John Leavitt and Elisha Smith, two of the petitioners for grants of land for Meredith, now Laconia.

Neil was a veteran of the Navy, serving in the Korean War on the USS Shadwell.

Neil was a boiler room fireman for the Johns-Manville Corporation and the Quin-T Corporation.

Neil enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, yard sales, growing his own Christmas trees and spending time at his camp up north. He was a former member of the Winnisquam Fire Department.

Neil is survived by his wife, Elsie (Davis) Noyes, of Belmont; two sons, Neil "Butch" R. Noyes Jr. and his wife, Ellen, of Belmont, and Richard W. Noyes and his wife, Lorraine, of Orange Grove, Texas; six grandchildren, David, Michael and Desiree Noyes, Rachel Guyer, Don Cross and William Neal; and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by daughters, Kathleen T. Ober, Angela Carol Noyes; and by his brothers, Hilton F. Noyes, Herbert H. Noyes and Waldo H. Noyes.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. at the Wikinson-Beane-Simoneau Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. Burial will be held in the spring in the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Neil Raymond Noyes Sr. Agricultural Scholarship, c/o Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation PO Box 7312 Gilford, NH 03247-7312.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.conm.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:45

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Patricia A. Sirles, 63


MEREDITH — Patricia Anne Sirles of Meredith passed suddenly at her home on Feb. 22, 2015, at the age of 63.

Patty was born in Plymouth on July 12, 1951, to Frank Smith and Muriel Legrice.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Penny Sirles; her children, Jason J. Sirles of Meredith and Jeffrey A. Sirles of Ashland; her brothers, James Smith of Salisbury, Timothy Smith of Franklin; her grandchildren and many beloved extended family members.

In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her brother, Claude Blackstone, late of Bristol.

Patty treated everyone as family, and lived for the days when she would be surrounded by loved ones. She lived simply, loved generously, and honored her faith through her thoughtfulness and kind heart. She had a love for children, Native American culture, and living a life of service.

Patty previously worked to help disabled people at the Laconia State School, as well as assisting the elderly as a visiting hospice aide. She will be missed by many.

A funeral service will be held at the Meredith Center Free Will Baptist Church, at 122 Meredith Center Road, Meredith at a time and date to be announced. The Rev. Robert Lemieux will officiate. A brief reception will follow the ceremony for family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Patricia to the Meredith Center Free Will Baptist Church.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:58

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