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Margaret R. Paquette, 75

LACONIA — Margaret Rose (LaPlante) Paquette died at Lakes Region General Hospital on February 1, 2014, following a three-month fight against cancer.

Margaret was born June 10, 1938 in East Andover (N.H.) one of seven children of the late J. Benjamin and Dorothy (Hersey) LaPlante. Mrs. Paquette was a graduate of Franklin High School, attended Plymouth State College of the University of NH and the NH Vocational Technical College, Laconia. In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Mrs. Paquette worked at the Laconia Peoples' Bank and the Nighswander, Lord, Martin P.A. of Laconia from which she retired in 1997, after eighteen years of service.

Mrs. Paquette was a long-time member of the Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, and member and four-year past president of the Lakeport Woman's Club. She served several terms as a trustee of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. Mrs. Paquette was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, St. André Bessette Parish, of Laconia, NH.

Family members include her husband of fifty-six years, F. André Paquette, a son, Jean-Pierre Paquette and his wife Kelly, of New London, NH; two daughters, Lisette McCarthy and her husband Ron Parizo of Tewksbury, MA, and Monique Scharlotte and her husband David of Concord, NH. She is also survived by three sisters: Helen Duchesne of Bristol, N.H., Irene Hoffmann and her husband George of Indianapolis, Ind., Rita Norander and her husband Robert of East Andover, N.H. and seven grandchildren: Teagan and Tyler McCarthy, Benjamin and William Scharlotte, and Katherine, Elise, and Gabrielle Paquette, one great-granddaughter, and many members of the extended LaPlante and Paquette families.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, J. Benjamin LaPlante of Franklin, NH, two sisters: Eleanor Kehoe of Norwich, NY and Janet Mayo of Cincinnati, Ohio; and three grandchildren: Francis, Michelle and Meghan McCarthy.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on February 14, 2014, at Sacred Heart Church of St. André Bessette Parish, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H. Following the Mass, there will be a reception for family and friends at the Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, NH.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations, in Mrs. Paquette's name, may be made to: The Belknap Mill Society, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, NH 03246, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Meghan McCarthy Research Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 or the Dame Scholarship of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

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