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E. Kevin Thorsell, 71

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LACONIA — E. Kevin Thorsell passed away on March 24, 2015 due to complications of Parkinson's disease. E. Kevin Thorsell was born July 9, 1943, the son of Rev. Ernest A. Thorsell and Helen L. Connolly of Framingham, Mass. He attended high school at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. and Gilford College where he received his BS in Biology. It is during his years at Gilford College in Greensboro, N.C. that he met his wife Elinor Hugh Anderson of Eden, N.C. After graduation and one-year teaching chemistry at Munson Academy in Massachusetts, they were married and moved to Upper Marlboro, Md. where Kevin set up the science department at St. Ann's Academy. Two years later he received a call from Lyle Farrell director at Proctor Academy to join the faculty in Andover, N.H. as science department head. During his tenure at Proctor, he earned his MST at UNH in Biology.

Kevin left Proctor to attend Harvard graduate school of education and earned his MA in Education (1974).
He spent a year as Headmaster of Lake City Academy, S.C. He returned to New England with his wife and two children, Nathan E. and Erika Lynn.

That year, 1976 he became head of the science department at Laconia High School and bought the house on Pleasant Street becoming a permanent resident of Laconia.

During a 1½-year pause in his career he edited textbooks for DC Health. The following year (1983) he took the AP Biology position at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, where he remained until the nineties when he retired due to the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.

In retirement, he studied for and received his coast guard certification for a Captain's license and launched a Special Charter Service out of Kennebunk, Maine. His knowledge of marine and pelagic life and the islands in the waters of the Gulf of Maine enabled him to continue teaching- this time to eager passengers.

Kevin is a published nature photographer with photos in magazines and books of Tim Deitz. He also painted, and sketched to record his observations. He loved to listen to jazz and the blues. He played clarinet and guitar.

Early on he and his wife took the advice of Dr. William Clough- who had delivered his first child at New London Hospital, "Don't ever leave your children at home. Take them with you wherever you go." And he did. Whether on the Georgia Sea Island with alligators or the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico or a Bob Dylan concert at UNH they were with him. He, his wife Elinor and children Nathan and Erika were always together.

Adventure was his second nature, thus the photo: His first helicopter ride at the Pittsfield Balloon Rally.

Kevin leaves his wife Elinor Hugh, his son Nathan and wife Cathy, and his daughter Erika Lynn.

There will be no funeral or wake at his request. The family plans an intimate gathering in late spring/early summer to place his urn in the family plot at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of E. Kevin Thorsell the family requests donations be made to: The Mass. General Hospital (M.G.H.) – Parkinson's Disease (P.D.)– Lewy Body Fund M.G.H. Development Office, ATTN: Shawn Fitzgibbons , 100 Cambridge Street , Suite 1310, Boston, Mass. 02114.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:07

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Theresa G. Fitts, 88

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MEREDITH — Theresa G. Fitts, 88, of 19 NH-104, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith.

She was born on November 6, 1926 in Laconia, the daughter of the late Cyprien and Emelia (Lavatue) Pelchat. She worked for the State of N.H. at the Laconia State School for 25 years, until her retirement in 1991. Theresa enjoyed reading, visiting with family and friends and loved going for rides, camping and the ocean. She resided in Belmont for 43 years before moving to Forestview Manor in Meredith in 2011.

She is survived by her children; Diana Jacques and her husband, Steven, Sr., of Belmont, Armand P. Fitts and his wife, Sue, of Hill and Merrill Fitts, Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of Belmont; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Merrill T. Fitts, Sr., her brothers; Robert Pelchat and Gerard Pelchat, her sisters; Doris McCormick and Rita Pelchat and one granddaughter, Crystal Fitts.

There will be no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia NH 03246.

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:50

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Joanne M. Sweeney, 62

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LACONIA — Joanne Marie Sweeney, 62, a lifelong resident of Laconia passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, March 19, 2015 with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Joanne was born November 24, 1952 in Plymouth the daughter of Fred and Bertha (Willett) Goodwin.

Her interests included shopping, bingo, taking trips to Foxwoods Casino, yard sales, and spending Christmas Eve with her family. Joanne's family meant everything to her.

Joanne is survived by her children, Michael Sweeney and his partner Lisa Bushee of Belmont, Cindy Sweeney Manseau and her husband Ron of Alton, Alice Sweeney and her partner Steve Leveille of Franklin, and Melanie Sweeney of Laconia; her brothers Dale, Robert and Brandy Goodwin; her sisters Nancy Goodwin, Bonnie Goodwin Davis and Patricia Goodwin Boucher; fourteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a dear friend Rose Suitter of Laconia. She was predeceased by her parents, six siblings and a grandson Scott Deforge in 2014.

A Celebration of Joanne's life will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:39

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George E. Smith, 75

TAMWORTH — George Eddy Smith, 75, of Tamworth, died March 19, 2015, surrounded by his family in the hospital where he was born, under the loving care of the nurses and staff of Lakes Region General Hospital. He leaves his wife, Mary Ann (with whom he celebrated their fiftieth anniversary on March 12), son, Mark Eddy Smith, daughter, Beth Florence Smith, grandsons Jaime and Cooper Fulton, sisters and brothers Cathy, Philip, Alice, Thad, and Jennifer, along with many other friends and relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ellenore, and his sister Pam. George grew up in Laconia and Gilford, N.H., and attended Laconia High School, UNH, and Plymouth State University. He served four years in the Marine Corps and 12 years in the U. S. Coast Guard, where he trained as an electronics technician. His tour of duty included: Cleveland, Ohio, where he met Mary Ann and where his son, Mark, was born; San Francisco, Calif., where his daughter, Beth, was born; Honolulu, Hawaii; Brownsville, Tex.; and Portland, Maine. Forty years ago, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving his family to the Bryant Farm in Tamworth, on land owned by his ancestors since the town's founding.

George was a godly, Christian man who loved people and especially enjoyed connecting them with each other. He served as a deacon at the Tamworth Congregational Church and served in many capacities at First Congregational Church of Ossipee. His occupations ranged from farmer to prison guard, from carpenter to contractor to screen repairman at the Indian Mound True Value hardware store. He learned from the Shakers how to make oval boxes and brooms and enjoyed cross-country moving jobs and cooking meals for large groups of people. Easily recognizable in his straw hat and measuring-tape suspenders, George was renowned for his cavernous belches, explosive sneezes and infectious belly laugh.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to LifeBridge Mentoring (www.lifebridgementoring.org) or Central NH VNA & Hospice (www.centralvna.org). Condolences and remembrances may be left at the website of Lord Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Ossipee on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m.. All are welcome.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:10

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