LACONIA — Olive Esther Thompson, 85, of 25 Union Ave, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Mrs. Thompson was born on March 31, 1929 in Charlotte, Vermont, the daughter of the late Floyd and Alma (Parker) Sorrell. She was a member of the Association for the Blind. Olive enjoyed spending time with her friends at Sunrise Towers in Laconia.
She was a longtime resident of Laconia and Vermont and had been employed at Wilcom.
Survivors include two daughters; Linda Newton and her husband Jerry of Hinesburg, Vt. and St. Petersburg, Fla. and Dorothy Hubert of St. Petersburg, Fla., five grandchildren; Amy Averill, William Suchoski, Lisa Durffee, Malanie Amoriello and David Mooney Jr., several great grandchildren, three sisters; Lucia Plante and Louise Plante, both of Charlotte, Vt. and Dawn Reynolds of Alburg, Vt. and her special friends; Dennis and Virginia Dearborn of Laconia, N.H. and Tina Goss. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thompson was predeceased by her husbands, Melvin Paro in 1955 and James C. Thompson in October, 2009 and a granddaughter, Alison Grieve.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. John Vianney Parish, 160 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington, Vermont.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington, Vermont.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Laconia Senior Center, 17 Church St, Laconia, NH 03246 or to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH 03301.
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 Monday, 09 June 2014 09:51
GILMANTON — James G. Pennock, 99, of Gilmanton, died on Feb. 20, 2014, at the home of his son Larry Miller in Cleveland, Tenn.
Mr. Pennock, the son of James Glynn Pennock and Cynthia Nelson Pennock Brown, was born June 27, 1914, in Woodsville. He lived in Gilmanton, for more than 70 years.
He was an army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Victory Medal for his service. He was a proud member of the American Legion for more than 50 years.
Mr. Pennock was an accomplished musician and played several stringed instruments, including guitar, violin and double bass fiddle.
Mr. Pennock was the great-great grandson of Luke Brooks, who was part of the Franconia surveying crew which are credited with being the first white settlers to observe the Old Man of the Mountains.
Mr. Pennock was employed by Scott & Williams in Laconia, Eastman Foundry in Concord, and Laconia Ball Bearing. He also cut rights-of-way for Public Service of New Hampshire.
He had been holder of the Boston Post Cane (the presentation of which was originated by the Boston Post newspaper), which is presented to Gilmanton's eldest resident. It was deemed especially fitting that Mr. Pennock received the cane, as he delivered the Boston Post newspaper when he was 10 years old.
He is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, James Pennock of Laconia, Larry and Naomi Miller of Cleveland, Tenn., Norman "Buzzy" and Carol Miller of Idaho, and Dennis and Barbara Miller of Oregon. Other survivors include daughters Winnie
Martin of Derry, Joy MacDonald of Connecticut, and Elaine Fontes of California; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his late son John's widow, Kathy Pennock of Pittsfield.
Mr. Pennock was predeceased by his first wife, Florence, his second wife, Doris, and a son, John.
A graveside memorial service in celebration of Mr. Pennock's life will be held at the Smith Meeting House Cemetery in Gilmanton, on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 10 a.m.
For those who wish to make a memorial donation, the family suggests that it be made to Feed the Poor Disaster Relief, 304 20th
Street SE, Cleveland, TN 37320.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 09:47
TILTON — Elsie Dora (Daniels) Deforge, 97, a longtime resident of Tilton, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at The Golden Crest in Franklin following a period of failing health.
Elsie had been a resident of the Crest since 2011. She was born in Franklin, May 10, 1917, daughter of Walter H. Daniels and Mary (Therrien) Daniels.
She enjoyed the outdoors and gardening and was often seen weeding in the floral gardens at the Crest. Elsie worked for many years at the former Tilton Leather and later Tilton Endless Belt.
She leaves a nephew, Thomas G. Daniels Sr. and his wife Sharon of Tilton, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
According to Elsie's wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the family lot at Park Cemetery in Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Elsie's name to the Community Action Program (for Meals On Wheels), 82 Elkins St., Franklin, NH 03235.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton. For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 09:44
GILFORD — Claire Lessard Smith, 75, of 31 Cyrus Lane died Thursday morning, June 5, 2014 at Genesis Laconia Center with her beloved family by her side after fighting a long, hard, brave battle with her health.
Claire was born in Jay, Vermont December 7, 1938 the daughter of the late Geremie and Mary (Fillion) Lessard. She was the only person born in Jay, Vermont that year. She was a graduate of Laconia High School class of 1956 in which she remained very active with the class reunions.
After raising her two daughters Claire earned her New Hampshire Real Estate License. She was a Realtor at Coldwell-Banker Steve Weeks Realtors in Laconia where she was a rental agent and a personal assistant. She had also worked for J. B. Maintenance in Gilford as an administrative assistant.
Claire had a true love and zest for life with her family being her greatest joy. She will be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor. She enjoyed skiing, tennis, traveling, and entertaining.
Claire is survived by her husband of 57 years James S. Smith of Gilford, two daughters; Jill Ellen Smith and her husband Bill of Gilmanton, and Heidi Ann Smith of Gilmanton; her sister; Rita F. Fortin of Laconia, her grandchildren; Ryan James Smith and his wife Alicia of Gilmanton, Arica Lynn Caldwell and her husband Jacob of Belmont, and Mitchel James Segalini of Gilmanton, her great-grandchildren; Jamison Ruger Caldwell and Colton James Smith. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings; Raymond, Roger, Joseph, Rudy, Gene, Alice, Dorothy, Madeleine, and Patricia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia. A time to celebrate Claire's life and visit with her family will immediately follow the funeral mass at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia until 6 p.m.
According to Claire's wish please no flowers. Those who wish may make a donation in her memory to the Claire Smith Family Scholarship Fund, C/O: Bank of NH, 62 Pleasant 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 please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 06:43