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Dora M. Gaudette, 70

TILTON/MEREDITH — Dora Mae Gaudette, 70, a resident of Quinn Trailer Park, in Tilton, passed away at Lakes Region General Hospital, in Laconia, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, after a period of declining health.
Born on March 1, 1943 in West Stewartstown, NH, she was the daughter of Sidney G. and Dora Mae (Reynolds) Roby. Dora was a long time resident of the Lakes Region residing in Tilton for the last 15 years. She was formerly employed by Allen & Rogers, Fruedenburg, and for many years she babysat many young children in the greater Meredith area out of her home in Meredith.
Dora "The Explorer" (as she became known by loved ones) enjoyed many activities including: rooting for the Boston Red Sox, Friday and Saturday night races just about anywhere in New Hampshire or Vermont, Ten Pin bowling, laughing out loud, making a scene, and flirting with members of the opposite sex of any age.
Members of her family include her loving husband of 48 years, Leo J. Gaudette; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Joseph Cyr; Sons, Dennis and Tim Gaudette; granddaughter, Jennifer Gaudette, and two great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & 104), Meredith on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 10:00 am through 12:00 noon. A funeral service will follow the calling hours in the funeral home at 12:00 noon. The Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet, V.F., pastor of St. Charles-Borromeo Catholic Church will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Meredith Village Cemetery, Rte. 3, Meredith.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Dora's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:39

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Jane T. Machain, 79

GILFORD — Jane Turner Machain, 79, of Mineral Spring Village, died Friday, March 15, 2013 following a period of declining health.
Jane was born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Emanuel and Martha (Lapen) Turner. The family moved to Pembroke, Mass. where she attended local schools and graduated from Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. with the class of 1952. She went on to attend Colby-Sawyer College (then Colby Junior College) in New London, NH. She later was employed by Massachusetts General Hospital for several years as a Hematology Technician.
Jane loved nature and the outdoors and had a gifted touch with gardening and indoor plants. She particularly enjoyed the summers spent at the family's cottage on Ossipee Lake in Freedom, NH where the children took part in a wide variety of summer activities as they grew into young adults. She was fond of the island of Bermuda and frequently vacationed there with her husband.
In later years, she assisted her husband as office manager in operating a home-based insurance agency. Shortly after, both retired to Savannah, Georgia, returning to New England five years later.
She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Andre D. Machain, daughters, Marthe C. Kelly of Manchester and her husband, Gary, and Kimberley L. Castelot, also of Manchester, and her husband, John, and their two daughters, Laura Jane and Sarah W., also a son, Robert D. Machain, of Windham, N.H. and wife, Maggie. Jane was predeceased by a younger son, Nathaniel Turner Machain. He and his wife, Janice (Judkins) Machain, have two daughters, Amy Rose and Molly Jane.
There will be no calling hours.
Funeral services will be private.
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 Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:22

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Benjamin E. Weeks, 80

GILFORD — Benjamin E. "Ben" Weeks, 80, of 363 Belknap Mountain Road, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 peacefully surrounded by his family.
He was born in Laconia on March 31, 1932, the son of L. Murray and Gertrude (Flack) Weeks. Ben served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He was a lifelong resident of Gilford. Ben attended Gilford Schools and enjoyed working on his father's farm. He worked for the Gilford Highway Department for 38 years, retiring in 1997. Ben was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church. He loved spending time with his family, traveling in his motor home and enjoying the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Madeleine A. (Daoust) Weeks of Gilford, three sons; Roger Weeks and Scott Weeks, both of Gilford and Michael Weeks of Sanbornton, two daughters; Elaine McAuliffe of Alton and Carol Chabot of Goffstown, one brother, John Weeks of Clearwater, FL, seven grandchildren; Melissa, Roger Jr., Sarah, John, Kyle, Jacob and Dylan and five great grandchildren; Celia, Kayleigh, Roice Jr. "Bear", Brady and Tyler. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Edward Weeks in 1979.
Calling hours will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM on Friday, March 22, 2013 at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia. Burial will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilford.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in memory of Ben's son Eddie to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
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 HYPERLINK "http://www.wilkinsonbeane.com" www.wilkinsonbeane.com .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:20

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Charles B. French, 74

GILFORD — Charles Bartlett French, 74, of Gilford, NH died peacefully at his daughter's home in Gilford, NH on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was born on May 18, 1938 in New Boston, NH to Charles E. & Frances Babb French.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; 5 children & spouses, 17 grandchildren, 2 sisters & spouses & nephews; daughter Carolyn French & Ned Witham with children Cedric 17, Charles 15, Noah 14 & Margaret 12; daughter Pamela & Robert Peek with children Thomas 22, William 20 & Andrew 11; daughter Dianne & Phil Stephenson with children Andrea 24, Whitney, 23, Grant 19, Lydia 15 & Nancy 13; daughter Linda & Keith Searle with children Olivia 21 & Dalin Gunnell with the first great-grandchild due in August, Payson 20 & Donovan 13; son Andrew & Molly French with children Jackson 4 & Caelan 2; sister Katie & Brad Colpaert with children Kyle & Gracie; sister Mary & Tim Ealy with children Brandon & Nathan; nephews from deceased sister Nancy & Edward Brooks, Dean, Gary, Jonathan & Timothy.
Mr. French graduated from New Boston High School in 1956, completed a B.S. degree in Forest Management at UNH in 1961, where he served as president of TKE fraternity.
He married Barbara L. Kane of New Boston, NH May 6, 1960. He served in the Army as an artillery officer at Fort Sill, OK and then at Fort Hood, TX from 1961-1963 in the 2nd Armored Division. Following active duty, he served in the 368th Engineer Battalion, an Army Reserve unit in Laconia for 5 years.
He completed a practice teaching program at UNH in 1963 and began a teaching career in September 1963, at Memorial Junior High School in Laconia, NH. He served as President of the Laconia Education Association and was a Vice Principal in Laconia from 1967-1974. He completed a Masters degree in school administration at Plymouth State College and served in a variety of educational positions including science department head, guidance counselor, and team teaching leader. 
He also served as president of the Lakes Region Day Care Center, president of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, Chairman of the Administrative Council for the First United Methodist Church, in Gilford, and President of Trout Unlimited, Winnipesaukee Chapter. He was a former registered Fishing Guide in the State of New Hampshire and a Merit Badge Counselor for the local Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. French retired from Gilford Middle High School in 1997 after 34 years of teaching and administration but remained active as a tutor for individual students.
He was a long time dealer in antique and collectible books and fine prints. His interests and pastimes in addition to fly fishing, included: fly tying, nature & family photography, watercolor/oil painting, astronomy, baseball, hawk watching, raising chickens, gardening, and passing on a love for learning to his grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford, NH on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm. There will be a reception immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers please donate to either the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312 or the memorial fund of the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 7408, Gilford, NH 03247. Thank you.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:37

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