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Clayton J. 'Clayty' Collins, 88

SANBORNTON — Clayton J. "Clayty" Collins, 88 of Sanbornton, NH, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Mr. Collins was born May 29, 1924, in Laconia, N.H., the son of the late Ruth (Osgood) and Ralph J. Collins.
Mr. Collins resided in the Lakes Region his entire life and graduated from Laconia High School. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and attained the rank of First Lieutenant. He received his "wings" at Craig Field in Selma, Alabama and flew the P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk.
Mr. Collins attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Robert's Technical Trade School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Following his service to his country, Mr. Collins worked the majority of his life in Laconia, including as a timekeeper for Scott & Williams and an auto body manager for Irwin Motors. Mr. Collins also operated an auto body repair shop on Court Street and subsequently on Water Street during the 1960s and early 1970s. Mr. Collins then became an insurance appraiser for Moreau Appraisals of Laconia and later for Casey Appraisals of Franconia, N.H. He also became an independent insurance appraiser prior to retirement.
Mr. Collins enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, snowmobiling and boating. He was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Carolyn E. Collins, of Sanbornton; a son, Rodney C. Collins of Mashpee, Massachusetts and other relatives. Mr. Collins was predeceased by a son, Randal R. Collins.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday March 23, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St. Laconia, N.H. A funeral service will follow at 4 PM at the funeral home.
Burial will be private at the family lot in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 and the New Hampshire Humane Society P.O. Box 572 Laconia, N.H. 03247.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street 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, 20 March 2013 10:11

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Frances M. McElroy, 86

HINGHAM, Mass. — Frances M McElroy, age 86, died March 8, 2013 at Linden Ponds Care Facility, Hingham; formerly of Auburndale and Pocasset, MA. Born in Ashuelot, NH to Godfred and Helen (Sucharzewski) Zelent, she leaves her husband of 62 years, David L. McElroy, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial observances to follow with a full obituary.
Arrangements by McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, Weymouth, MA. www.mcdonald-funeralhomes.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 12:42

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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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