CONCORD — Roger Scott Gibbs, 89 of Concord, passed away January 1, 2014, at Concord Hospital.
He was born on April 6, 1924 in West Carthage, NY, son of Charles R. and Grace P. Gibbs. During World War II Roger served in the Pacific in the Army Air Corps. Returning from the war he resumed engineering studies at the University of Michigan graduating in 1949.
He started his career with the Air Compressor Division of Ingersoll Rand moving his family to several company sites through the 1950's. In 1960 he became chief engineer of a much smaller air compressor manufacturer in Deerfield, NH, The PK Lindsay Co. The portable sandblast unit Roger designed for the Lindsay company is still prized by gravestone engravers today.
Upon retirement Roger enjoyed a life filled with volunteerism, music, and family. He had numerous hobbies and passions including playing his baritone horn in the Epsom and Henniker town bands, researching family genealogy, making reproduction tinware and in later years supervising the many projects on the family homestead. Roger volunteered at several historical museums; as a demonstrating tinsmith at the Canterbury and Enfield Shaker Villages. For the Belknap Mill Society he restored the hydro-electric control panels for display and set up the working knitting machines. He built a working model of a vertical gang-saw mill for the NH Historical Society. Roger was a longtime member of the East Congregational Church.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years Sally Benedict Gibbs, a son, Peter Gibbs of Stafford Springs, CT, three daughters, Sarah Rath of W. Pawlet, VT, Susan Kristoff of Granville, NY, Amy Kipphut of Concord, NH, and grandchildren, Emily, Nick, Laura, John, Andrea, Nathan, Rachel, Heather, Jeffrey, nieces, nephews and a sister in law and brother in law. He is also survived by 4 step children, Susan Mott of Bolton, MA, Jill Minter of Louisville, CO, Donna Cuthbert of Concord, NH, and John Benedict of Bethesda, MD and 7 step grandchildren.
He was predeceased in 2001 by Marjorie, his first wife of 51 years and mother of his children. His brothers Charles Richard Gibbs, Jr. and Robert P. Gibbs also died in recent years.
The family wishes to thank Roger's many caregivers for their thoughtful and extraordinary care to help us honor his wish to continue to live at home.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the East Congregational Church, 51 Mountain Road, East Concord, NH. Interment will be at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in Roger's memory to: Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Bennett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:25
TROY — Caroline N. Kolapakka, 87, of Troy and formerly of New Ipswich, NH, died peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014 with her daughters by her side at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough after a brief illness.
Mrs. Kolapakka was born on March 2, 1926 in Jaffrey, daughter of the late John E. and Dorothy A. (Smith) LaFreniere. She was a graduate of Conant High School and had lived in New Ipswich until moving to Troy only seven years ago.
She had worked at the American Guernsey Cattle Club in Peterborough before marrying Sulo Kolapakka Jr. in 1947 and going to work at Lizotte's Market in Greenville for many years. Later she worked at Gram's Place Restaurant until retiring in 1995.
Mrs. Kolapakka had been a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the former New Ipswich American Legion Post. She enjoyed word search puzzles and being an armchair contestant in numerous game shows. She always loved fresh flowers.
Mrs. Kolapakka was preceded in death by her husband 'Sonny' Kolapakka in 1999, her son Larry Kolapakka in 1973, and her daughter Wendy Nickson in 2009. Her sister Marie Hunt died in 2009 and her brother John A. LaFreniere died in 2011.
She is survived by her 2 daughters; Carol and her husband Arthur Niskala of Gilford, NH, and Lyn and her husband Alan Starcher of New Ipswich, NH; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services at this time. Graveside services will take place in the Spring at the family lot in Smithville Cemetery in New Ipswich.
Memorial contributions are respectfully requested to be made in Mrs. Kolapakka's name to Friendly Meals of Troy, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431, or to the Helping Hand Center, 3 Water Street, Troy, NH 03465.
To share photos, memories or condolences with Mrs. Kolapakka's family, please visit her permanent online memorial at www.cournoyerfh.com
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:22
ALEXANDRIA — Roger A. Watts Sr., 78, of Leprechaun Lane, died Thursday, January 2, 2013 at Speare Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health. He was born in Framingham, MA, the son of Raymond and Marion (Eagles) Watts.
Roger worked for various grocery stores in Massachusetts before moving to Bristol in 1970. He opened and operated "Buzzy's Market" for many years prior to his retirement.
He enjoyed collecting stamps and target shooting in his spare time. He was known for his love of history as well. He was a family man and loved time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Family members include his wife, Gloria Watts of Alexandria; three daughters: DiAnne Sharp of Stubenville, OH; Susan Gerbert of Alexandria and Amy Vealey of Belmont; four sons: Roger Watts, Jr. of Bristol; Timothy Watts of New Hampton; Raymond Watts of Laconia; and Thomas Watts of Bristol; 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; one sister Virginia Barnard of Hebron, nieces and nephews.
Services- Calling hours will be Wednesday, January 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main Street, Bristol, NH. A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 9 at 9 a.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 5 Bedford Farms Dr Ste 501, Bedford, NH 03110
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:15
LACONIA — James Tarte, 57, of 260 Mile Hill Road, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
James was born September 26, 1956 in Laconia, N.H., the son of Harold and Marguerite (Rollins) Tarte. He was a lifetime resident of Laconia and attended local schools. He graduated from Laconia High School in 1974 and had been employed at Persons Concrete and T & L Concrete. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his mother, Marguerite Tarte, of Laconia; two brothers, Carl Tarte of Center Harbor and Paul Tarte of Laconia; four sisters, Maxine Violette of Belmont, Donna Robert of Weathersfield, Vermont, Martha Tuttle of Concord and Lois Pinard of Belmont and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Harold Tarte, in 1983, two brothers, William Tarte and Timothy Tarte and two sisters, Margaret Gove and Kathleen Tarte.
There will be no calling hours or funeral service
A Graveside Service will be held in the Spring at the family lot in St. Lambert Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.
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, 06 January 2014 10:04