LACONIA — Rachel Elsa (Mills) Steele, 93, of 21 Ledges Drive, passed away at the Taylor Home in Laconia, on August 31,2013.
She was born at home in Fitchburg, MA, the second of four children (3 brothers one who died at 3 days of age) to Gilbert F. Mills Sr., and Elsa (Hertel) Mills.
Rachel was an excellent student throughout grammar and high school graduating from Fitchburg High School. As a young girl, she always helped out with the family's chickens, gardens, and cooking. She was also an avid Girl Scout.
She went to work at the age of eighteen at Doehla Greeting Card Company in Fitchburg, MA. There she met her husband Bill who was in the accounting department. "Rache" and Bill were married on June 3 1944, moving in with her parents due to the WWII housing shortage.
In 1954, the family now numbering six moved to Lunenburg, MA, into a rambling old colonial where the children were raised.
Rachel's methods of relaxation included knitting, cross stitch, Bargello, reading, Crossword Puzzles, and playing Scrabble, Bridge, Cribbage, and Bingo.
The entire family skied together each weekend for many years. In the summer, there was a boat which was towed all over New England and New York exploring its many lakes and rivers. Thus began a lifelong love with the Granite State.
Once her youngest son was in high school, Rachel went to work as a teacher's aide in the Lunenburg middle school.
Over the years, her children grew up and found their life partners. Rachel readily welcomed three new daughters and another son into her family. Soon, grandchildren arrived expanding the family another eight members. Rachel and Bill were always available to babysit.
In 1963, Mom and Dad bought land in Meredith and erected a shell. With family members as their labor pool, a wonderful second home was finished for all to enjoy. Finally, a permanent retirement home was created in the mid 80's when they moved to the area full time. Rachel loved this house, boating on the big lake, and the community beach. She considered this to be her piece of heaven.
She was the most wonderful wife and mother, devoted to her family, a loyal friend to many, kind, strong and silent always helping those in need in her quiet and unassuming way. She taught her children the importance of family, how to be a good friend, and innumerable life skills. Throughout her life she supported her beloved Bill and her children in numerous ways from home improvement projects, business ventures, and helping each time a new grandchild arrived. She was incredibly proud of all of the generations of her family and looked forward to their visits, pictures, travels, and learning about their successes.
Rachel was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, and her husband William G. Steele Sr. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl S. Cesati and her husband Richard of Sanbomton; her three sons, William G. Steele Jr., and his wife Sheila of Amherst, NH Robert B. Steele and his wife Roslyn of Danville, CA, Jeffrey G. Steele and his wife Suzanne of Deerfield, NH; her grandchildren who she held dear, Richard R. Cesati III and his wife Laurie, Julie Cesati and her husband Derek Davis and daughter Giavanna Davis, Andrew Cesati and his wife Allison, Kelly Reis and her husband Nicholas and daughter Lila, Meredith Bannon and her husband Chad, Mathew Steele and his wife Tifanie, and sons Cayden and Beckett, Courtney Steele, and Amanda Steele.
Private services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Donations can be made to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226.
Arrangements are under the care of Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Meredith and Plymouth.
To sign Rachel's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 07:30
NEW HAMPTON — Craig Dean Zamzow, 70 of Mountain Vista Drive, died August 31, 2013, at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth, NH.
Born in Grand Island NE on June 8, 1943, he was the son of Harlan Francis and Theda W. (Linderkamp) Zamzow. He grew up in the Mid-West and graduated from Westside High School, inn Grand Island. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, at Iowa State University, in the mid-1960s,
Craig hired into Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard, Massachusetts, where he served for twenty years as a sales engineer, corporate manager of sales training, and product line manager of Logic Products, a $25 million PC board business. His achievements led to his being named in 1983 the Corporate Manager, Marketing Programs, directing the efforts of over 5,000 employees. Along the way, Craig earned an MBA in marketing and human resource management from Rivier College in Nashua, NH.
After the collapse of DEC, Craig served in marketing roles with several other firms in New England, before coming to Plymouth, New Hampshire in 1997 as co-owner of The Pilgrim Motel and Cabins on the Daniel Webster Highway. Very soon thereafter he was recruited by Plymouth State University to teach some marketing courses, first as an adjunct professor, and then as a full-time lecturer. In 1998, he accepted the job of Director of the Small Business Institute® at PSU, which serves the local business community with teams of MBA students who act as consultants, helping the businesses in whatever needs they may have, and preparing formal consulting reports.
Craig excelled as an SBI Director. The Small Business Institute® Directors' Association (SBIDA) holds an annual national contest, wherein the consulting reports from 250 university programs are judged at undergraduate and graduate levels in three categories, comprehensive (multifunctional business analyses), specialized (addressing a single business function, such as marketing, finance, or production), and feasibility studies (start-up plans). During his fifteen years as PSU's SBI Director, Plymouth State MBA teams placed either first or second in every single year, nationally. In one year, they swept the three first place awards, and PSU's SBI was recognized as the top SBI program in the United States. At his last national conference, in 2013, Craig was named the first Fellow of the Small Business Institute®.
In 2003, Craig also became Director of Graduate Programs in the PSU College of Business Administration (CoBA). As director, he administered the budgets, course schedules, and enrollments, and served as the academic adviser to as many as 600 MBA students. He successfully reversed slumping enrollment numbers to double the size of the 40 year-old MBA Program, and to turn it into a respected, self-sustaining mainstay of CoBA.
Craig Zamzow has been active in the community, as well, serviing on the boards of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Main Street, Inc., and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative.
For the past ten years or more, Craig has worked to bring to life the brand new Enterprise Center at Plymouth, a joint effort by Plymouth State University and the Grafton County Economic Development Council. A conference room in this new business incubator building will be dedicated in honor of Craig Zamzow's work.
Craig's energy was boundless, his integrity unquestionable, and his enthusiasm infectious. Craig's colleagues and students at PSU all will miss him. A fine gentleman has left us.
Craig is survived by his wife, Marica Litchfield Zamzow of New Hampton, son, Barry Zamzow and his wife Jessica and their children, Grace, Ella and Abby, son, Darren Zamzow and his wife Carroll and their children, Ben and Bodie, step-daughter, Alyson Tracy and her children Casey, Cody Gibbs, step-daughter Michelle Tracey and her children, Vanessa Tracey and Mason Smith, brother Stephen D. Zamzow and his wife Linda, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in the Plymouth United Congregational Church, UCC, Main St, Plymouth, on Saturday, Sept. 7th, at 11am. A balloon release and gathering will follow at Plymouth State University.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Craig D. Zamzow MBA Scholarship Fund, Plymouth State University Advancement Office, 17 High Street, MSC 50, Plymouth, NH 03264
To sign Craig's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhoems.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 07:25
LACONIA — David B. Stevens, 93, formerly of New Hampton, NH and Belleview, Florida, died on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia NH. Born on December 28, 1919 in Greenfield, Massachusetts he was the son of David Brown Stevens and Laura (Wurtenberger) Stevens Hatch, and was brought up on the campus of Mount Hermon Prep School in Gill, Mass. His father, a native of New Hampton, NH, had moved to Mt. Hermon to manage the prep school's large herd of dairy cattle. Mr. Stevens was educated at local elementary schools and attended Mount Hermon Prep School.
David was proud to serve his country during World War II. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, and was stationed at remote airfields in China, where he was a fuel supply specialist, supporting the brave pilots, who flew "Flying Tigers" aircraft, longrange bombers, and transport planes, until the end of the war.
He was a farmer, carpenter and roofer. In 1947 he designed and built the family home in Gill, Massachusetts where he resided for many years. He cut the logs to make the lumber and beams, and for the roof, he bought the slate off an old tobacco barn, and installed it. For over 35 years, he worked as a machinist at Greenfield Tap&Die, and Bendix Cutting Tool Div. in Greenfield, Mass.
Upon retirement in 1979, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens moved to his family homestead on the Oxbow Road in New Hampton NH. They also lived on Sky Pond Rd, New Hampton, and spent many years in Summerfield and Belleview, Florida returning to New Hampshire in 2009.
David was known for his friendly and helpful nature and his great sense of humor. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ruth June (Phelps) Stevens, a resident of Belknap County Nursing Home, three sons Daniel R. Stevens and wife Joyce of Bristol, NH, Bruce D. Stevens and wife Stacy of New Hampton NH., Gary R. Stevens and companion Rhonda Clark of Warren, NH., two daughters, Beverly J. Butterfield, and companion Ed Stout of Summerfield, FL., and Elizabeth E. Gross and husband Gordon Gross of Henderson, Nevada. One brother, Richard W. Stevens and wife Jerry of Reston, Virginia, eight grandchildren, Brian Stevens, Kevin Stevens, Quincy Stevens Gunn, Gordon Gross, Jr, Katy Gross, Corilynn Gross, Kala Stevens and Austin Stevens, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Belknap County Nursing Home and their employees for the compassionate care given over the last 3 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Belknap County Nursing Home's Activities Fund at 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246.
There will be no calling hours. A grave-side burial service will be held at the N.H. State Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen NH on Monday, September 9th at 11 a.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 06:51
GILMANTON — Elizabeth Jane (Waterson) Harms, 91, of 205 Sargent Road, died Thursday, August 29, 2013 in her home.
Mrs. Harms was born June 4, 1922 in New York, the daughter of the late Henry and Pauline Waterson. She was the wife of John G. Harms, who predeceased her.
During WWII, when her husband was missing in action after parachuting out of his B-17 over France, Betty faithfully held to the knowledge that he would return home to her.
He did 8 months later.
Mrs. Harms was a resident of Temple Terrace, Florida before moving to Gilmanton. Betty was a member of the Gilmanton Community Church and was a former member of the Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an awesome scrabble player. She had a fund of knowledge about so many things and was the family historian. Betty was an avid Corgi dog lover.
Survivors include her son, John G. Harms, Jr. of Lemont, Penn.; her daughter, Barbara D. Reed, of Gilmanton; seven grandchildren, Christopher Harms, Danielle Harms, Carmen Lorentz, CarrieAnn Pauliukonis, Courtenay Harms, Christopher Halla and Tyler Reed; two great grandchildren, numerous loving nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Jilly. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harms was predeceased by her husband, John G. Harms in 2007, her brothers, Raymond Waterson and Edwin Waterson and her sisters, Norrine Betjemann, Audrey Geartner and F. Margaret McGreevey.
Family calling hours will be held.
A Funeral Service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Gilmanton Community Church, Gilmanton Corners location, Rte 107 & Rte 140 Gilmanton, NH. A pot luck reception will follow. Burial will be privately held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire 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 Tuesday, 03 September 2013 06:49