PITTSBURG — Louise Mitchell, 93, of Pittsburg, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Coos County Nursing Hospital.
She was born October 24, 1921 in Laconia, the daughter of Pearl and Oscar Joseph Gauthier. She was raised by her beloved grandparents, Perley and Josephine Cross, whose roots were in the North Country.
Louise and her older brother John had an idyllic childhood, living on the shores of Lake Opechee in Laconia. Although they were growing up during the Depression, Louise, her best friend Ivie, John, and their Boston cousins, all swam in the lake, went to the movies, worked in the garden, played with what toys they could make or find, and had the best childhood anybody ever had. Louise told stories about that childhood--and her grandparents, who had the patience of saints, she said--for the rest of her life, to the delight of her children and grandchildren.
In 1940, Louise graduated from Laconia High School; two years later, she married Edmund Mitchell, the love of her life. While Mitch was busy in the Navy, and WWII was raging, one job Louise held was as a "Rosie the Riveter" at a Pratt and Whitney airplane plant in Bridgeport, Conn. After the war ended, she worked many interesting jobs, including the first woman inspector at a ball bearing factory in Tilton; and lab technician, inspecting all the water and milk for the City of Laconia Health Department. She was hard-working, smart, and never too busy to lend a hand.
In her spare time, she loved to paint in oils, and many of her lovely paintings grace the walls of her children's homes. Other talents included swimming (executing a perfect swan dive without a splash) and ballroom and swing dancing. She loved to knit and crochet, making everything from Scandinavian sweaters to many afghans in her later years, and she was a die-hard Red Sox fan. She was an avid reader, especially medieval mysteries; she was an expert on British and Egyptian history; and she loved dogs and cats. She traveled extensively with her husband and children by car throughout the U.S. in earlier times, and with friends and family around the world later on. Most of all, she was known for her sharp wit and hilarious stories, which will live as long as those who love her remember her.
Louise and Mitch raised their family in Laconia, camping in Pittsburg on weekends, and in Yuma, Arizona, where they later ended up retiring. In 1970, they settled in Pittsburg, where they owned and operated Edgewater Realty--the first real estate brokerage business in Pittsburg--for many years. After retirement, they spent winters in Yuma and summers in Pittsburg. After Mitch's death in 1993, Louise continued to make the flights in spring and fall, between her eastern and western homes, for over 20 years. In her last years, she spent her winters with daughter Terry in Las Vegas and summers with daughter Marsha in Pittsburg, and finally, her care was shared by daughters Marsha and Nancy in Pittsburg, assisted by other caregivers, until she moved to CCNH in 2014.
Louise is survived by four daughters: Nancy Renaudette and husband Leo of Canaan, Vt.; Marsha Clifford and husband Earle of Pittsburg, N.H.; Terry Reynard and husband David of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Heather Mitchell and husband Mark Amey of Clarksville, N.H.; eight grandchildren: Lisa Morse and husband William, Jr. of Jay, Vt.; Kevin Renaudette and companion Aimee Martineau of Beebe Plains, Vt.; Sean Clifford and wife Kristen of Austin, Tex.; Christopher Mitchell Small of Seal Beach, Calif.; Andrea Ripley of Marina, Calif.; Chantel Amey Randall and husband David of Kirby, Vt.; Dana Amey and husband William Graves of Halifax, Mass.; and Christen Knapp and husband Stephen of Tacoma, Wash.; and ten great-grandchildren: Austin Pombrio of Beebe Plains, Vt.; Ryan Morse of Jay, Vt.; Kassidy and Carmina Clifford and Madeleine Granville of Austin, Tex.; Andrew Ripley of Marina, Calif.; Donovan and Colin Mitchell Randall of Kirby, Vt.; and Owen and Julia Graves of Halifax, Mass.; one brother, John E. Gauthier, USAF (Ret.) of Laconia; her best friend since first grade, Ivie Willhite of Joplin, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Edmund Mitchell, in 1993.
A graveside service will be held in Laconia in May, and a memorial celebration of her life July 18 at the Methodist church hall in Pittsburg .
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH 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, 30 March 2015 07:14
FRANKLIN — Miss Elaine C. Rainville, 60, of Franklin, died at Bedford Hills Rehabilitation Center on March 28, 2015 after a lengthy battle with MS.
She was born in Franklin on Dec. 20, 1954 the daughter of Roger and Marguritte (Clark) Rainville. Elaine was a graduate of Franklin High School, Class of 1973.
She was formerly employed at Atlantic Laminates in Franklin and later for 16 years for The State of NH at the State House Annex as an administrative assistant retiring due to illness. Elaine was a communicant of St. Paul Church.
She enjoyed making various crafts and collecting dolls. Elaine was a NASCAR fan and especially enjoyed Rusty Wallace.
Family members include her brothers, Phillip Rainville of Auburn, Edward Rainville of Merrimack, Louis Rainville of Franklin, and Arthur Rainville of Easton, and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Dorothy Gilpatric who died March 16.
A private service will be held in the spring with burial in Franklin Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elaine may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, One Bedford Farms Dr., Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110.
Thibault-Neun Funeral Home in Franklin is assisting with arrangements.
For an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 07:10
HILL — Marion B. Woodward, 99, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at home, after a period of declining health. She was born in N. Dorchester N.H., one of twin daughters, to Frank and Bertha (Tilton) Burnham. She attended local schools, moved to Bristol at age 12, graduated from Bristol High School, and earned her degree in education from Plymouth Normal School. Marion taught in Lancaster during WWII. After the war ended, she returned to Bristol where she raised a family and taught sixth grade for a few years.
A fantastic homemaker and mother, Marion was known for her gardening, canning of vegetables, cooking and baking skills as well as for braiding rugs, making baskets, and caning chairs. She was a member of the Bristol United Church of Christ and served for years on the Alter Guild. She was also active with the New Hampton Garden Club, Enterprise Rebekah Lodge #46 of Bristol and Sawhegenit Chapter #52 OES of Bristol.
Family members include three sons: Roy Woodward of Bristol; Frank Woodward of New Boston; John Woodward of Hill; a daughter Bessie Symington of Bristol; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; her twin sister Mildred Lindsay of Hill and sister Bertha Kowalczyk of Springfield, Penn. She was predeceased by her husband Willie C. Woodward, son Carl Woodward, and sister Ruby Firth.
Services-Calling hours will be Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St, Bristol, N.H. Funeral Services will be Monday, March 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Bristol United Church of Christ. Burial will be in the spring in Homeland Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Franklin Area VNA, Chestnut Street, Franklin, NH 03253
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 07:46
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A. James (Jim) Clark, 87, of Vero Beach died March 20, 2015, of congestive heart failure.
He was born in Richmond, Va. Mr. Clark and his family moved to Bethesda, Md., when he was 6 years old.
He attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, graduated from Devitt Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., and received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
He was hired after college by the George Hyman Construction Company and was named its president in 1969. In 1996 he merged George Hyman and Omni Construction into the Clark Construction Group. His companies built more than 1,200 projects in the Washington, D.C., metro area during his tenure and many more nationwide.
Clark was well known for his philanthropy and gave generously to universities, medical facilities and other organizations that helped veterans, the homeless and the disadvantaged. Clark served on a number of corporate boards and was a strong supporter of the Republican Party. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and hunting with family, friends and colleagues. He held membership several clubs, including Bald Peak Colony Club in Moultonborough, N.H.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice Bratton Clark; two sons, Paul Clark and wife Carol Parrish, of Mill River, Mass., and A. James (Brad) Clark Jr. of Bethesda, Md.; a daughter, Courtney Clark Pastrick and husband R. Scott Pastrick, also of Bethesda, Md.; and 10 grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Woodruff and Sally Wray Clark; and his sister, Jeanne Curren.
A memorial service is planned for the Washington National Cathedral at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mr. Clark's honor to A. James Clark Scholarship at the University of Maryland, 3207 Kim Engineering Building, College Park, MD 20742.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 07:42