CAMDEN, S.C. — "Faye" French Lebel entered the glorious gates of heaven on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Providence Hospital in Columbia, S.C. with her family at her side.
Faye was born March 4, 1934 in Laconia, one of five daughters of the late Clement C.B. French and Alice "Ma" (Guyer) French and graduated from Laconia High School in 1952, where she was very active in cheerleading and other school functions. She later attended Laconia Empire Beauty Academy.
In 1956 she married her 'soul-mate', Roger E. "Tibi" Lebel and started a family. Together, over the years, they founded and operated several successful business ventures including R.E. Lebel Mason Contracting, LaBelle Beauty Salon, The Rollin' Deli and Furniture Facelifters - always working side by side. They relocated to Lake Worth, Florida in 1977 to enjoy the warm climate, balmy ocean breezes and sunshine filtering through the palm trees!
The pinnacle moment of their lives was when their grandson, Taurin Hurley, arrived from El Salvador through the miracle of adoption and was placed into their loving arms. Their indescribably beautiful love bond together remains the utmost in life's blessings and lives on through Taurin.
Faye's spunk, vitality and vibrant smile has touched and encouraged many lives. Her heartfelt message would be for everyone to accept Jesus as personal savior - embrace the Love of God the Father...and in the twinkling of an eye she will see you up there on those streets of pure gold. In her words, "It's all about love!"
Survivors include her daughter Tamara Whittington of Camden, S.C. (husband Jerry) her son Roger "Pete" E. Lebel, Jr. of Camden, S.C. (wife Claudia) her grandson Taurin Hurley of Waxhaw, N.C. (wife Jessica) and great granddaughters Dani and Isabella "Grace" and step-granddaughter Faye Harvell of Port St Lucie, Fla. She is also survived by two sisters, Anita Pintar of Lantana, Fla. and Lorraine Mathis of Gainesville, Fla. In addition to her parents, Faye was predeceased by her husband, Roger "Tibi" Lebel in 2000 and two sisters Shirley Sleeper and Joyce Munsey.
Calling hours were held at Tillman Funeral Home in West Palm Beach, Fla. A graveside service was held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Grandson, Taurin Hurley, led by honoring his grandmother with a special tribute and prayer as family gathered to celebrate a life well lived . . . no regrets, nothing left unsaid . . . perfect peace.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 08:29
JAFFREY — Theresa Drouin, 87, of 20 Plantation Drive, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Good Shephard Health Care Center in Jaffrey after a long illness.
She was born on November 11, 1927 in Laconia, the daughter of Emile and Yvonne (Bolduc) Fortin. In younger years, Theresa worked as a waitress, a mill worker and an in home caregiver. She spent most of her adult life caring for her husband who struggled with a debilitating illness. Theresa enjoyed needlepoint and crafts, cooking for her family, trips to Canada and researching genealogy. She enjoyed camping with family and friends and was a devout Catholic.
She is survived by her two sons; Michael E. Drouin and his wife Suzanne of Bristol and Richard Drouin and his wife Colleen of Bristol, four daughters; Diane Petell and her husband Bruce of Harrisville, Denise Foote of Phoenix, Ariz., Jacqueline Drouin of Pine, Ariz. and May Drouin of Lawrence, Kansas, eleven grandchildren; Joshua Drouin of Pennsylvania, Nathan Isabelle of Maine, Chris Isabelle of New Mexico, Nick Isabelle of Ariz., Caillyn Drouin of Kansas, Regan McAllister of Kansas, Michaela Drouin of New Hampshire, Katie Drouin of New Hampshire, Sarah Kelley of New Hampshire, Jaime Julius of Arizona and Eric Foote of Tennessee, several great grandchildren, one sister, Arlene Sayward of Belmont and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Wilbrod Drouin in 1988, four brothers; Paul Fortin, Roger Fortin, Morris Fortin and Arthur Fortin and two sisters; Rachel Laplante and Rita Roukema.
Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1 p.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia. Burial will follow in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of New Hampshire, 215 Myrtle Street, Manchester, NH 03104-4354.
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, 10 March 2015 07:59
MEREDITH — Pauli Novicki (Woodman) (91), passed away Sunday March 8, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born in Melrose, Mass. June 24, 1923 to Ernest and Bessie (Lane) Woodman. Pauli attended the Bay School in Sanbornton, Laconia High, and the Burdett Business School in Boston. Over her long career she made many friends and cherished her association with Old Mill Properties as a Realtor/Broker.
She maintained her friendship with those associates throughout her life and held those and all her relationships dear. Her enthusiasm and energy was shared in her volunteer work with the Sanbornton Historic Society and later with the Meredith Conservation Commission. She had energy. She skied, kayaked, hiked, golfed, and loved a party.
Pauli was predeceased by her husband Chet Novicki and her granddaughter Caitlyn Cedarstrom Morris. She leaves behind her son and daughter in law Kim and Holly Cedarstrom and her granddaughter Maggie Cedarstrom.
Per her wishes, there will be no visiting hours. She will be interred at the Union Cemetery, Woodman Road in Sanbornton later this spring with a family graveside burial.
Mayhew Funeral Homes are assisting the family with arrangements. To view Pauli's book of memories go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 06:48
LACONIA — Gilbert Floyd (Gil) Warren, formerly of 35 Dolloff Street, Laconia, N.H., died Sunday March 8, 2015 at the age of 88 at his son Harry's home in Methuen, Mass.
Gil was born May 19, 1926 in Dracut, Mass., the son of Harold O. and Mildred (Vinal) Warren. He was raised in Enfield, N.H., graduating from Enfield High School in 1944. He attended Dartmouth College, served in the Navy, and obtained an electrical engineering degree from the Bliss Electrical School in 1948, after which he went to work for Public Service Company of NH as a lineman, a position that he held until his retirement. He married Grace Isabelle Sanborn, an Enfield school teacher, in 1948 and they moved to Hollis, N.H. where they lived until 1959, when Gil was transferred by PSNH to Laconia. They purchased a home on Dolloff Street in 1961 and resided there until Gracie, who had been a teacher in Laconia schools, passed away in 2005 and Gil moved to Massachusetts.
Gil excelled as an athlete, playing baseball, skiing and ski jumping while a student in Enfield and at Dartmouth College. He skied at Gunstock throughout his adult life, making annual trips to Tuckerman's Ravine with his sons Howard and Harry. He also golfed at Pheasant Ridge Country Club and then at Laconia Country Club, and bowled in a league at Funspot. He was an avid bow and rifle hunter, and share this pastime with his sons in their favorite locations in Alton and Gilmanton and at his family's camp in Enfield. He also loved to fish, spending time in his bob house off of Belknap Point Road in Gilford with his granddaughters Kate and Jayleen.
Survivors include his five children, Kathryn Warren of Portsmouth, R.I., Howard Warren and his wife Karen Feltham of Gilford, N.H., Harry Warren of Methuen, Mass., Milia Ahu of San Rafael, Calif., and Jane Warren of Laconia, N.H. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Kimmarie Rupert of Carson City, Nev., Beth Gray of Danville, N.H., Meghan Flynn of Haverhill, Mass., Kate Warren of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jayleen Warren Hanks of Laconia, N.H., as well as three great-grandchildren, Keela Paskins of Carson City, Nev. and Ryleigh Comerford and Lindsay Gray of Danville, N.H.
He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. He has one surviving sister, Gert Zeaman of Pembroke, N.H., and one surviving brother, Norman Warren of Vernon, Conn.
There will be no calling hours or funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Woodland Heights School Student Activity Fund, 155 Winter Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 06:35