LACONIA — Elizabeth "Libby" Tobey Gonnerman Erb, 97, passed away at the Taylor Home in Laconia, on August 26, 2013.
She was born to Fred C. Tobey and Susan Colby Tobey in Brookline, MA on November, 22, 1915. At age three, she moved to New Hampshire, beginning a life-long love affair with the Granite State. The fifth of seven children, Libby grew up on a farm, rode a horse to school, and attended a one-room schoolhouse, where she and her siblings made up nearly half the student body. Every September, she'd go to the county fair, walking her cow "Molly" a mile to the fairground and inevitably picking up a blue ribbon.
Libby attended Plymouth High School and earned a diploma from Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer College) in 1934. At age 20, she moved to Boston, where she lived in a rooming house owned by her grandmother. She landed her first job as a typist, and eventually became a stenographer at Woolworth's.
She married Harrison Frederick Gonnerman, Jr. in 1939, and raised four children in Hillsdale, NJ and Bethesda, MD. She was an especially devoted mother and civic volunteer: selling hot dogs at Little League games, serving on the local school board, raising money for veterans. From 1941 to 1956, her parents owned Lucknow, now known as the Castle in the Clouds, in Moultonborough, and she spent many summers there.
After her marriage dissolved in 1962, she moved straight back to New Hampshire, now a 46-year-old single mother with four teenagers. She reinvented herself as a real-estate broker, becoming one of the top agents at Byse Agency in Laconia before going into business for herself with "Libby's Referral Bureau." Over a 30-year career, she sold nearly 400 homes in the Lakes Region area.
To those who knew her, Libby was an extraordinary woman with a generous heart, unmatchable sense of style, quick wit, and Yankee spirit. She was also an enthusiastic storyteller, frequently regaling her children and grandchildren with tales from her own childhood. One of her favorite stories was about the times when she and her brothers and sisters would put on a circus at their farm.
"I was the trapeze lady," she once told her daughter Susan. "We tied strings of black crepe paper to make a horse into a zebra. We hooked the barn cats into pairs and called them bears. We had small dogs too who were more cooperative than the cats. One of the boys was a clown. The circus lasted one day. We called the neighbors and charged 10 cents to get in."
Beginning in 1970, she lived in a majestic, five-bedroom house, painted lavender, which sat atop a hill near the entrance to Governor's Island. Her ex-husband moved in with her there in 1982, and the two remarried in 1993. At the time, she was 77; he was 79. For their honeymoon, they traveled to London aboard the QE2 ocean liner. He passed away the following year.
In 1996, she sold her house and moved into the Taylor Home in Laconia. There, she met Dean Erb, a fellow resident. In 1999, two days before her 84th birthday, she married him at the Weirs Beach United Methodist Church.
Libby was the proud matriarch of a large extended family who will miss her greatly.
She was predeceased by her six siblings, yet her maiden name—Tobey—continues to live on in her family. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Michael Gonnerman of Hanover and Tobey Gonnerman of New Hampton; one daughter, Susan G. Hayes of Laconia; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Gonnerman; a sister-in-law, Alice Gonnerman Mueller; two stepdaughters; six grandchildren: Cynthia Gonnerman, Abigail Sampson, Jennifer Gonnerman, Peter Gonnerman, Tobey Gonnerman, and Samuel Prest; four grandchildren's spouses; and six great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Hollace Prest, died in 2009.
Libby spent her final 17 years at the Taylor Home, and her family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the Taylor Home staff for the loving and devoted care they provided.
The memorial service and burial will be private.
She will be buried at the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery in Holderness, where her parents and first husband were put to rest.
Donations can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH), 85 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301.
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 Wednesday, 28 August 2013 07:39
LACONIA — Adrienne "Adie" Roselyn Hounsell, formerly of 15 Chestnut St, Lakeport, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Golden View Health Care Center, Meredith.
Adrienne was born November 11, 1929 in Concord, N.H. The daughter of Joseph and Laura Landry, she moved with her family to the Lincoln area where she met her future husband and lifelong companion Gordon "Buster" Hounsell. She lived most of her life in Lakeport before moving to Edgewater, Florida in 1984, then returning to New Hampshire in 2008.
Adrienne was well known as a waitress for over 30 years at St. Pierre's Restaurant in Laconia. She enjoyed most, her family, her pets, and music. She could often be found around the card table and enjoyed music. She had an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile that could light up any room.
Adrienne was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Gordon Hounsell Jr. She is survived by two sons, Gordon C. Hounsell, III and his wife, Cheryl , of Laconia and Kent L. Hounsell and his wife, Carolyn, of Edgewater, Florida; two daughters, Charlotte E. Wood of Port Orange, Florida and Johnna-Dee Davis and her husband, Greg, of Gilford; her grandchildren who she held dear, Chari Szepanski and her husband, Joe, and daughters, Tabatha, Sabrina, and Leeza of Northfield, Clifford Hounsell and his children, Caleb, Taylor, and Felicity of Laconia, Jennifer Perkins and her husband, Max, and daughter, Lily, of Laconia, Danielle Berry and daughter, Brynn, of Winnisquam, Christina Hounsell of Nashua, Julia Davis of Gilford, Second Class Petty Officer Andrew Hounsell, his wife, Cindi Blackman, and children, Aurora Rose-Marie Hounsell, William Patrick Hounsell and Andrew Leon Hounsell Jr. stationed in Bahrain, Second Class Petty Officer Jonathon Hounsell stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Joshua Hounsell of Lynchburg, Virginia. She also leaves behind three sisters, Rose Roy of Edgewater, Florida, Marie Gilbert of Portsmouth, N.H. and Lorraine Millette of Micco, Florida. In addition to her parents and husband, Adrienne was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Landry.
According to Adrienne's wishes, there will be no calling hours. There will be a graveside service held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, N H 03247 or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 07:35
MEREDITH — David Thomas Barry, 84, of Meredith, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Golden View Health Care Center, after a lengthy illness.
Born on September 13, 1928, in Providence, RI, he was the son of Philip C. and Celeste (Cinq-Mars) Barry. David was raised in Providence, attending local schools. After graduating high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served with honor and courage during World War II. Upon returning from the war he entered Brown University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering.
Throughout his career, David worked in a variety of positions primarily on the design and testing of weapons systems, particularly those associated with nuclear submarines. He worked for the Ordinance Research Lab at Penn State University, the Federal Product Company, of RI, the Naval Underwater Systems Center, in Newport, RI, the Geosciences Department at Texas Instruments, in Dallas, he ran a small defense contracting firm, and worked for Martin Marietta's Navy Systems Department, in Baltimore.
He retired in 1991 to Houston, TX with his wife Ruth and oldest son. In 1996, they moved to Bandera, TX where he resided until 2007. With the passing of his son Philip, and his deteriorating health, David was forced to move to Meredith to be closer to his surviving family members.
David was an avid reader of history, politics, military strategy and tactics, and he liked to research genealogy.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 29 years, Ruth E. (Tullgren), in January, 1997; his son Philip, in 2007, and his daughter, Pamela, in 2013.
David is survived by his six children, Susan Black and her husband Doug, of Coos Bay, OR, Allison, of Cranston, RI, Theodore and his wife Patty, of Milford, NH, Dennis and his wife Janet, of Newport News, VA, Christine of Chesapeake, VA, and Jonathan and his wife Ann, of Meredith, NH; 11 grandchildren, Adrienne, Sam, Patrick, Kyle, Derek, Samantha, Donovan, Patrick, Jessica, Elizabeth, and Victoria, and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org, or to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, 03246.
Calling Hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3&104), Meredith, on Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon. A prayer service with military honors will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Charest, Pastor Emeritus of the Plymouth United Methodist Church will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For David's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
BEDFORD — Jeannine C. (Dutil) Dutile, 79, of 17 Privet Hedge Lane, formerly of 36 Rowell Street, Laconia, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 after a period of declining health.
Jeannine was born May 12, 1934 in Lewiston, Maine, the daughter of the late Emile and Generia (Gilbert) Dutil.
Jeannine was raised in Lewiston and graduated from St. Mary's General Hospital School of Nursing. She had been a longtime resident of Laconia before moving to Bedford six years ago.
Jeannine was a registered nurse for over forty years and had been employed at Lakes Region General Hospital and at Lakes Region OB-GYN Professional Association, retiring in 2001.
Jeannine was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and was a former member of the Ladies Guild of Sacred Heart. She was also a member of the Graduate Nurses' Association of Lakes Region General Hospital.
Jeannine loved and enjoyed being with her grandchildren and family gatherings. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading and keeping up with new developments in nursing and medicine.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, J. Norman Dutile, of Bedford; three sons, David Dutile and his wife Kathleen of Greenville, SC , Donald Dutile and his wife Noreen of Merrimack and Thomas Dutile and his wife Linda of Manchester; a daughter, Deborah Plante, and her husband, John, of Barre, VT; six grandchildren, Matthew, Kevin, Michael, Emily and Rebecca Dutile and Monika Plante; a brother, Maurice Dutil and his wife, Monique, of Lewiston, ME ; three nieces and six nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dutile was predeceased by a son, Michael Dutile, in 1965.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wilkinson-BeaneSimoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia using the Carriage House entrance.
Following the visiting hours, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H. Burial will follow in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Manchester VNA/Hospice, 1070 Holt Avenue, Suite 1400, Manchester, NH 03109.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family of Jeannine. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00