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Stephen K. Perkins, 31

LACONIA — Stephen K. Perkins 31, formerly of Melrose, Mass., passed away suddenly at his home, Friday, February 27, 2015.

Stephen was born January 15, 1984 in North Adams, Mass., the son of Roger R. Perkins Sr. and Barbara A. ( Hawkins) Perkins-Thompson. He was a resident of the Lakes Region for the last 15 years.

Stephen was a stay-at-home dad, and loved spending time with his family, especially his children. Above all, he enjoyed taking his children to the local beaches, having movie nights and cookouts throughout the summer.

Stephen is survived by his wife of five years, Elizabeth "Liz" (Taylor) Perkins of Laconia; a son, Maliki Perkins of Laconia; three daughters, Nevaeh Perkins and Leia Taylor, both of Laconia, and Biancka Taylor of Maine; four brothers, Roger Richard Perkins Jr. of Massachusetts, Matthew Perkins of Laconia, Philip Sylvia and Donald Sylvia, both of Laconia; four sisters, his twin sisters, Melissa Perkins of Henniker, Stephanie Perkins of Dover, Angela Perkins-Littlefield and her husband, Richard, of Laconia, and Melissa Sylvia of Laconia; his paternal grandmother, Luciell Perry as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Kathleen Hawkins; his paternal grandfather, Richard Perkins and Charlotte "Nanna" M. Sylvia.

Memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. using the Carriage House entrance, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A memorial service will immediately follow at 8 p.m., also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Stephen's memory for his children in c/o Melissa Perkins 115 2A Flanders Road, Henniker, NH 03242.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, please go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 10:02

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Elizabeth 'Mackie' Heinrich, 72

MOULTONBOROUGH — Elizabeth "Mackie" Fitzpatrick Heinrich, of Greene's Basin, Moultonborough, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by the ones she loved.

Born on April 11, 1942, in Schenectady, N.Y., Mackie was the daughter of William Aloysius Fitzpatrick II and Elizabeth (Atkin) Fitzpatrick. She spent her childhood in Dayton, Ohio, and was a graduate of Oakwood High School.

Mackie and her husband George built a successful screen-printing business, Heinrich Ceramic Decal, in Worcester, Mass. There she was able to use her God-given talents as a copy artist and champion of all staff.

They were fortunate to spend the last 20 years retired, splitting their time between the lake and traveling the country in their motor home. Her passions included boating, quilting, knitting, reading and volunteering. She was recently awarded the Charlotte A. Leavitt Award from the Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers in recognition of outstanding volunteer service.

Mackie leaves a legacy of compassion, generosity and kindness that touched many. Her presence will sorely be missed by all who knew her.

Mackie was predeceased by her brother, Patrick Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Mackie was foremost defined by her love and devotion to family. She leaves behind her husband of 43 years, George "Bud" Heinrich of Moultonborough; four children, Anthony Willis Espy of Somerville, Mass., David Lynn Espy of Princeton, Mass., Cynthia Heinrich Donahue and her husband Bill of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Catherine Heinrich Currier and her husband Jason of Milton, Vt. The pride of her later years were her grandchildren: Cameron Anthony and Theodore Burtis Espy of Princeton, Mass., and William Andrew Currier of Milton, Vt. Mackie is also survived by a brother William Aloysius Fitzpatrick, III of Piqua, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at Mayhew Funeral Home, Routes 3 and 104, in Meredith.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers, PO Box 78, Center Harbor, NH 03226.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium are assisting the family with their arrangements. To sign Mackie's Book of Memories, please go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

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Marcelle Livingston, 86

GILFORD — Marcelle Livingston, 86, passed away March 5, 2015, at Lakes Region General Hospital after a short illness surrounded by her family.

Marcelle was born in Trevoux, France, Feb. 3, 1929, the ninth and youngest child of Benoit and Jeanne Brenon.

At age 9, her parents took her and her older sister on a "secret vacation." They came to America shortly before France was invaded by Nazi Germany. The family brought with them diamond dies and the skill to make these dies. They first went to New York City, and eventually bought land in Edison, N.J., and began making the dies that were used for wires and filaments. As the United States came into World War II, USTesting built the family a factory on their property and employed them to make these diamond dies. These dies were state of the art and were instrumental to the war effort. Both parents, an older brother and the two sisters worked in the factory.

Marcelle's parents never learned English, so she was sent to school, and one of her jobs was to take phone calls and translate caller's orders, questions, and specifications for her father.

In 1951, she married Robert Livingston, and they moved to Dunellen, N.J. In 1962, they sold their house and came to New Hampshire to buy a resort business. They purchased Hi-Spot Cottages located on Weirs Boulevard. In 1970, they sold some of the cottages and built a motel in order to be open year-round. In 1994, her husband Robert passed away, and she continued to operate Hi-Spot with the help of her family until she retired after 44 years in 2007.

Marcelle loved gardening and had many flowers and bushes at Hi-Spot and later at her condominium. She also loved to feed the ducks and many birds that visited her. She had a Dalmatian named Jasmine that was her companion for many years. She enjoyed traveling off season with her husband, and doing many family events at holidays and special occasions. She enjoyed playing games such as Pinochle and playing Scrabble with her son, Dan.

Marcelle is survived by her daughter, Shirley Noyes and her husband Jeff of Laconia; her son, Dan Livingston and his wife Peggy of Laconia; five grandchildren, Heidi Bourgeois and her husband Marc of Gilford, Chris Noyes and his wife Meghan of Laconia, Brian Livingston and his wife Amanda of Barnstead, Keith Noyes and his wife Katie of Laconia, Shawn Livingston and his wife Betsy of Belmont; and 12 great grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 3 p.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish -

Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia. Burial will be held in the spring in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia.

If anyone wishes to, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to either St. Andre Bessette Parish-Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia NH 03246, or to the Laconia Putnam Fund Advisory Board, 45 Beacon St., Laconia NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, 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, 09 March 2015 09:53

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Sanborn — It (all) came from the basement

As of March 1, 2015 there were 779 single family residential homes on the market in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered in this report. The average asking price stood at $654,919 and the median price point was $264,900. The Alton average asking price is skewed by a $49 million waterfront listing of two homes which are also listed individually at $24 million and $25 million.

So, I sold my own home. We just closed on it this past week. My wife and I have owned five homes so far with three of them being in the Lakes Region. It seems like every time we sell a place we can't find anything else that we like, where we want to be, for a price we can afford so we end up moving to temporary quarters until a home is either remodeled or built. I can really sympathize with other sellers that get caught in this same dilemma because moving your stuff once is bad enough, but moving in into storage and then having to move it again really, pardon me, sucks.

So we are renting a small condo until we decide whether to buy or build. We're moving there with just the bare necessities as the unit is furnished. There is a God.

While me may not have moved as often as some people, you'd think that after moving five times you wouldn't have accumulate as much stuff as if you'd stayed in one spot. Wrong. We found stuff we hadn't seen in ten years and forgot that we even owned. It was kind of like Christmas. And speaking of Christmas, why do I have so many Christmas decorations that never get used anymore? I think you should move every two years to a smaller place each time. That would be a big boost to the real estate market and you would stay fighting trim.

I always have to cringe a little when I have to list a home with a basement full of stuff because I know how much work the sellers are going to go through to get packed up. Conversely, I am amazed when some sellers have so little accumulated. Some people are truly minimalists. I am not sure that kind of seller is truly human. How is it that they can exist without six leaf rakes, a wide assortment of shovels (some without handles), old eight track or cassette players, outdated X-Box and Nintendo consoles, boxes of various electrical and computer wiring, old computer monitors, extra boxes of assorted glassware and plates that haven't been used since 1980, paint that doesn't match anything in the house, clothes that are too small, unidentifiable parts to something equally unidentifiable, half full bags of pesticides, spray cans of paint that don't spray anymore, pictures that haven't been hung on a wall for a decade, buckets of unsorted bolts, screws, and fasteners, 12 flashlights, and old lamps that don't work?These people don't keep their old Mr. Coffee machines now that they have upgraded to a Keurig.

So after three weeks of sorting, wrapping, packing, and numerous trips to the dump to throw out stuff that we never knew we had, things are getting thinned out. But we still did manage to fill a 10' x 30' and a 10' x 20' storage building. I am happy to say my two Mr. Coffees, a bread maker, and some Christmas decoration found a new home at the town's recycling center where they were quickly adopted by another unsuspecting home owner. I'll probably see my stuff in their house when I list it next year...

Now, maybe I will put a very low offer in on one of those waterfront listings in Alton that are messing up the averages.

P​ease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others.
​Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 3/1/15. ​Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012​.​

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