FRANKLIN — William Jonathan "John" Cooper, 87, a longtime resident of Franklin died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Genesis Center in Franklin surrounded by his loving family. His family is very grateful for the care and kindnesses given to John and his family during his stay there. John was born in Ireland's Eye, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, December 16, 1926, son of William and Mary (Miller) Cooper. John was one of seven children.
He came to the United States in 1947 at the age of 21. He worked as a painter in the Boston area with his cousin who helped with his travel to the United States. He was drafted into the U. S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany and reaching the rank of Corporal. After serving in the Army John became an American Citizen. Following his move to New Hampshire in 1953, he was employed as a spinner at the J. P. Stevens Woolen Mill in Northfield until its closure. For many years he worked in maintenance and did contract work and painting with his brother in law, David Huckins, building houses and working in apartment buildings until he retired in 1989. An accomplished carpenter and fixer upper, John enjoyed woodworking, especially craft projects he did with his daughter, making picture frames of all sizes and making grandfather clocks. When his granddaughters were born he made each a grandfather clock and was able to give them to them when they each moved into their own homes recently. He also made other types of clocks for many nieces and nephews. John was a longtime active member of the former St. Jude Episcopal Church in Franklin, always ready to volunteer with church projects and fund raising events, and of course caring for church repairs. During chicken barbecues he was often seen flipping the chicken racks. John was a local volunteer and often assisted with Habitant for Humanity projects, active at the TRIP Center (Community Action Senior Center) in Franklin and The Pines Community Center in Northfield. John was known as the "custodian" of the Daniel Park near his home, raising the flag during his A.M. walk and taking it down at sunset during his evening walk. He mowed the property there and was acknowledged with an honor by the City of Franklin for his numerous volunteer projects at the park. Whether you knew him as William, Bill, Johnny, John, Jackie, Jack, Cooper or Coop, you knew him as a strong, proud, hardworking man, strong in his beliefs. Proud of the life he created for his family and especially proud of his two granddaughters, Amy and Robyn.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by siblings, Sylvia, James Gertrude, Gerald, Myrtle and Joanna, all of Newfoundland.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Barbara (Huckins)Cooper of Franklin; his daughter Shirley Curdie and husband David of Northfield; granddaughters Amy Shafrir and husband, Daniel of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and Robyn Curdie of Boston, Mass.
John was looking forward to the birth of his great-granddaughter in November.
He also leaves nieces and nephews in both the U.S. and Canada.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, September 21st from 2 to 4 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Private interment with honors will be held for his family at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in John's name to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
ASHLAND — Katherine Mary Edie, 64 died on September 15, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on August 24, 1950, a daughter of Harry and Jadviga (Kubica) Murah. She grew up in Housatonic, Mass. where she attended local schools. She furthered her education at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. Following College, she taught school in Keene, New Hampshire and then joined the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, she was stationed in Memphis, Tenn., Iceland, and Florida. After serving her country, she worked for a logistics firm in Florida. She moved to Ashland 19 years ago. She was an avid quilter donating her work to many people. She enjoyed reading and visiting with her great nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her daughter Mary-Katherine Edie of Ashland, four sisters, Barbara DuBrosky of Florida, Bernice Sanders of Ashland, Carolyn Murah of Rumney, and Melanie Mardin of Ashland; one brother Bennie Murah of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Avenue in Ashland. A literagy of the word service will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish, St Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland. Dupuis Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. For more information, go to www.Dupuisfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:05
LACONIA — Jean Guy "Jeff" Sauve, 89, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon on Sunday, September 14, 2014. His passing marked the end of a full, rich life, one characterized by hard work, selfless service to community, a devotion to church, an interest in family history, and a large, loving family.
Born June 6, 1925 in Manchester, N.H., to the late George and Albertine (Gagne) Sauve, Mr. Sauve grew up with three brothers and two sisters. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. Together, these experiences no doubt prepared him to be a good father to the nine children he would have with his beloved wife Rita (Picard). Mr. Sauve was employed at Pratt & Whitney for over thirty years before retiring in 1982. But he also worked several other jobs at this time to provide for his family. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Laconia. But Mr. Sauve continued to work, now as a volunteer at Lakes Region General Hospital.
In addition, Mr. Sauve was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church where he was a lecture and Eucharistic Minister. He was also a dedicated and skilled researcher when it came to family genealogy and was often at work on completing the family trees of his friends and acquaintances.
Mr. Sauve is survived by his nine children, Mark, Gail, James and his wife Doreen, Elaine and Lisa, Patricia, Linda and Laura, Jacqueline, Denise and her husband, Nello, and Thomas, fourteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Sauve was predeceased by three brothers, two sisters and by his wife Rita.
A calling hour will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Carriage House of Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 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.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Lakes Region General Hospital, 80 Highland Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
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, 16 September 2014 07:42
BELMONT —Valery P. Pierce, 86, of 105 Hurricane Road, died at her home on
Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Mrs. Pierce was born August 19, 1928 in Ashland, N.H., the daughter of the late Basil N. and Maude (Patten) Baker. She resided in Ashland and Laconia for many years before moving to Belmont fifty-seven years ago.
Mrs. Pierce attended the First United Methodist Church of Gilford. She enjoyed travelling, square dancing and playing bingo.
Survivors include her husband of thirty years, Walter Pierce, of Belmont; two sons, Gary A. Cartier of Belmont and Dean Cartier of Damariscotta, Maine and one daughter, Cathie A. Thurston, of Florida; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Thurston Sparacino, Melissa Thurston, Cohen Cartier, Jennifer Cartier Boggia, Cory Cartier Moran, Brie Cartier, Ashley Cartier and Lacey Cartier Creamer; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pierce was predeceased by her first husband, Francis W. Cartier; two brothers, Harold and Richard Baker and two sisters, Dorothy Brunt and Shirley Harriman.
A memorial calling hour will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Memorial Service will follow the calling hour at 2:00PM also at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Franklin (VNA) Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, 75 Chestnut Street, Franklin, NH 03235.
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, 16 September 2014 07:39