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James R. Eakin, 73

MEREDITH — Dr. James R. Eakin, 73, optometrist, of Meredith, N.H., died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the home of his beloved Cindi Curtis with family with him. He was born 3 months premature in Franklin, Penn., to the late Cora (Phinney) and Harold Eakin, January l, 1941, with a twin sibling, Roger, who did not survive. He married Annette Coen Eakin who survives with his children, Mitchell and Brooke of Concord, N.H. and Colin of St. Petersburg, Fla. His sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn Miller and the Hon. Gordon Miller of Hilton Head, S.C., both were with him till the day of his death. He has a nephew, Christopher Miller and his wife, Blair, and great niece and nephew living in Denver, Colo.
Jim graduated from Franklin High School, Franklin, Penn. in 1959 and Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio after serving 2 years in the US Army and thereafter graduated from Ohio State University Optometry School. He practiced most recently, until June, 2014, in Laconia where he owned his business and thoroughly enjoyed his staff and patients. He had to give up working when he became ill with an aggressive cancer.
His skills in his career are only a fraction of the man.
He was stoic and courageous and never complained. He was gentle with a dry sense of humor, always kind and quick to give back to his community whether on a professional level or other. He helped with adaptive skiing last winter with the blind and autistic. He was good to his family and to all whom he touched and who touched him.
Jim loved high energy activities and was a 15 year green card member of the Meredith Mountain and Chowder Society and co-wrote the adopted by-laws. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, tennis, downhill skiing, water sports on Lake Winnipesaukee, biking and travel with Cindi to many places to pursue these activities.
Jim was a member of the Laconia Rotary Club and was honored to receive several Paul Harris Fellow awards. He was also a member of Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness Club.
There will be calling hours in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.
There will be a memorial celebration of Jim's life at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in the family lot in Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Laconia Rotary Club, PO Box 503 Laconia¸ NH 03247-0503 or a charity of one's choice.
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, 24 September 2014 06:02

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Richard A. Trachy, Sr., 91

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Richard A. Trachy, Sr. passed away on August 21, 2014. 

Richard Trachy (Dick) was born on March 12, 1923 at his parents' home in Franklin, New Hampshire, second child of six to Arville and Yvonne Trachy. He attended Franklin High School and the University of New Hampshire, receiving a bachelor's degree cum laude in Electrical Engineering. After graduating he joined the United States Army. On June 14, 1947 he married Jeannette Horzempa in Franklin. He then joined Western Union where he and Jeannette traveled the country setting up telephone relay stations. In 1950 he began his career with IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York. He worked in several roles within IBM, bringing him to Rochester Minn. in 1965. Dick eventually became Manager in the newly formed Development Lab here. He held several management positions at IBM in Rochester, eventually retiring as Senior Site Manager in 1983. He was very proud of his career at IBM; first and foremost he loved dealing with the people. He also enjoyed the management and technical challenges presented during the rise of the computer age. His proudest accomplishment was bringing the System 3 development project to Rochester, establishing Rochester as the major player in the midrange computing marketplace. He was asked to join the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary's Hospital, beginning a 10 year involvement that he relished. He became President for two years, finally leaving the St. Mary's Board in 1986. He also served on the Board of Directors for Minnesota First Credit and Savings. Upon fully retiring he taught classes in personal computing to seniors at the Rochester Senior Citizens Center. His lessons enabled many seniors to learn how to use e-mail and other PC applications. One of Dick's favorite pastimes was fishing. He especially enjoyed the annual trip he and his friends took to Lac de Mille Lacs in Canada and later to Lake Michigan with, on occasion, his grandchildren. Dick loved relaxing at his cottage in Shell Lake, Wisc. with his family, working on his computer, playing golf and bridge, and also casting his inquisitive mind in new directions. He was unfailingly kind, generous, and respectful to all he met. Dick was a true gentleman, a devoted father, and a loving husband to Jeannette for 67 years. 
 Richard is survived by his wife, Jeannette, his four children, Richard Jr. (Cyndi), Jeffrey (Josephine), Mary Asselin (Robert), Suzanne Sitko (Bruce), eight grandchildren (James, Jennifer, Scott, Thomas, Elizabeth, Julia, Elana, and Janet) and 4 great grandchildren, all of whom will miss him and remember his calm and wise advice. He is preceded in death by his three brothers.
A Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church (11 – 4th Avenue SW). Visitation will start at 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Povarillo Fund at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, Mn 55901 (507) 289-3600

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 07:41

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Evelyn F. Daigneault, 93

LACONIA — Evelyn F. Daigneault, 93, of Academy Street, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, August 24, 2014. She was the widow of Francis Daigneault who died in 1980.
Mrs. Daigneault was born August 23, 1921 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Arkino and Evon (Guay) Russilillo. She was a lifetime resident of Laconia and had been employed at Scott & Williams and Bergen-Paterson before retiring in 1986. After her retirement, she worked with her niece at Village Bakery, Laconia.
Mrs. Daigneault was a communicant of St. Joseph Church and was a member of St. Joseph Ladies' Guild and the Catholic Daughters of America and enjoyed playing "Bingo".
Survivors include two grandchildren, Scott F. Daigneault and his wife, Judy, of Gilford and Deborah "Debbie" L. Grant and her husband, Michael, of Laconia; four great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Gilbert, and her husband, "Rene J.", of Gilford; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth "Betty" Daigneault, of Laconia and many nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Normand F. Daigneault, in 2002 and by a brother, Lorenzo Russilillo, in 1993.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Andre Bessette Parish, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H. 03246 or to 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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Margaret A. Funai, 84

CENTER HARBOR — Margaret Agnes Funai, 84, of Center Harbor, N.H., passed away at Golden View Healthcare on Friday August 22, 2014.

Born in Lynn, Mass., on January 25, 1930, Margaret was the only daughter of Albin and Emily Polelka of Lynn, Mass.

Margaret attended Lynn English High School. After high school she went to work at General Electric with her father in Lynn, Mass. She later went to work for Caldor and Ames, where she was the General Manager for many years. In 1953 she married Albert Funai, and she dedicated her life to being a loving wife and mother to her children. While living in Medford, she was known as a loving, caring and affection mom and later grandmother to her nine beautiful grandchildren. Margaret was always known for compassion and taking care of others before doing anything for herself. She was a communicant of Saint Charles Boromeo after moving to Center Harbor some 10 years ago.

She enjoyed being a member of the "mothers club" and playing bingo at Saint Anthony's Church in Medford, Mass.

In addition to her husband, Albert, she is survived by her five children; Linda Downing; of Wakefield, Massachusetts; Denise Poto; of Cody, Wyoming; Richard C. Funa, of Concord, New Hampshire, David M. Funai; of Raymond, New Hampshire, Steven J. Funai; of Londonderry, New Hampshire. She is also survived by her nine loving grandchildren. Margaret was predeceased by her parents and one son James A. Funai.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.at the Mayhew Funeral home at the intersection of Cataldo Road and Route 3 in Meredith, New Hampshire.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Boromeo Catholic Church, 300 Rte. 25, Meredith, New Hampshire. The Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet,VF, Pastor will be the celebrant.

The Interment will take place at a later date at St. Joseph's cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Meredith Bay Crematorium are assisting the family with arrangements. To view Margaret's book of memories; to, www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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