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Mary Jane Couture, 81

SOMERSWORTH — Mary Jane Couture, 81, of Somersworth, N.H., passed away on December 11, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Somersworth, N.H. on March 27, 1933, the daughter of the late Louis and Marie Louise Therrien. Mary Jane worked for many years as an inspector at General Electric. After her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and tending to her many beautiful flower beds. She was blessed with an amazing green thumb!

Mary Jane was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Norbert J. Couture and by her sister, Lorraine Therrien. She will be greatly missed by her sisters, Madeleine Shaw of Somersworth, and Diane Kallay and her husband John Kallay, of Rollinsford, and by her children, Deborah Noseworthy and her husband Cary, of Laconia, David Couture of Berwick, Maine, Kevin Couture and his wife Trish, of Owensboro, Kent. and Lenny and his wife Lisa, of Berwick, Maine. Mary Jane was a devoted grandmother to her grandchildren, Erika Jorgensen, Crystal Couture and her partner Scott Phillips, Chelsea McGown and her husband, Josh, Danielle MacKinnon and her husband Bill, Corey Anderson and his wife Heather, Ashley Couture and her fiancé, Patrick Colburn, and Janel Couture, and her great-grandchildren, Regan Jorgensen, Caleb Couture, Josh Colburn, Gracie Couture, Cameron Bernardo, Isabel McGown, Bryce MacKinnon, Carly Anderson, Maddie McGown and Jordyn Anderson. She will also be missed by her close and long-time friend, Donald Ouellette and her faithful companion, Maggie.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the New Hampshire Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Wentworth Home Care and Hospice in Dover, N.H.

Roberge Funeral Home, 298 High St., Somersworth, is in care of the arrangements.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 09:36

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Anthony A. Ayre, 78

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — Anthony "Tony" A. Ayre, 78, of Agawam, Mass. and Englewood, Fla. died December 10, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born in Manchester, N.H. on March 25, 1936, he leaves his wife of 58 years, Mary Leonora (Tilton). He also leaves daughters Kathryn Ayre of Feeding Hills, Cynthia Ayre of Agawam, Linda Hadden and her husband Robert of Agawam, Jennifer Ayre of Belchertown; and son Timothy Ayre and his girlfriend Gina both of Agawam. He also leaves grandchildren Shauna Hadden, Lindsey DeFillipi and her husband Michael, Nicholas Krolicki and his fiancée Valerie, Benjamin Krolicki and his girlfriend Jessica, Cassandra Ayre and great-grandchildren Ava and Bodie. He also leaves a sister Carol Smith of Englewood, Fla. Tony attended Laconia High School where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. He went on to attend Mt. Herman prep school and Brown University. He later enlisted in the army where he was a member of the 77th Special Forces (Green Berets). He graduated from Springfield College where he played on the football and track teams. After college he played semi-pro football for the Springfield Acorns. He started his career as a teacher and football coach at Agawam Jr. High, moving on to Bishop Brady then Bishop Bradley High School in N.H. He later chose a career path which took him to Wall Street. He became Vice President of Investments at A.G. Edwards in Springfield. He worked there for over 25 years before starting his own company, Ayre Investments, with his daughter Linda and son Tim. He and his wife traveled the world before retiring on Manasota Key, Englewood, Fla., where he continued his love of golf. His pride and joy in life was his family. He will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours for Tony will be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home on 985 Main Street in Agawam. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony's memory to Dana Farber, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 09:16

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Donald P. Shedd, 75

NORTHFIELD – Donald P. Shedd, 75, of 4 Turnpike Road, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Concord Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on November 22, 1939 in Concord, the son of the late Howard and Elizabeth (Brower) Shedd. Donald served in the US Army and worked briefly as a Public Accountant for his father. He worked for 50 years as an Operations Coordinator for Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith. After retirement, he worked for AutoServ in Tilton. Don loved the ocean and spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee and Newfound Lake. He loved boating, hunting, camping and enjoyed archery. He especially enjoyed puttering in the yard and tinkering in the cellar with his tools. Don was a jack of all trades.

He is survived by his wife, Helen (LaPierre) Shedd of Northfield, one son, Jeffrey W. Shedd of Oklahoma, one daughter, Kathy L. Kelley of Chicago, Ill., one stepson, Howard Hockett of Lee, one stepdaughter, Laura Witts and her husband Gary of Nashua, three brothers; David Shedd and his wife Doris of Andover, Dean Shedd and his wife Joyce of New Hampton and Douglas Shedd and his wife Pamela of Vancouver, Wash., one grandchild, Michael Kelley, two step grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and his two beloved dogs, Billie and Millie.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Committal services with military honors will be held on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Blossom Hill Cemetery, North State Street, Concord. The time will be announced at calling hours.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Breathe New Hampshire, 145 Hollis St., Unit C, Manchester, NH, 03101.

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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Nancy L. Rines, 77

ALTON — Nancy Lee Rines, 77, of Alton, N.H. died December 8, 2014 at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia, N.H. surrounded by her loving family, after suffering and becoming disabled from Parkinson's Disease.

Nancy was born at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, N.H. She was a graduate of Alton High School, Class of 1956, and was chosen Carnival Queen her Senior year. Upon graduation, she married her classmate, Tenney Carpenter Rines. She and Tenney were always seen traveling around Alton in his Model A Roadster. Tenney joined the U.S. Navy and they moved to Orange, Texas. Upon his discharge, they moved back to Alton where they raised their family. She had been employed over the years for the N.H. Electric Cooperative in Meredith, Irving Oil Co. in Alton, The Alton Village Store, Dunkin Donuts and for several years as an accountant in Concord for the State of New Hampshire.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Tenney; her parents, Hartley and Louise Shields; grandparents, Fred and EttaBelle Gilman of Alton and Robert and Mary Witherell of Sabattus, Maine and in-laws, Charles and Elsie Rines of Alton.
Nancy is survived by their three children, Ricky Rines and his wife, Diane, of Alton, Kevin Rines and his wife, Vicki, of Center Harbor and daughter, Sheri York and her husband, Matt, of Wolfeboro. She was the proud grandmother of Eric Rines and his wife, Tracy, and Shelley Rines of Manchester, Adam Rines of Center Harbor, Sara Rines of Gilford, Justin Maciejewski of Barboursville, Va., Coty Maciejewski of Wolfeboro, Kristi Maciejewski of Alton and Mia York and her brother, Matthew "MJ", of Wolfeboro; great grandchildren, Hayley Dickerson of Pamplin, Va., Zoë Maciejewski of Barboursville, Va. and Sophie Belle Rines of Manchester. She also leaves her sister, Patricia Pellowe and her husband, James, of Alton and her loyal and longtime friend, Paul Bowden, of Farmington as well as many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Graveside Service in the Spring at the discretion of the family.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to ChaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) D-HH/Geisel Office of Development, One Medical Center Drive, HB 7070, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001.

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 Thursday, 11 December 2014 07:57

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