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H. Allyn Smith, 89

LACONIA — H. Allyn Smith of Laconia, aged 89 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 6, 2014 in Meredith, NH.

She was born December 14, 1924 in Newton, Mass., the daughter of Elliott and Hortensia Robinson. She graduated Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1947, and married Gardner Page Smith of Gilford, N.H. in 1947. As an RN, she worked in a variety of hospitals, including Lakes Region General and nursing homes. She began work as a staff nurse at Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Hyattsville, Md. in 1971. In 1976 she became Director of Staff Development there, then was Director of Nursing from 1977 to April 1984. She was Director of Nursing then Nursing Coordinator at Greater Laurel Nursing Home in Laurel, Maryland from 1984 until July of 1987 when she returned to Laconia. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Gerontology from the University of Maryland in 1976. She was instrumental in the design and creation of the Collington (Episcopal Diocese of Washington) eldercare facility Mitchellville, Maryland, in the early '80s.

After relocating to New Hampshire, she worked as a visiting and hospice nurse in the Lakes Region. As Executive Director of Hospice Laconia Area, Inc., she worked for a year supervising paid and volunteer personnel and worked with the company's Board of Directors to develop programs and seek funding. From 1988 to 1991, she was a visiting nurse for Heritage Home Health. She also served as an ombudsperson for the State of New Hampshire as patient advocate in a variety of nursing homes. She was a long-time member of the board of trustees for Taylor Communities in Laconia, and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Gilford.

Allyn is survived by four sons – Daniel (Gilford, N.H.), Timothy (Berkley Springs, W.V.), Peter (Cambridge, Ontario) and Paul (Dummerston, Vt.) – five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her former husband Gardner Smith, and her eldest son Dwight Elliott.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, 18 Wesley Way in Gilford, NH, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Memorial Fund or the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford, PO Box 7408, Gilford, NH 03247 are requested.

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 Monday, 15 September 2014 07:28

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Helen M. Witzgall, 89

NORTHFIELD — Helen Martha (Mellonakos) Witzgall, 89, a resident of Northfield died at her home Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, following a decline in health.

Helen was born in Dracut, Mass., March 29, 1925, daughter of George and Martha (Kousteleris) Mellonakos. Prior to moving to Northfield in 2010 she and her late husband resided in Lawrence, Mass., since 1948.

She was homemaker, devoted mother and grandmother. She worked as a factory worker and nurse during and just after World War II, prior to her marriage in 1948. Following her husband's retirement as a general contractor for 49 years, they traveled extensively in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

She enjoyed the family cottage in Dennisport, Mass., making it the family getaway until her health prevented doing so.

She was predeceased by brothers, William and Charles; a sister, Frances; and her husband, Walter Conrad Witzgall, who died in 2013.

She leaves sons, Michael Witzgall and his wife Holly of Northfield, Paul Witzgall of Dennisport, Mass; four grandchildren, Matthew, Brian, Jennifer and Sarah Witzgall; two step grandchildren, Patrick Riutta and Michael Silvestri; nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held today, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) Tilton. Burial will be at a later date in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Helen's name to either Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, P.O. Box 1092, West Seneca, NY 14224, or Franklin VNA and Hospice 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 08:37

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Frank B. 'Digger' Dunn, 96

MEREDITH — Frank B. "Digger" Dunn, 96, of Hillrise Lane, Meredith, passed away at Forest View Manor in Meredith, NH on September 11, 2014.

Frank was born December 7, 1917 in Sanbomton, N.H. to Leon Dunn and Marie Maple Dunn. He has been a resident of Meredith since the age of 4.
Frank worked for Frank Prescott at Prescott Lumber for many years. After World War II, he had a small trucking company which hauled lumber for Diamond Match Company among others. He started the first backhoe business in Meredith in 1959. He did all the digging for the town at the time. He enjoyed his work and made many friends. Everyone knew "Digger". He retired in the late 1980s.
Frank served in the Army in WWII From 1941-1945. He was a PFC in the 20th Combat Engineers and was in several invasions in the European theatre. He was captured by the Germans and was a Prisoner of War for about a year.
He married Patricia Pettengill on March 8, 1952 and she predeceased him on June 19, 1996. He was also predeceased by brothers Arthur and Lewis.
Frank is survived by his daughter, Patrice [Patty] and her husband Harold [Hank] Denison; granddaughter, Jennifer Hepier and her husband Matt, great granddaughter, Isabelle Hepier; great-grandson, Brayden Hepier, a niece and several nephews.
Our family would like to thank all the staff at Forest View Manor for all the loving care they gave him during his time there, as well as the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, and the Meredith and Center Harbor Visiting Nurses for all their care.
A graveside service will held in the Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Edward J. Charest will officiate.
Donations may be made to the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH. 03246 or the Meredith and Center Harbor Visiting Nurses, 186 Waukewan St., Meredith, NH. 03253
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Frank's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 08:26

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Althea Sanborn, 87

LACONIA — Althea (Thomas) Sanborn, 87, of 308 Darby Road, died at The Courville in Nashua on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
Mrs. Sanborn was born August 5, 1927 in Newton, Mass., the daughter of the late George and Blanche (Kneeland) Thomas. She resided in Newton and was a graduate of Laselle, Jr. College. She later resided in Framingham, Mass. where she raised her family. Mrs. Sanborn had been employed as an Administrative Assistant at Leonard Morse in Natick for many years.
Mrs. Sanborn was a member and volunteer at the Laconia Congregational Church and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Her family was most important to her.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Althea Sanborn and her life partner, Leslie W. "Hap" Beasley of Hong Kong and Kathleen D. Dube and her husband, Joseph, of Nashua; two sons, Kenneth David Sanborn and his wife, Lisa, of Merrimack and Gary Thomas Sanborn and his wife, Maura, of Charlotte, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Julie, Joanne and Jacquelyn Dube, all of Nashua; Ryan and Kyle Sanborn both of Merrimack and Kaela, Aidan and Owen Sanborn all of Charlotte, N.C.; a cousin, who was like a sister to her, Barbara Heald, of Laconia and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sanborn was predeceased by her husband, David M. Sanborn.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. An Eastern Star Service will be held during the calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Laconia Congregational Church, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Dr. Warren Bouton, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in the family lot in Newton Cemetery, Newton, Mass.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family suggests donations be made in memory of Althea for the support of breast cancer research and awareness through the "Pink Bow Campaign" payable to BCC Rally, PO Box 49182, Charlotte, NC 28277.
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, 10 September 2014 09:25

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