NORTHFIELD — Beatrice Vivian (Merkle) Blocker Ellsworth, age 95 of Northfield, N.H., passed away peacefully at home in the company of her family, Friday December 5, 2014.
Bea was the daughter of Valentine J. Merkle and Pearl (Ryer) Merkle, born to them Nov. 22, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a young girl she was a professional dancer, in partnership with her brother Alvin, performing in New York and across the country. As a young lady she was employed by the Ideal Toy Company in N.Y. After marrying Walter "Bud" Blocker the family moved to Tilton in 1950 and purchased The Midway Cabins on Route 3, now the site of the Tanger Outlet Mall. After the motel was sold both Bea and Bud worked in management positions at Tilton Endless Belt and various businesses in town. Bea was active with the Franklin Emblem Club for many years and was past president of the organization. They also owned and operated the Snack Shack located on RT-3 on the Tilton-Franklin line for several years which was later operated as Salvatore's Italian Kitchen by Bea's sister-in-law, Ida Merkle.
Following the death of Bud, Bea was a long time employee of Webster Valve. Married to Eugene Ellsworth in October of 1991, they resided in Bedford, N.H. and began to divide their time in retirement between N.H. and Florida, enjoying their travels and cruises together. They lived at Town and Country Mobile Park in Largo, Fla. for 18 years where she was known as the Queen Bea and where their longtime friends and activities in the park filled their lives until returning to N.H. in 2012.
Bea Ellsworth is survived by her loving husband Eugene, her daughters Carol Stone of Tilton, Patricia Bailey and husband Scott of Northfield, sister-in-law Louise Blocker of Tilton, her step-children, Robert Ellsworth of Seabrook, Cynthia Landers of North Hampton, Cheryl Fairbanks of Exeter, her grandchildren Gregory T. Stone of Sanbornton, Brian D. Stone of Tilton, Martha Coss of Akron, Ohio, as well as great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bea was predeceased by her brother Alvin Merkle, infant son Thomas, first husband Walter T. Blocker and son-in law George M. Stone.
Both the burial at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen and a family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Cremation Society of NH and Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Boscawen, NH are assisting with the arrangements.
In her memory Bea asks that she be remembered with a smile, a laugh and a wave as her humor was always a significant part of her entire life and that donations be made to the Tilton Parks Commission at 257 Main St. Tilton, NH 03276 for the continued beautification of her beloved community.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 06:53
TILTON — John L. McCarthy, 84, a long-time resident of Tilton, died at his home Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, after a period of declining health.
Son of Alma (Levis) and John L. McCarthy Sr., he was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on June 21, 1930. John spent his youth in Quincy, Mass. He was a graduate of Boston College High School (Class of 1948), attended Boston College, and earned an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He served his country in the Army National Guard and lived for many years in Shrewsbury, Mass.
During his youth, John was a clubhouse boy for the Boston Red Sox and during breaks, often played cribbage with Ted Williams. John had a brilliantly analytical mind and was at the forefront of the electronic data processing/information technology revolution as a senior executive at Wyman-Gordon Company for 29 years, retiring in 1985. He revolutionized Midget Auto Racing as well.
Upon retirement, John relocated to Tilton, from Shrewsbury, Mass., and began a long career in public service as an active civic leader, having served as Selectman (chair), Police Commissioner, Planning Board member, and School Board member. He was hugely instrumental in the development of the Lakes Region Mall (now the Tanger Outlet mall) and often spoke at Statehouse and Senate hearings on issues he felt important for the citizens of Tilton. He was involved with charitable work and served on the Board of Directors at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., and was a member of the Local Elks Lodge in Laconia and Worcester, Mass.
Inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2007, McCarthy was a championship car owner, designer/builder, and innovative promoter who brought Midget Auto Racing from the brink of extinction to the mainstream as President of the North East Midget Association during the 1960s-70s. Also in retirement, McCarthy pursued his first love – auto racing – at New Hampshire International Speedway where he was Vintage Coordinator for 20 years, bringing antique race cars from across America to the largest gathering of its kind in the country.
McCarthy kept his mind agile and kept current with 13 newspapers. He enjoyed his home on Silver Lake and the view from his favorite chair. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary (McCarty) McCarthy, and is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" A. LaFleche-McCarthy; daughters Paula McCarthy of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Rosemary, wife of James Marshall of Worcester and Hyannis, Mass.; Janet, wife of Steven Albahari of Brewster, Mass.; and Joanne McCarthy, wife of David Vadenais of Sturbridge, Mass.; a sister, Deirdre Doherty of Hingham, Mass.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five nephews and a niece.
A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends later in the spring of 2015.
Those wishing to may make contributions in John's name to the Salvation Army, 177 Union Ave., Laconia, NH. 03246.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton. For more information go to www.smarfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:45
LACONIA — Richard "Dick" H. Plummer, 56, of 334 South Main St., #3, died suddenly at home on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after a long illness.
Mr. Plummer was born June 22, 1958, in Laconia, the son of Richard W. and Geraldine (Little) Plummer. He was a follower and believer of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.
Mr. Plummer was a lifelong resident of Laconia and had been employed at Genesis Behavioral Health for 16 years. He served in the Army.
Survivors include his son, Richard W. Plummer of Florida; four grandchildren, Zachary, Gabriel, Regan and Logan; his mother, Geraldine Soucy, and her husband, Oscar, of Farmington; his brother, Dirk Plummer, of Laconia; two sisters, Brenda Brown of Middleton and Colleen Casavant of Farmington; four nieces and two nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Richard W. Plummer.
Mr. Plummer was an avid outdoor enthusiast. He loved his family very much and enjoyed all celebrations. He also enjoyed road trips, coffee outings, weekly shopping trips with his Mom and his "doggie pal," Henry, and helping others. He will surely be missed.
There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Genesis Behavioral Health, 111 Church St., Laconia, NH 03246.
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 go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:34
LACONIA — Madeline "Maddy" Minnon, 87, formerly of Merrimac St., died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
Mrs. Minnon was born August 7, 1927 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Leodore and Mathilda (Rodrigue) Doyon. She was a lifelong resident of Laconia and had been employed at Laconia Shoe for thirty years.
Mrs. Minnon was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed playing golf and was a former member of the Laconia Country Club and Lakeview Country Club.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Minnon was predeceased by her husband of sixty-six years, George V. Minnon, who died March 1, 2014 , by three brothers, Roland Doyon, who was killed in WWII, Armand Doyon and Wilson Doyon and by her two sisters, Yvette Maheux and Irene Leroux.
A calling hour will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
Following the calling hour, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon at St. Andre Bessette Parish, at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will be in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center – Activities Fund, 406 Court Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246.
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