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George H. 'Skip' Gailey, Jr., 68

NEW HAMPTON — George "Skip" Hartley Gailey, Jr. 68, died suddenly at his home on January 24, 2015. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on April 7, 1946 he was the son of George H. and Eleanor I. [Lewis] Gailey, Sr.

Skip was raised in North Andover, Mass. where he attended local schools, he also attended Boston College before entering the U.S. Navy. He relocated to New Hampton from Plainfield, Conn. thirty years ago. While in Connecticut he was employed as a Police Officer in Plainfield, Conn. Skip was also employed by the Town of Plymouth, N.H. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Dupuis-Cross Post #15 American Legion in Ashland, he was also a member of Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife of forty five years, Carolyn [Gallup] Gailey of New Hampton, three sons R.D. Gailey of Holderness, Brian L. Gailey of Ashland, and George "Chip" Gailey, III of Bristol. Two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Elizabeth Gailey of Holderness, one great-grandchild, Riley Gemma Gailey of Holderness, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Burial will be in the spring in the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Program. Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling arrangements. For more info go to dupuisfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 10:02

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Elaine H. Ward, 82

ALEXANDRIA — Elaine Helen (Ropiak) Ward, 82, passed away, Friday, January 30, 2015, after a period of failing health.

Elaine was born December 29, 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisc. to Frank and Frances (Libecki) Ropiak. She graduated from Penns Grove Regional High School in Penns Grove, N.J. Elaine then attended Penn State University and received her nursing degree. While at Penn State she met her late husband, Charles Seabury Ward, and the two were married.

Elaine spent most of her adult life living in Lexington, Mass. where she raised her four children. She worked for many years as a nurse for Brigham & Women's Hospital, Mass Eye & Ear, and Mass General Hospital. She later became a nurse anesthetist. Before she retired in 1995, she was a part of owner of the Women's Health Clinic in Brookline, Mass.

When she was younger, Elaine enjoyed gardening, cooking, and swimming. She also enjoyed TV, reading, politics, and following the stock market. She adored her two grandsons, Alden and Samuel. She will be remembered for her courage and strength during difficult times, as well as her generosity to her family and close friends.

She moved to Bridgewater, N.H. from Lexington, Mass. in 2011, to live with her son Daniel and his family. There she was able to spend time with her youngest grandson, Samuel, where they liked to talk about their day together and play catch. Her final days were spent living in Alexandria, N.H. at the home of her nurse, Christine Rhude.

Elaine is survived by a daughter Charlaine Ward and son-in-law Dave Grandmont of Brockton, Mass.; a son Alden Seabury Ward of Homestead, Fla.; a son Daniel Wilcox Ward and daughter-in-law Wendy of Bridgewater, N.H.; two grandsons: Alden Wilcox Ward of Reading, Mass. and Samuel Wilcox Ward of Bridgewater, N.H.; a brother John Ropiak of Carneys Point, N.J.; sisters Rosalie Benson of The Villages, Fla., and Katherine Hill of Alabama as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Charles, she was predeceased by her son, Thomas Ward; two grandchildren, Christopher and Noelle Ward; and brothers Stan and Frank Ropiak.

Services have been scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Holderness Community Church, Rt. 3, Holderness, NH. More information is available at www.holdenresscommunitychurch.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 05:26

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Doris McGrath, 86

ALTON — Doris McGrath, 86, of Alton, N.H. passed away on January 26, 2015. Doris was born May 16, 1928 in Schenectady, New York.
Doris moved to New Hampshire in 1940 with her parents, graduated from Spaulding High School in Rochester and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Doris married Francis Joseph "Peter" McGrath in 1950 and together they built a thriving general store in Alton Bay, N.H. and raised 4 children; Kathleen Cowden, Kerry Smith, Kevin and Clifford McGrath.
In 1970, McGrath's General Store and home burned to the ground. Doris and Peter built and grew 3 grocery stores from that tragedy. They retired at the age of 55 and enjoyed 10 years of travel and recreation. They returned to the grocery store business for several years in their "Golden Years". Peter succumbed to cancer in 2001 and Doris has joined him after a long illness with Alzheimer's disease.
Doris was an amazing business woman, loved reading, travel and gardening, was President of Alton's Garden Club and will be missed by her family and friends.
Doris is survived by her 4 children, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, her sister, Jean Hume.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in May, 2015 at St. Andre Bessette Parish- Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia. Burial will follow in New Riverside Cemetery, Alton, N.H. Date and time to be announced.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 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, 02 February 2015 09:55

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Mark A. Gonyer, 52

BELMONT — Mark A. Gonyer, 52, of 47 Union Road, died Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Lakes Region General Hospital.

He was born on December 27, 1962 in Laconia, the son of Roger and Dorothy (Gilbert) Gonyer. Mark served in the US Army National Guard for 20 years, participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Most recently, he worked as a truck driver and instructor for the NH Department of Transportation. He was known as a proud American who loved the American flag. He was a member of the VFW Post 1670 in Laconia.

In addition to his mother of Laconia, He is survived by his life partner, Cindy Parrington of Belmont, two step daughters; Kelly Parrington of Belmont and Laura Kelley of Gilmanton, two brothers; Stephen Gonyer and his wife Denise of Gilford and Alfred Gonyer and his wife Youngran of Germany, two sisters; Ricarda "Ricci" Dutile and her husband Michael of Laconia and Sharon Eaton of Laconia, one grandchild, Maria, several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law and extended family. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by one brother, Cliff Moore.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at St. Andre Bessette Parish – St. Joseph's Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Laconia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dutile Oil Company, 242 Messer Street, Laconia, NH 03246, to assist veterans with heating expenses.

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.

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