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Margaret C. Reed, 96

Margaret C. Reed, 96

 

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. — Margaret C. Reed, 96, of Rotterdam passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Capital Living Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady.

Born in Winchendon, Mass., she was the daughter of the late William and Eunice (Whittemore) Robertson.

She graduated and was in the first graduating class at the University of New Hampshire for occupational therapy. Margaret was employed for several years as an occupational therapist at the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady.

Margaret was a member for many years of the First Reformed Church in Schenectady.

Throughout her life, her huge family was very important to her. Margaret had made many long lasting friendships with her students and the people she met in everyday life.

She is predeceased by her husband, Dr. Norman A. Reed, whom she married July 5, 1942; one brother, William Robertson; and one sister, Gertrude MacInnes.

Margaret is survived by her four sons, William Reed (Laura Croote) of Duanesburg, Christopher Reed (Maureen) of Glenville, Richard Reed (Mickey) of Schoharie, and Thomas Reed (Barbara) of Gilmanton, N.H.; one brother, Christopher Robertson of Gilmanton, N.H.; one sister, Mary Misunas of Waukegan, Ill.; also survived by eight grandchildren, Carmen Reed Lorentz, Carrie Ann Reed, Tyler Reed, Derek Reed, Christine Reed Crawford, Joel Reed, Christopher (Jennifer) Halla and Pauline McGaver; also survived by several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Contributions can be made in Margaret's memory to the Schenectady City Mission, 425 Hamilton St., Schenectady, NY 12305, or to the Salvation Army 222 Lafayette St., Schenectady, NY 12305

Arrangements are by the Bond Funeral Home Broadway and Guilderland Avenue Schenectady. Online condolences can be made at www.bondfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to share a poem dear to Margaret:

Do not stand by my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am a diamond glint on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain

When you awake in the morning hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight

I am the soft starshine at night

Do not stand by my grave and cry

I am not there...I did not die

--Anonymous

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 06:56

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Natalie Smith, 93

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Natalie Smith, 93

 

MEREDITH — Natalie (Weeks) Smith, 93, of Lang Street, Meredith, died April 4, 2015, at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, after a brief illness.

Natalie was born on Feb. 18, 1922, on the second floor of her grandmother's craft shop (now Sunshine and Pa's) in Meredith. She was the daughter of Charles and Thelma (Bennett) Weeks.

Natalie lived her entire life in Meredith. She was a graduate of Meredith High School, class of 1940, and Concord Business School.

For more than 40 years, Natalie worked for Home Insurance as a bookkeeper.

Natalie was a member of the First Congregational Church her entire life, and a 60-year member of the Ellacoya Chapter 43 Order of Eastern Star, in Meredith.

Natalie was predeceased by her husband, Edward Smith of Meredith; brothers, Robert Weeks of Meredith, and Arthur Weeks of California; and a sister, Florence (Weeks) Home of Meredith.

Natalie is survived by a brother, Fred Weeks, of Moultonborough, a daughter, Kathleen (McNab) Knipping and her husband Wayne Knipping of Rice, Virginia; two sons, Robert McNab of Meredith, and Steven Smith and his wife Dawna (Dailey) Smith of Center Harbor; five grandchildren, Jenna (Haines) McMillan and her husband David McMillan of Fredericksburg, Va., Holly Haines of Manchester, Aaron Burns of Gilford, and Jalisah and Jade Smith of Center Harbor; two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Braeden McMillan of Fredericksburg, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Meredith, Highland Street, Meredith, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Russell Rowland, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held in the Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith.

In lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to First Congregational Church, PO Box 533, Meredith, NH. 03253.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Meredith and Plymouth, are in charge of the arrangements. To sign Natalie's Book of Memories go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 06:49

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Lorraine V. Hunt, 86

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Lorraine V. Hunt, 86

 

TILTON — Lorraine Varnum Hunt, 86, a resident of Tilton since 2002, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Lakes Regional General Hospital in Laconia following a short period of failing health.

Lorraine was born in Framingham, Mass., daughter of Walter S. Varnum and Olive Pearl (Jean) Varnum. She and her husband, Fred, moved to Tilton from Burlington, Vt., where they resided for 26 years.

She was a loving wife, mother, nana, and homemaker.

Lorraine spent her youth and schooled in Hopkinton, Mass., where she was head cheerleader and captain of the women's basketball team, graduating in 1946. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Dalton, Mass., in the 1950s and '60s, and a longtime member and secretary of P.E.O. in Dalton and Burlington. She enjoyed gardening at her home. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grand and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Fred "Teddy" E. Hunt Jr. of Berwick, Maine, who died Oct. 22, 2007; and her husband of 65 years, Fred "Ted" E. Hunt Sr. who died Jan. 11, 2014.

Her surviving family includes two sons, R. Kevin Hunt of Londonderry, and Paul E. Hunt of West Grove, Pa.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Marylyn Gallo of West Springfield, Mass.; plus numerous nieces and nephew across the country.

According to Lorraine's wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the William F. Smart Sr. Funeral Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Burial will be with her husband, Fred, at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Lorraine's memory The Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758540, Topeka, Kans., 66675-8540.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 06:45

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Jan C. Smith, 59

Jan C. Smith, 59

 

NEW HAMPTON — Jan Carol Smith, a third-grade teacher at the Paul Smith Elementary School in Franklin, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2015, at  Tufts Medical Center in Boston after complications from heart surgery. She was only 59 years old.

Jan was born on Long Island, New York. She was the daughter of the late Edward Wernersbach and Doris Brainard.

She grew up on Wantagh, Long Island and was a graduate of Wantagh High School. She went to college at Plymouth State in Plymouth where she earned her BA in elementary education. She was currently teaching third grade at the Paul Smith elementary school in Franklin. She was deeply passionate about teaching and helped her students by spreading her inherent curiosity for the world as well as her love for reading.

Above all though, Jan loved to travel. Her favorite places were anywhere exotic with a beach and a lounge chair in the sun for reading. She shared this love for traveling with her two stepdaughters, Molly and Maddy, and they embarked on many memorable, irreplaceable adventures, like elephant trekking in Thailand, visiting London during the last royal wedding, snorkeling off of Rarotonga, and, roaming around Paris in search of the perfect haircut. Jan would always thoroughly research each of her destinations beforehand so she could cram as much into her trip as possible.

Jan will be remembered for the concern she held for her students as well as her adventurous lifestyle, dry wit, impeccable sense of glamour, and love for her family and friends. Her life was tragically cut short, but Jan experienced more in her time here than most could ever dream of.

She will be missed dearly by all who knew her, and all who were lucky enough to be touched by her life.

Jan was the loving sister of Patti Brainard and her spouse Sheila Long of Lincoln, Mass., David Wernersbach and Karen Coleman of Bedford, Holly Brainard-Greisel of East Setauket, N.Y., and late John Wernersbach. She was the stepmother of Molly and Maddy Stevens, their father and her partner, the late John Daniel Stevens. She was the fun and loving aunt of Morgan Long, Katie and Sarah Greisel. She also leaves her beloved pet and companion, Bailey.

A celebration of Jan's life will be held at her home in New Hampton on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jan's name may be made to the NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246.

For obituary and online guestbook see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 06:42

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