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Gilda C. Keenan, 91

MEREDITH — Gilda C. Keenan, 91, of Mountain Ridge Road, Meredith, died Nov. 14, 2014, at Lakes Region General Hospital, after a long illness.

Born in Norwood, Mass., on June 25, 1923, she was the daughter of Salvatore and Gimma (Omagrosse) Cisternelli.

Gilda grew up in Norwood and graduated from Norwood High School. She had been a resident of Meredith since 1958. Gilda also was a winter resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for many years.

Gilda was a very big supporter of the Democratic Party and served the Town of Meredith as the supervisor of the checklist for many years. She was also a past member of the Meredith Altrusa Club.

Gilda was predeceased by her husband, John "Jack" Vincent Keenan, who died in September 1995; her brothers, Guido and William Cisternelli; her sisters, Josephine Carbonette, Sylvia Varjian, Alba Masoney, Julie Sankey and Emma McMasters.

Gilda is survived by her sons, J. Kevin Keenan and his wife Barbara of Meredith, R. Gregory Keenan and his wife Cindy of Gilford; six grandchildren, Trevor Keenan of Exeter, Ashley Keenan of Meredith, Kevin Keenan of Meredith, Karen Schneider of Dover, Kory Keenan and Kris Keenan of Gilford; 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Sonny Cisternelli, and her sister, Shirley Reardon, both of Walpole, Mass.; sister-in-laws, Claire Cisternelli of Walpole, Mass., Connie Cisternelli of Attleboro, Mass., Geraldine Oakes of Presque Isle, Maine; many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at the Mayhew Funeral Home, Routes 3 and 104, Meredith on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, Route 25, Meredith, on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet, V.F., pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the Meredith Village Cemetery, Route 3, Meredith.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gilda's memory to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 (cst.dav.org)

To sign Gilda's Book of Memories, please go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:42

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Nancy J. Parsons, 67

LACONIA — Nancy Jean Parsons, 67, of 108 Valley Street passed away on November 14, 2014 at home with her family at her side.

She was born on December 23, 1946 to Walter and Marcelle (Perry) Parsons in Concord. She grew up in Laconia and graduated in 1965 from LHS. She left Laconia in 1971 and continued her education at Thomas Secretarial, Merrimack Valley College, and UNH Continuing Education.

She chose to work for programs that dealt with issues for homeless, low-income and the poor. She was employed by Women for Higher Education at Merrimack Valley College. She was also employed by New Hampshire Legal Assistance in Manchester where she became actively involved in low-income issues. She would attend Legislative Hearings and present testimony in support of bills, before Senators and Representatives, centering on plights of the low income, homeless and handicapped in New Hampshire.

Upon returning to Laconia in 1989 she worked at local companies, Family Dollar, Aavid, and ended her working history at Home Goods due to illness.

Nancy leaves behind her son, Timothy W. Parsons, Sr., who has been here for her this past year. She also leaves her sister Connie and brother-in-law, Joe LaChance, who she made her home with. She leaves three grandchildren; Timothy Parsons, Jr., Jamie Mossey and husband Harold, and Christopher Parsons. She was blessed to have five great-grandchildren;  Peter, Khloe, and Harper Mossey, T. Nicholas and Dustin Parsons. She leaves one nephew, Jeremy LaChance and family of Gilford, and one niece, Stephanie Gilbert and family of Laconia. She was predeceased by her parents, grandparents, and ex-husband Rick Hume.

There will be no calling hours or funeral at Nancy's request.

H.L. Young & Company Memorial Home, Carlton C. Ham, funeral director, 175, South Main Street, Franklin, is handing the arrangements.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:34

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Dale P. Eddy, 81

GILFORD — Dale Pattison Eddy, 81, of Gilford, and formerly of Madison, Conn., Brooklyn, Conn., and Abington, Mass., died peacefully at home on Friday, Nov 14, 2014, surrounded by family.

Born on May 26, 1933, in Hartford Conn., he was the son of the late Willard Collins Eddy and Edna Burgess Eddy.

He graduated with a BA in sociology from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Harvard University. He was plant Engineer for Pepperidge Farm in Downingtown, Pa., and a management consultant for Proudfoot Consulting and an independent management consultant for many years.

A lover of the UConn girls' basketball team which brought him many enjoyable evenings, he was also a passionate writer and storyteller with a sense of humor and a passion for debate. He often wrote articles for local papers under the pen name of E.D. Pattison.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margret Swahn Eddy; and his children, Dale Channing Eddy and his wife Deborah of Gilford, Liisa Eddy Bennett of Taunton, Mass., John Albin Eddy and his wife Christina of Concord, and Julie (Eddy) Pattison Armstrong and her husband John of Sharon, Mass. He also leaves his grandchildren, Christopher and Paul Bennett, Jessica and Hjordis Armstrong, Michael Eddy and his wife Kristina, Andrew and David Eddy; and six great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Nicholas and Ryan Sasseville, Noah and Lyllian Eddy and Olivia Bennett, as well as several loving nieces and nephews.

In additional to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Channing Blanchard Eddy and sister-in-law, Phyllis Bartow Eddy of Cheshire Conn.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gifford, with the Rev. Michael Graham presiding. Services will be followed by a reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford NH 03249, or Learn to Cope (a support group for families with loved ones struggling with addiction), P.O. Box 60, Raynham MA 02767.

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, 17 November 2014 09:29

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Helen Hawkins, 92

LACONIA — Helen M. Hawkins, 92, of 21 Ledges Drive, Taylor Community, died at her home on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. She was the widow of William I. Hawkins who died in 1990.

Helen was born Nov. 2, 1922, in Sanford, Maine, the daughter of the late Pierre and Laura (Morrissette) Chamberlain.

Helen was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport, and volunteered at the New to You Shop. She had been employed at Story Drug Store and the Jr. Deb Clothing Store. She was an avid bingo player, enjoyed reading and square dancing and loved to keep up with world affairs.

Helen is survived by a son, William K. Hawkins, of Cape Coral, Fla.; three daughters, Jerilyn Peart and her husband, Bruce, of Seattle, Linda Rowley and her husband, Jerry, of Salt Lake City, and Margaret Hooker and her husband, Billy, of Lyons, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Linnette Remick of Rye.

In addition to her husband and parents, Helen was predeceased by a brother, Roland Chamberlain; and a sister, Rita Eldridge.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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, 17 November 2014 09:21

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