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William G. Converse, Jr., 90

NORTHFIELD — William "Bill" G. Converse Jr., 90, of 99 Keasor Road in Northfield died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 following a period of failing health. Bill was born in Holden, Mass., January 27, 1925, son of William G. Converse Sr. and Grace (David) Converse. Bill spent his youth in Massachusetts, graduating from Jefferson grammar school, later attending Holden High School in the ninth grade. After moving to New Hampshire Bill graduated from the Tilton-Northfield High School in Tilton. Bill went on to serve his country and joined the Navy. He served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the decorated warship, the U. S. S. Cabot during WW II in the South Pacific. The ship received the Presidential Unit Citation. Bill retired after 35 years from the Arwood Corporation in Northfield. He was a lifetime active member of the Whiteman-Davidson American Legion Post # 49 in Northfield, serving twice as Commander. He was also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and the U.S.S. Cabot CVL-28 Association. He was instrumental in organizing the Tilton 49ers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Post Scholarship Program. Bill served as a volunteer with the Tilton-Northfield Fire Department and Rescue. While with the department Bill was the first member to experience and use the under water rescue equipment. He was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton. Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanne (Buckley) Converse, his daughter, Diane Converse and his brother Jack. His second wife, Barbara M. (Seren) Converse who died in 2008 and his grandson, Billy Jordan who died in 2011.
He leaves, daughters Deborah Converse of Tilton, Janice Porell of Laconia, Sandra Gilman of Laconia, Lori Converse of Northfield; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother H. Paul Converse of Naples, Fla.; sister Mary Malinowski of Lakeville, Mass.; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from noon to 2 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Chestnut St, in Tilton. Burial with military honors will be held in the family lot in St. Joseph Cemetery in Medway, Mass.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Bill's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room320, New York City, NY 10001.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 08:30

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Carol A. LaBraney, 68

BELMONT — Carol A. LaBraney, 68, a longtime resident of Belmont died Sunday, January 25, 2015 following a period of failing health. Carol was born in Franklin, January 21, 1947, daughter of the late, Henry W. and Corena (Moody) Gebo. A lifelong resident of Belmont, she worked for over 30 years in the wax injection department at Arwoods Corp/PPC in Northfield. She also worked at Hillcrest Pizza for five years. In addition to her parents, Carol was predeceased by her son, Ronald R. LaBraney II, and grandson, Nicholas Lorette

She leaves her husband of 42 years, Ronald R. LaBraney of Belmont; daughter Sharon L. and husband Micah Ciampi of Belmont; step daughter Sheri L. LaBraney of Concord; brothers Wayne and his wife Dorothy Gebo and Robert and his wife Judy Gebo of Belmont and Richard and his wife Tina Gebo of Woodland, Calif.; sisters Linda Huffer and Diane and her husband Paul Hatch of Belmont; grandchildren Hillary Ciampi, Michael Ciampi, Jeffrey Lorette, Kearra Lorette, Jessica Lorette and Anthony Lorette; great-grandson Isaiah Ciampi and great-granddaughter Avery Insley; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A service will follow at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Home.
Spring burial will be at South Road Cemetery in Belmont.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Carol's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF at 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 07:08

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Katherine E. Seavey, 101

FRANKLIN — Katherine E. Seavey passed peacefully at Mountain Ridge Nursing Home in Franklin, N.H. on January 21st 2015 at the age of 101.

She was born on November 18, 1913 in Brentwood, N.H., the daughter of Edgar and Isabelle (Montgomery) Knight. A long time resident of the town of New Hampton, Katherine spent many years serving as assistant town clerk. She and her husband also owned and ran the village store for many years until they closed it in 1949. One has to marvel at the changes in history she saw in her lifetime, the great depression, several wars, the invention of automobiles, the civil rights movement, technology and many presidents to name a few.

Katherine loved to bake and stay busy. It was nothing to drive by the farmhouse and see her out with her chainsaw cutting down a tree, mowing the lawn on her riding mower with bricks on the seat to keep it running because she didn't weigh enough, or see her up on the roof doing repairs - and this is when she was in her 70s and 80s. There was no way you were going to tell her she couldn't do something. She was an amazing, strong, self sufficient woman who never complained. If you asked Katherine how she was doing, her favorite response was "ornery as ever", but she didn't fool anyone, everyone knew she had a kind heart.

She is survived by her two loving daughters, Elizabeth Dupont and Terry Wingate, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by the love of her life and husband Arthur, whom she missed very much. She was also pre-deceased by her two brothers, Robert Knight, George Liam Knight and sister's Edith and Louise Knight.

Katherine has gone to be with Arthur, and will be that angel smiling down on all of us from above. She will be missed very much.

There will be no calling hours.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the New Hampton Community Church, 14 Church Lane, New Hampton. A private burial will be held at the Village Cemetery in New Hampton in the spring.

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 Tuesday, 27 January 2015 06:49

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Martin J. Riehs Jr., 84

CAMPTON — Martin J. Riehs Jr., 84, of Campton died Jan. 23, 2015, peacefully at home with family by his side.

Martin was born in Weehawken, N.J., on Oct. 9, 1930. He was the son of Martin J. Riehs and Lydia Gutjahr Riehs. He grew up in West New York, N.J., where he met his bride, Anne. They settled in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., and started a family there.

He managed the family business, the Martin J. Riehs Paper Company, for 22 years, and was active in the First Reformed Church, serving as a deacon, elder, and superintendent of the Sunday School.

In 1970 the family relocated to Holderness where he and his wife became proprietors of the Olde Colonial Eagle Motel and the Sailing Center for 26 years. He served as the chairman on the inaugural Zoning Board of Adjustment and was a founder of the Squam Lakes Board of Trade, which later became the Squam Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

Marty was an avid skier, fisherman, and enjoyed sailing. In 1992 he captained his Lightning, "Loon-A-Sea," with his son and daughter-in-law to capture the Championship of Squam Lake Fleet 332. He shared many beautiful sunsets with his wife, children and grandchildren from the helm of his Cape Dory on Casco Bay in Maine. Marty was passionate about fishing, whether in sub-freezing temps in his bobhouse on Squam, or in the mangroves of the Florida Keys. Memories were made while snowmobiling through Sandwich Notch and hiking to Tuckerman Ravine to ski the Sherburne trail. He skied with his children, grandchildren and great-grandson over six decades. His love of nature and the outdoors was instilled in all of his family members.

Marty and Anne retired to Campton where he maintained a small fruit orchard, large vegetable garden, and prolific blueberry patch. His home was the gathering place for family and friends to celebrate all of life's occasions.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne (Pakan) Riehs; children, Suzanne Riehs-Moore and husband David Moore of Holderness, Marion Doyle and husband Glenn McIntire of Freeport, Maine, Marty Riehs III and wife Shelagh Connelly of Holderness. Grandchildren include Sam Smith, Saralyn Uhlman and her husband Mike Uhlman, Haleigh Doyle, Casey Doyle, Molly Riehs, Liam Riehs, Liza Riehs, and Nathan Moore. Great-grandchildren are Trevor Hughes, Anika and Graeme Uhlman. He is also survived by a niece Beth Bernhardt and her husband Paul Puzzanghera and their children Kate, Hope and Saramarie all of Winchester, Mass.

A celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pemi-Baker Community Health, Hospice Program, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Plymouth NH 03264.

To sign Martin's Book of Memories go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 10:24

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