TILTON — Marguerite Jean Dowie, age 91, was born March 12, 1922 to Scandinavian immigrants in Brooklyn, N.Y. and passed on to glory November 5, 2013 at Concord Hospital.
She was educated in Brooklyn, attending PS 169, Drake's Business School and Pace College. Jean, as she was known, began working in Manhattan as a securities broker. She was a Fort Hamilton Naval Cadet.
After WWII she married John Pelly Dowie and began a family. They moved to Franklin to raise their children "in the country." They bought a gas station and started a restaurant on the Franklin-Tilton line. Their five children are: Barbara Jean Nobrega, John Douglas Dowie, Nancy Jane Kulus, Doris Ann Nisbet and Doreen Joan Sexton. From these five have come 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, who along with their spouses give her loving tribute.
While a homemaker in Franklin she taught Sunday school and was a Girl Scout leader. After moving to Tilton she began working outside the home at Steven's Mill in the mending department and from there went to work in Concord at the Army National Guard for the Adjutant General's office until her retirement at age 73.
Jean kept herself productive with interests in sports, reading, knitting, politics and ministering to the elderly and shut-ins with encouraging notes and cards, which she would make on the computer.
She will be greatly missed as she is greatly loved and respected by four generations of her children.
A visiting hour will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 1 p.m. until the celebration of her life at 2 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road, Tilton, NH. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery in Tilton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean's name may be made to the charity of one's choice or one dear to her heart, Allow the Children at 1969 Bethel Church Rd., Forest, VA 24551.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:25
LOUDON — Janet M. Lafreniere, 65, of 142 South Village Road, died at Concord Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
Janet was born March 20, 1948, in Gilford, the daughter of the late Archie and Cecelia (Landry) Jordan.
Janet resided in Manchester for several years before moving to Loudon five years ago. She had been employed at the Holiday Inn in Manchester for 13
years, retiring in 1985.
Janet was a member of the Family Bible Church. She enjoyed flea markets and yard sales and loved dancing to country music to doll collecting. Her cat,
Smokey, was very companion special to her.
Survivors include two daughters, Angela Kontoes and her husband, Daniel, of Boscawen, and Roxanne Storrs and her husband, Jeffrey, of Loudon; eight
grandchildren, Danielle Decicco of Boscawen, Rebecca Merrill and Devyn Merrill, both of Loudon, Dylan Kontose of Boscawen, Jacob Merrill, Derick Storrs, Marshall Storrs and Haylee Storrs, all of Loudon; a sister, Carole Wells of Highland, Ill.; two nieces and two nephews.
In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by a brother, Gene Jordan.
There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held at the Family Bible Church, 676 Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. Pastor Steven Ludwick will officiate. Burial will follow in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield Street, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Kidney Center, 248 Pleasant St., Pillsbury Building G400,
Concord, NH 03301, or to Wilkinson-Beane, Inc., PO Box 67, Laconia, NH 03247-0067 to assist the family with funeral costs.
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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
GILFORD — Anne Marie Zimmermann, 61, a nine-year resident of Gilford, NH, passed away peacefully at home after a six year battle with ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her family and close friends in her final days.
Anne Marie is survived by her husband, James L. Zimmermann of Gilford, and her three sons – Thomas of Vernon, CT, Paul of Waban, MA, and Timothy of Gilford. She also has three surviving brothers - Larry Lyman of Nanuet, NY, Thomas Lyman of NJ, and Keith Lyman of Detroit, MI.
Prior to moving to Gilford, Anne Marie and her family lived for nearly 30 years in Newtown CT. During her time in Newtown, Anne Marie was busy raising her three sons and she was also active in church and school activities and she volunteered to help the Newtown High School Marching Band.
Anne Marie was born in Port Chester, NY and raised in Nanuet, NY. She graduated from Nanuet High School in 1970 and received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Mercy College of Dobbs Ferry NY in 1979. She worked for several years for Lawler, Matusky, & Skelly, an environmental consulting firm in Nyack, NY. She worked in the lab as an ichthyoplankton taxonomist and did field work involving collecting specimens for research projects.
Anne Marie was an avid sailor and sailed out of the Nyack Boat club in Nyack, NY. She also completed The World's Longest Sunfish Race at Southold Yacht Club in Southold, NY. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sailing, hiking, skiing, and bicycling.
Anne Marie wanted to extend her heartfelt thanks for the exceptional care she received at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. The staff provided terrific care throughout her six major surgeries and many rounds of chemotherapy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at noon in the United Church of Christ, Laconia. A reception in the church hall will immediately follow the service. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilford.
Donations are encouraged in her memory to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, or to St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Anne's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 10:59
LACONIA — Charlotte Velma Smith, 82, of 16 Charlevoix Place, died peacefully at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Monday, November 4, 2013.
Charlotte was born February 3, 1931 in Springfield, Vermont, the daughter of the late Raymond and Nellie (Jerome) Giddings. She had attended schools in South Port and Fairfield, Connecticut and moved to Laconia in 1959.
Charlotte had been employed at METZ for thirteen years before retiring in 1991. She had been a member of the Laconia Congregational Church for twenty-nine years and enjoyed cooking, reading and walks.
Survivors include a son, Raymond Smith, and his wife, Debra, of Laconia; a daughter, Linda Isitt and her husband, Randy, of Oregon; eight grandchildren, Gabriel Isitt, Emma Isitt, Joseph Isitt and his wife, Sarah, Leslie Isitt, Darcie Isitt and Paul Isitt all of Oregon and Curtis Albert of Belmont and Heather Albert of Laconia; two great grandchildren, Coen Albert and Tucker Albert, both of Belmont; a brother, Henry Giddings, of Vermont; a sister, Edith Paradise, of Georgia and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Charlotte was predeceased by her three brothers, Edward Giddings, James Giddings and Gilbert Giddings.
There will be no calling hours.
Per Charlotte's request, a private graveside service will be held at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Charlotte requested memorial donations may be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 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 Monday, 04 November 2013 10:55