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Lois Hart, 72


SANDWICH — Lois Hart, 72, of 19 Heard St., Sandwich, N.H., passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 12, at her home.

Lois was reared in Campton, N.H. and in Holderness, N.H. She grew up on a farm and loved all animals, domestic and wild. Lois had a kind, gentle, loving spirit. Her greatest joy in life was serving others both at the Benz Center in Sandwich and at the Center Harbor Christian Church. She first began attending CHCC in 1995 and soon became the church greeter. Every week she would pass out the church bulletins and bring them to others who could not attend. She also was a cheerful, dedicated worker in the church's Thrift and Gift Shop.

Lois is predeceased by her parents, Frank Willoughby and Hazel (Ripley) Willoughby. She is survived by her brother, Alan Willoughby of Bedford, N.H. and several cousins. Lois will be greatly missed by her many, many friends and especially by her caretaker and friend since childhood, Keith Forbes of Sandwich, and by her church family.

A memorial service will be held at the Center Harbor Christian Church on 80 Bean Rd. at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Rev. Robert P. Farah will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Center Harbor Food Pantry, Box 927, Center Harbor, NH, 03226.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Anne Dow, 100

MEREDITH — Anne Dow, 100, died Tuesday, June 16, at the Golden View Health Care Center. She was born in Alexandria and had been a life long resident of the Newfound Area. While waitressing at the Akerman House, Anne met and later married Howard Dow. Together they owned and operated Howard's Vegetables on Rte 3 in Bristol. Anne's passion was for her flower gardens and her Boston Terriers and her cats.

Anne was a faithful member of the Bristol Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Bertha Beach and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Alexandria. Rev. Wayne Toutaint will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Golden View Health Care Center, 19 Route 104, Meredith, NH 03253. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Arnold D. Witbeck, 80

GILFORD — Arnold Dee Witbeck, age 80, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015 after a long illness.

Arnold was born on Dec. 9, 1934 in California and raised in Utah. He was the son of Morris Dee and Erma Bess (Emery) Witbeck and the loving husband, best friend and companion of Helen J. Witbeck. Arnold was the father of Carrie Banks, Cindy Nicolds, Arlan Witbeck and Dorie Suskie. He was a grandfather of 14 grandchildren, a great-grandfather of 7 great-grandchildren and stepfather and step-grandfather and great-grandfather to many more. He was predeceased by his brother, Morris Dee Witbeck.

Arnold had many hobbies and interests which included flying a Cessna 182 and traveling the countryside with his wife Helen. He was an NRA member and he also served in the Army reserve. He valued his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Without his presence, the world is a little less interesting. We will miss his conversations and knowledge on diverse topics and insights both helpful and strange. He was a character. We will miss his smiles, his hearty laughter and his love for his family. Arnold lived his life the way he wanted it to be lived till the end. Be at peace our friend and continue to watch over us all. Know that you are loved.

There will be a memorial service for his friends and family on Monday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1442 Old North Main Street, Laconia, NH. He will be interred in his family plot located in Salt Lake City at a later date in August.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice in Arnold's name.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Laura Michaelis, 45


LACONIA — Laura Michaelis, the youngest sibling of Kathy Michaelis (John Metro), Susan Michaelis Gunther (Bob Gunther), Maryanne Michaelis, William Michaelis, and Brian Michaelis (Kim Foss), passed away Friday, June 5, 2015 surrounded by her family.

Born in Smithtown, New York on December 20, 1969 – a Christmas gift – to the late Gertrude (Gerry) and the late William Michaelis, Laura moved to New Hampshire in June, 1998. She lived in Laconia, worked at New Beginnings in Laconia, and volunteered at a food pantry in Franklin and the Gilford Public Library. Watching movies and listening to music in her apartment, going out for dinner, mini golf, and tenpin bowling were favorite pastimes. Over the past several years, Laura was a member of The Down Syndrome Team, the Winnipesaukee Warriors Special Olympics team, testified before New Hampshire House and Senate committees on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, and voted.

Family was important to Laura. She loved her nephew Jarrad Gunther, his wife Sarah Gunther, and their daughters, Morgan and Maggie. It was heartwarming to see Laura cuddling with and singing to the girls. Every Thanksgiving, Laura looked forward to the tradition of playing Uno with everyone, especially her nephews Ben and Russ Foss-Michaelis. Laura also leaves behind a niece, Lisa Carrier of Washington, and a nephew, Tim Cassel of Nevada.

Laura's vibrant smile, quick wit, generosity, and joy will be remembered. A celebration of Laura's life will be held for family and friends at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Ladies: wear a favorite dress, a string of pearls if you have one, and pin up your hair, all things Laura did when she went out for a special occasion.

Rather than flowers, memorial contributions to New Beginnings, 832 North Main Street, Laconia, or Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main Street, Laconia are preferred.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 07:40

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