GILFORD — Dr. David W. Merrell, 89, of 71 Broadview Terrace, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Dr. Merrell was born February 21, 1925 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of the late Horace B. and Mildred (Lind) Merrell. He served as a medic in the U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Division Medical Corp during WWII. He resided in Orchard Lake, Michigan for many years before moving to Gilford thirty years ago.
Dr. Merrell received his Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. He spent several years in clinical practice at a large neuro-psychiatric hospital and for thirty years, was a consultant with Rohrer, Hibler & Replogle, Inc. (RHR), international psychological consultants to management. He managed the Detroit office of RHR, managed the Mid-West and Eastern regions of RHR and was Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. His responsibilities included RHR's publications, training and research.
As chairman of the legislative committee of the Michigan Psychological Association, Dr. Merrell was a leader in obtaining the first certification law for psychologists in Michigan. He was licensed in New York and Connecticut as well.
Dr. Merrell's consulting experience embraced a wide range of industries, including automotive, chemical, publishing, insurance and utilities. He led the development of RHR expertise in family mobility studies (for prospective overseas assignments), life cycle and evolution theory of organization, multi-dimensional (matrix) organization structures, and RHR's full field systems for organization analysis. He contributed to two RHR books and numerous RHR articles and journals and served as editor of RHR's bimonthly newsletter for executives titled "For CEO's Only."
Dr. Merrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, tennis, sail boating, motor boating, water skiing and snow skiing. He was a musician, playing the trumpet and was a "Ping Pong Champ".
Dr. Merrell was a member and president of the New Hampshire Music Festival, a member and president of the Governor's Island Association and was a leader and Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a tenor soloist for numerous church choirs.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-nine years, Audrey Mae "Ivy" (Iverson) Merrell of Gilford, N.H.; a son, David Charles Merrell of Stamford, Conn.; a daughter, Cindy Louise (Merrell) Savard of Fremont, N.H.; four grandchildren, Paul David Merrell, Jaimie Elizabeth Merrell, Andrew David Savard and Kaitlyn Mae Savard; one great grandchild, Violet Lynn Merrell; one niece and five nephews. In addition to his parents, Dr. Merrell was predeceased by a brother, Richard Merrell.
There will be no calling hours.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H. Rev. Michael Graham, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Raymond C. Wixson Memorial Garden, Gilford, N.H.
Following the burial, a reception will held in the Church Hall.
Flowers are welcome. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be sent to the Gilford Community Church Music Department, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249 or to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, 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, 18 June 2014 07:42
RUMNEY — Raymond S. Keniston, Sr., 92, of Rumney, passed away at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
A lifelong resident of Rumney, Raymond was born on November 22, 1921 to George L. and Bertha (Watts) Keniston.
He began his logging career at age 16 with his first truck. Later, he operated his sawmill in Rumney, starting with a steam engine, his life-long dream. He was a member of the Odd Fellows. Raymond enjoyed planting trees for the Rumney Common, Library, and family. His retirement hobby making wooden spoons was a gift enjoyed by many.
His many years spent at the sawmill taught him the value of efficiency and organization. With an eighth grade education, he did all of the bookkeeping at home after work.
As an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing, taking two trips to Alaska for salmon fishing. He also loved time spent at his camps in Pittsburg and New Brunswick.
Raymond was a generous, humble, and intelligent man, a teacher at heart. He was always asking questions and looking for a better way to do things.
Raymond was preceded in death by his newborn son, George.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Ila (Bixby) Keniston, who tirelessly cared for him for 74 years. He will be missed by his three daughters, Nancy and her companion Harold Avery, Sally and her companion Ron Linke, Kelley and her husband Len Anderson; son, Raymond S. Keniston, Jr.; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and his 100 year old cousin, Phyllis Pray.
In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree in Raymond's memory. Donations may be made to Speare Memorial Hospital in gratitude for their loving care given to Raymond and his family during his illness.
A funeral service will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (12 Langdon St.), Plymouth, on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11 am. Rev. Brenda Wentworth will officiate. Interment will be private.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Raymond's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:38
LACONIA — Lola Rose (Valentini) Cutillo, 90, of 21 Ledges Drive, Taylor Community, died at her home on Monday, June 16, 2014. Mrs. Cutillo was the widow of Ralph Cutillo who died in 2002.
Mrs. Cutillo was born November 26, 1923 in Taunton, Mass., the daughter of the late Adolpho and Maria (Agostini) Valentini. Mrs. Cutillo was a longtime resident of the Lakes Region and was a former communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport.
She will be remembered most for her vibrant personality and for being the cornerstone of her family. She will be missed tremendously for her storytelling, her sense of humor, the color she brought to everyone around her and the love and affection she unconditionally gave. A true matriarch, she was like a second mother to many and valued her family and friends more than anything. She loved old movies, children, reading, fashion and was a huge Patriots and Red Sox fan.
She and her late husband, Ralph, developed many restaurants and resorts in hospitality where she often worked as a bookkeeper and hostess. In 1968, they purchased Steele Hill Resorts in Sanbornton, N.H., and developed the 520 acres. In 1977, the Cutillo family brought timesharing to Steele Hill, which brought many tourists and employees to the Lakes Region.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen W. and Susan C. Cutillo of Gilford, N.H. and William F. and Susan B. Cutillo of Sanbornton, N.H.; three grandchildren, Catherine Remy Cutillo and her husband, Ross Sheehan, of Vergennes, Vt. and Douglas Cutillo and his wife, Dewina, of Concord, N.H. and Justin Cutillo and his wife, Michelle, of Gilford, N.H.; two great granddaughters, Eliana Cutillo of Concord and Remy Sheehan of Vergennes, Vt., and a brother, Henry Valentini, of Florida.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the Cutillo Family Cemetery, Steele Hill, Sanbornton, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations 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 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:29
BRISTOL — Melva F. Brown, 86, of Chestnut St., died Monday, June 16, 2014 after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of Bristol, born to William Fitch and Laura (Charron) French. She attended local schools and graduated from Bristol High. Melva worked at Dead River Oil Co and the former Carr Co. She was the wife of the late E. Dean Brown.
Melva loved her family and was supportive of her children and their activities as youths. She loved to camp and always looked forward to outings at the ocean with her sisters. She also spent time sewing and making ceramics and was active with the Bristol Area Seniors' Group and their luncheons.
Family members include two sons: Trevor Brown of York, Maine; Doug Brown of Deerfield; a daughter: Deanna Kelley of Hollis; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters: Shirley O'Brien of Rockport, Mass.; Norma Hague of Rocky Hill, Conn.; a brother, Roger French of Bridgewater; many nieces and nephews.
Services-Calling hours will be Friday, June 20, 2014 from 12-1:30 at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol. Funeral Services will follow at 1:30 in the funeral home, Rev. Andrew McLeod will officiate. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Newfound Area Nursing Association-Hospice Program, 214 Lake St., Bristol, NH 03222.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00