Lisa Young, 54,
GILFORD — Lisa Maxine Small Young, beloved wife of Richard Mark Young and devoted mother of Matthew Frederick, Mark George and Michele Ciera Helen, lost her 12-year battle with breast cancer on May 11, 2014, 19 days after her 54th birthday.
Matthew is a junior at Gilford High School, Mark is a freshman, and Michele is an eighth-grader at the Gilford Middle School.
After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2002 Lisa faced her illness with a quiet force that never quit, strength in the face of great odds, and an ability to keep fighting after most people would have given up.
Born in Biddeford Pool, Maine, to Frederick and Leslye Small in 1960, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. With her nurse friend Lisa Richard Donat, using her credential as a registered nurse, Lisa worked as a nurse and traveled throughout the United States as an RN in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, California, Washington, Nevada, Alaska and Minnesota. Accompanied by Lisa Donat she also traveled throughout Europe and New Zealand.
Lisa long enjoyed the out-of-doors and many of her happiest times were spent camping with friends and family in Alaska, New Mexico, Utah, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
While working in Alaska for the Indian Health Service she met fellow nurse Richard Young. They were married on Aug. 6, 1995, at her parent's home by the sea at Biddeford Pool, Maine. Richard and Lisa moved from New Mexico to Gilford in 2001.
Being active in her community Lisa served on the Board of Directors of the Gunstock Nordic Association since 2010. She has been president of the association for the past two years, responsible in large part for promoting the sport of Nordic skiing among the youth of the Lakes Region.
She was an active member of Temple B'Nai Israel in Laconia and had been an instructor in the religious school of the Temple.
Lisa became known for her special qualities — her infectious sense of humor, her loyal and generous friendships, her gift for creating a happy atmosphere, her love of family and friends. She was always eager to do for others.
Besides her husband and three children, Lisa Maxine Small Young is survived by her mother, Leslye Small; her sister, Pamela Small Oliver, husband Pare and daughter Elyse, all of Biddeford Pool, Maine; brother Michael, his wife Jodie and nieces Megan and Jordan of Madison, Conn. Her in-laws include mother-in-law Biloine W. Young of St. Paul, Minn., brothers-in-law Robin Young of Wayne, Pa., Benjamin Young of Colorado Springs,
Colo., and sister-in-law Priscilla Young of Buffalo, N.Y.
Services in celebration of the life of Lisa Maxine Small Young will be held at Temple B'Nai Israel, 210 Court St. in Laconia at 10 a.m. on Tuesday May 13. Burial will be held at the Union Cemetery immediately after the service. A meal of condolence will be held at the Temple after the burial. Shiva services will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Young home. Additional visiting hours on Wednesday and Thursday will be from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Young home.
In lieu of flowers in honor of Lisa Maxine Small Young please make a contribution to the Gunstock Nordic Association, PO Box 1307, Laconia, NH 03247, or to Temple B'Nai Israel, 210 Court St., Laconia, NH
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, 12 May 2014 08:44
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Shirley Nimblett Porter passed away in her home in Bonita Springs on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
She grew up in Peabody, Mass., and graduated from Peabody High School in 1955.
She was the wife of Ronald Porter, with whom she celebrated 33 years of marriage. She and Mr. Porter started Portlyn Corporation in 1970, a very successful aerospace and medical device manufacturing company, and ran it until she retired in 1990.
Shirley enjoyed traveling, especially to the tropics, boating, golf, and was an avid Red Sox Fan, attending
games at Fenway with her friends when she could. She was known for her "mean game of Liar's Poker."
She divided her time between her home in Florida, and her lakefront home in New Hampshire.
She was predeceased by siblings Edith Beaulieu, and Thomas Nimblett.
She leaves her husband Ronald Porter, sisters Barbara McMahon of Amesbury, Mass., Carol Lebel and
Virginia Castonguay, both of Peabody, Mass., and Majorie Scott of Lighthouse Point, Fla. She was devoted to
her stepchildren, David Porter and his wife Sally, Susan Croteau and her husband Denis, Lisa Hill and
her husband Michael, Leanne Brunelle and her husband Gary. She loved spending time with her 11
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
There will be no services. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date in New Hampshire.
In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a donation in her memory to The COPD Foundation.
Online condolences may be made at www.shikanyfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 07:39
Ruth P. Stevens, 90
LACONIA — Ruth P (Phelps) Stevens, 90, formerly of New Hampton, and Belleview, Fla., died peacefully at the Belknap County Nursing Home in Laconia, on Saturday, May 3, 2014. She was the widow of David B. Stevens who passed away in August 2013.
Ruth was born on June 16, 1923 in Greenfield, Mass., where she went to school, and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1941. She was the daughter of Everett Phelps and Antoinette (Masse) Phelps.
During World War II, she worked at the Greenfield Tap & Die Co. In 1946 she married David and they raised their five children in the Mount Hermon section of Gill, Mass.
Upon their retirement in 1979, they moved to New Hampton where they lived on Oxbow Road and Sky Pond Road. Later, Ruth and David moved to Florida where they spent many years in Belleview and Summerfield, Fla., returning to New Hampshire in 2009.
Ruth was an avid gardener and loved to play cards and listen to all kinds of music. She especially liked the music programs at the nursing home. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and she will be missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Stevens was predeceased by four siblings, brothers, Riley Phelps and Harvey Phelps, and sisters, Anna Johnson and Ada Field.
She is survived by three sons, Daniel R Stevens and wife, Joyce of Bristol, Bruce D Stevens and wife, Stacy of New Hampton, and Gary R. Stevens and wife, Rhonda of Warren; two daughters, Beverly J. Butterfield and companion, Ed Stout of Summerfield, Fla., and Elizabeth E Gross and husband, Gordon of Henderson, Nev. She also leaves one sister, Doris Cutting of Brattleboro, Vt., eight grandchildren, Brian Stevens, Kevin Stevens, Quincy Stevens Gunn, Gordon Gross, Jr, Katy Gross, Corilynn Gross, Kala Stevens and Austin Stevens, 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the residents and staff of Belknap County Nursing Home for their friendship and compassionate care over the past three years.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside burial service will be scheduled at a later date at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, where she will be buried with her husband of 67 years, David B. Stevens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Belknap County Nursing Home's Activities Fund at 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH. 03246.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:35
Jane Labelle, 71
NORTHFIELD — Jane M. LaBelle, 71, of Northfield, passed away in her home on May 5, 2014, after bravely battling pancreatic and liver cancer.
Jane is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob LaBelle; and her two children, Diane Burchard of Florida and James LaBelle of North Carolina. She is also survived by her four siblings, Bette Ward of California, Dennis Carignan of Tennessee, Marie Carignan of Oregon and David Carignan of New Hampshire. Jane also leaves behind eight grandchildren Brandon, Cherish, Nathaniel, Caleb, Nicholas, Kinsley, Kelsey and Samantha.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Parish at Franklin, 110 School St., in Franklin. Burial at the State Veterans Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jane's memory may be made to Franklin VNA & Hospice, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235, or online at www.vnafnh.org
The Cremation Society of NH is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information please go to www.csnh.com
Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 02:03