LACONIA — Joyce French Munsey, 81, wife of George P. "Jeep" Munsey III of 257 Belmont Road, died at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 with her daughter, Mia, by her side.
Joyce was born October 30, 1932 in Laconia, one of five daughters of the late Clement C.B. and Alice (Guyer) French and graduated from Laconia High School in 1950, where she was very active in cheerleading and other school functions. She later attended Laconia Business College.
In 1951, Joyce married Jeep Munsey and joined him at UNH where they started their family.
Joyce was a longtime resident of Laconia and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. She founded Jack & Jill Nursery School in 1964 where she taught hundreds of preschoolers along with the assistance of many close friends, before selling it in 1978 to Janet Carroll who continued the Jack & Jill tradition. She then moved on to another venture, buying children's clothing institution, Jan & Her Friends from Janet LaFlamme located on Main Street. She operated the store throughout the 80's up until her retirement. She later dabbled in many pursuits including property management, a craft store with friend Jane Irwin and volunteering countless hours at the St. Vincent DePaul Society right up until a year ago.
Joyce enjoyed golf at the Laconia Country Club and was president of the Women's Twilight League. She was also an avid tennis player for a period of time and enjoyed playing at the Gilford Hills Club.
Joyce also cherished her times entertaining grandchildren and great grandchildren at the house especially during summer months as they were growing up. She passed on a great sense of humor to those children and was an extremely generous person to all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband of sixty-three years, George "Jeep" P. Munsey III, of Laconia; four sons, George P. Munsey IV of Leominster, Mass. (wife Penelope), Todd Clement Munsey of Sutherlin, Oregon (wife Stephanie), Joel Kelley Munsey of Palm Harbor, Florida, James Morgan Munsey of North Palm Beach, Florida and Durham, N.H. (wife Deborah), and a daughter, Melissa Faye "Mia" Annis (husband Randy), of Laconia; fifteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren She is also survived by three sisters, Anita Pintar of Lake Worth, Florida, Faye Lebel of Camden, S. Carolina and Lorraine Mathis of Melbourne, Florida. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Sleeper and a granddaughter Amy Annis.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
According to Joyce's wishes there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers a Scholarship Fund benefiting Gilford High School Students has been set up in memory of Joyce's granddaughter Amy under the name of "Friends of Amy" at Bank of NH, 62 Pleasant St. 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, 02 April 2014 07:19
LITCHFIELD — David William Symonds died suddenly on Saturday March 29, 2014 at his home in Litchfield. David was born on June 15, 1952 in Laconia, NH, the son of Robert and Dorothea (Ricker) Symonds.
David graduated from high school in Hollywood, Fla. in 1970 and attended college at the University of New Hampshire. He worked in food service as a chef from Meredith, N.H. to Vero Beach, Fla. throughout his career.
David, with his wife Margaret, have made their home in Litchfield for the past 22 years. David was a huge sports fan, a life long supporter of both the Boston Red Sox and the Patriots. His many friends and family were always blessed with his generosity and warm spirit. It can truly be said he lived life in full measure.
David's son Robert predeceased him in 1986. David is survived by his wife of 33 years, Margi, daughter Steffanie Jacques and her husband Keith, son David II. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Gage and Chloe Jacques, two brothers and three sisters, Leighton and his wife Carol, Jonathan and his wife Sally, Anne Tucker, Wendy Davis, Madelyn Paquette and her husband Anatole, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial honoring David's life on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11 a.m. , at the Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH. In David's memory donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:16
GILFORD — diane jayne ackerman, 67, of Gilford, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.
diane was born in Winchester, Mass on November 29, 1946, the oldest of three children of Roland and Jayne (Schultz) Nault. She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Ruth Ann. She graduated from Winchester High School in 1964 and grew up at Camp Mount Pero, Plymouth, N.H. and the family camp in Moultonborough, N.H.
diane attended Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. She married Richard D. Ackerman, her husband of forty-seven years and has a daughter, Heidi Kephart, and two grandsons, Jason and Ryan, all of Gilford. She was a lifelong bookkeeper and office administrator for a number of local businesses, having happily worked for the Ames Family of the Half Moon at Weirs Beach for the many years.
diane had a passion for the outdoors and the arts. She was a saxophone player with the Gilford Community Band from 1984-2013 and enjoyed entertaining people with her oldies rock and roll band, Rough Edges, for fifteen years. She was an avid fiber artist, spinning yarn, knitting and weaving. A country girl at heart, she enjoyed the quiet times tent camping and hiking at the ocean in down-east Maine and in the mountains of New Hampshire.
diane is survived by her husband, Richard Ackerman, a daughter, Heidi Kephart, and two grandsons, Jason and Ryan, all of Gilford and her brother, Roland "Jack" Nault, and sister-in-law, Lauren Towa, of Culver City, California as well as numerous Nault family members in Manchester.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H. Rev. Michael Graham Pastor of the church will officiate.
Burial will be later in the spring at the Raymond C. Wixson Memorial Garden, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H.
For those who wish, In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Gilford Community Band Music Fund c/o Lyvie P. Beyrent, Gilford High School, 88 Alvah Wilson Road, Gilford, N.H. 03249 or to the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249.
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, 02 April 2014 07:11
BELMONT — Charles L. "Chuck" Schultz, Jr., 70, formerly of Belmont and West Alton, died at the Epsom Manor Health Care Center, Epsom, N.H. on Sunday, March 30, 2014. He had been a resident there for the past five years.
Mr. Schultz was born May 26, 1943 in Cambridge, Mass., the son of the late Charles L. and Anne M. (Walsh) Schultz. He resided in Belmont, Mass. for several years and was a graduate of Belmont (Mass.) High School.
Mr. Schultz moved to West Alton in February, 1995 and had been employed as a custodian for the Franklin (N.H.) School District for several years. He was a member of the Belmont, N.H. Fire Department Ambulance Service and was a member of the Belmont, Mass. Fire Department Auxiliary.
Mr. Schultz is survived by several cousins.
A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
Following the calling hour, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 96 Main Street, Belmont, N.H.
Burial will be later this spring in South Road Cemetery, Belmont, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Burns Unit, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.
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, 01 April 2014 06:47