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Edith Levasseur, 85

LACONIA — Edith (Levesque) Levasseur, 85, lifelong resident of the Laconia area, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014. Her independent, determined spirit, coupled with her deep love of family, insure that she will be greatly missed.
Born Edith Levesque on March 21, 1929, Edith was the daughter of Alfred and Roseanna (Rocheleau) Levesque. She attended St. Joseph's school where she and her sisters were well-known as the "Levesque Girls" and much in demand at church functions for their singing talent. She graduated from Laconia High School, Class of 1947, and married her true love, the "cute guy", Clement Levasseur, in September, 1948, who predeceased her on July 12, 1995.
Growing up, Edith was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, and in her adult life, was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Most recently, Edith found a calling in her ten years with First New Hampshire Bank as human resources representative for Laconia Peoples National Bank & Trust, retiring in September, 1991.
A unique team, Edith and Clem shared several and varied enterprises, including twenty-five years as owners/managers of Grovenole Cottages and Riverbank Laundromat. They particularly enjoyed their partnership raising their children, Steven, Donald and Joanne. Married for forty-seven years, Edith and Clem valued their time in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida where they relaxed with friends and family, particularly their granddaughter, Jessica.
Edith was a member of the "Senior Friends" group and loved traveling, reading, and gardening.
Edith leaves behind son, Donald, and his wife, Judy; daughter, Joanne Levasseur Blodgett, and her husband, Ernie Blodgett, Jr. and of course, Don and Judy's family, Jessica Levasseur and Josh Robinson and his wife, Joanna. She also leaves behind Alice Morin Bolduc, her longtime friend and support and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Edith was predeceased by her son, Steven, in 2000 and by three brothers and six sisters.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 10, 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 Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery with a reception following at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H.
Friends wishing to make contributions in Edith's memory are asked to consider the New Hampshire Humane Society (where she found her beloved "Murphy"), PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247.
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, 08 July 2014 08:08

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Basil W. Thompson, Sr. and Jacqueline Thompson

LACONIA — Basil W. Thompson, Sr., and Jacqueline (Joyal) Thompson will be interred at St. Lambert's Cemetery in Laconia on Wednesday, July 9, at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Thompson passed away suddenly on December 31, 2013. Mr. Thompson followed her to their eternal rest 81 days later on March 22, 2014.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson formerly resided on Union Avenue, where they raised three children, until they retired to Nova Scotia. Mostly recently, they resided with their daughter Marsha and her family in Orono, Maine.

There will be no calling hours. All are welcome to attend the graveside service.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:05

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Robert A. Woodman, 84

LACONIA — Robert A. Woodman, 84, of 30 County Drive and formerly of Fore St. in Lakeport, passed away surrounded by loved ones at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Mr. Woodman, known as Woody to his friends, was born July 28, 1929, in Laconia, N.H., the only son of the late Arthur L. and Sadie Emma (Pickering) Woodman.
Woody was a lifelong resident of Lakeport. He was very proud to have served with 339th Air Force fighter squadron during the Korean War. During his deployment he was an aircraft mechanic and quickly learned how to speak Japanese. He taught fellow service members the language and enjoyed it so much that he continued to practice it the rest of his life.
He worked for Tekwood, Scott & Williams, the Laconia State School, Tri State Fire Protection and other area businesses before retiring in 2001. He spent most of his free time in the summer fishing and boating. And when he wasn't working on it, he could be seen riding his yellow moped all over town. His favorite trip was riding it to the Weirs on motorcycle weekend. Using the callsign K1OMC, he communicated with hundreds of people all over the world using Morse code on his ham radio. He enjoyed working on crossword puzzles with friends, and wrote poetry and limericks. At times he referred to himself as a jack of all trades and master of none. But, he had mastered the important things in life and truly appreciated and loved his family, his friends and every single brook, stream, and cove in the lakes region.
He will be missed by all his friends in Lakeport, especially his friends at Lake Village Apartments, the caring staff at the Belknap County Nursing Home and his special friends Jean Durfee and Lisa Landry.
At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. For those who wish, donations can be made to Belknap County Nursing Home activity fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:43

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Richard Nickel, Jr., 68

LACONIA — Richard Nickel, Jr., 68, died unexpectedly on July 1, 2014.
Rick is survived by his wife of 24 years, Helen (Gilbert) Nickel who moved back to the area 4 years ago after living in Colorado for 21 years. Rick was born in Carlisle, Penn. on January 16, 1946, son of Richard, Sr. and Beatrice Nickel. As his father was in the Army, the family lived in many countries and states including Japan, France, Germany, Florida, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Texas. He graduated from Linden High School in Linden, Alabama and attended El Paso Community College and Mesa College both in Colorado majoring in electrical technology.
He served proudly in the US Army, staff sergeant E6, for almost 5 years with a tour in Vietnam. He then worked seventeen years for several power companies as a high power lineman. After marrying Helen, they moved to Colorado where he worked as an electrical maintenance manager for several hospitals and a shopping mall.
Rick loved ranching, where he raised and trained horses, NASCAR, motorcycling, classic cars, hunting in the Rocky Mountains and fishing, He successfully battled 2 ½ years of colon cancer.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Lisa Sweeney and her husband Mike from Florida; step-daughter Lisa Ballantyne Alden and her husband Lou; step-son Blaine Ballantyne and his wife Jill from Helena, Mont.; his beloved grandchildren Andrew and Zachary Sweeney; Cord and Isabella Ballantyne; one brother Dennis and his wife Chris from Carlisle, Penn.; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marie Anne and Frank Mills of Laconia; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Paul Gilbert of Ellington, Conn.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial calling hours will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Richard's name to the Payson Center at Concord Hospital, 250 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301
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, 07 July 2014 09:35

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