LACONIA — Ellsworth Haines Wheeler, 78, of Laconia, NH, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014. "Bud" was a loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by many.
Dr. Wheeler was born on September 19, 1935, in Geneva, New York. He received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1957, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in 1968. He served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1962 and the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1962-1974.
He joined Stanford University and planned and led research expeditions at sea, taught graduate courses and wrote grant proposals for the Stanford Oceanographic Program. He taught at the University of New Hampshire from 1970 through 1977.
Bud and his second wife, Kay, moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1987, and lived on a boat until Hurricane Hugo in 1989. After some years as a Reference Librarian at the Medical University of South Carolina library, he turned his hobby into a second career and enjoyed much success as a portrait sculptor. The Wheelers lived in Charleston until moving to Laconia last year to be with family as they began the "great winding down".
He is predeceased by his sister, Emily, his first wife, Ann,
and grandson, Benjamin.
Bud is survived by his wife, Kay; three sons: Jeffrey (Dawn) of Gig Harbor, WA, David (Francine) of Sandy Hook, Ct. and Drew (Jamie) of Kahuku, HI . Two grandsons, Jon Wheeler of Richmond, VA and Nate Wheeler of Sandy Hook, Ct. Also surviving are four step children, Fletcher Preuninger (John), Steven Youschak (Yun-Hui), Blair Youschak and Paige Thompson (David) and six step grandchildren, Chase, Grant, Grace, Christian, Ryan and Sage.
Private memorial services will be at a later date in Charleston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 721, Meredith, NH 03253.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:39
EVERETT, Mass. — Christine Ann Magee, 29, of Everett, formally of Ipswich, passed away on Friday, May 16 at MGH surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved daughter of William and Ann (Venezia) Magee of Gilmanton, NH, the precious sister of Catherine, Jessica and Sarah Magee.
Christine leaves her devoted fiancé, Jose Docen and her three beloved dogs: Buddy, Maya, and Casey. She was the granddaughter of Helen (Dunn) and the late James Magee, Mary (Spinale) and Anthony Venezia, all of Everett. She will be greatly missed by her many wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Christine graduated Ipswich High School 2002 and Salem State University 2006. She continued her education with a Masters Degree in Education and Science from Concordia Univ. Christine taught at Pioneer Charter School of Science in Everett as a 7th grade math teacher, and later a special education teacher. Christine loved teaching and said her greatest pleasures were reading, walking her dogs, trying new restaurants, and having her students achieve high MCAS scores. Christine had a wonderful fulfilling life despite her challenges with Cystic Fibrosis. She touched everyone she encountered with her courage, resilience, selflessness, and caring nature. She will forever be in our hearts.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on May 30th at Our Lady of Hope in Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Christine Magee Memorial Fund" at any TD Bank or by mailing to PO Box 28 Gilmanton, NH 03237, to provide scholarships for her beloved students.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:09
LACONIA — Claude Lavoie Richer, 84, of 1480 Old N. Main Street, Unit 2, Laconia, died at the Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H. on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Mr. Richer, a native of Lefaivre, Ontario, Canada, was born December 22, 1929, the son of the late Leonie (Legault) and Theophile Lavoie.
Mr. Richer graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. His post graduate studies were at the Universite de Paris and at St. Lawrence University.
Mr. Richer taught high school sciences at Carleton Place, Ontario and Lake Placid, New York and coached varsity skiing at St. Lawrence University. For eight years, he was general manager of Wescott Construction Corp. in Laconia. He founded Concrete Construction in 1968 and was president until 1989.
Mr. Richer served as a director of the Laconia Peoples National Bank and served on the Laconia Planning Board and the Winnipesaukee Watershed Committee.
Mr. Richer was on the Canadian Olympic Ski Team and competed in two Winter Olympics, the 1952 Games in Oslo, Norway in the cross country event and in the 1956 Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy in the downhill event. In 1960, he was Coach for the Australian team at Squaw Valley, Calif. He was the Canadian National Cross-Country Champion and National Champion in Olympic style canoeing, winning in 1951, being honored as French Canadian Athlete of the Year and was twice runner up in the U. S. National Cross Country Ski Championship.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Robinson-Richer of Laconia; a daughter, Christine ; two sons, Marc and Brett; four grandchildren, Jagger, River, Cole and Kathryn. In addition to his parents, Mr. Richer was predeceased by his stepfather, Joas Richer, and by a son, John Richer.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2:00PM at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, N.H. 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, 20 May 2014 08:23
LACONIA — Theresa Anne (Routhier) Guay, 72, of Laconia, died May 11, 2014 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., after a period of failing health.
Born in Laconia July 10, 1941, the daughter of Edgar M. and Anna (Contois) Routhier, Theresa attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, graduating in 1959. Later, she earned a secretarial certificate at Lakes Region Community College.
She worked most of her life, holding several factory positions at Laconia Shoe Co. and Teco Corp.; she worked also at the Laconia State School and, finally, as a customer service rep. at Madeira USA Ltd. in Laconia, before retiring in 2001.
Theresa married Dennis M. Guay on Nov. 12, 1966, and they raised three children before divorcing amicably in 1988.
Theresa loved her children and grandchildren and was always there to listen, comfort, counsel and console. She also loved to laugh and to discuss anything and everything – from world news to the latest book she had read.
An avid reader all her life, she continued to enjoy books in audio form after diabetic neuropathy robbed her of her sight. Though she suffered from several health complications during the last years of her life, she faced them with courage and optimism, enjoying what pleasures she could and spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents and her former husband, Theresa was predeceased by her half-brother, Romeo Routhier; her half-sister, Phoebe Leguex; a great-nephew, Darren Cyr, and her best friend, Denise Therrien,
Survivors include her children, Katherine Walch, Victoria Guay and Stephen Guay, all of Laconia; her grandchildren, Diana Walch and Rachael McCarthy, both of Laconia, and Arianna Guay Campbell, of Bristol and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her good friend, David Nadeau.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish-Sacred Heart Church, 291Union Ave., Laconia, N.H.
Interment will follow in the family lot at St. Lambert Cemetery, Province Street, Laconia, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen Street, Second Floor, Framingham, MA 01701 ( www.diabetes.org) or to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker Street, 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 Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:18