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Mark Dion, 41

SAN DIEGO — Mark Alan Dion, 41, of San Diego, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Jan. 31, 2014.

He was born to Susan and David Dion on Nov. 24, 1972. Mark attended Paul Smith Elementary School and graduated from Franklin High School in 1991.

Mark moved to San Diego in 1998. In 2001 Mark founded City Boxing. He enjoyed great success as owner of San Diego's premier gym and training center for Mixed Martial Arts. Mark's success led him to managing world class boxers and MMA fighters. He was well respected in the boxing and MMA community. He was a great adviser, motivator, and mentor for his fighters, employees, and friends. Mark was a positive role model for amateur and pro boxing and worked hard to represent all of his athletes to the best of his abilities. He was well known for his strong leadership, personality, honesty, and loyalty.

Mark enjoyed traveling and seeing all different parts of the world. He visited the Philippines, South America, Greece, Jamaica and Israel.

Mark experienced great success in all of his entrepreneurial ventures. He was strong-willed and determined. His loyalty and motivation enabled him to acquire all of his dreams. He had an infectious smile that made people happy. His stature as a man beamed confidence. Mark enjoyed the finer things of life, fast cars, living by the ocean, and great friends.

He is survived by his mother Susan Dion of Franklin, N.H.; his father, David Dion and companion Dolly Keyser of Franklin, N.H.; his brother Michael Dion and his wife Bianca Dion of New Hampton, N.H.; his half-brother Chad Dion and half-sister Lisa Dion. He also leaves behind two nieces, Piper and Ella Dion.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 12 p.m. at the Thibault-Neun Funeral at 143 Franklin St. in Franklin, N.H. A celebration of life and luncheon will follow at Lochmere Country Club in Lochmere, N.H., from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mark's memory can be made to Compassionate Care for ALS. This can be done by visiting www.ccals.org/donate.php

 

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 11:40

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Esther D. Peters, 98

GILFORD — Esther Dorr Peters, 98, of 32 Cotton Hill Road, died on Sunday, February 9, 2014. She was the widow of Kenneth W. Peters who died in 1970.
Esther was born on February 7, 1916 in Philadelphia, PA., the daughter of Everett H. and Ruth (Leeds) Brown, Jr.
Esther moved to the Lakes Region in 1953 from Evanston, IL. She was a broadcast journalist for radio, television and newspapers for over fifty years.
Esther as a member of the St. James Episcopal Church of Laconia served as a lay reader, vestry member, Sr. Warden and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of numerous organizations which include, The Mill Society of Laconia, Lakes Region Clean Waters, Laconia Historical Society, Laconia Chamber of Commerce, Laconia B.P.W. and Altrusa Clubs, Laconia and Lakeport Women's Clubs, Opechee Garden Club, Salvation Army, Genesis ( Lakes Region Mental Health), Thompson Ames Historical Society, Gilford Library , Gilford School Board P.T.A., Gilford Conservation Commission, Laconia Conservation Commission, volunteered for Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Lakes Region United Way, preservation of the Rowe House, V.F.W. Post 1670 Ladies Auxiliary, Boy Scouts of America and the Gilmanton Garden Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Anne Oehlschlaeger, of Laconia, Susan Peters, of Milton NY; two sons, Frank K. Oehlschlaeger, of Weare, Everett H.B. Oehlschlaeger, of Gilford; five grandchildren, Stephanie Salinovich, Sarah and Duncan Clark, Elizabeth and Aaron Oehlschlaeger; three great grandchildren; two nieces and five nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Belknap County Nursing Home for the support and compassion offered to Esther and her family.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church location at 2238 Parade Rd. Laconia, The Pastor Rev. Tobias Nyatsambo will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation PO Box 7312 Gilford, NH 03247-7312.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 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, 10 February 2014 11:19

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Barbara P. Annis, 85

LACONIA — Barbara P. Annis, 85, of 32 Carver Street, died peacefully in the company of her family at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Friday afternoon, February 7, 2014.
Barbara was born February 14, 1928 in Laconia; she was the daughter of Harold and Margaret (Bacon) Wilkinson. She was a lifelong resident of Laconia and Gilford.
Prior to her retirement she worked as a homemaker and was employed at several local, family-owned businesses including the Madrigal Shop, Melnicks's, and Piches's Ski and Sport Shop.
Known to family and many in the community as Nanny, Barbara's kind and loving presence was felt by new acquaintances, old friends and family alike. Barbara will be remembered for her positivity in the face of hardship, her enthusiasm for life, and for her faith in the goodness of others. She loved well and was well loved. She will be missed by all.
Survivors include three sons, James "Jimbo" C. Annis, of Gilford, Randy H. Annis, of Laconia and Mark V. Annis, of Gilford; six grandchildren; Jarrod, Jesse, Ashley, Geremy, and Kyle Annis, and Samantha Hawkins; four great grandchildren; a brother, William Wilkinson, of Plymouth and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her brother, Robert H. Wilkinson; two sisters, Norma Wilkinson and Virginia Wilkinson Bates and a granddaughter, Amy.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Monday, February 17, 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 private Graveside Service will be held at the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, in Gilford, N.H. in the spring.
In lieu of flowers a Scholarship Fund benefiting Gilford High School Students has been set up in memory of Barbara'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 Monday, 10 February 2014 11:16

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Donald E. Mitchell, 96

FREEDOM — Donald Edgar Mitchell of Freedom, NH passed away following a period of failing health on January 30, 2014, two days shy of his 97th birthday. He resided at Ledgewood Manor in Windham, Maine.

Don was born February 1, 1917 in Freedom, NH, the only child of J. Harold and Eva Mae (Young) Mitchell. He graduated from Parsonfield Seminary in 1934 and School of Fine and Applied Arts in Portland, Maine. It was here that he met his future wife, Pearl Rackliff. They were married May 25, 1940.

Don and Pearl lived for several years in the house he built in Freedom until his work as Chief Dispatcher at the State Police and Department of Highway took him to Lancaster, NH. During this time, he and Pearl also managed Weeks Memorial State park. He later managed several other state parks including Lost River Reservation and Natureland in Woodstock, NH.

Don was known for his sense of humor and kind heart. He had a way with animals and was never without a horse, dog, bird or other pet, wild or domestic. His most recent being a miniature donkey named J. D. (Just Donkey).

Following Pearl's death in 1975, Don married Jane Harriman of Casco, Maine. He was predeceased by Jane in 2000. He was also predeceased by a stepdaughter, Nancy Long and a dear friend, Ethel Eastman.

He is survived by his daughter Gail, and husband Fred of Winnisquam, two grandsons, Kevin Washburn and wife Pamela of Tilton, and Mark Washburn and companion Kelly Welch of Loudon, five-great grandchildren and his sister-in-law and dear friend, Hilda Carver of Steep Falls, Maine. He is also survived by his extended family Kim Mowatt, her daughter Kallie, and Lloyd Bennett, with whom he lived for several years. He was loved and will be missed by all.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ledgewood Manor for the excellent care provided and for helping make Don's last years as happy and comfortable as possible.

A private celebration of Don's life will be held at a later date.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 09:16

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