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Betsy Jacobson, 96

FLORIDA — Betsy Jacobson of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida died August 17, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida of complications following surgery. She was 96.
She was born in Logansport, Indiana on February 3, 1918 to Roy Johnson and Blanche (Fryback) Johnson. She was a graduate of Logansport High School and attended Shimer College for two years where she was active in drama and sports. She was named "May Queen" by vote of the faculty and student body in 1938. She graduated from Indiana University in 1940 with a degree in English, Speech and Drama. She was a 75 -year member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and maintained a life-long interest in its work and charities.
It was at Indiana University that she met Carl Jacobson whom she married in 1940. Carl was a member of three NCAA Champion Swimming Teams at Indiana, was a B-24 Bomber Pilot who "flew the Hump" over the Himalayas between India and China in World War II and ultimately, with Betsy's support and help, became the Chairman of the Board of Tropigas Corporation. Carl died in 1996 after a lengthy illness. They were married for nearly 56 years.
Betsy was an active member in churches wherever she lived over the years, including Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, New York, Palm City Congregational Church in Stuart, Florida and the Congregational Church of Laconia, New Hampshire. She served as Sunday school teacher, President of the Women's Organization and Deacon. She organized the sponsorship and re-settlement of a Laotian family in South Miami. She was a Girl Scout leader and most recently, she was active in P.E.O. chapters in New Hampshire and Florida.
She was an accomplished pianist and poet with many of her poems published and many more shared with family and friends.
She would mark her greatest accomplishments as having given all she had to be a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her three children, Ann George, Jo Beth Farmer(Duncan) and Ross Jacobson, her nine grandchildren, Christian D'Andrea(Heidi), Bethany Miller(Riley), Evan George(Diana), Major Matthew Farmer, US Army(Melanie), Peter Farmer(Titie), SFC Jonathan Farmer, US Army Special Forces(Tabitha), Andrew Farmer, Carl Jacobson(Danielle) and Keith Jacobson(Amy), and her eight great-grandchildren, Quinlan D'Andrea, Adelheid D'Andrea, Jacob Martz, Evelyn Farmer, Owen Farmer, Betsy Farmer, Devin Farmer and Harper Jacobson.

Betsy Jacobson had a life in full and penned this poem as a celebration of life and a thanksgiving for life.


You have led me here
To this place
To this time
To this peace.

Through all the times of my life
Along the watered plains
Through mountain trails of stumbling rock
Frightening chasms
But breathtaking vistas.

And now
I have reached this tranquil water
This resting place
Knowing you have been with me
All the way
And always will be
I am content.

Instead of sending flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, the Congregational Church of Laconia, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH 03246 or Spaulding Youth Center, PO Box 189, Tilton, NH 03276.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Road, Meredith, N.H.

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, 15 September 2014 08:11

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Ralph A. Nash, Sr., 91

NORTHFIELD — Ralph A. Nash, Sr., 91, of Gifford Drive, died Friday, September 12, 2014 in his home.

He was born on March 10, 1923 in Fitchburg, Mass., the son of Fred and Meg (Ducharme) Nash. Ralph served in the US Navy during World War II. He worked for several years as a bulldozer operator for P.J. Keating Co.

He is survived by his wife and children.

There will be no calling hours.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the family plot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia.

Following the Graveside Service, a Reception will be held at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H.

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, 15 September 2014 07:54

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Gail R. Pelczar, 75

MEREDITH — Gail Roberta Pelczar, 75, of Meredith, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Born on December 18, 1938, in Campton; she was the daughter of Robert and Virginia (Hutt) Nichols. Gail was raised in Meredith, graduating from the Meredith High School.
Over the years Gail held several positions with local Meredith businesses, including: the A&P grocery store, Annalee Dolls (she worked from home), Isabel's Grocery Store on Main St., she was a secretary for the Meredith Visiting Nurses Assoc., and she also worked at the Sun Dial Store, in Meredith and Laconia, retiring from that position.
Gail will be forever remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed camping with her family in Pittsburg, N.H., for more than 40 years. She loved relaxing in the peaceful serenity, reading to pass the time while her boys and husband fished. Gail also loved to collect, her collections include her Cranberry Glass, and Boyd's Bears. She also enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach and Florida with her husband in their later years.
She is predeceased by her sister, Linda Stratsma.
Gail is survived by her beloved husband of more than 53 years, Theodore "Ted" Pelczar, of Meredith; two sons, Ted Pelczar, Jr. and his wife Robin, of Center Harbor, Greg Pelczar and his wife Nancy, of Meredith; two sisters, Carol Davis and her husband Dick, of Meredith, Jackie Martin and her husband Dennis, of Fla.; two grandchildren, Brady Pelczar, of Meredith, and granddaughter, Jordan Pelczar, of Manchester. Gail is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many extended family members.
Donations in Gail's memory may be made to the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Assoc., 186 Waukewan St., Meredith, NH 03253, or to the St. Jude Children Research Hospital, P.0. Box 50, Memphis, Tennessee, 38101-9929.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 2 p.m., at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & 104), Meredith. Rev. Edward J. Charest, pastor emeritus of the Plymouth United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow the service and will be held at the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Rd., Meredith.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Gail's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 07:48

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H. Allyn Smith, 89

LACONIA — H. Allyn Smith of Laconia, aged 89 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 6, 2014 in Meredith, NH.

She was born December 14, 1924 in Newton, Mass., the daughter of Elliott and Hortensia Robinson. She graduated Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1947, and married Gardner Page Smith of Gilford, N.H. in 1947. As an RN, she worked in a variety of hospitals, including Lakes Region General and nursing homes. She began work as a staff nurse at Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Hyattsville, Md. in 1971. In 1976 she became Director of Staff Development there, then was Director of Nursing from 1977 to April 1984. She was Director of Nursing then Nursing Coordinator at Greater Laurel Nursing Home in Laurel, Maryland from 1984 until July of 1987 when she returned to Laconia. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Gerontology from the University of Maryland in 1976. She was instrumental in the design and creation of the Collington (Episcopal Diocese of Washington) eldercare facility Mitchellville, Maryland, in the early '80s.

After relocating to New Hampshire, she worked as a visiting and hospice nurse in the Lakes Region. As Executive Director of Hospice Laconia Area, Inc., she worked for a year supervising paid and volunteer personnel and worked with the company's Board of Directors to develop programs and seek funding. From 1988 to 1991, she was a visiting nurse for Heritage Home Health. She also served as an ombudsperson for the State of New Hampshire as patient advocate in a variety of nursing homes. She was a long-time member of the board of trustees for Taylor Communities in Laconia, and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Gilford.

Allyn is survived by four sons – Daniel (Gilford, N.H.), Timothy (Berkley Springs, W.V.), Peter (Cambridge, Ontario) and Paul (Dummerston, Vt.) – five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her former husband Gardner Smith, and her eldest son Dwight Elliott.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, 18 Wesley Way in Gilford, NH, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Memorial Fund or the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford, PO Box 7408, Gilford, NH 03247 are requested.

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, 15 September 2014 07:28

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