LACONIA — Laconia native of a prominent family, Elizabeth (O'Connor) Gilbert died peacefully with family by her side on June 5, 2015.
A Laconia High School graduate, she wed Delphis Gilbert in 1948, and was a partner in the founding and expansion of the family owned Gilbert Block Company for many of its early years. She was earlier employed at Scott and Williams as a secretary. Her primary and favorite titles were Mother (Mommie), Grandmother (Garnie), Great Grandmother (Great Garnie) and until November 2012, Wife. She was blessed and is survived by four children, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
"Betty O" as she was known to many, contributed to the community as a member of the Andre Bessette Parish of St. Joseph Church, Catholic Daughters of America and supported any and all leagues, teams and projects of her extended family. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends, wintering in Florida, traveling, gardening and especially cooking. Her quick Irish wit and practical jokes brought laughter and joy to all.
A quintessential lady, Elizabeth was born on March 11, 1928 to John and Eva O'Connor.
She was predeceased by husband Del three years ago, and siblings Donald O'Connor, Eileen Bushnell, Irene Adams and Mary Haddock.
Survivors are three daughters, a son and their families including Stephanie Gilbert and her partner Susan Durance of Washington State, Karen Gilbert of Belmont, Joni Gilbert of Canterbury, and Brian Gilbert and his wife Jan of Laconia. The grandchildren are Chelsea Gilbert, Sara Gilbert, Julie Gilbert and Paige Knights-Swan. Great grandchildren include Brielle Vasilevsky and Jerome, Raya and Kira Knights-Swan.
A calling hour will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at St. Andre Bessette Parish - St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia. A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow at noon, also at the church. Burial will follow in the family plot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield Street, Laconia.
The family suggests memorial donations in her name be made to the Alzheimer's Association – Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, Five Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, N.H. 03110.
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, 09 June 2015 06:45
FRANKLIN — Stephen L. Ryan, 70, a longtime resident of Franklin, died suddenly at his home on April 10, 2015, following a period of failing health. Stephen was born on Nov. 24, 1944, in Mineola, N.Y., on Long Island, the son of Lawrence L. and Grace (Barrett) Ryan.
Having spent his youth in Chatham, N.Y., he attended Central High School there. He had been a resident of Franklin since 1990.
Stephen was an Army veteran, serving from 1962 to 1964 as a sharpshooter.
He enjoyed animals.
He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Grace and brother, Michael Ryan.
His family includes his three sons, Stephen Ryan of North Carolina, and Shawn Ryan and Robert Ryan, both of Hudson, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; his sister, Katherine A. Ryan of Wells, Maine, and Susan R. Knowlton of Northfield; his brother, Lawrence B. Ryan of Kennebunk, Maine; many nieces and nephews.
According to Stephen's wishes there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 1 p.m. in St. John Cemetery in Tilton. Burial will follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Tilton. For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:59
LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — Mildred C. Flagg, 90, widow of Thomas E. Flagg, died Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Tallpines in Belfas.
She was born in Norfolk, Mass., on March 1, 1925, the second daughter of William and Ethel (Fuller) Coathup.
Her family moved to Lincolnville Beach when she was 9½ years old and she attended the one-room school and later Camden High School, graduating in 1941, the youngest in her class at the age of 16. During the summer, Mildred worked as a waitress at the Beach Inn Restaurant, and later worked at the Talbot-Stevenson Insurance Agency in Camden.
On July 22, 1944, she married Thomas E. Flagg in Belfast and lived in Lincolnville where she raised their four children.
In October 1961, Mrs. Flagg went to work for the U.S. Postal Service at Lincolnville Beach where she worked as a clerk for 10½ years, and was appointed Postmaster in Lincolnville Center in 1972, retiring on March 31, 1985.
Mrs. Flagg was a 50-year member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a 45-year member of the Mayflower Society. She was a descendant of the Mayflower pilgrims, Dr. Samuel Fuller, Francis Eaton, Isaac Allerton, John Tillie, John Howland, William Brewster, Stephen Hopkins and John Billington.
When Mildred was 10 years old, her grandmother (Gram Whalen) taught her to crochet, a craft she enjoyed all her life. She enjoyed making mittens, sweaters, afghans, doilies, and other items for family and friends. In her later years, she made and donated more than 250 angels to the Hospice Unit at Waldo County Home Healthcare.
Mrs. Flagg was predeceased by her husband, Thomas E. Flagg; her son, Thomas E. Flagg Jr.; sisters, Barbara Kobs, Nancy Duncan, Dorothy Collemer, and Edna MacFarland.
Survivors include her three daughters, Ellen Garneau and husband, John, of Meredith, N.H., Doris Weed and husband, Ken, and Jane Jipson and husband, Dana, all of Lincolnville; five grandchildren, Kenneth Weed Jr.; Steven Weed; Derek Welch; Craig Welch; and Trent Welch; a step-granddaughter, Jessica Krise; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Winifred McMackin of Portland.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services.
If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Dept., 493 Hope Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849, or to the Waldo County Home Health Care, 119 Northport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:55
LACONIA – Joseph A. "Joe" Fay, 82, of 231 Lynnewood Road, died Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia.
He was born on July 27, 1932, in Boston, the son of the late Joseph F. and Anna (Pezzini) Fay.
Joe served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Joe worked for more than 32 years as the Director of Environmental Services for St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
He enjoyed reading.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Julianne (Donohue) Fay of Laconia; and two sons, Anthony J. Fay of Florida, and Stephen Fay of Gilmanton.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at St. Andre Bessette Parish - St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial will be private.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center-Recreation Fund, 406 Court St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., 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, 08 June 2015 08:50