CONCORD — Janet M. Wells, 90, formerly of Bristol, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Harris Hill Center after a period of declining health.
She was born in Wethersfield, Conn., the daughter of Harry and Jenny (Deming) Bockus. Janet spent most of her life living in Bristol and Alexandria. Over the years she had worked for an antique store in Alexandria, ACME Staple in Franklin, and finally retired from IPC in Bristol.
Janet was a member of Enterprise Rebekah Lodge 46 of Bristol and a long-time member of the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
While Janet enjoyed cooking, crossword puzzles, and music; her greatest love was caring for her family.
Family members include two daughters, Dorothy Thomas of Danbury, and Marilyn Varano of Bristol; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Beaulah Dyke of Orford; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harris Wells; and a son, Ronald Wells.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol. Burial will follow in Rhodes Cemetery in Alexandria.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the AVFD Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Charlotte Barron, 44 Perkins Hill Rd., Alexandria NH 03222.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:05
LACONIA — Gail Marie Harbour, 53, of Laconia, N.H., died suddenly of a massive pulmonary embolism at her home on September 16, 2014. She was the third of four children born to Sally (Blakeney) and Edwin "Sonny" Harbour. She was born on August 13, 1961. She had numerous medical issues at birth and required several surgeries well into her teenage years. Some of these medical problems plagued her for her entire life but she never let them get her down. She laughed loud and often and she always wore a smile.
Gail went to Laconia High School, Class of 1979, and never missed a class reunion. She had too many friends to count and a family that loved her deeply. She was a member of the Laconia Rod and Gun Club Women's Auxiliary and was active in both the NASCAR and football pools. She was looking forward to helping with the Santa Fund this year. She enjoyed NASCAR Racing and many will remember her love for driver, Jeff Gordon.
Gail worked at Laconia Magnetics in Laconia, N.H. for 14 years and was most recently on disability. She was devoted to her daughter, son-in-law and grandson along with her step-children and numerous step- grandchildren. She loved her kids.
Gail is survived by her mother, Sally (Blakeney) Abbott, of Gilford; her daughter, Jodi (Hislop) Rhodes and her husband, Thomas, and grandson, Ethan Rhodes, all of Connecticut; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Sue Harbour, of Gilford; a sister, Lisa Shepherd, of Laconia; nieces, Emily McDonald of New York, Christine Fowler of Gilford, Sara MacFadzen of Somersworth, Sydney Shepherd of Belmont and a nephew, Cody Shepherd of Laconia.
Gail was predeceased by her brother, Danny E. Harbour, in 2003; her father, Edwin "Sonny" Harbour, in 2005; her step-father, Frank L. Abbott, in 2013 and her grandparents.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Laconia Rod and Gun Club – Santa Fund, 358 South Main Street, 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 Friday, 19 September 2014 07:42
FRANKLIN — William Jonathan "John" Cooper, 87, a longtime resident of Franklin died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Genesis Center in Franklin surrounded by his loving family. His family is very grateful for the care and kindnesses given to John and his family during his stay there. John was born in Ireland's Eye, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, December 16, 1926, son of William and Mary (Miller) Cooper. John was one of seven children.
He came to the United States in 1947 at the age of 21. He worked as a painter in the Boston area with his cousin who helped with his travel to the United States. He was drafted into the U. S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany and reaching the rank of Corporal. After serving in the Army John became an American Citizen. Following his move to New Hampshire in 1953, he was employed as a spinner at the J. P. Stevens Woolen Mill in Northfield until its closure. For many years he worked in maintenance and did contract work and painting with his brother in law, David Huckins, building houses and working in apartment buildings until he retired in 1989. An accomplished carpenter and fixer upper, John enjoyed woodworking, especially craft projects he did with his daughter, making picture frames of all sizes and making grandfather clocks. When his granddaughters were born he made each a grandfather clock and was able to give them to them when they each moved into their own homes recently. He also made other types of clocks for many nieces and nephews. John was a longtime active member of the former St. Jude Episcopal Church in Franklin, always ready to volunteer with church projects and fund raising events, and of course caring for church repairs. During chicken barbecues he was often seen flipping the chicken racks. John was a local volunteer and often assisted with Habitant for Humanity projects, active at the TRIP Center (Community Action Senior Center) in Franklin and The Pines Community Center in Northfield. John was known as the "custodian" of the Daniel Park near his home, raising the flag during his A.M. walk and taking it down at sunset during his evening walk. He mowed the property there and was acknowledged with an honor by the City of Franklin for his numerous volunteer projects at the park. Whether you knew him as William, Bill, Johnny, John, Jackie, Jack, Cooper or Coop, you knew him as a strong, proud, hardworking man, strong in his beliefs. Proud of the life he created for his family and especially proud of his two granddaughters, Amy and Robyn.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by siblings, Sylvia, James Gertrude, Gerald, Myrtle and Joanna, all of Newfoundland.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Barbara (Huckins)Cooper of Franklin; his daughter Shirley Curdie and husband David of Northfield; granddaughters Amy Shafrir and husband, Daniel of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and Robyn Curdie of Boston, Mass.
John was looking forward to the birth of his great-granddaughter in November.
He also leaves nieces and nephews in both the U.S. and Canada.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, September 21st from 2 to 4 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Private interment with honors will be held for his family at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in John's name to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
ASHLAND — Katherine Mary Edie, 64 died on September 15, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on August 24, 1950, a daughter of Harry and Jadviga (Kubica) Murah. She grew up in Housatonic, Mass. where she attended local schools. She furthered her education at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. Following College, she taught school in Keene, New Hampshire and then joined the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, she was stationed in Memphis, Tenn., Iceland, and Florida. After serving her country, she worked for a logistics firm in Florida. She moved to Ashland 19 years ago. She was an avid quilter donating her work to many people. She enjoyed reading and visiting with her great nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her daughter Mary-Katherine Edie of Ashland, four sisters, Barbara DuBrosky of Florida, Bernice Sanders of Ashland, Carolyn Murah of Rumney, and Melanie Mardin of Ashland; one brother Bennie Murah of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Avenue in Ashland. A literagy of the word service will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish, St Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland. Dupuis Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. For more information, go to www.Dupuisfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:05