LACONIA — Anita Elizabeth (Lepage) Harris, 92, of 85 Clinton Street, Lakeport, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Lord rose and took our mother home on Easter day.
Mrs. Harris was born January 24, 1922 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Alfred and Pomela (Gilbert) Lepage. She was a lifetime resident of Laconia and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport. She had been employed at Barberry Mills, Sweaterville and Molex. She was 81 years old when she retired from Molex.
Mrs. Harris loved her home and family. She had many different animals over the years and loved them all.
Survivors include a son, Peter L. Harris, and his wife, Donna, of Moses Lake, Washington, a daughter, Priscilla L. Harris, of Lakeport, five grandchildren, Cynthia Cooney and her husband Jeff of Laconia, Cheryl Normandin and her husband, Allan of Center Conway, Peter Nowood of Morrisville, N.C., Peter Harris Jr. and his wife Kristine of Woodbridge, Va. and Patrick Harris and his wife Sarah of Spokane Valley, Wash.; ten great grandchildren; Justin, Brianna, Alex, Crysta, Katelyn, Avery, Brandon, Skyler, Bostyn and Lawson, two nieces; Jane Irish and Diane Johnson and three nephews; Richard Lovett Jr., Eddy Gryes and Joseph Gryes.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harris was predeceased by her husband of forty years, Roger L. Harris, in 1981, by a sister, Elizabeth Lovett, two brothers in law; Richard Lovett and Frank Gryes and a sister in law, Lucy Gryes.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Bayside Cemetery where Mrs. Harris will be buried next to her husband.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box 572, Laconia, NH 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 Monday, 21 April 2014 08:19
GILFORD — Alice Gray Hewitt, 90, formerly of 14 Allen Road, died on Friday, April 18, 2014.
Mrs. Hewitt was born in Center Sandwich on July 31, 1923, the daughter of Richard and Silvia (Burnham) Gray. She had lived in the Lakes Region since 1946.
Mrs. Hewitt was a member of the Lakeport Woman's Club and a long standing member of the Hannah Frances Rebekah Lodge 41, Lakeport and of the United Baptist Church of Lakeport. She was married on May 16, 1944 to Linwood A. "Red" Hewitt. When he passed away on February 11, 1989, they had celebrated forty-five years of a loving and joyous relationship.
Family members include three sons, Doug McKenna of Gilford, Robbie Hewitt of Dover, David Hewitt of Andover and Anne Hewitt, David's wife, and their two children, Gregory and Justine.
According to Mrs. Hewitt's wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.
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, 21 April 2014 08:17
CUMMING, Ga. — Frederick Carl Brehm, Jr., "Fred", 83, of Cumming, Ga., and formerly of Meredith, N.H. passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at The Oaks at Hampton. Fred was born on June 3, 1930, in the Bronx, N.Y., and then spent much of his youth on his parents' farm in East Hartford, Conn., where he also helped out in the family's pharmacy on Prospect Avenue. After graduating from East Hartford High School in 1948, Fred attended the University of Connecticut and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. In 1952 Fred married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Barbara Hebb. Fred then took up his post as an officer in the US Air Force, and together they began their lives as a military couple. Initially stationed in Biloxi, Miss., they soon were transferred to Tachikawa, Japan, before returning stateside in 1956. Fred then joined the Hazeltine Corporation of Greenlawn, N.Y., until he was transferred in 1966 to Braintree, Mass. as Operations Manager for EASL. In 1975 he returned to N.Y. as Vice President, in which position he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Public Service Citation for his work as Vice Chairman of the National Security Industrial Association's Anti-Submarine Warfare Planning Committee; and also the Weakley Award for his work with the Undersea Warfare Division of the National Defense Industrial Association. Fred also served on the Board of Trustees for the Naval War College Foundation, including as Chairman. Fred's belief in a life of service made him an active member of every community in which he lived, whether coaching Little League Baseball in Duxbury, Mass.; serving on the Parents' Committee in Locust Valley, N.Y.; participating in the Lions Club in Moultonborough, N.H.; or serving as a deacon or on a building fundraising committee for his church. He loved music, and he taught himself to play the piano, frequently entertaining at family gatherings with favorites, such as "The Isle of Capri", and many German songs. An enthusiastic walker, Fred enjoyed daily walks of 3+ miles as long as he was able—sometimes with rousing marches playing on his Walkman—by the ocean in Fla., down to the lake in N.H., or through woods and on quiet roads in N.Y., where he was often accompanied by his favorite pet, Clem, his daughter Mary's beagle-Corgi mix. Fred was ever an avid supporter and fan of UConn Athletics, donating to the building of Rentschler Field, and traveling to San Antonio, Tex. in 2004 with his son, Frederick C. Brehm III, also a UConn alumnus, to see the winning of the men's basketball team's second NCAA title. He also enjoyed participating in many sports, such as golfing, or fishing from and waterskiing off of his boat, "Dad's Retreat"—something of a misnomer as he was never alone on the boat! Perhaps Fred's greatest pleasure was traveling with his beloved wife Barbara, and together they explored many parts of the world. Among their many travel memories were European rivercruising, going on a "safari" in Yellowstone, driving around Japan, celebrating their 25th anniversary at Niagara Falls, attending the Paris Air Show, and enjoying Oktoberfest and witnessing Unification Day in Germany. A favorite destination was Italy, where Fred was particularly inspired by their visit to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. He was also very moved by their time in Oberammergau in 2000, seeing the Passion Play.
Fred's love, generosity, and enthusiasm for life were evident in everything he undertook, and he served as an inspiring example to many, including his five children, by whom he is survived: Susan Brehm of Naples, Fla.; Barbara Falkenberg of Lafayette, Calif.; Mary Mahnke (Jay) of Cumming, Ga.; Frederick C. Brehm III (Audrey) of Aston, Penn.; and Caroline Brehm (David Viehl) of Kailua, Hi. Fred is also survived by seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 07:00
FRANKLIN — Mr. Bruce A. Thibodeau, 62, of Franklin, died at Mass. General Hospital in Boston on April 14, 2014 after suffering a severe heart attack a month earlier.
He was born in Franklin on Dec. 11, 1951 the son of Charles H. and Maxine (Andrews) Thibodeau. Bruce attended local schools and graduated from Franklin High School in 1969.
He served in active duty with the US Air Force as a Sgt. from 1971 until 1975. Bruce did his basic training at Lackland Air Force base and later spent time in Thailand, ending his tour of duty in Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Bruce was employed as a heavy equipment operator for several years working for the Town of Bedford, Willy Nelson in Canterbury, and Pike Industries. Bruce enjoyed hunting and fishing and liked to spend time on his woodlot. He was also an accomplished wood worker.
Bruce leaves behind his dearly loved daughters: Gia Thibodeau, her partner, Carlos Gutierrez and her children Evelyn and HJ of Ocala, Fla. and Christa Thibodeau, her fiancé Justin Kerbow and grandson, Cory Kerbow of San Antonio, Tex. He is also survived by his mother, Maxine Thibodeau of Tilton, his father, Charles H. Thibodeau of Franklin, 3 sisters: Carol Roberson of Wolfeboro, Anne Thibodeau of Northfield, and Ellen Cimon of Laconia, 2 brothers, Charles J. Thibodeau and his wife Sue of Sanbornton, and Dan Thibodeau of Franklin, his longtime companion, Penny Woodbury of Northfield and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Friday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to: Disabled American Veterans.
Thibault-Neun Funeral Home (www.neunfuneralhomes.com) in Franklin is assisting with arrangement details.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 06:51