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Victor Bota, 76

GILMANTON IRON WORKS — Victor Bota, 76, of 173 Burke Road, died at the Concord Hospital on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Mr. Bota was born April 2, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Maria Bota and was a freedom fighter in the Hungarian Revolution. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and was a longtime resident of Gilmanton Iron Works.
While in Hungary, he trained as a chef. He worked as a gourmet chef for the Deauville Inn in New Jersey and was the owner and operator of Vic's Underwater World Pet Store in New Jersey and ran it for fifteen years. He also worked for the Ocean Beach Marina in New Jersey. After moving to New Hampshire, he had been employed as a school bus driver for twenty-four years , most recently for First Student of Belmont and drove for Shaker Regional School district for fifteen years. Victor also had served as Union Steward for the U.A.W. He also worked for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway as head of Corporate Security since 1990 and was involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Mr. Bota was a man of many talents. He loved NASCR and the sea. He loved his family and was committed to his work, especially the safe transportation of students under his care. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his big heart.
Survivors include his wife of 11½ years, Jeanne (Mitchell) Bota, of Gilmanton Iron Works; a son, Victor Bota, Jr., of Las Vegas, Nevada; a daughter, Kathleen Drude and her husband, Timothy, of East Brunswick, N.J., two stepsons, Rodney Collins, Jr. and his wife, Megan, of Helena, Alabama and Matthew D. Collins of Westfield, Mass.; three stepdaughters, Jennifer Collins of Salem, Mass., Michelle Collins of Pinson, Alabama and Joy Collins of Amherst, Mass. and four grandchildren, Kristen Ann Dore of Sayreville, N.J., Marcy Collins, Hope Collins and August Collins, all of Helena, Alabama.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, January 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 Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 174 Province Street, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm Street, Suite #300, Manchester, N.H. 03101-2230 or to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
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 on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:17

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John R. O'Shea, 85

LACONIA — John R. O'Shea, 85, of 19 Peter Court, died at his home on Monday, January 13, 2014.
John was born October 5, 1928 in Hanover, the son of the late Arthur D. and Christina (Pllu) O'Shea. He was a longtime resident of Laconia and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII and also served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.
John had been employed at Bergen-Paterson for twenty-eight years before retiring in 1983. He loved the quality time he spent with his wife and found great comfort in doing projects around the house. They enjoyed venturing down back roads along the countryside and taking drives along the coast. He loved to build stone walls with the rocks that they would find on the many traveled roads that they took. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow.
Survivors include his beloved wife of fifty-eight years, Jacqueline R. (Theberge) O'Shea, of Laconia; four daughters, Tina Cullen and her boyfriend, Michael Blanchard, of Laconia, Doris Fugere of Laconia, Carol Drouin and her husband, Wayne, of Belmont, Donna Leighton and her husband, Alan, of Laconia ; eight grandchildren, Matt Cullen, Craig Cullen, Tom Drouin, Lisa Drouin, Matt Cullen, Craig Cullen, Chris Leighton, Randy Leighton, Shawn Leighton and Jennifer Smith and fourteen great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial, with military honors, will be held at a later date at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North 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 Monday, 13 January 2014 10:13

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Rita A. Pelchat, 88

LACONIA — Rita A. Pelchat, 88, formerly of 20 Dell Avenue, Lakeport died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Rita was born July 25, 1925 in Laconia, the daughter of Cyprien J. and Emilia A. (Lavatue) Pelchat. She was a lifelong resident of Laconia and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Rita had been employed as a secretary at Scott & Williams for several years.
Survivors include a sister, Theresa Fitts , of Meredith and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Rita was predeceased by two brothers, Gerard Pelchat and Robert Pelchat and a sister, Doris McCormack.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held in the spring at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
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, 13 January 2014 10:11

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Armand 'Pappy' Laramie, 75

BELMONT — Armand "Pappy" C. Laramie, 75, of 18 Mountain View Terrace, died in the very early morning hours on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, his children at his side.

Pappy was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Laconia, the son of the late Phylis E. (Burke) and Armand J. Laramie and was a longtime resident of Laconia. He served in the Army from 1959-1960. He had been employed at Cote Brothers and J.J. Nissen for more than 40 years, where he retired.

Pappy was a former baseball coach for the Laconia Babe Ruth Baseball League.

In his younger days he played golf and participated in candlepin bowling, where he was one of the best in the state. He enjoyed watching all sports on television, but was especially a huge Boston sports fan. Later in life he enjoyed trips to the casinos and the ocean, going out to eat and faithfully played the lottery.

For those who knew him, he will be remembered most for the devoted husband and father that he was.

Survivors include his wife, Linda A. (Reese) Laramie, of Belmont; a daughter, Kelly Laramie, and her partner in life, Eric Saunders, of Laconia; a son, Mark Laramie, and his companion, Joanne Beaune, of Belmont; the mother of his children, Jeannette (Guay) VanHagen, of Belmont; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron and Linda Laramie, Mike and Sue Laramie and Norman and Amanda Laramie, all of Laconia; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Nerada and Donald Prescott of Meredith, Sherry and Tim Pickel of Meredith, Barbara and Bill MacDonald of Ashland, and Gail and Gary Lindholm of Havelock, N.C., and many nephews and nieces.

Pappy was predeceased by his parents and his beloved cat, Fritz.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial will follow in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Armand J. Laramie Babe Ruth Baseball League, PO Box 1444 Laconia, NH 03247-1444.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:09

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