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Dorothy O'Hara, 87

GILFORD — Dorothy (Meehan) O'Hara, 87, of 47 Sprucewood Drive died at her home on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
Mrs. O'Hara was born December 4, 1926 in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (Stone) Meehan.
Mrs. O'Hara had been a resident of Gilford for forty years and was a devout Catholic, wonderful homemaker and adored mother.
Survivors include her husband of sixty-seven years, Donagh "Don" O'Hara, of Gilford; a son, Kevin and his companion, Dana, of Seattle, Washington; three daughters, Donna and her husband, William, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Susan of Eliot, Maine, and Kathleen and her husband, Larry, of San Francisco, California; three grandchildren, Sally Szwed of New York City, Christopher DiNola of Kittery, Maine and Jason DiNola of Eliot, Maine; a sister, Patricia Meehan, of Naples, Florida and dear friends and spiritual supporters, Sandra and John McGonagle of Gilford. Mrs. O'Hara was predeceased by an infant son, Peter.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, 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, N.H. 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, 03 March 2014 11:22

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Lura S. Athanas, 90

GILFORD — Lura S. Athanas, 90, born January 2, 1924 passed away peacefully on February 28, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Lura came from a large farming family in Tobaccoville, North Carolina. Born to Ernest and Martha Sprinkle, she was the tenth of eleven children.
At 18 years old, Lura took a Civil Service Exam and shortly thereafter she was notified that she had passed and was to report for duty in Washington, D.C. where she served at the Pentagon during World War II. Lura met her husband, Lou, a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp., while playing in a government ladies' basketball tournament. As captain of her team, Lura called a time-out to question a call that the referee, Lou, had made. He listened for a moment, then said, "Let's discuss this after the game." Lura replied "OK," but insisted he bring his rule book. That was the beginning of a love affair. Lou and Lura moved to Laconia in 1946 and made their home there for forty-six years. During her lifetime, Lura's passions were spending time with her family and watching her children and grandchildren participate in sports.
Lura is survived by her son, Lou Jr., his wife, Susie, and three grandsons, Colby, Austin and Jack all of Gilford, N.H.; her daughter, Felipita Altimari, her husband, Nick, and step grandchildren, Frank and Meredith, all of Midlothian, Virginia; and one sister, Mozelle Marion, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to her parents, Lura was predeceased by her husband, Lou Athanas, on January 14, 1997.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A family graveside service will be held in the spring at the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lou Athanas Youth Basketball League, P.O. Box 1633, 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, 03 March 2014 11:19

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Ronald A. Nedeau, 73

GILFORD — Ronald A. Nedeau, 73, of 9 Sargent Place #22, died at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
Mr. Nedeau was born December 21, 1940 in Laconia, N.H., the son of the late Amedee and Alrita (Huckins) Nedeau. He was a life-long resident of Laconia and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a M.P for twenty years, retiring in February, 1978.
After his retirement from the Military, Mr. Nedeau worked as a dispatcher for the Belknap County Sheriff's Office from 1982-1985 and then worked for Tilton Endless Belt from 1985-1993.
Mr. Nedeau was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Laconia Post No. 1670, a member of the American Legion Wilkins Smith Post No. 1 and a member of the Laconia Rod & Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife, Carol A. (Hollins) Nedeau, of Gilford; his children, Ronald Madore and his partner, Gwen, of Myrtle Beach, S. C., Laurie Pullen and her husband, Cecil, of Boiling Springs, S. C., Lesia Anello and her husband, Vincent, of Williamsburg, Virg., Roy J. Small, Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Rollinsford, N.H., Kevin Small of New Hampton, N.H. and Karen L. Houle and her husband, David, of Laconia, N.H.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Carol Blaisdell, and her husband, Teddy, of Meredith, N.H. and a brother, Amedee "Ricky" F. Nedeau, Gilford, N.H. and many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Mr. Nedeau was predeceased by two sisters, Linda Fielders and Lorraine Nedeau and by two brothers, Raymond Nedeau and Thomas Nedeau and a grandson, Michael "Chopper" Chamberlain.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a time of sharing at 6:30 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 in the spring at the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
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, 28 February 2014 09:54

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Maryjane A. S. Rosenqvist, 93

TILTON — Maryjane Audrey Simons Rosenqvist, 93, resident of the NH Veteran's Home in Tilton, N.H, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday evening, February23, 2014.
Maryjane was born on December 18, 1920 to Sylvester and Anna (Kalmbacher) Simons in Fernwood, Wisconsin. After high school, she left home to serve in the Women's Army Air Corp during WWII. She met her future husband, Rolf Bryn Rosenqvist while serving in Orlando, FL. They married on February 17, 1945. After the war ended, they spent time in Minnesota with her husband's family, eventually settling in Milwaukee, Wisc., and thento Baltimore, M.D. After retirement, they moved to New Hampshire to be close to their children and grandchildren.
Maryjane was active in and served as Post Commander of American Legion Post 448 in Milwaukee until her move to the East Coast. She also served many years as a Girl Scout leader and was a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newington, N.H.
She found joy in cooking and entertaining friends and family. She loved to travel, to see new places, make new friends, and especially, to try new food. Every holiday was a celebration with its special meal. Her green thumb filled every window with growing things. Any kind of baby from goat kids in the barn to a newly arrived great grandchild brought special delight. She was an adventurer, willing to try new things, especially in her last years at the Veteran's Home. She was particularly proud of and wondered at the fact that she learned to paint at the age of 92.
She is predeceased by Rolf, her husband of 63 years, and her brother, Charles Douglas Simons.
She is survived by two children, Ann-Marie (Thomas) Waechter, and Mark (Pam) Rosenqvist, 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, a brother, John D. "Jack" Simons of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and her sister, June Ann Curler of Eagle, Wisconsin, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 7 at 11:30 in the Chapel at the NH Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the NH Veteran's Home Resident Benefit Fund.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 09:51

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