TILTON — Cynthia Gonnerman, 47, of Tilton, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014.
Cynthia "Cindy" was born March 1, 1967 in Plymouth, NH, the daughter of Tobey and Alice Gonnerman.
Cindy's early years were happily spent in the Rumney area where she attended the Russell School. Beginning when she was 4 years old, and for six more years, her family traveled to live and work in the Northwest of the United States, returning each spring to NH taking different routes each time, visiting as many states as possible.
She graduated from The New Hampton School spending her senior year as a Foreign Exchange Student in Denmark. Returning home after travels and adventures in Europe, she entered UNH and graduated in 1989. Her career took her to Tilton where she was employed as a social worker at the Spaulding Youth Center.
After losing her sight at age 30, Cindy faced her future with courage and independence. She always had an adventurous spirit and when The Guide Dog Association approved her application, she was on her way to Oregon. She could have taken a plane, but insisted on taking the bus....alone. She said, "No, I'm taking the bus. I want to see the country."
Cindy was an advocate for projects that were dear to her heart. She was tough when it came to the rights of people who were disabled...or poor. She fought to keep the Bus System running when it was thought some routes might be changed or discontinued. She was active on the Governor's Advisory Council in Concord and was not afraid to speak her mind.
A big part of Cindy's life was being involved and giving back to the community that she loved and loved her. She saw her cup as half full and always found ways to help others who took inspiration from her positive attitude.
She was an active member of the Tilton Senior Center CHAT Committee and everyone looked forward to eating her famous chocolate chip cookies. She also loved her membership in the Hall Memorial Library Book Club.
For 18 years Cindy volunteered at the Veterans Home in Tilton, taking her guide dogs for the residents to play with. It gave her great joy to be part of their lives and she could instantly recognize each Veteran by just hearing their voice. They loved her and she loved them.
A special aunt said that the song that most described Cindy was: "I'll Do It My Way". And she did.
Survivors include her mother, Alice "Allie" Martin, of Clearwater, Fla.; her father, Tobey Gonnerman, of New Hampton and a sister, Abigail "Abby" Sampson of Billerica, Mass.
The date and time of the Memorial Service will be announced and held at a later date. There will be no calling hours.
For those who wish, Memorial donations can be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 05:50
CLAREMONT — Lucille M. Bonneville, 92, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 surrounded by her family at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vt. after a period of failing health.
She was born on April 2, 1921 in Claremont the daughter of Ernest J. Simoneau and Bernadette K. (Foisy) Simoneau Cloutier.
She was a graduate from St Mary Grammar School and a member of the 1939 graduating Class of St Mary High School.
She played the violin in the St Mary High School Orchestra and was the Manager for the High School girls basketball team.
Lucille belonged to the Jr. Catholic Daughters as a teen.
On May 30, 1940 she married Clifford A. Bonneville, who passed away on December 29, 1997.
She worked at Dartmouth Woolen Mill in Claremont for over 30 years retiring in 1983.
She resided in Claremont all of her life, until 2008 when she moved to the Village at Cedar Hill in Windsor, Vt.
She also spent many summers with Cliff at their camp on Stocker Pond in Grantham.
She was a longtime member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Claremont and a member of the St Joseph Church in Claremont. She belonged to the Red Hat Society in Lochmere.
Lucille loved to read and was an avid knitter. She always had a waiting list of her family needing her warm mittens.
She and Cliff were very supportive of the St Mary Cavaliers and traveled all over New England to parades and Drum Corp Competitions during the 1950's and 60's.
They were always there for their children and grandchildren whether it was sports or scouting activities.
The family includes her son, Paul E. Bonneville and his wife, Marjorie of Lochmere; her daughter, Jean K. Duval and her husband, Lawrence of Cornish; her grandchildren, John Bonneville of Dover, Michael Duval and his wife, Linda of Cornish, Maria Moulton and her husband, Joseph of Ossipee, Joan Foucher and her husband, Brian of Harrisville, Krista Duval and Nicholas Taylor of Unity, Robert Wolfe and his wife, Molly of Bedford and Rebecca Berris of Anacortes, Wash.; her great grandchildren, Jacob Berry, Thomas Berry, Samuel Foucher, Sarah Foucher, Rachel Foucher, Meaghan Taylor, Molly Taylor, Zachary Wolfe, Jordan Wolfe, Duncan Wolfe, Morgan Wolfe, Sydney Berris and Madison Berris.
Friends and family may call at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Friday, March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will conduct a service at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday morning, at 11 a.m. at the St Joseph Church on Elm Street in Claremont. Burial will be held in St Mary's Cemetery. A reception will follow at The Village at Cedar Hill, Route 5 in Windsor, Vt.
Donations may be made in her memory to Mt. Ascutney Hospital, c/o Hospice Room Activities, 289 County Road, Windsor, VT 05089 or the Fiske Free Library, 108 Broad Street, Claremont, NH 03743.
To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence visit www.stringerfh.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:29
GILFORD — Edgar M. Swain, 78, of 329 Old Lakeshore Road Apt 8, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Monday, March 24, 2014.
Mr. Swain was born July 16, 1935 in Laconia, N.H., the only son of the late Morrell E. and Frances (Rollins) Swain. He was a long time resident of Laconia and had attended Vermont College of Agriculture. Moved to Arundel, Maine in 1984 from Wapakoneta, O.H. and was self-employed at the Swain family owned "Fran-Mort" campground where he retired in August 1998.
Survivors include his wife of twenty-four years, Beverly Ann (Mosher) Swain, of Gilford; two sons, Edgar F. Swain, of New Durham, and Stephen M. (Georgia) Swain, of Kennebunk, Maine; three daughters, Lorina M. (Edward Wiker) Swain, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Lisa K. Mance, of Stone Ridge, N.Y. and Sara Folsom, of Meredith; thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his oldest daughter Catherine E. Swain, of Modesto, Calif. on November 5, 2013 (Walk towards the sun, shadows fall behind.)
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held at the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia, N.H. Date and time to be announced.
The family has requested no flowers. 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 Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:05
MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — Marjorie Croop Linton, of Middleboro, and formerly of Gilford, N.H., 96, died peacefully at home on March 7, 2014. She was the widow of George Linton.
Marjorie was the loving mother of George and his wife, Mary Ellen, Lance and his wife, Patricia, and Robert and his wife, Susan. Devoted sister of Raymond Croop and his wife, Marjorie. Devoted grandmother of five and great-grandmother of four.
Marjorie was a graduate of Packer Collegiate Institute in New York City and Smith College. She was retired after many years as a math teacher. She was an avid skier, runner and sailor.
Contributions in her memory may be sent to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360. A memorial service is planned for the spring.
Please visit www.d-mfh.com to send a condolence to the family.
Arrangements are by the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St. Lakeville, MA 02347.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:07