BELMONT — Harry William Spain, 87, of Belmont, passed away peacefully at home with his family and friends beside him, on March 4, 2014, after a period of failing health.
Born in Manchester, on April 4, 1926, he was the son of the late Walter and Lillian (Erickson) Spain.
He graduated from St. Joseph High School and proudly served his country in the Navy during War World II, 1943-1946.
He worked for Frosted Foods in Manchester as a sales associate, then moved to the Lakes Region where he owned two restaurants. Harry also worked at the Hooksett toll booth.
In his youth, he enjoyed horseshoes, as well as singing at the Pulaski Club.
Harry was a loving husband, and a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and also loved music from the 1940s.
Family members include his wife of 43 years, Cynthia (Hamel) Spain; his three sons, William (wife Danica) Spain of Bristol, Stephen (wife Kelley) Spain of Goffstown, and Peter A. Spain of Belmont; his two daughters, Sandy (husband Jim) Sullivan of Massachusetts, Jill (husband Bob) Ouellette of Hooksett; his grandchildren, William, Michael, Rachel, Stephen, Josh, Elizabeth, Kasey, James, and Albert. His great-grandson, Liam, brightened his last days.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Walter Jr. and Fred Spain; and sister, Nancy Lynch.
Harry will also be missed by his special friends with whom he sang songs, told jokes and held many good conversations. They include Angela Diberto, Fred Rice, Dick Cummings and the Tioga Drive Circle of Friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harry's name St. Joseph's Parish Food Pantry 96 Main St., Belmont, NH 03330
The family would like to extend many thanks to the Central N.H. VNA and the Franklin VNA for their wonderful, loving service, and a special thanks to Dawna Brunt and Jeremy Winick for their help during Harry's failing health.
Harry, you are going to find your lost ship at last.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 14, at 10 a.m. in St Joseph Church, 96 Main St., Belmont and then followed by internment with military honors at 3 p.m. at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery 110 Daniel Webster Highway Route 3 Boscawen.
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Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 10:00
BELMONT — Barbara Ann Thompson, 48, of 125 Main Street, died March 6, 2014 at Concord Hospital.
Mrs. Thompson was born July 21, 1965 in Lowell, Mass. the daughter of Frank and Kathleen M. (Hand) Hawkins, Sr. She had moved from Laconia to Belmont two years ago. She had formerly worked for AAA Taxi.
Mrs. Thompson loved taking care of her grandchildren, she enjoyed swimming, being at the beach, spending time with her family, loved watching movies and listening to music.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Victor Thompson, of Belmont; three sons, Roger R. Perkins Jr., and his wife, Kristin (Altavilla), of Methuen, Mass., Stephen K. Perkins and Matthew N. Perkins, both of Laconia; three daughters, Melissa Perkins of Henniker, Stephanie Perkins of Dover, and Angela Perkins and her partner, Richard Littlefield, of Laconia; fifteen grandchildren; Mrs. Thompson had custody of two of her grandchildren, Auryannah and Skyler; four brothers, Frank Hawkins, Jr., and his wife, Jodie, of Laconia, Daniel Hawkins, of Seabrook, Lawrence Hawkins, of Salisbury, Mass. and Michael Hawkins, and his wife, Jennifer, of Lawrence, Mass.; four sisters, Kathleen Demeuse, and her husband, Mark, of Chelmsford, Mass., Elizabeth "Betty" Sylvia, and her husband, Donald, of Laconia, Venus Hill, and her husband, Ronald, of Franklin and Lisa Rippy, and her husband, James, of Dorchester; many nephews and nieces and many cousins in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mrs. Thompson is predeceased by Kathleen M. Hawkins and Frank Hawkins, Sr. and her first husband Roger R. Perkins, Sr.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia using the Whipple Ave. entrance.
Spring burial will be held in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations, to assist the family, be made to the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, PO Box 67, Laconia, NH 03247-0067.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 09:57
ROCKDALE, Tex. — Dustin John Pickel was born April 27, 2010 in Austin, Tex. to his loving parents, Jeff and Kelly (Shoemake) Pickel. He was their middle son, who with his families' help, fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, which ended in his parents' arms on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at their home in Rockdale, Tex.
Dustin, with his family, has lived in Rockdale since June 2013 and previously lived in Round Rock, Tex. On June 25, 2010, Dustin was baptized at First United Methodist Church, Round Rock, Tex. During his three years, he made a huge number of friends, attended St. John's United Methodist Church, received his certificate as a Child of the Republic of Texas, and became a member of Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.
Dustin loved his family. Especially his mommy. He loved to wrestle with his brothers, watch "Mickey Mouse", "Cars", and "Polar Express". He loved to ride his "bicycle". He loved his monster trucks, play dough, and riding in the golf cart with his brothers to the tank to see the ducks and white birds. Dustin loved to be outside, and he could swing for hours. One of his favorite things to do was to ride down his neighbor's steep driveway in his little red car.
Dustin is survived by; his mom and dad, Jeff and Kelly Pickel of Rockdale. Also surviving are his big brother, Braden Scott Pickel and his little brother, Collin Lane Pickel both of Rockdale. Maternal grandparents are John and Sharon Shoemake of Rockdale. Paternal grandparents are Timothy and Sherry Pickel of Meredith, N.H. Aunts and uncles, Kirby Shoemake and wife Kristy and their daughters, Morgan and Molly of Georgetown, Tex., Beth Doda and husband Pierre and their children, Joey, Hayley, and Emily of Meredith, N.H., several great aunts and uncles including Wenda Dyer of Rockdale and Michael and Susan Laramie of Laconia, N.H., many cousins along with many close family friends, especially Janet and Walter Pond, and let's not forget his companion at home, his cat "Georgie".
Services for Dustin are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Rockdale. Burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rockdale. Pastor Adam Straznicky, of St. John's United Methodist Church and John Shoemake, "Pops", will officiate. Visitation is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Phillips & Luckey Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Kirby Shoemake, Wes Goggans, Keith Laramie, Michael Laramie, Walter Pond, and Reagan Sivadon.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.
Memorial contributions may be made to: http://www.nmtrc.org/ or by mail to: NMTRC, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, 100 Michigan NE, MC 272, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.
http://www.bandofparents.org/ or by mail to: Band of Parents, P.O. Box 335, Dewittville, New York 14728.
http://www.rmhc-austin.org/ or by mail to: Ronald McDonald House of Austin, "Friends of the House" 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723.
St. John's United Methodist Church "In Dustin's Memory", P.O. Box 168, Rockdale, Texas 76567.
Team Dustin, 1000 Rockdale Road, Rockdale, Texas 76567.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 09:00
LACONIA — Elaine Lillian Browning Townsley, 87, of 406 Court Street, died at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, on Thursday, March 6, 2014. She was the widow of Frederick L. Townsley who died in 1985.
Mrs. Townsley was born January 6, 1927 in Wilkes Barre, Penn., the daughter of Robert F. Browning and Lillian (Butler) Browning Walker. She had been a resident of Laconia for the past sixty three years.
Mrs. Townsley was a graduate of Laconia High School class of 1944 and a graduate of Colby College class of 1948. She was co owner of Rails and Crafts in Laconia for twenty years and worked in retail sales for Laconia Hardware for thirty five years retiring in 2001.
Mrs. Townsley was a 4-H Club member and first winner of the 1946 Governor Dale 4-H Trophy. She became a 4-H leader and active in the 4-H Foundation, 4-H Fair Association and 4-H Leaders Association. Mrs. Townsley was past president of the Belknap County Extension Council, past president of the Laconia Altrusa club and a member of the Train Collectors of America. She was a member of the Opechee Garden Club, Laconia Downtown Association, Sanbornton ZBA, Belknap County Farm Bureau and Laconia Art Association. Mrs. Townsley was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and the women's Vestry and Altar Guild.
Mrs. Townsley enjoyed gardening, water color painting and her pets and mini-farm animals. She most of all enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Mrs. Townsley is survived by a daughter, Sara Lillian Hardy, of Hampton, Va.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Hardy, Geoffrey Hardy, Greg Hardy, Jessica Hardy, Robert Van Aman, Brent Van Aman and Matthew Townsley; seven great grandchildren; five nephews and five nieces. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Mrs. Margaret Windle, Mrs. Winifred Thornton, Mrs. Ilene Rifenberg, a daughter, Barbara Jean Thayer, and a son, Dudley Walter Townsley.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A Funeral Service will follow the calling hours at 6 p.m.
A memorial gathering will be held at St Francis on March 13, 2014.
Spring Burial will be in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, NH.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Huntington Foundation, 6 Boston Road, Suite 203A, Chelmsford, MA, 01824.
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 Monday, 10 March 2014 05:11