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Eleanor P. 'Peg' Keller, 96

GILFORD — Eleanor Pearson Keller of Gilford Village passed away peacefully Sunday morning, September 28, 2014 at the LRGH just two weeks shy of her 97th birthday. Peg, as she was known to her many friends, was married to Seth Keller in 1939, and they spent nearly 75 years as key members of the Gilford community.

Eleanor was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on October 17th, 1917 to Swedish immigrant parents. She entered Wellesley College on a full scholarship at age 17, graduating with degrees in English Literature and Mathematics in 1938. She married Seth Keller of Laconia, New Hampshire. Seth joined his father Otto in the family business and she raised the couple's four children.

Eleanor was born with exceptional musical talents that provided her and those around her with great pleasure throughout her life. She was the organist at the Gilford Community Church for more than fifty years, directed the adult choir, created a junior choir, and composed several choral pieces that were performed both by the church choir and others. She was a long-time supporter of the New Hampshire Music Festival from its inception. In the nineteen fifties, she applied her composition talents and acting skills to musical productions of the Gilford Gaslight Players, an amateur theatre group that helped raise money for special projects at the Gilford Grade School. Most recently, Peg frequently entertained and shared her musical talents with the residents and staff of the St. Francis Home in Laconia, where she resided during the last year of her life.

Peg contributed to many community service groups. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross, and she was involved with the Lakes Region Hospice at its inception; she and Seth were active members for many years. She was a charter member of PEO New Hampshire Chapter G and served as that group's secretary and pianist for many years. Peg and Seth joined nine other couples early in their marriage to form the Gilford Outing Club, which provided a family ski area and outdoor activities for families in Gilford. She was an originator of the Great Books group in Gilford, in which members regularly discussed a wide range of ideas contained in the classics of Western civilization.

Eleanor's working career began after her graduation from college when she joined a Boston publisher as an editor of textbooks. Later, she became a lay reader, helping students at Laconia High School. More recently, she edited work by local writers, including two recently-published books by grandchildren who have pursued lives as writers. She worked with Seth occasionally during the early years of their marriage as they ran the confectionery business on Main Street, and she helped build a catering business that grew to be the largest in New Hampshire (later Contigiani's catering). In 1966, Peg and Seth co-founded Kellerhaus in Weirs, New Hampshire, a business that combined the Keller family's venerable ice cream and candy products with a vast selection of toys, cards, and gifts from around the world. Peg concentrated on the gift side of the business, and she and Seth travelled extensively to the Middle East and Europe to find the unusual items that gave Kellerhaus a special quality in the Lakes Region. They were joined in the operation by both family and friends who made Kellerhaus the successful institution that it remains today.

One of Peg's greatest personal pleasures was gardening. She was a member of the Laconia Garden Club and an avid gardener. She dedicated herself to nurturing her plants and enjoying their beauty, as she did with all of the family and friends around her.

Peg was predeceased by her husband Seth, who died in 2007 at the age of 89, and by their son David, who died in 1962. They leave three children: Scott (wife Dora) of New York City, Richard (wife Kathy) of Alton Bay, and Christine Guarente of Laconia. In addition, they leave fourteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at the Gilford Community Church on Saturday, November 1, at 11 a.m..

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to PEO Sisterhood Chapter G New Hampshire, C/O Stephanie Whiting, PO Box 503, Meredith, NH 03253, to the Allen-Keller Music Fund, Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249 or to the New Hampshire Master Chorale, PO Box 705, Plymouth, NH 03264.

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 October 2014 07:43

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Bradley D. Miller, 68

WYOMISSING, Penn. — Bradley Davis Miller, Esq., 68, of Wyomissing, passed away October 2, 2014 in Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Wyomissing.

He was the wife of Sharon C. (Clemenson) Miller, whom he married November 28, 1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Born November 20, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo. he was a son of the late Bryan and Ruth (Davis) Miller.

Bradley was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, where he played soccer. He also graduated and played soccer at Michigan State University, where he was a freshman member of Delta Chi and voted the "most memorable senior" of the 68 Club. He received his law doctorate from Western New England University School of Law, Mass.

He was an attorney and litigator in the Reading area for several years. He was given the distinction of being admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court; worked as a mediator for Family and Children Services; and was a member of the Endlich Law Club.

Bradley was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Okinawa, Japan during the Vietnam War. He participated in navel exercises in Denmark, Portugal, and Turkey. He was an air weapons controller commander with the 114th of State College, and retired from his last assignment at the Pentagon as Lieutenant Colonel.

He had a love for golden retrievers, cooking, traveling around Europe, and enjoyed spending time at his home at Crystal Lake, N.H. He was an avid golfer and was a member of Moselem Golf Club, and a guest member at both Berkshire Country Club and Reading Country Club, where he played in tournaments. He was also involved in local politics, running George H. W. Bush's first campaign in Berks County.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, Christopher Bradley Clemenson Miller, Breckenridge, Colo. Also surviving is his sister, Barbara Dale O'Leary, Fla.; a niece and three nephews.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Salvation Army, or the Red Cross. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 08:03

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Gretchen F. Manter, 74

LACONIA — Gretchen F. Manter, 74, of Hickory Stick Lane, and formerly a long time resident of Gilford, died at her home on Thursday, October 9, 2014. She was the widow of Thomas B. Manter who died in 2003.
Mrs. Manter was born May 23, 1940 in Manchester, the daughter of Pauline D. (Pitt) and Edward E. Fowler.
Mrs. Manter attended Pembroke Academy, and graduated from Rogers Hall, Lowell, Mass. She attended Garland Jr. College, Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Manter was a former member of the Waukewan Golf Club and Naples, Florida Moorings Country Club. She was an honorary member of the Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Harris, and her husband, Trevor, of Gilford; a son Jeffery Manter, of Boston, Mass.; a brother, Edward D. Fowler; she leaves the special treasures of her life, granddaughters, Alexandra, Julia, and Olivia Harris, Megan and MacKenzie Manter; four nephews and one niece. In addition to her husband and her parents she was predeceased by a son, Mark Manter.
There will be no calling hours.
A graveside service will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, N.H. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Lorraine G. Trefethen, 78

LACONIA — Lorraine Garnett Trefethen, 78, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 7, 2014.

The daughter of James Garnett and Helen Garnett, she was born in Kittery, Maine on December 1, 1935. She attended Kittery schools where she met her beloved husband of 54 years, Guy Trefethen. She leaves her son Kevin and his wife Marlene of Laconia, N.H., son Dan of Xenia, Ohio, 5 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband, her oldest son Guy, Jr., and her youngest son Randy.

Lorraine and Guy moved frequently with their four boys in conjunction with Guy's career as a cartographer with the US Coast and Geodetic Survey. They lived in Rhode Island, Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Nevada, Utah, eventually settling in Virginia Beach, Va. After Guy's retirement, they moved to North Port, Fla. They toured the Eastern US with their camper and enjoyed cruises in the Caribbean. They spent their summers in Helen, Ga.

Lorraine was a talented artist and author. A member of the Lakes Region Art Association her artistic media included acrylics, oils, and fabric. She enjoyed painting light houses and still life vignettes. She also created quilts, wall hangings, and pillows out of fabric, antique handkerchiefs and silk flowers. Writing, both poetry and prose was another of Lorraine's loves through which she recalled her travels and adventures over her life. Other loves included music (playing the guitar) and collecting jewelry.

There will be no calling hours.

Burial will be in Eliot, Maine at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St, 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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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