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Mary K. Spanos, 91

LACONIA — Mary K. Spanos, 91, died at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia, N.H, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Mary was born March 21, 1923 in Lowell, Massachusetts., the daughter of the late John and Sophia Kosartes. Mary had been a resident of Laconia for sixty-two years and was a hospitality legend. She and her husband, George, owned and operated several successful businesses in the Lakes Region, including the Shangri-La Resort, Lake Shore Park, Stage Inn, Gilford Playhouse, Shalimar Resort and Weirs Beach Realty. Mary had a commanding yet compassionate presence that will be greatly missed by the many, many lives she touched. She was a successful businesswoman at a time when this was relatively uncommon. Mary remains a shining example to all those who aspire to an entrepreneurial excellence.

Mary was a member of Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church in Laconia, N.H. She was also a member of the Laconia Chamber of Commerce and the Weirs Beach Chamber of Commerce, a longtime member of the Altrusa Club and a former director of the Bedford Bank, and a perennial member of America's Who's Who in American Business Publication.

Survivors include her son, Peter J. Spanos, and wife, Sharon, of Laconia; two grandchildren, Sofia and Carey John Spanos, of Laconia. Mary was one of ten children; She is survived by a brother, Theodore Kosartes, of Chicago, Illinois; sisters, Marina Hantzes and Betty Waranuk, both of Falmouth, Massachusetts, Catherine Hastings of Boston, Massachusetts, Evenor Varsames of Meredith, N.H., Charlotte Dehning of Chicago, Illinois . She also leaves twenty-nine nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, George P. Spanos, in 2003, a daughter, Charlotte Spanos, sister Susan Megas of Pocasset, Massachusetts and two brothers, Arthur Kosartes of Lowell Massachusetts and Christo Kosartes of Ft. Lee, New Jersey.

There will be no calling hours per Mary's request.

A private funeral service for the immediate family will be held.

Burial will be in the family lot in Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Mary's two grandchildren, Sofia and Carey John were the pride and joy of her life, and she believed very deeply in their education. She was always very fond of the "little Catholic school" they attended in Laconia, N.H. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Holy Trinity Catholic School Scholarship Fund, 50 Church Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Mary was known to all her grandchildren's friends throughout the years as "Yia-Yia", She will be truly missed by so many young and old alike.

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 Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:45

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Jocelyn F. Gutchess, 93

CENTER SANDWICH — Jocelyn Fleming Gutchess, an economist and a civic leader, died at her home in Hanover, N.H. of leukemia on September 18, 2014.

She was born in Greenwich, CT on January 22, 1921 to Dorothy Carson and Philip Bracken Fleming, both originally from Burlington, Iowa. Jocelyn spent her childhood in Washington, D.C. and West Point, N.Y. A graduate of Concord Academy and Bryn Mawr College, she remained committed to the college and to women's education throughout her life. In 1948 she married Franklin J. Gutchess, a government economist, and they spent much of their lives in the Hollin Hills area of Alexandria, Virginia. They had one daughter, Susan, and a son, Robert, who died in infancy.

Jocelyn had a distinguished career. With the Department of Labor from 1964- 1968, she played a key role in establishing programs in the War Against Poverty, such as the Neighborhood Youth Corps. She was a founding partner of the consulting firm, Ruttenberg, Friedman, Kilgallon and Gutchess, retiring from the firm in 1989. During that period, she spent two years with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. She was the author of "Manpower Challenge of the 70's" and "Employment Security in Action".

She loved the outdoors and was an accomplished hiker, skier, and tennis player throughout her life. An inveterate traveler she enjoyed trips to Europe as well as Mongolia, Russia via the Trans-Siberian express, and most recently, Cuba.

After her retirement, Jocelyn moved with Frank to their summer home in Sandwich, New Hampshire, where she volunteered in leadership roles with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and the Women's Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. She also served on the Planning Board and Conservation Committee for the Town of Sandwich. She fostered efforts to preserve the Sandwich General Store and spearheaded a committee of the five towns bearing on Squam Lake to maintain the area's integrity and environmental health. In addition, she was a leader in the Winterset project which provided a lecture and discussion series each winter to residents of the Lakes Region.

She was a founding member and leader of the Over the Hill Club, a local hiking group that provides a structure for hiking in the White Mountains and further afield. She completed the ascent of the 48 4,000 Footers, not once, but four times; much of this climbing was achieved after age 70.

In 2006 she moved part time to Kendal at Hanover, N.H, and became active in affairs there, serving on the Residence Council, the Budget Committee and the Planned Giving Committee.

Jocelyn was predeceased by her husband in 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Susan, and Susan's wife, Helen Ingalls.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the Methodist Meeting House in Sandwich, N.H. at 2 p.m. on October 18. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Women's Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, or Bryn Mawr College.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Meredith and Plymouth, are assisting the family with the arrangements. To sign Jocelyn's Book of Memories, go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:38

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Thomas A. Laflamme, 28

HOLDERNESS — Thomas Andrew Laflamme, 28, formerly of Slagus Drive, Holderness, died September 27, 2014, in Franklin, NH.

Born in Laconia, NH on December 9, 1985, he was the son of Paul Anthony and Barbara Ann (Slagus) Laflamme.

Thomas grew up in Laconia and graduated from Laconia Elementary and Middle School. He graduated from Plymouth Regional High School, class of 2004. He moved to Holderness in 2000 and has been residing in Franklin for the past few years.

Tom worked for several years for Comstock Industries, in Meredith, N.H. and most recently as an assembler for the Watts Regulator Company, in Franklin, N.H.

Thomas was a US Army veteran and had served in the Iraq war.

Tom is survived by his parents, Paul and Barbara Laflamme of Holderness, his son, Jackson Paul Laflamme of Bow, his brothers, Matthew A. Laflamme and Phillip A. Laflamme, both of Holderness, His aunts, Carol A. Dupuis and her husband James of Auburn, N.H., Kathy Dearing and her husband Glenn of Monroe, N.C., several other aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Celebration of Tom's life will be held at his parent's home, 61 Slagus Drive, Holderness, on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in his memory to National Alliance on Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, 85 North State St., Concord, NH. 03301 or naminh.org

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Plymouth and Meredith, are assisting the family with the arrangements. To sign Tom's Book of Memories, go to: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Harry L. Cote, 93

NEW HAMPTON — Harry Leon Cote, Jr., 93 of New Hampton, New Hampshire, passed away on September 27, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. He was born on May 30, 1921 in Ashland, the son of Harry Cote, Sr and Rose E. (Ruel) Cote.

He graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1940. He went on to College at St. Anselms, completing two years, before entering the Military Service, where he served from 1943 to 1946.

Harry married his wife of 43 years, Olive Bickford, on April 21, 1951. Harry was a farmer for over 55 years, first working on his father's farm on Thompson Street in Ashland, then on his own farm in New Hampton where he operated Cote's Dairy for many years. He enjoyed his family and liked to listen to his favorite sports teams on the radio.

He was predeceased by his parents, Rose E (Ruel) and Harry Cote Sr., his wife Olive (Bickford) Cote, two daughters Kathleen Cote and Ann Marie Cote, two grandchildren, Joshua and Jennifer Baker, two sisters, Theresa Hooker and Harriet Cote, and two brothers Butch Cote and David Cote.

Harry is survived by his seven children, Peter Cote of Hilton Head, South Carolina; Tom Cote and his wife Trena of Mt. Sherman, Kentucky; Becky Cote and her husband Leon of Loudon; Susan Judd and her husband Michael of Wentworth; John Cote and his wife Leslie of Bristol, Vermont; Harry Cote III of New Hampton, and Mary Baker and her husband Dan of Holderness. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jacob Baker, Allison Judd, Houston and Caroline Cote, Lexie Cote, Cassidy and Audrey Waldeck. He is survived by his sisters, Lucille Crookshanks of West Virginia, Jane Killian of Alabama, Jackie Molonson of Vermont, Brenda Christian of Maine and his brother Tim Cote of Massachusetts. He is also survived by 35 nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland at 11 a.m. Rev. Leo A LeBlanc will be the celebrant. Burial to follow in Green Grove Cemetery in Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dupuis Cross Post #15, American Legion Scholarship Fund, Main Street, Ashland, NH; the American Diabetes Association or Meals on Wheels. Dupuis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. For more information go to Dupuisfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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