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R. Fred Renoe, 88

ALEXANDRIA — R. Fred Renoe 88, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the NH Veterans Home in Tilton. He was born in Long Beach, California the son of Richard R. and Kate (Hudkins) Renoe.
Following graduation from high school, Fred joined the US Navy where he served 11 years of active duty service before transferring to the Naval Reserves where he served another 18 years. Fred spent time as a deep sea diver doing salvage work and also learned the trade of welding and doing work as a ship fitter. While serving on the crew of the USS Haven, a Naval hospital ship, stationed in Korea, he met Gladys (Marsden) who was serving as a nurse. They married in 1951.
After being discharged from the Navy, Fred and Gladys settled in Taunton, Mass. Fred went to work for the Foxboro Company where he did welding and steel work. In his younger years, Fred was a race car enthusiast, building and racing them in the Bonneville Salt Flats. As part of his involvement in the community, Fred joined the local Masonic Lodge and together, he and Gladys became active members of the former Rehoboth Chapter #208 which later became a part of Hope Chapter #41, Order of the Eastern Star in Massachusetts. He was a Past Patron of the Chapter. Fred was also a regular blood donor, having given over 14 gallons while he was able to donate. In 1985, they retired to Alexandria, NH.
Family members include his wife of 62 years, Gladys (Marsden) Renoe; two daughters, Dianne Roberts of Salisbury, N.H. and Susan Gove of W. Lebanon, N.H.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A service with military honors will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276. Arrangements are under the direction of the Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol, N.H.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 08:09

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Christopher P. Burke, 26

NORTHFIELD — Christopher P. Burke, 26, of 59 Scribner Rd. died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday March 14, 2014 at Concord Hospital after complications with a lifelong heart condition.

Born on Sept. 30, 1987 in Franklin, NH, the son of Christine (Millis) Burke. Christopher loved operating anything with an engine, not surprisingly Christopher pursued a career in transport and earned his CDL and many other operating licenses. Christopher enjoyed time with family and friends, whether it was grilling out on a hot summer day to lazing about indoors on a cold rainy day. Christopher was a fun loving man, who always had something to say whether it funny, clever or down right outrageous. There was never a dull moment. It's impossible to sum Christopher up in one word, sentence or paragraph. Christopher was funny, honest, driven and brave, he was a protector and loved by all. His big smile and beautiful blue eyes will be forever engraved in our hearts.

He is survived by his grandmother, Wilhemina Millis, his mother Christine Millis (Burke) of Franklin, brothers, Alexander and Michael Burke. Christopher also leaves behind a fiancée, Johanna Rapalyea, and many nieces and nephews who will always love and miss their Uncle Chrissy!

Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A funeral service will immediately follow at 6 p.m. also at the funeral home.

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, 17 March 2014 08:06

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Marjorie 'Marty' Stokes, 93

PLYMOUTH — After a brief illness, Marjorie Stokes, age 93, passed away Wednesday March 12 at Speare Memorial Hospital. A longtime Plymouth resident, she was predeceased by her parents Pauline and Harry Hultgren, brother Harry Hultgren, Jr., husband Donald Stokes, and her former husband William Bolton, Sr. She is survived by her four children Shaughn Bolton of Plymouth, Lynore Bolton of Lyme, Peter and his wife Susan Bolton of Plymouth, and William Jr. and his wife Denise of Plymouth, four grandchildren William Richard III Bolton, Lauren Bolton, Andrew Peters and Brian Peters, and her niece Diane Hultgren Bennett of West Hartford, Conn., Diane's daughter Laura DeGennaro , Laura's husband Sam and their two children Joe and Jenna, of Cheshire, Conn., L. Blake Hultgren of Windsor, Conn. and Ingrid Hultgren Camill of Las Crescenta, Calif.

Marjorie, known as Marty to all, always said she had lived a very full life. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, the second of two children, she attended Hartford College for Women and the Fashion Academy of New York. While studying for an engineering degree at Penn State, she met her first husband William Bolton, Sr. She went on to work in aeronautical design at Hamilton Standard in East Hartford, Conn., during WWII. Marty had many interests and was an independent spirit. Besides raising four children, she hosted Fresh Air Children, was a member of the Chester N.J. Garden Club, and was an avid bridge player. Her Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles were always done – in ink! She also solved a puzzle in the shortest time ever while on the national TV game show Concentration. She was honored as a Concentration Champion of Champions.

Upon returning to New Hampshire, Marty worked for Oliver Drug, Plymouth Manufacturing, Old Mill Properties, and Norman Perry Lamps/Reale Mirror in Plymouth. She was passionate about her gardening, whether her vegetable gardens or her prized orchids. She loved volunteering and giving back to the community. She demonstrated this no matter where she was living! For fourteen years she volunteered several days a week at Speare Memorial Hospital with the Medical Records team, the members of which she cared for deeply.

A celebration of Marty's life will be held this Spring – most likely within the first few weeks of May. A notice will be posted regarding Marty's Celebration of Life in a future issue of this paper. The family is hopeful that you will consider a donation to the New Hampshire Humane Society (www.nhhumane.org) or the Plymouth Food Bank (www.foodpantries.org/ci/nh-plymouth ). In lieu of flowers, please plant a flower or tree on your own property in her honor. Having a strong love of nature and our earth, Marty would truly have appreciated this.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Zane G. 'Zeke' Morrison, 69

MEREDITH — Zane Grey "Zeke" Morrison, 69, of Meredith, crossed over on March 10, 2014 with the same suddenness and intensity in which he had lived.

Zane is now watching over his wife Elizabeth Morrison; his children Melissa, Zachary, Nathan and daughter in law Sherry, daughter Alicia and son in law Paul Giguere, and most especially his beloved granddaughter Cheyenne. He is predeceased by his much loved daughter Bettina Medora Morrison....they are probably looking for mischief in heaven right now together.

Zane will be very much missed by his brother and sister in law Randolph Morrison and Mary Morrison-nephews Walter and Carl; and his sister Mary Morrison Vandernoot and nephews Matthew and Christopher, nieces Jennifer and Stacy.

The world was blessed with his perfection on May 21, 1944. Zane grew up and ran wild in Weirs Beach, NH. His three siblings Medora, Randy, Mary, and his mother Mary Louise (Way) Morrison all did their best to keep him out of trouble. Family stories of his youthful exuberance and daring have made all who listened wonder how Zane lived into adulthood.

Zane served in the Army and Army National Guard for a total of 41 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Shield/Desert Storm War. In his Army years he drove tanks with grand finesse and bulldog tenacity. He liked to tell the story of driving over a 4 star General's motorcade when they refused to get out of the way of his tank. In the Army National Guard of NH he was an E5 Sergeant and he was deployed to Saudi Arabia/Iraq with his artillery unit. He had great stories he told, both humorous and somber, of his time in the Middle East. He found he had a gift as a "camel whisperer", attracting the local camels to his quarters with his snoring at night.

The quiet hero in him truly and visibly manifested through his service on the Laconia Fire Dept in the 60s and 70s and as a police officer with Laconia Police Dept in the 70s and 80s. As a fire fighter he worked out of the Laconia Fire Station and manned the Old Weirs Beach Firehouse. He had great stories of the night the Sweaterville Factory burned down and other such fires he fought. As a Police Officer his sense of duty and justice were strong and "by the book". Everyone was equal in his eyes and this gained him great respect and reputation with his fellow officers; and irritation/consternation with his "superiors".

Zane Grey was publicly recognized as a Hero by the City of Laconia for the rescue of a woman trapped in a fully engaged house fire on Church St. He entered into the blaze repeatedly until he was able to locate her then took her out through walls of flames to safety. Zane's eldest daughter remembers him coming home from his police work late that night smelling of smoke with his uniform singed and burns on his arms and hands. Zane told her he had "just gotten too close to a fire". Zane was not the type of man to make a big deal about his heroism, but the people around him honored him for putting his life on the line for another human that night.

Zane was also a guide for Fish & Game in the 1970s and 80s. He was an avid hunter/woodsman and fisherman. He knew his way in the woods and was an excellent marksman. Zane was a rabid history buff, especially all things Civil War, Scot, and American Military history; and Zane Grey Morrison was a story teller of the grandest scale...most true, some questionable, but all very entertaining!

Zane Grey "Zeke" Morrison was a strongly opinionated man with a true, strong heart. You knew where you stood with him and you knew he would do his best to help you when you were in need. He will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him. We Love You Zeke....

Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Routes 3 and 104), Meredith, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Zane would probably have liked people to give to some charities that help non-government veteran assistance, animal shelters, and helping those in need or without homes.

For Zane's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 09:09

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