RUMNEY — Raymond S. Keniston, Sr., 92, of Rumney, passed away at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
A lifelong resident of Rumney, Raymond was born on November 22, 1921 to George L. and Bertha (Watts) Keniston.
He began his logging career at age 16 with his first truck. Later, he operated his sawmill in Rumney, starting with a steam engine, his life-long dream. He was a member of the Odd Fellows. Raymond enjoyed planting trees for the Rumney Common, Library, and family. His retirement hobby making wooden spoons was a gift enjoyed by many.
His many years spent at the sawmill taught him the value of efficiency and organization. With an eighth grade education, he did all of the bookkeeping at home after work.
As an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing, taking two trips to Alaska for salmon fishing. He also loved time spent at his camps in Pittsburg and New Brunswick.
Raymond was a generous, humble, and intelligent man, a teacher at heart. He was always asking questions and looking for a better way to do things.
Raymond was preceded in death by his newborn son, George.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Ila (Bixby) Keniston, who tirelessly cared for him for 74 years. He will be missed by his three daughters, Nancy and her companion Harold Avery, Sally and her companion Ron Linke, Kelley and her husband Len Anderson; son, Raymond S. Keniston, Jr.; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and his 100 year old cousin, Phyllis Pray.
In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree in Raymond's memory. Donations may be made to Speare Memorial Hospital in gratitude for their loving care given to Raymond and his family during his illness.
A funeral service will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (12 Langdon St.), Plymouth, on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11 am. Rev. Brenda Wentworth will officiate. Interment will be private.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Raymond's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:38
LACONIA — Lola Rose (Valentini) Cutillo, 90, of 21 Ledges Drive, Taylor Community, died at her home on Monday, June 16, 2014. Mrs. Cutillo was the widow of Ralph Cutillo who died in 2002.
Mrs. Cutillo was born November 26, 1923 in Taunton, Mass., the daughter of the late Adolpho and Maria (Agostini) Valentini. Mrs. Cutillo was a longtime resident of the Lakes Region and was a former communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport.
She will be remembered most for her vibrant personality and for being the cornerstone of her family. She will be missed tremendously for her storytelling, her sense of humor, the color she brought to everyone around her and the love and affection she unconditionally gave. A true matriarch, she was like a second mother to many and valued her family and friends more than anything. She loved old movies, children, reading, fashion and was a huge Patriots and Red Sox fan.
She and her late husband, Ralph, developed many restaurants and resorts in hospitality where she often worked as a bookkeeper and hostess. In 1968, they purchased Steele Hill Resorts in Sanbornton, N.H., and developed the 520 acres. In 1977, the Cutillo family brought timesharing to Steele Hill, which brought many tourists and employees to the Lakes Region.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen W. and Susan C. Cutillo of Gilford, N.H. and William F. and Susan B. Cutillo of Sanbornton, N.H.; three grandchildren, Catherine Remy Cutillo and her husband, Ross Sheehan, of Vergennes, Vt. and Douglas Cutillo and his wife, Dewina, of Concord, N.H. and Justin Cutillo and his wife, Michelle, of Gilford, N.H.; two great granddaughters, Eliana Cutillo of Concord and Remy Sheehan of Vergennes, Vt., and a brother, Henry Valentini, of Florida.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the Cutillo Family Cemetery, Steele Hill, Sanbornton, N.H.
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 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:29
BRISTOL — Melva F. Brown, 86, of Chestnut St., died Monday, June 16, 2014 after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of Bristol, born to William Fitch and Laura (Charron) French. She attended local schools and graduated from Bristol High. Melva worked at Dead River Oil Co and the former Carr Co. She was the wife of the late E. Dean Brown.
Melva loved her family and was supportive of her children and their activities as youths. She loved to camp and always looked forward to outings at the ocean with her sisters. She also spent time sewing and making ceramics and was active with the Bristol Area Seniors' Group and their luncheons.
Family members include two sons: Trevor Brown of York, Maine; Doug Brown of Deerfield; a daughter: Deanna Kelley of Hollis; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters: Shirley O'Brien of Rockport, Mass.; Norma Hague of Rocky Hill, Conn.; a brother, Roger French of Bridgewater; many nieces and nephews.
Services-Calling hours will be Friday, June 20, 2014 from 12-1:30 at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol. Funeral Services will follow at 1:30 in the funeral home, Rev. Andrew McLeod will officiate. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Newfound Area Nursing Association-Hospice Program, 214 Lake St., Bristol, NH 03222.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
SUN CITY, Ariz. — Leo N. Sasseville 87, passed away June 13, 2014. He was born in Manchester, NH on August 10, 1926 to Napoleon and Flora (Pincince) Sasseville. He married Claire St. Cyr, May 28, 1949, celebrating 65 years last month. They had two children, a son, Lawrence (deceased 2011) and a daughter, Catherine.
Leo wanted to follow his father's career in the navy, joined as soon as he turned 17 in 1943 and was assigned to the USS Lexington in the Pacific. He was severly injured when Kamikazi planes hit the ship. He was honored to receive the Purple Heart.
Both Leo and Claire lived in South Hooksett most of their life. He was very active in the South Hooksett Volunteer Fire Dept. and became the Fire Chief. When a permanent position was opened in Laconia, NH for a deputy chief, the family moved to Lakeport, NH and Leo became the first training officer for the Laconia Fire Department, a position he held until his retirement after 20 years service. He managed the Laconia Fire Equipment Store until he was ready to officially retire.
The thought of warmer weather brought them to Sun City, Arizona. Leo shortly joined the Sun City Fire Department as a volunteer fire inspector for the next 20 years.
Wherever Leo moved he started a Boy Scout Troop. First in South Hooksett, he formed Troop 292 and the move to Lakeport began Troop 146. Then came Leadership Training arriving in Arizona. Leo was honored to be the fire chief for two Boy Scout Jamborees. He was proud to have the Wood Badge and the Silver Beaver Awards.
Leo was a faithful member of the Laconia Kiwanis Club since 1971 and upon arrival to Arizona joined the Agua Fria Kiwanis Club becoming known as the song leader.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Menke Funeral Home, 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ. Catholic Services will be at St. Joachim and St. Anne Church, 11625 N. 111th Ave., Sun City, AZ on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. Burial services will be held at the National Cemetery at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Arizona Buttes Assisted Living in Peoria for their loving care of our husband and father. We cannot thank Hospice of the Valley enough times for the compassionate care given to him. Please visit www.menkefuneralhome.com to leave condolences.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00