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James Zelek, 57

MOULTONBOROUGH — James W. Zelek, 57, of Moultonborough, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Born in West Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 3, 1956, the son of Theodore (deceased) and Audrey Zelek, Jim was raised in Berlin, Conn.

He attended Central Connecticut State University before entering the Air Force. Jim served 4½ years at several different bases and schools the last of which was in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Jim returned to Connecticut to work full-time at University of Connecticut Medical Center and to continue his education. He meet his wife, of 31 years, Linda Strickland Zelek at Central. He was an active brother of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.

Jim and Linda were married and moved to Coventry, Conn., where they added to their family. Jim left the medical field going into the financial service field with IDS Financial Service in Wethersfield, Conn. He developed his business, starting a branch office in Norwich, Conn. However, when he was offered the training manager's position in the leading premier office in Los Angeles, he moved his family. After several years and many changes at IDS he decided it was time to start his own firm.

Jim moved his family to New Hampshire in 1994 and with Linda's assistance formed Zelek & Associates. Over the next 20 years they developed a thriving financial and tax services business. Becoming friends with all the clients and business associates throughout the country and around the world. The company was family.

Jim was active in the community, a member of the Moultonborough Lions Club, helped start and keep together in the early years the Moultonboro Adult co-ed softball league. He played, then coached hockey, umpired Little League (there are no ties in softball). He loved golf, camping, backpacking, baseball, football, travel and entertaining.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Linda Zelek of Moultonborough; daughter, Jaime Thornock and her husband Brian Thornock of Frederick, Colo.; son, Torrey Zelek of Tamworth; daughter, Caitlin Fargnoli of Mayport, Fla.; son, Derek Zelek of Agawam, Mass.; grandchildren, Tarrah and Carina Kleeman, and Willow Thornock of Frederick, Colo.; David Fargnoli Jr. and Aeron Fargnoli of Mayport, Fla.; his mother, Audrey Zelek of Kensington, Conn.; mother-in-law Patricia Strickland of Moultonborough;  brother, Thomas Zelek and his wife Nella Zelek of Kensington, Conn.; sister-in-law, Naomi Strickland; brother-in-law, John Strickland; and sister-in-law, Deb Evans and her husband Bob Evans. Several nieces, nephews, many adopted daughters and sons. And his furry kids Zarya, Max and Pumpkin.

A celebration of Jim's life was held Monday, May 26, 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:33

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Helen M. Pisano, 97

LACONIA — Helen Mary Pisano, 97, a resident of Laconia since 2000 died Tuesday, May 27 at the St. Francis Home in Laconia following a period of failing health. She moved to Lakeport from Franklin where she resided for many years. Helen (one of 8 children) was born in New Haven, Conn., June 11, 1916, daughter of Andrew and Margarita (Amodio) Pisano. She worked as a domestic for many years prior to her retirement in 1979.

Her life began in the Little Italy section of New Haven and as recent immigrants from Amalfi, Italy, neither of her parents could speak English. Life was a struggle, especially during the Great Depression. Helen grew up with dreams of becoming a teacher. After graduating from high school, and due to economic conditions, she was forced to find work. She accepted a position as a live in housekeeper and caretaker for a family's children. The home was that of the family of Lars Onsager, a Yale professor who had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1968. Helen loved her work and her new family. She traveled over the years with the family to Cambridge, England and later, her adopted family gave her a vacation to Amalfi, Italy to visit her relatives. Helen had never been out of New Haven, and working for the Onsager family provided her with the window to another world, full of European travel and comfortable living. On her trip to Italy in 1949, Helen often mentioned this as being the best part of her life. She was to have stayed for two weeks and stayed for two months. Her adopted family, with roots in Norway and Germany were accustomed to yearly vacations in Europe but travel was restricted during WW II. They were told by friends that the mountains of New Hampshire were as good as the Alps, so they bought a farm in Sanbornton as a vacation property. Helen accompanied them to the farm and loved the lifestyle of the region. As a devout Catholic, Helen would hitch a ride with the family's milkman to the nearest Catholic Church. She had to learn to drive the Onsager's Volkswagen, which she did. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton for many years. While living in Franklin Helen was often seen walking from her Franklin apartment to Mass in Tilton. After moving to Laconia, she became active with the Catholic Community there. Following her retirement she enjoyed volunteering. After many years without one, a friend bought her a TV as a gift. Shortly after, she donated it. Later in life she realized what she could learn and enjoy from the numerous DVD's available. While living in Franklin she was a senior companion and volunteered in schools and Franklin Regional Hospital. She was a former member of the Franklin Senior Citizens Club, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and member of the Grange, both in Connecticut and New Hampshire. Later moving to Laconia she worked at the Elm Street School as a foster grandparent in the media center in to her 90's. She brought with her a great sense of humor, a lot of pep and a great deal of stories. She was known for her love of a good cup of coffee. Helen also volunteered at the Taylor Home and with the Lakeport Community Association. She was active with the fund raising campaign to purchase a railroad boxcar for the Lakeport Freight Museum. Helen was predeceased by brothers, Frank, Frederick, John and Gordon, sisters, Yolanda, Clara and Mary. She leaves nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, members of the Onsager family, and her many young and senior friends.

Calling hours will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Parish-St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Chestnut St., in Tilton. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery in Tilton.

Those wishing, may make memorial contributions in Helen's name to Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH, 814 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:24

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Brian M. Sullivan, 41

LACONIA — Brian Michael "Sully" Sullivan, 41, of 14 Lyford St., died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

He was born on May 24, 1972, in Norwood, Mass., the son of Paul J. and Rose M. (DePaoli) Sullivan. He was a 1990 graduate of Norwood High School.

Brian worked as a carpenter for many years in Massachusetts, and most recently worked in the facilities department for LRGHealthcare in Laconia.

Brian was a fun-loving guy, who always wanted to make people laugh. He was passionate about music, sports, and his children. He enjoyed spending time camping and being outdoors. His memory will live on in the family and friends he has left behind.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon (Prescott) Sullivan of Laconia; two children, Anna Rose Sullivan and Connor Michael Sullivan, both of Laconia; his parents, Paul and Rose Marie Sullivan of Boston; his sisters, Patricia Mulkeen and her husband William of Eastham, Mass., and Debra Warren and her husband Drew of Newton; his brother, Paul J. Sullivan Jr. of Dedham, Mass.; several nieces, nephews and the extended Prescott family.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant St., Laconia. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carey House, 6 Spring St., Laconia, NH 03246, or to the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:14

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Annette Poirier, 81

WEIRS BEACH – Annette B. Poirier, 81, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Lakes Region General Hospital with her loving family at her side.
She was born on Nov. 17, 1932, the daughter of Adelard and Grace (Fontereau) Pelletier. Annette was a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother.

She was born in Attleboro, Mass., where she grew up and married her husband, Bill. They bought Abakee Cottages, near Weirs Beach, in 1965. Annette had a special way of making people feel loved and heard. She touched many lives over the years at Abakee. For three generations, during Annette's tenure, families returned to celebrate summer vacations at Abakee. Children and families loved her because she made them feel so special.

Annette was the author of the novel "Finding Charlie," a founding member and president of the Weirs Action Committee, and volunteered for Community Health & Hospice. She was a former active communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Lakeport and a communicant of St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia.

From running an organization and a cottage colony, to knitting, to the old craft of tatting, to writing a novel, Annette had the ability to master everything she started. Annette loved to spend time with family members and close friends shopping for antiques and dolls. She was a wonderful cook and loved to feed her family, the more the merrier.

Annette and her husband Bill vacationed in Vero Beach, Fla., where they relaxed and looked forward to being back at Abakee every spring.
She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, William E. Poirier of Weirs Beach; her son, William A. Poirier and his wife Jacqueline of Gilford; her daughter, Denise Marie Poirier of Weirs Beach; one brother, Normand Pelletier of Attleboro, Mass., three grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Florence Birch.

There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at St. Andre Bessette Parish – Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia.

In addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smile Train, the organization that Annette felt very strongly about and all proceeds from her novel "Finding Charlie" were donated. You can donate online at www.smiletrain.com. All proceeds from her novel sales will continue to be donated in her honor.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:09

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