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Richard J. Cornell, 71

Richard J. Cornell, 71

FRANKLIN — Richard J. Cornell, 71, of Franklin, went to his next big adventure on Aug. 10, 2014.

Dick Cornell was born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Nov. 16, 1942, the son of Walter and Jessie (Pitcher) Cornell. He graduated from Saratoga High School in June 1960.

Dick served in the Navy from January 1961 until January 1965 as an electronics technician petty officer on the USS Conway (DD 570), a destroyer escort. He participated in (DEFCON3) the Cuban Blockade in 1962, and spent numerous months in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Espey Mfg. of Saratoga Springs was his employer from 1965 until 1979. He was also president of Corinth Homes Inc., a development company in Corinth, N.Y. In late 1979 he took a position as general supervisor at National Power Products Inc. in Belmont. Dick was proud to serve on numerous boards of directors at Bluebeard's Castle of St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands, for many years.

He enjoyed gardening (and sharing its bounty with neighbors on his garden cart), Tuesday night cards, organized softball, building, traveling, and putting together a Haunted Barn on Halloween for local children and their parents.

Dick is survived by his friend of 34 years and wife for 25 of those years, Lura F. Riggs, of Franklin; two sisters, Donna Martin of Stockton, Calif., and Paula Phelps of Nanjemoy, Md.; and a son, Drew Cornell of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; numerous nephews and nieces.

His parents and a son, Jay, predeceased him.

"I think I want to come back as a cloud on the warm afternoons of September, wave to me, I'll wave back. Life was one hell of a ride, adios." Those are Dick's exact words that he wanted included in his obituary.

"Dickie never hurt anyone; was there for his neighbors, friends and family when they needed a hand; took responsibility for his actions; and always upheld his obligations. He possessed integrity a quality that is hard to come by in this age," this was expressed by his wife, Lura.

"Always leave them better than you found them," words to live by from Dick as remembered by his good friend, Bill Guarente.

There will be no calling hours or services. Interment will be at a later date (to be determined) in State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Memorial donations may be made to the Franklin VNA & Hospice, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235; or the State Veterans Cemetery, PO Box 626, Concord, NH 03302-0626.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 07:53

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Claudia Aufhauser, 63

LACONIA — Claudia Aufhauser died on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, with her family present — her husband, Paul Schulatta; brothers, Keith and David; her sister-in-law, Jane T. Dana; and nieces and nephew, David, Anne, and Kate Aufhauser — at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. She is also survived by a niece Kimberly Gassner, and by her dogs Cubby, Scout, Sassy, and Topper. She was predeceased by her brother Bruce Aufhauser.

Claudia was born on Nov. 19, 1950, in New York City to Vivian Hanna and Richard Aufhauser. The only daughter in a family of boys, she learned her independence early. She graduated from Port Jefferson High School in 1968 and Connecticut College for Women in 1972. She also did post-graduate work in Near Eastern History at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1981, she moved to Laconia, where she bought a farmhouse and began breeding Newfoundlands. She and Paul took great joy in tooling around the lakes on her Kawasaki 1000 cc motorcycle. She later opened and operated Canterbury Tails, a store in Center Harbor that specialized in pet care and needs, but it did not survive hard economic times in the region. She returned to Long Island for more than a year to care for her mother during a final illness.

Claudia was very active in the Newfoundland Club of New England, which awarded her an "honorary life" membership in recognition of her contributions, dedication, services, and enthusiasm for the dogs and breed that she championed.

Claudia loved the Lakes Region, which she chose for its beauty, people, and independence. Here, with Paul, she found real community and friends, who treasured her warmth, her love of dogs, and her infectious sense of humor. She gathered friends together for holiday celebrations at her farmhouse and traveled up and down the East Coast, showing and winning awards with her beloved dogs. For the past 10 years, she bravely battled illness, with the help and devotion of her husband Paul and her close friends Karen Day and Carol Batchelder.

A memorial service with family and friends will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Claudia's memory to the Newfoundland Club of New England Charitable Fund Inc (c/o Lori Bryant, 40 Durham St., Nashua, NH 03063).

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

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 07:36

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Beatrice 'Auntie Bea' McClary, 94

GILMANTON — Beatrice "Auntie Bea" (Sibley) McClary, 94, of 25 Canaan Road, Gilmanton, passed peacefully and joined her husband, "Stevie," on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Mrs. McClary was born March 24, 1920, in Sanbornville, the daughter of the late Ernest R. and Ethel N. (Richards) Sibley. She resided in Pittsfield for 16 years before moving to Gilmanton in 1970. In recent years, she and her late husband, Steve, had resided with her niece, Brenda Currier and her husband, Brett. She spent winters in St. Petersburg and Seminole, Fla.

During World War II, she had been employed at Scott & Williams and Gilbert Clock. She was a member of the Gilmanton Congregational Church, was a member of the Pleides Chapter 41 of the Eastern Star of Pittsfield and was a member of the Gilmanton Women's Club. She enjoyed camping, oil painting, quilting, handiwork and working in her flower garden.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. McClary was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Harold "Steve" J. McClary, Feb. 13, 2013; and by one brother and four sisters.

There will be no calling hours.

A combined graveside service for Mrs. McClary and for her husband, Harold "Steve" J. McClary, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the family lot in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton. Pastor Chris Stevens, Pastor of the Gilmanton Community Church, will officiate.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Gilmanton Women's Club c/o Bernadette Gallant, PO Box 621, Gilmanton, NH 03237, or the Gilmanton Community Church, PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837.

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 Monday, 11 August 2014 07:27

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Creta M. Brown, 92

WENTWORTH —Creta Mary Taylor Brown 92, of 9 Brown's Lane, passed away unexpectedly at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, in Lebanon, on Friday Aug. 8, 2014.

Creta was born June 1, 1922, in Laconia, the daughter of Dana and Nina Taylor.

Living in Holderness, she attended local schools and furthered her education at the Laconia Hospital School of Nursing, earning her RN Degree. She took her first position at the Psychiatric Hospital in Norwich, Conn.

Creta joined the Army Nurse Corps in May 1945. She was assigned as a 2nd Lieutenant to a hospital ship that traveled to Panama during World War II, then transferred to Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver.

On June 14, 1947, she married Harold B. Brown in Holderness. They made their home on the family farm in Wentworth.

She was active in the community as a founding member of many boards and committees, including being a 64-plus year member of the Wentworth Congregational Church. She ended her nursing career when she retired as the director of nursing at Glencliff Home for the elderly.

Creta was pre-deceased by her infant son, George; her daughter, Barbara Brown; and her husband of 63 years, Harold Breck Brown.

Survivors include her daughters Patsy Brown of Piermont, Deborah Louise Mauchly of Piermont, Jayne Bixby of Wentworth; her grandchildren, Annie Hutchins, Amy Howe, Samuel Howe, Charles Howe, Chenoa Tremblay, John Howe, Alexander Hutchins, Bridget Barnard, Sarah Ligsay and Justin Bixby; her great-grandchildren, O Siris Leggett, Franky Busby, Helena Tremblay, Stella Busby, Alex Howe, Isaac Barnard and Elliot Barnard.

Calling Hours will be at the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Wentworth Congregational Church on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m., followed by a burial service at Fosters Cemetery. There will be a reception following the burial at the Wentworth Congregational Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is setting up a scholarship fund in memory of Creta. Please contact Sarah Ligsay to make your donation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. At the time of publication, the Creta Brown Scholarship Fund had not been set up

To sign Creta's Book of Memories, go to; mayhewfuneralhomes.com .

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 07:23

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