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Kenneth J. Moynihan, 69

PAXTON, Mass. — Kenneth J. Moynihan, respected historian, columnist, and author, died on January 10, 2014 in the arms of his loving wife with family and his friends at his bedside. Although he lived with Parkinson's disease for fourteen years he showed glimpses of his keen intellect and sense of humor even as the disease progressed.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Jo (Brennan Nadeau) and daughters, Connie Nadeau and partner Eric DeCoster, Mary Beth and husband Adrian LaVoie, and Jolayne Nadeau. He is also survived by granddaughter, Brennan LaVoie and grandson, Conrad LaVoie and was predeceased by his granddaughter, Jolayne Nadeau (Little Jo) who he called his "hero". He was also predeceased by his older brother, Jack and is survived by his brothers, Bob and wife Mary, Wayne and wife Claudette, Dan and wife Debbie, Paul and wife Dona Lynn, Mark and Patrick, his sister Ann Theroux and his sister-in-law Diane Krafton.

Ken was the son of John and Claire (O'Connell) Moynihan. He was born July 27, 1944 and was raised in Belmont, N.H. He attended Sacred Heart School in Laconia, N.H. and then at the age fourteen he entered Assumption Prep School in Worcester, Mass. After graduating from Assumption Prep, he attended The College of the Holy Cross where he studied history, edited the school paper, and developed his love of politics. After graduating, he attended Clark University, earning a Ph.D. in History in 1972.

Ken began his academic career at Assumption College where he taught history, including a popular course in African-American History. He wrote two books, The History of Assumption College and A History of Worcester 1674-1848. He founded the Worcester History Group and was a fellow at the Worcester Antiquarian Society. Ken was at Assumption College for over 30 years, serving as the chair of the History Department for 20 years. He was awarded the President's Medal when he retired.

Ken loved politics. He was active in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, supporting and advising candidates at the state and local levels. He was most proud to be a George McGovern delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was also involved in non-partisan politics in the Worcester area. Ken chaired the Citizen's Plan E Association, overseeing their candidate process and regularly attending Worcester City Council meetings.

Ken was a successful newspaper columnist for Worcester Magazine and later the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. He wrote thoughtful, honest and occasionally tough commentary, prompting one local judge to call him "the conscience of Worcester County".

The love of his life was his wife Mary Jo. Their home in Paxton, Mass. was a "perpetual open house" where they hosted family, friends, and students. Mary Jo cooked while Ken led lively discussions and played the piano. Ken was a gentleman farmer, caring for animals large and small and a gardener extraordinaire.

In keeping with Ken's generous spirit the family has donated his body to the UMass Medical School for research and education.

A memorial service was held at the Holy Spirit Chapel at Assumption College, Worcester, MA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, and PO Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-47777

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:36

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Victor Bota, 76

GILMANTON IRON WORKS — Victor Bota, 76, of 173 Burke Road, died at the Concord Hospital on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Mr. Bota was born April 2, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Maria Bota and was a freedom fighter in the Hungarian Revolution. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and was a longtime resident of Gilmanton Iron Works.
While in Hungary, he trained as a chef. He worked as a gourmet chef for the Deauville Inn in New Jersey and was the owner and operator of Vic's Underwater World Pet Store in New Jersey and ran it for fifteen years. He also worked for the Ocean Beach Marina in New Jersey. After moving to New Hampshire, he had been employed as a school bus driver for twenty-four years , most recently for First Student of Belmont and drove for Shaker Regional School district for fifteen years. Victor also had served as Union Steward for the U.A.W. He also worked for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway as head of Corporate Security since 1990 and was involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Mr. Bota was a man of many talents. He loved NASCR and the sea. He loved his family and was committed to his work, especially the safe transportation of students under his care. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and his big heart.
Survivors include his wife of 11½ years, Jeanne (Mitchell) Bota, of Gilmanton Iron Works; a son, Victor Bota, Jr., of Las Vegas, Nevada; a daughter, Kathleen Drude and her husband, Timothy, of East Brunswick, N.J., two stepsons, Rodney Collins, Jr. and his wife, Megan, of Helena, Alabama and Matthew D. Collins of Westfield, Mass.; three stepdaughters, Jennifer Collins of Salem, Mass., Michelle Collins of Pinson, Alabama and Joy Collins of Amherst, Mass. and four grandchildren, Kristen Ann Dore of Sayreville, N.J., Marcy Collins, Hope Collins and August Collins, all of Helena, Alabama.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, January 17, 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 Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church, 174 Province Street, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm Street, Suite #300, Manchester, N.H. 03101-2230 or to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
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 on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:17

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John R. O'Shea, 85

LACONIA — John R. O'Shea, 85, of 19 Peter Court, died at his home on Monday, January 13, 2014.
John was born October 5, 1928 in Hanover, the son of the late Arthur D. and Christina (Pllu) O'Shea. He was a longtime resident of Laconia and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII and also served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.
John had been employed at Bergen-Paterson for twenty-eight years before retiring in 1983. He loved the quality time he spent with his wife and found great comfort in doing projects around the house. They enjoyed venturing down back roads along the countryside and taking drives along the coast. He loved to build stone walls with the rocks that they would find on the many traveled roads that they took. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow.
Survivors include his beloved wife of fifty-eight years, Jacqueline R. (Theberge) O'Shea, of Laconia; four daughters, Tina Cullen and her boyfriend, Michael Blanchard, of Laconia, Doris Fugere of Laconia, Carol Drouin and her husband, Wayne, of Belmont, Donna Leighton and her husband, Alan, of Laconia ; eight grandchildren, Matt Cullen, Craig Cullen, Tom Drouin, Lisa Drouin, Matt Cullen, Craig Cullen, Chris Leighton, Randy Leighton, Shawn Leighton and Jennifer Smith and fourteen great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial, with military honors, will be held at a later date at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, 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 Monday, 13 January 2014 10:13

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Rita A. Pelchat, 88

LACONIA — Rita A. Pelchat, 88, formerly of 20 Dell Avenue, Lakeport died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Rita was born July 25, 1925 in Laconia, the daughter of Cyprien J. and Emilia A. (Lavatue) Pelchat. She was a lifelong resident of Laconia and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
Rita had been employed as a secretary at Scott & Williams for several years.
Survivors include a sister, Theresa Fitts , of Meredith and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Rita was predeceased by two brothers, Gerard Pelchat and Robert Pelchat and a sister, Doris McCormack.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held in the spring at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
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, 13 January 2014 10:11

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