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Patricia Larson, 72

LACONIA — Patricia Larson of Laconia, NH, died at the Taylor Community Nursing Home on September 20, 2013 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, John Larson, a son, Norman Larson and his wife Joyce, a daughter, Lacy Sutak, sisters, Ruth Laird and Elizabeth Mohr, brothers, John and Jeffrey Young, and her grandchildren, Ethan and Eric Larson, and Benjamin and Meredith Sutak.

Mrs. Larson was born in Brooklyn Methodist Hospital to Methodist minister Louis Young and his wife, Jean, on November 19, 1940. She spent her pre-high school years in Patterson and Hackensack, New Jersey and high school in Trumbull, Connecticut. She graduated from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. While in college, Mrs. Larson was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition she struggled with for the rest of her life. After she married, she worked in an employment agency until she began to raise her family, which she did lovingly. She also worked part time as a church youth fellowship director in various churches in Connecticut.

Mrs. Larson enjoyed reading, flower gardening, all kinds of crafts and quilting. An avid card player, she enjoyed bridge, Michigan rummy and other games. She enjoyed watching television, especially classic movies. She played the piano and computer games. She excelled at canning and her family looked forward each Christmas to receiving her cross-cut pickles and peach jelly. She especially enjoyed making hand stitched quilts and giving them to family and friends. As her health failed, she loved to sit in her recliner watching television, especially westerns, or "talent shows" like "Dancing with the Stars" and "Bachelor/Bachelorette".

Her funeral will be private. Donations in her name may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Taylor Community Sunshine Fund. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks for the wonderful care extended to Mrs. Larson during her residence at Taylor.

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

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:36

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Maurice Fontaine, 82

LACONIA — Maurice "Mo" Fontaine, 82, of Laconia went home to be with God, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Maurice was born in Laconia, September 6, 1931, the son of Joseph and Exilia (Remillard) Fontaine and was raised and schooled in Laconia.
Maurice served in the U. S. Army and finished his education there as well. He worked at several different places in Laconia and Connecticut as a licensed Professional Engineer.
Maurice was a member of the American Society of Quality Engineers and was a past member of the Lakes Region Management Club. He was a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and a twenty- year member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks No. 876.
As a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, he was very active in his parish and community. He served on many different parish committees and was a lector and Eucharistic Minister. He spent many years as a Hospice Volunteer and volunteered at the Belknap County Home. He received the 1999 Belknap County Vaughan Award for his volunteer work as well as a reward from the Belknap County Home for his service there.
In addition to his parents, Maurice was predeceased by his three brothers, Raymond, Roland and Leo Fontaine.
Maurice loved his family and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved the ocean and spent time walking the beach with his family. His hobbies included photography and spending time with Family.
Maurice is survived by his wife of fifty years, Beulah "Bo" (Willey) Fontaine, of Laconia; two daughters, Anita Fontaine of Tilton and children, Derek Dutton of Tilton and Dinelle Dutton of Chichester and Lisa Fontaine Storez and children, Jillian Storez of Brighton, Mass, Joseph Storez of Belmont and David Storez of Belmont and their father, Chuck; one son, Mark Fontaine, and his wife, Michelle, of Hernando Beach, Florida and children, Adam Fontaine and Abigail Fontaine both of Florida; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Fontaine, of Florida, Brother- in-law Stan and wife Dawn, Brother-in-law Ken and wife Sandy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 5 to 8 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 Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial will follow in the family lot at St. Lambert Cemetery, Province Street, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Hands Across The Table, PO Box 6553, Laconia, N.H. 03247-6553 or to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N.H.
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, 23 September 2013 10:33

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Doreen A. Knight, 76

LACONIA — After years of giving to our Community, sadly, Doreen Knight, RN, died on September 19, 2013 at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center. Doreen always knew that nursing was the career for her. In high school, she volunteered as a junior nurses' aide, called "candy stripers", the first person to ever do so in Minneapolis. She then studied 48 months to earn both her Registered Nurse [RN] and a Bachelors' degree in Nursing Science, from Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1959. She later earned her Masters' degree, from Plymouth State University.

The week after university graduation, she married Gerald Knight, and they immediately moved to Boston, where Doreen became the evening charge nurse in infant surgery, at Boston's Childrens' Hospital. In 1960, they moved to New Hampshire and gave all their energies to their new home state. Doreen did bed-side nursing at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock [then in Hanover], Littleton Hospital and Laconia's Lakes Region General Hospital.

Doreen's nursing career changed greatly when she worked for 13 years for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, in epidemiology. She specialized in searching for communicable disease sources, especially TB. Her efforts ultimately saved the lives of countless New Hampshire citizens.

Doreen's contribution to the Lakes Region's medical services came in the 1970's, when Betty Farmlett, Edna Gadd, Bobbi Thomas, Alida Millham and Doreen established what is today's Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurses Association [VNA] and Hospice. That agency today is one of the Lakes Region's most honorable sources to countless people.

Her work in Hospice has become well known and appreciated by hundreds of Lakes Region families. She eventually specialized in the area of Bereavement, a Hospice program that continues to this day. Memorials honoring Doreen, may be sent to Central NH VNA & Hospice, at 780 North Main; Laconia, NH 03246

Doreen is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gerald; a daughter, Sara O'Sullivan, of Belmont and her fiancée, Robin Lounsbury. She has three grandchildren, Jonathan O'Sullivan and his wife Kaitlyn of Laconia and Emma and Samuel Knight, of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Also, a son, Jeffrey in Vermont and her sister-in-law Margaret Johnson and nephews Eric Johnson and Dr. Timothy Johnson, all of Minnesota.

Visiting for family and friends will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia.

A service honoring Doreen and her contributions to the Lakes Region will follow at 3 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.

Following the service, a special social hour will be at the Beane Conference Center, 39 Blueberry Lane, Laconia. As Doreen wished, the service's theme of "September" even continues to the social hour!

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, 23 September 2013 10:29

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Christopher Daigle, 34

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Christopher Daigle, 34, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Melbourne, FL, on September 12, 2013.

Chris was born in Laconia, NH, on September 4, 1979.

He leaves his wife, Brie (Martin) Daigle, his parents, Jeff and Lorraine Daigle, a sister, Lynn Daigle, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He also leaves behind his dogs Bruschi and Monty and his cats.

Chris played in Laconia Little League, Lou Athanas Basketball and Pop Warner football as a young child. As he got older, he played football and baseball for Laconia High School. He also played Legion ball. While in college at NHTI, he played baseball.

Chris graduated from Laconia High School and went on to graduate from NHTI with a degree in Sports Management.

Chris was a referee for the youth football league in Melbourne, FL.

Chris will be remembered for his great smile and wonderful sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laconia Little League or Laconia High School football program.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. on the beach behind Cafe DeJaVu, followed by a gathering at the Elks clubhouse in Gilford. This is very informal and Chris would like you to wear a sports shirt, Red Sox or Patriots.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:25

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