LACONIA — George J. Houle, aka "Uncle George", 85, of 570 White Oaks Road, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
George was born February 11, 1928 in Portland, Maine, the son of the late Antonio and Gladys (Labbe) Houle living in Wallagrass, Maine before becoming a resident of Laconia for the last seventy-five years.
Mr. Houle served in the U. S. Army during WWII and served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War and later served in the U. S. Army again until 1963. George was a painter and self-employed glazier and owner of North Country Glass for many years before retiring in 1995. Mr. Houle was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Laconia Post #1670. He enjoyed taking on any project, mechanical or constructional.
George was a large personality, first to laugh and joke, often making a new "friend in every state". He was a natural athlete who excelled at boxing, swimming, diving and skiing. He won many awards in his younger years and loved his time with the Gunstock Ski Patrol. He later loved to play cribbage with Doug and help with V.F.W. bingo nights. Some of his favorite things were Milky Ways, chocolate ice cream and a cup of hot coffee.
Survivors include his wife of 50+ years, Jeanette (Sowle) Houle, of Laconia; three daughters, Tracey Houle Gilbert, and her husband, Jamie, of Laconia, Virginia MacMillan and her husband, Pat, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jacqueline Columbus of Gay City, Indiana; a daughter-in-law, Charlene Houle, of Gilmanton; proud grandfather to Aaron Houle, Jake, Dylan and Haven Gilbert, Tyler and Isabella Houle, Shawn, Joseph and Amanda MacMillan and Shane and Shelly Columbus; 13 great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; two brothers, Hubert Houle of Laconia and Richard Houle of Belmont; three sisters, Geraldine Simoneau of Laconia, Vivian Doherty of Laconia and Judi Swanson of Laconia; many wonderful nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Houle was predeceased by two sons, Jeffrey J. Houle in 1987 and Douglas Houle in 2007, a daughter, Gretchen G. Houle, in 2011, 3 siblings,
Jacqueline Landry, Joy Barry and Pete Houle and his faithful dog, Digger.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Mark Lamprey, pastor of the Weirs United Baptist Church, will officiate.
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 or to the Jeffrey Houle Scholarship Fund c/o Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312.
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, 25 November 2013 09:25
BRISTOL — James "Jamie, Jim" H. Van Keuren, Jr. 59, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born June 24, 1954 in Waterville, ME, the son of James H. and Arline (Fadden) Van Keuren, Sr.
Jim graduated high school, while working full time at Dunkin Donuts, in 1972 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1978 as a Corporal and having received medals for Sharpshooting and Good Conduct. He then tried professional boxing, but his 0-3 record prompted him to open his own business; Illusions, in Franklin, NH, a roller rink and arcade.
Jim then successively worked in forensics at NH Hospital and Lakes Region Community Services, after which he climbed the ladder to become a chimney sweep and opened Ye Olde Sweepes in 1991. He was well respected in the chimney sweep community and was President of the NH Assoc. of Chimney Professionals.
He then became involved with real estate and renovated several homes, culminating in building his own home "Curmudgeon's Castle", where he spent his last years enjoying his home and time with his family.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 20 years, Jo Ellen Divoll; son and daughter-in-law Jaime and Melisa Van Keuren and granddaughter, Meara all of Bristol, NH; foster son Matt Stover of Bristol, NH daughters Lisa MacFarlane and Dawn Vancamp of Connecticut and Shannon Van Keuren of New Jersey; two sisters Leslie Petersen of Fr. Worth, TX and Ethel Noiles of Maine; two brothers Philip Van Keuren of Franklin, NH and Raymond Noiles of Portsmouth, NH; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Calling Hours will be Saturday, November 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main Street, Bristol. This will be followed by a celebration of his life at his home, 136 Ernest Drive in Bristol, NH.
Jim's family would like to thank Lakes Region Family Practice, Newfound Area Nursing Association and Franklin Savings Bank's Bristol office for their kind care.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:18
MEREDITH — Marilyn M. Grad, 81, of Meredith, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Lakes Region Hospital after a brief illness.
Born on October 27, 1932 in Sanford, ME, Marilyn was the daughter of Clifford and Louise (Dyer) Moody. She was raised in Wells, ME, attending local schools and went on to attend the University of Maine at Gorham and earned her teaching degree.
Marilyn was a school teacher in the town of Meredith for 25 years.
She was the beloved wife of 51 years to Gordon E. Grad, of Meredith; loving mother to Greg Grad and his fiancée Kathleen, of Meredith; and beloved grandmother of Samuel Grad and his wife Deirdre, also of Meredith.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn's memory may be made to the Meredith Visiting Nurses Assoc., 186 Waukewan St., Meredith, NH 03253 www.mphna.org
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family. For Marilyn's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:26
DORCHESTER, Mass. — Helen M. (Williams) Prescott of Dorchester, MA, died November 17, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Robert Prescott, devoted mother of Robert W. Prescott of Randolph, MA, Karen E. Kerr of Marshfield, MA, Brian N. Prescott of Salem, MA, Theressa L. Robbins and her husband Harold of Gilford, NH, Mary P. Williams-Danforth and her husband Gene of Laconia, NH, Helen A. Williams of Quincy, MA and Randy D. Williams of Bridgewater, MA. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Amanda O'Brien of South Boston, MA, Taylor, Jillian, Kendra and Thomas Kerr of Marshfield, MA, Katelyn La Bonte of Gilford, NH, Scott Robbins of Meredith, NH, Paul Mahan and Tyler Mahan of Laconia, NH and Victoria Morgan of Quincy, MA. Also 6 great grandchildren, Caleb O'Brien, Cole La Bonte, Dominic Robbins, Brandon Robbins, Aiden and Abby Vachon, a brother Clarence Williams and his wife Clair, and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Friday, November 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dolan Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., Milton, Mass.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:10