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Debra L. Smith, 51

MANCHESTER — Debra Lynn Smith, 51, of River Front Drive, formerly of Meredith, died July 16, 2014, at Boston Medical Center, Boston, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Born in Laconia, N.H. on July 24, 1962, Debra was the daughter of the late Joseph Michael and Cynthia (Nott) Pelczar.

Debra grew up in Meredith and graduated from Inter-Lakes High School, class of 1980. She also had attended Plymouth State College, in Plymouth, N.H.

Debra worked for a short time at the former Meredith Bank and Trust and for the Town of Meredith, in the tax department. For the past twenty-four years, Deb has been employed by Audley Construction, in Bow, as a bid coordinator.

Debra was predeceased by her finance, Richard "Dick" Frink, who died as a result of injuries in the same accident, and her father Joseph Michael Pelczar, who died in October of 2012.

Debra is survived by her mother, Cynthia N. Pelczar of Meredith, sisters, Wendy P. Bagley and her husband John, of Patricia A. Morrow and her husband Kevin, of Meredith, brother, Michael J. Pelczar an his companion Betsey Donavan, of Meredith, nieces, Braelynne Morrow, Charlotte Morrow, Jennifer Pelczar, aunts, uncles, cousins, and her dog, Ollie.

Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, Routes 3 and 104, Meredith, on Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 25, in the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Road, Meredith. The Rev. Carol Snow Asher, pastor of the Center Harbor Congregational Church, will officiate.

In memory of Debra, please wear something pink to her services.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Meredith and Plymouth, are in charge of the arrangements. To sign Debra's Book of Memories, go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Robert E. Jackes, 89

LACONIA — Robert E. Jackes, 89, of 2870 Parade Road, died at his home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
Mr. Jackes was born December 19, 1924 in Holstein, Iowa, the son of the late Gertrude (Foster) and William Jackes, Sr.
Mr. Jackes served in the U. S. Coast Guard for four years and resided in Tilton, N.H. for ten years before moving to Laconia forty-three years ago. He worked as a herdsman, as a Farm Manager for the Laconia State School and Training Center and also worked as a contractor and carpenter, totaling a working career of fifty-eight years.
Mr. Jackes enjoyed fishing, hunting, cross stitching and rug hooking. He was a member of the Married Farmers of Belknap County and the American Legion – Wilkins-Smith Post #1 in Laconia and the Groveton Snowmobile Club.
Mr. Jackes was a devoted husband, father, friend and child of God. He is survived by four daughters, Janice (Jackes) Blackey , Roberta (Jackes) Brooks, Paula Lee Jackes and Judith (Jackes) Wetherbee; seven grandchildren, Brian Jackes, Dennis Jackes, Katie Jackes, Tina Ryan, Renee Hegele, Randy Brooks and Dawn Brooks; seven great grandchildren; a brother, William Jackes, Jr.; two sisters, Annie (Jackes) Lorenzen and Mildred Jackes and four nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Jackes was predeceased by his wife, Kitty (Kula) Jackes, a daughter, Sue Ellen Jackes, and a son, Stephen Allen Jackes.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the family lot in Park Cemetery, Tilton, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the NH Veterans Cemetery Assoc., Inc., PO Box 626,Concord, NH 03302-0626.

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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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John H. Petersen, 90

MOULTONBOROUGH — John Harold Petersen, 90, of 57 Cooks Point Road, passed away, after a courageous, five-month battle with multiple myeloma, on Monday, July 14, 2014 while in Hospice Care at his home.
Mr. Petersen was born January 22, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children born to Norwegian immigrant parents, Hans and Marie (Windsand) Petersen. He resided in Moultonborough, N.H. for forty-five years and was a "Sno-Bird" for the last twenty-four years, spending winters in Destin, Florida.
After graduating high school, Mr. Petersen attended Marquette University, graduating in 1945 from the R.O.T.C. program with a Civil Engineering Degree. 
 Mr. Petersen served in the U. S. Navy for twenty-six years, retiring as a Commander. His duty stations were worldwide, including Alaska, Nevada, Philippines, California and Japan.
Mr. Petersen was a civil engineer and had been employed by the State of New Hampshire, Department of Transportation, Bridge Maintenance for fourteen years, retiring in 1984.
Mr. Petersen was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. He was also a member of the Moultonborough United Methodist Church and an active member of the Walton County Sno-Bird Club.
Mr. Petersen was an avid golfer and enjoyed golf as his main recreational outlet. He started playing at age 12 while working as a caddie in suburban Milwaukee. He continued the game all of his life, playing his last round of golf at age 89 in Destin, Florida.
Mr. Petersen met his wife, "Ellie", of Laconia, who was also a young naval officer, while the two of them were stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. They were married there in 1950.
Survivors include two sons, William F. Petersen and his wife, Karen, of Belmont, N.H. and Thomas H. Petersen and his wife, Cheryl, of Mammoth Lakes, California; a daughter, Margaret Reel, and her husband, Clint, of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandsons, Lee Petersen and his wife, Christine, and Carl Petersen and his girlfriend, Megan Tomlin, all of Belmont, N.H.; one granddaughter, Julia Olson, and her husband, Shaun, of Charlotte, N.C. and a sister-in-law, Susan Rexford, of Fairfield, California. In addition to his parents, Mr. Petersen was predeceased by his wife of forty-six years, Elenor (Minkler) Petersen, on April 14, 1996, two brothers, Marcel Petersen and Robert Petersen, a sister, Margaret Aulik Petersen and a sister-in-law, Doris Pare.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m.

in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Funeral Service will be held at the Moultonborough United Methodist Church, 1018 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, N.H. on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. Rev. Paul O'Neil, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Holland Hill Cemetery, Route 109, Moultonborough, N.H.
The family would like to thank Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for accepting him into their program and caring for him for thirteen weeks.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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 Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:59

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Gerald 'Jerry' McCabe, 73

GILFORD — Gerard (Jerry) McCabe died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

Jerry was born in Cambridge, Mass. He was the son of the late John and Mabel (Casassa) McCabe. He grew up in Arlington, Mass. and graduated from Arlington High School. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy in Maryland. He was an EMT/ firefighter in Cambridge, Mass. for 34 years. He was an arson investigator, aide to 2 chiefs and fire apparatus mechanic. He also was a volunteer firefighter in Alton, N.H. He truly loved his job. He resided in Burlington, Mass. for 36 years and retired to N.H. in 2013.,

He is survived by his wife of 49 years Claire (Newcomb) McCabe, 2 children: son Kevin McCabe Of Auburn, Mass., daughter Kellie Allard of Tyngsboro, Mass., 4 grandchildren, Madelyn and Emma Allard, Kaia and Keegan McCabe, as well as his brother, John. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen.

On Friday, July 18th from 9 to 10 a.m. there will a calling hour at church followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 40 Hidden Springs Rd. off rte. 28N in Alton near the Wolfeboro line. Burial will be at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Burlington, Mass. next to his daughter, Kathleen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central NH VNA Hospice, 780 N. Main St, Laconia, NH 03246. To express condolences, please visit: www.peasleefuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:55

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