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Eleanor B. Gardner, 97

SHELBURNE, Vt. — Eleanor Barnum Gardner, 97, of Wake Robin, Shelburne, VT passed away peacefully January 8. She had earlier lost Frank, her greatly loved husband of 66 years, youngest son Thomas, and granddaughter Katie Bryan. She leaves sons Richard and his wife Nina of Sanbornton, NH; James and his wife Judith of West Brookfield, VT; David and his wife Miranda of Montreal, Canada; and daughter in law Eileen of Chelmsford, MA. She will be greatly missed by her eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren as well as her Coburn and Ramsaur nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was born in New York City, grew up in Istanbul, Turkey where her father taught at Robert College, and went on to graduate from Middlebury College. Just this past June she attended her 75th reunion and along with her good college friend was recognized as the oldest attendee. She taught reading both before and after her children grew up and earned an MA at Boston University. In retirement, she was for many years involved in volunteer services including Dartmouth Hitchcock Children's Treatment Center and making quilts for AIDS and premature children. She and Frank enjoyed travel and visited many countries around the world, including a trip back to the Turkey she loved to share with all of her sons and their families. For many years she designed and sewed beautiful, detailed quilts, and was very proud to have repaired some of the historic flags on the ship Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum. A deep faith and the Episcopal Church were very much the most important parts of Eleanor's life. The grace, the kindness, the joy we all experienced in and from her all flowed from that.

A funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, VT at 1 p.m. on February 1, 2014, followed by a reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers gifts may be made in her memory to Planned Parenthood of Northern NE, the Food Shelf in Burlington, VT, the Heifer Project, or a charity of your choice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:43

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Ralph E. George, 66

MEREDITH — Ralph Emerson George, 66, of 208 Parade Road, passed away after a brief period of declining health at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Tina, of 31 years in 2008 and a sister, Emily Vallee-Hamilton, in 2001.
Mr. George was born September 12, 1947 in Laconia, N.H., the son of the late Phyllis J. (Manning) and Charles E. George, Jr. He was a lifetime resident of Laconia, worked at the Belknap Mill, the Laconia State School, the Laconia Daily Sun and Meredith News and had been employed at the New Hampshire State Hospital and Glencliff House for thirty-eight years, retiring in 1993.
He loved his animals, cutting firewood, driving around on his golf cart and loved the outdoors.
He leaves behind his son, Karl George, and his wife, Mary, of Meredith; his sister, Polly Granger, and her husband, John, of Laconia and his younger sister, Nina Smith, and her husband, Wayne , of Belmont, N.H.
A graveside service for Ralph and Tina will be held in the spring at the Middleneck Cemetery, Moultonboro.
There will be no calling hours.
A Celebration of Life to share memories and stories will be held at the Wicwas Lake Grange Hall, 150 Meredith Center Road, Meredith, N.H. 03253 on Sunday January 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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 Tuesday, 21 January 2014 08:31

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Mario Panicucci, 79

MARTINSVILLE, N.J. — Mario Panicucci, age 79, died on Monday, January 20, 2014, at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville in the presence of his wife. Born in Santa Maria a Monte, Italy, he resided in Nutley, Paterson, Newark and Manville before moving to Martinsville in 1976.
Mario served in the United States Army, where he was part of the Army Chorus. He was with the 110th Unit Aviation Company Helicopter Battalion. Prior to retiring in 1990, he worked for the United States Postal Service in Newark for twenty-five years. He was also a member of Blessed Sacrament RC Church in Martinsville.
Mario was an opera singer who studied in New York City. He sang with the NJ Opera Company at the NJ Symphony Hall and sang at many holiday concerts and was well known for singing Ava Maria. He has vacationed for over twenty years at his summer home in New Hampton, New Hampshire. He enjoyed hunting and belonged to the Manville Hunting Club.
Predeceased by his brother Frank Panicucci and his sister Anna Fattorini.
Surviving are his loving wife Virginia (Gregori) Panicucci; daughter Marianne Panicucci and her husband Enrique Troncoso; his grandchildren Alessandro and Marcello and many nieces and nephews with whom he enjoyed spending time.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9 a.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ 07069, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Martinsville. Entombment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge. Visitation will be on Friday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations can be made in his name to: Martinsville Rescue Squad, 1777 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville, NJ 08836 or Somerset Medical Center, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876-2598. To send condolences go to www.higginsfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 08:24

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Phelena J. Makely, 88

LACONIA — Phelena J. Makely, 88, of 30 Holman Street and formerly of 16 McCulloch Ave., Ravena, N.Y., died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Mrs. Makely was born March 28, 1925 in Schuylerville, N.Y., the daughter of George H. and Juliana P. (Miner) Wood. She resided in Ravena, New York for over thirty years before moving to Laconia in 1995.
Mrs. Makely had been employed as an Administrative Assistant, Department of Social Services for the State of New York for thirty years before retiring in 1983. She was a Friend of the Congregational Church of Ravena, N.Y. and was a member of the Congregational Church of Laconia.
Mrs. Makely was a volunteer at Lakes Region General Hospital for many years.
Survivors include her son, Daniel L. Makely, Jr. of Laconia; six grandchildren, Jo-Anne Page and her husband, Howard, of Seabrook, N.H., Lynne Paquette of Laconia, Tom Paquette and his partner, Randy Nicholson, of Comfort, TX, Andrea Chin and her husband, Don, of Laconia, Billy Paquette and his wife, Jocelyn, of Laconia and Danny Makely and his wife, Hilirey, of Laconia; six great grandchildren, C J Kevlin, Giuliana Kevlin, Isabella Kevlin, Drea Chin, Gavin Makely and Gracie Makely; several nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces and her loving companion, her dog, Chip. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Makely was predeceased by her husband of sixty-five years, Daniel L. Makely, Sr., on July 10, 1992 and by two brothers, Raymond Wood and John Wood.
There are no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
A Memorial Service and burial will be held in Ravena, N.Y. on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Burial will be in the family lot at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, Ravena, N.Y.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, 80 Highland 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 Tuesday, 21 January 2014 08:21

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