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Barbara R. Rueffert, 98

WINNISQUAM — Barbara Rose McGinn Rueffert, 89, of Winnisquam, died Aug. 8, 2014, at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Laconia.

Barbara was born April 24, 1925, in Medford, Mass., the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (McArdle) McGinn.

Barbara worked as a switchboard operator for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. for many years in both Massachusetts and Virginia. Upon her retirement from the company, she moved to New Hampshire where she resided for 51 years with her husband and three sons.

Barbara loved traveling and she and her husband made many trips across the country. They both were very involved in square dancing, which they loved, as well as the groups they square danced with. Barbara also served as a teacher's aide in the Canterbury public school system.

Barbara and her husband were both active members for many years in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Laconia.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Gustav C. Rueffert, in 2002.

Barbara is survived by four children, Kenneth Rueffert of Barnstead, Kevin Rueffert of Winnisquam, Gustav P. Rueffert of Herdon, Va., and Barbara Chauncey of Lovettsville, Va.; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road, Laconia. The Rev. Dave Dalzell, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow the funeral service at 1 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, 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 August 2014 07:34

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Dorothy Lumbra, 94

Dorothy Lumbra, 94

LACONIA — Dorothy (Bean) Lumbra, 94, formerly of 25 Union Ave., passed away at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Born in Laconia on Sept. 25, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin J. and Hazel E. (Curry) Bean. Following the deaths of both parents, when she was 3 years old, she was raised by her late foster parents, Charles and Nellie (Dockham) Monty.

Mrs. Lumbra attended public schools in Gilford and Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School in 1938 and had been employed by the New England

Telephone & Telegraph Co. for many years.

She married Roger H. Lumbra on April 20, 1961, moving to California in 1962. During her years in California, she worked for a telephone answering service. After retiring from a printing company in California in 1985, she made her home back in Laconia.

During her retirement years, she especially enjoyed cooking, playing cards, reading and visiting with family members and friends. Her special pet parrot,

Peter, was a constant joy to her. In recent years, she had been active with the Federation for the Blind. Mrs. Lumbra will be remembered by her family and

friends as a caring person with a very positive outlook on life.

Mrs. Lumbra is survived by her nephews Curt Bean and Walter Morin; a niece, Christine Lockran; foster nephews, John Monty and Charles Grant; and foster nieces, Kay Potfora, Edythe Adams and Grace Endean. Other surviving members include a sister-in-law, Kay Lumbra; nieces, Doreen Lumbra French and Mary Beth Lumbra; a nephew, Lawrence Lumbra Jr.; grandnieces and grandnephews and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

In addition to her parents and her foster parents, Mrs. Lumbra was predeceased by her husband, Roger H. Lumbra, as well as her brother, the Rev. Dr. Raymond Bean; a sister, Roselin Morin; foster brothers, Lewis and John Monty; foster sisters, Clara Grant and Edith McCrea and nephew, Dennis Bean.

There will be no calling hours in accordance with Mrs. Lumbra's wishes.

A graveside remembrance service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia. The Rev. Dr.

Milton Endean of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and husband of foster niece, Grace Endean, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Belknap County Nursing Home-Activities Fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, 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 August 2014 07:31

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Richard E. Gardner, Jr., 87

HEBRON — Richard E. Gardner, Jr., 87 of Hebron, N.H., was called Home on August 18, 2014.

Born in Pepperell, Mass., May 28, 1927, Richard was the older son of Mildred Kemp and Richard Gardner of Pepperell, Mass. Two brothers Grant and David and his sister Charlene predeceased him.

Richard was a dedicated English teacher for 43 years enjoying his career in the public schools of Littleton, Mass. and Concord, Mass. He also was a WWII veteran who received an Honorable Discharge.

Richard lived a simple and good life. He was a devoted husband, avid reader, loved to travel, listen to music and garden. He especially enjoyed his Seminole, Fla. retirement home.

In addition to his wife Marie-Therese, he is survived by his three adopted daughters, Michelle, Denyse and Janis; four grandchildren Todd, David, Krista, and Jaime; three great grand children Max, Norah, Griffin and brother on the way. On his family side, Richard is survived by a nephew Grant, Jr. and family, several nephews and nieces and two sisters-in-law Marlene Gardner and Tissy Gardner.

Richard belonged to the Holy Trinity Church on Langdon St. in Plymouth, N.H.
There will be no calling hours. A mass is scheduled on Saturday, August 23, at noon at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Everyone is invited to attend.

May God bless you, Richard, You will be missed.

Those wishing may make a memorial contribution to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 07:45

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Robert B. Bryant, 71

FRANKLIN — Robert Bruce Bryant died on March 21, 2014 in Laconia N.H. He was surrounded by close family after a battle with cancer. Robert was born in Franklin, N.H. on September 18, 1942 to mother Ida Bryant and father Walter Bryant. He grew up in Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School. He worked for Oak Laminates in Franklin N.H. for many years. Most recently he was still busy, working for Lakes Region Community Services. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and camp. He also loved animals and for many years had dogs and cats as pets. In his free time he was a movie buff that liked to collect Westerns. He also collected Native American art. Robert was also a member of the Freemasons for many years. Robert is survived by 3 daughters, Trudy Chunn and Beth Jones of Calif., April Bryant of Colorado, 2 brothers Delbert Bryant of Calif. and Wally Bryant of Franklin N.H., 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Graveside services will be held at Homeland Cemetery on Pleasant Street in Bristol on Sunday August 24 at 2 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 07:38

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