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Bruce E. Gibbs, 71

BELMONT — Bruce E. Gibbs, 71, of Belmont, died suddenly, Saturday, November 30, 2013. Bruce was born June 18, 1942 in Saugus, MA, the eldest son of Ralph and Marion (Smith) Gibbs.

Bruce is survived by his wife and best friend, Maggie Gibbs; his three daughters and sons-in-law, Stacey and Alan Jope of Laconia, N.H., Ginny and Billy Desmond of East Wareham, MA and Kimberly Gibbs of Belmont, N.H.; his two grandchildren, Nicholas and Allison Jope of Laconia; his sister, Virginia Adams, and her husband, George, of Barrington, N.H. and his sister, Linda Chartier, of Laconia, N.H.; his brother, Alan Gibbs, and his wife, Anna, of Concord, N.H.; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Cleo Gorman and Ron Ackerman, of Northampton, MA; his sister-in-law, Marty Gorman, of Springfield, MA and sixteen nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law, George Chartier; and his parents Ralph and Marion Gibbs.
Bruce was employed with Imperial Distributors for twenty-five years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years and formed a life-long passion for cooking. He enjoyed his retirement immensely, spending time fishing, doing puzzles and creating Halloween and Christmas "villages". He was a loyal Red Sox and Patriots fan.
Family time and family vacations brought him much joy and pleasure; camping vacations at Hermit Island, time in Maine and the Cape as well as many spur of the moment day trips. He was an awesome partner, the love of Maggie's life, Dad, "Bumpa", brother, uncle and friend. He surrounded his family with laughter, love and his unique sense of humor.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 5 to 7 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 Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Holy Trinity School, 50 Church St., Laconia, NH 03246 or Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, P.O. 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, 02 December 2013 08:18

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Murilla E. Rohach, 85

WOLFEBORO — Murilla E. (Partridge) Rohach was born in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH to Horace and Florence (Palmer) Partridge on November 17, 1928. She passed away the morning of November 24, 2013.

Murilla married George Rohach on June 24, 1951 in Baltimore, MD. George was in the Navy and they lived at several different stations throughout the years before he retired in 1969. They eventually settled in New Hampshire and for many years operated Rohach Shared Homes, a residential care facility. Murilla was a kind woman who always had a smile, a song of faith and something warm on the stove. She loved to travel and did so often, spending months at a time driving across country.

Murilla had seven children; Samantha Lemire of Kentucky, Julia "Lulu" Preve and her husband, Roger, of Upstate New York, Michelle Duff and her husband, Stephen, of New Hampshire, Michael Rohach and his wife, Alice, of Kentucky, Charles Rohach and his wife, Vicky, of Florida, Cindy Rohach of Kentucky and Daniel Sherman Rohach of Kentucky; eleven grandchildren, Timothy Preve, Travis Preve, Thane Preve, Tenielle Lane, Tory Preve, Anastasia Makarova, Sarah Sloan, Karsen Rohach, Jared Rohach, Daniel Rohach, and Eleanor Emerson; nine great grandchildren, Jordan, Jennifer, Justin, Tyson, Wyatt, Bradly, and Bradyn Preve, Stephen Makarova, and Rylan Emerson.

Murilla grew up on a farm and was one of 16 children. In addition to her husband and her parents, Murilla was predeceased by her brothers, Horace, Leon and Ernest Partridge and by her sisters, Shirley Dawson, Mae Worster and Daisy Partridge. She leaves her other siblings, Olive Tibbetts of Gilmanton Iron Works, George Partridge of Bakersfield, Vermont, Lois Hillsgrove of Alton, Edwin Partridge of Rochester, Patricia Sweeney of Concord, Kenneth Partridge of Northfield, Florence Leblanc of Sanbornton, Frederick Partridge of Belmont and Robert Partridge of Tilton along with nieces and nephews. She had many fond memories of her childhood and recalled them often.

Her services will be held at the Living Word Assembly of God Church on 729 Stage Road in Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H. on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Burial will be in the family lot in Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, N. Y.

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, 26 November 2013 08:33

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George J. Houle, 85

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

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James H. 'Jamie' Van Keuren, Jr., 59

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

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