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David W. Dubois, 65

BELMONT — David W. Dubois, 65, of Belmont, passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy illness.

Born on February, 25, 1948, in Gilford, he was the son of the late Horace W. and Ruth (Kelly) Dubois. David was raised in Gilford, attending local schools. Upon high school graduation he joined the U.S. Army and fought with honor and courage in two tours of the Vietnam War.

Throughout his career David was a machinist who worked for several area machine shops, spending the last 15 years working with Aero Weld, Inc., before retiring due to his illness.

David was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Lori Benwell.

He is survived by his beloved wife of twenty-eight years, Dianne (Libby), of Belmont; son, Max W. Dubois and his wife Kerry, of Meredith; daughter, Kristeen Stevens, of Alabama; brother, Gary L. Dubois, of Laconia; sister, Linda Lowell, of Laconia; five grandchildren, Jennifer and Edward Stevens, and Emma, Avery, and Logan Dubois; many nieces and nephews.

A committal service will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm in the Chapel at the NH Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen. Rev. Edward J. Charest, Pastor Emeritus of the Plymouth United Congregational Church will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David's memory may be made to the Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246 (www.centralvna.org)

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For David's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

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Robert A. LaPlante, Sr., 72

TILTON — Robert A. LaPlante Sr., 72, a resident of the Lochmere section of Tilton died at his home, Friday, August 30, 2013 following a period of failing health. He was born in Franklin, August 19, 1941, son of Albert L. LaPlante and Annie M. (Tilton) LaPlante. Bob spent his youth in Tilton and attended Tilton-Northfield Schools. He served with the U. S. Marine Corp. Bob had resided in the Northfield- Tilton areas for most of his life. He retired in 1998 as a lead man following 24 years of employment with the Arwood/Wyman-Gordon Corporation in Northfield. He enjoyed watching and feeding the deer in his back yard and keeping the bird feeders full. He always looked forward to spending time with family and friends at the family campsite in Orford, where he often defended his horseshoe playing reputation. Bob was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Albert W. LaPlante.

He leaves, his wife of 53 years, Emily E. (Taylor) LaPlante of Tilton; sons: Robert A. LaPlante Jr. and his wife Terri of Franklin, Dwayne L. LaPlante and his wife Cathy of Tilton, Albert L. LaPlante and his wife Traci of Tilton; daughters: Anne E. Sydney and her husband Rob of Belmont, Wendy Jo Hill of Tilton; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother Errol W. LaPlante of Belmont; sisters: Alice T. Goupil of Laconia, Patricia A. Mayo of Penacook; numerous nieces and nephews.

According to Bob's wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A graveside service with be held Friday, September 6 at 2 p.m. in St. John Cemetery in Tilton with military honors and burial following.

Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Robert's name to the Tilton Senior Center, C/O Tilton Town Hall, 257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 05:36

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George V. Lacroix, Jr., 82

GILFORD – George V. Lacroix Jr., 82, of Gilford, died Friday, August 30, 2013 at Mass General Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born on March 25, 1931 in Concord, NH, the son of George V. Sr. and Marjorie E. (McGuire) Lacroix. He was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Lacroix Joyal

of Concord, NH. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann M. Lacroix of Gilford and three children; Michael N. Lacroix and his wife Roxane of Chesterfield, NH, Susan Lacroix of Kingston, NH and Lt. Col. Thomas G. Lacroix, USMC and his wife Colleen of Omaha, Nebraska and six grandchildren; Danielle, Celine, Elise, Campbell, Carleigh and Thomas George Lacroix II.

He was employed for 32 years in the miniature precision bearing business with NH Ball Bearings and M.P.B Division of Timken Company. Following his retirement, he founded and operated Handpiece Technology Inc. for several years. He was a Korean War Veteran in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He was a flight engineer on a B-29 aircraft in the 98th Bomb Wing stationed at Yakota A.F.B., Japan. He served as President of the Laconia Kiwanis Club and as President of the Lakes Region Industrial Management Club. He served on the advisory board of Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Lakeport and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed the Great North Woods and was active in tennis, fishing, skiing and visiting his family.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A memorial mass will be celebrated immediately after at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at St. Andre Bessette Parish –St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H. Burial with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may 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 Monday, 02 September 2013 04:56

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Elizabeth T. G. 'Libby' Erb, 97

LACONIA — Elizabeth "Libby" Tobey Gonnerman Erb, 97, passed away at the Taylor Home in Laconia, on August 26, 2013.

She was born to Fred C. Tobey and Susan Colby Tobey in Brookline, MA on November, 22, 1915. At age three, she moved to New Hampshire, beginning a life-long love affair with the Granite State. The fifth of seven children, Libby grew up on a farm, rode a horse to school, and attended a one-room schoolhouse, where she and her siblings made up nearly half the student body. Every September, she'd go to the county fair, walking her cow "Molly" a mile to the fairground and inevitably picking up a blue ribbon.

Libby attended Plymouth High School and earned a diploma from Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer College) in 1934. At age 20, she moved to Boston, where she lived in a rooming house owned by her grandmother. She landed her first job as a typist, and eventually became a stenographer at Woolworth's.

She married Harrison Frederick Gonnerman, Jr. in 1939, and raised four children in Hillsdale, NJ and Bethesda, MD. She was an especially devoted mother and civic volunteer: selling hot dogs at Little League games, serving on the local school board, raising money for veterans. From 1941 to 1956, her parents owned Lucknow, now known as the Castle in the Clouds, in Moultonborough, and she spent many summers there.

After her marriage dissolved in 1962, she moved straight back to New Hampshire, now a 46-year-old single mother with four teenagers. She reinvented herself as a real-estate broker, becoming one of the top agents at Byse Agency in Laconia before going into business for herself with "Libby's Referral Bureau." Over a 30-year career, she sold nearly 400 homes in the Lakes Region area.

To those who knew her, Libby was an extraordinary woman with a generous heart, unmatchable sense of style, quick wit, and Yankee spirit. She was also an enthusiastic storyteller, frequently regaling her children and grandchildren with tales from her own childhood. One of her favorite stories was about the times when she and her brothers and sisters would put on a circus at their farm.

"I was the trapeze lady," she once told her daughter Susan. "We tied strings of black crepe paper to make a horse into a zebra. We hooked the barn cats into pairs and called them bears. We had small dogs too who were more cooperative than the cats. One of the boys was a clown. The circus lasted one day. We called the neighbors and charged 10 cents to get in."

Beginning in 1970, she lived in a majestic, five-bedroom house, painted lavender, which sat atop a hill near the entrance to Governor's Island. Her ex-husband moved in with her there in 1982, and the two remarried in 1993. At the time, she was 77; he was 79. For their honeymoon, they traveled to London aboard the QE2 ocean liner. He passed away the following year.

In 1996, she sold her house and moved into the Taylor Home in Laconia. There, she met Dean Erb, a fellow resident. In 1999, two days before her 84th birthday, she married him at the Weirs Beach United Methodist Church.

Libby was the proud matriarch of a large extended family who will miss her greatly.

She was predeceased by her six siblings, yet her maiden name—Tobey—continues to live on in her family. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Michael Gonnerman of Hanover and Tobey Gonnerman of New Hampton; one daughter, Susan G. Hayes of Laconia; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Gonnerman; a sister-in-law, Alice Gonnerman Mueller; two stepdaughters; six grandchildren: Cynthia Gonnerman, Abigail Sampson, Jennifer Gonnerman, Peter Gonnerman, Tobey Gonnerman, and Samuel Prest; four grandchildren's spouses; and six great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Hollace Prest, died in 2009.

Libby spent her final 17 years at the Taylor Home, and her family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the Taylor Home staff for the loving and devoted care they provided.

The memorial service and burial will be private.

She will be buried at the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery in Holderness, where her parents and first husband were put to rest.

Donations can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH), 85 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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, 28 August 2013 07:39

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