BRISTOL — Charles E."Soko" Sokoloski, 84, of Upper Birch Drive, died Monday, November 18, 2013, at Mt. Ridge Health Care Center after a period of declining health. He was born in Chelsea, MA the son of Jack and Julia (Boczkowski) Sokoloski. He grew up and attended schools in Chelsea. At 16 he decided he wanted to join the Armed Forces and his mother signed papers allowing him to join the US Navy. After serving in the Navy for two years he decided he would prefer to serve on land and joined the US Army. Soko served with the air division as a gunner aboard helicopters and later on fixed wing aircraft. He also learned to work as a mechanic on the planes as well.
Soko entered the military at the end of WWII, served during Korea as well as five tours of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal and Air Medal. He retired as a Platoon Sargent after 26 years of proud service to this country.
When Soko returned home to Chelsea he drove trucks for Strhan Wallpaper Company for 10+ years before finally retiring in 1982. At that time he moved to Alexandria, NH and then to Bristol where he has lived ever since.
Family members include his wife Virginia "Jeanie" Sokoloski of Bristol; a sister, Ruth Rochenski of Saugus, MA; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, his cats Sasha, Maggie, Lilly and dog Jake. He was predeceased by a daughter Susan Sokoloski.
Services-Calling hours will be Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated from our Lady of Grace Chaple of Holy Trinity Church, 2 West Shore Rd., Bristol at 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2013. Burial with Military Honors will follow in NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:33
MEREDITH — Robert "Pappy" Tice, 80, of Meredith, passed away surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Lakes Region General Hospital.
Born on February 3, 1933 in Peekskill, NY, he was the son of John and Grace (Tomkins) Tice. Robert was raised in Somers, NY and attended local schools. Robert served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
The Tice family moved to Meredith in 1977. Robert went to work for Mill St. Motors, Co. as an auto mechanic for several years before working for the Winnipesaukee Flagship Corp. as an engineer. In his life Robert was a rabid N.Y. Yankees fan, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was predeceased by his half-brother, Normand Montross.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Joan L. (Demar) Tice, of Meredith; six children, Susan Driskell and husband Robert, of Chesapeake, VA, Robert J. Tice and partner Elvie Pope, of Thornton, Anne Pickering, of Meredith, Linda Wilson, of Concord, Jennifer Curtis, of Boscawen, and Scott Tice, of Hudson; ten grandchildren, Desiree, Elizabeth, Kyle, Kellen, Christopher, Danielle, Taylor, Aaron, Adam, and Michael; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's memory may be made to the NH Humane Society, Meredith Visiting Nurses Assoc., or the Wounded Warriors Project.
Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 and 104), Meredith, on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Mayhew Funeral Home (Meredith) at 10 a.m. The Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet, V.F., pastor of St. Charles-Borromeo Catholic Church, will officiate. Interment will be held following the service at the Holland Hill Cemetery, Moultonborough.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Robert's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
LACONIA — Elizabeth "Betty" Holland, 88, of 36 Taylor Home Drive, passed away in her home early Tuesday morning, November 12, 2013 after a brief illness.
Betty was born August 10, 1925 in Boston, MA the daughter of the late Joseph and Mildred (Sharpe) Beetle. She had been a resident of Laconia for more than 40 years during which time her career in the field of healthcare included working for Lakes Region General Hospital and Drs. Shafique and Cullen.
Betty was known for her love of family, friends and this community. She was an avid reader, bridge player and enjoyed travel. She will be remembered most for her courage, quick wit and grace.
Survivors include her son, Stephen D. Holland and his wife Pamela of Blue Bell, Penn.; one brother, Harvey Beetle and his wife, Evelyn of Laconia; three grandchildren, Joseph Holland, of Wilmington, Del.; Michael Holland, of Honolulu, Hi. and Isabella Holland, of Blue Bell, Penn., one great grandson, Noah; two nephews, Jeff and Allan Beetle, and one niece, Janice Beetle Godleski. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her son, David Holland. Betty also leaves behind many extraordinarily caring and devoted friends.
There will be no calling hours.
A Remembrance Service will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the Elm Room at Woodside Building,Taylor Community, 227 Ledges Drive Laconia, N.H. 03246.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty's memory to The NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247
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, 18 November 2013 09:05
LACONIA — Heidi L. Beecher, 67, died on November 13, 2013 at her home in Laconia after a long illness.
Heidi was born in Manhattan, NY and raised by her late parents; Floyd and Muriel (Schmidt) Graves in Stamford, CT. She raised a family in Monroe, CT and moved with them to Gilford, NH in 1993. She later moved to Briarcrest Estates in Laconia in 1999.
Heidi had enjoyed singing in several church choirs since the age of 8, and was a lover of the many disciplines of the arts. As a Justice of the Peace for over 15 years, she enjoyed being a part of uniting couples in marriage. Her happiest moments were the times she spent with and caring for her loving family and friends.
She is survived by her three sons; Timothy Tibbals and wife Katrina, Michael Tibbals and wife Mara, Todd Tibbals and wife Lynn; four grandchildren; Alexis, Jared, Kendra, and Bryden; and sister Terri Graves.
There will be no calling hours.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia with Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be private.
Donations may be made to the International Scleroderma Network, 7455 France Ave South #266, Edina, MN 55435 (http://www.sclero.org/)
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, 18 November 2013 09:02