PLYMOUTH — Francis Paul De Lorenzo Sr., 83, of Artisan Lane, went to catch the Westbound on Aug. 13, 2013, at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth.
Born in Boston on Oct. 9, 1929, he was the son of Onofrio and Anna (Adduci) De Lorenzo. He grew up in Boston's Dorchester section, and at the age of 16 graduated from high school in Dorchester. He was a resident of East Bridgewater, Mass., from 1947 to 1976, and then he moved to Plymouth.
Fran owned and operated F.P. De Lorenzo and Sons Company in East Bridgewater for many years and then F.P. De Lorenzo Welding in Plymouth for many years.
Fran served as a selectman for the town of Plymouth and was a volunteer at the Plymouth Senior Center for several years, where he taught computers.
At a young age Francis started to ride the rails as a hobo. He was known locally as the "Hobo Minstrel" and has ties to the Hobo Community all through the United States. He has been titled, by the Hobo community as "the Great Grand Hobo Duke of Cyber Space," because of all the work he has done for the hobo community through social media.
Francis was a Air Force Korean War veteran.
Francis was predeceased by his first wife, Patrica M. (Powderly) De Lorenzo, who died in November 1970 and his second wife, Florence Ann (Martin) De Lorenzo, who died in October 2005.
Fran is survived by his children, Francis P. De Lorenzo Jr. of Hanson, Mass., Christine "Tina" Davey of Plympton, Mass., Rosanne Brown of Warren, Thomas De Lorenzo of Plymouth, step children, Dianna Dolan of Kingsfield, Maine, Dana Fowler of Plympton, Mass., James Fowler of Assonet, Mass.; 11 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. Plymouth on Friday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Michael Trembley, pastor of the Amazing Grace Fellowship in Bristol, will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
To sign Francis's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuenralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:16
LACONIA — Phyllis A. Kelley Drury, 90, of 175 Blueberry Lane, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.
Mrs. Drury was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Troy, Vt., the daughter of Ernest and Amy (Andrews) Kelley. She resided in Vermont until moving to Laconia 51 years ago.
Mrs. Drury was a nurse and had been employed at Allen-Rogers Corp. for 35 years. She was a lifelong member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church (now LifeQuest Church).
Mrs. Drury was a devoted family member.
She is survived by her four children; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Drury was predeceased by her husband, Alfred S. Drury.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services. Burial will be in the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that the memorial donations be made to LifeQuest Church, 115 Court St., 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 on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:59
LACONIA — Gwendolyn C. (MacLennan) Hamel, RN, 90, of 406 Court St. and formerly of 25 Union Ave., Laconia, and 29 Gould Ave., Meredith, died at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
Mrs. Hamel was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Revere, Mass., the daughter of the late Donald C. and Mattie (McKeen) MacLennan.
Mrs. Hamel graduated from Plymouth High School in 1940 and from the Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She worked as a registered nurse at the Laconia Hospital for several years on the obstetrics ward. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II where she attained the rank of lieutenant.
After her enlistment, she worked for the Laconia State School for 13 years until her retirement.
Mrs. Hamel was a longtime resident of the Lakes Region area. She was a member of the Calvary Bible Church, the 50-Plus Club, the Women's Christian Club and a member of the Alumni Association of the Laconia Hospital School of Nursing.
Mrs. Hamel loved sports, especially Little League baseball and high school football, yard sales, dance recitals, crafts, reading and listening to music.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Guy L. Hamel II and his wife, Kathleen Hamel, of Augusta, Maine; two daughters, Patricia Feeney of Gilford and
Kathy Hamel of Holderness; five grandchildren, Jason Dunn of Northfield, Jennifer Oldenberg of Thornton; Beth Osborne of Augusta, Maine, Guy Hamel of Florida and Lee Hamel of Augusta, Maine; nine great-grandchildren, Maya Hamel and Calleigh Hamel, both of Florida, Connor Osborne, Cameron Osborne and Colin Osborne, all of Maine, Trinity Dunn and Trent Dunn, both of Gilford and Turner Oldenberg and Libby Oldenberg, both of Thornton and several nephews and nieces.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hamel was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Lawrence "Bud" E. Hamel, and by her sister, Verna Hibbard.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their care given to Mrs. Hamel.
There will be no calling hours.
A graveside service will be held at the family lot in South Road Cemetery, Belmont, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at 1 p.m.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Calvary Bible Church, PO Box 1, Meredith, NH 03253
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 Tuesday, 13 August 2013 07:57
LACONIA — Dorothy M. Cook, 81, of 92 Water St., died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.
Mrs. Cook was born Feb. 7, 1932 in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late George and Laura (Gerhart) Toomey. She resided in Lakeland, Fla., for several years before moving to Laconia in 2011. She had been employed as a LPN.
Mrs. Cook is survived by a son, Warren Cook, of Laconia; a nephew, Jonathan Earl and a great-nephew, Ethan Earl, both of Orangevale, Calif.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cook was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Cook on Aug. 31, 2007.
There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Burial will be at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 08:16