LACONIA — Jack Severance, 58, of Laconia, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on Friday, January 3, 2014, after a period of failing health.
Jack was born October 15, 1955 in Franklin, N.H. as a twin to sister, Joan. He was the son of the late Harry V. and Eva Mae (Johnson) Severance of Washington Street in Lakeport.
Jack grew up in Lakeport, N.H., attending Laconia schools and graduating from Laconia High School in 1973. He attended Keene State College and received a certificate to teach Driver's Education, which he did for some time. Jack's passion for cars led him to start working at a young age. As a teenager he did food prep at the old Shore Diner and washed cars at Piper Dodge Garage to save for his first car. He drove trucks for many years at several local companies including the R.H. Smith Gas Company, Keller's Ice Cream, Coca-Cola, and Printing Etc. Jack met many wonderful friends at these jobs and was always telling stories of the adventures he had meeting so many people.
He had a passion for helping and was a firefighter for the Laconia Fire Department Call Company for several years and volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster Services Division, eventually working full time for them as head of Disaster Services. Later in life he worked for Northeast Security, before landing his final and favorite job as a Dispatcher for the Laconia Police Department, which he loved immensely. The Laconia Police Department and all the people who work there became his second family and he loved telling stories at family gatherings about all of them and the fun times he had working there.
Jack really enjoyed people and making them laugh. He was a compassionate man whowould help anyone when needed. He enjoyed classic cars, NASCAR racing and going on tour boat rides whenever possible. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved going on adventures and was always cracking jokes and making people laugh. He loved comedy and seeing people smile. He adored his daughter and grandchildren, as well as all his friends and family.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Kristen Vaughn, and husband, Ryan, of Tilton, his pride and joy grandchildren, Brianna, Brendon, Dillon and Sophia; his sister, Sandi Libby, and husband, Wayne, of Nashua, their children, Jennifer Anderson and her son, Brian, of Nashua, Scott Libby, wife, Laurie, and children Matt, Julia, and Valerie of Merrimack; his brother, the Rev. Art Severance, and wife, Cathie, of Mentor, Ohio, their children, Cristina Schroeder, husband, Ryan, and children, Liberty Rose and Aaron of San Antonio, Texas, Katie Severance and fiancé, Phillip Volkers, of Austin, Texas and Elizabeth Severance of San Antonio, Texas; twin sister, Joan Coursey, and husband, David, of Rumney, along with their children, Nick Coursey, wife, Naomi, and their children, Ryan and Emma of Plymouth, Kevin Coursey, fiancée, Taylor Hankins, and children, Katie and Aaron of Campton, and Liz Mayhew, husband, Dave, and children, Olivia and Madison of Campton; his cousin, Mary Johnson Bickford, of Gilford; his wonderful and supportive, life-long best friend, Jay Goodwin, and wife, Linda, of Laconia, good friends, Jeff and Lorraine Daigle, his co-workers at the Laconia Police Department, as well as many other good friends he met over the years. He is also survived by his beloved and loyal cat, Miss Kitty.
Jack was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Eva Mae Severance of Lakeport, his grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
A special thanks to all those friends who sent good wishes and stories of remembrance and who called and visited to keep Jack's spirits up during his final days. He was especially honored and pleased to have Chief Chris Adams, Detective Jeff Wholley, Lieutenant Rich Simmons and Department Secretary Cheryl Deturk come and visit, as well as some classmates and old friends. It meant the world to him.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home at 164 Pleasant Street in Laconiaon Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. There are no calling hours, however, the family would especially enjoy visiting with guests at a reception, directly following the service, at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H.
Interment will be at Bayside Cemetery at a later date, in a private family ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's name may be made to the Laconia Police Relief Association, c/o Laconia Police Department, 126 New Salem St., Laconia, NH, 03246, or the Laconia Police Department K-9 Fund C/O LPD Attention: Captain Clary, 126 New Salem St., Laconia, NH 03246, or to the Concord Hospice House, 240Pleasant St., 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, 31 December 1969 07:00
TILTON — Mrs. Dolores "Dee" (Landers) Cunningham, 92, a longtime Tilton resident and recent resident of Belmont, died at NH Veterans Home on Jan. 1, 2014.
The calling hours and Mass of Christian Burial have been rescheduled as follows:
Visiting hours will be held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of The Assumption Church, Chestnut St., Tilton, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. Spring burial will be in St. John Cemetery.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the NH Veterans Home for the comfort and loving care provided to Dee over the last 4 years, and asks that donations in memory of Mrs. Cunningham be made to the NH Veterans Home Ladies Activity Fund, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276.
For directions and an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:29
CONCORD — Roger Scott Gibbs, 89 of Concord, passed away January 1, 2014, at Concord Hospital.
He was born on April 6, 1924 in West Carthage, NY, son of Charles R. and Grace P. Gibbs. During World War II Roger served in the Pacific in the Army Air Corps. Returning from the war he resumed engineering studies at the University of Michigan graduating in 1949.
He started his career with the Air Compressor Division of Ingersoll Rand moving his family to several company sites through the 1950's. In 1960 he became chief engineer of a much smaller air compressor manufacturer in Deerfield, NH, The PK Lindsay Co. The portable sandblast unit Roger designed for the Lindsay company is still prized by gravestone engravers today.
Upon retirement Roger enjoyed a life filled with volunteerism, music, and family. He had numerous hobbies and passions including playing his baritone horn in the Epsom and Henniker town bands, researching family genealogy, making reproduction tinware and in later years supervising the many projects on the family homestead. Roger volunteered at several historical museums; as a demonstrating tinsmith at the Canterbury and Enfield Shaker Villages. For the Belknap Mill Society he restored the hydro-electric control panels for display and set up the working knitting machines. He built a working model of a vertical gang-saw mill for the NH Historical Society. Roger was a longtime member of the East Congregational Church.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years Sally Benedict Gibbs, a son, Peter Gibbs of Stafford Springs, CT, three daughters, Sarah Rath of W. Pawlet, VT, Susan Kristoff of Granville, NY, Amy Kipphut of Concord, NH, and grandchildren, Emily, Nick, Laura, John, Andrea, Nathan, Rachel, Heather, Jeffrey, nieces, nephews and a sister in law and brother in law. He is also survived by 4 step children, Susan Mott of Bolton, MA, Jill Minter of Louisville, CO, Donna Cuthbert of Concord, NH, and John Benedict of Bethesda, MD and 7 step grandchildren.
He was predeceased in 2001 by Marjorie, his first wife of 51 years and mother of his children. His brothers Charles Richard Gibbs, Jr. and Robert P. Gibbs also died in recent years.
The family wishes to thank Roger's many caregivers for their thoughtful and extraordinary care to help us honor his wish to continue to live at home.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the East Congregational Church, 51 Mountain Road, East Concord, NH. Interment will be at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made in Roger's memory to: Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Bennett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:25
TROY — Caroline N. Kolapakka, 87, of Troy and formerly of New Ipswich, NH, died peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014 with her daughters by her side at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough after a brief illness.
Mrs. Kolapakka was born on March 2, 1926 in Jaffrey, daughter of the late John E. and Dorothy A. (Smith) LaFreniere. She was a graduate of Conant High School and had lived in New Ipswich until moving to Troy only seven years ago.
She had worked at the American Guernsey Cattle Club in Peterborough before marrying Sulo Kolapakka Jr. in 1947 and going to work at Lizotte's Market in Greenville for many years. Later she worked at Gram's Place Restaurant until retiring in 1995.
Mrs. Kolapakka had been a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the former New Ipswich American Legion Post. She enjoyed word search puzzles and being an armchair contestant in numerous game shows. She always loved fresh flowers.
Mrs. Kolapakka was preceded in death by her husband 'Sonny' Kolapakka in 1999, her son Larry Kolapakka in 1973, and her daughter Wendy Nickson in 2009. Her sister Marie Hunt died in 2009 and her brother John A. LaFreniere died in 2011.
She is survived by her 2 daughters; Carol and her husband Arthur Niskala of Gilford, NH, and Lyn and her husband Alan Starcher of New Ipswich, NH; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services at this time. Graveside services will take place in the Spring at the family lot in Smithville Cemetery in New Ipswich.
Memorial contributions are respectfully requested to be made in Mrs. Kolapakka's name to Friendly Meals of Troy, 835 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431, or to the Helping Hand Center, 3 Water Street, Troy, NH 03465.
To share photos, memories or condolences with Mrs. Kolapakka's family, please visit her permanent online memorial at www.cournoyerfh.com
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:22