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Dustin J. Pickel, 3

ROCKDALE, Tex. — Dustin John Pickel was born April 27, 2010 in Austin, Tex. to his loving parents, Jeff and Kelly (Shoemake) Pickel. He was their middle son, who with his families' help, fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, which ended in his parents' arms on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at their home in Rockdale, Tex.

Dustin, with his family, has lived in Rockdale since June 2013 and previously lived in Round Rock, Tex. On June 25, 2010, Dustin was baptized at First United Methodist Church, Round Rock, Tex. During his three years, he made a huge number of friends, attended St. John's United Methodist Church, received his certificate as a Child of the Republic of Texas, and became a member of Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Dustin loved his family. Especially his mommy. He loved to wrestle with his brothers, watch "Mickey Mouse", "Cars", and "Polar Express". He loved to ride his "bicycle". He loved his monster trucks, play dough, and riding in the golf cart with his brothers to the tank to see the ducks and white birds. Dustin loved to be outside, and he could swing for hours. One of his favorite things to do was to ride down his neighbor's steep driveway in his little red car.

Dustin is survived by; his mom and dad, Jeff and Kelly Pickel of Rockdale. Also surviving are his big brother, Braden Scott Pickel and his little brother, Collin Lane Pickel both of Rockdale. Maternal grandparents are John and Sharon Shoemake of Rockdale. Paternal grandparents are Timothy and Sherry Pickel of Meredith, N.H. Aunts and uncles, Kirby Shoemake and wife Kristy and their daughters, Morgan and Molly of Georgetown, Tex., Beth Doda and husband Pierre and their children, Joey, Hayley, and Emily of Meredith, N.H., several great aunts and uncles including Wenda Dyer of Rockdale and Michael and Susan Laramie of Laconia, N.H., many cousins along with many close family friends, especially Janet and Walter Pond, and let's not forget his companion at home, his cat "Georgie".

Services for Dustin are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Rockdale. Burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rockdale. Pastor Adam Straznicky, of St. John's United Methodist Church and John Shoemake, "Pops", will officiate. Visitation is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Phillips & Luckey Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Kirby Shoemake, Wes Goggans, Keith Laramie, Michael Laramie, Walter Pond, and Reagan Sivadon.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorial contributions may be made to: http://www.nmtrc.org/ or by mail to: NMTRC, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, 100 Michigan NE, MC 272, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.
Or to;
http://www.bandofparents.org/ or by mail to: Band of Parents, P.O. Box 335, Dewittville, New York 14728.
Or to;
http://www.rmhc-austin.org/ or by mail to: Ronald McDonald House of Austin, "Friends of the House" 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723.
Or to;
St. John's United Methodist Church "In Dustin's Memory", P.O. Box 168, Rockdale, Texas 76567.
Or to;
Team Dustin, 1000 Rockdale Road, Rockdale, Texas 76567.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 09:00

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Elaine L. B. Townsley, 87

LACONIA — Elaine Lillian Browning Townsley, 87, of 406 Court Street, died at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, on Thursday, March 6, 2014. She was the widow of Frederick L. Townsley who died in 1985.
Mrs. Townsley was born January 6, 1927 in Wilkes Barre, Penn., the daughter of Robert F. Browning and Lillian (Butler) Browning Walker. She had been a resident of Laconia for the past sixty three years.
Mrs. Townsley was a graduate of Laconia High School class of 1944 and a graduate of Colby College class of 1948. She was co owner of Rails and Crafts in Laconia for twenty years and worked in retail sales for Laconia Hardware for thirty five years retiring in 2001.
Mrs. Townsley was a 4-H Club member and first winner of the 1946 Governor Dale 4-H Trophy. She became a 4-H leader and active in the 4-H Foundation, 4-H Fair Association and 4-H Leaders Association. Mrs. Townsley was past president of the Belknap County Extension Council, past president of the Laconia Altrusa club and a member of the Train Collectors of America. She was a member of the Opechee Garden Club, Laconia Downtown Association, Sanbornton ZBA, Belknap County Farm Bureau and Laconia Art Association. Mrs. Townsley was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and the women's Vestry and Altar Guild.
Mrs. Townsley enjoyed gardening, water color painting and her pets and mini-farm animals. She most of all enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Mrs. Townsley is survived by a daughter, Sara Lillian Hardy, of Hampton, Va.; seven grandchildren, Christopher Hardy, Geoffrey Hardy, Greg Hardy, Jessica Hardy, Robert Van Aman, Brent Van Aman and Matthew Townsley; seven great grandchildren; five nephews and five nieces. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Mrs. Margaret Windle, Mrs. Winifred Thornton, Mrs. Ilene Rifenberg, a daughter, Barbara Jean Thayer, and a son, Dudley Walter Townsley.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A Funeral Service will follow the calling hours at 6 p.m.
A memorial gathering will be held at St Francis on March 13, 2014.
Spring Burial will be in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, NH.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Huntington Foundation, 6 Boston Road, Suite 203A, Chelmsford, MA, 01824.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 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, 10 March 2014 05:11

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Robert G. Beaule, 70

LACONIA — Robert G. Beaule, 70, of 388 Hillcrest Drive, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Manchester.

He was born on April 23, 1943 in Laconia, the son of the late Lionel and Yvonne (Bissonnette) Beaule. He attended Sacred Heart School and served in the US Army for eight years, completing two tours in Vietnam. Afterwards, he served four years in the US Air Force. Robert worked for several years in the construction field, most recently as an installer for Laurent Overhead Door Systems in Laconia. He loved RV traveling and visited several states throughout the country. He was a life member of the V.F.W. in Russells, Mass.

He is survived by his sister, Cecile Campbell of Laconia, his significant other, Shirley Demontigny of Belmont, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Roland and Roger Beaule.

There will be no calling hours.

A brief service with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House, 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

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 Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:37

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Janet K. Nell, 82

PLYMOUTH — Janet Katherine Nell, 82, of Plymouth, passed away on February 26, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital, in Laconia.

Born in Harrisburg, Penn., on August 11, 1931, she was the daughter of Adam and Katharine (Klinedinst) Nell. She is survived by her sister, Mary E. (Nell) Lenehan, of Fairfax, Va., and by four nieces and a nephew.

Janet earned a Bachelor's degree at Westchester State College, of Pennsylvania, in 1953, and a Master's degree at Dartmouth College in 1974.

Janet was an educator and an athletics coach. She began her career at the high school level in Chambersburg, Penn. She moved to New England in 1959 where she taught at Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, before coming to Plymouth State University, in 1967. Janet's illustrious tenure at PSU spanned two decades. She coached numerous women's inter-collegiate sports teams and they won several championships. She retired in 1998 as Assistant Professor of Physical Education, and was later named an emeritus faculty member, and a member of the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Janet will be missed and remembered by numerous friends, colleagues, and the students she taught and coached.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet's memory may be made to the Plymouth State University Athletics, c/o John P. Clark, Director of Athletics, 17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, Fairgrounds Rd., Plymouth. Rev. Dan Bowers, pastor of the Rumney Baptist Church, will officiate. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:28

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