SOMERSET, Mass. — M. Shirley Makepeace, long-time resident of Somerset, Mass., age 92, passed away on January 30, 2015 in the Belmont, N.H. residence of her daughter, Lynn Makepeace and son-in-law, Bill Chase.
Born in New Bedford, Mass. on May 20, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (Antone) Pomber. She graduated from Taunton High School in 1939 and married the late Edwin A. Makepeace, Sr. on September 16, 1943 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Together they raised 3 children. The well-being of her family was always her first priority.
A successful business woman in the early 1970's, she became a Branch Manager and Assistant Treasurer of the Fall River Five Cent Savings Bank at a time when women seldom rose to such positions. She served as treasurer of the Greater Fall River Business and Professional Women's Club, was a member of Savings Bank Women of Massachusetts and the South Coast Opera Club. A United Way volunteer and a Girl Scout leader, she was an avid reader, a news junkie and an adventurous traveler, visiting Russia, Malta, Portugal, Venezuela, Scotland, Ireland and England, among many other foreign and domestic destinations. She loved the outdoors, walking and skiing, going for rides in the country and sitting by the water, especially the coast of Maine.
She is survived by her daughter Lynn and son-in-law Bill who were by her side when she passed away; her daughter, Carol J Flores and her husband Carl of Somerset, Mass.; their children Nicole Flores of Los Angeles, Calif. and Stephanie Flores of Fla.; her son, Edwin A. Makepeace, Jr. and his wife Paula of Hollis, N.H.; their children Laura Ulmer and her husband Greg, of St Augustine, Fla. and Meagan Makepeace of Atlanta, Ga.; sisters Audrey Hart of Cumming, Ga. and Millicent Pratt of Jacksonville, N.C.; brother Lloyd Pomber and his wife Marti Hess of Arundel, Maine; 15 nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by Ed, her husband of 43 years; brothers Bill and Dick Pomber, sister Dorothy Sylvia, nephews Donald Pomber, Kevin Pratt and Philip Sylvia.
There will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 2112 County St, Somerset, Mass.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital PO Box 1000 Dept 142 Memphis, TN 38148
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and 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 Tuesday, 03 February 2015 08:34
MEREDITH — Mary B. Whitcher, 76, of Ellenton, Fla., and Meredith, N.H., passed suddenly on January 21, 2015 at Tampa General Hospital.
Daughter of the late Charles A. Burke and Julie (Routhier) Burke, Mary Ann Burke was born on June 19, 1938 in Franklin, N.H. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gordon Wendell Whitcher; her six children, Cynthia (Cindy) Whitcher of Concord, N.H., Janice Lord of Lenoir City, Tenn., Gordon (G.W.) Whitcher, Jr., of Meredith, N.H., Christopher (Chris) Whitcher of Meredith, N.H., Susan Zidron of Hollywood, Fla., Rebecca (Becky) Whitcher of Meredith, N.H. ; sister, Margaret E. Knight of Franklin, N.H., brother, John W. Burke of Manchester, N.H.; sister-in-law Roberta Burke of Franklin, N.H.; grandchildren Amanda and Andrew Lord, Carly, Cody and Everett Whitcher, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Charles E. Burke of Franklin, N.H.
Mary Burke attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Franklin High School in 1956. She studied elementary education at Plymouth State College where she met her husband, Gordon Whitcher. They married June 28, 1958.
Mary worked at New England Telephone and Telegraph and Annalee Dolls, and began what would be a long career in banking after the birth of her sixth child. She started at First Bank in Meredith in 1973 and moved on to work at Meredith Village Savings Bank where her work ethic and attention to detail elevated her to numerous positions throughout her tenure including loan officer, branch manager of multiple offices and assistant vice president. She continued her quest of banking perfection by becoming the compliance officer at MVSB and founded the Lakes Region Compliance Association where she was recognized for outstanding leadership. She completed her banking career in compliance at Laconia Savings Bank and retired in 2001.
Mary generously served her community. She was one of the first four women to be inducted into the Meredith Rotary Club in 1987 where she was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and was active in the treasury for the Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby. She was a board member of the Meredith Visiting Nurses Association and was a devoted member of the Inter-Lakes Booster Club for many years, supporting many of the school's programs long after her children graduated. She also hosted band exchange students and Rotary International Youth Exchange Students. She made her home welcome to all, and it was always bustling with activity.
She thrived to organize chaos, and she had a remarkable ability to balance her active home life with a rising career. She was an outstanding home maker and her interests included many crafts including sewing, knitting and cross stitching. She proudly displayed her works of art and was recognized for her accomplishments on numerous occasions. She began the "Mitten Tree Program" at Meredith Village Savings Bank, a tradition of collecting handmade or purchased mittens and hats for those in need that continues today. In her retirement, she loved knitting hats for premature babies at the local hospitals.
She loved the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots and was notorious for saving things because "You never know when we might need that". She was clever, crafty and always prepared. Her retirement years were spent in Ellenton, Florida and Meredith, N.H and she enjoyed her time doting on her family. She glowed when her grandchildren came to visit and took special pride in her great grandchildren. Throughout her life, her most favorite pastime was holding babies.
She is forever remembered for her gentle nature, her impeccable attention to detail and her selfless and proud love of her family.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the team of professionals in the thoracic cardiac ICU at Tampa General Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion in her final hours.
A memorial service will be held this summer in Meredith, N.H. on a date to be determined by the family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) 186 Waukewan Street, Meredith, N.H., 03253 or a charity of the donor's choosing.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family. For Mary's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 07:49
BRIDGEWATER — Mary E. Hardy, 72, died Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. She was born in Somerville, Mass., the daughter of John and Bernice (Burdick) Herra. She grew up in Somerville, moved to Malden in 1979, and then Melrose until 1986, when she moved to Franklin, N.H. and most recently Bridgewater, N.H.
Prior to her retirement, she was a supervisor at Freudenberg, NOK.
Mary enjoyed going to yard sales, sewing, crocheting, baking, cooking, and collecting dolls and spoons. To Mary, the most important part of life was family. She loved her children and grandchildren. She was a mother to every child who came into her home. She taught them to cook and sew as well as to love and care for others. She will always be remembered as "The Hottest Ticket".
Family members include four sons: Kevin and Dana Hardy of Bridgewater, Darrin (Jen) Hardy of Belmont, James Hardy of Scituate, Mass.; daughter Mary Swett of Middleboro, Mass.; grandchildren: Haidin, Nathan, Zachary, Ryan and Keith Hardy, Nicole White, Charles and William Swett; two sisters: Joanne Clark of Bennington, Vt. and Sherry Martelli of Portland, Tenn.; four brothers: John Herra of Plymouth, Mass.; Charles Herra of Bristol; Bill Herra of Webster, Mass.; Brian Herra of Bridgewater, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and best friends Carlene Libby and Charlotte Sartell. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter R. Hardy; two sisters: Jacqueline Dunleavy and Karen Whalen and four brothers: Walter, Kevin, Danny, and Jimmy Herra.
Memorial calling hours will be Friday, February 6, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol. A private graveside service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Bridgewater Fire Brigade, 297 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater, NH 03222.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 10:26
SAGAMORE BEACH, Mass. — Mary Ann Schaller, 72, passed away at her home in Sagamore Beach on January 26 with her family at her side. She leaves her soul mate Al "Bud" Sherman of Sagamore Beach, a brother Harry J. Schaller and his wife Kim of Wellesley, her son Scott MacFee of Sagamore Beach, a daughter Kim Tucker and "her" David of Meredith, N.H. She also leaves her former daughter in-law Candace Nichols and her husband Jim of St Petersburg, Fla., her grandchildren Nicholas MacFee, Jessica Nichols, Kelsey Titara, Tiffany Tucker, and Tyler Tucker, her great grandchildren Briella Ann Howarth, Dustin Tucker Hartnett, Jayme Lynn Tucker, Joshua Michael Tucker and many cousins and friends. She was predeceased by a brother Richard Schaller and a grandson Joshua John Roger Tucker.
Mary Ann was born in Natick, Mass., the daughter of the late Roger D. and Marion (Thompson) Schaller she graduated from Natick High School and the Wilfred Academy of Cosmetology in Boston. She worked for the Natick School Department for about a year and moved to St. Petersburg and worked for the Pinellas City School System from 1973 to 1975. In 1975 she worked in hardware and became the "Queen of Hardware" in Gulfport, Fla. In 1988 she returned to Natick to care for her parents and worked at P.B. Corkham Hardware in Wellesley. She retired to Sagamore Beach in 1999 and worked part-time at Stop & Shop in Sandwich, Mass.
She was a strong and amazingly loving, strong, and independent woman whose smile and laughter will live in our hearts forever. She loved the beach, cruising in "Hot Rods" and spending time with her family and friends. A celebration of her life will be held in the spring. All other services will be private In lieu of flowers donations in Mary Ann's memory may be made to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Cir. Plymouth, MA 02360
On line condolences can be made at richarddavisfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 10:24