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Edith B. Croteau, 93

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Edith B. Croteau, 93, peacefully left her life here for a better eternal one on March 4, 2014, surrounded at home by her loving family.
She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 5, 1920, daughter of John H. and Mary Cooper Boutillette. Her childhood and young adult years were spent in Quincy and Melrose, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University in 1941. Edith married Louis Joseph Croteau in 1947, and was a teacher in the Boston area until moving to Northfield, New Hampshire in 1952. She taught junior high math in the Canterbury and Belmont school districts, where she was loved and respected by her students and peers, until her retirement after 27 years of service in 1980. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing, craft projects, reading, and golf. After the death of her husband Lou in 1997, she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to spend more time with her family. Here she enjoyed her favorite role of being a devoted mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her son Dr. Louis Croteau and his wife Susan, grandson Bradley Croteau and his fiancée Lisa Lervolino, granddaughter Kimberly Croteau Sparks and her husband T.J., and great-grandson Logan Sparks, all of Virginia Beach.
This true lady will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She would like to express her appreciation to all her health care providers at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, and Sentara Hospice for their kind and excellent care.
According to her wishes, there will be no calling hours or public services planned. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Her main request was for those who knew and loved her to celebrate her life and memory in the same way she closed her Christmas newsletter, "remember to live well, love much, and laugh often."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:54

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Barbara J. McDonald, 78

NORTHFIELD — Barbara Joan McDonald, beloved mother of Robert, James, Kevin and Suzanne Gardner passed on to her next journey on February 26, 2014 surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born in Rahway N.J. on October 12 ,1935 to Julia and Ross Melick, She leaves behind a younger brother and sister, Fredrick Melick and Rosemary Morahan along with six grandsons, three granddaughters, three great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons and six nieces. She is also survived by her husband Thomas McDonald.

Barbara started nursing school as a young single mother, earning her LPN nursing license in 1970. She worked at The Woodbridge State School and then JFK Memorial Hospital in New Jersey before packing up her brood of children and a truck of dogs and puppies and moved to Northfield, N.H. in June of 1975. Barbara continued her nursing career, working at Franklin Regional Hospital, Lakes Region General Hospital, Spaulding Youth Center, New Hampton Preparatory School and Health First Healthcare Center in Franklin until just a few years ago.

Barbara's great passions were horses, reading, plants and camping. Her favorite camping area was Hermit Island in Maine.

There will be no services as per her wish, just a small family gathering to honor her life.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:45

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Lucille M. Batchelder, 86

RUMNEY — Lucille Mary Batchelder, 86, of Franklin, formerly of Rumney, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at Mountain Ridge Nursing Home, in Franklin, after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 1, 1927, in Ashland, NH, she was the daughter of Robert and Delia (Bellavance) Morse. Lucille was raised in Ashland, graduating from the Ashland High School.

She was a long-time employee with the Rochester Shoe Tree Co., at their Ashland Plant and she also worked at the Laconia Shoe Co. Over the years she enjoyed traveling with her husband to the Amish Country of Pennsylvania to vacation and also to Michigan to visit with family and friends. She was a talented gardener and loved spending time in her beautiful flower garden watching her resident humming birds; she liked NASCAR especially Jeff Gordon's car #24.

Lucille was a loving grandmother who cherished time spent with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she will be missed by many.

She has gone home to greet her dearly missed family members, her husband, Stanley Batchelder, and her three children, Marie (Dionne) McCrea, John Dionne, Sr., and Sandra (Dionne) MacDonald.

Lucille is survived by her five grandchildren, Robin Sanborn and husband Douglas, of Belmont, Anne Marie Cohen and husband David, of Shrewsbury, MA, John Dionne, Jr. and wife Amy, of Concord, Randy MacDonald and wife Sandy, of Alton, Robert McCrea, Jr. and wife Shannon, of Laconia; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, Rebecca; son-in-law, Clyde MacDonald, of Belmont; she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lucille's memory to a charity of one's choice.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Highland Cemetery, Rumney. Rev. Edward J. Charest, pastor emeritus of the Plymouth United Methodist Church will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:42

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Ira E. Vintinner, 83

NEW HAMPTON — Ira E. Vintinner 83, died at Golden View Health Care in Meredith on February 21, 2014 following a period of declining health. He was born in West Stewartstown on September 30, 1930, the tenth child of William and Daisy [Berwick] Vintinner.

Ira was a longtime resident of New Hampton, working many years for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Alfred, Edmund and Guy; sisters Eileen, Violet Jones, Gladys Rochefort, Helen Hatin, Bertha Howe, Josephine Hines, and Gloria Reitsma.

He is survived by his wife of 57 ½ years Charlotte (Drake) Vintinner of New Hampton, Daughters Darlene MacPherson of Alexandria, Bonnie Batchelder of New Hampton, Tina Gosnell of Laconia; eight grandchildren, Kenneth and William Brown, Alyssa MacPherson, Lori, Christine and Dan Batchelder, Theresa Vintinner and Tracy Gurney; ten great grandchildren, Dante and Lily Brown, Natsumi Germeno, Akina and Elijah Brown, Gemma and Cullen Raymond, Aiden Vintinner, Ella and Eric Gurney; three sisters Beulah Adams of Plymouth, Janette Nelson of Campton, and Judy Lowery of Georgia, also many nieces and nephews.

Ira enjoyed fishing, bowling (on leagues) with his wife, as well as his family. He enjoyed swimming and chocolate bars. Ira was a good friend and helped many people during his A celebration of Ira's Life will take place at the Family Worship Center, 319 Highland Street in Plymouth, New Hampshire on March 8, 2014. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the Service at 11 a.m. Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of the arrangements.

For more info go to www.Dupuisfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 08:22

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