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David Sheldon, 89

ALTON BAY — David Sheldon, 89, of 1584 Mount Major Highway, passed away at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia on Saturday, August 24, 2013. He was the widower of Marilyn (Carter) Sheldon who passed away on July 4, 2010.

Mr. Sheldon was born January 22, 1924 in Cambridge, MA, the son of Edward Parsons and Ruth (Teele) Sheldon. He was a longtime resident of Sudbury, MA from 1957 to 2010, before moving to Alton Bay 2½ years ago to live with his daughter Laurie until the time of his death.

Mr. Sheldon served in the U. S. Navy during World War II as an aircraft mechanic in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and was stationed on the Island of Saipan. As a young man he was a very talented distance runner, cyclist, hiker and marksman. He loved spending weekends and vacations at the family summer home in the White Mountains of NH. David owned his own drapery hardware business for a number of years, before he went to work for a competitor until his retirement in 1989.

Survivors include his daughters, Laurie Sheldon Bemis and her husband Michael of Alton Bay, Bonnie Lynn Schofield and her husband Bernard of Nottingham; six grandchildren, Erin Clark, Meredith Segit, Christina Schofield, David Mello, Daniel Bemis and Megan Bemis; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Carter Sheldon, his parents, Edward and Ruth Sheldon and his sister, Patricia Sheldon.

There will be no calling hours. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. at The New North Cemetery, Pantry Road, Sudbury, MA. All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Doctors without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004 or to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at St. Francis Nursing Home for their loving and compassionate care.

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, 04 September 2013 07:39

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Ruth H. Beard, 93

LACONIA — Ruth Hazel Beard, 93, of 29 Chapin Terrace, died on Tuesday, September 4, 2013 at Coastal Manor in Yarmouth, Maine. She was the widow of Charles W. Beard who died in 1992.

Ruth was born July 10, 1920 in Henniker, N.H., the daughter of the late Ashbel and Ina May (Stahl) Young. She resided in Rochester and graduated from Spaulding High School. She worked as payroll supervisor at Champlin Box Co. of Rochester, N.H. and was a payroll clerk at Judson & Dunaway Co., Dover, N.H. She moved to Laconia in 1961and worked for the Laconia School Lunch Program, the Lakeport National Bank, Indian Head Bank of Laconia and Fleet Bank before retiring in 1982.

Ruth was a Scout Den mother and Little Mother, was one of the first volunteers for the American Red Cross at Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, N.H. in 1942 during WWII. She was a member and officer of the Cocheco Grange #89 of Dover, N.H. and was also a member and officer of the James Farrington #7 Eastern Star of Rochester, N.H. She was a member of the Lakeport Woman's Club for over forty years, a former member of the Laconia Business & Professional Women's Club and the Business Women's Association, the Belknap Mill Society, an Incorporator of the Taylor Home and was a former member of Waukewan Golf Club in Meredith, N.H. After retiring, Ruth enjoyed winters in Florida. She was an avid golfer.

Survivors include two sons, Alan C. Beard of Florida and N.H. and Barry W. Beard and his wife, Caron, of Pownal, Maine; two granddaughters, Molly Ann and her husband, David, and Abigail Rose Beard, all of Pownal, Maine; two brothers, Donald Young and his wife, Marlene, of Sarasota, Florida and Louis Young and his friend, Anita Cassily, of Rochester, N.H.; one sister, Lois Smith of Dover and one sister-in-law, Annette Young of Dover.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Ruth was predeceased by three brothers, George, Richard and William Young; a sister, Jean Young, a brother-in-law, Ralph Smith and a daughter-in-law, Jean Beard.

There will be no calling hours.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or to the DanaFarber Cancer Institute-Memorial Donations, 10 Brookline Place West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA, 02445.

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, 04 September 2013 07:36

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Deborah L. Allegra-Morris, 42

LACONIA — Deborah L. Allegra-Morris passed from our presence on September 01, 2013 at Lakes Region General Hospital after an exhausting illness.

Debbie is lovingly remembered by her best friend and loving companion, James Truesdell; her daughter, Anna Maria Morris; son, Myles S. Morris; her daughter, Madelina V. Morris; grandchildren, Alyssa Morris and Kezia S. Morris; mother Marcia L. McCann; brothers and sisters, Michael Sheran, Leicia Allegra-Bailey, Wendy Jo Davies and Mark W. Allegra. Missing her greatly, also, will be aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Deb will also be missed by many long term, loyal friends.

Debbie is preceded in death by her husband, George S. Morris.

Debbie was born in Concord, New Hampshire on July 24, 1971. She lived in Ossipee, N.H. and attended Kingswood Regional High School. After the passing of her husband, she moved to Laconia, N.H. to be closer to family. Here she became lovingly known as a "second" mom to many of her children's friends and her own friends' children.

She will forever be remembered as a fiery red head who had a mind of her own.

Debby lived life on her terms and had a passionate soul. She was always quick with a story that was sure to make you smile, she surely could have written a book or maybe two.

The celebration of life will be held at her home at 220 Pleasant Street in Laconia on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. All friends and family are welcome.

The family has requested that donations be made in Debbie's memory to the charity of your choice.

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, 04 September 2013 07:34

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Rachel E. Steele, 93

LACONIA — Rachel Elsa (Mills) Steele, 93, of 21 Ledges Drive, passed away at the Taylor Home in Laconia, on August 31,2013.

She was born at home in Fitchburg, MA, the second of four children (3 brothers one who died at 3 days of age) to Gilbert F. Mills Sr., and Elsa (Hertel) Mills.

Rachel was an excellent student throughout grammar and high school graduating from Fitchburg High School. As a young girl, she always helped out with the family's chickens, gardens, and cooking. She was also an avid Girl Scout.

She went to work at the age of eighteen at Doehla Greeting Card Company in Fitchburg, MA. There she met her husband Bill who was in the accounting department. "Rache" and Bill were married on June 3 1944, moving in with her parents due to the WWII housing shortage.

In 1954, the family now numbering six moved to Lunenburg, MA, into a rambling old colonial where the children were raised.

Rachel's methods of relaxation included knitting, cross stitch, Bargello, reading, Crossword Puzzles, and playing Scrabble, Bridge, Cribbage, and Bingo.

The entire family skied together each weekend for many years. In the summer, there was a boat which was towed all over New England and New York exploring its many lakes and rivers. Thus began a lifelong love with the Granite State.

Once her youngest son was in high school, Rachel went to work as a teacher's aide in the Lunenburg middle school.

Over the years, her children grew up and found their life partners. Rachel readily welcomed three new daughters and another son into her family. Soon, grandchildren arrived expanding the family another eight members. Rachel and Bill were always available to babysit.

In 1963, Mom and Dad bought land in Meredith and erected a shell. With family members as their labor pool, a wonderful second home was finished for all to enjoy. Finally, a permanent retirement home was created in the mid 80's when they moved to the area full time. Rachel loved this house, boating on the big lake, and the community beach. She considered this to be her piece of heaven.

She was the most wonderful wife and mother, devoted to her family, a loyal friend to many, kind, strong and silent always helping those in need in her quiet and unassuming way. She taught her children the importance of family, how to be a good friend, and innumerable life skills. Throughout her life she supported her beloved Bill and her children in numerous ways from home improvement projects, business ventures, and helping each time a new grandchild arrived. She was incredibly proud of all of the generations of her family and looked forward to their visits, pictures, travels, and learning about their successes.

Rachel was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, and her husband William G. Steele Sr. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl S. Cesati and her husband Richard of Sanbomton; her three sons, William G. Steele Jr., and his wife Sheila of Amherst, NH Robert B. Steele and his wife Roslyn of Danville, CA, Jeffrey G. Steele and his wife Suzanne of Deerfield, NH; her grandchildren who she held dear, Richard R. Cesati III and his wife Laurie, Julie Cesati and her husband Derek Davis and daughter Giavanna Davis, Andrew Cesati and his wife Allison, Kelly Reis and her husband Nicholas and daughter Lila, Meredith Bannon and her husband Chad, Mathew Steele and his wife Tifanie, and sons Cayden and Beckett, Courtney Steele, and Amanda Steele.

Private services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH 03226.

Arrangements are under the care of Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Meredith and Plymouth.

To sign Rachel's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 07:30

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