MARTINSVILLE, N.J. — Mario Panicucci, age 79, died on Monday, January 20, 2014, at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville in the presence of his wife. Born in Santa Maria a Monte, Italy, he resided in Nutley, Paterson, Newark and Manville before moving to Martinsville in 1976.
Mario served in the United States Army, where he was part of the Army Chorus. He was with the 110th Unit Aviation Company Helicopter Battalion. Prior to retiring in 1990, he worked for the United States Postal Service in Newark for twenty-five years. He was also a member of Blessed Sacrament RC Church in Martinsville.
Mario was an opera singer who studied in New York City. He sang with the NJ Opera Company at the NJ Symphony Hall and sang at many holiday concerts and was well known for singing Ava Maria. He has vacationed for over twenty years at his summer home in New Hampton, New Hampshire. He enjoyed hunting and belonged to the Manville Hunting Club.
Predeceased by his brother Frank Panicucci and his sister Anna Fattorini.
Surviving are his loving wife Virginia (Gregori) Panicucci; daughter Marianne Panicucci and her husband Enrique Troncoso; his grandchildren Alessandro and Marcello and many nieces and nephews with whom he enjoyed spending time.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9 a.m. at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ 07069, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Martinsville. Entombment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge. Visitation will be on Friday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations can be made in his name to: Martinsville Rescue Squad, 1777 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville, NJ 08836 or Somerset Medical Center, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876-2598. To send condolences go to www.higginsfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 08:24
LACONIA — Phelena J. Makely, 88, of 30 Holman Street and formerly of 16 McCulloch Ave., Ravena, N.Y., died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Mrs. Makely was born March 28, 1925 in Schuylerville, N.Y., the daughter of George H. and Juliana P. (Miner) Wood. She resided in Ravena, New York for over thirty years before moving to Laconia in 1995.
Mrs. Makely had been employed as an Administrative Assistant, Department of Social Services for the State of New York for thirty years before retiring in 1983. She was a Friend of the Congregational Church of Ravena, N.Y. and was a member of the Congregational Church of Laconia.
Mrs. Makely was a volunteer at Lakes Region General Hospital for many years.
Survivors include her son, Daniel L. Makely, Jr. of Laconia; six grandchildren, Jo-Anne Page and her husband, Howard, of Seabrook, N.H., Lynne Paquette of Laconia, Tom Paquette and his partner, Randy Nicholson, of Comfort, TX, Andrea Chin and her husband, Don, of Laconia, Billy Paquette and his wife, Jocelyn, of Laconia and Danny Makely and his wife, Hilirey, of Laconia; six great grandchildren, C J Kevlin, Giuliana Kevlin, Isabella Kevlin, Drea Chin, Gavin Makely and Gracie Makely; several nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces and her loving companion, her dog, Chip. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Makely was predeceased by her husband of sixty-five years, Daniel L. Makely, Sr., on July 10, 1992 and by two brothers, Raymond Wood and John Wood.
There are no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the Church, will officiate.
A Memorial Service and burial will be held in Ravena, N.Y. on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Burial will be in the family lot at Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, Ravena, N.Y.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, 80 Highland Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
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 Tuesday, 21 January 2014 08:21
LACONIA — Lena Dauphinais, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at St. Francis Home in Laconia. Lena was born in March of 1922 in Enfield, daughter of the late William and Rosalie (Bedard) Dauphinais. She was active in the Grange and the Catholic Daughters of America for many years. She worked at Kendrick and Davis in Lebanon and made fine electrical components when she worked in Laconia. For several years, Lena taught CCD and worked as a housekeeper in a number of rectories and seminaries.
Lena was a caring and gentle woman who loved music and played several instruments. She sang in the choir and played the organ for church services.
Lena is survived by her sister, Regina Dauphinais, of Cheshire, Conn., and numerous nieces and nephews.
A calling hour and a Mass of Christian Burial were held at the St. Helena Church in Enfield on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lebanon.
An online guest book is available by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 08:19
LAKEVILLE, Mass. — Candace Ann (Merrill) Gurney, 66, of Lakeville, Mass. and Belmont, N.H. went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Candy was born November 21, 1947 in Laconia, N. H., the daughter of the late Peter E. and Evelyn M. (Poirrier) Merrill.
Candy had a long and courageous battle with diabetes and cancer. She was never one to complain or give up. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, including her doctors, John Godine and Ilen Kutter.
Candy graduated from Belmont High School and worked at Woodward's Chrysler dealership in the parts department, rising to manager before moving to Massachusetts where she continued in the same job where she oversaw five separate departments.
She enjoyed life to the fullest, riding horses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, softball and camping.
Candy was predeceased by her parents, Peter E. and Evelyn M. Merrill, and a brother, Philip R. Merrill. Survivors include a brother, Peter S. Merrill, and his wife, Linda, and family; an uncle, Roger Poirrier, and wife, Jerilou, Philip's wife, Jerilyn Merrill, and daughters, Jean Merrill Stewart and family, Joan Merrill Leroux and family and Heidi Kelly James and family and a large circle of friends and her special Massachusetts family, Kelly and Randy King and children, Madison and Alex.
Candy requested no calling hours.
A spring burial at Union Cemetery, Laconia followed by a Celebration of her Life will take place afterwards for those who wish to remember and honor her life.
For those who wish, memorial donations to a cause of your choice would please Candy.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 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 Tuesday, 21 January 2014 08:09