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Helen M. Pisano, 97

LACONIA — Helen Mary Pisano, 97, a resident of Laconia since 2000 died Tuesday, May 27 at the St. Francis Home in Laconia following a period of failing health. She moved to Lakeport from Franklin where she resided for many years. Helen (one of 8 children) was born in New Haven, Conn., June 11, 1916, daughter of Andrew and Margarita (Amodio) Pisano. She worked as a domestic for many years prior to her retirement in 1979.

Her life began in the Little Italy section of New Haven and as recent immigrants from Amalfi, Italy, neither of her parents could speak English. Life was a struggle, especially during the Great Depression. Helen grew up with dreams of becoming a teacher. After graduating from high school, and due to economic conditions, she was forced to find work. She accepted a position as a live in housekeeper and caretaker for a family's children. The home was that of the family of Lars Onsager, a Yale professor who had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1968. Helen loved her work and her new family. She traveled over the years with the family to Cambridge, England and later, her adopted family gave her a vacation to Amalfi, Italy to visit her relatives. Helen had never been out of New Haven, and working for the Onsager family provided her with the window to another world, full of European travel and comfortable living. On her trip to Italy in 1949, Helen often mentioned this as being the best part of her life. She was to have stayed for two weeks and stayed for two months. Her adopted family, with roots in Norway and Germany were accustomed to yearly vacations in Europe but travel was restricted during WW II. They were told by friends that the mountains of New Hampshire were as good as the Alps, so they bought a farm in Sanbornton as a vacation property. Helen accompanied them to the farm and loved the lifestyle of the region. As a devout Catholic, Helen would hitch a ride with the family's milkman to the nearest Catholic Church. She had to learn to drive the Onsager's Volkswagen, which she did. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton for many years. While living in Franklin Helen was often seen walking from her Franklin apartment to Mass in Tilton. After moving to Laconia, she became active with the Catholic Community there. Following her retirement she enjoyed volunteering. After many years without one, a friend bought her a TV as a gift. Shortly after, she donated it. Later in life she realized what she could learn and enjoy from the numerous DVD's available. While living in Franklin she was a senior companion and volunteered in schools and Franklin Regional Hospital. She was a former member of the Franklin Senior Citizens Club, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and member of the Grange, both in Connecticut and New Hampshire. Later moving to Laconia she worked at the Elm Street School as a foster grandparent in the media center in to her 90's. She brought with her a great sense of humor, a lot of pep and a great deal of stories. She was known for her love of a good cup of coffee. Helen also volunteered at the Taylor Home and with the Lakeport Community Association. She was active with the fund raising campaign to purchase a railroad boxcar for the Lakeport Freight Museum. Helen was predeceased by brothers, Frank, Frederick, John and Gordon, sisters, Yolanda, Clara and Mary. She leaves nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews, members of the Onsager family, and her many young and senior friends.

Calling hours will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Parish-St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Chestnut St., in Tilton. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery in Tilton.

Those wishing, may make memorial contributions in Helen's name to Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH, 814 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 07:24

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Brian M. Sullivan, 41

LACONIA — Brian Michael "Sully" Sullivan, 41, of 14 Lyford St., died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

He was born on May 24, 1972, in Norwood, Mass., the son of Paul J. and Rose M. (DePaoli) Sullivan. He was a 1990 graduate of Norwood High School.

Brian worked as a carpenter for many years in Massachusetts, and most recently worked in the facilities department for LRGHealthcare in Laconia.

Brian was a fun-loving guy, who always wanted to make people laugh. He was passionate about music, sports, and his children. He enjoyed spending time camping and being outdoors. His memory will live on in the family and friends he has left behind.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon (Prescott) Sullivan of Laconia; two children, Anna Rose Sullivan and Connor Michael Sullivan, both of Laconia; his parents, Paul and Rose Marie Sullivan of Boston; his sisters, Patricia Mulkeen and her husband William of Eastham, Mass., and Debra Warren and her husband Drew of Newton; his brother, Paul J. Sullivan Jr. of Dedham, Mass.; several nieces, nephews and the extended Prescott family.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant St., Laconia. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carey House, 6 Spring St., Laconia, NH 03246, or to the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, 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, 27 May 2014 07:14

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Annette Poirier, 81

WEIRS BEACH – Annette B. Poirier, 81, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Lakes Region General Hospital with her loving family at her side.
She was born on Nov. 17, 1932, the daughter of Adelard and Grace (Fontereau) Pelletier. Annette was a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother.

She was born in Attleboro, Mass., where she grew up and married her husband, Bill. They bought Abakee Cottages, near Weirs Beach, in 1965. Annette had a special way of making people feel loved and heard. She touched many lives over the years at Abakee. For three generations, during Annette's tenure, families returned to celebrate summer vacations at Abakee. Children and families loved her because she made them feel so special.

Annette was the author of the novel "Finding Charlie," a founding member and president of the Weirs Action Committee, and volunteered for Community Health & Hospice. She was a former active communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Lakeport and a communicant of St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia.

From running an organization and a cottage colony, to knitting, to the old craft of tatting, to writing a novel, Annette had the ability to master everything she started. Annette loved to spend time with family members and close friends shopping for antiques and dolls. She was a wonderful cook and loved to feed her family, the more the merrier.

Annette and her husband Bill vacationed in Vero Beach, Fla., where they relaxed and looked forward to being back at Abakee every spring.
She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, William E. Poirier of Weirs Beach; her son, William A. Poirier and his wife Jacqueline of Gilford; her daughter, Denise Marie Poirier of Weirs Beach; one brother, Normand Pelletier of Attleboro, Mass., three grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Florence Birch.

There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at St. Andre Bessette Parish – Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia.

In addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smile Train, the organization that Annette felt very strongly about and all proceeds from her novel "Finding Charlie" were donated. You can donate online at www.smiletrain.com. All proceeds from her novel sales will continue to be donated in her honor.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, 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, 27 May 2014 07:09

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Charles J. Chatterton, 88

MEREDITH — Charles Joseph Chatterton, born October 10, 1925, died on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Meredith Bay Colony Club where he resided for the past few years. A resident of Meredith since 1959, he is survived by his 4 children: twin sons, Paul and wife Diane, and Stephen and wife Sharon Chatterton. His middle daughter Linda married Steven Arndt just this past November, in Baltimore, and Charlie was able to attend. His devoted daughter Holly Oliver and her family have been attending locally to Charlie's needs. Holly and her husband Ralph gave Charlie three grandchildren, Eric and Jill Oliver, and their older daughter, Morgan and husband Matt Banville, gave Charlie his only great granddaughter, Avery. His sister Norma Gainer resides with her husband Harold in New Jersey. Several nieces from his wife Carol's side of the family were also very close: Bonnie and Edna Rees who reside in Canada and plan to attend his service. Charlie is predeceased by his dear friend, Doris Stone, who recently passed away this winter.

Charlie was born and raised in the New York City area, except for a year as a young boy when he was sent with siblings to live with relatives in British Guiana when his mother was quite ill. Charlie received his high school diploma in absentia since he left to join the U.S. Navy with whom he served during World War II, primarily in the Pacific theater. Here Charlie developed his love of electrical engineering and radios. After the war he was able to take some college training and electronics became his career and interested him throughout his life.

Charlie met his wife Carol, as a teenager while spending summers in Toronto, Canada, visiting his Uncle Carlos Cardoza — who happened to be dating Carol's older sister Lynn. Their courtship was intense and they married when she was 18 and he was 23, home from the war. They resided in New York City initially and then moved to N.H., the location of their honeymoon, and a better setting for their children to thrive in the educational system.

Charlie and Carol became members of Trinity Episcopal Church shortly after arriving in Meredith and the church has played a major role in Charlie's life. He served in various positions within the vestry, attended annual convocations, volunteered often in support of the Diocese and the various Bishops over the past many years. One of his greatest satisfactions was in his role of selecting Rev. Robin Soller, current priest at Trinity. Robin has been very close to the family and along with his daughter Holly was present at his side when he died.

During his life he was a business executive, primarily in the electronics industry, with Browning Labs, WILCOM Systems and others. Always one to decipher a problem, he became known as a "Gizmologist", able to work out some little thing that would make the whole work, thus solving various engineering and manufacturing challenges. He applied these same talents to Key Town Toys which were a variety of old fashioned wooden toys that he made and sold for a few years before he realized it was more fun to give them away. He became Santa Claus each holiday season for the town, Santa's Village in Laconia and at various businesses and functions in the area. He took this role seriously, studying the current toys of each season. Charlie owned his own suit because he wanted to always appear in a clean, nice suit — it was important to him that Santa live up to the expectations of all little boys and girls.

After retirement, and especially after Carol's death, Charlie became known as the "Bear Man" of Meredith. It started with a little stuffed bear that belonged to Carol that he took comfort in. That little bear was soon joined by others: purchases, gifts, donations, until the collection grew to over 5,000 bears. Charlie gladly shared his collection with everyone who wanted to see them. He often had Day Care Centers visit, served Bear tea's to a variety of people, young and old, and many tourists from faraway places. Charlie had always loved toys and is well known for his handmade wooden tops – especially the old fashioned tops. His trademark became a top which he gave to anyone and everyone he met. Some of these tops have ended up in places such as the U.S. Surgeon General's office!

In 2007, N.H. Governor John Lynch recognized Charlie for his outstanding volunteer service and awarded him the Joseph D. Vaughan Award. He was active in Boy Scouts, Band Boosters, Trinity Church, Meredith's Senior Center and many more services along with individual attention to many individuals who needed a favor, or a lamp fixed, etc. He never hesitated when he saw a need and did whatever he could to assist people in need or with a problem.
Perhaps Charlie is best known for his friendliness and fine sense of humor. He always had a joke ready and was an unofficial ambassador for the Lakes Region. He met many visitors at the town docks, often taking them for boat rides or inviting them back to Lang Street to meet the Bears. All left with fond memories and of course a wooden top!

Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & Cataldo Rd.), Meredith, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 5:00 pm through 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25, Meredith. Rev. Robin Soller, rector, will officiate. Interment will be private.
Donations may be made in Charlie's memory to the Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 635, Meredith, NH or a local charity of one's choice.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Charlie's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 05:28

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