LACONIA — After years of giving to our Community, sadly, Doreen Knight, RN, died on September 19, 2013 at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center. Doreen always knew that nursing was the career for her. In high school, she volunteered as a junior nurses' aide, called "candy stripers", the first person to ever do so in Minneapolis. She then studied 48 months to earn both her Registered Nurse [RN] and a Bachelors' degree in Nursing Science, from Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1959. She later earned her Masters' degree, from Plymouth State University.
The week after university graduation, she married Gerald Knight, and they immediately moved to Boston, where Doreen became the evening charge nurse in infant surgery, at Boston's Childrens' Hospital. In 1960, they moved to New Hampshire and gave all their energies to their new home state. Doreen did bed-side nursing at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock [then in Hanover], Littleton Hospital and Laconia's Lakes Region General Hospital.
Doreen's nursing career changed greatly when she worked for 13 years for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, in epidemiology. She specialized in searching for communicable disease sources, especially TB. Her efforts ultimately saved the lives of countless New Hampshire citizens.
Doreen's contribution to the Lakes Region's medical services came in the 1970's, when Betty Farmlett, Edna Gadd, Bobbi Thomas, Alida Millham and Doreen established what is today's Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurses Association [VNA] and Hospice. That agency today is one of the Lakes Region's most honorable sources to countless people.
Her work in Hospice has become well known and appreciated by hundreds of Lakes Region families. She eventually specialized in the area of Bereavement, a Hospice program that continues to this day. Memorials honoring Doreen, may be sent to Central NH VNA & Hospice, at 780 North Main; Laconia, NH 03246
Doreen is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gerald; a daughter, Sara O'Sullivan, of Belmont and her fiancée, Robin Lounsbury. She has three grandchildren, Jonathan O'Sullivan and his wife Kaitlyn of Laconia and Emma and Samuel Knight, of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Also, a son, Jeffrey in Vermont and her sister-in-law Margaret Johnson and nephews Eric Johnson and Dr. Timothy Johnson, all of Minnesota.
Visiting for family and friends will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia.
A service honoring Doreen and her contributions to the Lakes Region will follow at 3 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
Following the service, a special social hour will be at the Beane Conference Center, 39 Blueberry Lane, Laconia. As Doreen wished, the service's theme of "September" even continues to the social hour!
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 Monday, 23 September 2013 10:29
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Christopher Daigle, 34, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Melbourne, FL, on September 12, 2013.
Chris was born in Laconia, NH, on September 4, 1979.
He leaves his wife, Brie (Martin) Daigle, his parents, Jeff and Lorraine Daigle, a sister, Lynn Daigle, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He also leaves behind his dogs Bruschi and Monty and his cats.
Chris played in Laconia Little League, Lou Athanas Basketball and Pop Warner football as a young child. As he got older, he played football and baseball for Laconia High School. He also played Legion ball. While in college at NHTI, he played baseball.
Chris graduated from Laconia High School and went on to graduate from NHTI with a degree in Sports Management.
Chris was a referee for the youth football league in Melbourne, FL.
Chris will be remembered for his great smile and wonderful sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laconia Little League or Laconia High School football program.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. on the beach behind Cafe DeJaVu, followed by a gathering at the Elks clubhouse in Gilford. This is very informal and Chris would like you to wear a sports shirt, Red Sox or Patriots.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:25
NEW HAMPTON — Ronald H. Carlson, Jr., 59, of New Hampton, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at his home with his family by his side after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born on November 2, 1953, in Brockton, MA, he was the son of Ronald H. and Josephine (DiMarzo) Carlson. Ronald was raised in Brockton, graduating from the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, in Easton, MA.
Ronald has been employed by Shaw's Supermarkets for 43 years; he transferred to the Concord, NH store in 1989, retiring from the Gilford store. Ronald loved working on cars and small engines; he was his neighborhood's local repairman. Ron's neighbors would often bring their cars and equipment over to his house for him to help repair. Ron loved to camp throughout NH with his family. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Ronald is predeceased by his father, Ronald H. Carlson, in January, 2006
He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Denise (Allerby) Carlson, of New Hampton; mother, Josephine Carlson, also of New Hampton; daughter, Kristen Klein and husband Shawn, of Roscoe, IL; son, Brian Carlson and his fiancé Amanda Ballou, of Plymouth, NH; brothers, Mark Carlson and wife Laura, of Bridgewater, MA, and Richard Carlson and wife Laura, of FL; two grandchildren, Addyson Carlson and Samuel Klein. Ronald is also survived by several aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 and 104), Meredith, on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet, V.F., Pastor, of St. Charles-Borromeo Catholic Church, in Meredith, will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the New Hampton Village Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Ronald's memory to: Norris Cotton Cancer Center, D-H/Geisel Office of Development, Office of Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Ron's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 07:52
LACONIA — Debra Ann Levoy, 55, passed away at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center-Genesis Healthcare on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
"Debbie" was born May 31, 1958 in Laconia, the daughter of Robert E. and Claire J. (Lavertue) Levoy. She grew up in Gilford on Terrace Hill Road and graduated from Gilford High School in 1976.
Debbie faced many challenges during her lifetime. As a child, she suffered a brain tumor which was removed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock followed by radiation treatments. She had a second brain tumor when she was 42. In 2007, she suffered a stroke which took away the use of her left side. She had resided at Genesis since January, 2008. Over the years, Deb worked at the Big Banana, Irwin Marine and K-Mart. Her biggest joy was her daughter, Jennifer.
Debbie leaves her daughter, Jennifer Levoy, of Alton; her mother, Claire West, of Laconia; her sister, Donna Sanborn, of Alexandria; two brothers, Robert E. Levoy II and Scott M. Pelchat, both of Laconia; two nephews, Benjamin Sanborn and Joshua Sanborn and his wife, Faith, and two great nephews, Christian and Aaron Sanborn, all of Belmont. She was predeceased by her father, Robert E. Levoy, in 2004.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
Per Debbie's wishes, there will be no formal funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wilkinson-BeaneSimoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, PO Box 67, Laconia, NH 03247-0067.
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 Thursday, 19 September 2013 06:39