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Evelyn G. Richelson, 89

PLYMOUTH — Evelyn G. Richelson, 89, formerly of Randolph St. peacefully passed away on October 10, 2013 at 2 a.m. at Peabody Home in Franklin, NH.

Evelyn was born in Boston, MA on September 24, 1924, one of five children of Morris Haverback and Tillie (Fiman) Haverback of Haverhill, MA. She was pre-deceased by her parents and her brother Jack. She grew up in Haverhill, graduated from Haverhill High School in 1942, and went on to attend Hebrew College in Boston. Upon graduation, she became a teacher at Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill.

In 1952, Evelyn married Irwin Richelson of Plymouth, NH, and moved to Plymouth where her husband was a partner in his family's long-established business, Richelson's Department Store. She became involved with the business helping out as clothing buyer, sales person and bookkeeper, and was often seen jogging in her dress shoes on her way to work, greeting neighbors on her way. She continued working until the store closed in 1992. She and Irwin were married for 51 years, until his passing in 2003.

In addition to being devoted to raising three sons and actively participating in Richelson's store, Evelyn also contributed much to the community life of Plymouth. She served as vice-president of the Junior Woman's Club and Treasurer of the Pemigewasset Woman's Club. She also served as an adviser to the Order of Rainbow for Girls under her membership in the Bethlehem chapter, Order of Eastern Star. She was an avid supporter of the Plymouth Lions Club, attending meetings with Irwin and helping out at many of their functions. Evelyn worked as chairperson of fund-raising drives for a number of organizations, including the Heart Fund, Cancer Fund and the Cancer Commission for Grafton County Unit East. In addition, she assisted in the Sceva Speare Memorial Hospital membership drive.

She was also quite active as a leader in Plymouth Cub Scout Pack 56, serving as a den mother for a number of years. In August, 1966, Evelyn was featured in the New Hampshire Sunday News as Cook of the Week, sharing several of her successful Club and family recipes.

Evelyn had a passion for the arts, especially painting, drawing and music. During the 1940s, she played violin and piano in duet with her sister Harriet, as they performed at venues around the Greater Haverhill, MA area. In the 1960s, she wrote a Boy Scout song which was chosen to be published in the International Boy Scout Song Book. From the 1970s to the early 1990s, she sang in the New Hampshire Music Festival Symphonic Chorus, which performed along with its Symphonic Orchestra throughout New Hampshire. Evelyn always looked forward to the annual trip that she and Irwin made to his WWII Coast Guard reunion. She shared in his pride and remembrances of his service, and happily anticipated continuing the life-long friendships made at the reunions.

Evelyn is survived by her sons, Gary and his wife Linda of Derry, NH, Paul and his fiancé Julie of New Hampton, NH, and Bradley and his wife Susan of Framingham, MA. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Caitlin Jacobs of Lowell, MA, Michael Richelson of Derry, NH, Tyler Richelson of Derry, NH, Sarah Richelson of Quincy, MA, and Margo Richelson of Framingham, MA. In addition, she is survived by her sister Harriet Sandler of Bowie, MD, her brother Dr. Chester Haverback of Bethesda, MD and her sister Rose Haverback of Boston, MA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral Home in Plymouth. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Goodwin Funeral Home, 507 Chestnut St., Manchester, NH. Cantor Claire Metzger will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the Manchester Hebrew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in memory of Mrs. Richelson be made to Peabody Home Employees Fund, c/o Peabody Home, 24 Peabody Place, Franklin, NH 03235.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:35

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Norma S. Cummings, 84

ASHLAND — Norma Smith Cummings, 84, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center, Laconia, NH, on October 8, 2013, after several months of declining health.

Norma was born in Ashland on April 28, 1929, daughter of Edward and Mary Leona (Bilodeau) Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Ashland, graduating Ashland High School on June 13, 1947. On the day following graduation she married Arnold Cummings. They were married for 50 years until his death in 1998.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and beloved aunt. Norma enjoyed children immensely and was a loving daycare provider for many children over the years. She enjoyed sewing, reading, knitting, and spending summers at the Ashland Town Beach on Little Squam Lake. Norma made friends wherever she went, offering smiles and hugs to young and old.

Norma was predeceased by her husband, Arnold, in 1998, her daughter, Dianne Cummings Horne, in 2005 and her fiancé, Bernard Paquette, in 2011. She is survived by her son and his wife, Robin and Lynn Cummings of Ashland, her daughter and her husband, Nancy and David Page of Ashland, grandchildren, Christopher Cummings and his wife, Jessica, Derek Horne, Lindsay Sieg Devin Page and great grandchildren, Malachi Mozeika and Cassie Cummings. She also leaves behind many cherished nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Dupuis Funeral Home of Ashland is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to www.dupuisfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:31

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Steven Wood, 63

GILMANTON — Steven Wood, 63, of Halmar Road, Gilmanton passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at home after a long, hard battle with cancer.
Steven was born March 21, 1950 in Laconia. He was the son of Ralph and Charlotte (Maclaine) Wood.
Steven is survived by his wife, Maureen Hanlon; his son, Stephen Gagne; two brothers, Michael and Mark Wood and three grandchildren, Emma, Landon and Sierra.
Steven had been employed at Aavid as a CNC Programmer since 1994. He was an avid photographer, loved history and traveling. He worked with ARPH in rescuing Australian shepherds for many years.
Steve was loved and admired by all who knew him.
There will be no calling hours.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Belknap Mill, The Mill Plaza, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, N.H. on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 1 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main 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, 08 October 2013 10:41

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Richard J. Sherman, 89

PLYMOUTH — Richard Jackson Sherman, 89, formerly of High St., died October 5, 2013 at the Academy Manor Nursing Home, in Andover, MA.

Born in Plymouth, N.H. on December 14, 1923, he was the son of Leon Ervin and Myra E. (James) Sherman. Richard grew up in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School, class of 1941.

Dick was always interested in airplanes. He was six years old when he built his first model airplane and in his mid-teens when he learned how to fly at the Plymouth Airport. He received his pilot's license at the age of sixteen.

On September 14, 1942, Dick and his father went to Boston and enlisted in the US Navy. Dick enlisted in the Aviation Cadet School and received his basic training at Chapel Hill NC., followed a three month course at the Navy Pre-Flight School at the University of North Carolina. After training in at the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in Bunker Hill, Peru, IN, He became a qualified Navy Pilot. He trained in Scout Bombers out of Pensacola, Miami and Daytona airfields and was awarded his Gold Wings as a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and transferred from the Navy to the Marines.

Dick was sent to El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in California as part of the Marine Aircraft Group 2 of the First Marine Air Wing. After several years of flying combat missions in the South Pacific, he returned to Cherry Hill, NC, and was separated as a 1st Lieutenant on January 4, 1946. For his service in World War II, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Commendation Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, Asian Pacific Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Victory Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Bronze Star. Dick's total flight time logged was 938.4 hours.

Upon his return to Plymouth, Dick opened the Riverside Airport, in Ashland, as a flying school and charter flight facility. By the turn of the decade, his airport business has ebbed and Dick was called from inactive duty on March of 1951 as a Captain reporting to Squantum, MA.

Dick was predeceased by his wife Ruth Elizabeth (Trull) Sherman in June of 2011.

Dick is survived by his sons, Richard W. Sherman of Andover, MA, Roger L. Sherman of Tewksbury, MA and two grandchildren.

A calling hour will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. Plymouth, on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. A Graveside service will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Edward J. Charest will officiate.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:36

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