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Gwendolyn Hamel, 90

LACONIA — Gwendolyn C. (MacLennan) Hamel, RN, 90, of 406 Court St. and formerly of 25 Union Ave., Laconia, and 29 Gould Ave., Meredith, died at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.

Mrs. Hamel was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Revere, Mass., the daughter of the late Donald C. and Mattie (McKeen) MacLennan.

Mrs. Hamel graduated from Plymouth High School in 1940 and from the Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She worked as a registered nurse at the Laconia Hospital for several years on the obstetrics ward. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II where she attained the rank of lieutenant.

After her enlistment, she worked for the Laconia State School for 13 years until her retirement.

Mrs. Hamel was a longtime resident of the Lakes Region area. She was a member of the Calvary Bible Church, the 50-Plus Club, the Women's Christian Club and a member of the Alumni Association of the Laconia Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Hamel loved sports, especially Little League baseball and high school football, yard sales, dance recitals, crafts, reading and listening to music.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Guy L. Hamel II and his wife, Kathleen Hamel, of Augusta, Maine; two daughters, Patricia Feeney of Gilford and

Kathy Hamel of Holderness; five grandchildren, Jason Dunn of Northfield, Jennifer Oldenberg of Thornton; Beth Osborne of Augusta, Maine, Guy Hamel of Florida and Lee Hamel of Augusta, Maine; nine great-grandchildren, Maya Hamel and Calleigh Hamel, both of Florida, Connor Osborne, Cameron Osborne and Colin Osborne, all of Maine, Trinity Dunn and Trent Dunn, both of Gilford and Turner Oldenberg and Libby Oldenberg, both of Thornton and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hamel was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Lawrence "Bud" E. Hamel, and by her sister, Verna Hibbard.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their care given to Mrs. Hamel.

There will be no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held at the family lot in South Road Cemetery, Belmont, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 at 1 p.m.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Calvary Bible Church, PO Box 1, Meredith, NH 03253

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, 13 August 2013 07:57

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Dorothy Cook, 81

LACONIA — Dorothy M. Cook, 81, of 92 Water St., died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.

Mrs. Cook was born Feb. 7, 1932 in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late George and Laura (Gerhart) Toomey. She resided in Lakeland, Fla., for several years before moving to Laconia in 2011. She had been employed as a LPN.

Mrs. Cook is survived by a son, Warren Cook, of Laconia; a nephew, Jonathan Earl and a great-nephew, Ethan Earl, both of Orangevale, Calif.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cook was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Cook on Aug. 31, 2007.

There will be no calling hours or funeral service. Burial will be at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 08:16

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Janet Fortin, 68

LACONIA —Janet Claire Fortin, 68, of 18 Wilson Court, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at Golden View Health Care Center, Meredith after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. Fortin was born Oct. 29, 1944, in Plymouth, the daughter of William and Rena (Madore) Raymond.

Mrs. Fortin was raised and educated in Plymouth. She married Donald R. Fortin of Laconia on Sept. 1, 1973. She worked for many years at New Hampshire Ball Bearing (Astro Division) in Laconia until her retirement in July, 2010. She loved going to Foxwoods and anything Elvis, plus being with her

granddaughters, Sierra and Sydney Fortin.

Mrs. Fortin is survived by her husband of 40 years, Donald R., Fortin, of Laconia; their son, Scott A. Fortin, and his wife, Amy; and granddaughters, Sierra Meghan Fortin and Sydney Paige Fortin, all of Bailey, Colo.; her mother, Rena Rogers, and stepfather, Clinton Rogers, of Wareham, Mass., two sisters, Marie Fortin, and her husband, Robert E. Fortin, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Cindy Kahrman and her husband, Rick, of Wareham, Mass.; a brother, Roger Raymond, of Wakefield, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews from Florida to Alaska. She also leaves behind her best friend of 21 years, Annette LeBel, who was with her for the last two months. They did everything together through all those years of their friendship.

She was predeceased by her father, William L. Raymond, sisters, Shirley Lacroix and Theresa De Barge and brother, Tyrone Raymond.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia.

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, 13 August 2013 08:05

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Richard A. Larson, 93

WOLFEBORO – Richard "Dick" A. Larson, 93, of Sugar Hill Retirement Community died peacefully at home with his daughter at his side on August, 6, 2013.

Born in Chicago on November 14, 1919 he was the son of Charles and Clara (Nies) Larson. Growing up during the Depression years, Dick thought college was not to be. His high school math teacher encouraged him to apply and helped him receive a full academic scholarship at Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute of Technology), making him the first in his family to attend college. He continued to work in his father's printing business, played football, captained the swim team, and was president of his fraternity for two years while carrying a full-load of engineering courses.

After graduating from college in 1941, Dick began his career with General Electric in the manufacturing and engineering training program. This was interrupted by enlistment in the Navy during World War II.

Because he was color-blind, he was dismayed that he could not go to sea to serve his country. However, there was an upside to being stationed in Oakland, California as he met "the love of his life", Janet Kirby, there. They were married in her parents' home on Mothers' Day 1945 in Kansas City, MO.

When the war ended, Dick resumed his career with GE and Dick and Jan spent most of their time in Schenectady, NY; Caracas, Venezuela; and Pittsfield, MA. Dick retired in 1982 as Support Material Manager in the Ordnance Division at the end of the Trident Missile I Program. He and Jan moved to their vacation home at Eastman, in Grantham, NH where they enjoyed an active life and Dick golfed, skied and played tennis. They moved to Sugar Hill as Jan's eye-sight failed and to be closer to family.

Dick was always actively involved in his community. He served on many committees at church and was a long-time and frequent soloist in the choir. He was a fund-raiser and served on the boards of several social service programs, was an avid gardener, and loved music, especially symphony, opera, and Big Band. However, his greatest love was for his family. Dick was predeceased by "one, special lady" in August, 2002. He is survived by his son, David Larson of Burlington, VT; daughter, Carol Hounsell and her husband, Douglas, of Gilford, NH and their two children, Christopher Douglas of Tahoe City, CA and Kirby Elizabeth of Boston, MA. One of Dick's greatest joys was being able to attend their college graduations and to watch them move on into adult life.

There will be a celebration of Dick's life on August 23, 2013 at 11:00 in Anderson Hall (Brewster Academy) Wolfeboro, NH. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to: Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main St. Laconia, NH 03246 or to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St. Concord, NH 03301.

Baker-Gagne Funeral Home & Cremation Service is handling arrangements. To view an online memorial go to www.baker-gagnefuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 07:07

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