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Jane R. Opel, 84

TALLAHASSEE, Floria — Jane Rainie Opel, 84, of Gilford, New Hampshire and Tallahassee, Florida died at home of bladder cancer on April 16, 2013.
Jane was born June 8, 1928, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Harrison and Alice (Bateson) Rainie.
Jane graduated from Winchester, Massachusetts High School in 1946 and Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1950. She also earned a certificate in business administration from the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration in 1951. Jane was married to Wayne N. Opel of Leavenworth, Kansas for 46 years, who pre-deceased her in 2002.
Jane worked at Radcliffe College, first as Director of Reunions from 1975 to 1978 and then as Executive Director of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association from 1978 to 1994, a job she truly loved and an institution she cared passionately about.
For most of her life, Jane summered at Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, New Hampshire, a special place that has been part of her family's life since she was a little girl.
In her retirement years, she enjoyed painting in both New Hampshire and Florida and participated in writing and poetry groups in Florida. Most of all, she enjoyed her retirement years with her grandchildren, Winni (age 8) and Jasper (age 4). She was especially proud of her other two granddaughters, Rainie (21), a sophomore at Harvard, and Annie (18), who will be a freshman at Harvard in the fall.
Survivors include her two sons, Andy Opel of Tallahassee, Florida, and Mark Opel of Lebanon, New Jersey, her grandchildren Winni, Jasper, Rainie and Annie, and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brother, Harrison McKinley (Mac) Rainie.
A memorial service will be held at 125 Dockham Shore Rd., Gilford, New Hampshire on July 13th for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 766, Centre Harbor, NH 03226, (www.lrct.org), an organization dedicated to the protection of the lake and region Jane loved so much.
Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee is assisting the family with their arrangements (850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com)

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:58

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Ethel M. Green-Cataldo, 95

FRANKLIN — Ethel Mae (Donaghy) Green-Cataldo, 95, a resident of Franklin for the past few months, died at her home Friday, April 19, 2013 with her family at her side following a period of failing health. She moved to Franklin from Tilton where she resided for four years.
Ethel was born in Barre, VT, August 14, 1917, daughter of Archie and Inez (Sheldon) Donaghy. She moved from St. Johnsbury, VT to New Hampshire over 60 years ago. She lived for a time in San Diego, CA, Holton, ME and Belmont. She pretty much lived in the Tilton-Northfield most of her life. A homemaker, Ethel worked at the former J. P. Stevens Woolen Mills in Franklin and Northfield, Webster Valve Company in Franklin and worked in healthcare at Franklin Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Plymouth. Ethel attended the Northfield Union Church.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles Green and her second husband, Joseph Cataldo Sr. Also, daughters, Cora Brown and Katherine Brooks.
She leaves daughters, Emily Vandell of Northfield, Charleen Bryson of Franklin, Donna Hutchins of Rumney and Joyce Patridge of Belmont; 19 grand, 23 great-grand and 8 great-great grandchildren; brother, Edward Donaghy of Fitchburg, MA; step children Joseph Cataldo and Anna Joseph; many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Monday, April 22nd from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A funeral service will follow in the Memorial Home at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow in the family lot in Park Cemetery in Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Ethel's name to Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 728 N. Main St., in Laconia, NH 03246.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:54

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George D. Smith, 50

HOPKINTON – George Dwight Smith, 50, of Hopkinton NH lost his battle with cancer on April 17, 2013. He leaves behind his mother, Ellen Smith; and brothers Eugene and Bruce of Center Barnstead, sisters Mary Ladd of Gilford, Nancy Avery and Janet Cutler of Myrtle Beach, SC, Joyce Krol of Hampton and Elaine Page and Barbara Moore of Laconia. He also leaves behind a special friend Amanda and her children Jazmin, Kaleb and Lily; many beloved nieces and nephews.
George will join his father George L. Smith, his brothers Micheal and Dean; and two special nieces, Rose Marie Fleck and Misty Smith, in heaven.
George will be greatly missed by family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Pittsfield Community Center, April 28, 1 pm to 4 pm. A private burial will be led at Smith Meeting House Cemetery.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:45

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Doris Barnes, 102

LACONIA — Doris Barnes, 102, of Laconia, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Laconia Genesis Eldercare Center.
Born in Houlton, ME, on March 16, 1911, she was the daughter of Elbridge W. and Maude (Stevens) Carpenter. Doris was raised in Houlton and attended local schools. She went on to attend Aroostook State Normal School, in Presque Isle, ME, where she earned an associate's degree in education.
In the late 30s and early 40s she started her career as an educator in Barnstead, NH at a one-room school on Beauty Hill. She married and moved to Alton, NH, where she took a job as a teaching principal during and after WWII. She then went on to take a position as an elementary principal in Farmington, NH. Doris went on to attend Keene State College where she earned her bachelor's degree in education; throughout the 1950s she taught elementary and junior high, all subjects, in the Portland, ME area (this included several years as a math teacher at Lincoln Jr. High, in Portland). In the 60s she earned her master's degree in education from the University of Maine and took a position as a guidance counselor at Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH. Throughout the 70s and 80s she earned certification and credits in testing, administration, and reading from the University of NH, Durham, became a certified career counselor, and was a guidance counselor at Memorial Middle School in Laconia. Throughout the 1990s and on she worked at Dover High School and later in Gilford as the ISS (in school suspension coordinator).
Doris was a member of many teacher and state education associations. She served as president/charter member of the Alpha Delta Kappa for Maine. In later years she worked on the committee to create and maintain the NH State Education Awards known as the "Eddies". She was honored with an award named for her as a retired educator who continues involvement in education in New Hampshire.
She is predeceased by her former husband, Oliver W. Barnes, of Alton.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Barnes, of Laconia; two grandchildren, Beth Engle, of Laconia, Jim Engle and wife Aubrey, of Apex, NC; sister-in-law, Mrs. Priscilla Okonske, of Alton; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Doris Barnes Scholarship Fund Alton Garden Club, PO Box 491, Alton, NH 03809
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilmanton Iron Works. The Rev. Dr. Victoria Wood Parrish, pastor of the 1st United Methodist Church of Gilford, will officiate.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Doris's Book of Memories: mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:43

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