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Francis P. Kuchinsky, 85

RUMNEY — Francis Philip Kuchinsky, 85, of Buffalo Road, died October 21, 2013 at Golden View Health Care Center, Meredith, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Laconia, NH on April 27, 1928, Phil was the son of Frank and Christina (Bisson) Kuchinsky. He grew up in Laconia and attended Laconia schools. He has been a resident of Rumney for many years.

Before finishing high school in the summer of 1945, Phil joined the US Army. Phil completed his basic training and technical school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was sent overseas where he worked as a mechanic on tanks and motor vehicles. Phil returned to Laconia and married Virginia B. (Reed), of Rumney, on November 19, 1949.

Phil worked as a mechanic at Bartlett's Garage, in Rumney Depot and then for twenty-two years at E.L. Heal Chrysler-Dodge Dealership, in Plymouth. In the 1970s, he worked for Short's Garage, and also for Gilman's Outdoor Equipment, both were in Rumney.

In the 1950s and 60s, Phil built several hot rods and Model T Fords from parts he had collected over the years. He also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. He was a member of the Prop Busters Airplane Club, in N. Haverhill, NH. He spent many hours flying planes he built over the corn fields of N. Haverhill. Phil loved to spend time watching old Laurel and Hardy movies with his family.

Phil was predeceased by his younger brother, George A. Kuchinsky.

Phil was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, and will be missed by all his family and many friends.

Phil is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Virginia B. (Reed) Kuchinsky of Rumney, sons, Gordon Kuchinsky, William Kuchinsky, both of Rumney, Jeffery Kuchinsky of Bullard, TX, grandchildren, Philip and Ananda Kuchinsky of Tyler, TX, sisters, Agnes Robertson and Elaine Anderson, both of Campton, and several nieces and nephews.

It was Phil's wishes that no service be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH. 03247.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the cremation. www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:14

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Mary T. Berchem, 88

MESA, Ariz. — Mary T. Berchem, 88, died peacefully at her home in Mesa, AZ on October 12, 2013.
Daughter of the late Alfred J. and Alice L. (Kelly) Berchem, sister to the late Alice Green, Helen Woods, Robert and James Berchem. She was a resident of Providence until moving to Mesa twenty years ago. In addition, she spent her summers at her home on Lake Winnipesaukee, Weirs Beach, NH.
She is survived by her niece Helen Bretz, nephew Richard Monroe and his wife Ruth as well as many grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Gallogly and Sons Funeral Home, 671 Broad St. Providence. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on October 21 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Cranston, R.I., followed by a private burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket. Calling hours were omitted. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:43

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Janet B. McLean, 82

WINDHAM — Mrs. Janet McLean, age 82, of Windham, NH and formerly of Meredith, NH and Lynn, MA died surrounded by her family, after a period of declining health. She was the wife if the late John S. "Jack" McLean.
Born in Lynn and a 1948 graduate of Lynn English High School, she was the daughter of the late John and Matilda (Byrne) McFarlane. She attended Lynn Public Schools and was a graduate of Lynn English High School.
She graduated from Salem State Teacher's College in 1952. For several years she taught First Grade at the Tracy School, then left teaching to raise a family. She returned to teaching at Inter Lakes High School for several years, worked for the United States Department of Defense and finally returned to teaching in the Lynn School System until she retired.
Janet was a longtime member of St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church, Lynn. She was also a member of the Daughters of Scotia, the Lynn Teacher's Union, Local 1037, and The Friends of the School of Education at Salem State University.
Janet's greatest joy was her family. She was a wonderful mother who gave unconditional love to all of her children and grandchildren. She was fully involved in their lives--always attending birthdays, celebrations, milestones—going on adventures to museums, Broadway shows or Red Sox and Patriots training camps. She was her sister, Cynthia's, co-pilot on their many journeys to Florida. They would often hop in the car to visit a son or daughter or grandchild, attend a ballgame or go for coffee. Janet was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Janet lived a life that was all about making sure other people were happy—and giving what she had to others. Janet was often teased about how much she worried, but the truth was...she worried so much because she loved so much.
Janet leaves a daughter Cheryl Sullivan and her husband Ross of Lexington, five sons John McLean and his wife Nina of Ashland, NH, Robert McLean and his wife Jennifer of Gilford, NH, Douglas McLean and his wife Teresa of Westford, James McLean of Windham, NH, and Andrew McLean and his wife Debra of Moultonboro, NH, a brother Robert McFarlane and his wife Susan of Lynn, eleven grandchildren Liz McLean, Arianna McLean, Jessie McLean, Chrissy McLean, Caitlin O'Hara, Sean Sullivan, Rafe Sullivan, Reilly McLean, Jack McLean, Molly McLean and Finn Sullivan, and several nieces and nephews. She was also the beloved sister and best friend of the late Cynthia M. McFarlane of Lynn, who died on July 8.
Janet's Funeral will be held from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple Street, Lynn on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral Service in St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church, 74 So. Common St., Lynn at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to Salem State University Alumni Assn., 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970. For online guestbook please visit www.cuffemcginn.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:39

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Andrew Kane, 55

GILFORD – Andrew Kane, 55, of 7 Potter Hill Road, formerly of Lee, died October 21, 2013. He was born October 25, 1957 in New York City. He grew up in Bogota, Columbia, Brookline, Massachusetts and later in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

A graduate of Williams College and Boston University School of Medicine, he trained in Family Practice from 1986 to 1989. He later worked for 22 years as an emergency room physician, 15 of which at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. He resided in Kennebunkport, Maine for 5 years, Lee for 16 years, and most recently in Gilford for 3 years.

He enjoyed cycling, running, hiking, and travel and loved his family and friends. He was trilingual with knowledge of French and Spanish in addition to English.

He is survived by his wife, Martha and four kids, Rebecca of Charlottesville, Virginia, Sarah of Portland, Maine, Adam of Colchester, Vermont, and Daniel of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his mother Maria and adopted father James of Wellesley, his father Jose Perea of Bogota, Colombia, his sisters Patricia of Tucson, Arizona, Joelle Arnott of La Colle-Sur-Loup, France, Inez Perea of Bogota, and his brothers Ian of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Jose-Manuel Perea of Madrid, Spain.

There will be no calling hours.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101 or to the WOW Trail, PO Box 6832, Lakeport, NH 03247.

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 Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:37

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