MEREDITH — Gail Roberta Pelczar, 75, of Meredith, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Born on December 18, 1938, in Campton; she was the daughter of Robert and Virginia (Hutt) Nichols. Gail was raised in Meredith, graduating from the Meredith High School.
Over the years Gail held several positions with local Meredith businesses, including: the A&P grocery store, Annalee Dolls (she worked from home), Isabel's Grocery Store on Main St., she was a secretary for the Meredith Visiting Nurses Assoc., and she also worked at the Sun Dial Store, in Meredith and Laconia, retiring from that position.
Gail will be forever remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed camping with her family in Pittsburg, N.H., for more than 40 years. She loved relaxing in the peaceful serenity, reading to pass the time while her boys and husband fished. Gail also loved to collect, her collections include her Cranberry Glass, and Boyd's Bears. She also enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach and Florida with her husband in their later years.
She is predeceased by her sister, Linda Stratsma.
Gail is survived by her beloved husband of more than 53 years, Theodore "Ted" Pelczar, of Meredith; two sons, Ted Pelczar, Jr. and his wife Robin, of Center Harbor, Greg Pelczar and his wife Nancy, of Meredith; two sisters, Carol Davis and her husband Dick, of Meredith, Jackie Martin and her husband Dennis, of Fla.; two grandchildren, Brady Pelczar, of Meredith, and granddaughter, Jordan Pelczar, of Manchester. Gail is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many extended family members.
Donations in Gail's memory may be made to the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Assoc., 186 Waukewan St., Meredith, NH 03253, or to the St. Jude Children Research Hospital, P.0. Box 50, Memphis, Tennessee, 38101-9929.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 2 p.m., at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & 104), Meredith. Rev. Edward J. Charest, pastor emeritus of the Plymouth United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow the service and will be held at the Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Rd., Meredith.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Gail's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 07:48
LACONIA — H. Allyn Smith of Laconia, aged 89 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 6, 2014 in Meredith, NH.
She was born December 14, 1924 in Newton, Mass., the daughter of Elliott and Hortensia Robinson. She graduated Laconia Hospital School of Nursing in 1947, and married Gardner Page Smith of Gilford, N.H. in 1947. As an RN, she worked in a variety of hospitals, including Lakes Region General and nursing homes. She began work as a staff nurse at Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Hyattsville, Md. in 1971. In 1976 she became Director of Staff Development there, then was Director of Nursing from 1977 to April 1984. She was Director of Nursing then Nursing Coordinator at Greater Laurel Nursing Home in Laurel, Maryland from 1984 until July of 1987 when she returned to Laconia. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Gerontology from the University of Maryland in 1976. She was instrumental in the design and creation of the Collington (Episcopal Diocese of Washington) eldercare facility Mitchellville, Maryland, in the early '80s.
After relocating to New Hampshire, she worked as a visiting and hospice nurse in the Lakes Region. As Executive Director of Hospice Laconia Area, Inc., she worked for a year supervising paid and volunteer personnel and worked with the company's Board of Directors to develop programs and seek funding. From 1988 to 1991, she was a visiting nurse for Heritage Home Health. She also served as an ombudsperson for the State of New Hampshire as patient advocate in a variety of nursing homes. She was a long-time member of the board of trustees for Taylor Communities in Laconia, and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Gilford.
Allyn is survived by four sons – Daniel (Gilford, N.H.), Timothy (Berkley Springs, W.V.), Peter (Cambridge, Ontario) and Paul (Dummerston, Vt.) – five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her former husband Gardner Smith, and her eldest son Dwight Elliott.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, 18 Wesley Way in Gilford, NH, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Memorial Fund or the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford, PO Box 7408, Gilford, NH 03247 are requested.
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, 15 September 2014 07:28
NORTHFIELD — Helen Martha (Mellonakos) Witzgall, 89, a resident of Northfield died at her home Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, following a decline in health.
Helen was born in Dracut, Mass., March 29, 1925, daughter of George and Martha (Kousteleris) Mellonakos. Prior to moving to Northfield in 2010 she and her late husband resided in Lawrence, Mass., since 1948.
She was homemaker, devoted mother and grandmother. She worked as a factory worker and nurse during and just after World War II, prior to her marriage in 1948. Following her husband's retirement as a general contractor for 49 years, they traveled extensively in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.
She enjoyed the family cottage in Dennisport, Mass., making it the family getaway until her health prevented doing so.
She was predeceased by brothers, William and Charles; a sister, Frances; and her husband, Walter Conrad Witzgall, who died in 2013.
She leaves sons, Michael Witzgall and his wife Holly of Northfield, Paul Witzgall of Dennisport, Mass; four grandchildren, Matthew, Brian, Jennifer and Sarah Witzgall; two step grandchildren, Patrick Riutta and Michael Silvestri; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held today, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) Tilton. Burial will be at a later date in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Helen's name to either Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, P.O. Box 1092, West Seneca, NY 14224, or Franklin VNA and Hospice 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 08:37
MEREDITH — Frank B. "Digger" Dunn, 96, of Hillrise Lane, Meredith, passed away at Forest View Manor in Meredith, NH on September 11, 2014.
Frank was born December 7, 1917 in Sanbomton, N.H. to Leon Dunn and Marie Maple Dunn. He has been a resident of Meredith since the age of 4.
Frank worked for Frank Prescott at Prescott Lumber for many years. After World War II, he had a small trucking company which hauled lumber for Diamond Match Company among others. He started the first backhoe business in Meredith in 1959. He did all the digging for the town at the time. He enjoyed his work and made many friends. Everyone knew "Digger". He retired in the late 1980s.
Frank served in the Army in WWII From 1941-1945. He was a PFC in the 20th Combat Engineers and was in several invasions in the European theatre. He was captured by the Germans and was a Prisoner of War for about a year.
He married Patricia Pettengill on March 8, 1952 and she predeceased him on June 19, 1996. He was also predeceased by brothers Arthur and Lewis.
Frank is survived by his daughter, Patrice [Patty] and her husband Harold [Hank] Denison; granddaughter, Jennifer Hepier and her husband Matt, great granddaughter, Isabelle Hepier; great-grandson, Brayden Hepier, a niece and several nephews.
Our family would like to thank all the staff at Forest View Manor for all the loving care they gave him during his time there, as well as the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, and the Meredith and Center Harbor Visiting Nurses for all their care.
A graveside service will held in the Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Edward J. Charest will officiate.
Donations may be made to the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH. 03246 or the Meredith and Center Harbor Visiting Nurses, 186 Waukewan St., Meredith, NH. 03253
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Frank's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 08:26