LACONIA — Jeanne L. Pochily, 52, of Laconia, N.H. died on Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was a long-time resident of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.
She was born in Woburn, Mass., the youngest daughter of the late Charles and Ada (Morom) Banks. After graduating from Woburn Memorial High School in 1980, she moved to southern New Hampshire and began her working career while pursuing a college degree. After moving to Arizona with her first husband, Tim Hardy, she earned that degree in Accounting from Prescott College. Upon returning to New Hampshire she worked as an accountant at R.E. Reed & Co. in Laconia while earning her Masters in Finance at Bentley University. She was the Assistant Controller at Pike Industries in Belmont for several years before changing directions to become a Wealth Planner at Ballentine Partners in Wolfeboro for fifteen years. She was passionate about her career and her clients, many of whom she regarded as family.
Jeanne had a heart of gold and a smile for everyone. Everything she pursued, she did so with enthusiasm and spirit. She enjoyed skiing at Gunstock, hiking Mt. Major, and practicing yoga and meditation. When the friendship she had with Jeff Pochily blossomed into a relationship, she knew that her soulmate had been in front of her the whole time. They married several years later. Her happiness led her to become a Life Coach and teach other people how to become happy.
Jeanne will be sorely missed by her two nieces, Kimberly Zecher of North Reading, Mass. and Karen Lohrman and husband Steve of Wilmington, Mass.; her grandnieces and grandnephews Adam, Paige, Jason, Dylan, and Madison; her step-sons Jeffrey Pochily II and wife Nikki of Tucson, Ariz. and Jason Pochily of Portsmouth, N.H.; step-grandchildren Kenedy, Brock, Nick, Alex, Emerson, and Elliott; her brother Ed Banks of Stoneham, Mass.; and many more relatives and friends both near and far. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Judy Travers, and her beloved husband Jeff.
A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, May 27th at 11 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Rd, Gilford, N.H. with the Reverend Michael Graham officiating.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer through the American Cancer Society, Two Commerce Dr, Ste 110 Bedford, NH 03110 or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness/New Hampshire, 85 North State Street - Concord, NH 03301 (www.naminh.org).
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, 25 May 2015 07:33
MOULTONBOROUGH — George Edwin Leavitt, 81, of Moultonborough, passed away at Lakes Region General Hospital on Friday, May 22, 2015 after a brief illness.
Born on April 19, 1934, in Framingham, Mass., he was the son of the late Ralph and Virginia (Bert) Leavitt. George was raised in Framingham and Shrewsbury, Mass., graduating from the Major Howard W. Beal Memorial High School in Shrewsbury. He furthered his education at Northeastern University, in Boston, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
George served with the Army Corps of Engineers during peacetime and with 6 months Active Service and Active Reserve for a total of eight years.
His working career includes 32 years with the Fenwal Company of Ashland, Mass., retiring from that position as a Chief Engineer, in 1990. While living in Ashland, Mass. he was a Boy Scout leader and active with Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Patron with his wife for 3 years.
George relocated with his wife Charlotte to Moultonborough after his retirement in 1990. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed mechanical work, woodworking, fishing, and hunting.
As a dedicated member of the greater Moultonborough community George was a Boy Scout Leader and volunteered with the Central NH VNA & Hospice and the Interlakes Community Caregivers.
George was a dedicated Master Mason with the Chocorua Lodge #83 F&AM, in Holderness, a past Master of the North Star Lodge AF&AM, in Ashland, Mass., Past Master, 39th Lodge of Instruction, in Massachusetts, and a member on the DeMolay and Rainbow Girls Advisory Boards.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Charlotte A. (Brown) Leavitt, of Moultonborough; son, William Leavitt and wife Jean, of Oxford, Mass.; daughter, Kathleen Robinson and husband Larry, of Strafford, Vt.; four grandchildren, William Leavitt, Jr., of Norton, Mass., Felicia O'Keefe, of Bellingham, Mass., Danielle and Justin Robinson, both of Strafford, Vt.; four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Squam Valley Masonic Building (Routes 3 and 25, on the Holderness/Center Harbor Town Line). Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Donations in George's memory may be made to the Central VNA & Hospice, 720 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246, or to the Interlakes Community Caregivers, P.O. Box 78, Center Harbor, NH 03226.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth have assisted the family. For George's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 07:29
GRAY — Maxine L. Moulton, 89, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 surrounded by her family. Maxine was born April 30, 1926 to Irvin and Verda Lolley of Oakman, Ala. where she lived and worked until 1946, then she came to Portland, Maine and later settled in Gray, Maine. At age 16 she had her first job at the Greyhound Bus Station in Birmingham, Ala. and in Maine, she worked at First National Bakery, Fair-child semiconductor, Baskin-Robbins and White's Laundry. She retired to enjoy her golden years with the love of her life and soul mate, Theodore Moulton.
She enjoyed gardening and traveling, Myrtle Beach being her favorite destination, and Sunday drives to where ever the road would lead her and Ted.
She is predeceased by her three sons, Michael Valente III, Joseph Valente and Philip Valente; and all five of her siblings. She is survived by her husband Theodore Moulton, Sr.; her daughter Bonita Valente-Tuttle, her stepchildren, Ted Moulton, Jr., Patricia Cleveland, Gary Moulton, Daniel Moulton and Donna LaCoste; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
"God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered, 'Come to me.'" - Unknown.
A Graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 in Forest City Cemetery, South Portland, Maine.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 07:35
MEREDITH — Army officer, highway commissioner, legislator, public servant John Palmer Chandler, 89, of Hill, N.H., died May 18th at his home in Meredith, N.H. of pneumonia after a long illness. He spent his boyhood summers on Murray Hill and was a resident of Hill, N.H. since 1947.
Born May 18,1926, in Boston, Mass., he was the younger son of Norman Bemis Chandler and Mary (Laning) Palmer), both deceased. He graduated from Browne & Nichols School (1943), attended Harvard College for two years (Class of 1947) and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1949. He held masters degrees from Harvard University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and George Washington University. He was a licensed Professional Engineer.
He served over thirty-one years in the Army, first as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and subsequently as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His principal assignments included command of engineer units at platoon, company, battalion and group level, engineer advisor to the armed forces of South Korea, Bolivia and the Republic of Vietnam and general staff officer in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff. His final assignment was as the Division Engineer of the New England Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he was appointed to the International Joint Commission (U.S. & Canada) and briefly as Chairman of the New England River Basins Commission. His decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two clusters, Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service and Army Commendation medals. He was also decorated by the governments of Bolivia, and Republic of Viet Nam.
Since retirement from military service in 1979, Colonel Chandler has been a vice president of Anderson-Nichols (1980), Architect-Engineers in Concord, N.H., taught eight years as a lecturer at Plymouth State College, was N.H. Commissioner of Public Works & Highways (1985) and represented Merrimack District #1 in the NH House of Representatives for three terms (1991-1996) and was vice-chairman of the House Public Works & Highways Committee. He held town offices for many years on school, planning and zoning boards and served as chairman of the Lakes Region Planning Commission. In the private sector he served on the boards of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Franklin Regional Hospital, Lakes Region Charitable Foundation, N.H. Society of Professional Engineers, Merrimack River Watershed Council, Franklin Rotary Club, Franklin and Starr King Unitarian Universalist Congregations and long term president of the Hill Historical Society.
Colonel Chandler was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club-Institute of 1770 and D.U./Iroquois Clubs at Harvard, the Army and Navy Club, Washington, D.C., the Association Of the United States Army, the Army Engineer Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers as a Fellow, the NH Council on World Affairs and numerous other organizations.
He was predeceased by his brother, Colonel Norman Palmer Chandler of Exeter, N.H., who died in 1997. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane Campbell Chandler, three daughters, Mary Chandler Marder of Weston, Mass., Anne Campbell Chandler of Danbury, N.H., and Jean Palmer Chandler of Concord, Mass., six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The memorial service will take place Sunday, June 7th at 3 p.m. at the Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Plymouth, N.H. The burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Hill Historical Society, P.O. Box 193, Hill, NH 03243.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 07:29