LACONIA — Hazel G. LaRoche passed away after a long illness on April 7, 2015. She was born on August 12, 1930.
She spent most of her life as an RN at Bellknap County Nursing Home, until she retired. She was well-known for her beautiful love of painting. Her paintings seemed to come alive. She also loved working in her garden and also her flower beds in Northfield.
Her husband became ill, then they moved to Briarcrest in Laconia. This is where she lived until she became very ill and moved in with her daughter Susan, who took care of her until she died.
Hazel was born in Laconia. She was raised in Sanbornton, Hazel was the daughter of Earl and Carrie Smith. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Hazel is survived by her two daughters, Debra (Jim) Daprix of North Carolina, and Susan (Willard) Smith of Laconia. She was predeceased by her husband Edward and her son Daniel, also by her parents, sister Earline Smith and a son-in-law, Billy Adams. She is survived by one sister, Lela (Tom) Corbin of Sanbornton. She's also survived by six grand-children, Daniel LaRoche of Belmont, Sarah (Brian) Hyer of Florida, April (Jason) Morgan of Connecticut, Jason LaRoche (Elizabeth Vaughn) of New Orleans, Jamie (Lawren) Smith of Massachusetts, Christopher Smith and Sarah Sappington of Laconia. She also has four great-granddaughters, Alexis Morgan, Alyssa Morgan, Aubrey Smith and Arianna Smith. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Hazel will be missed dearly by all that knew her, and all who were lucky enough to be touched by her life. Private services will be held at Union Cemetery sometime this spring with her son Daniel. For more information call Susan Smith at (603) 998-0042.
Donations may be made to the N.H. Cancer Society and N.H. Hospice of Laconia.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 08:44
TILTON — Claudette R. O'Leary, 74, a resident of Tilton since 1979, died, April 13, 2015 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon following a sudden decline in her health. Claudette was born in Laconia, July 21, 1940, daughter of the late, Lorenzo and Julliette (Goulet) Parent. She spent her youth and schooled in Laconia. She worked for many years, beginning at the Needle Shop in Laconia, Arwoods in Northfield, New Hampshire Ball Bearing and later retired after several years with Freudenberg NOK from their Northfield plant. Claudette enjoyed life to the fullest, spending time with family and friends, snowmobiling, boating, camping in Wells, Maine and sharing the family pontoon boats with others during the summer. She was so thankful to have spent the short time at the Golden Crest Community in Franklin, laughing with the staff who were so kind to her and her family, Tom, Kyle and Tyler were so welcoming from the minute she moved there.
Claudette was predeceased by her son John and her husband of 55 years, E. John O'Leary who died in 2014.
She leaves her son, Jim O'Leary and his wife Paula, of Belmont; daughters Tina Bean and her husband Douglas of Sanbornton and Debra Waterman and her husband Joseph of Belmont; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother H. Joseph Parent and Paul Parent of Laconia; sisters Rita O'Connor of Durham and Claire Fleury of Northfield; numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Spring burial will be in St. John Cemetery in Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Claudette's name to the Alzheimer's Association, New Hampshire Office, 166 South River Road, Suite 210, Bedford, NH 03110.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 08:05
Dennis Michael Hicks Jr., 38
SANBORNTON — Dennis Michael Hicks Jr., 38, died April 6, 2015, after a courageous fight against Ewing sarcoma.
Dennis had a great passion for fishing, boating and water sports. He was well known for having the loudest cheer at his friends' and children's sporting events. Dennis loved the quiet country life with the odd mix of animals he and his wife raised.
He was a respected diesel mechanic, employed at Winnipesaukee Truck in Belmont, his second home and family.
Dennis's memories will carry on through his wife, Jennifer (Tobin) Hicks; his son, daughter and stepdaughters; brother, Jay Souza and wife Amanda and children; his parents, Dennis and Donna Hicks and Bill and Faith Tobin.
Dennis's friends and family will miss his amazing smile and blue eyes, his contagious laugh, his energetic spirit, his hard work ethic, his crazy dancing and most of all his courage. He left us too soon.
Those wishing may make donations to the "Hicks family battle with sarcoma" at gofundme.com
Calling hours will be Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A private service will be held later in the spring.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 07:20
Wesley "Wes" J. Tavizon, 55
BOSCAWEN — Wesley "Wes" J. Tavizon, 55, of Boscawen died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Concord Hospital after a sudden illness.
Wes was born at the Fort Huachuca Army Base in Arizona on June 16, 1959.
He was raised and grew up in the Alto Loma-Ontario, Calif., area until he joined the Marine Corps in 1977 and was honorably discharged in 1983. After returning to California he met and then married his wife, Linda. After several years of living in California they made the road trip to live in New Hampshire where he would stay for the next 20 years. Upon their arrival, Wes immediately applied for work at what was then Stead Aviation at the Manchester Airport and called the line service supervisor every single day for six weeks until the supervisor got so sick of his calls he hired him. Wes worked at Stead Aviation/Wiggins Airways/Signature Flight for the next 20 years until his death.
Anyone who knew Wes would tell you he was quite the character. He lived life to the fullest and took a strange joy and pride in getting into any type of trouble — which was very often. He knew he was in big trouble when someone would call him "Wesley" instead of just "Wes." He gave the best hugs and made you laugh whenever you saw him.
He especially enjoyed fishing (although never caught anything, except for one rabbit while fishing with his friend, Walter) and camping with friends and family.
Wes had many great friends, made great memories with each, and will be greatly missed by all but never forgotten.
Wes is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Linda Houle Tavizon; his son, Stephen Tavizon; and grandchildren, Makenna and Karder, all of Marietta, Ga.; his mother, Gina Thomas of Palm Desert, Calif.; his sisters, Cynthia DuBois, Renee Chipman and Sherry Thomas Blaka and their families, all of Southern California; his mother-in-law, June Houle; father-in-law, Richard Houle and his wife Susan; and his brothers- and sisters-in-laws, Nancy Houle, Donald Houle, Wayne and Denise Houle, Coleen Poire, David and Karen Houle, and Jim and Judy Shevlin, all of the Lakes Region Area; as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, 110 DW Highway, Boscawen at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A Celebration of his life will be held immediately after at Alan's Restaurant in Boscawen. All are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758540, Topeka, KS 666758540 who recently helped Wes's family members.
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 Thursday, 09 April 2015 07:00