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Elizabeth Obelenus, 55

MEREDITH — Elizabeth Obelenus, 55, of Meredith NH, passed from this earth Saturday June 8, from breast cancer. She was passionate about art, organic farming, gardening and food, and leaves both family and friends from many circles bereft.
She was born in 1957 in Queens, NY to Thomas and Helen Obelenus, and studied art at New York University.
In New Hampshire she was active in the art community and the organic farming community. She worked for the New Hampshire office of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and helped start the Local Harvest CSA in Concord.
According to her wishes, her body was donated to Harvard Medical School for education and research. She is survived by her partner Stuart Bushnell of Meredith, and brothers John, Constantine (Connie), Thomas (Tom) and James (Jimmy). Elizabeth specified a party after she was gone, and so a celebration of her life is planned for 2pm on Friday June 28th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, 274 Pleasant Street with a reception to follow. Good memories are welcome and encouraged.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Ann B. Harris, 87

ALTON — Ann B. Harris, age 87, formerly of Alton, died May 26, 2013 at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro.
Born June 18, 1925 in Watertown, CT, the daughter of William and Alice (Norton) Bronson, most recently she resided at Sugar Hill Retirement Community in Wolfeboro, having previously resided in Alton for many years on Church Street and Monument Square.
Ann was retired, a former head cook in the cafeteria at Alton Central School.
She loved interior decorating, doing cross stitch, knitting, gardening flowers and loved her animals. A big Jazz enthusiast, she enjoyed dancing, back in the day.
Widow of the late Dana K. Franklin, 1976 and the late Neal L. Harris, 1998, she is survived by 5 children: Douglas P. Franklin of Northfield, VT, Scott N. Franklin of Bristol, Bradford Franklin of Meredith, Sandra A. Franklin of Sanford, Maine and Tracy L. Franklin Zazadze of Miami, Florida, 3 grandchildren: Nicholas D. Lance of New Durham, Luka Zazadze of Miami, Florida and Starr Lawton of Weirs Beach, also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Virginia Tillson and grandson Anthony F. Lance.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Community Church of Alton on Church Street in Alton, NH. A reception will follow at 12:30 pm at the Wolfeboro Inn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246. Cremation arrangements by Peaslee Alton Funeral Home, to express condolences, please visit: www.peasleefuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:51

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Robert E. Marshall, 91

TILTON — Mr. Robert "Bob" E. Marshall, 91, of Tilton, passed away on May 15, 2013 at Franklin Regional Hospital following a recent period of failing health.
Born on Nov. 19, 1921 in Manchester, NH he was the son (Buddy) of Lucy (Annis) and Robert R. Marshall of Manchester. 
Bob graduated from Manchester Central High School and the University of NH and at the age of 20 enlisted in what was then called the US Army Air Corps. During World War II he served in Southeast Asia on active duty for 8 years; returning home to the US in 1949. He continued to serve on active duty status in the US Air Force until being discharged after the 1966 Cuban Missile Crisis.
In the private sector, Bob worked in Tilton at the Arthur S. Brown Endless Belts MFG. Co. for 17 years as a chemist until their closing and then for Quality Controls also in Tilton until his retirement.
Bob was active in several local civic organizations including Treasurer of the T-N Congregational Church, Master of the T-N Cub Scouts, the Doric-Centre Masonic Lodge #20, serving as Master in 1974-75, the Peabody-Mt. Washington Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the Pemigewassett Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls as Advisory Board Chairman for over 10 years and Master of the Grand Cross of Color. He was also a frequent participant in the Belmont Senior Center and the Laconia Friendship Club for 20 years.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather affectionately known as "Greepa," he especially enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends, traveling to the Foxwoods Casino, reading, solving crossword puzzles, and gardening.
Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years Gladys (Shaw) Marshall, a son: Conrad (Butch) Ekstrom and wife Carolyn of Tilton, daughters, Vicki (Marshall) Hussman and husband Charles of Tilton and Dr. Lisa(Marshall) Schwiebert and husband Dr. Erik Schwiebert of Birmingham, AL, a brother, Donald (Skip) Marshall and wife Doris of Quincy, MA, 7 grandchildren, Shawn (Marshall) Cote of Rollinsford, Shari (Marshall) Cote of Amesbury, MA, Susan Ekstrom and fiancé, Keith Jones of Ridgewood, NY, Karen (Ekstrom) Cote and husband Chris of North Hartland, VT, Mackenzie Hussman of London, England, Elisabeth Schwiebert and Turner Schwiebert of Birmingham, AL, a cousin, Dr. Richard Marshall and wife Jean of Auburn, ME, and 3 great grandchildren.
Bob was predeceased by a sister; Marion Anderson and a cousin; Dr. David Marshall both of Manchester, and a son, Rick E. Marshall of Franklin on May 3, 2013.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Park Cemetery in Tilton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:20

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James K. Thomas, Sr., 74

MEREDITH — James K. Thomas, Sr., 74, of Daniel Webster Highway, died June 11, 2013, at his home, after a long illness.
Born in Meredith, NH on February 18, 1939, he was the son of Kenneth F. Thomas and Barbara (Sears) Sharon. Jim grew up in Meredith and attended Meredith High School. He has been a resident of Meredith for most of his life.
James worked as a logger most all his life and owned and operated his saw mill, Thomas Timber Products, for over thirty years. His saw mill supplied many jobs to the young men of Meredith
He was a past member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks and the Meredith Kiwanis Club.
Jim was a NASCAR enthusiast and enjoyed all aspect of racing. Jim was always willing to give a helping hand on the set-up of a race car. Jim also enjoyed his many winter trips to Florida.
Jim was predeceased by his brother, Wendell Thomas and sister Bernice Jenness.
James is survived by his son, James K. Thomas Jr and his wife Cindy, grandson Wesley Thomas, all of Meredith, daughters, Sue Horne of Tennessee, Angela Guidi of Center Harbor, brother, Ed Sharon of Laconia, sisters, Joyce Russell of Laconia, Gloria Romprey of Belmont, sister DeDe, nieces, nephews, and his loving companion, Shirley Ballou, of Meredith.
Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, Routes #3 and #104, Meredith, on Thursday June 13, from 6pm to 8pm. A graveside service will be held in the Meredith Village Cemetery, NH Route #3, Meredith, on Friday, June 14, at 11am. The Rev. Edward J. Charest, pastor of the Plymouth United Methodist Church, will officiate.
To sign Jim's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:10

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