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Rita M. Freeman, 92

LACONIA — Rita M. Freeman, 92, of Laconia, died peacefully at her home on Monday, March 31, 2014. She was born in Laconia, N.H. on March 16, 1922, the daughter of John and Kathryn (McCrea) Lund. She was a graduate of Laconia High School, Class of 1940, and a lifelong resident of Laconia. Rita was employed in the early years at Byse Agency, and later Belknap Agency, where she worked for many years, both located in Laconia. Rita later was employed by The State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services as a Case Manager and retired in 1992, at age 70, after 23 years of service.
Rita was a thoughtful caring person who loved God, country, family, and friends. She demonstrated that love everyday through her actions and boundless generosity. She just knew what to do to help you feel better. With her quick wit and great sense of humor, Rita had her own special way of telling it like it was. She loved doing whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted, and thanked God for her good health. When asked about her health, she would say she didn't have time to be sick. Rita's drinks of choice were ginger ale, and Moxie, thought buying bottled water was stupid, and had no problem telling you about this along with many of her other personal peeves. She was a Secret Santa to so many all year long for no particular reason, other than she knew it was the right thing for her to do and loved doing it. Everyone who has been touched by Rita, already knows what a great feeling it is. She found great enjoyment in feeding the many animals that would come over to her house, be it birds, squirrels, cats or whatever, there was always enough food for all, all year long. She loved Nelson Eddie, his music and his movies. And who doesn't like the Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole and some Tony Bennett tunes. Rita loved watching the Red Sox, particularly Big Papi, golf, with Tiger Woods, Jeopardy, and any and all Perry Mason reruns. For relaxation and fun, playing bingo with her usual 36 cards, and don't forget those scratch tickets. Starting and ending the days, she would read her favorite Harlequin Romance paperbacks. She would often say if she had a slow caller at bingo she would read between the calls. We love you Rita and know you are with God and family and feel very blessed to have had you on this earth and will remember all the love, kindness and generosity you gave to us until we see you again.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth V. Freeman of Sanbornton, two daughters; Pamela Snyder of Summerville, S.C. and Kathryn Garnache of Biddeford, Maine., and five grandchildren; Gary Snyder, Donald Newton, Tammy Desrosiers, Christina Roberts and Emily McWhinnie. Rita was predeceased by her husband Lloyd E. Freeman and daughter Wendy (Freeman) Sweeney, and two brothers Kenneth Lund and Ralph Lund.
With respect to Rita's wishes, there will be a private graveside service later this spring. Donations in Rita's memory may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572 Laconia, 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 Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:18

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Shirley M. Marden, 87

BELMONT — Shirley Mae Marden, 87, of Belmont passed away March 28, 2014 at home surrounded by family.

She was born in San Pedro , California on November 25, 1926 to Edwin and Villa Terrill Hamel. Her family moved cross country to New Hampshire , where she was a resident for the next 71 years.

Shirley was the matriarch of the outgoing Marden clan, who are well established in the Town of Belmont . She was married to Lewis Marden, Sr. for 57 years.
In her adult life, Shirley worked for the Laconia State School as a Psychiatric Aide. In her spare time, she was involved with the Belmont Baseball Organization and the Cub Scouts. She was also a volunteer Sunday school teacher.

Shirley is survived by husband Lewis Marden, Sr. of Belmont, son James Marden, Sr. of Belmont, son Lewis Marden, Jr. and his wife Denise Marden of Belmont, son David Marden and his wife Linda Hatch of Belmont, and daughter Barbara Binette and her husband Richard Binette of Belmont. She also leaves behind grandson Christopher Marden of Belmont, granddaughter Felicia Morrissette and her husband Doug Morrissette of Dover, granddaughter Jenna Pearl and her husband Brian Pearl of Gilmanton, granddaughter Casondra Holub and her husband Kyle Holub of Fort Collins, Colo., granddaughter Shannon Dyer and her husband David Dyer of Gilford, granddaughter Sarah Marden and her husband Kyle Dupuis of Belmont, grandson James Marden, Jr. of Belmont, granddaughter Diane Marden of Belmont, grandson Ed Binette of Belmont, and grandson Joe Binette and his wife Melissa Ramsay McGee of Belmont. Shirley also leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, Edwin and Villa Terrill Hamel, and by son, Jeff Marden.

There will be no calling hours.

There will be a springtime memorial service for family and friends at the South Road cemetery in Belmont at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation c/o Jeff Marden Scholarship at P.O. Box 7312 , Gilford , 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 Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:06

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Joyce F. Munsey, 81

LACONIA — Joyce French Munsey, 81, wife of George P. "Jeep" Munsey III of 257 Belmont Road, died at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 with her daughter, Mia, by her side.
Joyce was born October 30, 1932 in Laconia, one of five daughters of the late Clement C.B. and Alice (Guyer) French and graduated from Laconia High School in 1950, where she was very active in cheerleading and other school functions. She later attended Laconia Business College.
In 1951, Joyce married Jeep Munsey and joined him at UNH where they started their family.
Joyce was a longtime resident of Laconia and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. She founded Jack & Jill Nursery School in 1964 where she taught hundreds of preschoolers along with the assistance of many close friends, before selling it in 1978 to Janet Carroll who continued the Jack & Jill tradition. She then moved on to another venture, buying children's clothing institution, Jan & Her Friends from Janet LaFlamme located on Main Street. She operated the store throughout the 80's up until her retirement. She later dabbled in many pursuits including property management, a craft store with friend Jane Irwin and volunteering countless hours at the St. Vincent DePaul Society right up until a year ago.
Joyce enjoyed golf at the Laconia Country Club and was president of the Women's Twilight League. She was also an avid tennis player for a period of time and enjoyed playing at the Gilford Hills Club.
Joyce also cherished her times entertaining grandchildren and great grandchildren at the house especially during summer months as they were growing up. She passed on a great sense of humor to those children and was an extremely generous person to all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband of sixty-three years, George "Jeep" P. Munsey III, of Laconia; four sons, George P. Munsey IV of Leominster, Mass. (wife Penelope), Todd Clement Munsey of Sutherlin, Oregon (wife Stephanie), Joel Kelley Munsey of Palm Harbor, Florida, James Morgan Munsey of North Palm Beach, Florida and Durham, N.H. (wife Deborah), and a daughter, Melissa Faye "Mia" Annis (husband Randy), of Laconia; fifteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren She is also survived by three sisters, Anita Pintar of Lake Worth, Florida, Faye Lebel of Camden, S. Carolina and Lorraine Mathis of Melbourne, Florida. In addition to her parents, Joyce was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Sleeper and a granddaughter Amy Annis.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
According to Joyce's wishes there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers a Scholarship Fund benefiting Gilford High School Students has been set up in memory of Joyce's granddaughter Amy under the name of "Friends of Amy" at Bank of NH, 62 Pleasant St. Laconia, NH 03246.
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, 02 April 2014 07:19

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David W. Symonds, 61

LITCHFIELD — David William Symonds died suddenly on Saturday March 29, 2014 at his home in Litchfield. David was born on June 15, 1952 in Laconia, NH, the son of Robert and Dorothea (Ricker) Symonds.

David graduated from high school in Hollywood, Fla. in 1970 and attended college at the University of New Hampshire. He worked in food service as a chef from Meredith, N.H. to Vero Beach, Fla. throughout his career.

David, with his wife Margaret, have made their home in Litchfield for the past 22 years. David was a huge sports fan, a life long supporter of both the Boston Red Sox and the Patriots. His many friends and family were always blessed with his generosity and warm spirit. It can truly be said he lived life in full measure.

David's son Robert predeceased him in 1986. David is survived by his wife of 33 years, Margi, daughter Steffanie Jacques and her husband Keith, son David II. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Gage and Chloe Jacques, two brothers and three sisters, Leighton and his wife Carol, Jonathan and his wife Sally, Anne Tucker, Wendy Davis, Madelyn Paquette and her husband Anatole, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial honoring David's life on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11 a.m. , at the Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH. In David's memory donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:16

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