LOUDON — Carolyn S. Bilodeau, 75, passed away after a courageous battle with Gliolabstoma cancer on Saturday November 9, 2013. Carolyn, or as she was known to her family and close friends as "Big Gram" was surrounded by her husband, three children and their spouses and her grandchildren.
Carolyn was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire on November 16, 1937. She was the daughter of Franklin and Thelma (McLain) Stillings. After graduation, she worked several service provider jobs in the "North Country" of New Hampshire. She later married Lionel W. Goupil and relocated to Laconia, New Hampshire and had three children – Jean Drouin, Cheryl Connor and Kevin Goupil.
Lionel passed away suddenly in November of 1981. Carolyn later re-married Louis Bilodeau; the couple recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary.
After retirement from the Department of Health and Human Services – Child Support Division, Carolyn and Louis relocated to Loudon in 2001 to be closer to their children, family and close friends. Carolyn also continued working part-time for service providers including the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Carolyn and Louis both enjoyed and loved the New Hampshire outdoors activities of fishing, kayaking and bird watching. Carolyn also enjoyed knitting and crocheting – spending countless hours making family heirlooms for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Louis Bilodeau, three children – Jean Drouin, Cheryl Connor and Kevin Goupil and their spouses Steve Drouin, Kevin Connor and Jessica Goupil. Two brothers – Frank Stillings and Leroy Stillings and their partner and spouse Cheryl Aubut and Margaret Stillings. Seven grandchildren – Toni Coffin, Jessica Drouin, Brett Clairmont, Cameron Clairmont, Amanda Goupil, Brandon Goupil, Ashley Clark and their partners and spouses Christopher Coffin, Mike Smith, Zachary Corliss and Lee Clark. Nine great-grandchildren – Jenna Wilson, Rebecca Wilson, Shanon Coffin, Lillian Burns, Cooper Martin, Caitlyn Clark, Gabrielle Clark, Leeana Clark and Skylar Clark. As well as many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen with a Celebration of Life to immediately follow at Alan's of Boscawen Restaurant, 133 north Main Street.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Carolyn's honour to the Concord Hospital – Payson Center for Cancer Care, 250 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:06
ASHLAND — Lorraine Ann [Drewes](Godville)(Croft) Lyford, 81, died on November 8, 2013 following a period of declining health at Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith, N.H.
Born on June 3, 1932 in Bronx, New York, the daughter of Arthur N. and Eleanor (Scanlon) Drewes. She attended schools in New York and was employed by Horn and Hardart's and Fanny Farmers, where she met many aspiring singers and actors such as Frank Sinatra, The Three Stooges and many others.
After her marriage to James Godville, she relocated to New Hampshire in 1949 settling in Ashland and began raising a family. While living in Ashland, she was employed at Speare Memorial Hospital; O. A. Miller's in Plymouth NH, and at LW Packard Company in Ashland.
Lorraine was active in the American Legion's Women's Auxiliary and was also known for her homemade breads, rolls, and donuts.
Lorraine helped establish the first Ashland Youth Recreation Center in April of 1971, which allowed a place for many of its young people to join together for games, music, and to socialize, keeping them safe and off the streets.
Lorraine enjoyed bingo, music and dancing, baking, knitting/crocheting, hook latch, and word search puzzles. She had a love for animals, but what she treasured and loved the most was her family and the time she got to spend with them.
She was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Eleanor Drewes, husbands Richard (Red) Croft and Carlton (Skip) Lyford, as well as her brothers Gerard Drewes, Arthur N. Drewes; Sisters Dolores Van Deren, Joan Bersuch , Eileen Keefe; and infant brother Arthur Drewes. She was also predeceased by her daughter Marie O. Prince, and her son James A. Godville.
She is survived by her son Gerard Godville and wife Mary-Ellen of Bridgewater NH; daughter Julie Nichols and husband David of Holderness NH, eight grandchildren; Amy Prince, Gary Prince, Jamie (Godville) Wojcik, Ryan Nichols, Maren (Godville) Taylor, Brandon Nichols, Christopher Godville, Mallory (Nichols) Murphy and eleven great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Friday November 15, 2013 at the Dupuis Funeral Home 11 Hill Ave. Ashland from noon to 1:30 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Green Grove Cemetery Main Street Ashland. Donations may be made to the NH Humane Society or to the Ashland Community Center and Food Pantry. Dupuis Funeral Home Ashland is handling arrangements. For more info go to Dupuisfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 07:38
SANBORNTON — William H. Welcome, Sr., 54, a resident of Sanbornton for several years died Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Bill was stricken ill near his home getting ready for a day of deer hunting. He was born in Franklin, December 25, 1958, son of Henry J. Welcome Jr. and Jean L. (Masse) Welcome. He spent his youth in Canterbury and lived for most of his life in the Tilton area. Bill worked over a period of years as a respected professional painter with his dad and family business, Welcome Painting. Following the loss of his father, Bill continued painting. He was presently employed in the maintenance department for Preservation Management, Inc. at Royal Gardens Property in Concord. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He especially looked forward to someday visiting Alaska. He was predeceased by his father in 1998. In addition to his mother Jean of Sanbornton, Bill leaves, two sons, William H. Welcome Jr. and wife Krystle of Franklin James J. Welcome and wife Shannon of Franklin; grandchildren, Timothy, Bryce, Damian, Justin, Aiden, Riley, McKenzie and soon to be, Olivia; his significant other of 16 years, Melanie Maheux of Sanbornton and her children, Nicholas and Natalie; brothers, Gene J. Welcome and wife Sarah of Gilmanton ,Stan E. Welcome and wife Michelle of Sanbornton; nieces and nephews
A celebration of Bill's life will be held Friday, November 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Heritage Free Will Baptist Church, Meredith Center Road in Laconia. Burial will be private.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 07:32
LACONIA — Shirley Ann Crockett, 79, of 30 County Drive and formerly of Heritage Terrace, Belmont died at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. She was the widow of Donald L. Crockett who died April 18, 2004.
Mrs. Crockett was born February 2, 1934 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Gladys (Blackey) and Arthur E. Hurd, Sr. She was a long time resident of Belmont before moving to Laconia seven months ago and had been employed at the Laconia State School & Training Center for over thirty-seven years.
Mrs. Crockett was an avid bingo player, loved NASCAR, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots.
Survivors include her son, Clifton "Kip" Guay, Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Belmont; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; four brothers, Albert Hurd and his wife, Ernestine, of Gilford, Arnold Hurd and his wife, Jackie, of Meredith, Doug Hurd and his wife, Kirsten, of Virginia and Gerald Hurd and his wife, Anita, of Connecticut; two sisters, Betty Chamberlin and her husband, Stanton, of Gilford and Wanda Brunt and her husband, Jim, of Plymouth; four sisters-in-law, Barbara Hurd of Georgia and Margaret Hurd, Patricia Hurd and Carolee Hurd, all of Meredith and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her parents, Mrs. Crockett was predeceased by a son, Richard A. Guay, and by four brothers, Arthur Hurd, Jr., Robert Hurd, Richard Hurd and Howard Hurd.
There will be no calling hours.
A private Graveside Service will be held at the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, New Hampshire 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 Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:33