LACONIA — Julie Anne Gaillard, 36, of 188 Sheridan St., Lakeport, passed away after a long battle with gastric cancer, surrounded by her loved ones, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Julie was born Aug. 27, 1977, in Laconia, the daughter of Gayle Gallant and James Gaillard. She spent most of her life in Laconia and Belmont. She also lived in Florida for nine years and received her Associate's Degree in the dental field.
Julie was a free spirit and enjoyed living life to the fullest. Her many interests included fishing, camping, golfing, snowboarding, antiquing at the local thrift shops and traveling. During her tenure at Continental Airlines, her job enabled her to travel to Hawaii, Mexico, Las Vegas, and numerous other destinations.
Julie's family and friends were very important to her. She loved time spent with family and friends and was always full of love, fun and laughter. Her outgoing personality, infectious smile, sense of humor and kind heart afforded her many lifelong friends. She will be missed by all her knew her.
Julie especially adored her niece and nephews. Whether it be a sleepover with Maddy, fishing at the Lakeport dam with Riley, or cheering on Jake and Drew at their soccer games at Laconia High School, she always loved spending time with them.
Julie is survived by her partner, Katie Ferguson, of New Durham; mother, Gayle Gallant, of Laconia; her father, James Gaillard, of Laconia; a brother, Scott Fazzina; and a sister, Leslie Lovely, both of Gilford; a niece, Madeline Pauline Lovely; and three nephews, Jake, Andrew and Riley Sykes. Survivors also include her grandmother, Pauline Gallant; her uncle, Michael Gallant, and his wife, Jane, of Gilford; her aunt, Gloria Gallant, and her husband, Wilbur Bickford, of Belmont; and three cousins, Dawn Eastman, Deborah Gallant and Samantha Nock.
She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Ernest Gallant and George Gaillard and by a grandmother, Eunice Gaillard and an aunt, Becky Houle.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia, N.H. There will then be a celebration of Julie's life at the Leavitt Park House, 334 Elm St., Lakeport immediately following. A private burial will be held later in the spring in the family lot at McCoy Cemetery, Gilford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
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 Monday, 31 March 2014 06:42
MEREDITH — Irene Flanders, 100, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. She had been a resident of Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith.
Irene was born on July 25, 1913, in Alexandria, the daughter of Herbert and Jennie Tenney. She married John F. Flanders, at age 17, and they moved to Bristol where they lived for 27 years. In the early 50s, they moved to Center Harbor where they lived for 50 years. She and her husband, John, enjoyed working in their vegetable garden.
Irene did housekeeping for families around the Lakes Region for 14 years. She always kept her own home looking good. Through the years, she was employed at the Laconia Hospital, the Belknap County Nursing Home and the asbestos mill in Meredith.
Irene loved to be with other people. She never liked being alone and enjoyed visits from her family. She liked to cook and was fond of animals. She always had a dog or cat.
After selling her home in Center Harbor, she moved to Ashland. She was a resident of White Mountains Courts. At 94, she was presented with the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest citizen of the town. She didn't stop driving until she was 94.
Irene was known for her beautiful smile! She contributed her remarkable longevity to always being happy. Her nieces, nephews and friends will miss her.
Irene is survived by several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her infant son, Roland, her husband, John, two brothers, Cecil Tenney and Howard Tenney, one sister, Lois Grace, and a son, Richard Flanders, who passed away in August of 2013.
There will be no calling hours.
Graveside services will be held later in the spring at the Oakland Cemetery in Meredith.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Pemi-Baker Community Health, 101 Boulder Point Drive Suite 3, Plymouth, NH 03264 or the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter, New Hampshire Office, Five Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, NH 03110.
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 Friday, 28 March 2014 06:48
CAYCE, S.C. — Funeral Services for Gary Scott Flack, formally of New Hampshire, will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Mission of Hope Ministries in Cayce, S.C. A visitation/viewing will be held at the church from 11 a.m. until the hour of service for friends and family. A. A. Dicks funeral Home in Columbia, S.C. is in charge of these arrangements.
He was born in Laconia, New Hampshire on January 24, 1956 to the late Russell and Rita Drouin Flack. He departed this life suddenly on March 20, 2014 at Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, South Carolina.
Gary attended Belmont High School and lived most of his life in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Mr. Flack served his country honorably and was honorably discharged from the Unites States Army. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and received the National Defense Service Medal. He was also qualified as a M16 Sharp Shooter.
Mr. Flack was the owner and operator of GSF Excavation Companyof Belmont for many years. He volunteered his equipment and labor for several community projects to include baseball fields and the Belmont Fire Department construction. Gary was an active citizen of his community and was a long serving member on the Belmont Planning Board and Budget Committees.
Gary moved to Columbia, S.C. in 2011 and served faithfully with the Mission of Hope Ministries in Cayce and Batesburg-Leesville. He will be missed by the many that he lent a hand to and he always did it with a smile. Shortly after his arrival at the church, he gave his life to Jesus and was baptized.
His hobbies included being an avid snowmobiler, enjoying family gatherings and always helping others in need. Gary was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Left to cherish memories are his wife, Susan M. LaFierre Flack of Cayce, S.C.; daughters, Jessica (Joshua) Schofield and Jennifer Gauthier; grandchildren, Elise, Jack and Emalyn Schofield and Wynter, Trinity and Jacob Gauthier all of Alabama; sisters, Sherryl Caldwell of Belmont and Susan Pratt of Sanbornton; brothers, Rusty and Chet Flack both of Belmont, John Flack of Gilmanton and Kevin Flack of Wadmalaw Island, S.C. and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends who will miss him greatly.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:13
TILTON — Cynthia Gonnerman, 47, of Tilton, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014.
Cynthia "Cindy" was born March 1, 1967 in Plymouth, NH, the daughter of Tobey and Alice Gonnerman.
Cindy's early years were happily spent in the Rumney area where she attended the Russell School. Beginning when she was 4 years old, and for six more years, her family traveled to live and work in the Northwest of the United States, returning each spring to NH taking different routes each time, visiting as many states as possible.
She graduated from The New Hampton School spending her senior year as a Foreign Exchange Student in Denmark. Returning home after travels and adventures in Europe, she entered UNH and graduated in 1989. Her career took her to Tilton where she was employed as a social worker at the Spaulding Youth Center.
After losing her sight at age 30, Cindy faced her future with courage and independence. She always had an adventurous spirit and when The Guide Dog Association approved her application, she was on her way to Oregon. She could have taken a plane, but insisted on taking the bus....alone. She said, "No, I'm taking the bus. I want to see the country."
Cindy was an advocate for projects that were dear to her heart. She was tough when it came to the rights of people who were disabled...or poor. She fought to keep the Bus System running when it was thought some routes might be changed or discontinued. She was active on the Governor's Advisory Council in Concord and was not afraid to speak her mind.
A big part of Cindy's life was being involved and giving back to the community that she loved and loved her. She saw her cup as half full and always found ways to help others who took inspiration from her positive attitude.
She was an active member of the Tilton Senior Center CHAT Committee and everyone looked forward to eating her famous chocolate chip cookies. She also loved her membership in the Hall Memorial Library Book Club.
For 18 years Cindy volunteered at the Veterans Home in Tilton, taking her guide dogs for the residents to play with. It gave her great joy to be part of their lives and she could instantly recognize each Veteran by just hearing their voice. They loved her and she loved them.
A special aunt said that the song that most described Cindy was: "I'll Do It My Way". And she did.
Survivors include her mother, Alice "Allie" Martin, of Clearwater, Fla.; her father, Tobey Gonnerman, of New Hampton and a sister, Abigail "Abby" Sampson of Billerica, Mass.
The date and time of the Memorial Service will be announced and held at a later date. There will be no calling hours.
For those who wish, Memorial donations can be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 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, 27 March 2014 05:50