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John R. Belfontaine, 83

LACONIA — John R. Belfontaine, 83, a longtime resident of Laconia, N.H. died Thursday, February 12, 2015 following a period of failing health.
John was born in Portland, Maine, March 25, 1931, son of the late Sinclair A. and Mary (Burke) Belfontaine. He was the baby of 12 children. He spent his youth and was schooled in Portland. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving honorably for 22 years as an air traffic controller, retiring as a Master Sergeant. Following his discharge in Oklahoma, he has since resided in Laconia for 43 years.
He was a member of the VFW Post in Laconia, DAV Chapter 18 in Manchester and Air Force Sgt. Association, Chapter 155 in Portsmouth.
John had a great fondness for birds, especially cardinals. He was predeceased by siblings and his wife Phyllis M. (Huggins) Belfontaine. He leaves,
his sons, John R. Belfontaine, Jr and his wife Karen of Gaylordsville, Conn. and Daniel V. Belfontaine and his wife Dorothy of Thornton, Colo.
daughters, Yvonne L Belfontaine of Waterford, Mich. and Julia M. Belfontaine of Laconia; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Julia I. Janda of Calif. and Elizabeth D. Smith of Portland, Maine; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.,) in Tilton, N.H.
A committal service will be held Wednesday, February 18, with honors, at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303. Burial will follow with his wife Phyllis.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8540.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 08:16

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Rita M. Stinson, 70

LACONIA — Rita M. Stinson, 70, of Laconia, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Lakes Region General Hospital.
She was born on August 9, 1944, in Franklin, N.H., daughter of George E. Stinson, Sr., and Eva (Spicer) Stinson, and had lived in the Lakes Region since 1965.
Rita graduated from Franklin High School in 1962. During her working career, she did factory work, including 10 years at Laconia Needle Company. She retired in 2006 after five years as a homemaker companion at Community Health and Hospice.
Rita enjoyed roller skating for many years when she was younger, and she enjoyed spending time with her brother George and his family. She also enjoyed a good box of chocolates.
Rita was predeceased by her father and mother, and her sister, Helen O'Dougherty, and nieces Gloria, Linda, and Susan O'Dougherty.
She is survived by her brother, George Stinson, Jr., and his wife, Cheryl, of Penacook; sisters Florence Griffin, of Sanbornton, and Diane Stinson, of Bradenton, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. An Urn Burial will take place in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery in Franklin where she will be buried with her sister and nieces.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Lakes Region General Hospital and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center for their compassionate care of Rita.
In lieu of flowers, it was Rita's wish that memorial donations be made in her memory to the charity of one's choice or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
As Rita would often say: "Take care of yourselves and take care of each other".
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 Friday, 13 February 2015 08:13

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Melba J. LaRoche, 84

GILMANTON — Melba Jean (Clifford) LaRoche, 84, life-long resident of Gilmanton, N.H. passed away on Wednesday, February 11th at the Golden Crest Senior Wellness Resort and Spa, Franklin, N.H. in the loving embrace of her family.

Born on May 12th, 1930 in Gilmanton, N.H. she was the youngest daughter of the late Earle and Nellie (Ellsworth) Clifford. She attended the Gilmanton Academy and graduated from Laconia High School, class of '48. She worked as an administrative secretary for Sterling Engineering and Scott & Williams, as bookkeeper for Weeks Dairy and 26 years with the US Postal Service, as clerk in the Gilmanton Post Office and last as Postmaster of the Belmont, NH Post Office.

Melba's longtime dedication to the Town of Gilmanton began with her family's lifelong involvement in community service. Her mother taught school at two of the original schoolhouses and was librarian at the Gilmanton Corners Library. Her father was Road Agent for 22 years and her husband was Fire Chief and Commander of the Gilmanton American Legion. She held the positions of elected Supervisor of the Voter Checklist for 14 years, Library Trustee for 10 years and Trustee of the Trust Funds for 20 years. She also served as Deputy Town and School Treasurer, a member of the National Association of Postmasters, Beech Grove Cemetery Association, Gilmanton PTA, Fire Department Auxiliary and, many years ago, the Gilmanton "Coffee Club". She was a charter member of the Gilmanton Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit #102 of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as Secretary for 53 years proudly supporting the needs of Veterans at the local, state and national level.

She was an avid weather watcher and loved feeding the varied wildlife that visited her home in Gilmanton. Her favorite trip was "to the ocean" and she spent many, many wonderful vacations there with family and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, Melba was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 34 years, Alfred E. LaRoche, along with her sisters Lois McClary, Ruth Stockwell and Evelyn Horan and brother Everett Clifford.

She is survived by her three children; Candace Daigle and her husband Raymond M. Daigle of Gilmanton, Michael A. LaRoche and his wife Susan LaRoche of Hudson, N.H. and Stephan E. LaRoche and partner Amy Rice of Lower Gilmanton, N.H. In addition Melba leaves her four adored grandchildren, Benjamin, Evan, Jacob and Victoria "Tori", her extended family including Samantha and Jaycob Hamel and Ethan Rice; many loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and dear, life-long friends including Virginia ("Ginny") Stanley, Ned and Elaine Lawson (Bernard, Maine), loved grand-dogs "Snoopy" and "Buckley" and many others with whom she shared love and laughter during her lifetime. She always considered herself blessed in her life with loving family and friends. She always had a kind word, positive outlook and a hand of support for all.

There will be no calling hours. A spring interment and graveside service for the family and friends will be held at the family plot in the Beech Grove Cemetery. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Stockwell Scholarship Fund of the American Legion Auxiliary, c/o Mary Richardson, 136 Loon Pond Road, Gilmanton, NH 03237, to further Americanism and support Veterans, military, their families and their community.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., 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, 12 February 2015 07:38

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Clarence H. 'Larry' Thorne, 94

MEREDITH — Clarence Howard "Larry" Thorne, 94, of Meredith, N.H. and Venice, Fla., passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Venice, after a brief illness.

Born in Patten, Maine, on March 24, 1920, he was the son of Clarence and Martha (Evangeline) Thorne. Larry was raised in Island Falls, Maine, and attended local schools, graduating from the Island Falls High School. He furthered his education at the Maine School of Commerce (now Husson University) and the School of Banking at Williams College.

In 1942, Larry enlisted with the U.S. Navy and served his country with honor and courage in WWII.

Larry had a robust working career; he was the Assistant Treasurer of the Katakdin Trust Co., in Patten, Maine, he relocated to Meredith in 1959 to be the Treasurer and Vice President of the Meredith Trust Co. and Meredith Savings Bank, in 1966 he became President of both banks. In 1982 Larry became the Chairman of the Board of the Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Larry was a member of the Inter-Lakes School Board; he served as President of the Rotary Club, as well as serving as a Trustee of both the Taylor Home, in Laconia, and the Lakes Region General Hospital.

In 1990 Larry married Marjorie L. Burrows and together they enjoyed extensive travel throughout the U.S. and Europe. Larry was an avid golfer in New Hampshire and Florida; he enjoyed reading and spending time with his family. Larry, Marjorie, and their children enjoyed many family cruises to the Caribbean. Larry was a communicant of St. Charles-Borromeo Catholic Church and he also attended services at the Moultonborough United Methodist Church. He will be remembered by his family as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Thorne, who passed away in the late '80s.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife of twenty-five years, Marjorie L. (Nelson) Thorne, of Meredith; daughter, Andrea Thorne, of NYC, N.Y.; step-son, Jon Burrows and his wife Darlene, of Moultonborough; sister, Joanne Whittemore and her husband Don, of Fla.; three grandchildren, Cori-lynn Hughes and her husband Juan, of Sykesville, Md., Chad Burrows, of Moultonborough, David Burrows and his wife Amy, of Moultonborough; four great-grandchildren, Brooke, Jordan, Jon, and Addison. Larry is also survived by his one niece and four nephews (and their families) whom he was very close to.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's memory to the LRGH Auxiliary, Lakes Region General Hospital, 80 Highland Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Charles-Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 NH Route 25, Meredith, on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Richard Thompson, V.F., will be the celebrant. A spring interment will be held in the St. Agnes Cemetery, Island Falls, Maine at a later date and will be private.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Larry's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 07:24

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