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Joseph W. French, 57

BRISTOL — Joseph William French, 57, passed away at home on Friday, June 14th, 2013 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Franklin, September 4, 1955, the son of Roger and the late Joan (Cabral) French.
Joe worked at IPC and later at Newfound Sales until he retired for health reasons.
Joe enjoyed hunting, all types of fishing, playing cards and horseshoes. Joe was an avid reader.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth "Betty" (Pierce) French of Bristol, his father Roger of Bristol, a sister, Shelley Slaten of Concord; two stepdaughters: Kerri Thoelen of CT, and Denise Wheeler of NH; his step grandfather, Nicholas Amendola of MA; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the New Hampton Community Church. Interment will follow in Homeland Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newfound Area Nursing Association Hospice Program, 214 Lake Street, Bristol, NH 03222. Arrangements are under the directions of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 06:36

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Bethany M. Gessner Edney, 91

MEREDITH — Bethany M. Gessner Edney, 91 of Meredith and Lancaster, NH passed away on Friday, June 14 at Forestview Manor, Meredith surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Lancaster, NH, April 16, 1922 to Jason and Effie (Stickney) Gessner. Beth graduated from Lancaster Academy and attended Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing.
Beth and her husband Herb enjoyed many years traveling and volunteering at the Arizona Boys Ranch in Chandler, AZ and spent many winters in their home in Surprise, AZ. They were volunteers and traveled with Retired Volunteers In Christ Service, providing their talents and service to churches and programs in need. Beth especially enjoyed spending summers in Lancaster at their summer home entertaining friends and family, gardening, camping, ceramics, sewing, stain glasswork, and being part of the Methodist Women's group.
Members of the family include her three daughters, Linda Hersey from Laconia, Charlotte Jackson and husband Don from Bow Mar, Colorado, Cheryl and her husband Philip from Fairfield, Maine. Four grandchildren, Jason and Nathan Hersey of Laconia, Michael Jackson of Highland Ranch, CO , Kellee Jackson of Portland, OR, and two step granddaughters Candy Lessard and Sandy Sargent of Maine. Five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Brian Hersey of Laconia, and Lauren, Brett and Keri of Highland Ranch, CO. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Herbert Edney, in 2011, a great- granddaughter Carrie Jackson, sisters Justine Jackson and Geraldine Swanson and brother Stanton Gessner.
Calling hours will be held at Bailey Funeral Home, 210 Main St., Lancaster on Wednesday June 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with a celebration of her life to be held at the Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Central NH VNA and Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 06:34

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Suzanne Roberts, 88

BELMONT — Suzanne (Sickmon) Roberts, 88, of 164 Brown Hill Road, died Friday, June 14, 2013 at her home surrounded by family, after a full and active life. She was the widow of Leslie E. Roberts who died in July, 2001.
Mrs. Roberts was born April 24, 1925 in Chico, California, the daughter of the late Clive H. and Sara E. (Leitzell) Sickmon. She was a graduate of Classical High School in Springfield, Mass. and received her B.A. and M. S. Degrees from the University of New Hampshire. Between college and graduate school, Mrs. Roberts taught sciences and math at Farmington High School, and following her marriage, she taught math at Carpenter School, Wolfeboro. The couple then purchased the Badger Homestead in Belmont where they farmed and raised their five children. Mrs. Roberts had been a resident of Belmont since 1950 and was the assistant principal at Belmont High School for twenty-seven years before retiring in 1993.
Mrs. Roberts had been a member of the Belmont Baptist Church since 1950. She was the current Church Moderator and was a member of the Ladies' Circle. She was a supervisor the Check List for the Town of Belmont, was a school board member, a trustee of Trust Funds, a member of the Old Home Day Committee, a member of the Belmont Rotary Club, a charter member of the Belmont Historical Society, the Friendly Club and a member of the Board of Directors of Heavenly Sunshine Pre-school. She was also a member of the Belknap County 4-H Foundation, Farm Bureau, the 4-H Association, a Commissioner of the Gunstock Recreation Area and a current board member of Roberts Cove, Inc., Alton.
In recognition of her many contributions to the town, Mrs. Roberts received several awards, including the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Award and in 1999, the New Hampshire and National Assistant Principal Award.
She leaves her sons, Clive E. Roberts and his wife, Carlene Ann Hyslop Roberts, Mark W. Roberts and his wife, Kristine Wilson Roberts, and Roy T. Roberts and his wife, Terry M. Bolduc Roberts all of Belmont; her daughters, Lynn R. Wilson and her husband, John F. Wilson of Brandon, Vermont and Diane C. Roberts and her husband, Robert Mackey, of Tucson, Arizona; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Roberts was predeceased by her brother, Charles W. Sickmon.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 3:00-5:00PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia.
Friends are invited to attend Memorial Services on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 11:00AM at the Belmont Baptist Church, 49 Church Hill, Belmont. Rev. James F. Smith, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. A Reception will follow at St. Joseph Parish, 96 Main Street, Belmont.
Burial will be at a later date in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery, Alton.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Suzanne Roberts Book Award, c/0 Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road, Belmont, NH 03220.
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 Monday, 17 June 2013 05:57

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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.

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