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Mary E. Earley, 72

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SANBORNTON — Mary Elizabeth (Glynn) Earley, 72, of Sanbornton died Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary was born on August 15, 1942 in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. to Edward Glynn and Mary Bloxsom. Mary was a graduate of Horace Greely High School in Chappaqua, N.Y. She then attended Ladycliff College as an undergraduate and later Columbia University as a graduate student. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Chappaqua, N.Y., Stoughton, Mass. and Quincy, Mass. As a longtime resident of Braintree, Mass., she also worked as a licensed insurance agent on the south shore while her children attended school.

During her lifetime Mary was very active in her community. As a student, she was a founder of the High School Future Teachers of America chapter in Chappaqua, N.Y. She volunteered her time at St. Vincent DePaul in Laconia, N.H. as "the book lady", and served for many years as the elected Supervisor of the Checklist in Sanbornton, N.H. As a retiree, she spent her winters in Kissimmee, Florida where she made many dear friends.

As a devout Catholic, Mary taught CCD for many years while a member of the St. Francis of Assisi parish in Braintree, Mass., and also as a member of the St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia, N.H. She loved life, family and friends and had a special devotion to St. Christopher, St. Gerard, St. Jose Maria Escriva, and the Blessed Mother Mary.

Mary was an avid gardener, accomplished bridge player, reader, traveler and enjoyed the theater. She attained the level of Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. As recently as August 2014 she visited St. Petersburg, Russia while on a cruise with her husband, previously they visited Alaska, the Panama Canal and much of Western Europe together. Mary also had a passion for spending time with her seven grandchildren. She could always be found playing and entertaining the children and she could always bring a smile to their faces.

Mary is survived by her husband of forty eight years, John, her loving sons and their spouses; Mike, of Amherst, N.H., Dave, of Duxbury, Mass. and Tom, of Windham, N.H.; her beloved grandchildren, Liam, Alice, Lillian, Sophia, Elizabeth, Sabrina, James, and Eva, and her aunt, Nancy Walker, of Yarmouth Port, Mass.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 at St. Andre Bessette Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia.
A private burial will be held in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Weymouth, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Give Kids the World, 210 So. Bass Road Kissimmee, FL 34746 or www.gktw.org.

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, 08 April 2015 03:40

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Marie S. Austin, 80

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LACONIA — Marie S. Austin of Laconia passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Lakes Region General Hospital, surrounded by family. She was 80 years old.

She was born in Lowell, Mass. on July 13, 1934, daughter of Sarah and Harold Smith. Marie was a graduate of Burdett College in Boston. She lived in Haverhill, Mass. for many years, moving to Laconia in 1994. She was a member of the Haverhill Garden Club and worked as a substitute teacher. She was also a member of the Laconia Garden Club and the Laconia Congregational Church.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence of 57 years, a daughter, Judith Voishnis of Barnegat, N.J. a son, Kenneth and wife Lynn of Brentwood, N.H. and two granddaughters, Kathryn and husband Ryan of Forked River, N.J. and Sarah of Barnegat, N.J.

Marie's sister Dorcas Smith Krusell predeceased her earlier this year.

Those wishing may make memorial gifts (in lieu of flowers) to the Anatomical Gifts Program, Dept. of Anatomy, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH 03755-3832 or The First Congregational Church of Laconia United Church of Christ, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH 03246-3425 c/o The Dorcas Fund​.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 08:39

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Augustus Bontorno, 87

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Augustus "Gus" Bontorno, 87

LACONIA — Augustus "Gus" Bontorno, 87, of Weirs Boulevard, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015, due to complications associated with aging at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Gus was born Dec. 9, 1927, in East Boston, Mass., son of Dominic and Maria (Eramo) Bontorno.

Gus served in the Army during the Korean War.

He worked as a glass engineer for Sylvania Lighting for more than 40 years.

Gus was also a member of the Elks Lodge 876. He will be remembered most for enjoying time on Lake Winnipesaukee, both fishing and spending time with family boating, as well as spending time at the greyhound races at Wonderland.

Gus is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Yvette (Pelletier) Bontorno; three sons, Alan Bontorno and his wife Elieen, of upstate New York, Chuck McCarthy of Massachusetts, and Kevin McCarthy and his wife Karen of New Hampshire; a daughter, Donna Markham and her husband James of upstate New York; three sisters, Leah Hood, Rose Bontorno and Ginger Bontorno; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his first wife, Pauline (Caron) Bontorno; a son, Neal Bontorno; two brothers, Richard Mascetti and John Bontorno; a sister, Camilla "Sandy" Bontorno.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be private.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, P.O. Box 6123 Laconia, NH 03247.

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 please visit, www.wilkinsonbaene.com

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 07:14

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Seth R. Tilton-Fogg, 21

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Seth R. Tilton-Fogg, 21

 

TILTON -- Seth R. Tilton-Fogg, 21, a lifelong resident of Tilton passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 3, 2015.

Seth was born in Concord on July 8, 1993, son of Judith A. Tilton and Peter H. Fogg.

As a vibrant youth, Seth played for many seasons with the Tilton-Northfield Little League, was active in Scouting, and traveled to Australia with People to People. During middle school, Seth was a member of the cross country team, the Winnisquam Regional Middle School Band, and Royal Rangers. Seth was a graduate of the Winnisquam Regional High School, Class of 2011, spending countless hours and traveling extensively with the Winnisquam Chapter of the FFA, holding numerous local officer positions up to and including secretary, treasurer and chapter president, and further serving at the NH State FFA level as NH State Sentinel.

Seth's deep love of the outdoors was fostered by numerous summers spent at YMCA Camp Belknap in Tuftonboro, and Seth often spent much of his free time hunting, fishing, boating and skiing with his brother Scott Tilton-Fogg. Seth also taught skiing as well as snowboarding at Gunstock Ski Area. He loved all animals, especially his dog "Jazz," a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, learning and sharing his love of the breed from his Aunt Betsy, Elizabeth J. Fogg of Boscawen. Seth included the "Toller" dogs in their hunting and was a dog handler at state and national levels, including the Westminster Kennel Club shows in New York City.

Seth was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Russell F. Tilton Sr. of Concord and his paternal grandparents, Yolande D. Fogg and Robert A. Fogg Sr. of South Portland, Maine. In addition to his parents, Judy Tilton and Peter Fogg of Tilton, he leaves a brother, Scott R. Tilton-Fogg, stepfather Jason A. Wright of Tilton, and his maternal grandmother, Florette Tilton of Concord.

Seth's extended family includes Ralph and Carol Wright of Nashua, aunts and uncles David and Susan Eastman of Bow, Robert A. Fogg Jr. of Martin, S.D., and Russell and Leslie Tilton of Sarasota, Fla.; as well as cousins, Hayley Tilton, Brice Tilton, D.J. Eastman and Michelle Fogg.

Seth will be remembered by his family and many friends for his sunny smile, dry humor, bright disposition and quick wit.

Memorial calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Burial will be held at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship fund has been set up at Franklin Savings Bank. Those wishing may make contributions at any FSB Branch for the "Seth R. Tilton-Fogg Memorial Fund," to be used toward Scholarships for the Winnisquam Chapter of the FFA. For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 07:02

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