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Paul H. Blakely, 78

LACONIA — Paul H. Blakely, 78, of 66 Davis Place, Apt. #3, Laconia, died February 25, 2014 as a result of an apartment fire.

Paul was born in Goffstown, NH in 1935. He moved to Laconia in 1944 and spent the rest of his life in the Laconia area. Paul was self employed doing laundry and ironing. He loved spending time with his friends. He was well known in the community and was described as "a very loving and caring man, who would give you the shirt off his back."

Paul is survived by his sister, Shirley Glidden and her husband Roland, three nieces, Anna Reynolds, Barbara Blais, and Cheryl Iller. He also leaves behind his good friends, Edie McCormack and Lloyd Wylie.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. Burial services will be private.

The Paul Blakely Funeral Fund has been established through Franklin Savings Bank. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Paul Blakely Funeral Fund, C/O Franklin Savings Bank, PO Box 339, Franklin NH 03235-0339.

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, 05 March 2014 08:59

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Edith B. Croteau, 93

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Edith B. Croteau, 93, peacefully left her life here for a better eternal one on March 4, 2014, surrounded at home by her loving family.
She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 5, 1920, daughter of John H. and Mary Cooper Boutillette. Her childhood and young adult years were spent in Quincy and Melrose, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University in 1941. Edith married Louis Joseph Croteau in 1947, and was a teacher in the Boston area until moving to Northfield, New Hampshire in 1952. She taught junior high math in the Canterbury and Belmont school districts, where she was loved and respected by her students and peers, until her retirement after 27 years of service in 1980. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing, craft projects, reading, and golf. After the death of her husband Lou in 1997, she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to spend more time with her family. Here she enjoyed her favorite role of being a devoted mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her son Dr. Louis Croteau and his wife Susan, grandson Bradley Croteau and his fiancée Lisa Lervolino, granddaughter Kimberly Croteau Sparks and her husband T.J., and great-grandson Logan Sparks, all of Virginia Beach.
This true lady will be greatly missed by her friends and family. She would like to express her appreciation to all her health care providers at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, and Sentara Hospice for their kind and excellent care.
According to her wishes, there will be no calling hours or public services planned. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Her main request was for those who knew and loved her to celebrate her life and memory in the same way she closed her Christmas newsletter, "remember to live well, love much, and laugh often."

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Barbara J. McDonald, 78

NORTHFIELD — Barbara Joan McDonald, beloved mother of Robert, James, Kevin and Suzanne Gardner passed on to her next journey on February 26, 2014 surrounded by her family.

Barbara was born in Rahway N.J. on October 12 ,1935 to Julia and Ross Melick, She leaves behind a younger brother and sister, Fredrick Melick and Rosemary Morahan along with six grandsons, three granddaughters, three great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons and six nieces. She is also survived by her husband Thomas McDonald.

Barbara started nursing school as a young single mother, earning her LPN nursing license in 1970. She worked at The Woodbridge State School and then JFK Memorial Hospital in New Jersey before packing up her brood of children and a truck of dogs and puppies and moved to Northfield, N.H. in June of 1975. Barbara continued her nursing career, working at Franklin Regional Hospital, Lakes Region General Hospital, Spaulding Youth Center, New Hampton Preparatory School and Health First Healthcare Center in Franklin until just a few years ago.

Barbara's great passions were horses, reading, plants and camping. Her favorite camping area was Hermit Island in Maine.

There will be no services as per her wish, just a small family gathering to honor her life.

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Lucille M. Batchelder, 86

RUMNEY — Lucille Mary Batchelder, 86, of Franklin, formerly of Rumney, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at Mountain Ridge Nursing Home, in Franklin, after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 1, 1927, in Ashland, NH, she was the daughter of Robert and Delia (Bellavance) Morse. Lucille was raised in Ashland, graduating from the Ashland High School.

She was a long-time employee with the Rochester Shoe Tree Co., at their Ashland Plant and she also worked at the Laconia Shoe Co. Over the years she enjoyed traveling with her husband to the Amish Country of Pennsylvania to vacation and also to Michigan to visit with family and friends. She was a talented gardener and loved spending time in her beautiful flower garden watching her resident humming birds; she liked NASCAR especially Jeff Gordon's car #24.

Lucille was a loving grandmother who cherished time spent with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she will be missed by many.

She has gone home to greet her dearly missed family members, her husband, Stanley Batchelder, and her three children, Marie (Dionne) McCrea, John Dionne, Sr., and Sandra (Dionne) MacDonald.

Lucille is survived by her five grandchildren, Robin Sanborn and husband Douglas, of Belmont, Anne Marie Cohen and husband David, of Shrewsbury, MA, John Dionne, Jr. and wife Amy, of Concord, Randy MacDonald and wife Sandy, of Alton, Robert McCrea, Jr. and wife Shannon, of Laconia; twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, Rebecca; son-in-law, Clyde MacDonald, of Belmont; she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lucille's memory to a charity of one's choice.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Highland Cemetery, Rumney. Rev. Edward J. Charest, pastor emeritus of the Plymouth United Methodist Church will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:42

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