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James M. Leahy, 71

STONINGTON, Connecticut — James Michael ("Mike") Leahy, 71, of Stonington, CT, husband of Deborah Kotchen, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
Born in Laconia, NH, he was the son of the late Dr. Roland and Margaret Leahy and lived in Stonington, CT for the past decade. He previously resided in West Hartford and Westport.
Mike was a member of two Laconia High School state championship ski teams and was a nationally ranked water ski jumper in the 1950s. He graduated from the University of Connecticut.
Professionally, Mike spent 25 years in the advertising business in New York and London. He was Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, and held previous positions with Young & Rubicam, Needham Harper & Steers and Dancer Fitzgerald Sample. His clients included P&G, Bristol-Myers, Sara Lee, M&M Mars, Xerox and the United States Olympic Committee.
In 1991, Mike launched his own consulting business, providing marketing services to Connecticut Departments of Labor, Health and Tourism, The Newspaper Association of America, Drugs Don't Work!, Special Olympics World Games, Forbes, Business Week and three Connecticut governors through the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.
Mike served on the board of directors for Special Olympics Connecticut, Stonington Free Library, Stonington Village Improvement Association and Stonington Harbor Yacht Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children from a former marriage with Carol Leahy of Westport; daughter, Wendy Leahy and her husband Michael Grand of Brooklyn, NY; son, Michael Leahy and his wife Aimee of Brooklyn, NY; three step-children, Elizabeth Neave and her husband Jonathan of Monkton, MD, Matthew Kotchen and his wife Elinor of Washington, DC; and Andrew Kotchen and his wife Emily of Irvington, NY; two brothers, Richard and John Leahy both of Laconia, NH; and five beloved grandchildren, Ethan Grand, Mia Leahy, Spencer Neave, Grace and William Kotchen.
He was predeceased by his grandson Charles Neave, whom he now joins to resume their exciting summer adventures.
Mike was an avid sailor and skier with boundless energy, and his sense of humor, selflessness and kind heart will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 20, 2013 at the Calvary Church, 26 Church St., Stonington, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of J. Michael Leahy to Special Olympics Connecticut at 2666 State Street, Hamden, CT, 06517.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:26

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Evelyn M. Fuller, 80

TILTON — Evelyn May Fuller, 80, a longtime resident of Tilton died Friday, April 05, 2013 at the Mountain Ridge-Genesis Center in Franklin following a period of failing health. Evelyn was born in Laconia, June 30, 1932, daughter of Frederick O. Fuller and Christine M. (Perkins) Fuller. She had lived in the Sanbornton-Tilton areas all of her life. She was employed for many years at the former Tilton Endless Belt Company, worked in the dietary department at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton for ten years, Shaws Supermarket and Abundant Life Company. She enjoyed raising cows, sheep and rabbits. Evelyn also enjoyed gardening. Over the years she was a member of the Future Farmers of America and local Granges. Evelyn was a longtime member of the Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church in Tilton.
In addition to her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her sister Agnes Fuller and her brother Charles Fuller.
She leaves nephews and numerous good friends.
A private graveside service will be held at the family lot in Park Cemetery in Tilton.
Those wishing may make a memorial contribution in Evelyn's name to the Franklin Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 10:20

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Betty A. Norwood, 72

LACONIA — Betty A. (Perkins) Norwood, 72, of 183 Baldwin Street, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at home after a battle with cancer. She was the widow of Fred B. Norwood who died in 1996.
Betty was born July 7, 1940 in Moultonborough; she was 1of 9 children born to Richard and Catherine (Jobin) Perkins. She was a graduate of Inter-Lakes High School in 1959 and moved to Laconia in 1970.
Betty worked many years at Allen & Rogers in Laconia, the New Hampton School, and most recently, Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, from where she retired at age 70.
Betty was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, Laconia and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was also a member of the Emblem Club. She loved the ocean and her favorite thing was to spend time with her family during the summer in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Betty was the proud mother of 3 children, Brenda Grad of Meredith, N.H. Charles Norwood of Moultonborough, N.H. and Brian Norwood of Laconia. She also adored her 7 grandchildren; Rebecca Whynot, Sam Grad, Caelan Norwood, Rory Norwood, Ellie Norwood, Caitlin Norwood and Phoenix Norwood, six sisters, Donna Giles of California, Deborah Moore of Florida, Sharon Labraney of Tilton, N.H., Peggy Tatro of Belmont, N.H. Cathy Perkins of Lakeport, N.H. and Dawn Marie Durand of Meredith, N.H.; 2 great granddaughters and seven nephews and nine nieces. In addition to her husband and her parents, Betty was predeceased by a brother, Francis Perkins, in 1996 and by a sister, Anita Tittle, in 1994.
At Betty's request there will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish – St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
At Betty's request in lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to either Lakes Region General Hospital or Central N.H. VNA and Hospice, Laconia, N.H...
Burial will follow in the family lot in Oakland Cemetery, Meredith, N.H.
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 Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:51

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Patricia D. Danyow, 81

ADDISON — Patricia D. Danyow, 81, died on April 2, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at Helen Porter Healthcare in Middlebury, Vermont.
She was born on June 3, 1931, in Laconia, New Hampshire to Blynn and Edna Drouin. Patricia graduated from Laconia High School. On January 13, 1951, she married Arthur E. Danyow, Jr. and moved to Vermont where they ran a farm and raised a family in Ferrisburg then Addison.
Patricia worked as a bookkeeper for Murdock Oil, Pyrofax, and Petrolane Gas for several years. She and Arthur enjoyed bowling on several leagues, snowmobiling, motorcycling, boating; raising their family of four and later their granddaughter, Christine. Arthur and Patricia have enjoyed spending summers on Lake Winnisquam, at her childhood family camp. She and Arthur loved playing cards with their grandchildren, beautiful summer days on the lake reading at the Loon Sanctuary, and pulling their grandchildren around on water skis, kneeboards, and the torpedo. They also loved taking their grandchildren to the ocean in Maine. Patricia loved her family above all else, and nothing made her happier than to have all of them together, laughing, sharing memories and enjoying good food. She was very proud to see her three oldest grandchildren graduate college, and cherished all the times she had with her younger grandsons. Arthur and Patricia celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on January 13, 2013.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Arthur; their children, Arthur E. Danyow, III and wife Cathy, Blynn "Bill" W. Danyow and wife Debra, daughter, Lori A. Counter and husband Ronald, and son, Michael A. Danyow and wife Karen; her grandchildren, Stacy Counter DiPerna and husband Gary, Christine (Danyow) Rivers and husband Lou, Ryan Counter and wife Kristin, Jared Danyow, Sean Danyow and Aidan Danyow, Julie Adams and husband Mike, Jeff Spencer and wife Autunm; great-granddaughters Charlotte Francis DiPerna, Elena Spencer, and great-grandsons Spencer Adams and Cormac Spencer; brothers, Paul Drouin and wife June, Allen Drouin and wife Mae, sister Deanna Danahy and husband Jim, and sister Joanne Brulotte.
The family will host a private celebration of life this summer in New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Addison Respite Care Home, Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753 or Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Rt. 7, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:45

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