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Bertram C. 'Bert' Smith, 72

GILFORD — Bertram C. Smith, "Bert", of Cotton Hill Road in Gilford, passed away on April 3, 2013, surrounded by his adoring family. He was an exceptional husband, father and grandfather who always put his family's needs before his own.
Mr. Smith was born on July 10, 1941 in Beebe River, N.H. to Adelbert Hazen and Winnifred Potter Smith.
After graduating from Plymouth High School in 1959, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force for five years, serving an extra year due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. For three of those years, he was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
After leaving the Air Force, he was employed by the W. T. Grant Co. as a restaurant manager for both the Gilford and West Lebanon stores. It was during this time that he met his loving wife, Linda Page Smith.
For the past twenty-two years, he had been employed by the State of New Hampshire as an interviewer for the Dept. of Employment Security until his retirement on February 1, 2013.
Mr. Smith was a past member of the Plymouth Lodge of Elks. He was a wonderful cook who created the most delicious dishes – no recipes required.
In his younger years, he loved his motorcycle, his Thunderbird, bowling and spending time at the Page family cottage on Bear Island. He also liked to play cards, especially poker.
Most important, he and his wife were animal lovers who, over their forty-five years, have rescued many homeless "kitties" providing them a safe, comfortable home and much love. He is survived by his loving wife of forty-five years, Linda; a son, Derrick Jeffrey Smith; a daughter, Heather Noonan, and her husband, David; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Smith, six grandchildren, Chelsey Smith, Bertram C. "C. J." Smith III, Brittany Smith, Jahnna Doherty and twins, Kaylee and Kiara Smith; a sister, Kelly Tustin, and her husband, Fred; a brother, Kenneth Smith, and his wife, Nancy, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and his precious "kitties". Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Bertram Charles Smith II.
As per his wishes, there will be no calling hours.
Graveside services will be held at 2 PM on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield Street, Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the B. Charles Smith II Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246 or to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247.
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 11:41

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Henry W. Zimmer, 75

LACONIA — Captain Henry W. Zimmer died peacefully in his home in Laconia, NH on March 31, 2013. He was 75 years old.
Bill was a man of the sea. He grew up on the New Jersey shore in Wildwood Crest and Pleasantville. In his youth, he fell in love with the water and with boats. He fixed boats; he sailed boats; he crewed boats.
After graduating from Pleasantville High School, Bill enlisted in the US Coast Guardwhere he was navigator on a vessel in New York Harbor and quarter master on a weather vessel that served the icy waters near Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. After the Coast Guard, Bill enrolled at the New York State Maritime Academy where he graduated as regimental commander in 1963 and was commissioned in the US Naval Reserve.
During this time, he courted Hazel Young. They were engaged on the day she wasnamed May Queen at her college and they were married on September 21, 1963. They spent the early years of their marriage in Staten Island, NY where their first son Hankwas born. They later moved to Towson, MD where twins Dawn and Tim were born. In 1973, the family moved to Laconia, New Hampshire.
Bill worked primarily for Texaco. He first worked on ships and later on tug and barge units that moved oil up and down the East Coast as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. He used to say that the best part of the job was "towing at sea." He was an effective captain, keeping order and earning the respect of his crew. After nearly 30 years at Texaco, Bill retired in 1993.
Bill was a member of the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club for 30 years, where he made many friends and kept a sailboat. He loved being at the club, socializing with friends as well as
helping to keep the club running. Bill loved the peace and quiet and the natural beauty ofthe Lakes Region and was proud to raise his family there. He never felt so at home as
when he was in the state of New Hampshire.
He is survived by loving wife Hazel of 49 years; sister Pat of Shasta City, CA; son Henry, daughter-in-law Tina and grandson Dylan of Saugus, MA; daughter Dawn, son-in-law Stan and grandsons Jake and Alex of Hoboken, NJ; son Tim, daughter-in-law Sydney and grandchildren Matthew and Meredith of Swampscott, MA; and a long list of other family and friends.
A commitment ceremony will be held April 11th at 2:30 at the NH State Veteran Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen, NH. A celebration of his life will be held on April 11th at 5:30 at the Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street, Laconia, NH. Service begins at 6:00.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Bill's honor to the following organizations: NH State Veteran Cemetery Association, PO Box 626, Concord, NH 03302-0626 www.nhsvc.com;
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 N Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 www.cnhvnah.org.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire, Boscawen office, is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial or leave a message of condolence please go to www.csnh.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:59

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Barbara J. Orbon, 79

MIAMI — Barbara J. (Baker) Orbon, 79, passed away March 29, 2013 in her home in Miami, Florida from a battle with cancer. Her husband of 30 plus years, Armando Orbon, was by her side.
She is predeceased by her mother and father, Georgia (Tibbets) Baker and Herman Baker of Holderness, NH.
She once owned the Pinnacle Apple Orchard in New Hampton, NH. She loved to garden and decorate her home. After she sold the orchard, she moved to Miami. She worked in a small antique and consignment shop. She loved her kitties. People would bring her stray cats and Mom would be kind and take care of them all. She had written poetry and at one time one poem was published into a song, which she won an award for. She was a very kind and warm person. She always made you feel comfortable — very hospitable and loving.
She leaves behind her two daughters, Deborah A. Boissionnault and her husband Donnie of Laconia, NH and Gail Sousa and her husband Ron of Canaan, NH; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She came from a large family of 10. All have passed but her two loving sisters, Beverly Smith and her husband Norman of Holderness, NH and Carolyn Calley of Holderness, NH; as well as many neices and nephews.
She loved the Lord and she went home to be with him. We all will miss this Wonderful Lady. We Love You.
There will be no services.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:57

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Barbara J. Maxner, 81

GILFORD — Barbara Janice (Whitney-Clark) Maxner, 81, of 136 Watson Road, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
Barbara was the widow of Richard B. Maxner who died May 23, 1999. They were married on July 8, 1951.
Barbara was born March 8, 1932 in Springfield, Mass., the daughter of Bert A. Whitney and Clara (Hill) Clark. Barabara was raised by her mother Clara and her step father Horace Clark. She resided in Amherst, NH for 12, moved to Danvers, Mass. where she resided for 13 years before moving to Gilford in 1987.
In 2001, Barbara was reunited with a long time high school friend, Jimmy Stewart, who she enjoyed traveling with until 2008. They would winter in Mexico and summer at Lake Winnipesaukee.
Barbara had many occupations over her lifetime. She worked at Putnam Pantry in Danvers, Mass and went to school at Essex Aggie Cosmetology School in Massachusetts graduating at the top of her class. She was a hairdresser for many years, a Bell Telephone Operator in Massachusetts, a medical clerk at Danvers Hunt Hospital and a Notary Public & Justice of the Peace in New Hampshire.
Barbara was a member of the Gilford Community Church where she was the Head of Diaconate. She volunteered at the Veterans Home in Massachusetts and Hunt Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts. Her other activities and hobbies include being a Sunday school teacher, member of Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Samuel Fuller Society and the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include a son, Carl B. Maxner and his wife, Deborah Maxner; two daughters, Karen Golder and Joy Maxner; ten grandchildren, Holly, Joya, Justin, Christopher, Lyndsey, Taylor, Shelby, Jessie, John, and Bradley; ten great grandchildren, Dakota, Destiny, Jade, Sedona, Andrew, Brandon, Teagan, Ross, Chelsea and Lillian; a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Clark; a sister and brother- in- law, Fay and Elmer Voisine, and many nieces and nephews. Barbara leaves many wonderful friends and neighbors too many to list but as she said "They know who they are..." In addition to her husband and her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her friend, Jimmy Stewart.
There will be no calling hours.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:00 at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H. Rev. Michael Graham, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. A reception will follow the service in the Gilford Community Church Hall.
Burial will be in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lupus Foundation of America wwww.lupus.org; The Neuropathy Association www.neuropathy.org; American Cancer Society www.cancer.org.
Wlkinson-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, 03 April 2013 10:32

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