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Frances J. T. Mauch, 88

SANDWICH — Frances Julia Traum Mauch passed away on July 2, 2013 with the love of family and friends surrounding her, and her daughter at her side.

Frances was born in Wood-Ridge, NJ to Franz and Elizabeth (Zombary) Traum on March 16, 1925. She was proud to be a top graduate of the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Newark, NJ. She worked as an OR nurse before having a long career as a high-school nurse in which she was a staunch advocate for teenagers. Frances married Raymond Henry Mauch in October of 1948 in Rutherford, NJ. They moved to Paramus where they had three of their four children.

In 1959, after venturing to NH for a vacation, Ray and Fran bought a 60-acre farm in Center Sandwich, a decision which caused the neighbors in suburban Paramus to question their sanity. Nevertheless, they packed up their three small children and dalmatian and headed north, proving through trial, error, perseverance, and determination that anything is possible. They were integral and devoted members of the Sandwich community for 54 years.

Frances was nurse for many summers at Camp Hale on Squam Lake, and later the school nurse of Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith for 30+ years, retiring at the age of 70, only to accept a position three months later at the newly formed Community School of Tamworth. She worked there until she was 80, saying, when asked why she was retiring so young, "It's better to leave while they still think you're good at your job than be asked to go!"

Fran deeply loved her community, and gave to it in many ways. She was a founding member of the Sandwich Caregivers and the Friends of Library, was a proud member of PEO, a Red Cross nurse, an active and devoted member of the Federated Church of Sandwich, and served on many local boards and community volunteer and church organizations, the list too long to include.

In every way, Fran upheld the advice she so frequently gave her students: "Make good use of the space you take up in this world." She lived her life with vivacity, conviction and a deep compassion for others, and left long loving threads woven through the many hearts she touched. She was indeed Frantastic!

Frances is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Raymond and her loving son, Daniel. She is survived by her son Raymond "Skipp" Mauch, Jr. of Lochmere, NH; her daughter Nancy Mauch Hosmer of Camden, ME and Brewster, MA; her son Matthew Mauch of Nashville, TN; as well as eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a loving extended family. She was proud of them all and has left them with a legacy of love and her resolute spirit.

A memorial service will be held on September 14th at 10:30am at the Federated Church of Sandwich and a community Celebration of Life at 5:30pm at the Craft Building on the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Donations in her memory may be made to the Federated Church of Sandwich, PO Box 267, Center Sandwich, NH 03227.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:41

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Horace W. 'Bill' Dubois, 86

LACONIA — Horace W. "Bill" Dubois, 86, of Gilford, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Lakes Region General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born on May 2, 1927, in Laconia, he was the son of Edmund and Marguerite (Goyette) Dubois. A long-time resident of Gilford and Laconia, he was raised in Laconia attending local schools. Upon graduation at Laconia High School he enlisted with the U.S. Navy serving with honor and courage during World War II.
Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all manners of outdoors activities; he was a past Commander at the Laconia V.F.W. Above all he was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great great-grandfather who will be missed dearly by his loving family.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth (Kelly), in 2004; daughter, Lori Benwell, in 2004; son-in-law, James Lowell, and daughter-in-law, Catherine Dubois.
He is survived by his three children, Linda Lowell, of Lebanon, David Dubois, of Belmont, and Gary Dubois, of Laconia; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild.
A committal service will be held in the Chapel at the NH Veterans Cemetery, 110 D.W. Highway, Boscawen, NH, on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Charest will officiate.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246 www.centralvna.org.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Bill's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Stephen L. Rapter, Jr., 70

LACONIA — Stephen Louis Rapter, Jr. of Laconia and Weirs Beach died at his home on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Stephen was born August 2, 1942 and was a lifelong resident of Laconia. He worked for the Laconia State School until its closing and later worked at the New Hampshire State Hospital, Concord until he retired. Stephen had a passion for the water. He loved boating, scuba diving and swimming and also enjoyed snowmobiles and motorcycle riding too.
He was predeceased by his father Stephen Louis Rapter, Sr. and his mother Lillian Dorothy (Magoon) Cox.
He is survived by his daughter Tonya Rapter of Gilford and her mother Lois Chase of Laconia; three brothers; Theodore Baldwin of Lynn, MA, Alva Wylie of Laconia and Lloyd Wylie of Laconia. Also several nieces and nephews and his second wife, Sue Rapter Williams.
There are no calling hours.
A graveside service will held at the Greenvale Cemetery, Greenfield, NH on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneu-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 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, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Craig E. French, 58

LACONIA — Craig Erwin French, 58, of 146 Randlett Dr., died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the CRVNA Hospice House in Concord after a short illness. He was born in Laconia, the son of Harold and Elaine (Young) French.
Craig worked for over 40 years as a self employed carpenter. He was a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #1670, the Sons of the American Legion Post 33 and the Rod & Gun Club of Laconia. He loved the ocean, reading and fishing. He enjoyed pool and was State Championship Winner twice and also had multiple state wins. Craig also enjoyed golf and was a NY Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan.
He is survived by his significant other of over 20 years, Tracy Boehner of Laconia, two sons; Michael Cullen and Ryan Porrell, one daughter, Kristin Sarette, five brothers; David French and his girlfriend Joanne Hurtado, Harold "Skip" French and his wife Doreen, Mark French and his wife Donna, Tim French and his wife Donna and Paul French and his significant other Kim Marsh, one sister, Valerie Johnstone and her husband Stephen, one grandchild, Brady Cullen, several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Alan Scott French.
Calling hours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Funeral Service will follow at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301.
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, 15 July 2013 08:19

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