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Grace E. Read, 88

NORTHFIELD — Grace Ellen (Drew) Read, 88, a long time resident of Northfield died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Mountain Ridge Genesis Center in Franklin. Grace was born in Loudon, N.H., September 20, 1925, daughter of Charles and Bessie (Abbott) Drew. She graduated from Tilton School. She moved to Northfield in the 1940s following her marriage to Raymond C. Read. For many years she was employed at the Franklin Needle Company. She had been a longtime member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Tilton and sang in the choir. Grace had a great fondness for animals. In addition to her husband Raymond she was predeceased by her sister, Clara B. Chandonnait and brothers, Russell H. Drew Sr. and Frank Abbott, Jr.

Her family includes two sisters, Jean Wadleigh of Tilton, Marion Scott of Salisbury, numerous nieces and nephews.

According to her wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Park Cemetery in Tilton.

Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 08:38

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Catherine A. Lee, 64

BARRINGTON — Catherine Ann Lee (nee Theberge), 64, of Barrington passed away peacefully Sept. 12, 2014 in Barrington, surrounded by her loving family.

Born March 22, 1950 in Laconia, Cathy was a member of the Barrington community since 1975 and was an active volunteer. She was a member of Barrington Junior Women's Club and an involved member of Barrington Historical Society, where she received the Arnett C. Lines Service Award in 1995. She was also a frequent volunteer at PADS and Home of the Sparrow.

Cathy is survived by her husband of 44 years, William M. Lee, Jr., of Barrington, children; Carolyn S. Smith (Jim) of Wilmington, Del., and Marshall M. Lee II (Allyson) of Chicago, grandchildren; Grace Catherine Smith and Jillian Rose Smith, brother Michael Theberge (Jo-Ann) of Mentor, Ohio, and sister Lori Cate Young of Laconia.

Memorial visitation was held on Sunday, September 14 at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 149 W. Main St (Lake-Cook), Barrington.

Memorial service took place on September 15 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 337 Ridge Road, Barrington. Inurnment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Cathy's name may be made to the Alzheimers Association, www.alz.org, or 225 N. Michigan Ave, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 08:34

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Betsy Jacobson, 96

FLORIDA — Betsy Jacobson of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida died August 17, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida of complications following surgery. She was 96.
She was born in Logansport, Indiana on February 3, 1918 to Roy Johnson and Blanche (Fryback) Johnson. She was a graduate of Logansport High School and attended Shimer College for two years where she was active in drama and sports. She was named "May Queen" by vote of the faculty and student body in 1938. She graduated from Indiana University in 1940 with a degree in English, Speech and Drama. She was a 75 -year member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and maintained a life-long interest in its work and charities.
It was at Indiana University that she met Carl Jacobson whom she married in 1940. Carl was a member of three NCAA Champion Swimming Teams at Indiana, was a B-24 Bomber Pilot who "flew the Hump" over the Himalayas between India and China in World War II and ultimately, with Betsy's support and help, became the Chairman of the Board of Tropigas Corporation. Carl died in 1996 after a lengthy illness. They were married for nearly 56 years.
Betsy was an active member in churches wherever she lived over the years, including Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, New York, Palm City Congregational Church in Stuart, Florida and the Congregational Church of Laconia, New Hampshire. She served as Sunday school teacher, President of the Women's Organization and Deacon. She organized the sponsorship and re-settlement of a Laotian family in South Miami. She was a Girl Scout leader and most recently, she was active in P.E.O. chapters in New Hampshire and Florida.
She was an accomplished pianist and poet with many of her poems published and many more shared with family and friends.
She would mark her greatest accomplishments as having given all she had to be a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her three children, Ann George, Jo Beth Farmer(Duncan) and Ross Jacobson, her nine grandchildren, Christian D'Andrea(Heidi), Bethany Miller(Riley), Evan George(Diana), Major Matthew Farmer, US Army(Melanie), Peter Farmer(Titie), SFC Jonathan Farmer, US Army Special Forces(Tabitha), Andrew Farmer, Carl Jacobson(Danielle) and Keith Jacobson(Amy), and her eight great-grandchildren, Quinlan D'Andrea, Adelheid D'Andrea, Jacob Martz, Evelyn Farmer, Owen Farmer, Betsy Farmer, Devin Farmer and Harper Jacobson.

Betsy Jacobson had a life in full and penned this poem as a celebration of life and a thanksgiving for life.


You have led me here
To this place
To this time
To this peace.

Through all the times of my life
Along the watered plains
Through mountain trails of stumbling rock
Frightening chasms
But breathtaking vistas.

And now
I have reached this tranquil water
This resting place
Knowing you have been with me
All the way
And always will be
I am content.

Instead of sending flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, the Congregational Church of Laconia, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH 03246 or Spaulding Youth Center, PO Box 189, Tilton, NH 03276.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center Road, 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 Monday, 15 September 2014 08:11

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Ralph A. Nash, Sr., 91

NORTHFIELD — Ralph A. Nash, Sr., 91, of Gifford Drive, died Friday, September 12, 2014 in his home.

He was born on March 10, 1923 in Fitchburg, Mass., the son of Fred and Meg (Ducharme) Nash. Ralph served in the US Navy during World War II. He worked for several years as a bulldozer operator for P.J. Keating Co.

He is survived by his wife and children.

There will be no calling hours.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the family plot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia.

Following the Graveside Service, a Reception will be held at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, 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 Monday, 15 September 2014 07:54

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