GREENFIELD, Mass. - Bonny T. Bassett, 51, of Greenfield, Mass., formerly of South Berwick, Maine, died July 30, 2004, at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, following a period of ill health.
She was born in Shamokin, Pa., Feb. 24, 1953, the daughter of Gordon and Eva (Schuck) Phillips.
She was the wife of Kerry Bassett.
A devoted mother and grandmother, she was well known for her love of children. From 1986 until 2001, she was a teacher’s assistant in the Preschool at Central School, South Berwick.
She was always ready to assist anyone in need.
While in Greenfield, she was a member of "Curves."
Members of her family include her husband, Kerry Bassett of Greenfield; her sons, Mark Stello of South Berwick, and Kerry G. Bassett of Westbrook, Maine; her daughters, Patrice McLean of Berwick, Maine and Brooke Bassett of Boston, Mass.; her mother, Eva Nye of Pennsylvania; her brothers, Lance Phillips of California and Dan Phillips of Pennsylvania; a sister, Patty Reyes of Arizona.
Her two grandchildren, Shai Stello and Tyrone McLean, also survive her.
In accordance with Bonny’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. in the McIntire-McCooey Funeral Home, 301 Main St., South Berwick, Maine. Following the service, a gathering will be held at the Marshwood Middle School, Route 236, South Berwick.
The family asks donations be made in Bonny’s memory to: "Charitable Contributions" Town of South Berwick, 180 Main St., South Berwick, Maine 03908.
WAKEFIELD - Norman E. Caplette, 54, of 140 Oak Hill Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at his home as a result of cancer.
He was born in Rochester, N.H., on Nov. 12, 1949, the son of Jerome and Priscilla (Dallaire) Caplette and had been living in Wakefield since 1996, moving from Rochester. He was predeceased by his father, who died in 1996, and by his mother, who died in 2000.
He was a 1968 graduate of Spaulding High School, a 1974 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He was also a member and former president and secretary of the Club Victoire in Rochester, a member of the Rochester Lodge of Elks, a former member and secretary of the Rochester Jaycees and a former member of the Rochester Rotary Club. He worked for more than 30 years as a pharmacist at Carney Drug in Rochester and was currently employed as a pharmacist at Hannaford Bros. in Rochester. He enjoyed playing pool, golfing, bowling, the beach and music. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Surviving members of the family include his wife, Deborah (Nason) Caplette of Wakefield; his son, Shane N. Caplette of Wakefield; one brother, Richard Caplette of Rochester; two sisters, Anita Lachance of Rochester, and Claire Blanchette of Barrington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the H. J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North Main St., Rochester, N.H. on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, followed with burial in Holy Rosary Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to either the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 State Route 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032 or to the VNA/Hospice of Southern Carroll County, P. O. Box 1620, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.
DERRY - Margaret Roberta Cobban, 42, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at her parents’ home in Derry.
She was born in Pompton Plains, N.J., on Jan. 3, 1962, but had lived in New Hampshire since 1971. She graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 1980, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Arts: Art Studio from UNH in 1984. Her love for young children and for art blended in her work at the New Morning School in Bedford, where the unit of study often came to life in her posters or papier-mâché creatures. These two loves also shine in her sculptures, many of which depict children.
She was a member of the New Hampshire Art Association, exhibiting sculpture regularly at the Sunapee Craft Fair and at the various NHAA galleries, and was active in the First Congregational Church in Manchester, where she sang weekly in the Chancel Choir and participated in the many holiday presentations sponsored by the Church.
She had also worked during the summers as an interpreter at the Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth. In addition to children, music, and art, she loved to travel to view Europe’s old masters, and at home delighted in time spent near the waters of New Hampshire’s coast or by the shores of Big Island Pond in Derry, swimming, picnicking, and reveling in the beauty of water and sky.
Her family includes her parents, Robert F. and Nancy P. Cobban; brother, R. Alec and sister-in-law, Rachel, all of Derry; sister, Marion M. Cobban, of Chester; five nieces and nephews; one grandniece, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Hanover and Union Streets in Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Bldg., 360 State Rt. 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, is handling the arrangements.
PORTSMOUTH - Patricia Ann Desjardins, 59, of 199 McDonough St., passed away Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Born in Portsmouth on April 20, 1945, she was the daughter of Leslie Norman and Shirley Mae (McKenney) Locke and was a graduate of Portsmouth High School and the New Hampshire Technical College in Stratham.
She drove the Senior Citizen bus in Portsmouth for 10 years and enjoyed making knit dolls and donating them to different organizations.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her two granddaughters.
Survivors include her two daughters, Rolinda Desjardins of Portsmouth and Tonya Neihart and husband, Jon, of Nottingham; two granddaughters, Samantha Desjardins of Portsmouth and Alexa Neihart of Nottingham; six brothers, Leslie Locke of Portsmouth, Richard Locke of Portsmouth, Gerald Locke of Kittery, Maine, Raymond Locke of Rhode Island, Robert Locke of Kittery, Maine, and Timothy Locke of Tuftonboro; sister, Shirley Rollins of Rochester; two half sisters, Kathie Coombs of Cambridge, Maine and Sue Goddard of New Durham; aunt, Arlene Birt of Portsmouth; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Roland Joseph Desjardins; second husband, Stanley Blanchard; son, Raymond Joseph Desjardins; and two brothers, William and Gary Locke.
Visiting hours will be held at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth, Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Friday at 9:30 a.m. Friends invited.
SOMERSWORTH - Meralyn MacDonald, 65, of 233 Sherwood Glen, died early Monday, Aug. 2, 2004.
Visiting hours will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4 and funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover, NH with Chaplain Ginny Slawnwhite officiating, of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Burial will follow at the Pine Hill Cemetery, Dover, N.H.
Family flowers only requested, memorial contributions may be made to Seacoast Cancer Center, c/o Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Ave., Dover, NH, 03820.
DURHAM - Constance McDonald, 90, of 38 Madbury Road, passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Riverside Rest Home in Dover.
There will be a memorial service, Sunday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Madbury Road, Durham, N.H.
NORTHWOOD - Sara Jane Shaw, 54, of 205 Old Turnpike Road, died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.
Arrangements are being made with Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover, N.H. A funeral service will be on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Northwood Congregational Church, Route 4, Northwood, N.H., with the Rev. Maren Tirabassi officiating. A reception will follow.
DOVER - Elinor B. Vigneau, 88, of 795 Central Ave., died Monday, August 2, 2004, at the Haven Health Center at Seacoast in Hampton after a brief illness.
Born Dec. 12, 1915, in Hampton Falls, she was the daughter of Arthur W. and Frances (Wadleigh) Brown.
She was raised in Hampton Falls and graduated from Hampton Academy as class valedictorian in 1932. She attended UNH for two years and graduated from Lynn Burdett College in 1937. She worked at the Hampton Water Works until moving to the Hartford, Conn. area during World War II. She married George F. Vigneau in 1942. She was a 50-year member of Grange and the Hampton Falls Extension Service. She enjoyed knitting and gardening.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1990; by two brothers, Charles and Harold Brown; her sister, Lois Perfect; and a stepgrandchild, Brenda Stanley.
Survivors include her son, Rodney and his wife, Jeanine, of Hampton Falls; a daughter, Shirley J. Weaver of Huntington, Vt.; and two brothers, Ernest and Winthrop Brown, both of Hampton. She is also survived by three grandchildren; a stepgranddaughter, three stepgreat-grandchildren and a great-great-grand daughter; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Trinity United Church in Seabrook on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. A committal service will be held at the convenience of the family in Westview Cemetery in Hampton Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833. Assistance with the arrangements was by the Stockbridge Funeral Home, Exeter.
RYE - James O. Woodbridge died suddenly on Friday, July 31, 2004, at his home. He had been a resident of Topsfield, Mass., for many years and moved to Rye, N.H. 14 years ago. He was 78.
Born July 17, 1926, in New York City, he was the son of John and Elizabeth Woodbridge. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Washington University and worked for a number of companies as an engineer prior to starting FEECO, an electronics consultant company based in Hong Kong.
Although he enjoyed many interests and pastimes, his greatest priority was his family. All of his children and grandchildren had recently gathered for a joyous celebration of his birthday. Besides his family and friends, he loved fishing, sailing, tennis and the ocean. He was a trustee at Newcastle Congregational Church, Newcastle, and a board member of Piscataqua Maritime Commissions.
Survivors include his wife, Marian; and his four children, Jane Davis and her husband, John, of Anderson, S.C., Elizabeth Woodbridge of South Salem, N.Y., William Woodbridge and his wife, Marie, of Durham, N.C., and Amy Dadarria and her husband, Chris, of London, England; one brother, Thomas Woodbridge and his wife, Martha, of Delray Beach, Fla.; one sister, Cecil Oberbeck of Englewood, N.J.; and 11 grandchildren, Amy, Ashley, Brandon, Sasha, John Vincent, Riney, Andrew, Megan, Russell, Andrew and Lauren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jackie, in 1979.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at Newcastle Congregational Church, 65 Main St., Newcastle, N.H. Interment in the family lot in Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst, Mass., will follow on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
MILTON - Susan M. Berry, 50, of 92 Silver St., died Saturday, June 5, 2004, at her home.
Born Sept. 30, 1953, in Rochester, N.H., she was the daughter of John and Laura (Cormier) McNally.
She is a longtime resident of Milton. She was a graduate of Spaulding High School, Class of 1971. She was employed as an assembler at Flextronics.
She was a brave woman who fought cancer for six years. She loved her family and was especially proud of her sons and grandchildren. She was generous, always putting other people’s needs before her own. She enjoyed the outdoors, painting, baking, and collecting antiques, especially pigs.
Members of her family include her husband of 32 years, Scott Berry of Milton; her sons, Scott J. Berry of New Mexico, Jamie J. Berry of Milton, Jeffrey J. Berry of Milton, and Sean P. Berry of Milton; five grandchildren; her mother, Laura McNally of Rochester; and a brother, John McNally of Rochester. She was predeceased by her father, John C. McNally; and a brother, Richard McNally.
Family and friends may call Thursday, June 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with speakers at 7:15 p.m. at R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home, 86 S. Main St., Rochester, N.H.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milton Little League, c/o the Milton Parks and Recreation Dept., PO Box 310, Milton, NH 03851.
DOVER - Edward "Eddie" Callahan, 72, of 9 Shadow Drive, died Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital following a period of failing health.
He was born on Jan. 11, 1932, in Boston. He was the son of John Joseph and Catherine Mary (Flavin) Callahan. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and 10 years in the Naval Reserves before retiring from the service.
While in the Navy, he traveled the world before settling in Dover, where he worked for Moore Business Forms. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association of the Coast Guard, Navy and Marines. He was also a former member of the Old Timers Club, American Legion, Dover Area Senior Service Council, and American Association of Retired Persons.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marie Callahan of Dover; three sons, Raymond G. Oelschlager and his wife, Joyce, of Eliot, Maine, Carl S. Oelschlager of Gonic, Robert W. Oelschlager Sr. and his wife, Debbie, of Dover; two daughters, Betty Ann Nadeau and her husband, Jeff, of Somersworth, Barbara Lee Herbert and her husband, Ernie, of Rochester; one brother, John Joseph Callahan Jr. of Exeter; one sister, Mary M. Klempa of Medford, Mass.; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; one brother, William Callahan; and two sisters, Anna E. Callahan, and Agnes P. Callahan.
Friends may call Wednesday, June 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Dover. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.
DOVER - Martha M. Doane, 78, of Dover, died June 6, 2004, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital following a period of declining health.
She was born on Sept. 6, 1925, in Colchester, N.Y., the daughter of William and Sarah (Barry) Ernie. She was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. She worked at Servotron in South Berwick, Maine, for 10 years. She enjoyed crafts, knitting and crocheting and was also an avid reader. She was a lifetime member of the New Hampshire Aquarium Society.
Family members include two sons, Russell Doane and Barry Doane, both of Rochester; two daughters, Darlene Bean of Sanbornville and Brenda Leigh of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clifford Ernie of South Berwick, Maine; one sister, Mary Griffin of Dover; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at a later date.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.
ROCHESTER - Blanche E. Finnigan, 79, formerly of Ryan Terrace in Lebanon, Conn., and Washington Street in Rochester, N.H., passed away Sunday, June 6, 2004, at the home of her son, Michael in Acton, Maine, surrounded by her loving family.
Born May 6, 1925, in Lawrence, Mass., she was the daughter of Daniel and Clara (Aubertin) Tessier.
On June 27, 1971, she wed Frank L. Finnigan at Amston Lake in Hebron, Conn. Together they shared 29 years of marriage before he predeceased her on May 31, 2001.
She was a supervisor for Meriden Tobacco for many years before her retirement.
Survivors include three sons, Michael P. Finnigan of Acton, Maine, Frank W. Finnigan of Hartford, Conn., and Michael Cocchiaro of Kingston, Wash.; one sister, Rita Hale of Pelham; and numerous extended family, members and friends.
Friends may call Friday starting at 11 a.m. at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester, Conn. A chapel service will follow at noon. Interment will follow in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, Conn.
BERWICK, Maine - Robert E. MacKenzie of 41 Bridge St., died Monday, June 7, 2004, unexpectedly in his sleep, at home.
Born March 26, 1922, in Orono, Maine, he was the son of Earl and Louise (Burden) MacKenzie. He was educated in the Orono schools, graduating from Orono High School, Class of 1940. He graduated from the University of Maine, Class of 1947, with a degree in education.
He and his wife, Helen, moved to Berwick in 1947.
He worked at General Electric Co. in Somersworth, N.H., for 35 years in various capacities and retired in 1982.
He served in the Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific and was discharged as captain.
He was a member of the 1st Marine Division Assoc., the China Marine Assoc., First Parish Church (Congregational) of Somersworth and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge 66 of Orono.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra L. Haskell.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helen (Sherburne), of Berwick; one son, Charles E. MacKenzie of Weare, N.H.; three grandchildren, Virginia H. Titzer of Bridgeton, Maine, Abby and Thomas MacKenzie of Weare; three great-grandchildren; Tauni and twins, Tabitha and Jessica Titzer of Bridgeton, Maine; one brother, James F. MacKenzie and his wife, Helen, of Keysville, Va.; and nieces and nephews.
As per his wishes, there will be no visiting hours. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Robert’s name to The First Parish United Church of Christ (Congregational), West High Street, Somersworth, NH 03878.
Arrangements are through the McIntire-McCooey Funeral Home, 301 Main St., South Berwick, ME 03908.