YORK, Maine - Phyllis H. Trask, 91, formerly of Beech Ridge Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at the Newton Center in Sanford, Maine. She was born in Biddeford, Maine on Sept. 22, 1912, the daughter of John S. and Cora Newell Burnham. She was educated in Biddeford Schools and graduated from Biddeford High School in the Class of 1931.
Her first husband, Roland Dumouchel, died in December 1937. On Sept. 17, 1938, she married Richard E. Trask in Saco. He died Aug. 6, 1998.
Surviving are one daughter, Jeanne and her husband, Joseph Mangiafico, of York; four grandchildren, Gregg Mangiafico of Nashville, Tenn., Cara Mangiafico of Marblehead, Mass., Scott Mangiafico of Kittery, Ellen Gregory of Salem, Mass.; three great-grandchildren, Ryan, Schuler and Ava.
Services were private. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Biddeford. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.
CONCORD - Eugene William Allen Sr. (Geno the Great), 74, of Concord, died Sept. 6, 2004, at the Concord Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born in Dover, N.H., on March 21, 1930, the son of Dewey and Marjorie (LaRochell) Allen and had been a Concord area resident.
He had his own general contractor company as Allen & Son Construction. He was the son of the former deputy police chief in Dover. He was a avid magician performing as Geno the Great in the mid-70ís on WMUR Channel 9 and did private functions for many.
He enjoyed ballroom dancing and photography and spending time with his grandkids.
Family members include his longtime companion, Rita Muse of Salem; one son, Eugene Allen Jr., Weare; two grandchildren, Colby J. Allen and Aaron E. Hodgdon; two brothers, Raymond and Donald Allen, both of Dover. He was predeceased by one brother, Dewey W. Allen Jr. and three sisters, Dorothy M. Kelly, Ada J. Badger and Majorie A. Gordon; and several nephews and nieces.
Services will be private.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 375 Longwood Ave., second floor, Boston, Mass. 02215.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Paul "Tex" Joseph Britton, 86, of Sarasota, Fla., died Sept. 8, 2004. He was the husband of Emma M. Britton.
He was born in Wolfeboro, N.H., on July 11, 1918 and moved to Florida in 1989 from Rochester, N.H. He was a pipefitter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was a member of the American Legion, VFW Post 3845 of Somersworth. He also served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Paul J. Britton III of Rochester; and three grandchildren.
DOVER - Grant Livingston Davis, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at his residence in Langdon Place of Dover.
Born May 8, 1913, in Hopkinton, he was the son of the Arthur G. and Cecile Livingston Davis.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 , 10 a.m. at the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave, Dover, with the Rev. David Slater officiating.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Kevin Patrick Gagnon, 47, of 1822 E. Jones Ave., died unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at Maricopa Medical Center.
He was born on March 17, 1957, in Dover, N.H., and was the son of Laurent "Larry" and Maureen (Leahy) Gagnon. He was raised in Rollinsford and graduated from St. Martin Academy, Somersworth, N.H. and was a graduate of Somersworth High Schoo,l Class of 1975.
Prior to moving to Phoenix in 1982, he had been employed with Davidson Rubber in Farmington, N.H. While in Phoenix, he had been working as a mechanic for a local paving company.
Family members include his two daughters, Krista and Brittany Gagnon of Phoenix; his parents, Larry and Maureen Gagnon of Rollinsford; two brothers, Dennis Gagnon and his wife, Robyn, of Rollinsford, and Michael Gagnon and his wife, Carlene, of Merrimack, N.H.; his sisters, Laurie Lessard and her husband, Michael, of Gray, Maine and Linda Gagnon of Rochester, N.H. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
Calling hours at Bernier Funeral Home, 49 South St., Somersworth, N.H. will be on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Martin Catholic Church, W. High and Maple Street, Somersworth, N.H. with the Rev. Aaron Pfaff, pastor, as celebrant.
Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Somersworth. The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to: Davidís House, P.O. Box 660, Lebanon, NH 03766-0660.
SANFORD, Maine - Mychelle Johnson, born Debra Rouleau, 55, of 941 Main St., formerly of Somersworth, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.
Mychelle (Debbie) was born in Portsmouth, N.H., the daughter of Gerard Rouleau and Ruby Kent. She attended Somersworth schools, graduating from Somersworth High School class of 1973.
She had resided in Somersworth for many years, moving to Sanford five years ago.
Survivors include her parents; a daughter, Tammy Freeman; two grandchildren; a brother, Michael Rouleau; two sisters, Cynthia Rouleau and Donna Dozet.
GONIC - Charles W. June Sr. of 4 Mavis Ave., died Sunday, September 5, 2004, at his home.
Born March 14, 1924, in Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of Charles and Mary (Mourier) June. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and he later worked as a plumber for the New York City Transit Authority for many years. He loved boats, sailing and trains.
Members of his family include his children, Charles W. June Jr. of Middleton, Martin June of La Grange, N.Y., and Kathleen Leonard of Spotswood, N.J.; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Daniel June of Florida, and Andrew June of Pennsylvania; many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery located on Lowell Street in Rochester.
Arrangements are under the direction of the R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester, NH.
TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. - Harriet B. McConnell, 93, of 21 Cayuga St., died on Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at Lakeside Nursing Home after a brief illness.
She was born in Shaoxing, China on Jan. 5, 1911, the second of four daughters born to Claude and Grace Barlow. Her father was a Baptist missionary-surgeon. She was educated at Shanghai American School. As conflict among competing warlords in China increased in the late 1920s, missionary life became unsafe and the family returned to the United States in 1928, where she finished high school. Her father was then contracted by the Egyptian Ministry of Health to study and eradicate schistosomiasis and the family relocated to Egypt where she entered the American University of Cairo (AUC). She and her older sister were the first female graduates of that institution.
In 1931, she became engaged to John W. McConnell of Philadelphia, an instructor of economics at AUC. They were married in Germantown, Pa. in 1933.
She lived in New Haven, Conn., Washington, D.C., Englewood, N.J., and in 1946, moved five young children to a big old house in Trumansburg, N.Y. when her husband took a position at Cornell University in the new school of Industrial and Labor Relations.
She was a homemaker of great talent. She not only cooked the food, she grew it and canned it. She not only washed the clothes, she made them. She not only cleaned the house, she rebuilt it. She cared for her parents who lived next door. She encouraged the neighborhood children to play in the backyard and made sure that everyone played fairly. She maintained a sharp intellect, never talked down to children or adults, held firm beliefs about proper behavior and was a constructive presence at the Trumansburg Central School and the Trumansburg United Methodist Church.
In 1962, her husband became president of the University of New Hampshire. Although a private person and daunted by the public exposure involved in his position, she gradually made the role of presidentís wife her own, humanizing the relationships between the university community and the presidentís office with her wit and plain speaking in a time of academic turmoil.
She and her husband returned to Trumansburg in 1971 and once again renovated their old home, making it a comfortable place to welcome family for visits. She earned a degree in practical nursing at age 60, and worked in the office of Dr. Stanley Gutelius, Trumansburgís general practitioner.
She loved her husband, her family, her home, her garden, her church, the Philomathic Library and her neighbors. She grieved deeply after the loss of Jack in 1997 and spent many hours sitting on his tombstone giving him the latest news and seeking his advice. She fought against her progressive loss of physical strength in the last five years, conscious that there was still much she wanted to do and see.
She left life as she lived it - with courage and determination. She is survived by her youngest sister, Elizabeth Davids of Charles Town, W. Va.; her children, Janet (John) Alexander of Old Town, Maine, Kathleen (David) Mervin of Arnside, Cumbria, UK, Grace (Dan) Clark of Boulder, Colo., Judith (Henry) Sondheimer of Denver, Colo., and John (Marjorie) McConnell of Wyckoff, N.J.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her many friends and neighbors whom she considered her family.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Trumansburg United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Robyn Wernham. Interment will be held at Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harrietís name may be directed to the Trumansburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 628 or the Ulysses Philomathic Library, P.O. Box 705, Trumansburg, NY 14886.
DOVER - John James "JT" Taylor of Dover, 56, died Aug. 27, 2004, in Rochester.
He was born April 28, 1948, in Rochester, the son of the Arthur and Ruth Taylor.
He was a member of the Rochester Grange for many years. In addition, he worked for 10 years at the Davidson Rubber Company followed by several years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
He will be sadly missed by his brothers, Arthur Lee Taylor and wife, Meg, of San Jose, Calif., and Robert Taylor and wife, Meredith, of Bradford, R. I.. He is also survived by Arthurís son, Nima Taylor of New York City; Arthur and Megís daughter, Victoria of San Jose; and Robert and Meredithís sons, Kenneth Taylor and wife, Laura, and their sons, Raymond and Stephen, of Bradford, and Robert Taylor, Jr., and wife, Melody, and their son, Keith and daughter, Molly, of Wells, Maine.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on September 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the memorial service following at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Taylorís name to the Homemakers of Strafford County, 215 Rochester Hill Road, Rochester, NH 03867.
SALEM - Elaine M. (Maloney) Bonacorsi, 78, of Salem, N.H., a devoted mother, independent spirit and always a cheerful friend, died Tuesday at Caritas Holy Family Hospital Methuen.
She was born in Dover, N.H. and was a graduate of Kenneth High School in North Conway She also attended a business school where she learned to become a stenographer.
She was retired from the Judge Advocate Office at Ft. Devens in Ayer, Mass., where she was a stenographer. She was also a member of the Salem Senior Center and was an avid reader, enjoyed novels and continued her education throughout her adult life.
She was the widow of Dominic Bonacorsi and is survived by her son, Gregory J. of Salem; and her sister, Gertrude M. Dearborn of Windham; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, Mass. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in St. Maryís Cemetery Dover, N.H.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Dialysis Center, 100 Milk St. Methuen, MA 01844.
BARRINGTON - Barbara L. Carpenter passed away Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Barrington Historical Society on Route 9 in Barrington, N.H.
MESA, Ariz. - Ellis L. Claffey died at his home in Mesa, Ariz. on July 18 at the age of 81.
He was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Lyons Falls, N.Y. and was the son of Hannah Bacon and Daniel J. Claffey of Lyons Falls.
He graduated from Lowville Academy, Lowville, N.Y. in 1940 and from Ryder college in New Jersey and Utica College of Syracuse University.
He was married to Marie Leonard of Ilion, N.Y. on April 4, 194 in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion.
His military service was in field artillery, Fort Bragg, N.C., in March of 1943. He saw overseas duty in Holland, Germany, France and in the Andennes Forrest and was wounded crossing the Elbe River in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the purple heart and was discharged in 1945 from Fort Edwards, Mass.
He was a life member of the DAV in Farmington, N.H., 23; also, F&AM Master Masons 591 in Ilion, 32nd degree, also a member of the Scottish Rights and a Shriner, Valley of Utica Zyara Temple of Utica, N. Y. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 25 of Mohawk, N.Y., and a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd & 4th degree and also in Boy Scouts for 25 years, holding all the posts.
Survivors include four children, Bruce Claffey of Hisperia, Calif.; Diane Yoder of Chandler, Ariz.; Brian Claffey of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and Colin Claffey of East Rochester, N.H.; along with 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.
ROCHESTER - Madison Grace Connors, of Farmington Road, died on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital of Dover, N.H.
She was born on Aug. 12, 2002, in Pryor, Okla., the daughter of Drew Connors of Rochester, and Tiffaney Teague of Pryor.
She is survived by her father, Drew Connors of Rochester, and her mother, Tiffaney Teague of Pryor; paternal grandfather, David Connors, of Wells, Maine; maternal grandmother, Jeanne Poirier of Rochester; maternal grandparents, Lonnie and Debbie Teague of Pryor; an aunt, Sarah Connors, Rochester; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Connors of Sanford, Maine; maternal great-grandfather, Laurent Poirier of Biddeford, Maine; maternal great-grandmother, Marie Poirier of Lewiston, Maine; several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12 at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover, NH.
Burial will be at a later date at the Graham Memorial Cemetery in Pryor, Okla.
Family flowers only requested. Memorial contributions may be made Make-A-Wish, 66 Hanover St., Suite 101, Manchester, NH 03101-2230.
RAYMOND - Emily J. (Rand) Proulx, 84, died Aug. 11, 2004, at the Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood.
She was born on June 15, 1920, in Sandown, N.H., the daughter of Forrest and Flora (Brown) Rand.
A resident of Raymond for 43 years, she grew up in Fremont and had resided in Brentwood for the last six years.
She graduated from Sanborn Seminary in 1938, having earned a certificate for typing above the rate of 100 words a minute, and was employed briefly at the Spaulding & Frost Co. in Fremont.
She was also a member of the Peoples United Methodist Church in Fremont. She greatly enjoyed time spent with family and friends and was known for her unique ability to yodel.
She was predeceased by her husband, J. Arthur Proulx, who died in 2002; and two sisters, Doris Menter and Shirley Burleigh.
She is survived by her son, Arthur W. and wife, Robin Proulx, of Nottingham; her granddaughter, Ambre Proulx and her husband, Javor Pischev; her sister, Bernice Turner of Fremont; her brother, William Rand of Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours. Family are invited to attend the funeral service on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Peoples United Methodist Church, on Main St., Fremont. Burial will follow in the Village Cemetery in Fremont. Brewitt Funeral Home, On the Common, Raymond, N.H., is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Rockingham County Nursing Home Residents Fund, 117 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833.
Rev. Ralph Sabine
SOMERSWORTH - The Rev. Ralph L. Sabine, 89, of Somersworth, N.H., passed away Aug. 9, 2004, in Presque Isle, Maine following a brief illness.
He was born March 27, 1915, in Norton, New Brunswick, Canada, the middle son of Rev. Leonard and Laura (Boyd) Sabine. He felt fortunate to have received his ordination from the Reformed Baptist Church at the same time as his brother, Ronald, and in the year his father was president of the Alliance. It was very special for him to have his father preach the ordination sermon and sign his ordination certificate.
Ralph and his wife, Mary, started their ministry in the Reformed Baptist Church, and continued it in the Church of the Nazarene and, for the last 22 years of full-time ministry, in the New Hampshire Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In the N.H. Conference, he served pastorates in Monroe and North Monroe, Canaan, Vt., and Pittsburg, Bethlehem and Whitefield, and Exeter and East Kingston. After official retirement in June 1980, he and his wife remained active in ministry, especially through visitation on the shut-ins and elderly in nursing homes and hospitals for St. Johnís UMC where he served as Associate Pastor Emeritus. They greatly enjoyed spending their summers with family and friends at their cottage at the Wesleyan Riverside Campground near Presque Isle, Maine. They celebrated many special anniversaries at the campground or at home in New Hampshire, including their 40th and 60th (in 2002) anniversary celebrations at which they renewed their vows.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his older brother, John; and sister-in-law, Lulia Sabine.
In addition to his loving wife of almost 62 years, Mary, he is survived by sons, Ralph and wife, Norine, of Sanford, Maine, Stephen and wife, Brenda, of Newington; daughters, Mary-Elizabeth McKay and husband, Steven, of Ellicott City, Md., Lois McDivitt and husband, Bill, of Presque Isle, Jacquelyn Timme and husband, Stephen, of Port Orchard, Wash., and Carolyn Sabine and husband, Jim Kottaridis, of Somersworth; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, his brother, Ronald; sisters-in-law, Winnie Sabine and Frances Duron, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 14 at St. Johnís United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave., Dover, N.H. Interment will be in Woodstock, N.B., Canada. Donations may be made in his name to the memorial fund at St. Johnís UMC.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is in charge of arrangements.