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Strafford County, New Hampshire Obituary and Death Notice Collection

Strafford County, New Hampshire Obituary Collection - 130

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Date: Monday, 14 February 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

Earl Kelchner

PORTSMOUTH - Earl P. Kelchner, 75, of 69 Elwyn Ave., died Thursday, April 7, 2004, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

He was born in Portsmouth on Sept. 2, 1928, the son of Harry and Helen (Philbrick) Kelchner and was a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1946.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was a self-employed carpenter for many years, starting his carpentry career working for his grandfather, W.C. Philbrick. He was also formerly employed as a rental agent at the Atlantic Heights.

He was a member of Rivermouth Chapter 54, Order of Eastern Star; St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 56 F&AM of Portsmouth; Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Portsmouth and Dover; NH Consistory 32nd degree of Nashua; Frank E. Booma Post 6, American Legion of Portsmouth; and Senior Friends.

He enjoyed bus tours with Geo-Don, especially to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

Survivors include his son, Keith E. Kelchner of Portsmouth; several cousins; and his longtime companion, Elizabeth Vareschi of Hampton. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise (Defoe) Kelchner on Sept. 1, 1988.

Visiting hours will be held at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth, on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Masonic services by St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 56 F&AM on Friday at 5:45 p.m. Friends are invited. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home, Saturday at noon. Donations may be made in Earl’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101.

Jeanne Moisan

DOVER - Jeanne Moisan, 89, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Langdon Place, Middle Road, after a period of failing health.

Born June 29, 1914, in Allenstown, N.H., she was the daughter of Narcisse Victor Guilbeault and Amanda Courchesne.

Formerly of Allenstown for 83 years, she moved to Dover in 1997. Before retiring, she was an employee of Sprague Electric Co. in Concord from 1959 to 1979. After retirement, she became a homemaker and loved to work in her garden and to sew. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Post 2860, Veterans of Foreign War and Suncook Valley.

She is survived by one daughter, Lorraine (Moisan) Skaltsis and her husband, Nick, of Dover; two brothers, Raymond Guilbeault of Allenstown and Ernest Guilbeault of Hooksett; three sisters, Rose Martel of Dover, Dorothy Pelletier of Allenstown and Lorraine Pelletier of Hooksett; one granddaughter, Nicole (Skaltsis) Bosco of Rochester; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Thursday, April 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Suncook.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, New Hampshire Chapter, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.

Penny Murphy

LEE - Penny Diane Murphy, 59, of 56 Pine Knoll Village, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.

Born Oct. 19, 1944, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of John and Arlene (Fabian) Adamovich.

She was a resident of Lee since 1985 and had a passion for crafts.

Survivors include her loving husband, Paul R. Murphy of Lee; one son, Frank McHard Jr., of Georgia; two daughters, Pam Elliott and Cindy Kerr; two brothers, Robert Adamovich and David Adamovich; three stepbrothers, David, Donald and Darrel Cummings; one brother-in-law, Roger Murphy; nieces; nephews; and five grandchildren, Noel, Jazmine, Andrea, Tricia and Michelle.

Family and friends may call Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Road, Lee, N.H.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. directly following visitation.

Burial will take place in the Lee Hill Cemetery, Lee. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, NE Affiliate, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688.

William Rupnow

KITTERY, Maine - William F. Rupnow, 93, husband of Judith (Clark) Cole Tuttle Rupnow, of 143 Rogers Road, Meetinghouse Village, died Thursday, April 7, 2004, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 1910, the son of August F. and Emma M. (Schmalz) Rupnow. He was a graduate of Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Class of 1933.

He was formerly employed as a mechanical engineer for Copes-Vulcan, Inc. and had also been employed for Cleveland Electric.

He was a member of the Cornerstone Masonic Lodge in Fairview Park, Ohio.

Besides his wife, survivors include his daughter, Nancy C. Rinehart of Patchhog, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, Daniel Rupnow, David Rupnow, Jeff Rupnow, Jennifer Pickering, Christiana Cole, Katrina Cole, Erik Cole, Jeffrey Cole, and Christopher Cole; his twin brother, Wilbur Rupnow of Cleveland, Ohio.

A son, Robert W. Rupnow; one sister, Edith Gale; and a granddaughter, Abigail Rinehart, predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held at the Meetinghouse Village, 143 Rogers Road, Kittery, Maine, Saturday at 4 p.m. Friends invited. No visiting hours. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel.

Emily Tripp

BRENTWOOD - Mrs. Emily L. (Newman) Tripp, 93, of 117 North Road, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at the Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood.

She was born in Lubec, Maine, on March 3, 1911, the daughter of Alfred and Jane (Simpson) Newman.

She was a volunteer during the summer at the Kiosk in Market Square, Portsmouth.

Survivors include her son, Mark Tripp of Deland, Fla.; daughter, Carol Bosen of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, Andrew Bosen of Portsmouth, Diane Tripp of Deltona, Fla., and John Bosen of Stratham; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leslie R. Tripp, on May 27, 1959.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visiting hours.

Arrangements are by J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel.

John Ward

BARRINGTON - John A. Ward, 54, of 61 Long Shore Drive, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at home after a short illness.

He was born on June 12, 1949, in Lewiston, Maine, the son of Roger Ward and the late Pauline (Collins) Ward. He had resided in this area most of his life and was self-employed in the auto salvage industry. He loved racing cars and riding his Harley. He was a member of the American Legion Post 7 of Rochester and had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Members of his family include his companion of 23 years, Alice Mercier of Barrington; sons, Dennis and his wife, Sarah Ward, of Rochester, Donald and his wife, Kelly Ward, of Northwood; John Jr. and Joshua Ward, both of Barrington; grandchildren, Nicholas and Abigail Ward of Rochester and Skylar Ward of Northwood; his father and stepmother, Roger and Jackie Ward of Rochester; brother, William Ward of Barrington; sisters, Polly-Ann Belt of New York, Shirley Sterling of South Berwick, Maine, Diane Brown of Somersworth, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and his dog, Taz.

Family and friends may visit Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 S. Main St., Rochester, N.H.

The funeral service will be Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Route 9, Barrington, N.H.

Charles Wilson

ROCHESTER - Charles F. "Buddy" Wilson, 82, died at Sunbridge Nursing Home in Rochester after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Boston, where he grew up and attended school. He lived in Brockton for 40 years and moved to Rochester seven years ago.

He worked many years as a truck driver for Casey & Hayes Transportation, retiring several years ago.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

He is survived by his children, Robert and James Wilson, both of Brockton, Mass.; Kathleen Moriarty of Holbrook, Mass.; and companion, Dorothy Wright of Rochester. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, Randolph, Mass.

Daisy Cook
ROCHESTER - Daisy Evans Cook, 78, of 14½ Yvonne St., died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at Sunbridge Nursing Home after a period of failing health.

She was born May 6, 1926, in Germany, the daughter of David T. and Emmi (Buck) Evans. She had resided in Rochester for the past 35 years. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a registered nurse. She later worked in administration and teaching for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover. She was a member of the First Church Congregational of Rochester for many years and enjoyed traveling with the Retired Nurse’s Association. Her hobby was quilting.

The widow of George Cook who died in 1989, she is survived by one son, Thomas Cook and his wife, Vicki-Jo, of Rochester; grandson, Evan Cook of Rochester; stepson, George Cook and his wife, Susan, of Virginia; stepgrandchildren, Halsey Cook of Virginia and Kenny Cook of Georgia; her brother, David T. Evans II and wife, Ann, of Michigan; niece, Debbie Kurchaski and daughter, Jillian, of Michigan; nephew, David T. Evans III his wife, Cathy, and their children, David IV and Sarah Evans of New York; aunt, Jean Elizabeth Symonds of Alabama. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jean Elizabeth Cook.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester, with the Rev. Beth Colbroth, officiating. Burial will be later in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ronald MacDonald House, Boston, Mass.

Mary Dryden

PORTSMOUTH - Mrs. Mary (Quinn) Dryden, 86, of Portsmouth, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at the Harborside Nursing Home in Amesbury, Mass.

She was born in Ipswich, Mass., on Aug. 21, 1918, the daughter of Maurice J. and Mary A. (Otis) Quinn.

For many years, she was assistant manager at Howard Johnson’s in Portsmouth.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen M. Owen and her husband, Paul, of East Hampton, Conn., and Patricia and her husband, James Pearly, of Florida; two sons, Paul D. Dryden and wife, Debbie, of Charlotte, N.C., and John Dryden of New Hampshire; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Dryden.

Visiting hours will be held at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. with funeral services following at 9 a.m. Friends invited. Flowers will be accepted.

Donald Johnson

YORK, Maine - Donald P. Johnson, 80, of Beech Ridge Road in York, died on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at York Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Brookline, Mass., on Sept. 2, 1924, he was the son of Carl and Beatrice (Slipp) Johnson.

He served in the Navy for 15 years during World War II and as station keeper at Squantum Naval Air station and South Weymouth Naval Air station.

He worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as an electrician for 19 years, retiring in 1979.

He was a life member of the Veteran’s of Foreign War Post 6977, holding many positions there, including commander.

Survivors include his wife, Helen (Larsen) Johnson of York; sons, Donald, David, and Stephen and his wife, Mary Ellen; daughters, Lynn Dielow, Christine Johnson, Joyce Faskianos and her husband, Deno, Susan Fenn and her husband, Dennis; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW Post 6977, 75 Cape Neddick Road, York, ME 03909 to be used for gifts for the troops overseas.

Arrangements are entrusted to the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home of Kittery.

Helene St. Laurent

SOMERSWORTH - Helene St. Laurent, 85, of 65 Myrtle St., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover after a period of failing health.

She was born on June 23, 1919, in Somersworth, and was the daughter of Pierre and Mathilda (Theberge) St. Laurent. She was raised in Somersworth and was a graduate of St. Martin Academy.

She worked many years as an assembly worker at Somersworth Shoe Co. Prior to retirement, she was a machine operator at General Electric Co. in Somersworth.

Her first husband, Alfred Lapointe, died in 1977. It is worthy to note that she died on the anniversary date (Oct. 12, 1935) of her marriage to Alfred.

In 1985, she moved to Canada after marrying her second husband, Antoine Theberge. They would summer together at Lake Megantic, PQ Canada and would winter at Pompano Beach, Fla. She and her husband loved to travel, and together, would see most of Canada and travel to Haiti, before his death in 1998.

She was a loving, caring mother and aunt. She loved the good times with friends and family and worked hard during her life. Her family and friends here and in Canada will sadly miss.

She leaves a son, Alfred "Butch" Lapointe, of Somersworth and many nephews nieces and cousins here in the United States and in Canada. Besides her two husbands, Alfred Lapointe and Antoine Theberge predeceasing her, she was also predeceased by two children, Alfred the IV and by a daughter, Jeannette. Her sister, Beatrice St. Laurent, predeceased her in 1994.

Calling hours at Bernier Funeral Home, 49 South St., Somersworth, N.H. will be on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Martin Catholic Church, West High and Maple Streets.

Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Somersworth. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Seacoast Hospice, 642 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820.

John Crowell

PORTSMOUTH - John M. F. Crowell (Jack) passed away Nov. 30, 2004. He was born May 3, 1928.

While enjoying a martini, taking in the evening news and talking to his wife, Jack slipped into a coma never to regain consciousness.

He served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea from July 1946 to March 1948.

Originally a New Englander, he spent most of his years raising a family in the suburbs of Detroit, Mich.

Upon retirement from a career in manufacturing management, he and his wife, Betty, relocated to the East Coast, in 1994, to create a new life for themselves in Portsmouth. They enjoyed the symphony, Boston Pops, numerous GeoDon trips, Senior Friends events and Over 55 Club outings. But most of all he loved volunteering at the Rye Congregational Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 46½ years, Betty; his children, Ann Manning, husband Jeff and son, Zachary of Clarkston, Mich.; Scott Crowell of Sanford, Fla.; Kimberly Bradway, husband James, and children, Sami, Dustin, Kelli, and Eric of Clever, Mo.; and Karen Crowell of Farmington Hills, Mich.

We praise God for you Jack for the wonderful husband and father you have been. We know you are in the arms of Jesus now, walking on streets of gold! We love you and we miss you. May you rest in peace dear Jack.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Rye Congregational Church at 2 p.m. Friends may visit with the family on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home, 684 State St., Portsmouth. Burial will take place at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery in Westborough, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rye Congregational Church, Paws with a Cause, 4646 South Division, Wayland, MI 49348, or to the favorite charity of your choice.

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