Service for Ben Grota
DURHAM - Ben A. Grota, 75, husband of Jane (Sizer) Grota, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at the Durham Community Church on Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m.
A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Durham Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 4, Durham, N.H. 03824.
YORK, Maine - Joan B. Johnson, 69, of 74 Beech Ridge Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at Sentry Hill after a long illness.
She was born on July 13, 1932, in Swampscott, Mass., the daughter of William and Clara (Moulton) Kinzett. She was a graduate of Danvers, Mass., High School and Fisher Junior College.
Mrs. Johnson was a secretary at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the pipe shop and HazMat office, retiring in 1995.
She was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church of York and the Fadette Chapter No. 166 Order of Eastern Star.
She enjoyed traveling, camping, attending yard sales, bottle collecting and caring for animals.
Survivors include her husband, Edward R. Johnson of York; three sons, William E. of York, Dana C. and his wife, Linda of York and Russell A. of York; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Susan E.) Derickson of Machias, Maine; three grandchildren, Brandy Derickson, Tennille Marquis and Justin Johnson.
Public visiting hours will be held Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lucas-Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, York.
Services by Eastern Star Sarah Orne Jewett Chapter No. 176 will be held Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. A private funeral service will be held.
PORTSMOUTH - Phyllis H. Lufkin, 87, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at the Mark H. Wentworth Home in Portsmouth. She was born in Newfields, Nov. 14, 1914, the daughter of G. Irvin Howard and Eva (Sanborn) Howard.
She was a graduate of Traip Academy, Class of 1932. She worked for the late Attorney Oscar Neukom for 17 years until his death in 1959 and was a legal secretary to the law firm of Griffin, Harrington, and Brigham for many years prior to her retirement.
Mrs. Lufkin was active in the Piscataqua Chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, serving as president in 1960-62. She also served as president of the Women’s City Club in Portsmouth. She was past matron of Rivermouth Chapter No. 54, Order of Eastern Star and a past grand marshall of the Grand Chapter of N.H., O.E.S.
A member of the North Congregational Church of Portsmouth, she served as president of the Fellowship Forum for many years. She was also a member of the Sanborn Family Association. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. Lufkin, who died in 1975.
Funeral services will be held at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth on Saturday 10 a.m. with O.E.S. service at 9:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services by Rivermouth Chapter No. 54 of Portsmouth. There will be no visiting hours.
DOVER - Hope C. Noyes, 88, of 19 Rutland St., died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover.
Harry Sanborn Jr.
Rye - Harry A. Sanborn, Jr., 82, husband of Ruth R. (Isabelle) Sanborn of 37 Mount View Terrace, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at his home.
He was born in Laconia, Dec. 19, 1919, the son of Harry A. Sanborn, Sr. and Thirza (Wilkins) Sanborn. He was a graduate of Laconia High School, Class of 1938.
Mr. Sanborn served in the United States Navy during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a ship fitter / planner estimator at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard retiring in 1972 after 30 years.
He was a member of NARFE Chapter 231; Frank E. Booma Post No. 6, American Legion; Loyal Order of Moose; AARP; Senior Friends; Senior Citizens; Prime Time; Knight of Columbus.
Besides his wife of 55 years, survivors include a son, Harry A. Sanborn of Newington; two daughters, Nancy L. Young and her husband, Bill, of Sanbornton, and Susan T. Record and her husband, Del, of Rye; four grandchildren, Holly Young of Franklin; Joy Brough and her husband, Kelly, of Gilmanton Iron Works; Kevin Sanborn and his wife, Luanne, of Grandbury, Texas; and DJ Record and his wife, Becky, of Hampton; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Kiernan of Newmarket; a sister-in-law, Irene Chamberlain of Orange County, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. James Church, Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, Thursday at 10 a.m. Friends invited.
Visiting hours will be held at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth, on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. with wake services by the Rev. Agapit H. Jean, Jr. at 3:45 p.m. American Legion services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. by Frank E. Booma Post No. 6.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Rd, Exeter, NH 03833 or the American Cancer Society, Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701.
DOVER - Joseph P. Sesin, of 32 Pinewood Dr. St., died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover.
PORTSMOUTH - Robert William "Woody" Stone, 75, of 928 South St., Portsmouth, and husband of Lucette (Vachon) Stone, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at the Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth.
He was born in Manchester, on Sept. 6, 1926, the son of Arthur and Vivian (Harris) Stone. He was a graduate of Central High School in Manchester.
After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Army. Upon returning from the military he went on to further his education and received his bachelor of science degree from St. Anslem’s College and his master’s from Northeastern University.
Over the years, Mr. Stone was employed as a teacher, administrator and coach in the Manchester and Portsmouth school systems.
Besides his wife, Lucette (Vachon) Stone, survivors include his children, Susan Rysnik and her husband, John, of Wilton; Beth Stone Hancock and her husband, Bill, of Cape Neddick, Maine; Robert Stone II and his wife, Natalie, of Greenland; Kathleen Stone and her husband, Steve Carter, of Portsmouth; and Jennifer Stone of Exeter; his former wife, Rita Stone of Greenland; stepson, Steve Vachon of Dover; stepdaughter, Monique Vachon of Dover; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Barbara Hubley of Belmont, and Betty D’Arruba of San Diego, Calif.
Funeral services will be held at the North Congregational Church, Market Square, Portsmouth, Friday at 10 a.m. Friends invited.
Visiting hours will be held at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth, Thursday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Family flowers only. Memorial contributions may be made to The Stone Scholarship Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, 848 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, NH Chapter, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
Richard Tibbets Sr.
PORTSMOUTH - Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt., Richard "Dick" J. Tibbetts Sr., 67, of 928 South St., Portsmouth, died of a sudden illness on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Portsmouth Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Born and raised in the "Puddle Dock" section of Portsmouth in 1934, son of James G. and Catherine (Jewett) Tibbetts.
He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1952 and received an associate degree from Trenton State College. He was a member and former altar boy at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Mr. Tibbets married his high school sweetheart, Virginia "Ginny" Trueman in 1953 and had four children.
He completed 30 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Air Force. Tours of duty included Johnston Atoll, Europe, Goosebay Canada, Arkansas, Michigan, New Jersey, Hawaii, Asia, Guam and two tours at Pease. He rose to the highest non-commissioned officer rank, chief master sergeant. Chief Tibbetts retired as senior enlisted advisor of the 509th Bomb Wing.
Memberships include the Air Force Sergeants Association; DAV Piscataqua Chapter (lifetime member); and former VP-Board of Directors, Service Federal Credit Union.
Following retirement from the Air Force in 1983, he worked at Seabrook Station for a few years. Later, he became a store manager, then a district manager for Trendlines- Woodworker’s Outlets in New Hampshire until a disabling condition changed his life in September of 1988. Medical complications following surgery left him paralyzed with the use of only one arm. He eventually lost both his legs.
Mr. Tibbets’ struggle over the last 13 years has been a testament to the kind of man he was. He impressed and inspired those who met him, whether he was driving his electric wheelchair to the local Pic-n-Pay, delivering mail or raising the spirits of fellow residents at the Edgewood Centre nursing home.
He was well known for his sense of humor, his positive nature and his concern for others despite his own hardships.
In his youth, he was a Golden Gloves boxer, an avid swimmer, scuba diver and outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycling, snowmobiling and woodworking.
He was very active and energetic throughout his life and loved to dance with his bride.
While still in their 20s, he and his wife, Ginny, devoted several years of their lives as guardians for his nine cousins (following the death of their mother).
The couple found time to nurture and encourage each one, as well as their own four children. The experience had a profound influence on the lives of the many children.
Mr. Tibbets is survived by his children, Nora Popp of Fall River, Mass., Richard Tibbetts Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Kailua, Hawaii, Carol Medolo and her husband, Joe, of Portsmouth; and Paul Tibbetts and his wife, Ann, of Portsmouth; granddaughters, C. Nicole Popp, Corrine Popp and Katherine Tibbetts; cousins, Doris Finnigan, Joan Alessi, Frank Jewett, Sonny Price, Sylvia Eaton, Judy Jumper, and Betty Fecteau; nieces and nephews, Jo-Ann Clark, Scott Trueman, Kim Smith, Lisa Trueman, Glen Trueman, Theresa Trueman, Linda Cruickshank, and Lori Brown; numerous grandnieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Mae.
All who were touched by his presence consider themselves changed and will miss him dearly.
A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 105 Chapel St. Portsmouth, Saturday at 2 p.m. Friends invited.
Visiting hours will be held at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth, Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Charles Enoch Ainsworth
DOVER - Charles Enoch Ainsworth, 84, formerly of 18 Pleasant Valley Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at the Tucson, Ariz., Medical Center.
Born Jan. 29, 1917, in Brattleboro, Vt., he was the son of Charles Hersey and Rose Eva (Circe) Ainsworth.
A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army.
He had also resided in Standardville, Va., and Tucson.
He was employed as an operating engineer with Stanley Works, retiring in 1979.
He was past Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias and past Noble Grand of the International Order of Oddfellows.
The widower of Olive May (Hosford) Ainsworth, who died in 1992 after 50 years of marriage, he is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Ainsworth and her husband, Robert Nyden of Palo Alto, Calif., and Candace D’Addario and her husband, Larry of Tucson; a granddaughter, Alicia D’Addario of Tucson; three sisters, Marilyn Reimers and her husband, Harvey of Greenville, S.C., Mae Coutou of Magnolia, Texas, and Ruthie Giard and her husband, Lawrence of Bernardston, Mass.; and seven brothers, Merle Ainsworth and his wife, Elaine of Wallingford, Conn., Lester and his wife, Nellie of Tampa Bay, Fla., Calvin and his wife, Jane of Greenfield, Mass., Roland of Russel, Mass., Donald and his wife, Pat of Pa., Archie and his wife, Roberta of Shelburne Falls, Mass., and Ray and his wife, Marie of Palm Beach, Fla. He was predeceased by two brothers.
Friends and relatives may call one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 2. 2002, at the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave.
Burial will take place in Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac, Mass.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Merrimack St., Suite 1, Manchester, N.H. 03101-2244 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Hazel (Ellis) Maiuzzo
IPSWICH, Mass. - Hazel M. (Ellis) Maiuzzo, wife of the late Anthony M. Maiuzzo, M.D., died Saturday evening, Dec. 29, 2001, at Beverly Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., daughter of the late Robert and Katherine (Goff) Ellis, she was raised and educated in New York. She was a graduate of Prospect Heights Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She continued he education and graduated from Boston University with a BSN, EdM and CAGS. She was a teacher of remedial reading in Abbington, Mass., and retired from teaching from Rochester, N.H., schools. She had taught for more than 20 years and retired in 1987.
Mrs. Maiuzzo had lived in Beverly from 1936-62, when she moved to Silver Lake, N.H., where she had lived for many years until recently moving to Ipswich. She was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta. Mrs. Maiuzzo was dedicated to her family and in her later life, she received her greatest joy from her grandson.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Budd of Danvers and a grandson, R. Anthony Budd of Atlanta, Ga. She was also the sister of the late Irene Thornton.
A private graveside service will be held by the family at a later date. Memorial visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the North Shore Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3340, One Ferncroft Road, Danvers, Mass., 01923.
ROCHESTER - Scott B. Rippett, 40, of Broadway died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
He was born May 29, 1961, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and was the son of Thomas and Constance (Corson) Rippett. He was educated in the Rochester schools and graduated from New Hampshire Technical College in Concord.
He served with the U.S. Air Force both in the United States and Germany.
Surviving are his mother, Constance "Connie" Rippett of East Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Roger (Linda) Moreau of Lyman, Maine, and Donna J. Page of Sanford, Maine; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Friends may call from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at Laing Funeral Chapel, 36 Rochester St., Berwick, Maine.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Laing Funeral Chapel with the Rev. J. William Powell, pastor of the Grace Baptist Church, East Rochester. Spring internment will be at Cold Spring Cemetery in East Rochester.
The family requests family flowers only.
Gordon E. Robinson
BARRINGTON - Gordon E. Robinson, 78, of Rosemary Lane died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at his home in Barrington.
Arrangements will be announced by Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket.
Merriel J. Thomas
MILTON - Merriel J. Thomas, 58, of White Mountain Highway in Milton, died suddenly Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Born June 17, 1943, in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Blanche (Dadmun) Thomas. She had resided in Milton all of her life and was a graduate of Nute High School, Class of 1961.
A registered nurse, she had served in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. She had also been employed at the Mountain View Nursing Home in Ossipee.
Merriel was a member of the Emmanuel Advent Christian Church in Rochester.
She is survived by her brother, James G. and his wife, Janice Thomas of Milton and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Leroy Thomas.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at the Emmanuel Advent Christian Church, old sanctuary on Eastern Avenue in Rochester at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Arthur Stone, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Milton Mills Cemetery.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, Conn. 06150-1160. Arrangements are in care of C.E. Peaslee and Son Funeral Home, 32 Central St., Farmington.
Andrews Rivers, photographer, former business owner, author
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - Andrew L. Rivers, 81, of 36 Wadleigh Lane died Monday Dec. 31, 2001, at his home.
Born in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada, on April 4, 1920, the son of Joseph Edward and Albertine (Moreau) Lariviere. The family moved to Dover, N.H. in 1930, where his father, a professional photographer, established a studio, and it was there that young Andrew’s photography career began.
Mr. Rivers served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having served in both the Atlantic Theater and the Pacific Theater. He was distinguished by being the only photographer’s mate to be personally promoted to chief photographer’s mate by the senior chief photographer’s mate of the U.S. Fleet. There were times during his Navy career that he had as many as 40 photographers working under his direction in all phases of the business.
After his military service, in 1946 he established himself in Dover, N.H. as a professional photographer, he purchased his dad’s studio, then on Third Street, and in 1948 he expanded the Rivers operation to include a special lab to process amateur films, and soon was one of the area’s major film processing centers.
He later purchased his uncle’s studio in Rochester, and that was soon converted into a complete camera shop. In 1970 Andy sold his stores to his nephew, Roger Rivers, Jr., so he could devote his full-time efforts to his first love, commercial photography.
Mr. Rivers also authored a book titled “Dover in Those Days and These” that was a pictorial review through and including Dover’s 350th anniversary.
He was a member of the Dover Post 8 American Legion and had been a member of the Dover Lion’s Club and was past president of the Mousam Lake Region Association of Maine.
He was the widower of Mabel M. (Villandry) Rivers, who died in 1982, and later was married to the former Rose (Plourde) Hughes, who died in 1999. He is survived by a son James J. Rivers and his wife, Juliette, of Fitchburg, Mass.; three daughters, Andrea French and her husband, Bud, of Rochester, N.H., Georgette Carrier and her husband, Joe, of Dover, N.H., Marie Hart and her husband, Glenn, of Mashpee, Mass.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laurette Demers of Dover and Patricia Birdsell of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave., Dover, N.H. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Tasker Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery.
Memorials in his name may be made to Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc., P.O. Box 779, Minneapolis, Minn. 55440-0779