WELLS, Maine - Allan Richard Schwarte, 58, a resident of the Upper Landing Road, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at York Hospital, York, after a courageous battle against lung cancer. He was the husband of Grace Mercer Conrad Schwarte.
He was born March 21, 1945, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a son of Edwin H. and Ethel L. (Chase) Schwarte.
He attended Poughkeepsie schools and graduated from Poughkeepsie High School. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science at Syracuse University in New York. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and earned his masterís degree in urban planning at Virginia Tech. He was employed in Arlington, Va., for 11 years as a land planner prior to moving to Wells.
A resident of Wells for the past 25 years, coming from Virginia, Mr. Schwarte was a land use planner and wrote the land use law for the town of Wells. He served on the Wells Planning Board and the Site Review Board and was a consulting land planner for the town and other businesses. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and collected antique sewing machines.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Mercer Conrad Schwarte of Wells; stepchildren, Trevor Conrad of Penn Yan, N.Y., and Gwen Conrad of Juarez, Mexico; brother, Bruce Schwarte of Ivor, Va.; aunt, Helen Chase Manning of New York, N.Y.; uncle, Jurgan Schwarte of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Messiah Christian Church, Route 1 North, Wells, on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. A celebration of his life will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev., Daniel Moore, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Ocean View Cemetery later in the spring.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to a charity of oneís choice to continue his legacy of serving the community.
Arrangements by the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells.
CENTER OSSIPEE - Doris (Gonyer) Sheehan, 74, of Blueberry Road, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2003, at her home, with her daughters, Sheila Sheehan-Evans and Doris Sheehan-Rogers; her son, Daniel T. Sheehan; and her grandchildren, Daniel Sheehan, Doris Sheehan and Tyepoet Sheehan by her side.
She was born on April 5, 1929, in Stockbridge, Vt., the daughter of Henry and Zoey (Paye) Gonyer.
She had lived in Newburyport, Mass., with her husband, John F. Sheehan, for most of her married life, before retiring to her home in Center Ossipee in 1984.
She was predeceased by her husband, John F. Sheehan.
She is survived by her children, Patricia Chaisson of Effingham, Alan Patrick of New Durham, Carol Patrick of Sandusky, Ohio, David Patrick of Haverhill, Mass., Sheila Sheehan-Evans of Center Ossipee, Doris Mary Sheehan-Rogers of Mesa, Ariz., and Daniel T. Sheehan of Center Ossipee; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Byam of Randolph, Vt.; and a brother, Ted Gonyer of Connecticut.
Visiting hours will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lord Funeral Home, 50 Moultonville Road, Center Ossipee. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at St. Maryís Cemetery, Newburyport, Mass., at 1 p.m.
DURHAM - Retired Col. Theodore R. Simmons, U.S. Army, field artillery, 83, of 18 Frost Drive, Durham, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, he was the son of Harry and Goldie Simons, immigrants from Lithuania, and a first generation American growing up in Miami.
He completed his bachelorís degree at the University of Florida at the age of 19 on a R.O.T.C. scholarship and served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an officer in the field artillery.
After the war, he served as the town major in Trier, Germany, and as part of the team managing the Berlin Air Lift. He was stationed in Korea and several additional times in Germany.
He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Class of 1970. For the majority of his career, he was an education specialist. In 1969, he was awarded the Meritorious Service medal for outstanding service as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College. He completed a masterís degree in education from the University of Southern California in 1973. After a total of 33 years of service to his country, Col. Simmons retired from the U.S. Army in 1979.
In addition to his years of service in the military, he worked as a schoolteacher, a real estate agent, a newspaper management analyst for the Stars and Stripes, a tax preparer, and a building designer and contractor.
He spent the last 20 years living in Durham with his loving wife, Janet.
He was an expert dancer and harmonica player, with a long-standing love of jazz, Cuban rhythms and classical music. As a passionate linguist, he completed the New York Times crossword puzzle with a felt tip pen.
He was an early pioneer of the benefits of weight lifting, a competitive tennis player, a serious swimmer and an admirer and lover of animals.
Survivors include his wife Janet (Lennox) Simmons of Durham; four sons, Geoffrey Simmons and his wife, Sherri of Eugene, Ore., C. Thomas Simmons of Berlin, Germany, Willard Simmons of Princeton, N.J., and Robert Simmons of Boston, Mass.; four daughters, Gabrielle Simmons of Providence, R.I., Elizabeth (Simmons) Schulz and her husband, Charles of Arlington, Va., Penny Simmons of Boston and Virginia Simmons of Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren, Bradley and Anais Simmons, Erik and Tara Hasselman of Eugene, Josephine Erler and Ella Haustein Simmons of Berlin, Germany; and Patrick Schulz of Arlington, Va.
He was previously married to the late Jane (Rutstein) Lavander and Gudrun (Klotz) Weber.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Babette (Simons) Ackerman and Laurette (Simons) Sandler.
Funeral services will be held on today at 7 p.m. at the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover. Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820; or to the Durham Ambulance Corps, 47 College Road, Durham, NH 03824.
NEWMARKET - Robert J. Weit, 78, of South Main Street, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Exeter Healthcare.
Born Aug. 5, 1924, in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of Leo and Clara (Daley) Weit.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was employed for 32 years at Simplex Wire and Cable in Newington, retiring as a foreman in 1985.
He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Virginia (Sopel) Weit, in 2001; and a brother, Arthur Weit, in 2001.
Survivors include a son, Michael Weit and his wife, Debra Hale of Newmarket; two daughters, Colleen Bertagnolli and her husband, Paul of Newmarket, and Robin Pullo and her husband, Chris of Henniker; one brother, Edward Weit of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters, Madeline Weit of Rochester, N.Y., and Agnes Woodard of Plano, Texas; six grandchildren, Katharine and Bradford Weit, Sara and Laura Bertagnolli, and Julie and Marcus Pullo; several nieces and nephews.
At the request of Mr. Weit, there will be no visiting hours. Private funeral and graveside services will be held for the immediate family only. After cremation, burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Newmarket.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Exeter Healthcare, 4 Alumni Drive, Exeter, NH 03833.
The Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket, is in charge of arrangements.
DURHAM - Dorothy M. Wilcox, 95, formerly of Old Landing Road, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Rochester Manor.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at the family lot in the Durham Cemetery. The Rev. Mary Westfall will officiate.
The Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket, is in charge of arrangements.
FARMINGTON - Franklin "Frankie" V. Gordon, 76, of Glen Court, died Saturday morning, Aug. 9, 2003, at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Born Nov. 6, 1926, in Farmington, he was the son of Frank and Nellie F. (Young) Gordon.
He was a lifelong resident of Farmington, having attended local schools.
He was a shoe worker, working at the former H.O. Rondeau Shoe Co. of Farmington. He also worked on many odd jobs in the community.
Survivors include one brother, Norman Gordon; two sisters, Mary F. Bowden and Barbara O. Gordon, all of Farmington; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Maurice, Lloyd and Edward.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the C.E. Peaslee and Son Funeral Home, 32 Central St., Farmington. The calling hour is prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Farmington.
A reception for family and friends will follow at Maryís home on Glen Court.
DOVER - Lydia E. "Pat" Laban, 79, of 16 Hill St., died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, after a period of failing health.
She was born Dec. 24, 1923, in Putney, England, the daughter of Frederick and Lydia (Maflin) Jones.
She lived in Portsmouth for many years, moving to Dover in 1987.
She was a caring person who loved life, her family, her friends and her animals. She enjoyed going to local yard sales in the Dover and Portsmouth areas.
Survivors include three sons, Barry, Bruce and Brian Laban of Dover; one daughter, Wendi Dunn and her husband, Charles of Dover; one sister, Betty Browder of Tennesee; one brother, Derek Jones of London, England; and two grandchildren, Nathan and Aaron Laban.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover, with the Rev. Ginny Slawnwhite, chaplain, of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, officiating. Family flowers only requested.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820.
DOVER - John V. "Jack" McKenna, 77, of 9 Mechanic St., died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at Langdon Place of Dover.
Born in Long Island City, N.Y., on Sept. 25, 1925, he was the son of Edwin V. and Maude L. (Watson) McKenna.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and China. Additionally, he served a brief period in the Merchant Marines.
He was a disabled veteran and moved here over 10 years ago from Bradley Beach, N.J.
Family members include two sisters, Lillian M. Mitchell of Eliot, Maine, and Eva B. Baker of Midwest City, Okla.; several nieces and nephews, including his caregiver, Joyce C. Oelschlager of Eliot, Maine; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Henry A. McKenna; and a sister, Maybelle "Sunshine" Woodward.
There are no calling hours or services. Burial will be in the veteranís section at Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Bellamy Chapter No. 5, Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 313, Dover, NH 03820.
Arrangements are by McIntire-McCooey Funeral Home, 301 Main St., South Berwick, Maine.
NORTH CONWAY - Arnold L. Quint, 72, of North Conway, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, after a long illness.
Born in Conway on July 5, 1931, he was the son of Haven and Grace (Prudy) Quint.
He attended Kennett High School and graduated in 1950. He loved sports of all kinds, especially basketball, baseball and the Red Sox, being his all-time passion.
He pitched in the Red Sox farm system until an elbow injury ended his career. In 1996, he was inducted into the Kennett High Schoolís Sports Hall of Fame.
He worked diligently and was very knowledgeable of road construction and the trucking industry.
He enjoyed hunting and loved to tell stories about the past. Everyone always enjoyed the way he would tell and act out the story.
He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 44 years, Myrtle E. Quint of Fryeburg, Maine; two sons, Timothy Quint and his wife, Janet of Durham, and Haven Quint and his wife, Ruth of Fryeburg; two daughters, Sherry Belcher of Somersworth and Heidi Quint of Portland, Maine; eight loving grandchildren, Demon Quint, Christian Quint, Kimberly Justice, Andrew Belcher, Bradley Belcher, Matthew Quint, Jessica Quint and Derek Quint; two brothers, Richard Quint of Jackson and Danny Quint of North Conway; two sisters, Rena Gallagher of Fryeburg and Marjorie Sanders of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Theodore Quint.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Conway Village Cemetery with the Rev. Alfred Gagnon III officiating. Visiting hours will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kennett High School, Arnold Quint Memorial Fund, 176 Main St., Conway, NH 03818.
Robert Roussell Sr.
ROCHESTER - Robert F. Roussell Sr., 79, of 101 Old Dover Road, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, after a period of failing health.
He was born on Jan. 29, 1924, in Nashua, the son of Edgar and Donalda (Provencal) Roussell.
He had resided in Rochester since 1986.
He served in the 160th Combat Engineer Battalion in the European Theatre during World War II.
He retired as transportation supervisor for Fort Monmouth in Eaton Town, N.J. He was a member of St. Mary Parish of Rochester and the American Legion Post No. 47 of Rollinsford.
An avid golfer, he was a member of the Cocheco Country Club of Dover and enjoyed bowling in prior years.
Members of his family include his wife of 57 years, Rosemary (DeRoma) Roussell of Rochester; sons, Robert F. Roussell Jr. of Allentown, Pa., Gary J. Roussell and his wife, Patricia of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Brian P. Roussell and his wife, Michelle of Portland, Ore.; two grandsons, Christopher Roussell of Highlands, N.J., and Robert F. Roussell III, U.S. Air Force, Shreveport, La.; one great-grandson, Christopher R. Roussell; brothers, Raymond, Alfred and Maurice Roussell; a sister, Claire Acquaro; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may visit Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary Church, Lowell Street, Rochester.