ROCHESTER - Joan E. (Carr) Miranda, 72, of 1 Mandela Drive died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at her home following a period of failing health.
She was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Exeter, N.H., the daughter of the late J. George and Pauline (Hughes) St. Laurent.
She was a member of Newmarket High School’s Class of 1950. She was a homemaker and a communicant of St. Mary Church in Rochester and also a member of the altar and rosary of St. Joseph’s Church in Dover. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Members of her family include her husband of 27 years, Santiago "Jim" Miranda of Rochester; her children, Sandi Carr of Rochester, Paula Slaughter of Rochester, Orrison W. Carr III and his wife Maureen of Saugus, Mass., Michele M. Houle and her husband Michael of Rochester, and Scott J. Carr and his wife Vicki of Middleton; her grandchildren, Mark A. Carr, Orrison W. Carr IV, Kaylan Carr, Kelli Carr, Seton Slaughter, Jenn Houle, Mary Houle, Michele R. Houle, Travis Houle, Patrick Carr and Zachary Carr. She also leaves a sister, Theresa Taylor of Dover, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Orrison W. Carr Jr., in 1965.
Family and friends may call Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home, 86 S. Main St., Rochester. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church on Lowell Street in Rochester with Father Pierre Baker, pastor, as celebrant. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Your VNA, 178 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH 03867 or St. Mary Church Building Fund, 71 Lowell St., Rochester, NH 03867.
YUBA CITY, Calif. - George D. Newton, 73, of Yuba City died suddenly on Monday, Nov. 8, 2004.
He was born in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 20, 1931, the son of Pauline (Drew) Newton and Henry T. Newton Sr.
He graduated from Dover High School in 1951. Upon graduation, he joined the Air Force and after serving four years, stayed in Sacramento, where he attended Sacramento City College, graduating in 1957.
He worked as an illustrating artist at the University of California at Davis for many years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Bette (Laird) Newton. They had four children, Mark, Erin, Brenda and Dana, who all live in California.
He was the proud caring grandfather of 10 grandchildren who will sorely miss him. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister, Henry Newton Jr. of Gonic, Richard Newton of Dover and Reita Jasper of Hudson. He was predeceased by a brother, Carl Newton of Gonic.
Besides being an accomplished artist, he also loved music and had an extensive record collection, but his greatest joy in life was his family.
A celebration of life is to be held in his honor on Sunday in Citrus Heights, Calif., where the family lived for many years before recently moving to Yuba City.
Those wishing to send condolences to the family may do so at 1410 Delone Drive, Yuba City, Calif., 05991.
DOVER - John P. Parsons, 65, of Dover died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital after a period of failing health.
He was born in Roslindale, Mass., on Aug. 15, 1939, the son of John and Madeline (Roche) Parsons. He resided in Manchester for most of his life before moving to Dover in 1997.
He graduated from Manchester High School Central, Class of 1957, where he was a member of the all-state basketball team for two years. Later, he attended St. Anselm College. He also served with the U.S. Army, and worked as a salesman before his retirement.
He was an avid sports fan. In his early years, he coached youth football.
He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather whose family was the center of his life.
Family members include his wife of 44 years, Madeleine (Dolbec) Parsons of Dover; three sons, Jeffrey A. Parsons of Bedford, Steven J. Parsons of Goffstown and Anthony J. Parsons of San Diego, Calif.; his daughter, Mrs. Steven (Laura J.) Smith of San Diego; seven grandchildren; his brother, C. Frederick Parsons of Feeding Hills, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial reception will be held Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., Manchester. The funeral will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. An urn burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: the Bedford Hornets ASA c/o Jay Brewster, 15 Ledgewood Lane, Bedford, NH 03110.
SPRING HILL, Fla. - Shirley R. Gardner, 59, formerly of Rochester, and Danvers, Mass., died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a short illness.
Born in Groton, Conn., on Oct. 16, 1941, she was a daughter of Alphonse G. and Ruth (Goodwin) Buskey. She graduated from Houlton High School in Danvers, Mass.
A dedicated homemaker, her first love was her family, especially her grandson whom she enjoyed spending time with.
She enjoyed her time at Apache Campground in Sanford, Maine. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bruce D. Gardner, a daughter, Dawn Lee Harwood and her husband David of North Berwick, Maine; a son, Michael B. Gardner of Beverly, Mass., and his wife Alison; a grandson, Brian David Harwood of North Berwick, Maine; a sister, Mona Berounsky and her husband Richard of Eliot, Maine; several nieces and a nephew as well as three great-nieces.
She was predeceased by her brother, Bradley Buskey.
A funeral will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road/US Route 1 Bypass, Kittery, Maine. Burial will follow in Brooks Memorial Park in Eliot. Friends and family are invited to call from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at the Funeral Home. Arrangements are by the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home in Kittery.
CENTER STRAFFORD - Eleanor A. Tower, 58, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2001, after a period of failing health at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Born Sept. 11, 1942, in Chelsea, Mass., she was the daughter of Leonard and Hazel (Bond) King, the wife of John C. Tower of Center Strafford, and was a member of the L.J. and Company Band. A dedicated homemaker, her love was her family.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years; two sons, John Towers and his wife (Janet) of Northwood and Daniel Tower and his wife (Lori) of Wendell, N.C.; three daughters, Mrs. Debbra Matteau and her husband (Jean-Pierre) of Franklin, Ms. Lynne Tower of Casper, Wyo., and Mrs. Tammy Jones and her husband (Harold) of Unicoi, Tenn.; one brother, Leonard King of Chelsea, Mass.; two sisters, Janette Murphy of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Christine King of Saugus, Mass.; nine grandchildren, Stephanie, Jessica and Jonathan Matteau, Jonna, Alecia and Bently Tower, Steve Jones, Tiffany and Michael Macmaster; two great-grandchildren, Jaython Dunston and Moya Macmaster; three nieces and one nephew.
Friends and family are invited to call from 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2001, at the Purdy Memorial Chapel, Route 4, 2 Concord Rd., Lee, N.H. Funeral services will be held at the Purdy Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John Newman of Northwood officiating and playing bag pipes. Memorial contributions in Eleanor Tower’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, New England Region, 249 Canal Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Purdy Memorial Chapel and Oyster River Crematory, Route 4, Lee/Barrington, N.H.
ELIOT, Maine - Marion F. Armsden, 69, of Old Road, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2001, at her home.
Born June 25, 1932, in Eliot, she was a daughter of Ralph and Dorothy (Searles) Everson.
She attended local schools and graduated from Eliot High School, Class of 1950.
Before her retirement, she was a medical records clerk at Portsmouth Hospital and worked at General Electric in Somersworth as well.
A very diverse woman, she enjoyed life to it’s fullest, taking part in golfing, skiing, playing bridge and spending time with friends at the Portsmouth Country Club. She enjoyed playing the organ and piano as well as some painting. She and her husband also enjoyed square dancing with the Down East Square Dancers.
She is survived by her husband, Roy Armsden, of Eliot; her daughter, Donna L. Lilly of Canyon Lake, Texas; her son, Scott E. and his wife, Sharon Lilly, of Kendalia, Texas; a sister, Jeannette and her husband, Francis Morancy, of West Newfields; and three wonderful grandchildren, Morgan Lilly, Natalia Lilly and Andres Gomez, all of Texas.
Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Funeral Home. Family flowers only.
A funeral will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. from the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Road/U.S. Route 1 By-Pass, Kittery.
A reception will follow the service at the First Congregational Church Parish Hall, 155 State Road, Eliot.
Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Arrangements are by the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, Kittery.
LEE - Matthew DeRocchi, 22, of 14 Allens Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, of injuries from a motorcycle accident.
He was born in Exeter on Nov. 9, 1978, the son of Frank and Suzanne (Monroe) DeRocchi.
He was a graduate of Oyster River High School, Class of 1997, and was employed as manager of sales/customer support with Welch Fluorocarbon of Dover.
Nicknamed "Goat," Mr. DeRocchi was known for his tattoo, "Wherever I may roam," and his wolf collection. He loved the outdoors; walking in the woods, star gazing, camp get-to-gathers in Hillsboro, riding his motorcycle and snow machining with his father, brother and friends in Pittsburg.
In the past two years, he made trips to Hawaii and Alaska (his dream place to live).
He was a member of the Lee Boys, pit crew member of J.B. Racing Team (Lee USA Speedway & the Busch North Series), Jim Storace Racing Team and the Lee Fire Department.
He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.
Survivors include his parents of Lee; his brother Mark DeRocchi and his wife, Melissa, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends and relatives are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Purdy Memorial Chapel, Rt. 4, Lee.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the St. Thomas More Church, 6 Madbury Road, Durham, with the Rev. Robert G. Biron, pastor as celebrant.
Burial will follow in the Lee Hill Cemetery.
Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England Chapter, 101 First Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02454 or to the Lee Firemen’s Association, Lee, NH.
NEWMARKET - Patricia Y. Dyer, 76, of Cedar St., died on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Born March 12, 1925, in Exeter, she was the daughter of Wilfred G. and Antoinette M. (Hamel) Laporte.
She was a 1942 graduate of Newmarket High School and a lifelong Newmarket resident.
She worked as a supply clerk at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from 1942-45. She then worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses including, Dick LaBranche, Bill Cutter and R.H. Filion.
She was a member of the Robert G. Durgin A.L. Auxiliary Unit 67 in Newmarket, a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, George E. Dyer of Newmarket; four children, Paul J. Dyer of Greencastle, Pa., Susan Robshaw and her husband, Jeff, Peter M. Dyer, Thomas J. Dyer and his wife, Muriel, all of Newmarket; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one niece; and one great-nephew.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket.
An American Legion auxiliary service will be held 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church, Newmarket.
Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Newmarket.
Flowers are acceptable or, should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Newmarket Ambulance Corp. Assoc., P.O. Box 183, Newmarket, NH 03857.
SOMERSWORTH - Theresa M. Gregoire, 91, of 611 Sherwood Glen died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at the Dover Rehabilitation & Living Center after a long illness and fight with cancer.
She was born in Burlington, Vt. on Nov. 2, 1909, the daughter of Louis and Mathilda (Auburn) Brissette. She was a longtime resident of Dover prior to moving to Somersworth.
Prior to her retirement she was a longtime employee of the Weiss-Lawrence Shoe Co.
Mrs. Gregoire was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Dover.
The widow of Louis "Gig" Gregoire who died in 1948, she is survived by three sons who she raised as a single mother, Roger Gregoire of Somersworth, Ronald Gregoire of Lewiston, Maine, and Richard "Rick" Gregoire of Hampton; 12 grandchildren, two of who she raised; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave., Dover.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary Church, corner of Chestnut and Third Streets, with the Rev. Fritz Cerullo, OSA, pastor as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery.
ROCHESTER - Frederick Hildreth, 73, of Rochester died at home Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, following a lengthy illness.
Born Nov. 11, 1927, he was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the son of Herbert and Bertha (Corkum) Hildreth. His family moved to Rochester when he was 12 years old. He was a graduate of Spaulding High School, Class of 1947. He was the last surviving member of his family of 11 children.
Mr. Hildreth worked in the grocery business for many years prior to his retirement.
He was a Christian, and a member of the Baptist Faith. His favorite verse from the Bible was John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have Everlasting Life."
Family members include his beloved wife of over 50 years, Virginia (Livingston) Hildreth of Rochester; a daughter, Cynthia Ruth Gurney; and a granddaughter, Christina Ruth Gurney.
There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rochester Cemetery, Franklin Street. The Rev. Wayne Nelson, pastor of the Church of God in Rochester will officiate. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Arrangements are by H.J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North St., Rochester.
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - Robert C. McIntire, 58, of 2 Old Fields Road, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McIntire-McCooey Funeral Home, 301 Main St., South Berwick.
RAYMOND - Robert A. Patch, 53, of 46 Main St., died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at Exeter Hospital after a long illness.
He was born March 10, 1948, in Rochester, the son of Alfred Patch and Margaret Rouleau Patch.
He was a graduate of Nute High School in Milton.
He had resided in Raymond for the past five years and worked as a machinist for Profile Metal Forming Co.
Members of the family include three sons, Robert Patch Jr. and Jesse Patch, both of Farmington, and Scott Patch of New Hampshire; a daughter, Tammy Patch of New Hampshire; his father of Barrington; a half-sister, Gerry Whitney of Rochester; a half-brother, John Patch of Derry; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester.
A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home.
Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Franklin Street.