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Russell R. LeBrecht
Springfield - Russell R. LeBrecht, 80, of Bowman Road, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 26, 1933, the son of Frank and Ethel I. (Blakeley) LeBrecht.
He lived in Baldwin, Long Island, N.Y., for many years before moving to Springfield in 1979. While in New York,
Russ was a contractor. After moving to New Hampshire, he was a delivery man for Pepperidge Farm
and also worked on construction. For more than 20 years, he worked for the town of Springfield as road agent
and police chief, retiring in 2003.
Russell was a charter member of the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London
and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in New York.
He enjoyed snowmobiling, horseback riding, riding his Harley and anything involving his family.
He was predeceased by a brother, Frank LeBrecht II, and a sister, Dorothea Donadio.
Members of his family surviving include his wife of 54 years, Janet (Harvey) LeBrecht of Springfield;
four children, Jan and her husband, Dean Cristman, of New Egypt, N.J., Russell R. LeBrecht Jr. of Weare,
Phillip and his wife, Sue LeBrecht, of Springfield and Douglas and his wife, Gina LeBrecht, of Nantucket, Mass.;
a daughter-in-law, Rhona LeBrecht of Weare; six grandchildren, D.J., Bryce, James, Quinn, Sutton and Harper;
a sister, Ethel Hasseck of Wilmot; nieces and nephews.
services: A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Kearsarge Community
Presbyterian Church, New London, with the Rev. Robert Merrill, pastor, officiating.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church,
82 King Hill Road, New London 03257, or to Lake Sunapee Region VNA/Hospice, P.O. Box 2209, New London 03257.
Chadwick Funeral Service of New London is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Union Leader on August 30, 201

Julian D. Leach

(June 10, 1934 - June 2, 2013)

Julian D. Leach

U.S. Veteran

Julian Durgin Leach (78) passed away suddenly, yet peacefully at his home on June 2, 2013. He was born in Madison Maine on June 10, 1934 to Henry and Ethel Durgin of Bingham Maine. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston Massachusetts and his Masters at Fitchburg State College.

He served in the Navy during the Korean War and concertized in his travels. He worked as a music instructor at Camp Vega, ME, served schools in Wilton, Farmington, and Milton, NH, Oakland ME, Mascoma Regional School in Enfield and retired from Kearsarge Regional School District as music educator in 1995. He was the Minister of Music at Rochester Methodist church where he was choir director and organist and led the Brookline Choral Society. He was a music educator at the private Perkins School for Emotionally and Mentally Challenged in Lancaster, Mass. He also was pianist in the Newport Opera House Band and group “The Expressions”. An accomplished concert pianist, private pilot, artist, builder, published writer and local actor with the Homesteaders, The Town Hall Players, the New London Barn Players and his latest in Skit where he played the part of Gershwin. Julian was instrumental in the grand opening of the Palace Theatre and later received state wide recognition and award as “best male performer” in “A Christmas Memory”. During his retirement he enjoyed building their dream home, gardening, RV traveling, fishing, golf and his family.

He loved his God and touched the lives and talents of many students, family and friends.

He was predeceased by his biological parents Henry and Ethel Durgin, Bingham, Maine and his adoptive parents (at four years of age) Harold and Hazel Leach, Skowhegan Maine.

He leaves his wife Nancee and their children; Shawn (Concord, NH), Julie (Hartland, VT) and Jody (Keene, NH). The spouses and grandchildren include; Shawn’s wife Elizabeth Jobin, Julie’s husband David Abernethy, their children Leah and Noah, Jody’s wife Kristin (Abbott), their daughters Karin, McKenzie, Jayna and Eliza Leach, Julian’s sister Dorothy Rebarick (LaMesa, CA), his half brother, John Durgin and his wife, Phoebe, Bingham, ME.

All are welcome to join his family in celebrating Julian’s life at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Sunapee, NH on June 15th, 1:00 pm.

To sign an online guestbook please visit www.chadwickfuneralservice.com.

A memorial “Julian D. Leach Music Scholarship” will be created and presented to an aspiring Kearsarge Regional High School graduate.

Donations in his memory can be made to his charity; the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/waystohelp) or the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church.

Carter Lee Bucknam

(March 12, 2012 - December 1, 2012)


Carter Lee Bucknam

Carter Lee Bucknam, 8 months, of Springfield NH, passed away on Saturday December 1st, 2012; of SIDS. He was born at Dartmouth Hitchcock on March 12th, 2012

Carter was such a happy little man who loved, watching SpongeBob with his father every day, having laughing contests with his mother, jumping up and down, making silly noises and faces, playing with his stuffed animals, being independent, showing off all the words he knew, being tickled, and making people smile. Carter’s life was short to most, but he brought such joy with his permanent smile and contagious laughter, we are sure his memory will last forever.

Carter was survived by his parents, Shawn Kangas and Jessica Bucknam; Aunts, Nicole Kangas and Chelsea Huertas; Uncles, Brock Kangas and D.J. Bucknam; Maternal Grandparents, Margot McCarthy and Brian Bucknam; Great Grandparents, Richard and Renate McCarthy; Paternal Grandparents, Susanne Childs and Craig Kangas; Great Grandparents, Jeannette Childs, Bob and Cora Kangas. And many more.

Calling hours are open to the public and will be held and Chadwick Funeral Home in New London on Friday December 7th, 2012 from 11-1 with a service to follow at 1.

If you would like to send condolences please send them to P.o. Box 151 Georges Mills, NH 03751

All donations may be sent to Lake Sunapee Bank under mother’s name.



Guy L. Wheeler
(October 9, 1917 - November 25, 2012)

Guy L. Wheeler

U.S. Veteran

Springfield, NH-Guy L. Wheeler, 95, of Main Street, died Sunday, November 25, 2012 at The Clough Center in New London. He was born in Springfield, NH on October 9, 1917, the son of Harold M. and Pearl (Stone) Wheeler.

He attended Towle High School where he played football and baseball. He served in the US Army during WWII as a member of the 43rd Signal Company in the Pacific.

Mr. Wheeler worked for New England Telephone Company for 35 1/2 years, retiring in 1982 as a PBX specialist for Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth College.

He lived in Meriden, NH for 36 years before moving to Springfield, NH in 1983. Mr. Wheeler was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, American Legion Post 40 and a strong supporter of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoor sportsman.

His wife of 68 years, Georgena L. (Butcher) Wheeler, died in 2008. He is survived by a son, Gary Wheeler of Manchester, NH; a daughter, Janis Wheeler of Lilburn, GA; a granddaughter, Kimberly of Atlanta, GA; a brother and his wife, Kneiland and Lucille Wheeler of Pittsburg, NH; nieces and nephews.

A service will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Springfield Town Hall. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery. Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH 03257. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is assisting the family with arrangements.


Fred J. Shampney

March 29, 1939 - February 18, 2012

 72, of Eastman Access Road, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Salisbury, NH on March 29, 1939 the son of Will and Mary (Clark) Shampney.  He lived in the Webster/Warner area for most of his life.  Fred worked for Lenny George Paving in Contoocook
for several years and for over 20 years worked for the State of NH in the highway department.  Fred loved to fish and also ice fish.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Joe, John, Bill and Harry.   Members of his family surviving include three sons, Fred P. and his wife, Tina Shampney of Goshen, NH, James W. Shampney of Warner, NH and Perley J. and his wife, Jessica Shampney of Springfield, NH; his life- long companion, Donnamae Shampney of Henniker, NH;  10 grand- children, Edwin, Amanda, David, Katie, James III, John, Jasmine, Angus, Shelby, and Marlee; 7 great grandchildren, Alijah, Leah, Sabrina, Ayden,
Eva, Jazmyn, and Korbin; a brother, Ed Shampney of Warner, NH; nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street,
Newport, NH on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 4-6 P.M.  Burial will
be in Mills Cemetery, Salisbury, NH at a later date.



Estelle Annette Durocher Duford
August 15, 1915 - February 10, 2012

Estelle Annette Durocher Duford

Estelle Annette Durocher Duford 1915 – 2012

Estelle Duford of East Providence, Rhode Island passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012 with her daughters by her side. She was 96.

Estelle was born in Holyoke, MA on August 15, 1915, the daughter of Alfred Durocher and Clara Cecile Beaudette. After marrying Leo N. Duford in 1931 and living briefly in Dorchester, NH they moved to Springfield, NH in 1933. Upon her retirement forty-nine years later, she moved to East Providence, RI in 1982, where she lived for the remainder of her life.

In her lifetime, Estelle used her culinary skills to provide nourishment and enjoyment for numerous people in many arenas. Beginning with her family and then extending beyond to the Springfield summer residence of Dr. William Gerry Morgan, the Springfield Memorial School, The Players Tavern, Grey Ledges, Russell’s Inn, New London Hospital, Tallulah’s, and the fine dining of the Edgewood Inn. While a Chef at Edgewood Inn, she was featured in an article in Yankee Magazine. Eventually she began her own catering business and her expertise was in great demand by many in the neighboring towns. During her lifetime, she was a competitive bowler, enjoyed the mental stimulation of word games, playing cards and crossword puzzles, was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed fine dining. She was loved by many, family and friends alike, and will be missed dearly.

She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Leo N. Duford in 1977, her four sons Jerry V. Duford in 1995, Alfred H. Duford in 1998, Francis L. Duford in 2001 and Roland S. Duford in 2005. Her half-sister, Eunice Maltais, her brother, Eugene Durocher, and her grandsons Randy Duford and Michael Duford also predeceased her.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl (Dayahna) Durocher of Mansfield, MA, her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie S. and Raymond F. Parker of Barrington, RI, daughters-in-law, Josephine Duford of Jacksonville, FL, Natalie Duford of New London, NH, and Maggie Duford of White River Junction, VT. Also surviving are her grandchildren Paul Duford, Sharon Micheo, Debbie Brown, Sue Cote, Jill Barton, Roxanne McDonald, Sherry Duford, Kyle Duford, Robin Duford, Keith Duford, Kevin Duford, Jerry (JV) Duford, Jr., Brian Patten, Melissa Patten, Jason Patten, and Jodi Parker, several great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and former employer and long-time friend, Pete Billings of Rhome, TX.

Calling hours will be Monday, February 13, 2012 from 11:00–12:00 with the service at 12:00 noon at the Chadwick Funeral Home in New London, NH. A celebration of her life and the burial in Pleasant View Cemetery in Springfield, NH will take place in May. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 250 Pleasant Avenue, Concord, NH 03302 or a Hospice of your choice. Chadwick Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


George O. Emery, Jr.
February 10, 1938 - February 8, 2012

U.S. Veteran

Springfield, NH-George O. Emery, Jr., 73, of Main Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at his home. He was born in Hardwick, VT on Feb. 10, 1938 the son of George O. and Hazel (Wilmuth) Emery, Sr.

He graduated from St. Johnsbury, VT Academy. George drove truck and operated heavy machinery for GR Trucking, M & G Convoy, the Town of Weathersfield, VT and Miller Construction. He lived in Springfield for the past 5 years previously living in Plainfield, NH for 10 years before that.

George served in the National Guard. He was a past member of the Claremont Moose #1201 and a member of the American Legion Post #29 of Claremont. He was a member and former president of a CB Club and was known as "Mr. Rose". George liked to tinker in his garage and was a good mechanic and welder. He liked to snowmobile and work with wood.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Richard White, Francis and Charles Bailey, Esther Fontaine and Freddie Emery. Members of his family surviving include his wife of 37 years, Mary (Ayers) Emery of Springfield, NH; five children, April and her husband, Larry Bracken of Grahamsville, NY, Charity Emery and her fiancée, Eric Clay of Springfield, NH, Craig O. Badger, Teresa and Rita; several grandchildren including Jessica, Jacob, Elizabeth and Lawrence; two great grandchildren; siblings, Kenneth and his wife, Laura Emery of Atlanta, GA, Freda and her husband, Raeford Sutherland, Bruce Emery and his partner, Glen all of Raleigh, NC, and James and his wife, Ina Emery of Canaan, NH; Mary's family, Susan Graham, Lee and his wife, Nancy Ayers and Walter and his wife, Tammy Ayers; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. at the Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London, NH. Immediately following the service there will be a reception upstairs at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH 03257.




Charles "Bob" K. Nulsen, Jr.
November 6, 1923 - December 10, 2011


U.S. Veteran

Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kilbourne (Bob) Nulsen, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully, just before dawn on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Clough Center in New London, New Hampshire. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Bob was born on November 6, 1923 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon graduation from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia he enlisted in the United States Army on July 6, 1943. Following graduation from Infantry OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia he entered the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York on July 15, 1945 and graduated in June 1949. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and assigned successively to the Army Ground School, Fort Riley, Kansas and the Infantry officers basic course, Fort Benning, Georgia. In September of 1950 he was transferred to the 351st Infantry in Trieste where he served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General TRUST. During that time, he married Alice M. Diggs of Washington, D.C. and returned to Trieste where he served as company commander in the 351st Infantry .

From 1953 to 1955 Bob served as company commander of the 511th AIR, 11th Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He attended Infantry Officer’s Advance Course in Fort Benning, Georgia and earned an MA in International Relations from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. From 1961 to 1962 he attended the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and was subsequently assigned to Vietnam as the Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Commander of Phuoc-Binh-Than Special Zone until August of 1963. Following his return to the US, Bob was assigned to the Tactical Department at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York serving as a Plans Officer for Military Instruction from 1963 to 1966. After leaving USMA, he joined the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and was battalion commander of the 3rd battalion, 21st Infantry in Vietnam from May 1966- July 1967. Upon return from Vietnam, he attended the US Army War College. From 1970 to 1972 he commanded the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Bob closed out his active military career as Director, Joint and Strategic Forces Directorate, concepts Analysis Agency, Bethesda, Maryland. Bob retired from the Army on May 1, 1975 after 28 years of exemplary service. Among his numerous awards and decorations were the Silver Star, CIB, Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

In 1975 Bob joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission where he was responsible for publication of physical security requirements and promotion of international safeguards. During his time with the NRC he traveled significantly internationally before retiring in May 1988. In May of 1990 Bob and Alice retired to their summer home, Faraway, in West Springfield, New Hampshire where he served the needs of the community of Springfield in various elective and non-elective positions. He served one term as a town selectman, President of the Springfield Historical Society and as a Trustee of the Wilmot Congregational Church.

Throughout his life, Bob exemplified the terms officer and gentleman. While navigating his military career, he remained a loving husband and father. He maintained active interest in local, national, and world affairs till the very end of his life, reading voraciously and always looking for someone to talk with about such events. He loved the theater, music and opera and regularly attended performances until his confinement in the last years of his life. He will be sorely missed, not only by his wife and family, but by the many communities and people he influenced in such positive ways throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles K. Nulsen, Marion Long Nulsen, and sister, Marion Nulsen Elliott. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alice Diggs Nulsen, of Springfield, New Hampshire; his daughter, Alice M. Nulsen, of St. Paul, Minnesota; his son, Charles K. Nulsen III and wife JoAnn, of Bethesda; niece, Barbara Elliott Adams, of Austin, Texas and 5 grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for May 2012 in New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Bob’s name to the Springfield Historical Society P. O. Box 6, Springfield, NH 03284 or Clough Center New London Hospital, 273 County Rd. New London, NH 03257.


Holly Ann Wheeler
(May 5, 1961 - November 17, 2011)

Claremont, NH - Holly Ann Wheeler, 50, of Spofford Street, died Thursday night, November 17, 2011 suddenly at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont.

She was born in New London, NH on May 5, 1961 the daughter of the late Harold A. and Betty J. (Smith) Wheeler. Holly attended Kearsarge Regional High School and lived in Springfield all of her life until moving to Claremont just over a year ago. She just loved fishing.

Members of her family surviving include her companion, Douglas Hewes of Claremont, NH; two brothers, Eddie C. Wheeler of Ascutney, VT and Mason A. and his wife, Posey Wheeler of Springfield, NH; two sisters, Donna L. Newton of Cheyenne, WY and Wendy S. and her husband, John Keyser of Springfield, NH; nieces and nephews, Thomas, Hayden, Abbey, Kenneth, Rebecca, Ben and Brittany; aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. in Pleasant View Cemetery, Springfield, NH. Mr. Fred Davis will officiate. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is assisting the family with arrangements.


Timothy R. Swett
(June 29, 1967 - June 29, 2011)

Springfield, NH— Timothy R. Swett, 44 of Springfield died on his birthday June 29, 2011 at the home of his parents in Meriden. He was born in Lebanon on June 29, 1967 a son of Richard W. and Marcia (Stone) Swett. Tim grew up in Meriden, attended Plainfield Elementary School, and graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1985. He later attended Emory-Riddle College in Daytona Beach Florida. He returned to the Upper Valley where he had been employed by Tempo Furniture, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Interwest Communications, Key Communications, Professional Moving Services, Dartmouth Moving and Storage; and for the past several years as office manager for William Smith Auctioneers in Plainfield.

On September 19, 1998 he was married to Leslee Pringle and they made their home in Lebanon and Springfield.

Tim enjoyed fishing, woodworking, camping, visiting Cape Cod, and Cape Elizabeth, Maine; NASCAR Racing, serving as a coach for Special Olympics, coin collecting, and was an avid reader. He maintained a library at his home with over 3, 500 books. He also has donated over 700 books to the troops in Iraq, and sold books online. Whatever he did he always did well. His family recalls his photographic memory and his ability to retain things he learned only once. Most of all, Tim cherished the time he spent with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Leslee of Springfield, his parents Richard and Marcia of Meriden, his children Brittany Kelton and her husband Carl of Sharon, VT, Margret Mae Swett of Springfield, NH, a sister Connie Thompson and her husband Orlando of Springfield, VT, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister Cindy Haley.

Friends and family may call at the Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon on Tuesday July 5th from 1 to 3 and from 5 to 7. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday July 6th at 11:00am at the Meriden Congregational Church with the Rev. Sue Ellen Leugers officiating. Burial will follow in the Mill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to NH Special Olympics, 650 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101.



Carol A. Cote
(October 4, 1939 - May 13, 2011)

Springfield, NH-Carol A. (Shaw) Cote, 71, of Bog Road, died Friday, May 13, 2011 at her home. She was born in Franklin, NH on October 4, 1939 the daughter of Bernard Frank and Marjorie (Stott) Shaw.

Carol graduated from Franklin High School in 1957 and attended Concord Commercial College. She had worked as an administrative assistant for Concord Hospital and Public Service Company of NH. Carol stayed at home and raised her family and then returned to the Argus Champion Newspaper as a typesetter. She also worked for the State of NH Insurance Department and the State of NH DOT Accounting before retiring in 1999 from the NH Dept. of Transportation after 14 years of service.

Carol lived in Salisbury for 14 years before moving to Springfield 40 years ago. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Carol loved playing with her grandchildren and was an avid baker with a huge cookbook collection.

Members of her family surviving include her husband of 51 years, George A. Cote, Jr. of Springfield, NH; a son, his wife and family, Scott and Priscilla and children, Nicholas, Garrett and Christopher of Springfield, NH; a daughter, her husband and family, Linda and Matt Jezierski and children, Jenna and Michael of Weare, NH; two brothers, David and his wife, Maryellen Shaw and Gene Shaw of Salisbury, NH; two sisters, Sandy Miller and Sue and her husband, Leon Nelson of Andover, NH; nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London, NH on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6-8 P.M. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Andover Congregational Church, UCC in East Andover, NH with The Rev. John Wagner, pastor, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH 03766 or to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT and NH, P.O. Box 976, White River Junction, VT 05001.



Robert E. Moore

Springfield, NH-Robert E. Moore, 80, of Four Corners Road, died Thursday, January 27, 2011 at his home. He was born in Wakefield, MA the son of Roger and Marion (Ratcliffe) Moore. His mother died when he was young so his stepmom, Hazel (Julian) Moore, was a big part of his life. He lived in Boston for many years working at Filene's as an artistic supervisor arranging the displays for each department. Mr. Moore moved to Springfield in 1964 and was very active in the town. He worked in the town office as secretary to the selectman, did the payroll and was tax collector for over 20 years. He was also the deputy town clerk and helped form the Springfield Historical Society. He and his first partner, Daniel Daly, owned and operated Spring Hill Farm Antique Shop until his death in 1995. Mr. Moore served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed antiques and gardening. Members of his family surviving include his spouse, Russell E. Patch of Springfield, NH; a sister, Betty Mouch of FL; nieces and nephews. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Springfield, NH 03284. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is assisting the family with arrangements.


Louise B. (Brunell) Jacewicz
July 24, 1924 - December 1, 2010

Louise Brunell Jacewicz of Springfield, NH, died Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at the Woodlawn Care Ceneter, Newport, NH. She was 86 years old.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Stanley Jacewicz, and her loving parents, Edward and Amanda Brunell.

Louise was raised in Springfield and attended the Center School House. She graduated from Towle High School in Newport and then from the University of NH in 1944 with a mathematics degree. In 1958 she earned her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut. Among her many career accomplishments were teacher, coach, assistant principal in Stafford Springs, CT and Department Chair at the University of Connecticut. She retired in 1976 with a total of 32 years in Education.

Louise and Stanley returned to Springfield and lived there in the house that her father helped build. She became a Library Trustee, served on the Budget Committee, Recreation Committee, Historical Society and was a member of the Board of Selectman from 1982 to 1991. Louise was extremely dedicated to her beloved Springfield.

Committal will take place in the spring at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Springfield.

Donations in memory of Louise may be made to the Libbie Cass Library Scholarship Fund, or to the Historical Society Scholarship Fund both in Springfield, NH.

There will be no calling hours.

For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com

Lena Spooner (Tenney) Beals (1914 - 2010)

Lancaster, NH-Lena Spooner Tenney Beals died October 20, 2010 at the Country Village Center in Lancaster, NH. The only child of Leon (1878-1935) and Eliza (Spooner) Tenney (1879-1924). She was born in Newport, NH November 10, 1914 at her Grandmother Spooner's farmhouse which later became the golf course. On April 15, 1935 she married Raymond J. Beals and they celebrated 53 years of marriage. She has three daughters, Alice Hurd of Newport, VT, Mildred (Leon) Bowie of Springfield, NH, and Muriel (Richard) Martin of Guildhall, VT. She loved her long life and worked with her husband on the farm for 56 years continuing to live and work alone for 11 more years. Lena loved her farmhouse and fields and family. In the summers it was blueberry picking and selling eggs to the summer people. She always had a large garden and canned all the vegetables for winter. In the springtime she picked many dandelions for eating and canning and made the best rhubarb and apple pie. When fall came and the cellar was full of canned goods and potatoes she always said she felt like a queen in her castle. Later in life she worked at housecleaning in New London and in the kitchen at the hospital. Lena was a member of the Howard Methodist Church in Springfield for over 50 years and a member of the Beaver Grange for 10 years. Her grandfather, Kirk Tenney, was a Methodist Minister in Springfield. She leaves behind her daughters, 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, in 1988 and her son-in-law, David Hurd, in 2008. To my Mother: My Mother was the strongest and bravest woman I know to have endured being away from her home these past 10 years but it is a comfort to me to know she is once again back home where she belongs. Mama, I will miss not seeing and feeding you every night but I know you are in good hands and I will be down in the spring and fall to decorate our family plot. All my love, Muriel To the Neighbors and Friends of Springfield: My Mother wants you to know she remembers all of you, past and present, with fond memories. To Springfield, may you always prosper. There will be a graveside viewing with prayers in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Springfield, NH on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is assisting the family with arrangements.

John S. Bray May 10, 1959 - April 25, 2010

Springfield, NH. – John S. Bray, Jr., 50, died on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at his home in Springfield, New Hampshire. He was born on May 10, 1959, in Framingham, Massachusetts, the son of John S. Bray, Sr. and Lucille E. (Carbonneau) Bray.

He grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts and graduated from Marian High School in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1977. He graduated from Framingham Union School of Nursing in 1986.

On May 30, 1987, he was married to Stephanie A. Sims. They lived together in Springfield. Upon graduating from nursing school, he pursued a career as a registered nurse, most recently at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was a member of the Vascular Access Team.

John was a man of few words and many talents. His interests varied from beekeeping to repairing antique clocks. Never afraid to take on new challenges, John enjoyed working with his hands and living in a simple way. He was a gentleman farmer, a skilled craftsman, and a loving friend.

He is survived by his parents; his wife; his brother Timothy J. Bray and sister-in-law Elizabeth A. Bray of Springfield, New Hampshire; his brother Michael J. Bray and sister-in-law Kathleen Bray of Holliston, Massachusetts; his sister Elaine M. Carrier and brother-in-law William J. Carrier of Holliston, Massachusetts; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The family will have a private memorial service. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Campaign for Legal Services, 117 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301.

For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at www.newtonbartlett.com Hometown:

Springfield, NH


Sally Wood
1936 - 2009
Springfield, NH-Sally Wood, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Old Mystic, CT on Feb. 10, 1936 the daughter of John and Beryl (Jenkins) Shank. She lived in Springfield for over 50 years. Sally worked for Sturm Ruger and Accumail and had been a manager for International Packing Corp. in Bristol, NH. She liked to bowl, sew and ride horses.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert G. Wood, Sr., in 1997, her son, Albert G. Wood, Jr., in 2008, a great grandson, Kyle Rzewnicki and her brother, John Shank. Members of her family surviving include a son and his wife, Wayne A. and Bonny Wood of Springfield, NH; a daughter, Linda A. Welch of Byron, GA; six grandchildren, Ashley Wood, Albert Wood III, Jessica Shampney, Adam and Ronnie Welch, and Andrea Rzewnicki; five great grandchildren, Tyee and Cody Rzewnicki, Jasmine, Angus, and Shelby Shampney; nieces; longtime friend, Norma DeVarney and her companion, Patricia Hardy.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association Hospice, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH 03257 or to the NH American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.

Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty J. Wheeler

1940 - 2009
Springfield, NH-Betty J. (Smith) Wheeler, 68, of Bowman Road, died Wed., April 1, 2009 at the Lebanon Center, Lebanon, NH. She was born in Grafton, NH on Sept. 26, 1940 the daughter of Robert and Alice (Hill) Smith. Betty spent her childhood in Pollard's Mills, Newport, NH and then moved to Springfield. She was a stay-at-home Mom enjoying her family and especially her grandchildren. Betty loved to read, draw, and knit. Music was a passion of hers and she liked to play the guitar and piano and enjoyed singing. Nature was an interest of hers, in particular, flowers and birds.

Her husband of 40 years, Harold Allen "Sy" Wheeler, died in 1999. She was also predeceased by siblings, Roberta, Donald, Barbara, Edward, Rita, and Rosalie. Members of her family surviving include five children, Edward C. Wheeler of Springfield, NH, Holly Ann Wheeler and her boyfriend, Douglas Hewes of Springfield, NH, Donna L. and her husband, Paul Newton of Saratoga, WY, Mason A. and his wife, Posey Wheeler of Springfield, NH, and Wendy S. and her husband, John Keyser of Springfield, NH; seven grandchildren, Thomas, Hayden, Abbey, Kenneth, Rebecca, Ben, and Brittany; three sisters, Ruth Seamans of New London, NH, Brenda Smith of Hinsdale, NH, and Rowena Holmes of Newport, NH; one brother, Richard Smith of Newport, NH; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to give special thanks to all their family and friends for the care and attention they gave to Betty. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. in Pleasant View Cemetery, Springfield, NH.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield F.A.S.T. Squad, P.O. Box 121, Springfield, NH 03284. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ernest R. Carpenter

1937 - 2009

SPRINGFIELD -- Ernest R. Carpenter, 71, of George Hill Road, died Jan. 12, 2009, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

He was born Nov. 12, 1937, to Earle and Ruby (Collins) Carpenter. He was a native and lifelong resident of Springfield.

He worked for the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation for more than 30 years, first as a heavy equipment operator. He retired in 1997 as foreman. He worked for Star Lake Farm in Springfield from 1997 until Christmas of 2008. He loved to work on his farm and was happiest being at home. He took a great deal of pride in his animals. He loved his rescue dog, Sugar, and cat, Meanu.

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen (Partridge) Carpenter, in 1995, and his son, Robert, in 1974.

Family includes three daughters, Martha Eaton of South Newbury, Kathy Bergeron of Tampa, Fla., and Debbie Keyser of South Sutton; a son, Lawrence "Butch" Carpenter of Lebanon; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three sisters, Eleanor Farr of Etna, Frances Palmer of Castville, N.Y., and Ella Pickering of Blackstone, Mass.; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

SERVICES: Friends may call at Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main St., New London, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A graveside serivce will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Pleasant View Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield 03748, or to I Care-Pet Adoption Agency, P.O. Box 1062, Melbourne, AR 72556.





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