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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
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
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
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
a daughter-in-law, Rhona LeBrecht of Weare; six
grandchildren, D.J., Bryce, James, Quinn, Sutton and
a sister, Ethel Hasseck of Wilmot; nieces and
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
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 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, 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
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,
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)
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
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,
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
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.
Annette Durocher Duford
August 15, 1915 - February 10, 2012
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
February 10, 1938 - February 8, 2012
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)
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.
"Bob" K. Nulsen, Jr.
November 6, 1923 - December 10, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Donations in memory of Louise may be made to the Libbie Cass Library
Scholarship Fund, or to the Historical Society Scholarship Fund both in
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)
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
|1936 - 2009
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
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
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
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