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Week of Thursday, April 6, 2006


Raymond L. Bernier

Nashua native; Army veteran

Raymond L. Bernier, 65, of Fremont, N.H., died April 1, 2006, at the Exeter (N.H.) Hospital, after a period of failing health.

Mr. Bernier was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Nashua, son of the late Emile and Gertrude (LaBrie) Bernier.

He was the husband of Marlyn (Post) Sullivan Bernier of Fremont, and the widower of Jacqueline Frost Bernier, who died April 17, 1999, after 40 years of marriage.

Mr. Bernier worked for Nashua Corp. for 11 years, Bradford Man Made in Lowell, Mass., for 14 years, and retired from Northern Elastomeric in Brentwood in 2001. He served as police chief in Fremont for two years and town moderator there for 15 years.

He was an Army veteran who enlisted in 1958. He spent two years in the military police in France and Germany, and one year in the armed forces police in New York City.

Mr. Bernier attended grammar school at Holy Infant Jesus in Nashua and graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester.

Besides his wife, survivors include three sons, Mark Bernier of Los Angeles, Todd Bernier of Charlotte, N.C., and Wade Bernier of Stuart, Fla.; four grandchildren, Madison, Jacqueline, Raymond and Delanie; two stepdaughters, Lisa Long of Wilton and Cheryl Gibson of Northfield; two stepsons, Michael Sullivan of Hooksett and Joseph Sullivan of Auburn; 10 stepgrandchildren; a brother, Richard Bernier of Hooksett; two sisters, Anne Jackson of Sarasota, Fla., and Pauline Levesque of California; and several nieces and nephews.

The Brewitt Funeral Service in Exeter was in charge of arrangements.

Mary (McKinley) Bilodeau

Retired from Sanders Associates

Mary (McKinley) Bilodeau, 72, of Nashua, N.H., died March 29, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Bilodeau was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Nashua, daughter of the late William and Madeline Englehardt McKinley.

Mrs. Bilodeau graduated from Nashua High School in 1951.

She was the wife of Oscar Bilodeau, whom she married Feb. 14, 1969, in Nashua.

Mrs. Bilodeau was employed by Sanders Associates, Nashua. She retired in 1974.

She was a lifelong member of The First Church in Nashua.

Besides her husband, survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Cecily Gruce and Joseph Gruce III of Milford; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Betty Bilodeau of Nashua; a grandson, David Bilodeau of Nashua; a brother, Robert McKinley of Nashua; and several cats.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire in Manchester is in charge of arrangements.

Mark A. Fisher

Brother lives in Wilton

Mark (Marcus) A. Fisher, 46, of Concord, N.H., died March 26, 2006, after a brief illness, while surrounded by his family and friends.

Mr. Fisher was born on Nov. 7, 1959, in Clovis, N.M., the son of George and Margaret Fisher of Manchester, N.H.

He attended West High in Manchester, and shortly thereafter joined the Army National Guard.

He was a carpenter and master wood craftsmen for more than 25 years, and was employed at All Wood Interiors as a contractor. He volunteered at the Manchester food kitchen, SHARE and other non-profit organizations. Mark enjoyed playing the guitar, cooking and telling a good joke.

Besides his parents he leaves his wife, Cathy (LaFlamme) Fisher of Concord; a daughter, Brandi Fisher of Boston; a son, Zachary Fisher of Wolfeboro; brother, Wayne Fisher of Wilton; a sister and brother-in-law, Kellie and Benjamin Haigh of Goffstown; two nieces, two nephews, two step-daughters, April and Jamie Porter of Manchester; a stepson, Billy Coussins of Concord, and two step-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by son, Casey Fisher, and his brother, Loren Fisher.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford, NH.

Memorial donations may be made to SHARE, PO Box 27, 34 Amherst St., Milford, NH, 03055.

Della Howard

Member of Saint Elizabeth Seton

Della (Freely) Howard, 101, of Bedford, N.H., died March 29, 2006, at her Harborside Northwood residence.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1905, in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, Ireland, to William and Mary Freely, and moved to the United States in 1927. She lived in Larchmont, N.Y., and in Glenbrook and Stamford, Conn., for 45 years with her late husband, Thomas J. Howard.

There she was a founding member of St. Maurice Church, Glenbrook. She was an active member of St. Mary's Church in Stamford, and a founding member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Stamford. She devoted many years of volunteering her time to numerous charitable organizations and church associated functions. She also was an active member of The Shippan Point Association.

Mrs. Howard moved to Bedford in 1982, and pursued her interests in gardening, history, antiquing, music, and most important, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Saint Elizabeth Seton Church and the Bedford Senior Citizens. She became a resident at Harborside Northwood in 2001, where she maintained a very active social life with her many good friends there.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Howard in 1979, her daughter, Eileen Howard in 2001, and four sisters, and four brothers.

Family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and George Potter of Bedford; three grandsons and their wives, Mark and Laura Potter of Los Altos, Calif., T.J. and Pam Potter of Bedford, and Dan and Joan Potter of North Andover, Mass.; and a granddaughterand her husband, Courtney and Dave Brothers of Orinda, Calif.; six nieces and eight nephews; and 10 great-grandchildren who affectionately called her ?Gaybu?: Christopher, Bethany, Davis, Katie, Jack, Nicholas, Ryan, Ashley, Kai and Declan.

Visiting hours will be held at Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St., Stamford, Conn., on Saturday April 8, from 10-11 a.m. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford, followed by interment at Saint John's Cemetery.

Goodwin Funeral Home of Manchester handled arrangements in New Hampshire.

In accordance with Mrs. Howard's wishes, memorial donations may be sent to Harborside Northwood, ?Della's Fund?, attn: Malcolm Perry, 30 Colby Court, Bedford, N.H. 03110, for the benefit of their devoted and caring staff and residents.

Grace E. Hoyt

Burial will be in Mont Vernon

Grace Elizabeth Hoyt, 73, the wife of Alden D. Hoyt, Died April 3, 2006, at Regency Hospital in Florence, S.C.

Mrs. Hoyt was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Schenectady, N.Y., a daughter of Horton D. Cole and Bertha Rogers Cole. She was 30-year 4-H leader, a member of the Manchester and Purgatory Stamp Clubs, and attended the Bloomingvale Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hoyt is survived by a son, Thomas Edward Hoyt of Bennington, Vt., a daughter, Katherine Elizabeth H. Miller of Conway, and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in the Bloomingvale Baptist Church. Burial will be at a later date in Mont Vernon.

McKenzie Funeral Home, Inc., Andrews, S.C., is handling the arrangements.

Margaret S. Hutchinson

Organist at Lyndeborough church for 60 years

Margaret S. Hutchinson, 92, formerly of Forest Road, Lyndeborough, N.H., died March 28, 2006, at the Harborside Healthcare Center, Milford.

Mrs. Hutchinson was born on Sept. 11, 1913, in Lyndeborough, the daughter of the late Edward H. and Alice (Cheever) Schmidt.

She was a 1932 graduate of Milford High School. She would ride the train from Lyndeborough to Milford each while attending school in Milford, and on Sundays to play the organ at two churches in Milford.

She was a member of the Lyndeborough Improvement Society and the United Church of Lyndeborough, where she served as organist for more than 60 years.

She was married to Calvin Hutchinson for 48 years. He died in 1994. She was also predeceased by a brother, Edward Schmidt Jr., and a sister, Mariette Avery; three foster sons, Billy Lockrow, Eddie Sinclair and Ernest Sawyer; and two brothers-in-law, Carroll Hutchinson, and Ray Hutchinson Sr. and his wife, Beatrice Hutchinson.

Mrs. Hutchinson is survived by two sons, David Schmidt of Wilton, and Leroy Hutchinson and his wife, Debra, of Lyndeborough; one daughter, Alice Gray, and her husband, James, of Lyndeborough; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hutchinson was a foster mother in Lyndeborough for many years and raised more than 30 foster children. Many of these children stayed in contact with Mrs. Hutchinson, and refer to her as "Mom.? Among them are Doris Kelley, Stuart Kelley and Leo Trudeau, all of Lyndeborough; Louanne Oram of Dushore, Pa.; and a very special niece, Betty Warren, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; and many foster grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who know her as "Gigi."

Memorial services will be held later this summer in the United Church of Lyndeborough in Lyndeborough Center.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Church of Lyndeborough, PO Box 8, Lyndeborough, NH 03082, or to or the Lyndeborough Fire Department, 129 Forest Road, Lyndeborough, NH 03082.

Nelson Funeral Home, Wilton, is in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Keehan

Retired in 1993 to Lake Potanipo

Beverly McNeary Keehan 74, of Brookline, N.H., died March 24, 2006, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Hospital in Nashua.

She was the daughter of the late John P. and Anna (Crowley) McNeary.

Mrs. Keehan was educated at Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High School and Mildred Elly School in Albany, N.Y.

In 1953, she married her best friend, Francis J. (Bud) Keehan. She was a wonderful wife and mother, always full of fun, always towing the neighborhood kids around to various activities. She was the heart and strength of her family. She was a communicant of St. John Neumann Church, Merrimack.

Mrs. Keehan was employed by Albany Medical Center Hospital, the Questor Real Estate Group and the New York State Education Department.

In 1993, she and her husband retired to Lake Potanipo in Brookline. They enjoyed traveling extensively throughout New England but were happiest spending time with their grandchildren.

Mrs. Keehan's beloved husband died on March 10, 2006.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen Keehan and William Allen of Castleton on Hudson, N.Y.; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael F. and Lisa Keehan of Brookline; her grandchildren, Bridget and Aidan Keehan; her brothers, John P. McNeary of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Theodore McNeary of Laguna Hills, Calif.; a nephew and several nieces.

The family would like to thank the staff at Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center, and her physicians, Sean Fitzpatrick, Charles Kert and Stephen Beaudette, for their care, kindness and compassion.

A private Mass will be held for the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics North America, 1133 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, NH, is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin F. Koscielniak

Longtime registered pharmacist

Edwin F. "Ed" Koscielniak, 66, of Haverhill, Mass., died March 28, 2006, at home with his family.

Mr. Koscielniak was born in Adams, Mass., and formerly resided in North Andover and Methuen, Mass.

He was the husband of Pamela M. (Joy) Koscielniak, with whom he shared 42 years of marriage.

Mr. Koscielniak was employed as a registered pharmacist in the Merrimack Valley for 45 years. When he became semi-retired, he worked for Perrotta Drug Store in Lawrence, Mass.

He loved gardening, music and spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Koscielniak was a graduate of Tenney High School in Methuen, Mass., and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Koscielniak.

Besides his wife, survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Joy E. and Robert Berg of Kingston, Susan M. and Hank Evans of Salem, and Cynthia A. and Daniel Zorn of Hollis; a son and daughter-in-law, James F. and Catherine Koscielniak of Hudson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Robert Towler of Plaistow, and Irene and Vinny Kerton of Windham; a sister-in-law, Christine Koscielniak; five grandchildren, William and Bailey Berg of Kingston, and Samantha, Patrick and Connor Zorn of Hollis; and several nieces and nephews.

The Pollard Funeral Home in Methuen, Mass., was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Ann Lavoie

School nurse in Bedford

Margaret Ann "Peggy" Lavoie, 71, of Bedford, N.H., died March 31, 2006, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, following a long illness.

Mrs. Lavoie was born in Atlanta, Ga., the daughter of Martin and Margaret Mary (McDonald) Connelly. She was educated in Manchester, and graduated from St. Joseph High School for Girls in 1952. She also graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in 1955.

She had been a resident of Bedford for most of her life. She was an office nurse for a time for Drs. Richmond, Connors and Snow. She worked at the Sacred Heart Hospital and was a school nurse for the Bedford school system. She retired in 1993 from the American Red Cross Blood Services as a charge nurse on the bloodmobile after 13 years of service. Members of her family include her husband of 48 years, William G. Lavoie of Bedford; two daughters, Peggy Lavoie- Davis of Landenberg, Pa., and Trisha Lavoie of Manchester.

She cherished the time she spent with her two grandchildren, Amanda and Zachary, and her cousin, Patty Turcotte.

Funeral services will be private with burial at Bedford Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Peggy Lavoie Memorial Fund, c/o Southern NH Youth Ballet, PO Box 10286, Bedford, NH 03110.

The Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.

Douglas D. Liebermann

Son and daughter live in Milford

Douglas D. Liebermann, 50, of Greenville, N.H., died April 2, 2006, at his home.

Mr. Liebermann was born on May 9, 1955, in Malden, Mass., a son of Victor Liebermann of Florida and L. Doris (Lutz) Liebermann of Reading, Mass.

Mr. Liebermann had been a resident of Greenville for the past seven years and had formerly resided in Milford for 10 years.

He was employed as an accountant for Varian, Inc., in Lexington, Mass., for 27 years.

Mr. Liebermann loved riding motorcycles, and was an avid Patriots fan.

He was a member of The Souhegan Congregational Church in Amherst.

In addition to his parents, family members include his wife, Elaine M.S. (Groulx) Liebermann of Greenville; a son, Kyle Liebermann, and a daughter, Sara Liebermann, both of Milford; three stepchildren, Rebecca Rogers of Manchester, Melissa Rogers of Berlin, and Jonathan Trotter of Greenville; five grandchildren; two brothers, Gary Liebermann of Bridgton, Maine, and Charles Liebermann of Groveland, Mass.; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held on April 4 at 10 a.m. in the Souhegan Congregational Church, Amherst, followed by cremation.

Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, was in charge of arrangements.

Roberta Lindgren

Worked with farm women in nutrition education

Roberta (Thompson) Lindgren, 96, died peacefully on March 15, 2006, at the age of 96.

A son, John Lindgren of Charlotte, S.C., and a daughter, Karen Haskins of Amherst, N.H., survive her. She had five grandchildren, Mark Lindgren, Eric Lindgren and Ryan Lindgren of North Carolina, Robert Verner Haskins of New Hampshire, and Kristin Haskins Kahl of Arizona. She also had two great grandsons, Mason Lindgren of North Carolina and Raymond Kahl of Arizona.

Mrs. Lindgren was born in Hamilton, Ill., the daughter of Lizzie (Watt) Thompson and Charles W. Thompson. After graduation from Hamilton High School, she attended Illinois Normal in Bloomington, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1932.

She majored in home economics, specializing in clothing design and construction. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority at Iowa State University.

After graduation from college she worked for the A & P at the World's Fair in Chicago. In 1935 she married Varner G. Lindgren, also a graduate of Iowa State University. They moved to Iowa, where Roberta worked with farmwomen in nutrition education. In 1944, the family moved to Chicago, Ill., where she became involved in her sorority alumnae group.

In 1951 the family moved to Western Springs, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. Mrs. Lindgren went back to teaching, and taught home economics at York High School in Elmhurst, Ill., until her retirement in 1974. While at York High School she initiated the first cooking classes for high school boys.

After retirement, the Lindgrens relocated to Hot Springs Village, Ark., where she was involved with the garden club, the quilting group, alumnae groups and the Village Methodist Church, of which she was a charter member.

Mrs. Lindgren loved to travel and took many trips to Norway, Russia, Egypt, and the Caribbean. In 1997, she moved to Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community in Manchester to be closer to her daughter. She enjoyed many of the Hillcrest activities. As her health started to decline, she moved to the Harborside Crestwood Nursing Home in Milford where her daughter, Karen, could be closer to her and help her as needed.

She was predeceased by her husband, Verner, in 1985, her parents, and a sister, Mildred Thompson.

Services will be at the family's convenience.

Memorial donations may be sent to Messiah Lutheran Church, PO Box 488, Amherst, NH 03031; or to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203-8058.

Eva E. Louden

Attended Milford Congregational Church

Eva E. (Woolson) Louden, 97, died on March 21, 2006, at Crestwood Harborside Home in Milford, N.H. She was a resident of Lisbon, N.H., for 35 years, moving to Milford 18 years ago to be near family. She most recently lived at the Granite Square Apartments.

Mrs. Louden was born on April 14, 1908, in West Bath, N.H., a daughter of Charles L. and Mary (Ahl) Woolson.

She was the widow of Amos H. Lowden, who died in 1967, and Samuel Louden, in 1988.

She was a graduate of Lisbon (N.H.) High School, Class of 1926, and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hanover, Class of 1929.

Her nursing career spanned several decades and locales from Hanover to Long Island to northern New Hampshire. Her specialties included private duty, obstetrics, school and district nursing and general duty hospital nursing.

Mrs. Louden loved gardening, playing the piano, reading, singing and volunteering. She was a member of the Methodist and Congregational churches in Lisbon, the Dorcas Society, the choir, and the Lisbon Grange. She attended the United Church of Christ in Milford.

After retiring, she enjoyed many winters in Florida and southern California. She was an active volunteer at the Senior Meals in Milford well into her 90s and drove until she was 95.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia M. and Peter T. Hansen of Amherst; a granddaughter, Karyn J. Hansen of Columbia, S.C.; grandson and his wife, Ryan N. and Jennifer M. Hansen and great-grandsons John (Jack) L. and Brady S. Hansen, all of Milford; a sister, Edith L. Woolson of Imperial, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Grove Hill Cemetery in Lisbon later this spring.

The Pillsbury Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Inc. in Lisbon is handling the arrangements.

Pauline Mumaw

Daughter lives in Amherst

Pauline Mumaw, 94, of Bedford, N.H., died March 15, 2006, at Ridgewood Nursing Center in Bedford.

Mrs. Mumaw was born Oct. 4, 1911, in Ross Township, Pa., to Fred and Elizabeth Stroud. In 1936, she married James F. Mumaw of Hazelton, Pa., and they moved to Syracuse, N.Y., where they lived most of their married lives. Mr. Mumaw died in 1976.

The family includes two daughters, Jean M. Ennis of Amherst, and Joan Waggner of Darien, Conn; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a nephew and a niece.

There will be a memorial service in the spring.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is handling the arrangements.

Donna Patterson

Nurse with Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Milford

Donna M. (Gazda) Patterson, 57, of Sunridge Way, Amherst, N.H., and formerly of Newmarket, died March 30, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua.

Born March 18, 1949 in Exeter, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Cecelia (Ross) Gazda.

She was raised in Newmarket, and was a 1967 graduate of Newmarket High School.

She graduated from MacIntosh Business College, and from the N.H. Voc-Tech College (Nursing) in 1998. She was employed as a licensed practical nurse with the Dartmouth?Hitchcock Clinic in Milford.

Ms. Patterson enjoyed cooking, snowmobiling, knitting and antiquing.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Pelletier and her husband, Donald, of Newmarket, and by her twin sister, Diane Whiles, of Danvers, Mass.; a niece, Kelly (Pelletier) Gingras of Stratham; a nephew, David Pelletier of Dover; and three great-nephews, Austin Gingras, Logan Gingras and Zachary Pelletier.

A memorial gathering for family and friends was held April 5 at the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter Street, Newmarket, followed by a Liturgy of The Word with Rev. Michael Taylor officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Newmarket.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospital, c/o Resource Development, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH 03061, for the nursing scholarship fund.

Mark H. Smagula

Had his own landscaping business

Mark Henry Smagula, 44, of Bedford, N.H., died suddenly April 1, 2006, at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester.

Mr. Smagula was born on May 31, 1961, in Manchester, the son of Henry Jr. and Judy (Payne) Smagula. He was educated in Manchester, and had been a Bedford resident for the past 10 years.

He was an excavator operator with Jennings Excavation, and operated his own business, Mark & Steve's Contracting and Landscaping. He was known for his attention to detail and for the fine quality of his work.

He was a loving husband and father, and devoted to his family. He loved snowmobiling and motorcycles.

Family includes his mother of Auburn; his wife, Heather Halpin-Smagula of Bedford; two daughters, Sonja Sell of Bedford and Jessica Robie of Danbury; a grandson; three sisters, Tracie Smagula of Manchester, Shelby Smagula of Auburn, and Julie Renee of Barrington; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral is today (April 6) at 10 a.m, at Pine Grove Mausoleum Chapel, Calef Road, Manchester.

Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, Manchester, is in charge of arrangements.

Zachary Zakos

Longtime Raytheon worker; skilled violinist

Zachary Zakos, 88, of Fort Pierce, Fla., formerly of Lowell, Mass., died March 28, 2006, at the St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie, Fla., following a brief illness.

Mr. Zakos was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Lowell, son of the late James and Mary (Markos) Zahos.

He was the husband of Penny (Dayos) Zakos, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage.

During World War II, Mr. Zakos worked as a civilian for the Navy, constructing aircraft hangars throughout the United States. He was employed as a group leader with Raytheon for more than 33 years before his retirement.

He was an accomplished violinist and a lover of classical music. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed traveling throughout the world. He especially enjoyed gatherings with his family.

Mr. Zakos received his education in the Lowell school system.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sibling, Bessie Zahos.

Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Pamela Signorelli of Methuen, Mass., and Patricia and Lonnie McClain of Farmington, N.M.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Byron and Priscilla Zakos of Hudson, and Dimitri and Jean Zakos of Merrimack; eight grandchildren, Kristina Carvalho of Salisbury, Mass., George Papanicolos of Leominster, Mass., Kellie Zakos of Santa Monica, Calif., Peter Zakos and his wife, Shara, of Hudson, Lillian Zakos of Hudson, Alexander Zakos of Merrimack, and William McClain and Nicholas McClain, both of Farmington, N.M.; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Chris Zahos and his wife, Dorothea, of Westford, Mass., and Gregory Zahos of Athens, Greece; and many nieces and nephews.

The Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home in Lowell, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.