John D. Mahan, 66

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John D. Mahan, 66

LACONIA — John Dennis Mahan, 66, of Laconia, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Lakes Region General Hospital.

He was born on January 29, 1950, in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of the late Bryan C. and Mary L. (Dineen) Mahan.

He worked as a machinist for more than 40 years at Lewis & Saunders. John was local entrepreneur and avid gardener who enjoyed all things green.

He enjoyed fishing, camping and pulling pranks. John was a member of the Elks Club and the Laconia Rod & Gun Club.

He is survived by his three daughters, Amy L. Ojikutu of Sanbornton, Elizabeth M. Johnson of Sanbornton, and Jill E. Mahan of Belmont; six grandchildren, Kathleen, Edward, Grace and Alex Ojikutu and Madeline and Gavin Johnson; one sister, Mary E. Mahan of Center Barnstead; and two nephews, Trevor White of Manchester, and Bryan S. Mahan of St. Augustine, Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his three brothers, Bryan B. Mahan, Thomas J. Mahan and James C. Mahan; along with his beloved dogs, Chester and Otis.

There will be no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Laconia Rod & Gun Club, 358 South Main St, Laconia. Burial will be held in the spring in the family plot at the Great Hill Cemetery in Chester.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Central New Hampshire Kidney Center, 87 Spring St, Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Janina Pietlicki

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Janina Pietlicki

BOSCAWEN — Janina Pietlicki, formerly of Laconia, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen.

A Polish immigrant born near Pinsk (now part of Belarus), the daughter of the late Waclaw and Helena (Mielnik) Lysiuk, you will find no American who was more proud of her country.

Janina lived a remarkable life. She and her family survived being torn from their home and sent to Siberia by the Russians at the beginning of World War II. During the war the family was shipped by train, truck, boat and camel through the Middle East and into Central Africa where they came under British protection for the duration of the war. It was here that Janina finished her formal education while experiencing the wonders of life in Africa.

Expatriated to England after the war, Janina married and gave birth to her first child, Richard. Soon after she followed her parents to Brooklyn, New York, where she gave birth to her second child, Basia. She then moved to New Hampshire where she gave birth to her third child, John. While living in Manchester, and then in Laconia, she found a life of family, friends and fulfillment.

Many will remember Janina from her days working in the school lunch program, particularly at Pleasant Street School in Laconia, where she was always ready with her easy smile and mild manner (not to mention an extra helping for those children she felt were "too skinny!"). She was further employed by several area firms, was active in community service organizations including the Red Cross, St. Joseph's Church, and the Emblem Club, where she was a member and president.

In retirement she worked and volunteered at the Laconia Police Department and Lakes Region General Hospital until age and health forced her into the care of her children, and eventually the nursing home. Nursing home staff will fondly remember her good nature, penchant for singing, and her never-ending requests for a cup of coffee.

Janina's smile and kindness, which became her trademark in life, will forever be remembered by those who had the good fortune to meet or know her. She is survived by her children, Richard Pietlicki of Idaho, Basia Pietlicki of Henniker, and John Pietlicki of Barrington; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and her sister, Maria Poloniewicz of Belmont, North Carolina.

In addition to her parents and two brothers, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Pietlicki, in 1970.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. A private burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Laconia.

For those who wish, and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or go to http://www.alz.org.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Frederick W. Rich, 81

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Frederick W. Rich, 81

LADY LAKE, Fla. — Frederick W. Rich, 81, of Lady Lake, and formerly of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Rich retired as a manager of installation and maintenance for NYNEX, which later became Verizon, after 30 years of service.

He was a native of Everett, Massachusetts, born to Frederick Harold Rich and Dorothy R. Donovan Rich.

Fred served his country proudly in the Army during the Korean War.

He was an antique car buff, belonging to many car clubs through the years. A professional drummer for 32 years, Fred was also the bandleader for the Fred Williams LTD Band. He enjoyed skiing, motorcycling, snowmobiling, golf, solving crossword puzzles and boating.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 33 years, Judy; his son Kevin D. and Gretchen Rich of Melrose, Massachusetts, and their children Callie and Darby; his daughter, Linda G, and Walter Kor of North Reading, Massachusetts, and their children Melissa, Colin and Ashley; mother- in-law Jessie Halpin of West Ossipee, New Hampshire; and sisters-in-law, Jane and Joel Smith of Concord, New Hampshire, and Sheila and William Woods of New Hampton, New Hampshire.

The family suggests memorials in Fred's name to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778, or to the charity of your choice.

You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.baldwincremation.com.

Fred D Higgins lll, 50

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Fred D Higgins lll, 50

FRANKLIN — Fred D Higgins lll, 50, of Franklin, formerly of Seabrook and Northfield, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 11, 2017, at home after a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 30, 1966, in Franklin the son of David D Higgins Sr. and Judy (Lemner) Metzger.

Fred was employed at Watts Technologies before becoming ill.

Fred enjoyed fishing and hanging out in his garage tinkering on all sorts of engines from small to big. His latest obsession was his family of pet ducks. You could usually find him helping the ducks dig for worms.

Fred was predeceased by his father, David D. Higgins Sr.

He is survived by his many children, Bobby Ryan, Carol Wentworth, Kimberly Higgins, Kyle Higgins, Leah Jameson, Derek Higgins, Steven Higgins, and stepdaughter Madison LeBlanc; his fiancée, Melanie Michael; two sisters, Melissa Robertson, Sara Lee Higgins Sawyer; and his mother and stepfather, Judy and Tim Metzger of Alexandria; grandchildren, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

There will be a celebration of life at the VFW in Franklin on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. All are welcome.

Thibault-Neun Funeral Home in Franklin is assisting with arrangements. For an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com