LACONIA — Jane E. (Poire) Babin, Esq., formerly of 24 Birchwood Way, passed away on March 4, 2015 after a courageous and inspiring eleven year journey with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Jane was born in Laconia on March 24, 1956 the daughter of Leo "Joe" and Therese (O'Mara) Poire. In 1970 Jane graduated from St. John School (now Holy Trinity) and in 1974 from Laconia High School. In the years that followed, Jane went on to earn Bachelor's Degrees in English and Business Administration as well as a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from Plymouth State College. In 1989 Jane earned her Law Degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. She then began a fifteen year distinguished career at Plymouth State University as a beloved and respected professor in the Business Department. In 2001 Jane received the Northeast Regional Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. She continued teaching even after her diagnosis but was forced to retire in April 2005 due to her loss of physical strength. At that point she began her second teaching career by demonstrating how one can live joyfully with ALS, by speaking at churches and medical schools about the human face of ALS, by participating in several medical research trials at Massachusetts General Hospital and by inspiring medical professionals to provide compassionate care for the terminally ill. Her book "Pearls in the Pond" (a collection of poems and writings written over the course of fifteen years) was published in 2007.
During her teaching career Jane served on numerous committees at PSU and was admitted to the Bars in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania as well as the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. She was recognized with many honors during her career. In addition to the Northeast Regional Teaching Award in 2001, Jane was also presented an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by PSU in May of 2006 and the Silas H. Pearl Medallion for Distinguished Lifetime Service to Plymouth State University in 2005. Perhaps her greatest joy in life, though, came from watching with pride as her son Christian grew to adulthood.
Jane is survived by her mother and step-father Armand and Therese (Poire) Bedard, her loving son Christian, two sisters Cynthia Mathews, APRN and her husband Philip of Campton, N.H., Marie Leahy and her husband Richard of Laconia, N.H and three brothers Patrick Poire and his wife Linda of Sandwich, Mass., Joseph Poire and his wife Cindy of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Michael Poire of Corpus Christi, Tex. as well as nieces Jennifer Leahy, Erin Florek and Natalie Poire and nephews Jonathan Leahy, Christopher Poire and Nicholas Poire, as well as nieces Pam, Karen and Linda (daughters of her sister-in-law Doris Bolduc) grand nieces and grand nephews and many cousins, friends and PSU colleagues. She was pre-deceased by her father Leo "Joe" Poire, her paternal grandparents Hector and Gabrielle Poire and maternal grandparents Thomas and Josephine O'Mara.
Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, on Sunday, March 8, 2015 using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andre Bessette Parish - St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Donations in Jane's memory may be made to Mass General Hospital ALS Research Fund Attn: Shawn Fitzgibbons, MGH Development Office 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114 or online at https://give.massgeneral.org/als to continue the research to find a cure for ALS, to Rosemeadow Garden (in Jane's memory) Attn: Joanne Devine Donovan 336 Bedford Road New Boston, N.H. 03070 or to the "Jane E. Babin Scholarship" at Plymouth State University c/o Laure Morris, Director of Major Gifts, University Advancement/Alumni Relations and Development, MSC 50, 17 High Street, Plymouth, N.H. 03264-1595
Jane's family wishes to thank all of Jane's caregivers over the past eleven years, especially the caring staff at Rose Meadow Garden, Jane's cousin Darlene Ouellette Bolduc, as well as family, friends and colleagues from PSU who shared their time and talent to give Jane the richest life possible during the course of her illness.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:49
MANCHESTER — Sean W. Sewell, 46, died suddenly on March 3, 2015, at his home in Manchester.
Sean was born in Laconia on March 30, 1968, and was a graduate of Laconia High School, Class of 1986. He worked alongside his father and two brothers in the family-owned business, Opechee Distributors, and was later a self-employed building contractor.
Sean lived his life to the fullest and was taken from us much too soon. He was an avid New England sports fan and enjoyed outdoor activities including snowmobiling, ice fishing with his daughters, boating, and waterskiing on Lake Opechee.
Sean was the son of the late W. Peter Sewell, a life-long Laconia resident, and Bonnie L. Sewell of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. He leaves his three daughters, Shauna Sewell of Laconia; Alyson Sewell of Holderness; and Kelsey Sewell of Laconia; two brothers, Christopher Sewell and family of Reno, Nevada; and Matthew Sewell of Fort Myers, Florida.
A private family gathering will be held in memory of Sean, and a private burial service will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: http://www.gofundme.com/nyt73w
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:39
BRISTOL — It is with great sadness that family members announce the passing of their dear mother, Lucy F. Glaser. Mom passed away peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the age of 95, with her daughters at her side. She will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her. She always wanted to live in her own home "until the angels come and take me". She got her wish. Lucy was born on a farm in upstate New York on December 22, 1919. She resided in Queens Village, New York until she and her husband, Herman A. Glaser, Sr., retired in Bristol, N.H. in 1983. She is predeceased by Herman. She kept in close contact with her dear friends in New Hampshire, with whom she had some wonderful times. She especially enjoyed her ladies' card club and was a life time member of the Pasquaney Garden Club. She was a Senior Girl Scout leader for many years in Queens Village. The Scouts knew her by "LuLu". She is survived by her three children, Herman A. Glaser, Jr., in Connecticut, Lucy B. Mennie in Florida, and Lora Glaser-Miller in California. She was immensely proud of her seven grandchildren, Kevin Glaser, Thomas Mennie, Gary Mennie, Jeannette Iacobellis, Michelle Brasky, Lauren Miller, and "Butchi" Miller, and nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Lucy was a fiercely independent woman, generous to a fault, feisty and very sociable. We are sure that she is showing the angels a good time. A memorial service will be held in the spring.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 07:16
TILTON — Barbara Louise (Lyons) Salley 85 of Tilton, N.H. (formerly of Ellington, Conn., for 47 years), beloved wife of Hassan W. Salley for 64 years died at home surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 24. She was born on March 21, 1929 in Providence, R.I., the daughter of Charles and Anna (St. Martin) Lyons. In addition to being predeceased by her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Salley (1954).
She is survived by her husband and five children; Nadine Salley (spouse George Helwig), Melinda Salley (spouse James "Randy" Reeves), William Salley (spouse Kathleen), Pamela Cyr (spouse Timothy), and Timothy Hassett-Salley (spouse Cecily), nine grandchildren; Jason Helwig Greany, Matthew Roberts (spouse Holly), Karl Cyr (spouse Betsy), Daniel Hassett-Salley, Jacob Salley, Cassandra Cyr, Benjamin Salley, Molly Salley-Ryan, and Juliana Hassett-Salley, and two great grandchildren; Jonathan "Jack" Cyr and Emmeline Cyr. She is also survived by her bother Charles Lyons (spouse Evelyn) and many, many nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Burrillville High School, Burrillville, R.I. and Roger Williams School of Nursing in Providence, R.I. She worked as a registered nurse in hospitals and the Ellington, Conn. schools and served on many community committees. She summered on Silver Lake in Lochmere for almost 20 years before becoming a permanent resident in May 2009.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt who enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family, and painting.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a Memorial Mass that will be held on Saturday, March 14 at St. Joseph's Church in Belmont, N.H. at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Barbara Salley's name to St. Joseph Parish, PO Box 285, Belmont, NH 03220 or Boston University School of Medicine, for Alzheimer's Research, PO Box 199180, Boston, MA 02119-9918.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 07:14