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Sarah J. Merchant, 34


MEREDITH — Sarah Jeanne Merchant, 34, left this world peacefully surrounded by her loving and heartbroken family on Friday, June 12, 2015, after a courageous, five year battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Sarah was born in Hollis, N.H. on May 26, 1981, the first daughter of Michael and Donna Merchant. Her family, along with younger sister Allison, moved to Laconia, N.H. in 1987. Sarah was a 1999 graduate of Laconia Academy and went on to earn her Associates Degree at NHTI in Laconia in 2005 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media Design and Imaging, from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. in 2008. After earning her degree she moved to Beverly, Mass. with her husband Matthew Merrow and their son Aidan and began a promising career at Beam Interactive and Relationship Marketing in Boston, Mass.

Since her diagnosis in January 2010 Sarah has been a tireless advocate and blogger for the research and cure of metastatic breast cancer. Her "Insert Boobs Here" blog (www.insertboobshere.com) became a therapeutic and educational source for newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors. She was the President and Founder of Beyond Stage 4, organized in 2013, as a non-profit created to educate, support and ultimately cure metastatic breast cancer, with a focus on supporting young women diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer. Bikers 4 Boobies was their largest annual fundraiser that took place during Laconia Motorcycle Week. She was a Young Woman's Initiative advocate and hotline mentor and Project LEAD graduate from the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Sarah is survived by her beloved son Aidan Merrow, parents, Donna and Michael Merchant, sister Allison Plourde all of Meredith, N.H. and her husband Matthew Merrow of Concord, N.H.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015 using the Carriage House entrance at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street Laconia, N.H.

A Celebration of her life will follow at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home.

Donations in Sarah's memory can be made to Beyond Stage 4, 6 Wink Road, Meredith, NH 03253 or at www.beyondstage4.org.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 06:25

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Katharine F. Blaisdell, 87


NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. — Katharine "Kay" "Trinka" Frizzell Blaisdell, PhD, 87, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully with her husband and best friend Ed, by her side at Brookside Nursing Home and Rehabilitation, White River Junction, Vt. on Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Katharine was born April 4, 1928 in Keene, N.H. to Theodore and Martha McDanolds Frizzell of Charlestown, N.H.
She graduated from Charlestown High School in 1946, University of New Hampshire in 1949 and Cornell University, M.S. 1950, Ph.D 1952 (Veterinary Parasitology and Physiology). While at UNH, she met her husband of 66 years, Edwin "Ed" "Doc" Blaisdell, DVM, son of Ellis and Eva Merrill Blaisdell of Belmont, N.H. While both attended Cornell, they married in 1949.
While raising six children, she assisted in Ed's veterinary practice. Interested in local history and inspired by stories Doc would bring home from his veterinary travels, for many years she wrote the column "Over the River and Through the Years" for the Journal Opinion. These columns then grew into nine books of local and regional history, the "Over the River and Through the Years" series, and a town history, "Haverhill, New Hampshire in the Twentieth Century."
Ed and Kay traveled extensively; Dominican Republic, Azores, caribou hunting in the Yukon Territory, Germany, Africa, Scotland, Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, and mountain climbing in the rain forests of South America. They drove cross country in their mini van camping in it along the way. They presented many slide shows of their travels, as well as educational historical programs.
She was a Sunday school teacher in Charlestown and North Haverhill. For over fifty years, she served as choir director and violinist at North Haverhill United Methodist Church and continued singing with the choir through this spring. She dearly loved the choir, her church family and her church. She served as President of Woodsville Progressive Club and Haverhill Historical Society, Northern NH District Director of Women's Clubs, Master of Pink Granite Grange and Charlestown Grange, Trustee of North Haverhill Library and member of the North Country Chorus.
She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. James Frizzell, formerly of Sanibel, Fla.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin Blaisdell, DVM; six children, Carl Blaisdell and wife Gloria of North Haverhill, Dorothy Custance and husband Dana of Belmont, N.H., Brian Blaisdell and wife Pamela of Hillsboro, Ore., Roscoe Blaisdell and wife Kathleen of Raymond, N.H., Marilyn Blaisdell of North Haverhill, and Kenneth Blaisdell and wife Vickey of North Haverhill; 23 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; a brother, Robert Frizzell and wife Apolonia of Charlestown; two sisters, Theodora Frick and husband Tom of Charlotte, N.C. and Elizabeth Bascom and husband Allyn of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and her brother James's wife, Janet of Sanibel, Fla.; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be on Friday, July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, N.H.
A memorial service will be on Saturday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at the North Haverhill United Methodist Church, 2900 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, with Pastor Clint Brake, officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Haverhill Cemetery, Benton Road, North Haverhill. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Haverhill United Methodist Church, PO Box 29, North Haverhill, NH 03774 or to the Patten Library, c/o Mrs. Audrey Clough, 2885 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH 03774.
Condolences may be mailed to her daughter, Marilyn Blaisdell, 2247 County Road, North Haverhill, NH 03774, which will then be shared with the family.
For more information or to offer an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com
Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 06:23

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William H. Ames, Sr., and Jean P Ames (SERVICE)

MOULTONBOROUGH — Services have been scheduled for William H. Ames, Sr. and Jean Patricia Ames on June 27 at 1 p.m. at Red Hill Cemetery on Bean Rd. in Moultonborough, N.H.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 08:05

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Margueritte 'Peg' White, 94

OSSIPEE — Margueritte "Peg" White, 94, of Ossipee, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Mountain Community, Ossipee, N.H. with her family by her side. She was born July 7, 1920 in Warren, N.H. the daughter of the late Joseph and Rita (Boulie) Truchon and had lived in Laconia, N.H. for several years before moving to Ossipee with her husband the late Bernard White.

She had worked as a Nurse's Aide at the St. Francis Nursing Home in Laconia for several years.

Peg was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her daughters Carole Guyotte, Laconia, N.H.; Priscilla Wolf, Kenai, Alaska; Patricia Frost, Andover, N.H. and Frances Hyslop, Farmington, N.H., several grand, great grand, great great grandchildren and a great great great grandson. She was also predeceased by a son Leslie Tilton and her sisters Bertha Weeks, Doris Paterson and a brother George Truchon.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Lord Funeral Home, Rt. 28, Wolfeboro, N.H. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the St. Lambert Cemetery, Laconia, N.H.

If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory please visit www.lordfuneralhome.com.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Mountain View Community, 93 Water Village Road, Ossipee, NH 03864

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:13

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