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Joanne M. Sweeney, 62



LACONIA — Joanne Marie Sweeney, 62, a lifelong resident of Laconia passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, March 19, 2015 with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Joanne was born November 24, 1952 in Plymouth the daughter of Fred and Bertha (Willett) Goodwin.

Her interests included shopping, bingo, taking trips to Foxwoods Casino, yard sales, and spending Christmas Eve with her family. Joanne's family meant everything to her.

Joanne is survived by her children, Michael Sweeney and his partner Lisa Bushee of Belmont, Cindy Sweeney Manseau and her husband Ron of Alton, Alice Sweeney and her partner Steve Leveille of Franklin, and Melanie Sweeney of Laconia; her brothers Dale, Robert and Brandy Goodwin; her sisters Nancy Goodwin, Bonnie Goodwin Davis and Patricia Goodwin Boucher; fourteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a dear friend Rose Suitter of Laconia. She was predeceased by her parents, six siblings and a grandson Scott Deforge in 2014.

A Celebration of Joanne's life will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

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 Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:39

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George E. Smith, 75

TAMWORTH — George Eddy Smith, 75, of Tamworth, died March 19, 2015, surrounded by his family in the hospital where he was born, under the loving care of the nurses and staff of Lakes Region General Hospital. He leaves his wife, Mary Ann (with whom he celebrated their fiftieth anniversary on March 12), son, Mark Eddy Smith, daughter, Beth Florence Smith, grandsons Jaime and Cooper Fulton, sisters and brothers Cathy, Philip, Alice, Thad, and Jennifer, along with many other friends and relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ellenore, and his sister Pam. George grew up in Laconia and Gilford, N.H., and attended Laconia High School, UNH, and Plymouth State University. He served four years in the Marine Corps and 12 years in the U. S. Coast Guard, where he trained as an electronics technician. His tour of duty included: Cleveland, Ohio, where he met Mary Ann and where his son, Mark, was born; San Francisco, Calif., where his daughter, Beth, was born; Honolulu, Hawaii; Brownsville, Tex.; and Portland, Maine. Forty years ago, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving his family to the Bryant Farm in Tamworth, on land owned by his ancestors since the town's founding.

George was a godly, Christian man who loved people and especially enjoyed connecting them with each other. He served as a deacon at the Tamworth Congregational Church and served in many capacities at First Congregational Church of Ossipee. His occupations ranged from farmer to prison guard, from carpenter to contractor to screen repairman at the Indian Mound True Value hardware store. He learned from the Shakers how to make oval boxes and brooms and enjoyed cross-country moving jobs and cooking meals for large groups of people. Easily recognizable in his straw hat and measuring-tape suspenders, George was renowned for his cavernous belches, explosive sneezes and infectious belly laugh.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to LifeBridge Mentoring (www.lifebridgementoring.org) or Central NH VNA & Hospice (www.centralvna.org). Condolences and remembrances may be left at the website of Lord Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Ossipee on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m.. All are welcome.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:10

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Karmen J. Bean Butterworth, 62

PITTSFIELD — Karmen "Sis Smith" J. Bean Butterworth, 62, of Ingalls Road, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Sis was born Dec. 29, 1952 in Hartford, Conn., daughter of Everett Lester Smith and Phyllis Mae (Braley) Smith.
She was a life member of the Rod & Gun Club, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW post 1670. Sis loved all her animals, enjoyed time in her yard and pool, having barbeques, and above all spending time with family and friends.

Sis is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, William Butterworth; three sons, Lester Conway, Richard Butterworth and his wife Heather of Washington state, and William M. Butterworth of Tennessee; three daughters, Christine Conway of Gilford, Carrie Conway and her fiancé Jay Barton of Belmont, and Kimberley Tasker and her husband Mike of Pittsfield; two brothers Robert Champagne and Michael Smith and his wife JoAnne; two sisters, Linda Moore and her husband Wayne and Vanessa Morrisette and her husband Jeff; six grandchildren, Aaron Vien, Lucas Conway, Hannah Conway, Jackson Conway, Jazmyne Conway and Izaiah Conway; two great-grandchildren Colby and Sophia Conway and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Sis was predeceased by a sister, Jennifer Smith; and four brothers, Kenneth Smith, Greg Smith, Steven Smith and Everett Smith Jr.

Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 3 to 5 p.m., with a memorial service from 5 to 6 p.m., using the Carriage House entrance of Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. Burial will take place at a later date to be determined by the family in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rod & Gun Club-Santa Fund, 358 South Main St., Laconia, NH 03246, or the VFW-Santa Fund, 143 Court 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, please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:14

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Eli O. Stockwell, 21

GILMANTON — Eli O. Stockwell, 21, of Beechwood Drive, died on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at home.

Eli was born on Nov. 15, 1993, in Concord the son of Andrew Stockwell and Arlene Green. Eli was a lifelong resident of Gilmanton.

Eli was a machinist for Baron Machine, Laconia for the past three years.

Eli was a 2012 graduate of Gilford High School. He was captain of the football team his senior year and a member of the Lacrosse team. Eli enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on "rusty" tractors with his Dad. He coached football for the past three years for the Gilford-Belmont team.

Survivors include his mother, Arlene Green, of Center Barnstead; his father, Andrew Stockwell, and his fiancée, Jane, of Gilmanton; two brothers, Benjamin Stockwell, of Barnstead and Caleb Stockwell, of Gilmanton; his maternal grandmother, Theresa Perkins, of Barnstead; his paternal grandfather, Clifford Stockwell, and his wife, Jan, of Gilmanton; his paternal grandmother, Frances Stockwell, of Belmont; four aunts; an uncle; several great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins; and his Jack Russell dog, "Steve."

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia using the Carriage House entrance. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Gilmanton Community Church at the Four Corners. Pastor of the church, Chris Stevens, will officiate. Burial will be held in the spring in Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery, Gilmanton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gilford-Belmont Football Program attn: Dave Pinkham, 88 Alvah Wilson Road Gilford, NH 03249.

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 08:55

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