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Christine F. Sleeper, 98


Christine F. Sleeper, 98

NOTTINGHAM — Christine Frances (Fernald) Sleeper passed away quietly while surrounded by family on Feb. 15, 2015, at Kirkwood Corners in Lee at the age of 98. It's fair to say, she died of old age.

Christine was born on Sept. 20, 1916, in Nottingham. She attended Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter, the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass.

She earned her pilot wings at age 25 in 1941. She was an air traffic controller at Logan Airport in Boston in 1944, and she volunteered for the Red Cross and served in Europe during the end of World War II.

She married Col. Raymond S. Sleeper of Laconia in 1946 and raised six children while moving every three to five years to a new Air Force base. Over the course of her Latin, French, and Greek teaching career, Christine taught at Pinkerton Academy, Derry, Lexington High

School, Lexington, Mass., Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Md., Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Northern Virginia Community College in Fairfax County, Va., and Herndon High School in Herndon, Va.

Christine never stopped learning while she traveled the world. She took her Latin students and herself, alone, to dozens of countries across the entire planet. Her children, her students, and her teaching colleagues remember Christine as creative, energetic, willing to help anyone learn, and always prepared to Carpe Diem.

Christine is survived by her brothers, Walter Bartlett Fernald and his wife Natalie W. Holt of Greenland, and Richard Thompson Fernald and his wife Mary Alice Beairsto of Tucson, Ariz.; her children, Anthony R. Sleeper and his wife Jeanne Leopold of Hudson, Fla., Jonathan A. Sleeper and his wife Melissa Cable of Vero Beach, Fla., Jane E. Sleeper of East Fallowfield, Pa., Raymond S. Sleeper Jr. and his wife Tamsin Thurlow of Nottingham, and Harry A. Sleeper of Bedford, Mass.; her grandchildren, Tina Raum Sleeper and her husband Jeff Green of Mechanicsville‎, Md., and Kimberly DeStacy Sleeper and her husband Michael Verbanic of Charlotte, N.C., Melissa Diane Sleeper and her husband Richard Allen Weatherly of Newport, Wash., and Faith Alice Sleeper of Washington, D.C.; her great-grandchildren, Brandon Raum, Jacob Green, Alexcis Green; Cassandra DeStacy, Jesse DeStacy; Ashley Nichole Sleeper and her husband Gerald Cramer, Brittany Jo Sleeper, and Michael K. Hofmann Sleeper; and her great-great-grandchildren: Jackson Alexander Cramer and Kinsley Brielle Cramer.

Christine was pre-deceased by her husband, Col. Raymond S. Sleeper; her youngest son, Grant Rollins Sleeper; her parents, Frank Hare Fernald and Almena Frances Wadleigh; her brother, Frank Wadleigh Fernald and his wife Jessamine Piccott; her brother, Author Thomas Fernald and his wife Jean Malcom; her brother, Alfred Elwell Fernald and his wife Phyllis Howe; her youngest brother, Robert Clayton Fernald; and her grandson, Michael Anthony Sleeper.

A graveside celebration of Christine's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015, in the family plot at Bayside Cemetery, 1345 Union Ave. in Laconia.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to help Latin teachers pursue educational travel to: Christine Fernald Sleeper Educational Travel

Scholarship, National Latin Exam, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA, 22401.

Condolences may be sent to: Raymond S. Sleeper Jr., 8 Ledge Farm Road, Nottingham, NH, 03290.

The family would like to thank Kirkwood Corners, Compassionate Companions, and Wentworth Hospice for assisting them in providing Christine

every grace and kindness imaginable.

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, 22 June 2015 07:56

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Lois Hart, 72


SANDWICH — Lois Hart, 72, of 19 Heard St., Sandwich, N.H., passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 12, at her home.

Lois was reared in Campton, N.H. and in Holderness, N.H. She grew up on a farm and loved all animals, domestic and wild. Lois had a kind, gentle, loving spirit. Her greatest joy in life was serving others both at the Benz Center in Sandwich and at the Center Harbor Christian Church. She first began attending CHCC in 1995 and soon became the church greeter. Every week she would pass out the church bulletins and bring them to others who could not attend. She also was a cheerful, dedicated worker in the church's Thrift and Gift Shop.

Lois is predeceased by her parents, Frank Willoughby and Hazel (Ripley) Willoughby. She is survived by her brother, Alan Willoughby of Bedford, N.H. and several cousins. Lois will be greatly missed by her many, many friends and especially by her caretaker and friend since childhood, Keith Forbes of Sandwich, and by her church family.

A memorial service will be held at the Center Harbor Christian Church on 80 Bean Rd. at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Rev. Robert P. Farah will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Center Harbor Food Pantry, Box 927, Center Harbor, NH, 03226.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Anne Dow, 100

MEREDITH — Anne Dow, 100, died Tuesday, June 16, at the Golden View Health Care Center. She was born in Alexandria and had been a life long resident of the Newfound Area. While waitressing at the Akerman House, Anne met and later married Howard Dow. Together they owned and operated Howard's Vegetables on Rte 3 in Bristol. Anne's passion was for her flower gardens and her Boston Terriers and her cats.

Anne was a faithful member of the Bristol Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Bertha Beach and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Alexandria. Rev. Wayne Toutaint will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Golden View Health Care Center, 19 Route 104, Meredith, NH 03253. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Arnold D. Witbeck, 80

GILFORD — Arnold Dee Witbeck, age 80, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015 after a long illness.

Arnold was born on Dec. 9, 1934 in California and raised in Utah. He was the son of Morris Dee and Erma Bess (Emery) Witbeck and the loving husband, best friend and companion of Helen J. Witbeck. Arnold was the father of Carrie Banks, Cindy Nicolds, Arlan Witbeck and Dorie Suskie. He was a grandfather of 14 grandchildren, a great-grandfather of 7 great-grandchildren and stepfather and step-grandfather and great-grandfather to many more. He was predeceased by his brother, Morris Dee Witbeck.

Arnold had many hobbies and interests which included flying a Cessna 182 and traveling the countryside with his wife Helen. He was an NRA member and he also served in the Army reserve. He valued his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Without his presence, the world is a little less interesting. We will miss his conversations and knowledge on diverse topics and insights both helpful and strange. He was a character. We will miss his smiles, his hearty laughter and his love for his family. Arnold lived his life the way he wanted it to be lived till the end. Be at peace our friend and continue to watch over us all. Know that you are loved.

There will be a memorial service for his friends and family on Monday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1442 Old North Main Street, Laconia, NH. He will be interred in his family plot located in Salt Lake City at a later date in August.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice in Arnold's name.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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