Jan C. Smith, 59
NEW HAMPTON — Jan Carol Smith, a third-grade teacher at the Paul Smith Elementary School in Franklin, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2015, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after complications from heart surgery. She was only 59 years old.
Jan was born on Long Island, New York. She was the daughter of the late Edward Wernersbach and Doris Brainard.
She grew up on Wantagh, Long Island and was a graduate of Wantagh High School. She went to college at Plymouth State in Plymouth where she earned her BA in elementary education. She was currently teaching third grade at the Paul Smith elementary school in Franklin. She was deeply passionate about teaching and helped her students by spreading her inherent curiosity for the world as well as her love for reading.
Above all though, Jan loved to travel. Her favorite places were anywhere exotic with a beach and a lounge chair in the sun for reading. She shared this love for traveling with her two stepdaughters, Molly and Maddy, and they embarked on many memorable, irreplaceable adventures, like elephant trekking in Thailand, visiting London during the last royal wedding, snorkeling off of Rarotonga, and, roaming around Paris in search of the perfect haircut. Jan would always thoroughly research each of her destinations beforehand so she could cram as much into her trip as possible.
Jan will be remembered for the concern she held for her students as well as her adventurous lifestyle, dry wit, impeccable sense of glamour, and love for her family and friends. Her life was tragically cut short, but Jan experienced more in her time here than most could ever dream of.
She will be missed dearly by all who knew her, and all who were lucky enough to be touched by her life.
Jan was the loving sister of Patti Brainard and her spouse Sheila Long of Lincoln, Mass., David Wernersbach and Karen Coleman of Bedford, Holly Brainard-Greisel of East Setauket, N.Y., and late John Wernersbach. She was the stepmother of Molly and Maddy Stevens, their father and her partner, the late John Daniel Stevens. She was the fun and loving aunt of Morgan Long, Katie and Sarah Greisel. She also leaves her beloved pet and companion, Bailey.
A celebration of Jan's life will be held at her home in New Hampton on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jan's name may be made to the NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246.
For obituary and online guestbook see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net
Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 06:42
MEREDITH — Walter Thomas Browher, Jr., of Meredith, N.H., passed away on Tuesday, March 31, at his daughter's home, surrounded by family. He was 91 years old.
He was born to Nettie (Newman) and Walter Thomas Browher, Sr. on September 19th, 1923 in Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, where his grandfather and father ran a bakery and grocery store. He earned his high school diploma from Glynn Academy in 1941 and worked at Brunswick Pulp & Paper before joining the US Navy in 1942. During World War II, he trained in aircraft mechanics and aerial gunnery. He eventually would be stationed in Hawaii, New Caledonia, and Guam, where he repaired and maintained Wildcat, Hellcat, and F4U Corsair fighter aircraft. After his discharge at the end of the war, he played trombone along with his brother, Roger, who played trumpet. They both played in a dance band and performed in and around Brunswick, and The Golden Isles. He met his wife, Marie, of Manchester, N.H., who was working as a waitress at The Cloister Hotel on Sea Island. They were married on St. Simons Island, Georgia, August 1, 1950 at St. William's Catholic Church. They were married for 64 years until her passing in January of this year.
Walter had a long career as a sign maker, owning and operating Atlantic Neon Signs in Brunswick before moving with his family to New Hampshire in 1974. He worked at Northern Electric Signs, Paquette Signs, Sign Masters of Laconia, and The Sign Shop, designing and painting signs well into his 80s. He was an active communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Meredith, as a former parish council member, Eucharistic minister, and long-time member of the parish choir until two years ago.
Survivors include his sons, Christopher Browher and his wife Lynn, of Laconia; Michael Browher and his wife Patricia, of Meredith; daughter, Celeste Woodbury and husband James, of Belmont; three younger siblings, a brother Roger Browher of McIntyre, Ga., and sisters Virginia Browher Lipthratt, of Brunswick, Ga., and Eleanor Browher Miller, also of Brunswick. In addition, he is survived by several nieces, nephews, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, as well as his beloved dog, Bailey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (300 Route 25), Meredith, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. A visitation hour will be held in the narthex of the church before the service at 10:15 a.m. A luncheon will follow the Mass in the church hall. A graveside committal service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:30 a.m., at the NH Veterans' Cemetery in Boscawen, where he will be laid to rest at the same time as his wife, Marie.
Walter was an avid gardener, and a lover of nature and animals. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Squam Lake Science Center in Holderness, NH http://www.nhnature.org/support/tribute_gifts.php
Mayhew Funeral Home & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Walter's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 06:38
DANBURY — Jeremiah Ross Moses, 37, a resident of Danbury since 1986 died at his home, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 following a long illness. He was born in Laconia, June 7, 1977, son of Barry L. and Linda J. (Butler) Moses. He moved from Tilton to Danbury with his family. Jeremiah was a graduate of Newfound Area High School, class of 1996. While in high school he enjoyed working with the theater tech crew helping to produce plays, entertaining fellow classmates and local residents. As a youngster Jeremiah enjoyed his participation as a Boy Scout. He volunteered with the Danbury Fire Department. Over the years he worked at the former Crutch Factory in Bristol, International Packing Company in Bristol and in the food service department at the New Hampton School. Jeremiah enjoyed the outdoors, hunting over the years and worked cutting lawns and gardening for local families. He especially enjoyed watching the hummingbirds feeding nearby.
In addition to his parents, Barry and Linda of Danbury, he leaves his sister, Mariah L. Johnson of Meredith; his brother, Jedadiah "Jed" J. Moses of Danbury; maternal grandmother, Theresa Bemis, presently of Las Vegas, Nevada; a niece and a nephew, aunts and uncles.
Calling hours will be held to celebrate Jeremiah's life, Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) , Tilton, NH. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Tilton later in the spring.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Jeremiah's name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300, Manchester, NH 03101.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 06:34
TILTON — An invitation is sent out to family and friends of John L. McCarthy Jr., 84, of Lochmere, NH, who died at his home, December 6, 2014.
A celebration of John's life will be held, Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the function room at the Lochmere Country Club, 360 Laconia Road in Tilton, N.H.
Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP his wife, Betty at 603-286-3921.
For other information call the Smart Memorial Home at 603-286-3132 or go to his obituary notice at www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 08:33