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Rufus W. McFarland, 92

Rufus W. McFarland, 92

MEREDITH — Rufus W. McFarland, 92, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, after a long period of failing health.

He was the husband of the late Kathlyn (Washburn) McFarland to whom he was married for 28 years.

He was born in Ross, Calif., the son of the late Linus and Celia (Fugate) McFarland, and lived in Acton, Mass., and Marlborough, Mass., for many years before moving to New Hampshire a few years ago.

Mr. McFarland was a World War II Navy veteran. He was stationed on the USS Missouri and was on the vessel for the surrender of Japan to the United States. Mr. McFarland worked as a welder and repairman for Suburban Welding in Marlborough for over 25 years and was a long-time member of the American Legion in Acton.

He is survived by one son, Robert McFarland of Port Orange, Fla.; three daughters, Barbara Brann and her husband Avard of Meredith, Joan Shaw and her husband Bill of Pepperell, Mass., Judith Leger and her husband Fred of Yarmouthport, Mass.; one sister, Nancy Palazzo and her husband Tony of Merced Calif.; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Marlborough, Mass.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter St. Tilton NH 03276

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:33

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Jonathan T. Hoyt, 68

Jonathan T. Hoyt, 68

BRIDGEWATER — Jonathan Tucker Hoyt of Bridgewater died April 23, 2015, in Laconia.

He was born in Southfield, Mass., on April 9, 1947, and later lived in Woodbridge, Conn., where he graduated from Amity Regional High School and Southern Connecticut State College> He had lived in New Hampshire for many years.

A self-styled "treasure seeker" Jon was a respected seller of antiques on eBay, in local auctions and markets. He was known for bantering with friends on Facebook and writing regular letters to the editor the Laconia Daily Sun. His favorite topics were Republicans, religion, gun control, the minimum wage and the dangers of smoking.

Jon, who was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Bixby Hoyt and June Prouty Hoyt; and his brother, J. Bixby Hoyt of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

He is survived by his sister, Martha Hoyt Kinsella of Portland, Ore.; and two nieces, Dylan Kinsella Alden of Limington, Maine, and Margaret Hoyt of Silver Spring, Md. He is also survived by his cousins, William Hoyt of Richmond, Va., Beth Moore of Quitman, Texas, Nancy Naylor of Richardson, Texas, Jim Wood of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., William Wood of Thornton, Colo., Diane Cole Hudson of Hernando, Fla., Donald Prouty of Princeton, Mass., and Rick Prouty of Framingham, Mass.

A summer gathering will take place on Newfound Lake to celebrate and remember his life. His final resting place will be in the mountains of New Hampshire where he enjoyed hiking and recreating in his earlier years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:10

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Daniel J. Dignan, IV, 51

GILFORD — Daniel Joseph Dignan IV, 51, of 345 Weirs Road, died at home, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Daniel was born February 25, 1964 in Somerville, Mass., the son of Daniel Dignan III and Mary Ann (Tardif) Ryan.

Daniel worked as a pipe fitter for the Local 131 Pipe Fitters Union. He served in the United States Coast Guard. Daniel was a member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks #876 and American Legion Wilkins-Smith Post 1.

Survivors include his wife, Janice (Chapman) Dignan, of Gilford; two daughters, Mollie Dignan, of Gilford and Candace Knowlton, and her husband, Toby, of Laconia; three grandchildren, Jackson, Samuel and Elizabeth Knowlton, all of Laconia; his mother, Mary Ann Ryan, and her husband, Bill, of Alton; one sister, Karen Brosnahan, of Alton; one sister-in-law, Teri Ceriello, and her husband, Tony, of Epsom, a niece, Emily Brosnahan, of Alton; his mother-in-law, Lorraine Day, of Laconia. He was predeceased by his father, Daniel Dignan III.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH using the Carriage House entrance.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at noon, at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Services, 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 Monday, 11 May 2015 09:17

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Patricia G. Hamel Feeney (Service)

Patricia G. Hamel Feeney


GILFORD — Graveside services for Patricia Gwyn Hamel Feeney, 67, of Breton Road, who died Jan. 11, 2015, will be held in South Road Cemetery, Belmont

on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.

She was born June 8, 1947, in Laconia, daughter of the late Gwendolyn (MacLennan) and Lawrence E. Hamel.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph M. Feeney Jr. of Franklin; a brother, Guy L. Hamel II and his wife, Kathleen of Augusta, Maine; a sister, Kathy Hamel of Meredith; two nieces and three nephews.

For those that wish, memorial donations may be made to the Lakeport United Baptist Church Food Pantry, 23 Park St., Lakeport NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family. For more information and to

view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 09:17

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