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Richard L. Gamblin, 68

GILFORD — Richard L Gamblin, 68, formerly of 9 Sargents Place, Gilford, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2015 after a long illness.

He was born on February 21, 1946 in Bangor, Maine, the son of the late Leonard and Viola Gamblin.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sylvia J Gamblin of Gilford, one son, Ricky Gamblin of Bangor, Maine. Step-children include, Sherry Dami, Laconia; Kevin and Jody Farwell, Lakeport; Tracey Cooper, Franklin; Heather and Mike Stone, Franklin; Sabrina Rouse, Manchester; Matthew and Jennifer Rouse, Gilmanton; eighteen step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on June 20, 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:23

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John E. Mont, 92

LACONIA — John E. Mont, 92, of 102B Franklin Street, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Lakes Region General Hospital.
He was born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1922 at the family homestead on Gilford Avenue in Laconia. He was the only child of the late Laconia Police Captain, Walter E. (Ted) and Evelyn O. (Piper) Mont. John graudated from Laconia High School in 1940 and on September 24, 1942 he joined the Army Air Force during World War II. The following year, 1943, he joined his combat crew. His position was as the ball turret gunner on the B17 "My Day". On their sixth mission "My Day" was shot down over the English Channel on December 30th. The surviving crew memebers floated in the freezing water for three hours before being rescued by the British Air Sea Rescue. On April, Friday the 13th, 1944 on mission #11 , John was the engineer on "Wing Fury" that was shot down over Germany. He was captured and held at Stalag 17B as a Prisoner of War for 13 months. Stalag 17B was evacuated on April 8, 1945. The prisoners began an 18 day, 241 mile march to Branuau, Austria. John was liberated on May 3, 1945 and was reunited with his parents on June 5, 1945. He earned The Oak Leaf Air Medal, European Theatre Medal with one Bronze Star, British Gold Fish Club, The American Sea Squatters Club and The Caterpillar Club.
On John and Elizabeth's 50th Wedding Anniversary they traveled back to England, Germany and Austria. John had the chance to thank the British Air Sea Resuce as well as the Austrian people. On the march to freedom the Austrian people shared what little bread they had with the POW's.
John worked as a Hosiery Technician for Hunter Hosiery, Scott and Williams and Veritron. He was a longtime memeber of Laconia Congregational Church and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed photography, woodworking, Moody Beach, Maine, The Nubble Lighthouse and GoldenRod Kisses. He also enjoyed sitting on his deck overlooking Lake Opechee, watching and feeding the birds, and especially yard saling all spring, summer and fall with "his girls".
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth (Lord) Mont of Laconia. two daughters; Linda Ann Shaw of Laconia and Joan Marjorie Shaw and her husband Douglas of Laconia, with whom he made his home for the past 20 years, nine grandchildren; Suzanne, Kevin, Matthew, Nicholas, Jacob, Stephanie, Jessica, Sierra and Cheyenne, eight great grandchildren; Tianna, Connor, Derek, Miles, Ruby, Jackson, Kaiden and Jaiden, a sister-in-law; Marjorie Morin, four nieces and one nephew; Peggy, Pammy,Paula, Prudy and Gerry. In addition to his parents he was predeased by a niece; Patty and nephews; Ryan and Jason.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on June 6, 2015 at Bayside Cemetery in Laconia. John will be transported in a vintage World War II vehicle to his final resting place. All are welcome to attend the celebration of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dutile Oil Company, 242 Messer Street, Laconia,NH 03246, to assist veterans with heating expenses.

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 Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:12

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Madeline A. VanHagen, 95

LACONIA – Madeleine A. (Kingsley) VanHagen, 95, formerly of 22 Heritage Terrace, Belmont, passed from this life on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Genesis Laconia Rehabilitation Center after a brief period of failing health.

She was born on April 25, 1919 in Whitehall, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Alma (Guyotte) Kingsbury. She was a 1937 graduate of Whitehall High School and also was a graduate of St. Margaret's House and Hospital in 1941. Madeleine was married to Charles VanHagen in February of 1944, living in Long Island, N.Y. They moved to Plymouth in 1958 and were active in the Plymouth Methodist Church as well as local community projects. Madeleine was proud to be part of the creation of the Pemi-Baker Home Health Agency in Plymouth and its first Chairman of the Board. Her true joy came from spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved any excuse for a family gathering. She retired to Belmont in 2006 where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles S. VanHagen of Laconia, one son, Philip K. VanHagen and his wife Jeannette of Belmont, two daughters; Sandra VanHagen of Belmont and Karen White and her husband David of Belmont, three grandchildren; Timothy VanHagen of Dallas, Georgia, Jennifer Green of Moravia, N.Y. and Christopher White of Pembroke, three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two sisters; Leona Marianiello and Mildred Kingsley and one brother, Charles L. Kingsley.

Madeleine's family wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Genesis Laconia Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful care they gave her during her stay there.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held in early May at the First Baptist Church in Belmont. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in Whitehall, N.Y.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Pemi-Baker Community Health and Hospice, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Plymouth, NH 03264, an organization that meant a lot to Madeleine.

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 Monday, 16 February 2015 08:25

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Kenneth E. Reader, 65

NASHUA — Kenneth Edward Reader, 65, died February 14, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack following a period of illness. He had been a resident of Nashua for the past 25 years. Ken was born in Laconia, N.H. on August 12, 1949, son of the late Alfred and Mary C. (Enright) Reader. He spent his youth in Tilton, N.H. and was a 1967 graduate of the Tilton-Northfield High School. Following high school, Ken enlisted in the US Navy and honorably served from 1968 to 1972. He was trained as a storekeeper Class A in Newport, R.I. and later served on the USS Sylvania. Ken was the recipient of the Navy Unit Commendation and National Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged with the Rank of SK3. After his service, Ken went on to graduate from UNH with a Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1974. He was employed for the majority of his many years in purchasing by both Data General and Bose Corporation. His interests included fishing, baseball, basketball, golf, and his beloved Red Sox and Patriots.

He leaves behind two sons, Brian Reader and wife Nichole of North Waterboro, Maine, and Daniel Reader of Dover, N.H.; three grandchildren Charise Reader and Baby Reader (due 3/27/15), and Acadia Reader; brother Michael Reader and wife Joyce of Merrimack, N.H.; sister Nancy Caveney and husband John of Spofford, N.H.; six nieces; as well as three cousins and their children.

Calling hours are planned for Thursday, February 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m. at the Assumption Church of St. Gabriel Parish, Chestnut St, in Tilton. Spring burial with military honors will be held in St. John Cemetery in Tilton.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Ken's name to Community Hospice House in Merrimack.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 08:23

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