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Peter Bieren, Jr., 84

LACONIA — Peter Bieren, Jr., a retired fabricator, who worked on specialized valves for submarines and spacecraft passed away on Sunday morning, January 4, 2015 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, NH. He was 84 years old. Peter was born in Concord, Mass. His father, Peter, was an immigrant from Holland and his mother, Emily, was an immigrant from England. He grew up in Bedford. Since Bedford did not have a high school yet, Peter graduated from Lexington High School in 1949. He was a star athlete in football, hockey and baseball and was inducted into the Lexington Athletic Hall of Fame. He never lost the love of sports and shared his passion with his children as a mentor, coach, and fan. It was always a thrill to watch a Patriots, Bruins, or Red Sox game with Peter.
Peter served in the Air Force. He served for 4 years during the Korean War. He held the rank of Airman Second Class and served much of his service attached to the 805th Operation Squadron at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. He was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, 2 Bronze Stars, and National Defense Service Medal. After his service, Peter worked as a milkman. He had his own truck and route, making deliveries to homes and businesses on a daily basis. When the era of the milkman was winding to an end, Peter went to work at Jerguson Gage and Valve in Burlington. He fabricated valves used in submarines and spacecraft.
Peter had made his home in Burlington from 1959 to 1993. It was there that he raised his family and coached youth sports. He spent his retirement years in Laconia, New Hampshire. He enjoyed spending his days working in his garden and then sharing his harvest with family and friends. What he enjoyed most was his family.
Peter was the beloved husband of Mary Anne (Brundige) Bieren of Laconia, N.H. He was the loving father of Debra Sullivan and her husband Robert of Bedford, Peter Bieren III and his wife Mildred of Laconia, N.H., Paul and his wife Robyn of Burlington, William and his wife Ingrid and James and his wife Karen all of Tewksbury. He was the brother of William & his wife Susan of Bedford and brother-in-law of Anna Brundige of Burlington, the late Fred and John Brundige. Peter was also survived by 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington, MA (exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) on Wednesday, January 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. The interment will be private. Memorials in Peter's name may be made to the Community Action Program, 121 Belmont Road, Laconia, NH 03246. For directions, obituary and online guestbook see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 08:46

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Mary P. Johnston, 87

SANBORNTON — Mary P. Johnston, 87, passed away December 30, 2014 at her home.
She was born May 3, 1927 in Boston, Mass., daughter to the late James Goodrich and Julia Bryant (Paine) Parker. She is survived by her loving husband, of 71 years, James Johnston, Sr., seven children, Betsy, Kriss, Jim, Van, Roger, Steve and Andy, two sisters, Sally and Helen, seventeen grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no funeral service or calling hours.
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, 05 January 2015 08:39

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Marion K. Merrill, 99

ASHLAND — Marion K. Merrill, 99, a life-long resident of Ashland, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the Courville at Manchester assisted living facility after a brief illness.
Born in New Hampton on May 16, 1915, she was the daughter of Frank Otis and Edith Marie (Locke) Kelley. Marion was raised in New Hampton and attended local schools; she graduated from the then Plymouth State Normal School with a teaching certificate in 1936; her teaching career began as a teacher in a one room school house, in Lyman, N.H.
Marion married her beloved husband of 28 years, Francis Ellis Merrill, Sr., in 1937. Together, Francis and Marion opened a Real Estate and Insurance business on Main St., in downtown Ashland; she also served as the Town Clerk for the town of Ashland from 1958 – 1980. When her beloved Francis passed in 1965 Marion continued the insurance business until 1980. She sold the insurance company but continued on as a realtor until 1995.
Living a very active life in the Ashland community, Marion served in many positions and participated in many clubs, including: The Squam Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the NH Realtors Board, she was the Assistant Town Moderator of Ashland while simultaneously serving as the Chair of the Ashland Memorial Park Commission, she was the Co-Chair of the Squam Lake Covered Bridge Committee; she was a life-long congregant of the 1st Freewill Baptist Church, of Ashland and participated in the Women's Club and Choir and she was also a devoted member of the Rebekahs, Order of the Eastern Star.
Marion was awarded the 1st Annual Mary Ruell Citizen of Ashland Award for the 2014 Ashland 4th of July Celebration.
Marion was a formidable Scrabble player, and she enjoyed crossword puzzles; she was a devoted Republican and held many deep political convictions, never feeling sorry if others disagreed. She will be lovingly remembered by her family as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt who put family, church, and community first.
In addition to her husband, Marion is predeceased by her two sons, Thomas and Dennis Merrill and seven siblings.
She is survived by her son, F. Ellis Merrill, Jr., and his wife Katherine, of Nashua; brother, Frank Merrill and his wife Rhonda, of Lewistown, Penn.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and many beloved friends throughout the greater Ashland community.
Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (12 Langdon St.), Plymouth, on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at the 1st Freewill Baptist Church of Ashland, 11 Main St., in Ashland on Wednesday, January 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. Rev. Everett Palmer, pastor emeritus will officiate. A spring committal service will be held at Green Grove Cemetery, in Ashland on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Marion's family would appreciate donations in her memory be made to the 1st Freewill Baptist Church of Ashland, P.O. Box 602, Ashland, NH 03217.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Marion's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

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Lawrence A. Walker, 99

MEREDITH — Lawrence H. Walker, 99, formerly of 25 Ridgewood Avenue died at Forestview Manor, Meredith on Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Mr. Walker was born on March 19, 1915 in New Hampton, the son of the late Albert and Edith (Tilton) Walker. Lawrence worked for 23 years as an Assistant Foreman at Scott & Williams and also for Cormier Hosiery as a night foreman, retiring in 1980. He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling and hiking.

He is survived by two sons, John A. Walker and his wife, Annette, of Missoula, Montana and their daughter Loralei Walker and her spouse Bridgett Korman, and Douglas A. Walker and his wife, Cheryl, of Portales, New Mexico; two daughters, Ann E. Walker of Boscawen and her son Chris Little, and Dawn E. Mooney and her husband, James, of Belmont; three nieces; Donna Lowell, Mary Gallagher and Pam Kelly and their families, one nephew, Chet Walker and his family and cousins. In addition to his parents, Mr. Walker was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Madeline (Huston) Walker in 2007, one grandchild, Zachariah Walker and two brothers, Chester J. Walker and Clarence A. Walker.

There will be no calling hours.

Services will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246, to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, N. H. 03247 or to the Forestview Manor Activities Fund, 153 Parade Road, Meredith, NH 03253.

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, 05 January 2015 08:33

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