Olivo "Dell" V. Delle-Femine, 83
PORTLAND, Maine — Olivo "Dell" Delle-Femine, 83, formerly of Laconia, N.H., died peacefully on Thursday, May, 7, 2015, following a period of failing health.
Dell was born Nov. 5, 1932, the son of the late Frank and Ida (Nassi) Delle-Femine of East Providence, R.I., and was a 1951 graduate of East Providence High School. He is a veteran of the Air Force and was stationed at the Wheelus Air Base in the Kingdom of Libya, where he served as an aircraft mechanic.
With great interest in collective bargaining he began his life's work building a labor union that solely represented airline mechanics. In 1961 Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association was born. Dell was the first AMFA National Director in 1963 and held that elected position until his retirement in 2008. An industry leading contract was achieved by the AMFA members at Northwest Airlines in 2001. By 2003 AMFA represented three of the top five as well as half of the top 10 major airlines in the U.S. Dell's efforts and sacrifices for aircraft maintenance technicians are legendary and cement a legacy that continues today.
Dell was well respected in his field and received many awards for industry related achievements. An award was created in his honor to be presented to people in the association for their exceptional work in upholding the principles and philosophy of AMFA.
Dell was involved in many political election campaigns during his time living in New York City and Newport, R.I. Dell's charitable acts include volunteering with Island Hospice in Newport, R.I., and most holidays would find him volunteering in the soup kitchen at Emmanuel Church. Dell was an avid traveler and reader and enjoyed nights out at the opera with a fine Italian dinner afterward.
Dell was predeceased by his beloved second wife Marie Ann (Sullivan) Delle-Femine in 1996; along with two sisters, Irene Brightman and Molly Sousa; and three brothers, Frank, Marco and Edward Delle-Femine.
Dell is survived by his first wife, Constance Loring; and his children, Douglas, Michael, David and Nancy Delle-Femine; a granddaughter Emma Strubell; along with many nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
The Delle-Femine family extends heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff, and nurses at the Barron Center 2N, Portland, for their loving help. Thanks are also offered to the staff at Beacon Hospice for their care and kindness. Dell enjoyed his visits from, a fellow veteran, from Beacon very much.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Dell's ashes will be placed in the columbarium at Emmanuel Church in Newport, R.I., next to Marie's ashes.
For online condolences, please visit the funeral home website at www.athutchins.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 09:05
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Mildred Ella Colby Kern passed away April 20, 2015 at the age 93 at Good Samaritan Village, Kissimmee, Fla. after a period of declining health. Graveside services will be held in Meredith, New Hampshire at a later date.
Mildred was born in Meredith, New Hampshire on June 5, 1921 to Leroy Colby and Mildred Allen Colby. She was the fourth of five children.
Mildred attended Meredith schools, graduating in 1939. She attended Keene State College and graduated in 1944 with a degree in Home Economics. Mildred taught in Ashland, Northwood, Warren and Newton, N.H., then in Marseilles, Plano, and Sheldon, Ill., Remington, South Bend, Boone County, Ind., and finally Methuen, Mass. At the high school level, she taught home economics and history, as well as several grades at the elementary level during her career.
Mildred also attended beauty school and owned a small shop in Meredith for a year.
Mildred was a member of the Meredith Baptist Church but changed to the Methodist Church when she married the Reverend Charles Wesley Kern in 1955, serving with him in his many parish assignments. Mildred always enjoyed baking, cooking, crafts and contributing to the church social events and bake sales. She was known to always remind her students and friends that the presentation on the table was most important to everyone's enjoyment.
Mildred also suggested the title of Charles' book, God, Grace and Granite, on the history of Methodists in New Hampshire.
For many years they owned a beloved summer cottage in Center Barnstead, N.H.
Upon their retirement, Mildred and Charles moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Kissimmee, Fla. and lived there until both of their passing. Charles pursued his ministry and teaching, while Mildred participated in many Village committees, most notably the creation of the Endowment Fund to assist residents.
Charles died in 2012. Mildred was predeceased by sisters Thelma Livingstone, Dorothy Plaisted, brothers Leroy Allen Colby, Randolph Colby and their spouses, nephews Herbert Livingstone, David Livingstone, and Roderick Plaisted.
Mildred is survived by her nephews Richard Plaisted, Stephen Plaisted, George Plaisted, Randolph Colby, Leroy Colby, and nieces Betty Plaisted, Judith Haracz and husband Gary, and many grand nephews and nieces.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 09:00
Margaret B. Duguay, 87
ASHLAND — Margaret B. Duguay, 87, of Ashland died on May 7, 2015, at Franklin Regional Hospital following a period of declining health.
She was born in Keene on July 31, 1927, the daughter of Kenneth and Margaret (Bowker) McClearn. Peggy was raised in the Keene area, attending local schools. She moved to Athol, Mass., with her mother where she finished high school and met her future husband.
In the late 1940s, she and her husband Leonard (Peewee) relocated from Athol, Mass., to Ashland, where they made their home. For many years, Peggy worked with her husband at their family store, Peewee's Market, in Ashland. Following the sale of their market, she was employed by Dr. John S. Reever, DDS, as his office manager.
She was a member of St Agnes Catholic Church, Dupuis Cross Post 15 American Legion Auxiliary, the 50-Plus Club, the Lilacs, was on a bowling league, volunteered at the Ashland Community Center, was a ballot clerk for all elections, worked diligently on the Fourth of July Committee, as well as marching in and passing out flags.
Peggy enjoyed boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, crocheting, but most of all, she loved her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard (Peewee) Duguay; her son, Stephen; and sister, Beverly Bilodeau.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth and wife Floretta of Franklin, and Daniel Duguay of Ashland; three grandchildren, Matthew Duguay of Sommerville, Mass., Andrew Duguay of Tilton, and Amanda Duguay of East Boston.
Calling hours were held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Ave. in Ashland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland. Burial to follow in Green Grove Cemetery, Ashland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Center P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168.
Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling the arrangements. For more info go to Dupuisfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:56
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.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. Burial will follow in the family plot at Union Cemetery, Academy St., Laconia.
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, 11 May 2015 08:51