SANDWICH — Jean L. Brown, 88, of Sandwich died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at her daughter's home after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born to the late William and Dorothy (Weld) Leach, Feb. 28, 1927, in Sandwich.
Jean was married to the late Frank G. Brown.
She is survived by two daughters, Katherine Weeks of Center Harbor, and Debbie Brown of Greenville, Maine. Jean is also survived by five grandchildren, Tammy Bixby of Center Harbor, Ira Weeks IV of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jennifer Weeks of Center Harbor, Michael Gove of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Brian Gove of Abbot, Maine; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Alice MacKenzie; Mary Anair and Julia Dicey; sister-in-law, Janet Brown; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her many wonderful friends and neighbors as well as her kitten, Charlie.
In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was predeceased by her son, James F. Brown; her brothers, Arthur Leach, Earl Leach, and David Leach; and sisters, Ruth Manson and Bertha Landsaw.
Jean loved to read, enjoyed gardening and feeding her birds. She also enjoyed visiting with the many people who stopped to pat her big "white pony" Mico.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, July 5, at 1 p.m. at the North Sandwich Cemetery.
Lord Funeral Home of Center Ossipee is assisting the family with arrangements. If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory please visit, www.lordfuneralhome.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 08:42
MEREDITH — Elizabeth "Betty" Cortash, a long-time resident of Meredith, died peacefully on June 27, 2015, after a short period of declining health. Her family was with her and attended to her until the time of her death at Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Laconia.
Betty was the daughter of Florence Cadman and Herman Bossler. She was born on Feb. 11, 1917, and lived for many years in Rochester, N.Y., graduating from East High School going on to work for Kodak and then for the Rochester City School District. After her retirement she and her late husband, James Cortash, moved to Honolulu, and then to San Diego, before finally moving to Meredith in 1990 to be close to Betty's daughter.
While residing in Meredith she made many new friends and became involved with the First Congregational Church.
"Betty Boop," as she liked to be called, could be seen walking the streets of Meredith during all seasons of the year. On these walks she would head to the library, visit with neighbors, run errands for friends and family and simply enjoy the small town she called home. She loved to read, sew and knit. Her dishcloths could be found at the church fair or adorning the kitchens of friends and family. She would often ask one of her caregivers to go through her box of knitted dishcloths and pick one for themselves. Betty lived independently at her home in Meredith until the age of 95.
For a short time she resided at Fox Meadow assisted living in Bristol, but after a brief illness she moved to St. Francis Home.
In the last few years of her life she was well cared for by the staff in her new home. At St. Francis she could be found enjoying a good laugh with one of the staff members, singing a little ditty or doing the hula anytime she had an audience. Music and dancing were something she enjoyed all of her life.
She was a woman of independence. Living her life the way she wanted was important to her and she expected others to do the same. Everyone she met was accepted and there was not an ounce of judgment in her 4-feet, 10-inch body. Her family is diverse and she liked it that way. Betty always found joy with the simple things in life. The birds outside her window, the scent and beauty of flowers on her table, ice cream, or her favorite dark chocolate would bring delight. She was a woman of contentment, always taking it one day at a time. If someone came to visit she would send them off with a cheery salutation, "Don't worry, come back when you can. I will be here." Many that knew her liked her and admired her independence and love for living. She spent her last days overjoyed in disbelief that she had lived so long, often exclaiming, "Can you believe I am almost a hundred years old?"
The other things that will be remembered most by her family and friends will be her strength of character and her ability to overcome adversity. Her life was filled with many losses starting at the young age of 11 when her mom died of cancer. She is also predeceased by her sister, Eleanor Loftus, and three loving husbands, William Simpson, Charles W. Graffius, and James Cortash. In spite of her sadness she would always say, with conviction, "I have had a good life." Some of her personal adages are: "You have to laugh every day," "There is a silver lining to every cloud," and "We may not have a lot of money, but we have a lot of fun."
Betty is survived by the children of her second husband Charles W. Graffius, daughter, Marlene Heal of Meredith; and son, Glen Graffius, of Aptos, Calif. She is also loved by and known as Grandma Betty to nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations are asked to be made to Catholic Charities of New Hampshire and/or the First Congregational Church of Meredith.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth have assisted the family. For Betty's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 08:38
EPSOM — William "Bill" Johan Schoonman II, 70, passed away Wednesday, June 24th, 2015.
He was born October 11, 1944 in New London, Connecticut, the son the late Martin Leonard Schoonman and Ethel (Leather) Schoonman. Bill grew up in Quaker Hill, Connecticut, graduated from Waterford High School and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He moved to Greensboro, N.C. and began his career as a hearing healthcare provider and continued his career in that profession in Gilford and Concord, N.H. until his retirement in 2015. Bill was a member and Past President of the Friends of New Hampshire Music Festival and the Gilford High School Sports Boosters Club as well as a member and chairman of various boards and committees at the Lakeport United Baptist Church. He enjoyed singing with the Lakes Region Chordsmen, the Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Chorus. Bill loved antiques and made it a lifetime hobby.
Bill is pre deceased by his brother, Richard James Schoonman and step mother, Belle (Taylor) Schoonman. He is survived by his wife, Sarah (White) Schoonman of 36 years; daughter, Ann Elizabeth Schoonman; stepson Lee Anthony Smith; granddaughter Jett Elizabeth Lucas; sister, Barbara Elizabeth Saxon Morgan; brother in-law, Richard Bruce Morgan; stepbrothers Nosco Hobart Kellam and Stephen Taylor Kellam.
There will be no calling hours.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 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 Bayside Cemetery in Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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 Friday, 26 June 2015 07:24
MOULTONBOROUGH — Raymond Donald Nicol, 81, of Moultonborough and Manchester, N.H., passed away peacefully on June 24, 2015, with family members at his side.
Raymond was born April 4, 1934, in Manchester, N.H., the son of Wilfrid and Aurore (Roy) Nicol.
He attended St. Augustin Grammar School and graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in 1953. He worked at Pandora Mills, Motor Rebuilding and as a Mail Courier for Amoskeag Bank, as well as First NH Bank and Citizens Bank until retiring in July 1996. Raymond enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and working with tools.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret (Burke) and children Maureen Nicol, Linda Nicol, David Nicol, Nancy Borski and Tom Nicol. He also leaves his 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, his sister C. Theresa Hybsch, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 NH Rt. 25, Meredith, at 11 a.m. with the pastor, Rev. Dennis J. Audet as celebrant. A luncheon will follow the funeral.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 07:23