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Donagh F. O'Hara, 90

GILFORD — Donagh F. "Don" O'Hara, 90, of Sprucewood Drive, passed away on Sunday March 1, 2015 at the Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith. Don was married for 67 years to the love of his life the late Dorothy C. (Meehan) O'Hara who died in 2014.

Don was born August 19, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York the son of Patrick G. and Grace M. (Marcel) O'Hara.

Mr. O'Hara proudly served in WW ll in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded The Bronze Star for Heroism. After serving in the US Army, Don returned home, married, and went to work for Sears and Roebuck, while pursuing his degree from Hofstra College (University). He later taught Salesmanship and Marketing at Rutgers University. Don then embarked on a long, adventurous, career in the oil business, beginning with Mobile Oil Company in New York as a salesman and District Manager. He then worked for Cities Service Oil Company (Citgo Oil ) as regional Manager in New Jersey and then Boston. He also was employed by Gibb's Oil Company in Revere, Mass. He was a past President of the Lakes Region Petroleum Board of Trade. In 1973 Don was honored to accept the position of President and CEO for Dow Oil Company, (Irving Oil) where he worked until his retirement. He remained a consultant for Irving Oil for many years.
Mr. O'Hara was an incorporator at Lakes Region Hospital as well as The Taylor Home. He also served on the board at Indian Head Bank, in Laconia. Don was a senior member of the Laconia Rotary Club for more than forty years, and a long standing member at Laconia Country Club. In later years Don happily became a "Snowbird" where he volunteered at Naples Hospital, Naples, Florida. He volunteered at Bolduc Park until his death.

 Mr. O'Hara was a communicant at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Laconia, St. Anne's Church in Naples Florida, and later, St. Joseph's Church in Laconia.

Don also loved his home, his flowers, golf, and The New England Patriots. Mr. O'Hara was a good friend and leader in the community he loved and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

Don is survived by his four children; Donna and her husband, William, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Susan of Eliot, Maine, and Kathleen and her husband, Larry, of San Francisco, California; Kevin and his companion, Dana, of Seattle, Washington; and by his three adored grandchildren, Sally Szwed of New York City, Christopher DiNola of Kittery, Maine and Jason DiNola of Eliot, Maine; and his dear friends and Spiritual Advisors John and Sandra McGonagle of Gilford. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, Peter and by his sisters Patricia O'Hara and Sheila Bennett.

There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H. All are welcome to attend. The family will greet friends in the church immediately following the Mass.
A Memorial and Celebration of Don's life will follow internment in Pine Grove Cemetery in the Spring. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Mr. O'Hara's memory to the Laconia Rotary Club, PO Box 503, Laconia NH 03247.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Kathleen 'Kat' Zeiler, 61

MEREDITH — Kathleen Zeiler passed away after an illness at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Mass. February 9, 2015

Kathleen was born on January 29, 1954 at Claremont General Hospital to Everett and Lois (Bickford) Coutermarsh.

She is survived by her husband, Jamie Zeiler who she married May 6, 1995 and they settled into married life in Meredith, N.H. Together they raised their son, Roland Zeiler, also of Meredith.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Chantel Delos Coutermarsh on September 23, 1989, her parents and brother, David Meyette.

Family members include sisters Elaine (Coutermarsh) and William Smith, of Lempster, N.H.; Cynthia (Judd) Bertrand, of Belmont, N.H.; and brother Bruce Judd of Canterbury, N.H. and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kat, as she preferred to be called, was a well loved lady biker in the Lakes Region. Her travels took her to many places near and far. She began riding her own bike in the 1980s and became well known for her work through Twin Rivers Baptist Church with Pastor Tony, flipping pancakes and making coffee for fellow bikers during Laconia Bike Week for many years. She was passionate about riding and the many friends she made along her journey.

A celebration of her life will be held at Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 402 Central St. Franklin, N.H. on Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. A light lunch will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you to make a donation in her name to Twin Rivers Baptist Church, your local SPCA or a charity of your choice.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 07:12

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Wayne L. Tyrrell, 87

BRIDGEWATER — Wayne Leroy Tyrrell, 87, of River Road, Bridgewater, died February 24, 2015 at Speare Memorial hospital, Plymouth, N.H.

Born on September 21, 1927 in Alexandria, N.H., he was the son of Leroy and Melva (Adams) Tyrrell. Wayne was raised in a small dirt floored log cabin and walked to the Alexandria one room school house until graduating the eighth grade.

Wayne was drafted into the Army during the Korean War where he served in the 40th Division of the California National Guard as part of the 224th Regiment from 1951 to 1952. He was honorably discharged as a private first class.

Wayne worked as a maintenance engineer at the Freudenberg NOK plant in Bristol, New Hampshire for forty-two years.

Wayne is predeceased by his wife, Edna M. (Brown) Tyrrell, who died in January of 2014..
His passion for the great outdoors he shared with family and friends taking many fishing and hunting trips. He loved to make things grow and kept a lush vegetable garden well into his eighties. He was a loving husband and beloved father whose steady support and devotion will be greatly missed.

Wayne is survived by his daughter, Jaclyn A Tyrrell of Bridgewater, a half sister Evelyn Curley of Costa Mesa, California.

A graveside service will be held in the Riverside Cemetery, River Road, Alexandria, N.H. on Thursday, May 28th, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Edward J. Charest will officiate.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, of Plymouth and Meredith, are assisting the family with the arrangements. To view Wayne's Book of Memories, please go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 08:21

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Gladys Sakowich, 97

Gladys Sakowich, 97

ANDOVER, Mass. — Gladys Sakowich, an incredible business woman, leader, philanthropist, devoted wife, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, on her 97th birthday.

Born to Frank and Harriet (Armitage) Tidswell of England, young widow to the late Robert Strauten, married the late Anthony "Tony" Sakowich with whom she shared nearly 60 years of unwavering love, Gladys grew up in Methuen and spent most of her life between her marital home in Andover and their home-away-from-home on Lake Winnipesaukee and Governors Island in Gilford, N.H.

She took over running her first late husband's family lumber business in Lawrence after he was killed in World War II. She was a female business pioneer, enjoying finance and investment, helping to lead and serve on many charitable, banking, and educational boards including the Andover and Laconia Garden Clubs, the Home for Little Wanderers, Merrimack College Board of Trustees, the Quota Club, Shawsheen Women's Club, YMCAs, Women's City Club of Boston, Nevins Library, the November Club, Lawrence Cooperative Bank and Merrimack Coop Bank.

Gladys generously supported numerous charities and educational missions, including Merrimack College for which the Gladys Sakowich Center is named in her honor, the Lawrence Boys & Girls Clubs, the Lakes Region Boys and Girls Club whose headquarters in Laconia, N.H., is named her honor, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School in Laconia, N.H., Outward Bound/Thompson Island in Boston whose Sakowich Hall is named in her honor, churches, libraries, gifting her nine-acre Andover homestead to the Andover Village Improvement Society for recreational and open space, ever passionate about improving the lives of children through scholarship.

Gladys was fiercely generous, outspoken and strong, devoted to children and passionate about education. She left a huge mark on the world and her legacy will live on continuing to greatly improve the lives of children.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, March 3, from 9-11 a.m. at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at the West Parish Cemetery in Andover.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the organizations that Gladys was involved with.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com or facebook.com/DewhirstFuneralHome

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 07:56

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