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Fifield, Stuart Daniel - Canterbury  
CANTERBURY – Stuart Daniel Fifield, of Canterbury, died peacefully Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at home with his wife, Ann, by his side. Stuart was born June 21, 1928, in Concord, the son of Roland and Margaret (Smith) Fifield. Following graduation from Penacook High School, he attended UNH earning a degree in agriculture. Stuart and Ann owned and operated Windswept Farm, where he followed his passion for dairy farming with his Ayrshire herd for more than 25 years. He was involved in the NH Ayrshire Club, serving as the president for several years. Following that he was a self-employed carpenter, building and renovating anything from barges in Great Bay to painting church steeples. Also during this time, the 1960's and 70's, he enjoyed his successful large-scale maple operation. In later years he stored boats, campers, and cars; allowing his interest in people to thrive, resulting in lasting friendships with his customers. Stuart's signature optimism and sharp wit were present to the end. His kind and generous spirit enabled him to appreciate all the people that crossed his path. Above all he enjoyed his large close family and friends. He was an integral part of the community; from serving on various Town and County organizations, to taking it upon himself to welcome new families to Town. He was active in the Canterbury Fair, establishing and running the Frappe Bar for many years. He enjoyed sailing, hockey and family times which included Sunday drives, camping trips and family gatherings. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying historical accounts. He will be missed by his wife of 58 years, Ann; daughter, Mary Witschonke and her daughters, Alison and Kate of Canterbury; son, David Fifield (predeceased) and his wife, Melanie and their children, Calvin, Alana and Gwenyth of Moultonborough; son, Tom and his wife, LeAnne and their daughters, Maegan and Tommi of Franklin; son, Peter and his wife, Wendy and their daughters, Hillary, Naomi, Tara, Peta, Claire and Brooke of Franklin; his brothers, Oliver and Hugh Fifield both of Canterbury; many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. He was predeceased by his son, David; sister, Margaret "Peggy" Fife ;and brother, Jon Fifield. Stuart and Ann were members of the Canterbury United Community Church for many years; a memorial service will be held there on Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, in keeping with Stuart's generous spirit, donations may be made to a cause of your choice.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Apr. 17, 2015

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Farnsworth, Lois N. (Nelson) - Chichester  
CHICHESTER – Lois N. Farnsworth, 85, of Kelleys Corner Road, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born Lois Mae Nelson in Quincy, Mass. to Carl G. and Elizabeth M. Nelson, Lois grew up in East Braintree, Mass., attending Braintree High School and graduating from Thayer Academy in 1948. In 1952, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a B.S. in Home Economics, and an Education minor. Having been active in 4-H in her youth, she started her career as an Assistant 4-H Club Agent for the Cooperative Extension Services in Worcester, Mass. In 1954, Lois married her high school sweetheart, Calvin M. Farnsworth, with whom she shared a great zest for life, and together they raised four grateful and loving daughters. After the last toddler went off to school, she taught and then served as Director at the Acton Cooperative School, where her daughters had attended preschool. Always an enthusiastic volunteer for every activity in which her girls were involved, including 4-H Club, Girl Scouts of America, and U.S. Pony Clubs, Lois was considered by many to be a creative mastermind. When Cal's career took them to Davidsonville, Md., Lois enjoyed working in the catalog department at Sears and took on many volunteer activities. In 1979, Cal and Lois purchased Clark's Grain Store in Chichester, where she was active in the day-to-day business. A member of the Pittsfield Women of Rotary, Lois was enthusiastically involved in the design and construction of numerous annual parade floats and thought of its membership as an extension of her family. Lois treasured her family and her friends, and that love was returned to her. The picture of endless energy, determination, empathy and fun, she will be missed every single day. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Calvin M. Farnsworth; and her cherished sister, Carol E. (Nelson) MacDonald. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Farnsworth of Fort Lauderdale Fla., Nancy Farnsworth Yeaton and husband, Jeremy of Pittsfield, Judy Farnsworth Gough and husband, Tom of Annapolis, Md. and Jane Farnsworth Collins and husband, John of Saginaw Mich.; grandchildren, Madeline, Jeffrey and Caroline Collins; and brother, Walter E. Nelson of Menlo Park, Calif. A memorial visitation will be held Friday, April 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Perkins and Pollard Memorial Home, 60 Main St., Pittsfield. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield. The Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor, will officiate. A collation will follow the service. Donations in her memory may be made to the Calvin and Lois Farnsworth Memorial Fund, c/o Pittsfield Rotary Club, PO Box 104, Pittsfield, NH 03263 or the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750, Silver Spring, MD 20910. To sign the online guest book, log on to perkinsandpollard.com.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Apr. 14, 2015
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