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Grant, Lovertia Anne "Dee" - Concord  
Lovertia Anne "Dee" Grant, formerly of Durham, died at the Havenwood Health Center here Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Born in Haverhill, Mass., Sept. 22, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Morrow) and Jesse Chase. Upon graduation from Haverhill High School in 1949, she enrolled at the University of New Hampshire. Dee married W. Arthur Grant of Newport on Dec. 24, 1951, and the couple began married life in Dayton, Ohio, where Mr. Grant was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. The couple moved to Bennington, Vt., in June 1953 where three of their four children were born. In September 1963, Mr. Grant joined the public relations staff of the University of New Hampshire and the family moved to Durham where Mrs. Grant resumed her studies at UNH, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968. During her 46 years in Durham, Dee edited and published a community newsletter, the Durham Resident-Advertiser, worked as an aide in the Oyster River schools, clerked for the Christmas Dove business in Barrington, and for several summers was employed by the Isle of Shoals cruise ship. She served for six years on the Durham Planning Board and was active in the Durham Community Church, the Dover Food Pantry, the Dover Children's Home and as a volunteer with New Hampshire Public Television, as well as other civic organizations. In 1991, she was presented a Governor's Volunteer Award in recognition of her public service contributions and, in 1994, the Cocheco Valley Humane Society also honored her volunteer efforts. Dee was a 20-year member of the First Parish Church in Dover and, later, a member of the Newington Town Church. The Grants moved to the Havenwood-Heritage Heights retirement community in Concord in January 2009. Mrs. Grant leaves her husband of 62 years, W. Arthur Grant of Concord; her daughters, Rebecca and her husband, David McCutcheon, of Victoria, BC, Jeanne and her husband, Christopher Crocker, of New York City and Jennifer of Staunton, Va.; her son, William Jr. and his wife, Cynthia, of Staunton, Va.; five grandchildren, Virginia (Crocker) Golden and Sam Crocker, Dylan and Benjamin Grant, and Colleen McCutcheon; and a great-grandson, Archer Grant Golden. Burial at the N.H. Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen will be private. A memorial service will be held at Havenwood later this summer. The Rev. Michelle L. DeCoste of the Havenwood spiritual care staff and the Bennett Funeral Home are assisting the family at this time. The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at bennettfuneral.com.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on July 3, 2015

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Gagnon, Sophie "Terry" (Prackup) - Concord  
Sophie "Terry" (Prackup) Gagnon, 95, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the CRVNA Hospice House in Concord, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer disease. Sophie was born on Jan. 31, 1920, on the family farm in Westport, Conn., the 13th of 14 children born to Michael and Anna (Krysiblock) Prackup. Her parents came to the United States from Russia by way of Ellis Island, N.Y. when their surname "Marozenka" was officially changed to Prackup by the immigration authorities. Sophie graduated from Staples High School in Westport and lived in the Southport and Fairfield, Conn. area before moving to Monroe, Conn. in a home she helped build with husband Joseph Haydu who passed away in 1966. In 1978 she moved to Concord, until she married Maurice Gagnon, then moved to Manchester. Sophie worked many jobs throughout her career but really enjoyed taking care of people as a Home Health Aide in Concord and Manchester. Sophie was a great mother who loved taking care of her family, a hard worker, a friendly woman who was kind to all, even people she didn't know. She loved family gatherings, dancing, oil painting, gardening, flowers, picnics, visiting friends and family, going shopping, yard sales, even going out for an afternoon joy ride. She also was a great cook (well known for her stuffed cabbage and apple and lemon meringue pies). Sophie leaves her six children, Richard and Pat Haydu of Vero Beach, Fla., Joseph Haydu of Maitland, Fla., John and Peggy Haydu of Stratford, Conn., Normandie (Benson) Blake and Allan Johnston of Webster, Robert and Beth Haydu of Guilford, Conn., Lawrence T. Haydu and Georgiana Jankura of Parsonsfield, Maine. She is survived by 15 grandchildren, Rick Haydu of California, James Haydu of Connecticut, Kelly (Haydu) Bowles of Florida, Trisha Blake of Webster, Beth Blake of Rochester, Heather (Blake) Eisenhour of Grays Lake, Ill., Tyler Blake of Essex, Mass., Travis Blake of Boston, John Haydu and Margaret Haydu of Connecticut, Dr. Erika Haydu and Dr. Irun Bhan of Boston, Adrienne Haydu of Colorado, Matthew Haydu of Manchester, Lawrence J. Haydu of Concord and Christopher Haydu of Northwood. Sophie has 13 great-grandchildren, Jamie and Allie Haydu, Madison and Jonathan Eisenhour, Taydra Syversten, Elowyn and Travan Blake, Kaylah and Lilly and Jay Haydu, Madalyn and Kevin Metcalf and Isabella Bowles. She is also survived by her youngest sister, Rose Combis of Fairfield, Conn. and several nieces and nephews. Sophie was pre-deceased by her parents, 12 siblings and three husbands, Norman Benson, Joseph Haydu and Maurice Gagnon. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 1st at 1 p.m. the First Congregational Church of Webster, 1011 Long St. in Webster, officiated by Rev. David Richardson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire at Alzheimer's Association, 166 S. River Road #210, Bedford, NH 03110. Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information please go to phaneuf.net.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on June 30, 2015
Gallant, Philip Henry - Concord  
Philip Henry Gallant, 95, died at Harris Hill Convalescent Center in Concord Tuesday, June 23, 2015, after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 10, 1919, in Berlin, son of John and Sarah(La Nelle) Gallant. He was predeceased by his brothers, Louis, Francis, Robert and Richard as well as his two sisters, Irene and Colleen, and first wife, Thelma (Beaupre) Gallant originally from Franklin, and daughter Susan Jane Gallant. Philip was the meat manager at the A&P store in Laconia from 1955-1970, DeRoy's Market in Tilton and several other retail food stores until his retirement. He also owned and operated the Riverbank Rooming House in Laconia from 1958-1971. He enjoyed playing piano and organ in his spare time. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn (Longley) Gallant of Bow; son, Scip Gallant of Portsmouth; and many beloved nieces, nephews and relatives. Per the desire of deceased, no services will be rendered. Burial will be at the Evans Cemetery in Bow.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on July 1, 2015
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