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Duquette, Kenneth P. - Jaffrey  
JAFFREY - Kenneth P. Duquette died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Saturday, May 2, 2015. He was born in Keene on Apr. 22, 1929, the sixth child of Gladys (Buskey) and Peter Duquette. He was educated in Keene schools and graduated from DeVry University in Chicago. He proudly served with the National Guard as a Master Sergeant for many years. Ken held many jobs through his life beginning with delivering the Keene Sentinel and cutting meat at a local market. He worked for the Coca-Cola Company and the Keene Gas Company. After a 35 year engineering career he retired from New Hampshire Ball Bearings in 1994 as Manager of Automation Design. He was a member of the United Church of Jaffrey where he was a trustee for many years, treasurer for 10 years, and a member of the choir for over 35 years. He was an active member of the Jaffrey Historical Society where he was an officer and treasurer for many years. Ken was an avid golfer. He and Mary K enjoyed golfing and antiquing together. Ken loved visiting and tending the family camp in Maine. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary K, his stepson, Jim Bearce and his wife, Lisa, and a grandson William McSkimmon Bearce, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main Street, Jaffrey. Rev. Chris Owen, Interim Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the family lot in Conant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Jaffrey Memorial Fund, 54 Main Street, Jaffrey, N.H. 03452 or to the Jaffrey Historical Society, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey N.H. 03452. To share memories or photos, or to send a condolence to Ken's family, please visit www.cournoyerfh.com .
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 5, 2015
Gagnon, Bruce Neil John - Greenfield  
GREENFIELD - Bruce Neil John Gagnon, 69, of Greenfield died on Apr. 29, 2015 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Lawrence, Mass. on Jan. 19, 1946, the son of Arthur Gagnon and Eva (Buzzell) Gagnon. Bruce spent his early childhood in Amherst, N.H. before moving to New Ipswich for three years and eventually settling in Greenfield in 1962. After attending and graduating from Peterborough schools, Bruce served in the United States Navy, stationed on the USS Wasp, for four years during the Vietnam Conflict. Once Bruce returned from military duty he worked for his father for a time before becoming a road agent for the Town of Greenfield for a number of years. In the mid '80s he started his own business, first as Bruce Gagnon and Sons and then BG Trucking, which he owned and operated presently. He loved working with heavy equipment and continued to work right through his recent illness. Bruce found his greatest joy and pride in his kids and grandkids. He loved spending time with all of them and being close to his family and friends was the greatest gift to him. Bruce loved going to the ocean, particularly Ogunquit, Maine, where he vacationed every year. Bruce is survived by his children, Ellen Gagnon of Hancock, Andrea Langley and her husband, Ted of Greenfield, Christopher Gagnon and his partner, Stacey of Hancock, Jonathan Gagnon and his partner, Jen of Greenfield, Jeremy Gagnon and his partner, Leslie of Greenfield, Timothy Gagnon, and his wife, Kristin of Greenfield, and his step-daughter, Meg Dellasanta and her husband, Mike of Hancock; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He will also be missed by Adele Hale, the mother of his children and his brothers, Brent Gagnon and his partner, Dot of Burlington, Vt. and Jeffrey Gagnon of Peterborough. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson Brian LeBlanc. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Meeting House, Forest Road, Greenfield. Reverend Daniel Osgood will officiate. A reception will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bruce's memory to The American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org . Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary or to leave the family a condolence, please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 5, 2015
Jean, Nancy H. - Dublin  
DUBLIN - Nancy H. Jean, 71, resident of Dublin, died on Apr. 28, 2015 at Concord Hospital, Concord, N.H. surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Nashua, N.H. on Dec. 22, 1943, a daughter of Charles P. and Fredericka (Gallop) Hayward, former owners of Hayward's Ice Cream & Dairy, Nashua. Prior to moving to Dublin 10 years ago, she made her home in Milford for most of her life where she raised her family and had worked as a hairdresser. A loving wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, Nancy loved spending time with her family, volunteering at her grandchildren's school and dance organizations and bird watching. Family members include her husband of 52 years, Robert G. Jean Sr. of Dublin; her son, Robert G. Jean Jr. of Milford; her daughter, Becky Stapleton of Dublin, their children, Michael, Kelsey and Cole Jean and Dylan and Kylee Stapleton; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Jean and her family. Funeral services were private. Donations in her memory may be made to New Hampshire Dance Institute at NHDI, P.O. Box 1116, Keene, N.H. 03431, giving more kids the opportunity to shine. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com .
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 5, 2015
Paquette Sr., Francis - Hancock  
HANCOCK - Francis Paquette Sr. (1932-2015) of Hancock, passed away Apr. 30 after a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife, Shirley, a son Francis Jr. and wife, Sheri, a daughter, Tammy Burton and her husband, Kevin, a son Thomas and his wife, Brenda. He also leaves seven grandchildren and a great-grand daughter. He is also predeceased by a son Bryan. Memorial services will be held Jun. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Paquette residence. Donations may be made to Hancock Fire Department, Peterborough Ambulance or donate a blueberry bush for his favorite blueberry patch.
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Pratte Jr., Roderick "Roddy" - Antrim  
ANTRIM - Roderick "Roddy" Pratte Jr., 57, of Antrim, (formerly of Cumberland RI, and Loudon) died Saturday April 18, 2015, at the Hospice House, in Concord, after a courageous six-week battle with cancer. He was born January 6, 1958, in Woonsocket, RI, the son of the late Roderick A. and Jeannette (Lescault) Pratte. He owned and operated Northeast Welding in Manville, RI, and later Northeast Metal Fabricators, Inc. in Cumberland, RI, retiring in 1999. Roddy is survived by his wife of 37 years, Donna (Stergios); his brother Henry Di Tommaso Jr. and his wife Susan; his beloved mother-in-law Antoinette Stergios; his brother-in-law George Stergios and his wife Gaye Gentes; his brother-in-law Augustus Stergios and his wife Tina; his brother-in-law James Stergios; his brother-in-law Peter Hayden; and his nieces and nephews: Alexa, Will, James, Teruha, Olivia, Asaghi, and Colin. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 928 Gibbons Highway (Rte 101), Wilton, NH. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Wilton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 928 Gibbons Highway, Wilton, NH 03086. Arrangements by Michaud Funeral Home.
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Apr. 30, 2015

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Adler, Marie A. (Cusano) - Peterborough  
PETERBOROUGH - Marie A. (Cusano) Adler, 83 years old, of Peterborough, died peacefully at Pheasant Wood Center on Apr. 22,2015. Marie was born on Dec. 19, 1931 in Bronx, N.Y. the daughter of Anthony and Anne Cusano. She graduated from Bronx Vocational High School with honors in 1949. For many years she enjoyed raising her family and working as a certified insurance broker. In 1991, she and her second husband, Richard M. Adler moved to Peterborough. Marie gave generously of her time to organizations such as the Peterborough Woman's Club, The Mariposa Museum and Divine Mercy Parish Women's Guild. In 2012 she was awarded Volunteer of the Year at Pheasant Wood Care & Rehabilitation Center. It was easy to find Marie in her kitchen cooking or baking for family, friends or one of her various organizations. She cherished her role as wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, loving and caring for her family with grace, kindness and dignity. Marie was a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Peterborough. Marie is survived by her four children, Genevieve Fusco; Anne and her husband, Larry Brewerton; Elaine and her husband, Fred Boccia; Emil and his wife, Marie Fusco; two stepdaughters, Robin and her husband, Mark Witte; Joy and her husband, Andy Kerekes; eight grandchildren, Phillip Boccia and his wife, Sara, Fred, Michael, Donna, Christopher, Amanda, Emilio and Debbie; Three great grandchildren, Jillian, Isabel and Lucas; her sister, Dorothy Miller and her brother, John and his wife, Rosemary Cusano. Marie was predeceased by her husband Richard M. Adler in 2012. Visiting hours were held on Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jellison Funeral Home, 25 Concord Street, Peterborough. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Apr. 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, 18 Vine Street, Peterborough. Burial followed immediately after the service at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sand Hill Road, Peterborough. Monsignor Gerald Belanger will be the Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Marie's name to: Divine Mercy Parish, 18 Vine Street, Peterborough, N.H. 03458 or to Family Outreach Foundation, 5 Wilson Street, Mendham, N.J. 07945. Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary or to leave the family a condolence, please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Apr. 28, 2015
Nielsen, Helen (Jepsen) - Yonkers  
YONKERS, N.Y. - Helen (Jepsen) Nielsen passed away peacefully on Mar. 31, 2015. She was born on Apr. 28, 1919, in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Laura (Nielsen) and Carl Jepsen. She attended schools in New York State, residing there most of her life. She married Herman Nielsen in 1941. He predeceased her in 1987. Helen was a trustee of the public library and held many positions within the Union Congregational Church, both in Tuckahoe, N.Y. She was an American Red Cross volunteer nurse's aide at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y., for many years. Also, she was active in the Sons of Norway group. Her interests included professional modeling, and musical support of the Senior Citizens Center at Lake Isle in Eastchester, N.Y. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. Also, she held competition trophies for ballroom dancing at New York City's Harvest Moon Ball(s). Helen was a warm, gracious lady. Nobody ever left her presence without a smile. Helen is survived by two daughters: Linda Nielsen of New York City, Judith (Nielsen) Wilkins (Robert) of Greenville; two grandsons, Jeffrey Valliant of Greenville, Andrew Valliant of Milford; two great grandsons: Ethan and Benjamin Valliant of Milford. In Helen's memory, please consider donations to the Salvation Army. A celebration of Helen's life will be held on May 16 in New York.
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Apr. 28, 2015
Wagner, David W. - Chicago  
CHICAGO - David W. Wagner, 79, of Chicago, Ill. died peacefully on Apr. 20, 2015 at Bethesda Home in Chicago. He was born in Johnstown, Pa. on Oct. 22, 1935, the son of William Wagner and Francis (Wissler) Wagner. After growing up in Canton, Ohio and studying design in college, David moved to Chicago where he met and married Jeannine (Lux) Wagner and began a long career as a graphic designer. David worked at the People's Gas Company in Chicago for many years, but his real passion were his hobbies. He was a master woodworker and model boat builder and an accomplished nature and bird photographer. One of his great joys in life was traveling and photographing wildlife all over the world. In his later years he loved sharing slide presentations of his trips with family, friends and other community audiences. David retired in 1995 and after his beloved wife Jeannine died in 1996, fulfilled a dream of living in New England. For 11 years he lived in Hancock with his basset hound Peaches, where he enjoyed watching birds, attending the meetings of the Old Crocs Club, welcoming visiting family and taking his Mazda Miata convertible out for drives. He returned to the Chicago area in 2008. David is survived by his loving children, Peter Wagner of Oak Park, Ill., Claudia (John) Dery of Harrisville, Paula (Sean) Noone of Tucson, Ariz., Matthew Wagner (Rachael) of Moreno Valley, Calif. and his grandchildren: Eliza and Aman Dery and Kelsea, Bailey and Brendan Noone. He was predeceased by his wife Jeannine in 1996 and his daughter Mary Jo Wagner in 2003. Burial will be private. In David's honor, memorial contributions may be made to the Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King's Highway, Hancock, N.H. 03449.
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Apr. 28, 2015
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