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Adams, Madeleine R.  
SPRINGVALE, Maine - Madeleine R. Adams, 84, of Springvale, formerly of Berlin, N.H., died June 26, 2015. Mrs. Adams was born in Berlin on June 9, 1931, a daughter of Adalbert and Alice (Rousseau) Gingras and resided in Berlin for 82 years until moving to Maine in 2013. Family includes her husband Gordon Adams of Springvale, a son Thomas Adams of Springvale; a daughter Pamela Adams of Weare, N.H.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother Antonio Gingras of Pennsylvania and a sister Angeline Sweet of Nashua. . services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on July 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin, N.H. Interment will follow in St. Anne Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Saturday prior to the service from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin, N.H. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net .
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Published in Union Leader on July 2, 2015
Duval, Richard H. "Dick"  
MANCHESTER - Richard "Dick" H. Duval, 72, of Manchester, NH, died June 29, 2015, at his residence, after a period of declining health.Born in Manchester, NH on October 22, 1942, he was the son of Romeo and Rita (Huard) Duval. He was raised in Manchester and later resided in Hooksett for thirty years before returning to the Queen city. He graduated from Manchester High School West, Class of 1962, as well as New Hampshire Technical College in 1964.During the Vietnam War, he served with the United States Navy Seabees. Until his retirement, he was a lineman with Public Service Company of New Hampshire for thirty-nine years.Devoted to his faith, he was a longtime communicant of Saint Catherine of Siena Church.Dick was an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Daniel K. Poling Chapter No. 992. In addition, he was a member of the Great Cove Boat Club, Eliot ME, the United States Power Squadron, and the Amoskeag Power Squadron. He was also an instructor of boating safety and marine electronics for many years. Dick will be fondly remembered as a dynamic person who touched the hearts of those who had the good fortune to know him. He loved being with his family who brought him endless pride and joy. He enjoyed spending time ocean boating and fishing.Family members include his beloved wife of forty-six years, Mary M. (Mullen) Duval; two sons, Gregory R. Duval and his wife, Stacy, of Andover, MA and Matthew D. Duval and his wife, Dina, of Dover; three grandchildren, Molly, Jacob, and Sarah; and many dear friends. . services: Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, corner of Concord Street, Manchester, NH.The funeral will be held Tuesday with a mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10AM in Saint Catherine of Siena Church, Webster Street, Manchester, NH.Burial with military honors will take place in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Manchester, NH.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, Daniel K. Poling Chapter No. 992, PO Box 983, Hillsborough, NH 03224-0983.For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit: www.connorhealy.com .
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Meulebroecke, Achille R. Van de  
ALTON - Achille Rene Van de Meulebroecke, "Van," 83, of Woodlands Road, Alton, died June 28, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. Born Dec. 27, 1931, in York County, Maine, son of Hubert and Blanche (Drapeau) Van de Meulebroecke lived his early years on the Salmon Falls in New Hampshire and South Berwick, Maine. Van worked summers at Howard Johnson's in Wells Beach, Maine from high school through college. He attended the University of New Hampshire, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Van served in Germany with the 293rd Combat Engineers and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and served a Company A Commander. Van returned from Germany and started his 32 year career as a highway engineer working for the Bureau of Public Roads, which became the Federal Highway Administration upon the formation of the Department of Transportation. Van's career had him traversing the United States and residing in Oregon, Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia, Connecticut, New York, and Washington, D.C. Van's career culminated with assignment overseeing operations in Saudi Arabia for the Department of Transportation as part of the Secretary's Office. Upon his retirement, Van returned to New Hampshire to reside on Lake Winnipesaukee. Van returned to the University of New Hampshire working as a graduate student advisor and with the Technology Transfer Group within the Engineering Department. While working at Howard Johnson's, Van met Constance Ann Calcutt of Dover, a coworker there. They were married in Baumholder, Germany on Sept. 9, 1955. In addition to his wife Constance, Van is survived by four children: Brian Van De Meulebroecke of Falls Church, Va.; Brad Van de Meulebroecke (Mary Kelly) of Doha, Qatar; Cathi Coates (Thomas) of Berlin, Md.; and Nancy Parker (Mitchell) of Ocean City, Md., 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. . services: Services will be held at St Katharine Drexel Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 7 at 11 a.m., in Alton. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Safe Harbor, a program that provides ongoing grief support groups for children, teens, and their parents or caregivers. Safe Harbor, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001. To express condolences, please visit: peasleefuneralhome.com .
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Rogers, Joyce A.  
MANCHESTER - Joyce Adelaide Minnie (Collier) Rogers, 95, of Manchester passed away on June 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born on April 14, 1920, in Cheltenham, England, daughter of the later Harry Edgar and Daisy May (Mustoe) Collier. Joyce was an avid gardner as well as a well-known and beloved antique bottle and pottery collector acquiring many friends all over the world. Beloved wife for over 69 years to the late James Albert Rogers, loving mother of Jay A. Rogers and his wife Darlene of Manchester, dear sister of the late Brenda Bliss. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. . services: A gathering of family and friends will be held on Monday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a service to follow at 11 a.m. in the Phaneuf Funeral Home & Crematorium, 243 Hanover St. (corner of Union Street) Manchester. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Manchester Animal Shelter, 490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, NH 03102. To leave a message of condolence or to watch a video tribute please visit www.phaneuf.net .
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Statires, James A.  
MANCHESTER - James Andrew Statires, 88, passed away on June 30, 2015, after a short illness. He was born in Manchester to Andrew and Evangeline (Papanastasiou) Statires, and was raised and educated in Manchester. His loving wife, Glikeria (Kiko) Theodosopoulos whom he shared 63 terrific years together, died in 2011. He will be remembered as an exceptionally kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. "Papou," as he was known by his 13 grandchildren, was supportive and proud, as he followed their extensive sports and activities from early years through college. As they became adults, he genuinely encouraged them to become successful in their careers. Additionally, he cherished his time with them during their youth on winter vacations in Hollywood Beach, Fla., and later during the summer months at Hampton Beach. The past two years he has adored and embraced his seven great-grandchildren. After serving a short stint in the U.S. Navy, James spent his life as a business entrepreneur with his wife Kiko and brother Nick, beginning at the family grocery store "Maple Super Market" in Manchester, to the megaplex business endeavors, Diamond C Market and Seagate Motel & Restaurant, at Hampton Beach. He was a passionate member of the YMCA of Greater Manchester for over 60 years. Once summer business was closed, he frequented the "Y" on a daily basis, either running with some of his buddies or attending aerobics class. James was very active within the St. George Greek community throughout his life. In his earlier years he served as president of the AHEPA and on the board of directors. He also loved cooking lamb each year at the GLENDI. He was an avid Boston sports fan of the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and reveled in the eight championships over the last decade. James leaves behind his children Andrew and Karen Statires, William and Linda Statires, Cynthia and Joseph O'Neil, and Krisy and Clayton Sims. His grandchildren include Jim and Noelle Statires, Scott and Lauren O'Neil, Andrew and Melissa Statires, Kristen Statires, Marissa O'Neil, Stefanie and Gavan Fletcher, Kassandra and Todd Brady, Sarah and Brad Belin, Nick and Bill Statires, Elizabeth, Nick, and Jimmy Sims. His great-grandchildren include Charlie, Cooper, Madison, Alexandra, Andrew, Dawson, and Kaila. He leaves behind one brother, Nick, in addition to many nieces and nephews. His brother Charles predeceased him. His family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness and care given by five wonderful ladies over the past eight months. . services: Calling hours are Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a Trisagion Service at 6 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester. The funeral is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester. Fr. Michael Wilson will officiate. Committal prayers will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Calef Road, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the YMCA of Greater Manchester, 30 Mechanic St., Manchester, NH 03101, or to the Anna Theodosopoulos Scholarship Fund, 650 Hanover St., Manchester, NH 03104.
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Vallerand, Bertha M.  
RAYMOND - Bertha M. Vallerand, 96, died June 30, 2015, at the Exeter Hospital, Exeter. She was born Oct. 19, 1918, in Contrecoeur, Quebec, Canada, daughter of the late Anasthas and Regina (Roch) Gaudette. In the early 1920's, Bertha's family moved to Lowell, Mass. Bertha was the youngest of nine children. She married Wilfred T. Vallerand and they moved to Dracut, Mass., to begin their family. Bertha worked as a fancy stitcher for many years in Lowell, including the Lowell Mills and Massachusetts Mills. During World War II, she made parachutes. After retiring, Bertha and Wilfred moved to Raymond in 1972. Bertha was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Church, Epping, former communicant at St. Raymond in Raymond and St. Louis Church in Lowell, Mass. She was a longtime member of the Ray-Fre Senior Center, and volunteered much of her time to Meals-on-Wheels. Bertha was predeceased by her husband who died June 7, 1999, and all of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Vallerand of Lowell, Mass., and numerous nieces and nephews, including a niece with whom she had a special bond, Claudette Boisjoly, and her husband Ron Boisjoly of Lowell, Mass. . services: Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brewitt Funeral Home, Raymond. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Epping. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Epping. Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com .
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Connor, Betty M.  
GOFFSTOWN - Betty Martin Connor died peacefully on June 4, 2015, at Bedford Falls in Bedford. She was 90 years of age. She was the only child of Lois and Arthur Martin. She had one cousin Lloyd Davis, also deceased, who was like a brother to her. She grew up in Goffstown, where she met her husband of 70 years, Lawton Brown Connor. Following graduation from Goffstown High, she studied bookkeeping and secretarial courses in Boston and returned to work in Manchester, N.H. In January of 1945 she boarded a train to Jacksonville, Fla. There she and Lawton were wed on the Naval base, where he was in pilot training. After raising four children, she assisted Lawton in starting their own business in the Dover/ Durham area, which they continued to operate until retirement. In their later years, they returned to Goffstown. Betty enjoyed a very active life, playing tennis and golf into her 70s, and gardening and playing bridge into her 80s. Music and dancing always brought her joy. She was a terrific cook and enjoyed sharing her cooking with family, neighbors, and friends. She loved her family and her friends and treasured her husband. She often said "I have had a great life for which I am grateful." Betty is survived by her husband Lawton, her son Alan Connor, and daughters Shelley Vincent and Wendy Lannon, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Thank you to all the generous and kind family, friends, caregivers and neighbors who helped to make Betty's last few years so much better. Betty will be missed, but remembered with much joy and gratitude for having known her. . services: A private family celebration of life has been planned. French and Rising Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. For more information or to sign an online guestbook go to www.frenchandrising.com .
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Foley, Constance C.  
PEPPERELL, Mass. - Constance C. Foley (Demers), 88, died Monday, June 22, 2015, after a short illness at Apple Valley Center in Ayer. She had resided in Pepperell for the last 10 years and prior to that she lived in Billerica for 45 years. She was born and raised in Manchester, N.H., the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Brisson) Demers where she resided for 20 years and where she met and married her late husband, Richard J. Foley also a Manchester, N.H. native. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Sclafani and her husband Samuel Sclafani of Watertown, their two daughters Christina Sclafani of Colchester, Vt., and Jennifer Sclafani-Hamilton and her husband Steven Hamilton and their two daughters Ella and Zoe Hamilton of Alexandria, Va.; her sons, Stephen Foley and his wife Marimargaret Foley (Shadan) and their son Shaun Foley of Pepperell; Charles Foley and his wife Julie Foley and their two children, Katie and Kevin Foley of Durham, N.C.; and David Foley of Truro. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Constance Raymond (Foley) of Goffstown, N.H.; nephews, David Foley of Seattle, Wash. and James Foley of Manchester, N.H. and nieces Patricia Foley of Seattle, Wash., Anne Marie Holmes (Foley) of Manchester, N.H., Martha Wittbrodt of Longwood, Fla. and Alicia Charity of Sherborn. . services: Constance was buried alongside her husband Richard on June 29 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. The Marchand Funeral Home in Pepperell was in charge of arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.marchandfuneralhomecom.
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Gagnon, Sophie "Terry"  
MANCHESTER - Sophie "Terry" (Prackup) Gagnon, 95, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2015, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. Sophie was born Jan. 31, 1920, on the family farm in Westport, Conn., the 13th of 14 children born to Michael and Anna (Krysiblock) Prackup. She was a great mother, a hard worker and a friendly woman who was kind to all. She loved family gatherings, dancing, oil painting, gardening, flowers, picnics, visiting friends and family, going shopping, yard sales, and afternoon joy rides. She also was a great cook. Sophie leaves six children, 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, her youngest sister and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents, 12 siblings and three husbands.
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Labrie, Rita  
CONCORD - Rita (Begin) Labrie, 94, of Concord, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2015, at Harris Hill Center, with family by her side. A lifelong resident of Concord, she was born March 26, 1921, to Joseph and Nora (LeCompte) Begin. Rita graduated from Concord High School in the Class of 1939. She worked 33 years in the Concord School District, retiring in 1997 as administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Schools. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, playing cards, watching sports and spending time with her family.Rita is survived by three children, all of Concord: daughter Jeanne Torpey and her husband Bob; son William Labrie; and son Donald Labrie and his wife Donna. Three grandchildren: Erin McManus and her husband Trevor Fuller of Everett, Mass.; Darcy Labrie of Concord; and Tyler Labrie of Concord; two great-grandchildren: Sean Fuller and Michael Fuller of Everett, Mass. Her brother, Rodolphe "Rudy" Begin of Concord and daughter-in-law Mary Carmen Labrie of Bow. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 56 years, Ernest, who passed away in 2003 and her son Roger "Gus" Labrie, who passed away in 2012. Two brothers: Alfred Begin; and Edward Begin; two sisters: Edwina Boisvert; and Claire Racine.The family would like to express their gratitude to Harris Hill Center for the outstanding care she received there. . services: Calling hours will be Thursday, July 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home, 50 South Main St., Concord.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King, Sacred Heart Church, 52 Pleasant St. in Concord.Burial will follow at Evans Cemetery, White Rock Hill Road in Bow.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association 166 S. River Road #210 Bedford, NH 03110.
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