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Biron, Roger H.  
CONCORD - Roger H. Biron, 67, of Concord, and formerly of Manchester, passed away from a sudden illness at his home on May 29, 2015.He was born on Feb. 17, 1948, in Magog, Canada, son of the late Hector and Yvonne (Crevier) Biron. Roger later moved to Norton, Vt., and then Manchester, where he attended local schools and raised his loving family.Roger was a 15-year member of the N.H. Army National Guard, Service Battery of the 172nd Field Artillery out of Manchester, and was employed for 24 years with the State of N.H. Department of Transportation. He had a love for NASCAR and local short track racing, but above all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking them to different events.He was the beloved husband of Irene Roberge Biron, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Loving father of Anne-Marie Zube and her husband, Michael of Concord, Sgt. Christopher Biron (MPD) and his wife, Linda of Manchester, and Andre "Sippy" Biron (MFD) and his wife, Lisa of Manchester. Devoted and loving grandfather "Bucky" of Nicholas, Jillian, Zachary, Nathan, Joseph and Brooke. Dear brother of Benoit Biron and the late Paul Biron.In lieu of flowers, donations in Roger's memory may be made to The Hundred Club of N.H., P.O. Box 23, Manchester, NH 03105.. SERVICES: Family and friends will honor and remember Roger's life by gathering for visiting hours in The Phaneuf Funeral Home & Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., corner of Union Street, Manchester on Wednesday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. A service celebrating Roger's life will begin in the funeral home chapel at 7 p.m., followed by Military Honors. To leave an online message of condolence or to watch a video tribute, go to www.phaneuf.net .
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Collins, James J.  
MANCHESTER - James J. Collins, 72, of Manchester, NH, died May 29, 2015, at a local healthcare facility, after a period of declining health.Born in Manchester, NH, on October 6, 1942, he was the son of Dennis J. and Sadie (Quinn) Collins. He was a lifelong resident of the Queen City.He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School, Class of 1960.James was a self-employed painter for many years.He was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.Family members include three sisters, Elizabeth Merritt of Manchester; Margaret Collins of Aurora, CO, and Denise Bellucci of Hooksett; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, John J. Collins, Richard R. Collins, and Robert Collins as well as two sisters, Dorothy Newton and Barbara Russell. . SERVICES: Funeral services are private. Burial will take place in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford, NH.For more information or to view the online guest registry, visit: www.connorhealy.com .
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Peters, Audray L.  
MANCHESTER - Audray Louise Peters, 83, of Manchester, died May 28, 2015, after a period of declining health.She was born Nov. 2, 1931, in Jamaica, N.Y., the daughter of George and Louise (Pedersen) Callahan. She was raised in Valley Stream, N.Y., and had been a Manchester resident since 1971.Au dray worked as a secretary at N.H. Insurance Co. for more than 20 years. After retiring, she worked as a nanny for several families including the Davis and Razvi families in Bedford.She leaves a daughter, Beth L. Cailler of Manchester; a grandson, Ryan Turowski of Manchester; a sister, Kathy Green of Manchester; two nephews, Michael Green and his wife, Mary Lou of Magnolia, Texas, and Thomas Green and his wife, Amy of Manchester. She also leaves behind many close and dear friends. . services: Services will be private.Memorial donations may be made to the Manchester Animal Shelter, 490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, NH 03102. Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester, is in charge of arrangements.For more information or to send a message of condolence, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com .
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Poulos, Jean A.  
MANCHESTER - Jean A. Poulos, 74, of Manchester, passed away May 28, 2015.Jean was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Woodstock, Vt., a daughter of Ted and Marion (Chattin) Putnam, and had been a Manchester resident for many years.Prior to retirement, Jean was a claims representative with Cross Insurance Co.Jean was a longtime active member of Manchester Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.Family includes her husband of 55 years, Ted Poulos; one son, Todd Poulos and his girlfriend, Dianne Nealon; and Jean's mother, Marion Putnam.Funeral Services will be conducted at the convenience of family. . services: Cate & Johnson Funeral Service of Manchester is directing arrangements.Family and friends may visit CateJohnson.com .
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Blakeman, Robert K.  
MILFORD - Robert K. Blakeman, 85, resident of Milford, died on May 25, 2015, at Pine Rock Manor in Warner.He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on Dec. 14, 1929, a son of Robert D. and Mabel (Karges) Blakeman, and grew up in East Orange and Ridgewood, N.J. He resided in Milford for the past seven years and formerly made his home in Amherst for 44 years.Mr. Blakeman graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in agriculture and started his career driving the back roads of southern Vermont, working for the county visiting all the many dairy farms and artificially inseminating their cows. He loved telling the story from when he was standing in the hospital following the birth of his first son and another man asked him whether he did this often. He didn't understand the question until he realized he still had on his work coveralls with the big "Vermont Breeding Association" stitched across the back.While he loved agriculture, he decided on a career change to better support his family and, after several various jobs, settled into working for National Gypsum Co. as a traveling salesman. After several years he again reinvented his career and, in 1968, with two other partners, formed Space Design Systems Inc., with offices in Kennebunk, Maine, and Amherst. He retired as president after 30 years with the company.He was a longtime member and past president of the Milford Rotary Club and since 1964 actively attended and supported the Congregational Church of Amherst. He was also very active with Amherst Jaycees, various Town of Amherst Boards, and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as his sons grew up. In addition, he was a charter member of Hampshire Hills and an avid tennis player.Mr. Blakeman was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.He was predeceased by his wife, Susan (Wilson) Blakeman, who died in 2006; and two grandchildren, Jesse and Kristy.Family members include three sons, Kenneth J. Blakeman of Peterborough, Michael R. Blakeman and wife Lauriann of Del Norte, Colo., Peter J. Blakeman and wife Anita Nikles Blakeman of North Sutton; seven grandchildren, Hannah, Catherine, Lianna, Brittany, Daniel, Thomas and Alexandra; three great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Joanne Blakeman, of Montpelier, Vt.; several nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Edith Gambee, of Milford. . SERVICES: Memorial visiting hours are on Thursday, June 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, at 11 a.m., in Meadowview Cemetery, Foundry Street, Amherst. A reception will follow in the Community Room at the Congregational Church of Amherst, 11 Church St., Amherst.Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com .
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Carlisle IV, Tyler  
MANCHESTER - Tyler William Robert Carlisle IV, 21, passed away May 26, 2015. He was born in Manchester on June 25, 1993, a son of Tyler E. and Lucia A. (Merritt) Carlisle. Tyler was a member of First Congregational Church and was an Eagle Scout, Troop 91. He graduated from Manchester Central High School, Class of 2011 Salutatorian, and Yale College, Class of 2015, majoring in philosophy. Tyler was active in local and national politics and had enlisted in the U.S. Army, having been accepted into Officer Candidate School.Tyler is survived by his loving family: his mother, Lucia; a brother, Stephen E. Carlisle, and his wife, Julie; a sister, Susan L. Carlisle Sudak, and her husband, Michael; and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Tyler E., in 2009. . SERVICES: Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, at Goodwin Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester. Funeral services will be private.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tyler's memory to Green Valley School, 389 Pembroke St., Pembroke, NH 03275.Please visit www.goodwinfh.com to sign the online guest book.
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Connor, Rev. Dr. Kathleen F. (French)  
PEABODY, Mass. - Rev. Dr. Kathleen F. (French) Connor, 80, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, of natural causes, at her home in Brooksby Village in Peabody. Born in Orford, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Fred G. and Elizabeth (Wilson) French. She lived in Orford as a young girl and also in Oxford and Manchester, N.H., where she attended schools. She graduated from New England College in Henniker, N.H. Later in life she studied at the Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago where she earned master's and doctorate's degrees in Divinity to complete her formal education for her life vocation as an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ (UCC). Rev. Dr. Connor went on to serve churches in several cities, including Burlington, Wis.; Maui, Hawaii; and locally with the West Gloucester Trinitarian Church and Saugus First Congregational Church UCC. Among her favorite ministries was ministering to children. "Kahu Kay" was that rare shepherd whose spiritual compassion and concern for others transformed those she taught and ministered to throughout her life. She never compromised the basic values of family, friends and faith, and she will be missed dearly, especially her gentleness, smile, hugs and her spirit of aloha. She was the youngest child in her family of six siblings, who preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter and two sons: Colleen Connor of Oakland, Calif., Michael Connor of Baltimore, Md., and Shawn Connor of Burlington, Wis. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. . SERVICES: A memorial service to honor her life may be planned at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to one of her spiritual home of churches that she served at: Plymouth Congregational Church, Burlington, WI 53105, Alameda Congregational Church, Alameda, CA 94501, or First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester, NH 03104. Cremation service is planned with Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for an online obituary or to sign condolences. Also please visit a virtual memorial website available at http://kathleenfconnor.virtual-memorials.com .
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Cote, Marcel P.  
MANCHESTER - Marcel "Mike" P. Cote, 89, of Manchester, NH, died May 23, 2015, at his residence, after a period of declining health.Born in Manchester, NH, on August 3, 1925, he was the son of Robert F. and Yolande (Dube) Cote. He was a lifelong resident of the Queen City.He graduated from Manchester High School West, Class of 1944. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire in 1948.During the Korean War, he served with the United States Army.Early in his career, he was a service representative with the Quality Bakers of America. Afterwards, he owned and operated Letty Lane Candy of New England from 1952 to 1972.Marcel was a trustee at the Youth Development Center. He also served on the board of directors of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club and the New Hampshire Travelers Association. He was a life member of the Catholic War Veterans, Post 1749 as well as a member of the American Canadian Genealogical Society.He was married fifty-nine years, Pauline G. (Genest) Cote. She died January 31, 2011. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Lizabeth M. McPherson and his grandson, Scott McPherson.Family members include two sons, Scott A. Cote of Park City, Utah and Zachary P. Cote of Manchester; a niece and two nephews. . SERVICES: Funeral services were private. Burial took place in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Manchester, NH.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.For more information or to view the online guest registry, visit: www.connorhealy.com .
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Cowette, Beatrice  
DERRY - Beatrice Cowette, 78, of Derry, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, in her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Manchester, England, on May 9, 1937, a daughter of the late Harold and Alice (Hollowood) Staunton. It is her childhood in England and growing up during the war that shaped her outlook on life. She loved all things English. To honor her mother and father, she never gave up her English citizenship. She immigrated to America when she was 10 years old and she and her family settled in Derry. Bea graduated from Pinkerton Academy, Class of 1955. Bea held Pinkerton close to her heart, never missing a reunion, and attending hundreds of her children's events.Bea married the love of her life, Richard Cowette, and built their home in East Derry, raising their family there. Bea loved creating many flower gardens surrounding her home. Her love of gardening came from watching and learning from her father. Her favorite flowers were peonies and tulips. Most Sundays you could find her and her lifelong friend, Bette Lannan, at a local antique flea market searching for just the right bargain.Holidays for Bea were a time to bring family together. She worked tirelessly to create family memories that were filled with love and laughter. Bea had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; they each held a special place in her heart. Her friends and family will always remember her smile, clever sarcasm and the kindness she showed to others. Bea was beautiful inside and out and will be missed dearly.She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard D. Cowette Sr., of Derry; two daughters, Susan Cowette of Concord, Caroline Cowette of Newton, Mass.; and three sons, Richard D. Cowette Jr. of Derry, Anthony Cowette and wife Kathleen of Londonderry, and Jason Cowette and wife Jennifer of Bedford; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Patricia Kus of Derry and Carol Fongemie of Derry; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one son, Joseph Cowette, and her sister, Peggy Swaine, of Manchester, England. . SERVICES: Following cremation, calling hours will be held on Tuesday, June 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Peabody Funeral Home, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 3, at 10 a.m., in the First Parish Church, 47 East Derry Road, Derry. The burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry.In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Salvation Army.To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com .
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Fuller, Muriel C.  
MILFORD - Muriel C. Fuller, 89, resident of Milford, died on May 28, 2015, at Crestwood Care & Rehabilitation Center in Milford. She was born in Hudson, Mass., on April 2, 1926, a daughter of Donald C. and Emma (Guillow) Lambert. She made her home in Pittsburg for many years and later moved to Canaan, Vt. She lived in Milford for the past several years. Mrs. Fuller was a homemaker for most of her life and was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She thoroughly enjoyed knitting and giving away her handmade items. She was predeceased by her husband, William B. Fuller Sr., who died in 2014, and a sister, Bobbie Savage. A devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert L. Fuller of Kittery, Maine, William B. Fuller Jr. and Diane Fuller of Milford, Michael D. Fuller of Pittsburg, David J. and Susan Fuller of Bloomfield, Vt.; three grandchildren, Tracey L. Auger, Travis Fuller and Christopher Raymond; three great-grandchildren, Caleb W. Auger, Lauren E. Auger and Oliver G. Fuller; a niece, Sharon Marden, and a nephew, Donald Savage, both of Troy, N.Y. . SERVICES: A graveside service will be held in Pittsburg, N.H., at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com .
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