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We celebrate the lives of those who have gone on before us and have taught us how to live our – DASH –


Elizabeth A. Mattson, of Greenland died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Born in Portsmouth, N.H. on Nov. 16, 1926, daughter of Edison and Elizabeth Carroll.

Betty worked throughout her life in Portsmouth until her retirement from Sears after 20+ years. A member of the United Methodist Church, she loved bowling and traveling around the world.

Predeceased by her parents and siblings Eddie, Ruth, Harriet and John. She is survived by her loving children, Amanda Serwacki, Brenda Harvey and David Mattson. Grandchildren include Sean, Drew and his wife Mollie, Nicole, Bradley, Morgan, Lauren and Hannah, and her three great-grandchildren, Nolan, Emma and Hunter.

James Wesley New II, 83, passed away, November 30, due to complications of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Parkinson’s Disease. After contracting COVID – 19 Coronavirus, his Parkinson’s Disease quickly advanced to a dangerous and fatal stage.

Jim, as he preferred to be called, was born in Childersburg, Alabama, on June 21, 1937. He graduated from Phylis Wheatley High School in Childersburg, Alabama. An excellent student in Math, Jim went on to attend Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee and graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He was drafted into the U.S. military for two years and spent four years in the Army Reserves.

After college, in 1960, he moved to Washington D.C. and worked for an architecture firm as a draftsman. That same winter he accepted a position as an architectural engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. He worked there for 40 years. Committed to launching other young African Americans interested in engineering careers, Jim traveled the United States to help recruit for the Shipyard. He helped the young engineers become acclimated not only to their new career but also to their new home, the homogenous communities of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

Jim was a loving husband to his wife Evelyn and a supportive father to his two daughters Anissa New-Walker and Dr. Tamara New. Jim and Evelyn were married for 54 years.

After raising his two daughters, travel became a part of his life. Jim enjoyed going on cruises to faraway destinations with his wife, Evelyn. The two had an excellent adventure driving across the country visiting national state parks and landmarks. Over the years, together, he and Evelyn enjoyed a fondness for indoor and outdoor gardening; he knew how to keep a meticulous lawn. He shared a love for Math with his daughter, Tamara and a love for old movies with his daughter, Anissa. Their all-time favorite was “My Fair Lady.” Most of all, in his spare time, Jim loved watching sports, especially enthusiastically cheering on the New England Patriots. He also relished watching televised golf tournaments and after retirement, he took up playing golf.

As a member of First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he served on the board of trustees as treasurer and sang in the church choir. During the holidays, he loved listening to Handel’s Messiah and his favorite hymn was “How Great Thou Art.”

Aside from being survived by his wife, Evelyn and two daughters, Anissa (Paul Walker) and Tamara (Leonza Hudson), he leaves behind two grandchildren, Elliot Walker and Isabella New-Walker; his brother Samuel New (Gwendolyn New); his sister Juanita Witherspoon; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. He is pre-deceased by his father and mother, James and Mabel New and his sister Elizabeth Baker.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the family will hold a private graveside ceremony, Friday, December 4, 2020.

Shirley Ione (Williams) Fickenscher of Brookdale North Gilbert in Gilbert, Arizona finally ended her long journey through the tunnel of Alzheimer’s disease on October 28, 2020. She nearly reached her birthday on December 19th when she would have attained the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Milford (or, Mel as he was known by most folks), and youngest son – the working artist, Craig. She leaves her two sons, Kevin – the doctor and Mark – the aviator to handle any remaining details of life while she continues her journey onto the next stage. She also was preceded in death by one brother Gail, who always made the best pancakes; her sister, Bernice who is moving along the same tunnel and will find Shirley sometime down the road; and, Gary, her brother who is still fit and trim as a former Master Sargent in the Army. Then, there are the many adoring grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and friends of friends who remember Shirley as an always tidy, dressed-for-the-occasion, bright, cheerful, fun-loving Mom, Auntie, friend or acquittance.

She was born in North Platte, Nebraska during the course of the Great Depression, “wearing diapers of reprocessed flour sacks” which served as the foundation for one of her lessons in life: Sometimes you just have to “make do”! Shirley had lots of lessons in life that provided the framework for everyday living. Among the best were: Everything has a place and everything in its place, If you’re going to do something – do it right! And the list goes on from there…

She and Mel got their start in life on a farm in Nebraska in the early 1950s near the original Fickenscher homestead. However, it was a struggle and after three sequential years of problems including drought, grasshoppers and finally a hailstorm – they lost the farm in 1956 and moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska for a number of years. The litany of locations following their Nebraska roots included Kansas followed by Nebraska again where Mel got into the nursing home administration business. He started and managed long-term care homes for the Lutheran Church and other not-for-profit organizations in North Dakota, Washington, Iowa and Ohio before finally moving to Arizona some 30 years ago.

Shirley served as an active member of the Lutheran Church in all those locations where she was always present and accounted for among the membership. In her younger years, she held a variety of positions in various retail establishments as a clerk at Rexall Drug Store in Hebron, Nebraska and the manager of the men’s and boy’s section of Hershbergers in Bismarck, North Dakota where she helped many a guy in buying the “proper” clothes by telling them what to buy rather than just showing them. This approach to sales came from another lesson in life which was: Dress your best and the best will dress you. In her latter years before retiring, she worked with the Red Cross in Iowa and later alongside Mel as the Activities Director for the nursing homes. She was the consummate activities coordinator for elders ranging from simply talking to dancing with folks in wheelchairs to organized movies.

Her accomplishments in life included her support of Mel – whom she adored, raising three rowdy boys who became good citizens in life, the many contributions she made to the communities where she lived and the cheerfulness she brought to those around her. She enjoyed visiting with friends as well as folks she did not know, dancing, the symphony and listening to 50’s style music on the radio. Shirley was a wonderful cook and taught all of her sons how to present their best in the culinary arts. She will be missed for everything she did for all those around her who needed a commitment of help in life.

Marlo Wesley Hanson, 97, of Inwood, IA, died Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 2, at 3:00 PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Inwood with Rev. John Wolf officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Richland Cemetery of Inwood. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 1:30-3:00 PM, Friday, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefer memorials be given to Fellowship Village of Inwood or Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Marlo Wesley Hanson, son of Arthur C. and Emma (Helder) Hanson, was born August 13, 1923 on a farm near Inwood, IA. Marlo attended country school through the 8th grade. He then attended Inwood High School, graduating in 1941. He then attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA for a semester in the fall of 1942. In March 1943, Marlo joined the United States Air Corp. He served as a B17 pilot during World War II. He was honorably discharged in June 1946.

On July 27, 1946, Marlo was united in marriage with Norma Jane Moen at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Inwood. The couple welcomed four children between 1947 and 1957:  Paul, Debra, Jack and Barbara. Marlo worked in the farm implement business for most of his life. He retired from Case Power & Equipment in Missouri Valley after which they moved back to Inwood where he worked part-time at Moen’s Farm Store till he was 90 years old.

Marlo had a deep love for his family and cherished his time with them. He and Jane enjoyed traveling to visit family and relatives and sightseeing all across the country.  They attended as many of their children’s and grandchildren’s music and sports events as possible.  Marlo & Jane were proud charter members of Faith Lutheran Church in Orange City, IA in 1970.  When they moved back to Inwood, they once again joined Bethlehem Lutheran, serving on many boards and committees and singing in the choir.  Marlo was a member of the Inwood Kiwanis Club and the American Legion.

Survivors include his 4 children, Paul (Jolayne) Hanson of Sioux Falls, SD, Deb Hanson (Dave Atkinson) of Wells, Maine, Jack (Felicia) Hanson of Luverne, MN, and Barb (Mark) Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD; 9 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bette Hanson of Inwood; and several special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Emma; wife, (Norma) Jane; great-grandson, Tucker; and brothers, Harland and Eldon Hanson.

Thomas (Tom) H. Olbricht, 90, of Exeter, NH, passed away Friday August 21, 2020, in RiverWoods at Exeter surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Thayer, MO on November 3, 1929, a son of the late Benjamin and Agnes (Taylor) Olbricht. Tom received numerous degrees including a Master’s Degree in 1953 and Ph.D in 1959 from the University of Iowa and a Theology Degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1962. Tom retired as a distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where he later received an honorary Doctorate in 2011. His teaching career spanned over 50 years and led him across the country where he taught at Harding University, University of Dubuque, Penn State University, Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas and Pepperdine University. Tom was involved with a mentoring program in Russia. He was the founder of the Christian Scholars Conference held annually at Lipscomb University which was later renamed in his honor as the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars Conference. He also wrote, edited or contributed to numerous scholarly articles and books. Tom was a frequent contributor to the Christian Chronicle and was the editor of the Restoration Quarterly.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Dorothy (Kiel) Olbricht, one son, Joel C. Olbricht and his wife Marilyn (Smith) Olbricht, four daughters, Suzanne M. Olbricht and her husband Kevin M. Fickenscher, Eloise Olbricht Brown and her husband Anthony E. Brown, Adele Olbricht Foster and her husband Charlie Foster, and Erika M. Olbricht; twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one brother, Owen D. Olbricht. He was predeceased by his sister Nedra Olbricht McGill and brother Glenn Olbricht.

Paul D. Webber, age 78, of Rochester, died quietly, Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Born June 15, 1942, in Malden, Massachusetts, son of Wallace F. and Doris M. (Hiscock) Webber.

Paul attended schools in Melrose, Mass., a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1960, also, a graduate of Tufts University, Class of 1964, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature.

In 1962, he married Betsy Sargent of Greenland, N.H.  Prior to retirement, Paul was self employed, a Contractor, with sales and installation of GEO membranes.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth.

Survived by his wife of 58 years Rev. Betsy S. Webber and their children: John Webber (Leslie) of Somis, Calif., Laura Benedetto (Rob) of Cape Neddick, Maine, Pamela Bast (John) of Valrico, Fla., and Marsha Peacock (Mark) of Rochester, N.H.; a stepson Peter Griffin (Karen) of Groton, Conn.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; his brother Wayne Webber (Diana); also several nieces and nephews.

Hugh Woodie Lange “Woodie”, 86, of Alfred, NY, passed away peacefully on Father’s Day, June 21, 2020 at the Wentworth Senior Living facility in Portsmouth, NH after an extended illness. Woodie was a devoted father and grandfather, a loving husband, an enthusiastic golfer, an avid sports fan, a profound lover of the outdoors, and a dedicated administrator at Alfred University. 

Born on September 2, 1933 in Belle Vernon, PA, he was the son of Hugh Henry and Catherine Frances Lange. He attended high school in Belle Vernon before graduating from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and completing his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank in Pittsburgh, and then moved on to the business office at Carnegie Mellon University, also in Pittsburgh. Woodie interviewed for a position at Alfred University in 1970 and fell in love with the town and the idea of raising his family in the Alfred community. He accepted the offer to become Controller, and stayed with the University until his retirement in 1998.

Woodie loved his home and life in Alfred. He was especially proud of the barn he designed and constructed with his family, and endlessly enjoyed the woods and pond on his property. He spent countless hours coaching and attending his children’s sporting and other activities. He instilled in them a deep love of family, passion for hobbies, hard work ethic, and unwavering generosity. Woodie was tightly woven into the Alfred University community. Staff, faculty, and students alike would call him by name and stop to talk wherever he went on campus, and he was notorious for his dedication to the football team and for arriving hours before the game to claim his seat. Woodie was also a dedicated communicant of the Alfred Union University Church. His other passions included woodworking, genealogy, a late-life love of gardening, and of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers. After retiring, he enjoyed golfing, visiting family, attending sporting and music events, becoming an ice cream connoisseur, and traveling with his wife of 16 years, Susan Clinger Lange (“Sue”), who survives him. For health reasons he spent the final years of his life in Portsmouth in her loving care and devoted company. 

Woodie is also survived by his former spouse, Carol Reed Lange, and their five children and partners: Cathy (Jeff) Long, Linda (Bob) Malecky, Bob Lange (Michel Rondon), John (Jacqueline) Lange, and Scott Lange. He deeply loved and greatly enjoyed his twelve grandchildren, who loved him greatly in return: Kelly, Katie, and Molly Long; Bryan, Nathan, and Maggie Malecky; Nicholas, Brooke, and Ethan Lange; and Cameron, Peyton, and Sawyer Lange. Woodie likewise embraced and loved Sue’s three children and spouses: Beth (Jim) Benson, Jean (John) Yorio, and Cheryl (David) LaPrade. He was fortunate to be part of their lives and families and to enjoy an active and loving relationship with Sue’s seven grandchildren: Jamie and Kelly Benson; Jordan, David, and Sara Yorio; and Ben and Matthew LaPrade. Woodie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. 

Woodie was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John “Jack” Lange, and a sister Wilma Heasley. 

Edith Sorenson, the beloved mother-in-law of Kevin Fickenscher from his first marriage, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 from complications following major surgery. Kevin has known her since he was 16 years old and they talked on a weekly basis. He describes her as his “Second Mom”. Edith was born on a farm near Makoti, North Dakota on January 24, 1931 as the oldest child of four. She married Robert Sorenson from Minot, North Dakota and following a stint in the service, they returned to North Dakota where Robert owned and operated the first Volkswagen dealership in the state. They had two children, Saundra and Cody. Edith worked in real estate and following their move to Oregon, owned the Prudential franchise in Eugene. She continued to serve as a trusted agent even following her retirement. Edith is remembered as an exceptionally kind, thoughtful and gracious woman who throughout her life provided guidance and strength to Kevin. She continues to provide her support through her spiritual presence in everyday life.

Nancy Elizabeth Brown, 59, died Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, she is the daughter of Raymond A. Brown and Barbara Vinciguerra.

Nancy worked as a caretaker in the medical field for many years and volunteered at a number of nonprofit organizations in her community. She loved cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time by the ocean!

Nancy is survived by her children, Raymond White, Benjamin Parkhurst, and Anna Parkhurst. Her grandchildren, Mackenzie Parkhurst, Isabella White, and Kendra Constantino. Nancy is also survived by her mother, Barbara Vinciguerra and stepfather Louie Vinciguerra. Sisters, Rhonda Brown, and Billie-Joe Meyer Sucy. Nephews, Matthew Brown, Andrew Brown, Brian Goda, and Nathan Sucy, and niece, Samatha Goda.

David B. Lord, age 63, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in the city he loved, Portsmouth, NH. David was born on May 1st, 1956 to Alice and Kenneth Lord of Hampton. David had a lifelong passion for music which he enjoyed sharing at family gatherings and treasured holiday celebrations, and which brought him great comfort in his final days. David was predeceased by his beloved brother Kenneth in 2016, and is survived by his favorite breakfast companion, his brother Ronald, Ronald’s wife Maureen, many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews who all will miss his quirky conversation, generous nature, and Christmas karaoke. Family members will celebrate David’s life this summer at a date to be determined, and forever forward with “more cowbell.

Barbara Whittemore Millar, age 103, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at her home.

She was born on June 20, 1916 in Plymouth, NH. Her parents were Hazel Bowles Whittemore and Raymond Lee Whittemore, both of Plymouth, NH.

Barbara attended Baker River School, Plymouth High School and Plymouth State University, formerly known as Plymouth Normal School. She taught at Salmon Hole School in Lisbon, NH and Lisbon Elementary School from 1937 – 1944. She then taught at Claremont, NH schools from 1944-1947. She taught 1st grade at Atlantic Heights, Lafayette, and Sherburne schools in Portsmouth, NH from 1949-1976 when she retired from teaching.

Barbara is survived by 11 nieces and nephews: Rebecca Irvine (Keith), William Millar (Susan), Samuel W. Johnson (Susan), Anne Heinig (Christopher), Elizabeth Howard Morehead, Sally Aseltine (David), Peter Howard (Janis), Daniel Millar (Laurie), James Howard (Ann), Lynn Richards (Mark), and Sally Reilly. She had 20 grand nieces and nephews and their spouses and 32 great grand nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Arlene W. Johnson and nephews David Howard and John David Millar.

She married James S. Millar of Plymouth, NH in July of 1947. They first lived in Boston, MA and moved to Portsmouth in 1949 where they resided until Jim’s death in 1996. Barbara sold her home on Thaxter Rd in Portsmouth and moved to Kittery Estates in 2009. Barbara and Jim enjoyed summers at their cottage on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH from 1953 – 1993, entertaining family and friends.

Barbara was active in the First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth where she taught Sunday School and was the first woman trustee. She was a member of the Seacoast Retired Teachers Association, the Portsmouth Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and other professional associations. At Kittery Estates, she served on the hospitality committee. Her hobbies included braiding rugs, knitting, crewel embroidery, traveling, especially to family in Ireland, and attending concerts. She held the Boston Post Cane honor for Kittery, Maine since March 1, 2019.

Phoebe Helms Richards, age 81, of East Hartford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Phoebe was born of the late Reverend Henry E. Helms and Ruth Wheeler Helms in Boston, Massachusetts. Phoebe spent her youth in Watertown, Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor in Social Work from Ohio Wesleyan. Phoebe worked as a missionary at the Bethelem Center for youth for three years in Augusta, Georgia. Phoebe then married the love of her life, Reverend William T. Richards Jr., on June 1, 1963.

Together, Phoebe and Bill began their faith journey and service to The United Methodist Church. Phoebe devoted her life to her faith, family and community and was an active member of all churches she served, including Woonsocket, Rhode Island; North Kingston, Rhode Island; Chicopee, Massachusetts; Pepperell, Massachusetts; Townsend, Massachusetts; East Hartford, Connecticut; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Upon losing her husband in 2002, Phoebe relocated to East Hartford, Connecticut and returned to New Covenant Church. There, she became a valuable member of the church by teaching English as a second language, became active in the choir, worked on various committees and dedicated herself to the youth of East Hartford. Phoebe will be most remembered for selflessness, sense of humor and her devotion to family.

Phoebe is survived by her son, Reverend Philip Richards and his wife Kerriann Richards, of Plattsburg, New York; daughter Catherine Nickerson and her husband Michael Nickerson of Poquoson, Virginia; son William Richards and his wife Kathleen Richards of Ellington, CT; and daughter Rebecca Richards Guzman and her husband Jaime Guzman of Amazonas, Peru; a sister, Stephanie Helms of Freeport, Maine. Eight grandchildren: Maia Richards, and Alaina Richards, Elizabeth and Matthew Nickerson, Tyler and Zachary Richards, William Guzman, and a granddaughter Eliana due in June of 2020. Phoebe is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Phoebe is predeceased by her husband, Reverend William T. Richards Jr.; her parents; and her brother David. The family greatly appreciates all the friends and family that supported Phoebe throughout the years, including the staff at Riverside Health and Rehabilitation in East Hartford, where she lived out her final days and they became her second family.

We celebrate the life of Sylvia May Bartlett, 94 of Rye, who passed away peacefully in her own home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Born in Bangor, Maine, on November 20, 1925, she was the daughter of Jotham and Gertrude Lane.

She is survived by her brother, Marlin Lane and his wife Patricia; daughter, Karen Blaisdell and her husband, John; son, John Bartlett and his partner, Joette MacKenzie; son, Richard Bartlett and his wife, Lynne; six grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

Sylvia grew up in Lincoln, Maine and during school break at Mattanawcook Academy she made uniforms for soldiers at a Vassalboro woolen mill.  She attended UMO, then worked at Dow AFB where she met her husband, John Donaldson Bartlett, a USAF Master sergeant.  Moving to Rye in 1960, her civil service continued at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and then for the Social Security Administration.  Upon retiring Sylvia enjoyed traveling, writing poetry and being an active member of the First United Methodist Church, in Portsmouth.

We celebrate the life of Steven R. Westcott, 71, of Rye, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

He was born in Providence, R.I. on Sept. 15, 1948, a son of the late Harry S. and Jane (Reynolds) Westcott.

Raised in South Kingston, R.I., he went on to have a successful career as an IT analyst and consultant for several fortune 500 companies. After retiring in 2018 he worked for Phillips Exeter Academy as the Boat House Manager. Steve called this his “dream job.”

Steve was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth and Appalachian Mountain Club. In 2012 he earned his pilot’s license and became a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). He also enjoyed hiking, skiing, sailing and wood working.

Surviving family members include his wife of 52 years, Jeanne (Dugan) Westcott of Rye; daughters, Colleen Westcott of Hampton and Heather Westcott of Danvers, Mass.; siblings, Judi Westcott, David Westcott and Lee Iverson; and grandchildren, Jonathan Carrigan and Alyssa and Brayden Tucker.


Ruth Caroline Tuttle, 90, Rye, N.H., died Monday, December 9, 2019 at her residence at Stonebrook Village in Windsor Locks, Conn. Ruth was born in Upton, Mass., on April 16, 1929.

Ruth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Tufts University. Ruth loved children and worked for 40 years as a kindergarten teacher at the Sherburne School and at the elementary school at Pease Airforce Base in Portsmouth, N.H.

During summer vacations, she often traveled the world with her best friends Muriel Ward and Myrt Moore and hosted nieces and nephews to explore the beaches of N.H. and Maine. She was actively involved in her church, the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth. Ruth volunteered her time to many local organizations, loved music, sang in her church choir, and was gifted at playing the piano by ear to the delight and enjoyment of her family and friends.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents Fred Tuttle and Helen Murphy; brothers, Walton Tuttle and Edwin Tuttle; sister, Faustina LaReau; lifelong friend Muriel Ward. She is survived by her best friend Myrt Moore of Portsmouth, N.H.; sister-in-law, Carol Tuttle of Windsor Locks, Conn.; five nieces, Sharon Cannon of Windsor Locks, Conn.; Laura Pizzarelli of Buford, Ga.; Paula Donahue of Worcester, Mass.; Karen Rogers of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Helen Johnson of Ashland, Mass.; “adopted granddaughter” Shannon Guare of Portsmouth, N.H.; as well as many grand nieces and nephews.

Barbara C. Slater passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. She was born in Jersey City, N.J., on July 6. 1936 to Elizabeth Feeney Cook and Walter A. Cook. Barbara’s step-parents were Virginia and Edward Spitznas.

She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, James R. Slater; daughter Susan S. Pulaski and her husband, Kenneth; son Ronald H. Slater; grandson Cameron Pulaski; granddaughter Madison Pulaski; and many cousins.

After graduating high school in Manchester, Conn., Barbara took a position in the payroll department of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn. Upon marrying, she and her husband moved to Portsmouth and later settled in Rye. Barbara was also formerly employed for Homemakers Home Health Aide Agency in Portsmouth.

Most of all, Barbara loved spending time with her family. She also loved her caring church family at the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth.

Rev. Dr. David A. Kerr, 79, passed away peacefully at York Hospital on Sunday, August 11, 2019 after an epic battle with Parkinson’s Disease, surrounded by the family that adored him.

Over the course of his 50-plus years of ministry, he often spoke of “the dash” representing the life lived between the date of our birth and the date of our death. He always encouraged his congregations to make sure they had few regrets about what they did with that dash.

David’s dash started with his birth on 14 June 1940 in Everett, Massachusetts, to Frederick B. and Emma Lily (North) Kerr. He attended public schools in Everett, eventually graduating from Everett High where he often performed the lead in school musicals. Knowing from an early age he wanted to become a Methodist minister, he proceeded to earn his associate’s degree from Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky; his bachelor’s from Western Kentucky University, and his master’s from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. He also attended Vanderbilt University and received his doctor of ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1972.

At Lindsey Wilson College he fell in love with a beautiful Southern belle named Faye Dean Wise and married her on 2 June 1961. They embarked together on a 58-year partnership of love, adventure and ministry.

This adventure led them to churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Over the years David touched the lives of thousands through his ministry, counseling, and much-treasured friendship. He presided over their joyous celebrations during weddings and baptisms, and guided them thru heartbreak during the loss of loved ones or rough times in general. On every occasion he brought his uniquely gentle warmth, sincerity, compassion and goofy humor.

He took part in overseas missions to the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Nicaragua and Haiti over the years. He developed a strong commitment in particular to the non-profit organization Partners In Development, inspiring his entire family to do the same.

In 1992 he was recognized as Pro Portsmouth’s Citizen of the Year during the annual Market Street Day celebration, after serving as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church for ten years. He was greatly surprised to receive this award, since he was told he was only on stage to give the event’s opening prayer. Then the start time for the annual Market Square Day Road Race had to be delayed a few minutes while he ducked into a nearby food tent to change into his running shorts. The award recognized not only his efforts in the church but also service as a commissioner with the Portsmouth Housing Authority, his role in helping to start Cross Roads House, and other contributions.

Even after he “retired” in 2002, Dr. Dave continued to serve behind the pulpit as the occasion arose. For a time served as interim minister at the Church on the Cape in Maine, and he preached one Sunday every summer at Little Harbor Chapel in Portsmouth.

David enjoyed jogging, hiking, boating and travel, but nearly two decades ago he suffered the beginning of a series of physical setbacks eventually diagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease. He fought hard to keep the disease at bay, staving off the effects longer than most would have predicted and continuously astounding his doctors. His body suffered from repeated falls as he continued to push the limits of what he could do physically, but his spirit never wavered.

He was predeceased by both his parents and his beloved brother Donald Arthur Kerr. In addition to his loving wife Faye, he leaves behind sons D. Allan Kerr and wife Nicole of Kittery, Maine, and Mark Kerr and wife Robin of Kennebunk, Maine. His grandchildren are Shane, Cody, Maddie, Layla and Nolan Kerr; Zachary Benton and wife Ashleigh, and great-granddaughter Annabelle Benton. He also leaves a sister, Janice Flight, and his sister-in-law, Debbie Kerr, as well as brother-in-law Willis Wise Jr., and wife Karen.

Gertrude Hatfield Parkhurst, 93, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth.

She was born on September 15, 1925 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to John Rodney and Marion Vera (Hatfield) Parkhurst.

Trudy was a graduate of Portsmouth High School, Class of 1943; University of New Hampshire, Class of 1946; Yale University School of Nursing, Class of 1949; and Boston University School of Nursing, Class of 1960, receiving her master’s degree in Nursing Administration.

She proudly served her country for over 10 years in the United States Army Nurse Corps, serving during the Korean War.  She served for a time at an Army Hospital in Germany, at Togus Veterans Hospital in  Maine, at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco, and at hospitals in Battle Creek MI, and in Texas.

At the time of her retirement, Trudy had lived in Rhode Island for many years and was employed at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She had also worked at other hospitals including Mass General Hospital in Boston, Brockton Hospital in MA, and The Miriam Hospital in Providence, serving as a nurse and/or nursing administrator.

Trudy was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, NH.  She was an avid reader, loved animals, and enjoyed traveling. She visited many places in Europe, traveled to China, and enjoyed a wonderful trip through the Panama Canal with her sister, Jane. Another memorable journey was to Antarctica, which she enjoyed with her niece, Nancy.

She was predeceased by her longtime friend and companion, Doris Berry, and a number of other close nursing friends.

Survivors include her sister, Jane Richards of Rye; nieces, Nancy Richards (Susan) of Brevard, NC, and Carol Bovee (David) of Dover; nephews, John Richards (Carol) of Peterborough and David Richards (Susan) of Dover; and also many great nieces and nephews.


Rita M. (McNabb) Burns Sheppard, 88, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 at Clipper Harbor Home in Portsmouth.

She was born June 15, 1930, in Portsmouth, N.H., to Charles and Ramona (Hill) McNabb.

In Rita’s earlier years, she was an avid bowler; later in life, she loved going to the mall to meet her friends and to go to lunch on Wednesdays.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Sheppard as well as her first husband, Robert Burns. She was also predeceased by siblings, Gary McNabb, Clayton McNabb and Marion Diaz.

Survivors include daughters, Linda Watson (Ronald) of Rollinsford, and Roxanne Burns of Barrington; siblings, William McNabb (Alice) of North Hampton, and Kenneth McNabb of Kittery; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Frederick Arnold Pettigrew, 80, of Tilton and formerly of Dover and Nottingham, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at the N.H. Veterans Home in Tilton.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1938, in Portsmouth, N.H., to Hebert and Mary (Olgivie) Pettigrew. Fred served his country in the U.S. Navy, Submarine Service.

Prior to his retirement, Fred was a self-employed commercial real estate broker. He also was affiliated with Points East Reality and was the former President of Coleman Oil.

His beloved wife, Carol (Wolfe) Pettigrew, granddaughter, Jillian, and sister, Barbara Wright, predeceased him.

Survivors include, sons, James Pettigrew of Val Rico, Fla., John Pettigrew of Portsmouth, David Pettigrew of Northwood, and Michael Frost of Manchester; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Alberto Jentimane, 79, of Portsmouth, died Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital following multiple stokes.

He was born in Maputo, Mozambique on March 19, 1939, the son of Feliciano and Adelina Jetimane.

Alberto is survived by his wife, Siphikelelo of Zimbabwe; son, Carlos and his wife, Tinamarie of Northbridge, California; daughter, Alverta and her husband, Randy Garza, of Northridge, California; daughter, Samantha of Boston. Massachusetts; son, Simbai of Phoenix, Arizona; son, Chilumbi of Toronto, Canada; son, Hezvo of Toronto, Canada; grandchildren, Elijah, Elianah, Tasi and Nesu.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Nancy Mandisodza Jentimane.

Alberto enjoyed membership in his men’s club, in which he was their longtime treasurer. He was a member for more than for years at the First United Methodist Church, Portsmouth; was an avid bowler for nearly 50 years at Dover Ball and local alleys and enjoyed cycling with his best friend, Brad Whitehouse. Alberto was a political activist since the 1960’s; a diehard sports fan of all the Boston teams (Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Patriots), and he witnessed all of them win championships.

Beverlea A. Meadow (nee Beverly Mundy), 72, died on Thursday, June 14, 2018, after a year-long struggle with cancer. She was born August 22, 1945, in Manchester, N.H., to Alfred and Ethel Mundy, grew up in Rye, graduating from Portsmouth High School in 1963.

Sometimes unconventional, she selected a new name when she moved to her beloved South Portland, living and working there throughout her life. Bev loved the ocean, lighthouses, picnics with friends, and life itself.

Beverlea is survived by her sister, Nancy Tappan (William), her brother, Richard Mundy (Joan Ferrini), and loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Martin J. McGough, 40, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Tufts Medical Center following a brief illness. Born July 8, 1977, in Portland, Maine, he was the son of James McGough and Barbara Keefe.

Martin was employed at the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, N.H. He was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Dover, and also volunteered with Dover Baseball and Dover Youth Softball.

He was an avid Red Sox fan, but most of all Martin loved his wife April, his daughters Ella, and Lily, and his golden retriever Tessie. Nothing was more important to Martin than his family and friends, his love of his country, military and first responders. Through many years of coaching, Martin prided himself on his extensive knowledge of “the game”, and fostered lasting relationships with the children he coached and their families. Martin was a master at making life-long friends in all circles of his life.

Members of his family include his wife April (Supple) McGough of Dover, N.H.; his daughters Ella and Lily McGough of Dover, N.H.; his mother Barbara Keefe of Cumberland Foreside, Maine; his father and stepmother James and Maureen McGough of Carlsbad, Calif.; his brother Christian McGough of Otisfield, Maine; his sister and brother-in-law Meredith and Mark Charest of Falmouth, Maine; step brother Adam Rimer of Anchorage, A.K.; his in-laws John and Diane Supple of Lincolndale, N.Y.; his sister-in-law and spouse Jennifer and Ken Patria of Dover, N.H.; his sister-in-law and spouse Rachael and Colm Scanlon of Framingham, Mass.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mary Hilaguard Merrill, 87, of Rye and formerly of Portsmouth and Hampton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Webster at Rye. Mary was born in Portsmouth on July 16, 1930, the daughter of the late John E. and Clara M. (Bridle) Anderson and was the wife of the late Porter M. Cummings who died in 1969 and Norman N. Merrill who died in 2015.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Karen Cummings and her husband Charles Noonan of Ottawa, Canada; her son Eric Cummings and his wife, Cheryll-Ann Lloren of Rye; her stepdaughters, Barbara Brogan and her husband Mark of Loudon and Beverly Batchelder and her husband Edward of Newton. She also leaves her 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

SERVICES: Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., on Saturday, March 31, 2018 in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home Crematory, 811 Lafayette Rd., Hampton. Services will follow the visitation starting at 11 a.m., in the funeral home. Burial will be at 2 p.m., in the Central Cemetery, Rye.

Beatrice Mary Randall, 94, widow of John Dame Randall, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth. She was born on April 29, 1923 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Charles William and Huldah Sophia (Lind) Marden.

Bea, a lifelong resident and a proud South End, Puddle Docker from Ridges Court, graduated from Portsmouth High School, Class of 1941.

Prior to her retirement, Bea was employed by the Portsmouth School System at the Portsmouth High School cafeteria.

Bea was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth where she formerly served as the superintendent of the Sunday School. In her younger years, Bea was a member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Bea was a very accomplished artist for her entire life.

A daughter, Nancy B. Randall, and two sisters, Emma Prince and Emily Brooks, predeceased her.

Survivors include two sons, John D. Randall, Jr. (Geraldine) of North Berwick, Maine and Robert L. Randall (Lizbeth) of Kittery Point, Maine; five grandchildren, Jay Randall of North Berwick, Maine, Kathy Hnatow of North Berwick, Maine, Joshua Randall of Acton, Maine, Dori Blouch of Berwick, Maine and Johnathan Randall Moore of Quitman, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews.


Joseph R. Arcadipane, Jr., 50, of Stratham, passed away peacefully at Exeter Hospital after a brief illness on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, surrounded by loving family. He was born in Everett, Mass., on November 29, 1966, the son of Joseph R. Arcadipane, Sr. of Salem, N.H.

Raised in Melrose, Mass., he graduated from Melrose High School and later Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. Following graduation, he pursued his career as a pharmacist at a number of locations before rounding out his longtime career at Walgreens. It was there that he met the love of his life and wife of 7 years, Erica (VanReenen) Arcadipane. He and Erica have three children together; Maria, Dominic, and Norah, all of Stratham, N.H.

Joe had an infectious smile that could light up a room. He was a brilliant man who enjoyed cooking, gatherings with family and friends, traveling, food tasting, all Boston Sports (especially the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots), a good cigar, great Scotch and craft beer, golfing as well as other outdoor activities, especially gardening. He treasured his childhood memories spent with his brother, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmother in East Boston.

Anyone who knew Joe knew his greatest joy in life were his children. From reading bedtime stories, playing cards, pointing out constellations in the sky, going to the park, camping, picking flowers, trips into Boston and Portsmouth, or gathering the yield from the garden, they were the best part of his day. His generosity and selflessness was one of kind and he will truly be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife and children, surviving family members include his father and stepmother, Nancy Arcadipane, of Salem, N.H.; brother, David Arcadipane, of Newmarket, N.H.; in-laws, John and Cathy VanReenen of Brentwood, N.H.; brothers-in-law, Rob VanReenen and his wife, Tori, of San Diego, Calif. and Steve VanReenen and his fiancée, Yina Mariano, of Burbank, Calif.; nephews, Gus and Eli VanReenen, of San Diego, Calif.; and many other extended family members and dear friends.

William E. Scherwerts, 83, of Osprey Drive, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He was born November 5, 1933 in Burlington,  VT, a son of the late Daniel J. and Geraldine (McGowan) Scherwerts. He leaves his wife Helen G. (Chambers) Scherwerts; 3 daughters Debra S. Van de Bogart, Anaheim, CA, Marlene J. Bell (Malcolm) of  East Thetford, VT and Ann Melendy White of Norwich, VT; his step children, Debra B. Maughan (Dale) of Utah,  John Beaton Jr.  (Miki) of  San Antonio, TX, Gina O’Keefe (Tom) of  Epping, NH, and Gino Ricciardelli (Lisa) of Georgetown, MA;  a brother Thomas L. Scherwerts of York Beach, ME; 2 sisters Virginia Manning of Florida, Barbara Scherwerts of Claremont, NH; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Daniel J. Scherwerts and 2  sisters Lorraine Jekiel and Sandy Henault.  William served as a Methodist Minister for many years in New England. He was an avid Patriots fan and enjoyed dancing. He was a longtime volunteer at Portsmouth Hospital. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his kind and loving ways and for A friend of Bill W.

Pauline M. Stanley, 90, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on June 9, 1926, the daughter of the late Carl and Etta (Thorgerson) Lindahl and was a graduate of Central High School.

Pauline was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth for over sixty years and a member of the Church Women’s Circle. She was Girl Scout leader for the Atlantic Heights Girl Scout Troop and Den leader for the Cub Scouts.

She is survived by two children, Diane Deblois and fiancé William Chase of Milton and H. Joseph Stanley and wife Cathy of Milton; daughter in law Madeline Stanley of Portsmouth. Seven grandchildren include Ann-Marie, Jessie, Aaron, Jessica, Cody, Tonya and Becky; ten great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pauline was predeceased by her husband Harold A. Stanley, son David L. Stanley, and grandson Sean M. Deblois.

Pauline R. Tucker, age 95, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017, following a brief illness.  Born in Portsmouth on February 1, 1922, Pauline was the youngest daughter of the late Silas and Clara Belle Rowe of Carbonear, Newfoundland.

After graduating from Portsmouth High School in 1939, Polly worked as a secretary at Stoneleigh College in Rye Beach and later at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, until her marriage.  Later in life she enjoyed volunteering at Portsmouth Hospital receiving recognition for 25 years of volunteer service from Portsmouth Rotary Club’s “Spirit of Life” award in 2005.

Polly married Roger Tucker in 1946 in the First United Methodist Church, where she was a lifelong member.  They built their home on Brackett Rd, where they raised their four daughters.  Polly spent several years leading Brownie and Girl Scout troops.  She lived in her home until 2013, when she moved to Langdon Place assisted living and Clipper Harbor where she received wonderful and loving care.

Polly was known for her kindness, concern for others, and her hospitality.  An excellent homemaker and cook, she made her home a place for many wonderful gatherings of family and friends.  All were blessed to be the recipients of her generosity and affection.

Polly is survived by her four daughters; Janice Stanley of Kittery, Anne Coffey and husband, Michael of Rye, Carolyn Wiggin and husband Haven of Stratham, and Sandra Chaisson and husband Daniel of Kensington.  She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Michael Alessi, Scott Alessi, Jessica Thorn, Kimberly Philbrick, Julie Burke, Elizabeth Card, Abigail Herring, Emily Cole, Jacqueline Chaisson and Lauren Chaisson, 22 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband, Roger in 2007, her five siblings, Melvin, Fredrick, John, Earl and Florence Hughes.   She is survived by her sister in law Jean Odiorne and several nieces and nephews.

Polly will be dearly missed and affectionately remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Ethel F. Mundy, 97, of York, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in her home. She didn’t “lose the battle with cancer” choosing instead to live her life fully as always. She reveled in each “new adventure,” like going through Dunkin Donuts drive-through, first in 2016! Ethel was born on December 1, 1919 in Jaffrey, N.H., the daughter of Carroll and Margaret (Whitney) Crouch. Her siblings included sister Dorothy (MacKenzie) and brother Floyd, both predeceasing her.

Ethel graduated from Dover High School in 1938 and from Elliott Hospital School of Nursing (RN) in 1941. She worked at Elliott, later at Chicopee Industrial Nursing until 1945. She worked later at Exeter Hospital and PEA infirmary. She continued her work in retirement as a volunteer at Red Cross blood drives.

While at DHS she had met her true love, Alfred Mundy (1919-1997), and they married in 1944. They had three children, Beverly (now Beverlea Meadow), Nancy Tappan (William), and Richard (Joan Ferrini). She was blessed with seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Auntie Ethel most loved her family, her countless friends, First United Methodist Church, and strawberry shortcake. She loved family get-togethers of every sort and she served the church in many capacities including choir member, teacher, and Pumpkin Patch volunteer.


Russell B. “Russ” Stevens, 63, of Stratham, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He was born May 12, 1953, in Exeter, N.H., the son of the late Albert H. and Helen (Sewall) Stevens.

Russ lived most of his life in Stratham and was a graduate of Exeter High School and the University of New Hampshire. He worked for the Stratham Highway Department for 28 years, and often plowed folks out of their driveways during his off hours (and accepted cups of hot cocoa as payment–shhhh). Russ lived in Portsmouth from 1985 till 2000 when he moved back to Stratham, as Stratham was in his heart.

Also in his heart were his friends he met at the Bratskellar restaurant, among other venues. He was quick with a joke, and if you laughed, you were one of his kinds of people. Something that made Russ laugh was the morning radio show on WHEB 100.3 fm. He loved playing a small role, bringing treats into the station, or calling in with funny “intelligence” reports.

Russ’s whole life centered around his son Scott, in fact he recently intrigued many of his Facebook friends, by recording how he showed up at least two hours early to Scott’s Exeter High School graduation. He was the only one there at that hour, but his Facebook friends were there in spirit.

As son Scott leaves home to attend McGill University in Montreal, may he always know how proud Russ was of him, and although Russell was a joker, this is no joke.

In addition to having a menacing funny streak, Russell Stevens knew how to take care of people. He often ran errands for older folks and he was a longtime volunteer for the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Family members include his son, Scott A. Stevens, Scott’s mother, Laurie J. Stevens, his siblings, Gail Cassidy, Kenneth Stevens, Howard Stevens, Gilbert Stevens, George Stevens, Wally Stevens and David Stevens, also Heidi his cat, and also cousins and nephews and nieces.

Sue Carol (McMullen) Newbury, 69, of Portsmouth, NH, died peacefully at sunrise on Monday, March 28th, 2016, after a brief and hard fought illness, surrounded by family that loved her.

She joins her beloved spouse and soul mate” Peter, who passed in 2011.

Sues children were the light in her world, raising them successfully into adulthood.  In time, that light became brighter as she proudly accepted the role of Grammy,” and Gram.”  There was never a time when she didn’t take advantage of opportunities to see any of her grandchildren, whether it be a school concert or play, birthday party, babysitting or just an outing to a local restaurant.  Sues disappointment was ever present when her children would visit without grandchildren in tow!  Family came first and she never hesitated to place anything or everything else on hold for her family.

Sue was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth and remained very involved in many aspects of outreach and charity through the church.  She was proudly involved in the Portsmouth Female Asylum and Seacoast Santa programs as well.

Sues loving family include her children Scot Newbury and his wife Darlene of Londonderry, NH; Brian Newbury and his wife Amy of Center Ossipee, NH;  PennySue (Newbury) Orr and her husband Timothy of Dover, NH.  Her brothers Fred McMullen and his companion Karen Knope of Portsmouth, NH and Stephen McMullen and his wife Jane of Lamoine, Maine along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

And the brightest lights of her world, her grandchildren, Hannah, Victoria, Molly, Alexander, Christopher and Cannon.

Verner E. Buck, Jr., 74, of Wells, Maine, former longtime resident of Seabrook, N.H., passed at his home in the early hours of Friday morning, July 29, 2016. He was the beloved husband of 33 years of Pastor Susan B. Ellery. Vern and Sue reside at Wesley by the Sea in Wells, Maine, a neighborhood of retired United Methodist pastors, where Vern was dearly loved and appreciated.

Born in Brentwood, New Hampshire, August 7, 1941, Vern was the son of the late Verner E. Buck and Virginia (D’Armand) Bower and was a graduate of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire.

He served with the United States Army, honorably discharged on December 31, 1967.

Well known in the southern New Hampshire and northeast Massachusetts areas as a builder and finished carpenter, he had his own business for many years, working 6 days a week, and 7 if needed.

Vern served alongside his wife, as the pastor’s spouse, serving Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Haverhill, Mass., as well as the Woodsville United Methodist Church of Woodsville, N.H., the North

Haverhill United Methodist Church of North Haverhill, N.H., and most recently the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth, N.H., where he served on the Board of Trustees and the Church Council.

He was a member of the American Legion of Woodsville, N.H., the Neptune Veterans Firemens’ Association of Newburyport, Mass., and the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth, N.H.

Vern loved hunting, fishing, his dogs, his neighbors, church activities, his new Galaxy cell phone, NASCAR, Facebook, music from the 70’s and Sudoku, but above all things, was his love of family. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren, attending their recitals, concerts, ROTC and sporting events.

In addition to his wife, Susan, he is survived by his children, Lori Ann Bruzzese and husband Gino of Buxton, Maine, Malisa Smith and husband Montgomery of Seabrook, N.H., and Jennifer Murray, who was very special to him and loved like a daughter, and husband Alan of Vt.; his step-sons, Christos Chagros and wife Amy of Newmarket, N.H., and Michael Chagros and spouse Jeffrey Whitlock of Norton, Mass.; his grandchildren, Crystal Tabone and fiance Sam Couture of Saco, Maine, Marcus Smith, serving with the U.S. Marines in North Carolina and Megan Smith of Seabrook, N.H.; his great-granddaughter, Kayla Tabone of Saco, Maine; special friends, Rev. Charles Hartman and wife Anona of Wells, Maine, Fr. William Watts and wife Noreen of Littleton, N.H., and Sue and Karen Sarosiak of Stratham, N.H., as well as beloved canine companions, Lizzie and Tawney. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Timothy Alan Buck.


Mary L. Heal, 76, of Portsmouth died, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

She was born Jan. 12, 1938, in Galion, Ohio, to Rosella (Folkerson) Spears and the late Robert W. Spears.

Prior to her retirement, Mary had been employed for the former Data General in Portsmouth and the former Cabletron Systems in Rochester. She also worked many years as a waitress at Flagstones, formerly of Newington.

Mary enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing video games on the computer and fishing. She also loved bringing her children to Long Sands Beach in York, Maine, when they were growing up.

Besides her mother, survivors include her four children, Deborah Chick of Kittery, Maine, Rhonda Barnes of Castle Rock, Colo., April Heal of Molokai, Hawaii, and Malcolm Heal of Portsmouth; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sisters, Carol Cross of Toledo, Ohio, and Beverly Smith of Galion, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews.


Barbara Batten passed away Saturday evening, Sept. 28, 2013. She was surrounded by the love of her family as she faced the challenges of her recent illness. Barbara has entered a new chapter as she has left the physical of the human condition and through God’s grace is now at peace with life everlasting.

Barbara was born in Brookfield, on Oct. 1, 1932, the daughter of Ralph Jesse Hooper and Annie May Hooper. She attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro. She was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church, most recently Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord. She loved children and in the past served as a Sunday school teacher, youth group worker, camp counselor, volunteered at the Multicultural Center and was a child’s pen pal. She also led adult study groups through the church.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 57 years, Reverend James A. Batten, and lived at Havenwood-Heritage Heights where they enjoyed many friendships. She is also survived by her children, Bruce W. Batten and his wife, Debra, Susan M. O’Connor and her husband, Sean and Joanne K. Wentworth and her husband, David; and eight grandchildren, Emma Batten, Ethan Batten, Devan O’Connor, Cian O’Connor, Michaela O’Connor, David Wentworth, Jr., Joseph Wentworth and Robert Wentworth.

During her life, Barbara was full of love. She showed her love in many ways. She was a partner in her husband’s ministry and touched the many people they served in that ministry. She was intentional about building family traditions and showed her love through her preparation for family celebrations and the meals she made. She was a careful, empathetic listener who many times could show more love through her presence than through words. A hug from Barbara said and meant volumes. She was a wonderful, supportive mother and grandmother. As a friend, one was truly blessed to have known Barbara.


Michelle K. Prince, 33, of Strafford passed away July 12, 2012. She was born in Exeter on September 11, 1978 daughter of Warren and Dorothy (Clement) Prince.

Michelle attended Hesser College where she obtained her Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice. She was a security guard with Securitas and also worked as a prep cook at the Friendly Toast for many years. She was a kind and free spirited woman who always loved being near her family and friends. She loved the arts and music and donated time and effort to helping others.

She is survived by her parents Warren and Dorothy Prince of Strafford; a brother Christian Prince and his partner Debbie Davis of Barnstead; a sister Sharon Kriete and her husband Bill of Barnstead, and niece Madeline and nephew Eli; her grandmothers Barbara Clement of Portsmouth, Leater Prince of Raymond; an uncle, aunts, several cousins, and numerous friends.

There will always be a warm place for her in the hearts of those she left behind.


Peter Jenkins Newbury (Pete), 64, died Aug. 24, 2011, in Portsmouth, after a brief illness.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1946, in Portsmouth. He was the son of the late Edward and Ethel (Brown) Newbury. He was a graduate of Portsmouth Sr. High School, Class of 1964 and the NH Technical Institute.

Peter proudly served his country for 22 years, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Runner 476 as a Torpedoman 2nd class from 1966-1968. He then served with the Coast Guard Reserve and the N.H. Air National Guard 157th Air Refueling Group from Pease.

Peter worked for the phone company for 30 years. After retirement he could be found at the Sise Inn in Portsmouth as the head of maintenance and “Coffee Cup Inspector”. When he was not inspecting, he found pleasure working on his trains, working with wood or caning chairs. Most of all he loved spending time with family.

Peter was an active Mason for over 30 years, proudly serving as Master of St John’s Lodge 1, F. & A.M. in Portsmouth in 1987. Peter was a Charter Member of the William Pitt Tavern Lodge 1789 and also a member of the St Mark’s Lodge 44 F. & A.M. in Derry. In addition to being a Master Mason, Peter was a member of the Portsmouth-Dover Valley of Scottish Rite, a member of the Bektash Shrine.

In addition to his Masonic work, Peter was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth and enjoyed greeting returning veterans as a member of The Pease Greeters.

After raising three children, knowing he could still make a difference in a child’s life, Peter became a Big Brother through the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. For over 15 years Peter mentored three young boys, guiding them and never judging. Due to his volunteerism and dedication, he was awarded the 2010 Spirit of New Hampshire Award.

Members of his loving family include his devoted wife of 43 years, Sue Carol (McMullen) Newbury; his children, Scot Newbury and his wife, Darlene, Brian Newbury and his wife, Amy, PennySue (Newbury) Orr and her husband, Timothy; his sisters, Carol Newbury, Julie Newbury and his brother, Stephen Newbury; special relatives, Fred McMullen and his companion, Karen Knope, Stephen McMullen and his wife, Jane, and his beloved mother-in-law, M. June McMullen; several nieces, nephews and cousins and the light of his world his grandchildren, Hannah, Victoria, Molly, Alexander, Christopher and Cannon.

Julius J. Sarosiek, 59, of Stratham, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Exeter Hospital.

Julius was born Sept. 9, 1951, in Framingham, Mass., the son of the late Julius J. and Dorothy (Gardella) Sarosiek Sr.

In addition to his wife of 22 years, Susan (Graban) Sarosiek, family members include his children, Karen Sarosiek of Stratham, Julius J. Sarosiek III and his wife, Cherie, of Fall River, Mass., and Jennifer Martinez and her husband, Pino, of Havelock, N.C.; his grandchildren, Alfonso Martinez and Ashley Sarosiek; his sister, Priscilla Moniz and her husband, Alan, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; his father-in-law, James Garrity of Clifton, Maine; his sister-in-law, Linda Bamford and her husband, Mike, of Clifton; his niece and nephews, with whom he shared very special relationships, Kelly Ginn, Gary Moniz and Will McKenney; his brothers-in-law, Tom, Jimmy, David and Brian; and several nieces and nephews.

WE REMEMBER: He was raised in Framingham and graduated from Carolina Military Academy in Maxton, N.C. He entered the boilermaker trade after school and lived and worked in Freetown, Mass., for many years. Julius was a 19-year firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Freetown Fire Department as well volunteering as the town’s civil defense director. He and his wife Susan moved to Stratham in 2002 to raise their daughter. Julius was an eight-year veteran of the Stratham Fire Department.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 29, of Quincy, Mass., was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth Building Study Committee and the Board of Trustees, and also was on the Board of Directors of the New England Country Music Organization.

Julius was a loving husband and a doting father, and spending time with family was the most important part of his life. A true tinkerer, he could fix and build almost anything. Julius will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Rev. Ernest R. Drake, of Rye, died Sunday, December 6, 2009, at the Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth. Born in Dover on September 8, 1928, he was the son of Elmer C. and Edna F. (Young) Drake. A graduate of Dover High School in 1946, the University of New Hampshire in 1950, and Boston University School of Theology in 1954, he was a minister in the former New Hampshire Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving Churches in Raymond and No. Chester; Arlington St. Church in Nashua and Milford; Littleton; Main St. Church in Nashua; St. Pauls in Manchester; Claremont and No. Charlestown; and Portsmouth. From 1971 to 1977 he was Superintendent of the Southern District, New Hampshire Conference, and lived in Concord. Rev. Drake was a member of the Rotary Club in several of the communities that he served as pastor, including the Portsmouth Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1998. He also served as President of the New Hampshire Bible Society. In October 1954, he was married to Gloria E. Jennings of Nashua, until her death in February 1974. In August 1975, he married Cynthia A. Pierce of Rochester. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Ruthanne Drake Mullins of Killeen, Texas, son, Peter A. Drake and his wife Lys of Chicago, IL; sister, Elizabeth D. Galt of Dover; two granddaughters, Victoria (Tori) and Courtney Mullins; and a great-granddaughter, Brylie. He was predeceased by his brothers, Everett C. Drake, Leon E. Drake, and Vincent B. Drake.

Marion Louise Thornton, 76, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, after a long illness.

She was born May 10, 1933, in East Wareham, Mass., the daugher of Benjamin M. and Phyllis A. Westgate. She graduated from Wareham High School in 1951. She worked for many years in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a supply clerk.

Marion often volunteered for the N.H. SPCA, and did volunteer work at local nursing homes with her dog. She enjoyed traveling with her family, gardening, and needlework.

Survivors include her mother, Phyllis A. Westgate; one brother, Ronald Westgate and his wife, Mary; her children, Kevin Thornton and wife Gorgonia of Alameda, Calif., Jac Thornton and wife Robin of West Fargo, N.D., Jana Kaiser and husband Ken of Helotes, Texas, and Jeffrey Thornton and wife Jane of Lebanon, Maine; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arthur Kenneth ” Ken” Day, 93, of Portsmouth, died Friday, Feb. 13, at the Pines at Edgewood Centre.

He was born on May 24, 1915, the son of Arthur and Estella Day. He lived in Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School in 1933. Ken received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1937 and master’s degree from Middlebury College in 1947.

Ken was married to Elizabeth Frederick in 1946. She passed away in July 2000. Ken served in the U.S. Army during WWII and retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He taught English and Driver’s Education at Portsmouth High School for many years, before retiring in 1977. Ken was active in the United Methodist Church of Portsmouth and served as music director for over 50 years. He also participated in numerous choral and instrumental groups in the area.

He was a member of the St.John’s Masonic Lodge No.1 F & AM since July, 1941. He was very active and served in many capacities. He received the honor of Chaplain Emeritus in 2008.

He has resided at the Pines at Edgewood Centre since 2002.

He is survived by: a son, Robert Day and his wife Phyllis of Cocoa Beach Fla.; daughter Anne Salzer and her husband George of Greenland; rour grandchildren, Melanie Williams, Sarah Day, Amanda Day and Adam Salzer; and four great-grandchildren.


Louise Jacobson, 90, of Portsmouth died Sunday, July 13, 2008, at her home.

She was born Jan. 18, 1918, on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Twombly) McDonough.

Louise was raised on the shipyard and was a graduate of Traip Academy.

A homemaker, she had resided in Portsmouth for many years, moving here from Candia. She was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church of Portsmouth. While there, she served in the choir, craft group and served on several committees. In the past, Louise had also been an active member in Harmony Inc., Sweet Adeline’s, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and various PTAs.

She provided a lifetime of giving love to her family and providing them with the knowledge that the little things in life matter the most. She protected them and nourished them to be independent thinkers and creative beings. She enjoyed music, singing and encouraged anything that her children would attempt to do.

Family members include her children, Gail Guarini of Medford, Mass., Paula J. Jacobson of Portsmouth, Laurie J. Stevens and her husband Russell of Stratham, Robert J. Jacobson of Hillsboro, Ore., and Barry J. Jacobson of Milford; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and her former husband, Robert H. Jacobson of Amherst.

Louise was predeceased by a brother, Roscoe McDonough, and a sister, Ruth McDonough-Smith.

Walter H. Smith of Portsmouth died peacefully at his home Friday, June 13, 2008.

Mr. Smith was born May 3, 1923, in Brookline, Mass., the son of Walter W. Smith and Mary (Edwards) Smith.

Mr. Smith entered the Army Air Corps at age 18. He served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, retiring from the Air Force in 1969.

He was predeceased by his father, his mother, who died when Walter was 7 years old, his brother Albert, his stepmother Ruth Smith and his wife, Frances R. (Jenkins) Smith, who died in 2003.

He is survived by four children, Madeline R. Woods of Inglewood, Calif., Nancy G. Chesser of Portsmouth, Walter Ralph Smith of Portsmouth and Robert W. Smith and his wife Pamela J. Weston-Smith of Portsmouth; his grandchildren, Richard P. Woods, Ryan J. Chesser, Jennifer C. Smith and Haley K. Smith; his cat Skeeter, and several nieces and nephews.

WE REMEMBER: Walter worked for Northeast Federal Credit Union, Service Federal Credit Union and Yankee Greyhound Racing, where he retired as director of mutuals in 2003.

He attended annual reunions of the 5th Communications Squadron that served in Korea. He had a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to bring out a smile from anyone he met. Always a Boston Braves fan, he later became a fan of the Red Sox and told countless stories of sneaking into Braves stadium and Fenway Park while growing up in Brookline.

Walter was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth. He will be interred with his wife, Frances, at Crab Creek Cemetery in Hendersonville, N.C.


CWO-4 Roger Delbert Tucker USCG, (Retired) born Sept. 12, 1919, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 23, 2007.
He recently celebrated 60 years of marriage with his wife Pauline Rowe Tucker.
He was born in Rye, and spent his early childhood in there before moving to Portsmouth. After graduating from Portsmouth High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1937. During World War II, he served in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and Philippines campaigns. He was the chief machinist’s mate on the PT 101, Squadron 11 with his friend, Jack (JFK) Kennedy, as commander of the boat. He was a crew member of the USS Brooklyn (CL-40) and served aboard the USS Falcon during the recovery of the USS Sqaulis off the Isles of Shoals.

After 10 years of active service in the navy, he transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve where Chief Warrant Officer Tucker spent more than 34 years of service including Commanding Officer of the New Castle Reserve Unit. He received numerous awards during his 44 year military career.

He retired after 30 years at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard an outside machinist and supply equipment specialist.

His love of the sea led him to lobster fishing where he built an Eastport style boat, enjoying many years of fishing the Piscataqua River and Great Bay.

Tucker attended the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth for 60 years. He was a member of The Propeller Club of the U.S., The American Legion Post #6, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #168, a 50 year member of St. John’s Lodge, Bektash Shriners and Scottish Rite Mason as well as a member of the National Sojourner’s, Inc., and P.T. Boats, Inc.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pauline (Rowe) Tucker; and his family, which brought him so much pride and joy, including four daughters, Janice Stanley of Kittery, Maine, Anne Coffey and her husband, Michael of Portsmouth, Carolyn Wiggin and her husband, Haven of Stratham, Sandra Chaisson and her husband, Daniel of Kensington; ten grandchildren, Michael Alessi, Jr., Scott Alessi, Jessica Thorne, Kimberly Philbrick, Julie Burke, Elizabeth Coffey, Abigail Herring, Emily Cole, Jacqueline Chaisson, Lauren Chaisson and their families; along with 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Norman and wife Marie Odiorne; sister in-law Jean Odiorne of Portsmouth; and many cousins; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Chester and Alfred Odiorne of Portsmouth.


Carol Ann Pettigrew, 64, died at home from complications of cancer on Sunday, March 19, 2006.

She was born Nov. 16, 1941, in Lynn, Mass., the daughter of the late Walter P. and Catherine (Austin) Wolfe.

Carol attended Lynn schools and graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1959. He went on to Burdett College and graduated in 1961.

She was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, and later by the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.  Carol was a member of the Portsmouth Hospital Guild.

Carol was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, and would arrive early on Sundays to enjoy the choir practice and receive her special welcome from the choir director.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Frederick, of Nottingham; son, Michael Frost of Auburn and his wife, Jeralyn, and grandchildren Taylor, Cody and Hailey Katherine; stepson James Pettigrew of Valrico, Fla., his wife, Janine, and grandson, Trevor; stepson John Pettigrew of Portsmouth, his wife, Denise, and grandchildren Benjamin and Hannah; stepson David Pettigrew of Epsom, his wife, Denise, and grandchildren Brendan and McKenzie. She is predeceased by her granddaughter, Jillian.

WE REMEMBER: Her compassion for people who were sick or suffering led her to complete training as a certified nursing assistant. She was then employed by the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She later completed training for hospice volunteer care with the Seacoast Visiting Nurses Association. She had a great love for family and friends, and enjoyed time spent boating and fishing, in particular, annual trips to Pierce Pond and Boothbay.


Marc Richard Robitaille, 47, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005.

Mr. Robitaille was born in Lowell, Mass., the son of Lucille A. (Desruisseaux) Robitaille and the late Richard R. Robitaille. He graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Lowell in 1976.

Mr. Robitaille resided for 22 years in Portsmouth and recently moved to Stratham. He was the owner of East Coast Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., of Portsmouth. He enjoyed coaching Portsmouth recreation basketball and Little League and was active in the commuity and the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth.

Survivors include his mother, Lucille Robitaille of Lowell; daughter Lauren Littlefield and her husband, Eric Littlefield, of Stratham; son Peter Robitaille of Portsmouth; maternal grandmother Irene Dube of Lowell; brother David Robitaille and his wife, Anita Robitaille, of Pepperell, Mass.; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and friends.


He was born in Raymond on Dec. 8, 1923, the son of Clarence N. and Eva N. (Dearborn) Clement.

Mr. Clement was a graduate of Raymond High School, Class of 1941, and attended the University of New Hampshire.

He was a retired insurance agent and Realtor, and owned and operated Clement & Associates in Raymond.

He was a former president of Raymond Development Corporation, which built the Raymond Shopping Center; a former director of Exeter Banking Company; and the town clerk of Raymond for 25 years.

Mr. Clement was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Portsmouth, and served as chairman for the board of trustees.

He was past master of Tucker Lodge No. 99 F&AM in Raymond; past district deputy grand master of First Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Masons in New Hampshire; recipient of Major John Sullivan Award, Grand Lodge of New Hampshire; member Scottish Rite Valley of Portsmouth and Dover; member of N.H. Consistory 32 degree of Nashua; member Bektash Temple Shrine; past patron of Adah Chapter No. 9, Order of Eastern Star; past grand patron of the Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star of New Hampshire; and past master of the Raymond Grange in Raymond.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Dorothy A. Prince and husband, Warren, of Strafford, N.H.; three grandchildren, Christian Prince of Strafford, Sharon Kriete and husband, Bill, of Barnstead, N.H., and Michelle Prince of Portsmouth; and a great-granddaughter, Madeline Kriete of Barnstead.


Frances R. Smith, of 81 Winchester St., Portsmouth, died at Portsmouth Regional Hospital following a short illness on July 4, 2003.

She was born in Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 2, 1926, the daughter of Ralph and Connie Jenkins. She was the third living child, preceded by W. Carl and Robert C. Jenkins. Two years later, a sister, Dora Louise and five years later Bruce H. Jenkins were born. Four years after her birth, the family moved to a farm on Jeter Mountain about 12 miles from Hendersonville, N.C., where she was raised.

She was a graduate of Flat Rock High School in North Carolina. She was employed by telephone companies in South Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire for 25 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Miller Ave., Portsmouth.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Walter H. Smith; a son, Robert W. Smith of Portsmouth; a son, Walter Ralph Smith of Kittery; a daughter, Nancy Chesser of Portsmouth; and a daughter, Madeline R. Wood of Culver City, Calif.; plus cousins, nephews, nieces and grandchildren. She will be interred at Crab Creek, N.C.


The Rev. William Thomas Richards Jr., 61, of 65 Taft Road, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Born on April 23, 1941, in Hartford, Conn., he was the son of Catherine (Sheldon) Richards of Hartford, Conn., and the late William T. Richards. He was a graduate of East Hartford High School, East Hartford, Conn.; High Point University, High Point, N.C.; and Boston University School of Theology.

The Rev. Richards began his ministry in June 1965. He served United Methodist churches in Woonsocket, R.I.; North Kingstown, R.I.; Faith Church in Chicopee, Mass.; Townsend and Pepperell, Mass.; and Burnside United Methodist Church in East Hartford, Conn., before being appointed to First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth in June 1999.

Survivors include his wife, Phoebe Helms Richards; his four children, The Rev. Philip Richards and his wife, Macy, of Latham, N.Y., Catherine Ruth Nickerson and her husband, Michael, of Seaford, Va., William Henry Richards of Manchester, Conn., and Rebecca Richards of Manchester, Conn.; a sister, Carole Haviland and her husband, Howard, of East Hartford, Conn.; three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew and Maia; and several nieces and nephews.