Malcolm A. Seeley
SANDWICH — Malcolm "Mac" A. Seeley, 76, of Birch Tree Road, died July 25, 2003, at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.
He was born in Torrington, Conn., on Feb. 4, 1927, the son of Lewis Gregory and Edith Rose (Webster) Seeley.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Seeley was the owner and operator of Seeley Fuel Oil Company Inc. in Bantam, Conn. He had been a resident of Sandwich since 1988.
He served in the Navy Seabees during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Priscilla (Keith) Seeley of Sandwich; one son, Allen Keith Seeley of Sandwich; one daughter, Hope Colleen Seeley of West Hartford, Conn.; two granddaughters, Melissa and Nicole.
Funeral services and burial are private. Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, 1305 Meredith Center Road, Laconia, NH 03246. Mayhew Funeral Home in Meredith is in charge of the arrangements.
Violet E. Allen
MEREDITH — Violet E. Allen, 90, of Lake Street, died peacefully on July 27, 2003, at her home.
Born in Woodstock, on May 8, 1913, she was the daughter of David and Mary Louise (McLure) LaReau.
She grew up in Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School. She had been a resident of Meredith for the past 71 years, all the while living in the same house.
She was the first chef at the former 1950’s House Restaurant and also worked as a hostess at the former Wakatakeena Restaurant, both in Meredith. She worked as a sales clerk at the former Samaha’s Clothing Store, Grad’s Clothing Store, both in Meredith, and the former O’Shea’s department store, in Laconia. She owned and operated Vi’s Pies for many years, baking a hundred pies a day out of the basement of her home.
She was a charter member of the Meredith Historical Society, and VFW Post Women’s Auxiliary. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Meredith, the 50 Plus Club, and the Lakeside Rebekahs. She was also a member and past president of the Griggs Wyatt American Legion Post 33 Women’s Auxiliary.
She was the wife of the late Jesse Parker Allen, a long time barber of Meredith, who died in November 1987 and was also predeceased by a son, Chester J. Allen, who died in July 1966.
Survivors include one son, William P. Allen of Center Harbor; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beatrice Pavlidis of Manchester and Louise Carignan of Hemet, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
There are no calling hours. A funeral service will be held in the First Congregational Church of Meredith on Thursday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Russell Rowland, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held in the Meredith Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Meredith Visiting Nurses Association, NH Route 25, Meredith, NH 03253. The Mayhew Funeral Home in Meredith is in charge of the arrangements.
Anthony E. Toti
TILTON — Anthony E. Toti, 77, of Tilton, formerly of Sharon and Hyde Park, Mass., died July 27, 2003, at Franklin Hospital Regional in Franklin.
Born and raised in the Hyde Park section of Boston, he graduated from Hyde Park High School and was a World War II Army veteran.
He was an operating engineer for Union Local 4 in Boston. He was a 50-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Survivors include his wife, of Marjorie A. (Karas) Toti; five daughters, Sandra A. Luscombe of Somerset, Mass., Judith M. Burgess of East Falmouth, Mass., Patricia L. Valcourt of Westport, Mass., Pauline A. McIntosh of Maryland, Elizabeth J. Erna of Seekonk, Mass.; two sons, Anthony E. Toti Jr. of Taunton, Mass., Phillip T. Toti of Louisiana; a brother, Phillip T. Toti of Taunton, Mass.,; a sister, Gaetana Ditello of Hyde Park, Mass.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Theresa E. Toti and a brother, Joseph Toti.
Visiting hours are Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. Funeral service at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington St., Canton, Mass., Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton, Mass.
Annie R. Swenson
LACONIA — Mrs. Annie R. Swenson, 94, of 30 Cross St., died at the St. Francis Home on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003. Mrs. Swenson was the widow of retired Police Lt. Paul A. Swenson, who died in 1978.
Mrs. Swenson was born Jan. 3, 1909 in Laconia, the daughter of Albert and Annie (Fitzpatrick) Emery and was a lifelong resident of Laconia. She graduated from St. John School (now Holy Trinity) in 1922 and from Laconia High School in 1926.
She was employed by the Belknap County Co-op Extension for 38 years and was an administrative assistant when she retired in 1980. She loved all and was much loved.
Mrs. Swenson was a communicant of St. Joseph Church and was a member and past president of the Ladies Guild. She was a member of the AARP. Her favorite pastimes were knitting and reading.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary E. and Norman. Colburn of Laconia and Barbara and Philip Howland of Clearwater, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul E. and Pam Swenson of Green Valley, Ariz.; ten grandchildren, Katherine Wormhood, Philip Howland, Thomas Howland, Karen Edwards, Stacy Maurakos, Grant Swenson, Erica Swenson-Grant, Cynthia Harrell, Daniel Colburn and Katherine Stafford; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles W. Emery in 1983 and Bernard P. Emery, who died in 1985.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6-8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. The Rev. Gary Kosmowski, pastor of the church, will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Home, Wishes Come True, 406 Court St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements.
Grace L. Mudge
NORTHFIELD — Mrs. Grace L. Mudge, 78, of Northfield, died at Franklin Regional Hospital on Sept. 27, 2003.
She was born in Boston on Jan. 3, 1925, the daughter of Thomas and Daisy (Reily) Tobin. Mrs. Mudge was raised in Dorchester, Mass., where she lived for several years before moving to New Hampshire. She formerly resided in Gilford, Canaan and Franklin before moving to Northfield.
For over 20 years, she was employed at Gillette Safety Razor in South Boston. While in New Hampshire, she worked at the Tilton McDonald’s.
Family members include her daughter, Mrs. Kirk (Grace) Anderson of Sanbornton; two grandsons, Lee Michael Anderson of Wilmot and Eric James Anderson of St. Louis, Mo.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Chestnut Street, Tilton. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Tilton.
Donations in memory of Mrs. Mudge may be made to the American Lung Assn. of NH, 9 Cedarwood Dr., Bedford, NH 03110.
Dorothy A. Cilley
FRANKLIN — Mrs. Dorothy A. (Morrill) Cilley, 97, formerly of 34 Damy Drive, Franklin, died at Mountain Ridge Genesis Eldercare in Franklin on Sept. 29, 2003. She was the widow of Allen P. Cilley, who died in 1955.
She was born in Contoocook on Sept. 10, 1906, the daughter of Ernest and Emma (Cookson) Morrill. She resided in Franklin since her early childhood.
Mrs. Cilley volunteered at the Franklin Senior Center for over 20 years and attended Grace Evangelical Church in Penacook.
Mrs. Cilley enjoyed reading and playing cards. She also enjoyed traveling, especially throughout the Northeast and took part in many trips with the TRIP Center in Franklin.
Family members include ten children, Charlotte Sutton of Stockton, Calif., Beverly Chapman, Evelyn Hurd, and Wayne Cilley, all of Franklin, Karl E. Grant of Concord, Patricia Chase, Virginia Fecteau and Kathy Lavigne, all of Franklin, Glenn Cilley of Hill and Emma Sharon of Tilton; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Verna Moore of Barton, Vt.; and nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held today from 7-9 p.m. at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Lucchesi officiating.
Donations in memory of Mrs. Cilley may be made to Grace Evangelical Handicap Access Ramp Fund, 31 Summer St., Penacook, NH 03303 or to Mountain Ridge Genesis Eldercare Recreation Fund, 7 Baldwin St., Franklin, NH 03235.
Roland L. Hildreth
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Roland L. "Bud" Hildreth of Canton, N.C., formerly of Laconia, N.H., died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003 at St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville, following an accident.
He was born April 12, 1930 in Lakeport, N.H., the son of the late Charles L. and Flora E. (Beamis) Hildreth.
Mr. Hildreth was a veteran of the Air Force and had belonged to the N.H. National Guard.
For many years he was a carpet and tile installer in both New Hampshire and Florida, having recently moved to Canton, N.C., from Dade City, Fla.
He was active in the Native American way of life.
Survivors include his wife Debra of Canton; one daughter, Kathleen Jewett of Derry, N.H.; three grandsons, Bryan, Kevin and Jeremy Pickering of New Hampshire; one great-granddaughter, Angelaleigh Dykeman of New Hampshire; one sister, Gwendolyn Pelchat of Belmont, N.H.; two brothers, Charles W. Hildreth of Laconia, N.H. and Frank E. Hildreth of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by first wife, Beverly (Roers) Hildreth and a son, Jesse Hildreth.
Randy S. Bodwell
BANGOR, Maine — Randy Scott Bodwell died at his home on Sept. 25, 2003, in Bangor, Maine, after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 1, 1962 in Wolfeboro, N.H., the son of the late Walter Bodwell and Emily (Pike) Bodwell.
He is survived by his sisters, Brenda Eldridge of Ossippe, N.H., Diana Libby of Freedom, N.H., Judy Kaiser of Laconia, N.H. and Debra Gilbert of Manchester, N.H.
He was predeceased by a brother, Walter Bodwell Jr. in 2000.
Arrangements are being made by Brookings-Smith Funeral Home of Bangor.