Robert (Bob) Veilleux has lived in Hooksett, N.H. for the past 40 years. In 1964 he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Boucher, a 1961 classmate. They are the only couple to marry from within the class.
After graduating from St. Mary, Bob earned an AB in Natural Science from St. Anselm's College and a Masters in Education at Antioch New England.
"I was a physical science and astronomy teacher at Central High School in Manchester N.H. for 35 years. While there I started soccer as a sport, and coached the varsity team from 1969 to 1976. Then I continued in soccer as a New Hampshire and New England official for more than 25 years."
One of the highlights of Bob's career was being one of two N.H. teachers selected for the 1986 Teacher in Space Mission. "From this opportunity I got to meet NASA officials and attend a luncheon with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. I also met three astronauts who walked on the moon and three who were on the space shuttle Challenger. I was a NASA guest for the Teacher In Space launch of Challenger in 1986 and subsequence launches in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2007, 2009 and 2010."
Bob was also honored with a New Mast teaching award presented by NASA in 1987.
"I was an active member of the New Hampshire and National Science Teachers Associations. I created programs to present at national and regional conferences in Boston, San Diego, Portland, Washington DC and New Orleans. These included astrophotography, the night sky, the aurora borealis and Halley’s Comet.
"I retired from teaching in June of 2003. Since then I have been "playing", that is, working one or two days a week at the McAuliffe-Shepherd Discovery Center in Concord where I run planetarium shows and give presentations, when I'm here in N.H.
"Nan and I have been "snowbirds" since the winter of 2003. We bought a "little place" in an active senior park in Bonita Springs, Florida where we now spend January through April staying warm, going to the beach, square dancing, biking, and presenting night-sky observation sessions.
“We have four children: Wendy L. Smith, (45) a junior high science teacher in Auburn N.H.; Donna Demers, (43) a yoga enthusiast who owns a web-site development company in Hopkinton, N.H.; Bruce Veilleux, (41) an IT technician from Henniker, N.H.; and Michael Veilleux, (34) a high school science teacher living in Weare, NH.
There are seven grandchildren: Haley Smith, 16; Keara Smith,14; Nathan Demers, 9; Samantha Veilleux, 5, Ethan Veilleux, 3; Jack Veilleux, 3, and Owen Veilleux, 16 months.
Bob enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, vegetable gardening, snorkeling, reading and square dancing. "Nan and I have traveled in 49 of the 50 states, much of Eastern Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland and the Dominican Republic. As an avid amateur astronomer, we have also traveled to Hawaii and Aruba to see total eclipses of the sun.
"Having enjoyed the National Parks, Nan and I volunteered to show the night sky and be campground hosts at Chaco Canyon National Park in New Mexico during the summer of 2005. I still volunteer with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society to bring night sky observation sessions to school students and adult audiences.
"I am also currently active with my hobby of collecting meteorites. With the help of the internet, I have amassed over 250 space rocks from all over the world which I show to school and adult groups. This past summer, accompanied by Nan, I enjoyed giving a meteorite presentation during a sunset dinner cruise aboard the M/S Mt. Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee which included watching the Persid meteor shower.” e
Nancy Boucher Veilleux
Currently, I live eight months of the year in Hooksett, New Hampshire and four months in sunny Bonita Springs, Florida where I walk the beach collecting shells, play cards and enjoy square dancing.
My family and my friends call me Nan.
Office work was my early calling at Bell Telephone Company and then as a bookkeeper for Singer Sewing Machine Company. Most enjoyable were the years I ran a small business creating custom clothing for little k-9 clients while staying at home raising my children. This was followed by nineteen years as a correspondent and photographer for a weekly newspaper, The Hooksett Banner. A highlight of my last job was to write feature stories on local historical events using research and eye-opening interviews with long-time residents. I retired from the newspaper at the age of fifty-five to pursue my many hobbies.
I married my high school sweetheart, Robert Veilleux, in 1964 and we were blessed with four children. We had three children when we were gifted with a late-arrived child who was spoiled by his parents and sisters aged 10 and 13. His eight-year-old brother provided the ballast that allowed for normal development.
My love of gardens, woodlands and open spaces has lead me to creating flower gardens in my yard and my community and found me hiking all over the United States, Eastern Canada and Europe. Summiting mountain pastures with vistas of the Swiss Alps was absolutely one of my highlights, as has snorkeling in the warm aqua waters of Aruba, Hawaii and the Dominican Republic. I have also enjoyed square and round dancing with my husband for over 40 years.
Forging a small footprint, I have enjoyed interactions with the youth of my community through girl scouts, boy scouts, room-mother, religious education teacher and school gardening educator. In return the children have rewarded me with their smiles. Adult community activities have included Co-operative Extension, PTA, but mostly garden clubs both here and in Florida where I have won local, state, regional and national prizes in floral design, scrapbooks and publicity. Mostly, I totally enjoy being with like-minded people who want to share information on sustainable gardening, conservation, floral design and making their community a more beautiful place in which to live. I have been an officer of my garden club for years as well as its president. I have also served on the state garden club committee. In addition I spent time volunteering in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon National Park.
Feeling like I’ve come full circle, I am now enjoying my seven grandchildren, aged 17-years to one-year old. Seeing the next generation make their imprint has been a turning point in my life. The four boys are delightfully daring and creative while the three girls are expertly balancing dance shoes with soccer balls. They have allowed me to share my hobbies of figure skating, hiking, camping, gardening and sewing with them. How blessed is that?
Most influential in my life were my wonderful parents, gone now 16 and 17 years. Growing up on the Boucher farm where my dad made yard work into a game molded my love for nature and the out-of-doors. Preserving all that my dad grew, my mom engraved into my soul the art of frugality and healthy nutrition. I also remember with fondness my late older brother and younger sister, but I am grateful to still be enjoying the companionship of my much-loved older sister, Fran.
Memories of good old school days at St. Mary are etched into my character. I learned in first grade to always be kind to children after witnessing dunce-stool discipline and felt the sting of a taped mouth. Yet, in every bushel there are some winners. For me, our eighth-grade teacher, Sister Casmir was the apple-of-my-eye. She was for real! She cared about both our education and our raging teenage emotions. She even gave me advice on my choice of boyfriends.
However, the real memories of school days involve my friends. Cuddling up in a booth at Godeck’s sipping sodas, class trips to Sunapee and Salisbury Beaches, Saturday night dancing to “Running Bear” and “Wake up Little Suzy,” spin-the-bottle at Roger Chicoine’s parties, Catholic Daughter visits to Windham Castle and Mount Saint Mary’s, Proms with amazing gowns, cheerleading our soccer team to a state victory, the Beatnik party in my barn and the long telephone talks with best friends on black phones with party lines. My number was 33- ring M.
Somehow, throughout those tender teen years, I was aware that the class of 1961 was forging a lasting friendship that included all of its members. While I spent more time with some of them, I cared for all of them, regardless of scholarship, talent, size of petticoat or ability to make a goal or basket in sports. I am thrilled that so many of us have made it to our 50th reunion. For those classmates who are enjoying their eternal reward, let us bow our heads in prayer and in memory. For those who are still with us, let us embrace them and joyfully accept them for the persons they have become. Remember, we are the mighty class of 1961, even when turned upside-down, we ring out the Bells of St. Mary’s strong and clear…1961!
|Jeanne Ferland Marshall
I graduated from St. Mary's High School forty-nine years ago. I have great memories of that time and took part in all record hops, proms, cheerleading and had many friendships, in groups and individually. Though my high school years were a lot of fun, I still wonder how well they prepared me for real life.
I worked and went to school at Boston University where I met my husband. We were married 3 months after we met as he was transferred to Alaska during the Cuban Missile Crisis and wanted me to go with him. We were very much in love and our marriage, during the time we were in the service, was very good. However, once children started coming and we moved back to his home in West Palm Beach Fl. problems began to arise. We divorced 11 years later. I became a single mother, for all intents and purposes, for a period of 13 years. I owned a bookstore in Jupiter, Fl for five years and then decided to raise my children in a little more family-oriented area, and moved to Lynchburg, VA and managed a bookstore for another 5 years.
As my children approached junior high, I realized that I would need not only more income but had to be more centrally located for my children to fully take part in all the activities that they wanted. I then moved to Roanoke City, within walking distance to both the Middle and High School so that they could be more involved in school activities and went to work for Carrier Mid-Atlantic as an office manager, estimator and sales person. I worked there for 24 years and retired in 2001 in order to be a donor for my son's kidney transplant. Everything worked out very well and we are both healthy today.
I remarried very happily 3 months after my oldest son married. Lew and I were together for 20 years and traveled extensively. He had a heart attack and retired in the year 2000 and spent his time running the farm, volunteering in the fire department and helping with the children. Lew had a massive coronary in 2006.
I now have learned to drive tractors, mow hay,care for the animals and I still care for my three youngest grandchildren when I am not traveling. I have wonderful, caring friends that I enjoy traveling with and also sisters that I spend much time with.
I am also a volunteer for the Red Cross DAT section. I help people through fires, floods and other disasters. I spent last Christmas in the Appalachians helping less fortunate people who had no heat or electricity in their homes. We had 18 shelters and very few volunteers. Most of the volunteers had to travel from Roanoke as the Bristol area has a very small Red Cross presence and it was beyond the scope of the Rescue people who had handled small emergencies in the past. It was quite an experience and as difficult as it was to be away for Christmas, we were able to provide these families with some semblance of the holidays. I also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, working in the store, reaching out to businesses for materials and monetary help and even helping build houses. I think this will be my long time commitment.
My health is good, mental and physical and I feel very fortunate to have all my wonderful relationships with family and friends. My life has been pretty much going where the wind blows and bending into or with the wind as the need arises.
Bob earned his BA in English at Assumption College, and a BA in Fine and Commercial Art from his studies at North Florida Junior College and the University of North Florida.
He then enlisted in the Navy where he was a sonar technician, Petty officer. "I tried out for flight training as a navigator, but I was not accepted, so I enlisted rather than be drafted."
Bob held a variety of jobs after his service. He was a substitute mail carrier. He was a graphic artist, cameraman, film stripper for print shops, artist/photographer for a small insurance company in Jacksonville. "I was a private caretaker of a Bahamian island for three-and-a-half years. I lived on a sailboat and sailed from New England to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Homeport was the east coast of Florida."
Bob was married twice, but neither one worked out. He retired about 1998, but is still active. "I have traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia and Geneva, Switzerland since retirement. Before that, most of my traveling was in my 4-year Navy tour.
"The biggest turning point in my life came 11 years ago when I took up the cultivation practice of Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong)." Falun Dafa is a high-level cultivation practice guided by the characteristics of the universe - truthfulness, benevolence and forbearance. "Practice" refers to the exercises - five sets of easy-to-learn gentle movements and meditation. "I met some practitioners from China and went on a 9-day seminar on the practice. I attended and liked what I heard, so I decided to give it 6 months. That was eleven years ago." Falun Dafa has been persecuted in China, mostly because it is popular, and the government is paranoid about anything seen as a threat to its power.
He is a news producer and script editor for New Tang Dynasty TV, and a show producer of Pure Heart, Clear Mind programming. He enjoys, writing scripts, shooting footage and video editing it all into a finished documentary or interview for the shows which are carried on local access TV around the country. Bob also promotes Shen Yun Performing Arts - a company of top notch dancers, choreographers and musicians who present the best of Chinese classical and folk dance around the world. "Each year there are several Shen Yun performances in New England that I help to promote." As you might know, Bob also designs websites (this one, for example).
Bob enjoys growing things in the four little gardens on the back lawn, but doesn’t know how to get the trees around the house to drop their millions of leaves all at once each fall.
"I have lots of great memories of school: Sister Dimpna in first grade, Sister Cornelia in High School. Grammar and high school were a special time in my life!”
Lucy George Fontaine
I graduated from North Hampton Commercial College with a one-year degree and returned home to an office job at Fairlee Farms Dairy and later Guimond Farms. Dennis and I were married in August 1964. Our first daughter Tracy was born the following August and in August 2 years later our 2nd daughter Kelly was born. Then we broke the mold and 5 years later in June our son Scot was born. We lost a baby in 1970, 2 years before Scot was born.
I was a stay-at-home mom until Scot entered school. At that time a new program was begun by the government, where all public school children had to be offered hot lunch, so I started on the ground floor in the satellite program that brought food to the schools without cafeterias. I first worked at the West Terrace School and then at the Maple Avenue School. While at Maple Avenue I also was in charge of the money. I worked in the program for 23 years, the last 3 in their newly constructed cafeteria. In 2000, I stated working for our Alma Mater St. Mary’s as a substitute teacher and after-school provider. I especially liked working with the preschoolers. My 2 granddaughters went to school there so I was blessed to be able to see them often. Dennis and I both retired in 2007.
All three of our children are college graduates, our daughter Tracy and her husband live in Rochester, N.Y. Scot lives in Montreal Canada, so we have some interesting places to visit. Kelly lives here in Claremont, where she teaches Special Need students at Stevens High School. Kelly is the mother of our only 2 grandchildren, Briaunna, 16 and Jordan 13. We are blessed that they live here in Claremont. We have had some very special family times with our children and granddaughters like the time we all went to N.Y. City for a few days, and camping in the Adirondack Mts. Our latest adventure will happen the day after Thanksgiving when we all go to Boston for a Celtics game. We also have some great outings with our sisters and brothers and their mates.
Dennis and I spend 6 weeks in Florida each winter. In the late spring and summer we take a few days here and there and head to Wells Beach, Maine. In the late fall we like to go to North Conway for a few days and do a little shopping. At about the time our last child left for college, I started taking Dennis on mystery rides. We’d head out in the morning with me driving. It was fun to plan these day trips and to see how far we could get before Dennis guessed where we were going. Later, Dennis also planned some.
I keep pretty busy: one day a week I volunteer as a receptionist at the rectory, we serve as Eucharistic Ministers, help out with funeral luncheons, visit a shut in, work as ballot clerks during the elections, and we are involved in the Senior Center. We play cards with Rita [Theroux] and her husband John, alternating houses each week. I enjoy watching Celtic games on the TV, flower gardening, puzzles, visiting with various friends and eating out with them, reading, trying to get comfortable on the computer. Thanks to all who helped me out with the format of this letter. I guess I need to spend less time on computer games. Until I got this computer a year ago I’d never been on one, and I’m still in awe of what it can do.
I’m anxious to hear from the rest of you and see how the last 50 years have treated you. Hope to see you all at the reunion.
Lucy [George] Fontaine / Louf65@ yahoo.com
Michael J. Emond
"I guess I was leaning toward teaching most of my life, and going to Keene State College solidified my plans." Mike was a 4-year starter on the KSC soccer team and sang in a folk singing group with two fraternity brothers. He graduated from KSC in 1965 with a B. Ed. in English, and minors in coaching and biology. He later attended UVM and SUNY- Albany, earning a masters in English in 1972.
"I student-taught at Stevens High School, then took an English position in Meriden CT., at a big school. The pay was good, but I felt disconnected and alone. A friend of mine suggested a small school in VT, so I taught at Bristol High School for 2 years."
In 1966, while playing for the Claremont Wingfoots, Mike met Fran Chabot (Stevens, '63) on a blind date. "I was ready to marry, and so was she. We just clicked." They were married at St Mary's in 1967. They have 3 children, a son and 2 daughters, and now have 6 grandchildren.
"I felt that I needed to find a position that paid better than Bristol, and heard good things about the New York education system, so I took a position at Granville High School in the fall of 1968, and stayed here." Mike taught senior English for 31 years in Granville, initiating the Advanced Placement program, and serving as department head for 17 years. He also coached soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, and for 28 years, junior high and varsity cross country. He also ran road races himself, logging more than 10,000 miles over 20 years, with his longest run at 20 miles.
"In 1969, Fran and I bought an old run-down farmhouse - it was all we could afford - and have been renovating and landscaping ever since. I retired in 1999, and have kept busy playing guitar (learned in college) and singing in church, singing in a regional chorus, and playing baritone sax in a marching band." Mike also played snare in a bagpipe band for 22 years. In both the bagpipe band and the marching band Mike has appeared at different times in the Stevens Alumni Day parade.
Mike is also involved in community service. He has been a member of the local Little League Board for over 25 tears, and is the go-to handyman in his rural neighborhood.
"I'd say there were three turning points in my life: going to KSC, marrying Fran, and getting the job in Granville. Everything else came from those, and the people I met as a result."
Since his first trip to Europe in 1979, Mike and Fran took their three kids to Europe on student trips, and have seen many European countries. China, Thailand, Morocco and Egypt are just a few other destinations. " We have traveled a lot in the US too, mostly in the south and west, and this winter may spend a couple of months in Georgia, near friends and relatives."
"Attending the fall Class of '61gatherings has reminded me of the years at St. Mary. I particularly remember Sr. Cornelia using small cards to mark the responses we made to her questions. I used the same technique to keep my students guessing when I would call on them. I was also influenced by my supervising teacher at Stevens, Norman Pauquette. I used many of his methods until the day I retired."
"Of course I remember the soccer season of 1960. It has been a source of pride ever since. It was such a special season. It was almost like we were fated to win it all."
Irene Choquette Sucharzewski
Stan (Stevens, '55) and I were married in April of 1963 in Claremont where we raised our family. We have two daughters and a son. Our grand children, two granddaughters and two grandsons ages twenty four, twenty-one, eight and six, and our latest great grand-daughter, one year.
While our children were in school I was able to be a stay-at-home mom. I took classes at VoTech on cake decorating and for many years made, decorated and sold wedding, birthday and all occasion cakes from home.
When our children moved on the house was so empty I became involved with Developmental Services of Sullivan County. (D.S.S.C.), I cared for in our home two mentally challenged young ladies for thirteen years. We hosted many events and parties through Faith & Light and other families associated with D.SSC. When Dad passed away in Florida, Mom came to live with us. With an ailing mom and husband I felt it best to leave DSSC.
We are not worldwide travelers but have visited Arizona, Texas, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Florida & Disney World, but you know I am happiest at home with family & friends.
In Memoriam, July 05, 2011
Irene Rita Sucharzewski, 68, of North Street, Claremont, NH, died peacefully Saturday, July 2, 2011surrounded by her family at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, NH.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Claremont born March 9, 1943, the daughter of Roland and Florence (LaFond) Choquette.
She was a graduate of St. Mary High School in the Class of 1961.
When the children moved on the house was so empty, she became involved with Developmental Services of Sullivan County (DSSC).
She cared for two mentally challenged young ladies in her and Stan’s own home for thirteen years. She and her husband hosted many parties through Faith and Light and other families associated with DSSC.
Irene enjoyed gardening and spending lots and lots of time with family.
She was not a worldwide traveler but had visited Arizona, Texas, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Florida and Disney World but was happiest at home with family and friends.
Family members include her husband, Stanley J. Sucharzewski of Claremont whom she married on April 27, 1963; two daughters, Sonya McGuire and her husband, Scott of Claremont and Sarah Sucharzewski and Brandon Elam of Charlestown; one son, Paul Sucharzewski and Nicole Maloof of Claremont; four grandchildren, Ashley Bielarski and her husband, Tyson, Andrew McGuire, Madison Sucharzewski and Jameson Sucharzewski; one great-granddaughter, Lucy Bielarski; two sisters, Patricia Dalhbo and Theresa Wien; one brother, Armand “Smokey” Choquette; also aunts, uncles,nieces, nephews and cousins, and her two cats, Cleo and Faro.
She was predeceased by one brother, Raymond “Skippy” Choquette.
Angeline "Ann" Gagne Barton
"My 50 years since graduating from high school have gone by very fast. After graduating I went to Holyoke MA to live with my aunt and uncle. I started working in a grocery store, then as a secretary in a paper company."
Ann had known Steve Barton (Stevens, '60) since she was young as a neighbor who rode the same school bus. They started dating in high school. "We were married at St. Mary's in August 1962. Joan Dauphin was my maid of honor." Steve had just graduated from Wentworth College in Boston with a 2-year engineering degree. "He got a job at Sanders in Nashua, so we moved there. I worked as a secretary at a nearby factory. "
They bought a house in Amherst and moved in a week before their first son David was due. He was born soon afterward, just 2 days after their first anniversary. Four more children followed: Brenda, Diane, Karen, and Daniel. They have 6 grandchildren, and one great grandson.
"I moved back to Claremont in 1995 to take care of Steve's mom. Steve moved up in 1997 when he retired. We are in the same house he grew up in."
Ann enjoys knitting, quilting, has traveled to Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Washington, DC. "As time went by, our two oldest children have moved into the area (in case we need help as we are getting older!!) Ann also volunteers at Turning Point, Claremont's women's support services organization, where her daughter Brenda works.
Ann remembers hanging around with Elaine Courtemanche (Stringer), Carol LaFountain, Irene Choquette (Sucharzewski), and Joan Dauphin (Buck), among others.
"It is nice being back and keeping in touch with classmates."
Irene Labreque Papps
After graduation, Irene successfully completed the formal assessment of the para-educator qualification under New Hampshire option C of the No Child Left Behind legislation pertaining to Title One.
“I worked in the field of education in the Claremont School District and St. Mary Elementary School for 22 years in Title One. I choose this career because I enjoy working with children and young adults. My work was to reinforce reading and writing skills in small groups or one-on-one settings in kindergarten through fifth grade. I retired in 2006.”
Irene married Michael Papps (Stevens, '58) in August 1963. They have three children: Michael J. Papps, 46; Matthew J. Papps, 42 and Katherine D. Papps Sondoval, 36. There are three grandchildren.
“I enjoy sewing, knitting, quilting, and especially Golden Girls Soiree. We have taken several trips to the West Coast, San Diego, Seattle, New Mexico, trips to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and Orlando, FL. Our trips abroad have been to England, Japan and south of the border to Mexico.
I have fond and numerous memories of school, too numerous to mention.”
Carol La Flower Therriault
In November of 1963, I graduated from Moore General Hospital (in Goffstown near where Paul went to school) and received a license in Practical Nursing. It has been a great career and I have enjoyed all aspects of the different positions I have held in my 48 years. I have always worked part-time, so never experienced the burn-out that many nurses go through. From 1964 to 1986 I worked at Claremont General Hospital/VSP. From 1986 to the present I have worked for an oral surgeon, where I continue to work 2 days a week as a surgical assistant. I still am excited to go to work.
I married Paul Therriault (St. M '60) on May 23, 1964. We dated for 6 years with a few breaks in between. He was 16 and I was 15 when we started.. I can't believe how young we were! Jeanne Ferland Marshall set up a blind date for us. We went to the St. Joseph's Bazaar and “the rest is history.” Thanks, Jeanne, it's been a great ride.
We have 3 children, all doing very well. We are proud of the people they have become: Michele Mardanes, born 1966; James (Jamie) 1968, and Timothy John (TJ) 1980. We also have 3 granddaughters: Nicki, 24, Hailey, 22, Lexi 20. We enjoyed every minute of their lives as children and now it is such a joy to have relationships with these 3 mature young ladies. They are fun and funny!
In 1965 we bought the house on Sullivan St. that Rob Vellieux grew up in. Does anyone remember the cellar and the characters painted on the walls? I was kissed there for the first time when we were in 8th grade. The cellar was the same when we moved in, and we loved it! We moved to Cornish in 1975 and lived there for 20 years. Ten years ago, Paul and I moved back to Claremont. It felt like a homecoming. We now live at 20 Chellis St, Apt. 1.
Throughout our married life, Paul and I were involved in many community activities, mostly dealing with teenagers. Paul was the kind soul in our lives and drew me into many activities, sometimes unwillingly, but always with wonderful results. We were foster parents, parole officers, participated in the ABC program for high school students at both St. Mary and Stevens. We took part in the Cursillo and Marriage Encounter and were involved in the Towards Marriage Program, taught CCD and lectored in church. We loved gathering with family and friends in our big homes in both Claremont and Cornish. We spent many years camping, went to Europe in 1982 visiting France, Switzerland and Germany. It was an unforgettable trip!
A major turning point in my life was May 2, 1992, when Paul, at age 50, had a brain bleed, leaving him disabled. My perfect life collapsed, and I had to build a new foundation. We had our 12-year-old TJ, who needed me to be strong, as well as Paul. Our family and friends gathered to help make this situation easier. We realized that we have all been blessed with this wonderful man. He gave us all so much: the strength to carry on and the ability to laugh again. Even now, in his altered state, he remains kind and loving.
Another turning point came when it became necessary to place Paul in a nursing home. After 18 years, it was time. He is very comfortable and so am I. His care is wonderful. Now this freedom allows me to travel with friends and family. I am so lucky to have such great companions.
My favorite teacher, as she was for many of us, was Sr. Casmire (Elizabeth Scadova). Her address is: 195 Ledge St. Apt. 212, Nashua, NH 03060. She was my 8th grade teacher. That was the year dating started for me, and she was always interested in all of our social-life stories. I especially remember the day the girls wore ties to school because we thought that she favored the boys. She just smiled. In our freshman year, when St. Patrick's Day came, my “friends” and I said we would all wear red because we were French, not Irish. I showed up in all the red I could possibly wear. No “Friends!” I alone had to face the infamous Sr. DeLourdes.
And remember Sr. Leontine? So many stories of that woman make me smile. My favorite is the “liquid on the boys' bathroom floor.” In our freshman year in the annex, she went into the boys' restroom and saw some liquid on the floor. Water? Pepsi? Urine? She had to find out so she put her finger in it and tasted it. It was Pepsi! You gotta love her.
I have such great memories of my 12 years at St. Mary's.
Rita Theroux Wolfe
I've lived in Claremont all my life except for the year I attended Northampton Commercial College. I graduated with a certificate in the Secretarial Finishing Program. I met my husband, John, through my brother, Alfred. John and Alfred were both in the army stationed in Alaska. Alfred asked John to write to me and we became pen pals. When John was discharged from the Army, he came to Claremont and stayed. We were married in 1964. We have one son and three daughters. Steve is living in Alabama, Pamela in Claremont, Jean in Connecticut, and Mary in Massachusetts. We're very proud of our children and they have given us six granddaughters, ages 3 to 8, and one grandson, aged 12. Jean and her husband are expecting again and we will have another grandson in February, 2011. We are truly blessed with a wonderful family and they are the joy of our life.
I worked at Joy Manufacturing company in the cost accounting department for a few years until we started our family and then became a stay-at-home mother for 15 years. During that time I volunteered at St. Mary's Grammar School, chaperoned on field trips, was co-director of the N. H. Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, a counselor in the Junior Catholic Daughters, taught CCD one year, and was secretary of the PTO for two years. When our youngest daughter started school, I went back to work at N. H. Community Technical College (now known as River Valley Community College) in the Financial Aid Office. I started as an account clerk and ended my career as Financial Aid Officer. I retired in 2004 after 23 years. John was semi-retired and I wanted to spend time with him and help my mother who was ill.
John and I are enjoying our retirement and keeping busy. We often visit our children who live out of town and they come home often. We’ve gone on family vacations together. This past summer, we all went to North Conway and Storyland for a few days. We’ve also traveled just the two of us, and with my sister and brothers. We’ve been on cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, and most recently to Hawaii with my youngest brother and his wife. We have taken trips with my sister to Las Vegas, and Walt Disney World. My brother Alfred and his wife met us and my sister in Branson, Missouri for a week's vacation in the Fall of 2009. We have taken bus trips to Cape Cod, Cape May, Atlantic City, Washington DC, and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. There have also been a lot of one day bus trips with the Newport Senior Center. We also enjoy staying at home and playing cards with relatives and friends.
John still works two days a week at Hannaford’s as a cashier. He likes meeting and talking to people. We like taking care of our two grandchildren who live in town when needed. I work one day a week at the Claremont Senior Center, have worked at the election polls, helped out at funeral luncheons, and worked with John on Knights of Columbus fund raisers. I am a Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary Church, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and a member of the Claremont Senior Center.
My first and best teachers were my parents. They passed on their faith in God and their values to me through their example. St. Mary School re-enforced what they taught me and prepared me for going out into the world. My favorite teacher in grammar school was Sister Casmire. She was good natured and friendly. In high school, I liked Sister Winifred. Besides being a good business course teacher, she had a sense of humor. I remember her asking about our eye lash curlers one day and how funny it was when she tried to use one on herself. I am grateful to all the nuns and teachers for the education I received.
These 50 years have gone by very quickly. I've enjoyed all of our class gatherings. I look forward to our 50th reunion.
Louis Landry served in the US Coast Guard from May 1963 to May 1967. “I was an HM2(E5), and served 8 months aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Humbolt based out of Boston. MA. My travels included Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bermuda, US Virgin Islands, and Cuba. Following sea duty, I was sent to the Navy Hospital Corpsman School at the Great lakes Illinois training facility. I completed my training at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Upon completion of my training, I was sent to the Coast Guard Air Station in Salem, MA. I remained at the Air Station except for a 6-month period with the Naval Hospital in Argentina, Newfoundland.”
When he left the Coast Guard, Lou worked for Rockingham Electric for 4 ½ years as an outside salesman, then he was offered a chance to advance as a professional lighting manufacturer's representative out of Manchester, NH in 1970. “My territory was the state of Vermont and western NH. My customer base was calling on architects, engineers, electrical contractors and contractors. I enjoyed my work for 34 ½ years, until I retired on April 1, 2005.
“I met Gwendolyn M. Griffen when I got out of the Coast Guard. She graduated from Stevens in 1966, and we were married on August 17, 1968.” Lou and Gwen have 2 daughters: Karla (36) and Brooke (32) and 2 granddaughters: 3 ½ year-old Isabella Ria, and 2 year-old Gianna Sophia.”
On Mondays and Fridays, Lou attends a local retirement group at Burger King. “Our traveling consists of annual trips to PA to visit Gwen's mother and family. Early in my working career, we were able to travel to Spain, Northern Morocco, and Hawaii."
“In school I enjoyed playing soccer, especially being a member of the 1960 State Championship team. I also enjoyed being a member of the St. Mary cavaliers."
Lou lives at 15 Stone Avenue, Claremont, NH 03743. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Martineau Brown
Suzanne spent 2 years(1961-1963) at the University of Connecticut. “I returned to Claremont and worked in the Claremont General Hospital as a nurses' aide. “In 1964 I entered an LPN program in Northhampton, MA, living with my brother Bob and family. There I met my first husband and married in 1966, divorcing 17 years later. By then I was living in Southern California.”
She received her Associates degree as a Registered Nurse at Santa Monica College in California in 1989. During those years she worked in doctors' offices and a nursing home.
“I met my second husband there, a Navy Seabee. We were also married for 17 years, until he died of lung cancer in 2008. He came with me to our 40th anniversary reunion. My second husband had 2 daughters, and the grandchildren came after our marriage, but I consider them my grandchildren too. We moved to Arkansas in 1992, then to Ohio, finding it necessary to be near the grandchildren. I worked in Ohio as a volunteer guardian through the county court system. I worked with people I nursing homes who have no one to be responsible, make decisions for them, or just be with them during good times and bad. I found this to be a great volunteer situation for me.
“I always liked medicine”, she said. She worked at Claremont General Hospital, in various settings, and in hospice nursing from 1994 until her retirement in November of 2009. “Hospice was definitely the best nursing job ever! So much to learn, to share. I always felt I received more than I gave. The dying open your eyes to the art of living.”
Sue married David Brown in August (2010) and recently moved to Lakeland Fl. (3039 Mimosa Way Lakeland, FL 33801) “I am active. I like walking, biking and swimming, and I volunteer as a guardian.” She has 5 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren.
“My mother was an influential person in my life. She appreciated education and pushed me forward. Elaine Nadeau's father helped me with algebra and “the light bulb went on!
“I feel blessed to have had wonderful parents, a good family unit, a small town upbringing and a good Christian home life. God has blessed me so much and I am so thankful.
“I am already planning to come to the reunion and look forward to seeing everyone.”
Sue's email address is email@example.com
Raymond O. Juneau
In Memoriam, April 05, 2005
Raymond O. Juneau, 61, of Glastonbury CT, beloved husband of Margaret (Lapointe) Juneau, died Sunday, (April 3, 2005) at Manchester Memorial Hospital.
Born September 15, 1943 in Manchester, son of Rose (Emond) Juneau of Marlboro, MA and the late Raymond H. Juneau, he had lived in Glastonbury for the past 15 years. He was a mechanic for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 33 years and had served with the National Guard.
Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda J. Juneau of Glastonbury, Debra L. and Danny-Lee Swatik of Vernon, Amy E. and David Lundberg of Manchester; a brother, Richard Juneau of Marlboro, MA; two sisters, Dolores Vanhorn of Santa Maria, CA, Alice Austin of Milford, MA; and two granddaughters, Ashley Stewart and Selena Swatik.
Funeral service will be Thursday, April 7, 9 a.m. from the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Rose Church, East Hartford. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Glastonbury.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.
Ray’s widow, Margaret Juneau writes:
"Ray was born in Hartford CT, September 15, 1943 and attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School. His family moved to Claremont in 1958 when Ray's father was relocated. They moved back to CT for the same reason. They lived in Enfield, and Ray got a job at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.
I met Ray on a blind date in January 1966 that was arranged by my friend who was dating Ray's friend. We married 8 months later on September 5, 1966.
We have 3 daughters, Brenda, Debra and Amy. We also have 2 granddaughters, Ashley is 21 and Selena is 8. Ray didn't have many hobbies. He worked hard and took care of the outside work at home, but he did like building model cars until he got sick. He also liked working on old cars and restoring them, and going to stock car races at Riverside park on Saturday evenings. Ray really loved NASCAR racing. His favorite drivers were Bill Elliot and Jeff Gordon. Two of our daughters share his love of racing.
We were married 38 years when I lost him. He wanted to retire to Myrtle Beach SC and enjoy life. Ray's mother lives in California, and turned 93 on April 3rd. Ray was a fighter, and bravely fought his cancer for 7 months before he lost the fight. I miss him every day!"
Joan Dauphin Buck
Dave (St. Mary ’60) and I presently live between a condo in Peterborough and our little Cape Cod house in Chatham, Mass. Although our plan 23 years ago was to retire on the Cape, we have found that our roots go pretty deep in Peterborough, and we are both fortunate to have our mothers still living in Claremont. Our daughter Deb lives in Wells, Maine with husband Mike and son Sam who is 11. Kris is a single mom in Belchertown, MA and has a son, Jake, also 11.
Condo life can be a little confining; but we keep ourselves occupied in community and church activities; Dave still teaches OSHA classes through Keene State, and we are trying to acclimate ourselves to warmer climates in the winter. Our real passion is working on our Cape house and the many gardening “opportunities” there as well the sand dunes, beaches, and trails on the Cape. I have been raising hydrangea for about 15 years – mostly for fun and partly to support my daughter’s dried floral business. We are presently diving face first back into this world helping her establish a small home-based business in Belchertown, MA. I’m grateful for an opportunity to remain involved in our kids’ lives.
I received a teaching degree from Keene State in 1965 and taught for a short time in Westford, Mass. but preferred the MRS. Degree, motherhood, and living the frugal life of a college student’s wife. I was fortunate to find part-time teaching at Keene High until birth of daughter #2 in 1969. It was during this time that we also took on the parenting responsibilities of a 16 year-old girl who had recently lost her parents. The information we had been given didn’t include the fact that she was also pregnant. After her baby was born and given up for adoption, all records were sealed at the Crittendon home in Boston. Susie decided to live with her legal guardians in Florida and cut off all connections of a former life. It was nearly 40 years later that we got a call from a social worker who had been working with “Alan” in his search for his biological mother. Eventually, we did find her (in spite of several name changes) and arranged to have them meet each other. Although we might some day have a relationship with them, for now we remain respectful of their need for privacy.
We left Keene in 1971 when Dave graduated from Keene State and took a teaching job in Nashua. Living in a suburban neighborhood was culture shock for me; but I settled into life as a stay-at-home mom doing a little substitute work in the schools, taking some craft classes and volunteering in a local pre-school that Deb attended.
When Dave began teaching at Keene State, we moved to Temple and renovated small cabins to year-round rentals. He also transferred an old restaurant that was part of the house into a lovely little gift/craft shop where I taught a variety of classes and sold craft supplies. We spent summers working at a family camp on Lake Winnipesaukee; both girls eventually became members of the staff. We left Sandy Island in 1981 to become directors of a girls’ camp in Wolfeboro.
During the early 80’s I did return to part-time teaching at Con-Val High School in Peterborough and worked on my Master’s in elementary counseling. In spite of Kris making remarks about being a “latchkey kid”, I feel those were some of the happiest times – my daughters were developing a sense of independence and responsibility, I enjoyed being part of the college community, Dave had a flexible schedule, and parenthood was a shared responsibility.
My responsibilities in the real world began the day I interviewed for a 1day/wk internship in Winchendon, Mass; and began working as the full-time elementary counselor the next day. My life was changed forever; I loved working with the families, supporting the teachers, and providing a safe haven for kids. I had finally found my niche in the world and stayed until the late 90’s when I decided to take a position in Peterborough. I retired from there in 2000 but just had to go back to Sandy Island for 3 more summers in the Craft Shop – this time taking Kris and grandson Jake.
Patricia Asanowicz Merrill
In Memoriam, May 24, 1980
Charlestown, NH: – Mrs. Patricia A. Merrill, 36, of Acworth Rd., Charlestown, NH, died Saturday, May 24, 1980 at her home.
She was born in Claremont on July 17, 1943, the daughter of Harry and Marion (Jaques) Asanowicz.
She had been a resident of Charlestown for the past 18 years and previously lived in Claremont. She was educated in St. Mary Schools and was a graduate of St. Mary High School Class of 1961.
She was employed at Tampax, Inc. in Claremont for the past 3 years and played on the Tampax women's softball team. She was also a member and leader of the Sullivan County 4-H Club.
The family includes her husband, Gary Merrill of Charlestown, one son, Gary, Jr. of Charlestown, 2 daughters, Kathy M. Merrill and Sally Jo Merrill, both of Charlestown; her mother, Mrs. Marion Asanowicz of Claremont, one sister, Mrs. Norma Bugbee of Claremont, her maternal grandfather Charles Jaques of Woodland Maine, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock in St. Catherine's Church, Charlestown, with Rev. Fr. James K. O'Conner, pastor of St. Peter's Church, North Walpole, officiating.
Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.
There will be no visiting hours.
After graduation I went to St. Anselm's college for a year. The only reason I did go right after HS was that I felt everyone expected me to go. I was so not ready to go to college, and it was a waste of time and effort. I did go back to school after I left the military and received an Associates in Industrial Electronics.
Following that, I worked for a couple years in the Claremont and Lebanon area. In 1963 my mom lost her 3-year-long battle with cancer and that September I met and fell in love with the woman who became my wife. In early '64 I enlisted in the Air Force instead of being drafted, came home in September, got married and took my wife to Denver, CO where I was in electronics training. During our 6 years in the Air Force, we spent 2 years in California, I was a year and a half in Ethiopia, and the last couple years in we were in Washington State out on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, on the Makah Indian reservation. The reservation was an absolutely beautiful and dramatic area. While in California we started a family resulting in 2 wonderful daughters.
My working career was spent mostly customer service. In late '73, after getting my associates degree, I started what became a 29-year-long career with IBM, initially as a Customer Service Rep in their Office Products Division, and after a successful but exhausting 11 years moved to Burlington,VT in '85, into their semi-conductor plant. I went back to school to learn computer programing and got into a Memory Test Department doing R&D work on leading edge memory chip development. In the early 1990's, I found myself working with a team of engineers, developing a memory chip repair process that revolutionized the industry and resulted in my co-authoring 6 patents.
For the last 4 years I've been employed as a Flight Attendant with American Eagle Airlines, a regional airline for American Airlines and owned by the same corporation. I thought it would be a fun thing to do, not to mention the “glamor”! Right … It does have its moments.
In June of 2002 I was caught up in another “layoff” round, but was eligible for retirement.
Presently I am legally separated. My older daughter, Kimberley, lives in Brooklyn with her musician husband and works at Scholastic where she is presently “Sr Manager, Catalogs and Promotions”.
My younger ( by 14 months ) daughter, Tracey, followed her passion for horses to Ireland where she's lived for the last 19+ years. She worked for one of the top steeple chase race horse trainers in the country and in the last couple years has been running her own business training/starting young race horses.
No, no grandchildren …:o(
Along the way I was able to pursue my love for fishing. I developed a passion for sports car racing and had an MGB that I raced in club events and time trials. For a few years I was an avid mountain biker. I also fell in love with sailing and spent 12 years re-building/re-designing and finally sailing a 30-foot wooden sailboat.
Turning points in my life? Yes... there was a turning point precipitated by many events and people that influenced not who and what I was, but who I appeared to be. Reading my profile, if you already didn't know, it would seem like that of a typical guy.
I'm not going to bore you with all the pre-adolescent stuff but when I moved to Claremont and started at St. Mary's, I was among total strangers and for the first time in my life, I started to realize that others could see that I was different. Not good. For the first time I was made fun of and was forced into physically confrontations. I quickly realized that I had to appear to be like other guys, and so began my almost lifelong process of proving to others as well as myself, that I was as much of a man as the next guy.............. and for a time it worked. My dad even suggested that I take up weight lifting in order to be more manly. However, over the years there was always a shadow, a feeling of disquiet. Still always feeling that I was different and that something was missing in my life.
In my late 30s this resulted in a 2-year separation from my wife and near divorce. We reconciled, but the disquiet was still there, and as I approached my late 50s, things became worse. I became more and more depressed and at times suicidal. I sought counseling to no avail. I knew there was something wrong but didn't know what. Finally, in early January '02 at work, I was sitting in front of a computer and had a thought; “I can't do this anymore! I can't continue trying to be a man. I can't continue trying to be the person that every one expects me to be!”
I could no longer keep up the charade. Where the heck did that leave me?
A few weeks later an incident prompted me to seek counseling again and developments led me to a Gender Specialist, 4 years of counseling, and psychiatric evaluation.
At the end of the first year I was diagnosed with “Gender Dysphoria”. Most of you are more familiar with the term “Transgender”, which is an umbrella term for just about any guy wishing to express his feminine side and wear a dress. “Transsexual” is the appropriate term but it has also been demeaned by the weirdos you've seen on “Jerry Springer”, who identify themselves as being a “trans-women”.
I left the “trans” part on the operating table and I consider myself just another woman and identify as a lesbian.
As far as memories of School go, few can think of St. Mary's and not think of the “record hops”! :o)
In high school I wish I could have been the “real” me and people could have had the opportunity to get to know the “real” me. I hope that as many of you can keep in mind that there are others out there that need the opportunity to be themselves. That we should not put people in a box. And not the least, that if not for my faith in Christ, and yes, His church as flawed as it is, you would have only had an obit to read.
I presently live in Sunrise, FL which is located west of Fort Lauderdale, in a 55+ condo community. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Courtemanche Stringer
After Elaine graduated from St Mary, she worked as a receptionist at Peterson Plastics, then 4 years as a secretary at Joy Manufacturing Company. Since then she has been, “co-owner of a funeral home with my husband, working to establish a successful funeral business, and raising a family. Living and working in a funeral environment taught me to respect life. Enjoy the moment for we don't know what the future holds.
“In 1964 I married Robert Stringer (Stevens '61). We have three children; Lisa, Michael, and Scott, and three grandchildren; Ellie, Jacob, and Annika.”
Elaine has been active in Claremont, having served as Regent in the Catholic Daughters. She is now the treasurer of the Ladies Union Aid Society of Valley Regional Hospital. “Now that Bob is semi-retired, we spend our time enjoying the grandchildren, our summer cottage on Crescent Lake, and traveling. Bob is the president of the Stevens Alumni Association. Among our travels we have vacationed in Hawaii, Florida, Canada and Las Vegas. We have cruised to most of the Caribbean islands, as well as Alaska and the Panama Canal.”
In her free time? “I enjoy quilting, painting with pastels and doing crossword puzzles.”
“I am grateful to have gone to a Catholic school. The nuns were memorable. My favorites were Sr. Winifred and Sr. Carolyn. I enjoyed the Cavalier dances and the soccer games. Ann and Pearl are forever my best friends.
Elaine and Bob live at 146 Broad St. in Claremont - “Always and forever!.” Her email address is email@example.com@comcet
Joyce Heron Maheu
In Memoriam, February 13, 2000
Clinton, Utah – Joyce M. Heron Maheu, 56, died Sunday, February 13, 2000, after battling a long illness.
She was born July 10, 1943 in Claremont, NH, the daughter of Ronald and Lucy Vincent Heron. She was pre-deceased by her parents, one sister, Carole, and one brother, John.
Members of her surviving family include: a son, Kevin J. Maheu and his wife Michelle; one daughter, Kirsten A. Kerri Ingbresten and her husband Scott; one granddaughter; two sisters, Lois Martineau and her husband Maurice of Largo, FL; Kelly Heindl and her husband Tim of Bow, NH; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Myers Mortuary in Roy, UT. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Layton, UT with Fr. Victor Bonnell officiating. Cremation will follow.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Clement R. Paradis
In Memoriam, October 11, 2003
Veteran of Vietnam Era
Claremont – Clement R. Paradis, of Ridgewood Drive in Claremont, died Saturday, October 11, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, VT, following a period of failing health.
He was born in Claremont on July 26, 1942, the son of Alfred L. and Julliette M. Grivois Paradis and had been a lifelong resident of Claremont. He graduated from St. Mary High School in 1961.
He served as an RM 3 aboard the USS Kretchmer DER329 during the Vietnam era.
He had been employed as a machinist by Jones and Lamson Machine Co. in Springfield, VT, and Gauge and Belfon Machine Co. in Claremont. He was a member of the Father Cote Assembly, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 808, and American Legion Post 29. He was a communicant of St. Mary Parish.
Mr. Paradis played guitar and had a guitar collection. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching classic movies. He had been a beekeeper for a period of time. He was very devoted to his family.
Members of his surviving family include a son, Phillip Paradis and his wife Megan of Claremont; a daughter, Rebecca Baillargeon and her husband, Jeffrey of Port Angeles WA; four grandsons, Hunter Paradis, Brandon Baillargeon, Cameron Baillargeon, and Jakob Baillargeon, a granddaughter, Grace Baillargeon; a sister, Norma Limoges and her husband, Rene of Claremont; a niece, Kelly Limoges; a nephew, Darel Limoges, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was pre-deceased by his parents and a sister, Ileen Paradis.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11am Wednesday in St. Mary Church with the Reverend Shawn M Therrien, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 29.
Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan St. Claremont, on Tuesday from 2 to 4, and 7 to 9pm.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Mary School Scholarship Fund, 32 Pearl St. Claremont, NH 03743.
Clement's sister, Norma Limoges writes:
"Clement lived with our mom for a number of years. When she died in 2000, he lived by himself off the Charlestown Rd.
Clement had loads of hobbies. He was a beekeeper, loved astrology, reading, coin and stamp collecting and computers. His collections were willed to his children. His son lives in Claremont and his daughter in the Seattle area. He had a nice guitar collection, one was autographed by Chet Atkins.
He was the most honest person I knew, and was always true to his beliefs. I feel so sorry and so empty that he left us so early. He certainly had lots to live for - children, grandchildren, nice home, car, security. I pray for him. I pray for him."
Gerard E. Marchand
Midwest City Oklahoma – Gerard E. “Jerry” Marchand, 66, of Midwest City Okla., formerly of Claremont, NH, died December 11, 2009 in Midwest City.
He was born February 16, 1943 in Claremont, the son of Ernest and Delia B (Gelinas) Marchand. He grew up in Claremont and graduated from St. Mary School in 1961.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy. As a young man, he worked as a mechanic for Howe Motors in Claremont. He moved to Midwest City where he resided for the remainder of his life.
He is survived by a sister, Theresa Woodward and her husband, Eugene, of Marlborough, NH., and a nephew in New York State. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Laura.
A graveside service will be held at 11:30am Thursday, May 6, 2010, in St. Mary Cemetery, Plains Road, Claremont. Family and friends are welcome.
The Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St, Keene, NH is in charge of the arrangements.
Comments from Jerry’s sister Terry Woodward:
"After he graduated Jerry joined the Navy. He was given a medical discharge just before completing basic training. The Navy was wonderful to him. They gave him a pension and sent him to mechanics school. He got a job at Howe Motors as a result of that training. The truth is that a doctor at the VA told us that he was bi-polar. Today we hear a lot about that and know that it is not uncommon. Fifty years ago it was not talked about and we did not have medication to help.
Jerry did work and married Laura in Claremont. They were together for many years. After they were married, Jerry and Laura moved to Oklahoma to be near her relatives. Laura’s daughter, Connie, joined them there. Laura died of cancer.
There was a large VA hospital in Oklahoma City, which was helpful. We had been fortunate for the past 8 to 10 years because today’s meds are so great that Jerry had been out of hospitals and leading a good life.
He was able to visit us in New Hampshire every year for the past few years after his wife died. I remember once we were on the phone discussing something and he said ‘I may be nuts, but I’m not stupid.’ We laughed about that.
He died of a heart attack and weak lungs from smoking. He was expected at a friend’s home for supper and did not arrive, so they called. When they could not reach him, they went to check. They found that he had passed away. He was sitting in his chair watching TV when he had a heart attack on December 11, 2009.
I am glad that mental illness is not as hidden as it was 50 years ago, and I’m glad that medicines today are so wonderful. I think that all the rosaries mom and I said helped him. The Navy said they’d take care of him and they did. Whatever happened to Jerry in his short time in the Navy did not cause his illness. We are so grateful for the care they gave him.
It is hard for those who have not had mental illness touch their lives to know just how hard it is to go through life with this, and the toll it takes on the families of these people. I am very comfortable talking about it now because I know it is not something to be ashamed of and I wish more people would take time to learn.
I was pleased that someone from his class came to the funeral. He died in December and we held a graveside service on May 6, 2010. We knew that there would not be many people, so to have Martha (Collins) Beagan come was so much appreciated."
Wilfred E Martell, Jr.
In Memoriam, January 12, 2002
Ocala Florida – Wilfred E. Martell, Jr.,59, formerly of Claremont, NH, died January 12, 2002 in Ocala, FL, where he had resided since moving from Charlestown, NH in 1999.
He was born in Claremont on August 30, 1942, the son of Irene (Hart) and Wilfred E. Martell, Sr. He was a graduate of St. Mary School, class of 1961. He was a US Army veteran.
He was employed for 24 years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Windsor, VT.
On May 24, 1980, he married the former Patricia Taylor.
Members of his family include his wife, Patricia Martell, Ocala FL; 2 sons: Donald and Gary Hughes, both of Florida; 3 grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene Gilson.
There will be no visiting hours.
Graveside committal services will be held at 11am Friday in St. Mary cemetery with the Rev. Stanley J. Piwowar, pastor of St. Joseph's Parish, officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan St., Claremont.
Wilfred's widow, Patricia Martell writes:
"Wilfred was in the service only about a year. He got out on a hardship discharge and came home to take care of his mother and sister after his father was in a bad car wreck and was in the hospital for over a year. That was when he started working at Goodyear in VT.
When Goodyear closed, he worked at the IGA store in Walpole. My two children from my first marriage lived in Florida, so when his mother and my mother died, we wanted to be closer to the boys and to the grandchildren.
We met in 1978 and married in 1980. I guess I should say we were lucky to have 22 years together. I just wish it could have been more.
Wilfred stayed an honorable man until the day he died. His word was always his bond. If he said he was going to do something, it was done. He always thought before he spoke or committed to anything. He was always there if someone needed help. He had many friends, new and old.
A funny part of him was his name. If someone called him Wilfred, I knew it was someone he went to school with. If someone called him Marty, I knew it was someone from work. Family and new friends called him Jack. I called him Toad, and he called me Toadie. He is still missed by many, and is still talked about. When he died, a part of me died too."
Carol Lafountaine Gerbert
Port St. Joe, FL – Word has been received that Carol J. Gerbert, 54, died Sunday, April 19, 1998, at her home in Port St. Joe, of cancer.
She was born May 1, 1943, in Burlington, VT, daughter of David and Ruth (Vose) Lafountaine.
She graduated in 1961 from St. Mary High School in Claremont and was a color guard in the school's Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. ,
While serving with the US Army in Texas, she received nurse's training and became a licensed practical nurse.
She was employed at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont in many nursing capacities including: operating room scrub nurse, emergency room, medical/surgical unit, mental health unit, child health, priority care and respiratory department, and as an EEG/EKG technician, for 30 years. She received the Employee of the Month award in 1986 and again in 1996.
Mrs. Gerbert was a member of St. Joseph Church in Claremont and a loyal follower of Fr. Stanley Piwowar.
She was a Red Cross blood donor who donated several gallons of blood over the years.
She will be remembered as a compassionate, loving person with a wonderful sense of humor and was always ready to lend a hand.
She enjoyed walking and the outdoors as well as cooking for friends and traveling when time permitted. She loved country music and dancing.
Survivors include her husband, Reginald of Port St. Joe; one son, Keith Whitehead of Port St. Joe; One daughter, Andra Thayer of Port St. Joe; a step-daughter Tara Todd of Perkinsville; one brother Sherwin Lafountaine of Orlando FL; one step-brother, Loren Robbins Jr. of Claremont; two sisters, Simone Banks of Snohomish , WA and Gail Barnaby of Hartford VT; one grandson, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be held at 11am May 16 at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Stanley Piwowar officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sullivan County Hospice, PO Box 1247, Claremont, NH 03743.
From Dick Moody:
"I communicated with Carol before her death. We spoke of many things, but one thing she emphasized was that she liked Sister Cornelia. She was also proud of being the captain of the St. Mary Cavaliers Color Guard. She enjoyed our classmates."
Arlene Pinard Formichelli
Arlene married John Formichelli (Stevens '58) on June 20, 1964. "When I got married, we had all 4 of our children early. When the last one went to school, I went back to work. I worked 5 years as a nurses' aide at Claremont General Hospital.
"Then we moved to Bradford, PA because John had a chance to work in the oil fields. After 6 years went by, and 3 of our children graduated from high school there, we moved back to Claremont. In March, 1986, I went to work at the NH Community Federal Credit Union. I worked there for 22 years, attending seminars and workshops often. I started as a teller, and ended as senior loan officer." She retired in 2007.
Arlene and John have two daughters and two sons: Marie Walker, 45,
lives in Goshen, NH; Anthony, 44, and his wife Wendy live in Portsmouth, NH; Christine Waterman, 43, lives in Unity, and John, 40, and his wife Megan live in Cornish, NH.
"We have ten grandchildren; Laura, 24; Tim, 21; Neville, 20; Jordan, 18; Stefan,16; Rowan, 15; Lydia, 15; Loden, 14; Jeb, 12; and Maxx, 7."
"We have traveled all along the east coast, from Key Biscayne in Florida to Prince Edward Island in Canada. Quilting, crocheting, gardening, woodworking and cooking are all activities I love, but our grandchildren are the loves of our lives, and we spoil them if we can."
Arlene points to one major turning point in her life: "It happened at Maple Lanes here in Claremont. That's where I met my husband."
For memorable teachers, Arlene singles out Sr. Winifred, "Who was possibly responsible for my decision to choose office work."
"I remember our record hops, basketball games, soccer games, our freshman year at the old St. Mary School where we had to go from building to building to change classes, the high school proms and the Christmas formal. I remember all the fun we had cheerleading, and how the nuns had to inspect our uniforms. We were possibly the only school with our uniform skirts below the knees.
"I loved going to school at St. Mary's, and feel lucky to have attended all 12 years there. The high school years were some of the best memories of my life."
In 1978, Arlene and John bought the Pinard family home at 118 Winter St. in Claremont, where they now live. "This is the home I was born and grew up in, the 9th of 10 children."
Arlene's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel St. Martin Robb
During high school my wish was to work with children. I was accepted at Crotched Mt. to assist deaf children age’s three to twelve. After a year I decided it wasn’t for me. Next I worked at Sylvania for three years, enough said on that. In 1965 I took and CNA course and played nurse at Valley regional hospital for 23 years, taking a couple years off to spend with our two children, Melissa and Thomas, when they were born. Working part-time, which also included every other weekend, and alternating holidays for so many years got old so when the opportunity came my way to change careers, I jumped for it. The next 20 years I worked in a dental office, first as a receptionist / secretary then as a chair- side assistant and loved every minute of it. I Retired on May 1st, 2008.
Terry and I traveled many places through the years, complements of the company he works for. Portugal, Hawaii, several islands in the Bahamas, Mexico and many cities in our own USA. Family trips were important too, some to remember are two weeks in Europe visiting 6 countries, and skiing out west, Colorado and Utah. When our children got older Terry and I traveled with friends on Gold wing motorcycles. We went as far west as Wyoming and as far east as Nova Scotia, north to Canada, and Key West for south. Terry still rides with the guys and that gives me time to do some quilting, my new found hobby.
We lived in Claremont and enjoy having our 3 grandchildren, ages 5, 71/2 and 8 over to play. I must add that Terry and I have been married for 45 years and we wish to thank Bobby Rogers (our classmate) for introducing us. Bob and Terry worked together back in the early 60’s.
I would say that our class has made good memories throughout the years and I will cherish all of them beginning at the annex of our freshman year. Hope to see everyone in June.
Upon graduation I went to work at Joy Manufacturing, where I worked for 27 years as a machine operator, assembler, welder, assembler electrician and crew boss, After Joy left, I worked for the Claremont School Department as a building tech in the Maintenance Department. I worked there for 16 years, and retired in 2004 to go to work for my oldest son at Dean Hill RV and Dean Hill Saab Repair. I retired from that in 2008, but still work occasionally. From 1968 to 1979 I was a call fireman for the Claremont Fire Department.
In 1964 I married Sheila Magoon (Steven’s ’62). We have two sons: Roger Jr., age 46, is married to Angie Lemieux. They live in Surrey, NH with their two children, Megan, age 17, and Collin, age 14. Our other son Ron, age 44, is married to Kathy Small. They own my folks’ home on Veterans Park Rd. (previously known as Green Mt. Rd.). They have three children; Alicia, age 22, Kyle, age 19 and Mitchell age 17. The number 1 priority for me is family.
I have a great interest in building with wood. I built our first home on Green Mountain Rd. where we lived for 40 years. We are now retired in our “dream” home (post & beam) on Highland Lake in Washington, NH. I built this also, which was a challenge as I cut down trees, sawed them on my sawmill, hewed the beams and built the house. My other interests are my “big boy” toys - tractors, an excavator, snowmobiles, ATVs, and construction equipment. We have flown to several states, and have been on cruises to Hawaii, Alaska, and the Caribbean. Now that we are retired, we want to travel the entire U.S. in our camper. I have fond memories of my cars, drag racing my “58” Chevy at Sanford, Maine Drag Races, socializing at the A & W and parties at my parents’ camp on Crescent Lake. I have enjoyed working on our floats and look forward to our 50th.
After graduating from St. Mary, I went to work for Joy Manufacturing Co. as a precision grinder. In 1964 I married Marilyn Sheldon (Stevens '62). We've been married for 47 years and have a son, Scott.
I served in the Vermont National Guard from 1965 to 1971. During that time I was a tank and armored personnel carrier driver and heavy equipment operator. I achieved the rank of sergeant (E-5).
I worked at Joy for 27 years, Sullivan Machine Co. for 4 years and Bryant Grinder for 13 years. Needing a break from the machine companies, I went to work for Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor VT. I remained there for 5 years and retired in 2005.
I joined the Claremont Fire Department as a call firefighter in 1964, and retired after 43 years of service in 2007 with the rank of captain.
In 1972 I founded the Yesteryears Motorcar Club. At present the club has a membership of 80 families. Marilyn and I own a 1932 Dodge Brothers pick-up which we show at car shows and events throughout the summer.
I have been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 35 years, and a Fourth Degree Knight for 6 years.
Marilyn and I have lived in Claremont all of our lives. We have lived in a 1769 farmhouse for 32 years. We enjoy kayaking, fishing, gardening, church functions, events at 3 local senior centers, and just relaxing with hobbies and reading. And enjoying retirement!!!
Ronald “Butch” Garneau
After graduation, Butch attended the Massachusetts School of Electronics in Boston.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was a boatswain's mate 3rd class. Part of his duty sent him on 2, 6-month cruises to the Mediterranean Sea. His electronics education led Butch to a career as a TV repairman for 17 years.
After that he was a truck driver for Amerigas for 22 years.
“Carol Cyr (Stevens '64) and I were married in 1968, and have a son and 4 grandchildren. Together we operated the Garneau Country Store and Bird House for 9 years.”
Butch “semi-retired in 2008”, and now drives cars occasionally for Subaru of Claremont. “They pay me to ride my a_ _ around” he says. Butch remembers his sports career “and the people I went to school with.”
They reside at 901 Wheeler-Rand Road in Charlestown, NH
Lt. Col. Marie Grover Knudson
“I always wanted to be in nursing and care for people.” Said Lt. Col Marie Grover Knudson. “I became an LPN first because mom and dad didn't have money for anything else. I became an RN in 1978. Dr. Marshall in Claremont was responsible . He convinced me it was the thing to do. I also wanted to be like my aunt, who was in the army.
Marie has spent 48 years in nursing She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Purdue University in Indiana, near where she now lives, and has a master's degree in Military Science. Marie also teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation She is a widow, and has also lost a daughter.
Marie has served as the chief nurse in a hospital, and of a 60-bed intensive care section. She had a staff of 40 nurses and 105 personnel under her care. She also served as the executive officer of the unit.
“On my last mission to El Salvador. I was in charge of offering health care to 5900 patients in 9 days in 103 degree heat.”
She has been in every state except Alaska, and hopes to move back to New Hampshire in a few years.
Claire Lemieux Dole
Claire Lemieux was with us until 1958 when she left to get married. She did graduate in 1993 with a GED, and did it right – made Dean's list and graduated cum laude from the Adult Education program in Claremont.
“I worked in retail for over 20 years – Ladies' fashions.” She wrote. “I chose that field because I enjoy fashion and working with people, learning what they liked and picking out special things that I knew certain clients would like and purchase. I worked on and off for the Fashion Boutique in Claremont for more than 10 years, then opened Samantha's Finer Fashions and operated that for 7 years.
“I put together several fashion shows in the area that were very successful and beneficial to area stores. After leaving Samantha's I took care of my dad and ran a payroll service from my home for my daughter's company for 5 years.”
Claire has been widowed twice. She had three daughters and a son with her first husband, Edwin R. Davis, who was killed in a truck accident in 1968. She remarried in 1970 to Robert Dole. They were married for 39 years, until he passed away in 2009. The three daughters are now 53, 50 and 49. Her son died in a motorcycle accident in 1988 at the age of 25. “I have two stepchildren, a daughter who is 53 and a son, 43. I have 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
“The death of my first husband was a big turning point I my life. It left me a widow at 25, responsible for four children and a home. My second husband came into my life 6 months later, and we married in 1970.”
For activities, Claire has enjoyed biking, golf, tennis, walking, swimming and dancing. She also enjoys sewing for her family. “I have traveled to Brazil, Bermuda, Jamaica, Paris, Mexico, Canada, and from Maine to Florida. I have been involved with the Claremont Lioness Club since 1970 and have been president twice, treasurer twice, chaplain, historian, and have served on committees to raise funds for local charities.
“I am still working and hope to continue for a few more years, as long as I stay healthy. I am now working as cook and matron for 5 elderly ladies in a private home setting. I plan all the meals, do the shopping, cooking serving, clean-up, oversee 2 weekend cooks, answer phones, doors, handle mail and rent. I really do enjoy my job.
It's like having a group of mothers to look after, and they look after me.”
One thing Claire remembers about first grade: “Sr. Dimpna hit me behind the head because I couldn't spell my last name. Most memorable was the eighth grade graduation.
“I am very happy and have a wonderful family that takes good care of me. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I go to the fitness center three to four times a week to stay healthy. I never will be thin!”
Arthur J. Plouffe
After high school, Art attended St. Anselm’s college for year (1963-1964) and then North Hampton Commercial College for a year.
“In June of 1965 I signed up for a 4-year hitch in the Army before my number came up in the draft. I was stationed in Okinawa and worked in the Communications Department. In 1967-1968 I went to Fort Devens and was shipped to Vietnam, then back to Fort Devens where I was discharged early to come home to my dying father. While at Fort Devens I worked at Sears in Leominister, MA as a shipping department head in the daytime and in Ft. Deven’s communication center at night.”
After being discharged from the Army in June of 1969, Art worked temporary jobs for a couple of years. After that he settled into 20-year employment with Sturm Ruger Firearms.
“Nancy Greenwood from Windsor, VT and I tied the knot in 1969. Our daughter Catherine was born on April 2, 1980. She will be a personal trainer for Gold’s Gym this coming May.” In 1982, Nancy and Art started a cleaning business – Arts Cleaning Services. “We dealt with residences and commercial properties. In 1994, I left Rugers to go full-time with our cleaning business.”
They are now are semi-retired from Art’s Cleaning Services and live on Glenwood Rd. in Claremont.
Carol Cornish Hiltunen
Carol attended nursing school at St. Vincent's in Worcester MA right after graduation. “I chose nursing because the scholarships covered tuition,” she said. When she returned, she helped to set up the first coronary care unit at Claremont General Hospital, and became the first supervisor there.
“I worked for Associates in Medicine for a long time. They were an internal medicine group. I got to do all the things the doctors didn’t want to do. Then I went back to school for diabetes education, took a national exam and was certified in that field.” She retired 5 years ago.
“I met Lee Hiltunen (from West Lebanon) on a double date with Martha Collins. (before Mike) We married in 1968.” Carol and Lee have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Both of Carol’s daughters went to Boston College and spent their junior years abroad. Kerri, the youngest, went to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and met her husband, Iain, there. He is a philosophy teacher at the University of Birmingham, England, where they live. They have 2 children, a daughter 10, and a son, 3. “Kerri was afraid to go to Scotland alone, so a friend and I went with her! Kerri returned home only to finish at BC. Both daughters have masters degrees and are doing very well.“
Carol and Lee‘s other daughter is Becky Frieden, a high tech person at Clark University. She and Marc have 2 girls, ages 10 and 11. The eleven-year-old, Sophie, is in a few films, and is the lead in a movie called “The Visionary” yet to be released.” Carol and Lee have traveled to Fiji and go to England yearly. Carol has also been to New Zealand.
“I liked St. Mary well enough to send both of my daughters there and sat on the St. Mary School Board for quite a while. Carol laFlower Therriault was also on the board with me.”
Carol recommends Irene Choquette’s Sucharzewski’s daughter Sarah who set Carol and Lee up with a plane and train trip to Utah and Montana. (Sarah Sucharzewski at Wheelock Travel, Opera House Square, Claremont, 603-543-0400)
In Memoriam, November 15, 2011
Carol (Cornish) Hiltunen, 68, of Claremont, died suddenly, Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in Birmingham, England while visiting her daughter.
She was born in Hartford, CT to Floyd and Lillian (Lavoie) Cornish. She graduated from St. Mary's High School, Class of 1961, Claremont, and St. Vincent's Nursing School in Worcester, MA. She was a keen supporter in the Claremont community, serving on several boards including Claremont School Board, Claremont Savings Bank, Claremont Soup Kitchen, and Turning Points Network. She worked as a nurse for St. Mary's School, Claremont General Hospital, Associates in Medicine, and retired as a nurse and diabetic educator from Mt. Ascutney Hospital. She was an avid gardener, traveler, reader, and supporter of education. She was most happy in her beautiful vegetable and flower gardens surrounded by her family, but she also had a vivacious love of life, and could be found jumping out of airplanes and riding roller coasters with her grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by the many that loved her.
She leaves her loving and devoted husband Lee; two daughters, Becky Frieden of West Boylston, MA and Kerri Law of Birmingham, England; four grandchildren, Sophie and Hannah Frieden and Mairi and Alec Law; brothers, Floyd Cornish, Robert Cornish and Ray Cornish; sisters, Kathleen Derosier, Eileen Thompson, Ellen St. Pierre and Lynn Ferland; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Cornish.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Sautrday morning, December 10th, 2011 in St. Mary's Church with Rev. Father Shawn M. Therrien, Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery
Donations are encouraged to be made to Turning Points Network (formerly Women's Supportive Services), 11 School Street, Claremont, NH (http://www.free-to-soar.org)httttp://www.free-to-soar.org/
Almost 50 years ago, after we graduated from St. Mary’s, I left Claremont to further my education and pursue a career, like most of us I assume. Mine was in business finance . It’s been a tumultuous 50 years filled with joys, successes, challenges and mistakes.
While working, I also attended college at night, completing my bachelor’s degree at NH College (now known as SNHU) in 1977. I went on to pursue my MBA, but ended that pursuit, three courses short in 1985 when my oldest son, Norman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that has left him permanently disabled.
In 1966 I married my first wife and we had 2 children. We were young and naive, eleven years later she pursued “greener pastures – seeking her “perfect mate”. I went on to find mine. My wife Mary and I have enjoyed thirty years together and raised three children who have all graduated from college and have embarked on careers of their own.
My business career spanned many years and a variety of jobs in accounting and computer services. In 1987 I opened my own business and for twenty years brokered leases for large equipment. What I loved most about having my own business was the flexibility to be truly involved in the lives of my 3 younger children. I coached little league baseball, soccer and basketball; sat through many dance recitals and competitions, celebrated accomplishments and comforted in difficult times. I miss those times.
With the children grown, I closed the business and became semi-retired. I am now following my own passions—in my own time and schedule. I have always loved to putter and fix things. I do home remodeling, renovations and repairs for friends and family.
In my retirement years Mary and I have also been blessed to reconnect and deepen our faith. I love Jesus! We have become involved in the Cursillo Movement and our parish community in Concord.
I may not boast of great financial success or worldly travels. I do boast of the loving and joyful relationship that I have with my family and my God. I am grateful for the life-lessons of humility that help me to value the gifts that I have been given.
Gloria Derosier Jarvis
Gloria Derosier Jarvis' work history is a varied and interesting one. “When I graduated, I worked at Montclare Shoe Company with all my friends in the office. What a great job! Shoes, shoes, shoes! Then I was the secretary to the principal at the Maple Avenue School for 9 years.”
Irene Labreque Papps suggested that Gloria try working with “reluctant readers” as a paraprofessional. She taught reading for 11 years. “It was so rewarding to turn a young child on to reading because we usually got the students who were struggling.”
Gloria is still working part time.
A turning point in her life, she says, was “Kissing my husband Don in first grade while I was passing out papers. Put him right into shock. He said he never forgot what I wore that day or my name. When we met later his line was, 'you know you kissed me in first grade.' I couldn't believe I'd do such a thing. But I probably did.”
Gloria and Don have been married for 46 years, and have two children. Brian (45) is a salesman for Yankee Barn Homes, and Dianne (42) is a nurse. There are 5 grandchildren: Amanda (19), Arielle (18), Madelyn (13), Connor (11) and Dustin (5).
Living arrangements have sometimes been interesting. Gloria lived in Oklahoma while Don was stationed at Ft. Sill. “In the 70's we lived in Weathersfield, VT. We bought a one-room schoolhouse for a few hundred dollars and converted it into a small house. Don then built a 6-room house. When he was 60, he said he wanted to build another house – while working a full-time job. He is amazing!” They now live on Winter St.
Memories of school? “Doesn't everyone love Sr. Casmir? Sr. Margaret was so sweet. Sr. Ida was like a memere – I loved her in grade school. She definitely was my favorite. Ringing the bell in fifth grade was so much fun. Memorable events? Too many to pinpoint. Some that stand out in mind are: going to the St. Mary dances, meeting up with friends, and proms. Arlene (Pinard Formachelli) and I had a system where we would spend 2 or 3 nights at each other's house. 'Working on a project' was the usual line. Always had to take a break and go down to Godek's to clear the mind. It's amazing how close the library was to Godek's.
“I still have the same friends as in grade school and high school. We see each other as often as possible and are like family. We call ourselves “The Golden Girls”: Arlene (Pinard Formachelli) , Irene (Labreque Papps), and Carolyn (Lawrence Maranville). We meet once a month at different houses and share laughter, tears, and good food. Love those girls!”
I joined the Coast Guard right after high school and was sent to Groton, CT to become a radioman. I was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Humboldt out of Boston, which patrolled the North Atlantic, and also traveled to Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. At the time I was the only man from Claremont stationed on the Humboldt, but I was soon joined by Louis Landry, Robert Ferland, Norm Ferland, and Ken Scully.
Later I was transferred to Boston Primary Radio Station for District One on the East Coast. Here I achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer Second class Radioman. I enjoyed my time in the Coast Guard and I had a chance to travel and learn other skills.
After the service I returned to Claremont and secured a job as a carpenter's helper. This job gave me a chance to learn about building. I went on to build two homes, including the building in which I had my barbershop and real estate businesses. I was a barber for 38 years, and in real estate for 14. My wife Mary was a school teacher in Claremont, and we have two children, Christine and Rick.
During my time in Claremont I served on the city council and many other city boards. I served on the St. Mary School Board and the PTO. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, the Hartford VT American Legion, and am now a member of the Florida Aripeka Elks.
We moved to Bayonet Point, Florida in 2004 and enjoy our new area. We have been able to travel to Alaska, the Northwest, Hawaii, and went for many cruises in the Caribbean.
My fondest memory of school will always be the joy I had playing soccer. Our team was made up of many great guys and wonderful classmates. I later played soccer for the Claremont Wingfoots and in the Massachusetts League. I also enjoyed all of the St. Mary sports – baseball, CYO basketball, Cavaliers and the square dance group.
I really don’t miss the cold of New Hampshire, but I do miss the people. I often think of Sr. Cornelia. She helped me and many others get through high school. I consider her my Patron Saint. I realize now how poorly I behaved at times.
I enjoyed my classmates, and I hope they are all doing what they want and having fun.
Bob spent four years in the Navy after high school. He achieved the rank of Second Class Petty Officer (E5) as an Interior Communications Electrician, IC2.
“I spent 2 years on the supply ship USS Altair homeported in Naples, Italy. I had the opportunity to visit many of the Mediterranean Sea ports and a couple in the North Atlantic.”
After leaving the Navy, Bob worked 6 months for Kingsbury Machine in Keene as an electrician. “In April 1966 I was offered a job in Claremont with the phone company as a Central Office Technician. After about 6 years I was promoted to Central Office manager and spent time in Hanover and Keene, as well as Claremont.
“Although I was totally unprepared, the phone company made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and in April 1994, at the age of 51, I retired. I was concerned about adjusting to this, but in about 2 days I became totally adjusted. I did take a part-time job with a computer store and currently work 2 days a week.”
Bob met his wife, Jean Saunders (St. Mary 1962) when on leave from boot camp.
She moved here from Cleveland, Ohio in the fall of 1961 and spent her senior year at St. Mary. “We were married in June of 1966. and it's the best thing that ever happened to me. We have 3 children; Mark, 44, Tom 42, and Nora 38. We have 6 grandchildren (5 girls and 1 boy) and are fortunate to have them all living in Claremont.
“I was involved with the Boy Scouts for 29 years, am active with the K of C 4th Degree, and enjoy playing golf. We have a seasonal camp site at Loon Lake Campground next to Mark and Tom, and spend a lot of time there in the summer enjoying friends and family. Jean and I enjoy traveling and have taken several cruises and trips to several national parks and Alaska.
“I have fond memories of the days in the Cavaliers and playing sports for St. Mary, especially the state champion soccer team."
Edward “Buzzy” Bushway
I often describe myself as born, raised and educated in New Hampshire - graduated from there on Tuesday and left, never to live there again. However, the culture and values I have lived with during my life were greatly formed and cultivated by St. Mary School and the Sisters who taught us.
Annette Courtermanche and I married after 4 years of dating in 1963 between my sophomore and junior years of college at the university of New Hampshire. We put ourselves through college and I obtained my electrical engineering degree in 1965. Our oldest son was born a year after our marriage. We often comment that he went to college twice.
On completing my Bachelor of Science degree and obtaining my professional engineering license, I chose not to go to grad school or into the military. We joined corporate America in a high-risk, high-reward management program with AT&T where I started my career with New York Telephone.
Annette and I have lived most of our lives in western New York and have 5 children. Duff – Edward D. Bushway III, Todd, Shawn, Michele and Heather attended private Catholic schools in Buffalo, 30 miles from our home in the country. They all graduated from college, 4 with advanced degrees from various schools: Notre Dame, Clarkson, Penn State, St Bonaventure, Geneseo, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Buffalo. They now work as an engineering manager, lawyer, college professor, teacher, and accountant. We have thirteen grandchildren, ten of whom live and play in western New York. The oldest will be a senior in high school and the youngest will enter kindergarten this year.
Our home is situated in the middle of 30 acres in the country just outside of the small village of Holland NY. We enjoy using the streams, pond, pool, tennis court, trails, and gardens of our home which has become the gathering spot for the family. Annette and I have been intensively involved in our community and faith community. We were founding members of a youth soccer league with over 600 children. I coached soccer, baseball and softball for over 17 years. I have served in various capacities at Annunciation Church: administration, CCD teacher, altar servers coordinator and Eucharistic minister. I am currently on the finance committee.
We have traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada while raising our family and spending many summers in the Rocky Mountains or in the Maritime Provinces.
I remember Sr. DeLoudres with her “I'm not going to spoon feed you.” She motivated our class through the tough spots, but showed her true self when she artistically painted the cover of Annette's prom book for us.
And Sr. Cornelia who had strict rules that girl and boy friends couldn't walk together during recess, but who grabbed Annette's hand and mine and said, “It's OK if you walk with me.” Sr. Fidelia was so aloof in chemistry, but asked me in my senior year if I thought I'd marry Annette. Followed by “She is such a good person.”
How about Sr. Cornelia calling all the soccer players out of class and lining us up to interrogate us to see who went to Hinsdale (and painted on the school driveway). We all admitted what we painted. When each was asked what he had done, Bob Belaire said “I didn't go.” to which she said “Good boy Bobby.” Bob replied, “When I went home to get the paint, my father wouldn't let me out of the house.” So much for a good boy!
In those days the sisters who taught us were not allowed to participate in our family events, but when Annette and I got married, they stood on the bank in front of the school (on Central St.) and watched us exit the church to show their support. Sr. Cornelia carried in her breviary a picture of our son Duffy for many years. I would be remiss if I did not mention that winning the state championship with 10 of my classmates was a special time in our lives. It provided many lessons in life which I relied on then and still do today. Yes, I think were were blessed at St. Mary, and believe that at least the knocks I got were all justified.
I had a 31-year career AT&T, NYTEL, Bell Labs, NYNEX and Verizon. My career had many interesting stops along the way, including an assignment at headquarters in New York City where I walked by the World Trade Center every day as it reached 110 stories. My engineering degree served me well as I as I managed in a technology-driven company. Promoted young to Director of Engineering and Construction for western New York, I was responsible for the design and construction of the telecommunication information network for 1 million people in an area of about 5000 square miles. My organization of about 500 engineers, constructors and support personnel was augmented with many contractors. Included in my career highlights are building the 14th fiber optic network in America, augmenting the early cell networks, integrating the light rail subway system and a major league baseball stadium Buffalo, and completing an extensive fiber optic and electronic network in western New York.
Annette and I retired when I was 53 years old, and we have been blessed now with 15 years of retirement. We have been antique clock collectors for many years and I have both a clock repair shop and a woodworking shop to play in. We travel and enjoy our place in the woods, but the center of our hearts is our family and grandchildren!!!
Lise Routhier Brooks
After graduation, Lise went to North Hampton Commercial College and earned a secretarial degree. She then earned a Bachelor's Degree in business accounting, “...in 5 tough years of night school.”
After graduation from commercial college, she worked briefly for a finance company and then “I worked for Fellows Gear Shaper until my daughter was born. After that I worked for an insurance agency and the State of New Hampshire. After about 2 years of part-time work, I began working full-time for the state and retired in 1994. In 1993 I started a home-based travel agency which I still operate today. It's hard to fully retire as I enjoy my clients, especially the faithful repeat ones,”
In 1965 Lise married Ray Brooks (Stevens ’62). They met when they both worked at Fellows Gear Shaper. They have 2 children, Deb and Ray Jr. There are 3 granddaughters, and the youngest, a grandson.
“We have traveled to many areas of the United States, the Caribbean, and Hawaii." She went to Ireland with her daughter and to Alaska with her son. “Those were very memorable trips. In 2005 we took a Thanksgiving family cruise with our children and grandchildren/ Great memories!”
One thing Lise remembers about school, “I loved the way Sr. Winifred loved sports and kept an earpiece in her ear so she could announce the scores during class, especially during the playoffs.”
Lise and Ray now live in Claremont, but winter in The Villages, FL. Lise's e-mail address is: email@example.com
Lisette Thibodeau Belisle
I left St Mary's in 1959, and graduated from St. George High School in Manchester NH in 1961, then went on to Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Manchester and became a registered nurse.
Based on a book I read in fifth grade where a nurse went about saving people, I chose a nursing career. Upon graduation, I worked in Obstetrics at Sacred Heart Hospital. After my marriage, I moved to Burlington, VT where I worked in Medical Surgical Nursing at DeGoesbriand Memorial Hospital, then became a stay-at- home mom after the births of my three children. At some point, I realized the author of that book had inspired me as well as the nurse, and I decided to try my hand at writing women's fiction -- more specifically romance fiction. Where else would I find women saving people? In any case, ten years and seven books later, I sold a book to Silhouette/Harlequin Books. JUST JESSIE was published in 1997, followed by several more novels which have been translated into eight languages and sold worldwide. I am still writing, currently working on a trilogy. If you Google Lisette Belisle, you'll find more about me and my books, including a profile on Wikipedia.
My husband, Frank Belisle, and I just celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary. When we met, I was a student nurse and he was in the Air Force stationed at Grenier Field in Manchester. A native Vermonter, he likes to tell the story that he joined the Air Force to see the world so they sent him to NH. Lucky for me! He's an engineer and worked at General Electric in Burlington, VT then was transferred to Schenectady, NY in 1972 where he worked until his retirement in 2002. We have three children: Christine born in 1965, Denise born in 1966 and Martin born in 1969. All three are married. Christine and her husband Dave live in Southington, CT and have two children: Nick 24, and Allie 22. Denise and her husband Jay live in Amherst NH and have three children: Katrina 17, Cassie 14, and Mitchell 9. Martin and his wife Valerie live in Saratoga Springs and have three children: Andrew 8, Azlyn 7 an Anya 5. We consider ourselves truly blessed!
Juggling family and writing has kept me busy. When the children were young, I did a lot of volunteer work for the Girl Scouts, PTA, Head Start and taught CCD high school religion classes. During those years I became very crafty: sewing, knitting, crocheting. I then moved on to devoting more of my time to writing and started the Saratoga Chapter of Romance Writers of America in 1993 which is still growing strong with an impressive number of published and pre-published authors. I also attend and present workshops at national and regional writers conferences and remain an active RWA member.
My parents were a great influence, teaching me to take chances, work hard, and remain true to myself. My husband is also my best friend and greatest supporter. My children and grandchildren are always a driving force behind what I do and who I am. I also stay in touch with my sister and four brothers who are scattered around the country. Writing-wise, I have several writer friends who encouraged me to write and rewrite, submit and resubmit. And of course, I'm grateful to my literary agent and my first editor who opened doors to the world of publishing.
My memories of school go from confusion to enlightenment. Confusion because I was born in Canada and moved to U.S. when I was four yrs. old; thus, I couldn't speak much English when I started first grade...and enlightenment because I learned to speak and read...and write. I often think of Sister Mary DeLourdes who was such a terrific English teacher. She made us think we could all be writers.
I was so fortunate growing up in Claremont and attending St. Mary's where I made so many friends and so many great memories! I can't think of a better preparation for life.
I currently live just outside Saratoga Springs, NY. My address is: Lisette Belisle, 34 Moonglow Road, Gansevoort, NY 12019. Phone 518-587-0201. email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet Hayes Coulombe
After graduation, Janet worked as a teacher’s aide at the Bluff School, and with Mrs. Evelyn Paskevitch’s Nursery School. She also worked at Grant’s Department Store and raised their daughters until they want to school She then joined the Claremont Savings Bank. She took classes in banking in many locations in NH. She retired in 2008 as supervisor/branch manager.
“I have been married to Ken Coulombe (Stevens, “59) for 47 years. We have 2 daughters Robyn, 42, with 2 children; Elizabeth 10 and Aaron 5; and Jodi, 41, with 2 sons, Vaughn, who is 3, and Lennox, who will be 2 this summer.”
Janet and Ken like to travel. “The ocean is my favorite place. We have traveled to Nevada, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, etc.”
As community service, Janet was involved in reading to elementary school children and talking to seniors about banking.
“I loved the 7 years I spent in the Cavaliers as majorette, majorette captain, color guard and color guard captain. The record hops were great, and Father Boland was my favorite priest. I did dishes for the nuns at $5 a week every week night. They were all great. I liked them all, even the cook.”
One interesting fact is that Janet was the only one among 6 children who went to St. Mary. The other 5 went to Stevens.
She and Ken live at 16 Providence Ave. in Claremont. Her email address is email@example.com
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