Notable New Hampshire neighbors who died last week

InDepthNH.org crawls New Hampshire funeral home websites weekly and randomly selects some of our friends, relatives and neighbors to be featured in this column. People listed here have died within the past week and have a public or charitable connection to their community. InDepthNH.org now offers obituaries through the Legacy.com service. We see this as part of our public service mission. Click on here or on the Obituaries tab at the top of our homepage to find out more. And if you know anyone from New Hampshire who should be in this column, please send your suggestions to [email protected]

Well-known Hooksett car dealership John O. Danos, 84, from Rye, died on October 20, 2022. He used the knowledge he gained working with his father in the shoe business to create and operate several successful businesses, including The Red Onion Restaurant in the center -city of Manchester and Corvettes Unlimited in Hooksett, which had Roy Orbison, ZZ Top, Jim Rice and Reggie Jackson as customers. A daredevil at heart from an early age, he loved motorcycles and racing and continued to ride his Harleys well into his 80s. (Remick and Gendron Funeral Home)

Dr. Robert Cimis Jr.., 56, of Bow, died Oct. 21, 2022. A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, he was a gastroenterologist who practiced at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, NC, Concord Gastroenterology in Concord and Littleton Regional Health Care in Littleton. (Bennett Funeral Home)

Olive “Ollie” Mae Lafond, 80, of Concord, died Oct. 24, 2022. A U.S. Air Force veteran, she spent 27 years working for New England Telephone and volunteered for several organizations including the Telephone Pioneers, AARP Driver’s Safety Program as an instructor and later state coordinator. . She was an avid golfer winning various championships at Derryfield Country Club. (Bennett Funeral Home)

George M. Ahearn, 88, of Raymond, died Oct. 21, 2022. He was a longtime employee of United Engineers and Constructors in Philadelphia, now a division of Raytheon. He traveled all over the United States building power plants. Projects included Longwood in Boston, Three Mile Island, WPPSS in Washington, Seabrook Nuclear Generating Station and Clear Air Force Station, Alaska. He was a longtime member of the Robertsville, NJ Volunteer Fire Department and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Lions Club and supported the Raymond Youth Athletic Association. (Brepitt Funeral Home)

Janice E. (Todd) O’Rourke, 90, of North Sutton, died October 23, 2022. She worked for the CIA in Washington, DC and later owned Ponkapoag Kennels at Warner where she bred Brittany spaniels and board dogs. Later, she worked for Kearsarge Regional High School in Sutton. She has volunteered at Hospice House in Concord, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester and the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord.. (Chadwick Funeral Service)

John Edward Pearson, 89, of Nashua, died October 21, 2022. In 1968, he was voted Man of the Year by the Nashua Jaycees for his distinguished community service. Throughout his career, he completed numerous government contracts as a general contractor, including rebuilding and gold leafing the dome structure of the New Hampshire State House and replacing marble floors. He rebuilt the United States Navy prison in Kittery, Maine when it was occupied by 851 prisoners. He rehabilitated housing for the US Air Force, built barracks for the US Marines, and built a nuclear storage facility for the US Navy. As a developer and builder, he built thousands of single-family homes, condominiums, and apartments throughout the Northeast, including in 1969 Regency Park in Nashua. He had an office in Lagos, Nigeria. (Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home)

Yvonne Crocker, 97, from Auburn, died on October 20, 2022. Originally from Amsterdam, after the World War she worked for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, traveling to many European capitals to set up reservation systems. She accepted a one-year assignment at UNH in a government-sponsored German program, and in 1973 was hired by the Concord School District as a foreign language teacher. In 1984, she also completed course work and residency at Vanderbilt University for the doctorate. program. She taught evening classes in German and Spanish at the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences in the 1970s. In 1974 she was awarded the Urkunde by the Bundes Republik Deutschland for outstanding achievement in the study of the language and of German literature. In 1981, she established an exchange program with a gymnasium in Wegberg, Germany. She was a longtime and former full member of MENSA, a member and former state president of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honor society for female educators. She was shortlisted for their “Woman of Achievement 2016” award. She was a 50+ year member of Concord Grange #322. (Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home)

Linda Keller, 76, of Rochester, died Oct. 21, 2022. She was a master teacher with more than 35 years of service in the Rochester School District. She took pride in making middle school science classes both accessible and fun for her students.. (RM Edgerly & Son Funeral Home)

Michael B. Bresnahan, 84, of Canaan, died Oct. 24, 2022. A U.S. Army veteran and licensed electrician, he owned MB Electric in Berlin. He has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, the Androscoggin Valley United Way, the Berlin-Gorham Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion and the Irish-American Cultural Institute. (Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home)

Nancy C.Rupp, 94, of Newmarket, died October 24, 2022. She was an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire for many years. She also volunteered as a counselor at Camp Wyonegonic where she was known as “Teddy”. Nancy loved the outdoors, sports and spending time with friends. (Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home & Crematory)

Jane A. Weiland, 88, of Durham, died October 22, 2022. She taught elementary schools for 30 years in New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New Hampshire at Barrington, Dover, Northwood, and for 15 years at Oyster River School. System (Mast Way, Moharimet and Oyster River elementary schools). She retired in 1994. She was a member of the Community Church of Durham, the Christian Education Cabinet, was a teacher in the Sunday School program and was a member of the Visiting Committee. Through the UNH outreach program, she was a touring director for 11 years for the Active Retirement Association. She was a member of the Silver Squares and also a member of Oasis in Exeter. (Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home and Crematorium)

Michael “Mike” George Stevens, 65, of West Ossipee, died Oct. 21, 2022. He was the owner of Big Moose RV, Inc. in Ossipee, and prior to that was a salesman for Ray’s Marina for many years. He and his son Michael owned the Bearcamp River Campground in West Ossipee. (CE Peaslee & Sons, Inc.)

James Lee Miller Sr. 90, of Dover, died October 24, 2022. A United States Navy veteran, he served in the Korean War on the USS Wisconsin and USS Baltimore. He retired from Portsmouth Dockyard as Head of Nuclear Inspection. While working at the shipyard, he was co-owner and operator of Clam Haven, a drive-in restaurant in Dover which operated in the fifties and sixties. He volunteered for the Assembly of God Church in Dover and Davenport, Florida. He was Minister for Youth for many years in Dover. He was an active member of the Lion’s Club and served as club president. (Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home)

Dr Lauren Gray Gilstrap, 38, of Hanover, died Oct. 21, 2022. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, she attended Harvard Medical School and was on the faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the Heart and Vascular Center, with a cross-appointment at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She was an assistant professor at the Geisel School of Medicine in Dartmouth, and in 2021 became head of the advanced cardiology and transplantation program at the Heart and Vascular Center. (Ricker Funeral Homes and Crematorium)

Phillip N. Straight, 76, of Merrimack, died Oct. 25, 2022. He was a member of the Army National Guard and retired from Iowa State Soil Conservation to recover mines. He served as the State Representative for Merrimack representing Hillsborough District 21 from 2012 to 2016. (Rivet Funeral Home and Crematorium)

Betty Ruth Jensen95, from Gilford, died on October 25, 2022. She and her husband Milton owned Boulder Lodge Cottages in Alton Bay from 1975 to 2001. She was active in Bolton Congregational Church, Boy Scouts, and often called herself the mom’s cab. for all the activities of his children. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette funeral home and cremation services)

Joan Letvin, 99, of Bradford, died October 27, 2022. She established Performing Artists Associates (PAA) of New England in 1977, and her efforts spawned other offices that provided both an understanding of the arts management process for young artists and an affordable resource. for audiences across the United States. In 1992 the Lettvin concert series began in Bradford, when her husband, Theodore Lettvin performed a concert to raise funds for the Bradford Meeting House. The concerts have continued since 1992. (Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service)

Eleanor M. Lewis, 92, of Rochester, passed away October 26, 2022. She was active in the Meaderboro Community Church as a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Treasurer for many years. Eleanor was also part of the church’s missionary support group. She volunteered at Frisbie Memorial Hospital. (RM Edgerly & Son Funeral Home)

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