Member Obituaries



As of August 2013, we've begun to include obituaries of passing Historical Society members. We will be adding older obituaries over time. 

Clough, Cecilia "Cele"

Cecelia “Cele” E. Clough, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH died on June 6, 2016 at Carlyle Place, Bedford, NH.

She was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on January 29, 1921, the daughter of Jacob and Agnes (Adamczyk) Ciak. She moved to Amherst shortly after World War II where she made her home and raised her family for over 60 years, later moving to Bedford. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Tenney Clough; her parents; and siblings, Frances, Frank, Marion, Jane, Michelina, Anne and Bronus.

Following high school Cele attended secretarial school and later was employed by Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, CT during World War II. She worked in the Amherst Town Library for many years and was active in the Amherst Congregational Church and the Women’s Association.

Cele is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Charlene Clough of Lawndale, NC, Roger Clough and June Grant of Madbury, NH; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Marc, Grant and Catherine; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Amherst Town Library, 14 Main Street, Amherst, NH 03031.


Davis, Ann (Woodbury)

Ann Woodbury Davis passed away at Crestwood Center, Milford, NH on Sat, Nov 10th following a period of declining health. She was one month shy of her 94th birthday.

Ann was born at home in Milton Mills, NH on December 15th, 1924 to William Elliott and Doris (Horne) Woodbury. Despite the Depression, she had a wonderful childhood growing up on her father’s poultry farm and playing with cousins at Horn Pond. She graduated from Milton Mills Grammar School, and Nute High School, class of 1942. During World War II she worked for one year in Miltonia Mill – one of the first two women to do a man’s job. Ann attended Chamberlain School of Fashion and Retailing in Boston for two years and following graduation with honors, was employed for five years at Gilchrist Department Store in Boston.

While on a hostelling trip (via bicycle) she met Robert Davis at his family’s farm in Amherst, NH. They married in 1950 and honeymooned in Europe travelling by bicycle and motorcycle. They continued their travels by motorcycle around the Western United States, Alaska, and Mexico, and gave a series of illustrated travel lectures to local civic groups and schools. When faced with an “empty nest”, Ann and Bob spent one summer backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, completing approximately 1200 miles of its total length of 3200 miles.

While living in Amherst, Ann and Bob built their own home. Ann was a Girl Scout leader as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Amherst Historical Society and the Congregational Church’s Woman’s Association. For many years she was active in the Christian Science church in Milford, serving as Reader, Reading Room librarian, and Board Member. She worked at Jordan Marsh in Bedford, NH where she rose to the position of Training Director. Later, she volunteered at the Animal Rescue League and together with her daughter fostered litters of kittens and adult cats for Kitty Angels.

Following the death of her husband, Ann returned to college. She designed her own program of study, Non Fiction Writing, and graduated with a BA in 2002 from the College of Lifelong Learning (UNH). She wrote and published “Memoirs of a Marriage”, “Cat Tales”, and “Growing up in Milton Mills”.

Ann was an avid quilter and attended Quilt Camp through the Elder Hostel program in Lyndonville, VT for many years. She also participated in poetry and writing workshops held on the Isles of Shoals. She loved camping, hiking, travelling, her cats, her family, and really good chocolate chip cookies!

She will be missed by her daughters Susan (Scott) Adams of Amherst, NH and Elizabeth/Betsy (Robert) Mullen of Grand Island, FL and by her only grandchild Katherine Mullen (Steve) Ballard of Owensboro, KY. She leaves behind her sister Jane Seeling of Colorado Springs, CO and a brother in law, Victor Misek of Hudson, NH. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 44 years, Robert C. Davis, her brother and his wife, Steven and Eleanor Woodbury, her sister, Susan Misek, her brother in law Fred Seeling, and her brother in law and his wife, Roy and Patricia Davis.

Ann’s father was one of 10 children and she had more than 30 first cousins. One of her great joys was attending the Woodbury Family Reunion held every other year on Cape Cod. She leaves behind over 200 members of extended family.


Duval, Charles E.

Charles E. Duval, 91, lifelong resident and 3rd generation, of Amherst, NH, died on June 17, 2020 at his home.

He was born on August 30, 1928, a son of John C. and Esther (Hicks) Duval, in Amherst, NH in the same home as his mother and where his parents were married.

Prior to his retirement in 1993, Charlie had been employed for Edgecomb Steel in Nashua, NH for more than 30 years and later worked for the Town of Amherst Highway Department for 16 years.

He was a member of the Amherst Fire Department and served as Chief from 1961-1971, where he was known as A-5. In addition, he was a member of the Lawrence Engine Company where his grandfather had been the Chief.

Charlie served on the Historic District Commission and was named Citizen of the Year in 2004.

He enjoyed camping, traveling, NASCAR races, riding trails on his ATV and chair caning. He also loved attending the McIntyre/Curtis Family Reunions for over 60 years.

Charlie was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a longtime member of the Ricciardi Hartshorn Post #23 American Legion, Milford.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Patricia (McIntyre) Duval; and a brother, Herbert Duval. Family members include his daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Web Stout of Canterbury, NH; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Irma Duval of CT, Francis and Jackie Duval of VT; two nieces, Diane Jocher and her husband Ronnie, Bobbi Shaw and her husband Peter, all of New Jersey.

A graveside service with military honors was held on Wednesday, June 24th at 10:00 am in Meadowview Cemetery, Foundry Street, Amherst.

Charlie was a life member of the Historical Society of Amherst, NH and served as Assistant Wigwam Curator from 1997 to 2005.

Howard, Elna Cecelia (Pherson)

Elna P. Howard, 92, of Boston Post Road, Amherst, died April 7, 1995 in Manchester.

She was born at home in Amherst Village on December 4, 1902, a daughter of Charles and Charlotte Pherson. Mrs. Howard had been a resident of Amherst for most of her life. She graduated from Amherst High School, class of 1921, and from Framingham (Mass.) Union School of Nursing in 1924.  She became a registered nurse in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

In 1946, she married a high school classmate, Allen D. Howard, who died in 1986. Mrs. Howard was a member of the Amherst Congregational Church and a life member of the Amherst Historical Society. For many years, she served as treasurer of the Amherst Village Water District.

Family members include a niece. There are no calling hours.  A graveside service will be held in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst, at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Amherst Historical Society, PO Box 717, Amherst, NH 03031.

Smith and Heald Funeral Home, Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

Lincoln, Charles Jewett

SEDGWICK, MAINE — Charles Jewett Lincoln II passed peacefully July 25, 2013, with his daughter and grandson at his side. Charles was born June 16, 1919, in Port Washington, N.Y. He was the son of Roy Melville Lincoln and Grace Hendricks Lincoln and beloved nephew of Charles Jewett Lincoln and Theodora Hendricks Lincoln. Charles is a descendant of Paul Revere, Charles Coffin Jewett and Abraham Lincoln and proudly carried forth the legacy and integrity of these great men.

Charles graduated from the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., in 1938 and Brown University in 1942. From 1942-1946 he served the country in World War II, with the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific. Charles was one of the officers in charge of the 51st Defense Battalion, which was the first all African-American battalion. He was very proud of his years in the Marine Corps. After serving in World War II, Charles studied law at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was here he earned his law degree and met the love of his life, Evangeline Wiseman. They were married for almost 70 years, until she passed in 2010. Charles and Evangeline’s love, devotion, and dedication to each other were traits that everyone who knew them celebrated and admired. Charles and Evangeline settled in Amherst, N.H., where he became the town judge and practiced law. He also served as judge in the District Court in Manchester, N.H. With a keen sense of humor, Charles wrote the book “New England Town Affairs: The Puckerbrush Papers,” which chronicled true cases from Amherst and Milford, N.H.; the names changed to protect the “not-so innocent.” While living in Amherst, Charles’ hobbies included building an asphalt plant with his friend, David Ramsay, manufacturing British fisherman smocks, collecting fire engines in his barn, starting a diamond needle company, and operating a fleet of commercial lobster boats. He was often found in Rye Harbor, N.H., on one of his boats fishing with his daughter, or cruising about the New Hampshire coast. 

Charles is survived by his daughter, Evangeline Anne Lincoln Wollmar and her husband, Douglas, with whom he lived with for the last nine years of his life; his three grandchildren, Aaron Lincoln Friedman, Skylar Allyn Lincoln and Charles Jefferson Friedman; also his son, Colin Lincoln and his wife, Leona Clough; grandson and his wife, Jason and Estelle Lincoln;, and a great-grandson, Dylan Lincoln. He also leaves behind his dear friend and former law partner, William Edwards, who remains a loyal and very special friend to Charles and his family. 

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the Somesville Union Meeting House. Private interment will be held at the Old Ship’s Church Cemetery, Hingham, Mass. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Charles’ honor be made to the families’ church, the Somesville Union Meeting House, P.O. Box 96, Somesville, ME 04660. Also, Charles would encourage everyone to pick up a good book of humor and enjoy a good laugh. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.


Lincoln, Evangeline Johnston

Evangeline Lincoln, 93, died Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Sonogee Rehab. and Living Center in Bar Harbor, Maine. Evangeline was born March 20, 1917 in New Berlin, New York, the daughter of Peter and May (Johnston) Wiseman. She was brought up near Ottawa Canada, where her father was a Methodist minister. ... She was a graduate of Ashbury School for Women, the University of Kentucky, and the Canadian Conservatory of Music. She also earned a graduate degree in international Law from The University of Michigan, where she met Charles Jewett Lincoln, the love of her life and husband of 69 years.  Evangeline was a concert pianist, a church organist, gourmet cook, loving wife, mother and “Nana.”  ... In 1975 she survived a massive heart attack where she died and came back to life after 4 minutes. In that time she experienced what she believed to be Heaven. ... Even in her last months, suffering from Alzheimer's, she continued to delight everyone she met with her huge smile, exuberant singing and joy. Evangeline passed away peacefully holding her husband's hand and with her daughter at her side.  She is survived by her husband, Charles, daughter Evangeline Anne Wollmar and her husband Douglas of Trenton, Maine, her son Colin Lincoln and his wife Leona Clough of Hollis NH, grandson and his wife, Jason and Estelle Lincoln;, and a great-grandson, Dylan Lincoln.


Lyon, Jean E. (Leishman)

Jean E. Lyon, 93, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2019, with family by her side while under the compassionate care of The Hunt Community and Home Health and Hospice staff.

Born in Waltham, Mass., on March 9, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sarah J. (Buckle) Leishman.

She was raised and educated in Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School, class of 1944.

Mrs. Lyon had lived in Nashua for the last 12 years and formerly resided in Moultonborough for 20 years and Amherst for 23 years.

She worked for the Waltham Watch Co., leaving that job to raise her children with her husband Elliot P. Lyon Sr. She spent many years lovingly tending to the needs of her family while at the same time volunteering much of her time to organizations such as the Amherst Junior Women's Club as a charter member; supervisor of the checklist in both Amherst and Moultonborough; Jack & Jill Kindergarten; Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center; and the Loon Preservation Committee. Jean and Elliot were honored as Amherst Citizens of the Year in 1987.

Mrs. Lyon was previously a member of the Church of Our Savior, Milford, and later the Trinity Episcopal Church of Meredith.

Mrs. Lyon enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, hearty laughs with friends and cherished moments with her family.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Elliot P. Lyon Sr.; her brothers, Charles Leishman Jr. and Russell Leishman; and her sisters, Elizabeth Nolan, Marjorie Cannistraro, Dorothy Wood and Ruth O'Brien.

Family members include a sister, Barbara Damoiseau; three sons, Elliot P. "Chip" Lyon Jr. and his wife Dawn of Wolfeboro, Peter Lyon and his wife Elizabeth "Lisa" of Amherst, and Douglas Lyon of Wilton; five grandchildren, Nathan Lyon and his wife Susanne, Charles Lyon, Erik Lyon and his wife Aida, Alexander Lyon and Rebecca Lyon; three great-grandchildren, Mitchell Lyon, Cameron Lyon and Margaret Lyon; and nieces and nephews.


Martini, Richard W.

Richard Walter Martini, formerly of Amherst, New Hampshire, passed away on April 18, 2019 in Beaverton, Oregon. He died peacefully at home at age 94 from renal failure and congestive heart disease, in the company of family and caregivers.

Dick was born on August 29, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Walter H. and Lydia H. (Schatner) Martini. Dick was married to Edith M. Compton in Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 12, 1957. They met on a blind date set up by a common friend the winter before, where they played bridge and he drove Edith home on a very cold night in his drafty convertible (with the roof up). He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Emmy J. (Martini) Meyer in 2016, and wife Edith in 1999. Dick and Edith had two children, twins (double Martinis) Margaret “Peggy” Martini (George Bollweg) of Morton Grove, IL and William R. Martini (Marilyn Jacobson) of Portland, OR, both of whom survive him. Dick is also survived by his two grandchildren, Claire S. Martini of Seattle, WA and Jacob F. Martini of Portland, OR, and several nieces and nephews. Dick’s parents were first-generation Americans, born shortly after their families emigrated to Milwaukee from Germany in the 1880’s and Lithuania in the 1890’s. Dick’s heritage and upbringing were reflected in his blue eyes, his fondness for bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage, and beer, and a few token German words that he seemed to enjoy mispronouncing.

As a youth, Dick read books, collected stamps, and listened to radio shows with his family. He wore knickers to school and enjoyed family picnics on the dairy farms of his aunts and uncles outside Milwaukee, especially the fried chicken and strawberry shortcake. His mother called him “Dickie” at times. Dick enjoyed playing baseball, football, tennis, and golf. As a boy, he saw Civil War veterans marching in Veterans Day parades. With his family, he saw the Graf Zeppelin over the Chicago World’s Fair (Century of Progress) in 1933. They drove out to New York City for the 1939 World’s Fair. As a teenager, he worked delivering newspapers and was a clerk in a shoe store. One summer, he worked a concession stand at Klode Park on Lake Michigan, alongside his buddy and future brother-in-law Bob Meyer. He was an avid lifelong sports fan, particularly of the Green Bay Packers, who he saw play with his father in Milwaukee in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Dick became a proud Packers shareholder in his 70’s.

Dick graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1942. He attended Marquette University for one semester, before interrupting his college education for 3 years of military service during World War II. Dick enlisted in the army at age 18, and served from Feb 1943 to Apr 1946 in the US Army Air Force (AAF), where he was a corporal and trained as a weather forecaster. He was stationed stateside for two years (in Berkeley, CA, and in Victorville, CA in the Mojave desert), then in Europe for one year. He departed for Germany on a troop ship just before V-E Day (fortunate timing), and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria and Wiesbaden, Germany. He saw Dachau, took photos of Munich in ruins, and visited Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden  (“no furniture left, but the view was superb”). At Nordholz (“a godforsaken place north of Bremen”), he heard the British firing off captured German V1 and V2 rockets into the North Sea. In the army, Dick picked up handball, bridge, and a taste for scotch. He credited his army years for pulling him out of his isolated suburban existence and exposing him to the broader world. He considered himself lucky for not having gone through the hardships many vets faced in Europe and the South Pacific.

After returning from Europe, Dick enrolled at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. With the help of the GI Bill, and credit for the year of classes he’d taken at UC Berkeley during the war, he earned a BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1949.

Prior to his marriage to Edith at age 33, Dick lived at home with his parents in Milwaukee. He enjoyed a pack of friends and life as a bachelor. He enjoyed late-night socializing, bowling, and playing pool, yet showed up reliably at work the next morning. He took regular trips to Colorado, and a road trip to Acapulco.

Dick spent his entire career working as a manufacturing process engineer in metal foundries. Dick spent the first 22 years of his career in various rust-belt industrial cities, beginning at Howard Foundry Co. in Milwaukee, where he finished as Chief Metallurgist. The family moved to Muskegon, MI in 1961, where he became Process Control Manager at MISCO Precision Casting Co. In 1966, Dick and 3 others co-founded Cast Technology Inc. in Schenectady, NY, where he served as Technical Director for 5 years. Finally, in 1971, he joined Hitchiner Manufacturing Co. in Milford, NH, the most bucolic of his outposts. He was hired as Director of the Tech Center, and spent the final 19 years of his career there.

Dick had many interests and hobbies and a quiet wit, and remained good conversational company to the end.Dick picked up the hobby of model railroading as a boy and participated in it throughout his life, writing articles for magazines and attending national conventions. He was particularly a fan of Colorado’s narrow gauge railroads and the big steam engines of the 1930’s and 1940’s. He bemoaned the passing of the steam era, and encouraged his young children to exclaim “damn diesel” whenever they saw a non-steam locomotive. Edith liked to point out that their honeymoon included many hours spent in the rail yards of the upper Midwest.

As a youth, Dick sang in his church and school choirs , and began a lifelong love of jazz music. Starting in seventh grade, he’d take the streetcar into downtown Milwaukee by himself to sneak into bars to see Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, and the Dorseys play. With other GI’s stationed in the desert, he hitchhiked into L.A. to see Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore sing. He saw Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, and others live at various times. Traditional New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz was a favorite and matched his upbeat disposition well.

Dick enjoyed sailing, but only once ever owned a boat himself. In Michigan in the early 1960’s, Dick and a friend co-owned a basic 19’ sailboat, which the family took out on lakes and which terrified his kids.

Dick, Edith, and their 2 kids moved to New Hampshire in 1971, where they formed many dear and lasting friendships over the next 44 years. Dick retired in 1990.

Dick and Edith enjoyed playing bridge with friends in all the places they lived. He and Edith were also able to take many trips together within the US, and to Europe, Mexico, and Australia, before Edith’s death from cancer in 1999, after almost 42 years of marriage. One of Dick and Edith’s fondest memories was their trip in their cramped VW Vanagon, retracing the path Edith’s ancestors took west along the Oregon Trail in the 1840’s. Edith was also able to track down some of Dick’s long-lost Martini cousins in Germany, who they joined for two mini family reunions in the 1980’s. Dick continued to travel after Edith’s death, including to his grandkids’ school graduations.

Dick was an avid reader of books and periodicals, particularly of mysteries and histories. He liked “shooting the breeze” with his buddies (aka “solving the world’s problems”), listening to speakers, and making new acquaintances.

Dick volunteered in town and community organizations in New Hampshire. He served on the boards of the town library, Amherst Historical Society, and Souhegan Nursing Association. He drove for F.I.S.H., and was a member of the Lions Club and AAUW gourmet group. One year, he marched in the Town of Amherst’s 4th of July parade, dressed up as local native Horace Greeley.

In December 2015, following an acute health crisis while visiting his son Bill, Dick resettled permanently in Portland, Oregon. He spent his final three years residing comfortably and safely at the adult care home of his caretakers Cornelia and Pete Popa and their family in Beaverton. With Cornelia’s loving care, Dick was able to regain his health. He got an extra 3+ good years to spend living near family, including his grandchildren. He enjoyed their many meals together, happy-hour explorations, movies, and museum outings. He missed his life and friends in Amherst, but adapted to the unplanned relocation with his typical good nature.

Dick lived in the present and enjoyed each day, taking what comes. He chalked up his longevity to “clean living”, somewhat ironically. He loved simple home cooking and was always appreciative of a good stew, pork tenderloin, baked beans, dry martinis (gin, with a twist), and lemon meringue pie. He maintained a positive disposition and interest in many things, and was always game for a visitor or outing. He had a stack of history books, Economists, and clippings on the table next to his chair the day he died.

Dick’s ashes will be interred next to his wife Edith’s, at Meadow View Cemetery in Amherst, NH.

Dick was a life member of the Historical Society of Amherst, NH and served on numerous Board positions, including President from 1994 to 1998.

Medlyn, Barbara

Barbara B. Medlyn, 93, resident of Milford, N.H., died on April 17, 2019. She was born in Amherst, NH on July 28, 1925, a daughter of Orson H. Bragdon, Sr. and Helen (Newton) Bragdon. She graduated from Amherst High School, Class of 1943, and was a lifelong resident of Amherst and Milford.

Barbara and her late husband, Alfred "Hank" Medlyn, owned and operated Medlyn Motor, Inc. in Milford for many years. She had also worked as a bookkeeper for McKay & Wright, Ryder Concrete and The Manchester Union Leader. She wintered in Melbourne Beach, Fla., for many years and spent many summers at the family cottage on Deering Lake. Barbara was an avid golfer, enjoyed bowling and was a faithful Red Sox fan. She was a loving mother, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, whose greatest joy came from spending time with her family.

Barbara was Past President of Ricciardi Hartshorn Post #23, American Legion Auxiliary, Milford, and a member of the Amherst and Milford Historical Societies. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred H. "Hank" Medlyn, who died in 1996. Family members include two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Patricia Medlyn, and Edward and Christina Medlyn, all of Milford; two grandchildren whom she adored, Amanda Berry and her husband, Jay of Milford, Heidi Medlyn and her significant other Matt Beal of Portsmouth, N.H.; two great-grandchildren whom she cherished, Lincoln and Quinn Berry; nieces and nephews.


Odell, Marjorie Noble

Marjorie N. Odell, 90, lifelong resident of Amherst, NH, died November 30, 2010 at Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH. She was born in Mont Vernon, NH on October 10, 1920, a daughter of the late Herbert and Emma (Alexander) Noble.

Mrs. Odell attended Miss Farmer’s School of Cooking, Boston, MA. She was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed spending time with her family. Many of the neighborhood children called her Auntie Dell.

She was a member of The Congregational Church of Amherst, Historical Society of Amherst, Woman’s Association and the Century Club.

Mrs. Odell was predeceased by her husband, Ralph H. Odell, who died in 1999; a sister, Edith Noble and a brother, Keith Noble.

Family members include two sons, Ralph H. Odell, Jr. and his wife, Beth of Pittsfield, NH and Charles T. Odell of Amherst, NH; two grandsons, Matthew Odell of New York, NY and Christopher Odell of Pittsfield, NH; a sister, Ruth E. Noble of Arlington, MA; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 pm in the Congregational Church of Amherst UCC, 11 Church Street, Amherst. NH. Burial will be in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Rowe, Helen (Davis)

Helen Davis Rowe, 83, of Amherst, NH died peacefully at her residence on May 10, 2018 with her family by her bedside. She was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on March 2, 1935, the daughter of Albert Davis and Elizabeth Hall Davis.

Helen graduated from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she met her husband Robert H. Rowe. She moved to New Hampshire in 1971 and taught sixth grade classes in the Milford, New Hampshire School District.

During her life in Amherst she was active in town affairs as the member of the Historic District Commission, Library Trustee, Garden Club and Questers. She served her church, the Amherst Congregational Church, as a member of the Diaconate, Ministerial Search Committee, Woman’s Association and Funeral Committee.

Helen was known by her friends and associates as an individual who did not desire recognition for her accomplishments; a woman who accomplished challenges quickly and efficiently.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert H. Rowe, sons Andrew Davis Rowe and David Rowe and grandchildren Hannah Rowe, Andrew Davis Rowe Jr. and Meghan Rowe.

A memorial service will be held on May 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM in the Amherst Congregational Church, 11 Church Street, Amherst, NH. A private family graveside service will be conducted at Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford.


Stillman, Marilyn G.

Marilyn Garfield Stillman of Amherst, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2018. Marilyn was ever cheerful and generous and was blessed to live independently until the final week of her life. 

She was born on August 17, 1924, in Burlington, Vermont, to Ethan and Della (Walker) Garfield. She grew up in Manchester, N.H., and graduated from Wellesley College in 1945. 

In 1947 she married the love of her life, Ronald E. Stillman of Manchester, who predeceased her. Marilyn and Ronald moved with some frequency during their first twenty-five years of marriage, and whenever they relocated, Marilyn considered the move a new adventure-an opportunity to learn more, make friends, and give back. Deeply committed to volunteerism, she contributed to the many communities in which she resided, and strove to leave a place better than she found it. 

She was a member of the DAR, the Winthrop Society, and a strong supporter of Wellesley College, serving her class in various capacities. Marilyn had a great interest in genealogy and corresponded with individuals across the country in pursuit of acquiring information about her family and heritage. She possessed a lively intellect and a thirst for learning. She was an avid reader and had a profound knowledge of history, particularly British history and the Civil War. She loved to travel, both within our country and abroad. Priding herself on living fully and independently, Marilyn endeavored to make each day meaningful. Her unwavering faith, her grace in the face of adversity, and her love of family sustained her throughout her later years. 

Marilyn will be deeply missed by her daughter Sara Stillman Drogin and her husband Jeffrey; her son Ronald G. Stillman and his wife Elaine; and her daughter Nancy Stillman. Her adoring grandchildren will miss her profoundly: Ethan Drogin, Elizabeth Drogin, Jennifer (Stillman) Ranalli, Heather (Stillman) Firth, and Mary Stillman, who predeceased her. Marilyn also leaves behind 11 great–grandchildren who feel blessed to have known her.


Struss, Bonnie (Norman)

Bonnie M. Struss, long time resident of Amherst NH, passed away peacefully December 21, 2019, while under hospice care at Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY.

Born in Jefferson City, Missouri, on March 19, 1930, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Dow Norman and Margaret Overstreet Norman. A graduate of the St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO, she later pursued a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Southern Illinois University. She worked many years as an ENT nurse as well as in pediatrics. Bonnie was an accomplished cook, seamstress and painter. She was active in a variety of community and historical organizations while living in Amherst, especially the Amherst Historical Society, for which she served as curator of the Chapel Museum. She and her husband Harold were honored as 1999 Amherst Citizens of the Year.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Harold R. Struss, and her brother Tom. Bonnie is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Struss of Penn Yan, New York; daughter Janet Burdet of Gatineau, Quebec; brother and sister-in-law Dan and Marianne Norman of Huntington Beach, CA; and, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Donations in her memory may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association. 


Taussig, Ann (Jennings)

After a full life of over ninety years, Ann Jennings Taussig of Springfield Point in Wolfeboro, NH died peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 with family by her side in The Arbors’ Nursing Home for the Memory Impaired, Bedford, NH. Born in Winchester, Massachusetts on April 25, 1927 to Irving and Ellen Jennings, she is survived by her twin sisters Allie Castelli and Betsy Maley and her husband Bill, and her brother Charles “Skip” Jennings and his wife Nancy.

Ann and her husband of 56 years, John W. Taussig, Jr. (2006) will be missed by their four children John W. Taussig III (Anne Huston) of Sammamish, WA; Jeffrey J. Taussig (Katherine Totaro) of Rye, NH; Timothy T. Taussig (Nancy Arnot) of Larchmont, NY and Ellen K. Taussig (Arilee Bagley) of Voorheesville, NY. Ann and John loved and were blessed with eleven grandchildren: Kate, John, Charlie, Sarah, Rick, Kara, Bill, Torrey, Tim, Kiera and Mary and in recent years, three great grandsons Ozzy, Jimmy, and AJ. 

Ann and her siblings moved to New Durham, NH with their parents in the early 1940’s to what became the Jennings Farm. Ann graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME and while there met John Taussig, attending Bowdoin College, on a blind date arranged by a high school friend. They married on May 6, 1950, and soon began the family that was so important to them both.
In 1959, John and Ann built their home on Springfield Point Road. They commuted from their Englewood NJ home with their growing family to spend summers on the lake in Wolfeboro where they entertained and always had a dock full of family and friends. It wasn’t until in 2001 that Ann and John made it their permanent residence.

Ann’s life was always about family. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy and are a living testament to her being a loving mom and Grandma. She was the quintessential homemaker and she took such pleasure in cooking, baking, knitting, sewing, quilting, and her lifelong passion in planning & tending to her gardens while keeping her bird feeders full.  She took particular delight in her kitchen where she spoiled everyone with her delicious plum tortes, peach cream or blackberry pies, dozens of her oatmeal cookies, frozen “yukky” pies and chocolate sauce for ice cream sundaes among many of her staple creations. One never went hungry in the Taussig house – she saw to that!

While Alzheimer’s took her memory away in recent years, her children and the grandchildren promise to keep her story, her laughter and loving ways alive going forward. 


Wichman, William Merrick (Bill)

On December 12th, 2015, William Merrick (Bill) Wichman passed away peacefully at Community Hospice House in Merrimack N.H., of complications from ALS. A long-time resident of Amherst, NH, he was 78.

Born in Schenectady, NY, reared in Fort Wayne, IN and Hartford, CT, Bill graduated from Cornell University in 1961 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He met his wife of 54 adventurous years through the Cornell Outing Club and, after the wedding, they moved to Washington where Bill served as a Lieutenant at McChord Air Force Base, as an air defense computer maintenance officer. He then earned an Engineer degree at Stanford University, for graduate work in the emerging field of computerized control and sensing systems, at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1967, he became an engineer for Sanders Associates where he designed and maintained computer systems all over the world, traveling 697,000 miles over his 30-year career.

An avid outdoorsman, Bill hiked all the 4,000-footers in the White Mountains and explored many far-flung locations. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout introduced him to community service, and it became a lifelong passion. He volunteered with the Daniel Webster Council, B.S.A., provided lighting and backstage support for P.T.A. theatrics, and in later years became active in the Amherst Historical Society, the Amherst Conservation Commission, the Amherst Land Trust, and several other town boards and commissions. He was happiest when active and out-of-doors, and was known for maintaining town trails by hiking with a chainsaw on his backpack. In 2007, Bill was proud to be named Citizen of the Year by the Amherst Lions Club for his outstanding volunteerism.

He is survived by his wife, formerly Blanche Greene; a son, Robert Wichman of Saint Cloud, MN; two daughters, Heather Lattanzi of Los Altos, CA, and Elizabeth Wichman of Sunnyvale, CA; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Ann Klemme of Basking Ridge, NJ.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2 p.m., January 2, 2016 in the Barbara Landry Meeting Room at the Amherst Town Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Amherst Conservation Commission, PO Box 960, Amherst, NH 03031, with his name on the memo line.


Young, Marion G.

Marion G. Young, 88, longtime resident of Amherst, NH, died on December 27, 2012 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Goffstown, NH. She was born in Cambridge, MA on June 27, 1924, a daughter of Peter and Alice (Hayes) Macklin. Marion graduated from Somerville (MA) High School, Class of 1941 and Salem State College, Class of 1945. She continued with graduate studies at Boston University and Rivier College. Prior to her marriage in 1949, she taught high school in Ipswich, MA and Waltham, MA. She moved to Amherst in 1949 and spent more than 30 years teaching Business Education at Milford Area Senior High School.

Mrs. Young was a member of Nashua Area Retired Educators and the Amherst Historical Society. She enjoyed gardening, reading and most especially spending time with her family. Mrs. Young was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church for 62 years and a member of the Catholic Women’s Club.


She was predeceased by her husband, Donald O. Young, who died in 1988. Family members include two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and Steven Giguere of Goffstown, NH, Jean C. and John Rotch of Milford, NH; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond A. and Leticia Young of San Diego, CA, Paul A. and Anne Young of Exeter, NH; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Jake Young of Amherst, NH; many nieces and nephews.