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