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,
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.
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.
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.
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.