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.


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.


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.


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.


Odell, Marjorie Noble Odell

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.


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.