Notable NH Deaths: Well-Known Political Strategist; Doctor Who Ran Marathon At Age 70

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The altar area located in the old St. Jean-Baptiste Cemetery on Granite Street in Allenstown. The altar has been used for Memorial Day masses. The Saint John the Baptist church, located on School Street in Suncook, also has a newer cemetery located on River Road. scans the websites of New Hampshire funeral homes each week and selects at random some of our friends, relatives and neighbors to feature in this column. The people listed here passed away during the previous week and have some public or charitable connection to their community. is now offering obituaries through the service. We view this as part of our public service mission. Click here or on the Obituaries tab at the top of our home page to learn more. And if you know of someone from New Hampshire who should be featured in this column, please send your suggestions to

Well-known political strategist Judy Ellen Reardon, 64, of Manchester, died Dec. 16, 2022. Her obituary noted she played a major role in developing the strategies that helped the success of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. She filled many roles on U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s staff, from her time in the New Hampshire State Senate to the Governor’s Office and in the U.S. Senate. Previously, Judy was an associate at the McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton Law Firm, served two terms as a state representative, was an attorney with the New Hampshire Public Defender and was executive director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.  Her last role was as consultant for Stop the Northern Pass.  She volunteered in the Learn to Read Literacy Program and served as a Manchester Water Works Commissioner and on the Manchester Library Foundation Board. (Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center)

Dr. Donald Carey, 93, of Gilford, died Dec. 19, 2022. He was a virologist working with the Rockefeller Foundation from 1961 to 1971, studying tropical viruses including Lhasa fever, dengue and chikungunya while running laboratories in India and Nigeria. He was then a pediatrician at the Laconia Clinic from 1971 through 1989, a doctor who still attended home births. He was also a medical doctor who cared for U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Nigeria from 1989 to 1994. He studied at Princeton University (class of 1951) and received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School. He and his wife Barb climbed Mount Kenya and did bicycle tours in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, and Mali. They also ran the New York City Marathon together at the age of 70 and crossed the finish line holding hands. (Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services)

James A. Maroney, 78, of Atkinson, died Dec. 22, 2022. He ran the family business, Francis H. Maroney Plumbing and Heating Inc., for 50 years before retiring. He had a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Haverhill, serving as past president. One of his accomplishments as president was helping create the helipad at Holy Family Hospital, formerly Hale Hospital. (Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home)

Raymond Emile Dugas, 95, of Berlin, died Dec. 19, 2022. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean war, he served four years as administrative clerk at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., and was a staff sergeant. He served on funeral details at Arlington National Cemetery, and on Jan. 20, 1949, he was selected for guard duty at the U.S. Capitol during the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman. He was a long-time member of the American Legion Post 36 in Berlin, a lifetime member of the U.S. Marine Corps League, Richard Demers Detachment. He worked for Brown Company as a crane operator and as a millwright in Cascade. He retired from Crown Vantage Corp. (Bryant & Fleury-Patry Funeral Home)

George Lemieux, 78, of Jackson, died Dec. 18, 2033. A U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, he was  a chef and opened the popular People’s Choice restaurant. Years later, he worked at the Friendship House in Bethlehem, helping others fight addiction. He was honored with his 35-year chip with AA earlier this year. He was an active member of the Holy Family church in Gorham, and later the Our Lady of the Mountains in North Conway. (Bryant Funeral Home)

Andrew J. Nelson, 71, of Derry, died Dec. 18, 2022. He started his own accounting firm in 1994 with partner Andrew Marion. He was a member of the Exchange Club of Salem and volunteered at the Sonshine Soup Kitchen in Derry. He volunteered selling Christmas trees and collecting donations for the food pantry during parades. He also played the accordion during spaghetti suppers at St. Matthew’s Parish. (Carrier Family Funeral Home & Crematory)

Alice Diggs Nulsen, 93, of Springfield, died Dec. 17, 2022. As she and her husband moved from one Army post to another for 23 years, she was an active volunteer with the Red Cross wherever she lived. She and her husband settled in Washington, D.C., where she served as president of the Trowel Garden Club in the late 1970s. When moving to Springfield, she volunteered with the Historical Society, Old Home Day, and library board of trustees. She helped establish the Springfield Kindergarten. She joined the New London chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International in 1995 to help young women further their education. (Chadwick Funeral Home)

Patrick J.C. Powers, Ph.D., 79, of Warner, died Dec. 17, 2022. He taught for more than 50 years in various Catholic colleges in New England, most recently as a teaching fellow at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack. He was executive director of Fides et Ratio Seminars in Washington, D.C., and an instructor of philosophy for the novices at the Carthusian Monastery in Arlington, Vt.  (Chadwick Funeral and Cremation Service)

Charles F. Hurley Jr., 85, of Hooksett, died Dec. 12, 2022. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served for more than 35 years as a member of the Manchester Fire Department. He was one of the original members of the fire department dive team.  (Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center)

Daymon Allen Murdough, 78, of Henniker, died Dec. 16, 2022. A local plumber for many years known as the “Sewer Rat,” he was a founding member of the Henniker Rescue Squad. He later worked part-time as a rural postal carrier in town. He was known for his frequent visits around town at the Harvester, Edmunds, the police station, the town sheds, and Goss Lumber.  (Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service)

Francoise A. (Gosselin) (DesRuisseaux) Gagnon,  80, of Manchester, died Dec. 20, 2022. She worked at her father’s store, Gosselin Hardware, and then for New Hampshire Insurance. She also worked at Star Market and Allegro’s Supermarket as a customer service manager. Later she worked for many years as the receptionist for Bouchard & Mallory Law Firm and then Nixon, Hall & Hess Law Firm. She volunteered with Ste. Marie Adoration Chapel, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Eucharistic Ministry, Mercy Meal Ministry, and the Children’s Ministry.  (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Mary Belle (McCormack) Colarusso, 88, of Moultonborough, died Dec. 19,2022. A graduate of Lowell State Teachers College in Lowell, Mass., with a degree in elementary education in 1956, she spent her entire professional career teaching elementary and special education mostly in the Moultonborough school system. (Mayhew Funeral Home)

Irene R. Newell, 94, of Newport, died Dec. 21, 2022. A former long-time resident of Manchester, she and her husband of 70 years, Guy J. Newell, owed Fallon’s Furniture, beginning in the 1960s until their retirement. (Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home)

Dorothy M. Gillespie, R.N., 95, of Londonderry, died Dec. 21, 2022. A true coal miner’s daughter born in Duryea, Penn., she was married to the late Gerald M. Gillespie, a sergeant with the Londonderry Police Department, where she was known as “Mrs. G.,” much to her delight. She was a registered nurse in hospitals in Waterbury and Bridgeport, Conn., as well as in Manchester and Nashua. She was a long-time volunteer in the office at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Londonderry, where she was one of the “Monday Morning Ladies.” (Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium)

Richard Harris, 52, a lifelong resident of Lee, died Dec. 17, 2022. He received his master’s degree in theater education from UNH and was part of the UNH summer program, Little Red Wagon, which performed for children all around the Granite State. He acted in dozens of productions around the seacoast, especially with the Players Ring in Portsmouth. For 20 years he worked in special education at Dover High School. (Purdy Funeral Service)

Dana William Sullivan, 72, of Nottingham, died Dec. 15, 2022. He raced at Star Speedway starting in 1986 in enduros and the roadrunner division. His car number was “ONO.” He was known at the track as “Uncle Dana.” (Purdy Funeral Service)

Linda Lou Janvrin, 75, of Seabrook, died Dec. 20, 2022. She was also involved in racing, and in the early 1980s, she and her late husband Wes Janvrin, opened up L&W Racing in Seabrook. After Wes’ death in 2005, she and her daughter Myra continued the family business. She was a licensed nursing assistant and worked at the Country Manor Nursing Home in Newburyport, Mass., for several years. She also worked as a matron for the Seabrook and Hampton Police Departments. She was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary at the American Legion Raymond E. Walton, Post 70 of Seabrook. (Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory)

Barbara Ann (Coulter) Easton, 101, of Hanover, died Dec. 19, 2022. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, she learned code procedures at Smith College and worked in the code rooms of the U.S. Navy Department in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Washington Public Library and later was a writer of captions for official U.S. Navy photographs at the Navy Photographic Center at Naval Station Anacostia. The family moved to Canaan, where her husband Roger dabbled in politics and she excelled at gardening and knitting. (Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Frederick H. Hebert, 94, of Nashua, died Dec. 18, 2022. A veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves, he worked for Public Service Company of New Hampshire for 35 years and was the district manager for Milford, Nashua, and Manchester. He was an active Rotarian and served on the board of directors of the Granite State Credit Union. He was a member of the Ancient York Lodge No.89 for 71 years. (Rivet Funeral Home & Crematorium)

Ralph Elmer Willey, 83, of Littleton, died Dec. 15, 2022. He worked for Sikorsky Helicopter in Stratford and Bridgeport, Conn., from 1960-1969, when the family moved back to Littleton. He worked at Fairbanks Morse in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and was then self-employed until 1974. He worked for various engineering firms including Environmental Engineers Inc, Concord, and Roy F. Weston Inc. until retiring in 2002. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and served as chairman of North Country Friends of NRA. He served as president of the Alderbrook Sportsman Association for more than 10 years. (Ross Funeral Home)

S. Mitchell Winter, 66, a lifelong resident of Exeter, died Dec. 15, 2022. Known as Sandy to his friends and “Bup” to others, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served on the committee for the annual Exeter Memorial Day Parade. This past year, he was the grand marshal. He owned several businesses and properties in Exeter and surrounding area. (Stockbridge Funeral Home)

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