Notable NH Deaths: Former Valley News Publisher; Hero Nurse Whose Medals Are Displayed in Museum

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Forest Glade Cemetery on Maple Street in Somersworth has an other-worldly feel to it with its hilly niches, large monuments and granite vaults. It is the oldest cemetery in Somersworth, established in 1851, and sits on 22 acres. The cemetery’s Wikipedia entry refers to it as a good example of the popular mid-19th century rural cemetery movement, which featured elaborate monuments, memorials, and mausoleums in a landscaped park-like setting. Probably the most famous of these cemeteries is the Mount Auburn Cemetery, located in Cambridge and Watertown, Mass. These cemeteries were located outside of city centers and instead of the puritanical pessimism of earlier cemeteries, mirrored attitudes of hope and immortality after death. The roads at Forest Glade follow the rolling terrain and are situated beside old-growth trees. Inside its grounds are the Furber Chapel, a stone English country chapel built in 1898, and the main entrance arch with the inscription "Until the day dawns and the shadows flee away." It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and the N.H. State Register of Historic Places in 2021. 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 weeks 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

Drucilla Roberts Bickford, 98, of Concord and formerly of Rochester, died Feb. 23, 2024. She served three terms in the state legislature and was a member of the Order of Women Legislators (OWLs). She was a long-time member of First Church Congregational and the Mary Torr Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, where she was a past regent. She was past president of the Frisbee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. (R.M. Edgerly & Son)

 Joan V. (Fenwick) Christy, 76, of Portsmouth, died Feb. 22, 2024. She was library department head for the Portsmouth School System for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. (J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel)

Eugene George Dauphinais, 93, of Lebanon, died Feb. 25, 2024. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked at H.W. Carter & Sons, Inc. textile factory, and after 38 years there retired as head cutter. He often volunteered at LaSalette Shrine in Enfield. He was a life-long member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Eagles Club. (Miles Funeral Home, Holden, Mass.)

Paul Demoorjian, 89, of Manchester, died Feb. 22, 2024. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked for over 44 years in the composing department at the New Hampshire Union Leader. He was a long-time member of the St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in North Andover, Mass., and the Men’s Club through the church. He was a member of the Manchester Motorcycle Club (MMC) since 1972 and the N.H. Motorcycle Rights Organization since 1976. (

John “Jay” F. Dufour, 75, of Hooksett, died Feb. 25, 2024. He taught social studies at Manchester Central High School for more than 30 years, retiring in 2008.  He was the assistant men’s basketball coach, or Stan Spirou’s right-hand man, at Southern New Hampshire University for 33 years until he retired in 2018.  (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Fintan Herrick-Connell, 80, of Portsmouth, died Sept. 22, 2023. A native of Ireland, he moved to Portsmouth in 1976 to open a pub, The Press Room, with his partner Jay Smith. He sold his half of the pub in 1982 to Jay and worked as a contractor, building and renovating houses. He wrote for several publications in New England, including Seacoast Times and The Portsmouth Press. He volunteered as a publicist, putting out monthly newsletters, and was a coach for the Seacoast Rugby Club. He  volunteered for Portsmouth Community Radio station WSCA, A Safe Place, (now Haven), and  Lovering Health Center, doing carpentry and other odd jobs. He created free websites for political candidates and worked on many campaigns. (

Charles Otis Hunnewell III, 88, of Lebanon, died Feb. 20, 2024. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he taught for 31 years at Hanover High School and coached football, basketball, and baseball. In 1986 he began coaching baseball in Lebanon, where he finished out his high school coaching career. He was a baseball coach at the American Legion Post 26, Hartford, Vt., for 14 summers. (Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory)

John Barton Kuhns, 77, of Hanover, died Feb. 20, 2024. He was a former publisher of the Valley News in Lebanon and an attorney who worked for the Washington Post. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., at Williams & Connelly, where he became a partner and joined The Washington Post in management and started the National Weekly Edition, serving as deputy managing editor in the newsroom, managing labor relations and personnel. He became publisher of the Valley News in 1993, where he served for 15 years. After stepping down as publisher, he served as chair of the board of Newspapers of New England, the parent company of the Valley News, Concord Monitor and other New England papers, until 2021. (Rand-Wilson Funeral Home)

Donald J. Levasseur, 90, of Manchester, died Feb. 22, 2024. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he owned Wilfrid’s Market in Manchester for 23 years.  He also owned Second Street Plaza and was the founder of Clam King Restaurant.  He also was a land developer, contractor, real estate agent and real estate appraiser.  He was a founding member of the Bedford Rotary Club and was a Rotarian for 55 years. (Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory)

Raymond W. Limoges, 81, of Concord, died Feb. 23, 2024. He worked for many years in business finance and computer services before founding Acceptance Leasing in 1988. He was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Concord, involved in youth ministry and religious education, He served on the social committee and was master of ceremonies for the annual Senior Day festivities. He also participated in men’s prayer group and was a team member for the construction of the Padre Pio Adoration Chapel. He was also an active member of the N.H. Cursillo Movement. (Waters Funeral Home)

Christy Liponis, 84, of Portsmouth, died Feb. 24, 2024. HE began his teaching career as an accounting teacher and joined his siblings in the career training business. He established the Tractor Trailer School of New Hampshire in 1980, later expanding it into Northeast Career Schools and Northeast Technical Institute (NTI). (J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel)

Charles W. “Bill” Myers, 84 of Salem, died Feb. 25, 2024. A U.S. Army veteran, he was awarded the Purple Heart and was a police officer for many years in Plaistow. (Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home)

Joseph A. Pepin, 52, of Derry, died Feb. 23, 2024. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a master tech at Pfizer and past president of Rolling Thunder NH1 and current vice president (NK VIPER) of Nam Knights MC – Live Free or Die Chapter. (Peabody Funeral Homes & Crematorium)

Ann “Darby” Reynolds, 84, of Exeter, died Feb. 25, 2024.  She was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in 1962 and advanced to rank of captain in 1983. Her career began as staff nurse at the Wentworth Hospital Dover in 1961. She was then assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. and additional duty at Camp Lejeune, N.C. While stationed in Saigon on Christmas Eve, 1964, she and three other nurses were injured when a 200-pound bomb detonated at their quarters. They were the only Navy nurses to receive the Purple Heart during the Vietnam War. She completed her military career as director of nursing services at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C., in 1988 with more than 26 years. She received the St. Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit and the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal for New Hampshire. Her uniform and medals are on display at the Woodman Museum in Dover. She penned her autobiography, “Silent Night – 26 years in the Navy – A Nurse’s Memoir,” available on (Tasker Funeral Home)

Candace K. (Cunha) Schaefer, 38, of Loudon, died Feb. 22, 2024. She was director of constituent services for U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and formerly worked for Congressman Paul Hodes. She opened a Jazzercise studio, Thrive Group Fitness in Concord, in 2019. (Roan Family Funeral Home)

Linda L. Strand, 78, of Concord, died Feb. 24, 2024. She obtained her Illinois Realtors license and served as president and board member of the Dekalb Realtors Association. She was a deacon of the First Congregational Church in Concord and served as a board member and operated the food pantry for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 21 in Concord. (

William Matthew Tucker, 79, a lifelong resident of Keene, died Feb. 20, 2024. He joined the family business, Tucker’s Power Equipment, which his father started in 1929. He owned and operated the business for 42 years until 2015.  He was a member of the Bektash Shriners and Jerusalem Lodge 104. (Cheshire Family Funeral Home)

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!’ ” – Hunter S. Thompson, American author, July 18, 1937, to Feb. 20, 2005

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