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1968 Obituaries

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Mark T. Aherne, 7/30/1999
Pamela M. Beede (Vermont College), 8/19/2000
Gail R. Brown, 11/27/2012
Patricia W. Bruno (Vermont College), 12/3/1993
Richard R. Butts, 11/12/2003
Desmond R. Callahan, 5/17/2005
Robert F. Carlisi, 5/22/2013
John F. Cleveland II, 7/13/1994
Robert W. Damon, 7/23/2014
Dale R. Edwards, 10/6/2014
Edward J. Eldredge, 5/3/2000
Herbert B. Froh, 9/3/2010
Sharon B. Gingras, 1/31/2001
Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Guilmet, 4/22/2012
Newland H. Holmes, III, 1/4/2007
1LT Vernon F. Hovey III USA, 6/5/1970
Thomas Johns, 3/25/2006
Norman V, Langelier, 4/10/2008
John "Chip" MacDonald, 12/13/2006
Nancy R. Maloof, 1/2/2013
Thomas E. McLaughlin, Jr., 9/17/2009
Rev. Sharon D. Miller, 7/30/2012
Byron H. Mortenson, 9/4/2013
Robert M. Murphy, Jr., 12/1/2011
George G. Nelson, 12/19/2014
Richard J. Nero, 1/3/2015
Robert Morgan Parrish, Jr., 11/6/2010
Gary R. Pinette USA, 3/20/1995
John Ponzetti, 9/26/2013
Joseph H. Potenza, Jr., 9/4/2008
Thomas M. Potter, 8/27/2015
William Sadesky, 4/26/2011
William Thornton

Gail R. Brown

Gail R. Brown, 64, of Center Barnstead, N.H., died on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born November 5, 1948, in Concord, N.H., daughter of Leigh and Cora (Barnard) Welcome. Gail grew up in Concord and graduated from Concord High School in 1966. She then attended Vermont College before finishing her schooling at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., graduating with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology.

After college, Gail began working at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a lab tech, managing the blood bank and later working with plateletpheresis and the National Bone Marrow Program. She later worked at Norwalk Hospital and most recently at Stanford Hospital, both in Connecticut, again managing the blood bank at both. On August 6, 1994, Gail married Allen Brown in Center Barnstead where they have lived since 2009.

In her free time she enjoyed handicrafts and knitting blankets for many people. She also loved to shop for antiques. Most of all, Gail loved and adored her family and was greatly loved and adored by many.

Gail is survived by her parents Leigh and Cora Welcome; her husband, Allan Brown NU'69; a son, Kenneth R. Carter; a daughter, Kristin L. Carter; two grandchildren: Isaac and Lexys Dolan; a sister, Carol Borg; and four nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the Congregational Church of North Barnstead in North Barnstead, N.H. The burial will be at a later date at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H. Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gail’s memory can be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, c/o Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Dr., Lebanon, NH 03756 or the American Red Cross – Granite Chapter, 2 Maitland Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Robert F. Carlisi

Robert F. Carlisi, 66, of Longwood, Fla., died peacefully at home on May 22, 2013, after a long hard battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was a loving and incredible husband, father, grandfather and man in general, who was taken far too soon from this earth.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Bob graduated from Norwich University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts in education. While at Norwich, he was a member of the basketball, football, and wrestling teams. After graduation, Bob joined his family in the restaurant business. After relocating to Orlando, Fla., he worked for several sales and recruiting firms. He was an avid golfer and passionate about poker and music. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons: Sam Carlisi and Rob Carlisi and his wife, Christina; grand daughters: Julianna, Alaina, and Bailey; sister, Jacqi Giordano and her husband, Don; brother, Ron Carlisi and his wife, Karen; as well as a large, extended family.

A memorial service was held on May 28, 2013. Interment will take place in Rochester, N.Y.

Robert W. Damon

Robert Whitcomb Bobby Damon Jr., 68, of Surprise, Arizona, formerly of Concord, Massachusetts died suddenly on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 49 years of Nancy C. (Lawrence) Damon. Born in Concord on June 24, 1946 he was the son of the late Robert W. and Laila (Waineo) Damon.

 He spent his childhood in Concord and graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School. It was in Concord where he met and married his soul mate, Nancy Lawrence. Bob also graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont in 1968. He then worked for General Electric, Curtiss-Wright and several other private companies that required his family to move to New Jersey and Michigan where lifelong friends were made. He especially enjoyed playing golf at Nashawtuc Country Club, hanging out in the 19th hole, and watching his beloved Red Sox.

 In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by his children, Robert W. Damon, III and his wife Robin of Marshfield and Cynthia Damon of Stoneham; his grandchildren, Sophia and Nicholas Damon, both of Marshfield; his brother Kennan Damon and his wife Elizabeth of Fremont, California; his aunt Elizabeth Damon of Concord; his mother-in-law, Mary Lawrence of Concord; and his sister-in-law of Sarah Lawrence Murphy and her husband Thomas of Concord. Also survived by nieces and nephews. He was also the nephew of the late John Damon, William Damon, Kennan Damon, Winslow Damon, Margaret Damon Rounds and Oliver Waineo.

 Visitation will be held on Friday, August 1st from 5 to 7 PM in the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at 11 AM in the Farrar Chapel of the Dee Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Robert Brown, Associate Minister of the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord. Burial will follow in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord where Rev. Brown will read the committal prayers. Arrangements are under the care of Susan M. Dee and Charles W. Dee, Jr, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance in Bobs guest book visit,

Dale R. Edwards

Dale R. Edwards, 67, of Mechanicsburg passed away on Monday, October 6 surrounded by his family.

Dale fought a courageous three-year battle with cancer of the appendix. He was always an inspiration during this time, giving comfort to all of his caregivers while never complaining or giving up his fight.

Dale attended Ashland Area High School then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Norwich University where he was an All-Star baseball player. After graduating, Dale went on to a 42-year career at IBM followed by 2 years as Manager of the Americas at Geodis. Dale was involved in youth athletics, coaching CYO football and basketball for over 10 years and Mechanicsburg baseball for 15 years. He instilled fundamentals, sportsmanship and confidence in all his teams.

A Renaissance man, Dale enjoyed travel, history, sports, food and wine, meeting people throughout the world, and spending quality time with his family.

Dale is survived by his wife Susie, daughters Marianne Wewer and husband Jim, Kim Mariotti and husband Stephen, son Michael and wife Barbara, in addition to his six wonderful grandchildren, Brendan, Natalie, Lauren, Marisa, Jason and Nicholas. He is also survived by four siblings, sister Judy Hoover and brothers George, Tom, and Rick, and many nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank the staff at UPMC Shadyside, the nurses on 5 Main at Pinnacle Health Harrisburg and doctors Azizkhan, Simmonds, and Westra and all of the wonderful nurses who assisted with Dale's care. We also would like to thank all of Dale's good friends, acquaintances, and peers for your prayers, masses, letters and special intentions during a difficult time.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg. Burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Please join the family following the interment for a celebration of Dale's life at St. Joseph's Brindle Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or Uplifting Athletes c/o MASH Lift for Life, Attn: Clay McAllister, 500 S. Broad St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

Herbert B. Froh

Herbert B. Froh, 64, of Oneonta, N.Y., passed away Friday, September 3, 2010, at his home with his family.

He was born October 17, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Herbert O. and Marie Froh. Herb received his bachelor of arts degree in education and his commission from Norwich University in 1968. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Swim Team and Big Brothers.

He proudly served his country as a captain in the United States Army in Frankfort, Germany, during the Vietnam Era. On Aug. 16, 1969, Herb married Rae Gardner in Oneonta. Rae predeceased him on June 26, 2006. Herb taught English at the Oneonta Middle School for over 30 years before retiring in July 2002.

Most recently, Herb was a part-time fire fighter dispatcher for the City of Oneonta Fire Department. He was a former Scouter (Scout leader). He loved camping, reading, doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, and riding around in his convertible. But most of all, Herb loved spending time with his family, especially his two special grandchildren.

Herb is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Mary Froh of Oneonta, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Tyler and Katelyn Froh of Oneonta; a special friend, Noreen Hipson of Otego, N.Y.; one sister, Nancy MacMaster of Conn.; one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Paula Froh of Oregon; two nieces, Bonnie and Jan; and two nephews, David and Bryan. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Doug MacMaster.

Memorial donations in Herb's name may be made to either the Oneonta Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 1083, Oneonta, NY 13820 or to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Guilmet

Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Guilmet, 66, died Sunday, April 22, 2012. Kenny was born to Roger Guilmet and Eileen O'Connell on March 28, 1946, he was later raised by his mother and step-father, Bernard Deschene. He left their home in Salem Willows to attend Norwich University in 1964, becoming the first in his family to attend college. Kenny received his bachelor of arts degree in education in 1968. Following college, he lived in Sunset Beach, Hawaii, where he met his wife, Peach K. Perreira. They returned to the Salem Willows and raised their two children. At the time of his death, Kenny was living in Boston, Mass., making candles for the Seaport Candle Company, while continuing his passion of astrology. He was a dear friend to many and "Grumps" to his grandkids.

Kenny was a beloved friend, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Peach; daughter, Kali K. Guilmet; son, Kam H. Guilmet; son-in-law, Scott Gillis; daughter-in-law, Shannon Guilmet; five grandchildren: Ikaika, Maddie, Bry, Koa, and Jak; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews including: Edan, Puna, AJ, and Erik.

Visiting hours were held at Berube & Sons Funeral Home in Salem, Mass., on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Newland H. Holmes, III

Newland H. Holmes, III, 60, of Marshfield, Mass., died January 4, 2007. Newland passed away at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. He was an agent of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. in Hingham from 1971 to 1976. He worked for the Court System in Boston from 1976 till 1980 and worked for the Personnel Department at Sears in Hanover for 20 years until his retirement in 1997.

He was involved with the Avid Reader and Loved American History Organizations. He had a strong love for the ocean and enjoyed watching storms from the beach.

He is survived by his brother, Philip A Drouin and his wife Pamela; his nephew, Philip A Drouin, Jr.; his niece, Elizabeth A Drouin; his aunt, Dorothy Fader; cousin, Barbara Rasbach; and close relative, James Eddy. He was predeceased by his parents, Newland H. Holmes Jr. and Elizabeth J. Drouin and his grandparents, Senator Newland H. Holmes and Bertha Holmes.

Norman V. Langelier

Norman V. Langelier, 61, of Cumberland, RI, and his wife Beatrice Langelier, 60, died April 10, 2008 in a tragic murder-suicide. The following article has more details: Langelier.

While at Norwich, Norman was involved in the Norwich Pistol Club, the Newman Club, Sports Car Club, and Outing Club, and played Football, and graduated with a BA in Government. Norman also participated in Maroon Key for a year and Intramurals for four years while at Norwich.

Besides her mother, Beatrice is survived by her sister, Linda Thibault of North Smithfield, RI, her brother, Dennis Cabral of Uxbridge, MA and cousins, nieces and nephews especially including Todd Cote and Kimberly Schaefer. She also leaves her great niece and nephew, Lily and Michael Schaefer with whom she enjoyed a close relationship and considered her grandchildren. She will be remembered by her family as a devoted daughter, loving sister, aunt and friend.

John "Chip" MacDonald

John "Chip" MacDonald, 59, of Carmal, Calif., died December 13, 2006. Chip was born April 12, 1947 in Staten Island, N.Y., to John and Edna Macdonald, deceased. During his time at Norwich, Chip was a member of the Swim and Soccer Teams. He graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and served in the United States Army.

He had a successful career in commercial real estate, working 24 years for CPS, a commercial real estate firm located in Santa Clara, CA. He was voted numerous times ""Land Broker of the Year"" in Silicon Valley and won many awards within his company. Chip served on the board of the American Red Cross and Special Olympics and was a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose and Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley. Chip was a member of Norwich University's Partridge Society.

He is survived by his companion, Susan Baxter; son Scott Rickerson Macdonald and wife Sandra and daughter Madison Colby Macdonald, all of San Jose; Grandson, Jake Frederick Macdonald, and three sisters, Lynn Bishop of New Hampshire, Debi Skibitsky of North Carolina and Sue Dykes of Florida.

If you wish to send your condolences, Chip's family contact information is as follows:

Wife: Susan Baxter, Kids: Scott and Madison
4 Northwest 6th Street, Santa Rita
Carmel-by-the Sea, CA 93921 

Nancy R. Maloof

Nancy Maloof of Quincy died of multiple myeloma Jan. 2, at age 64, in the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst. Nancy attended Vermont College and graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism. She worked as a travel writer for the ALA Auto and Travel Club, especially enjoying her trips to various Canadian provinces, and later was employed at The Talbots in Hingham, and earned a master's degree from Lesley University. Her articles and essays appeared in various publications including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Hartford Courant and The Patriot Ledger, some of them looking back on growing up in Braintree. Nancy also wrote for area businesses, and volunteered for charitable organizations. Those who truly knew Nancy will miss her sense of humor, her thoughtful acts, her perseverance and resourcefulness, and her appreciation of life's little things as well as its grander moments. Nancy is survived by her mother, Janet Maloof of Hingham; her brother, David Maloof; sister-in-law, Deborah Sacon Maloof; and niece, Julia Maloof, all of Belchertown; and her sister, Joanna Maloof of Hingham. Nancy's father, Fred Maloof, died in 1980. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. at All Soul's Unitarian Universalist Church, 196 Elm St., Braintree. Donations in Nancy's name may be made to Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston.

Thomas E. McLaughlin, Jr.

Thomas E. McLaughlin Jr., age 63, of Naugatuck, CT, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Kathleen (English) McLaughlin. 

Thomas was born in Derby on January 29, 1946, son of the late Thomas E. and Esther (Williamson) McLaughlin Sr. He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School, class of 1964, and Norwich, Class of 1968. He was retired from Chemtura Inc. in Middlebury where he worked as an accountant for 32 years. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naugatuck and was a very active member of the Naugatuck Lodge of Elks No. 967. He was an avid golfer having made two holes in one and enjoyed spending time on Cape Cod with his family. Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War.

Besides his wife, Thomas is survived by a daughter, Shannon Kirk, and her husband, Michael; a son, Brett T. McLaughlin, and his wife, Ellen; a sister, Gail Volpe, and her husband, Daniel; three grandchildren, Brianna Kirk, Owen McLaughlin and Ella McLaughlin; and several nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury 06708, or Waterbury V.N.A. Hospice HOPE Team, 50 Brookside Road, Waterbury 06708.

Rev. Sharon D. Miller

Let us remember the Reverend Sharon D. Miller who finished her course in faith on July 30, 2012 at the age of 64.

Sharon received deacon’s orders through the New York Conference in 1987 and served as the associate pastor at Bridgeport: Golden Hill. She received elder’s orders and full membership in 1990, before her appointment to Hamden Plains (CT); and then to Mount Kisco (NY). While maintaining her membership in the New York Conference, Sharon relocated to Vermont in 2002, where she served two churches in the Troy Conference, Tinmouth Community Church and Brattleboro United Methodist Church.

Reverend Miller is survived by her husband, Richard A. Stahl.

A memorial service was held on August 4, 2012 at the Hamden Plains United Methodist Church in Hamden, CT.

Byron H. Mortenson

Byron H. Mortenson, 68, of Harwich, MA, a retired accountant, died of complications resulting from a brain tumor on Wednesday, September 4th in Hope Hospice at Epoch of Harwich.

Born in Barre, VT, he lived in Haverhill, MA until moving to Harwich with his wife and son in 1973.

A 1962 graduate of Haverhill High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Norwich University.

Mr. Mortenson spent the majority of his accounting career at Davenport Realty Trust in South Yarmouth, MA, and later at a number of other firms around Cape Cod and Rhode Island.

Mr. Mortenson is survived by Maria, his wife of 44 years, son Erik, grandchildren Anders and Anneliese, and aunt Esther Bettis.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 11AM-12:30PM with a memorial service to follow at Morris, O’Connor, and Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street, Harwich, MA.

Robert M. Murphy, Jr.

Robert M. Murphy, Jr., 68, of Lakeville, Mass., died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, December 1, 2011. He was the loving husband of Ann M. Murphy for 43 years.

Born Saturday, July 24, 1943, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Robert M. and Grace (Floyd) Murphy. Bob was a graduate of Milton High School and graduated from Norwich University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in biology. He was a long time resident of Lakeville and retired from the Polaroid Company after 25+ years of service. He was currently a spinning instructor at the Middleboro YMCA and enjoyed biking, music and gardening.

In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by three children, Christine Pesko and her husband Timothy, of Marshfield, Robert M. Murphy, III and his wife April, of Plymouth, and Erin Rego and her husband Keith, of Swansea; five grandchildren Sabrina Murphy, Alex Rego, Colton Pesko, Remy Pesko and Cameron Murphy; two sisters, Kathleen Canavan and her husband Joseph of Canton, and Grace Cashman of Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given in Bob's memory to American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

George G. Nelson

GEORGE G. NELSON - MILTON - George G. Nelson passed away on Dec. 19, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on June 20, 1946, to Hassall and Margaret Nelson. He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Ryegate, and graduated from Woodsville High School in 1964. He attended Norwich University and was a graduate of The University of Vermont in 1969 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Industrial Management. He continued with post graduate work at UVM in Civil Engineering. His first job was raising chickens on his family farm where he sold eggs to local restaurants. His IBM career began while attending UVM. He retired in 1993 as a Facilities Engineer/Manager. Later in 1993, he began working in the Central Office of the Grand Isle Supervisory Union. This job gave him great joy, and as his health declined he continued to work from home. He had a great passion for serving his community which included Justice of the Peace, Chair of the Board of Civil Authority, School Board Member/Chair, Commissioner of Champlain Water District, Council Member/Chair of the United Church of Milton, Commissioner of the Milton Village Cemetery, and an active member on numerous community activities. George was the "go to" guy for anyone who needed help, no matter how big or small, anytime day or night. He would drop anything to help others and did it with a genuine smile both on his face and in his heart.

In June 1967, George married his best friend and partner in life, Shirley. Together they raised their two children, Todd and Heidi, in Milton. George had the pleasure of being Papa to five beautiful grandchildren, Victoria, Jarrett and Jake, the children of Todd and Kim Nelson of St. Albans; and Colby and Chatham, the children of Heidi and Brad Brouillette of Georgia, Vt. George was the brother of Lois Nelson of Woodstock, Ill., Mary Nelson of Woodsville, N.H., and Rachel and Nelson Baker of Ryegate. His family was truly his pride and joy. He was proud to be a husband, father, grandfather and brother. He would always say to his grandkids, "If we have it, you can have it. All you have to do is ask." He loved to play a good game of cards and make new handshakes with his grandkids. A spot on the couch next to Papa for a reading of "The Large and Growly Bear" was certainly a highlight for all when they were young. He loved to go to all their soccer, hockey, basketball, and baseball games, dance recitals, band concerts, you name it, he was there with a smile on his face and camera in hand waiting for the perfect shot.

A heartfelt thank you to Rachel whose loving care blessed us with the ability to keep George at home with his family. We would also like to thank Dr. Paul Unger and his staff, especially Margaret, for their devoted care and friendship. They helped him to live his life with dignity, determination and faith, and not be solely defined by cancer for the last 20 years.

The family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the United Church of Milton from 9 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon and fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Milton Village Cemetery, c/o Rod Brigham, 1480 Georgia Shore Road, St. Albans, VT 05478; or the United Church of Milton, PO Box 107, Milton, VT 05468.

Richard J. Nero

Richard Nero, 68 of Alta Loma, unexpectedly passed away at his home on January 3, 2015.

He was born in Ossining, NY to parents John Joseph & Shirley Hamilton Nero. He graduated Norwich University with a BS degree in Engineering in 1968. Richard served as Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and married Teri Pizarchik in 1974. They moved to California in 1979 where he successfully owned RJN Insurance Services, Inc. for 34 years as a licensed insurance broker. Richard worked hard but loved vacationing in Hawaii and spending time with his family. He loved his garden and was a muscle car fanatic.

Richard is survived by his wife of 40 years, Teri, daughters, Anjee, Kristie & Ciera, son-in-law Michael, granddaughter Makayla and sister Lynne.

Services will be held on Monday, January 12.

Robert Morgan Parrish, Jr.

Robert Morgan Parrish, Jr., 63, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska died suddenly on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

Bob was born on January 7, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island to Robert Morgan Parrish, Sr. and Helen Doris (Collins) Parrish. He lived in North Providence and Cranston, Rhode Island.

After graduating from high school, he attended Norwich University. In 1968, he graduated with a bachelor of arts in business. After college, Bob worked in banking for 30 years on the east coast from Rhode Island to Florida.

As a second career, Bob chose to pursue training in nursing home administration in Auburn, Nebraska, subsequently taking a position as a nursing home administrator with the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Homes in Scribner, Nebraska. In July 2010 Bob and Stephanie moved to Plattsmouth where he became the executive director at the Golden Living Center in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Plattsmouth.

Bob is survived by his wife, Stephanie Parrish of Plattsmouth; mother, Helen Doris Parrish of North Ft. Meyers, Florida; four children, two sisters, two nieces and his beloved dog, Charlie, who was a rescue greyhound. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Morgan Parrish, Sr.

A memorial service was held at the First Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be sent to the Children's Ministry at the First Lutheran Church, 1025 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE 68048.

Joseph H. Potenza, Jr.

Joseph H. Potenza Jr., 61 of Hopkinton, MA and formerly of Medway, MA died September 4, 2008 in his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Diana (Bowers) Potenza. Born in Milford, MA on September 12, 1946, the first born son of Helen (Groehl) Potenza of Medway and the late Joseph H. Potenza Sr., Joe was a raised in Medway and had lived in Hopkinton for many years.

He was a 1964 graduate of Medway High School and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Norwich where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. His achievements in football and baseball were recognized by an induction into the Norwich University Hall of Fame, where he proudly accepted his award surrounded by his Norwich football team, his friends and his family at his home in Hopkinton on August 16, 2008.

After graduating from Norwich in 1968, Joe was offered a try out with the New England Patriots, but chose to serve his country, upon being commissioned into the United State Army as a second lieutenant. Joe went on to become a captain of the Army and a paratrooper with the elite 82nd Airborne. Joe served in Vietnam and his courage was recognized with several distinct medals of honor which included the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.

Joe continued his education with an MBA from Central Michigan University in 1975 and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1979 to accept a position at American Hospital Supply where he worked his way up the corporate ladder to become Vice President of Baxter. Joe went on to become CEO of Luxtec and President of Integra Life Sciences in 2008.

Joe was a devoted family man and his favorite hobbies included basketball with his brother and sons, scrabble with his daughter, football with his grandchildren, sailing with his wife, and visiting his mother for their lunch dates.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his son, Joseph H. Potenza III and his wife, Laura of Fairfield CT, his daughter, Jennifer Potenza and her husband, Michael Tsoumpas of New York and sons, Michael Potenza of Hopkinton and Matthew Potenza of Hopkinton. He is also survived by his brother, James Potenza and his wife, Sharon of Saudi Arabia, Donna Dahl and her husband, David of Franklin, John Potenza and his wife, Gloria of Medway, and his grandchildren, Joseph H. Potenza IV , Jack Potenza, Catherine Potenza and John-Oliver Tsoumpas.

He is also survived by his loving nephews, Andrew Dahl and Julian Potenza and his niece and goddaughter, Kristy Dahl.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

Thomas M. Potter

Tom Potter, 68, died peacefully on August 27, 2015 after a long illness.

He had been a resident of Sunrise Senior Living, Sandy, UT, where he received loving and attentive care from the staff for more than two years. Tom was a 1964 graduate of Palmer (MA) High School and a 1968 graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, VT. After graduation, Tom served eight years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including one tour in Vietnam. He piloted Chinook helicopters on missions to retrieve downed aircraft in active combat.

After leaving the Army, Tom was the operations officer for various manufacturers including Gulfstream, Sperry, Maruka Corp. and Nurad Corporation, where he became president. Later, Tom helped his partner of eighteen years, Joyce Freeman, revitalize and manage the Gold's Gym in Camp Hill, PA. Friends and sports were important sources of Tom's happiness. Tom became a proficient skier at Norwich and went on to pursue his passion professionally. He was a ski instructor for 13 years, nine at Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry, PA, and four at the Alf Engen Ski School at Alta, UT. He achieved Level II certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and was a member of PSIA East and PSIA Intermountain. Tom's other passions were sailing, motorcycles and cycling. He completed the grueling week-long Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

Tom's parents were Helen and Ralph Potter of Palmer, MA and Ormond Beach, FL. Tom leaves his younger brother Ralph, his older brother Fred, Fred's wife Katalin and sons Stephen and Philip. He also leaves behind many friends, including his former partner, Joyce Freeman, her daughter Leah Schmeltz, Leah's husband Bremen and son Jack.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Garner Funeral Home, Salt Lake City, UT. A service celebrating Tom's life will be held in late Fall.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (


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