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Magdalena Riley

Jun 05, 1947 - Nov 28, 2023

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Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth, NH - Magdalena Helena (Szarka) Riley, age 76, passed away at home, November 11, 2023. She was born on June 5, 1947 in Osterode, Germany, daughter of the late Rudolph & Aranka (Ladas) Szarka. Prior to her retirement, she worked as an LPN for many years. She loved doing arts & crafts. She was also very fond of her late dog, Buddy. She is survived by her son, Kerry Riley and Craig Riley, both of Portsmouth, and Kevin Riley of AZ; five grandchildren, Corey, Rudy, Jake, Sydney and...Read More

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Mary Lou Dowhan

Mar 14, 1936 - Feb 16, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth, NH - Mary Lou Dowhan, of Jones Ave. died peacefully February 16, 2024 at Cedar Healthcare Center in Portsmouth. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of , please .

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Janice Mary Griffin

Jul 11, 1929 - Feb 14, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Durham, NH - Janice Mary Griffin, 94, of Britton Lane died peacefully at Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth.Born July 11, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of James and Esther (Newlin) Edgerton.Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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Sharon K. Glover

Mar 08, 1946 - Feb 10, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Sharon K. Glover, age 77, passed away peacefully on February 10, in Portsmouth, NH. Born in Everett, MA in 1946, Sharon was the daughter of the late Harold and Marion (Colella) McKinney. She was the wife of the late Robert Glover, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. Sharon grew up in Revere, graduating from Revere High School in 1964. She was a proud resident of Revere, having resided there for most of her life, until moving to New Hampshire several years ago. She is survived by her sons, Brian Glover and his partner, Anissa Spring, of Epping, Nh, Mark Glover and his wife, Michelle, of Seabrook, Nh, granddaughter, Morgan Glover, her brother Robert McKinney and wife, Pamela, and her niece, Kati. She is predeceased by her grandson, Tyler Glover. Services will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sharon’s memory to the American Heart Association: To to the family or in memory of Sharon Glover, please

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Mark F. Elliott

Feb 16, 1962 - Feb 08, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth NH. - Mark F. Elliott passed away on Feb. 8th, 2024, after years of declining health and a month and a half of rapid decline. He was 61 and just a few days away from his 62nd birthday.Mark was born in Hartford, CT on Feb. 16, 1962, and was a lifelong resident of CT. He was the son of Katherine (Hilton Farris) and Lawerence S. Elliott. He grew up in East Hartford CT, attended local schools and graduated from George J. Penney High School in June of 1980. He then attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain CT where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in Dec. of 1984. After college, he worked as a software engineer at Vitro Corp and then Aetna until his retirement.In his younger years Mark enjoyed bowling in leagues with his dad and friends. He was often hosting card games and Dungeons and Dragons games with his friends. An avid fan of all the New England sports teams (Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Revolution...but not the Bruins!) he loved his Hartford Whalers IceHockey the most. He was a season ticket holder for many years and was often rubbing elbows with Gordie Howe and Ron Francis to name a few. Mark knew the game and could talk for hours about The Whalers and the Carolina Hurricanes and how much he disliked the Bruins.Mark was also part of the Xbox gaming community. His gamer tag was MFEforever. He was often teaming up with his guild to advance their position in the Xbox world. He had lots of friends around the world that he met though gaming who will miss him.Mark is survived by his cousins Darlene Elliott Thomas of Danielsville GA, David Coffin and Donna Coffin of Dover-Foxcroft ME, and Bonnie Coffin and her husband Randy Bertrand of Dover NH. He is predeceased by his parents, his paternal grandparents Charles and Leola Elliott, his maternal grandparents Raymond Hilton, Marguerite (Sawtelle Hilton) and Hollis Farris, all of his aunts and uncles, and his beloved dogs Mickey, Kara, and Dalia.Mark will be laid to rest in his family plot in Bridgton ME. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your local animal rescue or shelter. Arrangements are under the Care of Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Services 8 Elm St Bridgton Maine. To make an online condolence please visit www.chandlerfunerals.com

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Paula C. Kidder

Mar 27, 1939 - Feb 06, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Eliot, Maine – Paula C. Kidder, 84, of Eliot, Maine, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Portsmouth Hospital with her family by her side.Paula was born March 27, 1939 in Rumford, Maine to Fred J. Melanson and Harriet (Coolidge) Melanson. She grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she attended school and raised her four beautiful children.For many years, Paula worked at The Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire working as an aide and physical therapy assistant. It was a career which suited Paula well as the desire to help others in need was such a huge part of what she believed. It was also at the Edgewood Centre that Paula met David Kidder. It was Paula’s marriage to David that brought her to Eliot and helped to define the last forty years of her life.David and Paula settled in their large farmhouse on State Road. It was there that she gave free rein to her love of gardening. Whether it was a large vegetable garden or small annual planting, Paula had a green thumb which was the envy of all. She always loved hosting her children, grandchildren and assorted relatives for holidays. Her children and grandchildren will never forget the Sunday dinners at her home at which the homemade beans and rolls were always a hit.Paula was a proud and joyful member of the Red Hat Society, the Holly Berries, with whom she shared so many wonderful days. She was a lifetime member of Christ Episcopal Church to which she devoted many hours as a volunteer. Paula never lost touch with her closest high school friends, calling themselves “Club ’58”. She and her friends would schedule regular lunches to catch up and support one another. Paula loved the ocean and spent many memorable days at the beach or on the water. She especially looked forward to her family’s annual lobster bake on Lunging Island at the Isle of Shoals.Her love of family was the most important thing in her life. She was a devoted mother, sister, aunt, grandmother. and great-grandmother. Whether it was long car rides and adventures with her sister, Sandy Gauthier, or weekends spent making crafts, watching movies with her grandchildren, going to all their sporting and school events, Paula always had time for family. She will be remembered by her big heart, infectious laugh and loyalty to her friends.Paula was preceded in death by her husband Lieutenant Colonel David B. Kidder, parents Fred J. Melanson and Harriet Melanson; sisters, Barbara J. Cable and Sally A. Thompson; brothers Fred Melanson, Jr., and Peter Melanson, former husband John (Jack) B. Golter, Jr., and daughter-in-law Debbie Golter.She is survived by her four children, John T. Golter and wife Linda of Stratham, N.H., James E. Golter and wife Barbara of Kittery, Maine, Joseph E. Golter and partner Mary Prescott Pagucci of Greenland, New Hampshire, and Sharon R. Fagan and husband John of Eliot, Maine; sister Sandra Gauthier, granddaughters Diana Bernard, Michele D’Amario, Sueanne Baddour, Erica Golter, Kathryn Fagan, Julia Fagan, Kristen O’Neill Guimaraes; grandsons, Matthew Golter and Brian O’Neill; many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family who she loved profoundly.Services: A time of visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on February 15, 2024, at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A funeral service will be held the following day on February 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the spring, there will be a celebration of life.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the NHSPCA of Stratham, New Hampshire.

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Mary Jean Emerton

Sep 04, 1941 - Feb 03, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Mary “Jean” (Patch) Emerton, 82, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire passed away in the comfort of her home with her granddaughter and daughter-in-law by her side after a sudden decline in health on February 3, 2024.Jean was born September 4, 1941, in Boston, Massachusetts to Garland and Amelia (Garland) Patch. She grew up in Portsmouth, NH on the south end also known as the puddledock; making her an original puddledocker.Jean graduated from Portsmouth High School class of 1960. After graduating she married the love of her life Roland “Rolly” Emerton, Sr and she would continue raising their two sons as an impeccable homemaker. She loved watching her boys grow and play sports. Her and Rolly enjoyed boating, camping, dinners at the Elk’s club of Portsmouth, NH, and taking rides along the beach. She was a passionate animal lover and donated to the SPCA frequently. She enjoyed going to yard sales on the weekends and finding the best deals. If you ever had a yard sale in the seacoast area you undoubtedly saw her.Jean’s most cherished role and accomplishment was becoming a Nana to her four grandchildren. Her summers were spent on the beach, the lakes, by her pool and having various adventures with her granddaughters.Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Roland “Rolly” Emerton Sr, parents Garland and Amelia Patch, brothers Garland Jr and Arthur Patch, and her only grandson Zachary Michael Emerton.She is survived by her two sons Roland “Rolly” Emerton Jr and wife Ellen of Bradenton, FL, David Emerton and wife Jennifer of Barrington, NH; granddaughters Clara Emerton of Liverpool, NY, Cassidy Emerton of Barrington, NH, and Kendall Emerton of Barrington, NH; great-grandchildren Riley, Sophia, Jairdon, Emmett, and Taylor; many nieces, nephews, and extended family who she loved profoundly.Services will be held in the spring, and we will notify all family and friends when final arrangements are made. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: NHSPCA. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.

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Aphrodite (Georgakopoulos) Holt

Sep 18, 1926 - Feb 03, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Obituary Will Be ForthcomingSERVICES – Relatives & Friends are invited to her visitation on Thursday February 15, 2024 from 9:00–10:00 am at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth, NH. 03801. A prayer service will take place in the funeral home at 10:00 am. Interment to follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Greenland. For online condolences, visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com .

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Mark F. Elliott

Feb 16, 1962 - Feb 08, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth NH. - Mark F. Elliott passed away on Feb. 8th, 2024, after years of declining health and a month and a half of rapid decline. He was 61 and just a few days away from his 62nd birthday.Mark was born in Hartford, CT on Feb. 16, 1962, and was a lifelong resident of CT. He was the son of Katherine (Hilton Farris) and Lawerence S. Elliott. He grew up in East Hartford CT, attended local schools and graduated from George J. Penney High School in June of 1980. He then attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain CT where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in Dec. of 1984. After college, he worked as a software engineer at Vitro Corp and then Aetna until his retirement.In his younger years Mark enjoyed bowling in leagues with his dad and friends. He was often hosting card games and Dungeons and Dragons games with his friends. An avid fan of all the New England sports teams (Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Revolution...but not the Bruins!) he loved his Hartford Whalers IceHockey the most. He was a season ticket holder for many years and was often rubbing elbows with Gordie Howe and Ron Francis to name a few. Mark knew the game and could talk for hours about The Whalers and the Carolina Hurricanes and how much he disliked the Bruins.Mark was also part of the Xbox gaming community. His gamer tag was MFEforever. He was often teaming up with his guild to advance their position in the Xbox world. He had lots of friends around the world that he met though gaming who will miss him.Mark is survived by his cousins Darlene Elliott Thomas of Danielsville GA, David Coffin and Donna Coffin of Dover-Foxcroft ME, and Bonnie Coffin and her husband Randy Bertrand of Dover NH. He is predeceased by his parents, his paternal grandparents Charles and Leola Elliott, his maternal grandparents Raymond Hilton, Marguerite (Sawtelle Hilton) and Hollis Farris, all of his aunts and uncles, and his beloved dogs Mickey, Kara, and Dalia.Mark will be laid to rest in his family plot in Bridgton ME. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your local animal rescue or shelter. Arrangements are under the Care of Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Services 8 Elm St Bridgton Maine. To make an online condolence please visit www.chandlerfunerals.com

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Nike L. Speltz

May 06, 1944 - Feb 06, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Nike L. Speltz of Portsmouth, New Hampshire died after 14 years of Alzheimer’s disease on February 6, 2024 at age 79.Nike is remembered by her family and friends for her wit, kindness, curiosity and many talents. Born and raised in New London, Connecticut, her journey took her to the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, including a transformative year at the University of St. Andrews, igniting her enduring love for Scotland.It was during her graduate studies in English and American Literature at Boston University that Nike crossed paths with the love of her life, David Speltz, whom she married in 1969. Together, they embarked on adventures, backpacking through Europe on “$5 a day” before settling in the community of Waterbury, VT in 1975.In Waterbury they built a house and a home with the help of family and friends. Nike's passion for the arts led her to the Vermont Council on the Arts as Associate Director, marking the beginning of her long career in philanthropy.In 1982, an unexpected opportunity sent her, David, and their two young children, Tim and Carl, to Nairobi, Kenya for several years. There she worked with Richard Leakey as the International Conference Coordinator at the National Museum of Kenya. In Kenya she and her family took full advantage of the opportunity, going on safaris, participating in paleontology digs and exploring the unique, beautiful landscapes, wildlife and peoples of Kenya.Upon returning to the Northeast, Nike pursued her Masters in Public Administration at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Afterwards, Nike and her family spent time in Shaker Heights, OH, where she was the Founding Director of the Arts Management Program at Case Western University.In 1990, living in Amherst, NH she continued her career in philanthropy at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and laterthe Bean Foundation. Together with David, they nurtured their family and shared a lifelong love of exploration, traversing the globe and embracing new adventures.After their children were adults, Nike and David moved to Portsmouth, NH, where they became active in the community andcontinued their travels worldwide. They observed 7 eclipses worldwide, traveled to 52 countries and to all 7 continents and the North Pole where she swam for at least 2 minutes. Her last “big trip” was a return to the Scotland that she loved with David, her children, and their families.In addition to her adventures, she will be remembered for her love of literature, history and local community and philanthropy. Of note in the Portsmouth area, she was deeply involved in the funding of the new Portsmouth Library Youth Wing, honoring the legacies of her mother, Ruth Glassenberg and mother-in-law Elizabeth Speltz who were avid readers. Her advocacy extended to projects like the Portsmouth African Burying Ground, and she served diligently on the board of the Currier Museum and as President of the Board of the Seacoast Mental Health Center.Nike's spirit of curiosity and compassion touched the lives of all who knew her, whether through her travels or her work. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and dedication to her family, friends, and community.SERVICES - A “Celebration of Life” will be organized for the spring of this year. We also ask you to remember her extended fight against 14 years of Alzheimer’s Disease. Please consider continuing her fight by donating to (the Alzheimer's Association (Ride for Nike) in the “Ride to End ALZ” at https://act.alz.org. Go to the bottom of the webpage and enter Speltz in the search box last name. Pick either David Speltz or other rider you wish and push the search button. This is a 32 mile bike ride on the NH Seacoast on June 1 to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association, Or just donate, if you wish. While we mourn her passing, we find solace in the memories she leaves behind. Nike will be deeply missed, but her spirit continues to inspire us.Arrangements in care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. For online guest book please visit JVWoodFuneralHome.com 

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Greer R. Fleisher

Apr 30, 1951 - Feb 06, 2024

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Portsmouth, NH

Greer R. Fleisher of Portsmouth, NH, passed away with her family beside her on Tuesday, February 6th, 2024. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Andrew Fleisher; daughter Katie Fleisher and her fiancée Phil Taylor, their daughter Poppy Fleisher of North Hampton, NH; daughter Samantha Bacon and her husband Scott Bacon, their sons Henry and Maxwell Bacon of Epping, NH.Born in Virginia as the middle of 5 children, she later attended high school in Edison, NJ. She is predeceased by her mother and father, June and John Redding, and her sisters Christine Rath, Carol Poshpeck, and Jackie Casey. Prior to her retirement in 2018, she worked as a paraprofessional at Portsmouth High School where she positively impacted the lives of countless students, teachers, and staff.After leaving the professional world behind, she enjoyed spending time with her three grandchildren. She loved having them over for sleepovers, treating them to ice cream, and taking them anywhere that involved water, especially the lake. When she wasn’t spending time with her family, she was often spotted at The Brätskellar restaurant laughing with her friends over lunch. Known for her outgoing personality, she would often would strike up conversations with people in line at the grocery store or in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Her love and laughter will be missed by all that knew her.Services will be at Temple Israel, 200 State Street, Portsmouth on Thursday February 8th, at noon, followed by a graveside service at Temple Israel Cemetery on Banfield Rd in Portsmouth. For more information, please see the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Friends in Action Program, Durham, NH.

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