Norma Louise Burbank

11-27-15-norma-louise-burbankNorma Louise BurbankNorma Louise Burbank, 80, passed away peacefully on Nov. 24, 2015, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester with her children and loved ones by her side. Norma had recently moved from North Conway to live with family in Effingham after a period of declining health.
Norma was born on Aug. 5, 1935, in Springvale, Maine. She was the only child of Welley and Elaine Burbank and lived out her younger years in the Sanford, Maine area and then her married years with with her first husband, Jerry Maxfield, in the Gonic area. She eventually moved to Moultonborough and lived there for over 45 years. She relocated to North Conway in 2011 with her husband, Paul Inman.
Norma was known for her strong work ethic. She worked very hard from the time she was a teenager in order to help support her growing family. She was quickly promoted in each job as her employers discovered her willingness to tackle any task, no matter how difficult. Norma had the responsibility of supervising up to 100 waitresses at Harts Turkey Farm in Meredith for many years. She eventually became at machinist, working in the Meredith and Moultonborough area. Even after she retired, she continued to work as a bus driver for the Moultonborough school district.

Patti Lynn (Moore) Dickson

11-25-15-patti-lynn-moore-dicksonPatti Lynn (Moore) DicksonPatti Lynn (Moore) Dickson, of North Conway, passed away on Nov. 19, 2015, after a very long and heroic battle with cancer.

She was born in Attleboro, Mass., on Sept. 19, 1956, the daughter of Patricia Moore and the late Frederick Moore. She was a 1974 graduate of North Attleboro High School.

Patti worked in manufacturing in the Attleboro area for many years. She moved to the Conway area in 1986, working for Chuck Roast for several years. She was an excellent cook, and before her health failed, she enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She was a great lover of animals. Her favorite cat, Carmichael, will be by her side once again.

She was predeceased by her father, Frederick Moore; and brother-in-law, Kevin Ellis.

Richard H. Donovan

richarddonovanobituaryRichard H. DonovanRichard H. Donovan, 93, passed away quietly on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Mineral Springs Senior Living Center in North Conway, following a brief illness.

Richard was born and raised in Swampscott, Mass., the son of Daniel A. and Bernice I. Donovan. He had one brother, Daniel "Deed" Donovan.
In his early years, Richard was a star athlete at Swampscott High School. He was a popular student with many friends and was president of his class for three consecutive years. Throughout high school Richard, a lover of music, played saxophone and clarinet in several big bands and jazz ensembles throughout eastern Massachusetts.
In 1942, Richard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After boot camp, he was asked to remain at Parris Island as a drill instructor, an honor in which Richard took great pride. Yet, during the early 1940s, the country was fixed firmly in World War II, and he was eventually sent to the Pacific theater with the 1st Marine Division. In 1943, after participating in securing the island of Guam, he was chosen to serve as a member of the Military Police and was assigned to protect high-ranking officers, including famed Admiral C.W. Nimitz.
After serving in the Marine Corps he returned to Lynnfield, Mass., and married Eleanore M. Nelson (who died 1984). He served as president of Nel-Nick Motors in Lynn, Mass., for 30 years. Though he worked long hours, he still managed to be a loving and attentive father to his three children, rarely ever missing one of their school or sporting events.
In 1976, Richard fulfilled a lifelong dream by starting the Dick Donovan Big Band. As the leader of a 20-piece big band, Richard delighted audiences throughout New England and helped to bring authentic music from a bygone era to listeners young and old. After 32 years, he retired from the bandstand in 2008 at the age of 86.
He is survived by his daughter Betsy Donovan; his sons Baine Donovan and Brian Donovan; his granddaughters, Cori Donovan, Lindsay Mayock and Kimberly Donovan; his grandsons, Benjamin Mayock, Brian Donovan and Brett Donovan; and two great-grandchildren Griffin Stripto and Baine Stripto.
His loved ones will most miss his kind heart, sense of humor and unyielding loyalty. Richard was always quick with a joke and a funny face. He was also a patient and natural teacher, always willing to pass his knowledge on to his family and friends. He kept a perfectly green and manicured lawn and he kept his shoes shined and his pants creased. Most importantly, he kept his children and grandchildren close; as close as they will keep him today, and everyday, always.
The family of Richard H. Donovan would like to extend their wholehearted appreciation to the people who loved and cared for "Mr. D" during his final years.
A rite of honor will be held privately for family and friends at a date, time and place to be announced.


Service: M. Priscilla (Donlan) Browning

M. Priscilla (Donlan) Browning, 85, of Silver Lake died peacefully Nov. 15, 2015 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. at St. Andrews-in-the-Valley Church

There will be a graveside burial service at Wadsworth Cemetery in Sudbury on Nov. 28 at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Priscilla's name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice, P.O. Box 432, North Conway, NH 03860.

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Maggie Finn

11-21-15-maggie-finnMaggie Finn, 53, of Madison, passed away Thursday evening, Nov. 12 in the Mount Washington Valley, that she dearly loved, surrounded by friends and family especially her son, Cody.

She was an active community member, having started a solar energy co-op, a farmers' market, taught English as a second language, taught snowboarding to area youth and adults, and was a Wilderness First Responder. She served in many roles at Mustang Academy and Madison Elementary School, including classroom aide, Green Team, member of the Trail and Wellness Committees, and school board member.

Maggie particularly loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker having through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1996, and has since offered assistance to many hikers passing through the area. She completed all of the 4,000-foot peaks in New England and most of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks, as well as many challenging climbs in the west and Europe. She was an accomplished rock and ice climber.

Maggie earned dual degrees with honors from State University of New York at Potsdam in Geology and Biology. She earned a civil engineering masters degree in Water Resources from University of New Hampshire at Durham. This was the beginning of her career in environmental and groundwater engineering with numerous firms, including Casella Organics, North East Biosolids and Residuals Association, Truslow Resource Consulting, Shevenell-Gallen and Association, Caswell Eichler and Hill, and Dr. Thomas Bellestero.

Her greatest pleasure was being a mom to her son Cody, sharing lessons of life and the universe. Together they enjoyed hiking, skiing, kayaking and playing hockey. She would say there are few things more demanding or rewarding than being a hockey mom (and player). They traveled cross-country together, experiencing National Parks, and our beautiful country. Maggie was proud to be an Adirondacker, having been born and raised in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

She is survived by her son Dakota (Cody) of Conway; one sister Susan Germaine, of Logan, Utah; four brothers Jim (Laney) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rick (Linda) of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Fred (Heather) and Steve of Bloomingdale, N.Y. Maggie enjoyed being a member of a large dynamic family, and cherished the many relatives around the country.

She was predeceased by her parents James and Edna Finn of Saranac Lake and a sister, Martha Gladd of Rochester, N.Y.

The family would like to acknowledge with gratitude the selfless care provided by Heather Finn and Judith Glick during Maggie's illness, as well as the countless acts of kindness and generosity the friends and community have rendered though this difficult journey.

A memorial service will be celebrated at Madison Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, with reception to follow.

Memorial donations are suggested to be directed to: Cody F. Bryan College Fund, 33 Town Line Road, Conway, NH 03818.