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12 - November 18, 2011 | Pelham - Windham News


How Many Benches are Enough?


by Barbara O’Brien “How many benches are enough?”


That’s the question Windham Recreation Coordinator Cheryl Haas asked selectmen during their board meeting on November 7. What Haas was referring to was the ultimate number of benches that should be allowed in the town-owned Griffin Park. “What is acceptable?” she wanted to know. “I’m looking for some direction, here.”


Currently there are 40 heavy metal


benches scattered around Griffin Park, which is located off Range Road. Of that total number, 20 were purchased on the authority of town officials, using taxpayer dollars, while the remaining 22 benches were donated by various individuals and businesses, at no expense to the town. The question was brought to selectmen by Haas because of the continued interest of people to donate


a bench in the name of someone. Each bench includes an engraved plaque denoting to whom it is dedicated. After some discussion, selectmen decided to have Haas develop a plan that will spell out the parameters involved in making such donations. It was stipulated that the desire is to have all the benches in the park be of the same type. Haas said the benches already situated in Griffin Park were all purchased from a company located in Wisconsin. The plaques on each bench are also made and adhered to the benches at the same company. In other business, Haas announced that the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. Also, the annual Windham Seniors Holiday Party will take place on Wednesday, December 7 at Castleton on Route 111.


Obituary Obituaries


Eugene D. Piwowarski Eugene D. Piwowarski, 79, of Pelham, died


November 14, 2001, at Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home, Nashua. He was born in Nashua, where he grew up and attended schools, and graduated from Nashua High School. He later graduated from Lowell Tech with an associate’s degree. He was a resident of Pelham for the past eight years, formerly of Pennsylvania. He also lived in Mexico with his daughters for a short time and loved it there. Gene was a retired Chemist. He also sold real estate in Pennsylvania. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Pelham. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Polish music, and polkas. He loved playing the trumpet and enjoyed good food.


He is survived by three daughters, Janet and her husband Lin Higley of Michigan, Ann Epright of Derry, and Joanne Berthel of Salem; a son, Michael Piwowarski of Vermont; five grandchildren, Jessica Buckley, Sarah Epright, Colin Higley, Norman Berthel III, and Ariel Berthel; and three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel, and Claire Buckley. Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Pelham. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson. com.


Raymond A. Passler Raymond A. Passler, 91, of Justin Alan May


June 29, 2001 - Nov. 17, 2009 In Loving Memory of his Second Birthday in Heaven


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sister India, and twin sister Dara, family and friends


Pelham, died on November 12, 2011, at Nevins Nursing and Rehab Center after a long illness. Born and educated in Lawrence,


MA, Ray graduated from Lawrence High School in 1937. He was the son of the late Helen (Rudolph) and Alfred Passler. Ray was a Sergeant


in the Army Air Force during World War II in Pearl Harbor after the bombing. He was co-founder of Dooley and Passler Building Contractors. Ray was a member of the John Hancock A.F. and A.M. Masonic Lodge in Methuen, MA, the Scottish Rite Bodies, the Bektash Shriners, the Methuen Board of Trade and the Daylight Masonic Lodge in North Andover, MA. He was a former member of United Presbyterian Church in Lawrence and served on the Board of Trustees for 35 years and a member of the Christian Fellowship Church of Lawrence. Ray enjoyed bowling on many bowling leagues, golfing and going to Patriots games. He was an avid Red Sox fan. Ray was a handyman who enjoyed woodworking and fixing things. He loved living on


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Passler; and his siblings, Frederick, Walter, Ruth, Doris and Herbert Passler and Lennie Roger. He is survived by his daughters, Dorayne Passler of Salem; Kathy Pelletier and her husband Roger Brisson of Danvers, MA; brothers, Robert Passler of Delray Beach, FL, and Richard Passler of Westborough, MA; a sister, Lois Manning of North Andover; a granddaughter, Mackenzie Pelletier of Pottstown, PA; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday,


November 19, at 11 a.m. at the Windham Presbyterian Church, 1 Church Road, Windham. Memorial donations in Ray’s name may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA, 01843 or Christian Fellowship Church, 93 East Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA, 01841. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson. com.


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Windham Property Auctioned


by Barbara O’Brien A piece of property in Windham, taken


by tax deed, has been disposed of by public auction, earning $80,000 to be deposited in town coffers. According to Town Administrator David


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Windham


Once Again Wins Top Honors


by Barbara O’Brien The Town of Windham has once again


received top honors in the statewide New Hampshire annual town report competition. Town Administrator David Sullivan made the announcement during the November 7 selectmen’s meeting. Sullivan said the 2010 Town Report represents the fifth time in the past seven years that Windham has taken first place in the contest. Sullivan gave credit to Assistant Town Administrator and Finance Director Dana Call and Administrative Assistant Wendi Devlin for yet another winning entry. Sullivan said Call is the one who did such a tremendous job of compiling the information contained in the annual town report, while Devlin was given accolades for her graphic contributions to the publication.


Copies of the 2010 Windham Town Report are still available at Town Hall, as well as at the Community Development Building next door.


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graduated from Salem High School in 1973. She was a resident of Windham for the past 24 years, formerly of Salem. Judy was a QA Specialist II for Wyeth Pharmaceutical in Wilmington, MA. She attended St. Matthew’s Parish in Windham. She enjoyed riding her Harley Davidson and going for scenic drives with her husband in their Corvette. The most important thing in Judy’s life was her children and grandchildren. They were her life! Judy also cherished her friendship with her close friend Lucy


Lachance. She was predeceased by her parents, Gerard and Shirley Proulx; and her son, David Houle, Sr. She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Dobson of Windham; two sons, Mark Houle of Concord, and Jonathan Dobson of Windham; a brother, Stephen Proulx of Florida; a sister, Carol Colby of Salem; grandchildren, Kayla and David Houle, Jr.; and niece and Godchild, Aimee Proulx of Florida. A funeral Mass was celebrated on November 16 at St. Matthew’s Parish, Windham, followed by cremation.


Memorial donations may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Lung Cancer Clinic, Attn: Dr. Goldstein, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115.


Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem, had care of the arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.


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