Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire
Chapter 1

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Virginia "Ginny" A. Crane LANCASTER, NH – Virginia A. “Ginny” Crane, 60, of Garland Road, died at her home Sunday evening May 3, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Ginny was born in Long Branch, NJ on August 21, 1954 the daughter of Salvatore and Charlotte (Kravits) Scott.  Raised in Neptune and Ocean Grove, NJ she was a graduate of Neptune High School.  After high school, she went to work for the Neptune TWP, NJ Municipal Court.  She was also the court clerk for the Ocean Grove, NJ Municipal Court which was later merged with Neptune.  She later also worked for the Ocean TWP, NJ Municipal Court. 

It was while working in Neptune she met the love of her life, a police officer who also worked there.  On June 5, 1976 she married Ronald Crane in a beautiful red, white & blue color themed Patriotic wedding.  

After marriage Ginny and Ron resided in Ocean Grove for many years and while there Ginny joined the Ocean Grove First Aid Squad, became an EMT and was eventually elect as the first female Captain of the squad. 

In 1989 they relocated to Lancaster, NH and a year later Ginny started working at Weeks Medical Center.  She served in many positions and eventually became an I.S. Specialist with the billing department from which she retired due to health reasons.  She also worked for Bruce Transportation as a school bus driver and a secretary. 

She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, first joining in New Jersey and after moving to Lancaster she joined the Olive Branch Chapter #1.  She eventually served as Worthy Matron and was also appointed a Grand Officer of the Grand Chapter of New Hampshire.  She was a 25 year member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Weeks VFW Post in Lancaster. 

Ginny enjoyed knitting, crocheting, Nascar racing, camping, shopping, snowmobiling and spending time at their camp in the Averill Lakes. 

Family members include her husband Ronald of Lancaster; a son Eric Crane and his wife Denise of Lancaster along with their children Grant and Liam; three step-children and their families, Sharon Lagenes and her husband Carl of Chesterfield, VA, along with their children Jessie, Jason, and Stephanie and grandchildren William Erik Vincent and Ezra; Christine Crane of Lancaster, along with her children Crystal, Kelsea, Francesca and Christiana and grandchildren Tristan and Colin; Richard Crane of Lyndonville, VT; a brother Paul Scott and his wife Diane of Naples, FL; and her adopted sister Denise Ploskonka of Spring Lake, NJ.  Her parents Salvatore and Charlotte predeceased her. 

Nancy J. (Thorell) Kiernan, 72, died peacefully at her home on June 24, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. 

Nancy was born in Manchester, NH on May 6, 1944 a daughter of George and Shirley (Morrill) Thorell. She had been a resident of Amherst for most of her life. She graduated from Hairdressing School in 1963. She married Hugh V. Kiernan, a soldier in the US Army, on April 25, 1964. Nancy worked for the Amherst Middle School for many years in the school lunch program; she was den mother for the boy scouts a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Blue Star Mother’s.

Nancy had a passion for taking care of people! She was a mother to every veteran and fire fighter she ever met and a kind friend to all. She loved cooking and sewing for EVERYONE. Nancy had a love of watching the wildlife and birds surrounding her home. 

Family members include her husband, Hugh V. Kiernan, her son, Michael Kiernan and his wife, Cynthia Kiernan, of Merrimack, NH, her daughter, Tracy Kiernan, of Amherst, NH, a brother, George Thorell of Kennebunk, ME; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda and Butch Grant of Amherst, NH and Cindy Thorell of Pembroke, NH and four nieces and nephews, as well as, her beloved 6 grand-puppies. 

James (Jim) F Savage Sr., 73, formerly of Everett and Avon MA, and Wolfeboro NH passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Robley Rex VA Hospital in Louisville KY after being diagnosed with ALS in December. He was surrounded and supported by his wife, children and friends.Jim graduated from Everett High School in 1961. After graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps where he obtained the rank of Lance Corporal while serving with VMF-333 out of MCAS Beaufort SC.

During his time in the Marines Jim was at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also travelled to Puerto Rico, Norway, and Iceland in support of various missions. After his time in the Marine Corps Jim returned to MA and went to work for General Electric. He worked in many different parts of the plant including, turbine, the gear plant, and power plants. After retiring from GE in 1996 he went to work for the Governor Wentworth School District at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro NH. He worked as the in-school suspension proctor, hall monitor, and campus security. Jim finally retired in June of 2015.

He and his wife Lynn, who have been married since Aug 27, 1993 decided to move to Taylorsville KY to be closer to their daughter, son in law, and granddaughter. Jim had a love of many outdoor activities including golf, deep-sea fishing, hunting in his younger years, and most sports. He was a true Boston sports fan and passed that love onto his children.  Through the years he coached many teams.  Coaching baseball and softball for his children.  He coached the Kingswood Middle School football team and coached lacrosse for Kingswood Regional High School.Jim is survived by his wife Lynn (Bourgeois), daughters Kimberly Metivier, of Windham NH, Cynthia Albert and her husband Ed of Stoughton MA, Melissa Gruner and her husband Jason of Louisville KY. Sons James (Jim) F. Jr. and his wife Stacey of Wolfeboro NH, Gregory and his wife Sandria of Salem NH, and Richard Stanley Jr of Louisville KY. He also leaves behind his brothers Vincent and Kenneth, and a sister Dorothy Desmond.  Jim has seven granddaughters, three grandsons and two great-granddaughters. He also has numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was predeceased by his parents Vincent Thomas and Dorothy Eleanor (Collins) and his son Cpl Matthew Stanley.

Brandon M. Washburn, Sr., 68, of Brunswick, Vt., passed away at the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2016, with his family by his side and after a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1948, in West Stewartstown, NH, a son of the late Wilfred C. and Ruth (Clark) Washburn, Sr. Brandon was a graduate of Colebrook Academy in 1966. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1976-86, attaining the rank and rate of a Gunner’s Mate, First-Class.

For many years, Brandon was a jack-of-all-trades, working locally as a truck driver for Roland St. Onge, for Ethan Allen in Island Pond, and in maintenance at The Balsams and for Tillotson Rubber Co. He enjoyed his last job working for Northern Human Services at the Columbia House. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an avid reader of westerns, and in his later years began to take up golf. Brandon had a great sense of humor and loved to make his friends and family laugh. He cherished time spent with his children and grandchildren and will be missed by them all.

He is survived by his wife of almost 36 years, Janet (Reece) Washburn of Brunswick, Vt.; a daughter, Kerry Washburn and her fiance Chris Mason of Goffstown, NH; four sons, Travis and Lance Washburn of Parkville, MD, Brandon “BJ” Washburn, Jr. and wife Chloe of Newport Center, Vt., and Wade Washburn of Gulfport, MS; a brother, Fremont Washburn, Sr., of W. Stewartstown; four sisters, Loretta Pecoraro of Colebrook, Freda Washburn of Canaan, NH, Suzanne Washburn of Taunton, Mass., and Sherry Washburn of Colebrook; seven grandchildren, Sawyer and Shelby St. Onge, Tarann and Karsyn Claremont, Calli Washburn, Corey Leif Washburn, and Evangeline Washburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Brandon is pre-deceased by a son, Corey Washburn in 2009; a sister, Sheila Greenough; and a brother Wilfred ‘Tink’ Washburn, Jr.

Donna M. Penn, 53, of Manchester, NH, died September 16, 2016.

Born in Manchester, NH on May 21, 1963, she was the daughter of Norbert and Agnes (Baroody) Chevrette.

She graduated from Manchester Memorial High School. Donna was an active volunteer with the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire Chapter One.

She was a communicant of Saint Pius X Church.

Family members include a daughter, Elizabeth; two sons, Tyler and Kenneth, all of Manchester; a brother, Brian; and two sisters, Jennifer and Sandra.

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The mothers and fathers of America will give you their sons and daughters...with the confidence in you that you will not needlessly waste their lives. And you dare not. That's the burden the mantle of leadership places upon you. You could be the person who gives the orders that will bring about the deaths of thousands and thousands of young men and women. It is an awesome responsibility. You cannot fail. You dare not fail...

~General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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