Member Obituaries



As of August 2013, we've begun to include obituaries of passing Historical Society members. We will be adding older obituaries over time. 

Clough, Cecilia (Cele)

Cecelia “Cele” E. Clough, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH died on June 6, 2016 at Carlyle Place, Bedford, NH.

She was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on January 29, 1921, the daughter of Jacob and Agnes (Adamczyk) Ciak. She moved to Amherst shortly after World War II where she made her home and raised her family for over 60 years, later moving to Bedford. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Tenney Clough; her parents; and siblings, Frances, Frank, Marion, Jane, Michelina, Anne and Bronus.

Following high school Cele attended secretarial school and later was employed by Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, CT during World War II. She worked in the Amherst Town Library for many years and was active in the Amherst Congregational Church and the Women’s Association.

Cele is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Charlene Clough of Lawndale, NC, Roger Clough and June Grant of Madbury, NH; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Marc, Grant and Catherine; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Amherst Town Library, 14 Main Street, Amherst, NH 03031.


Lincoln, Charles Jewett

SEDGWICK, MAINE — Charles Jewett Lincoln II passed peacefully July 25, 2013, with his daughter and grandson at his side. Charles was born June 16, 1919, in Port Washington, N.Y. He was the son of Roy Melville Lincoln and Grace Hendricks Lincoln and beloved nephew of Charles Jewett Lincoln and Theodora Hendricks Lincoln. Charles is a descendant of Paul Revere, Charles Coffin Jewett and Abraham Lincoln and proudly carried forth the legacy and integrity of these great men.

Charles graduated from the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., in 1938 and Brown University in 1942. From 1942-1946 he served the country in World War II, with the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific. Charles was one of the officers in charge of the 51st Defense Battalion, which was the first all African-American battalion. He was very proud of his years in the Marine Corps. After serving in World War II, Charles studied law at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was here he earned his law degree and met the love of his life, Evangeline Wiseman. They were married for almost 70 years, until she passed in 2010. Charles and Evangeline’s love, devotion, and dedication to each other were traits that everyone who knew them celebrated and admired. Charles and Evangeline settled in Amherst, N.H., where he became the town judge and practiced law. He also served as judge in the District Court in Manchester, N.H. With a keen sense of humor, Charles wrote the book “New England Town Affairs: The Puckerbrush Papers,” which chronicled true cases from Amherst and Milford, N.H.; the names changed to protect the “not-so innocent.” While living in Amherst, Charles’ hobbies included building an asphalt plant with his friend, David Ramsay, manufacturing British fisherman smocks, collecting fire engines in his barn, starting a diamond needle company, and operating a fleet of commercial lobster boats. He was often found in Rye Harbor, N.H., on one of his boats fishing with his daughter, or cruising about the New Hampshire coast. 

Charles is survived by his daughter, Evangeline Anne Lincoln Wollmar and her husband, Douglas, with whom he lived with for the last nine years of his life; his three grandchildren, Aaron Lincoln Friedman, Skylar Allyn Lincoln and Charles Jefferson Friedman; also his son, Colin Lincoln and his wife, Leona Clough; grandson and his wife, Jason and Estelle Lincoln;, and a great-grandson, Dylan Lincoln. He also leaves behind his dear friend and former law partner, William Edwards, who remains a loyal and very special friend to Charles and his family. 

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the Somesville Union Meeting House. Private interment will be held at the Old Ship’s Church Cemetery, Hingham, Mass. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Charles’ honor be made to the families’ church, the Somesville Union Meeting House, P.O. Box 96, Somesville, ME 04660. Also, Charles would encourage everyone to pick up a good book of humor and enjoy a good laugh. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.


Lincoln, Evangeline Johnston

Evangeline Lincoln, 93, died Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Sonogee Rehab. and Living Center in Bar Harbor, Maine. Evangeline was born March 20, 1917 in New Berlin, New York, the daughter of Peter and May (Johnston) Wiseman. She was brought up near Ottawa Canada, where her father was a Methodist minister. ... She was a graduate of Ashbury School for Women, the University of Kentucky, and the Canadian Conservatory of Music. She also earned a graduate degree in international Law from The University of Michigan, where she met Charles Jewett Lincoln, the love of her life and husband of 69 years.  Evangeline was a concert pianist, a church organist, gourmet cook, loving wife, mother and “Nana.”  ... In 1975 she survived a massive heart attack where she died and came back to life after 4 minutes. In that time she experienced what she believed to be Heaven. ... Even in her last months, suffering from Alzheimer's, she continued to delight everyone she met with her huge smile, exuberant singing and joy. Evangeline passed away peacefully holding her husband's hand and with her daughter at her side.  She is survived by her husband, Charles, daughter Evangeline Anne Wollmar and her husband Douglas of Trenton, Maine, her son Colin Lincoln and his wife Leona Clough of Hollis NH, grandson and his wife, Jason and Estelle Lincoln;, and a great-grandson, Dylan Lincoln.


Wichman, William Merrick (Bill)

On December 12th, 2015, William Merrick (Bill) Wichman passed away peacefully at Community Hospice House in Merrimack N.H., of complications from ALS. A long-time resident of Amherst, NH, he was 78.

Born in Schenectady, NY, reared in Fort Wayne, IN and Hartford, CT, Bill graduated from Cornell University in 1961 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He met his wife of 54 adventurous years through the Cornell Outing Club and, after the wedding, they moved to Washington where Bill served as a Lieutenant at McChord Air Force Base, as an air defense computer maintenance officer. He then earned an Engineer degree at Stanford University, for graduate work in the emerging field of computerized control and sensing systems, at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1967, he became an engineer for Sanders Associates where he designed and maintained computer systems all over the world, traveling 697,000 miles over his 30-year career.

An avid outdoorsman, Bill hiked all the 4,000-footers in the White Mountains and explored many far-flung locations. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout introduced him to community service, and it became a lifelong passion. He volunteered with the Daniel Webster Council, B.S.A., provided lighting and backstage support for P.T.A. theatrics, and in later years became active in the Amherst Historical Society, the Amherst Conservation Commission, the Amherst Land Trust, and several other town boards and commissions. He was happiest when active and out-of-doors, and was known for maintaining town trails by hiking with a chainsaw on his backpack. In 2007, Bill was proud to be named Citizen of the Year by the Amherst Lions Club for his outstanding volunteerism.

He is survived by his wife, formerly Blanche Greene; a son, Robert Wichman of Saint Cloud, MN; two daughters, Heather Lattanzi of Los Altos, CA, and Elizabeth Wichman of Sunnyvale, CA; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Ann Klemme of Basking Ridge, NJ.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2 p.m., January 2, 2016 in the Barbara Landry Meeting Room at the Amherst Town Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Amherst Conservation Commission, PO Box 960, Amherst, NH 03031, with his name on the memo line.


Odell, Marjorie Noble Odell

Marjorie N. Odell, 90, lifelong resident of Amherst, NH, died November 30, 2010 at Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH. She was born in Mont Vernon, NH on October 10, 1920, a daughter of the late Herbert and Emma (Alexander) Noble.

Mrs. Odell attended Miss Farmer’s School of Cooking, Boston, MA. She was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed spending time with her family. Many of the neighborhood children called her Auntie Dell.

She was a member of The Congregational Church of Amherst, Historical Society of Amherst, Woman’s Association and the Century Club.

Mrs. Odell was predeceased by her husband, Ralph H. Odell, who died in 1999; a sister, Edith Noble and a brother, Keith Noble.

Family members include two sons, Ralph H. Odell, Jr. and his wife, Beth of Pittsfield, NH and Charles T. Odell of Amherst, NH; two grandsons, Matthew Odell of New York, NY and Christopher Odell of Pittsfield, NH; a sister, Ruth E. Noble of Arlington, MA; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 pm in the Congregational Church of Amherst UCC, 11 Church Street, Amherst. NH. Burial will be in Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Young, Marion G.

Marion G. Young, 88, longtime resident of Amherst, NH, died on December 27, 2012 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Goffstown, NH. She was born in Cambridge, MA on June 27, 1924, a daughter of Peter and Alice (Hayes) Macklin. Marion graduated from Somerville (MA) High School, Class of 1941 and Salem State College, Class of 1945. She continued with graduate studies at Boston University and Rivier College. Prior to her marriage in 1949, she taught high school in Ipswich, MA and Waltham, MA. She moved to Amherst in 1949 and spent more than 30 years teaching Business Education at Milford Area Senior High School.

Mrs. Young was a member of Nashua Area Retired Educators and the Amherst Historical Society. She enjoyed gardening, reading and most especially spending time with her family. Mrs. Young was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church for 62 years and a member of the Catholic Women’s Club.


She was predeceased by her husband, Donald O. Young, who died in 1988. Family members include two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and Steven Giguere of Goffstown, NH, Jean C. and John Rotch of Milford, NH; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond A. and Leticia Young of San Diego, CA, Paul A. and Anne Young of Exeter, NH; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Jake Young of Amherst, NH; many nieces and nephews.