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Laconia-----Margaret E. (Buckley) Fracher, 99, of 435 Union Ave., died at the Congregate Living Center, Taylor Community on Thursday, June 2, 2005. Mrs. Fracher was the widow of Henry N. Fracher who died in 2001.

Mrs. Fracher was born September 24, 1905 in Worcester, MA, the daughter of Thomas J. and Emma M. (Cartier) Buckley.

Mrs. Fracher graduated from Worcester South High School in 1923 and from Worcester State College in 1927 with a degree in Education. She was hired by Dr. Silver, President of Plymouth (NH) Normal School (now Plymouth State University), to teach in Plymouth Grade School, a training school under the supervision of the Normal School, as a critic teacher; an unusual opportunity for a new college graduate. She married Henry Volpe in 1930 in Worcester and returned to teaching in 1945. In 1947, she married Henry Fracher of Plymouth. She taught freshman and sophomore English at Plymouth (NH) High School for twenty five years and was Head of the English Department. She retired in 1970.

Mrs. Fracher served as New Hampshire State President of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and twice President of the Pemigewasset Woman’s Club. She was President and Charter Member of the Plymouth
Business and Professional Woman’s Club; organizer of the Baker-Pemi Senior Citizen’s Club and its first president. She was active in establishing Meals on Wheels and other senior services. Mrs. Fracher had a life-long interest in reading and the public library and was a member of the Young Ladies Library Association of Plymouth for over fifty years and served on its Board of Directors. She enjoyed doing many crafts such as crewel embroidery and oil paintings.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, H. Thomas and Eleanor Volpe, of Laconia, NH; a daughter, Elizabeth Dunkling of Plymouth, NH; three
grandchildren, David Dunkling of Rumney, NH Deborah Hoef of Hillsborough, NH and Christopher Volpe of Meredith, NH; three great grandchildren, Richard Hoef, Cristina Hoef and Benjamin Hoef. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Stewart Volpe, in 2000.

There will be no calling hours.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 11 School Street, Plymouth, NH on Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 10:00AM. Rev. Leo LeBlanc, Pastor of the Church, will celebrate.

Burial will follow in the family lot at Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, NH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot Street, Plymouth, NH 03264.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.

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