Obituaries

Gloria A. Allwarden

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Gloria A. Allwarden

      AMHERST – Gloria A. Allwarden, daughter of Michael and Anna Aurichio, age 91, passed away peacefully at her home in Amherst on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, surrounded by her husband of over 69 years, Joseph C. Allwarden, also age 91, and other family members.  Besides her husband, Gloria is survived by her sister, Helen Lagatutta, of Rye, NY; her five children, Christopher Allwarden and his wife Ania of Amherst, Kathy Girten and her husband Gary of Richmond, Indiana, Anne Young and her husband Paul of Portsmouth, Robert Allwarden of Jaffrey, and Joseph Allwarden and his wife Christine of Stratham; as well as 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

      Gloria, or "Glo" as she was known to her friends and family, suffered a decline in her health in recent years, and was sustained in life by the love and devoted care and comfort of her husband Joe.  Residents of the Amherst area for over 45 years, Glo and Joe began their life together in New York City, later residing in Michigan and upstate New York, then living on Long Island before moving to New Hampshire in 1975.  Gloria was a devoted wife and mother, known for her love of life and music, her family, and Italian cooking in particular.  

      A private family service will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at Smith and Heald Funeral Home in Milford, with burial at Amherst's Meadowview Cemetery. A celebration of her life is to be held in the future.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship already established in her honor, the 

“Gloria and Joseph Allwarden and Lillian and Antonio Cruz-Uribe Scholarship” at Indiana University East. https://www.iue.edu/alumni-friends/ways-to-give/index.html#gift-online

Raymond P. Buma

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Raymond P. Buma

      AMHERST – Raymond P. Buma, 90, longtime resident of Amherst, NH, died peacefully at his home on October 24, 2021.

      He was born in Whitinsville, MA on July 29, 1931, a son of Peter and Mary (Magill) Buma.  

      Following his education at Northeastern University, Ray worked as an industrial engineer at MKM Knitting Mills, Sprague Electric, and General Services Inc. Ray went on to become a nationally respected entrepreneur in the tire industry. In addition to several New England locations, locally Ray established Carson City Tire and partnered at Steve King Tire. One of Rays personal passions was mentoring and assisting numerous aspiring businesspeople who went on to create their own successful businesses. Ray was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, enjoyed reading and traveled widely with his loving wife Millie.

      Ray was predeceased by a son, Raymond P. Buma, Jr.

      Family members include his wife of 45 years, Mildred (Letasz) Buma of Amherst, NH; brother Paul Buma and his wife Marian of Whitinsville, MA; sons, Kurt Buma of Pepperell, MA and John Lebica of Greenfield, NH; daughters, Katherine Heartly of NH and Susan Jones of SC; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and his loyal dog Buddy.

      The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Patrick Leong and Dr. Louis Fink for their dedication and kindness throughout the years.

      A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Donations in his memory may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN.  Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com

Yianni Vasilopoulos

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Yianni Vasilopoulos

      AMHERST – Yianni Vasilopoulos 70, of Amherst, NH, died November 23, 2021, at The Arbors of Bedford.

      Born in Megaro, Greece on June 1, 1951, he was the son of Aristidis Vasilopoulos and Vasilike (Manolis) Vasilopoulos. Yianni was raised and educated in Megaro before joining the Greek military in 1971 as a driver.

      Yianni immigrated to Lowell, MA in 1974 to be with his family and pursue the American Dream. Yianni accomplished his dream as the 35+ year owner of local pizza restaurant, Bravo Pizza. His stoicism and unending work ethic combined with his charismatic flair led him to become a household name in Milford, NH. Away from the pizza restaurant, Yianni loved cars, sports, guns, and above all else, his family.

      Yianni is survived by Tina L. Maynard and their three children, Nicole, Aris, and Stephanie Vasilopoulos; two sisters, Maria and Aphrodite (Deedee) Vasilopoulos; beloved nieces and a nephew.

      Services: Calling hours are Saturday, November 27, 2021, from 9 to 10 AM at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street, Manchester.

      The funeral service will follow in the church at 10 AM.

      Burial will take place in Bedford Center Cemetery, Bedford, NH.                                                 

      In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to any charitable foundation.

      The Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, Manchester, NH is in charge of the arrangements.

      For more information visit: www.connorhealy.com.

DECEMBER 2021