Charles Frank Laber

Newport, NH — Charles Frank Laber, 91 passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction Vt. Charlie was born March 21, 1921 in Lebanon, N.H. the eldest son of Frank Danforth Laber and Pearl (LaBombard) Laber. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1938 and married Beryl Emery. Charlie served in the US Navy during WWII and returned to attend UNH. He became an outstanding teacher. After his divorce he moved to Montana with his daughter Constance and son Charles Jr. (Sonny) where he continued his teaching profession. He married Connie Pepion and together they taught on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Babb, Mt. Their sons, Frank Mark Laber and Jay Polite Laber were born in Browning, Mt. Charlie and Connie returned to live in Newport, N.H. where their daughter Annie Laurie Laber was born and continued teaching. Connie Laber passed away in 1988. In 2002, he married Phyllis (Dembek) Laber and spent many years traveling and enjoying life on East Mountain in Newport. He was a learned individual attending several universities throughout his life and holding several degrees including studies in agriculture, science and math. Charlie loved the land, woods and animals and was always interested in gardening, nutrition and music. He was recognized as a talented musician, especially for his fiddle and mandolin playing.

Charlie is predeceased by three brothers, Robert Laber of Vero Beach, Fla., Clarence (Barney) Laber of Newport N.H., and Alfred (Bill) Laber of Mims, Fla.

Survivors include his loving wife, Phyllis; brother, Roger Laber and wife, Magnea (Alaska); sister, Jean (Laber) Callum and husband, David, Leicester, Vt; his children: Constance Pomeroy and husband, Phil (Washington), Charles Jr. (Sonny) and wife, Donna (South Carolina), Frank and wife Lisa (Montana), Jay and wife, Natalie (Montana), Annie Gallagher and husband, Frank (Pennsylvania); two step-children, Eric Stoughton and wife, Angie (Ohio), Pamela Shockley and husband, Allen (Kentucky); and seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made in his name to Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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