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Friday, January 19, 2007

Inga (Larsen) MacRae A beloved South Street neighbor and friend

Inga (Larsen) MacRae, 93, a long-time resident of South Street, died Friday, January 5, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Burlington, Massachusetts. She was the wife of the late Sidney G. MacRae.

Born in Concord on September 9, 1913, Inga was the daughter of the late Ivar and Hulda (Olsen) Larsen. Ivar Larsen came to Boston from Norway in 1907. Hulda had emigrated from Sweden. There was a large Scandinavian community in Concord and Carlisle during the first half of the twentieth century.

At the age of four, Inga and her family moved from Lowell Road in Concord to South Street in Carlisle, first to the Coppermine Farm for three years and eventually to the 52-acre Spencer Brook Farm, bordering South and West Streets. It was here that Ivar Larsen established a poultry farm. The Larsen family owned the farm for 49 years. It was sold in 1969.

Inga graduated from the Highland School in Carlisle and from Concord High School. Later she graduated from Lesley College and eventually graduated from the Forsyth Dental School in Boston where she taught for eight years.

In 1948 Inga Larsen and Sidney MacRae were married and settled in the home they designed and built on land her parents gave them further down the road on South Street. Inga continued on as head of Radiology at Forsyth Dental School and later worked as a dental hygienist in Winchester and Wellesley. Her husband Sidney and his brother Rothwell ran the MacRae Funeral Home in Concord, which they established in 1936. Together the MacRaes enjoyed growing strawberries and blueberries in their backyard, which they shared with neighbors up and down the street.

Inga MacRae is survived by her sister Brita Larsen Taylor of Florida; her nephew Bruce Taylor of Florida; her nieces Marilyn Shumway of New York and Martha McConnell of Lexington, and by many grandnieces and grandnephews. She was the sister of the late Mildred Larsen of Carlisle.

A private graveside family service was held at Green Cemetery, Carlisle. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20, at 2 p.m. in the Activity Room at Sunrise Assisted Living Community, 24 Mall Road, Burlington. Gifts in her name may be made to Beacon Hospice, 529 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114-2699. Arrangements are under the care of the MacRae-Tunnicliffe Funeral Home, Concord.

An Oral History with Inga MacRae can be seen at the Gleason Library.

Nancy L. (Hanson) Hague Served on the Carlisle Finance Committee

Nancy L. (Hanson) Hague, 81, of Peterborough, New Hampshire, formerly of Concord and Carlisle, passed away Saturday, January 13, at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough.

Born in Melrose on April 19, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Mildred (Atkinson) Hanson. The family were long-time Melrose residents. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1941. She followed her sister, Dotty, to Wellesley College, receiving a degree in Economics in 1946.

Nancy Hanson met W. M. Larry Hague Jr. at General Radio where they were both working. They married on January 29, 1949. They moved to Concord in 1950 and then to Lowell Street in Carlisle in 1956 where they raised their children. She then returned to Concord in 1993.

Mrs. Hague was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, active in the Girl Scouts, the League of Women Voters and was a board member of Concord Family Services. She also served on the Finance Committee for the Town of Carlisle. During this time she was employed as a bookkeeper for the family business, W. M. Hague Company.

Mrs. Hague was a committed conservationist and an avid supporter of civil rights, who marched in 1963 in the Selma-to-Montgomery march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in 1988 with her daughter, Jill, for a Woman's Right to Choose in Washington D.C. Her passions included tennis and bridge for which she had long-standing relationships in Concord.

She is survived by a son, Donald M. Hague and his wife Naoko, of Pepperell; daughter, Jill Hill, of Conifer, Colorado; granddaughters Joelle Hague of Cambridge, Eunice Wharton and her husband Tom of Warwick, Rhode Island; and the late Gemma Hague; great-grandson Dakota Wharton; a sister Margery Cornwall and her husband Jim of Easthampton; and the late Dorothy May.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, January 18, in Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord. Interment followed in the family plot in Green Cemetery, Carlisle.

Gifts in her name may be made to Concord League of Women Voters, Box 34, Concord, MA 01742 or Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.

Arrangements are under the care of MacRae-Tunnicliffe's Concord Funeral Home.

The Sharing Foundation wins Yahoo's Network for Giving challenge

Many Carlisle residents rallied around The Sharing Foundation to help win an unusual online contest which drew 745 donors in just under three weeks. Initiated by a board member of The Sharing Foundation, the excitement in the contest spread in a grassroots wildfire, with donors visiting Yahoo's Network for Giving web site to make the minimum $10 contribution. At the stroke of midnight on December 31, the Foundation had the largest number of donors and Yahoo matched those donations, meaning a total of $99,074 for children in Cambodia.

The Sharing Foundation, founded by former Carlisle resident and pediatrician Dr. Nancy Hendrie and supported by dedicated volunteers, focuses its work on the children of Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in the world. The projects include an orphanage, a Montessori-based preschool, English classes, 36 sponsored high school students, 20 college students, a Khmer literacy school for 120 children and a farm project for their indigent parents, as well as programs that provide immunizations, clean water, intensive medical treatment abroad when necessary, and renovations to public schools, a library, and playground.

Additional information is available at or you can see the Foundation featured as the Yahoo badge winner at

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