DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH


Caroline E. (Bragdon) Junkala

5 August, 193515 July, 2020

Caroline E. Bragdon Junkala moved to her Lord's side on July 15, 2020, while sleeping at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, NH. Caroline was born in Temple, NH, on August 5, 1935, daughter of Harvey and Vera (Draper) Paige. She spent time as a child in Temple, Greenfield, and Lyndeborough, eventually spending her teen years in Milford and graduating from Milford High School in 1953. She married Orson H. Bragdon, Jr., in Milford on February 21, 1954.

Caroline loved children and carried seven of her own into this world. While raising her own children, she and Orson (Jay) also cared for, and/or helped raise, dozens of children through the State's Foster Parent system. She provided babysitting services for upwards of 20 kids. In the mid 1960's, realizing that there was limited access to kindergarten for her own kids, she decided to open RM Kindergarten (later to become Souhegan Valley Christian Kindergarten). Jay took an attached barn and remodeled it into a very nice teaching room and Caroline hired teachers and staff to provide a new learning facility in town. By the early 1970's, the house at 3 Cottage Street was a beehive of activity after school on any given day. To keep all the kids active, she ran a Good News Club weekly, and required her children to learn various musical instruments.

Though Caroline had worked at various jobs in her life, she enjoyed cutting hair the most. The kitchen was her salon, where she provided “permanents” to women where she had her own hooded hair dryer for her customers to sit under.....though calling them customers would be misleading. They were all her friends. Somehow, she managed to cut hair, control a couple dozen or so kids running around the house and/or in the back yard, and have supper ready every day.

In the mid-to-late 70's, Jay opened a locksmith business and Caroline became a certified locksmith and a master at re-keying commercial locks. When someone needed 5 or 10 locks in one building, each needing separate keys but still having a master key for the entire facility, Caroline had the innate mathematical capability to handle the “numbers game” that was part of locksmithing. She would work the pins, cut the keys, and hand them all to Jay for installation. They made a good team and the Bragdon Lockshop business thrived. Both Jay and Caroline spent time as members of the NH Locksmith Association.

Following Orson's death in 1995, Caroline married George Junkala in 1996, and spent her remaining years with George. They “downsized” and moved to Lyndeborough, and bought an RV trailer so that they could travel and visit the various children and relatives that lived around the US. Eventually, they moved to Keene to live with George's daughter, Laura Tharpe. Sadly, Caroline began to suffer from dementia and, last year, was moved to Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. George soon joined her there, but he passed away on February 25 of this year.

Caroline was predeceased by her sister, Thelma Bouchard of New Boston, NH. She is survived by four siblings; sisters Erma McNeil and Sylvia Sapienza of Florida and Frances Bailey Bernard of New Hampshire; and a brother, Clarence Paige of Francestown, NH. She is also survived by her seven children..... Robert and Barbara Bragdon (Wilton, NH), Richard and Cheryl Bragdon (Raleigh, NC), Marcia and Craig Powers (Amherst, NH), Randall and Lucia Bragdon (Claremont, NH), Mary and Jonathan Fox (Albuquerque, NM), Maureen and David Sorensen (Ada, OH) and Mayna Bragdon (Brooklyn, NY). As you might guess, there are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, too.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, July 21, 2020, from 1-2 PM at Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 54 Melendy Rd., Milford, NH. Physical distancing and masks required. Caroline will be buried at the Meadow View Cemetery in Amherst, NH, at the Bragdon family plot. Caroline was a zealous Christian and will have no problem passing security at the Golden Gates.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be mailed to the Maplewood Nursing Home, 201 River Road, Westmoreland, NH 03467, designated for Maplewood Activities, Maplewood Association or Maplewood Employee Association. Also, donations may be made in Caroline's name to Maranatha Ministries, 140 Merrymeeting Rd., New Durham, NH 03855.


  • Maplewood Nursing Home (designated for Maplewood Activities, Maplewood Association or Maplewood Employee Association)
  • Maranatha Ministries


  • Calling Hours

    Tuesday, 21 July , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, 21 July , 2020



Caroline E. (Bragdon) Junkala

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Linda Riendeau

19 August 2020

To Caroline's family, I just wanted to express my condolences on the loss of your Mother. I had a nice visit with her a number of years ago and had the pleasure of meeting her husband, George. I certainly remember the old days at The First Baptist Church in Milford and how active she and all of you were. Also remember her kindergarten, I never realized that, that was the start for The Souhegan Valley Christian Kindergarten which my sons had attended! She certainly was a busy woman!! Love the picture of her that you used, that's the way that I like to remember her with her megawatt smile!! Heaven is one soul richer. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.. With sympathy, Linda (Hooper) Riendeau

Sandy Morrison

7 August 2020

Caroline was a beautiful person, with a big heart! I've known her since I was in kindergarten. RIP ♥️

Jacquelyn Johnston

23 July 2020

I have so very many warm memories of Caroline. When she was in high school she was a live-in nanny for the Liljebergs on Border Street in Milford. I was lived on my parents poultry farm on Border Street. My parents used to have Caroline babysit us when they went to meetings and other functions. She was our favorite babysitter. She always arrived with a large number of comic books. Kenny and I would sit down and read until it was time to go to bed. Remember kids, there was no TV in those days.

When Caroline became a hairdresser, she always did my hair. One day my mom told me to go to Caroline's on Cottage Street after school to get my hair done. I think sometime after 5 pm I called to see why she hadn't picked me up. Mom had forgotten that I was there and told me she was just about to call the police and to tell them I was missing. Obviously, she came right down to get me.

Caroline sang in the First Baptist Church youth choir of which my mom was the director. Mom decided to take the choir for a day trip to the White Mountains. Dad had a ton flat bed dump truck. My Uncle Everett had built wooden panels to mount on the truck so he could lug sawdust and shavings for our hen pens and also used the truck without the sides on it to pick up hay in the summer for Uncle Karl's cow farm. Even though it was raining on the day, Dad put a canvas over the top to keep the rain out of the bed. They put wooden benches from the church Sunday School in the back of the truck and we all took off. God blessed this trip as the moment we got to the Old Man of the Mountain, the sun came out and the day was bright and sunny.

I went to Bible Studies at Caroline's. My oldest boy attended R&M Kindergarten. My children and I spent many, many hours visiting at the Bragdon's. Caroline was a very special friend in my life and you have my sincere sympathy on her passing. Rest assured you will see her again as will I. I look forward to that reunion.

Bob Shaw

22 July 2020

Caroline was the most caring and loving person I have ever met in my entire life. She was there for me when I needed help. She was an example of what a Godly woman is, she used her life to help the underprivileged, down and out and specially children , it was a privilege to have known this woman of God, with incredible character and honesty, Thank You Caroline for impacting my life and showing me a straight path.

Judy Tanner

21 July 2020

Caroline was a gem. Her life impacted so many. She also had a beautiful testimony of her love for our Lord Jesus Christ. We were privileged to know her.

Mary Fox

20 July 2020

One of the last photos with mom and George and all of us (siblings) together (2014) -- Photos were her thing... now we know why. Thanks for the memories, mom. Rest in peace.

Jon, Mary, Asytlas, and Juana Fox

20 July 2020

Juana was able to spend time with mom during her visit to New England in 2012. It was a great opportunity for her to get to know her grandparents. Small moments mean the most. Fox Family

Jeannette Goulding

19 July 2020

A lovely woman. What a testimony.

Suzan Tharpe

18 July 2020

A beautiful smile that will never be forgotten...rest in peace.

Lynn Caldwell Johnston

18 July 2020

I remember going to the house as they had a separate apartment where Grammy Ethel Nelson lived


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