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Bernard “Bernie” W. Webber
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Bernard “Bernie” W. Webber 73, a life long resident of Marlborough died on Thursday, December 11, 2014. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with his family near.

Bernard was born the son of the late Grace M. (Porter) and Carl G. Webber on November 11, 1941 in Marlborough. He was educated locally and graduated from Marlborough High School class of 1959.

On October 14, 1961 he exchanged vows with Laura M. Murphy. They were joined in matrimony at the Federated Church in Marlborough with family and friends in attendance. The Webber’s have been married for fifty three years.

Bernie was the owner and operator of the Minnie Wawa Valley Landscape Company in Marlborough. He owned and operated the business for over twenty years until his retirement in 2006.

Bernie was a member of the Federated Church in Marlborough for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping game. In the winter months he could be found selling Christmas trees. Spring was the time to get the sugar house running and producing maple syrup. Bernie was a member of the NH. Maple Producers Association and the NH. Trappers Association.

Mr. Webber is survived by his wife, Laura M. Murphy of Marlborough. A son, David W. Webber and his wife Tricia of Troy. Siblings; Carl P. Webber and his wife Carol of Dublin and Eleanor L. Ellis and her husband Bernard of Swanzey. He leaves five grandchildren; Kayla Webber, Jami Leigh Ashcraft, Korie Webber, Kiera Webber and Kristopher Webber. Two great grandchildren Allilyanna Aschcraft and Averill Ashcraft in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bernie is pre deceased by his daughter, Christine M. Webber who passed in 2011.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11am. in the funeral home. In keeping with Bernie’s wishes there are no calling hours and burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Bernard W. Webber to: Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlborough St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to the Federated Church of Marlborough, 16 Pleasant St. Marlborough, NH. 03455. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Carolyn G. (Gray) Davis
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Carolyn G. (Gray) Davis 78, of Keene and formerly of Dublin died unexpectedly on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

She was born the daughter of the late Mary (Medeck) and Warren Gray on March 8, 1936 in Ironton, Ohio. She was educated in Cincinnati and graduated from Walnut Hills High School class of 1954.

Carolyn enjoyed bird watching, refinishing antique furniture, reading and needlepoint. She was involved in community service volunteering at the information desk at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcok Medical Center these past ten years.

Ms. Davis is survived by her life partner of 35 years James G. Johnston of Keene. Her two sons and their wives; Jeffry W. Luebkeman and his wife Karen of Marlborough, and Gary M. Luebkeman and his wife Leslie of Westmoreland. She also leaves several grandchildren in addition to cousins, a niece and nephew as well as extended family and friends. Carolyn is predeceased by her sister Virginia Switzer who passed in 2012.

In keeping with Carolyn’s wishes there are no calling hours however a memorial service is planned at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Wednesday, December 17th. The time of the service is not known as this goes to print. Burial will take place in the family
niche next spring at: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Robert (Bob) MacGregor III
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Robert (Bob) MacGregor III, 87, longtime resident of Shelburne Falls, MA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA after a sudden decline in health.

Bob was born Robert Burnham Hillman on June 6th, 1927 in Portland, ME. He was soon adopted as an infant by the late Robert MacGregor Jr., of Scotland and his wife, Arline (Campbell) MacGregor of Boston, MA. He was raised and educated in Orange, MA. It was there that he met and later wed the love of his life, Dorothy (Hayden) MacGregor on June 9th, 1951 in Orange, MA. They were happily married for nearly 63 years until Dorothy's passing earlier this year.

After graduating high school, Bob enlisted in the US Navy, serving honorably during WWII as a rear gunner on Grumman TBF Avenger naval aircraft. During his tenure in the Navy he realized his fondness for flight, later earning his civilian pilot license and flying friends and family around the region in his own airplanes throughout most of his adult life. Bob was extremely proud of his military service and it was not at all uncommon to see him around town proudly wearing his US Navy ball cap. Bob later worked for most of his years as a machinist for Mayhew Tool Company, retiring in June, 1992.

Having a profound passion for helping children, Bob was instrumental in organizing the start of the first Big Brother/Big Sister program in Franklin County. He earned national recognition for his efforts and mentored numerous children throughout the area, forming many lasting relationships with "his kids." He was also selected by the Town of Buckland as their District Building Committee Representative to assist in the planning and construction of the Franklin County Technical School. His inputs helped to lay the framework for the high school becoming an area destination for educating future tradesmen.

In addition to flying, Bob enjoyed attending Scottish Highland Games and was an avid New England sports fan. He was a long-time volunteer and proud member of the Shelburne Falls Senior Center, considering the staff and fellow members as his family. After retirement, he took pleasure working in his wood shop, often creating bird feeders and plant stands that he donated to support local seniors organizations. Other charitable contributions included various children's and animal rescue causes, as he never met a child or animal he didn't like.

Bob will be dearly missed by the many lives he has touched throughout the Pioneer Valley region, especially by his "Little Brother" of 40 years Dennis Sevene, and his fiancée Erika Crocker, both of Colorado Springs and Greenfield natives who Bob and Dorothy considered as their own son and daughter-in law. He also leaves countless close friends who meant the world to him.

A special heartfelt thank you is extended to the amazing staffs of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility and the Shelburne Falls Senior Center for their professional care and compassion for Bob during the last several months.

A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held on Friday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center, 7 Main St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made in the name of Robert MacGregor to: Shelburne Falls Senior Center, 7 Main St. Shelburne MA. 01370. Interment is planned at a later date in West Branch Cemetery, Colrain, MA. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, West Swanzey NH. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., West Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Glenn “Chick” B. Chickering
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Glenn “Chick” B. Chickering of Spofford. Glenn’s tender heart, full of love for family and friends, went still on Monday, December first, ending his 82 years on this earth.

Glenn, the baby boy of Agnes (Balfour) and Clifford “Crib” Chickering, was born at home on the family farm in West Chesterfield on a beautiful July day. His two older sisters, Grace and Joyce were thrilled with little Glennie! Blessed with a nearly photographic memory, he could tell you every minute detail of his life from that moment on.

In 1950, Glenn graduated from Brattleboro High School as Senior Class President. He remained active with the alumni association and participated in parades (showing off his car, of course!) and class reunions.

Soon after high school Glenn enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a submarine radioman on the U.S.S. Cobia, SS-245.Glenn worked for the New England Telephone Company for thirty three years before retiring in 1988. He was a cable splicer and later became the a real estate and property manager for the company.

“Chick” never met a stranger. Within minutes of meeting someone new, he could uncover a connection that turned a new acquaintance into an instant friend. Always a storyteller, Glenn had the ability to find commonality with people and would weave old experiences into contemporary situations...if you sat still long enough! Glenn did not smoke or drink, occasionally bought a lottery ticket...but what he loved were the simple things...four cord of wood perfectly stacked (his way!), a shiny new (or new to him) car, a well-mowed lawn. A great sense of humor was always a part of Glenn’s life. Quick witted and self-deprecating, he enjoyed making people laugh. Over the years, countless babies and children of all ages were sent into giggles with his “Donald Duck” voice.

While he enjoyed many wonderful events, Glenn was forever heartbroken at the death of his son, John “Jack” Chickering in 1980 at the age of twenty-three.

Glenn was fiercely proud of his family that he leaves behind; Stella, the love of his life for over fifty years, their children and their spouses; Frances M. Chickering and her husband Peter Dobroski of Dover, Cheryl A. Brigham and her husband Ronald of Hampton and Glenda G. Stoddard and her husband David of Ludlow, MA, and their deeply adored grandchildren; Nicholas Dobroski, Catherine Dobroski, Whitney Brigham, Dillon Stoddard and Denver Stoddard. Glenn also leaves behind his loving sister, Joyce Jernberg, Audrey Ericson his “sister-cousin”, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and many, many wonderful friends.

If Glenn touched your life in any way, the family asks that you perform a random act of kindness in his honor. If you owed him money or borrowed a tool that you did not return, maybe you could do two random acts of kindness!

A service will be held in the spring with dates and times to be announced later. In keeping with Glenn’s wishes there are no calling hours. Donations can be made in memory of Glenn B. Chickering to: Spofford Fire Department, P.O. Box 138, Spofford, NH 03462, The Brattleboro Legion, 32 Linden Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or to Joan’s Pantry c/o Audrey Ericson, 557 Route 63, Chesterfield, NH 03443. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., West Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Linwood R. Patnode Sr
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Linwood R. Patnode Sr. 76, a life long resident of Swanzey died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

Linwood was born the son of the late Velma (Eastman) and Victor F. Patnode on January 2, 1938 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1957.

On July 10, 1962 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was trained as a paratrooper and light artillery man with the 82d. Airborne stationed out of Ft. Bragg, N.C. He served his enlistment and was honorably discharged on May 25, 1964 at the rank of Specialist – E4.

On April 17, 2002 he exchanged vows with Cheryl L. Freeh. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. The Patnodes have been married for twelve years.

Linwood worked for Home Health Care Services in Keene for four years before retiring in 2009. Prior, Linwood had worked at West Swanzey Woolen Mills, Princess Shoe Company in Keene and Melanson Company in Keene.

Linwood was a man of faith and former member of St. Anthony’s Church in West Swanzey. Linwood had many interests in life. He liked to fish, raise and ride horses. He was a Golden Glove Boxer and former champion for his weight division in 1955. He was a member of the West Swanzey Scarlett Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps. Time was spent traveling the New England and New York regions going to watch various Drum and Bugle Corps competitions.

Mr. Patnode is survived by his wife, Cheryl L. Patnode of Swanzey. He also leaves his three children and there spouses; Linwood R. Patnode Jr. and his wife Barbara of Surry, Gregory Patnode and his wife Debbie – Lee of Keene and Colleen M. Smith and her husband Herbert of Swanzey. Eight grandchildren; Erika Payne, Caitlin Ward, Jenna Strongren, Hanna Patnode, Keith Patnode, Megan Martell and Lillian Smith. He will be missed by his five great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Linwood is pre deceased by his brother Robert F. Patnode who passed on February 9, 2014.

In keeping with Linwood’s wishes there are no calling hours. Burial will take place in the family lot at Oak Hill Cemetery in West Swanzey next spring. Donations can be made in memory of Linwood R. Patnode Sr. to: Monadnock Regional High School Football Program, C/O MRHS, 580 Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., West Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Richard “Ricky” Carl Sault III
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Richard “Ricky” Carl Sault III 34, of Hinsdale died unexpectedly on December 2, 2014 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

He was born the son of Lorri (Burt) and Richard C. Sault Jr. on December 20, 1979 in Keene. Ricky was educated locally and attended schools in Hinsdale.

Ricky has been employed for the past ten years as a roofer at B.R.I. Roofing in Hinsdale.

Ricky loved racing and four wheeling. Time was spent with family and attending family events. He was a great father, son, nephew and grandson. He will be missed by his family and friends tremendously.

Mr. Sault is survived by his mother, Lorri (Burt) Sault of Hinsdale, his father Richard C. Sault Jr. and his wife Denise of Keene, Sisters Jenny and her husband Don O’Connor of Townsend, VT. Katie Cushing of Newport, Tracey Desruisseau of Hinsdale, His brother, John Symington of Hinsdale. His children; Dylan and Jacob Sault of Chesterfield, Brendan Sault of Hinsdale. Daughters; Kelsey and Lillian Sault of Hinsdale. Grandparents, Russell and Linda Burt of Winchester and Richard C. Sault Sr. and Barbara of Swanzey. His best friend Kiela Highers of Hinsdale. In addition he leaves aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends. Ricky is pre-deceased by his grandmother, Shirley Champagne who passed in 2007.

There are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on January 3, 2015 at 1pm. in the Hinsdale Community Center, 19 Main St. Hinsdale, NH. 03451. Burial will be private in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester. Donations can be made in memory of Richard C. Sault III to: Any TD Bank. Account listed as Richard C. Sault Children’s Fund. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., West Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Valentine Ruseckas
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Valentine Ruseckas, 92, passed away December 1, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home, Westmoreland, NH. His wife of 67 years, Mary P. (Balser) Ruseckas died next to him on October 16, 2014. The above photo was taken recently and shows the two of them together and inseparable, as always.

Born in Worcester, MA February 14, 1922 to Lithuanian immigrant parents Constanza (Beckuta) and Anthony Ruseckas he was named after the Valentine’s Day he was born on.

In early life he was an active member of the Ionic Ave Boy’s Club participating in many sports along with brothers Vin & Joe. He graduated from Commerce High School in Worcester Class of 1941.

He was a WWII veteran of both the US Navy and the Army Air Corps where he was a Flight Officer.

He followed his brother Joseph Ruseckas, a famed Worcester area pilot and aerospace engineer, in to aviation becoming a commercial licensed pilot. It was in aviation that he met his wife Mary, also a pilot.

He was a certified auto and airplane mechanic and worked for and retired from the maintenance department at Wyman-Gordon Company in North Grafton, MA. His proudest achievement there was, just before retirement, being named to oversee the first ever overhaul of the Loewy 50,000 ton closed-die press, one of the largest in the world, a task normally reserved for an engineer.

He was an avid Barbershop Harmony Society participant forming several quartets and being a member of the Worcester Chapter for decades and President of the same chapter for years. When he moved to New Hampshire he joined the Keene Cheshiremen Barbershop Chorus until family care-giving precluded further participation.

In retirement he was an avid golfer who enjoyed regular outings with Wyman-Gordon and Barbershop Harmony friends to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, all over Massachusetts and New England, California and Arizona. Later on he enjoyed many trips to Hawaii to visit with son Robert and golfed throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In Massachusetts he was a member of Westborough Country Club. In New Hampshire he became a member of the Hooper Golf Course of Walpole.

All through his entire life his focus was on the family, both for his siblings and especially his children, their families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He leaves sons Robert J. Ruseckas and his wife Wanda Wang of Banning, CA and Raymond V. Ruseckas of Walpole NH and daughters Katherine E. Ruseckas & her husband Craig Constantine of W. Leyden, MA, , their sons Brett Constantine, his wife Jenny and their twin daughters Maya & Ella and Guy Constantine, and Marilyn A. Ruseckas and her husband Adam Whitney of Waitsfield, VT.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary P. (Balser), a son James Edward, sister Katherine Stevens, brothers Vincent P. Russell and Joseph A. Ruseckas.

This true “Valentine to the world” will be sorely missed by all family and friends.

In keeping with Valentine’s wishes all services will be private. Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., West Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Mary Anne McCloskey Bittel
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Mary Anne McCloskey Bittel, 69, of Swanzey and formerly of Wynnewood and Ambler, PA died unexpectedly on Friday, November 28, 2014 in the comfort of her home. She passed peacefully while sleeping in familiar surroundings.

Mary Anne was the daughter of the late Gloria (Fruendt) and Mark McCloskey on June 28, 1945 in Abington, Pennsylvania. She was educated in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Saint Basil Academy class of 1957. Mary Anne went on to study radiology and later nuclear medicine.

She was a licensed radiology and nuclear medical technician for over forty years. Mary Anne worked for several medical imagining manufacturers, including GE, Elscint and Fonar during her career as a sales representative and trainer before retiring in 1995.

On July 1, 2001 she exchanged vows with Steven D. Bittel. They were married in a simple service in Wynnewood, PA with close family and friends in attendance. They were married for thirteen years.

Mary Anne enjoyed many things in life especially her family. She was an accomplished chef and baker and was a keen student of ancient history, especially Egyptian archeology. She loved the winter season and being with family and friends.

Mary Anne is survived by her husband, Steven D. Bittel of Swanzey and his three children: Stewart Bittel and his wife Rhonda of Annapolis, MD, Tucker Hurtado and her husband Dr. Alex of Philadelphia, PA and Halsey Buick and her husband Timothy of Arlington, VA; three grandchildren Ben Bittel, Turner Hurtado and Elizabeth Hurtado; and three nieces as well as extended family and friends.

In keeping with Mary Anne’s wishes there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Cheshire Family Funeral Home. Burial will follow with Christian Burial Rights in the family lot at Mt. Caesar Cemetery, Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey Center, NH 03446. Flowers will gladly be accepted; however, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Mary Anne McCloskey Bittel to Gert’s Food Pantry, c/o West Swanzey Community Church, 7 Homestead Avenue, West Swanzey, NH. 03446.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., West Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Stanley “Stan” A. Richmond
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Stanley “Stan” A. Richmond 61, of Spofford died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. He passed unexpectedly in the comfort of his home.

Stanley was born the son of Arlene (Buckley) and Stanley A. Richmond on November 26, 1952 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1971.

Soon after high school Stan enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He completed his enlistment and was honorably discharged.

Stan was currently working for Marcus Lovell-Smith at Boggy Meadow Farm in Walpole where he was the head cheese maker. Stan had been with Boggy Meadow Farms for the past eighteen years.

He had many interests in life. Stan loved raising and riding horses. He could be found working in his flower and vegetable gardens. He also liked to go kayaking on the local ponds and rivers. Stan’s farm included peacocks, rabbits, chickens and of late miniature ponies.

Stan is survived by his mother, Arlene Richmond of Spofford. He leaves his siblings; Hyla Richmond Smith of Keene, Barbara A. Doyle and her husband Peter of Spofford and Russell A. Richmond and his significant other Margaret Jenna of Chesterfield.Nieces; Leslie A. Smith and her husband David of Swanzey and Melissa Richmond and her husband Ray of Paris, ME. Nephews; William Kissell and his wife Denise, Johnathan and Richard Kissell and his wife Jennifer. Great Nephews Xavier, Nehemiah, Jeffrey, Landon, Ayden and Kullen. Great nieces, Cailyn and Riley in addition to other cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. one of them being Roger Flood of Middleboro, Ma. Stan is pre-deceased by his father, Stanley A. Richmond and best friend, Kevin Lougee who passed on May 15, 2014.

A celebration of life will be held on August 23, 2015 at his annual barbeque. Donations can be made in memory of Stanley A. Richmond to: Donna A. Harwood DVM. 77 Concord Rd. Keene, NH. 03431. to assist with the placement of Stan’s horses. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Ronald “Ron” H. Ruffle, D.M.D.
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Ronald “Ron” H. Ruffle, D.M.D., 82, of Jaffrey and formerly of Keene died on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully with his family at his side after battling cancer.

Ron was born the son of the late Evelyn (Harrison) and Warren C. Ruffle on June 25, 1932 in Keene, NH. He graduated from Jaffrey’s Conant High School as class valedictorian in 1950. After graduating from University of New Hampshire, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1959, with assignments in Texas, New York, and Thule, Greenland.

After his military service, Ron continued his studies specializing in dentistry. He graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston in 1965 as a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and a member of the National Dental Honor Society. While in dental school, he became involved in research at the Harvard Dental School Forsyth Clinic and published in the Journal of International Association of Dental Research. After graduating Ron moved with his family to Keene, where he started a private practice, co-founded a dental clinic at 650 Court Street, and served as a family dentist until his retirement in 2003. He served on the NH. Fish and Game Commission, the Board of Trustees of the Keene hospital, and as the president of the local dental society.

Ron enjoyed the outdoors, spending time gardening, hiking, canoeing, and fishing. He frequently hiked on Mount Monadnock and worked at the State Park during summers as a young man. He was a talented woodworker and silversmith, a collector and restorer of classic automobiles, as well as a pianist and self-taught banjo player. Ron was an avid reader with a love of history, nature, and philosophy.

He is survived by his loving wife, Hisako Kobayashi of Jaffrey, whom he married in 2012. He leaves his children and their spouses; Peter K. Ruffle and his wife Martha of Keene, Betsy Ruffle and her husband Jon Sundstrom of Boxborough, MA. Molly Ruffle and her husband William Deignan of Winchester, MA. and Brooke E. Ruffle and Samuel W. Ruffle of Spofford, NH. He also leaves five grandchildren; Michael Ruffle, Cameron Ruffle-Deignan, Nathan Ruffle-Deignan, James Sundstrom, and Haley Sundstrom in addition to cousins, extended family and friends.

His life will be remembered in a private service. Donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Monadnock Conservancy, 15 Eagle Court, Ste. 5, Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Hattie Evelyn (Brown) Todd
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Hattie Evelyn (Brown) Todd 82, a longtime resident of Keene, died peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2014 in the comfort of her home with her family near after a period of declining health.

She was born the daughter of the late Eva A. (Ingalls) and Norman C. Brown on June 23, 1932 in Bradford, NH. The family moved to Keene in 1941. Hattie attended Bradford, Newbury and Keene schools. Later in life she went on to achieve her G.E.D. diploma in 1969.

On June 28, 1958 she married David P. Todd at the First Baptist Church in Keene. They have been married for fifty six years.

Hattie worked at Princess Shoe Company in Keene and later as a meat wrapper at First National Store, Fairbanks Supermarket and Mays Food Store.

She and her husband Dave teamed up to buy, refurbish, maintain and rent properties in N.H. and Florida. In the early 1970’s she was the original chief scorer at Monadnock Speedway. Hattie was very involved in her children’s lives. She was a room mother at the schools and a former Girl Scout Leader. She was Craft Chairman at the school fairs for Wheelock and Franklin Schools. Many will remember the cake decorating skills she often displayed for friends and family. When her children grew up and left home Hattie took in children for the Foster Care System and CHINs.

She had been a member of the Keene’s Women’s Club, the Emblem Club, American Legion Auxiliary and the Italian Club. Hattie enjoyed traveling with her husband. They visited Europe in 1984 and Alaska in 1985. The Todd’s wintered in Florida later in life. Avid car enthusiasts she and her husband were longtime members of the Central New Hampshire Corvair Association and CORSA. They went to 12 national conventions including; Daytona, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta and Washington D.C. Hattie was also an avid NASCAR fan traveling to many races. In 1958 she was the Powder Puff Racing Champion at Safford Park which is now the Cheshire Fairgrounds.

Mrs. Todd is survived by her husband, David P. Todd of Keene. She is also survived by her children and their spouses; Dawn Anderson of Naples, FL, Robin Riley and her husband Gary of Keene, Ralph Castor and his wife Dianna of Nelson and Bradford Todd of Keene. A sister, Eva Raitto and her husband Alvin of Troy, brothers, Norman Brown and his wife Jane and William Brown all of Florida and Wayne Brown of Keene. In addition she leaves twelve grandchildren; Todd, Nicole, Jessica, Parrish, Benjamin, Amber, Christopher, Shaylyn, Jacquelyn, Keegan, Emmalayne and Jacob, eleven great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews extended family and friends. Her son in-law, Michael Anderson and brothers Ona, Benjamin and Theodore “Ted” Brown all passed earlier.

All services are private and burial will take place at a later date. Donations can be made in memory of Hattie E. Todd to: Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Howard “Whitey” F. Smith Sr.
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Howard “Whitey” F. Smith Sr. 80, a life long resident of Swanzey died on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. He passed peacefully with his family near after a period of declining health.

He was born the son of the late Selina ( Borey) and Robert Smith on September 9, 1934 in Sharon, New Hampshire. Whitey was educated locally and attended schools in Swazney.

On August 10, 1957 he exchanged vows with Ruth J. Wilson. They were married in a simple service and had been together for almost forty one years before she passed on April 22, 1998.

Whitey worked as a Black Smith and Farrier. He also worked doing Horse Dentistry for many years. Later in life he went to work for the W and W Trucking Company in Swanzey as a truck driver before retiring in 2000.

Howard Smith Sr.
Whitey had many interests in life. He was an avid horseman, going to horse pulls and horse shows. He was a Gymkhana fan and member of the Eastern Draft Horse Association. Whitey was also a member of the Cheshire Fair Association and a Golden Gloves Boxer. Time was spent with his family and especially the grandchildren after retirement.


Mr. Smith is survived by his children and their spouses; Howard “Whitey” Smith Jr. and his wife Catherine of Swanzey, Lou A. Smith and his wife Lisa of Swanzey, Robert J. Smith of Swanzey and Tina LaBarre and her husband John of Swanzey. A sister in-law Beverly Smith of Swanzey. His grandchildren Caitlin Smith, Austin Smith, Hannah LaBarre, Becky Mattson, Chrissy Clement, Jeffrey “Scott” Putnam in addition to 6 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Whitey is pre-deceased by his daughters Andrea Conides Smith who passed on January 10, 2014 and Naomi A. Dingman who passed on May 12, 2014.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5 to 8pm. in the funeral chapel. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10am. in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, Old Homestead Highway, Rt. 32 S. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Howard F. Smith Sr. to: Maplewood Employee Association, 201 River Rd. Westmoreland, NH. 03467. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


 


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44 Maple Ave.
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Bernard W. Webber December 11, 2014
Carolyn G. Davis December 8, 2014
Robert MacGregor III December 2, 2014
Glenn B. Chickering December 1, 2014
Linwood R. Patnode December 2, 2014
Richard Sault III December 2, 2014

Valentine Ruseckas December 1, 2014
Mary A. Bittel November 28, 2014
Stanley A. Richmond November 25, 2014
Ronald H. Ruffle November 15, 2014
Hattie E. Todd November 14, 2014
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