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Johanna “Jo” Tutone
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Johanna “Jo” Tutone 68, of Swanzey and formerly of Tenant’s Harbor, Maine died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. She passed peacefully after a period of declining heath with her family at her side.

Johanna was born the daughter of Marion (Panzera) and John Tutone on May 9, 1946 in Queens, New York. She was educated Syosset, N.Y. and graduated from Syosset High School class of 1964. Jo went on in her education graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Jo began her career at Macy’s in New York as a buyer. Her love of adventure and New England brought her to Killington, Vermont some years later where she began her career as a chef. She worked at the Summit Lodge and the Red Rob Inn and began to summer in Maine, cooking on the windjammers. Soon Maine called her full time and she bought Cappy’s Chowder House with Andrea Young in 1979. She later became the sole proprietor. She invested her heart and soul into the business, transforming it into a vibrant restaurant, caterer, bakery and store. She was known throughout the Mid-coast region for the best “events” around, whether those were catered by Cappy’s or held in her boat house, barn or on the patio.

She had a huge heart and was always giving to others, including family, friends or the community. She was a part of the St. George Conservation Commission, Clean-up Day, holiday fuel assistance program and spent hours at the Maine Seacoast Mission in Bar Harbor. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Penobscot Bay Marine Museum. As owner of Cappy’s she was involved in the region’s Chamber of Commerce, the state hospitality association and numerous community activities.

Johanna loved antiques and restoring older properties. She left her mark on a number of homes in Maine. She collected many antique treasures over the years and her homes were remarkable. She traveled when ever opportunity presented itself and had friends all around the world. She loved to ski, sail, garden, hike and explore. Most of all she loved to be surrounded by family and friends and hosting parties, big and small. In the words of one of her friends, “she taught us the meaning of true friendship”.

Miss Tutone is survived by her mother, Marion Tutone of Swanzey. She is also survived by her sister, Catherine “Cathy” A. Gray and her husband Jim of Swanzey and nephews, Jonathan Gray and his wife, Shayne; Matthew Gray and his partner, Joleen and her niece, Lisa Blatter and her husband Kevin and their families. She will also be missed by her cousins, extended family and friends. Jo is predeceased by her father, John Tutone who passed on April 10, 2006.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 2 to 5 pm. Prayer for the departed will be given at 2:30 all in the funeral chapel. Flowers are welcome, however, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Johanna Tutone to: Cedarcrest for Children with Disabilities, 91 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West St. Bar Harbor, ME. 04609. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


John “Jack” Dennis Jr.
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John “Jack” Dennis Jr. 73, a life long resident of Keene died on Wednesday, March 18. 2015 at Langdon Place of Keene. He passed peacefully with his family by his side after a brief period of declining health.

John was born the son of the late Christine M. (Castaw) and John H. Dennis Jr. on December 1, 1941 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1961.

On August 26, 1961 he exchanged vows with Jacqueline A. Vorce. They were married with family and friends in attendance at St. Bernard’s Church in Keene. The Dennis’ have married for fifty three years.

John spent thirty five years working at Kingsbury Machine and Tool. He was also employed at a point with Simms Portex in Keene and the Paper Mill in Brattleboro, VT. Jack joined the Keene Fire Department on January 6, 1961 as a sub assigned to the Ladder Company. He became a regular member of the call company on April 1, 1962. On April 1, 1969 he was promoted to Lieutenant and on April 2, 1977 he was promoted to Captain of the Ladder Company. Jack retired on April 4, 1987 with twenty six years of service to the department and the City of Keene.

John enjoyed his family. His passion for life was life itself. He always made people laugh and for that he was loved by all that knew him. Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards with the boys and woodworking.

Mr. Dennis is survived by his wife, Jacqueline A. Dennis of Keene. His four children and their spouses; Timothy J. Dennis and his wife Dawn of Norristown, PA. Tammy D. Perra and her husband Scott of Keene, Gina C. Duffy and her husband Tom of Alstead and James Dennis of Keene. Eight grandchildren; Christina Wells, Stephanie Wells, Christopher Dennis, Brittney Dennis, Nicholas Perra, Nicole Perra, Daniel Duffy and Zacary Dennis. His sister; Margaret Dennis of LA. Cynthia Dejnack and her husband John of Surry. In addition he leaves cousins, nieces and nephews. John is pre deceased by his sister Nancy Jordan of Alton.

In keeping with John’s wishes there are no calling hours. A gathering to celebrate John’s life will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 12 to 3pm. in the American Legion Hall, Post 4, 797 Court St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will be private. Donations can be made in memory of John H. Dennis Jr. to the Keene Fire Department and Rescue, 31 Vernon St. 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


Marion “Betty” E. (Cook) White
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Marion “Betty” E. (Cook) White, 96, a long time resident of Gilsum and formerly of Longmeadow, MA. died on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. She passed peacefully with her family near after a period of declining health.

Marion was born the daughter of the late Marion (Abbe) and Frank E. Cook on April 14, 1918 in Troy, N.Y. She was educated in Enfield, CT. and graduated from Enfield High School class of 1930.

On August 24, 1940 she exchanged vows with F. Lawrence White. They were married with family and friends in attendance at St. Patrick’s Church in Enfield, CT. Sadly, he passed on March 29, 1989 after forty eight years of marriage.

Marion spent many years as a homemaker. Her artistic flair could be seen in the many activities she enjoyed: sewing, quilting, braiding rugs, caning chairs and tending to her flower gardens.

In 1976, Marion and her husband retired to Gilsum, NH and opened The Old Chair Shop which specialized in chair caning and reed seating. She taught caning to various groups and was a member of Country Artisans, the NH League of Craftsmen and the Gilsum Historical Society. She was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Marion operated the Old Chair Shop until 2009.

Marion was an avid reader who loved a good book. She read the daily newspaper from “cover to cover” and ended by doing the crossword puzzle. She loved to travel, dine out, have family gatherings, go to Foxwoods, and visit antique shops.

Marion was kind, thoughtful, generous and always put others first. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. White is survived by her three children; Alice E. Sears and her husband Ed of Gilsum, Frank E. White and his wife Donna of Keene and John L. White and his wife Connie of Harrisville. Her sister, Margaret Comrie and her husband Allan of Amelia Island, FL. Sister In-law, Bernice Cook of Quincy, CA. Her grandchildren; Scott Sears, Tammy Dwyer, Kelly White, Chris White, Krista White and Thorin Morrow and six great-grandchildren. Betty is predeceased by her brother, Frank E. Cook and great-grandson Brandon Russell.

A spring burial in the family lot at Gilsum Cemetery will be private. A celebration of life is being planned for family and friends at a later date. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Johanna R. Varga
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Johanna R. Varga 94, of Bentley Commons in Keene, formerly of Lakeland, FL. and Milford, CT. died on Thursday, March 5, 2015. She passed peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family present.

Johanna was born in Germany on July 18, 1920. She attended schools in Germany and graduated in 1938.

On May, 30, 1973 she exchanged vows with Mike Varga in Fairfax, VA. They were married in a simple service with friends in attendance. The Varga’s have been married for close to forty two years.

Johanna worked for the Knights of Columbus as the Supreme Secretary in New Haven, CT. She was employed by them for twenty seven years before retiring in 1992.

She enjoyed many things in life. Time was spent riding her bike up to her 92nd year, swimming, traveling and going shopping with friends and family. She was a member of the German American Club in Lakeland, FL.

Mrs. Varga is survived by her husband, Mike Varga of Keene. She also leaves her children; Ilona H. Martin and her husband James “Skip” of North Fort Myers, FL. and Christine V. Croteau and her husband Doug of Swanzey, NH. Three grandchildren; Alexis D’ Amboise and her husband Jason of Keene, Caitlin Croteau of Swanzey, Christopher Mohs and his wife Bobbie Jo of Punta Gorda, FL. A great grandchild, Christina Mohs of Punta Gorda, FL. A niece, Evelina and her husband Ziegfried of Germany, in addition to extended family and friends.

In keeping with Johanna’s wishes there are no calling hours. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford, CT. Donations can be made in memory of Johanna Varga to: Make a Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm St. Ste 300, Manchester, NH. 03101. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Ellis Symonds Barrett
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Ellis Symonds Barrett, 96, of Keene, died March 1, 2015 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 8, 1918, the son of Henry and Julia (Wyman) Barrett. He grew up on the Stoneholm Farm on Summit Road in Keene.

Ellis attended Symonds School and graduated from Keene High School in 1936. His first love was flying. With Keene’s airport in his backyard on Rt 12, Ellis earned his pilot license as a teenager and worked as a pilot and mechanic for Bowman’s Flying Service. Mr. Barrett enlisted in the Navy and was a flight instructor during World War II, stationed in Norman, OK, New Orleans, LA and Bunker Hill, IN. Later he rebuilt a Piper Cub and gave many family and friends their first airplane ride. Ellis and friend, Doug Wilson, together built a PJ-260 aerobatic biplane capable of spectacular stunts that were often seen in the skies over Bretwood following its maiden flight in 1971.

Ellis and Joye Barrett married on June 15, 1947 at the Westmoreland United Church. On March 1, 1950 they began a 65-year partnership with Ellis’ brother, Toby, and his wife, Janis, purchasing a dairy farm on East Surry Road. They operated Bretwood Farm until a devastating fire in June 1967 prompted the decision to build Bretwood Golf Course. Bretwood is well known in New England and beyond for its two championship public 18-hole courses. Ellis designed and helped build 4 large covered bridges on the golf course spanning the Ashuelot River using lumber cut on his portable Wood-Mizer sawmill.

Mr. Barrett was quietly involved in community service his entire life. For decades he maintained the 4 clocks in the steeple of The United Church of Christ in Keene on Central Square. He mentored many young pilots and taught leather crafting to youth in the Best Yet 4-H Club. Ellis and Toby built baseball fields and basketball courts around Keene that are still in use today. He was a lifetime member of the EAA, Experimental Aircraft Association.

Many remember Ellis as being a jack-of-all-trades, and master of most. He was a self-taught engineer at his core, a mechanic, designer, builder, craftsman, artist and generous humanitarian. Mr. Barrett built the rope ski tow on the hill behind the house, powered by a John Deere tractor, where many family members and friends learned to ski. Ellis was known to say he “could fix anything but a broken heart.” He had a keen sense of humor and thought his obituary should read: “Ellis Barrett, born in Keene, lived in Keene, died in Keene.” He had a sharp mind and an amazing memory, told jokes, and could recite the poetry of Robert Service. Mr. Barrett enjoyed playing cribbage and solving the daily Sudoku. He also liked to watch sports and “How It’s Made” on TV. He was very family-oriented and felt extremely fortunate to have his 5 children living within the community.

Survivors include his son, Matthew Barrett and his wife, Laura, of Surry; three daughters, Rebecca Barrett of Surry; Kathryn Blair and her husband, Michael, of Keene; and Julie Barrett and her partner, Kevin Postrech, of Gilsum; daughter-in-law, Deborah Barrett of Gilsum; seven grandchildren, Hannah Barrett, Ethan Barrett, Jason Barrett, Lucas Barrett, Benjamin Jarrell, Kaisa Jarrell, and Christina Blair; and five great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kendall, Jonathan, Matthew, and Kalynn; his brother, Aubrey “Toby” Barrett, and sister-in-law, Janis Barrett, and their 5 children, Anne, Tom, Bonnie, Hugh and Caren; and many more beloved friends, nieces and nephews. Joye Barrett, his wife of 67 years, passed away in August 2014. His son, William “Bill” Barrett, died in January 2014, and his grandson, Elijah Barrett, died in August 2007. Mr. Barrett was predeceased by his siblings Madge Johnson, Evans Barrett, Martha Allen and Bruce Barrett.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 1 pm at The United Church of Christ in Keene, 23 Central Square. Calling hours will be held Friday, March 20 from 6 to 8 pm at Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave, Keene (www.cheshirefamilyfh.com).

The family requests that donations be sent in Mr. Barrett’s memory to the Elijah Barrett Scholarship Fund at Surry Village Charter School, 449 Route 12A, Surry, NH 03431 or to the Steeple Restoration Fund at The United Church of Christ in Keene, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH, 03431.


Arnold “Arnie” E. Martineau
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Arnold “Arnie” E. Martineau 86, a long time resident of Keene died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He passed suddenly and unexpectedly in the familiar surroundings of his home with his wife near.

He was born the son of the late Christine (Blood) and Edward Martineau on January 26, 1929 in Keene. Arnie was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1947.

Arnie was joined the U.S. Navy on September 14, 1948. He served his time on the U.S.S. Hugh Purvis DD-709 as a Class A. Ship’s Serviceman. Arnie was honorably discharged on June 26, 1950 at the rank of Seaman Apprentice E-3.

On October 11, 1956 he exchanged vows with Millicent “Millie” Brown. They were married in a simple service in Brattleboro, VT. with close family and friends in attendance. They will have been married fifty nine years this fall.

He was employed at Kingsbury Machine and Tool Co,, followed by Economy Plumbing & Heating. Within a few years Arnie established Martineau Plumbing and Heating Company in Keene, NH. He operated this business for thirty years before retiring in 1984.

Arnie enjoyed a variety of sports throughout his life. He cherished his time fishing and hunting over the years. In his younger years he played softball, basketball and football. He was quite the athlete in high school. He was an avid Boston Celtics and Red Sox fan. In addition to following their seasons and he enjoyed watching a variety of football teams. Arnold was well known in the trades and was a member of the Elks Club, American Legion and the VFW in Keene.

Mr. Martineau is survived by his wife, Millicent “Millie” Brown of Keene. His two children; Michael E. Martineau of Spofford and Heidi J. Potter and her husband Robert of Guilford, VT. His siblings; Robert Martineau of Keene and Richard Martineau and his wife Roberta of Keene. Sister-in-Law: Pauline Martineau of Keene. Grandchildren; Aaron Potter, Aisha Saunders, Chelsea Potter, Tyler Potter and Chad Martineau and a Great Grandaughter Rhyker Lord. He also cherished the many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends in his life. Arnie is pre deceased by his brother Ralph Martineau and sister-in-law, Joanne Martineau.

In keeping with Arnie’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on, Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11am. in the funeral chapel, with military honors to be given. In leiu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made in Arnold’s memory to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 349, Syracuse, NY. 13220-349 or to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446 All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Jill K. (Oliveria) Meade
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Jill K. (Oliveria) Meade 45, of Marlow and formerly of Naugatuck, Connecticut. died on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in the comfort of her parents home. She passed peacefully in familiar surroundings with family and friends at her side.

Jill was born the daughter of Loretta “Holly” H. (Lizotte) and Richard Oliveria on October 7, 1969 in Danbury, CT. She was educated in Ct. and graduated from Bethel High School in Bethel, CT. class of 1987.

On May 5, 1992 Jill exchanged vows with Neil W. Meade. They were married with family and friends in attendance in Danbury where they made a home. Sadly, Neil passed on August 8, 1998 after six years of marriage.

Jill worked at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel in Keene. She had been in a position in the laundry department where she was affectionately known as the laundry queen. Jill had been with Marriot for five years.

She was a bowler with her husband. Time was spent watching NASCAR and she went on yearly trips to the Dover 500 in Delaware with Neil and friends. She loved kids and for a time she was a school bus driver. Jill was a giver. She would help anyone who asked and some who were to proud to ask. She was a lover of life and brought great joy to family and friends.

Mrs. Meade is survived by her parents, Richard and Loretta “Holly” Lizotte-Oliveria of Marlow. A sister, Amy L. Oliveria of Naugatuck, CT. Grandmother, Colleen Lizotte of Bethel, CT. Her nephew, Zachary N. Oliveria of Marlow and a niece Susan G. Meade of Texas. She will be missed by her dog, Marty, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and numerous friends. She is pre-deceased by her grandparents; Edward Lizotte, 2009, Adelle Oliveria, 2005 and Antonio Oliveria, 1976.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 1 to 3pm. with a celebration of life service to follow at 3pm. all in the funeral chapel. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Jill K. Meade to: Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St. 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


Raphael William "Bill" Haley
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Raphael William "Bill" Haley, 81, of West Swanzey, died peacefully in his sleep February 19, 2015, after a period of failing health. He was born in Kittery, ME, July 24, 1933, son of Harold H. Haley and Marguerite J. (McDonald) Haley.

He grew up in Kittery, where he attended Traip Academy, graduating in 1951. After that, he studied accounting at Woodrow Wilson Technical School in Fisherville, VA. He also attended the University of Illinois.

His first job was with Davidson Construction Company, as a payroll clerk, when they were building Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, NH. He then went on to work for the Naval Shipyard, in Kittery for ten years.

In 1962 he met Carol A. Nichols and they were married on July 6, 1963.

Soon after they married, they moved to Keene, NH. There Mr. Haley took a job with Markem Corporation, where he worked for almost thirty years, retiring in 1995.

Throughout his life he enjoyed building model airplanes, woodworking, and reading.

Survivors include his wife Carol A. (Nichols) Haley, his three children: Kathleen Pinkowski and her husband Paul of Lusby, MD, Christopher Haley and his wife Shari of Scottsdale, AZ, and Patrick Haley of Lexington Park, MD; six grandchildren, Zachary Haley, Tyler Haley, and Cody Haley of Scottsdale, AZ and Jennie Rose (Pinkowski) Masengale and her husband Darren, Katie Lynn Pinkowski, and Ann Marie Pinkowski of Lusby, MD; his sister Barbara (Haley) Phillips of Augusta, ME; his brother Frank Haley and his wife Joan of Farmington, ME; and his nieces and nephews.
Mr. Haley is pre-deceased by his brother, Harold Haley, his sister-in-law Francoise (LeClerc) Haley, and his brother-in-law John Phillips.

Mr. Haley was a communicant of Saint Anthony Parish and Saint Stanislaus Parish.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Wednesday, February 25 at 2:00 PM at Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester Street, West Swanzey, NH.

In lieu of flowers his family would prefer donations to either the March of Dimes, who gave Mr. Haley assistance when he was stricken with polio in 1949, at 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, or Catholic Charities, PO Box 686, Manchester, NH 03105-0686.


Amos “Pete” M. Supernois
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Amos “Pete” M. Supernois, 75, a long time resident of Winchester and formerly of Charlestown died on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester. He passed peacefully while at rest after a period of declining health.

Amos was born the son of the late Grace (Gennone) and Amos Supernois on May 6, 1939 in Salisbury, VT. He was educated in Middlebury and graduated from Middlebury High School class of 1956.

On November 2, 1963 he exchanged vows with Linda L. Brown. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. The Supernois’ have been married for fifty years.

Pete worked for General Electric in Bridgeport, Ct. He worked as a Wire and Cable Inspector for twenty years before retiring in 1982.

He enjoyed many things in life. Time was spent with nature hunting and fishing. He was a baseball coach for little league and adult leagues. When he wasn’t coaching Pete could be found on the diamond playing for fun. Pete had a soft spot for animals. He loved them all.

Mr. Supernois is survived by his wife, Linda L. Supernois of Winchester. He also leaves his four children and their spouses; William J. Supernois of Ascutney, VT. Scott A. Supernois and his wife Mindy of Walpole, NH. Sheryl L. Short of Winchester and Thomas A. Supernois of Springfield, VT. Ten grandchildren; Todd and Alexander Supernois, Dustin Supernois, Lynnette and Justin Fuller, James and Brandon Short, Ashley, Alec and Autumn Supernois, eleven great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Pete is predeceased by his sister, Thelma DeBouter who passed earlier.

In keeping with Pete’s wishes a graveside service will be held in the spring. There are no calling hours. Donations can be made in memory of Amos M. Supernois to: National Down Syndrome Society, 666 Broadway, 8th. Flr. N.Y. N.Y. 10012 or to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA. 22312. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Alvin R. Raitto
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Alvin R. Raitto, 78, life long resident of Troy, died on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. He passed peacefully surrounded by close family at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester following a period of declining health.

Alvin was born on June 4, 1936 the son of Milja (Annala) and Donald Raitto in Troy where he grew up with his brother and five sisters. He attended Troy Schools, graduating from Troy High School class of 1955.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Alvin joined the military. He served in the United States Army from October 5, 1955 until May 31, 1962. Alvin served a portion of his enlistment in Korea and was honorably discharged at the rank of Specialist – E5.

He married the love of his life, Eva A. Hall (Brown) on July 20, 1963 at the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Troy. They have been happily married for the past fifty one years.

Alvin worked at Troy Mills in Troy. He worked in various positions until being promoted as a Laboratory Technician in the Research and Development. Alvin retired in 2002 after thirty eight years to enjoy his golden years with his family. Prior, he volunteered on local farms in Troy, and later worked as a painter and in construction.

He was a kind and loving husband, father and "Grampy". He very much enjoyed taking trips in his motorhome, especially on yearly family vacations to Kissimmee, Zephyrhills and Disney World in Florida and numerous camping adventures around New England. Throughout the years, Alvin participated on bowling and softball teams, playing horseshoes, along with enjoying a wide range of other sports with his favorite football team being the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, taking scenic drives and just enjoying every moment of what life had to offer. He was well known for being a gentleman who always had a smile on his face and kind words to say.

Mr. Raitto is survived by his wife, Eva A. Raitto of Troy, His daughter, Kimberly Nalette and her husband Don of Jaffrey. Grandchildren; Holly Charlonne and her husband David of Jaffrey, Timothy LeMoine Jr. of Dublin and Anthony Deiana of Jaffrey. Four great-granddaughters; Morgann, Melora, Samantha and Isabella. His brother, Donald Raitto and his wife Nancy of Fitzwilliam. Sisters; Marie Kiblin and her husband Allen of Swanzey, Jane Heinkle and her husband Donald of Keene, and Cynthia Rose and her husband David of Swanzey, along with many cousins and nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Two beloved sisters, Ann Roberts and Ellen Pratt passed earlier. Mr. Raitto also held close to his heart who he considered to be a "son" in Lucien Duranleau of the United States Marine Corps. and his wife Katy of N.C. and their two daughters.

In keeping with Alvin’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


Margaret E. (Dixson) Heald
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Margaret E. (Dixson) Heald 80, a long time resident of Troy died on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. She passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health.

Margaret was born the daughter of the late Edith (McGivney) and Clifford Dixson on December 15, 1934 in Worcester, MA. She was educated in Barre, MA. and graduated from Barre High School class of 1952.

On December 18, 1954 she exchanged vows with Ralph E. Heald at the Methodist Church of Barre. They were married with family and close friends in attendance and have been together for sixty years.

Margaret had worked at the N.G.M. insurance as an Underwritter’s Assistant for thirty five years before retiring in 1998.

argaret was a woman of faith and member of the Troy Congregational Church. She enjoyed painting, camping and could be found reading a good book when time permitted. Margaret greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Cheshire County Farm Bureau and Secretary for the bureau for fifty five years. Time was also spent as an active member of the Troy Senior Citizens Club where she also assumed the role of treasurer.

Mrs. Heald is survived by her husband, Ralph E. Heald Sr. of Troy. She also leaves her five children and their spouses; Gary Heald and his wife Kim of Fitzwilliam, Debra Batchelder and her husband Donald of Derry, Robin Dunham and her husband Lee of Swanzey, Ralph Heald Jr. and his wife Robin of Hinsdale and David Heald and his wife Debra of North Augusta, S.C. She also leaves her siblings; Elizabeth Soos and her husband John of Barre, MA. and John Dixson and his wife Mildred of Plant City, FL. in addition to nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Margaret is predeceased by her brother Allan C. “Clarence” Dixson who passed on January 1, 2014.

In keeping with Margaret’s wishes there are no calling hours. Burial will take place in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery in Troy this spring. Donations can be made in memory of Margaret E. Heald to: Trinitarian Congregational Church, P.O. Box 309 Troy, NH. 03465 or to: Troy Senior Citizens Club, C/O Lorraine Hurt, 20 Taft Rd. East Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


John B. Clark
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John B. Clark 78, of North Swanzey and formerly of Keene died on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully with his family near, after a brief period of declining health.

John was born the son of the late E. Mildred (Moeckel) and James A. Clark on June 12, 1936 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He was educated in Strafford, CT. and graduated from Strattford High School class of 1954. John Later attended the University of CT. and Emerson University in Boston.

On October 21, 1967 he exchanged vows with Patricia A. Gudaitis. They were married at the Lordship Congregational Church in Strafford, Ct. with family and close friends in attendance. They have been married for forty seven years.

John had worked for the Blodgett, Makechnie, Runyon and Sweeney Law Offices as their book keeper for many years.

John enjoyed simple things in life. He was an avid movie buff and spent time watching movies. He was also a fan of challenging his knowledge by doing the New York Times crossword puzzle. Keeping up with current events was important to John. He did this by reading the N.Y. Times.

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Clark of North Swanzey. He also leaves his only son, James J. “Jay” Clark of North Swanzey. A brother in-law, Alan Gudaitis and his wife Valerie Freund of Norwalk, CT. in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. John is predeceased by his siblings; Joan Kennelly and Jean Hamilton both passed earlier.

In keeping with John’s wishes all services will be private. Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com



 


Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel
44 Maple Ave.
Keene, NH 03431


Cheshire Family Funeral Home
46 South Winchester S.
PO Box 19
West Swanzey, NH 03469


Cheshire Family Crematory
23 Quarry Rd
Troy NH. 03465

 

 

Johanna Tutone March 19, 2015
John Dennis Jr. March 18, 2015
Marion E. White March 6, 2015
Johanna R. Varga March 5, 2015
Ellis S. Barrett March 1, 2015
Arnold E. Martineau March 3, 2015

Jill K. Meade February 25, 2015
Raphael W. Haley February 19, 2015
Amos M. Supernois February 8, 2015
Alvin R. Raitto February 4, 2015
Margaret E. Heald January 27, 2015
John B. Clark January 30, 2015

 

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