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Wayne Nickolas Schwindt
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Wayne Nickolas SchwindtWayne Nickolas Schwindt 69, of Roxbury and formerly of Swanzey died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

Wayne was born the son of the late Elizabeth (Koch) and Joseph Schwindt on October 10, 1944 in Dickinson, North Dakota. He graduated from Ogilvie High School in Ogilvie, Minnesota class of 1965.

Soon after high school Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his time during the Vietnam War. He was assigned as a boiler technician and was honorably discharged at the rank of BT3 / E-4 on September 12, 1971. Wayne later enlisted in the Army National Guard and again was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant / E-5 on December 7, 1994.

On August 10, 2001 he exchanged vows with Karen LaPorte in a simple service at their home in Roxbury. They were married with family and close friends in attendance and have been married for thirteen years.

Wayne worked for various companies over his life time. He was a dedicated, hard worker driving truck for Carroll Concrete in Peterborough, Concord Labs / Smith Medical of Keene. He was also a foreman at Park Construction of Fitzwilliam and Arthur Schofield Construction in Framingham, Massachusetts. Wayne retired in 2010 to enjoy his golden years with his family.

He was a man of faith and a beloved husband and father. Wayne enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing with his grandchildren. Time was spent hunting, hiking and walking his dogs. He could be found puttering around the house doing projects and fixing things. He also enjoyed listening to country music. Time was also spent tracing back his roots and sharing genealogy with family.

Mr. Schwindt is survived by his wife Karen Schwindt of Roxbury. He is also survived by his children and their spouses; Sarah Coppo and her husband Jeffrey of Peterborough. Anna Willard and her husband Robert of Gilsum, Nickolas Schwindt of Swanzey. His grandchildren; Malcolm and Anthony Coppo and Keenan Machado. His siblings; Harold and James Schwindt of Ogilvie, Minnesota. Wayne is predeceased by his brother, Gerald Schwindt.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1pm. in the family lot with military honors at Nye Hill Cemetery, Middletown Rd. Roxbury, NH. 03431. At Wayne’s request there are no calling hours. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Wayne N. Schwindt 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


Carlton “Zit” D. Sherrick
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Carlton D. SherrickCarlton “Zit” D. Sherrick 82 of Marlborough and formerly of Keene died on Thursday, September 11, 2014 in the comfort of his home.

He was born the son of the late Beryl M. (Alexander) and Raymond L. Sherrick on January 25, 1932 in Gilsum. He graduated from Keene High School class of 1950.

On November 5, 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a mortar man during the Korean War. He served with the 40th. Infantry Division 224th. Heavy Mortar Company, Third Squad, Charlie Company. During the war he was a forward observer. He served in Chorwon and the Kumhwa Valley, Punchbowl. He was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal with one Oversees Bar, Korean Defense Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. Carlton completed his enlistment on October 31, 1960 with an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant First Class.

On April 12, 1958 he exchanged vows with Helen Westlund. They were married at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene with close family and friends in attendance. They were married for fifty one years before she passed on June 11, 2009.

Carlton continued his education after the service and attended Chicago Technical School in Illinois, where he studied drafting and design.

He was self employed in the concrete business in Marlborough for forty one years as the owner of Carlton Sherrick Concrete Forms and Foundations.

Carlton was a member of the Lutheran Church and Boy Scouts of America. He loved his family and enjoyed having family reunions at his home and in New York. He loved wood working, fishing, hunting and flying his homing pigeons.

Mr. Sherrick is survived by his daughters; Connie Rogers of Hudson, FL. Brenda Beeler and her husband James of Dublin, Crystal O’Grady and her husband Drew of Boylston, MA. His sisters; Beulah Lee and her husband Robert of N.C. Marion Frint and her husband Earl of Fl. Grandchildren; Langdon McGuirk, Carlen McGuirk, Corey Nystrom, Mark Nystron, Carlton Groves, Jesse Groves and Angie Jay. Great grandchildren; Felicity Nystrom, , Dylan Nystrom, Logan Nystrom, Collin Nystrom, Courtney Nystrom, Sophie Nystrom and Rylee Black in addition to nieces, nephews, extended family and his special friends; Paul and Arlene Moorehouse. Carlton is predeceased by his siblings; Ralph Sherrick and Ramona Jacobs. He is also predeceased by his grandson Brian Nystrom who passed on March 4, 2013.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11am. with military honors to be given in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. There are no calling hours and burial will take place later. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Carlton D. Sherrick to assist veterans in need to: American Legion, 797 Court St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Veterans of Foreign Wars, 459 Winchester 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


Carol Arteta
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Carol ArtetaCarol Arteta, 67, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Genesis Center after a period of declining health.

Carol was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on December 27, 1946, the daughter of the late Bette (Pomerenke) and Wren Mortimer. She grew up in California and later moved to Idaho before coming to the Keene area in 1981.

Carol’s career path was long and varied, from EMT to clerical work. Eventually, Carol was able to turn her love for animals into a career working at the Humane Society and raising and showing Shelties. Outside of her career, her passions included gardening, reading, doing puzzles, and watching and discussing all things related to New England sports. Above all else, Carol loved to spend time with family and friends. Throughout the past several years of declining health, Carol was able to expand her circle of friends to include the caring people at Keene Medical Center, Langdon Place, Genesis Health Care Facility, Lutheran Home Services, and Home Health Care.

Carol will be remembered for her quick wit, green thumb, love of conversation, and strength in the face of adversity.

Carol is survived by her three daughters, Shannon Perry, and her husband, Jon, of Keene, Anne Arnoldy of Redmund, Washington, and Jeannine Warner of Claremont, NH. A sister, Judy Gurr and her husband Jim, of Alden, Michigan. Her brothers, Chris Rennpage, of Manchester, NH. and Mike Mortimer of Boise, Idaho. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jax and Sam Perry of Keene, Josh Arnoldy of Redmund, Washington, Eric Warner of Keene, and Sarah Warner of Claremont, NH. Nieces and nephews; Holly Birano, Michael Birano and Joseph Hill in addition to cousins, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Carol Arteta Memorial Fund care of Savings Bank of Walpole to be dispersed to several of Carol’s favorite causes. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


James "Jamie" M. Willard
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James “Jamie” M. Willard 44, of Luka, Mississippi and formerly of Swanzey, died on March 9, 2014.

He was born the son of Donna (Brink) and Leighton Willard on March 28, 1969 in Ellsworth, Maine. Jamie was educated locally in Swanzey and attended Monadnock Regional High School.

Jamie was a self employed businessman for over twenty years.

He was a man who enjoyed being around nature, mentored children and young adults. He was a lover of animals and music, especially rock and roll. Jamie enjoyed being with people and travel. He loved the south and lived in various places down south.

Jamie is survived by his father, Leighton Willard and his wife Pamela of Pensacola, FL. His siblings; Dennis M. Jevne and his husband David Jevne of Malden, MA. His sister, Angela M. Will and her husband David of Swanzey. He is also survived by his niece and nephews; Max D. Will, Arthur L. Will, August “Gus” Will and Cora E. Will all of Swanzey. Jamie is predeceased by his mother, Donna Willard who passed in 2009.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2pm. at 69 Pond View Rd. 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


Debra A. (Raymond) Wilcox
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Debra A. (Raymond) Wilcox 28, of Keene and formerly of Winchester died on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in the comfort of her home while sleeping.

Debra was born the daughter of Karen (Rosensweig) and David Raymond on June 25, 1986 in Plantation, Florida.

Deb had been employed at Andersons the Florist in Keene as a clerk and delivery person. Prior, she held similar jobs in other retail establishments.

She enjoyed photography and music. Time was spent being with her daughter.

Ms. Wilcox is survived by her daughter, Alexis M. Wilcox and her father, Kevin Wilcox of Marlborough. Debra’s father, David Raymond of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Two brothers and their spouses; Kevin Raymond and his wife of New Hampshire and Steven Hanson and his wife Felicia of Ashville, N.C. Her grandmother, Selma Rosensweig of Melbourne, FL. Many uncles and aunts. In addition she leaves cousins, extended family and friends. Deb is pre-deceased by her mother, Karen Raymond and grandfather, Jack Rosensweig.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1pm. in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond Rd. Winchester. There are no calling hours. Flowers will gladly be accepted. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Ernest "Ernie" J. Downing
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Ernest DowningErnest "Ernie" J. Downing 74, a longtime resident of Keene and formerly of Lebanon died on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction. He passed peacefully with his family near after a brief period of failing health.

Ernie was born the son of the late Beatrice (Ruel) Kimball and Willis Downing Jr. on December 30, 1939 in Lebanon.

Ernie enlisted in the U.S. Army on 18 February 1958. He was assigned to an artillery unit that was activated for the Cuban Crisis serving at Fort Bragg, NC 1961 - 1962. Ernie finished his enlistment on August 9, 1964 with an honorable discharge at the rank of Sp4 – Specialist.

Ernie was a machinist by trade. He was employed by MPB for over thirty four years retiring in 2002.

He was a player, coach and sponsor of the Greater Keene Softball Association for over 30 years recognized in 2003 for his contributions to Greater Keene Women’s softball. Ernie was also an avid NY Yankees fan and baseball card collector. He liked to watch NASCAR on TV following Tony Stewart. Family and friends from days gone by was also important to Ernie. He thoroughly enjoyed taking part and co-coordinating the Willis Downing family and Lebanon Middle School re-unions. Ernie was a member of the Keene Elks Club #927, American Legion Post #4 of Keene, the Eagles #1413 and the Italian Club and could often be seen dancing the night away.

Mr. Downing in survived by his partner and dear friend of 13 years, Anna May Hutchins of Keene; his daughter, Teresa D. McLellan and her husband Donald “Chip” McLellan, Jr. of Glastonbury, CT and daughter, Christina M. McGee of Marlborough. Also, four grandchildren; Chris McLellan, Lauren McLellan, Curt McLellan and Allison McLellan in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended Downing and Kimball families and numerous friends.

Calling Hours will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 5 to 7pm. A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, September 8, at 10am all in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel. Burial will be private in the family lot with military honors. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Ernie Downing to: Veterans Victory Farm, 85 Pierce Rd. Fitzwilliam, NH 03447 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

 

Michael D. Paine
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Michael D. PaineMichael “Mike” D. Paine 60, a long time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Keene died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

Michael was born the son of Julia (St. John) and Robert Paine on August 26, 1954 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1972.

On May 27, 1989 he exchanged vows with Donna M. Esposito. They were married at their home with family and friends in attendance. They have been married for twenty five years.

Mike was employed by the Kingsbury Company of Keene. He was a machinist and retired in 2009 after thirty years of employment. After retirement he worked for a time for Innovative Machine in Winchester, Sekor Machine in Winchester and Continental Cable in Hinsdale.

Time would be spent hiking the local trails with his dogs. He was a strong advocate for dog rescue and adoption. He liked to putter around the house doing various projects and repairs. When time permitted he would go camping with the family. Winter meant time for snowmobiling. Mike was a very proud father. He enjoyed watching his son play sports and would watch sports on the television. Mike would also take the time to enjoy and celebrate his son’s accomplishments.

Mr. Paine is survived by his wife, Donna M. Paine of West Swanzey. His son, Adam P. Richards and his significant other Kori Field of Houston, TX. He is also survived by his mother, Julia Paine of Keene. His only granddaughter, Raelyn S. Richards of Houston, TX. in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Mike is predeceased by his father, Robert Paine who passed in 1977 and his brother Gary Paine who passed in 1994.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6 to9pm. in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held later. Flowers will gladly be accepted or you may send a donation in memory of Michael D. Paine to the charity of ones choice. Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Joye Churchill Barrett
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Joye C. Barrett 

Joye Churchill Barrett, 90, of Keene, died August 28, 2014 in the comfort of her home with family near. She was born on June 29, 1924, the daughter of Lawry and Ruth Kendall Churchill, owners of the Churchill Ranch on River Road in Westmoreland. She had twin sisters, Doris and Phyllis, who were three years older.

Joye attended the one-room Corner School on River Road in Westmoreland through 8th grade and graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1941. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1945 with a major in Physical Education. She was a member of Phi Mu sorority at UNH. She completed a Physical Therapy training program with the US Army and served as a Physical Therapist during World War II at the Veterans’ Hospital in Framingham, MA. She worked as the Physical Therapist at the Elliot Community Hospital when Miss Adelaide Berdeen took her summer vacation.

Joye and Ellis S. Barrett married on June 15, 1947 at the Westmoreland United Church. In 1950 they purchased a dairy farm on East Surry Road with Ellis’ brother, Toby, and his wife, Janis. They operated Bretwood Farm until a devastating fire in June 1967 prompted the decision to build Bretwood Golf Course. Mrs. Barrett managed the clubhouse snack bar for the first two decades of the business.

Mrs. Barrett was involved in community service her entire life. She was an active member of The United Church of Christ in Keene and served as Co-Chair of the Mission 2000 Capital Campaign, President of Women’s Fellowship, Chair of the Visitation Committee, was a Deacon, and participated in many ministries including knitting baby sweaters for Church World Service layette kits, an activity she did up until 4 days before her death. She was also a past co-chair of Church Women United.

Mrs. Barrett was past President of the Ladies’ Charitable Society for 20 years, and past Regent of the Ashuelot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Barrett was a member on the Keene School Board from 1970-1979 and served as Ward 3 checklist supervisor for 3 decades. She served a 3-year term as Eastern Director of National Extension Homemakers Council in the late 1960s, was a member of the Surry 4-Corners Extension Homemakers group, leader of the Best Yet 4-H Club, and a lifetime member of the Associated Country Women of the World. She was a regular Red Cross blood donor giving more than 15 gallons of blood over her lifetime. For 10 years she volunteered answering phones at The Samaritans suicide prevention hotline in Keene.

Mrs. Barrett enjoyed attending school-related and athletic events in which her children and grandchildren participated. As a member of the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association, she played in many “Tuesday Tournaments” at golf courses around the state. She cross-country skied, did yoga, made braided rugs, knitted mittens, hats and sweaters, and engaged in many other handcrafts. She was a member of the “Raggedy Anns”, a group of women who met monthly for years to craft hand-made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for sale in the local hospital gift shop.

Mrs. Barrett was selected as one of 20 Extraordinary Women recognized by The Keene Sentinel in 2013. Many remember her as being a kind and capable leader and friend, with beautiful white hair, an easy smile, and twinkling blue eyes. She was very family-oriented and felt extremely fortunate to have her 5 children living within 2 miles of her home.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Ellis, of Keene; 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. Her grandson, Elijah Churchill Barrett, died in August 2007, and her son, William Churchill Barrett, died in January 2014.

Calling hours will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 from 6 to 8pm. at Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 13 at 3pm. at The United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene. Flowers are welcome. However, the family prefers that donations be sent in Mrs. Barrett’s memory to the UCC Keene Radio Ministry Fund, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH, 03431 or to the Park Hill Meeting House Restoration Fund, c/o Jan Hurley, Treasurer, 1752 Route 12, 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


Stephen R. Keith
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Stephen R. Keith

Stephen R. Keith 82, a long time resident of Washington died on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Westwood Care Center in Keene. He passed peacefully with his family by his side after a period of declining health.

Stephen was born the son of the late Nellie (Stevens) and Russell Keith on October 8, 1931 in Weston, Vermont. He was educated in Vermont and attended college in Florida.

On December 24, 1987 he exchanged vows with Margaret M. McVey. They were married at a simple service in Boston Massachusetts. The Keith’s have been married for twenty six years.

Stephen worked for the Volkswagen of America Corporation. He was the New England District Manager for parts. Stephen retired in 1987 at the age of 55 with Thirty one years of employment.

For fun Stephen would collect vintage garden tractors. He would fix them up and use them on the property. Time was also spent tinkering with all terrain vehicles and riding them on the local trails. He was an avid outdoorsman hunting and fishing. When time permitted he could be found reading a book. Stephen had a soft spot for all types of animals.

Mr. Keith is survived by his wife, Margaret M. Keith of Washington. His children and their spouses; Kathleen R. Dingee and her husband Mitchell of Swanzey, Kris S. Keith and his significant other Krishna Flanders of Keene, Lois R. Rich of Winthrop, MA. John P. Shea and his wife Dorina of Winthrop, MA. He leaves his siblings and their spouses; Joy Jackson of Albany, N.Y. Sarah Higuera and her husband Mike of Chittenden, VT. Joanne Hartwell of Dothan, AL. and Leitha Chritstie of Camden, ME. He will be missed by his ten grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A celebration of life service is being planned for a later date to be announced. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Paul Harrison Spencer
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Paul H. SpencerPaul Harrison Spencer, 91, of Alstead died on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. He passed peacefully with his family close at hand after a period of declining health.

Paul was born on February 27, 1923 in Hartford, CT, the son of Mary (Carrier) and Llewellyn Truman Spencer. After growing up in Hartford and New Haven, he attended Yale University. His studies at Yale were set aside for about two years when he was called to serve as a cryptographer in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was based in India, but in the course of his service, he circumnavigated the globe. Paul then returned to Yale to complete a bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1947.

After college, Paul worked briefly in insurance and advertising before becoming a production editor and manager at the textbook publisher Prentice-Hall in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. He retired in 1986 after a career there lasting more than 30 years.

On August 4, 1957, Paul married Cynthia (Capps) Pomeroy at the Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, New York. They were happily married for fifty-five years until she passed in 2012. They were devoted parents to two daughters, Miranda and Susannah.

Paul was a lover of the arts, especially opera, classical music, theater and science fiction and fantasy literature. He directed and performed in amateur theater productions throughout his life. He is known for his editorial work with early science fiction author David H. Keller and for being one of the producers of Kalki, the magazine of the James Branch Cabell Society. He collected the works of Keller, Cabell, Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of Tarzan), HP Lovecraft, August Derleth, Robert Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian), Mark Twain and others.Paul was a gentle and compassionate companion to his family and friends. He had a silly sense of humor and often adopted other personas during conversation for comic effect. He enjoyed foreign languages and read and spoke French and German.

Mr. Spencer is survived by his two daughters and their husbands: Miranda C. Spencer and her husband, Robert Brulle, of Hoboken, NJ and Susannah S. Mitchell and her husband Christopher of Grand Junction, Colorado. He also leaves a grandson, Benjamin Paul Mitchell, of Grand Junction, CO. In addition, he will be missed by his sister-in-law, Nancy Dennett and her husband Walter Gartner of Sonoma, CA and brothers-in-law Peter Dennett of West Bath, ME and Richard Metcalfe of Farmington, CT, along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Paul is preceded by his wife Cynthia Spencer and his sister, Joan Metcalfe.

In keeping with Mr. Spencer’s wishes, all services will be private. Donations can be made in memory of Paul Harrison Spencer to: Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279 Baltimore, MD. 21297-17297 or www.FightBlindness.org.

All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Frank Olin Rice
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Frank Olin RiceFrank Olin Rice 79, a long time resident of Richmond and formerly of Winchester died on Friday, August 15, 2014 at Applewood Nursing Home in Winchester. He passed peacefully after a period of declining health with his family near.

Frank was born the son of the late Elsie (Willard) and George Rice on January 15, 1935 in Winchester. He was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1953. He went on in his studies and graduated from New Hampshire Technical Institute with a certificate in automotive care and repair.

On June 27, 1957 he enlisted into the U.S. Army where Frank was trained as an auto mechanic. He was honorably discharged on February 26, 1965 at the rank of Specialist E-4.

Frank was married to Winifred Holmes. They remained husband and wife until her passing on September 17, 2007. Frank found love again and re-married to Jane (Principe) Jillson on May 3, 2008 at St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church in Winchester. They have been happily married for six years.

Frank was an avid worker and businessman in the community. He enjoyed his time at home and was a member of St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church in Winchester. He helped with the feeding of the needy by volunteering with the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Winchester.

Mr. Rice is survived by his wife Jane P. Jillson Rice of Richmond. His children and their spouses; John Wilson of VT. Larry Wilson of R.I. Michael Jillson and his wife Tracey of Winchester, Elizabeth Pearsall and her husband William of Richmond and Jennifer Hamre of Springfield, MA. He is also survived by his siblings; Edmund Rice of Troy and Frances LeClaire of Hinsdale. Frank also leaves several grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A Mass will be given on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11am. in St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church, Richmond Rd. Winchester. In keeping with Frank’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 Frank O. Rice to: Richmond Rescue, 15 Winchester Rd. Richmond, NH. 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Joan L. (Beaulieu) Tarr
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Joan L. (Beaulieu) Tarr 81, a life long resident of Harrisville died on Thursday, August 7, 2014. She passed peacefully in the comfort of her home with her large family near after a period of declining health
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Joan was born the daughter of the late Viola L. (Russell) (Beaulieu) Gibbs and Emile C. Beaulieu on July 3, 1933 in Peterborough. She was educated locally and graduated from Dublin Consolidated School.

On August 9, 1949 she exchanged vows with Wesley R. Tarr Sr. They were married with family and friends in attendance in Peterborough. The Tarrs’ were married for forty one years until his passing in 1990.

Joan was the proud and resourceful mother of ten children. She enjoyed baking, working in her vegetable and flower gardens, and spending time with her large family. She especially enjoyed making maple syrup at the Tarr family sugarhouse and was the recipient of the New Hampshire Maple Syrup Producers Association Carlisle Award in 1988. After raising her family, she worked as a part time house keeper for various families. Joan retired in 2011 at the age of 78. Joan was a long suffering Red Sox fan and also a fan of the New England Patriots.

A truly stoic woman, Joan remained so until the end. In the final weeks of her life, a great gift to the family was her ability to find joy in each day, to laugh and reminisce. She was a kind and gentle soul and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Tarr is survived by her children and their spouses; Wesley R. Tarr Jr. of Harrisville, Diane Davis of Dublin, Randy Tarr Sr. and his wife Phyllis of Harrisville, Rebecca Coutu and her husband Steven of Athol, MA. Joanne Farwell and her husband John of Swanzey, Brian Tarr and his fiancé Cherie Dennis of Marlborough, Wendy Smith of Ashuelot, Nancy Ringland of Swanzey, Michael Tarr and his wife Buffy of Nelson and Patricia Tarr and her partner Mark Meany of Harrisville. Her siblings: Annette Johnson of Londonderry, VT. and Thomas Beaulieu Sr. and his wife Margaret of Dixon, MO. Her eighteen grandchildren: Kelly Sutherland, Jason Tarr, Andrea Tarr, Andrew Tarr, Amy Sannes, John Farwell, Melanie Farwell, Bradley Davis, Jennifer Arpide, Christopher Coutu, Keith Coutu, Randy Tarr Jr., Kaitlyn Tarr, Sarah Tarr, Stephanie Tarr, Angela Blake, Matthew Tarr, and Melinda Smith. Her twenty four great grandchildren: Dylan Sutherland, Tyler Sutherland, Ethan Olmstead, Wyatt Tarr, Maya Tarr, Nina Sannes, Rowen Farwell, Darius Farwell, Aida Davis, Samson Davis, Amelie Davis, Isla Davis, Elizabeth Arpide, Connor Arpide, Daniel Arpide, Alyssa Coutu, Lauren Coutu, Morgan Coutu, Kaitlyn Coutu, Abigail Coutu, Connor Blake, Hailey Blake, Brianna Goodrich, Jacob Tarr; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A son in-law, Jim Ringland, died earlier. Joan also will be sorely missed by her companion and four-legged friend Roger Cat.

In keeping with Joan’s wishes a private graveside service has been held in the family lot at Willard Hill Cemetery in Chesham. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that others perform an act of kindness to honor the memory of this great lady. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories. 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. 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

 

 

Wayne Nickolas Schwindt September 14, 2014
Carlton D. Sherrick September 11, 2014
Carol Arteta September 7, 2014
James M. Willard March 9, 2014
Debra A. Wilcox September 4, 2014
Ernest Downing September 4, 2014

Michael D. Paine August 31, 2014
Joye C. Barrett August 28, 2014
Stephen R. Keith August 24, 2014
Paul H. Spencer August 22, 2014
Frank O. Rice August 15, 2014
Joan L. Tarr August 7, 2014

 

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