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Rebecca L. (Russell) Thompson
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Rebecca L. (Russell) Thompson, 69, of Hooksett and formerly of West Chesterfield and Swanzey died on Saturday, June 27, 2015. She passed peacefully in the comfort of her daughter’s home with family near after a period of declining health.

Rebecca was born the daughter of the late Virginia (Shaw) and Rodney Russell on June 6, 1946 in Rutland, VT. She was educated in Keene schools.

On May 12, 1968 she exchanged vows with Peter E. Thompson. They were married in a simple ceremony with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Peter passed on April 17, 2011 after forty two years of marriage.

She had a few jobs over the years. She worked most recently in the deli department at Hannaford's in Brattleboro before retiring in 1997. She was formerly employed at Homestead Woolen Mills in Swanzey and A.C. Lawrence Leather in Winchester.

Rebecca was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Keene for many years. She enjoyed crafts for fun and for gifts. Her talent brought her to craft shows where she would sell her products. Rebecca also had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables that she canned and was happy to share. Mostly Rebecca was a dotting grandmother and loved her family.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her daughter, Doreen A. Mitchell and her husband William of Hooksett. Her grand daughter, Miranda L. Mitchell of Hooksett. Her siblings; Sharon Smith, Darci Skillings, Timothy Russell, Gary Russell, Darrell Russell and Stephen Russell. Her siblings by a combined marriage; Dick Russell, Rachel Bell, Marlene Skillings and Doug Claugston. In addition she leaves several cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Rebecca’s wishes there are no calling hours. Burial will take place with Christian burial rights in the family lot for both Rebecca and Peter Thompson at Spofford Village Cemetery, High St. Spofford, NH. 03462 on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 1pm. Flowers will gladly be accepted. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


James T. Day
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James T. Day, 67, a long time resident of Keene, died on April 19, 2015 after a sustained fight with prostate cancer and significant spinal disease.

He was born in Wolfeboro, NH, January 21, 1948, son of Helen (Hurd) and John Wilman Day. He attended Keene Schools and was a 1966 graduate of Keene High School. Mr. Day earned a liberal arts degree in History from Plymouth State College in 1970 and a Master’s Degree in Education in 1971, also from Plymouth State College. In 1986, he earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts.

He began his career as a teacher and coach at Newfound Memorial Jr. Sr. High School in Bristol, NH in 1971. He then became teaching principal of Russell Elementary School in Rumney, NH for two years. In 1974, Mr. Day became supervising principal of Canaan Elementary School in Canaan, NH.

In 1977, he became principal of Fuller School in Keene until he was selected to serve as principal of Keene Junior High School in 1983 where he continued until 1990. In that year, Mr. Day became assistant superintendent for Keene Schools and served in that capacity through 1993. He then considered himself very fortunate to have been able to return to the principalship in 1993, this time at a renamed Keene Middle School where he served through June of 2003.

Mr. Day then made the difficult decision to leave this position believing it was time to do something different with his life. Always willing to accept a challenge, he then took the position of Principal of Brattleboro Union High School where he served until progressive back and leg problems, together with an advanced cancer diagnosis, forced him to leave this position in May of 2011.

As an accomplished educator and principal, as well as an always proud father, Mr. Day loved working with school children, coaching them in Little League and in schools, introducing them to exciting things like model rocketry, supporting his own and other students on sidelines, serving as an advisor to middle and senior high student advisories, taking students on field trips, and chaperoning the 8th grades trips to Washington, DC, and high school students to NYC. He served on five middle school visiting committees to other schools, chairing his last three. During his career, he had been a member of national professional associations for elementary, middle, and senior high schools and was particularly proud of having yearbooks dedicated to him in two different secondary schools.

While serving as principal in Brattleboro, Mr. Day was privileged to participate in two extended trips to China in order to strengthen education exchange programs between China and Brattleboro Union High School. In 2012, Mr. Day was recognized by the General Assembly in Montpelier, VT for his “enduring legacy of achievement” serving 40 years in school administration in two states.

Since his departure from regular school service, Mr. Day became an active member of the Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee believing strongly in the innocence of this outstanding former student and then school board member in the Keene School District.

In his later years, Mr. Day also served as President of the Willowbrook Association in Keene.

Survivors include his loving partner in life since September, 2006, Ann Eaton of Keene, NH; a son, Jamie Day and his wife, Anamaria of Newburgh, NY; a daughter, Stephanie Stark and her husband, Gordon of Sonora, CA; two granddaughters, Macormic and Sawyer, of Sonora, CA; one grandson, James T. Day III; a sister, Patricia Day Roux of Charlotte, NC; two brothers, Richard Day and his wife, Jacqueline, of Concord, NH; Robert Day and his wife, Lynn, of Scotts Hill, TN, and; a wonderful Mother in her 100th year, Helen Day of Fort Myers, FL. former wife, Cynthia Day of Keene. There are numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins and former students who knew him very well. He also leaves many dear friends in Keene and in Brattleboro.

Mr. Day was very appreciative of all the medical care he received, mostly from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Cheshire Medical Center, but also from Florida Cancer Specialists. His last days were spent comfortably at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Florida.

In keeping with Mr. Day’s wishes there are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 12:30pm. in the First Baptist Church of Keene, 105 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will follow in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Day’s memory to the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Avenue, 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


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 on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10am. in the family lot at Oak Hill Cemetery, Pine St. West Swanzey with military honors to follow. 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


Robert “Bob” J. Kupiec
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Robert “Bob” J. Kupiec, 59, a long time resident of Winchester and formerly of Schaghticoke, New York died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

Robert was born the son of the late Mildred (Bolesky) and George C. Kupiec on June 12, 1955 in Schaghticoke, N.Y. He was educated in N.Y. and graduated from Hoosic Valley Central High School class of 1973. Bob went on in his studies and attended Jefferson Community College in N.Y.

Bob worked for many years as an independent subcontracted truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service. Prior he was employed by the Railroad.

He was a man with many interests. Time was spent riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He liked to work on and rebuild classic muscle cars, especially Pontiac GTO’s. He was a collector of Harley Davidson and GTO memorabilia. Bob also enjoyed playing his drums and basketball. When time permitted he could be found working in his vegetable gardens.

Mr. Kupiec is survived by his son, Jason R. Kupiec and his wife Stacy of West Jordan, Utah. His daughter Erin Delosh and her husband Bart of Port Orange, FL. His siblings; Chester G. Kupiec of Binghamton, N.Y. George C. Kupiec and his wife Elaine of Clifton Park, N.Y. and Kenneth J. Kupiec and his wife Heather of North Monmouth, ME. He leaves five grandchildren; Joseph T. Kupiec, Emma R. Kupiec, Olivia M. Kupiec, Sarah A. Kupiec and Sophia P. Kupiec in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews extended family and friends. Bob is predeceased by his sister Katherine A. Klink.

Burial will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11am. at Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Robert J. Kupiec to: St. Vincent DePaul Society, (Winchester) C/O St. Bernard’s Church, 173 Main 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


Eleanor E. (Hiiva) Hendrickson
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Eleanor E. (Hiiva) Hendrickson, 91, a lifelong resident of Marlborough died on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the comfort of her home while sleeping.

Eleanor was born the daughter of the late Margaret (Walkama) and Jacob Hiiva on September 28, 1923 in Marlborough. She was educated locally and graduated from Marlborough High School class of 1942.
On January 27, 1944 she exchanged vows with Ralph A. Hendrickson while he was stationed in the military in New Jersey. They were married for twenty nine years before he passed in 1973.

Eleanor was a stay at home mom. She felt it important to be home providing for her family and their needs.

She enjoyed gardening, especially blueberries and flowers. She liked to go on walks, do crossword puzzles, read and go on shopping trips with her daughters. She had a great sense of humor and liked the Boston Celtics, especially Larry Bird. Family time was very important to her. She liked to cook and bake for family meals, especially her cream puffs. Family was her greatest joy especially when the grandchildren would come to visit. Time was spent reminiscing about days gone by educating the younger ones on how things were done in the past. This was also a time to teach a little of her native Finish language to the younger ones.

Mrs. Hendrickson is survived by her children and their spouses; Gary and his wife Karolee, Alan Hendrickson and Mark Hendrickson of Marlborough, Linda and her husband Edward(predeceased) of Hancock, Karen Longever and her husband Dana of Keene and Cindy Day of Keene. Eight grandchildren; Heath and Nathan Hendrickson, Shawn Coughlan, Heather Wallace, Sarah Clark, Heidi Wilson, Melanie Ferry and Nicole Belval. Seventeen great grandchildren; Kylan, Sienna, Wyatt, Alyssa, Emily, Drew, Remington, Ranger, Yanna, Raven, Aubrie, Griffen, Kiaja, Tyler, Cody, Hayden and Spencer. Three great-great grandchildren; Raleigh, Camden and Peyton in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Eleanor is predeceased by her son, Ralph “Andy” Hendrickson Jr. Her siblings, Walter and Philip Hiiva, Viola Boomhower, Betty Derby, Phyllis Follansbee, Lydia Georgina, Ella Hiiva, Ina Hiiva, and Marie Webster all passed earlier.

In keeping with Eleanor’s wishes there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 10am. in the family lot at Pine Grove Cemetery, Granite St. Marlborough, NH. 03455. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Eleanor E. Hendrickson to: Home Health Care & Community Services, 312 Marlboro, St, Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Linda Jean (Grant) Herrick
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Linda Jean (Grant) Herrick, 72 a long time resident of Brattleboro, VT. and formerly of Greenfield, MA. died on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Pine Heights Nursing Home in Brattleboro. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health with her family near.

Linda was born the daughter of the late Muriel L. (Loveland) and Edric A. Grant on November 9, 1942 in Greenfield, MA. She was educated in Greenfield and graduated from Greenfield High School class of 1961. Later she went on in her education and received her Associates Degree from Castleton State College in Early Childhood Education.

On September 10, 1961 she exchanged vows with Leonard “John” C. Herrick. The Herrick’s have been married for fifty four years.

Linda had worked at St. Michael’s School in Brattleboro for five years as a Pre-school Teacher before retiring in 2005. Prior, she had worked at the Holstein Association as a Registrar, Brattleboro Public Schools as a Teacher’s Assistant and Met Life Insurance in Brattleboro as an Administrative Assistant.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Brattleboro for many years. She enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

 

Mrs. Herrick is survived by her husband, Leonard “John” C. Herrick of Brattleboro. Her children and their spouses; Sandy Wyckoff and her husband David of Brattleboro, VT. Sherri L. Spittle and her husband Eric of Sharon, VT. and Shelley A. Cloutier and her husband John of Danbury, CT. Siblings; June A. Kemp and her husband Paul of Orange, MA. Gayle I. Gramarossa of Greenfield, MA. and Robert A. Grant and his wife Linda of Tinton Falls, N.J. She also leaves eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews extended family and friends. Linda is pre-deceased by her daughter Susan M. Bills who passed on August 18, 2010.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 10am. in the First Congregation Church, 808 Western Ave. Brattleboro, VT. 05304. Burial will follow in the family lot at Round Hill Cemetery, Rt. 30, Townshend, VT. 05353. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Linda J. Herrick to: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave, Flr. 7 N.Y. N.Y. 10001. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral home and crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


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.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2014 at 1pm. in the family lot at Riverside Cemetery, River Rd. Killington, VT. 05751. 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


Jean L. (Nedeau) Dominic
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Jean L. (Nedeau) Dominick, 70, of Winchester died on Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester. She passed peacefully while sleeping after a brief period of declining health.

Jean was born the daughter of the late Jeannette (Barron) and late Ernest Nedeau on June 23, 1944 in Laconia, NH. Jean was raised by her mother and stepdad the late Roland W. Racine Sr. She was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1962.

On April 20, 1963 she exchanged vows with Francis S. Dominick at St. Stanislaus Church in Winchester. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for fifty two years.

Jean worked for the Barrow’s and Fisher Oil Company in Brattleboro for twenty years as an accounts payable clerk before retiring in 2013. Prior, she had worked at Kulick’s Market, Mt. Pisgah Diner and Smalley’s Store.

Jean was a long time member of St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church in Winchester. She liked to read and crochet. Time was spent on her computer staying in touch with family and friends. Just after Thanksgiving she could be found making pierogies and baking sugar cookies for holiday partiers. One of her favorite holiday events was decorating for Halloween with her sister. She was also a long time member of the Catholic Daughters Society in Hinsdale.

Mrs. Dominick is survived by her husband, Francis S. Dominick of Winchester. Her siblings; Gloria J. Neill and her husband Roy of Belmont, NH. Richard R. Racine and his wife Sandra of Bristol, VT. and Roland W. Racine Jr. of Winchester and a sister in-law Joyce Baker of Manassas VA. In addition she leaves several nieces and nephews, Terri Racine of Long Beach CA, Timothy Racine of Brattleboro VT, William McDonald of Belmont, NH, Traci Anson of East Haddam CT, Michael Racine of Winchester NH, Tina Neill Nalen of Thorton NH, Roland Racine III of Winchester NH, Thomas Baker of Nottingham NH, and April Baker of Manassas VA, several cousins, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews , extended family and many friends. Mrs. Dominick was also predeceased by her niece Tami Jean Racine.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 6 to 8pm. in the funeral home. A Mass will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2015 at 11am. at St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church, Richmond Rd. Winchester. Burial will follow in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Jean L. Dominic to: Catholic Daughters-Court St. #1773 P.O. Box322 Hinsdale, NH. 03451. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Shirley G. (Fults) Decatur
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Shirley Gail (Fults) Decatur, 70, a long time resident of Troy died on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Genesis Care Center in Keene. She passed peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.

Shirley was born the daughter of the late Vivian (Adams) and Tommie Fults on April 25, 1944 in Orange, Texas. She attended local schools in Orange.

On November 15, 1961 she exchanged vows with Gerald “Gerry” M. Decatur in Ogden Utah. They were married in a simple service and have been married for fifty four years.

 

They traveled around the world arriving back in New Hampshire in 1975 after Gerald retired from the Air Force. Gail as she was known as, enjoyed being home, sewing in their upholstery business for many years. She loved being there, taking care of the needs of her family and the home.

She enjoyed crocheting blankets and gave out several hundred over the years to friends, family and many local nursing homes.

Free time was spent going to yard sales and in earlier days, the occasional fishing trip. At the end of the day when it was quiet Gail enjoyed relaxing in her chair crocheting and watching movies, especially scary movies.

Mrs. Decatur is survived by her husband Gerald “Gerry” M. Decatur of Troy. Her two sons; Michael T. Decatur and Martin B. Decatur and his wife Lisa of Troy. Her five grandchildren; Julia, Jennifer, Rush, Sasha, and Brian Scott. She also leaves cousins, extended family and numerous friends.

In keeping with Shirley’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10am. in the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Troy, 11 South Main St. Troy, NH. 03465. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Shirley G. Decatur to: Troy Ambulance Service, 14 Central Square, Troy, NH. 04565. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Warren K. “Kevin” Russell
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Warren K. “Kevin” Russell, 59, of Nashua and formerly of Keene and Tarpon Springs, FL. died on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. He passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health while resting.

He was born the son of Martha (Hayward) and Herbert Russell Sr. on August 3, 1955 in Nashua. He was educated in Keene and graduated in 1974.

Kevin worked at the Sullivan Farm and Greenhouses in Nashua as a farm hand for three years. Prior he had worked as a self employed contractor in Tarpon Springs for over twenty years.

He liked to fish and go to the beach. Time was spent metal detecting and bottle digging. He enjoyed working on the family farm as a kid and eventually the farm life drew him back.

Mr. Russell is survived by his father, Herbert Russell Sr. of Keene and his mother, Martha Hayward of Zephyr Hills, FL. His siblings; Herbert E. Russell Jr. of Keene, Kim Mitchell and her husband Carl of Keene and Shari Rouleau of New Ipswich. In addition to cousins, extended family and friends. Kevin is predeceased by his grandparents; Doris and Wes Haywood and Herbert and Hazel Russell.

In keeping with Kevin’s wishes all services will be private. Donations can be made in memory of Warren K. Russell to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123-1718. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Clarissa May Abbott
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Clarissa May Abbott, 19, of Keene and formerly of Winchester died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health with her family at her side.

Clarissa was born the daughter of Cindy J. (Spiers) Kelley and Richard A. Abbott Jr. on June 5, 1995 in Lebanon. She was educated locally and was currently attending Keene High School.
Clarissa had a simple yet joyful life. She lived a active life. She always looked forward to going to school and was always on top of if it was day one or day two, due to the rotating schedule. Clarissa could be found on her computer cruising the internet. She liked to cook, play I pad games, socializing, watching tv & video's. She loved Dora the Explorer. She had Dora dolls of all kinds even a Dora nurse. She had Dora music, Dora video's, Dora blankets, Dora movie's she had Dora everything. Clarissa loved all kinds of music, dancing and going to dances at the rec center. She enjoyed going to Life arts where she did yoga, karaoke, board games, and sometimes painted her nails. She enjoyed playing the card game uno and many board games like jeopardy and wheel of fortune. She enjoyed playing ball, air hockey and basketball with her cousins. Everybody got a hug from Clarissa. Clarissa enjoyed riding the friendly bus to go shopping and bowling. Clarissa had a blast on her day trip to Hampton Beach with her friend Bethany and on her many adventures bowling with Bethany as well. She also went on many trips with her family and friends. She went to Boston to visit the aquarium. She made annual trips to Yankee Candle. Clarissa was a character she loved joking around and making people laugh and smile. Clarissa was a very special earth angel. She went on a wonderful vacation to Hampton Beach staying ocean front with her mom and her brother. She enjoyed being taken care of by her Aunt Valerie. She also loved to go swimming on her vacations. Clarissa also enjoyed her most recent vacation to Wells Beach, Maine. She visited the Nubble light house. She went to Kennabunkport and saw the Bush home from a distance. She watched the sun rise. Clarissa was and is a beautiful gentle happy butterfly. She is greatly loved and will be greatly missed. She was blessed with many wonderful very special caregivers.

Miss. Abbott is survived by her parents Richard A. Abbott Jr. and Cindy J. Kelley of Winchester. Her grandmother, Shiela S. Peck of Keene. She will be missed by her aunts and uncles; Derek Abbott, Debbie Pariso, Marianne King, Darlene Knightengale, Valerie Harrington, Doris Auger and Richard Auger Jr. In addition she leaves cousins, extended family and friends. She is predeceased by her grandparents; Richard and Faith Auger, Milo Peck and Richards A. Abbott Sr. Elaine Driscoll and Carl Crossman Jr. Uncle, David Peck. Her brother, Richard A. Abbott the III passed on February 7, 2013.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Clarissa M. Abbott to: New Hope Horizons, P.O. 603, 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


Valerie M. (Armstrong) Henneke
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Valerie M. (Armstrong) Henneke, 80, of Keene and formerly of Hendersonville, N.C. and Rutland, VT. died on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. She passed peacefully with her family and her dear friend Clyde DeLong at her side after a brief period of declining health.

Valerie was born to the late Marjorie (Higgins) and Vernon Armstrong on July 2, 1934 in London, England. She was educated in Holyoke, Massachusetts and attended the University of Connecticut where she studied Physical Therapy.

On August 14, 1954 she exchanged vows with Frederic A. Henneke. They were married in a simple service in Long Island, N.Y. with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly Fred preceeded her in death on January 26, 2012 after fifty seven years of marriage.

 

Mr.Valerie found great joy staying at home and raising her three daughter’s and volunteering for various organizations. When she and Fred moved to North Carolina in 1990, she and Fred joined forces and she worked for ten years as the office manager of their family business Blue Ridge Abrasives.

She enjoyed knitting, playing bridge, cribbage, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Getting to spend time with her grandchildren and eventually great grandchildren was a high point in her life. Upon returning to Keene three years ago following Fred's death, she became active member of the Keene Senior Center. Some of Valerie's most active volunteering was with Meals on Wheels programs, PTA, League of Women’s Voters and as a reader for the reading programs in schools.

Mrs. Henneke is survived by her three daughters and their spouses; Catherine E. Henneke-Butler of Hood River OR., Marjorie H. Hall and her husband Martin of Westmoreland and Susan H. Marsh and her husband Dwight of Johns Creek, GA., her two sisters; Yvonne Johnson and Elaine Gravely of San Antonio, TX., four grandchildren: Craig Day, Whitney Butler, Courtney Butler and Shannon Marsh. Two great grandchildren; Rylee and Madelyn. In addition she leaves several cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Valerie’s wishes all services will be private. Donations can be made to: Meals on Wheels, 17 Bradco St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Keene Senior Center, 70 Court 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



 


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44 Maple Ave.
Keene, NH 03431


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46 South Winchester S.
PO Box 19
West Swanzey, NH 03469


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23 Quarry Rd
Troy NH. 03465

 

 

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