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Mary P. (Balser) Ruseckas
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Mary P. (Balser) Ruseckas, of Walpole New Hampshire. and formerly of Westborough, Massachusetts died on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, NH. She passed peacefully after a period of decline, with her husband near.

Mary was born the daughter of the late Pauline (Lambutis) and John Balser on April 13, 1921 in Worcester, MA. She was educated in Worcester and graduated from Classical High School class of 1939.

Having met as pilots, she exchanged vows with Valentine Ruseckas on May 30, 1947. They were married in Worcester. The Ruseckas’ have been together for sixty seven years.

Mary worked for many years as a banker. She retired in 1985 to spend her golden years traveling and enjoying time with family and friends.

Mary’s life revolved around her family and family events. Mary liked to sew and knit. Time was spent making puzzles, going for walks and cultivating her flower gardens. She also enjoyed reading, and in her younger years, playing tennis and ice skating. She was also proud of the fact that she was a licensed solo pilot.

Mrs. Ruseckas is survived by her husband Valentine Ruseckas of Walpole. She also leaves her four living children and their spouses; Robert J. Ruseckas and his wife Wanda Wang of Banning, CA. Katherine E. Ruseckas and her husband Craig Constantine of Leyden, MA. Raymond V. Ruseckas of Walpole, NH. and Marilyn A. Ruseckas and her husband Adam Whitney of Warren, VT. Her brother Raymond Balser and his wife Carol of Grafton, MA. Her sister in-law Patricia Balser. her sister in-law Elizabeth Balser,Two grandchildren, Brett and Guy Constantine. Two great grandchildren, Maya and Ella Constantine in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Mary is predeceased by her son James E. Ruseckas, her siblings, Ernest and Edward Balser.

In keeping with Mary’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


Craig Clayton Cantlin
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Craig C. CantlinCraig Clayton Cantlin, 62, a life long resident of Surry and Keene died unexpectedly on Monday, October 6, 2014 in the comfort of his home.

Craig was born the son of the late Helen (Coburn) and Clayton Cantlin on February 1, 1952 in Keene. He was educated in Keene and graduated from Keene High School class of 1970. He later graduated from the New Hampshire Plumbing Apprentice Program.On February 3, 1973 he exchanged vows with Deborah Navish. They were married at Saint Bernards Church in Keene with family and friends in attendance and have been together for forty one years.

Craig was employed by the Keene School System at the Symonds School for 7 years before retiring in 2012 . Prior, he was a highly regarded Journeyman Plumber in the Cheshire County Area for twenty five years. He was employed by Stromgren Plumbing and Heating and Pinney Plumbing and Heating.

He was an avid sports fan and participant in the Greater Keene Men’s Softball Association for many years. Craig played in numerous national championship tournaments for Washer’s Radiator and Glass. In his earlier years time was spent hunting and fishing. He was also an accomplished candle pin bowler and billiards player. Craig was always very generous with his time and skills assisting family and friends with plumbing needs. He was a passionate Boston Sports Fan, always willing to engage in animated discussions. He also had a civic side to him. He was an active member of the Son’s of the American Legion and a member of the William Marconi Italian Club.

Mr. Cantlin is survived by his wife Deborah Cantlin of Surry. He also leaves his daughter Brittany Trumble and her husband Charles of Stilwell, Kansas. Three granddaughters; Marisa, Emma and Kate Trumble of Stilwell, Kansas. Two sisters; Maureen Romano of Keene and Connie Hamel of Swanzey, in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends. He is predeceased by his sister Claudia Cantlin who passed in August.

In keeping with Craig’s wishes there are no calling hours. A gathering to celebrate Craig’s life will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11am at his home, 114 Rt. 12A. Surry, NH 03431. Please bring stories and memories to share with his family and friends. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Kenneth E. DeVoid Jr.
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Kenneth E. DeVoid Jr.Kenneth E. DeVoid Jr. 68 a life long resident of Keene died on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Langdon Place of Keene. He passed peacefully after a courageous battle with prostate cancer, with his mother at his side.

Ken Ken was born the only child of Beverly (Bressett) and Kenneth E. Devoid Sr. on November 8, 1945 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1963. Ken continued with his education and received his Bachelors Degree from Keene State, an M.Ed. from Harvard, an MACP from Antioch/New England Graduate School, and finally his Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Ken was the Special Education Administrator for the Towns for SAU 29 in Keene for twelve years before retiring in 2013.

Ken's life revolved around education and mentoring kids, as well as those pursuing a career in Special Education. He also enjoyed gardening and cultivating his house plants. Ken had a soft spot for animals. He could be found watching birds and also feeding them by hand.

Dr. DeVoid is survived by his mother, Beverly DeVoid of Keene. He is also survived by cousins, extended family and numerous friends. Ken is predeceased by his father Kenneth E. DeVoid Sr. who passed in November of 1999.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 10 to 11am. Not Wednesday as previously reported in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in the family lot at St. Josephs Cemetery, Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Kenneth E. DeVoid Jr. to: the Monadnock Humane Society.

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


Gladys B. Hastings
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Gladys B. Hastings, 92, of Keene and formerly of Harwich and Athol, Massachusetts died on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. She passed peacefully surrounded by the love of her family.

Gladys was the daughter of the late Bertha (Hobson) and Fred Walker, born on October 27, 1921 in Rutland, VT. She grew up in Orange, Massachusetts, and lived there until she married.

In 1944 Gladys exchanged vows with Alton B. Hastings in a simple service in Athol, and worked and raised their family there. They were members of the Athol Congregational Church for many years. Gladys and Alton were married for 57 years when he passed away in 2001.

Gladys was employed by the L.S. Starrett Company in Athol, Massachusetts where she worked in the etching department for fifteen years before retiring in 1981 to spend more time with her family. It was at that point she and her husband moved to Harwich and enjoyed twenty years of Cape Cod and Florida retirement. Gladys later moved to the Keene area to be closer to her family.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and celebrating all their special times. She enjoyed reading and taking back-road rides around the New England countryside. She was a long time and avid Boston Red Sox fan. It was a great thrill for Gladys to see the Red Sox win the World Series on her birthday in 2004.

Mrs. Hastings is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Nancy Allen and her husband Leslie of Chester, Vermont and Elaine Bieber and her husband Paul of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. She was “Mimi” to her grandchildren: Jennifer Marshall and her husband Nat, Amy Allen, Jessica Bieber and Philip Bieber, and her great grandchildren: Aliza Allen, Lila Marshall and Jackson Marshall. She was also “Mimi” to Lori Sparrow, Sarah Sparrow, Stacey Murphy and C.J. Sparrow. She leaves many nieces and nephews. Gladys is predeceased by her son Alton “Nubby” B. Hastings Jr. and her sister, Helen Woodward.

In keeping with Gladys’ wishes there are no calling hours. Burial will be private and take place in the family plot at South Cemetery in Orange, Massachusetts. A celebration of life will be held later this year. Donations can be made in memory of Gladys B. Hastings to: Camp Wiyaka C/O Athol YMCA, 545 Main St. Athol, MA. 01331. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Christine (Starkey) Kennedy
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Christine KennedyChristine (Starkey) Kennedy, 90, a life long resident of Winchester, died on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Applewood Nursing Home in Winchester. She passed peacefully with the love and compassion of her family at her side.

She was born the daughter of the late Myrtle (Joslyn) and William Starkey on April 29, 1924 in Hinsdale. She was educated locally and graduated from Hinsdale High School class of 1942.

On June 28, 1952 she exchanged vows with Robert A. Kennedy at the Episcopal Church in West Swanzey. They have been married for sixty two years.
Christine had many jobs over her lifetime. For many years, she provided daycare in her home. She retired in 1991 from the Jennings Insurance Agency of Winchester after 20 years of service for the company.

Christine was a woman of faith and member of the United Church of Winchester, the Ladies Society of the church and a member of the Winchester Senior Citizens Club. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking, bird watching, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. She was known to play bingo and enjoyed canning foods from her garden, especially making bread and butter pickles. Christine lived by the tenet “If you can’t say something good about a person, don’t say anything at all. She especially enjoyed family get-togethers and visits from her grandchildren, each of whom held a special place in her heart.

Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her husband Robert A. Kennedy of Winchester; her children and their spouses, Robert Kennedy of Savannah, GA; Marie Morton of Milton, VT; James Kennedy and his wife Bonnie of Leominster, MA; John Kennedy and his wife Jeanne of Marlow, NH; and son-in-law Phillip Talbot of Merrimack, NH; her siblings, Bernard and his wife Idella of Salt Lake City, UT; and Shirley Castine of Keene, NH. In addition, she is survived by sixteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Christine was pre-deceased by her daughters Kathleen Talbot and Roberta Hurting, son in-law Phillip Morton, daughter in-law Mae Kennedy, and siblings William “Bud” Starkey, Joyce Bonneau, and Robert Starkey.

A graveside service with Christian burial rights will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11am. 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 Christine Kennedy to the United Church of Winchester, 97 Main St. Winchester, NH. 03470 or the Winchester Ambulance Department, 44 N. Maple St. Winchester, 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


Charlotte (Dinerstein) Kapiloff
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Charlotte KapiloffCharlotte (Dinerstein) Kapiloff passed away on September 25th after an accidental fall in her home in Bentley Commons. She is survived by her four sons and their wives, Leonard & Wendy Kapiloff of Atlanta, Georgia, Alan & Gail Kapiloff, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Perry and Ellen Kapiloff of West Boylston, Massachusetts, and Michael and Tricia Kapiloff of Keene, NH.

In addition, she is survived by 8 grandchildren, Robin, Ellen, Christopher, Peter, Alex, Max, Leah, and Joshua, plus, 6 great grandchildren, Talia, Maggie, Ben, Gabe, Salvens, and Simon. She is also survived by one sister Marcia Woolsey, of Hartford, Connecticut and 16 nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 47 years, Edward Kapiloff who passed in 1997. In addition, she was predeceased by her brother Norman and sister Marilyn.

She was born in 1931 the daughter of Edward Dinerstein and Sarah (Gordon) Dinerstein in Springfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Springfield Commerce High School and shortly thereafter met her husband Edward (Eddie).
They met on Labor Day, 1949, and married the following March.
Charlotte moved to Swanzey and helped with Kapiloff Poultry while raising the boys. Following a brief period of living in Lowell, Massachusetts, she and Eddie opened Kapiloff Insurance in 1968 in downtown Keene. She taught herself the insurance business and soon became a respected woman in the industry and helped to found the local branch of the National Association of Insurance Women.

She was very active in the local Jewish community at Ahavas Achim in Keene serving on numerous committees while leading numerous initiatives for the synagogue. In 2007, the New Hampshire Jewish Federation presented her with the prestigious Shen Tov award for her numerous years of service to the Jewish community including creating a “secret sauce” for the synagogue’s annual Kosher-que.

Charlotte was extremely proud of her Jewish heritage and of her children and their families. The importance of family was instilled into her children’s and their children’s minds. She was also the “second mother” to numerous people throughout the Greater Keene community.

In addition, she was active in the Order of the Eastern Star Asteria chapter 40 serving as Worthy Matron for a year. When other charitable organizations needed a helping hand Charlotte was always there for them either through volunteering or donation.

Her children’s education was of the utmost importance to Charlotte and stressed to the boys and their families. This is honored by the Edward and Charlotte Kapiloff Scholarship fund which supports Keene High students going on to college to study business.

She also loved to travel extensively including trips to Israel, Greece, Italy and Japan with her sons. She and Eddie’s dear friends Dr. Arthur Cohen and his wife Ruth traveled as a team to a variety of global locations. Their many trips to Las Vegas were legendary adventures!

Services will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1pm. at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 24 Hastings Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Shiva observance will be held at her home at 48 Ridgewood Avenue in Keene for 3 days commencing on Sunday until Tuesday starting at 6:30pm. each evening. Charlotte will be buried next to Eddie at the Monadnock View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Edward and Charlotte Kapiloff Scholarship, c/o Attorney John Wrigley, 151 West Street, Keene NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


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

 


 


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

 

 

Mary P. Ruseckas October 16, 2014
Craig C. Cantlin October 6, 2014
Kenneth E. DeVoid Jr. September 2, 2014
Gladys B. Hastings September 27, 2014
Christine Kennedy September 25, 2014
Charlotte Kapiloff September 25, 2014

Wayne N. 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 J. Downing September 4, 2014

 

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