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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

 

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



 


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

 

 

Christine Kennedy September 25, 2014
Charlotte Kapiloff September 25, 2014
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

 

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