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Lisa L. (Britton) Willard
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Lisa L. (Britton) Willard, 51, of Richmond and formerly of Swanzey died on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health with her family near.

Lisa was born the daughter of Laura (Garrow) and Henry Britton on July 20, 1965 in St. Albans, Vt.. She was educated in Walpole and attended Fall Mountain High School.

On October 1, 2016 she exchanged vows with Michael S. Willard with close family and friends in attendance. Lisa and Michael had a long courtship of 20 years before marriage.

She worked at Plum Pak in Winchester as a Production Control Manager. She had been with the company for 28 years.

When time permitted Lisa enjoyed reading a good book. She was also up for watching movies and attending family events. Lisa was a loving wife and mother and daughter.

Mrs. Willard is survived by her husband, Michael S. Willard of Richmond. Her mother Laura Britton of Keene. Her children from a combined marriage; Renee DeBell and her significant other Ryan Campbell of Keene, Justin Racine of Winchester, Samantha Willard of Richmond, Brian Willard and his wife Brittny of Hinsdale and Aaron Willard and his significant other Alicia Springer of Swanzey. Grandchildren; Mason, Brycen, Gracelynn, Austin, Bryson and Ryanah. In addition she leaves brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and friends. Lisa is pre-deceased by her father, Henry Britton who passed in February of 1999 and her son, Ryan Britton who passed on November 12, 2001.

In keeping with Lisa's wishes there are no calling hours. A gathering to celebrate Lisa's life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10am to 2pm. in the Richmond Veterans Hall, 105 Old Homestead Highway, Richmond, NH. 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com 


Leon Albert Reynolds
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Leon Albert Reynolds, 84, of West Brattleboro, VT. and formerly of South Wardsboro, VT. died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at his daughter Lisa's farm in Winchester, NH.

Leon was born the son of the late Isla (Bills) and Robert Reynolds on May 13, 1932 in Whitingham, VT. where he also attended school.

On June 15, 1956 he exchanged vows with Marion Grace Mathewson. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance.

Sadly, Marion passed on February 19, 2005, after 50 years of marriage. Leon worked as a heavy equipment operator and master mechanic for the Ralph Paradise Construction Company in Wardsboro, Vt. He then went on in similar role at the Scott Howe Construction Company.

He was an avid fan of NASCAR. He loved animals and working on the family farm. Leon was also very handy and could fix or repair almost anything.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his children; Malcolm Mathewson and his wife Tammy of Spring City, TN., Michael Reynolds and his wife Iona of South Londonderry, VT., Lucille Reynolds of Springfield, VT., Leonard Reynolds and his wife Judy of Westminster, VT., Jade Winchester and her husband Robert of West Brattleboro, VT., Bill T. Reynolds of Hinsdale, and Lisa Reynolds and her husband David Koehler of Winchester. His sister, Sandy Frye and her husband Winn of Williamstown, MA, his sister Faye Reynolds of North Adams, MA, his sister "Skipper" from North Adams, MA, his sister Nancy Reynolds of North Adams, MA, and a brother Fred Reynolds of North Adams, MA. He also leaves fifteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Leon is predeceased by his siblings, Lois Young, Virginia LePage, Robert Reynolds, Erma Brown and Emily Reynolds. He is also pre-deceased by his granddaughter Jasmine.

In keeping with Leon's wishes there are no calling hours. A gathering to celebrate his life will occur in the warmer weather with information to follow. Burial will also take place in the warmer weather. There will be a funeral service Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 am, at Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. a gathering will follow at is daughter Lisa' Reynolds home at 120 Manning Hill Road, Winchester, NH. 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Brian C. Costa
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Brian C. Costa, 46, a longtime resident of Keene and formerly of Massachusetts died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Brian was born the son of the late Anne Marie Costa (Kaleel) and John G. Ward on August 30, 1970, in Fort Meyers, Florida. He was educated in Massachusetts and graduated from Arlington High School class of 1988. Brian continued his education and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont class of 1992. He then went on to attend the New Hampshire Police Academy.

Brian was the Chief of Police for the City of Keene. His influence amongst his peers was respected and admired. He started his career on April 15, 1996 as a Police Officer. In 1998 he became a K-9 Officer with his K-9 partner Niko. On August 15, 2004, he was promoted to Corporal. As time progressed he joined the Honor Guard. On December 30, 2005, he became the FTEP Supervisor. Nine months later on September 12, 2006 he joined the Tac Team. Then yet again on March 30, 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. On June 1, 2011, he rose in the ranks to Captain of Operations and on May 30, 2015 he became the Chief of Police for the City of Keene.

On April 25, 2015, Brian exchanged vows with Katherine E. Ruelle after an extended relationship. They were married in a simple service on the beach in Edgartown, Massachusetts with their children, close family and friends in attendance.

He enjoyed being with his kids and family and embraced what everyday life has to offer. His time was spent mentoring and coaching sports in the youth athletic leagues. Brian could be found golfing when time permitted. His family brought him great joy in life. He was a wonderful husband and father. Time was always made for family events and special occasions. He could be found doing various projects with the Elk’s Club in Keene and he was a member of the Norwich University Skull and Swords.

Mr. Costa is survived by his wife, Katherine E. (Ruelle) Costa and his children Cullen J. Costa, Cailyn E. Costa, and Matthew C. Evans, all of Keene. He leaves siblings Richard J. Leslie and his wife Christine of Foxboro, MA.) Michelle M. Rosary and her husband Keith of Hyannis, MA. David R. Costa and his wife Laura of Adrian, MI. Rosanne M. (Costa) Crete of New Bedford, MA. and Katie Ward of Pepperell, MA. He leaves his stepmother, Jean Ward, of Tewksbury, MA. His goddaughter, Destiny M. Ruelle of Keene and his in-laws, David R. Chase and Anna L. Ruelle of Keene and Gary J. Ruelle of Des Moines, IA. He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Cheryl (Ober) Costa, of Keene, her mother, Elizebeth Ober and the late David Ober of Franklin, MA. He leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, extended family and numerous friends.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 9 pm at the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel. A police walk-through for all law enforcement officers will start the calling hours at 5 pm with normal visitation to follow. A mass with Christian burial rights will take place on Friday, March 17, 2017, 11 am. at St. Bernard’s Church, 161 Main St. Keene, NH. Burial is to follow at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brian C. Costa Memorial Fund, through the Savings Bank of Walpole, P.O. Box 744, Keene, NH. 03431 or any branch location. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


John Szekula
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John Szekula, 95, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Rockaway, N.J. died on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester. He passed peacefully while holding his wife's hand.

John was born the son of the late Mary (Houck) and Stephen Szekula on May 22, 1921 in Bath, Pennsylvania.

On February 1, 1942, he exchanged vows with Dorothy M. Everman. They were married at the home of friends and celebrated with family and friends in attendance. They have been married for seventy-five years.

John was a patriot and on September 4, 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served during WWII as a Supervisor of Guns and Maintenance for Anti-Aircraft Guns. 444th. Infantry Division. He was in France and Germany where he served under General George Patton and then under General Eisenhower. He was in the battles of Rhineland and Central Europe. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, Victory Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, European Ribbon, African Ribbon and Middle Eastern Ribbon. John completed his time of service on December 24, 1945 with an honorable discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant / E-6.

John was employed at Hampshaw Lumber of Keene for seventeen years as a greeter and stock clerk. Prior, he had worked at Superior Carriers Trucking Company in Knoxville, N.J. for thirty-five years as a driver, welder and shop supervisor.

He was a man who loved to work with his hands and liked to be active. John was very social even after retirement. People were drawn to his big personality and kindness. Most of his time was spent building whirley gigs and wishing wells. He loved to go hunting and was an avid gardener cultivating his flowers and vegetables. John was also civic minded. He was a member of the American Legion in Keene and Ruck Up in Keene.

Mr. Szekula is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Szekula of Winchester. His three daughters; Judith A. Luke and her husband Donald of Stoddard, Kathleen S. Struble and her husband Robert of Keene and Jacalyn Dykhuizen and her husband Robert of San Tan Valley, AZ. His siblings; Charles Szekula of Wyoming, Larry Szekula of Washington and Frank Szekula of California and a sister, Elizabeth of California.. He is also survived by his four grandchildren; Georgeanne Luke, Donald Luke Jr. and Michael D. Jakway and Jason Taylor. John also leaves nine great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. John is pre-deceased by his grandson Jonathan (Jakway) Szekula who passed in 2010.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3:30pm. in the funeral chapel. In Keeping with John's wishes there are no calling hours and burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made to Ruck up of Keene, 42 Upper Knight 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


Michael Maybo Jr.
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Michael Maybo Jr. 66, of Keene passed away at home on Sunday morning March 5, 2017 surrounded by loved ones.

Michael was born the eldest son of Helen (Grenyo) and Michael Maybo, Michael grew up in Yonkers New York in a lively multicultural community.

After graduation from Syracuse University in 1972, Michael was drafted and served in the United States Air Force in Minot, North Dakota. He served as a Missile Launch Officer and was honorably discharged at the rank of 1st. LT.

After his service, he began his teaching career which brought him back to New England and ultimately to Keene High School from where he retired in 2015.

If a measure of a life well lived is to have left the world a little better than how you found it, Michael Maybo lived well. He marveled at the natural world and shared his wonder with all around him: kids, students, friends and family.

As a child in Yonkers NY, he would rise before the sun to trap muskrats along the Hudson River and dry their pelts in the basement of his family's apartment building. He learned to love hunting and fishing from his Dad and enjoyed the outdoors, hiking and scuba diving throughout his life: the plains of North Dakota the gentle mountains of Vermont and southern New Hampshire, and the coral reefs of the Caribbean. And for those who shared time in nature with him, a world previously unseen became visible: sassafras growing in the dunes of Cape Cod, bird calls and behaviors, bear scat, turtle nests, a squad of squid, and yes even snakes, or as he called them "animals". His classroom at Keene High School was a menagerie of land, air and sea.

He was a fanatical recycler and insisted that his household produce no more than one small bag of garbage a week. More often behind the camera than in front, Michael was a skilled photographer who enjoyed sharing his images and teaching the artistry. Throughout his life he enjoyed basketball and played in community leagues everywhere he lived. An excellent cook, his dilly beans, wild grape jelly, and venison jerky were his signature gifts. As a drafted veteran of the Vietnam War era, he became a dedicated peace activist. Indeed, the world is a better place for him having lived.

Michael leaves his spouse of 20 years, Jacala Mills, who he often called the best thing that ever happened to him; his beloved daughter Natalya Maybo Gilbert, son-in-law Ben Gilbert and his grandson Hunter; Jacala's son Asha Zimmerman and his wife Meghan Zimmerman; his Mother who he called "the rock" of his family; his three siblings Ellen Maybo, David Maybo and Chrissy Sinatra, her husband Walter, their children Anthony Sinatra, Jennifer Koehler and Karen Sinatra; his cousin and godfather to Natalya, Pete Slivka; and his "outlaw" sisters-in-law Jamie Mills and Maureen Murphy and their entire family. Michael also leaves his close friends Julie Wolf and Jeff Scott and his beloved Golden Retriever Isabel. Predeceasing him was his father.

Special thanks to Hospice of HCS and their loving caregivers. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11 to 12pm. A celebration of life service will follow. All will be held in the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, Michael would have preferred donations be made in his memory to the Natural Resource Defense Council on-line at NRDCgreengifts.org or by sending a check to NRDC, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


David R. Manning Sr.
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David R. Manning Sr. 77, of West Swanzey died Sunday, February 26, 2017 in the comfort of his home after a long illness. He will be remembered especially for his broad smile, and will be greatly missed by many.

David was born to the late Donald Manning and Mildred (Guyette) Manning Horton on April 10, 1939 in Keene, N.H. he was a graduate of Thayer High School.

On August 12, 1978, he exchanged vows with Arlene (Sutton) Morrow in South Carolina in a simple service.

After residing in Winchester for many years, he moved to Pinellas Park, Florida for several years where he worked as a plumber.

Upon moving back to New Hampshire, he built a log cabin in Westport, where he resided until his passing. He was extremely proud of his home.

While in Westport, he continued working as a plumber. He also ran his own business as a backflow inspector.

David loved hunting, gardening, and most sports, especially NASCAR racing. He also loved deepsea fishing with his good friend Bob.

He bought a second home in St. Petersburg, Florida and enjoyed relaxed trips there a couple of times a year. David had many friends who he enjoyed spending time with, and a large extended family that will miss him greatly.

David was predeceased by his parents, his brother Charles, and his sister Beverly Hellested.

He is survived by his wife Arlene, and by his children: David Manning Jr. and his wife Faraday Manning of Jacksonville, Florida; Scott Manning and his wife Jo Ellen Manning of Marlow, New Hampshire; Wayne Manning and his wife Karen Manning of Bogata,Texas; Joseph Manning and his fiancee Kimberly Porter of Hillsboro, New Hampshire; Laureli Morrow and her her husband John Caron of Montpelier, Vermont; Mellissa Morrow and her partner Nick Lile of Naples, Florida; Richard Morrow and his partner Tamara of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Nicole Morrow and her partner Flowers Vincent of Westport.

He also leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren that he loved dearly and was very proud of, as well as two very special people in his life, Ted Kloc and Norman Farnum.

There will be no services at this time per David's wishes. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Carrie B. Quinn
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Carrie B. Quinn, 41, of Keene and formerly of Washington State died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Keene.

Carrie was born the daughter of Sandra J. (Carey) and David W. Quinn on January 2, 1976 in Keene. She was educated locally and attended schools in Keene.

She worked as a flagger for the SUR Construction Company in Keene.

Carrie was a lover of animals and nature. She enjoyed hiking, walking, and fishing. When time permitted she enjoyed watching movies and working on puzzles.

Ms. Quinn is survived by her mother, Sandra J. Carey of Keene. Her father, David W. Quinn and his wife Alice of Liberty, S.C. Her sons; Dustin B. Field and Cody J. Chirichiello both of Keene. A sister, Marcy D. Curran and her husband Patrick of Greeley, CO. Aunts and uncles; Stuart L. Carey Jr. of Fitzwilliam, Steven M. Carey of Keene, Kevin J. Carey of Keene, Gary Quinn and his wife Bonnie of Georgia, Judy Briggs of Brattleboro, Dhynne Quinn of S. Carolina, Deb Quinn of Hinsdale, and Lori Boniface of Claremont. She is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Carrie is pre-deceased by her grandparents; Milton Quinn, Beverly Quinn, Germaine Lambert and Stuart L. Carey Sr., and her uncle Douglas Carey, all passed earlier.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 5 to 8pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will be private. Donations can be made to the funeral home for a trust account to be established for her son's education / future needs. C/O CFFH. P.O. Box 19, West Swanzey, NH. 03469. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Joanne (Calkins) Bolio
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Joanne (Calkins) Bolio, 79, of North Walpole died on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Springfield Hospital in Springfield , VT. She passed suddenly and unexpectedly.

Joanne was born the daughter of the late Mattie (Whittemore) and George Calkins on August 24, 1937 in West Swanzey where she attended local schools.

On August 5, 1970 she exchanged vows with Edward F. Bolio Sr. in Keene in a simple ceremony. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Ed passed on April 4, 2011 after forty years of marriage.

Joanne was always a house wife and mother. She felt it was her job to raise her children and keep a clean home for her family. She was a very strong woman, nothing kept her down. She was happiest while enjoying family time when everyone was together for holidays, family outings, great grandchildren's school activities, concerts, sporting events, and grandparents day at school. She was very proud of all of them. When time permitted she could be found doing word puzzles, reading or watching western movies or attending to her plants. She was a wonderful mother and wife. As time went on Joanne enjoyed listening to books on tape or on CD's.

Mrs. Bolio is survived by her children; Barbara L. Guyette and her husband Wayne of Alstead, Rose M. Bolio of North Walpole and June M. Coull and her partner Anthony King of Lowell , VT. Her sister Betty Short of West Swanzey . Her grandchildren; Amanda Guyette, and her partner James Huffman, Deirdre Rowe and her husband Michael, Ashley King and her husband Joshua, Erik Guyette and his wife Heather, Joshua Doane and his partner Megan Blake, Jeremy Coull and Gracelynn Thwaite. Sixteen great grandchildren. Three step children; Donald Bolio of Keene, Marjorie "Peanut" Dickinson of Swanzey, Eleanor "Chickie" Newell of Swanzey. In addition she leaves Step grandchildren, and step great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Joanne is pre-deceased by her children; Edward Columb who passed in 1961 and Edward Bolio Jr in 2010. She is also pre-deceased by her great grandson Kayden Guyette who passed in 2014 and her siblings; George Calkins, Walter Calkins, Guy Calkins, Roger Calkins, Ruth Pratt and Jeannette Calkins all passed earlier.

In keeping with Joanne's wishes there are no calling hours and a celebration of life service will be held later at the 3rd Congregational Church of Alstead. Donations can be made in memory of Joanne Bolio to: 3rd Congregational Church of Alstead, P.O. Box 164 , Alstead , NH . 03602. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene , NH . 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Jeffrey "Jeff" J. Robie
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Jeffrey "Jeff" J. Robie, 60, of Swanzey and formerly of Derry, N. H. died on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He passed peacefully after succumbing to complications from a severe accident with his family by his side.

Jeff was born the son of Roberta (Lewis) and John Robie on June 7, 1956 in Derry, NH. He was educated in Derry and graduated from Pinkerton Academy class of 1974.

On August 28, 2004 he exchanged vows with Judith A. Myshrall at Hidden Hills in Rindge. They have been together for 22 years. He was married to his first wife, Kimberly Smith for 15 years.

Jeff worked for Digital in Massachusetts and retired after twenty five years of loyal service. After retirement he took positions at local hardware stores in Jaffrey and Peterborough.

He was an accomplished wood worker and finish carpenter. In his leisure time he enjoyed watching western movies, working in his vegetable garden, antiquing and landscaping. He would hunt and fish. He also enjoyed white water rafting and was an accomplished cook.

Mr. Robie is survived by his wife, Judith A. Robie of Swanzey. His children; Jessica M. Garneau and her husband Mike of New Ipswich, Jared E. Robie and his wife Lindsay of Rindge, Brooke B. Malo and her husband Steven of New Market, Jacob J. Robie of Winchester and James J. Myshrall of Swanzey. His mother Roberta Robie of Derry. His siblings; Lynne Szulezewski and her husband Karl of Michigan and Lisa Riley. Eight grandchildren; Jordan Myshrall, Audra Robie, Kali Norton, Brendan Robie, Bradley Howard, Adrienne Robie, Jaxson Garneau and Camille Garneau. Jeff's mother and father inlaw, Robert and Virginia Rouleau of Swanzey. Sister in-laws; Patricia Foskett, Brenda Puente, Donna Eason and Louise Byrnes. In addition he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jeff is pre-deceased by his father, John Robie who passed in 2004.

In keeping with Jeff's wishes there are no formal services. The family will have an informal gathering to pay respects and celebrate Jeff's life on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 12 noon until 6pm. on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the family home. Donations can be made in memory of Jeffry J. Robie to: Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH. 45250. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Janet P. (Pero) Wickwire
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Janet P. (Pero) Wickwire, 88, of Walpole and formerly of Manchester, CT. died on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health.

Janet was born the daughter of the late Jessie (Spence) and Edward Pero on November 6, 1928 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. She was educated in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School class of 1946. She then went on to earn an Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene from Forsythe School of Dentistry class of 1948.

On April 1, 1951 she exchanged vows with James D. Wickwire at St. John's Episcopal Church in Winthrop, MA. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Jim passed on September 12, 2012 after sixty-one years of marriage.

She worked as a Dental Hygienist at the dental practice of Drs. Hebert and Stevens in Manchester, CT. for fifteen years before retiring in 1985. Prior, she had the hardest job in the world. She was a stay at home mom raising her children and making sure they had what was needed to advance in life.

Janet loved gardening, skiing, bird watching, and reading, and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. She was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Walpole. In addition to devoting her time to St. John's, Janet volunteered at the Bridge Memorial Library in Walpole, and the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. When her children were young, Janet spent countless hours volunteering at Bowers Elementary School in Manchester, CT. Previously, Janet was an active member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Manchester and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. Janet was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She loved her family, had a wonderful sense of humor, and always found a reason to be optimistic. Janet was unfailingly kind and self-sacrificing to the end.

In addition to her husband and parents, Janet was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Penney. Mrs. Wickwire is survived by her children: James D. Wickwire, Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Redding, CT,. David Wickwire and his wife, Mary, of Daniel Island, S.C., Jeanne McBride and her husband, Michael, of Walpole, and Andrew Wickwire and his wife, Nancy, of Bedford, NH. She also leaves six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A celebration of Janet's life will be held on May 20, 2017, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Walpole. Burial will be private. Donations can be made in memory of Janet P. Wickwire to: St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 179, Walpole, NH. 03608 or to: Norris Cotton Cancer Center, D-H/Geisel Office of Development, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Carrie F. (Fortin) Sheehan
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Carrie F. (Fortin) Sheehan, 69, a long-time resident of Harrisville, died on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Cheshire Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene, NH. She passed peacefully with much of her family at her side.

Carrie was born the daughter of the late Dewey and Margaret (Randall) Fortin on January 19, 1948, in Oberlin, Kansas. She was educated in Anaheim, California where she attended Savanna High School.

On June 2, 1973, she exchanged vows with the love of her life, David H. Sheehan, at The Harrisville Community Church. They were married for 43 years, raising their family in Harrisville.

She worked at several area firms including Yankee Magazine and Wells Memorial School and greatly enjoyed doing home daycare for 10 years. Prior to retirement, she was the kitchen manager/chef at The Keene Daycare Center, where the kids and staff fondly called her "Cookin' Carrie".

One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren. Many of her happiest times were attending their dance shows, concerts, and cheering for them at their many sporting events. "Nonna" was their number one fan. Many good times were also had sitting around the campfire on warm summer nights with her family making s'mores. She also greatly enjoyed and excelled at cooking, baking and many crafts. On sunny summer days Carrie could be found riding "shotgun" in the family Mustang convertible.

Carrie is survived by her husband, David H. Sheehan of Harrisville, her children: Kimberlie M. Buckley and her husband Timothy of Cherryville, NC; Kristin S. Amer and her husband Michael of Swanzey; Albert F. Sheehan and his wife Shelley of Concord; Adrienne F. Simpson and her husband Tony of Marlborough; Trinity H. Underwood and her partner Scott McIntire of Keene; Toby H. Sheehan. She is also survived by her siblings: Marvin Fortin and his wife Lauralee of Mannford, OK; and Gladys Brewer, Galen Fortin and Myron Fortin all of Norco, CA. In addition, she leaves 24 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

When Carrie retired she found she was made for it. Her lifelong classiness easily transferred to comfortable, casual wear and flip flops.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 12 noon in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel. In honor of Carrie, we invite friends and family to dress comfortably and respectfully and to wear a hint of purple, which was her favorite color. In keeping with Carrie's wishes, there are no calling hours. Burial will take place at Willard Hill Cemetery in Harrisville in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Carrie F. Sheehan to: Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 580 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Avenue, Keene, NH 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Ralph J. Gregory
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Ralph J. Gregory, 83, a longtime resident of Swanzey, died on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene. He passed peacefully with his family near after a brief period of decline.

Ralph was born the son of the late Mary (Walsh) and Ralph Gregory on July 21, 1933 in Stamford, CT. He was educated in Winchester and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1952. Ralph worked for a year at General Electric in Massachusetts before returning to his studies. He went on and earned an Associates Degree in Engineering from the New Hampshire Institute of Technology in Portsmouth.

Soon after graduating from college, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the 99th Bomber Wing in Texas. He was a member of the Air Force Rifle Team before receiving orders to Kunsan, Korea for a year. While stationed in Korea, he was able to climb Mt. Fuji in Japan. Ralph was honorably discharged on July 31, 1959 at the rank of A/1C after serving his four year enlistment.

On June 20, 1964, he exchanged vows with Jo Robinson at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Putney, VT. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for the past fifty-two years.

Ralph was employed by Miniature Precision Bearings (Timken) for forty years. He worked in the machine shop then later as a processing engineer.

Ralph enjoyed many things in life. In his early years he enjoyed camping and traveling with his family. He was a longtime member of the Winchester Sportsmen Club and one of their top shooters and also coached the Junior Rifle Team. In addition, he was a hunter safety instructor for forty years. He served on the Board of Incorporators of the ELM Community Center in Winchester for many years. In his leisure time, Ralph enjoyed being an active member of the Italian Club in Keene. He was of outstanding character and had a wonderful, dry sense of humor. He was an avid reader, enjoyed ice fishing and hunting, and loved to dance. Ralph was a very much do-it-all-yourself person and was extremely ingenious at fixing most anything. His favorite pastime of late was spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Mr. Gregory is survived by his wife, Jo Gregory of Swanzey. His three children; Timothy W. Gregory of Lyndeborough, Jane M. Gregory and her significant other Daniel Shaker of Lewiston, ME, Heather K. McClusky and her husband William of Peterborough. A sister; Patricia A. LaCroix of Las Vegas, NV. Nine grandchildren; Catherine Jo “CJ” Gregory, Timothy “Addis” Gregory, Malachi Gregory, Prue Sellner, Meara McClusky, Aidan McClusky, Rowan McClusky, Ralph Shaker, and Robert Shaker. In addition, he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends. He is pre-deceased by his sister, Leona Lueddeke, who passed in 2005.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5 to 7pm. A liturgy of the word will be given on Friday at 10am, all in the funeral home. Burial will be held in the spring. Flowers will gladly be accepted, however, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Ralph J. Gregory to: St. Bernard Restoration Fund, C/O Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431, or to the charity of one’s choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., Swanzey, NH 03446, www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


David M. "Mike" Helie
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David M. "Mike" Helie, 71, a life-long resident of Keene died on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Westwood Care Center in Keene. He passed peacefully after a period of declining health with his family near.

David was born the son of the late Charlotte (Way) and Earl G. Helie on June 19, 1945 in Keene. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Susan "Kitty" and Frank Way. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1963.

After high school Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served in the 8th. Infantry Division in Germany from 1963 to 1966 where he was honorably discharged.

On August 5, 1970 he exchanged vows with Sharon Walsh at St. Margaret Mary's Church in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for forty-six years.

He was the owner and operator of a display supply business, selling in six antique shops including the Colony Mill Antiques. Prior, he had worked at Sears in Keene for twenty-five years. He was the manager of the Brattleboro Bowl from 1995 to 2000 and drove for Thomas Transportation.

He belonged to the American Legion Post 4 and the VFW Post 799 in Keene. He was also a member of the Pine grove Springs Golf Course in Spofford and was a part of the infamous Yankee Lanes Gang bowling team.

Mr. Helie is survived by his wife, Sharon Helie of Keene. Four half sisters, one half brother, several nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends. His close, special friends; Kevin and Amy Youngman, Susie (Abbott) Richards and his close half sister Sue Corliss.

In keeping with Mike's wishes there are no calling hours or formal services. Donations can be made in memory of David M. Helie to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123 or to: Fast Friends, 14 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. 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

 

 

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