Grace “GG” P. (Pearson) Lilly
Grace “GG” P. (Pearson) Lilly 65 of Swanzey and a
long time resident of the area died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. She passed
peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family near after a period of
GG was born the daughter of the late Gertrude (Booth) and Gray Pearson on May
30, 1948 in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was educated locally in the Keene schools
system and graduated from Keene High School class of 1966. Grace went on in her
studies and graduated from the University of New Hampshire, class of 1970 with a
Bachelors of Arts in English. She later attained her Masters of Arts in reading
from Rhode Island College in 1975.
On December 29, 1984 she exchanged vows with Michael Lilly at the United Church
of Christ in Keene with family and friends in attendance. They have been married
for twenty eight years.
GG was a teacher. She taught middle school English in Dover, NH. Warwick, R.I.
Westmoreland and most recently in Keene until she retired in 2003. She was also
a newspaper reporter in York, Pennsylvania and locally at the Keene Sentinel.
GG enjoyed many things in life. She was an avid writer of letters to the editor
about environmental issues. The outdoors was her playground spending time hiking
and snow shoeing. Many times she would be found with her Corgis at MT. Caesar.
Time would be spent kayaking on area lakes and ponds. As the seasons would
change GG would photograph and catalogue the landscapes while on her numerous
adventures. It was important for GG and Mike to take classes together at the
Harris Center in Hancock and Call (Cheshire Academy of Life Long Learning) at
Keene State. She never lost her curiosity for learning about a variety of
subjects. Most recently was her passion was for the outdoors and nature.
Mrs. Lilly is survived by her husband Michael Lilly of Swanzey. She also leaves
her children and their spouses; Kate Duklewski and her husband Kris of Halifax,
PA. Mark Benkavitch of Walpole, MA. Chris Lilly and his wife Jennifer of
Columbia City, IN. Her brother, Gray Pearson and his wife Junette of St. Simons
Island, GA. Grandchildren, Rebecca and Nicholas Lilly in addition to a nephews,
great nephews a great niece and many friends.
In keeping with GG's wishes all services will be private. Donations can be made
in memory of Grace P. Lilly to: Friends of the Library C/O Keene Public Library,
60 Winter St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to the charity of ones choice. Services are
under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey,
NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com
Barbara (born Eames) Bedding, 84, longtime
resident of Keene and formerly of Chesham, died Nov. 26, 2013, at Langdon Place
in Keene. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her family and husband, after a
long period of declining health.
She graduated from Norwalk (CT) High School, class of 1946, and married Robert
Lake. While still taking care of her family of seven children and teaching
piano, she started a job as secretary with PSNH, Keene in 1969. She was later
promoted to Engineering Technician and retired from PSNH in 1992. Barbara was
church organist in Harrisville, Nelson, and Swanzey. She served on the Boards of
the Harrisville School, Monadnock Family Services, and Pisgah Park.
Surviving breast cancer in 1980 gave Barbara a renewed vigor and determination
to make the best of every day and season. She hiked in Alaska for three weeks,
made a singing tour through Europe with Jean Nelson, canoed down the Allagash
River in Maine, participated in a triathlon, and was an avid skier, hiker,
bicyclist, and swimmer.
She received a bachelor’s degree from the School for Lifelong Learning, UNH
system, in 1985.
Barbara divorced in 1981. She married Gerhard Bedding in 1992. Music was an
essential part of Barbara’s life. Her mother taught her piano, and Barbara later
took up flute, piccolo, and cello. She taught piano part time through most of
her adult life, and full time after her retirement from PSNH. Barbara’s piano
lessons reached many hundreds of students in our area. She played in the Nelson
Town band since its beginning, and participated in many smaller ensembles. She
sang in several choral groups and met her second husband in the Keene Chorale.
At home, her hands were always busy: knitting, crocheting, making clothes,
Survivors include her husband Gerhard Bedding; brother Robert Eames and wife
Barbara; daughters Diana Jacobs, Beverly Lake, Janet Lake, Laura Homer and
husband David; sons Bruce Lake and wife Kay, Allen Lake, Scott Lake and wife
Susan; stepdaughter Karen Cooke, stepson Erik Bedding; grandchildren Heather
Letson and husband John, Andrew Lake and wife Kara, Rebecca Landry, Jessica
Calhoun, Sarah Cuddy and husband Brian, Jodi Farwell and husband John, Hannah
Wiseman and husband Sam, Corbin Little, Abe, Roz and Noah Homer, Kate Bedding,
Ryan Hall, Nicholas Hall, Amanda Cummings and husband Patrick;
great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Barbara’s sister Betsey Siebold and brother Harris Eames passed earlier.
A private memorial service was held November 30th at Cheshire Family Funeral
Home in Swanzey. A public celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 2 p.m.
Saturday April 12, 2014, at the Nelson Congregational Church, where Barbara and
Gerhard were married. The Nelson Town Band will honor Barbara by playing that
day. Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Keene Music Boosters
Association. Send checks to Keene High School, c/o Eric Anderson, 43 Arch
Street, Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family
Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshire familyfh.com
Francis "Fran" J. Roy
Francis “Fran” J. Roy 63 a life long resident
of Keene died on Wednesday, November 27 2013 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Center in Lebanon. He passed peacefully after a period of declining health with
his family at hand.
Francis was born the son of the late Agnes (Stebbins) and Edward J. Roy on
December 18, 1949 in Keene, NH. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene
High School class of 1969.
Soon after high school Fran enlisted in the U.S. Army. He completed his time of
service and was honorably discharged.
Francis married Cindy L. Muchmore on October 22, 1976. The couple has been
married for thirty seven years.
Fran was employed for thirty three years at the Timken Company in Keene where he
worked as a machinist. He retired in 2011 to enjoy his golden years with his
wife and family.
Fran enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a long time member of the Elk’s
Lodge in Keene. Fran also enjoyed being at home with his wife, children and
Mr. Roy is survived by his wife, Cindy L. Roy of Keene. He also leaves his
daughters; Michelle R. Roy of Keene and Heather M. Amer and her husband Ryan of
Swanzey. His siblings; Marguerite Gray and her husband Douglas of Arizona,
Edward Roy of Ohio, John Roy of Ohio and Lorraine Ward of Ohio. Two
grandchildren; Lilly and Mason Amer of Swanzey in addition to nieces, nephews,
extended family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at
10am. in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in the family lot with military
honors at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will
gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory
of Francis J. Roy to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey,
NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44
Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com
“Bill” O. Descoteaux Jr.
Henry “Bill” O. Descoteaux Jr. 79 a life long
resident of Keene died on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Keene Center Genesis
in Keene. He passed peacefully with the love of his family at his side after a
period of declining heath.
Henry was born the son of the late Emily (Zinn) and Henry O. Descoteaux Sr. on
June 10, 1934 in west Swanzey, NH. He was educated locally and graduated from
Keene High School class of 1954.
Bill was a patriotic soul. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on June
28, 1954, and served as an Aircraft Mechanic. He was the recipient of the
National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Bill was stationed at
Chanute Air Force Base, IL. and Kamaki Air Force Base in Japan. Part of his
duties included flying out documents and maintaining aircraft. He was honorably
discharged at the rank of E-6 Staff Sargeant on June 28, 1958.
On June 8, 1972 he exchanged vows with Carol Sweeney at the United Church of
Christ Church in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance
and stayed married for seventeen years before she passed in September of 1989.
Bill worked as a Metrologies Technician (calibrator of fine measurement tools
and equipment) for the MPB Company in Keene. He retired in 1996 after working
for thirty six years.
Bill enjoyed many things in life. He liked to hunt and fish. He eventually took
up photography and donated prints of eagles and Surry Dam to the Audubon
Society. He liked to work with his hands wood working and carving. He was an
accomplished marksman and lover of nature. Time would be spent hiking the
region. He was a life long member of the National Rifle Association and the
Cheshire County Fish and Game Club. Bill had donated American Indian tools to
the Historical Society of Swanzey.
Mr. Descoteaux is survived by his daughters and spouses; Dream A. Tardiff and
her husband Don of Roxbury and Norma Beauregard of Swanzey. He also leaves five
grandchildren; Amos and Devin Tardiff, Michael, Brian and Paige Beauregard. A
great granddaughter, Aryanah Tardiff-Vayens. His only brother Raymond Descoteaux
of New Hampshire and Mexico. Bill is predeceased by his son Rick L. Beauregard
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 6 to 8pm. A service
will occur on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10am. all in the funeral chapel.
Burial will follow with military honors in the family lot at St. Joseph’s
Cemetery, Main St. Rt. 12 N. in Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be
accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Henry
O. Descoteaux Jr. to: Cheshire County Fish and Game Club, 19 Ferry Brook Rd.
Keene, NH. 03431 or to: National Audubon Society, ATTN Audubon Birding Journal,
225 Varick St. 7th. Flr. New York, New York, 10014. all services are under the
direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.
Marcel A. Belanger, 79, of Keene and formerly of
Manchester died on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene.
He passed peacefully with his family at hand after a period of declining health.
Marcel was born the son of the late Aldia (Campo) and Eugene Belanger on May 31,
1934 in Berlin, NH. He was educated at St. Dominic Academy in Berlin, NH.
On August 4, 1985, he exchanged vows with Joan P. Como. They were married with
family and friends in attendance. The Belangers have been married for twenty
Marcel worked as a Plant Superintendant for the Specialty Paper Board in
Brattleboro, VT and other locations for thirty five years. He retired in 1996 to
enjoy the golden years with his wife and family.
He was a man of great faith and member of St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Keene.
Most of Marcel’s free time was spent fishing. He also enjoyed going to Florida
and the Caribbean with his wife.
Mr. Belanger is survived by his wife, Joan P. Belanger of Keene. He also leaves
his five children and their spouses; Mary Ellen Thomas and her husband Archie of
North Carolina, Cheryl Jacques and her husband Gordon of Florida, David Belanger
of West Chesterfield, Kathy Urick and her husband Richard of Texas, Dianne
Burgess and her husband Adam of Pennsylvania. Two step children and their
spouses; Judith Gagne and her husband Mark of Georgia, and Jeffrey Beaton and
his wife Nancy of Massachusetts. A sister, Muriel Vashon of Guilford in addition
to twelve grandchildren, three great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews,
extended family and friends.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the
funeral chapel. A Mass with Christian burial rights to follow will occur on
Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary’s Church, 33 Arch
St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will take place in the family lot at Monadnock View
Cemetery, Park Ave., Keene, NH 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However,
the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Marcel A. Belanger to:
Food For The Poor, P.O. Box 979004, Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9004 or to; American
Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. All services are
under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave., Keene, NH
“Fred” C. Dunton
Frederick “Fred” C. Dunton 44 of Winchester died
unexpectedly on Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Winchester.
He was born the son of Dora (Cramb) and James Dunton on October 19, 1968 in
Keene. Fred was educated locally attending schools in Keene and graduating from
Monadnock Regional High School class of 1987.
On June 17, 1995 he exchanged vows with Pamela D. Joslyn at the Church of the
Nazarene in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance. The
Dunton’s have been married for over eighteen years.
Fred had worked at many places over the years. Previously he was employed at
Troy Mills and Smith Medical in Keene as an assembler.
Mr. Dunton is survived by his wife Pamela D. Dunton of Winchester. His children:
Nicholas A. Dunton of Winchester, Erin E. Thayer Pendleton and her husband Jim
of Plainfield, IL. His parents, James and Dora Dunton of Fitzwilliam. Siblings;
Bruce Dunton and his wife Nancy of Kissimmee, FL. Rhonda Sheats and her husband
Howard of Troy, Douglas Dunton and his wife Edna of Fitzwilliam, James A. Dunton
and his wife Lisa of Fitzwilliam, Lisa Lagaberg and her husband Scott of
Fitzwilliam and Fern Duffy and Daniel of Ashburnham, MA. He also leaves his
grandchildren; Jonathan and Brendan Pendleton in addition to aunts, uncles,
cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 6pm.
in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. All
services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple
Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com
Joanne passed away on November 19, 2013 in the
comfort of her home in Troy. She passed after a courageous ten month battle with
Pancreatic Cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Joanne was born January 11, 1963 to Kenneth and Barbara LaPointe. She proudly
lived her entire life in Troy, NH. She attended Troy Elementary School and
graduated from Monadnock Regional High School in 1981. On June 2, 1985 she
married Tom Walsh at the Immaculate Conception Church in Troy, NH.
At every job she had, and in all aspects of her life, her strong work ethic and
sense of right and wrong was admired and respected by all. Joanne worked at
almost every position at East Hill Farm during her high school and for years
after. Joanne enthusiastically supported students in education at Emerson
Elementary in Fitzwilliam, and most recently at Monadnock Regional High School.
Joanne had spirit and determination from her early years to her last days. She
could tell a story like no other and had a recall for facts and situations that
included every detail along with a ‘commentary’ or two. Joanne was a star
athlete in High School in track and field, and was still passionate about the
sport and coaching young girls. Joanne was the ‘go to’ person if anyone wanted a
job done…and done RIGHT! She would share herself, her time and her talents with
anyone in need.
was extremely grateful experiences in her life and those most treasured were
those with her family. Time spent traveling with her husband and sons to
Pittsburg, NH, the thousands of miles travelled on snowmobile with friends &
family across the beautiful North Country of NH, family trips to Alaska,
California, South Dakota, and all over the country.
Joanne cherished her relatives all across the United States and proudly shared
stories and memories of them. She was very proud of her two sons, Brenton and
Garrett. Her brothers were more like her friends, and her sister-in-laws more
like her sisters. Katie Bills was more like a daughter. Holidays were also
special family time, and no one decorated for Christmas like Joanne!
Joanne had many other ‘families’ as well, and these ‘families’ were made to feel
special, important and supported by Joanne. These ‘families’ included her: East
Hill Farm family, YMCA/Takodah family, Emerson Elementary School family, Troy
School family, MRHS family, Tropical Sensations steel drum family, and cabin
By Joanne’s own words she lived life with no regrets. When pressed, she did
admit her only regret was ‘not having the chance to do the high jump at age 50’.
Joanne had remarkable faith in God, and accepted her diagnosis without
hesitation as God’s Will. Throughout her illness, she not only supported others,
she demonstrated strength, dignity, style, grace, and a sense of humor, and
continued making friends. Joanne and her family were especially appreciative and
grateful for the wonderful care she was given by her wonderful sister in law
Kim, her dedicated friends, the Kingsbury Cancer Center, Cheshire Medical Center
especially third floor nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners, Hospice nurses and
Joanne especially loved: a good campfire, the family hikes at the Grand Canyon,
trips to NYC, gatherings on the porch, ‘Mama Merrifield’ production in Florida,
going to her brother’s, sons’, and nephew’s ballgames, Rockwood Pond, karaoke
with friends….anything with friends.
Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Tom; her son Brenton and
his companion, Katie Bills; and her son, Garrett. She will be especially missed
by her guardian and faithful companion, their dog, Jake.
She is also survived by her parents, Kenneth and Barbara LaPointe, as well as
her three brothers , Doug and his wife Kim of Dryden, NY; David and his wife
Margot of Fitzwilliam , NH, Dennis and his companion Molly Falkner of
She also leaves nieces and nephews that were very special to her: Josh LaPointe
of Del Rey Beach, FL; Megan Williams and her husband Austin and their son, Tyler
of Midland, TX; and Nate LaPointe of Fitzwilliam, NH, along with many uncles,
aunts and cousins from NH, CA, and Utah.
She was preceded by triplet siblings: Richard, Elizabeth and Suzanne; her
paternal grandparents, Harland and Sarah LaPointe; maternal grandparents, Frank
and Margaret Cooper; and aunts: Saundra LaPointe Rosin, and Marcella Cooper.
In keeping with Joanne’s spirit and wishes, Tropical and/or ‘upbeat’ attire is
requested at calling hours to celebrate her life on Friday, November 22, 2013
from 3 to 5pm. and 7 to 9pm. in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple
Ave. Keene, NH. 03431 (boas ‘optional’).
A mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Troy on Saturday,
November 23, 2013 at 12 noon. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, Joanne wishes that you pay a good deed forward and take the
time to help someone less fortunate. A scholarship fund is being established in
her name for students of the Monadnock Regional Schools, and contributions may
be sent to the Walsh family Fund C/O TD BANK PO Box 777 Troy NH 03465
All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple
Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com
Arthur "Sonny" J. Sharkey Jr.
Arthur “Sonny” J. Sharkey Jr. 87 a long time
resident of Westmoreland and formerly of Keene died on Thursday, November 14,
2013 at Westwood Care center in Keene. He passed peacefully while sleeping after
a brief period of declining health.
Arthur was born the son of the late Sylvia (Castor) and Arthur J. Sharkey Sr. on
February 10, 1926 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene
High School class of 1944.
Being one of the greatest generation he felt the call to service. Sonny enlisted
in the U. S. Marine Corps. He served his country during World War II as a Light
Anti aircraft Crewman Gunner. Sonny participated in the Battle for Okinawa and
was transferred soon after to the Port of Taku, China. He was the recipient of
the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II
Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on May 30, 1946 at the rank of
Corporal E-4 after serving his two year enlistment.
On October 12, 1946 he exchanged vows with Pauline M. Kingsbury in a simple
service. They had been married for sixty five years until her passing on
December 21, 2011
He worked for thirty five years at MPB-Timkin Company in Keene. Sonny was given
the duties as the Set up Man and Crib Manager. He retired in 1989 to enjoy his
golden years with his wife and family.
Sonny was a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Keene. In his
younger years he enjoyed Western Square Dancing and fishing with his wife. He
was a Scoutmaster for a time in Westmoreland and couched youth basketball.
Mr. Sharkey is survived by his daughter, Ellen A. Sharkey and her significant
other Brian Williams of Keene. He also leaves a man who he adopted into the
family and treated him like his own son, Hal G. Brown and his wife Charlanne of
Newark, Delaware. He also leaves his sister Arlene King of Westmoreland. A
grandson Kevin Sharkey and his wife Jess of Barrington. Three great
grandchildren; Jordan, Jacob and Kyla Sharkey in addition to cousins, nieces,
nephews, extended family and friends. Arthur is predeceased by his sons; Edward
J. Sharkey who passed in 1989 and Ronald A. Sharkey who passed in 2004. His
brother Ronald J. Sharkey also passed earlier.
A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 10am.
at Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will
follow in the family lot with military honors at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park
Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family
would prefer donations be made in memory of Arthur J. Sharkey to: American
Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123-1718. all services are
under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH.
Sophie “Zarz” W. Napierkoski
Sophie “Zarz” W. Napierkoski 97 a life long resident of Winchester died on
Friday, November 8, 2013 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester. She passed
peacefully after a period of decline with her family at hand.
Sophie was born the daughter of the late Sophie (Szysko) and Michael Napierkoski
on August 22, 1915 in Ashuelot. She was educated locally and graduated from
Thayer High School class of 1933. Zarz went on in her studies and graduated from
Bay Path College in Springfield, Massachusetts with a certificate in Secretarial
Zarz never married but always had a niece or nephew in tow. She was a mother to
many nieces, nephews and many generations after them. She took great care of the
children and extended family.
Sophie went to work right out of school for Spencer Brothers Ford in Northfield.
She worked as a secretary and retired after forty five years to enjoy retirement
and her family.
Zarz was a woman of faith and member of Mary Queen of Peace / St. Stanislaus
Church in Winchester. In her younger years she enjoyed skiing and dancing. She
did volunteer work for the church and the local nursing home. Zarz was also the
secretary for the Winchester Senior Citizens Club. As life went on she became
active in crocheting and bowling. Zarz loved her family and her nieces and
nephews came first.
Miss. Napierkoski is survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family
and friends. She is predeceased by all of her siblings; Chester Napierkoski,
Stephen Napierkoski, Helen Kibbe, Alexandria Peterkin, Huncy Pacheko and Jennie
A period of calling will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 9:30 to
10:15am. in the funeral home. A Mass will be held at Mary Queen of Peace / St.
Stanislaus Church, Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. at 11am. with burial to
follow in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH.
03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However the family would prefer
donations be made in memory of Sophie W. Napierkoski to: The Activities
Department, Applewood Nursing Home, 8 Snow Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. All
services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South
Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03470. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com
(Mrs.) Waynoka "Duke" Dyer Davis
(Mrs.) Waynoka "Duke" Dyer Davis, age 86, of Keene
NH & formerly of Abingdon, VA., New Canaan, CT, Coconut Creek, FL, Huntington,
WV, & Allen, KY, went to meet her Maker on October 11, 2013 at Maplewood Nursing
Home in Westmoreland, NH. She passed after a brief period of decline.
Born December 6, 1926 in Hueysville, KY to the late
Romeyn C. & Melba Osborne Dyer; & preceded in death by her beloved husband,
James "Jim" M. Davis, the love of her life, with whom she shared 60 wonderful
years, & her infant brother, Eugene Dyer.
Duke graduated from Prestonsburg (KY) High (1945) &
attended the University of Kentucky were she met Jim. They exchanged wedding
vows on March 13, 1948. She was proud that she received her degree ("Mrs.", with
honors) before Jim graduated with distinction.
Duke & Jim shared the honor of being Kentucky
Colonels. Duke was a long term member of the Abingdon Baptist Church& formerly
the Westmoreland (WV) Baptist Church & New Canaan (CT) Congregational Church.
Duke formerly was active with the Johnston Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary,
the Garden Club in Abingdon, Huntington, WV & New Canaan, & the Ladies Club in
Abingdon, Huntington,& New Canaan. Duke was a former member of Glenrochie
Country Club, President’s Club, & Highlands Dance Society - all of Abingdon.
Duke, a devoted wife, mother,& homemaker, was blest to be able to stay at home
for most of her marriage. She was known for her love of throwing parties, baking
cakes for charities, as well as her Mexican Wedding Cookies for the Cub & Boy
Scouts in Abingdon & New Canaan, & her teaching friends to make Faye Patton’s
Kentucky Cream Candy. She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, housekeeping, &
ceramics. Duke loved to laugh, dance, and cut up. For many years, neighborhood
children called her the "Kool-Aid Lady" because she always served cold Kool-Aid
on the front porch after a hot day of serious play.
Duke is survived by two sons, Ronald Lee Davis, CPA
& wife, Mary of Sandy Hook, CT; & James Romeyn Davis, Esq, & wife, Joy, of
Keene, NH; six grandchildren, the Rev. Ronald Lee Davis, Jr., of Clarksburg, MD;
Jessica Lynne Davis, of Plymouth, MA; Sara Elizabeth Davis, of Sandy Hook;
Rebecca Davis Dunn & husband, Jeremy, of Peterborough, NH; Sister Agnes Thérèse
Davis (Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R.), of Toronto OH; & Daniel Romeyn Davis, of
Keene; one great grandson, Oscar James Dunn, of Peterborough; three special
cousins, Joyce Short Allen, of Prestonsburg; Bebe Hayes Conn, of Harold, KY,&
Peggy Hayes Clark, of Betsy Lane, KY; & one uncle, Joseph E. Dyer& wife,
Patricia, of Fayetteville NC; & Jim’s nephew, Robert "Mike" Michael Davis, of
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November
9, 2013, at 11:00 am at the Abingdon Baptist Church, 361 W. Main Street,
Abingdon, VA 24210, the Dr. Steve Pollard officiating. The family will receive
friends at the church before the funeral commencing at 10:00 am. Entombment will
follow the funeral at Forest Hills Memory Gardens, Colonial Chapel Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Lee Davis, James Romeyn Davis, Ronald Lee Davis, Jr.,
Daniel Romeyn Davis, Daniel A. Lonteen, & Dylan Borst.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
contributions be made to Abingdon Baptist Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s
Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis TN 38105. Those wishing to send
condolences or view the Tribute site may do so by visiting
The Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service,
427 E. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 is serving the Davis family.
New Hampshire arrangements are provided by Cheshire
Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Avenue, Keene, NH 03431.
Charles "Chuck" A. Parker
Charles "Chuck" A. Parker 95 a long time resident of
Keene died on Thursday, October 24, 2013. He passed in the comfort of his sons’
home in Chesterfield after a period of decline with his family present.
He was born the son of the late Ruth E. (Bailey) and Claude A. Parker on August
18, 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated in Boston receiving his
Bachelors of Art in Business from Boston University. He then went on to receive
his Masters Degree in Accounting from Bentley College.
Chuck was a patriotic soul. He was commissioned on March 3, 1943 and served
during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed at both,
Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas and in Coral Gables Florida for navigation
training, as well as a one year tour of duty in Guam in 1945. Chuck was
honorably discharged on August 7, 1946 at the rank of Captain.
On January 30, 1949 he exchanged vows with Pamela M. Moyce at the Congregational
Church in Edgewood, Rhode Island. They had been happily married for sixty three
years before she passed on August 15, 2012.
Chuck worked for thirty eight years at MPB Timken Company in Keene and played a
major role in designing plant #2. He retired as a Project Manager in 1991 to
enjoy his golden years with his family.
He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Keene, Vice Chairman of the
Monadnock District Boy Scouts and troop leader, Founding Member of the YMCA and
taught Business Operations at KSC. He along with his wife were members of the
Monadnock Squares dance group for many years, and he was also an avid
outdoorsman and lover of nature, spending time sailing at Stockbridge Bowl and
golfing at Bretwood in Keene.
Mr. Parker is survived by his three children and their spouses; Jeremy M. Parker
and his wife Laurine of Chesterfield, Tricia A. Kapiloff and her husband Michael
of Keene and Claudia D. Hornbeck and her husband Jack of Keene. He will be
missed by his grandchildren; Jennifer Muenchausen, Jeffrey M. Parker, David
Parker, Kylie Hornbeck, Alex J. Kapiloff, Andrea Parker, Max Braden Kapiloff,
Hannah and John Hornbeck; and great grandchildren Cooper and Jack Muenchausen.
His siblings; Ruth Sullivan of Simsbury, CT. and Russell Parker of Delmar, N.Y.
in addition to nieces, nephews, cousin, extended family and friends.
A service will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10am. at St. James
Episcopal Church, 44 West St. Keene, NH. 03231. Burial will follow with military
honors in the family plot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene, NH.
03431. In keeping with Chuck’s wishes there are no public calling hours. Flowers
will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in
memory of Charles A. Parker to: Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St.
Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral
Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com
Frederick "Fred" R. Doolittle
Frederick "Fred" R. Doolittle 85 a life long resident of Winchester died on
Saturday, October 26, 2013. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with
his family at hand after a period of decline.
Frederick was born the son of the late Elsie (Patenaude) and Forrest Doolittle
on July 15, 1928 in Winchester. He was educated in the Winchester schools and
graduated from Thayer High School class of 1946.
On August 6, 1955 he exchanged vows with Janet L. Pierce at the United Church of
Christ in Winchester. They have been married for fifty eight years.
Fred worked at the Ashuelot Paper Mill for fifty years. He was the mill
supervisor before retiring in 2004 to enjoy the golden years with family.
For fun Fred liked to go fishing and hunting. He would go camping with the
family and enjoyed growing his flower and vegetable gardens. He was also a long
time member of the Winchester Volunteer Fire Department. Most of all Fred loved
being with his family.
Doolittle is survived by his wife, Janet L. Doolittle of Winchester. He also
leaves his daughters and their spouses; JoAnn M. Perlowski and her husband
Anthony of Keene and Karen L. Weston and her husband Dennis of Keene. Siblings;
Shirley Doolittle, Beverly Brewer and her husband Bradley, George Doolittle and
his wife Patricia all of Winchester. Three grandchildren and their spouses;
Jesse Wilkins and his wife Emily of Keene, Rebecca Cloud and her husband Ian of
Flagstaff, AZ. and Jayme Wilson and her husband Chris of Keene. One great
grandchild, Cayden Weston in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended
family and friends. Fred is pre deceased by his siblings; Geraldine Brewer,
Rosalie Holman, Rodney Doolittle and Earl Doolittle.
In keeping with Fred’s wishes all services will be private. Donations can be
made in memory of Frederick R. Doolittle to the Winchester Volunteer Ambulance
Service, C/O Town Hall, 1 Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. All services are
under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey,
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