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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial funeral service and Christian burial will be announced for Mr. Day at some point in the summer. There are no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Day’s memory to the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Avenue, Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Yvonne M. Whipple
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Yvonne M. Whipple, 58, a long time resident of Winchester died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

Yvonne was born the daughter of Arlene (Mackey) and Arthur B. Whipple on February 16, 1957 in West Swanzey. She was educated locally at Cutler School and graduated from Monadnock Regional High School class of 1975.

Yvonne had worked at Homestead Woolen Mill, Central Screw, and Sims/Portex. In addition she worked at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic-Cheshire Medical, Humane Society of Cheshire County, and HCS Health and Human Services in Keene for eleven years and for the past year at The Mountain Corporation in Keene. She enjoyed many things in life. She liked to work in her flower gardens. Yvonne was a lover of animals, especially dogs and cats. She spent time volunteering at the Monadnock Humane Society and Fast Friends both in West Swanzey. She was a kind, giving soul who would always reach out to others in need.

She is survived by her Father Arthur B. Whipple of West Swanzey. Her brother, Arthur S. Whipple of Keene. Her husband Derrell Hooper and longtime close friend and care giver, Edward Maki and Pets-Gracie May, Cameo and Jewel of Winchester. In addition she leaves, cousins, extended family and friends. Yvonne is predeceased by her mother who passed in 1992, and her Step Mother.

A liturgy of the word service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10am. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in the family lot at Oak Hill Cemetery, Pine St. West Swanzey. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Yvonne M. Whipple to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446 or to: Fast Friends, 14 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Alice (Apfel) Nolan Johnson
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Alice (Apfel) Nolan Johnson, 86, of Swanzey and formerly Fitzwilliam, died on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Canter in Lebanon. She passed peacefully after a short illness with family near.

Alice was born on October 28, 1928, the daughter of Caroline (Buchler) and Joseph Apfel. She grew up in the Detroit, MI. area where she graduated from St. Claire High School in ST. Claire Shores MI.

She married William (“Willie”) Nolan, Jr. in 1949 in Michigan. They then traveled across the U.S. in their first years before settling in Fitzwilliam. Sadly he passed in 1955. Alice remarried again in January of 1957 to Arthur L. Johnson, Sr. He passed on January 8, 1999.

Alice worked for many years in the healthcare field, as a caregiver at several healthcare facilities. She touched many lives with her warm and expert care. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Troy, as well as being a member of the Meadowood Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary in Fitzwilliam.

Survivors include her children. Daughters; Ruth Tucker and her husband David, and Jane Nolan. Sons; Martin Nolan and his wife Denise, Robert Nolan and wife Kristine, and Russell Johnson and partner Nathalie Pelletier. Grandchildren; Craig Tucker, Douglas Tucker, Melanie (Nolan) Moran, Lori Nolan, and Benjamin Johnson. Six great-grandchildren. Her two sister; Marie Mathis and Carolyn Sparks. Three stepsons, Lloyd Johnson, Keith Johnson and David Johnson and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and close friend, Catherine Favreau. She is predeceased by her stepchildren; Arthur Johnson Jr. and Gertrude Harris and step grandson, Victor Johnson.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00pm. at Christ Lutheran Church, Rte. 12N. 4 Fitzwilliam Rd. Troy, NH. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Christ Lutheran Church, 4 Fitzwilliam Rd. Troy, NH. 03465 or to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446 or to a charity of one’s choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Donald R "Don" Hebert
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Donald R "Don" Hebert 66, a resident of Keene, passed away at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital on April 14, 2015 after a very sudden illness that was unforeseen by his family.

Don was born in Keene on January 19, 1949 the son of Jean (Read) and Robert Hebert. He graduated from Keene High School, class of 1967. Don continued his education at Keene State College from 1967-1969 receiving an Associates Degree in Business Management.

He married his love and best friend Donna L. Colburn on September 18, 1971 in Keene with family and close friends in attendance. They have resided in Keene with their family for 43 years.

He owned and operated Lantz Jewels for 10 years, worked at the Elks Club as manager and then finished his career at SAU 29 as the head of the maintenance department for the Keene Middle School. His time spent at KMS was some of his happiest, because of the kids that he met and helped out. Many students fondly called him grandpa and enjoyed his silly sense of humor.

Don coached many sports teams in his lifetime and enjoyed it immensely; especially the two championship teams with the Keene Little League All Stars and the Loggers of the Keene Men’s Softball Association. He and his wife Donna spent ten years with Legion baseball running the snack shack and raising money to keep the league going. He especially enjoyed cooking for the veterans at the American Legion, Post #4 for over thirty years and then helping out at the Italian Club when he could with cooking and serving on the board. Community was very important to him; the contributions he made to the Keene community were recognized many times throughout his lifetime. He was particularly proud of being the recipient of the Key Man Award from 1972-1973, which he received from the New Hampshire Jaycees.

Service to his country and memberships in local associations were important parts of his life. He was a proud veteran. He served with the New Hampshire National Guard during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant, E-6. He belonged to the American Legion Post # 4 in Keene as a life member and past commander twice, as well as many other positions. He especially enjoyed his membership with the Italian Club where he had many friends that he enjoyed talking and laughing with. He will be missed by so many, as he touched the lives of countless people both young and old. He was a kind person and always a gentleman who wanted to do so much for people, especially his children. He loved watching his wife Donna garden and making pickles that they shared with many people. It was the simple things in life that gave him joy. He will be missed.


Mr. Hebert is survived by his wife, Donna L. Hebert of Keene. His two sons and their wives; James and his wife Lisa of Keene. Michael Hebert and his wife Jennifer of Swanzey. Grandchildren; Zachary, Stacy, Jamie, Brandon, Madalyn, Donovon, EmmaLea and Tyler. These were the most important people to him and he always worried about them too much. He is also survived by his mother, Jean Hebert and his brother Philip Hebert and his wife Elaine, of Keene. Don will be missed by his nieces and nephew; Kari, Lacey, Kyle, Amy, in addition to uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and numerous friends. His father Robert Hebert died earlier in 2005.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 4 to 6pm. A celebration of life service will be given on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11am. with military honors to be given all in the funeral chapel. A reception will follow services at the Italian Club, 97 Wood St. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Donald R. Hebert to: American Legion Baseball Association, Keene Post #4, 797 Court St. Keene, NH. 03431, All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Daniel A.F. Schwenk, D.D.S.
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Daniel A.F. Schwenk, D.D.S., passed away peacefully on April 4, 2015, at Keene Center Genesis from complications due to Parkinson’s Disease which he had lived with for several years.

He was born on July 7, 1933, in Philadelphia, PA, to Marie (Hourdel) and Peter N. K. Schwenk II. He graduated from the Mount Hermon School (now Northfield Mount Hermon), Mount Hermon, MA, class of 1951. An athlete, he lettered in three sports, was treasurer of his senior class, and was a class correspondent for 25 years. A 1954 graduate of Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA., he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Economics. He was a class officer, a member of Zeta Chi fraternity, and lettered in football, basketball and track. Dr. Schwenk served in the United States Army in Landstuhl, Germany, as a medic and was honorably discharged. Accepted at Temple University Dental School, Philadelphia, PA, he graduated in 1960. He served his internship and residency at the Philadelphia General Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He practiced dentistry in Princeton, Millville and Ocean City, NJ. for 36 years before retiring in 1995. Dr. Schwenk was active in Rotary in New Jersey and Vermont, with a perfect attendance record in Ocean City, NJ. Dan was president of the Ocean City organization and had the honor of being selected by fellow members as a Paul Harris Fellow.

On October 22, 1971, he and Paula W. Wiggins exchanged vows at Grandview heights Methodist Church in Lancaster, PA. They have been married for forty three years.

Dr. Schwenk was also a member of the Ocean City Yacht Club, the Ocean City Exchange Club, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church in Ocean City, the Cape May County Dental Society, Delta Sigma Delta (Desmos), an international dental fraternity, and the American Dental Association, and was licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Throughout his practice "Doc" Schwenk treated Medicaid patients when no one else would and treated patients in poor areas of Cape May County, NJ, many of whom in that backward area in the 1960s suffered from malnutrition or worked at seasonal positions such as laurel or holly picker. Many of these patients had no money and would arrive with eggs or a chicken of fish as payment for their treatment. He volunteered for many years as a dentist for the Ocean City School District and received a commendation from Ocean City for his years of service.

Dr. Schwenk and his wife Paula retired to Walpole, NH in 1996. He was a Trustee of Trust Funds for six years in Walpole, and served on the Recycling Committee for six years before retiring due to illness. He was also Treasurer for the Friends of Walpole Library. Dan tutored Cambodian immigrants in English and was a volunteer tax preparer for senior citizens. Dan enjoyed tennis, alpine skiing, boating, bike riding, traveling the USA, Europe, and Africa, especially to France to visit his French relatives and friends.

Dr. Schwenk is survived by his wife Paula and his four children, Christopher S. Schwenk and his wife, Susan Francati, of Tierra Verde, FL., Julie E. Mason and her husband, Dr. Julian Mason III of Florence, SC, Daniel A.P. Schwenk and his wife, Dr. Sophie Markovich, of Cotuit, MA. and Matheu H.S. Schwenk and his wife, Heather L. of Washington, D.C. In addition he leaves six grandchildren, one sister, Jeannette of Maui, Hawaii. His parents and brother, Peter, are deceased.

In keeping with Dan’s wishes all services will be private. Donations can be made in memory of Daniel A.F. Schwenk D.D.S. to: Advancement Office House, The Ethics Chair, Ursinus College, 601 Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426: or to Gift Recording Office, Norton House, Northfield Mount Hermon School, 1 Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03341. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Vernon “Buddy” R. Bardwell Sr.
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Vernon “Buddy” R. Bardwell Sr. 90, a long time resident of Gilsum and formerly of Bellows Falls, VT. Keene and Winchester died on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Applewood Nursing Home in Winchester. He passed peacefully while sleeping after a period of declining health.

Buddy was born the son of the late Nellie (Aikey) and Roy Bardwell on July 4, 1924 in Belchertown, Massachusetts. He was educated locally and attended schools in Gilsum and Winchester.

On October 23, 1948 he exchanged vows with Anita Bergeron at St. Bernard’s Church in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Anita passed on March 23, 1986 after thirty seven years of marriage.

Buddy enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II in March1943 He served as a Machinist Mate and was honorably discharged in May of 1946. He was one of the original crew of the USS Midway CV-41. The newest and largest aircraft carrier at that time. He was also a member of the Gilsum Post 85 American Legion.

Buddy was a businessman and owner of Snow Plow Sales in Gilsum for fifty years. Prior Buddy owned Hydraulic Jack Service in Keene.

Buddy was well known race car driver in the area. He raced in New England, New York and Canada. He was a member of the New England Racing Hall of Fame and also the Claremont Speedway Hall of Fame.

Mr. Bardwell is survived by his sons and their spouses; Buddy R. Bardwell Jr. and his wife Gail of Gilsum and Gary R. Bardwell and his wife Susan of Winchester. He leaves four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Buddy is predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Horton who passed in 2008 and his long time friend Ruth Mitchelides who passed in 2006.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 10 to 11am, with a celebration of life service at 11am. all in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in the family lot with military honors at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted, however, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Buddy R. Bardwell Sr. to the charity of ones choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


James “Jim, Cady” C. Cady
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James “Jim, Cady” C. Cady 79, a long time resident of Keene died on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health.

James was born the son of the late Irene (Davis) and Clarence Cady on January 29, 1936 in Keene. He was educated locally in the Keene schools.

On January 27, 1973 he exchanged vows with Ella M. Royce at the Sturtevant Chapel in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for forty two years.

Cady was employed by the City of Keene. He worked in the Department of Public Works for twenty seven years before retiring in 1991.

Cady had many interests in life. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He enjoyed going for long walks and loved to feed the squirrels. Cady was a family man and very proud to take part in his children, grandchildren and eventually great grandchildren’s lives. He enjoyed joking and telling stories about his life; logging, working the farms, working for the city... etc and how things were different from today. He enjoyed family time, seeing his grandchildren and great grandchildren run around as they grew into adults. As welll as laugh with his children when they became parents and went through what he went through

Mr. Cady is survived by his wife, Ella M. Cady of Keene. His six children and their spouses; Juanita M. Hubbard and Bill of Keene, James “Jim” Brown of MS. James Fulwood and his wife Melissa of Gilsum, Susan Fulwood of Keene, Kim Matney and her husband Paul of Keene and Peter Cady and his wife Gloria of Keene. His siblings; Al Davis of CA. and Sherry Healey and her husband Ray of Keene. His grandchildren; Sarabeth, Allison, Emily, Kate, James Jr. Elizabeth, Brian, Ben, Nicole, Ashley, Christopher, Maisie, Ashlyn, Logan. Great grandchildren; Mia, Brynn, Aiden, Cameron, Alyssa, Patrick and Tyler. Cady will be missed by his cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and his cat Dale. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Donald Cady who passed earlier.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6 to 9pm. in the funeral chapel. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester. Flowers will gladly be accepted however, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of James E. Cady to: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Vascular Unit for training purposes, 1 Medical Center Dr. Lebanon, NH. 03756. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Ernest "Ernie" J. Johnson
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Ernest “Ernie” J. Johnson 89, a life long resident of Keene died on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. He passed peacefully with his family present after a brief period of declining health.

Ernest was born the son of the late Idell (Poisson) and James J. Johnson Jr. on January 30, 1926 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1944.

Ernie enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his time aboard the U.S.S. Bunker Hill as a Water Tender, Second Class, operating and maintaining boiler and fuel oil systems aboard the U.S.S. Bunker Hill during World War II. Ernie completed his time of service but was not able to re-enlist until he completed his high school education, which he did. Ernie then re-enlisted and served more time with the U.S. Navy and honorably discharged at the rank of WT-2nd Class .

In 1948 Ernie exchanged vows with Mary “Molly” E. Corbett. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly Molly passed in 1995 after 47 years of marriage. Ernie was fortunate to find another love. On April 10, 1999 he exchanged vows with Shirley B. Wilcox. They were married with family and friends in attendance at the Methodist Church in Keene. They have been married for almost sixteen years.

 

Ernie worked for over twenty five years for the Economy Heating and Plumbing Company in Keene as a salesman and estimator. He retired in 1992 to enjoy his golden years with his family.

He was a man with many interests. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, stock car and motorcycle racing. He was an avid sports fan for all the New England teams. Ernie was a co-founder of the New England Bowling Tournament in Keene. He was also civically minded and was a local member of the Elks, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War. He was also a member of the American Bowlers Association.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife Shirley B. Johnson of Keene. His two children; Donna Crowell and her Husband Paul of N.C. and Debra Goodrich and her partner, Andre Brousseau of Swanzey. His wife’s children; Larry Thompson and his wife of N.C. Deanna Morrison and her husband Butch of Keene, Kevin Thompson of S.C. Bruce Thompson of Keene, Deborah Wilton of GA. and James Dalzell of Keene. A sister in-law, Patricia Johnson of Keene. Several grandchildren, many great grandchildren in addition he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Ernie is pre deceased by his brother who passed on January 14, 2013 and his sister Beatrice Henderson passed earlier.

In keeping with Ernie’s wishes there are no calling hours and burial will take place at a later date to be determined. Donations can be made in memory of Ernest J. Johnson 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


Johanna “Jo” Tutone
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Johanna “Jo” Tutone 68, of Swanzey and formerly of Tenant’s Harbor, Maine died on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH. She passed peacefully after a period of declining heath with her family at her side.

Johanna was born the daughter of Marion (Panzera) and John Tutone on May 9, 1946 in Queens, New York. She was educated Syosset, N.Y. and graduated from Syosset High School class of 1964. Jo went on in her education graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Jo began her career at Macy’s in New York as a buyer. Her love of adventure and New England brought her to Killington, Vermont some years later where she began her career as a chef. She worked at the Summit Lodge and the Red Rob Inn and began to summer in Maine, cooking on the windjammers. Soon Maine called her full time and she bought Cappy’s Chowder House with Andrea Young in 1979. She later became the sole proprietor. She invested her heart and soul into the business, transforming it into a vibrant restaurant, caterer, bakery and store. She was known throughout the Mid-coast region for the best “events” around, whether those were catered by Cappy’s or held in her boat house, barn or on the patio.

She had a huge heart and was always giving to others, including family, friends or the community. She was a part of the St. George Conservation Commission, Clean-up Day, holiday fuel assistance program and spent hours at the Maine Seacoast Mission in Bar Harbor. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Penobscot Bay Marine Museum. As owner of Cappy’s she was involved in the region’s Chamber of Commerce, the state hospitality association and numerous community activities.

Johanna loved antiques and restoring older properties. She left her mark on a number of homes in Maine. She collected many antique treasures over the years and her homes were remarkable. She traveled when ever opportunity presented itself and had friends all around the world. She loved to ski, sail, garden, hike and explore. Most of all she loved to be surrounded by family and friends and hosting parties, big and small. In the words of one of her friends, “she taught us the meaning of true friendship”.

Miss Tutone is survived by her mother, Marion Tutone of Swanzey. She is also survived by her sister, Catherine “Cathy” A. Gray and her husband Jim of Swanzey and nephews, Jonathan Gray and his wife, Shayne; Matthew Gray and his partner, Joleen and her niece, Lisa Blatter and her husband Kevin and their families. She will also be missed by her cousins, extended family and friends. Jo is predeceased by her father, John Tutone who passed on April 10, 2006.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 2 to 5 pm. Prayer for the departed will be given at 2:30 all in the funeral chapel. Flowers are welcome, however, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Johanna Tutone to: Cedarcrest for Children with Disabilities, 91 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West St. Bar Harbor, ME. 04609. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com


John “Jack” Dennis Jr.
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John “Jack” Dennis Jr. 73, a life long resident of Keene died on Wednesday, March 18. 2015 at Langdon Place of Keene. He passed peacefully with his family by his side after a brief period of declining health.

John was born the son of the late Christine M. (Castaw) and John H. Dennis Jr. on December 1, 1941 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1961.

On August 26, 1961 he exchanged vows with Jacqueline A. Vorce. They were married with family and friends in attendance at St. Bernard’s Church in Keene. The Dennis’ have married for fifty three years.

John spent thirty five years working at Kingsbury Machine and Tool. He was also employed at a point with Simms Portex in Keene and the Paper Mill in Brattleboro, VT. Jack joined the Keene Fire Department on January 6, 1961 as a sub assigned to the Ladder Company. He became a regular member of the call company on April 1, 1962. On April 1, 1969 he was promoted to Lieutenant and on April 2, 1977 he was promoted to Captain of the Ladder Company. Jack retired on April 4, 1987 with twenty six years of service to the department and the City of Keene.

John enjoyed his family. His passion for life was life itself. He always made people laugh and for that he was loved by all that knew him. Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards with the boys and woodworking.

Mr. Dennis is survived by his wife, Jacqueline A. Dennis of Keene. His four children and their spouses; Timothy J. Dennis and his wife Dawn of Norristown, PA. Tammy D. Perra and her husband Scott of Keene, Gina C. Duffy and her husband Tom of Alstead and James Dennis of Keene. Eight grandchildren; Christina Wells, Stephanie Wells, Christopher Dennis, Brittney Dennis, Nicholas Perra, Nicole Perra, Daniel Duffy and Zacary Dennis. His sister; Margaret Dennis of LA. Cynthia Dejnack and her husband John of Surry. In addition he leaves cousins, nieces and nephews. John is pre deceased by his sister Nancy Jordan of Alton.

In keeping with John’s wishes there are no calling hours. A gathering to celebrate John’s life will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 12 to 3pm. in the American Legion Hall, Post 4, 797 Court St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will be private. Donations can be made in memory of John H. Dennis Jr. to the Keene Fire Department and Rescue, 31 Vernon 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


Marion “Betty” E. (Cook) White
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Marion “Betty” E. (Cook) White, 96, a long time resident of Gilsum and formerly of Longmeadow, MA. died on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. She passed peacefully with her family near after a period of declining health.

Marion was born the daughter of the late Marion (Abbe) and Frank E. Cook on April 14, 1918 in Troy, N.Y. She was educated in Enfield, CT. and graduated from Enfield High School class of 1930.

On August 24, 1940 she exchanged vows with F. Lawrence White. They were married with family and friends in attendance at St. Patrick’s Church in Enfield, CT. Sadly, he passed on March 29, 1989 after forty eight years of marriage.

Marion spent many years as a homemaker. Her artistic flair could be seen in the many activities she enjoyed: sewing, quilting, braiding rugs, caning chairs and tending to her flower gardens.

In 1976, Marion and her husband retired to Gilsum, NH and opened The Old Chair Shop which specialized in chair caning and reed seating. She taught caning to various groups and was a member of Country Artisans, the NH League of Craftsmen and the Gilsum Historical Society. She was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Marion operated the Old Chair Shop until 2009.

Marion was an avid reader who loved a good book. She read the daily newspaper from “cover to cover” and ended by doing the crossword puzzle. She loved to travel, dine out, have family gatherings, go to Foxwoods, and visit antique shops.

Marion was kind, thoughtful, generous and always put others first. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. White is survived by her three children; Alice E. Sears and her husband Ed of Gilsum, Frank E. White and his wife Donna of Keene and John L. White and his wife Connie of Harrisville. Her sister, Margaret Comrie and her husband Allan of Amelia Island, FL. Sister In-law, Bernice Cook of Quincy, CA. Her grandchildren; Scott Sears, Tammy Dwyer, Kelly White, Chris White, Krista White and Thorin Morrow and six great-grandchildren. Betty is predeceased by her brother, Frank E. Cook and great-grandson Brandon Russell.

A spring burial in the family lot at Gilsum Cemetery will be private. A celebration of life is being planned for family and friends at a later date. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Johanna R. Varga
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Johanna R. Varga 94, of Bentley Commons in Keene, formerly of Lakeland, FL. and Milford, CT. died on Thursday, March 5, 2015. She passed peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family present.

Johanna was born in Germany on July 18, 1920. She attended schools in Germany and graduated in 1938.

On May, 30, 1973 she exchanged vows with Mike Varga in Fairfax, VA. They were married in a simple service with friends in attendance. The Varga’s have been married for close to forty two years.

Johanna worked for the Knights of Columbus as the Supreme Secretary in New Haven, CT. She was employed by them for twenty seven years before retiring in 1992.

She enjoyed many things in life. Time was spent riding her bike up to her 92nd year, swimming, traveling and going shopping with friends and family. She was a member of the German American Club in Lakeland, FL.

Mrs. Varga is survived by her husband, Mike Varga of Keene. She also leaves her children; Ilona H. Martin and her husband James “Skip” of North Fort Myers, FL. and Christine V. Croteau and her husband Doug of Swanzey, NH. Three grandchildren; Alexis D’ Amboise and her husband Jason of Keene, Caitlin Croteau of Swanzey, Christopher Mohs and his wife Bobbie Jo of Punta Gorda, FL. A great grandchild, Christina Mohs of Punta Gorda, FL. A niece, Evelina and her husband Ziegfried of Germany, in addition to extended family and friends.

In keeping with Johanna’s wishes there are no calling hours. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford, CT. Donations can be made in memory of Johanna Varga to: Make a Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, 814 Elm St. Ste 300, Manchester, NH. 03101. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 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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