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Valerie M. (Armstrong) Henneke
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Valerie M. (Armstrong) Henneke, 80, of Keene and formerly of Hendersonville, N.C. and Rutland, VT. died on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. She passed peacefully with her family and her dear friend Clyde DeLong at her side after a brief period of declining health.

Valerie was born to the late Marjorie (Higgins) and Vernon Armstrong on July 2, 1934 in London, England. She was educated in Holyoke, Massachusetts and attended the University of Connecticut where she studied Physical Therapy.

On August 14, 1954 she exchanged vows with Frederic A. Henneke. They were married in a simple service in Long Island, N.Y. with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly Fred preceeded her in death on January 26, 2012 after fifty seven years of marriage.

 

Mr.Valerie found great joy staying at home and raising her three daughter’s and volunteering for various organizations. When she and Fred moved to North Carolina in 1990, she and Fred joined forces and she worked for ten years as the office manager of their family business Blue Ridge Abrasives.

She enjoyed knitting, playing bridge, cribbage, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Getting to spend time with her grandchildren and eventually great grandchildren was a high point in her life. Upon returning to Keene three years ago following Fred's death, she became active member of the Keene Senior Center. Some of Valerie's most active volunteering was with Meals on Wheels programs, PTA, League of Women’s Voters and as a reader for the reading programs in schools.

Mrs. Henneke is survived by her three daughters and their spouses; Catherine E. Henneke-Butler of Hood River OR., Marjorie H. Hall and her husband Martin of Westmoreland and Susan H. Marsh and her husband Dwight of Johns Creek, GA., her two sisters; Yvonne Johnson and Elaine Gravely of San Antonio, TX., four grandchildren: Craig Day, Whitney Butler, Courtney Butler and Shannon Marsh. Two great grandchildren; Rylee and Madelyn. In addition she leaves several cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Valerie’s wishes all services will be private. Donations can be made to: Meals on Wheels, 17 Bradco St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Keene Senior Center, 70 Court 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


Richard (Dick) L. Lawson Sr.
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Richard (Dick) L. Lawson Sr. 85 of Westmoreland and formerly of Clifton Springs, N.Y. and Exeter, R.I. died on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in the comfort of his home. He passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health with his family near.

Richard was born the son of the late of Alice (Stallman) and Albert Lawson on April 3, 1930 in Providence, R.I. He was educated in Rhode Island and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

On June 16, 1951 he exchanged vows with Anna Derjue. They were married at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Providence with family and friends in attendance. They have been married for almost sixty four years.

He was a life long dairy farmer, starting with his herd in Exeter, R.I. He then moved on to Westmoreland, NH. where he established Rich-Wal Farms with his brother-in-law. He established a Holstein herd known for its excellent bloodlines and sold cattle to countries all over the world. He was considered an innovator in farming being the first in the region to do rotational grazing, install a milking parlor, utilize low till seeding and grow small grains. He later moved to Clifton Springs, N.Y. and established Lawson Farms with his son. Being a farmer, he really never retired.

Dick enjoyed the farmer’s life. He always had a dog at his side. He was a family man who enjoyed mentoring and watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. He was a founding member of the Keene Youth Hockey Club and played in the men’s league for many years. He was a member of the New Hampshire Governor’s Agriculture Advisory Council and chaired the Westmoreland Zoning Board and the Budget Committee for many years. In later years he captained his boat on Seneca Lake, N.Y. and spent many summer evenings on the lake or enjoying the comradery of fellow boaters at the docks.

 

Mr. Lawson is survived by his wife Anna D. Lawson of Westmoreland. His children and their spouses; Susan Lawson-Kelleher and her husband Peter of Chesterfield, NH. Lauren Bressettand her husband David of Westmoreland, NH. Richard Lawson Jr. and his wife Laura of Clifton Springs, N.Y. and Karen Dougherty of Westmoreland, NH. His Grandchildren; Diana Stetson and her husband Zach of Westmoreland, NH. Adam Bressett and his wife Erin of Chesterfield, NH. Alan Bressett and his wife Pam of Westmoreland, NH. Bethany Wichland and her husband Ben of Keene, NH. Tyler Kelleher of Dover, NH. Jeremy Kelleher of Chesterfield, NH. Kathryn Lawson of Clifton Springs, N.Y. Richard Lawson III of Clifton Springs, N.Y. Shannon Dougherty of Westmoreland, NH. and Derek Dougherty of Westmoreland, NH. Great grandchildren; Marisa Stetson, Hannah Stetson, Kasey Bressett, Aleigha Bressett, Elijah Bressett, Camden Bressett, Adelaide Wichland and Finley Wichland. In addition he leaves cousins, extended family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11am. in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03341. Burial will follow in the family lot at South Village Cemetery, Glebe Rd. Westmoreland, NH. 03467. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Richard L. Lawson Sr. to: Pilots N Paws, 4651 Howe Rd. Landrum, S.C. 29356. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Nellie V. (Clow) Phelps
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Nellie V. (Clow) Phelps 81, of Morrisville, VT. and formerly of Keene died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health.

Nellie was born the daughter of the late Pauline (Valley) and Edward Clow on May 14, 1933 in Swanzey, NH. She was educated locally and attended Swanzey Schools.

In 1968 she exchanged vows with Ernie Phelps. They were married in a simple service in Keene with close family and friends in attendance. The Phelps’ were married for eleven months before he passed in 1969.

Nellie worked as a production line worker for the Princess Shoe Company in Keene for many years.

For fun Nellie enjoyed painting, carpentry and cooking. She was well known for her spaghetti sauces that she made by hand. Time was spent with her cat “Jackel” She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in Hyde Park, VT. for many years.

Mrs. Phelps is survived by her two daughters; Linda L. Smith of Johnson, VT. and Carmen J. Phelps of Hardwick, VT. She also leaves her grandchildren; Bill Smith, Scott Smith, Steven Smith, Tonya Burnor, Quentin Phelps, Vesper Bittle and Chip Smith in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Nellie is predeceased by her daughter, Mona L. Colburn who passed on May 8, 2013. Her siblings; Edwina Bragg who passed in 2011, Albert Clow who passed in 2014 and her grandson Mark Smith passed on December 4, 2012.

In keeping with Nellie’s wishes all services were private with burial in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene. Donations can be made in memory of Nellie V. Phelps 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


Carl E. Jefts Jr.
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Carl E. Jefts Jr. 78, of Swanzey and formerly of Interlachen, Fl. died on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Applewood Nursing Home in Winchester. He passed peacefully after a period of declining heath with his family near.

Carl was born the son of the late Lillian (Bardwell) and Carl E. Jefts Sr. on September 22, 1936 in Keene. He was educated locally and attended schools in Keene.

Carl exchanged vows with Janet Hall in 1969. Sadly she passed in 1981 after twelve years of marriage. Carl was previously married to Myrna (Curtis) Jefts.

He worked as a craftsman, builder and supervisor for the Florida Furniture Factory in St. Augustine, Florida for over twenty years. Prior he was employed at Sprague and Carlton in Keene for thirty years in similar roles.

In his leisure time Carl enjoyed bottle digging, softball and golfing. He was a fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Carl was always up for a good game of cribbage. Time was spent as a member of the West Swanzey Drum and Bugle Corps, the West Swanzey Athletic Association and he was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for the Swanzey Fire Department.

Mr. Jefts is survived by his children and their spouses; Kevin L. Jefts and his wife Holly of Winchester and Lori A. Metcalf and her husband Doug of Swanzey. His children from a combined marriage; Kelly Wood of Washington, DC. Tom Wood of Swanzey and Robert “Bobby” Wood and his wife Trish of Londonderry. Eight grandchildren; Heather, Ashlee, Andy, Lindsey, Tommy, Nicole, Evan and Autumn Carl is predeceased by his siblings; Russell Jefts, Barbara Goodell, Pauline “Polly” Franklin, Gale Jefts and Doug Jefts.

A period of calling will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 to 11am. with a service to follow at 11 all 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 Carl E. Jefts Jr. to: Castle Center Adult Day Care, 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Ruth (Davis) Ballou
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Ruth (Davis) Ballou, 105, of Surry and formerly of Keene and Nashua died on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland. She passed peacefully after a period of decline with her daughter at her side.

Ruth was born the daughter of the late Ethel (Bruce) and James Davis on April 25, 1910 in Gardner, Massachusetts. She attended schools in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School class of 1927.

On March 30, 1934 she exchanged vows with Ronald W. Ballou. They were married with family and friends in attendance at the Main St. Methodist Church in Nashua. The Ballou’s were married for forty eight years before he passed in 1982.

Ruth was a caring and giving person all of her life. She mainly worked as a private care duty attendant for various families and home healthcare services. She was also very proud to be at home attending to the needs of her home, children and eventually grandchildren.

In her free time Ruth enjoyed sewing, reading, puzzles, knitting, crafts and making ceramics. Time was spent in her younger years camping with the family and friends. Many great memories were made at White Lake in Ossipee. She belonged to the Home Demonstration Group in Keene. She was also a volunteer in the gift shop at Nashua Memorial Hospital for many years.

Mrs. Ballou is survived by her two children and their spouses; Sandra J. Gourley and her husband James of Surry and Bob W. Ballou and his wife Gail of Swanzey. Nine grandchildren; David Hackett, Ronald Hackett, Maryanne Kingsbury, Charles Hackett, Cheryl Plumley, Lori Lavertue, Vonda Mitchell, Scott Gourley and Jen Gordon. She also leaves twenty four great grandchildren, four great grandsons, several cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends of many generations. Ruth is predeceased by her four brothers, two sister and two granddaughters; Denise Holmes and Shelly Ballou.

A period of calling will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 10 to 11am. with a celebration of life service at 11 all in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place at Edgewood Cemetery in the family lot, 107 Amherst St. Nashua, NH. 03064. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Ruth D. Ballou to: Activities Dept. Maplewood Nursing Home 201 River Rd. Westmoreland, NH. 03467 or to: NH Association for the Blind 25 Walker Street Concord NH 03301-9977. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Jane (Osborne) Atwood
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Jane (Osborne) Atwood, 85, a resident of West Swanzey NH and formerly of Bristol, Vermont died on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland NH. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health with her daughters at her side.

Jane was born the daughter of the late Dorothy (Hart) and Earl Osborne on April 11, 1930 in Ellsworth, Maine. She grew up in Berlin NH and graduated high school. She was educated in Maine and went on to receive a diploma from Becker Junior College in Secretarial Skills.

She lived with her significant other Robert Baker for twenty years in Bristol, VT until he passed in 1998. She was formerly married for 29 years to Philip N. Atwood. She lived for over thirty years in Keene NH.

Jane worked at Cheshire County Courthouse in the the Registry of Deeds department. Prior, she was employed as a secretary at the Brown Paper Company in Berlin. She enjoyed being a stay at home mother to her two daughters and was actively engaged in school activities.

She attended the United Church of Christ in Keene. Jane enjoyed going on road trips and looking for treasures at yard sales. Time was spent baking and working in the flower gardens. Jane had a special group of friends and they formed their own coffee club chatting and sharing life stories. She enjoyed people watching and engaging in playful humor. She had a unique sense of humor.

Mrs. Atwood is survived by her two daughters; Abigail J. Ladd and her husband Jeffrey of Derry NH and Susanna L. Woods of Brattleboro, VT. She leaves a sister, Ardelle Osborne-Levin of West Swanzey. Three grandchildren; Travis Ladd of Derry, Eric Atwood of Wildomar, CA. and Caleb Atwood of Brattleboro, VT. A nephew, Christopher Osborne of Cambridge, MA. in addition to cousins, extended family and many friends.

A celebration of life service with a gathering to follow for Jane will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11am. in the funeral chapel. In keeping with Jane’s wishes burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Jane Atwood to the Nursing Department at Maplewood Nursing Home, 29 River Rd. Westmoreland, NH. 03467. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Jeremiah T. “Tim” Donovan
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Gordon Jeremiah T. “Tim” Donovan 46, of Brattleboro and formerly of Bernardston died unexpectedly in the comfort of his home on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Tim was born the son of Janet M. ( Bliss) and Jeremiah C. Donovan on July 13, 1968 in Greenfield, MA. He was educated in Bernardston and graduated from Pioneer Regional High School class of 1987.

Tim had been living with his significant other, Darcy Earle and her children; Joanie, Kyle and Benjamin Tuttle for the past few years. Prior, he had been married to Jessica Gleason.

 

Tim had many jobs over the years. He was currently employed by SVR Construction in Swanzey, NH. as a truck driver. Prior he had worked for Bazin Brothers in a similar role.

He enjoyed many things in life. Tim liked to ride horses and enjoyed mentoring young people. He volunteered as a councilor for the Boys and Girls Club in Brattleboro for Teen Suicide Prevention. Time also gave freely of his time to the Brattleboro American Red Cross with their emergency support vehicle.

 

Mr. Donovan is survived by his mother, Janet M. Wrightson of Chapel Hill, FL. A daughter, McKayla R. Donovan of Brattleboro. His significant other, Darcy Earle of Brattleboro. He also leaves his siblings: Jacki M. Mailloux and her husband Mark of Montague, MA. Darcy Donovan of Texas and Patti Donovan of Georgia in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Tim is predeceased by his son, Colby J. Donovan, his father Jeremiah C. Donovan and step father Dirk Wrightson all passed earlier.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:30 to 1030am. in the gathering hall at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Brattleboro, VT. 05301. Burial will be private. Donations can be made in memory of Jeremiah T. Donovan to: Boys and Girls Club, Suicide Prevention Program, 17 Flat St. Brattleboro, VT. 05301. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 south Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Gordon H. Smyth Sr. "Smittie"
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Gordon H. Smyth, Sr. “Smittie”, 84, a long time resident of Keene died on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully after a period of declining health with his family at his side.

Gordon, the son of Ethel (Ballou) and Harold Smyth was born on March 2, 1931 in Millville, MA. He attended high school at Dean Academy in Franklin, MA and graduated in the class of 1949. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard and later attended Northeastern University where he received a degree in engineering.

On January 17, 1953 Gordon married his wife of sixty two years, Barbara M. Blair of Northbridge, MA. Employed at Troy Mills for over forty years Gordon worked as an Industrial Engineer.

Gordon spent his life enjoying his love of the outdoors: boating, sailing, skiing, golfing and camping. He loved watching his children and grandchildren share in these activities. He was a boy scout leader, a little league baseball coach and a men's softball coach. At the age of 70 he became a ski instructor at Mt Sunapee. He was also a member of the Keene Elks Club.

 

Mr. Smyth is survived by his wife Barbara M. Smyth of Keene, his four children and their spouses: Gordon H. Smyth Jr. of Swanzey, Kim Watterson and her husband Brian of Belmont, Cynthia S. Symonds and her husband Steve of Keene and Katherine R. Tommila and her husband Cory of Swanzey, nine grandchildren; Jennifer Talmadge, Kristy Symonds, Janelle Smyth, Stephen Symonds Jr., Lucas Smyth, Ingrid Watterson Malcolm, Samantha Watterson, Zachary Tommila and Matthew Tommila and six great grandchildren; Jaydah, Emily, Avajean, Lucy, Mackenzie and Lincoln. He leaves his brother Douglas Smyth of Winchester and his sister Susie Rinaldo and her husband Vince of New Jersey. Gordon is predeceased by his siblings: Marion Ryan, Muriel Kessler, Harold Smyth Jr., Roy Smyth, Harrison Smyth and Donald Smyth who all passed earlier.

A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH. 03431. The service will end with military honors. Flowers will gladly be accepted. Burial will take place at a later date. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave, Keene, NH 03431


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


 


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


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23 Quarry Rd
Troy NH. 03465

 

 

Valerie M. Henneke May 16, 2015
Richard L. Lawson Sr. May 17, 2015
Nellie V. Phelps April 24, 2015
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