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Shirley E. (Abare) Harper
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Shirley E. (Abare) Harper of Keene, NH died on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Cheshire Medical Center (Keene), just weeks after her 90th birthday. All of her children were with her in her final days, and she is missed by her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Shirley was born the daughter of the late Anna (LaFord) and Charles Abare on April 6, 1927 in Athol, MA. She graduated from Troy High School and from Dresser Business School (Keene) before marrying the love of her life, Donald C. Harper, at St. Bernard's Church in Keene, NH on June 30, 1947.  Donald passed away on February 25, 1988, and Shirley mourned his loss until the day she died.

Shirley is survived by the large and loving family which was her most
cherished treasure, the true joy of her heart. This includes her seven
children and their spouses: Kathryn Harper of Keene, NH; Diane Harper of Swanzey, NH; Susan and Clark Jenkins of Atkinson, NH; Jane Harper and Mark Tucker of Eliot, ME; Mark and Kathy Harper of Webster, NY; Anne Marie Harper of Keene, NH; and Mary and Lance DelPriore of Brattleboro, VT. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Hanrahan of Keene, and brother-in-law Norman Harper of Keene, as well as 12 grandchildren (Nico Alonso-Harper; Kelly and Abby Berkson; Ivan Jenkins; Becky Pugliese; Matthew and Michael Harper; and Lance, Derek, Lucas, Jack, and Olivia DelPriore), stepgrandson Douglas Berkson, seven great grandchildren (Amelia, Alice, Gianna, Ben, Harper, Willa, and Henry), and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Shirley was known as Nana to her own grandchildren and great
grandchildren, as well as to many others who were lucky enough to pass through her orbit. She loved her family, and her home: she welcomed visitors with open arms and many snacks, eager to hear about people's adventures.

Services will be held at Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave,
Keene, on Friday, April 28, 2017. Calling hours are from 9-11 AM. The
service will begin at 11 with burial at St. Joseph's following.


Douglas "Doug" H. Ebert
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Douglas "Doug" H. Ebert, 73, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Danbury, CT. died on Friday, April 21, 2017. He passed unexpectedly in the comfort of his home in Keene.

Douglas was born the son of the late Lillian (Redluske) and Harold Ebert on April 22, 1943 in Utica, MI. He was educated in Utica and graduated from Utica High School class of 1961. Doug went on in his studies and attended Northern Michigan College.

Doug was engaged to Ann Cappellano. They have been together for the past eleven years. Prior Doug was married to Janice (Robidoux). They were married for 16 years until she passed in October 8, 2007.

He was employed by the McMillan Construction Company for many years as a carpenter before retiring in 2009. He also worked for the Baybutt Construction Company in a similar role.

Doug was a longtime member of the Gilsum Congregational Church where he was a Trustee. When he lived in Michigan he was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica where he served on various boards. He was also President of the Athletics Booster Club at Lutheran High School North where his children attended school. He enjoyed many things over the years. He liked to boat and ski. In his college years he played football. Doug was a long-time member of the Elks Club, Lodge #927 in Keene where he sat as the Exhaulted Ruler and was a Trustee for fifteen years. With time he became the Camp Director and Secretery / Treasurer of PER Association.

Mr. Ebert is survived by his fiancée, Ann Capellano of Keene. His children; Christopher Ebert and his wife Michele Buckler of MI. and Deanna Beatty and her husband Gregg of MI. His sister, Joan Dort of MI. His children from a combined marriage; Katherine Bartnicki and her husband Robert of VA. Renee Gammans and her husband Gary of NH. and daughter in-law Tammie Record of NH. His grandchildren; Morgan Cebelak, Derek Beatty, Brandon Ebert and Jillian Ebert. Grandchildren from a combined marriage; Colin Gammans, Tyler Gammans, Courtney Leonard, Robert Bartnicki, Jared Record, Kristen Record and Jenna Record. Doug is pre-deceased by his son Richard Record who passed on July 13, 2011. His sister, Nancy Bauxbaum and her husband Phil and brother in-law Roy Dort all passed earlier.

In keeping with Doug's wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 10:30am. in the Gilsum Congregational Church, 13 Main St. Gilsum, NH. 03448. Burial will take place in the family lot back in Utica, Michigan. Donations may be made in memory of Douglas H. Ebert to: Elks Lodge, 927, 81 Roxbury St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


Cheryl Ann Winslow “Ellie Mae”
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Cheryl Ann Winslow “Ellie Mae”, a long-time resident of Swanzey passed away on Monday morning April 10th, 2017 in the comfort of her own home.

Cheryl was born the daughter of Joann Gordon and the late Harold Melendy on May 21st, 1966 in Springfield, VT and she later attended school in Keene, NH. On May 22nd, 2007 she exchanged vows with David T. Winslow in the house they were building together surrounded by her children and parents. Cheryl and Dave were together for 15 years.

She worked at Smith’s Medical for 30+ years in the warehouse. Her co-workers became family and shared many laughs with her over the years. She loved making work fun for everyone and also loved bossing around the men in the warehouse, all in good fun. Her Smith’s Medical family meant the world to her and she appreciated everything they did for her. (From our family to yours, thank you Smith’s Medical)

Cheryl was a loving and devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister, Nana, friend, and “fur mama”. She loved the outdoors and spent most of her free time with her animals, in her garden, or working on her house and she did it all in overalls with her husband, children, and grandchildren who loved to help. The rest of her free time was spent going on vacation to the camp in Vermont once a year with her brother Jimmy, sister-in-law Cil, her husband, children, and grandchildren where she spent her time to relax kayaking, fishing, hiking, and building campfires. She also loved going on the annual apple picking trip with her family and picking black raspberries every summer with her grandchildren. She never made a promise she couldn’t keep and had the big family she always wanted. She was always willing to drop everything to help anyone in need and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it too. Her sense of humor and quirkiness made her unforgettable to anyone who met her and she could make your whole day better with her smile alone. She touched the lives of many and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband, David Winslow of Swanzey and her children Amanda Amadon (Nick Caron), Dillon Amadon (Cassandra Shea), and Tiffany (Hunter) Johnston. She has her step-children Chris, Danny, Tiffany, and Natasha Winslow that she leaves with her husband Dave. She leaves her siblings Brenda (Dan) Reynolds, Donald Melendy (Melissa Hill), James Melendy (Cil Mathews), Scott (“the original” Jess) Hagland, and Craig (Jess) Hagland. She leaves her mother Joann Hagland and her step-father Ross Hagland and many loved nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She also leaves behind Sarah “Beaman” Thompson and Casey and Nina Rogers, who were like daughters to her, and Trevor Cloutier, who was very special to her as well.

She was predeceased by her “son” Ryan Fitzgerald. Ryan was her nephew that she loved and took care of like a son.

She was Nana to Trey C., Trisha C., Dominic A., “Baby Johnston”, Lily F., Kaleb F., Riley F., Kaydence C., Christopher, Natalie, Kayden, Abel, Abraham, Ronan, and Hailey.

In keeping with Cheryl’s wishes there will be no public services. A private celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Cheryl A. Winslow to the Cheshire Medical Kingsbury Pavilion, Patient Relief Fund at https://www.cheshiremed.com/ways_to_give/kingsbury_pavilion_funds.html

. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.


Beverly Faith (Van Burkalow) Saunders
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Beverly Faith Saunders of Freehold, NJ (and more recently, Keene, NH) died peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2017 in the comfort of her home surrounded by family.

Beverly was the daughter of the late Emily (Davies) and Caleb Van Burkalow on April 22, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Germantown High School in 1946, Beverly attended Dobbins Vocational School, specializing in commercial art. She was one of the first women to work as a commercial artist in the display business in the 1940’s. After raising a family, she completed an Associates in Art Degree in 1988 from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J.

She met her husband, Harold K. Saunders, in 1951 at Oquaga Lake, NY and they exchanged vows on May 24, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA. They lived in Massapequa, NY, Westfield, NJ and Colts Neck, NJ and were married 59 years before Harold passed away in 2011. She then enjoyed five years with her community of friends at Applewood Estates in Freehold, NJ.

Beverly was creative throughout her life, sharing her artistic talents with family, friends, and various craft groups. She created signs, posters and set designs for theatres, notably the Paper Mill Playhouse. She participated in poetry groups and was prolific at writing poems. She loved color and was always crafting new objects of whimsy, from Halloween costumes to paper-mâché sculptures. Her hand-made Christmas cards were legendary.

Always ready to get involved, Beverly was active in numerous volunteer activities, from Sunday School teacher to scout troop leader. She had a fondness for animals, which encouraged a houseful of pets. Beverly enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, telling jokes, and socializing with her friends. She had a passion for travel - visiting Kenya, Morocco, and many places in Europe and the United States.

Beverly is survived by her children: Carol D. Saunders and her life partner, Amy Bodwell of Marlborough, NH; Leslie F. Saunders of Philadelphia, PA; and Stephen W. Saunders and his wife Sharon of Princeton, IL; and grandchildren: Kyle J. Saunders of DeKalb, IL, and Kenneth A. Saunders and his new wife Alicia of Villa Park, IL. In addition she leaves an extended family of nieces and nephews, and many friends. Beverly was pre-deceased by her sister Audrey Keast.

A celebration of life will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Colts Neck Reformed Church, 139 County Rd 537, PO Box 57, Colts Neck, NJ 07722. The memorial service begins at 11 am, followed by burial at the church cemetery, and a small repast also at the church. Donations will be gratefully accepted and can be made in honor of Beverly F. Saunders to the Colts Neck Reformed Church.


Jeffrey S. Fisher
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Jeffrey S. Fisher, 59, of Sullivan and formerly of Swanzey, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene.

Jeffrey was born the son of the late Betty Kratzer (Gunerius) and Roy Fisher on April 13, 1957 in Mt. Vernon, Washington. He was educated in Derry and graduated from Derry High School class of 1976.
On September 12, 1991, he exchanged vows with Deborah J. Descoteaux. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. They have been married for twenty-five years.

Jeff had worked for Hamshaw Lumber in Keene for eighteen years. He started as a boom truck driver and eventually was the yardman before retiring in 2013. Jeff loved going to work.

He had many interests in life. Time was spent metal detecting, looking for lost treasures. He sold cutlery and ornate knives and swords. He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan. Jeff was a long-time member of the National Rifle Association. When Jeff was home you could find him sitting with his cat Hollie.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife, Deborah J. Fisher of Sullivan. His children from a combined marriage; James B. Gero of Troy, Cassie L. Herrick and her husband Ben of Swanzey and Serena N. Miller and her husband Jeff of Greenville, PA. His siblings; Tracy Bennett of Nashua and Zachary Taylor and his wife Maria of Tehachapi, CA. His niece, Shari Bennett and nephew, Andrew Taylor and his wife Hilary. Jeff is also survived by six grandchildren, cousins, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Jeff’s wishes all services are private. Donations can be made in memory of Jeffry S. Fisher to: Sullivan Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 440 Centre St. Sullivan, NH. 03445. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com.


Brian M. Dillonn
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Brian M. Dillon, 49, of Swanzey and formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at his home in Swanzey. He passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health with his family near.

Brian was born the son of Veronica M. (Vanier) and Brian M. Dillon on January 22, 1968 in Cohoes, New York. He was educated in Keene and graduated from the Conval School in Keene class of 1989.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Mary Queen of Peace in Hinsdale for many years. Brian loved horseback riding and was awarded several ribbons. He could frequently be seen enjoying local fairs, and enjoyed going to the circus. Brian was a traveler. He loved going to Disney World in Florida, had the opportunity to swim with dolphins, and liked exploring the Ice Caverns here in New Hampshire.

Mr. Dillon is survived by his mother, Veronica M. Phillips and her husband David of Hinsdale; his father, Brian M. Dillon and his wife Darrell of Poestenkill, NY and his sisters: Sheila Hagstrom and her husband Nathan of Center Valley, PA; Amy Dillon of Spofford; Julia Morrison and her husband Matthew of Lemoyne, PA; Shannon Wood and her husband Luke of Saratoga Springs, NY; and Brianna Williams and her husband Damian of Porter Corners, NY. He also leaves his nieces and nephew: Kelsea, Sara, Mairi, Garrett and Ava. In addition, he leaves aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Brain’s wishes the are no calling hours. A mass will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph’s, Mary Queen of Peace Church, 35 Brattleboro Rd, Hinsdale, NH. 03451. Burial will take place later in the family lot at St. Agnes Cemetery in Cohoes, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in memory of Brian M. Dillon to: Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Dr., Lebanon, NH 03756. Or to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS. 66675-8517.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St., Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3:30pm. in the funeral chapel. In Keeping with John's wishes there are no calling hours and burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made to Ruck up of Keene, 42 Upper Knight St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 


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Shirley E. Harper April 20, 2017
Douglas H. Ebert April 21, 2017
Cheryl A. Winslow April 10, 2017
Beverly F. Sanders January 13, 2017
Jeffrey S. Fisher April 2, 2017
Brian M. Dillonn April 3, 2017

Lisa L. Willard March 18, 2017
Leon A. Reynolds March 18, 2017
Brian C. Costa March 9, 2017
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