Robert “Rob” Leustek

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Robert “Rob” Leustek, 46 of Winchester and formerly of Gladstone, N.J. died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Robert was born the son of the late Ana Theodora (Metzler) and Boris Leustek on August 30, 1970 in Elizabeth, N.J. He graduated from Roselle Park High School class of 1988. Rob also received certificates in Black Seal Boiler Maintenance, Very Small Water Systems and obtained his CDL Licence in 2012

On November 12, 1996 he exchanged vows with Gloria D. Hegyes in Hollywood Florida and renewed their vows in 1998 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rahway NJ. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for almost 21 years.

Rob was employed by Wiggin Hydroseed Landscaping in Northfield, MA.. He also worked at Bob’s Fuel in Winchester as a delivery man and driver in the winter. Previously he had worked at the Sisters of St. John the Baptist in Gladstone, N.J. as a property manager for twenty-five years. He was also a farmer and beekeeper who owned and operated Porcupine Acres LLC. with his wife in Winchester.

He had many interests and accomplishments in life. Time was spent as a Selectman for the Town of Winchester. He was an alternate on the Planning Board for the Town of Winchester. In addition, he also spent time on the Revitalization and Economic Development Committee (RED). Rob worked diligently with others in the Winchester community to establish and form the Winchester Centennial Lions Club. He was known to help at the local farmers market but his passion was being the Town Clock Custodian and working to restore the town clock. This project emulated Rob’s willingness to protect some of Winchester’s history by restoring the clock to its original working condition. He was a man who loved his community. Life wasn’t all business for Rob. He gave freely of his time to participate on the planning committee for the Winchester NH Pickle Festival. You can read more about Rob’s interesting life at

Mr. Leustek is survived by his wife Gloria D. Leustek of Winchester. His Siblings; Ingrid Brandao of Newton, N.J., Margret Yousef Roselle Park, N.J., Thomas Leustek of Rahway, N.J. and Rudolph Leustek of Brick, N.J. in addition he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 4 to 7pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10am. all in the funeral chapel. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Robert Leustek to: Town of Winchester, Clock Restoration Fund, 1 Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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William B. “Bryan” Hastings Jr.

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William B. “Bryan” Hastings Jr. 78, of Keene and a former long-time resident of Dublin died on Monday, August 7, 2017 in the comfort of his home after a brief illness.

Bryan was born the son of the late M. Louise (Jones) and William B. Hastings Sr. on September 24, 1938 in Franklin, Virginia.

He moved to New Hampshire in the late 1960’s as Director of Admissions at Franklin Pierce College.

In 1976 he married Theresa A. Gilman and together they started Hastings Real Estate in Dublin where they lived and operated the business for forty-one years.

He is survived by his wife Theresa of Keene. Five sons; William Bryan III, of El Cerrito, CA. C. Devin of New Hope, MN. Avery and his wife Valerie of St. Charles, MO. Scott and his wife Julie of Londonderry and Michael of Oakland, TN. Seven grandsons; Christian, Corey, Chase, Adam and his wife Alexis, Jeremy, William Harrison, and Christopher Thomas.

A graveside service will be held in the family lot on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11am. at the Dublin Cemetery, Rt. 101 Dublin, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Richard “Dick” DiMeco Sr.

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Richard “Dick” DiMeco Sr. 91 a life-long resident of Keene and Swanzey died on Sunday August 6, 2017 at Cheshire Dartmouth – Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully while sleeping after a brief period of declining health.

Richard was born the son of the late Gilda (Salce) and William DiMeco on January 25, 1926 in Keene where he attended local schools.

Soon after school Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served his enlistment and was honorably discharged.

On September 20, 1947 he exchanged vows with Sally H Gilman at St. Joseph’s Church in Woodsville NH. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Sally passed on July 27,2014 after almost 67 years of marriage.

Dick was a hard working man. He worked with his hands as a mason for the MacMillan Company and other businesses for sixty years before retiring in 1997.

He enjoyed the outdoors. Time was spent hunting and fishing. He like a good game of cards with his friends Gerry & Shirley Metiver and was an avid sports fan. During the warmer weather he could be found watching the New York Yankees. When things were quiet he enjoyed the time with a good book. Mostly, Dick enjoyed his family.

Mr. DiMeco is survived by his five children: Richard DiMeco and his wife Tana, Kathy Bryson and her husband Ted, Margaret Nelson and her husband Paul, Elizabeth Batdorf and her husband Ed and Thomas DiMeco and his wife Helen.

He also leaves behind his siblings; Linda Burnette of Virginia, Mary Russell of Marlborough and Ronald DiMeco of Marlborough a sister in law Astrid (chickie) DiMeco. Fifteen grandchildren, twenty eight great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends. Dick is pre-deceased by his siblings; Joseph DiMeco and Anna Andrus.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday August 2, 2017 from 6 to 8 at the Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 44 Maple Avenue, Keene. A mass will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2pm at the Parish Of The Holy Spirit, St. Bernards Church, Main Street, Keene, NH. Burial will follow in the family lot with military honors at Mountain View Cemetery, Old Homestead Highway, RTE 32 Swanzey. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave, Keene NH 03431.

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Diane M. (Laramie) Downer

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Diane M. (Laramie) Downer, 57, a life-long resident of Greenfield, Ma. died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

Diane was born the daughter of the late Christine (Lively) and Joseph Laramie on October 21, 1959 in Greenfield, MA. She was educated locally and earned her General Education Diploma.

She worked as a Para-Professional for the Greenfield School System for eleven years before retiring in 2016.

Diane enjoyed many things in life. She liked to do crossword puzzles and play games on her tablet. She also had a soft side to her when it came to animals. She loved them so much that she was well known for rescuing sick and abandoned pets. Her house was always spotless and she loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart.

Mrs. Downer is survived by her four children; Nichole D. Nietsche and her husband Dan of Greenfield, Kara L. Younger of Greenfield, Gary J. Downer Jr. of Greenfield and Kimberly R. Downer of Greenfield. Husband; Gary J. Downer Sr of Greenfield. Her siblings; Robert Laramie and his wife Barbara Gotthelf of Moorestown, NJ. and William Laramie and his wife Dianne of Manassas, VA. She leaves two grandchildren; Hailey B. Younger and Lila C. Nietsche both of Greenfield In addition she is survived by; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Diane’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 12pm. to 5pm. at Camp Apex, YMCA, Peckville Road, Shelburne Falls, MA. 01370.

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Stephen E. Heyer

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Stephen E. Heyer, 66, of Troy and formerly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Hospice House of Concord. He passed peacefully while sleeping after a period of declining health.

Stephen was born the son of the late Billy Jo (Ellis) and Charles Heyer on July 3, 1951 in Denver, Colorado. He was educated in Albuquerque, NM. and graduated from Albuquerque High School, class of 1971.

Soon after high school on May 18, 1971 during the Vietnam War he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he worked as Medical Corpsman. Stephen went on with his medical training and became a Occupational Therapy Specialist. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Marksman Badge. On May 17, 1973 he was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC E-3.

When Stephen’s time in the military was complete he went on with his education and earned a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from a college in North Carolina.

He was the President and owner of Pisgah Telecommunications Inc., an engineering firm based in New York City. He ran the company for ten years until his recent retirement and left behind a well-trained group of talented Engineers from Hostos Community College in New York.

He enjoyed many things in life. His passion was golf. Time was spent fly fishing, working in his flower gardens and skiing, mountain climbing, rock climbing. He was a mentor for young people and assisted with home schooling projects for families with financial constraints. Stephen was a member of the Bretwood Golf Course in Keene for many years where he trained and play with his now successful golfer, his adopted son Israel (Izzy) Avilez.

Mr. Heyer is survived by his long-time friend and confidant, Debra Garrett of Fitzwilliam. His son, Jaques P. Heyer of Cootsville, PA. His siblings: Lynn H. Slade and his wife Susan of Albuquerque, NM. Sheron Chrisswell and her husband Bill of Albuquerque, NM. and Barton Slade and his wife Eva of Albuquerque, NM. He also leaves a special young man who he loved like a son, Israel “Izzy” Avilez of Fitzwilliam.

In keeping with Stephen’s wishes there are no calling hours. A graveside service in the family lot with military honors will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11am. in the Mountainview Cemetery, Main St. Rt. 12 North, Troy, NH. 03465. Donations can be made in memory of Stephen E. Heyer to: Kingdom Christian Ministries, 18 Fairwood Dr. Dublin, NH. 03444. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and  Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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