Lindsey J. Williams

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Lindsey J. Williams, 34, a long-time resident of Spofford, died on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine after a period of declining health.

Lindsey was born the daughter of Deborah M. (Clark) and John L. Williams on August 23, 1983 in Peterborough, NH. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 2002. Lindsey continued her education in Nashua and graduated from New Hampshire Community Technical College with an Associates of Science in Accounting.

She has been with John R. O’Day for the past seventeen years. Although not technically married they remained committed and inseparable for those treasured years together.

Lindsey had worked as an independent office assistant and book keeper at Geordie Iselin Electric Co.

She enjoyed being with nature. Her time was spent with her cats, doing arts and crafts, working on puzzles and admiring nature. Her favorite color was blue and it was rare to see her wear any other color. Lindsey enjoyed sitting on the porch with family and friends having great conversations. Lindsey loved everyone especially her family and close friends.

 

Ms. Williams is survived by her husband, John R. O’Day of Spofford. Her parents, John and Deborah Williams of Keene. Siblings; Robert Williams and his wife Nicole of Kearns, UT. Aaron Williams and his wife Sayre of College Park, MD. Hamilton Williams and his wife Lisa of Hiram, GA, and Ashley Molburg and her husband Matthew of Lakeville, MA. She is pre-deceased by her grandparents; David and Bernice Clark and Robert and Jean Williams. In addition, she leaves nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00pm in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel.

A service will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 130 Summit Rd. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be sent to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the Humanitarian Aid fund or to the Cheshire County 4-H Council UNH Cooperative Extension, Bob Williams Award, 33 West St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Rosalie K. (Stone) Myers

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Rosalie K. (Stone) Myers, 92, a long-time resident of Sullivan passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Langdon Place of Keene.

She was born the daughter of the late Minnie B. (Rogers) and Donald M. Myers on November 23, 1925 in Brattleboro, VT. She celebrated her 92nd. Birthday on Thanksgiving with several family members present. Rosalie was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1944.

On December 25, 1954 she married Harold E. Myers at the Sullivan Congregational Church. They lived in Sullivan for many years raising three children and later enjoying life after retirement. Sadly, Harold passed on September 2, 2013 after almost fifty-nine years of marriage.

Rosalie was the oldest resident living in Sullivan when she passed away.

She worked at Timken in Keene for thirteen years as a ball bearing inspector, retiring in 1987. Prior, she had worked at the Abbott Company for many years.

She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. Her skill was used to knit mittens for most of the children in the family. She was a member of the PTA when her children were young. She also acted as a 4-H Leader for years teaching young people many crafts. She and her husband enjoyed camping with the Good Sam Camping Club. Often, they would take grandchildren on trips and adventures. For several years she was a supervisor of the “Voting” Checklist in Sullivan. While her husband was Fire Chief for the Sullivan Fire Department she was an involved member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fire Department.

Her family was everything to her. When a new baby was born her heart just grew bigger with love. Little ones always brought a smile to her face and made her happy.

Mrs. Myers is survived by her daughters; Carol L. Sprague and her husband Herbert of Nelson, Joan A. Johnson and her husband Keith of Sullivan. A son, Phillip J. Russell and his wife Patricia of Winchester. She also considered Gary Sprague as a son, as he had lived with the family as a teen after his family home burned. He and wife Kathy live in CT. There is a special sister in-law, Judy Sprague and her husband Wilbur of Sullivan who was always there for her. She had three special men in her life. They were her two son in-laws Keith, Herb and brother in-law Wilber who did everything they could to make her life easier. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren. Her husband two special cousins; Charles and Kenneth Whitaker. She is pre-deceased by her grandson, David R. Frazier who passed on November 20, 2013. In addition, she is pre-deceased by all her siblings and their spouses.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10am. with a celebration of life service at 11am. all in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow at Sullivan Center Cemetery, Sullivan, NH. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Rosalie K. Myers to: American Cancer Society, 2318 Mill Rd, Ste. 800, Alexandria, VA. 22314 or to: National Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Ste 300, Rockville, MD. 20852 or to: Sullivan Fire and Rescue,440 Centre St. Sullivan, NH. 03445 or to: the charity of one’s choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Jerome J. “Jerry” Weinrieb

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Jerome J. “Jerry” Weinrieb passed peacefully in his sleep on the Sabbath on Dec. 9 after a period of declining health. Although he lived to be 93, Jerry never got old and his time with his family seems brief. Jerry knew only how to live life to the fullest. He left innumerable people with great memories and he remains a testimony to how to live a long and fulfilling life.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 4, 1924, the day Calvin Coolidge was elected president. He was the youngest son of Abraham and Celia “Tilly” (Stein) Weinrieb. He is predeceased by his brothers, Georgie and Milton, and his sister Dorothy.

He is survived by his 100-year-old sister, Norma; his wife, Rose; and his three children, Shelly Amster and her husband, Michael, of Concord, Mass., Pam Weinrieb of Keene and Eric and his wife, Rachel Hopkins, of Portsmouth. Although he is proud of the accomplishments of his children, nothing has been a greater sense of pride than his three grandchildren, Adam Amster, Chelsea Weinrieb and Gabriel Weinrieb. In addition, he leaves many devoted nieces and nephews.

Jerry spent his youth in Brooklyn where he attended school and developed his lifelong relationship with Charlie Levine. In March 1943, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he became a skilled cryptographer. Upon discharge in 1946, he returned to his native Brooklyn where he went to work for J. Cougart Jacket Manufacturing Co. He stayed there until it closed.

While visiting his friend Charlie Levine in Springfield, Mass., in 1949, he went on a double date with his future brother-in-law, Eddie Kapiloff. At the end of the date, Eddie had to pick up his little sister Rose. It was that night that he met the love of his life and bride of 67 years. They married on May 28, 1950, in Springfield.

Professionally Jerry defined and re-defined himself many times over his lifetime. He drove chickens to market for the Kapiloff poultry farm, worked at Central Screw, Grand Union Tea Co., Merit Clothing, owned and operated Jerry’s Merchandising Mart, worked in the tool crib at Kingsbury Machine Tool, sold insurance for MetLife and sold roofing products for Texas Refinery. There were years when during the holiday season, he worked for Izzy Borosky at the Army and Navy in Keene. Later he went into advertising. He sold for Manning’s Little Phonebook, Hawkeye and Senior Beacon Magazines. With each job, Jerry was not so much concerned about how much he earned, and instead prioritized developing lifelong friendships with his co-workers, clients and customers. While operating Jerry’s Merchandise, he honed his legendary narrative skills by spending an hour sitting at a customer’s kitchen table, telling jokes and being heard to say, “Let met tell you a story.”

As a member of the Swanzey Fire Department, he helped run the weekly fire department bingo game at the East Swanzey Community Center and at the Cheshire Fair.

Jerry was an Elk, a Legionnaire, a member of the Lion’s Club and volunteer fireman in Swanzey Center. He proudly became a Master Mason in the Lodge of the Temple No. 88 on March 21, 1953. He was past Worshipful Master of the Jerusalem Lodge. He was a 32nd degree Sottish Rite and Shriners with the Bektash Shriners of Concord. He remained active until his recent illness.

He treasured his role as a Justice of the Peace by marrying any couple requesting that he do so, wherever and whenever they wanted. He officiated hundreds of weddings, including his children and other relatives. He reveled in sharing accounts of the weddings and their diverse locations – from Mount Monadnock, to drifting hot air balloons, and in other very modest but loving environments. Although he would not do it for free, he did not do it for the money.

As Justice of the Peace, Jerry was confounded by an obscure anti-Semitic New Hampshire law that prevented rabbis from performing weddings. Jerry successfully lobbied the state Legislature and the law was repealed, resulting in the New Hampshire Jewish Federation awarding him for the lifelong commitment to Judaism and his work against anti-Semitism.

Jerry and Rose were the longest paid active members of the Congregation Ahavas Achim. Jerry was one of the founders of the annual kosher barbecue. He went back to his roots and delivered the chickens from the processing plant in Connecticut to the temple in Keene.

Jerry was a natural actor and ham. He was a ballerina in the Lion’s Club fundraising play, and for many years, Jerry played the role of the Irish Policeman in the revival of the Old Homestead play in Swanzey. He loved to sing and dance.

Jerry and Rose loved to travel. Jerry and Rose rarely missed a dance. Jerry loved to find his place in front of a buffet. They went on many cruises and enjoyed their trips to Foxwoods

Many years ago, his friend Art Carter had to give up playing Santa Claus for the schools and photography studios; Jerry was a natural fill-in. He annually played the role for nearly 30 years. His last employment into his 90s was with Chesco as a job coach and recruiter. He loved to share that they would call him to come into work because “they need me.”

Jerry’s network of friends is widespread. It was so evidenced during his final days at Maplewood Nursing Home, where the flow of visitors never ceased.

His family thanks both the White River Junction Veterans Hospital and Maplewood Nursing Home for the
incredible care provided to him. Staff at both facilities treated Jerry like their own grandfather. His memory will live long in the hearts of many.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Jerry to Congregation Ahavas Achim in Keene, Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland or a charity of your choice.

A funeral will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene. Burial will follow in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Barbara E. (Clark) Kelley

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Barbara E. (Clark) Kelley, 84 of Keene and formerly a long-time resident of Winchester, died on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. She passed unexpectedly in the comfort of her home.

Barbara was born the daughter of the late Lora G. (Bush) and Grant R. Clark on August 11, 1933 in Conway, Massachusetts. She was educated Conway, MA. and graduated from Deerfield High School class of 1951.

She was formerly married to the late Rodney Wells and Phillip Kelley. For the past seventeen years she has been in a relationship with Gerald “Jerry” Goslant of Winchester.

Barbara worked at the Keene Housing Authority as a receptionist for thirty years before retiring in 2001. Barbara wasn’t happy being at home. So, she accepted a position at Fairfield’s Automotive Group in Keene working two days a week as office staff.

She had many interests in life. Sitting around wasn’t one of them. Barbara was very active in the Winchester Historical Society. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and going to bingo. Time was spent working in her gardens growing flowers and vegetables. Barbara always had time for family events, especially going bowling with her children and grandchildren. She also had a softer side for animals especially, dogs and cats.

Mrs. Kelley is survived by her children; Kathy L. Kelley of Keene, Karen A. Parkhurst and her husband Wilbur of Bellows Falls, VT. and Patricia R. Kelley of Terre Haute, IN. She also leaves twelve grandchildren, several great grandchildren, cousins, extended family and friends. Barbara is pre-deceased by her son Keith B. Kelley who passed on November 5, 2005.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 4 to 7pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in the family lot in the spring of 2018 at Monadnock View Cemetery, Keene. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Barbara E. Kelley to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Alex H. Richard

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Alex H. Richard, 56 of Keene, NH. passed suddenly on December 2, 2017 in the comfort of his home following routine surgery.

Alex was born the son of the late Aline (Royer) and Raymond Richard on October 5, 1961 in Gardner, MA. He was raised in Gardner and graduated from Gardner High class of 1979.

Alex was proud to live in Keene, he worked for Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and shared many great adventures with Danny and Jim. Alex spent the week before his surgery visiting his lifelong best friend April Prentiss. He said it was one of the best weeks of his life and we are grateful he passed filled with happiness and peace.

Alex was a very private person and fiercely independent. Alex had a huge personality and was able to ease the tension of any stressful situation with his wit and humor. Alex always felt it best to “let it go” because “it is what it is.”

His friends describe him as one of a kind, sensitive, thoughtful, funny and dependable. Alex hated fishing, hunting and most sports. He enjoyed playing cards, social media, gardening “weeds are flowers too”, trips to the lake in Harrisville and the Cape. Alex really enjoyed going to yard sales, collecting cobalt glass, searching for unique lighthouses and decorating his home.

Alex will be missed by his brothers Robert Richard of Gardner, Raymond Richard and his wife Diane of Osterville, MA, sisters, Celeste Valliere and her husband Richard Pullen of St. Augustine, FL. Yvette Richard of Gardner, MA. and Theresa Chagnon of Millbury, MA. Alex also leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. We will all miss his smile, laughter and sense of humor. Alex now joins his parents, Raymond and Aline (Royer) Richard and his brother Patrick Richard in eternal rest.

In keeping with Alex’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life will be held on the Cape Cod in the spring of 2018. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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