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 23, 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. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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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 www.robertleustek.com

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. http://cheshirefamilyfuneralhome.com/

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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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Clifford “Cliff” Arthur Bauer

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Clifford “Cliff” Arthur Bauer, 87, a long-time resident of Keene died on Monday, July 31, 2017 in the comfort of his home at Bentley Commons.

Clifford was born the son of the late Irma (Sell) and Victor A. Bauer on February 18, 1930 at home in Wayne Township, Wisconsin. He graduated from West Bend High School, class of 1948, and then attended the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture. Cliff had to curtail his studies and return to operate the family dairy farm because his father had become ill. On October 27, 1951, he married his college sweetheart, Helene Bunce, daughter of Elsworth and Hazel Bunce of Peterborough, NH at the Unitarian Church of Peterborough. He and his new bride then returned to the family farm in Wisconsin. Helene’s parents missed their daughter, so in 1955, her father lured them to New Hampshire with the prospect of Cliff operating a Ford Tractor dealership.

Cliff became the President of Keats Inc., a dealer of Ford New Holland Tractors and Equipment and GMC trucks in Keene. Eventually, he and brother in-law, John Bunce, developed a state-of-the-art tractor dealership on Production Avenue in Keene. They co-founded Production Realty to develop the land purchased for this endeavor, creating what is now the Rt. 9 Production Avenue Industrial Park that houses the Subaru Dealership and other businesses. Cliff and his wife Helene, Secretary-Treasurer of Keats, Inc., worked side by side in this family business for decades, along with their son Jeff. During those years, Cliff served as a President of the New England Equipment Dealers Association, and won various Ford and GMC top sales awards.

Cliff was a man with great integrity and a big heart. Beyond his very busy business life, he always found time for family and supporting his community.

Cliff was a member of the United Church of Christ in Keene for many years, serving on multiple church committees and holding various offices within the church. He took great pride in being a deacon and enjoyed his personal relationship with God.

Cliff was also extremely committed to the Cheshire County YMCA and Camp Takodah. Cliff was especially involved in the Properties Committee, donating his time and equipment, and contributing to the Camp for the benefit of area children. He served on the Cheshire YMCA Board of Directors in numerous positions, and as a Senior Director. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Harold Dickinson Award for outstanding service to the Cheshire County YMCA.

Cliff first became involved with the Cheshire County YMCA through participating in the Father & Son Indian Guide program. It was a program in which fathers & sons participated together in hunting, fishing and camping.
Members of the program went on to establish a competitive Rifle Club, which later expanded its membership to include daughters. The fathers and spouses became close friends and created their own social club, called the “Rye Pond Association”, providing many fond memories and lasting friendships.

Cliff enjoyed boating, fishing in the “Big Lakes,”, and hunting. He loved snowmobiling, belonging to both the Chesterfield and Keene Snowmobile Clubs. They travelled widely while snowmobiling, including many trips to Canada, Pittsburg, NH., and Yellowstone National Park.

His time with his wife Helene was special. They loved dancing – especially Polkas and square dancing. They enjoyed travelling throughout Europe and the Caribbean. After retirement, they purchased a RV and travelled cross country. Later in life they especially loved cruises with family and friends and closer to home they delighted in having family gatherings at the lake – first at Hunts Pond, and later their own cottage on Spofford Lake.

He is survived by his wife Helene Bauer of Keene; his son Jeffrey C. Bauer and his partner Patricia Smith of Spofford, his daughters; Nancy J. Shaw and her husband Charles of Marlborough, and Anne B. Parsons and her husband Edward of Windham; and Steven V. Bauer and his wife Brenda Stowe of Gilford, as well as a sister, Joyce Gerlach of Cascade, WI, in-laws; Mary Ellen Reed of Jacksonville, FL and John Bunce and his wife Elizabeth Ann (Luitwieler) of Nelson. He also leaves grandchildren from combined marriages: Laura Miles, Mike Shaw, Daniel Shaw, Suzanne Mussen, Nicholas LaPointe, Samantha Bauer, Rachel Bauer, Hazel Bauer, Heidi Hurt, Kristen Hurt, great grandchildren: Isla and Calum Miles; Morgan, Sophie, and Harrison Shaw, Matthew Mussen, Auri LaPointe; Riley Bauer, and Zooey Hurt; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and numerous friends. Cliff is pre-deceased by his brother in-laws Horton Reed and Edwin Gerlach; and daughter in-law Bonnie (Ridley) Bauer.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 19, from 9:30 to 11am with a celebration of life service to follow at 11am, in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at the Monadnock View Cemetery, Arch St. Keene, NH. 03431.

Flowers will gladly be accepted; however, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Clifford A. Bauer to: Cheshire County YMCA Camp Takodah, Facility or Camper Scholarship Fund, 32 Lake St., N. Swanzey, NH. 03431.

A special thank you to the staff at Bentley Commons in Keene for their loving care and support.

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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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. WWW.cheshirefamilyfuneralhome.com

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