Doreen A. “Desrosier” Boyea

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Doreen A. “Desrosier” BoyeaDoreen A. “Desrosier” Boyea, 83, of Keene and formerly of Greenfield, MA. passed away peacefully with her loving daughter, Christine, by her side on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at the New England Homes for the Deaf.

She was born on October 19, 1939, to the late Gladys (Olmstead) and George “Leo” Desrosier in Greenfield, MA. Doreen was educated at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT.

On November 22, 1969, Doreen exchanged vows with the love of her life, Perley “Tuffy” J. Boyea Jr. They had a simple service at St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Keene with family and friends by their side. They were happily married for 50 years until Perley passed away on November 8, 2020.

Doreen was formerly employed by Cheshire Medical Center as their kitchen aide for 20 years. Prior to Cheshire Medical Center, she worked at Douglas Toy in Keene for 20 years. After retirement, she worked at Kristen’s Bakery in Keene always with a beautiful hat and smile. Her festive hats and a friendly “wave of hello” were her expressions of love and happiness to everyone she met. She always had a smile on her face.

She enjoyed a good cup of coffee, being outdoors, and photography. Doreen also loved crafting, hats, and pugs.

Doreen A. “Desrosier” Boyea 2Mrs. Boyea is survived by her daughter Christine Greenwood-Smart and her husband, Jason of Surry, and her siblings, Harriet Desrosier of Greenfield, MA. Thomas Desrosier and his wife, Shirley of Bolton, MA. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Derek J. Greenwood and his wife Cassidy of Westmoreland, Dylan P. Greenwood and his significant other, Tayor Allain of Keene, great-grandchildren, Wyatt R. Greenwood and Warren J. of Westmoreland, Olivier P. Greenwood of Keene, a sister-in-law, Irene Boyea of Keene, Elizabeth and Bruce Beliveau of Keene, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her siblings, Lewis Desrosier and his wife, Lois, and Charles Desrosier.

The family is at peace knowing that Doreen is finally able to hear the birds singing, the leaves rustling in the trees, the beat of the drums of music she always wanted to hear and finally have the ability to hear the voices of all who love her after 83 years of silence.

A service will take place in the Fall of 2024 with a date and time to be announced later online. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Home for the Deaf, C/O Andrea Turnbull, 154 Water St. Danvers, MA. 01923 ( All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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