James “Jim” A. Plifka, 94, a long-time resident of Spofford and formerly of Weare died on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Langdon Place of Keene, He passed peacefully after a period of declining health with the love of family near.
James was born the son of the late Mary (Gapinski) and Valenti Plifka on July 14, 1924 in Winchester. He attended Winchester schools but left after the 10th grade to enlist in the military. After Military service he graduated from Thayer High School.
Jim Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during
World War II on November 18, 1942. He served his country and was honorably discharged on April 24, 1946 at the rank of Private First Class, E-2.
On September 3, 1949 he exchanged vows with Betty N. Neilson. They were married at St. Michael’s Church in Brattleboro with family and friends in attendance. They have been married for almost seventy years.
He worked for the U.S. Government as a Dam Control Operator in Keene and Weare for twenty-seven years before retiring in 1985.
Jim was a man of faith and member of St. Margaret Mary’s, Parrish of the Holy Spirit in Keene for many years. He enjoyed being in the outdoors hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. He liked to work in the garden when time permitted. Jim also had a civic side to him. He was a member of the American Legion Post #5 in Brattleboro for many years.
Mr. Plifka is survived by his wife, Betty N. Plifka of Spofford. His four children; Deborah A. Desrosiers and her husband Arthur of Keene, Pamela M. Glaude and her husband, David of Manchester, Karen E. Fiala and her husband Henry of Manchester and Zigmund C. Plifka of Milford. Three grandchildren; Christopher Davis, Lorraine Davis and Nathaniel Desrosiers. He is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jim is pre-deceased by his siblings; Stanley Plifka, Steven Plifka and Jennie Bousquet and a grandchild, Heather Bailey.
In keeping with Jim’s wishes there are no calling hours. A graveside service is being planned for the spring in the family lot with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com.