Edward “Rocky” M. Fontaine

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Edward “Rocky” M. Fontaine, 75, of Keene and a former long-time resident of Swanzey died on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative Care in Lebanon. He passed peacefully with the love of family near after a brief period of declining health.

Edward was born the son of the late Clara F. (Reed) and Edward Fontaine on January 19, 1946, in Swanzey. He was educated locally and attended schools in Swanzey.
On March 31, 1984, he exchanged vows with Virginia “Ginger” H. Malone at the Swanzey Community House. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Ginger passed on November 5, 2018, after thirty-four years of marriage.

Rocky was fortunate enough to find love once again. On April 18, 2019, he met Tomasa “Tammy” D. LaFreniere, they fell in love and became engaged that same year. Tammy never left his side during his illness.
He was employed by the City of Keene working in the Highway Department as a truck driver for thirty years until his retirement in 2017. Rocky wasn’t one to sit still. After retirement, he stayed on with the City of Keene working with the Parks and Recreation Office doing seasonal work at the parks and cemeteries. Prior, he had worked at the C.L. Lane Construction Co. as a heavy equipment operator.

He enjoyed; hunting, watching NASCAR and the western channel (Cowboy movies). He was always up for a cookout with family and friends. Time was spent at Dunkin Donuts in North Swanzey with his “buds” laughing, poking fun and enjoying their time together. You could find Rocky watching the races at the Monadnock Speedway in warmer weather. In his younger years, Rocky enjoyed playing softball in numerous leagues. He was dubbed the “Golden Arm” for his great pitching skills. He was a member of the American Legion in Keene, The Italian Club in Keene and the Sportsman’s Club in Fitzwilliam.
Mr. Fontaine is survived by his Fiancée, Tomasa “Tammy” D. LaFreniere of Keene. His children; Mark E. Fontaine and his wife, Laura of Swanzey. Brian K Fontaine and his wife Kimberly of Marlborough. Children from a combined marriage; Susan M Sachetti and her partner, Scott Seymour of Swanzey. Julie L. Sachetti and her partner, Rick Germana of Swanzey.

Donald T. Sachetti of Swanzey and Robert A. Sachetti and his wife, Mel of Swanzey. His siblings; Ronald “Chuck” Fontaine and his partner, Karen Herbert of Swanzey and Priscilla Purrington of Richmond. Seven Grandchildren; Rebecca, Linda, Kevin, Felicia, Dylan, Emma, Alicia, Sam, Casey, Nina, and Dominic. In addition, he is survived by; ten great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Edward was predeceased by his wife, Virginia Fontaine and siblings, Donald Fontaine, Arlene Morin and Edna Miller.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will be private. There will be a celebration of his life on December 19 between 1 pm-4 pm at The American Legion on Court St. In Keene. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be sent in memory of Edward Fontaine to Jack Byrne Center for Palliative Care, C/O. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Dr. Lebanon, NH. 03756. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Kenneth Urbanski

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Kenneth Urbanski, 68, of Langdon passed away on November 21, 2021. A gathering to celebrate the life of Kenneth Urbanski will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2021, from 2 to 5 pm. in the Langdon Meeting House, at the town center, 5 Walker Hill Rd. Langdon, NH. 03602. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked you to send donations in memory of Kenneth Urbanski to Vilas Pool, P.O. Box 60, Alstead NH 03602.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories in Keene.

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Nancy A. Van Alstyne

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Nancy A. Van Alstyne, 79, of Keene, NH and formerly of Alstead, NH passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at home with her loving family by her side.

Nancy was born the daughter of the late Ruth (Graham) Van Alstyne in Gloversville, N.Y. where she attended local schools alongside her sister, Diana, and two brothers, Russell and Jerry. Nancy is reunited with her sister Diana Melita who passed away in 1991.

Nancy worked hard throughout her life having owned and operated Midway Pizza and Top It Pizza both in Alstead for several years prior to her retirement. She loved the patrons of each establishment. She made many friendships and memories that stayed with her through the years.

Nancy spent many years as a proud and loving stay-at-home mother. She always knew where her children were and curfew was determined by the street lights. Sending us out with a shout of “stay out of trouble” and welcoming us home with “take off your shoes”. If you were late, you’d hear your full name echo across town. You suddenly became the world’s fastest sprinter on those nights. Despite having twelve children of her own, her door was always open for friends and family. Nancy was also a devoted grandmother. She loved spending as much time as possible doting on her grandchildren. Nancy is reunited with her beloved grandson, Damian Hiscox-Mitchell who left us far too early in 2020.

One of Nancy’s favorite pastimes was watching the Yankees and teasing the “Bummer Sox” fans in her life. The highlight of her passion and dedication came in 2014 when she attended Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium – celebrating as he won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Nancy was also a fan of local teams. Attending many KSC basketball games and leading the “Third-Base Line Club” with cheers, cowbell ringing, and whistleblowing at home Swamp Bats games. Her competitive spirit was the spark and fuel for countless hours of Yahtzee, Tug of War, BINGO, giant slip and slides, card games, and Spoons. Family members and friends would draw straws to determine who would have to sit next to her. She was never a happy loser!

In her quiet time, Nancy enjoyed quilting, knitting, and crocheting. She gifted many of her creations to family and passed on her creative skills to many of her children and grandchildren. Her favorite holidays were Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Halloween was not bound by the date, for scary movies and creepy dolls were every night staples growing up in our house. Thanksgiving was extended far beyond family with each year bringing new friends. At Christmas, you were welcomed into her home with the sounds of Johnny Mathis playing in the background and Christmas villages adorning the shelves while the smell of gingerbread houses being built filled the air. Each of us searched her pantry for her delicious homemade chocolate-covered cherries – also a staple in our world no matter the season.

Nancy married Byron Hiscox Jr. and together they raised her eight children as their own, and they had four children together. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Jeffrey and Kristin Caminiti of Alstead, Penny Van Alstyne of Keene, Jamie and Michael Lucas of Keene, Melissa and Thomas Fredriksen of Alstead, Matthew Van Alstyne and partner Suzanna Fiske of Perkinsville, VT, Diana Van Alstyne of Keene, Amy and Brian Grover of Langdon, Benjamin and Emma Van Alstyne of Alstead, Sarah and Devin Gallagher of Langdon, Cynthia Hiscox of Keene, Zachery Hiscox and wife Ashleigh Mondoux of Spofford, Laura Hiscox and partner Aaron Scott of Keene, as well as her beloved special cousin Roberta Dumblewski of Amsterdam, NY.
Nancy was Gram, Grammy, Gramma Nancy or Hot-Dog-Gramma to her grandchildren Joshua Caminiti, Jennifer Caminiti, Eric Wortman, Alicia Wortman, Joshua Wortman, Jayden Caminiti, Jacob Ciresoli, Andrew Ciresoli, Kayla (Van Alstyne) Thomas, Tyson Fredriksen, Mallory Fredriksen, Stacey Lawlor, Johnathan Van Alstyne, Bodhi Hewey, Natalie Grover, Daniel Grover, Ben Weightman, Ella Van Alstyne, Nolan Gallagher, Elizabeth Gallagher, Noah Hiscox, Addison Scott, and Maxwell Scott. She is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren. Nancy was thrilled to know another granddaughter and great-grandson would be joining her large and loving family, both in April 2022. In addition, she is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, and four-legged grandchildren. Nancy will be reunited with our beloved father, Byron Hiscox Jr. who passed away in 2011.

In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service is being planned for 2022, with dates and times to be announced. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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William “Billy” J. Dixon

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William “Billy” J. Dixon, 60, a long-time resident of Easthampton and formerly of Ruchazie, Glasgow, Scotland died on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. He passed peacefully with the love of family near after a brief period of declining health.

William was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 24, 1961, the son of Christina M. McKenna. After immigrating to the United States at the age of ten, his mother, Christina married Joseph P. Yarasavych and he adopted both of her sons as his own. Billy was educated locally where he attended Easthampton schools.

He was employed at Big E’s Grocery Store in Easthampton for twenty-three years as a member of the front-end staff until his retirement in 2019. Billy loved working there. You could see him every day walking to and from work. Always smiling, saying hello, happy to have a job and meaning in life. He was a fixture at the store and people would go out of their way to see him or just say hello. Prior, he had worked at Best Buy in Hadley as a stock clerk and packager for a year.

He enjoyed watching New England sport teams. Billy was an avid wrestling fan. He would go to games and matches whenever possible and collected sport and wrestling memorabilia. Mostly, Billy enjoyed being with his family and close friends. As a young boy he was one of the original members of the first handicapped Boy Scouts of America in Northampton. Troop 308 accepted all young men of special needs and were on the forefront in the early 1980s of more than 100,000 handicapped Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the country to follow in their steps. He was an athlete of the Special Olympics winning numerous medals in swimming and other events. He loved pets, especially his dogs. Billy stole the hearts of many with his genuine kindness for all.

Mr. Dixon is survived by his parents, Joseph and Christina Yarasavych of Easthampton. His sibling; Paul-Micheal T. McKenna and his wife, Lisa of Montague Center. Eric R. Bemis, Elizabeth T. Yarra, Christianna S. Yarasavych and David J. Yarasavych all of Easthampton. His three nieces; Bethany A. Demers and her husband, Jay of Turners Falls. Heather S. Looman and her husband, Jake of Buckland and Alison M. McKenna of Greenfield. A nephew, Dominic Slavis of Greenfield. In addition, he is survived by; uncles, cousins, extended family and numerous friends. Billy is pre-deceased by his sister, Cynthia A. Yarra who passed on December 6, 2000.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 4 to 7pm. in the Boucher-O’Brien Funeral Home, 7 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA. 01027. A mass with a Christian burial to follow will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 10 am. in Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams St. Easthampton, MA. 01027. Burial will follow in the family lot at Brookside Cemetery, Williston Ave. Easthampton, MA. 01027.

Flowers, notes, pictures or words of kindness will gladly be accepted. However, the family has asked that in memory of Billy J. Dixon that one do any gesture of kindness for a person with special needs

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Robert “Bob” R. Desrochers

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Robert “Bob” R. Desrochers, 66, a long-time resident of Winchester and formerly of Worcester, MA. died on Sunday, November 14, 2021. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully in the familiar surroundings of his home with the love of his wife nearby.

Robert was born the son of the late Lorraine (Martin) and Ernest Desrochers on June 13, 1955, in Manchester. He attended schools in Charlestown, MA., and graduated from Charlestown High School class of 1973.

On January 6, 2006, he exchanged vows with Linda Shaktman. They were married with a simple service and have been married for fifteen years.

United States Army emblemBob enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after school. He served as an infantryman during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Expert Rifle Award (M-16), and the Grenade award. He was honorably discharged at the rank of SP-E4 on June 10, 1975.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, nature walks, various crafts.

Mr. Desrochers is survived by his wife, Linda Shaktman of Winchester. His children and their spouses; Daniel Desrochers of AL. Kaitlynn Carmona of AL. and a daughter for the combined marriage, Melissa Shaktman of Topsfield, MA. His siblings; Michael “Mike” Desrochers of Dorchester, MA. Linda Scott of Chelmsford, MA. Irene Martin of Stoughton, MA. Nancy Carriveau of FL. Carl Bowden of MA. Karen Rhines and her husband, Richard of NH. Don Bowden and his wife, Andrea of NH. Jim Camolli and his wife, Noemi of NH. Darlene Frick and her husband, Michael of CO., and Beau Bowden and his wife, Topaz. Six grandchildren; Mya, Braylee, Danny, Nova, Cayde, and Amari. In addition, Bob is survived by; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A public graveside service with military honors is being planned for the spring of 2022 in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. Dates and times of service will be posted on the funeral home website and published in the local paper. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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