Mark A. Saarinen

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Mark A. Saarinen, 47, a resident of Troy, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Cheshire Medical Center following a brief illness.

Mark was born in Keene the son of Paula (Johnson) and Alpo Saarinen on July 3, 1972. He attended Monadnock Regional High School and graduated class of 1990. He furthered his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in N.Y. where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1994. After that, he attended the University of Iowa getting his Masters Degree in 1999 then his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering in 2001.

Mark had been employed by the University of Colorado where he did research and teaching and also worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Maryland. He was an avid reader and writer of poetry, and he enjoyed science and archeology.

Mr. Saarinen is survived by his parents; Alpo and Paula Saarinen of Troy; siblings; Jennifer Mancinelli and her husband, David of Newton and David E. Saarinen and his wife, Abigail Pierson of Bedford. His Uncles; Fred Johnson and his wife, Edith of Baltimore, MD and Paul Johnson of Troy. His Aunts; Elaine Harpold and her husband, Mike of Ketchikan, AK and Rosalyn Saarinen of Gardner, MA. He also leaves; a niece, 4 nephews, 6 cousins and extended family and friends.

There will be no services at this time. The family would prefer donations be made in memory of Mark A. Saarinen to:

Troy Ambulance Service
14 Central Square
Troy, N.H. 03465 or

Fitzwilliam Ambulance Service
4 Church St.
Fitzwilliam, N.H. 03447.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester, West Swanzey, NH 03469.

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Bernice M. (Parker) Fifield

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Bernice M. (Parker) Fifield, 85, a long-time resident of Spofford, died Monday, March 16, 2020. She died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family in the comfort of her home.

Bernice was born the daughter of the late Grace (Stone) and Almond Parker on November 16, 1934 in Marlborough, N.H. She attended school locally in Marlborough.
She was employed by Douglas Toy Co. where she worked as a seamstress for ten years before retiring in 1998.
She enjoyed; knitting, crocheting, gardening, playing bingo, baking, playing cards, her pets-especially Molly and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Fifield is survived by her children; Debra J. Bordner and her husband, Stephen of Hinsdale, James K. Parker of Island Pond, VT. and Harold W. Parker Sr. of N.Y. Her grandchildren that she raised as her own children; Heather M. Parrot and her husband, Rodney of Spofford; Jesse W. Parker and his wife, Hazel of Dublin; Bobby J Parker and Harold W. Parker, Jr. She is survived by twelve grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren. In addition, she leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is pre-deceased by her husband, William Fifield. She is also pre-deceased by her siblings; Marion Fifield, Frank Parker, Harold Parker, Herbert Parker and Wendell Parker.

In keeping with Bernice’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A private burial will take place in the spring at Friedsham Cemetery in Chesterfield. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Bernice M. Fifield to:

Monadnock Humane Society
101 W Swanzey Rd.
Swanzey, N.H. 03446.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories. 46 S Winchester St. Swanzey, N.H. 03446.

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Suzanne Elizabeth MacPhail

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Suzanne Elizabeth MacPhail, 70, of Winchester, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 13th at Cheshire Medical Center.

She was born March 2, 1950, in Keene, daughter of Chester R. and Elizabeth (Emery) Bergevin. Sue attended Keene schools graduating in 1968 from Keene High School. She attended Keene Beauty Academy attaining her cosmetology degree and worked as a hairstylist at many local salons including Panache. On July 8, 1972, she married William S. MacPhail, Jr. in Keene.

She devotedly cared for several relatives, including her mother for many years, dividing her time between raising a family and involvement in her family’s business, as president of Rte. 10 Auto Inc. in West Swanzey. She also worked part-time at MacPhail’s Auction and Lease and at SWM108 Auto. Most recently, she was employed at Demoulas Market Basket in Swanzey.

She enjoyed time with family, her Boxer dogs, shopping yard sales and flea markets, dining-out with friends, and vacations to Maine and Florida.

She will be dearly missed by many friends, but especially by her mother Betty, and sons; Scott W. MacPhail and his wife, Stephanie and Jay R. MacPhail, both of Swanzey. Her sister, Carol Hill of Venice, Florida, her brother, Robert W. Bergevin and his wife, Linda of Surry; the three delights of her life, grandchildren: Ashlyn, Kamran, and Tallon MacPhail of Swanzey; brother-in-law Edward McPhail and his wife, Susan of Swanzey. In addition, she leaves; cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Canada. She is pre-deceased by her father Chet, former husband Bill, and brothers-in-law Fred MacPhail and Donald Hill.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer of 2020 at the convenience of the family. Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories in Keene. 44 Maple Ave. Keene, N.H. 03431. An online guest book is available to leave a message of condolence for Sue’s family by visiting:

For those who wish, donations may be made in Sue’s memory to:

The Monadnock Humane Society
101 West Swanzey Road
Swanzey NH 03446

or one’s favorite charity.

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Nancy L. (Turner) Spadjinske

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Nancy L. (Turner) Spadjinske, 59, a long-time resident of Troy, and previously of Swanzey and MA died Friday, March 13, 2020. She died peacefully after a period of declining health at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene.

Nancy was born the daughter of the late Georgianna (Farrar) and Kenneth Turner on September 2, 1960, in Royalston, MA. She attended both Worcester and Gardner High Schools.

On January 9, 1999, she married Robert G. Spadjinske Jr. in a simple service at their home. They had been married for twenty-one years.

She was employed by MVS Fulfillment Services as an assembler for five years before retiring in 2005.

She enjoyed; fishing, playing bingo, going to flea markets, music, crocheting, being with her grandchildren and playing online Pogo games.

Mrs. Spadjinske is survived by her children; Kevin Parkhurst and his wife, Wendy of Winchester, Keith Parkhurst of Troy and James Leahy of GA. She is also survived by her children from a combined marriage; Jessica Spadjinski of Keene, Kathryn Pratt and her husband, Brian of Alstead, Robert Spadjinske of Claremont and Keely Spadjinske of Troy. Her siblings; Charlene Moore and her husband, John of Ludlow, VT., Karen Brundage and her husband, Joseph of Gardner of MA, Brenda Davngsay of Gardner, MA. and Robin Fields of Webster, MA. She also is survived by nine grandchildren. In addition, she leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 12-5 pm at the Samuel E. Paul Community Center, 61 South Street, Troy, N.H. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Nancy L. Spadjinske to:

Cheshire Medical Center
580 Court Street
Keene, N.H. 03431.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Glenn W. Sillanpaa

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Glenn W. Sillanpaa, 68, a long-time resident of Fitzwilliam, died on Sunday, March 8, 2020, unexpectedly from injuries sustained in a fire.

Glenn “Butch” was born in Gardner, MA the son of the late Elsie H. (Elola) and William H. “Popeye” Sillanpaa on September 30, 1951.

On April 5, 1974, he married Theresa M. Harlow in a simple service in Winchendon, MA. They had been married for forty-five years. Glenn was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, our nation’s Honor Guard.

Glenn owned and operated Sillanpaa Logging and Machine and worked as a highly respected logger and machinist. He retired in 2018 after forty-five years.

He enjoyed long-distance bicycling; making several trips to Canada and back in just three days. He was a dedicated animal rescuer, an avid outdoorsman, and a kayaker and enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren.

Mr. Sillanpaa is survived by his wife, Theresa (Harlow) Sillanpaa of Fitzwilliam. His children; Benjamin O. Sillanpaa of Spain, Lisa M. Foster and her husband, Jeffrey of Spofford; Gary W. Sillanpaa and his wife, Airial of Portsmouth and Tina E. May and her husband Dariusz of Nottingham. His siblings; Doreen Bennett and her husband, Edwin of Gardner, MA, Karen Tresback and her husband, Barry of Baldwinville, MA. and Mark Sillanpaa of AZ. His grandchildren; Isabella, Lilly, Liam, Georgia, Elsie, Charlotte, Keeton, Kyle, Grayson, and Nadege. In addition; he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

United States Army emblemDue to coronavirus all services are postponed until further notice. Updates will be placed on our website and in the local newspapers as soon as the dates and times are confirmed.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S Winchester St, Swanzey, NH, 03446.

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