Charles “Charlie” B. Wright

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Charles “Charlie” B. Wright, 85, a resident of North Swanzey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 15, 2022, under the care of Keene Center Genesis.

He was born to the late Veda M. (Whipple) and Paul B. Wright on October 16, 1936, in Keene. He graduated from Keene High School, class of 1955.

On January 28, 1957, Charles exchanged vows with Katherine Cashman. They had a simple ceremony with their family and friends surrounding them.

Charlie worked for Markem in the machine shop for 38 years starting as a co-op student, he retired in 1991. After retirement, he was self-employed for a while, machining in his home shop.

He had many different hobbies in life such as NASCAR and traveling to several tracks for races. Charlie enjoyed camping in his motorhomes covering most of the United States and parts of Canada. He also enjoyed his travels to Europe. He liked working in his shop and was a man of many talents, the epitome of a Mr. Fix-it and a jack of all trades. He once discovered when the column shift in his car got really sloppy he could put it on the left of the column, it had the same pattern only upside down. He created “shoe tires” for his Model A and drove it in some local parades. He was never short on projects to finish or projects to start. Charlie was always willing to help family and friends whenever he could. He had a great sense of humor, a firm handshake, and was also known to be a gentle giant.

Mr. Wright leaves behind his beloved wife Kathy of North Swanzey, his three children Susan Rice of Winchester, Jaclynn Stromgren and her husband Rick of Keene, and Lorri Wright of Keene, and his two siblings Lawrence Wright of Marlborough and Barbara Lambert of Marlborough. He also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. He is now rejoined with his parents, his sister Virginia Johnson and brother Everett Wright, and his son-in-law Tom Rice.

Burial will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, September 30, 2022, in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey, NH. 03446. Although flowers will be gladly accepted, the family has requested all donations be made to the Home Healthcare Hospice-Community, 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH. 03431.

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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Gloria L. (Evans) Hayes

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Gloria L. (Evans) Hayes, 84, a resident of Keene and formerly of Milford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully while resting on Saturday, September 10, 2022, under the care of Applewood Genesis Center in Winchester, New Hampshire.

She was born the daughter of the late Alma (Hickey) and Louis W. Evans on July 12, 1938, in Kenton, Kentucky. Gloria graduated from Stratford High School in Stratford, Connecticut, class of 1956. She then attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee earning her Master’s Degree in Education.

On July 29, 1961, Gloria married Alford G. Hayes. They had a simple service with family and friends in Trumbull, CT. They began their life together in Ansonia, CT, and shortly thereafter, settled in Milford, Connecticut.

Gloria was a teacher for the early part of her teaching career and ultimately became the Executive Director of Good Shepard Child Care Development Center and East Shore Daycare Center in Milford, Connecticut. She served in this capacity for over 40 years until she retired in 2016.

Along with working, Gloria was an accomplished soprano vocalist, enjoyed singing in community and church choirs, and enjoyed spending summers at her family’s cottage in Stoddard, New Hampshire. She was a very active and devoted member of the United Presbyterian Church in Milford, Connecticut, and in the last three years, an active member of the United Church of Christ in Keene, New Hampshire.

Gloria is survived by her two daughters, Karen Bell (Bruce) of Stoddard and Laura Hayes of Keene, New Hampshire; her brother Reverend Paul C. Evans (Jonathan) of Topeka, Kansas. She is also survived by her two grandchildren Sarah Cheverier (Joseph) and Amber Bell; her great-grandson Matthew Hester and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family and friends. Gloria is now at peace with her parents, her daughter, Paula Hayes Martin, who passed in 2018; her brother, David R. Evans, who passed on April 11, 1965, and her grandson, Brian A. Bell, who passed in 2006.

Calling hours will take place from 10 AM to Noon, on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the West Haven Funeral Home in West Haven, Connecticut, followed by a memorial church service and dinner at the United Presbyterian Church in Milford, Connecticut. An additional memorial church service will take place at the United Church of Christ in Keene, New Hampshire (date and time to be announced). A private graveside service will be held at New Dow Hill Cemetery, in Stoddard, New Hampshire.

Although flowers will be gladly accepted, the family has requested that all donations be made to the

United Presbyterian Church
109 Seaside Ave.
Milford, Connecticut, 06460 or to the

Gloria Hayes Educational Foundation, C/O Good Child Development Center
170 Old Point Road
Milford, Connecticut, 06460.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, New Hampshire, 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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Charles ‘Ed’ Sears

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Charles ‘Ed’ Sears, 83, a resident of Keene and formerly of Gilsum, died peacefully on September 10, 2022, at Cheshire Medical Center with his wife of 61 years, Alice, by his side.

He was born to the late Charles and Anna (Cox) Sears on December 12, 1938, in Springfield, MA. Ed graduated from Technical High School in 1957 and American International College in 1961. He spent many years in retail management and 20 years with C&S Wholesale Grocers. During retirement, he and his wife operated a small distributorship.

On February 18, 1961, Charles exchanged vows with the love of his life, Alice E. White. They had a simple service in Hinsdale, NH.

Ed was witty with a wonderful sense of humor and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was a lifelong fisherman and sports fan, who was known to make a wager or two. He loved family gatherings, especially during holiday times. He and Alice were able to make many wonderful trips to the Caribbean and Las Vegas with family or close friends. Ed was a member of the Royal Order of Moose in Keene for 10 years along with being a member of the Lions Club in Cheshire, MA. for 5 years.

Family members include his son Scott Sears and his wife April of Alstead, NH. grandson Ken Sears and significant other Breauna Martin and great-grandchildren Emma, Aubrey and Mason of Alstead, NH. Brothers-in-law Frank White and wife Donna of Keene, NH, John White and wife Connie of Harrisville, NH. He is also survived by a niece, nephews, and cousins. Ed was predeceased by his grandson, Brandon Russell.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date.

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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Margaret “Maggie” B. Green

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Margaret “Maggie” B. Green, 95, a resident of Keene, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, under the care of Keene Center Genesis.

She was born a daughter to the late Estella (Russell) and Frank Baker on February 2, 1927 in Bennington, VT. She was educated locally in Vermont at the Bennington High School class of 1945. After graduation, she attended the Bennington Business College, class of 1947.

On December 15, 1945, Margaret exchanged vows with the love of her life Ernest W. Green. They had a simple service with their family and friends surrounding them. They were happily married for the past 50 years until Ernest passed away in 1995.

While living in Bennington, Maggie worked for Benn-Mount Company in Bennington, VT. until she moved to Keene in 1965. She then worked for Keene National Bank and worked there for 25 years until she retired in 1993.

Margaret had many hobbies she enjoyed such as listening to music, dancing, puzzles, and working on her vegetable garden. Maggie was a very social person. She was well known at her church, Cornerstone Baptist Church. She also loved to travel whenever and where ever she could.

Mrs. Green is survived by her sister Janet Willett of Sterling, VA. Her daughter Judy M. Kendall and her husband, Donald of Gilsum, and her grandson Anthony Biron of Keene. She is now at peace with her parents, husband, along with her two sisters, Dorothea Loveland and Jean Stone, her two brothers, Raymond Baker and Edward Baker. As well as her son who passed away in 1966 due to an accident.

A service will be at 10:00 am on Monday, September 12, 2022, at the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. With burial to follow at 11:00 am at the Monadnock View Cemetery in the family lot. Although flowers will be gladly accepted, the family has requested all donations be made to the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Margaret “Maggie” Green’s name.

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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Ruth M. (Curtis) Labshere

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Ruth M. (Curtis) Labshere, 75, a resident of Ashuelot and formerly of Winchester, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Friday, August 26, 2022, after a brief period of declining health.

She was born a daughter to the late Evelyn (Punt) and Ralph Curtis on November 30, 1946, in Keene. She was educated locally in Swanzey.

On April 24, 1971, Ruth exchanged vows with the love of her life, Arthur R. Labshere Sr. at the West Community Church. They have been happily married for the past 51 years.

Ruth was employed for 26 years by Cheshire Transportation in Swanzey as a bus driver until she retired in 2009. She also worked for Surell Associates in Troy for 10 years as a stitcher along with Homestead Woolen Mill as a spinner for 10 years.

Ruth enjoyed spending time with her Husband Arthur & family and especially her beloved dogs, Sadie, (Maggie & Buster Deceased). She also loved to collect tea pots and quilts and work in her flower gardens.

Mrs. Labshere is survived by her six children, Bonnie L. Boyd of Putney, VT. James M. Hilliard Jr. of Winchester, NH. Mark A. Hilliard and his wife, Michelle of Winchester, NH. Donna F. Snow and her husband, Hank of Ashuelot, NH. Ailliea L. Carle and her husband, Gary of Ashuelot, NH. and Arthur R. Labshere Jr. of Ashuelot, NH. Her two siblings Wendy Joslin of Swanzey, and Linda McGuire of Keene. She is also survived by her 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is now rejoined with her parents, Evelyn and Ralph Curtis, her bother Ralph Curtis Jr. who passed on May 12, 2020, and her one grandchild Ryalee Ann who passed on September 24, 2001.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, there will be no services held. All donations may be made out to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Homes and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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