Lorraine M. (Raymond) Tucker

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Lorraine M. (Raymond) Tucker, 88, of Keene and formerly of Bennington, NH. died on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. She passed peacefully while sleeping after a period of declining health.

Lorraine was born the daughter of the late Lydia (Short) and Alfred Raymond on December 20, 1929 in Plymouth, NH. She was educated in North Stratford and graduated from North Stratford High School class of 1947.

On October 10, 1953 she exchanged vows with Benton L. Tucker at the Immaculate Conception Church in Troy. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Benton passed in May of 1996 after forty-two years of marriage.

Lorraine worked for the U.S. Postal Service where she became the Postmaster in the Town of Bennington, NH. She retired in 1991 after twenty-four years of service to the community.

She had many interests in life. Time was spent sewing and baking. Lorraine was always the doting grandmother making costumes for the kids and sewing when needed. She was always up for watching the little ones. It was her special time to be with them.

Mrs. Tucker is survived by her children; Robert Tucker and his wife Cynthia of Swanzey, Diana Conley and her husband Scott of Troy, and Steven Tucker and his wife Maria of Centennial, CO. Her siblings; Doug, Harold, and Pauline. Her grandchildren; Matthew Tucker and his wife Christina of Londonderry, Andrew Tucker of Swanzey and Danielle McInnis of Salem. Her great-grandchildren; Dominic, Evelyn, and Easton. She is also survived by; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Lorraine is pre-deceased by her siblings; William, Leon, Wilfred, Herbert and Larry, who all passed earlier.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11am. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, Homestead Hwy, Rt. 32 S. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Lorraine M. Tucker to the charity of one’s choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Carroll “Curt” H. Higley

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Carroll “Curt” H. Higley, 84, a long-time resident of Ashuelot, NH and formerly of Brattleboro, VT died on Friday, August 24, 2018. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with the love of family at his side after a period of declining health.

Curt was born the son of the late Mary (Neill) and Clarence Higley on October 1, 1933 in Waitsfield, VT.

He was educated in Brattleboro and graduated from Brattleboro Union High School with the class of 1954. Soon after high school Curt enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served his enlistment during the Korean War in South Korea as a Combat Engineer with Co. A. 11th Engineering Battalion APO 301. He was honorably discharged at the rank of SP3 / Specialist E3 with a Good Conduct Medal.

On October 29, 1971 he exchanged vows with Donna Perkins in Vernon, VT. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Donna died on January 30, 2013 after forty-one years of marriage.

Curt worked as an electrician for the IBEW Local 490 based out of Concord. He worked diligently for the union for twenty-five years before retiring in 1995.

Curt enjoyed many things in life. In his younger years he liked to hunt, fish, hike and go camping with his family. He was an avid football fan and could be found coaching from the couch whenever possible. Mostly, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, and in time grandfather and great grandfather.

Mr. Higley is survived by his children; Linda J. Mansur of Greenville, SC, Laura L. Castine of Ashuelot NH, Kimberley S. Higley of Swanzey NH, Michael Higley of Tennessee, and Kathy DelToro of Pittsfield, MA. He leaves 10 grandchildren; Thomas P. Mansur, Michael F. Mansur, Travis J. Castine, Sylvia M. Patenaude, Ashley L. Thompson, Shanna Boyd, Krista Williams, Jeremy Higley, Jessica Martin, and Kristin DelToro. Ten great grandchildren; Jayylin, Kiley, Haylei, Carly, Mya, Minka, Mason, Liam, Nolan, and Evrit. His siblings; Delbert Higley of Brattleboro, Inez Laskowski of Chesterfield, Elwin Higley and his wife Betty of Chesterfield and Janette Page and her husband Edward of FL. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Curt is pre-deceased by his siblings; Forrest Higley and Mert Higley.

Burial will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11am in the family lot with Military Honors at Chesterfield West Cemetery, Poor Rd. Chesterfield, NH. 03443. A gathering to celebrate Curt’s life will be held at 1pm at the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, Main St. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Carroll H. Higley to: Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, (CHAD) 1 Medical Center Dr. Lebanon, NH. 03766 or to: Friends of Pisgah Park, P.O. Box 134, Chesterfield, NH. 03443. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Jack D. Marsh Sr.

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Jack D. Marsh Sr. 78, a long-time resident of Winchester died on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the comfort of his home. He passed peacefully in familiar surroundings with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

Jack was born the son of the late Eva B. (Zuell) and John P. Marsh on June 18, 1940 in West Swanzey, NH. He was educated locally attending schools in Swanzey and Keene.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 29, 1959 Jack was honorably discharged on August 12, 1864 during the Vietnam War at the rank of Spec 4 / E-4 .

On May 28, 1977 he exchanged vows with Janet L. Will. They were married at the Veterans Hall with family and friends in attendance and have been married for forty-one years.

Jack worked at the Carl B. Thomas Construction and Blasting Company in Spofford. He started with company in 1974 and retired in 2005 after thirty-one years of employment.

He had many interests in life. Time was spent fishing the local ponds, streams and lakes. He especially loved ice and brook fishing. Time was also spent working in his flower and vegetable gardens. He also enjoyed an occasional game of horse shoes and going to the casinos. Jack was a man who liked cooking for family and friends and was always up for going to the beach or spending time in Maine. He was a man who believed in giving to his community. He gave freely of his time to work and participating in many programs with the American Legion Post in Apache Junction, AZ. and Winchester. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge 406 in AZ. The William Marconi Italian Club in Keene, Mt. Pisgah Sportsman Club where he would assist with Thanksgiving dinners and would also give time to assist the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion with community dinners.

Mr. Marsh is survived by his wife, Janet L. Marsh of Winchester. His children; Debbie Patnode and her husband, Gregg of Keene, Geneva Marsh of Homosassa, Fl. David Marsh of Homosassa, FL. Jack Marsh Jr. and his wife, Thea of Winchester, Kevin Marsh and his wife, Sandi of Beverly Hills, FL. Kelly Martin and her husband, William of Henniker, Scott Hagland and his wife, Jessica of Charlestown, and Jennifer Marsh of Keene. A sister, Sylvia Tetreault of FL. In addition, he is survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jack is pre-deceased by his daughter, Sandra Marsh who passed on April 8, 2017. His grandson Jarod Marsh along with his siblings; Joyce, Marion, Richard and Gloria all passed earlier.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 6 to 8pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10am. all in the funeral home. Burial will follow in the family lot with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond Rd. Rt 32 W. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Jack D. Marsh Sr. to: American Legion Post 44, VFW Post 3968, 5 Main St. Winchester, NH. 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Donald McCollester

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, 74, of Keene passed away Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at home.

He was born in Keene, NH on December 6th, 1943, the son of Margaret (McAleese) and Edmund McCollester. Don was educated and graduated from Keene High School where he was awarded a National Merit Scholarship Commendation.

Don gained employment with Markem Corporation for one year as a CNC operator, before voluntarily entering the Army on May 28th, 1964, where he was a Track Vehicle Mechanic (tanks). While stationed in Germany he met his wife.

On August 31, 1966 he married Doris (Tessner) in Bamberg, Germany, proposing by drawing a wedding chapel and two interlocked rings on a napkin as his German and her English was non-existent. Don and Doris were happily married for 52 years.

After returning to the US, Don was re-employed by Markem Corp. He continued his education while working at Markum and graduate from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science. After 20 years with Markem Corp. Donald opened and operated General Art and Northeast Drafting. He continued his business for 20 years before retiring.

He was a member of the Keene Masonic Temple where he was a Master Mason, a Shriner and member of The American Legion, Keene Post #4. Don was a jack-of-all-trades, loved art and music, hunting and fishing and carpentry. He crafted 2 businesses for his wife. Donald was also a former NH State Putting Champion in 1997 and went on to compete at the PGA World Putting Championship in Orlando, FL. His favorite candy was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Besides his wife, Donald is survived by his daughter Dianna McCollester Madden and her husband Jason of Westmorland, Grand Children Hayley and Heather Madden, his son David McCollester of Keene, a brother Gordon McCollester of Rye, NH, A niece, Kathy McCollester. A nephew, Darren McCollester and Niece Leslie (McCollester) Creus. His sister, Linda (McCollester) Phillips of Oregon, Nephew, Brant Phillips, Niece Kelley Parker Fisher and Mary (McCollester) Duddy.

There will be calling hours on Friday (9/14/2018) from 6 to 8 P.M., at the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave., Keene, NH. Donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield Mass. 01104. 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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Diane Lenore Coperthwaite

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Diane Lenore Coperthwaite of Gilsum passed away peacefully at home on August 29th after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 90 years old. She was born August 22, 1928 in New London, Connecticut, the daughter of Dr. William D. Taylor and Lenore G. (Elwood) Taylor.

She attended Upsala College in East Orange, NJ and the University of Hartford. She lived in Bristol and New Britain, Connecticut and Lehigh, Florida. In her thirties she studied to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, a career she pursued with great joy for more than forty years. Musically gifted, she was a church soloist and choir director and also sang at the World Day of Prayer concert in Hartford, Connecticut. Her glorious soprano voice graced many a gathering. Poetry was another avenue of endeavor and several of her poems were published in Yankee Magazine.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Walter W. Coperthwaite, and is survived by a daughter, Jeannine A. McConnell of Gilsum and son-in-law James W. McConnell of Swanzey, and a son, Keith A. LeBlanc and daughter-in-law Frances Peterson LeBlanc of Meriden, Connecticut, as well as a grandson, all of whom will cherish her memory.

Religious services and interment of ashes will take place in Connecticut at a later date. In keeping with Diane’s wishes donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice. 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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