Marion R. (Kauffman) Pratt

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Marion R. (Kauffman) Pratt, 93, of Keene and formerly of Fairfield, CT. died on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Langdon Place in Keene.

She was born the daughter of the late Marion (Marsh) and the Rev. Henry Kauffman on August 9, 1924 in Bayonne, N.J. She was educated in Westwood, N.J. and graduated from Westwood High School. Marion went on in her studies and graduated from Montclair State Teachers College in New Jersey with a BA in French.

Marion was one of the greatest generation serving her country in the U.S. Navy during World War II where she served as a store keeper and translator. She was honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer 3rd. Class / E-4.

She also worked as a Clinical Administrative Assistant for RCA International in New York City for several years after the war. Later in her career she was employed by Purdue Pharma Co. where she worked as an assistant credit manager. She retired in 1990.
Marion enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, and playing golf. She also enjoyed looking at wildflowers in the woods and side of the road.

Ms. Pratt is survived by her children; Judith M. Sullivan and her husband Francis of Keene, James Pratt of Pembroke, N.H., and her ex-husband, James D. Pratt of Newton, MA. She also leaves two grandchildren; Kathleen L. Sullivan of Albany, VT., Margaret M. Lashof-Sullivan and her husband Matthew of Watertown, MA. and a great granddaughter, Cora J. Lashof-Sullivan of Watertown, MA. Marion is pre-deceased by her brother John H. Kauffman.

In keeping with Marion’s wishes there are no calling hours. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Donations can be made in memory of Marion R. Pratt to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Eva M. (Noel) Putnam

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Eva M. (Noel) Putnam, 90, of Swanzey and formerly of Lake Wales, FL. died on Saturday, March 10, 2018. She passed peacefully at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene after a brief period of declining health.

She was born the daughter of the late Mary L. (Gilbert) and Leon Noel on December 20, 1927 in Winchendon, MA. She attended schools in Winchendon and Athol.

On August 19, 1950 she exchanged vows with Reno Putnam in West Boylston, MA. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Reno passed on July 31, 2014 after almost sixtyfour years of marriage.

Eva was proud to be a stay at home mother and housewife. She did work for the former Giant Store and The Mart for several years as a store clerk and cashier in Keene.

She was a charter member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene and the Lake Wales Lutheran Church in FL. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, camping and travel by motorhome. She was a former member of the Bounders of America, Good Sam Club and The Dam Yankees RV Clubs. Eva enjoyed horseshoes with her husband, where she was a lifetime member of the Keene Horseshoe Club and the Winter Haven Horse Shoe Club. She was known to give freely of her time where she sold popcorn and other items at tournaments. As time went on and she moved back to live with her daughter in NH. she became an avid NASCAR fan. She liked to make puzzles with her son in-law. Football became interesting and she loved to watch golf, especially Tiger Woods when he was on television.

Mrs. Putnam is survived by her children; Philip B. Putnam and his wife Karen of Christiansburg, VA. And Eileen M. Ball and her husband Russell of Swanzey. A daughter in-law, Priscilla Putnam of Bennington, VT. She also leaves five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Eva is pre-deceased by her sons Dennis M. Putnam and Gene Putnam and Eva’s infant daughter Lynda all passed earlier.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 4 to 6pm. in the funeral chapel. A celebration of life service will occur on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11am. in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will follow at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene. Donations can be made in memory of Eva M. Putnam to: Trinity Lutheran Church or School, 100 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Lake Wales Lutheran Church or School, 640 S. Scenic Hwy, Lake Wales, FL. 33853. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Devin A. Tardiff

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Devin A. Tardiff, 27, of Keene and formerly of Roxbury died at home after taking control of his life and ending it.

Devin was born the youngest son of Dream (Beauregard) and Donald Tardiff on April 22, 1990 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Monadnock Regional High School class of 2008. Devin went on in his studies and applied to an accelerated program at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Film Studies, class of 2011

He was recently employed by the Timkin Co. in Keene where he worked to follow a long family tradition of machinists for them. Prior, he had worked at Full Flex in Brattleboro, Target of Keene, and Ruger Co. in Newport NH.

Devin enjoyed many things in life. Time was spent riding motorcycles and snowmobiling. He loved music and concerts. Devin was an accomplished guitar player where he wrote his own music and played with a small garage band of friends over the years. Devin had a great appreciation for many types of arts. He was a third-degree brown belt in Kung Fu. He enjoyed being with nature and the outdoors. He was not a man who took the easy route. He was a hard worker and enjoyed a challenge. Devin also had a softer side to him. Family time was very important as well as spending time and being available for his friends. He was an avid reader known for reading comic books to science books. He liked to brew beer and make honey mead. In his younger years he played Carl Ripken baseball, was a member of the Monadnock Regional High School lacrosse and football teams. He was an occasional skateboarder with the prompting of his older brother.

Mr. Tardiff is survived by his parents, Don and Dream Tardiff of Roxbury. His brother, Amos J. Tardiff of Keene. A niece, Aryanah Vayens of Antrim. In addition he leaves; aunts, a great uncle, many cousins, extended family and lots of friends.

In keeping with Devin’s wishes there are no formal religious services. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 5 to 8pm. at the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will take place in the spring, in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, Swanzey. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Devin A. Tardiff to: Samaritans for Suicide Prevention, 103 Roxbury St. Ste 203, Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel.

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Alton “Al” S. Chandler

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Alton “Al” S. Chandler, 78, a long-time resident of Keene died on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in the comfort of his home.

Alton was born the son of the late Mary (Coolm) and Allen Chandler on September 5, 1939 in St. Albans, VT. He attended schools in Middlebury, Vt. and graduated from Middlebury High School Class of 1957.

He served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard as a Personnel Specialist. Al was honorably discharged on December 9, 1962 at the rank of Sp4 – E4.

Al worked as a Senior Sales Rep for the Tichenor College Textbook Company until he retired in 2008. Prior he had worked for Wallace’s College Textbook Co., Barnes and Noble, Keene State College as Book Store Manager and Middlebury College Book Store as the Assistant Manager.

On April 21, 1990 he exchanged vows with Maureen E. (Whittle) formerly Robarge. They were married at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene with family and friends in attendance. They have been married for almost twenty-eight years.

Al was well known for being a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed watching all the New England teams. He also loved to watch the up and comers playing college basketball. Al was always up for going to dinner and enjoying time with family and friends. Mostly, Al was a family man. He enjoyed being a husband, father and in time grandfather.

Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife, Maureen E. Chandler of Keene. His children; Constance Bessette of VT., Tracy Chandler of MD., Timothy Chandler of Taunton, MA., Jessica Bergeron of Barrington, Michael Robarge and his fiancee Kimberley Diemond. Chesterfield, Mark Robarge of Rindge, Jeremy Robarge and his wife Mary of Keene and Justin Robarge and his wife Sara of Monterey, CA. His identical twin Allen Chandler and his wife Estelle; his sister in-law on his side, Kathy Chandler. His in-laws on his wife’s side; Paul Whittle and his wife Linda, Cait Throop and her husband, Gary, Kevin Whittle, Faith Palermo and her husband Phil, Eileen Stewart and her husband Don, Meg Whittle and her partner Darlene Beauregard and Stephen Whittle and his wife Ellen Williams. Grandchildren; Hannah Upham and her husband Josh, Abby Bergeron, Alexis Robarge, Aiden Robarge, Dylan Robarge, Alaina White and her husband Griffin, Nathan Robarge, Steven Robarge, Elizabeth Robarge and twins Sylas and Haven Robarge. Two great grandchildren; Carson Upham and Kaya Upham. Al is pre-deceased by his brother, Phillip Chandler. In addition he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A very special thank you from Maureen to her sister Eileen for her incredible and loving help during Al’s final days.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 10 to 11am. with a celebration of life service to follow at 11am. all in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place later. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would request donations be made in memory of Alton S. Chandler to: Hospice and Community Services, 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.

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Robert D. “Bob” Sodders Jr.

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Robert D. “Bob” Sodders Jr. 61, a longtime resident of Alstead and formerly of Keene and Colebrook died on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. Surrounded by song and held in the loving embrace of his family and friends, Bob left this world as peacefully as he had inhabited it.

From the first and to the last Bob was a dedicated and giving family member who overcame adversity to touch the lives of those he loved. On March 9th 1956 in East Meadow, NY, Bob was born the third son to the late Robert D. Sodders Sr. and Marie Sodders. To his older fraternal twin brothers Mike and Pat, Bob was a playmate and occasional “Rocketman” who stood on the short end of a two by four leaning against a cinder block while his brothers jumped on the long side. In this way Bob “inspected” the roof of their home in Centereach, NY. To his baby sister Pam he was as much a father as he was a beloved older brother.

After the end of his parents’ marriage when he was 12, Bob combed Pam’s hair, held her when she was sick, made her meals, and got her ready for school and bedtime while their mother worked to keep the family afloat. In those years Bob explored nature and developed his outdoorsman skills as a member of Explorer Post 686 “The Wood Nymphs”. Indoors he indulged his life-long love for singing with his childhood friends Joe and Jimmy Paviglianiti in the band Captain Brad. As the lead singer Bob belted out “Ride Captain Ride” to open and close each of their performances amid screaming fans, surprised moms and envious friends! Bob read books, works of literature, science-fiction and history, quickly and voraciously.

He was an avid chess player. Bob set out from Long Island and into the world in 1978 and met and quickly fell in love with Bernadette. As family lore has it, they met on a Monday, went out on Friday, moved in together by the following Monday. Bob disarmed her skeptical family of towering siblings and parents with his characteristic wit, humor and charm.

On June 25th 1983, morning rains beautifully and unseasonably swelled Beaver Brook Falls before receding into bright sunshine as Bob and Bernie declared to friends and family and the world the sacred vows they had long ago made to one another. They were loving partners for nearly 40 years including their 34 years of marriage. Not long after their wedding Bob fell ill and lost most of the use of his legs and Bernie’s mother fell ill, and soon passed away. Bob and Bernie overcame illness, disability and parental loss to take care of their two young sons Steven and Vinny and Bernie’s younger sisters Christie and Monica for whom Bob was like a father. Through it all, Bob maintained his sense of humor, his sense of duty to his family and his determination not to let anything stop him.

Bob went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Franklin Pierce University in 1992 and after the birth of his youngest children Sean and Sabrina, chose to continue giving his children the invaluable gift of his time, before and after school, on trips to parks and the library, and in hours listening to and loving each of them. For his children and many of their friends, Bob was the loving father they needed. Bob thought deeply, read widely, loved completely, and lived incomparably.

He imparted his love for nature to his children in numberless trips to Lake Warren to swim, to canoe, and to pick wild blueberries on the shores of its island. Many people are loved, but Bob was the brightest, warmest star in our family constellation, whose light warmed us, whose presence centered us, and whose absence will leave us missing him; always.

Bob is survived by his wife, Bernadette “Bernie” L. Sodders of Alstead. His four children; Steven D. Sodders and his wife Jules of Artesia, CA. Vincent “Vinny” R. Sodders and his wife Emily of Gilsum, Sean M. Sodders of Alstead and Sabrina A. Sodders of Portland, ME. His mother, Marie Sodders of NY. Siblings; Mike Sodders and his wife Laura of N.Y. Pat Sodders of N.Y. and Pam Losquadro and her husband Joe of N.Y. Three grandchildren; James Sodders, Teagan Kim-Sodders and Evelyn Sodders. In addition he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00pm at the 3rd Congregational Church, 14 River St. Alstead, NH. 03602. Donations can be made to: United Way 23 Center St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Alstead Food Pantry / Fall Mountain Friendly Meal, 121 Main St. Alstead, NH. 03602. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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