Robert A. “Bob” Barker

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Robert A. “Bob” Barker, 85, longtime resident of Keene, died early Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2019, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

He was born on March 31, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Caroline (Hummel) and William Barker. He attended high school in Brooklyn and two years of college through the U.S. Air Force, where he worked on radar towers in Libya, Morocco, and Santa Fe, NM. While in Santa Fe, he performed the heroic deed of delivering a stranger’s baby in the back of a moving vehicle.

On May 16, 2003, he married Jean A. (Lecuyer) Wilmott in a simple service at Ashuelot River Park. They have been married for sixteen years. Bob and Jean owned a lighting store, The Lighting Showroom, in Keene for several years. Before that, Bob ran other businesses in Manchester, VT., and Texas, including a plumbing and heating supply store and an excavation business. He retired in 2004.

Bob enjoyed creating paintings for family members, camping, going to the casinos, traveling, reading, and his Maltese dog, Barney, the apple of his eye. He loved to share his passion for history and stories of his time in the military with his step grand-children.

Bob was a 50-year-plus member of Freemasonry.

Bob is survived by his wife Jean of Keene. A son, Jonathan Barker of Miami Beach, FL. and another son and two daughters, all of New Jersey. Three stepchildren: Troy Wilmott and his wife Jessica of Alstead, Frederick (Rick) Wilmott Jr. and his fiancé, Britany Caparelli of Providence, R.I. and Sharon Wilmott Koshar and her husband, Glenn of Keene. Five grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, William Barker and his sister Carol McKune.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A memorial service with military honors to follow will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 11 am. in the funeral chapel. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Kathleen “Kathy” (Andrews) Knight

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Kathleen “Kathy” (Andrews) Knight, 72, a long-time resident of Marlborough died on Saturday, August 31, 2019. She passed unexpectedly in the comfort of her home with the love of family near.

Kathleen was born the daughter of the late Beatrice (Davis) and Charles Andrews on October 14, 1946, in Keene. She was educated in Alstead and graduated from Vilas High School class of 1964. She went on in her studies earning her Associates of Applied Science in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College in Jaffrey.

On May 21, 1966, she exchanged vows with David A. Knight at the Methodist Church in Marlow. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for fifty-three years.

Kathy worked in the family business as a co-owner and bookkeeper for Dave’s Automotive in Marlborough for thirty-six years.

She enjoyed; painting, her dog Sam, traveling and family time. She was the family entertainer with great wit and a knack for telling stories. When time permitted, she was the family genealogist exploring the family history. Kathy was also a giver of time to her community. She was a former member of the Marlborough School Board, Town Treasurer and former President of the Auto and Truck Recyclers Association

Mrs. Knight is survived by her husband, David A. Knight of Marlborough. Her daughters; Michelle K. Ferranti and her husband, Dean of Marlborough and Kelly Knight and her husband Greg Dubois of Swanzey. Her siblings; Carol Pacetti and her husband, Richard of Brattleboro, VT. and Charles Andrews and his wife, Jacinthe of Leominster, MA. Five grandchildren; Bethlyn Ferranti, Michael Ferranti, Nathan Gauvin Dubois, Sarah Dubois, and Kate Dubois. In addition, she leaves; three great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5 to 7pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10am all in the funeral chapel. Burial will be held privately. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Kathleen A. Knight to: Kitty Rescue and Adoption. 11 Plantation Dr. Jaffrey, NH. 03452 or to: Fast Friends Grey Hound Adoption, 14 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446 or 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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Cynthia Ann Palmer Ryder

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Cynthia Ann Palmer Ryder, 87, of Winchester, NH, passed away on Friday, August 30, with family at her side. She remained fully involved with her family, friends, and community until the very end.

Cyndy was born to Boyd B. Palmer and Rachel Akers Palmer in Santurce, Puerto Rico on June 24, 1932. She remained proud of her Puerto Rican roots and often visited her childhood home in San German.

Cyndy attended the Northfield School for Girls (1950), an early connection to this corner of New England. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College (1954) and earned an MS from the Yale School of Public Health (1956). Despite requesting an internship in South America, Cyndy was placed with the Quincy, MA Health Department. Brooks Ryder served as the Health Officer at the time. Brooks soon left to direct the Haile Selassie Public Health College in Ethiopia, and from there he wrote to Cyndy to propose. They were married in Paris in 1957.

For the next ten years, Brooks continued his Public Health work with governments across Africa; in each country, Cyndy volunteered with public health and community projects. Their daughters were born in Ethiopia (Ann, Priscilla), Mali (Penny), Burkina Faso (Phyllis). They were evacuated from Egypt during the Six Day War. The family then lived in Indonesia for nine years before returning to Winchester.

Cyndy advocated for health and equality in every part of her community. She served on the Boards of Planned Parenthood of New England; Home Health Care, Hospice and Community Services; and the Tobacco-Free Coalition, among others. She was a fixture at Winchester Town Meetings, where she spoke with great conviction. Working on the Winchester Star ignited long-lasting friendships. She was a founding mother of the Winchester Learning Center. A former member of the Winchester School Board, she remained active with Community and Schools Together. Throughout, she was a beloved and devoted leader at the United Church of Winchester. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen named her the NH Volunteer of the Year in 1996.

Known for her warm, gracious hospitality, Cyndy connected friends across oceans and decades. She loved to garden and created beautiful flower arrangements. She supported people individually and collectively. She seemed to understand what each person needed; if she couldn’t provide it herself, she called someone else to get it done.

Cyndy leaves her children: Ann Ryder of Branford, CT; Priscilla Ryder of Maynard, MA; Penny Ryder Vaine (Jeff) of Winchester, NH; and Phyllis Mentzell Ryder (Eric) of Takoma Park, MD; grandchildren Ken Burdett, Emily Burdett; Martin Ryder; Amanda Vaine, Laura Collins (Mike) Marie Vaine; Jacob Ryder and Alex Mentzell; and three great-grandchildren. In addition, she leaves her sister-in-law Marie Riley of North Attleboro, MA. cousins; Jane Akers Stallman and Judy Akers. In addition she is survived by, many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Sept. 21, 2019 at 2pm. at her home, 90 Pudding Hill Rd. Winchester, N H. 03470

In her memory, she would be grateful if you would enjoy a day in a garden, write a letter to the editor, or pray for peace. And remember: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In lieu of flowers, Cyndy requested donations to the

United Church of Winchester
97 Main St. Winchester, NH. 03470.

Planned Parenthood of New England
784 Hercules Dr. Ste. 110
Colchester, VT. 05446. or

a globally focused peace/justice organization of your choice. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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Rodrigue “Rod” J. Croteau

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Rodrigue “Rod” J. Croteau, 82, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of North Walpole died unexpectedly in the comfort of his home.

Rodrigue was born the son of the late Beatrice (Gallant) and Leo Croteau on November 28, 1936 in Berlin. He was educated in Berlin and graduated from Berlin High School class of 1955.

Rod was a patriot, serving his country from 1954 to 1961. He served in the New Hampshire Army National Guard, attaining the rank of E-2. After an honorable discharge, he then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He proudly served his country with distinction and was honorably discharged again on November 29, 1961 at the rank of Corporal E-4.

On May 3, 1958 he exchanged vows with Therese “Terry” R. Montminy at St. Joseph’s Church in Berlin. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Terry passed on May 2, 2019 one day short of their sixty-first anniversary.

Rod enjoyed many things in life. He loved going on casino trips. Time was spent fishing, traveling, and going to the Good Sam Campgrounds with his family. He was always up for a game of cards. He was a member of the Monadnock Squares with his wife. He was also giving of his time to the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 478 in Keene.

Mr. Croteau is survived by his son, Michael R. Croteau and his wife, Elizabeth of Leominster, MA. His siblings; SR. Roberta Croteau of Manchester, Grace Chauvin of Manchester, Marcelle Aubin of Manchester, Lucien Croteau of Berlin. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Rod is pre-deceased by his son, Robert L. Croteau who passed on May 16, 1980 and his siblings; Joseph Croteau, Normand Croteau, Roger Croteau and Sylvio Croteau.

In keeping with Rod’s wishes there are no calling hours. A mass will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 10 am. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Parish of the Holy Spirit, 33 Arch St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will follow in the family lot with military honors at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Drewsville Rd. Walpole, NH. 03608. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in memory of Rodrigue J. Croteau to: St. Vincent DePaul Society, C/O Parish of the Holy Spirit, 185 Main 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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Neile John Vaine Jr.

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Neile John Vaine Jr. 81, a long-time resident of Winchester passed away peacefully at his home, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with family by his side.

He was born the son of the late Clarice (Smith) and Neile Vaine Sr. on June 7, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. He was educated in Winchester where he attended local schools earning his General Education Diploma.

On December 20, 1958 Neile took his vows to Connie M. Botting at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Winchester. Sadly, Connie passed on December 18, 2009 after almost fifty-one years of marriage. There wedding day was held on the coldest day of the year and he took her to England where they enjoyed 4 years there together.

Neile enlisted in the National Guard of New Hampshire where he served with distinction. He was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC / E-3 on May 30, 1957 after his enlistment was complete. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was trained as an Aircraft Mechanic. He completed his time in service during the Vietnam War in 1964 and was again honorably discharged. Neile was proud to serve in the US Air Force for 7 years. After leaving the military life, the young couple moved to their hometown of Winchester to raise their children.

Neile worked as a tool and die maker at American Optical and Tidland Corporation in Keene for many years. Always humble, he enjoyed the challenge of designing patterns and was applauded for setting new standards for the company.

Neile was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed tinkering with cars, hunting, fishing, and a good game of cards. Neile and Connie enjoyed family, traveling with dear friends and were known to throw great parties.

He leaves his children; Karen Jerome and her husband, Paul of Belgium. His son, Jeffery Vaine and his wife, Penny of Winchester. Favorite granddaughters; Amanda, Laura and Marie, and three great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Neile is predeceased by his brothers; Jerry, Steve, Mark and two young sisters.

Neile and his family wish to thank all those who cared for him at Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Winchester Clinic, Applewood Health Care Center and Hospice at HCS.


In keeping with Neile’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A Mass with Christian burial rights to follow will occur on Monday, August 26, 2019, at 10 am. in St. Stanislaus, Parrish of the Holy Spirit Church, Richmond Rd. Winchester. Burial will follow in the family lot with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Forest Lake Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. In his memory, he would be grateful if you went fishing, told a good story or make a donation to a charity meaningful to him, such as:

St Jude’s Children’s Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN. 38105

or to:

The Monadnock Humane Society
101 West Swanzey Rd.
Swanzey, NH. 03446.
(they cared for his dog Lady)

or to:

ELMM Memorial Community Center
21 Durkee St.
Winchester, NH. 03470.

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

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