Harry E. Pulkinen

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Harry E. Pulkinen, 69, of West Swanzey, died peacefully while sleeping on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Westwood Care Center in Keene.

Harry was born the son of the late June (Kingsbury) and Antti Pulkinen. on July 31, 1949 in Westmoreland, NH. Harry was educated in Massachusetts and graduated from Brockton High School class of 1967.

He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Sgt. / E-4.

Harry was a self employed carpenter and owner of the Harry Pulkinen Carpenter Co. for ten years until his retirement in 2011.

Harry had a passion for nature, the mountains and animals. He also enjoyed long walks in the country woods or quietly sitting on his porch with Lilly. Harry was a loving caregiver for his mother. He shared his talent of carpentry as an adult alongside his father. He was also an avid music lover and was known for his quick wit, his thumbs up bub and his kind and compassionate soul.

Mr. Pulkinen is survived by his two children; Thomas Rothermel and his spouse, Terra of Fitzwilliam, NH. Robyn Russell of Brockton, MA. Four grandchildren; Meghan, Hayden, Quinn and Quintin. Harry’s siblings; Dick, Peter, Mary, her husband Donald, Paul and his wife Linda, Susan her husband, Brian. In addition he leaves; aunts, uncles, several cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Harry is pre-deceased by his brother, Thomas.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday May 28, 2019 from 4 to 6pm. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday May 29, 2019 at the Cheshire Family Funeral Home at 10am. with burial to follow in the family lot with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Harry E. Pulkinen to:

The Gary Sinise Foundation
P.O. Box 368
Woodland Hills, CA. 91365

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

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Mildred B. “Millie, The Queen” (Babcock) Wolfe

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Mildred B. “Millie, The Queen” (Babcock) Wolfe, 79, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Pittsburg died on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. She passed peacefully in the comfort of his home while sleeping.

Mildred was born the daughter of the late Winifred (Nicholson) and Robert Babcock on November 5, 1939 in Manchester. She was educated locally ang graduated from Keene High School class of 1957. Education was important to Millie, she continued on and earned a Bachelor Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA. She then went on to earn her Masters of Science for the University of Pittsburg.
The Queen as she was called at work was employed at Remax Town and Country in Keene for twenty-eight years. She was the office manager and the go to person in the office. The Queen was a brilliant and proficient manager with great business and real estate knowledge. Everyone loved the Queen.

She was a go getter, always working on projects to enhance her community. She sat on various boards. She was the former Board of Directors Chair Person for Monadnock Family Services, Habitat for Humanity, Monadnock United Way. Her time in the community was working as a Monadnock Regional Board Member for the Family Search Committee, Stonewall Farm, Monadnock Conservancy and the old Homestead Garden Club. In her free time, she enjoyed; reading, working in her flower gardens, travel and various sports.

Ms. Wolfe is survived by her many cousins including Linda and Chris Burke of Pennsylvania; Diane and Ed Sullivan, Carol and Joe Frey, Steve Babcock, and Elaine O’Connor all of Massachusetts; Sally Nicholson, John MacKinnon, and Winnie and John McKnight all of Prince Edward Island, and Carol Anne Gillis of Littleton, NH. Her closest circle of friends includes Joshua and Jessica Benner, Tammy Carlson, Bert Inman and Lorie Rogers, and Mary Ann Kristiansen. In addition, she is survived by extended family and friends. Millie is predeceased by her sister, Harriet A. Babcock who passed on March 28, 2013.

In keeping with Millie’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2pm. in the funeral chapel with burial to follow in the family lot at the Bradford St. Cemetery, Bradford St. Keene, NH. 03431. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, her extended family would prefer donations be made in memory of Mildred B. Wolfe to: Monadnock Family Services, 64 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Monadnock Conservancy, 15 Eagle Ct. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd. 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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Joyce Elizabeth (Knapp) Beaman

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Joyce Elizabeth (Knapp) Beaman, born June 2, 1944, passed away peacefully on May 13th surrounded by her loved ones.

She spent her childhood in Hinsdale, NH with her beloved parents Lewis Russel Knapp and Velma (Bruce) Knapp whose yearly trips to Hampton Beach created a lifelong tradition Joyce carried on with her children and grandchildren. Joyce attended Hinsdale High School.

She was a beautiful young bride and raised four children with a sense of humor, unshakeable calm, and fierce love.

Joyce was co-owner of Beaman Lumber, Winchester, NH, for over 30 years and after selling the business she continued her career in accounting working at TPI Staffing and Southwestern Community Services where she made many special friends before retiring in 2014.

Joyce owned a second home on First Connecticut Lake and spent many summers enjoying the North Country and hosting trips with friends and family. Joyce was an avid traveler to all parts of the United States, Europe, and most notably her favorite destination the Big Island of Hawaii. She loved the beach, snorkeling, hiking and the volcano. When she wasn’t traveling, Joyce loved old movies and soap operas.

Joyce is survived by her children; Glenn and Irene Beaman of Swanzey; Dean and Maureen Beaman of Winchester; James and Jacqui Beaman of Fitzwilliam; and, Jill Beaman of Winchester. She also leaves behind her grandchildren; Sarah Thompson and Christopher Beaman of Keene, NH; Lindsey Beaman of Long Beach, CA; Ashley Beaman of Plaistow, NH; JR and MacKenzie Rokes of Winchester, NH; and great grandson Mykah Beaman of Keene, NH.

In honor of Joyce’s wishes, the family will hold a private grave side service. A celebration of life will be held on June 30th at 1:00 pm for family and friends at 15 Upper Snow Road, Winchester, NH.
Her children wish to express their sincere appreciation for the dignity and care received by the wonderful people at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care, 154 Hitchcock Loop Road, Lebanon, NH 03756. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Center would be appreciated. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyh.com

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Kim Joanne (Niedbala) Johnson

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Kim Joanne (Niedbala) Johnson, 60, passed away May 11, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. She was born in Northampton, MA on December 1, 1958; the daughter of Sally (Holden) and H. William Niedbala. She was raised in Hadley, MA, graduating from Hopkins Academy in 1977, Greenfield Community College in 1980, and had lived in Winchester, NH since 1982.

She and her husband Kenneth were dairy farmers from 1982-1993 and crop farmers from 1993-2002 in the Pleasant Valley of Winchester, NH.

She was always proud of the beautiful gardens and lawns that she maintained at their home. She was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and New England Patriots. She loved vacationing in Pittsburg, NH, the Mt Washington Valley, and the New York Finger Lakes region. She also loved reading, puzzles, adult coloring books, baking, splitting cordwood, riding ATV’s, and snowmobiling.

She leaves her parents of Hadley, MA, her husband Kenneth Johnson of Winchester, NH, whom she married on December 31, 1982 and her two sons, Austin Johnson of Fairbanks, AK and Griffin Johnson of Winchester, NH. She leaves her 3 brothers, Jay Niedbala and his partner, Lorun Airoldi of Hadley and Westfield, MA, Anthony Niedbala and his partner, Marilyn Brayne of South Amherst, MA, and John Niedbala and his wife, Karen of Sunderland, MA. Her 2 sisters, Carla Lentilhon and her husband, Thomas of South Deerfield, MA, and Kara Hutchison and her husband, Drew of Turners Falls, MA and their children Fiona and Liam. Her brother in-law, the Rev. Sanford Johnson and his wife, Bonnie of Marlborough, NH. A sister in-law Amaret Johnson and her husband, the Rev. Patrick McLoud of Winchester, NH, and sister in-law, Anita Johnson of Keene, NH. Her nephew Christopher Johnson and his wife, Erica of Bow, NH, and her nieces Amber and her husband, Greg Tyrala of Hatfield, MA, Crystal Niedbala of Sunderland, MA, and Gaelle McLoud of Townsend, MA. Also, many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at Compassus Hospice in Bedford for the wonderful care Kim received, and the staff at DHMC Lebanon in Cardiology and Oncology. In keeping with Kim’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will occur on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3 pm in the funeral chapel. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in memory of Kim N. Johnson to:

Winchester Ambulance fund C/O Winchester Town Hall
1 Richmond Rd
Winchester, NH 03470.

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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Barabara J. (Dubriske) Porter

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Barabara J. (Dubriske) Porter, 67, a long-time resident of Winchester died on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester.

Barbara was born the daughter of the late Martha (Stancliff) and Francis Dubriske on December 21, 1951 in Keene. She was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1970.
On August 1, 1970 she exchanged vows with Henry S. Porter at St. Michael’s Church in Ashuelot. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for forty-nine years.
She worked at Plumb Pack in Winchester in various positions over her career of fifteen years. Barbara retired in July of 2018.

Barbara enjoyed working in her flower gardens. Time would be spent going on country rides. When the fall would come around, she was always up for going to the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) She enjoyed being with family and her close friends.

Mrs. Porter is survived by her husband, Henry S. Porter of Winchester. A son, Jason H. Porter of Winchester. Her siblings; Frances Whipple and her husband, Charles of Guilford, VT. Christine Coty of Ashuelot, Mary Mallory and her, husband Norman of Vernon, VT. and Felicia Dubriske of Ashuelot. In addition, she leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Her sister Rose Saczawa passed earlier.

In keeping with Barbara’s wishes all services will be private. Burial will occur later in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester. Donations can be made in memory of Barbara J. Porter to:

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX. 75321

or to:

American Cancer Society
360 Rt. 101, STE. 8
Bedford, NH. 03110

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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