Darlene M. (Labbe) Roeill


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Darlene M. (Labbe) Roeill, 62, of Brookline, Ma. and formerly of Keene and Winchester died on Monday, March 11, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health with the love of family near.

Darlene was born the daughter of the late Lottie (Jones) and Raymond Labbe on February 24, 1957 in Keene. She was educated in Keene where she attended local schools.

She was formerly married to Steve Roeill who she had stayed friends with over the years.

Darlene was a stay at home mother. She felt it important to be home for her five children to attend to their needs and be available.

She lived a simple life. All she cared about was her family. When time permitted it was spent doing crafts.

Ms. Roeill is survived by her five children; Jennifer Labbe and her fiancé, Nathan Dearborn of Westminster, VT. Amanda Labbe of Brattleboro, VT. Tonia Labbe of Brattleboro, VT. Susie Labbe and her significant other, Terrell Williams of Brookline, MA. and Justin Tyme Aldsworth of Fitzwilliam. Her siblings; Kenneth Labbe of Brattleboro, VT. Rodney Labbe of Winchester, Raymond Labbe and his wife Gloria of Langdon. Four grandchildren; Nevaeh, Rianne, Jaydon and Anthony. In addition, she leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Darlene is pre-deceased by her siblings; Richard Labbe, Susan Lamieux and Gary Labbe.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9 to 11am. with a celebration of life service to follow all in the funeral home. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Darlene M. Roeill to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England, 4550 Montgomery Ave. Ste 1100 Bethesda, MD. 20814 or to: Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional PLC. STE 200, Landover, MD. 20785. 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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Charlotte A. (Olender) Redner


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Charlotte A. (Olender) Redner, 89, of Keene and a former long-time resident of Utica, NY & Port Leyden, N.Y. died on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Keene Center Genesis. She passed peacefully with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

Charlotte was born the daughter of the late Mildred (Zarnoch) and Louis B. Olender Sr. on February 11, 1930 in Utica, N.Y. She was educated in Utica, NY at Holy Trinity High School.

In 1947 she exchanged vows with Raymond B. Myers in Utica, N.Y. The father of her children. On June 2, 1978 She then married James G. Redner at Bible Baptist Community Church in Port Leyden, NY. Sadly, James passed in December 2009.

She had worked as a nurse’s aid for years at the Sunset Nursing Home in Port Leyden, N.Y. before retiring in 1994.

She was a Born-Again Believer where she attended services at the Sturtevant Chapel in Keene, while she lived in Port Leyden she was a member of Word Bible Fellowship, in Barneveld, NY. She spent her time watching and feeding the birds, doing crossword puzzles, studying her bible and she was a lover of animals. In younger years Charlotte with her children was a former Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Sunday School Teacher and Member of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA). She loved being a mother, grandmother and in time a great grandmother.

Mrs. Redner is survived by her children; Cyndi Widrick and her husband Mark of New Market, MD. Millicent L. Mish of New Hartford, N.Y. Craig S. Myers and his wife Grace of Rome, N.Y. and Claudia LaBrecque of Keene. In addition, she leaves; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Charlotte is pre-deceased by her brother, Louis B. Olender Jr. and two son in-laws; Andrew L. Mish and Joseph S. LaBrecque also, a grandchild Melissa Myers.

In keeping with Charlotte’s wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11am. at the Sturtevant Chapel, 15 Washington Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Luncheon will be provided after the services in the fellowship hall. Burial will occur later in the family lot at Beechwood Cemetery in Forest Port, N.Y. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations to be made in memory of Charlotte A. Redner to: Kidz Konnection at Sturtevant Chapel, 15 Washington St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Frances A. (Nims) Durell


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Frances A. (Nims) Durell, 85, a life-long resident of Keene died on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Manor Care Center in Sarasota, FL. She passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health.

Frances was born the daughter of the late Marion (Farnum) and Cleon Nims on November 2, 1933 in Keene. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1951.
In the summer of 1954 in Keene she exchanged vows with Wendell O. Durell. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Wendell passed on January 31, 1992 after thirty-eights years of marriage.

Frances was mostly a home maker. It was important for her to be home to assist with the boys needs and keep a proper home. When Frances and Wendell first started a family she worked at National Grange Mutual in Keene as a Punch Card Operator for a few years. After raising her family, Frances could always be found working at “Fair Trade Antiques” consignment shops at the Cheshire Fair Grounds.

Frances had a spiritual side to her. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Keene.
She enjoyed antiquing, especially at the flea markets in Newfane, VT. She and Wendell spent many a Sunday traveling over to find treasures, antiques and collectables. Time was also spent going to tag sales.

Mrs. Durell is survived by her three sons; Joseph D. Durell and his wife, Beth of Keene, Matthew J. Durell and his wife, Dawn of Sarasota, FL. and David M. Durell of Sarasota. Her brother Robert Nims and his wife Jerry of Hubbardston, MA. Two grandchildren; Spencer Durell of Sarasota, FL. and Kiley Jo Durell of Keene. In addition, she leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Frances is pre-deceased by her sister, Mary Rogers.

In keeping with Frances’ wishes there are no calling hours. Donations can be made in memory of Frances A. Durell to:

Alzheimer’s Association
225 North Michigan Ave. Flr. 17
Chicago, Il 60601

or to:

Keene Parks and Recreation
312 Washington St.
Keene, NH. 03431.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11am. in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. 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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Edward “Bucky” G. Rice

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Edward “Bucky” G. Rice, 94, a long-time resident of Troy and formerly of Winchester passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his daughter’s home in Putney, VT. after a period of declining health.

Bucky was born the son of the late Elsie (Willard) and George Rice on November 25, 1924 in Winchester where he attended local schools.

He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force during World War II and was honorably discharged at the rank of Private, E-1 on September 16, 1943.

On April 9, 1944 he exchanged vows with Lula L. Patria in a simple ceremony in Troy. They were married with family and close friends in attendance. Sadly, Lula passed on December 19, 2012 after sixty-eight years of marriage.

He worked at American Optical in Keene as a machinist for twenty-one years before retiring in 1982.

Bucky enjoyed working with his hands. He could fix just about anything but his specialty was lawn mowers. He enjoyed fishing for brook trout and hornpout. He always loved a good game of hearts or dominos. When you would visit him, he always had a story to tell. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 56 in Troy for many years.

Bucky is survived by his children; Phyllis A. Shemchuck and her husband, Charles of Athol, MA. Christine M. Fusaro and her husband, Michael of Keene and Joyce M. Coombs and her husband Lenny of Putney, VT. He also leaves six grandchildren: Charles Jr., Janell, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Sarah and Ariel, and nine great-grandchildren: Anna, Emily, Daniel, Patrick, Jakob, Oliver, Michelle, Christopher, and Johanna. In addition, Edward is survived by; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bucky is pre-deceased by his brothers Melvin, John and Frank Rice and sister Francis LeClair.

In keeping with Bucky’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside celebration of life will take place in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, Troy, NH. in the spring. 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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Stephen J. Washer

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Stephen J. Washer, 72, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Vermont died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at home with the love of family near.

Stephen was born the son of the late Beverly (Miller) and Marshall Washer on August 9, 1946 in Jeffersonville, VT. He graduated from Johnson High School in Johnson, VT. class of 1965. Stephen then went on in his studies attending Keene State College and Franklin Pierce College.

United States Army emblemHe enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he served with the 82nd Airborne as a Pathfinder. Stephen was honorably discharged at the rank of SP-4 / E4 on January 13, 1972 after two years of devoted service to his country.

On August 6, 1972 he exchanged vows with Jayne M. Strassel at the Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth, MA. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for forty-six years.

He was a wine, beer and soda salesman for the g. housen and company in Brattleboro for twenty years before retiring in 2004. Prior, he had worked at Donahue Beverage in beer sales, Perkins Lumber as the manager of hardware and Keene Beverage in beer sales.

Stephen enjoyed wood working, spending time with his family and friends on their pontoon boat, hiking and skiing. Stephen was very proud to have worked for the Green Mountain Club on the Long Trail Maintenance crew. He was the 129th person to have completed hiking the trail from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border. He loved camping with his children and in later years he and Jayne enjoyed visiting many National Parks.

Mr. Washer is survived by his wife, Jayne Washer of Keene. His children; Eric H. Washer and his wife Jessica of Alamo, CA., Adam D. Washer and his wife, Laura of Keene and Cheryl A. Myhre and her husband, Jim of Glencoe, IL. Seven grandchildren; McKenzie, Madison, Claire, Nicholas and Katie Washer, Vaughn and Alaina Myhre. In addition, he leaves a niece and nephew, extended family and friends. Stephen is pre-deceased by his brother, Everett M. Washer who passed in 2012.

In keeping with Stephen’s wishes there are no calling hours or formal religious services. A celebration of his life will be held early spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services of Keene, 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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