Leroy E. Austin

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Austin, L. 1Leroy E. Austin, 85, of Stoddard and formerly of Winchester, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 23, 2023 with the love of his family by his side at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Cheshire Medical Center in Keene.

He was born to the late Leah (Sweat) and Louis M. Austin on October 20, 1937, in Brattleboro, VT. Leroy was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School, class of 1956.

After graduation, Leroy served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC-E2.

On October 20, 1956, Leroy exchanged vows with the love of his life, Marjorie M. Brown, at St. Stanislaus in Winchester.

Leroy was very well known within Cheshire County as he worked for the Town of Winchester in varying roles for over 45 years, most recently as their Building Inspector, Code Enforcement and Health Officer until he retired in 2017. He also was a proud owner of Austin’s Enterprise for 30 years and worked for Cheshire Oil and Fairfield’s.

Along with working, Leroy enjoyed repairing and restoring cars. He also enjoyed his time being a part of the Moose Club for the past 50 years.

Mr. Austin is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie Austin of Stoddard, and their four children Terri L. Whippie and her husband Mark of Keene, Bruce A. Austin and his wife Susan of Winchester, Mike Austin and his wife Lorraine of Richmond, and Timothy P. Austin and his significant other Stacey of Hinsdale. He is also survived by his two siblings, Lorraine Bellows of Langdon, Philip Austin and his wife Debbie of Greenfield, MA. His grandchildren, Danielle Rounds, Nicole Rounds, Christin Nichols and her significant other Christopher, Monica Truesdale, Amanda Austin, Eric Austin, Amelia Austin, Chad Austin and his wife Jennifer, Kaitlin Boudreau and her husband Jason, and his great-grandchildren Logan Austin, Chase Austin, Liam Howe, Hunter Truesdale, Kingston Austin and Lexie Austin. Along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Leroy is preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Michael Austin who
passed in 2015.

The family requests that donations be made to the Town of Stoddard EMS in lieu of flowers.

A service will be on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 6:00 pm in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. A burial will be later in the spring of 2023 with dates and times to be announced later online. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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John Slater Reed

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John Slater Reed, 67, of Keene NH, formerly of Pittsfield NH, passed away at his home on Friday, December 16, 2022 after a brief period of declining health.

He was born October 18, 1955, the son of George A. Reed and Carolyn (Tonkin)

Reed. He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School class of 1974 and he attended the University of New Hampshire.

John spent many years working as a Funeral Director at Foley Funeral Home and then worked for People’s Linen in sales. Most recently he worked at Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories.

He was happiest when he was on the ski slopes in the winter and oceanside in the summer reading his magazines and newspapers or boogie boarding and walking the Marginal Way. John loved to cook and barbecue. His love of cooking could only be matched by his love of live music.

John is survived by his cousins Maxine Reed Genest (Roger) and Terry Reed (Sharyn-d) of Barnstead and the Tonkin cousins of the Concord area. He is also survived by Freddie Martinez of Keene with whom he shared 30 years together, and her two daughters: Pam Marrone (Paul) of Concord and Misty Martinez-Bohannon (Andrew), of Keene. Grandchildren Alix and Chance Marrone and Abigail Bohannon.

Committal Services will be held in the spring at Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield, NH. Fond memories and condolences may be shared online at www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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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Judith P. (Fulton) LeBlanc

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Judith P LeBlanc Judith P. (Fulton) LeBlanc, 77, of Winchester and formerly of Keene, NH and Mahopac, NY passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at the Langdon Place Nursing Home in Keene.

She was born the daughter of the late Dorothy (Seaman) and William J. Fulton on April 24, 1945, in Johnstown, PA. She attended Purdys Central High School which became North Salem High School and graduated in the class of 1963. After high school, Judith went on to earn her Associate Degree at Pace University and later earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at Mercy College in New York.

In 1985, Judith married, Norman LeBlanc. They had a simple service in Mahopac, N.Y. and lived there before moving to Keene in 1988 following Norm’s retirement.

Judith loved spending time with family, being a homemaker and taking road trips with Norm. She enjoyed gardening, picking out the biggest Christmas tree on the lot and big station wagons. She loved dogs and when one of hers crossed the rainbow bridge, she would always look to adopt the least adoptable one at the humane society in order to give it the best final years that she could. Judith volunteered at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Turners Falls, MA for many years. She was a devout Catholic and Parishioner.

She is survived by her children, Paul Morelli and his wife, Charlene of Athens, TX. Christine Grimes and her husband, D. of North Attleboro, MA. Henry Morelli III and his wife, Cynthia of Keene, and Timothy Morelli of Keene. Children by marriage Christine LeBlanc, Andrea LeBlanc, and Tony LeBlanc all of Milwaukee, WI. She has twelve grandchildren, Seth, Mia, Matt, Nico, Jamie, Courtney, Simon, Henry IV, Katherine, Anthony, Anna, and Paul. She is predeceased by her husband Norman, children, Ann Morelli and John Morelli, and her brother Jimmy Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in our mother’s name to The Monadnock Humane Society. https://monadnockhumanesociety.org/donate/

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10:00 am at St. Bernard’s Church 173 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. With a burial to follow in the family lot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lower Main St. Keene, NH. 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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John A. Blake

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John A. BlakeJohn A. Blake, 89, a lifelong resident of Swanzey, passed away peacefully while sleeping on Monday, January 16, 2023, with the love of his family by his side.

He was born on April 2, 1933, to the late Vera (Davis) and Ralph Blake in Swanzey. He was educated locally at Keene High School.

In the spring of 1979, John exchanged vows with the love of his life Janeth L. Frazier. They had a simple service at the United Church of Christ in Swanzey.

John worked was a woodworker for Frazier Furniture in Swanzey for 20 years until he retired back in 1996. Prior he worked for Blake Family Farm in Swanzey, along with Lane Bucket Company in Swanzey as a furniture assembler.

John enjoyed many things in life such as hunting, fishing, any New England Sport, and playing cards. During his free time you would always find John at one of his grandchildren’s sporting events or playing in tournaments at Legion. John was also on the Swanzey Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years and was Captain when he retired.

Mr. Blake is survived by his devoted wife, Janeth Blake of Swanzey, his four children, Raymond J. Blake and his wife, Jennifer of Newburg, OR. Ralph A. Blake and his wife, Susan of Maple Grove, MN. Roy J. Blake and his wife, Tammy of Swanzey, David B. Blake and his significant other, Laura of Keene, and his five step-children. He is also survived by his five siblings, Thelma Cummings of Henniker, Vera Lefever of PA. Phyllis Christian of Keene, Mary Jane Blake of Marlborough, and Delbert Blake and his wife, Jean of Swanzey, his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and his three siblings, Josephine McDonald, Ester Blake, and Irene Gracey.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. A burial will take place later in the spring of 2023 with dates and Times to be announced online and in the local newspaper. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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Richard “Dick” E. Bergeron Sr

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Bergeron, RRichard “Dick” E. Bergeron Sr., 85, of Springfield, VT. and formerly of Chesterfield and Swanzey, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

He was born a son to the late Elizabeth (Sewall) and Ernest Bergeron on October 8, 1937, in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1955.

On December 1, 1979, Richard exchanged vows with the love of his life, Sally A. Whitten. They had a simple service and were happily married for 37 years until Sally passed away on June 18, 2017.

Dick enjoyed his time working for APA Trucking in Bellows Falls, VT. as a driver for 20 years until he retired in 2000. He also worked for various other trucking companies as a driver as well.

Along with working, Richard loved fishing, spending time with his dog Rufus, and was big into antique cars. In his younger years, Dick loved to go out on motorcycle rides and boating. He also had a talent for boxing as he was a Golden glove boxer for the state of NH. Richard was enlisted in the US Army for a short time when he was younger as well. Richard was a devoted father and husband and loved endlessly. If you knew Richard, you were lucky because he could always bring a smile to your face no matter what.

Mr. Bergeron is survived by his five children, Pamela Nye of Keene, Richard Bergeron and his significant other Wendy Ward of Keene, Shyre Horvath and her Husband Dave of Wardsboro, VT., Timothy Baronosky and his wife, Melinda of Marlborough, NH and Christopher Bergeron and his significant other, Lynette Torsende of Springfield, VT. His two siblings, Kenneth Bergeron and his wife, Maria of Keene, Barbara Bohannon and her husband, David of Keene, Five grandchildren, Perry Fletcher, Tyler Baronosky, Lyndsey Reinhart, Cody Thompson, and Gabe Bergeron, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel in Keene. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshireamilyfh.com.

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