Carl L. Morse Jr.

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Carl L. Morse Jr., 55, a life-long resident of Winchester, died unexpectedly in the comfort of his home while sleeping on December 30, 2019.

He was born the son of Brenda Powell and Carl L. Morse Sr. on October 26, 1964, in Keene. He was educated locally at Thayer High School and worked at Baybutt Construction Corporation in Keene as a Construction Manager for twelve years.

Carl enjoyed working on cars, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, going “jeepin”, attending bonfires, and fishing the local streams, ponds, and lakes. Carl was the proud father of three daughters that he loved dearly. He was known for his caring heart and big bear hugs.

Carl is survived by his mother, Brenda Powell of Swanzey. his father, Carl L. Morse Sr. and his wife, Diane of Trenton, FL. His daughters; Kristy L. Carey and her significant other, James Freeh of Winchester, Amanda L. Walengewicz and her husband Tyler of Brick, N.J. and Rainna A. Morse and her fiancée, Mitchell Turner of Northfield, MA. His siblings; Carla Whitham and her husband, George of Claremont, Wendy Parkhurst and her husband Kevin of Winchester, Megan McCall and her husband Kevin of Chiefland, FL. Five grandchildren; Austin, Levi, Waylon, Destiny, and Brinley. Carl is predeceased by his grandchildren; Lillian and Serenity who passed in November of 2013.

In keeping with Carl’s wishes, there are no calling hours or religious services. A gathering to celebrate the life of Carl L. Morse Jr. will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 1 to 4 pm. at the Winchester VFW, 35 Main St. Winchester, NH. 03470. 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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Sandra “Sandy” J. Forest

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Sandra “Sandy” J. Forest, 76, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Pennsylvania died on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Keene Center Genesis. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health.

Sandra was born the daughter of the late Eva (Vaillancourt) and H. Paul Forest Sr. on January 14, 1943 in Keene. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1962. She went on in her studies at Thompson School of Practical Nursing in Brattleboro earning her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree in 1964.

She was employed by Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland as a Licensed Practical Nurse for many years before retiring. Prior, she had worked at Cheshire Hospital, Westwood Care Nursing Home and did private care as a nurse.

She was of Baptist faith and an active member of the First Baptist Church in Keene for many years. Time was spent cooking community meals and spaghetti suppers at the church. She had a big heart and enjoyed helping people in need.

Ms. Forest is survived by her sisters; Sharon L. Forest of Keene and Cynthia F. Carney of Keene. She is also survived by; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Sandy is pre-deceased by her brother, H. Paul Forest Jr. who passed in 2010.

A celebration of life service will be held on January 18, 2020 at 11am in the First Baptist Church of Keene, 105 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will be private in the family lot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in memory of Sandy J. Forest to: First Baptist Church of Keene or Hospice Services at Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Service, 312 Marlboro Street. 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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Catherine “Cathy” L. (Porter) Mecheski

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Catherine “Cathy” L. (Porter) Mecheski, 71, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Northfield, MA. died on Sunday, December 29, 2019. She passed peacefully in the comfort of her home with the love of her family near.

Catherine was born the daughter of the late Doris (Suleski) and Henry Porter Sr. on August 24, 1948 in Keene. She was educated in Northfield, MA. and graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional High School class of 1966.

On August 30, 1966 she exchanged vows with Richard “Rich” A. Mecheski in Weldon, N.C. They were married in a simple service and have been married for fifty-three years.
Cathy worked as an Executive Secretary for the National Grange Mutual Insurance Co. in Keene for forty-eight years before her retirement in 2014.

She is a member of St. Bernards Church, Parish of the Holy Spirit in Keene. She enjoyed cooking, cultivating her flowers and vegetable gardens and walking. Time was also spent hiking the trails and enjoying natures splendor.

Mrs. Mecheski is survived by her husband, Richard A. Mecheski of Swanzey. Her two children; Timothy L. Mecheski and his wife, Bettyanne of Henniker and Heidi L. Bonenfant and her husband, Jeffrey of Grantham. Her siblings; Raymond Porter and his wife, Nannette of Brattleboro, VT. Henry Porter of Winchester and Clifford Porter and his wife, Peggy of Swanzey. Her grandchildren; Emily Mecheski, Matthew Mecheski, Meghan Mecheski, Alexa Bonenfant and Jacob Bonenfant. In addition, she leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Cathy is pre-deceased by her siblings; David Porter, William Porter, Lorraine Brayton and Harold Porter.

Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 6 to 8pm. in the funeral home. A Mass with Christian burial to follow will occur on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 10am. in St. Margaret Mary Church, Parish of the Holy Spirit, 33 Arch St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will follow in the family lot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lower Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. 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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Michael “Mike” E. O’Brien Sr.

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Michael “Mike” E. O’Brien Sr. 59, of Swanzey and a former long-time resident of Richmond died unexpectedly on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Michael was born the son of Rosalyn (Hulslander) Brown and the late Edward C. O’Brien Sr. on January 22, 1960 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Monadnock Regional Highschool class of 1978.

On September 30, 1989 he exchanged vows with Pamela J. Drew at St. Bernards Church in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for thirty years.

Mike was employed by the Melanson’s Company in Keene as a utility technician for the past fifteen years. Prior, he was the owner and operator of All Brands Appliance Repair in Richmond for fifteen years. He was a member of St. Bernards Church, Parish of the Holy Spirit in Keene for many years. Time was spent hunting, fishing, four wheeling and enjoying the outdoors. Mike was community spirited. He was a long-time member of the Elks Lodge #927 in Keene and the Italian Club in Keene.

Mr. O’Brien is survived by his wife, Pamela J. O’Brien of Swanzey. His daughter, Bernadette E. O’Brien of Swanzey. His mother, Rosalyn Brown of Las Cruses, N.M. His sister, Deborah J. O’Brien and her significant other, Charles Mcleod of Swanzey. His brother and best friend, Edward C. O’Brien Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Swanzey. His mother in law Susan C. Drew. Nieces and nephews; Darcy Fletcher, Abbie Cordano, Girard Bell, Dylan Bell, A.J. Drew, Trevor Drew, Anna Drew, Joseph Drew Jr. Edward O’Brien III and Brooklyn O’Brien, Kyle Cash, Amanda Otero and Danielle Romero.

Mike is pre-deceased by his sons; Michael E. O’Brien Jr. and Patrick J. O’Brien, his sister Tammi J. Cash, his father Edward C. O’Brien Sr., and his father in law Donald C Drew.

In keeping with Mike’s wishes there are no calling hours. A Mass will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11am. in St. Bernards Church, Parish of the Holy Spirit, 184 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. A gathering to celebrate the life of Michael E. O’Brien Sr.  will be held at the Elks Lodge, 81 Roxbury St. Keene, NH. 03431 from 12pm – 4pm. Burial will be held privately in the spring in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, Swanzey. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Michael C. O’Brien Sr. to: Cal Ripkin Baseball Association, C/O Monadnock Regional High School, 585 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Linda J. (Abare) Russell

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Linda J. (Abare) Russell, 59, of Winchester and a former long-time resident of Keene passed away peacefully at Cheshire Medical center on December 17th, 2019 after a brief illness and courageous fight with multiple illnesses.

She was born in Keene the daughter of the late Dorothy R. (Coffee) and Robert G. Abare on November 2nd, 1960, in Keene. She attended local schools and graduated from Keene High School, Class of 1978.

Linda worked at Walmart for 16 years before retiring in 2017. She thoroughly enjoyed interacting with her customers and co-workers. She will forever be remembered there for her assortment of Christmas hats that she loved to wear during the holiday season.

Linda was a long-time member of the American Legion and enjoyed going there and socializing with her father and their many friends. Nothing brought her more joy than being with her family. Some of her fondest memories were vacationing in Maine with her father and two beloved nieces. She also enjoyed any time that was spent with her two “grandchildren” Weston and Addilyn. Linda also had a great love for her cat, Dusty, whom she had rescued and had become, with her love and care, a great companion to her.

Ms. Russell is survived by her brother, Bruce Abare of Keene, her brother, Gary Abare of Chicopee, MA. Her two nieces; Brianna (Abare) Laroe of Westminster, VT., and Brandi (Abare) Whittier and her husband, Joseph Dylan Whittier of Swanzey, NH. She is also survived by a great-niece, a great-nephew, cousins, extended family, and friends.

A gathering to celebrate Linda’s life with calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 1 to 3 pm. in the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to:

Polymyositis Muscular Dystrophy Association
161 N. Clark, Suite 3550
Chicago, Il. 60601

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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