Marilyn Baker

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Marilyn Baker, 86, a lifelong Winchester resident, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in the comfort of her home.

Marilyn was born to the late Lucille (Drugg) and Kendall Baker on May 4, 1933, in Keene. She attended Winchester public schools and graduated from Thayer High School in 1951

Marilyn was a credit analyst for Timken Super Precision for 36 years until her retirement in 2003.

Despite a childhood accident that left Marilyn partially disabled she remained active for most of her life until eye disease (glaucoma) began to interfere and she found herself dependent on others to get around. Prior to this, she had been an avid reader. And, she freely volunteered her time to the Winchester Elementary School, the ELMCC, and Harborside Healthcare and as a Trustee of the Conant Library.

One might say Marilyn was a “social butterfly”. She loved doing fun things from bingo to bowling, treasure hunting at auctions and secondhand shops, puzzles and card games, to music and dancing. She was festive and neighborly and truly enjoyed birthdays and holidays. It seemed that when she was having fun she could become a bit flirtatious – If it was fun, it was for her. Yet, even though possessed with such a fun-loving spirit, the somber holiday of Memorial Day was most important to her – observing the town parade and bringing flowers to the cemetery were musts.

She enjoyed being with family and friends and, as a true “Townie” she could be found with them at most all town events. Her community involvement was widespread as she was a member of several local organizations: The Winchester Historical Society, The Winchester Theater Group, The Winchester Women’s Club and Camp Anita and the Traveling Lights.

Marilyn was well ahead of the times. Feminism was sitting on the bed with its feet on the floor when Marilyn was dressed and at work. She was a proud, independent and stylish woman always confident in herself and her abilities. She proudly supported many public service organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans, National Federation for the Blind, Monadnock Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Marilyn is survived by her children Bruce E. Baker and his wife Madonna of Winchester and Tammy Baker Poole of Ashuelot. She leaves behind six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren in addition to many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Kendall Baker and her sister Charlotte (Baker) Downey. Marilyn recently lost her oldest grandson Timothy Schill who passed on January 7, 2020.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester. Flowers will be gladly accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Marilyn Baker to:

The Winchester Historical Society
P.O. Box 64
Winchester, N.H. 03470

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

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William R. Whitney Sr.

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William R. Whitney Sr., 86, a longtime resident of Winchester, died on Thursday, March 5, 2020 peacefully in the comfort of his home after a period of declining health.

William was born in Worcester, MA the son of the late Dorothy (Smith) and John Whitney on May 11, 1933. He attended Worcester Commerce High School and graduated class of 1951. Later he went on to become a member of the United States Air Force.
He married Patricia Savage on July 28, 1979 at the Episcopal Church of Athol, MA.
William worked as a traffic controller for NE Traffic Control for eleven years. He also worked for Hunter North Security doing bank security before retiring in 2010.

He enjoyed fishing, driving his truck, coloring, models, traveling, going to air shows, golfing and bowling.
Mr. Whitney is survived by his children; Darlene Whitney of Riverside, CA., William Whitney Jr. of CT., Robin Whitney of Worcester, MA.,

Sheila Huftel of Lillington, N.C., Dennis Whitney of Keene, Robert Whitney of Turners Falls, MA., Tasha Kilanski of Swanzey and Erica Whitney of Winchester. His sister, Laura Hamill of Lowell, MA. He also leaves behind fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves his long time companion, Nicole Guimont of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada along with; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is pre-deceased by his sister Dorothy Rogers.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours. All other services will take place in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester. Flowers will be gladly accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of William R. Whitney Sr. to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 W Swanzey Rd, Swanzey, N.H. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester, West Swanzey, NH 03469.

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Diane L. Young

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Diane L. Young, 73, of Swanzey NH, died February 29, 2020 in her home after a brief period of failing health. She was born on January 3 1947, in Keene, New Hampshire to Edgar F. and Yvette Bergeron.

Diane attended Saint Joseph School through 8th grade and graduated from Keene High School. While attending Keene State College, she married Wayne Young on June 11, 1971. When she graduated from Keene State College in 1972, she and Wayne moved to Swanzey where they designed and built their home. Her home remained her favorite place to be.

For several years Diane worked for Perkins Lumber and later for SAU 38 teaching in the Title 1 program. Recently she retired from Filtrine Manufacturing in Keene. Diane enjoyed her free time and was passionate for the things in life that were important to her. She was a gifted artist, painting in oils, making beautiful baskets, and working in her flower and vegetable gardens. For years Diane kept a journal of life with her son, Zachary, and of daily life near her home, where she painted a picture of the natural world as it unfolded around her.

One of the greatest joys in her life was spending time with her grandson Bailey. She also loved animals and kept a special place in her heart for the many dogs she and Wayne had over the years especially Buddy and Dundee.

Survivors include her husband Wayne, their son Zachary Young and his partner Allison Cook, her grandson Bailey Young, her sisters Jacqueline Caron of Katy Texas, Theresa Upton and her husband David of Nelson, Suzanne Whittemore and her husband Peter of Swanzey, and her brother David Bergeron and his wife Kim of Keene, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Diane was predeceased in 2001 by her brother Paul Bergeron.

There will be a private burial for the family at the Mountain View Cemetery in Swanzey in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Diane’s name to the Monadnock Humane Society 101 W. Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester Street, West Swanzey, N.H. 03469.

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April R. Mann

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A piece of our hearts left us with the passing of April R. Mann on March 2nd. April passed in the comfort of her home with her loving daughter Liberty and loyal feline companion Victor by her side.

April was born April 1, 1957, in Quenemo, Kansas to Kenneth and Barbara (Meeks) Mann. She moved to the Monadnock Region as a young child where she attended Keene schools.

She was an independent spirit, finding joy in being a nanny for a family in Boston, tending flowers for a florist in Keene, working with Chesco, and by nurturing relationships with her dear friends. She took great pleasure in her adventures like hitchhiking to New York City to a disarmament rally with her bestie and traveling cross country on a train where she lived for a short time in the Northwest.\

She was a huge Janis Joplin fan and even though she didn’t have a Mercedez Benz and Dialing for Dollars never called, her life was rich with the love of her friends.

She leaves behind her loving daughter Liberty Builes (Poitras) and her husband Jonathan of Revere MA, a brother Michael Mann and his wife Conny in Germany. She also leaves behind her long time soul mate and Liberty’s father, Oscar Poitras as well as her nieces and many extended family members including Alicia Luce, Kate McNally, Maggie Greenlee, and Lael Oldmixon. She is predeceased by her parents and former husband Russell Richmond.

You may honor April’s memory by throwing back your head and singing “Angel from Montgomery,” “Me and Bobby McGhee” or any favorite Janis Joplin tune.

April would love for you to think of her when you are in a garden. Picture fairies dancing with her and her beautiful long blonde hair among the flowers.

You can make a donation to the Monadnock Humane Society in her name to honor the many fur friends April has loved throughout the years.

There are no calling hours. (April hated funerals, especially the thought of her own!) A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, N.H. 03431.

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Richard J. Donohue

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Richard J. Donohue, 84, a long-time resident of Roxbury, died on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Cheshire Medical Center with his loving family by his side.

Richard was born in Keene, the son of the late Mabel (Pregent) and James Donohue on August 13, 1935. He was a member of the United States Army, leaving with an honorable discharge in 1962.

On September 5, 1953, he married Doris M. St. Pierre at St. Bernard’s Church in Keene. They have been married for sixty-six years.
Richard worked as a fork lift operator for Super Value Foods for twenty-three years before retiring in 1996.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trap shooting. He also was a member of the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department where he served as the former Fire Chief.

Mr. Donohue is survived by his wife, Doris M. (St. Pierre) Donohue of Roxbury. His children; Michael J. Donohue and his wife, Laurie of Marlborough, Ronald P. Donohue of Manchester and Timothy A. Donohue and his wife, Imelda of Sullivan. He also leaves behind six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Robert H. Donohue, who passed in 2013. In addition; he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Richard’s wishes, there will be no calling hours, however, there will be a Celebration of Life at the Roxbury Town Hall on March 14, 2020 from 1-3 pm. Burial will be in the family lot in Roxbury at a later date. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH, 03431.

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