Theresa J. (Earle) Aikens

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Theresa J. (Earle) Aikens, 59, of Gloucester, MA., and Keene died on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. She passed peacefully after a period of declining health with the love of family near.

Theresa was born the daughter of the late Thelma (Hall) and Lloyd Earle on August 28, 1961, in Keene. She was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1979.

She was employed by Pet Edge based in Beverly, MA. as an Associate Account Manager for eighteen years. Prior, she had worked at Keene Center Genesis in Keene in the Laundry Department for several years.

Her life revolved around her family. She was always going to family events and took great pride in all of their accomplishments.

Ms. Aikens is survived by her daughter, Brandi M. Davis of Keene. Her two sisters, Lisa K. Dufour of Keene and Tonya L. Hardy of Winchester. Three grandchildren; Kile A. Bailey of Keene, Austin R. Bailey of Keene, and Ciera E. Bailey of Keene. Her friend of forty years, Rick David of Campton. and she is pre-deceased by her dog, Shadow. In addition, she is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with Theresa’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021, at 11 am. in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place later. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be sent to:

American Cancer Society\
2 Commerce Dr. Ste. 210
Bedford, NH. 03110.

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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Eugene “Gene” V. Lehto

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Eugene “Gene” V. Lehto, 66 of Gilsum and formerly of Swanzey and Sterling, MA. died on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. He passed peacefully after a period of declining health.

Eugene was born the son of the late Miriam S. (Ojala) and Eugene G. Lehto on December 6, 1954, in Holden, MA. He attended Wachusett Regional High School and graduated from Monadnock Regional High School class of 1972.

Gene was a patriot. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1972 after high school where he was trained as a cook. Gene was honorably discharged in 1976.

He was formerly married to Robin Hollister. She has two children, Paula and Jarrod, who Gene accepted as his own.

Gene was employed by Cheshire Oil Co, in Keene as a manager of the local laundromat for three years before his retirement in 2018. Prior, he had worked for Tri Keenan Tile Co. in Swanzey as a tile maker and glazer. His passion was cooking. He worked at the National Grange Insurance Co. as a cook for a time and also worked at the Maine Maritime Academy as a cook, where he had the opportunity to cook aboard the USS Maine on a summer training cruise, passing through Spain and all the way to Russia and back. He also cooked on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico for a few years.

Gene was a man of nature and the great outdoors, where he could be found sitting with friends around a campfire and often cooking for them. He enjoyed hiking the region’s trails and was the happiest being at his little cabin in the woods. He enjoyed playing darts in the local dart leagues, including the American Legion Dart League in Gardner, MA. He loved music, especially the Grateful Dead, and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Lehto is survived by his son, George A. Lehto of Gilsum. His two sisters and their spouses, Linda E. Lamothe and her husband, James of Swanzey, and Georgia R. Krivulka and her husband, Thomas of Norwalk, CT. In addition, he is survived by: cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Gene is predeceased by his sister, Eileen J. Lehto in 1955.

In keeping with Gene’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 4 pm. in the First Congregational Church, 679 Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey, NH. 03446. Burial will take place later. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Eugene V. Lehto to:

The First Congregational Church in Swanzey, or

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
130 Summit Rd.
Keene, NH. 03431.

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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Clayda M. Hastings

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Clayda M. Hastings, 100, a lifelong resident of Hinsdale, passed from life to eternal rest on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Clayda was born on April 15, 1921, to Delia (LaValley) and Fredrick Burdo in Brattleboro, VT. She attended St Michael’s School.

On July 27, 1940, she exchanged wedding vows with Clifford Hastings at St. Joseph’s Church in Hinsdale, NH. Sadly, Clifford passed away on June 2, 2008, after 68 years of marriage.

Clayda was the sole proprietor of Hastings Slipcovers and Upholstery for over 50 years.

Clayda had many interests in life. She spent time embroidering, doing crewel work, making draperies, and watching baseball. Bobby Cox’s Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox were her favorite teams. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of Catholic Daughters for 62 years.

Clayda is survived by her three children: Brenda Burns and her husband Douglas of Ludlow, VT, Wayne Hastings and his wife Cindy of Simms, MT, and Gail LeVasseur of Hinsdale, NH. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. There are four surviving sisters-in-law: Lorraine Burdo of Swanzey, Sheila Niemela of Orlando, FL, and Elizabeth Hastings and Dorothy Hastings of St Cloud, FL. Clayda is predeceased by her son, Eugene Hastings, and a son-in-law, Ted LeVasseur.

A mass is scheduled for September 11, 2021, at 10:00 AM at Saint Joseph’s Church, Mary Queen of Peace, 35 Brattleboro Road, Hinsdale, NH. Burial will follow at Meeting House Cemetery, Hinsdale. Flowers will be gladly accepted as well as donations to Catholic Daughters. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 South Winchester Street, Swanzey, NH 03446 www.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Bruce E. Severance

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Bruce E. Severance, 61, a long-time resident of Winchester and formerly of Keene and Walpole died on Saturday, August 14, 2021. He passed peacefully in the familiar surroundings of his home with the love of his large family nearby after a period of declining health.

Bruce was born the son of Jane (Tole) and the late Edwin Severance on April 11, 1960, in Brattleboro, VT. he was educated locally in Winchester.

On September 16, 2000, he exchanged vows with Kendra D. Jacobs at the Grace Christian Fellowship in Winchester. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for almost twenty-one years.

Bruce worked for the SUR Construction Company as a truck driver for two years before his retirement in 2007. Prior, he had been employed by Beaman Lumber in Winchester for twenty-plus years as a lumber handler.

He had many interests in life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, working on carpentry projects around the house and for friends and family and playing computer games was a way for him to relax. Bruce was a long-time member of Grace Christian Fellowship in Winchester. Mostly, he was a wonderful loving, and devoted husband, son, brother, father, and in time grandfather.

Mr. Severance is survived by his wife Kendra D. Severance of Winchester. His mother, Jane Severance of Winchester. Five children and their spouses; Christina M. Severance of Springfield, VT. Jocelyn J. Frain and her husband, Paul of Hinsdale. Harold “Buddy” C. Thomas and his wife, Rebekah of Winchester. Edwin “Eddie” W. Severance and his significant other, Lilly Wright of Marlborough. Nicole E. Lamoureux and her husband, Jonathan of Swanzey. Two siblings; Robin Severance of Winchester and Brian Severance Sr. and his wife, Julie of Warwick, MA. In addition, he is survived by; nine grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In keeping with Bruce’s wishes, there were no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 2 pm. in the Grace Christian Fellowship, 81 Ashuelot St. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted and donations may be made in memory of Bruce E. Severance to Grace Christian Fellowship.

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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Daniel “Dan” W. Snow, 78, a long-time resident of Stoddard and Keene but originally from Winchester died on Friday, August 20, 2021, at Keene Center Genesis in Keene. He passed peacefully while resting after a period of declining health.

Daniel was born the son of the late Jean (Sibley) and Walter Snow on August 31, 1942, in Brattleboro, VT. He was educated in Winchester and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1960.
On March 23, 1968, he exchanged vows with Molly Jo Rongved. Although they did not stay married, they stayed the best of friends and she was the love of his life.

Dan was employed by Teleprompter Cable, now known as Spectrum Cable for thirty-five years as a linesman until his retirement in 2002. Prior, he had worked at the Winchester Tannery in Winchester as a tanner for two years.

He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing when he found time, and watching TV – Patriots, Red Sox and Law & Order.

Mr. Snow is survived by his two daughters and their spouses. Alison Z. Rose and her husband, Will of Troy and Melissa D. Lane, and her husband David of Stoddard. A sister, MaryEllen Benoit, and her husband, Fred of Winchester. His four grandchildren; the oldest is Brandon Snow (wife Jade) in Keene, who he looked at more as a son than a grandchild. Tawnya Benoit (husband Jake) in Gilsum; Danielle Normand (husband to be Brett Keith 8/29/2021) in Westmoreland; Jarad Rose (wife Megan) in New Port Richie Florida. In addition, he leaves:14 great-grandchildren, 3 nephews, and extended family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 2 to 3 pm with a celebration of life service to follow at 3 pm. all in the funeral chapel. Burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made to:

Keene Fire Department
31 Vernon 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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