Kenneth A. Walker

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Kenneth A. Walker, 93, of Westmoreland passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021, while living his day-to-day routine in the familiar surroundings of his property.

Ken was born in Cambridge, MA on July 18, 1927. He spent most of his young life with his grandparents, Frank and Lena Aldrich at their farm in Westmoreland. He attended Mt. Hermon was graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin, and later received a degree from the University of Maryland while serving in the US Air Force. His military career began in the US Navy during WW II; followed by a 23-year career in the US Air Force, retiring in 1973 having achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

Ken was a sportsman, woodsman, maple sugar maker, avid reader; he had a passion for pie-making as well as being a builder of fiberglass kayaks and cedar strip canoes. He enjoyed recreational kayaking as well as whitewater racing. He established a whitewater kayak and canoe club in Spokane, WA in the ’70s. Having relocated back to the east coast in ’75, Ken ran his first Boston Marathon at the age of 50; followed by several others (NYC, Boston, Buffalo, and Lowell MA). He participated in many more 5k and 10k races throughout the next several decades up to the age of 86.

In 1996, after having resided in North Reading MA for 20 years, Ken and Rosalie retired to the Aldrich ancestral farm in Westmoreland. Ken was active in the Westmoreland Historical Society, Westmoreland United Church, and was a loyal patron of Westmoreland Public Library.

Ken was an excellent storyteller, entertaining his extended family and friends. He was a quiet and humble man who nevertheless left a warm shadow; enriching the lives of all who crossed his path.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife Rosalie of 45 years; a daughter Jill Walkinshaw (Elizabeth, CO) & grandson Nigel Miller and wife Kaitlyn (Fort Lupton, CO), a son Kevin Walker (Brownsfield, ME) & grandson Kris Walker & wife Alicia (Brownsfield, ME), 2 children from a combined marriage – Keith Field and wife Sarah (Mt. Airy, MD) & grandchildren Harrison Field & Eleanor Field; Heather Field and husband Donald Tetreault (Valatie, NY) & their 3 children Kevin (Ontario, CAN), Valerie & Dominic Tetreault (Quebec, CAN). Also survived by 5 great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 27th, 1:00 at the cemetery on Great Meadow Ferry Road (off RT. 63 in Westmoreland). A celebration of life will follow at the Westmoreland Park Hill Meeting House from 2:00 – 4:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Westmoreland Public Library
PO Box 180
Westmoreland NH. 03467 and or to:

Westmoreland United Church
PO Box 214
Westmoreland, NH. 03467.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH 03431.

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Catherine Annie(Cote) Fifield

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Catherine Annie(Cote) Fifield, age 83, of West Chesterfield, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, May 25, 2021, at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene surrounded by her loved ones.

Catherine was born on January 1, 1938, in Keene, the first baby born of the new year. She was the second oldest of seven children born to Gladys and Henry Cote. She attended Keene High School and graduated in 1956. She worked at Monadnock Regional High School in the food services department for years before becoming the best daycare provider for several of her grandchildren.

Catherine loved to sew and has created hundreds of handmade quilts for her family over the years. She was quite the seamstress, able to fix nearly any rip or tear. Also an avid knitter, she could knit just about anything from blankets to scarves to stuffed animals. She would spend her year stockpiling the children’s hats she would knit to donate to her granddaughter’s students and the babies born at Cheshire Medical Center. She also loved making catnip toys for the many cats in the family for Christmas. She also loved cooking, baking, painting, the Red Sox, and attending her family’s events as their number one supporter. It didn’t matter what it was, sports, a play, a dance recital, Catherine was always there to cheer on her loved ones. Her unconditional love and compassion are something that was felt by everyone she met. She will be missed beyond words.

She had three beautiful children whom she is survived by: Scott Fifield and his wife Deneen of Westmoreland, Susan Dudek and her husband Joseph of West Chesterfield, and Cindy Fitzgerald and her husband Tom of Keene. Catherine also helped to raise her sister Dorothy’s children as her own: Joseph Soucise and his wife Beth of Plaistow, Marie Broughton and her husband Robert of Nashua, Gary Boomer and his wife Nancy of Loudon, Allen Boomer and his wife Evelyn of Colorado, and Steve Boomer and his wife Julie of Wisconsin. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren who were her world. Megan McFarland and her husband Kevin of Claremont, Lucas Perry and his partner Abigail Gill of Keene, Shelby Fitzgerald, and her fiancé Christian Coulborn of Spofford, Molly Fifield, and her partner Derek Dougherty of Westmoreland, Alexis Perry of Swanzey, Caleb Fifield of Westmoreland and Jason Dudek of Keene. She is also survived by two brothers: Philip Cote of Glens Falls, NY and Peter Cote of Sullivan, sister, Margaret Darling of Missouri, and many great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, father, sister Dorothy Boomer, and brothers, Leo Cote and Robert Cote.

There will be no public services and a private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In Catherine’s memory, contributions may be made to

Norris-Cotton Cancer Center at Cheshire Medical Center
580 Court St.
Keene, NH. 03431.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH> 03431.

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Joseph “Joe” E. Burt

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Joseph “Joe” E. Burt, 63, a long-time resident of Winchester and formerly of Northfield and Greenfield, MA. died on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully with the love of family near after a brief period of decline.

Joseph was born the son of the late Ruth (Phelps) and Harold Burt Jr. on December 17, 1957, in Ludlow, MA. He was educated in Montague, MA., and graduated from Franklin County Tech. School class of 1980.

On February 26, 1982, he exchanged vows with Lindsey E. Gallant in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance.

Joe was employed by McDonald’s in Keene as a morning food preparation chef. Prior, he had worked at First Student School Bus Co. as a driver for five years. He retired from the United Natural Foods Company as a Warehouse and Maintenance Technician in 2007 after eight years.
He enjoyed working in his flower and vegetable gardens. Joe also raised pet goats and was a man of the lord. He was an active member of Grace Christian Fellowship in Winchester. He was a member of Stand Strong Men’s Ministry at the church. Joe was a committed member of the Maintenance Committee of the Elm St. Co-Operative for several years.

Mr. Burt is survived by his wife, Lindsey E. Burt of Winchester. His three children; Elizabeth R. Angrove and her husband, Dean of Granville, N.Y. Sarah L. Sentoni of North Adams, MA. and Joanne E. Kingsley and her husband, Tristan of Ocala, FL. Six siblings; Rosemary Kampher and her husband, Richard of Lebanon, Sheila Thurston, and her husband, Jim of Hancock, VT. Ken Burt and his wife, Andrea of Irving, MA. Henry Burt and his wife, Connie Richardson of Shelburne, MA. Lou Burt and his wife, Rose of Corinth, VT. and Hazel Morse and her husband, Tim of Greenfield, MA. In addition, he is survived by; eight grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Joe is predeceased by his brother, David Burt.

In keeping with Joe’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at 4 pm. in the Grace Christian Fellowship, 81 Ashuelot St. Winchester, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted. Burial will take place later. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 034446.

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John G. Wright

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John G. Wright, 72, of Hinsdale, and formerly of Greenwich and Stamford, Connecticut, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 27, 2020, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Brattleboro, VT.

John was born the son of the late Ruth Nelson and Gordon Wright on November 28, 1948, in Stamford, CT. He was raised in CT. and graduated from Greenwich High School class of 1966. John went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut class of 1970. He later continued his education, earning his MBA.

He was employed by Clear Solutions as a Production Manager in Hinsdale for eighteen years before his retirement in 2015. Prior, he worked in production at Bridgeport Metal Goods in Hinsdale for three years. Before moving to NH. John was the owner of Stamford Maintenance Service, in Stamford CT. for many years.

On May 11, 2017, he exchanged vows with his partner Kathy M. Patenaude (Magee). They were married in a simple service.

John was an avid athlete and sports fan with a soft spot for the New York Mets. Throughout his life, he competed in hockey, baseball, softball, and golf. He also coached youth hockey in Connecticut for many years.

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Kathy M. Wright of Hinsdale. His son, Lance Wright, and his partner, Tamara Duhov of Stamford, CT. Stepchildren; Edward L. Patenaude Jr. of Greenfield, MA. and Anne M. Marshall of Hinsdale, NH. A brother, Robert Wright and his wife, Tonya of Hinsdale, NH. Four grandchildren; Lola Duhov of Stamford, CT. Collin, Maximus, and Isabelle Marshall of Hinsdale, NH. In addition, he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with John’s wishes, there were no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the family lot on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1PM. in Evergreen Cemetery, Forest Lake Rd. Winchester, NH. 03470. Donations can be made in memory of John G. Wright to:

The COPD Foundation
3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Miami, FL. 33134.

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

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Janice “Jan” Marilyn (Edwards) Young Carpenter

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Janice “Jan” Marilyn (Edwards) Young Carpenter, 87, of Westmoreland passed away on May 8, 2021, at home after a long period of declining health.
She was born the daughter of the late Nettie I. (Converse) and Leslie D. Edwards on May 10, 1933, in Bridgeport, CT. She was educated in CT. after graduating from Milford High School in 1951.

Janice worked for several years as a Medical Secretary at Milford Hospital and for John F. Paget M.D. in Bridgeport, CT. She last worked for Nichols Wire and Aluminum Co. in Danbury, CT. for four years. She then opened and owned Young’s Candy Shop, on Rt. #7 in Brookfield, CT. from 1963 to 1971. In addition, she worked at the Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Milford, CT., and for the Connecticut Conversation Association in Bridgewater, CT. Jan was employed as an Executive Secretary for Emhart Corp. of Farmington and then six years as the Office Manager for J.J. Pollard and Assoc. of Canton, Ct. before retiring in 1986.

She was formerly married to John W. Young on June 7, 1958. Jan met and then married Ralph L. Carpenter on December 31, 1976. Sadly, Ralph passed suddenly on May 7, 1996, after nineteen years of marriage.

In 1978 they both quit their jobs and took off in a new Argosy motor home for a year on the road and traveled across the country. This is documented with hundreds of slides and a diary.

In 1988 they moved into their home in Westmoreland which was designed by them and built by Ralph and his two brothers.
Jan has enjoyed the companionship of three wonderful feline friends, Miss Daisy and Suzy were both “rescued” from the Humane Society and Andy. She filled the hours in these last years with genealogy research, gardening, basket weaving, and working in various capacities for the Westmoreland Ladies Aid Society of Cheshire County, Westmoreland Town Hall Improvements Committee, Historical Society of Cheshire County, and enjoying outings with The Purple Lilac Ladies, a Red Hat Society in Keene.
Mrs. Carpenter is survived by her cousins Nancy Converse Myers of Elk Grove, CA. Judith Carter of Milford, CT. Victor Converse Jr. of Brooksville, FL. Ralphs daughter, Susan Carpenter of Framingham, CT. Ralph’s granddaughter, nieces, nephews, and many good friends.

In keeping with Jan’s wishes burial took place quietly in the family lot at South Village Cemetery, Westmoreland. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 1:30 pm. at the Parker Hill Meeting House, Rt. 63. Westmoreland, NH. 03467.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory for Janice M. Carpenter to:

Westmoreland PHMH and Historical Society
P.O. Box 105
Westmoreland, NH. 03467.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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