Richard “Dick” G. Delano

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Richard “Dick” G. Delano, 88, passed away peacefully at Pine Rock Manor in Warner, New Hampshire on Friday, October 23, 2020.

He was born August 6, 1932, the son of the late Evelyn (Derosier) and Richard W. Delano. Dick grew up in Keene, NH. and attended Keene Schools and graduated from Keene High School class of 1950.

Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served our country for 3 years. Dick was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean United Nations Medal. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer 3rd. Class.

On November 7, 1953 he exchanged vows with Lois S. Makinen at the Westmoreland United Church. They were married with friends and family in attendance. Sadly, Lois passed on July 24, 1998 after almost forty-five years of marriage.

Dick was very active in the community. He was the rural letter carrier for the town of Westmoreland for 30 years. He retired from the Post Office on August 28, 1992. Dick and his wife, Lois, started Delano Bus Transportation in 1963, and they each drove many children to school for 54 years! In 2018 Dick sold the business to his niece, Paula Leslie. Dick also had a NH Vehicle Inspection Station at his garage for many years and enjoyed visiting with all the people who came to get their vehicles inspected. Dick and Lois were very devoted to the Westmoreland United Church. They both plowed and shoveled the sidewalks and walkway to the church for many winters. They helped support and maintain the church in any way they could. Dick also plowed driveways over the years, on his tractor! Many nights he was out in the cold at 3:00 A.M. plowing driveways before he headed out on his bus route and then mail route. His legacy will be the hard work he put in every day along with his willingness to help out anyone in need.

Mr. Delano is survived by his sister, Susan Schepis (Frank), his brother-in-law Arnold Makinen (Sylvia), his two daughters, Kathryn DeFreitas (Timothy), Tonna Harris (William), his son, Leslie Delano (Liliana), six grandchildren: Travis White (Magnolia), Maria Turner (Joe), Michelle Stavseth, Nathan Stavseth, Brandin Delano (Emely), Gabriela Delano, two great grandchildren: Tucker and Savina White, a long-time friend, Rena Peters; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by his sister, Millicent Richardson and his brother, Kenneth Bonnette.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. A service of remembrance will be announced at a later date in the spring or summer of 2021. Donations can be made in memory of Richard G. Delano to:

Westmoreland United Church
9 S. Village CMN
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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Mark Phillips Fachada

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Mark Phillips Fachada, 59, of Chester, VT. died on October 17, 2020 at home after a period of declining health.

Mark was born in Keene on October 11, 1961 as the youngest son of Vera (Phillips) and E. Paul “Ted” Fachada.

He attended Keene schools and graduated from Keene High School class of 1979. In high school he was on the soccer, ski racing and tennis teams for all four years. Mark attended Bates College and Keene State College where he was an outstanding Nordic Combined Skier and was part of the Keene State College 1982 Division 2 Championship.

He gained early acceptance to the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He obtained the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree in 1986. After a surgical residency in Buffalo, N.Y. he practiced Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Keene for five years. While in Keene he was an avid Bretwood golfer, the fastest local finisher in the Demar Marathon, and served on the Board of the Keene Senior Center.

He was married to Elizabeth Farrey for a time.

In 1992 Mark followed his own call of the wild to Stratton Mtn. VT. to work in mountain operations. He worked as a lift operator, groomer and lift mechanic for over fifteen years and loved working in the outdoors. He had his own rural property care business in the off season.

Finally seeking relief from the seasonality of the ski industry he worked for the VT. Country Store for a time and retired from Jeld-Wen Manufacturing in Ludlow, VT. in 2017.

Predeceased by his parents, Mark is survived by his brothers; Paul Fachada and his wife, Sharon of Keene and Peter Fachada and his wife, Sarah of Marston Mills, Cape Cod, MA. A niece and nephew, Jason Fachada and Natalie Fachada also of Marston Mills, Cape Cod, MA.

In keeping with Mark’s wishes there are no formal services. He asks that you think of him on your next powder day on the slopes. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Gilbert “Gil” R. Bigelow

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Gilbert “Gil” R. Bigelow, 88, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Westmoreland died on Thursday, October 15, 2020. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with his dignity intact surrounded by family.

Gilbert was born the son of the late Gertrude (Marsh) and Henry Bigelow on May 30, 1932, in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was educated in MA and graduated from Amherst High School class of 1950. He later went on in his studies and attended Northampton Commercial College where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Business class of 1958.

On February 15, 1958, he exchanged vows with Alberta B. Brown at St. Mary’s Church in Claremont, NH. They were married with family and friends in attendance. The Bigelows have been married for sixty-two years.

Gil worked at American Optical in Keene as an Accountant and Comptroller for many years before his retirement in 2001. Being idle didn’t sit well with him so he went back to work and accepted a position with Staples in Keene as a sales associate for seven years.

He had many interests and activities in life. He was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department and supported Boy Scouting in Westmoreland. He had hobbies and interests including photography, shortwave radio listening, reading, and gardening.

Mr. Bigelow is survived by his wife, Alberta Bigelow of Keene. His two sons, Michael A. Bigelow and his wife, Lisa of Woburn, MA. and Paul H. Bigelow and his wife, Karen of Fairdale, KY. He is also survived by six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Gil is pre-deceased by his siblings; Hazel Pratt and Richard Bigelow.

In keeping with Gil’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside service will occur on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 10 am in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic standards, masks and social distancing will be required. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Noreen A. (McCarthy) Dion

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Noreen A. (McCarthy) Dion, 73, of Keene and formerly of Scarborough, Maine, and Holyoke, Massachusetts died on Monday, October 12, 2020, at Langdon Place of Keene. She passed peacefully with her daughters at her side.

Noreen was born the daughter of the late Eleanor (Bergmann) and Albert McCarthy on November 29, 1946, in Holyoke, MA. She graduated from Holyoke High School in 1964. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Foreign Languages from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. in 1968. During her time at Anna Maria, she spent a year abroad studying French Studies in Paris, France. She went on to earn her Master´s degree in Education from American International College in Springfield, MA in 1970.

On April 20, 1974, she married the love of her life, John P. Dion at Blessed Sacrament Church in Holyoke, MA.

She was last employed at Scarborough High School in Maine as a teacher, teaching French and Spanish for 15 years before
her retirement in 2012. Prior, she had worked at Keene High School teaching French and Spanish from 1984-1989 and previous to that at South Hadley High School in MA from 1970-1984. In her earlier years, she worked at CFX Bank in Keene on West St as a receptionist from 1989-1996. She also loved working with immigrants and taught English as a Second Language through Keene Community Education.

She loved to travel all over the country with multiple trips to Europe. She loved spending time with family, cooking, baking, reading to her grandchildren, shopping, fashion and jewelry. She loved to help others in any way she could and after her husband passed away in 2002, she was a hospice volunteer in Maine before she began her 10 yr battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She loved art and taking her children and grandchildren to Art museums. She had a love, especially for French Impressionist art. Her disease robbed her of the ability to speak the last yr or two of her life but she often enjoyed outings to get her nails done and loved to watch HGTV with those who visited. She had a knack for and love for interior design and decorating. She also was blessed with many caring staff members who took great care of her in the Homestead Unit at Langdon Place where she was given the nickname ¨Nono¨.

Mrs. Dion is survived by her two daughters; Kathleen M. Corliss of Norway, ME. and Patti Dion Marshall, and her husband, Daniel of Keene. Her siblings; Alice Moreau of South Hadley, MA. Eleanor Bourque and her husband, Ken of South Hadley, MA. and Albert McCarthy J. and his wife, Debra of Westfield, MA. Her eight grandchildren; Brittany Corliss, Caitlin Brooks, Ashleigh Marshall, Kaylee Marshall, John Corliss, Kelcie Marshall, Ella Corliss, and Emma Corliss. In addition, she leaves; three great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends including 3 very special friends who continued to support her and visit throughout her disease, Janet Gravel, Judy Jordan, Michelle LaPalme all of Massachusetts. She is predeceased by her parents and her husband John who passed in 2002,

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm. @ Cheshire Family Funeral Home on Maple Ave in Keene. A graveside service with Christian Burial Rights will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 11 am. in the family lot at St. Jerome’s Cemetery, 125 St. Jerome Ave. Holyoke, MA. 01040. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic masks and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimers Association or to a scholarship fund being set up at Savings Bank of Walpole at 817 Court St in Keene, NH 03431 for the purpose of honoring Noreen’s teaching career by having a yearly scholarship in her name for graduating seniors.

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

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Irene M. (Lachapelle) Hunt

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Irene M. (Lachapelle) Hunt, 82, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Goffstown died on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative Care in Lebanon. She passed peacefully with the love of family near after a brief period of declining health.

Irene was born the daughter of the late Dora Proux and Leo Lachapelle on September 29, 1938, in Claremont. She was educated in Goffstown where she attended local schools.

Irene was formerly married to Frank Paquette, Otis Chevier, and Jasper Hunt.

She was employed by the Keene Housing Authority for several years where she would prepare meals for the Meals on Wheels Program. She also worked at Peerless Insurance Co. in Keene in a similar role and Westwood Health Care in Keene in the laundry department.

Irene had many passions in life. She enjoyed her animals, especially, her dogs, Daisy and Sadie. Time was spent going for country rides, exploring the region. She was also civically minded. She did volunteer work at the local nursing homes. Mostly, she loved her family and in time, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hunt is survived by her children; Bruce Paquette and his wife, Becky of Manchester, LeeAnn Matson of Troy, Mark Paquette and his wife, Donna of Sullivan, Dale Paquette and his wife, Joy of Sullivan, Tina Paquette of Jaffrey, Kelly Wells and her husband, Adam of Euclid, OH. and Joseph Cheverier and his wife, Sarah of Naugatuck. In addition, she leaves; thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Irene is predeceased by her brothers; Leo Lachapelle, Clarence Lachapelle, Donald Lachapelle, and a sister, Elaine Burt.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020, from 6 to 8 pm. A celebration of life service will occur on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 11 am. all in the funeral chapel. Burial will be private. In keeping with the Covid-19 regulations, the use of masks and social distancing will be required in the funeral chapel. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Irene M. Lachapelle to:

Monadnock Humane Society
101 West Swanzey Rd.
Swanzey, NH. 03446.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446.

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