Michael Sutton Peter

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Michael Sutton PeterMichael Sutton Peter, 60, of Swanzey, NH., died suddenly in his home on Monday, February 12, 2024.

He was born on July 23, 1963, to Judith Anne (Regan) Peter and Ernest Norman Peter in Manhattan, New York. He was educated at Monadnock Regional High School, graduating in 1981.

Michael, who lived with schizophrenia most of his life, found joy in his friends, his family, nice clothes and rock music. After graduating from high school Michael spent time hitchhiking around the country, surviving on odd jobs. He settled back in Keene, not far from his parents in Gilsum, and developed a rotating circle of friends who supported him even as he worked to support them, generous to a fault, even when he himself was struggling to make ends meet. He was particularly dedicated to caring for his friend Charlie, who died earlier this decade, and his friend, Ann Cronk, who was with Michael when he died. Michael worked diligently to stay in touch with his siblings, calling frequently, often just to say hello in his deep, often jocular voice. Or to talk about the silk shirt or new piece of stereo equipment he had just got a good deal on. His family will miss the sound of his voice at the other end of the phone.

Mr. Peter is survived by his brother Marc Peter of Denver, Colorado and wife Ann and sons Alec and Graham, his sister Gretchen Peter of Ketchum, Idaho and her husband Joel Mallett and their children Harper and Ellis Mallett and his sister Jennifer Peter of Boston, Massachusetts and her husband Andrew Ryan and their children Clara and Cormac Ryan. Michael was predeceased by his parents.

Services for Michael will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Monadnock Family Services or Community Crossroads, which provided so much support to Michael and his family, or call a loved one just to say hello, in memory of Michael.

Services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. West Swanzey, NH. 03469. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.

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Donald “Don” P. Buffum

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Donald “Don” P. Buffum, 67, a resident of Swanzey and formerly of Keene, passed away peacefully while resting on Friday, February 2, 2024, at Alpine Health Care Center in Keene.

He was born a son to the late Dorothy (Labounty) and Richard Buffum Sr. on April 10, 1955 in Keene. Don was educated here at the local schools.

Don enjoyed his time working for Keene State College as their maintenance technician for 10 years until he retired in 2012. Prior, he worked for Melanson Company as their fabricator for 6 years. He also formerly worked for Homestead Woolen Mill in Swanzey for 10 years in their production department.

Donald loved going bowling, playing softball, and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time playing pool, hunting, and country driving.

Donald “Don” P. Buffum 2Mr. Buffum is survived by his daughter, Stephanie and her husband, Clifford “Cliff” Faulkner of Fitzwilliam, his five siblings, sister in-law, Nancy Buffum of Swanzey, Donna Parkhurst of Swanzey, Sherry Lukasiewicz and her husband, Steve of New York, Thomas Buffum and his wife, Heather of Meredith, and Steve Buffum of Washington. He is also survived by two grandchildren Tyler and Trista, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Don was predeceased by his parents, his two siblings, Richard Buffum Jr. and Neal Buffum, and his sister in-law, Martha Buffum, and brother in-law Frank Parkhurst.

In keeping with Don’s wishes there will be no services at this time. A burial will take place later in the spring of 2024 at Saint Joseph Cemetery, 600 NH-12 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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Luca E. Hudson

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Luca E. Hudson1Luca E. Hudson, 23 months, a resident of Keene, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully while resting on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, with the love of family by his side.

He was born a son to Lydia Marrotte and Matthew Hudson on February 15, 2022, in Lebanon.

Luca loved turtles, dogs, coloring, and watching his favorite TV show Mickey Mouse. He also enjoyed making a lot of noise, playing catch with balls and spending time playing with his brother.

Luca is survived by his mother, Lydia G. Marrotte of Keene, his father Matthew B. Hudson of Keene, and his brother, Landon O. Hudson of Keene. He is also survived by his grandparents, Giovanna M. Cunningham of Swanzey, Robert E. Marrotte of Swanzey, and Amy L. Walters and her husband, Jason of Troy, his great grandparents, Peter and Kathy Marrotte of Troy, Jay Hudson of Exeter, Linda and her husband, Mark Bragg of Marlow, and Robert Jones of Keene. Along with many cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family, and friends.

There will be a celebration of Luca’s life at 11:00 am on Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

Luca E. Hudson and familyA private burial will take place later in the spring of 2024. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Education Fund for Luca’s brother, Landon, and may be mailed to Cheshire Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 19, West Swanzey, NH. 03469. 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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Eleanor F. (Johnson) Sibley

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Eleanor SiblyEleanor F. (Johnson) Sibley, 92, a resident of Mansfield, MA., formerly of Keene, NH, Hendersonville, NC, Peacham, VT, and Easton MA, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024.

She was born April 22, 1931, in Norton, MA, the daughter of the late Margaret R. (Sims) and Carl E. Johnson. Eleanor was educated at the Northfield School for Girls in Northfield, MA. class of 1948. She continued her education at Boston University, earning her Bachelor of Science as a Medical Secretary in 1952.

On September 25, 1955, Eleanor exchanged vows with the love of her life, Donald C. Sibley at the Evangelical Eleanor SiblyCongregational Church in Easton, MA. They were married for sixty-four years until Don passed away on April 22, 2020.

Eleanor began her career as a medical secretary, working for a doctor’s office in Brookline, MA for 3 years. After having children, she returned to work as the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in Easton, MA for many years until she retired in 1986.

She enjoyed reading (and editing) a good book, gardening, and knitting. Eleanor loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In each place she lived she was an active member of her church, including singing in the choir. She had a special fondness for her mother’s birthplace, Argyle, Nova Scotia, and enjoyed traveling to visit relatives there in the summertime.

Eleanor SiblyMrs. Sibley is survived by her three children, Douglas B. Sibley and his wife, Darlene of Argyle Nova Scotia, Raymond S. Sibley and his wife, Lisa of Dillsburg, PA., and Margaret L. Wentworth of Mansfield, MA. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Kathryn Greenfield, Elizabeth Sibley, Nathanael Sibley, Rebecca Bishop, Ellie Muise, Dakota Kibler, Krey Kibler, and Drew Kibler. In addition, she leaves 9 great-grandchildren, many cousins, extended family, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband Donald C. Sibley.

A private service will be held later in the spring of 2024. 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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Jonathan “Jon” W. Ross

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Jonathan RossJonathan “Jon” W. Ross, 39, a resident of Swanzey and formerly of Charlotte, NC passed away in the familiar surroundings of his home after a brief illness on Thursday, February 1, 2024, with the love of family near.

He was born a son to B. Susie (Sullivan) Taylor and Michael R. Ross on August 7, 1984, in Charlotte, NC. Jon was educated locally at the Conval High School in Peterborough.

Jonathan enjoyed spending his free time working out at the gym, gaming, playing basketball, and listening to music. He also loved being with the kids and family fishing

Mr. Ross is survived by his parents, B. Susie Taylor of Westport, MA. and Michael R. Ross of Charlotte, NC, his long-time girlfriend, Kathryn Hafford, and her children, Justin P. Hafford of Swanzey, and Logan R. Hafford of Swanzey. He is also survived by his three siblings, Lisa L. Fallon and her husband, Ryan of Sumter, S.C. Daniel S. Taylor and his wife, Bethany of Epson, and Katherine R. Taylor and her husband, Christopher of Westport, MA., along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Jonathan was predeceased by his stepfather, Toby Taylor who passed in 2022, and his brother, David C. Sullivan who passed in 1979.

In keeping with Jonathan’s wishes there will be no services. 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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