Virginia (Cupp) James

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Virginia (Cupp) James, age 93, of Keene, NH died on June 22, 2020 in Lebanon, NH after a brief illness.

She was born in Laconia, NH on May 20, 1927 to Charles C Cupp and Ann Mabel (Hoehn) Cupp. She graduated from Wellesley (MA) High School in 1945 and from Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. During and after WWII she served in the Cadet Nurse Corps at Massachusetts General Hospital and The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center in New York City where she met her husband of almost 70 years, Richard H James, MD. to Laconia, NH on May 20, 1927.0she?id not have that name when Mom was born…

She was a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader, also serving as chair of the Girl Scout troops in Cheshire County and was involved in training Scout leaders. Mrs. James was a past President of the Cheshire Medical Society Auxiliary, and she served on the Cheshire Medical Center Board of Directors. She was also a past President of Prospect Place and served on the board of the Woodward Home.

She enjoyed outdoor sports (hiking, golfing, tennis, and downhill skiing beginning in the 1930s), gardening, and bridge. She was a longtime member of the Keene Country Club, The Racquet Club, and the Keene Family YMCA.
She was predeceased by her husband. Survivors include a stepsister Nancy Cupp McAdams of Clearwater, FL; nieces Penny James of Novak NY and Nancy Leonard of Springfield, MA; two sons Bruce R James (wife Anne) of Lebanon, NH and Gary N James of Hampton, VA; two daughters Gail J Hughes (husband Barry) of Ithaca, NY and Holly F James of Sudbury, MA. Her grandchildren are Eric James (wife Jess Clem) of Lebanon, NH, Seth James (wife Sarah) of Petaluma, CA, and Kyle James (wife Becky DiSavino) of Norwich, VT, Tabitha Treacy (husband Sean) of Painted Post, NY, Jacqueline Hughes (partner Mike McCarthy) of Oswego, NY, Trevor James (fiancé Amanda Drummond) of Scottsdale, AZ, and Alexa James of Rumson, NJ. Her great grandchildren are Margrethe, Oliver and Teddy James of Petaluma, CA; Remy and Eli James of Norwich, VT; Warren James of Lebanon, NH; Marlo Treacy of Painted Post, NY; and Maddie McCarthy of Oswego, NY

In keeping with Virginia’s wishes there are no calling hours and burial will be private. The family has asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers, to the

Keene Family YMCA
200 Summit Road
Keene, NH. 03441

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

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Gail A. Goodale

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Gail A. Goodale, 79, a long-time resident of West Swanzey and formerly of Keene, died on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her children, after a period of declining health. Gail was born the daughter of the late Ruth V. (Dunton) and Bernard J. Boyd on March 7, 1941 in Keene. She was educated locally and graduated from Our Lady of Monadnock Academy in Jaffrey class of 1959.

On December 14, 1968 she exchanged vows with Lawrence G. Goodale in West Swanzey in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Lawrence passed on August 26, 2017 after forty-nine years of marriage. Gail worked for various companies through the years. One of her favorite jobs was working for Latchis Theater in Keene. Before turning her attention to raising her children her longest held position was at National Grange Mutual in the rating department. After leaving the workforce Gail took great pride in being a stay at home mother and wife.

She loved church and attended services at Grace Christian Fellowship in Winchester. She enjoyed her life. Time was spent using her ipad, knitting, reading and listening to Christian music. In warmer weather Gail would spend many hours in her screenhouse often entertaining family. Gail was also always up for a shopping trip or going to yard sales to find treasures and deals.

Mrs. Goodale is survived by her children; Wendy L. Frazier of Winchester, Larry R. Frazier and his wife, Nichole of West Swanzey and Keith A. Goodale of West Swanzey. Her five grandchildren; Larry Frazier III and his wife, Jenn, Eric Frazier, Ryan Frazier, Trevor Frazier and his wife, Natasha and Jeff “Jay” Larish. Five great grandchildren; Jayden Frazier, Kyle Frazier, Dylan Frazier, Zachary Frazier and Charlie Marie Larish. A sister in-law, Carolyn Goodell of Keene. In addition, she leaves; nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Gail is pre-deceased by her siblings and the following spouses; Mac Goodell, Fran and her husband, Ralph Jarvis, Mary and her husband, Walter Dorr and Jane Pelkey.

In keeping with Gail’s request there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:30pm in the family lot at the Mountain View Cemetery, Rt. 32 S. Monadnock Hwy. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be sent to: The Community Kitchen, 37 Mechanic St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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Harry Kossakoski

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Harry Kossakoski, 94 of Keene died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Langdon Place of Keene.

Harry was born in Winchester, NH on May 22, 1926, the son of Mary (Minatt) and Stanislaw Kossakoski. He graduated from Thayer High School with a can-do/get the job done philosophy. He entered the Army Air Force that year and was sent to Germany the following year. There he met Alexandra whom he married in May of 1948.

After returning home his first solid job was with the MacMillin Co. In the mid-1950’s he joined the R.E. Bean Construction Company. The first large project he supervised in 1957 was the building of MPB (now Timken). In United States Army emblem1959 Bean established a branch in the US Virgin Islands and made Harry general manager.

After leaving the islands in 1963. Harry became a minor partner in Connecticut Valley Construction in Springfield, Vermont. In 1973 he joined Jack Hake to form All Seasons Construction in Springfield. He retired in 1990 and the remainder of his projects were around the homestead which in 2000 changed to Walpole, NH. The pace slowed a little after the death of Alexandra in 2009.

Throughout Harry’s career and after he engaged in many civic activities. He was involved in little league, commander of the Swanzey American Legion. He was also a Rotarian, a Shriner, and a school board member. In addition, he also served on YMCA committees and the Windsor Historical Society. There were also many other efforts, some big and some quiet where he shared his good fortune with communities and people who needed a helping hand.

In 2019 he moved to Langdon Place in Keene where he enjoyed his new friends until some recent illnesses ended his run. He leaves behind his son Alex and wife Coleen in Keene, George, and Sandra in Fort Payne, Alabama, and Gene and Lynn in Walpole. He also leaves a grandson, Ivan Kossakoski of Dover, NH, granddaughters Noelle Joy, No. Kingston, R.I., Katie Kossakoski, Keene and grandson Alexander Kossakoski, Tulsa, Oklahoma There are also great-grandchildren, Brady and Eliot Joy, Rhode Island, and Annabel Kossakoski, Dover.

A private graveside service will be held on May 22, 2021. Donations can be made in Harry’s memory to the Stanislaw and Mary Kossakoski Conant Public Library Fund, c/o Conant Public Library, 111 Main Street, Winchester, NH 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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John Jardine

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John Jardine, 77, from West Swanzey NH passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from an extended illness.

John was born the son of the late Mary (Rixford) and John V. Jardine on October 20, 1942. He attended schools in Keene.

John worked at several machine shops in the Keene area, including Central Screw Co., Kingsbury Machine and Tool Co. and Timken Super Precision. He also worked at the Swanzey Recycling Center part-time in his later years. At the Recycling Center local residents would find a helpful and friendly John, always having time to have a quick chat and smile for them.

John enjoyed snowmobiling and ATV riding for many years with his family and friends. He also enjoyed stock car racing and was an avid NASCAR fan, always ready to watch the current race. One of his greatest passions and joys in his retired years was meeting his friends and going regularly to the gym that they all belonged to. After the workout would be the best part, having coffee and spending time with his gym mates. His friends from the gym would become a great strength of encouragement and happiness for him when coping with his many medical issues throughout the years.

John will be missed by all that knew him for his positive attitude and his readiness to always take on any curve life threw him. He would just shrug it off, saying that it would be okay; John had more than nine lives and he never complained about anything. With his laugh and smile, there was always a joke or some comment to go with any situation or event as well. He was an inspiration to all that knew him for his optimistic attitude, he will be severely missed!

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Charlotte Porter Jardine, whom he was always devoted to; sons, Michael Jardine and Joseph Jardine and their families of Swanzey NH; stepsons, Robert Paige of Fall River, Massachusetts, Ronald Paige and his family from Keene NH, Richard Paige of Swanzey, NH; twin sister Lena and husband David Whipple of West Swanzey, NH; sister Gladys and husband Francis Blair of Keene NH, sister-in-law Marjorie Moore and sister-in-law Kikuko Jardine of Plattsburgh, NY. He is also survived by many cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. John is predeceased by brother Arthur (Jim) Jardine of Plattsburgh NY and his parents John (Vic) and Mary Jardine of West Swanzey, NH.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 1pm. in the family lot at Oak Hill Cemetery, Pine St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Masks and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers a donation to the West Swanzey Rescue Department C/O Town of Swanzey, P.O. Box 10009, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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Donald ”Don” J. Doucette

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Donald ”Don” J. Doucette, 88, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Old Town and Orono, Maine. He died peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2020, in the comfort of his home with the love of family near after a period of declining health.

Donald was born the son of the late Jennette (Richards) and Emile Doucette Sr. on February 5, 1932, in Holton, ME. He was educated in Old Town, ME. where he attended St. Joseph’s School.

On November 11, 1954, he exchanged vows with Mary L. Savoy at St. Mary’s Church in Orono, ME. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for sixty-five years.

Don worked at Troy Mills in Troy as the Maintenance Department Supervisor for ten years before retiring in 1994. Prior, he had worked at Homestead Woolen Mill in Swanzey for nineteen years as a maintenance mechanic.

Don enjoyed many things in life. He liked to work on cars and motorcycles. Time was spent helping family and friends with carpentry and plumbing projects. He really was a “Joe fix it kinda guy”. When time permitted you could find Don on his Honda Gold Wing exploring the region. Don was very proud of his children and extended family. He was community-spirited. He was a forty-seven-year member of the West Swanzey Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Doucette is survived by his wife, Mary L. Doucette of Swanzey. His five children; John J. Doucette of Swanzey, David A. Doucette, and his wife, Donna of Hollywood, FL. Donna M. Stevens and her husband, Craig of Swanzey, Sheryl A. Mesic of Swanzey and Ann “Cookie” M. Stevens and her husband, Matthew of Keene. His brother, Richard Doucette and his wife Anne of Old Town, ME. In addition, he leaves; twelve grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and numerous friends. Don is predeceased by his brothers; Emile Doucette Jr. and Robert Doucette.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, there were no calling hours. Burial took place in the family lot with Christian Burial Rights on Friday, June 5, 2020, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Swanzey. The family has requested that donations be made in memory of Donald J. Doucette to:

Hospice and Community Services
312 Marlboro St.
Keene, NH. 03431 or to:

West Swanzey Fire and Rescue C/O Swanzey Town Hall
P.O. Box 10009
Swanzey, NH. 03446

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

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