Vaughnette Christine Nystrom Neal

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Vaughnette NealVaughnette Christine Nystrom Neal passed away surrounded by love, peace, and with dignity on January 11, 2023. She was born January 30, 1933, in Brookline Vermont, the daughter of Fred and Davida (Olsson) Nystrom. She joined siblings Vivian, Vernon, Calvin, and Din (Gordon) on the family farm. Her mother passed away 3 months after Vaughnette’s birth leaving a lifelong impact.

When she was 12 years old, she and her Dad moved to a farm in Walpole, NH. She graduated from the Walpole Academy in 1949 at 16. Unable to pursue her dream of being a physical education teacher because of age and college requirements, she went off to the Rutland Business School with her best friend Peggy Patch. After deciding that wasn’t for them, and after many adventures they settled back in Walpole, both marrying, raising children, and laughing over the phone on a daily basis.

While raising her family, Vaughnette was involved with many community activities including Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Fresh Air program, and anything else Peggy volunteered her to do. She was an excellent athlete and shared her skills and knowledge by coaching many youth basketball and softball programs. She was the player/coach for the Hubbard Farms Softball team and later turned her attention to golf and her newfound love of the sport.

Vaughnette did bookkeeping for local small businesses while her children were young, then was employed by the US Postal Service, Cheshire County Savings Bank, and Brown and Roberts Hardware.

She was a longtime member of the Walpole Congregational Church serving on many committees. She shared her beautiful voice with their choir along with the Bellows Falls Community Choir, Keene Chorale, and the Union Church in Westmoreland. There weren’t many trips to her children’s sporting events or car rides that sing-alongs weren’t included.

Vaughnette loved to travel, especially her trip to Sweden and many cruises with friends and family. Her love of Ogunquit, Maine made that a family favorite. She was an avid Boston sports fan enjoying many games at Fenway. A little secret is she was a very competitive card player, rarely letting her children or friends win!

Vaughnette is survived by her children; Verne Gage (Donna), Kevin Gage (Kim) Christine Gowen (Tim), Brian Gage (Ellie), and stepchildren Mary Beer (Joe) and James Neal (Patti). Some of her greatest joys, grandchildren; Andrew (Alyssa), Jeannine (Tim), Christopher (Charissa) Kevin (Janet), Tiffany (Jesse), Cassidy (Rachael), Melissa (Michael), Josh (Ajlan), Jesse (Maria), Zach, Scott (AnnLouise), Patrick (Molly), Laura (Doug), Great grandchildren; Vaughn (Nina), Mariah, Gavin, Gage, Regan, Julianna, Syon, Amalia, Magnolia, Ophelia, Frances, Levi, Ronan, Vada, Clayton, Austin (Amanda), Bronwen, Gillian, William, Ellery, Leo, Mila, Nolan, her great-great-grandson Alexander, and many Nystrom/Olsson cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Vaughnette is predeceased by her husband Leslie Neal, stepson John Neal, her siblings, parents including stepmother Evelyn (Rink)Nystrom, her nieces Karin Nystrom, and Wendy Nystrom, nephew Paul Stagner, and her dearest friend of 76 years Peggy (Patch) Graves.

As we reflect on the life of our mother, many things come to mind. Her ability to laugh, forgive, and to also show amazing strength and courage. In spite of a 45-year war with Rheumatoid Arthritis, she never let that interfere with living her life with kindness and joy. Vaughnette was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. Her gift of love and laughter will always stay with those lives she touched.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Maplewood Assisted Living, her private caregivers coordinated by her granddaughter Tiffany Snelling, and Hospice Services. All offering her amazing care which we will always be grateful for.

Calling hours will be held Friday, January 20th from 5-7 pm at Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, Keene, NH.
A graveside service and celebration of life will be held in the spring per her wishes.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in Vaughnette’s memory to the:

Rheumatology Research Foundation
2200 Lake Boulevard NE.
Atlanta, Ga. 30319.

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

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Anthony “Tony” R. Fierro

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Anthony FierroAnthony “Tony” R. Fierro, 66, of Hinsdale and formerly of West Haven, CT. peacefully and unexpectedly in the comfort of his home on Sunday, December 18, 2022.

Tony was a proud Teamster and a recent retiree of Sikorsky Aircarft where he was employed for 35 years as a transmission mechanic. He was an avid Harley Davidson rider, builder, and enthusiast and spent many years organizing and on the staff for the Harley Davidson Rendezvous Classic.

Anthony enjoyed many hobbies in life such as, boating, fishing, hunting, and trap shooting. He was a member of the Elm City Gun Club in East Haven CT for over 15 years. He loved to work with his hands building and being a craftsman, and took pride in quality workmanship. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his girlfriend Cynthia Wagner of Hinsdale, son Jake Fierro (Gerianne) of Winchester, grandchildren Jack, Corina and Asher Fierro, Sister Tina Czyszcon, niece and nephew Skylar and Steven of Schenectady NY. He is survived by many friends, cousins, and family in Connecticut, Long Island and Florida.

A graveside service will be held at The Monadnock view cemetery, 499 Park Ave, Keene NH 03431, on Friday January 20th at 1pm.

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

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Shirley A. LeBeau Paire

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Shirley Paire

Shirley A. LeBeau Paire, 69, of Keene NH passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 1, 2023, at Cheshire Hospital in Keene.

She was born in Hanover, NH on October 20th,1953 to Eugene and Antoinette LeBeau. She moved to Keene when she was young and attended Catholic and Keene schools. She married her lifelong soulmate and partner Robert L. Paire on October 4, 1971. Bob passed away on February 15th of 2012.

Together they moved to Cabot Vermont where they lived for the next 35 years building their home and working the land. Their passion of organic gardening eventually evolved into a business in the late 90’s. With the help and support of her husband, Shirley’s Produce was established. She sold organic vegetables and berries to local stores, coops, neighbors, and friends.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed hosting celebrations, and she loved a good party. She also enjoyed cooking and baking and was known especially for her spaghetti sauce and pies.

She was an adventurous soul, enjoyed traveling, she loved the ocean whether it be Old Orchard in ME or a warm tropical location such as Hawaii, Mexico, or the Caribbean.

She is survived by her son Uriah R. Paire, and his partner Aimee K. Ducharme, grandchildren Molly R. Paire and Marc R. Cruz Ducharme all of Cabot VT. A sister Barbara Hayes and her husband Patrick of San Diego, CA., three sister in-laws Linda M. Tolman, and Cathie Beam of Keene, NH and Jennifer J. Rudgers and her husband Bryan of North Swanzey, NH., and several nieces and nephews.

She was a loyal and good friend to all that knew her, helping many who were less fortunate than herself. She will be missed dearly.

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

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Burton “Burt” L. Emerson

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Emerson, B.Burton “Burt” L. Emerson, 93, of Keene, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2023, at the Keene Center Genesis Nursing Home.

He was born the son of the late Violet (Lowe) and Leon Emerson on October 28, 1929, in Hanover. He was educated at Bradford High School in Bradford, VT. and graduated class of 1947.

After high school, Burton enlisted into the United States Army where he served as an Infantryman. He was the recipient of the Marksmanship Badge. He was honorably discharged after 3 years of service at the rank of E-3 Corporal.

On April 22, 1953, Burt exchanged vows with the love of his life, Barbara J. Lower. They had a simple service in Bradford, VT. and were happily married for the past 57 years until Barbara passed away back in 2011. Burt met Lorraine M. (Fisher) Spaulding and they spent 11 years together until she passed away in 2022.

Burton enjoyed working for Hubbard’s Chicken Farm in Walpole for 25 years until he retired in 1991. Burt also worked for Whiting Milk Company in Bradford, VT. Bowen Bobbing Company in East Corinth, VT. Arbor Archer Farm and Robert Speec Farm both in Vermont.

Along with working, Burton enjoyed many hobbies in life. He loved to be outdoors by going out hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, mowing lawns, and working on his flower garden. Burt loved being a part of the Walpole Seniors Organization.

Mr. Emerson is survived by his children Larry Emerson of Merrimack and Evelyn Merkle of Keene. He is also survived by his three siblings, Donald Emerson of CT. Richard Piper of CT. and Maurice Piper and his wife Jo Anne of CT. his 7 grandchildren, his 11 great-grandchildren, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Burt is predeceased by his parents, his wife, his daughter Shirley Emerson who passed in 2010, and his two siblings, Marie Capen and James Emerson.

Services will be held later in the spring of 2023 with dates and times to be announced later online and in the local newspaper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association,

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

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James “Jim” H. Faux

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Faux, J 1James “Jim” H. Faux, 81, of Keene and formerly of Brockport/Spencerport, NY., passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2023, with his wife and children by his side.

He was born a son of the late Mary E. (Harrison) and James B. Harder on January 15, 1941, in Buffalo, NY. Jim was a proud graduate of Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY), and majored in Mathematics at the University of Buffalo. He earned graduate degrees at Bowdoin College (M.A.) and the University of Rochester (Ed.D.).

He began his career in education teaching high school mathematics in the City of Rochester (NY) and Greece (NY), and retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Business in the Spencerport School District in 1996. Upon retirement, in addition to spending more time with his family and personal interests, Jim started a consulting business with a few of his colleagues, sharing his many years of experience in education, technology, and administration with other schools and organizations.

Faux, J 2Jim was a family man, enjoying life with his wife and children. He was also a lifelong fisherman, photographer, puzzle enthusiast, and enjoyed astronomy, hiking, and reading – among countless other activities and interests.

Dr. Faux is survived by his wife, Josephine Shepherd Faux of Keene, NH; his children: Jennifer (Daniel) Fauxsmith of Belmont, MA, David (Michelle) Faux of Stow, MA, and Stephen (Marie) Faux of Dorchester, MA; and grandchildren: Greyson Faux, Silas Faux, Evelyn Faux, and Daniel Faux. Jim was predeceased by his father, James Harder; step-father, Frederick Faux; and mother, Mary Elizabeth Faux.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm January 17 at the Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the organizations that meant so much to him: The Adirondack Experience (,
the Squam Lakes Association (,
or the Friends of the Keene Public Library (

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

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