Kelly A. Brogan (Wernik)

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Kelly A. Brogan (Wernik) of East Alstead, New Hampshire passed away on February 4, 2021, at Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebanon N.H. at the age of 59 after a short stay. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 30, 1961, in Gardner, Mass. She was the daughter of the late Thomas & Pauline Brogan of Ashburnham, MA. She was married for 35 years to her husband William Wernik of East Alstead N.H.

Kelly graduated from Gardner High School then earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1984 at Fitchburg State College, following her life’s dream. Kelly wore many hats during her career as a nurse: she worked first for the March of Dimes, then as a nurse trainer in the Marshall Islands, and finally as a school nurse and health educator in Vermont. In 1996 Kelly graduated with a Masters in Science in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania and headed with Bill to Guam where she helped women and their families through pregnancy and birth for three years. Kelly returned to the states in 2000 and worked as a midwife for 20 years until her untimely death; first at New London hospital, then at Alice Peck Day in Lebanon, NH, and finally at Dartmouth Hitchcock. Kelly was a passionate and dedicated midwife. She was a true guardian of women, babies, families and the birthing process. She infused her care of women with her unique identity, putting them at ease. Kelly’s great joy was the moment of passing the new baby to the hands of loving parents with the words, “Welcome to the world.” She will be deeply missed by both colleagues and patients.

Kelly and her beloved husband Bill traveled the less trodden paths of the globe with great curiosity and joy. She lived in Guam and in the Marshall Islands. She trekked through Thailand and Indonesia. She attended many of the triennial International Midwives Conferences far and wide. She and Bill lived in a remote homestead in East Alstead NH where they had abundant gardens and an amazing feline family, usually at least seven cats. They were model train enthusiasts and spent many weekends at train shows with their one of a kind Disney Land monorail train exhibit, entertaining children and adults alike. Kelly was the maker of many lovely quilts and a true Christmas cookie elf, spreading love with her creativity.

Kelly leaves behind her husband Bill Wernik of East Alstead NH and four brothers: Thomas and his wife Janet of Waltham, MA, Michael and his wife Lynn of Mesquite, NV, Patrick and his wife Sherri of Gardner, MA, and Kevin of Ashburnham, MA. She also leaves many nieces and nephews: Stephen, his wife Lynne and son Dean Thomas of Arlington MA, Jacquelin and John Mazzola of Waltham, MA, James and his wife Kristy and son Alec predeceased great-niece Kenzie M. Brogan of KS, Jennifer of Mesquite, NV, Heather Kinosian, her husband Adam, daughter Adrianna, and son Ayden of Winchendon, MA. She also leaves many cousins: Robert, John, and Susan Ackerman, Steve, Scott, Sharon, and Paul Skowfoe, Jill Gilinas, Aunt Janet of Baltimore, and Aunt Mary of CT.

A celebration of Kelly’s life will be held at a later date. If you would like to make a donation in Kelly’s name please do so to the Women’s Care Center at Alice Peck Day Hospital, Lebanon, NH or the March of Dimes. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home, Keene, N.H.

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Kenneth A. Walker

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Kenneth A. Walker, 93, of Westmoreland passed away unexpectedly 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 graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin and later received a degree from the University of Maryland while serving in the US Airforce.

His military career began in the US Navy during WW II, working in MMS (Munitions, Maintenance & Squadron); later enlisting in the Airforce. Ken retired in 1973 after 23 years served, 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, Ken and Rosalie retired to the Aldrich ancestral farm in Westmoreland. He was active in the Westmoreland Historical Society, Westmoreland United Church, and 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 Lipton, 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 Tess 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.

In keeping with Ken’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers to the family, any donations may be made to the

Westmoreland Public Library
PO Box 180
Westmoreland NH, 03467 and/or

Westmoreland United Church
PO Box 214
Westmoreland NH, 03467.

A date, time and location for the service(s) will be printed in the Keene Sentinel closer to the date of service. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Thomas “Tom” P. Hersey

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Thomas “Tom” P. Hersey, 58, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of Gilsum died on Sunday, January 28, 2021, at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative Care in Lebanon. He passed peacefully while resting after a period of declining health.

Thomas was born the son of the late Antonia (Saucer) and Robert Hersey on January 8, 1963, in Manchester. He was educated locally and graduated from Monadnock Regional High School class of 1981.

On June 8, 2010, he exchanged vows with Kristi J. Plante in a simple service in Swanzey. They were married with close friends in attendance and have been married for ten years.

Tom enjoyed the splendor of the outdoors. Time was spent fishing. He also liked to tinker on motorcycles. This was a time for him to relax and think.

Mr. Hersey is survived by his wife, Kristi J. Plante of Keene. His children; Adam Plante of Keene, Keith Hersey of Keene, and Danny Plante of Keene. His brother, Bob Hersey of Henniker. His sisters; Margy of N.C. Linda Robarge, of Manchester. and Kathleen Scanlan of Goffstown. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with Tom’s wishes there are no calling hours. A private graveside service is being planned in the family lot in Spofford when the warmer weather comes.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Thomas P. Hersey to:

American Heart Association
2 Wall St. Unit 104
Manchester, NH. 03101.

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

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Paul D. Kennett

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Paul D. Kennett, 71, a lifetime resident of Keene and Florida died unexpectedly in Swanzey on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Paul was born the son of the late Jane (Davis) Walsh and Paul Goodrich Kennett on December 16, 1949, in Keene. Paul was raised by his mother and stepfather, Richard F. Walsh. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School, class of 1968. Paul went on in his education and graduated from St. Bernard’s College in Birmingham Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Business.

Paul was a two-time All-American golfer while attending St. Bernards. He was employed at Isla Del-sol golf course in Tampa Florida for many years as a Groundskeeping Superintendent before moving back to New Hampshire. Paul enjoyed playing golf, basketball, and attending harness horse races, Paul was a lifetime member of the Keene Country Club where he won the 1968 State-Am at the age of 18.

Mr. Kennett is survived by his daughter, Kristy L. McLaughlin, and her husband, Thomas of Ridgecrest, CA. His siblings; Dixie J. Cote and her husband, Ronald of Keene, Peter A. Walsh and his wife, Suzanne of Keene and Steven Y. Walsh, and his wife, Leah of Keene. His two grandchildren; Kaia and Hayden McLaughlin of Ridgecrest, CA. In addition, he leaves 1 niece, 3 nephews, extended family, and friends.

In keeping with Paul’s values services will be private. Burial will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2021, in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Keene. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Paul D. Kennett to:

St Vincent DePaul Society
C/O Parish of the Holy Spirit
173 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431.

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

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Thomas “Tom” J. Reynolds

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Thomas “Tom” J. Reynolds, 45, a long-time resident of Keene and Vernon, Vt. died unexpectedly on Saturday, January 23, 2021, in the comfort of his home in Vernon with the love of his family near.

Thomas was born the son of Jane (Cody) and Thomas J. Reynolds on August 4, 1975, in Brattleboro, VT. He graduated from Brattleboro Union High School class of 1993. He went on in his studies attending the University of Vermont and Greenfield Community College.

In 2003 he started dating Miss. Leah S. Caruso. They have shared a life together ever since and she became his significant other.

Tom was employed by the ABC Disposal Co. in Keene as an Environmental Engineer for the past year. Prior, he had worked at Environmental Alternatives in Swanzey as a Hazardous Waste Removal Technician and Industrial Cleaner for five years. Tom was also a local businessman at one point owning and operating Tommy’s Sports Corner Bar in Keene.

Tom enjoyed skiing, boating, sailing, and fishing. He was also community-spirited and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Keene for several years.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his father, Thomas J. Reynolds of Keene, a brother, Dan C. Barile of Bellows Falls, VT and his significant other, Leah S. Caruso of Keene and Vernon, VT. In addition, he leaves; cousins, uncles, aunts, extended family and numerous friends. Tom is predeceased by his mother, Jane Barile who passed on April 7, 2019.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 6 to 8 pm. in the funeral chapel. A mass will occur on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Parish of the Holy Spirit, St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch St., Keene. Burial will follow in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave., Keene. In keeping with the Covid-19 Pandemic protocols, masks and social distancing will be required. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Thomas J. Reynolds to:

Joy’s Network
463 Washington St.
Keene, NH. 03431.

or to:

American Heart Association
2 Wall St.
Manchester, NH. 03101.

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

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