David Joseph Parody

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David Joseph Parody, 74, a lifelong resident of Keene, died Saturday, May 16, 2020, after a long battle of living with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Keene on October 5, 1945, the son of the late Evelyn (Morris) and Joseph Parody. He graduated from Keene High School in 1963 and attended Keene State College.

David worked at Markem Corporation for 31 years. He also owned and operated an independent dollar store, Yankee Dollar Store for six years and worked at Vermed Inc. in Bellows Falls, Vermont for 12 years.

Anyone who met him quickly recognized his genuine caring personality and quick-witted sense of humor. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and on just about any topic. If he should ever have picked on you, then he truly loved you. Making people laugh was a high priority, and if it required being somewhat sarcastic, that would also work.

His love for sports was immense and in no particular order following The Boston Red Sox, The New England Patriots, The Boston Celtics, and The Boston Bruins. He loved the music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. He was also a lifetime member of The Keene BPOE #927.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Catherine Parody of Keene. His daughter, Chelsea Parody of Keene; son Tyson Parody of Keene. A sister, Judith Seaver of Keene. A nephew, Kevin Seaver of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and a brother in law, Philip Samsel and his wife Joyce of Swanzey, New Hampshire.

Based on his wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. Most importantly, he wished to celebrate life; therefore, whenever you hear laughter, think of David. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that because of his love for cats, anyone wishing to contribute should donate to The 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. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Carol Caroline “Gloria” (Schmittner) Hoffmann

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Carol Caroline “Gloria” (Schmittner) Hoffmann, 94, was called to her eternal home to experience the joy of her salvation with her Lord and Savior on May 5, 2020 after a period of declining health. She was born February 28, 1926 in West New York, NJ to the late Elizabeth (Rhein) and Lester Schmittner.

In 1944, Gloria met the love of her life while attempting to add levity to a lunch hour she was sharing with some coworkers at a dry cleaning establishment in Edgewater, NJ. She saw a sailor walking on the opposite side of the street, and jokingly called out “Hey sailor, I’ll meet you at 5 o’clock!” When the sailor crossed the street to ask her what she had said, her coworkers ran back into the building and locked the door, leaving her face to face with the young man she would later fall in love with and marry. Gloria and William A. “Bill” Hoffmann wed on June 23, 1945, settled in Palisades Park, NJ, had three children, and enjoyed almost 60 years of marriage.

Gloria worked for Bendix during World War II, and in the late 1950’s became one of the first female school bus drivers in NJ. In 1966, the family moved to Sullivan NH, and had one happy adventure after another as the owners and operators of Hilltop Campground. When the campground was sold, they moved to Keene, and Gloria drove bus for New Hope New Horizons.

She loved to travel, enjoyed the outdoors, and spending time with her family. Gloria especially enjoyed Bible study, and sharing her faith in Christ with all those she met. She instilled the love of God’s Word in her family, and always encouraged them to live their lives for Jesus. One particular verse that provided comfort and strength to her is found in Isaiah 46:3-4 “I created you and cared for you since you were born. I will be your God through all your life time. Yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior. She was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and cherished her church family and time spent with them.

Gloria is survived by a daughter, Susan V. Hoffmann, of Keene; a son, David W. Hoffmann, Sr., and his wife, Betsy, of Lincolnton, NC; two grandsons and six great granddaughters, David W. Hoffmann, Jr., and his wife, Amanda, of Lincolnton, NC and their two daughters, Ruby Mae and Caroline Hope; and Mark E. Hoffmann, and his wife, Shauna, of Raleigh, NC; and their four daughters, Ellie Grace, Claire Marie, Rachel Ivy and Lainey Jane. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Joy Aldridge, of Rock Hill, SC; her cousin, Dorothy Friedenreich, of Bonita Springs, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gloria was predeceased by her husband, William A. Hoffmann; her daughter, Carol S. Littenberg, of Lancaster, SC; and her brother, Warren Schmittner, of Danvers MA.

A private committal service will be held at The Sebastian Cemetery in Sebastian, FL where Gloria will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity Christian School, 100 Maple Avenue, Keene, NH 03431. Cheshire Family Funeral Home of Keene is in charge of funeral arrangements. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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David A. Barrett Sr.

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David A. Barrett Sr. 76, a long-time resident of Keene died on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully while sleeping after a period of declining health.

David was born the son of Dorothy (White) and Evans Barrett on September 29, 1943 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1961. David went on in his studies and earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry from the University of New Hampshire class of 1965.

David was a farmer with his father, Evans, and his brother Peter. The Barrett Farm was a mainstay of farming in Keene having been started by his grandfather Henry Barrett and built into a 6oo acre farm by his father. The Barrett brothers, David and Peter, took on the farm after their father’s passing and developed it further. David farmed in Keene and eventually moved to Walpole to expand his farming dreams. Later in life he moved on to professional farm management until his retirement in 2011.

David served as a Keene Police Commissioner, the youngest ever in the State of NH, from 1968 – 69. He served as a Cheshire County Commissioner from 1968 – 1980. He also served as a member of the Keene City Council for a number of years. He was involved in progressive political activities and involved with the County Republican Party. As an active farmer, he was involved with the Cheshire County Fair and Chaired the Board of Directors of the Fair. A man of the land, he worked hard and was frank and honest in all things.

He enjoyed watching all sports on T.V., being with family, and attending family events. Time was also spent going to his grandchildren’s sporting events joining with former sheriff Doug Fish and other friends, and school events. He liked to travel to Texas, to see his youngest son and family, play card games, especially, solitaire. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. David had many friends and loved life. He loved his family and they were the focus of his life, always. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Joan (Watkins) Barrett. His children; David Barrett Jr. and his wife, Holly of Sullivan and Key West, Florida, Colony Barrett of Concord, Kate Barrett, and her husband, Gary Shramek of West Barnstable, MA. Melissa Loveland and her husband, Jon of Irvine, CA. and Evans Barrett and partner Susan Cosimeno, of Spearman, TX. He also leaves his siblings; Peter Barrett and his wife, Wilma of Keene and Margaret Barrett and her partner Ronald Burroughs of Keene, and sister-in-law Mossie Abeyta of Colorado. Eight grandchildren; Jordan Wilhelm and fiancé Sesselja Helgason , Payton Wilhelm, Cameron Wilhelm, Nicholas Thum, Stephanie Thum, Annalice Barrett, Cadence Barrett, and Joscelin Barrett. Grandchildren from a combined marriage, Nick Loveland, Christopher Loveland, and Alex Loveland.

In addition, David leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

David was predeceased by his mother and father, Dorothy W. Barrett and Evans H. Barrett, and daughter-in-law Jill (Hajczewski) Barrett.

In keeping with David’s wishes, there are no calling hours. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic services will be held at a later date. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com

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Rodney “Rod” A. Williams

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Rodney “Rod” A. Williams, 72, a long-time resident of Stoddard died on May 5, 2020. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home after a period of declining health.

Rodney was born the son of the late Marjorie L. (Heffer) and Thurston V. Williams on February 13, 1948 in Nashua. He graduated from Wilton High School class of 1966. Rodney went on in his studies and attended the University of Miami in Florida.

On July 19, 1999 he exchanged vows with Dale Foster in Stoddard. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Dale passed on October 22, 2016 after eighteen years of marriage.
He was the co-owner and operator with Gorden Garnett of Land Contractors Inc. in Stoddard for 30 years. Rod had an artist’s touch moving dirt and stone with large equipment.

Rod lived in the rural community of Stoddard “off the grid”. He loved the land and his farm on the North Branch River. Rod did it his way. He was fun loving, gentle, kind and generous with a wonderful sense of humor. He was always ready to help anyone and enjoyed doing so. Rod will be missed by many, including the Heineken Company, LOL..

Rod is survived by his sister, Marsha L. Foster of Milford. A sister in-law, Sigrid Williams of Francestown and a brother in-law, Matthew Yakovakis of Amherst. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Rod is pre-deceased by a brother, Roger T. Williams in 2000., a sister, Audrey Yakovakis in 2015 and a brother in-law, Allan Foster in 2016

In keeping with Rodney’s wishes there are no calling hours. Due to the current issues a gathering to celebrate Rodney’s life will be held at “The Farm” with a date to be announced later. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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Joseph Graham Thibodeau

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Joseph Graham Thibodeau died suddenly Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the home of his daughter Katie in Richmond, NH.

The fifth child of Myrtie Belle Lanigan Thibodeau and Edmond S. Thibodeau (“Pete”) was born March 19, 1932, in Keene, NH. Their first child, Gerald, died at three months. Patricia (Patty), Edmond (Sonny), Sally Anne, and “Graham” all attended local St Joseph’s School and graduated Keene High School.

Family and friends called him Graham and also Joe. Graduating Keene High School he joined the US Army serving in the Korean Conflict for three years.

United States Army emblemHis first marriage was to Shirley Lancey Patria. They raised 5 children and divorced in 1969.

After Army service, Joe attended Keene State College receiving his Bachelors (1957) and his Masters (1960) degrees.

His teaching years began in the Monadnock Regional School District at its inception in 1962. Teaching in Troy, Fitzwilliam, Monadnock HS, and Keene HS totaling 35 years in Education. His passion for inspiring a love of learning in children guided his life. He always believed in the rich and abiding worth and potential of every child.

In 1972 Joe and Norma Grasing Brunk married in Troy in a civil ceremony and moved to Richmond NH with daughters Katie and Wendie. A son, Robert James, was welcomed in 1973 to complete this family.

Retiring from teaching in 1989, Joe then worked for Emil Legere Management Company for several years to retire again to enjoy studying his roots, genealogy, history, and diaspora of the Thibodeau family back to the 1600s.

Enjoyment was ever-present in reading, learning, and collecting information into 16 volumes of data.
Walking, chopping wood, gardening, fishing were favorite forms of exercise.

He loved listening to the radio, and being greeted by many former students with “Hi, Mr. Thibodeau”. They would remember together his influence in their lives.

Joe was involved in many civic organizations including State Forest Fire Warden for Richmond, Volunteer Fire Department, Public Library Trustee, Historical Society volunteer for both Richmond and Cheshire County.

Survivors include His wife – Norma C. Thibodeau. Children – Calvin L. Patria, Kenneth W. Patria, Kathleen J Turgeon (Andrew), Wendie M Thibodeau (Gregory Collins), Anna “Katie” Brunk, Robert J Thibodeau, Grandchildren – Tracy Jenkins (Harry IV), Lindsey Dukes (William), Andrew Turgeon (Jacquline), Joshua W Brunk, Robert A Brunk, Latoshia S Brunk, Daniel T Brunk. Great-grandchildren – Nathan, Nicholas, Harry V, Oliver, Cecelia Son – Michael E Patria (deceased)

In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Joseph Graham Thibodeau may be made to either of the following organization if you wish to:

St Joseph’s Indian School
1301 North Main Street
Chamberlain, SD 57325.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic a private graveside service was held in the family lot on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Earl Howard Cemetery in Richmond.

Or to:

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio
318 Central Avenue
Albany, NY. 12206.

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

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