Cherine D. Chagnon

NEWPORT - Cherine D. Chagnon, 84,  died peacefully on Monday, December 27, at Newport Rehabilitation Center.
Cherine was born on December 17, 1937, in Oswego, NY, the daughter of Clarence (Kano) and Esther (Holtz) Ketcham. She graduated from Oswego High School in 1956, where she met her husband Burton Yule. She later graduated from North Adams State in North Adams, MA, with a bachelors in elementary education.
As an Air Force wife, she and Burton moved to Amarillo, TX, and Kansas where they started their family. They then moved to Meriden, CT, where they lived for the next 12 years.
Cherine met and married her second husband James Chagnon. They made their home on Lake Raponda, Wilmington, where she fell in love with downhill skiing. Together they skied at Maple Valley, Dutch Hill, Mount Snow, and Haystack and were ski instructors at Hogback Mountain.
The last 20 years Cherine had been living in Derby on Lake Memphremagog with her partner Jerry West. She enjoyed skiing at Jay Peak and many years she never missed a day on the slopes. In the summer months Cherine could be seen giving her great-grandchildren rides on her wave runner.
Cherine worked as a switch board operator at AMF Cuno, in Meriden, CT, during the 1960s, as a secretary to the dean at Marlboro  College in 1972, as a teacher at Deerfield Valley Elementary in Wilmington, as well as at the ski school at Mount Snow in the 1990s.
Very interested in genealogy, Cherine traveled to Salt Lake City and many small town halls to research her Ketcham roots back to Chatham, England, and to John Ketcham, who was born in 1590, sailed to the Massachusetts Colony in the later 1620s, then landed in Southhold, Long Island, NY.
Cherine enjoyed family reunions with her sisters and many nieces, nephews, and their families. She was able to travel to all 50 states and had a memorable trip to Hawaii with her mother and four sisters.
Besides her parents Cherine was preceded in death by sisters Viola Rood, Marilyn Sawyer, and Kathleen Wyman.
She is survived by her two sons: Mark (Donna) Yule, of Wilmington, and Jeffrey (Christina) Yule, of Merrimack, NH; her partner Jerry West, of Derby; grandchildren Jeffrey, Crystal, Weston, Tanner, and Cody; and great-grandchildren Mackayla, Calvin Kayden, Bradly, Noah, Lilly, and Grace; and a sister, Frances Conroy, of Liverpool, NY.
Services will be held in Wilmington in the spring of 2022.

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