Regina Kelleher

October 5, 1950January 28, 2019

Born in Massachusetts to Charles Richard Kelleher and Mary Catherine Finnegan, Regina was the second of four children and the youngest daughter.

As a child, Regina was a voracious reader and loved all kinds of literature, especially politics and history. Her love of reading endured, and, by adulthood, she had established an extensive home library and loved to envelop herself in a good book.

Regina loved music and took piano lessons as a child. She was very fond of Broadway musicals and could be found helping around the home while playing the music of “My Fair Lady” and “Oklahoma” on the record player.

Regina attended Villa Augustina Academy in Goffstown, New Hampshire. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts and later earned two Master of Science Degrees in Communications and Administrative Studies from Simmons College and Boston College.

As an adult, Regina conquered her childhood fear of horses and enjoyed driving carriages through the countryside with her friends. She loved baking and would often attend the Boston Pops at Tanglewood and the Peterborough Players during the summertime months. She loved her home in New Hampshire, and her favorite vacations were visiting family in Virginia and Arizona. After 68 years of Atlantic winters, she had plans to embrace warmer climates by moving to Phoenix in the spring.

Regina thrived in an independent life and pursued an extensive career in business, finance, and education. She recently retired as Regional Director and Job Readiness Coordinator of the WorkReadyNH program at Manchester Community College. She also worked as an Assistant Professor and Tech Prep Education Director and later as Associate Dean and Consultant at Mount Washington College with Kaplan Corporation from 1996 to 2006 and was the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Nashua Community College from 2006 to 2011. She balanced her work life with that of caring for her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, until her passing in 2002.

Regina is survived by her sister Virginia Reardon of Culpepper, VA, her brothers, Arthur Kelleher of Phoenix, AZ, and Peter Kelleher of Keene, NH, and their families.

The viewing will take place from 5pm-7pm on Monday, February 4th, 2019 and the Memorial Service celebrating Regina’s life will take place at 10:00am Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, New Hampshire 03431. Interment will follow later in the spring in the family plot in Hancock, New Hampshire.

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  • Calling Hours Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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Yvonne Diorio

February 9, 2019

Four days ago I read of Regina's passing. So sorry to learn of this. I got acquainted with her when I was a participant of Work Ready NH in 2011. I enjoyed her encouragement and upbeat attitude. I was blessed
to have met her and appreciated what she brought to the learning curve after a lay-off. Peace to her family.

Louise McDonald Goeckel

February 5, 2019

I was a classmate of Regina's at Regis College, class of 1972 and had respect for her studiousness as an English major. We did reconnect on FB this past year and her comments made me realize and prize that we shared many of the same values and passions. She was a great cheerleader. I was surprised and very saddened to hear of her passing. I was so pleased to read of her work life, as the roles she took on were admirable. I regret not being reconnected to her sooner. I have faith she is in a place of joy and peace. May she come to visit me whenever she likes, to add to my enjoyment of life and to encourage me to feel deeply.

Priscilla Chandler Shook

February 5, 2019

I was so saddened to read of Regina's death. I knew her and her family during our childhood through piano lessons and 4H and Pony Club. Although I am not sure that I remembered that she was afraid if horses. I am so sorry to have missed the service this morning but just read about it in the paper. My thoughts are with you all , especially Ginny, Peter and Arthur. Love to you all from "Pudgi"

Sherida Daley

February 4, 2019

Regina and I were English majors at Regis, and we had reunited on Facebook . Her posts and comments never failed to make me think and smile. From her love of family, strong political beliefs and compassion for animals , she embodied her name. Queen of light and love.
God Bless

Michelle Shipulski

February 4, 2019

Regina was kind, good-hearted and well respected. She always had great stories to tell and a wonderful sense of humor. Bless her soul and may she be at peace.

Martha Reardon Bewick

February 4, 2019

Re and I were bridesmaids together at her sister Ginny’s and my brother Dave’s beautiful and romantic wedding some years ago in Hancock, New Hampshire. Although we only kept in touch intermittently over the years and at family occasions, I always admired her grace, elegance, community contribution and positive spirit. But we were in regular touch in recent years on Facebook, cheering on family members, celebrating birthdays, sharing beautiful scenes, and promising to get together one day soon. I enjoyed her “just because” posts of sweet pooches, and her loving concern for animals, and will miss her friendly and happy presence there. Sending love and blessings, Ginny, Peter and Arthur, and all Re’s family and friends. May your happy memories sustain you.

Sharon Kolor

February 3, 2019

I was also a classmate of Regina's. I did not know her well then, except that she was so positive always! My relationship with her is more recent - and on facebook. I am an outspoken supporter of equal rights and civil treatment of all people and Regina was one of my biggest fans. She added to the conversation of many of my posts. I will really miss her. My condolences to everyone in Regina's family.

Kris Rulison

February 3, 2019

I, too, was a Regis classmate. I loved being able to reconnect with Regina after so many years. We both love Yorkies so it was nice to almost connect with her on a daily basis on Facebook. She will be greatly missed.

Audrey Leonard

February 3, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Kelleher Family. I was a classmate of Regina’s at Regis, and we shared many classes together. I was looking forward to Regina moving to Arizona, as we lived there for 20 years, and go back every March for a visit. I was planning on getting together with her and making new memories. Such a shock and sadness for all of us Regis girls.

Candi (Newcomb) Arveson

February 2, 2019

We were a great pair in grammar school. In 8th Grade we were a terror with Mr. Capon. He really did not know what to do with us; he just couldn't keep ahead of us. You will be missed and were loved by your friends and family.