Barbara V. Keirstead

February 15, 2017
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Barbara V. Keirstead, 70, a lifelong Nashua resident, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, February 15, 2017.
The daughter of the late Willard C. and Gladys I. (Fancy) Keirstead, she was born in Nashua on November 26, 1946. Barbara was a graduate of Nashua High School and furthered her education at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in education.
Barbara was a longtime English teacher in both the Merrimack and Nashua school systems, and retired while at Nashua High South.
Barbara was a lifelong member of The First Baptist Church of Nashua, where she served on numerous committees, fund raisers, dinners, church fairs and other events. Over the years, she enjoyed golfing, cross country skiing, gardening, traveling, spending summers in Wells Beach Maine and was a fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.
Members of her family include her brothers, Willard L. Keirstead of Nashua and Richard C. Keirstead and his wife Susan of Windsor, CT; a sister-in-law, Barbara H. Kierstead of Nashua; an Uncle, Donald Morrison and his wife Beverly of Hooksett and her nieces and nephews, Wayne Kierstead, Jill Duquette, Danny Kierstead and Kathy Kierstead , Dale Keirstead, Sheri Keirstead, Jason Keirstead and his wife Kelly, David Keirstead, Anne Heinrich and her husband Eric; a grandniece, Hanna Kierstead; four grandnephews, Joseph Keirstead and his wife Tarah, Campfield Keirstead, Paxton Keirstead and Jayden Keirstead; a great-grandnephew, Logan Kierstead; and longtime extended family, Mary Ann Matson of Nashua, Michael Rizzo of Nashua and David Sample of Alton.
In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by a brother, Harold W. Kierstead; and a nephew, Harvey Keirstead.
SERVICES: In honoring Barbara’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends wishing to express their sympathy may make a donation in her memory to The First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua, NH 03064. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603) 882-0591.

18 Comments on Barbara V. Keirstead

Susan said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2017 at 1:55 AM

Sorry for your loss. A woman I learned from and think of ... She will always sit in my heart and guide us well. Memories and lessons have guided me thus far ( she's correcting me now;) sending love❤️

Bonnie Wren-Burgess and Family said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2017 at 8:53 AM

Please accept my and my family's condolences on your loss. Bonnie Wren-Burgess and Family

L.A. said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2017 at 1:30 AM

Dear Family, My heartfelt condolences go out to you for your loss. Many of us can relate to what it feels like to be touched by death. What has helped my family to cope were scriptures such as John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:3,4; 1Peter 5:6,7. Reading and thinking on these scriptures can help to soothe your pain and bring you comfort and strength in the weeks and months to come. Knowing that our loving Heavenly Father understands and cares about what you're going through can be a real source of strength. I pray you will find solace and hope in those scriptures. For more comfort, please go to Take good care.

Rick Price said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Miss Keirstead was my 8th grade English teacher in Merrimack. That was her first year as a teacher. She treated as a friend during those awkward adolescent years, which I have never forgotten her for. Thank you, Miss Keirstead and God bless you.

Jane Vincent said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 8:14 PM

I was so sad to read about Barbara's passing. She and I commuted together to Merrimack Middle School during the gas crisis of the 1973-1974 school year. She helped me to adjust to teaching at the middle school level and her expertise and advice got me through a difficult adjustment. Years later, she was my son' s English teacher at Nashua High and was always kind and supportive to him. She will be sadly missed.

Tom Burnham said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 7:55 PM

To the Keirstead family====I was on many Nashua School District committees with Barbara throughout the years, she represented the high school teachers and I represented the junior high teachers......she was a very pleasant and professional colleague, with a great sense of humor. I was saddened to learn of her passing....she will be remembered as an excellent teacher and a caring friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Kim Campbell Nash said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 2:46 PM

I had Ms. Kierstead for English at NHS in 1978. I remember her to this day; she was a great teacher.

James J. Hemeon said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Miss Keirstead was awesome! I had her in middle school in Merrimack in the early 70s.

Lisa Lapin said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 12:39 AM

There are quite a few teachers I've forgotten from my years at the "new" Nashua High School (South), but I've always remembered Miss Keirstead as she was one of my favorites and I've thought of her numerous times since graduating in 1979. She expected the best from her students--and always gave them her best--and was firm in that expectation, but she was always fair and kind and funny and inspiring...and she made me a better person (with excellent grammar and writing skills!) and for that I thank her.

Carmen Kosow said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 6:10 PM

What a loss of a lovely person. It was a joy working with her.

Laurie (Bosse) Gormley said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 11:13 AM

I had Miss Kierstead for 3 different classes everyday at Nashua High. She was my very favorite teacher. I talked constantly in her classes and she never got upset, just made me sit in the front and did her best to keep me under control. I just loved her. She was smart, fair, fun for sure and... kind. You could learn from her. I graduated in 1980 and she has come into my thoughts many many times over the years. Bless her soul. Love you Miss Kierstead.

Christine Lavoie said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 11:19 PM

I had Ms. Kierstead for English back in 1980. She was always one of my favorite teaches. May she RIP.

Carolyn Cogan said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 10:22 PM

Barbara and I were friends for 49 years, our 1st teaching jobs being at Merrimack Junior High in the fall of 1968. She was always an awesome teacher. I was glad when she moved to Nashua High because it meant my children could have her as a teacher. Barbara fought her illness to the very end. When we talked about Heaven, she said, "Well we all want to go to Heaven, I'm just not ready to go yet." We shared custody of a Christmas cactus. After we had a fire in our apartment, Barb took care of the plant that the firemen had thrown out the window. That was 1977. Right up until last year she called me every Thanksgiving to say how beautiful our cactus was blooming. I am going to miss you, Barb. I'll bet the Lord has given you a wonderful seaside home in Heaven.

Joanne Cogan Johnson said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Barbara was a friend & teacher. We loved her lots. I enjoyed her English class & her wisdom. Her wit was uncanny however and that will be missed the most. Many prayers to you.

Alisha said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2017 at 9:03 PM

My condolences to the entire family, she was my English teacher back in 2002-03 Nashua high south. I had always thought she was one tough cookie, but she was molding me to be a better person. God bless.

Paula butler jarrel said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Rip Aunt Barb. I am honored to have been "family". And it was my privilege to know you..paula

Michelle Collins said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Jill, I am so sorry for your loss. Your aunt was a beautiful person inside and out. My fondest memories of high school include her as I had the honor of being her student for English. May peace and love surround you and your family through this difficult time.

Peg LaPointe said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2017 at 10:54 AM

Jill: Please extend my sympathies to the family. Our little place in Wells will not be the same without her. She was always cheerful and ready to lend a hand if we were outside weeding, pruning, etc I will miss her.

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