The Winchendon Courier
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Week of September 12 to September 19, 2019


Albert Quattrochi

Albert T. Quattrochi Jr., 76

Albert T. Quattrochi, Jr., age 76, of Rindge died peacefully on September 11, 2019 at his home in Rindge after a brief illness.
Al was born in Yonkers, New York on August 19, 1943, son of the late Albert and Anna (Lepiny) Quattrochi. He was a 1960 graduate of Commerce High School in Yonkers, and had graduated from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY before attending Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
Al had served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps as a Private First Class.
He had lived for 12 years in Lexington, KY and in Peekskill, NY and had been a realtor in Yonkers, NY for over 25 years. Al moved to Rindge in 2000 where he worked in maintenance at Teleflex in Jaffrey.
Al loved history and was well read on the Civil War and WWII. He was an outstanding gardener with a yard full of flowers blooming from early spring until frost. Al enjoyed travel, especially to Aruba and the western National Parks. He was a member of the Tri State Dance Club and always looked forward to the Saturday night dances.
Al is survived by his 2 sisters, Carol Cantanese of East Harrison, NY and Jane Auricchio of Pocono, Pennsylvania; his cousin, Barbara Lalli of Tucson, AZ and his good friend of many years, June Fulton of South Weymouth, Massachusetts.
According to Al’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.
A graveside service followed by Military Honors, will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM in Hillside Cemetery, on Goddard Road in Rindge, NH 03461.

Beverly A. Paul

Beverly A. (Prentice) Paul, 80

WINCHENDON — Beverly A. (Prentice) Paul, age 80, died peacefully Sunday evening, September 8, 2019 in her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born August 16, 1939, daughter of the late Harold Henry and Frances Etta (Minkler) Prentice and lived most of her life in Winchendon.
Beverly was preceded in death by her loving husband of 19 years, Wilfred L. Paul Sr., who died on July 22, 1986.
She devoted her life to caring for others. She worked in several nursing homes before working for Mentor Clinical Care, caring for the disabled in her home. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, playing cards and listening to country oldies. She loved crafting and sewing clothes for her grandchildren.
Beverly was also predeceased by her siblings; brothers, Alvin “Bubble” Prentice and Harold Prentice and sisters, Clara Levesque and Anna Davidson.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children; Keith Jean and his wife Lisa of Winchendon, Scott Jean and his wife Ann of Winchendon, Wilfred Paul Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Dalton, NH, Barry Jean and his wife Debbie of Winchendon, Steven Jean of South Carolina, Brian Jean and his wife Jen of North Carolina, Ronda Ford and her husband Robert of Winchendon, Randy Paul and his wife Becky of Winchendon, and Kevin Paul and his wife Shelley of Fitzwilliam; sixteen grandchildren; twenty three great grandchildren, plus many foster kids and their families.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11 A.M. in Riverside Cemetery, Glenallan Street, Winchendon. There are no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

Joann (Dawson) Desrosiers, 80

ATHOL — Joann (Dawson) Desrosiers, age 80, died on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Alliance Health Center in Baldwinville after a long illness.
She was born in Winchendon on February 25, 1939 to Prentice Wilbur and Doris Emma (Drury) Dawson.
Joann was raised in Athol and graduated from Athol High School with the class of 1957. She was employed at Duall Plastics in Athol for 15 years before relocating to Winchendon where she went to work for National Seat Mfg. for seven more years. She returned back to her home town of Athol and worked at Woody's Main Street Diner for several years until retiring. She had resided at Morton Meadows for many years before entering the nursing home about four years ago. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Joann was married to Wallace Desrosiers in 1960 until his death in 1970.
She leaves a sister, Loyce Taylor of Athol and a brother Ralph Dawson of Dover, NH, formerly of Athol.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Roy Dawson in 1973.
At Joann's request services at Riverside Cemetery in Winchendon will be private.
To leave an online condolence, please visit
Mack Family Funeral Homes – Fiske-Murphy & Mack Chapel, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange is assisting with arrangements.

Hal Close

Elmer H. ‘Hal’ Close, 82

Elmer H. Close, age 82, of Peterborough, NH, died of complications related to a stroke on Wednesday September, 10th surrounded by his loving family.
“Hal” was born in Toledo Ohio on July 16th 1937. As a child, his family moved to the Monadnock Region and he grew up in Dublin, NH. He attended Dublin School and graduated from Philips Exeter Academy in 1954. He graduated from Harvard College in 1958 with a degree in mathematics and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1961. While in college, Hal was a proud member of the Harvard Lampoon and active with the Outing and Ski clubs.
After finishing his formal education, Hal served in the US Marine Corps and then moved to New York City to practice law at Sherman & Sterling. Hal married Margot P. Close in 1966 in NYC and shortly thereafter moved back to New Hampshire to raise a family in Keene. Soon after returning to New Hampshire, Hal left the law to run WKNE the local radio station based in Keene. The family lived there from 1967 until 1988. After that, they lived in Chesham, New Hampshire, for 25 years. Hal also tinkered other forms of early digital media, including desk top publishing, with a newsletter called Caribbean Treasures, and he was an instructor for computer science at Keene State College. Hal was also active politically throughout his life and served four terms in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives. He also loved the Dublin Community Church where he served as treasurer for several years.
A lifelong learner, Hal loved to travel and became an avid photographer later in life. He adored the mountains – and he loved sharing time in the mountains with his friends and family. Whether skiing in Utah, hiking closer to home in the rocky Presidential Range, or mountain biking in Harrisville, Hal felt his best when he was outside. Hal had a particular love of the Monadnock Region and continues to bushwhack and hunt (even now, we suspect) for the hidden cave just below the Pumpelly Ridge trail.
Hal’s sense of humor and appreciation for creative and quirky people will be treasured memories for those who loved him well.
Hal is survived by his loving wife, Margot P. Close, two daughters Josephine and Amanda, and his grandson, Oliver Gurgel. He also survived by his sister Luette Bourne, his niece Luette Bourne and his two nephews, Philip and Hal Bourne.
A Memorial Service for Hal will take place at Dublin Community Church on Saturday, October 5th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Monadnock Conservancy or the Dublin Community Church.
Monadnock Conservancy at
15 Eagle Court 2nd Floor
PO Box 337
Keene, NH 03431-0337

Dublin Community Church, UCC,
1125 Main Street
Dublin NH 03444.

Elizabeth J Cwartkowski

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Cwartkowski, 82

TEMPLETON — Elizabeth J. “Betty” Cwartkowski, age 82, of 148 Rice Road, died unexpectedly at home Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
She was born in Winchendon on June 16, 1937, daughter of the late Harold and Emma (Rose) Lawrence and was a graduate of the former Templeton High School. Betty grew up on the family farm in Royalston and Templeton and lived in Templeton for most of her life.
Betty worked at New England Telephone Company and Digital until her retirement 45 years ago. She enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, bowling, trap shooting, fishing and painting. She also loved watching the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and NASCAR. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.
Her husband of 44 years, Alexander “Skip” Cwartkowski Jr., died two years ago. She leaves three children, Dennis L’Homme and his wife Shirley of Templeton, Thomas J. L’Homme and his wife Jodi of Templeton and Theresa Casavecchia and her husband Steve of Templeton; a son-in-law Mark Hanks of Gardner; four grandchildren, Alex, Josh, Nicole and Paul; nine great grandchildren; a sister Joyce Moschetti of Templeton and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sheryl Hanks and three brothers, Harold Lawrence, Richard Lawrence and William Lawrence.
Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon are Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. A funeral service will follow Sunday, September 15th at 2 P.M.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Mark C. Bean

Mark C. Bean, 65

Mark C. Bean, age 65, of Nelson, NH and formerly of Jaffrey, died suddenly and unexpectedly while jogging on Monday, August 12, 2019, with his wife, Linda by his side.
Born April 29, 1954 in Boston Mark was the son of the late Delcie and Margaret (Crane) Bean, Jr. He was the youngest of six children born into the family. He attended high school at the Mount Hermon School for Boys in Northfield and Keene State University later in his adult life. Mark was known for his lifelong love for learning, his commitment to his family and community and his kind, generous spirit.
His passion, however, was his family’s business, D.D. Bean & Sons Co; founded 80 years ago in Jaffrey by Delcie D. Bean Sr. (Mark’s grandfather) and his two sons, Vernon and Delcie D. Bean Jr. “Jack” (Mark’s father). Mark invested 47 years of his life in the company. He relished the unique challenge of working in a family business and he was instrumental through the years in helping it grow, adapt and even thrive, making paper matches and other promotional items for global markets. He loved nothing better than giving tours and talks about not only D.D. Bean, but the history of the match industry and the role D.D. Bean had played in it.
Mark’s other passion was his relationship with his wife and children. He met his wife, Linda, and her three young children in California in 1983 where he was managing one of the many manufacturing plants D.D. Bean owned at that time. He was eager to take on instant fatherhood and he welcomed them into his life and heart fully. They moved back to Jaffrey in 1986, after Mark’s first child was born, and went on to have two additional children while raising their family in Jaffrey for the next 16 years. In 2004, Mark and Linda adopted a six-year-old boy and their family was complete. Mark was active as a Cub Scout leader as well as a youth soccer and basketball coach. Most of all, he was “Pop” to all the children; be they biological or otherwise, they all received his love equally and without limits.
Mark was also very active in his community. He served on the Jaffrey-Rindge School Board, the Board of Monadnock Hospital and the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in reviving the Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks in 1990 during the company’s community celebration of the 100th anniversary of the match. He had most recently been active in supporting the construction of the Park Theatre in Jaffrey. He was a humble man and believed strongly in giving back to his beloved hometown.
Mark was quite the historian, particularly as it related to Jaffrey. After writing about the Dean Murder, he embarked on a project of re-opening the 1918 cold case as well as bringing the story to life. He became a local expert on the subject and gave a talk about it at the Amos Fortune Forum in the summer of 2018, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the murder.
Mark is survived by his wife and best friend, Linda (Chiorino) Bean of Nelson, NH; his three biological children: Delcie D. Bean IV, Patrick C. Bean, and Rachael, M. Bean; his three step-children: Scott C. Webster, Jennifer E. Webster, and Laurie A. Molina and his adopted son, Marcus C. Bean. He’s also survived by seven grandchildren; his siblings, Margaret Alice Brown and her husband David of Taos, New Mexico and Peterborough, New Hampshire, Delcie D. Bean, III and his wife Marney of Dublin, New Hampshire, Ellen R. Bean of Markham, Ontario, Canada, Elizabeth (Betsy) C. Bean of Baltimore, Maryland, Christopher V. Bean and his wife Claire of Jaffrey, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the community he loved.
Abiding by Mark’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Church of Jaffrey followed by a reception at the Mildred Cutter Hall.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Mark’s memory to the Park Theatre, PO Box 278, Jaffrey, NH 03452, or to the Granite Lake Association, C/O Thomas Newcombe – Treasurer, 701 Granite Lake Road, Munsonville, NH 03457.