OBITUARY

Shirley F. Bechard

July 14, 1945March 22, 2012

Shirley F. Bechard, 66, of Main Street, Ashuelot, died Thursday morning at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, following a period of failing health.

She was born in Montague, MA. on July 14, 1945, the daughter of Felix and Obeline (Lavigne) Bovin , she resided in Turners Falls, MA and then in Orange, MA prior to moving to Ashuelot in 1969.

Mrs. Bechard graduated from the Turners Falls, MA. High School, class of 1963 and worked in the Monadnock School District as a substitute teacher for twenty years. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching and many of the students she taught still remember her fondly. She was also a seamstress for a number of years and sewed for many families in the region. She enjoyed selling and delivering Stanley Home Products, as well as all of the people she got to know doing this.

She was a member of the United Church of Winchester and had been the Sunday School Superintendant for many years. She also loved to bowl on the Girls Night Out League in Brattleboro, VT and treasured being with people. Shirley loved to cook and organize functions. She catered numerous events of varying sizes.

She is the widow of Louis A. Bechard who died in 2006 and is predeceased by a brother Robert Bovin.

Survivors include: four sons: Richard F. Bechard and his wife Susan of Winchester, Kennith A. Bechard and his wife Cindy of Marlborough, Daniel L. Bechard of Winchester and Stephen D. Bechard and his wife Kristin of Manchester; two brothers: Dennis Bovin of Belchertown, MA. and Reginald Bovin of Chicopee, MA., three sisters: Yvonne Satrowsky of Orange, MA., Jeannine LaFountane of Inverness FL., and Marie Reil of Malone, NY; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held at the Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, Thursday, March 29th from 6 to 8.

Services for Mrs. Bechard will be held at the United Church of Winchester, Monday afternoon April 2nd, at one o'clock. Friends are invited.

Burial will take place at the family lot in the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester.

Services

  • Calling Hours Thursday, March 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 2, 2012
REMEMBERING

Shirley F. Bechard

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Dolores Graham

March 30, 2012

I will always remember her gift of conversation.I will remember you always Shirley and may you rest in peace.

Dolores Graham

March 30, 2012

My condolences to the family, I will never forget Shirley, she was like a second mother to me,and she was my mother-in-law.She was always full of energy,and helped many. May you rest in peace and I hope you are now with your husband whom you loved so much.God Bless.

Dolores Graham

March 30, 2012

I thought of her as my second mother,as mine passed many years ago. We started her catering business together and I must say she was some cook. She planned her son DAN and my wedding, and even though we are no longer together I will always consider her my mother in law always, god be with you Shirley I will always think of you. Dolores

March 29, 2012

I will remember her words of encouragement, her laughter, her friendship,her love for teaching, and the many smiles i had with her around, rest well Shirley, for we know your skills are needed else where

Samuel D. Graham

Jeffrey Dick

March 29, 2012

Just learned of Shirley's passing, how sad. Shirley was an amazing women. Her leadership of the Sunday School at The United Church of Winchester was wonderful. Her love and care for the children was unquestionable.

I will always remember the energy she put into Trick or Treating for UNICEF - the church was one of the top fundraisers in the region!

She also enjoyed taking the children the to Shrine Circus that the Mason's sponsored.

A joy filled women, with a heart of gold. Our deepest prayers to Kenny, Danny, Richard and Stephen and your families - your mom was a real blessing.
Jeffrey and Lynn Dick

March 29, 2012

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Aunt Shirley. She was truly an inspiration to all the lives she touched and will always be remembered for her smile, kind heart and outspoken personality. May all her family take the time to remember her with the fondest of memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Paul, Sherri, Nicholas, Joseph and Emilee Boivin

Paul, Sherri, Nicholas, Joseph, & Emilee Boivin

March 29, 2012

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Aunt Shirley. She was truly an inspiration to all the lives she touched and will always be remembered for her smile, kind heart and outspoken personality. May all her family take the time to remember her with the fondest of memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dona Bevis

March 28, 2012

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Shirley's sons and their families. I was saddened to hear that she passed away, she was a great women, funny, and a great personally. She will be missed by all her Stantly friends.

March 28, 2012

Mrs. Bechard was such a kind person, every time I saw her she was always
smiling and would always speak to me whether she was in a hurry or not.
I loved seeing her with her grandchildren-she was just so proud of them
and of her children. She certainly will be missed by many and will always
be in our hearts. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Carleen Clark Burdick, Ashuelot, NH

FROM THE FAMILY