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Former longtime Fitchburg, MA resident; 96
CARLSBAD, CA -- Margaret "Peggy" Therrien, a resident of Carlsbad, CA, died at home on Feb. 6, 2013, after a brief period of declining health. On the day she died, with the help of her daughter and granddaughter, she was able to sit outdoors, embrace the warmth of the sun, and enjoy the gentle winds coming off the Pacific Ocean. This daily prescription of fresh air and warmth maintained her and sustained her right to the end of her time on earth.
She was born on June 10, 1916 in Fitchburg, MA, the daughter of Joseph D. and Mary (Landry) Ethier, and had lived there for 75 years before moving to Carlsbad in the mid-eighties. She never looked back or regretted the move as she embraced the climate, culture, friends, and the bountiful offerings of new found state. Her trips back east were many to visit friends, relatives, and attend family events -- but she was more than happy to return back west to the warmth of the sun, the extended growing season, and the heated pool of the clubhouse where she resided.
While a resident of Fitchburg, she and her husband, Leo, owned and operated Putnam St. Lanes for 25+ years before passing it on to Leo's brother, Hector, who in turn has passed it on to his son, Gary, who is Margaret's godchild.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice and her husband, Henry White of LaCosta, CA; daughter, Jacqueline and her husband, Fred Soltys of Needham, MA; and son, Steven Therrien and his wife, Diega of Princeton, MA.
She is also survived by four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Leo J. Therrien, and a brother, Raymond Ethier.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Carlsbad, CA, and a long standing member of the Ladies Guild where she shared her artistic talents for creating unique handcrafted items for various church related events. Crafting was her passion and her joy in completing new projects was always a popular topic of discussion.
A funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Church and burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery will take place in the Spring at a time and date to be announced.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Feb. 22, 2013