Harriet M. Beach Pinky (nee Dudek) Born August 17th, 1941, passed away Thursday December 17th, 2020, at her sons home in Chilmark, MA, after a brave battle with throat cancer. She was 79 years old. She is survived by her sons, Harry and Christopher Beach; her sisters, Melanie (Jerred) Johnson of Plainfield, IL; and Marci Kreisberg, of Birmingham, Alabama. Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, whom she adored above all else (having no grandchildren), will surely miss their Auntie Pinky. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Marie Dudek (nee Pajak) of Joliet, IL; and her sisters, Peggy (Joseph) Lacy; Elizabeth (Daniel) Kobe; and Marilyn J. Roberson. Born in Joliet, IL, the 3rd of 6 girls; Harriet graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1959. She married Harry F. Beach Jr., also of Joliet, and lived briefly in Framingham, MA, before moving to Marblehead, MA, where she lived for over 50 years. Harriet was a devoted mother, who was adored by neighbors and friends. Working as a real estate broker for many years, and eventually starting her own real estate appraisal company, she was well connected in the community, and was always ready to reach out or volunteer to support local school, sports, and social events in Marblehead. She had a gorgeous smile, and the brightest blue eyes you've ever seen. Her many friends will remember long, laughing, lunches at The Landing or The Barnacle where her infectious laugh would make even the grumpiest customers smile. Harriet was quite active in her younger years, playing tennis or going to exercise classes regularly where she made many life-long friends. Her arthritis, and eventually throat cancer, slowed her down towards the end, but she never complained or wallowed in self-pity. In March of 2020 she moved to Chilmark, MA, on the island of Marthas Vineyard to be with her eldest son Harry, whos love, and devotion was evident in the care he provided for her at the end of her life. She passed on a snowy day, in the company of loved ones. She will be dearly missed, and fondly remembered.
Published in The Marblehead Reporter from Dec. 29, 2020 to Jan. 7, 2021.