Harriet M. Beach
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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.

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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from Dec. 29, 2020 to Jan. 7, 2021.
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February 21, 2021
Harriet was a dear friend for many years when I lived in Massachusetts. She had so much to offer the world when she was here, and the indelible mark she undoubtedly left on many of us will remain and influence our travels in life. She was a lady, always, with a sweet heart. I think of her often. My condolences to the boys, as she always spoke of, and thought the world of them. You were precious to her. We lost one of earth's angels.
Daniel
Friend
January 11, 2021
Dear Harry and Chris,
I am so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember her from years ago when I would babysit you both. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.” Natalie Gould
Natalie Gould
Friend
January 7, 2021
I enjoyed working with Harriet for many years as she worked as an appraiser. She was always cheerful and had the most marvelous laugh. I will miss her. She will be missed.
Carole Bouchat
Friend
January 7, 2021
Harry, sorry to learn of your loss. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Matt Burke
Friend
December 31, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Harriet was one of my very first customers (1995). Always wonderfully warm, and always smiling. She would always ask about my family. I considered her a friend. Even though she was struggling with health issues for a long time, she kept a positive attitude. She will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.
Abby Miller
Friend
December 29, 2020
My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. I worked with her for many years in Marblehead, as she was one of the main appraisers we used in our busy mortgage office. She was always fun to talk to and work with, and I remember one year we drove into Boston together to attend our Christmas party. I think it was during the ride that she told me why she was called pinky growing up by her sisters and family, as she had the pinkest little cheeks! I always remembered that and thought it was so cute! I was actually just thinking of her the other day and wondering how she has been during these difficult times. I am so very sorry Chris and Harry. She was a lovely person, and mentioned you both often. I was so very sad to see this entry this evening. Please accept my sincere condolences, God bless. ❤
Kimberly Gallagher
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