Pearl “Peg” Ketchen
1924 ∼ 2016
Pearl (Peg) Eleanor (Grauel) Ketchen passed away at the Royal Megansett Nursing Home in North Falmouth on Christmas Day, 2016 to join her late husband, Ernie, on what would have been their 71st wedding anniversary, December 26. Peg was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on December 21, 1924 to a Navy family that lived in many parts of the country before finally settling in Medford, Massachusetts.
After graduating from Boston Bouve College at Tufts University with a degree in physical education, Peg raised her five children while balancing careers as a physical education teacher at the Woodward School in Quincy, MA, Hanover Public Schools, women and girl’s director at the Quincy YMCA and ultimately changing to real estate with Real Estate Associates in North Falmouth. She also served as President of the Boston Bouve College Alumni Association for many years organizing regular reunions and gatherings. Peg shared her love of skiing and sailing with her family and enjoyed many years of racing knockabouts with the Megansett Yacht Club.
Peg’s greatest pleasure was bringing the family together on the Cape for fun and fabulous buffet meals which always included her famous clam chowder from the Megansett quahogs she loved to harvest.
Peg was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Ketchen, her son, William Ketchen, her grandson, Nathaniel Ketchen, her parents, Nathaniel and Pearl Grauel and her sister, June (Grauel) Larson. Peg is survived by four daughters, Lauren (Ketchen) Potter and her husband Robert of Brownfield, Maine; Deborah Ketchen of Virgil, New York; Susan Ketchen and her husband, Michael DiSpezio of North Falmouth, Robin Ketchen and her husband Ian Bentley of Duluth, Minnesota and her niece, Darryl Larson of Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Taryn (Potter) O’Connell, Derek Potter, Melissa Duhaime, Hannah (Duhaime) Millier, James Hunsberger, Kate Hunsberger and Anthony DiSpezio as well as 10 great grandchildren: Samantha, Evana, Emery, Camryn, Noah, Darby, Aurora, Noemie, Hannalei, and Sawyer.
Messages of condolence may be sent to: The Ketchen Family, 1 Lakeside Court, Duluth, MN 55804.