Arthur H. Tetreault entered into eternal rest on January 9, 2018.
Art was born May 8, 1923 in Northampton, MA to Arthur Herbert Tetreault and Gertrude Ann (Harvey) Tetreault.
Art will be remembered for his love of family, his determination, his humor, and his resourcefulness. He had a remarkable ability to make one feel that there was no one else in the world he would rather talk to or be with. This was the source of friendly rivalry among the cousins, who all believe themselves to be his favorite. He was interested in each member of the family, and would have well thought out questions for their next visit.
In 1947 he married the love of his life, Claire Frances (Rose). They were married for almost 68 years, ending with Claire’s passing in 2015. Their marriage was one of great love and devotion. They leave four children: Thomas Tetreault and wife Ilona Kalisky of Waltham; Linda Tetreault and husband Mark Cohen of Yarmouth Port; Lois Tetreault and partner Christie White of Maynard; Lauren Tetreault and partner Patricia Sands of Maynard. They leave five grandchildren: Zara Rose Kalisky-Tetreault, Coltrane Kalisky-Tetreault, Dezi Mikalunas, Alexandra Puleo and husband Sebastian Ebarb, and Genevieve Puleo and husband Brady Eskilson. Art leaves loving nieces and nephews who called and visited from great distances.
Most of Art’s professional life was spent in Lincoln, MA, where he and Claire worked in the building industry as builder-developers and later as Realtors. They were early supporters of land conservation efforts.
Art’s life was characterized by overcoming challenges. As a very young child, he was seriously ill. It was then that he was taught to pray to St. Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower”; she became his lifelong intercessor.
During WWII, Art was an Army Scout. He was much decorated but wanted to talk very little about his experiences in the war or during his time in Stalag 9B, the infamous German POW Camp. He highly valued his wartime buddies, of whom he was the last survivor.
In the polio epidemic of 1954-55, Art was gravely ill and confined to an iron lung. He was not expected to live, much less become ambulatory. The strength of faith and will required for him to do both were echoed throughout his recent illnesses.
The family wishes to acknowledge the incredible skill and care of Dr. Emmet Eby in making Art’s last 30 years not only possible but of high quality. His devoted home caregiving team made every day interesting and joyful; Tammy, who dedicated over eight years to Art and Claire, as well as Amy, Sue, Lindsey, Karla, Jan and Carla.
Services will be held at St. Rita’s Church, 115 Front Street, Marion, MA at 11:30 on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
Please consider contributions in Art’s memory to Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) or to a land conservation organization in your town.