Obituary for Edwin Tetreault

Edwin Henry “Eddie” Tetreault was born February 29, 1940 at home in Plainfield, CT, to Theodore and Pauline (Glebas) Tetreault, the 8th of 9 children. He graduated from Plainfield High school in 1957 and received his BS in Education from Central Connecticut State University. He attended Springfield College, where he received his Master’s degree in Physical Education. While at Springfield, he met Katie Wallace, a PE major from Illinois. They married on November 23, 1963, in Plainfield. Eddie began teaching in Plainfield; in 1964, the couple moved to Wolfboro, NH. For their first anniversary, Katie gave Eddie flying lessons. In […]

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Edwin Henry “Eddie” Tetreault was born February 29, 1940 at home in Plainfield, CT, to Theodore and Pauline (Glebas) Tetreault, the 8th of 9 children. He graduated from Plainfield High school in 1957 and received his BS in Education from Central Connecticut State University. He attended Springfield College, where he received his Master’s degree in Physical Education. While at Springfield, he met Katie Wallace, a PE major from Illinois. They married on November 23, 1963, in Plainfield. Eddie began teaching in Plainfield; in 1964, the couple moved to Wolfboro, NH.

For their first anniversary, Katie gave Eddie flying lessons. In 1967, the family moved to Milwaukee so that Eddie could get his commercial pilot’s license. They returned to Plainfield and Eddie resumed his teaching career. They moved to Canterbury, CT, where Eddie built a Tudor mansion for the family that he dubbed “The Chaucer Club.” The house included a gymnastics school, a nursery school, and a tennis club. In 1976, Eddie quit teaching to become a masonry contractor, even writing a textbook on the English influence on the American fireplace. Eddie restored fireplaces in Colonial homes throughout New England and Long Island. After the masonry cured, Eddie and Katie would come back to the homes dressed in Colonial costumes, and teach the families how to cook a meal in the restored fireplace.

During the recession of the Reagan years, the fireplace business declined and Eddie took a job as a brick laying superintendent, helping to build the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT. After the building was finished, the casino manager hired Eddie to be a blackjack dealer, a job that paid a salary and benefits. In 1994, Eddie was recruited by the Axel-Ohman Company in Minneapolis, as a specialty stone mason. He and Katie bought a farm in Shell Lake, WI, and Eddie commuted to the Cities for four years. The drive proved to be a bit much during the winters and Eddie and Katie moved to New Richmond, WI, in 1998. Eddie retired in 2001 and the couple moved to Alpine, TX, where they had spent winter vacations for a few years. Eddie built first a stucco “taco stand” style house, then a larger Pueblo home. In 2015, the couple moved to Northfield. They were members of First United Church of Christ.

Eddie was a true Renaissance man. He was a talented singer, participating in church choirs, barbershop groups, and the Northfield Troubadors – and regaled listeners with his harmonica skills. He enjoyed travel, especially to Europe, Great Britain, and the Bahamas. Eddie was a man of strong faith and family devotion.
Eddie passed away with his wife and family by his side on Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2018, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield at the age of 78.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Katie; his children Noel “Hank” (Sara) of Northfield, Craig (Stephanie) of Reuther Glen, VA, Kellie Duarte of Jewett City, CT; six grandchildren Breanna, Perry, Mason, Willy, Joe, and Jen (Tommy); one great-granddaughter Riley; siblings Cecile Lamaire of Lisbon, CT, Lorraine Gosselin, Alfred (Delores), Patsy Carpenter, all of Plainfield, Bernie (Karen) of Cape Hatteras, NC, and Paula (Bob) Erickson of Plainfield; sister-in-law Ronnie of Plainfield; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Teddy, and his sister Claire Sonner. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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