Elizabeth Fletcher, 82


Elizabeth Fletcher, 82Shrewsbury – Elizabeth “Sunny” (Hersey) Fletcher, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, surrounded by her loving family, at the Beaumont of Worcester. Her husband, Edward H. Fletcher, died in 2002.

She leaves her three children, Nicholas J. Todisco Jr. and his wife Susan of Shrewsbury, Timothy A. Todisco and his wife Christine of Corona, Calif., and Laura M. Pingitore and her husband Robert of Rutland; her two step-children, Raymond Fletcher and Sharon Daley; her grandchildren, Angela, Nicholas III and Alicia Todisco, Nicole Hill, Timothy J. and Ashley Todisco, and Samantha, Briana and Matthew Pingitore; her step-grandchildren, Edward H. Fletcher II, Amy Judd, Marcus Fletcher, and William, James and Brian Daley; her great-grandson, Connor Hill; her step-great-grandchildren, Amanda and Ali Judd; her four brothers, Harold G. Jr., William, Stanley and James Hersey; her two sisters; Mary Lou Coveney and Sally Chenard; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful dear friends. She was predeceased by her step-son, Richard Fletcher.

Born in Boston and raised in the Dover, N.H. area, she was a daughter of the late Harold G. and Laura M. (Drew) Hersey, and step-mother, Helen (Brown) Hersey. She had lived in Shrewsbury for more almost 60 years. She also spent many years in Lake Helen, Fla. She graduated from Dover High School in 1947 and then attended the Boston School of Dental Nursing.

As a young woman, Sunny worked as camp counselor at Camp Nellie Huckins on Lake Ossippe. She also worked for the Elliot Rose Company in Dover Point, and as a Dental Nurse in Boston, and then, upon moving to Shrewsbury, worked at the former Spag's Supply. While busy raising her children and family she was a well-respected house cleaner for many residents in the Shrewsbury area. She also spent several years assisting her husband in the family business, E.H. Fletcher & Son, a water testing & tapping company.

She was one of the oldest living members of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, where she served as a deaconess and a member of the choir. While in Florida, she attended the Lake Helen Congregational Church, served as a deaconess, and again using her wonderful singing talents as a choir member and soloist.

Music was such a large part of her life; she joined the Harmonette Barbershop Quartet group, the Choral Union, and sang with the Florida Symphony Orchestra. Never one to ever be idle, Sunny was a past president of the Ray Stone American Legion Post Ladies Auxiliary, and also served as the secretary for Unit 0127 American Legion Auxiliary in Lake Helen.

She loved to bowl and was a member of several leagues at the Town & Country Bowl in Shrewsbury, was a member of the Stella Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Auburn, and, when her children were young, volunteered at the schools, as well as served as a den mother in Cub & Boys Scouts. She was devoted to her children, grandchildren and friends, and will be deeply missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Fletcher family Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Britton Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. Her funeral will be held Thursday, Dec. 29 with a service celebrating her life at 10 a.m. in the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery of Shrewsbury.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Remembrance Fund, First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

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