Putnam, CT – Harriet A. (Fifield) Chenette, 81, of Sabin St., formerly of Pineville Rd. in Ballouville, died peacefully Saturday, February 19, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Arthur O. Chenette. Born on November 28, 1929 in East Thompson, CT, Harriet, a twin, was one of seventeen children born to Harry and Lydia (Benson) Fifield. The Fifield’s were well known for their six sets of twins, a world record displayed at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
Mrs. Chenette was a lens inspector for American Optical Company for 20 years, retiring in 1992. She then volunteered for T.C.C.A. for 13 years at Westview Healthcare Center. Harriet was a member of the East Killingly Grange and the Happy Singers. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Double Pinochle, and doing word puzzles. She loved to sing, listen to music, and engage in conversation. Her family and friends were the most important part of her life. She will always be remembered for her eternally optimistic personality and the smile on her face.
In addition to her husband, Harriet is survived by seven children: Elaine Trudo of Thompson, Gary Chenette of Crestview, FL, Bernard Chenette of Danielson, Larry Chenette of Putnam, Karen Chenette of Swanzey, NH, Diana Haggerty of Killingly, and Kevin Chenette of Sterling. Six siblings: Margaret Wetherbee of Thompson, Elizabeth Desrosiers of Port Charlotte, FL, Paul Fifield of Manchester, NH, Franklin Fifield of Homosassa, FL, Eleanor Pepin of Putnam, and Kendall Fifield of Central Village. Twenty-one grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by: two sons, Alan and an infant son Benjamin; a twin sister, Helen Fontaine, and siblings, Della Lewis, Claire Takessian, Charlotte LaPalme, Harry Fifield and David Fifield.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Harriet’s family on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Congregational Church, 175 Main St., Putnam. A reception will follow. Burial will take place in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association. For memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.