Beverly (Tuisku) Rodeschin, 79, of Sunapee Street, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at The Seasons at Summercrest in Newport, NH.
She was born in Republic, a town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on October 24, 1936, the daughter of William and Sophie (Guyunsu) Tuisku. She grew up in Detroit, where her family moved when she was young. In 1954 Beverly enlisted in the Navy and graduated from the Telemann Navy School. While serving as a teletypist at Bainbridge, Maryland she met Frieda Rodeschin Bourne. On leave with Frieda in 1956 at the Rodeschin family homestead in Newport, Beverly and Henry met and fell in love. They married in April of 1957, after which Beverly exercised her option to leave the service. She worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Hartford until the birth of their first child, Kelly in April of 1962.
Upon relocating to Newport with Henry in August of 1962, Beverly chose to be a stay-at-home mother. She initially did not know anyone in her new hometown. That soon changed. Henry told her that Newport was a very friendly town, and once she got involved she would come to know and love the people. Taking his words to heart, it soon became a family joke that “Mom knows more people in Newport and the surrounding towns than Dad.” Heavily involved with her children, Beverly chaperoned many field trips and volunteered in the school and public libraries. She was a regular at her son’s football and baseball games and her daughter’s dance recitals. Beverly, regularly attended Saturday Mass at St. Patrick’s, was a member of the Women’s Catholic Club and served as its President for many years. Beverly’s first community service was as a volunteer at the Richard’s School library.
Beverly served a total of eleven terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and one term in the New Hampshire Senate. First elected to the House in 1985, she represented the 2nd District from 1984-1987 and the 8th District from 1988-1994 and 2001-2012. Beverly was a state Senator from 1995-1996. She also served as a Newport Board of Selectmen from 1999 to 2012. During those years she was a member of the Airport Commission, ECON and the Sullivan County Regional Refuse Disposal District Committee.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Henry P. Rodeschin of Newport, NH; a daughter and her husband, Kelly and Ted Monetta of Rochester, NH; a son, Darrin Rodeschin of Lorton, VA; four grandchildren, Tony and Ashley Monetta and Aidan and Siena Rodeschin; and a brother and his wife, Robert and Marilyn Tuisku of Milford, MI.
As per Beverly’s request there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Church, Newport, NH with The Rev. Michael Monette, rector, celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Navy and American Legion.
Flower arrangements are being handled by Petal Patch 603-863-3833, or in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 32 Beech Street, Newport, NH 03773
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