ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of Tina Torelli who passed away on March 22, 2020.  The quote above by Thomas S. Monson was one of Tina's favorites, and I think it is appropriate for these times.  Since we are not able to join together as a community right now to remember and honor Tina's life, I hope you will join us in collaboratively creating this tribute to her.  Please feel free to share a memory or picture, or leave a message for family and friends. 
Thank you!


Posted by Elise Desautels on August 26, 2020
Lesley, Tad and family,
What a lovely tribute to a beautiful, strong woman.
Cherish all the special memories you made together. She was one of the kindest, loving people I have known.
May you Rest In Peace.
Love, Beesham Goat
Miss you all!
Posted by Lisa Cheney on June 15, 2020
To Tad, Lesley and Sonja and families,
I just learned of this tribute page and wanted to reach out to you.
I was deeply saddened by Tina’s passing. She was so many things:
a quiet, respectful, thoughtful and appreciative lady,
A teacher, mother and wife,
a patient and loving woman who always wore her beautiful smile and
a very kind woman with a very warm heart. 
She is missed.
Posted by Verna Lang on April 9, 2020
Dear Tad, Lesley, Sonja, and family,

Tina was a beautiful lady with a beautiful smile She was always caring about others and dealt with her own situation with grace. We shared an office at Maplewood and she was a true friend for years. I miss her greatly as I know you do. Lesley thank you for the beautiful slideshow and song, it really showed your Mother's life.
Sending thought's, prayers, and love to you all.
Posted by Darlene Adams on April 4, 2020
Tina was a colleague of mine for many years and a friend as well.
In our work, when I would question a decision I had to make, Tina, in her quiet,calm way would set me in the right direction.
At a time in my life when I suffered a great sadness, Tina was a steadfast friend who's loving support and kind words helped me heal.
Tina was someone I admired and looked up to. She was a gracious woman, and so it seemed, always looked to the brighter side of life.
To her family , my deepest sympathy . 

Posted by Jeffrey Blecharczyk on April 4, 2020
She will bloom every day in our memories.
Posted by Tim Patria-Stockton on April 3, 2020
Dear Tad, Lesley and Sonja,

My heart hurts as I have just learned of your mom's death.

I began my own career in nursing in 2001 with Tina as my first nursing instructor in the Maplewood LNA program. Even in those short few weeks, I learned much about caring and humility from her.

I will always hold a place in my heart for Tina as she was one of the most influential nurses in my education and practice. She was thrilled last summer to learn that I now work where she began her nursing career.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. 

With love,

Tim RN-BC, BSN, CHPN




Posted by Sue Lyman on April 3, 2020
Dear families of Tina,
The news of Tina's passing brought sadness to my heart for each of you who shared such a special bond with her. I recall how my Mom played matchmaker and introduced Tina to Fred. I am so glad she did! Perhaps I am most grateful on behalf of Sonja, who was gifted such a wonderful, caring, fully committed second mother to journey closely alongside the past thirty or so years. My heart is with you all as you travel this winding road of grief and loss.
Posted by Harriet Davenport on April 3, 2020
My thoughts are with Tad, Lesley and Sonja and there families at this time of loss. Tina was a wonderful nursing colleague of mine and remained a wonderful friend over the years. We enjoyed many gatherings of “The Maplewood Gals”. Tina was a grand mentor to all of us, she will be missed by all of us!

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Posted by Elise Desautels on August 26, 2020
Lesley, Tad and family,
What a lovely tribute to a beautiful, strong woman.
Cherish all the special memories you made together. She was one of the kindest, loving people I have known.
May you Rest In Peace.
Love, Beesham Goat
Miss you all!
Posted by Lisa Cheney on June 15, 2020
To Tad, Lesley and Sonja and families,
I just learned of this tribute page and wanted to reach out to you.
I was deeply saddened by Tina’s passing. She was so many things:
a quiet, respectful, thoughtful and appreciative lady,
A teacher, mother and wife,
a patient and loving woman who always wore her beautiful smile and
a very kind woman with a very warm heart. 
She is missed.
Posted by Verna Lang on April 9, 2020
Dear Tad, Lesley, Sonja, and family,

Tina was a beautiful lady with a beautiful smile She was always caring about others and dealt with her own situation with grace. We shared an office at Maplewood and she was a true friend for years. I miss her greatly as I know you do. Lesley thank you for the beautiful slideshow and song, it really showed your Mother's life.
Sending thought's, prayers, and love to you all.
her Life

The Early Days

Tina was born October 11, 1937 to Veronica (Cheney) and Albert Cote.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the President, and the United States was still in the Great Depression.  Tina had an astounding memory, and spoke of her early days with family and in school.  The picture of Mom, sister Paula and parents Veronica and Albert was taken on the night before Albert went off to war, according to an inscription in Grammy Veronica's handwriting on one copy of this photo.

One wonderful story from Tina's childhood just came to light for Tina a few years ago ~ an old schoolmate from Marlborough reached out to Tina and thanked her for her kindness as a child.  Apparently Tina did not join in the teasing that other children inflicted, and even shared her paper dolls with her!  You know who you are, friend, and thank you for sharing your memory, and for the beautiful poem you wrote for Tina.  Thus began a lifetime of seeing the value in all people, and a desire to care for and help others.

A Young Woman Takes on the World (or at least the Northeast!)

Tina graduated as valedictorian from Marlborough High School in 1955, and at age 18 entered the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hanover in 1958 to begin a long and dedicated career in nursing and public health. 

In those days, training was intensive and hands-on from the very beginning. Tina recalls being given the responsibility of caring for patients right away!  One memory was of taking care of a patient in an “iron lung,” who turned out to be the last person affected with polio to be treated in Hanover. Her training provided a number of rotations at Hitchcock affiliated hospitals including Concord State Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Cancer Research Foundation (later Dana Farber Cancer Institute), the world renowned teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and Boston Lying In where she “loved caring for the babies” in obstetrics.

After earning her RN cap and pin she worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton in the outpatient care unit. She has fond memories of living along the Fenway in Boston with other young nurses, where they would walk to work, community events, and to church in Roxbury on Sundays, without feeling afraid or threatened in these areas.  She recently reflected, “I remember all the wonderful people, excellent career training, and what an adventure it was for a young woman from a small town to be in the big city.”

Becoming a Wife and Mom

After five years in Boston, and the birth of her son Tad in 1963, she and first husband Thomas Dwyer moved to Hartford CT where she worked nights at St. Francis Hospital in West Hartford which she recalled as “a beautiful Catholic hospital with a large chapel where I would often visit after my shift before going home.”

Two years later the young family moved back to NH, settled in Keene and welcomed daughter Lesley.  Recently Tina said that “My greatest joy ever was to raise my children and to do my best to create a good life through the ups and downs.”  Purchasing the little white house on Mayflower Drive was one of her proudest accomplishments.  Tina said that she went to an open house, knew instantly that this home would provide some security and a "real home," so she went to her credit union and borrowed $1,500 for a down payment!  I can safely say this act of bravery and determination saved us.
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