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Carl "Choppy" Peletier

September 8, 2017

Montague- Carl “Choppy” J. Peletier, 77, of Turners Falls Road died Friday 9/8/17 in the home he built for his family 49 years ago.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 6, 1939, the son of Roy and Elizabeth (Jalicki) Peletier. 

In 1962, he was recruited by the Greenfield bowling alley to be their machine technician; as he was known to be an expert technician from his past work in bowling alleys in Brooklyn, NY.  From there he went on to start his own business as a self-employed general contractor for many years.  He farmed to raise his own food on his land in Montague.

He was a talented builder and finish carpenter.  He was known for his charm and wit.  Often quick with a joke, or telling long stories that in the end were a crazy trail of believable fibs leading to a punch line you never saw coming.  He enjoyed being by the ocean and spent many summers at the beach home he owned with Sheila in Maine.

Carl was predeceased by a son, Dwight Evan Peletier and a brother, Roy M Peletier.

Among his survivors, Carl leaves his beloved and cherished wife of 55 years, Sheila (Wallace) Peletier; three daughters, Karla Peletier and her husband Matt Howard of Leverett, MA, Bonnie Peletier and her husband Michael Gannon of Waltham, MA, and Suzanne Peletier and her partner Jeffrey Evanuk of Brattleboro, VT; two sisters, Dorothy Linden and Marion Schreiber and her husband Joseph; five grandchildren, Ethan Howard III, Danielle Robinson, Abigail Desmond, John E. Kurtyka and Christine Kurtyka; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home.  Sympathy message available at


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