Methuen, MA — Antoinette Julie (Mazzaglia) Beauchesne died suddenly in Falls Church Virginia on Wednesday April 24, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Rene Ralph Beauchesne and daughter of the late Rose (Longo) Mazzaglia and Joseph Mazzaglia.
In 1933 Ann was born in a row house on Newbury street in Italian section of Lawrence MA . She was the oldest child of Italian immigrant parents who like thousands of other first generation immigrant Italians toiled in the Greco mills along with their relatives and neighbors. When she was 7 her parents moved to the east end section of Methuen MA. lovingly referred to as the upper ‘Valley”. She was raised catholic and as such she attend Holy Rosary Grammar school and later academically excelled at St. Mary’s High School and subsequently was awarded a 4 year scholarship to Merrimack College.
Ann was a pioneer at Merrimack, as she was in the first graduating class of women, a real feat as it was 1950 and Merrimack had been a male only college since inception. She excelled both academically and socially at Merrimack attaining a degree in chemistry while graduating with honors at the top of her class. But perhaps her greatest reward came when she met her soon to be husband, René Ralph Beauchesne, as they became the first graduating couple from Merrimack to marry. They were both scholars and migrated from the Merrimack Valley to Middlebury College(VT) then to Syracuse(NY) to eventually settle in Omaha Nebraska pursing Rene’s destiny as a PhD. professor at Creighton University.
Along the way they had three children, Rene Mark, Tom and Rose. In Omaha, Ann began her 40 year teaching journey at St. Thomas Moore Grammar School. Ann was a teacher, ran her household and assisted Rene in his political undertakings as he was head of the political science dept at Creighton University in Omaha. She assisted Rene on Hubert Humphrey’s presidential bid in 1968. Rene was chairman of Humphrey’s campaign party for the state of Nebraska. They both share a passion for politics and reading which Ann would revel in and love for the next 50 years. Unfortunately Ann’s husband Rene, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and the family was forced to move back to Ann’s hometown of Methuen, MA. to live with Ann’s loving mother Rose Mazzaglia.