WINCHENDON - Gail Catherine Whittle, age 75, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, April 3, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19.
Gail was born January 12, 1945, in Greenfield, Ma to Ed and Evelyn Landry. The family later moved to Baldwinville, Ma where she graduated from Narragansett Regional High School in 1962. She married her high school sweetheart, Glenn Whittle on October 27, 1962. They quickly started a family giving birth to four kids. Glenn started a lifelong career at Seaman Paper Company while Gail raised the 4 kids. After Cindy, the youngest, was born they moved from Gardner to Templeton Common to raise their family.
Gail had a passion for life, a gift for gab, and a flare for doing the impossible. While raising her family she participated in the high school fund raiser variety shows as many comedic characters on stage. She morphed into a different person each year with her many hair styles, and she constantly redesigned the rooms in the house honing her decorating skills. As her kids got older, she started working at a catering business, drove bus for disadvantaged kids, and created flower arrangements at a dried flower shop to stay busy.
In the early 80s, Gail with the backing of her husband Glenn, started her own business later known as “Country Mischief”, the name conceived by her because she was always into mischief. She started in a small room in the Templeton Store making dried flower arrangements then after purchasing the Elsa Stone building and later the Adams Printing building grew the business into a 37-room gift shop including a full restaurant, “Mischievous Chef”. They sold the business in 2018 to finally retire and spend more time with their family. Her desire to tackle new things never diminished through her 32 years of business. Gail spent her short retirement doing what she loved: Boat rides with Glenn on Lake Monomonac, playing slots at the Casino, and caring for friends and family. She spent a lifetime searching for treasures and could be found on any Saturday hitting all the yard sales. She will surely be missed by the many people who were fortunate to cross her path.
Gail and Glenn made the perfect duo since meeting junior year in High School, Gail handling the front part of the business (creative, customer service, and purchasing) while Glenn kept everything operational, they were an unbeatable pair. Anyone who knows Gail witnessed her love and compassion for her customers, her can do attitude, and her love for her family and friends. Her pride and devotion to her town of Templeton was shown by her actions rather than words. She was instrumental in starting the Town-Wide Yard Sale, the Country Roads Christmas, and the Templeton 250th Celebration.
Gail joins her parents, Ed and Evelyn Landry; her mother-in-law Cynthia Whittle; and her son Stuart Whittle, in heaven. She is survived by her husband, Glenn Whittle of Winchendon; her 4 siblings: Cindy Labow, Susan Landry, Cheryl Doucet, and Chuck Landry; her son Scott Whittle and spouse Marla of Templeton; her son Sean Whittle and spouse Heidi from Templeton; her daughter Cindy Dow and Tom from Templeton; and her daughter-in-law Karen from Suffield, Ct. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren: Devan Dow, Austin Whittle, Michael Whittle, Brandon Dow, Zach Whittle, Amanda Whittle, Cameron Whittle, and Conner Whittle along with 4 great grandchildren.
At this time, due to the world we live in, the funeral service will be on hold until a later time.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Pompe AMDA foundation in memory of Stuart Whittle at - http://www.amda-pompe.org.
To send an online condolence please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com.
Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner is assisting with arrangements.