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Kristen Laine Peltonen

December 12, 1955 — April 2, 2024


Kristen Laine Peltonen 68 of Orleans, MA passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2024. She was born in Fitchburg, MA on the 12th of December, 1955, and brought joy and light to everyone she met. Kristen was a graduate of Fitchburg High School and later, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her education was a testament to her tenacity, and her life was a testament to her unending passion for the simple joys of life.

Kristen was a bit of a free spirit. Following graduation she spent summers on Cape Cod and winters in St. Croix, She traveled the world alighting in such places as Costa Rica, Germany, Africa, Greece, and Papua New Guinea to name a few points of interest. She then settled in the town of Orleans.

Kristen's career was deeply rooted in service and creativity. She was an ever-present figure at The Land Ho, a local restaurant where her warmth and charm were as much a part of the menu as the food she served. Later she worked as a potter at the Plimoth Plantation.  Kristen crafted beautiful pieces. Her artistry brought joy and beauty to many homes and her memory will continue to do so.

Kristen leaves her loving brother, Todd Peltonen, along with an extended family of many cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Helen Peltonen, and her dear friends Darlene and Tom Green.  Kristen's spirit, encapsulated in her vibrant smile and infectious laughter, will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 750 Rindge Rd., Fitchburg, MA followed by a light luncheon. Burial will be private.

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Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420, has been entrusted with Kristen's funeral arrangements. 

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid. funeral directors
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