Elsa Harvey Obituary, Death – Elsa Harvey died on Saturday, surrounded by her family, in the comfort of her own home, after a time of deteriorating health. She is survived by two sons, S. David Elsa of Sterling and Paul Q. Elsa of Berlin; four grandchildren, Jean Mitchell and her husband, Clint, Adam Elsa and his wife, Christie, Alisha Sloga and her husband, Christopher, and Amy Elsa; five great-grandchildren, Claris, Alexa, Justin, Ava, and Sloane; and nieces and nephews. Her direct forefather in death was Stanley A. Elsa, her 57-year-old husband who died in 2004. Nelson and Norman Quintin, as well as Janice Niedzialkowski, her sister, all died before she was born.
Elsa Quintin was born in Fall River, Massachusetts to Leo F. and Selina (Fontaine) Quintin. She was, however, raised in Berkley. Her alma mater was one of the nearby schools. She moved to Worcester when she was 16, and after marriage, she settled in Berlin. Elsa contributed to the war effort’s victory in 1945 by working as a welder for the St. Pierre Chain Company in Worcester. The Navy received anchor chain from St. Pierre Chain. She worked as a bookkeeper for the now-defunct Christie & Thompson Auto Parts in Clinton for eight years before retiring in early 1988. She had previously spent 15 years working at Ray-O-Vac in Clinton, which eventually went out of business.
She was a long-time member of Clinton’s former Our Lady of Jasna Gora Church’s Catholic Women’s Club, as well as a recent member of Berlin’s St. Joseph the Good Provider Parish. She started her career as a Eucharistic Minister at Jasna Gora, where she spent several years, before moving on to Oakdale Nursing Home, where she spent ten years bringing the Eucharist to people who couldn’t leave their homes. For many years, she volunteered at the former St. Mary’s School for Jasna Gora’s Bingo Night. She belonged to the Clinton and Berlin Senior Centers. Above all, she was a loving and caring grandmother who adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an excellent role model for all of us.