William R. Rinta Memorial Service

William R. “Bill” Rinta, 98, of Marlborough, passed away on Sept. 5, 2020, at Jaffrey Rehab and Nursing Center of natural causes.

He was born March 7, 1922, to John and Kate (Tikkala) Rinta of Marlborough. He grew up in “Finntown” and was extremely proud of his Finnish ancestry. He graduated from Marlborough High School in 1940. During World War II he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the “Lion Four” unit as a torpedo man on Manus Island, New Guinea.

On Aug. 27, 1948, Bill married Audrey E. Maattila and they settled in Marlborough, where he lived most of his life. He worked for American Optical in Keene for 30 years.

Bill enjoyed traveling, always attending his yearly U.S. Navy reunions. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Croteau-Coutts Post 24. He enjoyed gardening, day trips to the beach, and his animals, but his greatest passion was fishing. You would often find Bill casting his fly rod on some area lake or pond or setting up his ice tackle on a beautiful winter day.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Susan, and her husband, Harold Tonseth, of Marlborough; and a step-grandson, David Tonseth, of North Granby, Conn.

Bill is predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Audrey, who died in November of 1998; and also his parents, one sister, two brothers, and his beloved cat, Layla.

A graveside service for family and friends was held on Saturday, September 26, 2020

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey NH 03446 (www.MonadnockHumaneSociety.org).


Bill was extremely proud and honored to have served his country. In memory of him, please remember to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice.

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August Post Do’ins

Post Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners

Croteau-Coutts Post 24 is proud to announce the winners of its 2020 Linwood Croteau Memorial Resident and Legacy Scholarships. All Scholarship awards this year were for $1,000.00.

Liam Heagney of Rockwall, Texas was the recipient of the Linwood Croteau Memorial Legacy Scholarship. Liam is the grandchild of Robert H. Ferranti Sr., a departed member of the Post. He is beginning his sophomore year at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Exercise Science. He successfully completed his freshman year with a 3.58 GPA.

Evelyn Proctor of Marlborough was the first of two Linwood Croteau Memorial Resident Scholarships recipients this year. Evelyn is beginning her sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire. She is majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology with a double major in Justice Studies, in order to become a Forensic Scientist. Evelyn finished her freshman year with a very impressive 3.73 GPA.

Abigail Mitchell of Marlborough was the second recipient of the Linwood Croteau Memorial Resident Scholarship this year. Abigail is beginning her sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire. She is currently enrolled in the nursing program working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) and will become a registered nurse. She obtained her LNA license in high school and plans to become a pediatric oncology nurse. Abigail finished her freshman year with an outstanding 3.95 GPA.

The officers of Croteau-Coutts Post 24 are taking the summer off and will meet next in September. July is the beginning of a new membership year and the Post would like to remind all veterans that requirements for membership in the American Legion have changed. In the past, prospective members needed to have been in the armed forces during certain time periods coinciding with a war. Recently membership was opened up to any veteran who served in the armed forces and received an honorable discharge. Scholarship awards are only one aspect of what we do for veterans and the community. The Post invites all veterans who wish to learn more to come to our next meeting.

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