Frank E. “Butch” Lenberg

NORWAY – Frank E. “Butch” Lenberg, 77, died on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation following a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born in Woburn, Mass., on June 25, 1943, the son of Frank and Gloria Lenberg.

Butch was a 1961 graduate of Woburn High School and it was there that he met the love of his life, Betsey. They were married on Aug. 25, 1961. He began his career in retail while still in high school working at a men’s clothing store and later found a love for pinball while working for a vending company. In 1971 he decided he wanted to own a store and bought Titus Variety in what came to be known as Downtown Welchville. He changed the name to Betsey’s, moved his family to Maine, and the rest, as they say, is history.

For 31 years Butch greeted every customer as a friend. He knew countless people not only by name, but how they liked their coffee, what kind of cigarettes they smoked, or what they bought for lunch everyday. Regular customers would often find their daily coffee and other purchases waiting for them on the counter when they came into the store. When not behind the counter, you could find him in ‘the back room’ playing pinball.

Butch was a consummate napper, loved going to Disney World with his family and friends, looked forward to big snow storms, and ate dessert after every meal – even breakfast.

In 2002, Butch and Betsey retired to their home on Huntington Avenue in Norway. There he enjoyed the view of Streaked Mountain from his dining room window and spent his days napping, browsing the internet or playing solitaire on his computer, and watching The Weather Channel on TV.

He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Gloria Lenberg, his sister Myrtle Murray, and his beloved wife, Betsey.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Alberi and her husband Jamie of Otisfield, and his son, Butchie and his wife Kay of O’Fallon, Mo.; grandchildren, Sean Alberi, Chris Alberi, Katie (Lenberg) Garrett, Brian Lenberg, and Matthew Conroy; as well as great-grandchildren, Liam Courcy-Lenberg, Colten Conroy, Rayleigh Garrett, and Hudson Lenberg.

The family would like to thank everyone at Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation for the years of compassionate care they provided Butch and the staff of Beacon Hospice for the care and comfort they provided over the past several months.

In keeping with Butch’s wishes, visiting hours will not be held and burial will be private.

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