DeAngelis,D. Ed. Edith G., Doctor Emeritus, of Brooksby Village in Peabody, formerly of East Boston, passed away after a long illness on February 28,2021. She was born in East Boston, on March 22, 1929. She graduated from East Boston High School in 1947, attended Sargent College at Boston University and received a Bachelor Of Science Degree in 1951, a Master's Degree in 1955, and a Doctor...
DeAngelis,D. Ed. Edith G., Doctor Emeritus, of Brooksby Village in Peabody, formerly of East Boston, passed away after a long illness on February 28,2021. She was born in East Boston, on March 22, 1929. She graduated from East Boston High School in 1947, attended Sargent College at Boston University and received a Bachelor Of Science Degree in 1951, a Master's Degree in 1955, and a Doctor of Education in 1977.
Her teaching career began in the Winthrop Public School System. She later went on to teach Physical Education and Recreation, as a Professor and Department Head, at Boston State College/ University of Massachusetts, Boston, until her retirement.
Edith traveled and attended many other colleges and universities to obtain graduate credits in her fields of study. She focused and completed her Doctoral Dissertation on the Costumes, Dance and Traditions of the Native Americans.
Edith volunteered countless hours to the Trinity Neighborhood House in East Boston. She made a life-long commitment as an activist for open spaces, recreation and nature, through the parks and recreation system in Boston. She was a veteran member and active participant in Piers Park, Freedoms Foundation, East Boston Greenway, and numerous youth organizations, just to name a few. She was a founding member of the East Boston Community Gardens. She also belonged to the East Boston Historical Society and was twice featured in "Who's Who for Professional Women in America". Near the time of her death, she was still actively working on the Chelsea Creek Project.
She was a devoted member and generous benefactor to the Holy Redeemer Church, where she and her sister served as Franciscan Ministers.
She truly was a dedicated individual and dauntless worker, who never sought recognition for herself. She loved her family and had many friends and colleagues.
She leaves her sister and best friend, Florence R. D'Avella and her late sister Catherine Zarba, brothers, Joseph and Robert DeAngelis, nephews, Joseph DeAngelis and his wife Ellen, Richard A. D'Avella and his wife Lisa, Joseph Zarba, and the late Christopher R. Zarba, and nieces, Carol Ann DeAngelis Moulton and her husband James, and Patricia A. D'Avella, and many grand nephews and nieces.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private service will be held for family members and close friends only at Magrath Funeral Home in East Boston and a Celebration of Life is planned for a later date.
Dear Florence et al, my condolences at this time of grief. Edie was a great influence on my life from the time I started as a camper at Trinity Camp back in the late 40’s.. she was my inspiration for my future as I rambling through adolescence.. My choice of attending Sargent College and majoring in Physical Education and Health was inspired by Edie through my many years at Trinity Camp even though I was no longer a resident of Easitie. She always had words of wisdom to keep me on the right path.. I am so glad we were able to reconnect over the past few years at camp reunions and technology.. I am sue that “ songs of the angels welcomed her and guided her along the way to see the face of God”. Rest In Peace Edie, your memory is engraved throughout the city and the people you loved.
John T. White
March 10, 2021 10:48 PM
For Florence and all of Edie's other family members.
I have fond and deeply held memories of Edie. I have known her since the 1940's. As a young boy, I remember her attending Sunday Mass with Florence at the Most Holy Redeemer Church. I will never forget her angelic eyes and cherubic countenance.
We had a close connection because our fathers were both ushers at the church. Edie's father, Henry, and the entire DeAngelis family became strong supporters at Holy Redeemer, and it was there that her faith was formed. We shared a love of the Mass and the church.
Edie learned the lessons of her strong faith and applied those lessons to her life's work. Later in life, our lives converged, working toward the same goal: our community's betterment. We attended community meetings,public hearings, banquets and funerals. We shared a deep affection for our neighborhood. I remember working together on the Bicentennial of 1976, under Judge Joseph Ferrino, to make sure East Boston was included in the celebration.
Edie literally toiled in the neighborhood vineyards to make East Boston a better place, most notably as a mover and shaker to create community gardens.Her legacy to all of us is long-standing. She contributed to the handicapped ramp and walkway access at Holy Redeemer, allowing parishioners with disabilities to attend church services.
Edie often spoke of East Boston as the light at the end of the tunnel. She was that light, a beacon, shining to guide generations yet to come.
A final note. It is uncanny and appropriate that she and her dear friend Judge Ferrino, who both loved East Boston, were joined in Heaven only months apart.
March 9, 2021 1:55 AM
It was probably 1989 or 1990 or so when I was at neighborhood meeting -perhaps it was in the cafeteria of the Harborside Community School, where they used to have the land-use council meetings, and the neighborhood was struggling with the age-old internal ‘us versus them’ conflict over something... perhaps it was a housing project- maybe an affordable housing proposal?
My memory of the event, the setting, and the topic is vague- but as I recall the room wasn’t in favor of the proposal. Burnt in my memory is the sight of Edie, already then an older woman I believe with a cane -maybe this was somewhere around having a hip replacement or something... standing up, pausing to gather up her inner orator, and launching into a defense that began with the words (which I had never heard before) “There, but for the grace of God, go I!”.
I don’t recall the results of her effort, but I remember how adeptly she rose above the morass and constructed a scaffolding in front of our eyes... within a few sentences, she created a logical and moral platform with which nobody could fairly argue, and with which nobody could reasonably debate.
It took some time for that to sink in. I’ll always remember the strength of Edie’s conviction, her compassion, and the skill with which she exercised her advocacy. I will always remember Edie as an inspiration and always drive to follow her example.
March 8, 2021 7:42 PM
Flo I am so sorry to learn of your sister Edie's passing. I knew her as "Dr. De" as a student of hers at Boston State College. She very simply changed my life. I enrolled at Bo-State to become a physical education teacher. She opened up a whole other path by exposing me to the broader world of recreation, community recreation. I adopted her lens of recreation as a valuable and critical component of a healthy community.
She saw recreation in all it's varied forms of bringing people together.She championed open spaces, parks, accessibility for everyone, historical sites, water fronts and the harbor, islands, camps, playgrounds, etc. She knew that a community is stronger when they share spaces, places, history, and responsibilities for each other and for the whole community. She taught and lived this philosophy, for East Boston, Boston and beyond.
I am just one of many of her students that owe her a deep debt of gratitude for her nurturing support and encouragement. She was as an amazing woman who was way ahead of her time in so many ways. A kind and gentle soul who was always concerned for others and not herself. I agree with what Gail Miller wrote, 'She was fearless and virtuous in always doing the right thing for East Boston" and I would add that she was that way in everything she did. I know because she did it for Boston State, me, her colleagues and students.
Flo I am sorry for you and your family's loss. Dr. De was unique and a treasure. I loved having lunch with you two. You were a fabulous team. The love and devotion you had for each other made me smile for weeks after my visits. I will miss her and never forget her.
Fr Richard DeVeer
March 8, 2021 5:21 PM
Edie was one of God’s great gifts to East Boston & to Most Holy Redeemer Parish. She was passionate about advocating for what was right & just. Remembering her wonderful smile, brings a smile. I will be remembering her at Mass here on Cape Cod this coming weekend.