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PEABODY, MA - On February 18, Margaret Vorosmarty passed away quietly in her home at the Brooksby Village retirement community. She was 95 years old. She is remembered as a kind-hearted soul, a committed member of the community, and a vibrant and giving person. She is survived by her beloved husband Charles to whom she was married for 68 years; her son; grandson; and great-granddaughter. Margaret was born in New York City in 1922 to Hungarian immigrants, who left their homeland to pursue the American dream.
The family realized the importance of education, and she and her brother were the first to receive college degrees in their extended family. As part of this commitment to education, Margaret became a public school teacher in New York City starting in the 1940s and remained an educator for nearly 40 years. She taught each of the six grades of elementary school, as well as leading classes for the learning-disabled. She touched the lives of hundreds of school students and was well loved by all of them. At her public school in the Bronx, she was well known for staging major musical and theatrical events, which were fondly remembered for decades by her former students, who recently came together to honor her. Among these were concerts involving scores of young students playing in flutophone choirs and dressed in elaborate self-made clown costumes. She also ran a Fresh Air Fund summer camp for NYC children in the mid-1960s.
From age 16 well into middle age, Margaret served as organist at the Hungarian Reformed Church in New York. Much more recently, she organized Christmas caroling at Brooksby for the benefit of residents in the continuing care unit. She was also a wonderful self-taught artist, in oils, pastels and chalk, and recounted perfecting her skills by sketching people during subway rides in the NYC subways. She also had a talent for finely rendered silhouette cutouts of human profiles.
As part of her service to the community, she volunteered for years as assistant to the Director of the Protestant Teachers' Association of greater New York. She also volunteered to privately tutor dyslexic children. She also gave free English lessons to parents and children from the Japanese ex-patriot community in New York, and similarly worked with foreign-born staff members at Brooksby who needed help in learning English. She ran the Brooksby bi-weekly trivia game.
The memorial service scheduled for Saturday, March 3 has been postponed until further notice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her honor to the Resident Care Fund, c/o The Philanthropy Office, 200 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.
Published on February 20, 2018
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