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Theodora Farrell

Theodora Farrell (Podesta)

May 11, 1924 - Dec 16, 2019
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Obituary

Theodora (Podesta) Farrell died peacefully on December 16, 2019.

She was predeceased by her immigrant parents Giovanni Podesta and Anastasia Farfarana, her brothers Aldo and Constantino, and her husband of 43 years, John (‘Jack’).

Theodora is survived by her four devoted daughters Christine McCabe, Regina (John) Angerame, Andrea Paxton, Loretta (Michael) Kuhland. Theodora was proud of her grandchildren Jennifer and Drew McCabe, Regina (Seth) Gazes, Carolyn Paxton, John and Nicholas Angerame, and beloved by her great grandchildren Zachary, Haley, Serena, Nolen, Aria, Phoenix, Dominic, Dora, and Harry.

Theodora was a woman of strong faith. She was a loving wife, devoted daughter, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.

Our mother was an amazing, exceptional woman and quite the trailblazer for her generation. Theodora grew up in the Bronx (NYC), attended Cathedral High School, then graduated from Hunter College with a degree in chemistry. She began her career as a chemist for Good Housekeeping, took a break for 12 years to be our full-time mother, then followed a new passion as a teacher. Earning her Masters in Special Education (while teaching full time and raising her four girls), she devoted her new career to special-ed kindergarten, retiring as a teacher trainer. She won the Teach of the Year award from the Bronx Organization for the Learning Disabled.

She was an active member of many professional and community organizations and committees during her life - e.g., the National Organization of Italian-American Educations, the Forum of Italian-American Educators, the Cathedral High School Reunion committee. She volunteered at a nursing home & with Mended Hearts; she organized dancing groups, became an active member of the Catholic Daughters, a widow and widower’s group, St. Lawrence O’Toole Seniors, the Italian-American Ladies.

In retirement she left the Bronx for Brewster, NY where she built a life, and a new circle of friends and activities.

Our mother was a smart, thoughtful, funny, clever, optimistic, inquisitive, giving woman, friend to many, lover of life and open to experiencing new and different ideas, food, people, activities. One of a kind! She will be missed.

Services will be at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster, NY Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm. Mass at St. Lawrence O’Toole on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:00am. In honor of our mother, in lieu of flowers, donations to St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Renovation Fund, Danbury Hospital Pastoral Care, or Cathedral High School are welcome.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday December 19, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday December 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Beecher Funeral Home
    Address
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday December 19, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday December 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Beecher Funeral Home
    Address
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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  • Service

    Friday December 20, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday December 20, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Lawrence O'Toole Church
    Address
    31 Prospect Street
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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    Officiant
    Rev. Richard Gill
  • Interment

    Location
    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    Address
    10 West Stevens Ave.
    HAWTHORNE, NY 10532
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Private Condolence

Jen Anthony

Posted at 09:59am
Our sincere sympathies Farrell family. Aunt Teddy was such a lovely person! I love the photo you selected of her in the red blazer. This week I showed our kids a recent photo of her from Facebook and said to them, this is her but now imagine a bright jacket and perfect red lipstick! I loved long conversations with her whenever we'd come up for a family event. We wish we could be with you all today but will be remembering her with great love and affection!
-Jen & Matt Anthony & Family
JP

Janet Pietrangelo

Posted at 11:13pm
She was like a second Mom to me. I met her daughter Andrea when we were 4 years old and have been friends ever since. I didn't have a sister so her four girls filled that void for me growing up. She was the sweetest, most caring and quiet spoken person I ever met and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Can't tell you how many Sunday dinners I spent at their dining room table and was always welcome to sleep over. She was a truly special person and will be missed by all.
TF

The Harold Farrell family

Posted at 10:15pm
In loving memory of our Aunt Teddy
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The Board at 900 Palmer and John Mayerhauser

Posted at 08:38am
Dear Chris: Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you.
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Jane Arsenault

Posted at 08:19am
When I met Mrs. Farrell we bonded right away as teachers. I was quite taken by how engaging and sharp Mrs. Farrell was. But her kind and sweet spirit is what impressed me most. You are fortunate to have her as a Mom! I'm so glad to have met her.
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