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Marjorie Ann (Berg) Giannelli

Marjorie Ann (Berg) Giannelli, 69, of Ipswich, beloved wife of V. Anthony Giannelli, died Friday May 8, 2020 in her home of pancreatic cancer.

Born in Peabody February 2, 1951, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Virginia (Potas) Berg. She was raised on the North Shore of Boston, residing in Danvers, Salem, and Middleton. She was a 1969 graduate of Masconomet High School and continued her education at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, receiving a Bachelors in Education. Married in Salem in 1974, the Giannellis lived in Beverly before relocating to Ipswich in 2004.

A teacher for most of her life, she taught at Endicott College Childrenís Center and Shore Country Day School for over fifteen years, and for the last eleven years was a field teacher at the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. She loved exploring the sanctuary and other North Shore locations, leading nature expeditions with children and share the wonder of nature and the environment. She also enjoyed gardening, backyard birding, beekeeping, knitting hats for children for Boston Childrenís Hospital, Boston Globe crossword puzzle, exploring the beach and traveling with her husband and family. She especially loved going on long off the beaten path road trips.
She was a member of the Essex County Beekeepers and many local nature conservation non-profits.
Marge had a beautiful spirit.  She was kind, thoughtful, generous and loved to laugh.  She also strongly believed that no one should define your path, and she encouraged and supported her two sons to do the same.
In addition to her husband of forty-five years, she is survived by her sons Nicholas Giannelli of Mestre, Italy and Samuel Giannelli of Brooklyn, NY. She was the sister of the late Gary Berg, formerly of Salem, and Jeffrey Berg, formerly of Revere.
Because of the current COV19 virus, friends and family will remember and honor Margeís life at a gathering place at a later date. Arrangements will be announced by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Marjorie believed that teaching young children about nature would make them a better, more caring person and also respectful of the environment. The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is a special place that should be available to all children, especially those that donít have the financial means. If you would like to contribute to an endowment, you may make a donation to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983 (made payable to Mass Audubon) with a note that the donation is in honor of Marjorie A. Giannelli.


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