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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