Massachusetts resident Edythe R. Hallinan died peacefully and gracefully Nov. 2, 2006 in Boston, Mass., after a two-year struggle with cancer. She was 74. She was surrounded by a loving and supportive family.
Hallinan has family in Steamboat Springs.
Born Jan. 4, 1932, Edythe Christine Ricciuti grew up in Rye, N.Y., and Cheshire, Conn. She is the daughter of the late Louis D. Ricciuti, and Edythe (Diorio) Ricciuti of Cheshire, Conn. Edythe attended St. Elizabeth's Academy and graduated cum laude from the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, N.J.
Edythe was an artistic quilter/designer, fabricating numerous works of textile art for family and friends, and showed her work in exhibitions in the New England area. She devoted her life to her family, her teaching - 30 years as a home economics teacher in Connecticut and Massachusetts - and her expressive quilting and sewing arts.
She was preceded in death by her father, Louis C. Ricciuti; and husband, Jeremiah L. Hallinan.
She is survived by her mother, Edythe D. Ricciuti of Cheshire, Conn.; her brother, Louis A. Ricciuti of Cheshire, Conn.; and her sister, Jean Emily Ricciuti of Madison, Conn.; her four children, Deborah Batson of Boulder and Steamboat Springs, Christopher Hallinan of Sutton, Mass., Kevin Hallinan of Roslindale, Mass., and Marybeth Hallinan of Peterborough, N.H.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and friends too numerous to list.
A memorial service was held in Massachusetts on Nov. 11, 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted in Edythe's memory for Galen's Gift, www.galensgift.org, a Colorado foundation providing emergency funding to families facing childhood cancer, or to VNA Care Network (Hospice) at VNA Care Network, Development Office, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923.