Edwina Rose DeSimone

  • Born: August 7, 1939
  • Died: June 13, 2018
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Edwina Rose DeSimone (known as Rose to her friends) passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the age of 78. Born in Medford, MA on August 7, 1939, she was daughter of Edward and Helena Bernat.

Edwina was raised in Littleton and North Reading, MA, and was a graduate of Billerica High School; after graduation, she studied at Lowell Tech. Like many of her generation, Edwina married and started a family in her early twenties. While raising her family, she was a volunteer with Campfire Girls and was very involved with their yearly candy sales. A very accomplished baker, she ran a successful in-home business. Everyone loved her delicious cakes, pies, cookies and other goodies.

An early feminist and proponent of Equal Rights for women, she returned to the workforce, first part time, then third shift and Analog Devices. She worked in several different departments there, finally retiring after over twenty-five years, during which time she also earned her liberal arts degree at Northern Essex.

Edwina was a skilled seamstress, with a love of textiles from her days at Lowell Tech. In her younger days, she sewed many of her own clothes and her children's, and even created her daughter's wedding gown. A devoted grandmother who never missed a birthday, school event or big game, she continued to sew for her grandchildren, too. In retirement, she took quilting classes, and enjoyed the friendships she made there as much as the quilts she created.

Edwina was always doing for and thinking about others, and that included the many charities she supported, especially those that helped the poor and disenfranchised. The one dearest to her heart was St. Vincent de Paul in her beloved Haverhill, MA. She was a volunteer there for many years, continuing even after moving up to Manchester, where she also knitted many hats for soldiers and newborns.

Edwina leaves behind her daughter, Carolyn Walcott and husband Larry of Bedford, NH; her son, Randy DeSimone and wife Elaine of South Dakota; her mother, Helena Bernat of Washington; brother, Laurence Bernat and wife Kathie of Colorado; brother, Allan Bernat of Wisconsin; sister, Candace Nichols and husband John of Oregon; sister, Angela Schnell and husband Darwin of Washington; grandchildren, Savannah, Sierra and Zachery; as well as a niece, several nephews and cousins, and extended family and friends.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 26th at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03103.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Edwina's memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. James Conference, 6 Cottage Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.

Assisting with arrangements is Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. For directions to the church or to leave a condolence message for the family, visit www.phaneuf.net


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rose impressed all of us with her dedication to volunteering for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Even after she moved to New Hampshire to be closer to her daughter, she came every Saturday morning to our free clothing center and came down for many home visits to people in need. She was a kind, compassionate and generous person and we all miss her terribly. Kathy Fitts

Posted by Kathy Fitts - Haverhill, MA - Friend   June 26, 2018

I, unfortunately, am not able to attend Rose's Mass. She was always very kind to me whenever we were together at St. Vincent DePaul's numerous functions. She was always very pleasant and had a ready smile. She was a tireless volunteer. She will be missed by the many people she came into contact with. She was always ready to chip in any way she could to help those in need. She has left a great legacy.

Respectfully, Sadly,

Milton Twombly

Posted by Milton Twombly - Haverhill, MA - Acquaintance   June 18, 2018

On behalf of the Billerica Memorial High School Class of 1957 please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Edwina (also known on Dinky) was active in sports during her high school years playing Basketball, Softball and Field Hockey. She played in the school band and was a member of the chorus. In her senior year, she was a member of the yearbook committee and a member of Tri-Delta whose aim was to develop the three D's--duty, deference and decorum. Her "pet peeve" was "Miss Barbara Hood's exercises" (her sport's coach and phys. ed. teacher). We were so happy that she was able to make our 50th high school class reunion.
Geri (Collins) Penney, Billerica, MA

Posted by Geri (Collins) Penney - Billerica, MA - Classmate   June 17, 2018

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