2013-07-25 / Obituaries

Madeline Coviello (nee Pini)

Madeline Coviello (nee Pini) passed away on July 18, 2013, after a brave, seven-year fight with breast cancer. She was a mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, scientist, world traveler, volunteer, Navy wife, 4-H leader and Red Sox fan.

Madeline grew up in Everett and graduated from Regis College in 1960 with a degree in biology. During her college years, she studied abroad at the University of Vienna for a year. She also pursued graduate studies in education at the University of Connecticut.

After graduating from Regis, she married Robert Coviello, who she met working as a summer playground counselor. She followed him during his active duty Navy time, stationed in Seattle before returning to New England when he completed his assignment. After returning to Massachusetts, they settled in Foxboro where she raised eight children. She served as a Norfolk County 4-H leader for a cooking club, with many club members winning prizes and best-of-show awards at the annual county fair for their cooking projects. Once all of her children were school age, she returned to the work force as a teacher, first teaching middle school at Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole, Mass., and then teaching high school biology at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, Mass. At Fontbonne, she established the school’s renowned Field Studies Program, which had students conducting area studies in the classroom and following up with trips to locations spanning from Alaska to the Galapagos Islands to Africa.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, retired Lt. Cmdr. Robert Coviello, who passed away in 1995.

Madeline retired from Fontbonne in 2003 after moving to a home on Narragansett Bay in Jamestown. Even after retiring, she continued to travel, spending several summers in Alaska volunteering with the Raptor Center in Sitka to develop educational curriculum and then with the U.S. Forest Service at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. In 2007, she fulfilled her dream and visited Antarctica. Madeline continued to volunteer locally as well, assisting with events and workshops for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Jason Project at the University of Rhode Island.

She is survived by her brother John Pini of Jamestown and his wife Debbie, her eight children, Elizabeth Coviello-Davis and her husband Dan of Taunton, Mass.; Michael Coviello of Jamestown; Kathy Coviello of Arlington, Va.; David Coviello and his wife Marisa of Hubbardston, Mass.; Nancy Andreozzi and her husband David DeLoia of Burrillville; Matthew Coviello and his wife Suzanne of Foxboro, Mass.; Marianne Claflin of Danbury, Conn., and Edward Coviello and his wife Megumi of Sacramento, Calif.; and eight grandchildren; Logan, Raymond, Eric, Karyn, Alex, Isabel, Jasmyn, and Cristina.

She battled cancer for more than seven years, comforted by the support of her family, friends, South County Visiting Nurse Association and Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, spending her days gazing across the blue waters of the Narragansett Bay watching boat traffic and cheering on her beloved Boston Red Sox in the evenings.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Monday, July 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at noon in St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to IES Abroad Advancement Office, 33 North LaSalle St., 15th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602-260.

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