Rest In Peace Ellen DeVito
Ellen DeVito (1936 - 2023)
Ellen was born the child of Angelina Pomarico and Angelo DeVito of Brooklyn, NY in 1936. Born along with a twin sister, who did not live long, she was initially not expected to survive, and so her birth certificate described her simply as "Baby Girl" DeVito.
The DeVito family lived in East, New York, Brooklyn, along with her sister, Antoinette DeVito ("Toni") and her brother, Joseph, aka Father Darius DeVito, later of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Mary, Garrison, NY.
Ellen graduated from Catherine McCauley High School. In 1955 she joined The Convent of St. Francis of Ringwood, NJ. She graduated from Seton Hall with a B.S. of Education, and taught in various schools in Brooklyn and New Jersey for the next 14 years as a nun. In 1969, she embarked on a new phase of life, leaving the convent. She began teaching young children in the Newark Public Schools, where she remained for 25 years.
Throughout her life, Ellen was a positive bundle of irrepressible energy. Her can-do spirit caused those around her to believe they could accomplish anything. This was a great trait for a teacher. Also, if you were in Ellen's presence, chances are, you were laughing. Ellen was so proud of her nephew, John James D'Agostino. She loved to talk about him and his artwork, helping to raise him along with his father, the painter, John E. D'Agostino, husband to her sister, Antoinette. John James was a wonderful presence in her life from the day he was born. The family spent many years in New York City, immersed in the vibrant art and music scenes of Soho and environs.
Her later years were spent in North Arlington, Lyndhurst and Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, with her companion, Robert Muchnicki ("Bob") who made her very happy.