Jaquith, Edith

April 5th, 2011

Edith Patricia (Cassidy) Jaquith, 93, of Charlottesville, VA, formerly of Wilmington and Agawam, Massachusetts, died on April 5, 2011, in Charlottesville, of heart failure.

Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, March 2, 1918, to Louise Edith (Peabody) Cassidy, and Patrick James Cassidy, she grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and graduated from Arlington High School, class of 1935. Edith worked as a secretary in the foreign room of the Harvard Law School Library from 1935 until her marriage, on June 7, 1941, to David Edward Jaquith, also of Arlington.

After David returned from service in the Army Air Corps, following World War II, they lived in Rutland, Vermont for eight years, until 1955, when the family returned to Arlington, relocating to Wilmington, Massachusetts in 1957. David Jaquith died in 1968. In Wilmington, Edith served as school secretary for the Wildwood School and for the Swain School from 1959 until her retirement in 1980. In the 1980s, she also worked as a real estate broker in Wilmington.

Following retirement, Edith moved to Agawam, Massachusetts, to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She remained there until early 2006, when she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to be closer to daughter Janis and her family.

Edith is survived by her son, Robert, and his wife, Susan, of Windsor, CT; her daughter, Patricia Dineen of West Yarmouth, MA; and daughter Janis Jaquith and her husband, Harry Landers, of Free Union, VA. Additionally, she leaves seven grandchildren: Jennifer DePianta of East Haddam, Connecticut; Christopher Jaquith of Charlotte, NC; Kathryn Zraunig of South Hadley, MA; Jackson Landers of Scottsville, VA; Waldo Jaquith of Keswick, VA; Kathryn Dineen of West Yarmouth, MA; and Jill Jaquith, of Richmond, VA. She leaves six great-grandchildren: Ida and Harry Landers of Scottsville, VA; Zachary and Emily Jaquith of Charlotte, NC; and Colin and Kelcey Zraunig of South Hadley, MA. She is further survived by two nieces, including Patricia Ruddy Stone of Tewksbury, MA, several nephews, and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Harry and Edward Cassidy, sister Margaret Ruddy, son-in-law Gary Dineen, and by her beloved husband, David Edward Jaquith.

Edith will be remembered for the sense of humor she brought to every aspect of life, for her love of opera–especially La Bohème–and as a woman who was at her best when surrounded by family and friends while enjoying good food and drink, and lively conversation. She was fond of reminding her children that, back in the 1930s, she actually did park her car in Harvard Yard–and hers was the perfect accent for telling the story.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Saturday, May 21st from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont


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  1. Susan (Barry) Hewitt says:

    Janis and Harry,
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope happy memories will help you in time. God Bless your family at this sad time.

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