The Times West Virginian

Obituaries

June 11, 2014

Teresa Marie DeVito

Teresa Marie DeVito, age 93, formerly from Fairmont, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2014, at Country Meadows Retirement Community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She was born June 11, 1920, in Bagnoli del Trigno, Italy, the daughter of Bartholomeo Cimaglia and Santa Donatiello Cimaglia. Teresa emigrated to the United States with her parents in 1924 and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. She resided in Fairmont from that time until 2010 when she moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to be near her daughter.

Teresa’s husband of 51 years, Americo DeVito, died in 1991. She was predeceased by brothers Michael and Virgil Cimaglia, and a son, Richard L. DeVito. She is survived by a daughter, Sandra King, and son-in-law, George King, living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as three granddaughters, their husbands and five great-grandchildren: Jennifer and Robert Klinedinst and Sam of Poland, Maine; Holly and Jeffrey Dorsey, and Eliza and Emmett of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Sarah and Robert Josephson, Kayla and Lance of Franklin, Tennessee.

Teresa graduated from Fairmont State College in 1960 with a BA degree in art education, and WVU with a master’s degree in art education in 1964. She also did post-graduate work at WVU in 1970 and she traveled to Venice for art classes with U.C. Berkeley in 1975 and N.Y.U. in 1977-1978.

Her career as a high school art teacher spanned 26 years and included four years at East Fairmont High School from 1960-1968, Miller Jr. High School and Rivesville High School in 1969 and 1970, and traveling art teacher for the Marion County Schools from 1970-1986.

Teresa was a prolific artist who enjoyed drawing, painting and sculpting, using many art media. She loved West Virginia and did many paintings and drawings of historic sites in the state. Among them are “Jefferson’s Rock” in Harpers Ferry; “Replica of Old Norman Castle” in Berkeley Springs; “Thomas W. Fleming House,” home of the Woman’s Club of Fairmont; “High Gate” in Fairmont; “Barrackville Covered Bridge”; Sonnencroft,” formerly in East Fairmont; and the High Level Bridge in Fairmont.

Her commissioned works included a large painting on cloth that hung in the Immaculate Conception Church in Fairmont for years. She participated in many group exhibitions, receiving many awards through the years, as well as being part of a show at Lynn Kottler Galleries, New York City, in 1975. She was honored in a listing in Who's Who of American Women.

She was active in the Catholic Daughters of America, AAUW-Fairmont Branch, Art and Humanities Council, Fairmont Garden Club, League of Independent Artists, Morgantown Art Association, National Art Education Association, West Virginia Education Association and West Virginia Watercolor Society. She was a lifelong active member of Immaculate Conception Church. She loved to travel and took many trips during her retirement years.

Family will receive friends for the viewing at Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Thursday afternoon and evening from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass for Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Walter Jagela as celebrant. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In liew of flowers, contributions in Teresa’s memory may be sent to Immaculate Conception Church, 406 Alta Vista Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554-4062; or Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster PA 17604-4125. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

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