Obituary for Margaret Cimei
Long-time Westfield resident Margaret Ann Lieberman Cimei, 82, died peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Maggie was born in Mahanoy City, Pa., and graduated from Mahanoy City High School in 1953. She attended Penn State University, where she was a member of Theta Sigma Phi, a professional journalism society, and graduated in 1957 with a BA in Journalism. At Penn State, Maggie met the love of her life, Anthony G. Cimei, also from Mahanoy City, and they married in June 1959.
Maggie was passionate about her family, her career, and her community. She started her career as a staff writer for the Atlantic City Press’ Cumberland County Edition. After a move to New York City, she became the Editor of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company Magazine. On the advice of a business colleague, Anthony and Maggie moved to Westfield in 1962 and never left, making their home first on Walnut Street, then Bradford Avenue, then Lawrence Avenue and finally Clark Street.
After time at home raising her two sons, Maggie began volunteering in the Westfield Board of Education office, writing press releases on what she saw as positive school initiatives that were not getting out to the public. Her volunteer work lead to a full-time position, and after 25 years of service to the BOE she retired as Director of Community Relations in 1995.
Maggie shared her abundant enthusiasm and energy by volunteering with many local organizations, including Holy Trinity Church, the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield, the Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield (President 1968-1969), the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, the College Woman’s Club of Westfield, the Westfield Foundation (Trustee 1998-2004), and as a Board member of Casa Bonita II and Cowperthwaite Square condominium associations.
She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Anthony G. Cimei, parents, Joseph and Mary (Curtin) Lieberman, and her brothers, John and Charles Lieberman. She will be deeply missed by her sons, A. Kevin (Ina) and Curt (Leslie) Cimei of Annandale and Westfield, N.J., grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, Colin and Cooper, brother Joseph Lieberman, sister Mary Loizeaux, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visit the Dooley Colonial Funeral Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield on Friday March 2, from 4-7pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday March 3 at 9:30am at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Interment at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield will follow the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Education Fund of Westfield (westfieldnj.com/edfund), or the Children’s Specialized Hospital (childrens-specialized.org/giving).