On Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, Geraldine Marie McGovern (née Carpenito), passed away at age 72, after waging a fierce battle against Covid-19. Gerri was born on June 12, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, the first daughter of William and Mary Carpenito (née Jackman). She grew up in Dedham, attending Fisher Ames Elementary, and Dedham High School. Following her graduation in 1966, she worked for Hersey-Sparling. On September 20, 1969, she married Robert J. McGovern, also of Dedham. They had two children, Karyn and Michael, and relocated to Hyannis, where they bought a home and raised their family. She later worked for Fibronics, Briggs & Heino, and then for Gerard P. Williams, CPA. There, she grew a respectable fan base; devotees of her uncommon wit and charm. There was a rumor she didn’t enjoy the quarterly reports, but she truly loved her coworkers and the clients. Gerri was an extraordinary artist, specializing in pastels and sketches. She had a great talent for design aesthetic, and could cook anything, crochet anything, and make any fruit or vegetable grow in her garden. She had a particular love of animals, owning several cats and dogs over the years. She loved The Beach Boys, ABBA, The Beatles, and dancing. In fact, she was an integral part of establishing our now legendary, family-wide wedding dance-offs. She was known for her choice sense of humor, her infectious laugh, and her loving, compassionate heart. Additionally, she was a homemaker and caretaker extraordinaire of her husband, Robert (d.1995), during his lengthy, and complex illnesses, with dedication, skill, and uncommon strength. Mom was only four foot ten inches tall but calls to mind a line from Shakespeare’s Midsummers Night Dream: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” She had a lot of opinions, and a wicked side eye, but she really knew how to love people. This was never more evident than with her children, whom she loved beyond measure, and her grandsons who were the loves of her life. She never turned away anyone in need, putting a roof over many heads, and feeding everyone, hungry or not. Following a heart attack and a series of strokes, this little powerhouse continued to spread her particular brand of love and humor throughout the SNF where she was lovingly cared for and tended to by extraordinary staff, particularly her nurse Terry, her physical therapist Lisi, and her Social Worker, Jacqueline. The family wishes to thank Dr Bosco, Dr Selinger, and Gerri’s nurses at CCH, Allison and Catherine, for their care, kindness, & compassion during her last days & hours. Gerri was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her parents, William & Mary Carpenito of Dedham, her parents in law, Walter & Madelyne McGovern of Hyannisport, her brother Robert Carpenito of Abilene, Texas, her nephew Russell Carpenito, of West Roxbury, and her brothers in law, Stephen McGovern, Tuffield Kulas, and David Mason, of Newton, Holbrook, and Taunton, respectively.
She is survived by her children, Michael and his wife Joy, of Yarmouth, her daughter Karyn, her beloved grandsons Jack, and William, and their father Christopher, all of Barnstable, plus her grandson Philip and his daughter, Sparrow, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, she is survived by her siblings: William Carpenito and his wife Kathleen of Bridgewater, MA, her sisters Mary Mackey and her husband David of Wareham, Laura Kulas of Weymouth, Kathryn Mason of Taunton, and Ellen Carpenito of Attleboro; her sister in law Betty McGovern of Newburyport, Walter and Pat McGovern of Lynn, Joan and James Reilly of Norwood, in addition to almost 100 cousins, nieces, and nephews. To say she will be missed is an understatement.
Burial at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit will be private. When it is safe to gather, a memorial service and celebration of her life will be held; details will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the MSPCA, The Massachusetts Covid-19 Relief Fund, or The Cape Cod Times Needy Fund.