Marilyn Cestaro Odell, 75, of Brewster MA, died Friday, September 30 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after a short illness. She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Mary Cestaro of North Haven CT and her sister Rosalie Verlezza. Marilyn was a teacher in Branford, CT for 37 years. After her retirement in 2006, she continued as an adjunct professor at Southern CT State University, the University of New Haven, and the University of Buena Vista, where she taught future science teachers enrolled in courses. undergraduate and graduate school and served as a CT Science Content Instructor for Teach for America.
She and her loving husband Colin retired to Brewster MA in 2012, where she pursued a rich and active life with the friends of Nauset Newcomers Club, Scottish Terriers Club of NE, Brewster Ladies Library and several groups of reading.
Marilyn’s legacy of strength, leadership and compassion will live on in the memory of her multitude of friends and extended family. She leaves behind her beloved husband Colin Odell of Brewster, daughter Margaret Schneider and grandson Gabriel Schneider of Whitinsville, MA. Marilyn is also survived by her niece Elise Hirth (Jeremy) and her brother-in-law Anthony Verlezza, both of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Visiting hours will be October 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nickerson’s Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans. A memorial service will be held in his honor at North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church Street, North Haven, CT on Monday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Brewster Ladies’ Library Association, 1822 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631 or the charity of your choice. For Marilyn’s full obituary and condolences online, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com
Posted on October 11, 2022
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