- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Esther Frances Filippi, a former hairstylist and volunteer, died March 26 at Manor Care-Silver Spring of complications related to a stroke and pneumonia. She was 91.

Born in Newark, N.J., Mrs. Filippi attended Westtown High School in West Chester, Pa. While working at the Caty-Did Beauty Shop in West Chester, she met her future husband, Michael Filippi.

In 1945, the couple moved to the Washington area when Mr. Filippi accepted a professorship at the University of Maryland and a position at the National Security Agency.

Mrs. Filippi worked as a beauty salon stylist, nail technician and school cafeteria worker. She was a devoted member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hyattsville, where she was active in the women’s group.

Mrs. Filippi also was voted league president of her bowling association and regularly played bingo at the Riverdale firehouse until she was in her 80s.

She liked to swim, was proficient in Braille, played the piano and enjoyed watching sports, particularly golf and football. She was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and Nationals.

Mrs. Filippi enjoyed helping her two young granddaughters with their primary-school homework and with rehearsing their musical instruments. She was particularly proud that they both attained graduate degrees.

In her final years, Mrs. Filippi volunteered to help others living in her nursing center. She delivered the mail to residents and received the Volunteer of the Year award.

Mrs. Filippi’s survivors include a daughter, Sandra Filippi of Takoma Park; two granddaughters, Sonia Schmitt and Michelle Schmitt Neff of Arlington; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1968.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Matthew’s Church, 5901 36th Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20782.

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