DR. EVELYN DiTOSTO
Dr. Evelyn Di Tosto, daughter of the late Catherine (Cerre) and Carlo Di Tosto and sister of Dr. Mary Marockie, brother-in law, Dr. Henry Marockie and sister of late Eva Di Tosto. passed away on January 23, 2018 at the WVU Ruby Neuro Medical Center in Morgantown, WV.
Evelyn was born in Richwood, WV on April 11, 1931. She received her Doctorate and Master degrees from WVU with additional studies at The University of Pittsburgh.
Evelyn, aka “Evelina “and “Enie,” did it her way! She was passionate, artistic, and bold. A lover of the arts, gourmet cooking, professional football and the show Castle.
Evelyn had a robust career in the professional education field where the majority of time was spent in Baltimore, Maryland, her home until her passing. As the head of teacher certification for the State of Maryland, she was responsible for certification of 46,000 teachers. After her retirement, she continued to make a difference as an Associate Professor and Head of the Student Teacher Department at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to locating to Baltimore, Evelyn was a teacher at Fernbank School, Charleston WV and at West Virginia University as the head of the Student Teacher Division.
Evelyn served for 12 years as the national chair of the National Association Teacher Education Standards Committee where standards were set for Colleges throughout the US. She was a Past President of the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators. Evelyn was a champion of teacher education in many ways: creating the Master Certification Program and developing the Maryland Creative Initiative in Teacher Education. Evelyn recently co-established with Mary, a supervisory teacher monetary award at the WVU College of Education and Human Services. Evelyn was active in supporting the community of Highfield House and a proud fan of the Baltimore Ravens.
She held tremendous pride in her heritage as an Italian American. Her long standing involvement as a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge, the Ameritas, trips to her family in Italy, her fantastic Italian cooking which included homemade biscotti and pita piata, were all evidence of her pride in her heritage. Evelyn also authored and published with her dearest friend, Dora Salzano, a cookbook “Totally, Totally Italian.”
Evelyn is survived by; niece Felicia Fisher (Michael), great-nephew, Luke Fisher, great-step niece Allison Fisher, great step nephews Drew Fisher and Eric Fisher ( Dori), Godson Frank Salzano (Belinda) Aunt Wilma Cerre, Cousins: Peppe Massullo, Serena Massullo, Luca Massullo, Opal Potesta, Ronald Potesta (Terry), Carlotta Yonkers ( Bird), Kim Pauley, Tim Potesta, Vincent Manzi , Bill Veltri, Joe Veltri (Sally), Roseanne Ficaro (Tony), Teresa Lucido (Alex), Sarah Lynn Treadwell (Bob), Joe Cerre, David Darovec, Michael Darovec.
The family wishes to thank the Highfield House community and staff, especially Toni Perkins and Vernon, Sisters Miriam Jansen and Ann Scholz and the numerous friends for the many years of support.
Friends may call at St. Agnes Church in Charleston, WV on Saturday, February 3 at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. and interment in Cunningham Memorial Park.
A memorial service will follow at a later date in Baltimore Maryland.
Memorial contributions can be made to: WVU Foundation, E. Ditosto/ Marockie Outstanding Teacher Award, WVU (3u1048), POBOX 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507- 1650
The School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212-1016.