Olimbia N. (George) Filipski, 89, of Boston died peacefully on April 23, 2020, at her home after a short illness.
Devoted wife of 49 years to the late Ronald Filipski, she was the beloved mother of the late Pamela Filipski, Cathy and her husband Patrick Madigan of Milton, Jay and his partner Steven Mousterakis of Watertown, and R.J. Filipski and his wife Marianne of Manhasset, New York; caring sister to the late Mildred (Buksar) and Constance (Holmberg) George; doting nana to Audrey, Patrick, Cooper, Cecile, Lily, and Michaela; and cherished friend of too many to count: old and young, near and far.
Bea was born in October 1930 in Southbridge. Her parents, Nicholas and Catherine George, were first generation Albanian immigrants; a heritage in which she took pride. She spent much of her youth among a tight-knit community of Albanian immigrants in Southbridge, fostering close relationships within it while maintaining the culture of the country from which her family came. In her young adulthood, Bea spent much of her time with her friends traveling to cities in the Northeast while working at the American Optical Company as an administrative assistant.
In May 1958, Bea married Ronald Filipski, a local football star and AT&T executive. During their marriage, Bea and Ron had four children — Pamela, Cathy, Jay and R.J. — of whom they were proud.
After her own children grew up, Bea provided daycare services for the children of educators in the Glastonbury, Connecticut, school system. Through her work, Bea created lifelong relationships with those she cared for over the course of 15 years.
Soon after the birth of her grandchildren, Bea and Ron moved to the Boston area where Bea became a cherished volunteer at the Tucker Elementary School Library in Milton. Affectionately known as “Nana Bea,” her dedication to the library continued well after her grandchildren passed through Tucker, and she was an adored member of the Tucker community. In 2018, she was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association.
Olimbia was well known for her fiery spirit, loving heart, and personable demeanor. These qualities allowed her to create countless close friendships in every place where she lived.
Given the current national health situation, dates for the funeral service and Celebration of Life reception in Glastonbury, Connecticut, are still being finalized. The family will be back in communication once those dates have been determined.
In lieu of flowers and to keep Bea’s spirit alive, consider making a donation to either St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church or the Tucker Elementary School Library. Make sure to state these donations are in memory of Bea Filipski.
Her father, Nicholas George, was one of a group of Albanian immigrants who built the church in the 1920s. Bea began her journey through life there and made many friends in Southbridge. You can mail a donation to the St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church Memorial Fund, 126 Morris St., P. O. Box 650, Southbridge, MA 01550.