Deborah B. Segil

6 agosto , 19282 julio , 2021

Deborah Benjamin (Spoont) Segil was born in 1928 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. She was part of a large extended family of Benjamin’s that had emigrated from Lithuania in the late eighteen hundreds and put down roots in Hazleton. Hazleton was a prosperous coal town in eastern Pennsylvania, and Debby’s maternal grandfather owned an important coal mine in the area. Debby’s father, Abraham Spoont owned a clothing factory in nearby Shenandoah, PA and was a founding president of Temple Beth Israel in Hazleton. Debby graduated from Hazleton High School as the Valedictorian, following which, she attended Smith College in Northampton, MA, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics, which she always thought a great joke. Debby spent her junior-year-abroad in Paris, arriving on the Queen Mary only a few years after the end of WWII. She was adventurous, and travelled around Europe on her own and with friends, in particular to Spain at a time of some tumult. She was welcomed back to Hazleton by her loving, but anxious mother, Helen, who was relieved to see that Debby had survived her adventures in foreign parts, and intent on taking the reins again.

Upon her return from Europe, Debby moved to Chicago for work, where she met her husband to be, Bob Segil. They married in Hazleton, and had three sons, Neil, Joel and Jeffrey, before moving their young family to Marblehead, MA where they put down long-lasting roots. After 14 years of being a housewife and mother, Debby returned to school and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University.

Having been out of the workforce for so long, and then attending school, all while raising her family, Debby was extremely excited to get her first job out of her Master’s program at the city of Lynn’s Head Start program as a Family Therapist. From there she moved to North Shore Children’s Hospital, again as a Clinical Social Worker and Family Therapist, and as part of her position co-founded the North Shore Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, which she helped run for several years as she transitioned into management. When North Shore Children’s became part of Salem Hospital, Debby took on new challenges and worked for several years at New Medico, a company that managed head-injury facilities.

For the last approximately 20 years, Debby worked for the Greater Lynn Senior Services agency (GLSS), perhaps the most satisfying part of her career. There she managed cases and developed programs to train Caregivers, primarily of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. She became part of the GLSS family, of which she was extremely proud. She worked tirelessly at the development of a phone App that provided guidance for Caregivers and which launched a few years ago. Debby retired from GLSS in 2020, and immediately regretted it. She began volunteering at the crisis hotline for HAWC, (Healing Abuse-Working for Change), a leading domestic violence agency in Massachusetts, where she worked until a few weeks before her death.

Debby was married to her beloved husband Bob for 64 years; he passed away in 2016. She is sorely missed by her brother Larry and sister-in-law Candy; her three sons, Neil, Joel and Jeffrey, and daughters-in-law Greta, Rosie and Stacey; her six grandchildren, Ben, Helen, Mathew, Alix, Jenna and Nathan, and her nephews David and Andrew. She was loved and cared for by a host of devoted friends and family, old and young, whom she nourished with her love and wisdom until her last days.

**Due to the current environment a memorial service is going to be delayed.


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Deborah B. Segil


Denise Scarpa

1 agosto , 2021

I had the privilege of working with Debby at GLSS for many years. She was a teacher and a giver! She early on recognized the toll of Alzheimer’s disease on spouse and family! Her creativity in finding ways to offer that support are legendary! Debby was an absolute joy to work with! We discussed books and our families quite often! She will be missed! Sorry for your loss.

Jane Whitmore

27 julio , 2021

To Joel, Sandy and I send you our deepest condolences on the loss of your Dear Mother.
We remember meeting her and your Father at the Northshore Music Theater with you and your wife,Rosie.
They were such a charming couple and we loved chatting with them.
Now they are in Heaven together, May they Rest In Peace,
God Bless you in your grief🙏🏻
Jane Whitmore and Sandra Spilski

Jody Howard

12 julio , 2021

I volunteered with Debby many years ago when the Cambridge Chamber Players (later called the Marblehead Summer Music Festival) first played chamber music at the Unitarian Universalist Church. She was charming, outgoing, with a great sense of humor, and she loved chamber music. We miss the music, and we'll miss her even more.

Marge DiVirgilio

12 julio , 2021

I met Debby many years ago at Greater Lynn Senior Services, where I am also working. Debby was a favorite of mine and we shared many clients and went on many home visits to see clients. God bless you Debby for all that you have done to help clients and their cargivers. You will never be forgotten, never.
I love you and hope you are in peace.
Marge DiVirgilio

Tia Kramer

10 julio , 2021

Debbie helped so many people that were caregivers to a loved one with dementia. She was compassionate and helped so many of us when we needed it. As a member of her caregiver group she will always have a place in my heart.

Mel Nagler

4 julio , 2021

I worked with Debbie many years ago, early in my career, in Salem. She was a lovely woman, with grace and thoughtfulness for others. She was a leader who was highly respected by her colleagues. So many years ago, but she left a lasting impression.

Danielle Duwart

2 julio , 2021

Debby was instrumental in the beginning of my social work career. I always had a passion for working with persons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and working with her so closely at GLSS helped develop my love of working with their family members as well. She was such a great teacher and such a wealth of knowledge! I feel so privledged to have known her and be able to learn from her ❤️

Robin deStefano

2 julio , 2021

Debbie was a lady of grace and purpose. I really enjoyed working with her and watching her interact with consumers. She will be missed. My love and prayers for her family.