June 28, 1924 – June 24, 2013
Louise Levingston of Newton, formerly of Malden on Monday, June 24, 2013. Daughter of the late Samuel H. and Carrie Y. (Yarrin) Levingston. Born in Malden on June 28, 1924 she attended Malden schools, graduating from Malden High School in 1942. She graduated from Lowell State teachers College in 1946 with a B.S. in Ed., majoring in school music and from State College at Fitchburg in 1953 with a degree of Ed.M. Her music teaching career included all phases – band, orchestra, chorus and supervisory and directorships. She retired from Framingham schools in 1985 and continued doing general substituting in Newton and Watertown until 2004. During World War II she was with a U.S.O. group that entertained at military hospitals, camps, Stage Door Canteen in Boston and other military facilities. She was an accomplished trumpet player, a section leader of the Malden American Legion post 69 Youth band that performed at the Goodrich Arena at the New York World’s Fair 1939-40 and was a member of the former Boston Women’s Symphony directed by the late Alexander Thiede. More recently she was a member of the Harvard University Summer Band and since 1985 a member of the Lexington Bicentennial Band. In 1982 the City of Newton named a cove at Crystal Lake in her honor for services she rendered the city at the lake for many years. Predeceased by her siblings Esther Levingston Goldman and her husband Jacob, Anne G. Levingston, MD and Martha Livingston. Also her niece and nephew Selma H. Goldman and Robert M. Goldman. There are no immediate survivors. Services will be held at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Friday, June 28 at 10AM. Burial will follow in the Anshe Lebovitz Cemetery, C Street Roadway off of Washington St. Woburn. Remembrances may be made to Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446.
- Funeral Service Friday, June 28, 2013
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July 15, 2014
Haven!t seen Louise for 50 yrs. former neighbor, I enjoyed the Levingstons family in Newton Highlands. Her real joy was her convertible. Joyce Flynn Dougllas
July 2, 2013
A great resident of Newton, MA passed on recently. We in Customer Service and the Water Billing Office at Newton City Hall fondly remember Louise Levingston who occasionally visited us. Along with her concerns, she always had a story or more to tell. One story in particular that fascinated was that Levingston Cove at Crystal Lake was named after her. We will always think of her in our travels there. Ms. Levingston was a strong, friendly woman who always had a smile and a sense of humor. Peace be with her, her family, and friends.
Water Billing Department and Customer Service at Newton City Hall
June 30, 2013
I came to know Louise over the years at Temple Ohabei Shalom. She was a Shabbat morning staple and will be missed. May her every memory be a blessing.
June 30, 2013
I knew Louise from Temple Ohabei Shalom, through friends: Steve, Mark & Judy. How amazing to see her even within the past year- playing music in Lexington Bicentennial Band and going to dinner afterwards. She was amazing. Rest in peace, Louise. Will miss your
great qualities you possessed.
June 28, 2013
My day was always complete when I was given a nod of approval by Louise for doing a good clean up job at ALL areas around the Lake. But none more lovingly than her magical cove area. She was a really wonderful person who took the time to give of her time whenever asked. Her marker in the Cove was selected by her way back in 1982 and even though we tried to talk her out of it - she just loved the shape and design. So Louise - may you finally rest in peace. You are a true legend!
June 27, 2013
It's an understatement to say that Louise Levingston was a character. But she truly defined the word, with her outspoken nature, vintage cars, German Shepard Julie and her many cats. Her back yard at times resembled a soda can recycle outlet. She was an accomplished trumpet player.
Louise was a way ahead of her time environmentalist. For her devotion to maintaining the Crystal Lake cove in her neighborhood, it was named in her honor in 1982. Her philosophies were sometimes hard for me to follow, but when it came to the Cove, we always saw eye-to-eye. We informally identified ourselves as the Friends of Crystal Lake in the mid 1990's and in 2008 when this organization became official, despite her failing health, Louise was there to lend her support.
I will fondly remember Louise's sense of humor, energy and our 30+ years of friendship. She was a great neighbor and an inspiring person.
Newton Highlands, MA
June 26, 2013
Louise was a neighborhood institution; this is truly the end of an era.
June 26, 2013
Louise was a wonderful person and a very supportive friend. I very much enjoyed attending her concerts in Lexington in recent years. She will be truly missed.
June 26, 2013
I knew Louise from my beloved synagogue, Temple Ohabei Shalom. Her feistiness kept her going in the face of adversity. While I had all I could do to maintain and drive one car, she owned three and would zip around like a woman half her age! I'll always remember the kindnesses she showed me and I'm glad I got the chance to thank her one last time. May she rest in peace, at last re-united with her loved ones.
June 26, 2013
I have known Louise Levingston for more than 40 years and my house is only a short distance from the house where, when we first settled in Newton, Louise lived with her mother, two sisters, and their beloved dog, Rebel. After all the others were gone, Louise continued to live there. Over the years, I came to appreciate more and more Louise's activities on behalf of our Newton Highlands neighborhood, and particularly her personal efforts to keep the shoreline of Crystal Lake clear of debris. It was entirely appropriate for the City to give the name Levingston Cove to a portion of that shoreline.
Louise was a strong woman, mentally and physically, and she maintained her independence to the end. I've not known many people like her, and I will miss her a great deal.
June 26, 2013
Passers by at Crystal Lake, in Newton Center, might observe what looks like a tombstone dedicated to Louise Levingston. It's the tribute identifying the cove in her name. More likely to remembered are the numerous instances of minor traffic jams as Wheezie adjusted the parking arrangement of her various vehicles.No question about it, Louise was so many of Wynton Marsalis' attributes of the trumpet players' personality incarnate: a HERicane of noblese oblige! She was a wonderful woman; I certainly battled with her ----and they were labors of love! I'll never forget your warm-up riffs, Wheezie . . . Keep Gabriel on his toes.