WOONSOCKET- Ida (Steve) Tegovich, 89, passed away peacefully in her home in Woonsocket, RI, on February 6, 2014.
She was a native and lifetime resident of Woonsocket, born in 1924 to Christy Steve (Scudreanu) and Anastasia (Geanacou) Steve, who emigrated from Veroia, Greece.
Growing up in the Great Depression, Ida worked at Tiger Market and Geanacou's Market in Woonsocket. During WWII, she worked at UniRoyal testing wet suits and rubber attack boats for the military. She also took aviation lessons while training with the WAVES.
Ida's greatest passion was education. She earned her B.S. in Education from Rhode Island College in 1946 and her M.A. in Educational Administration at the University of Rhode Island in 1970. Her career as an educational advocate in the Woonsocket Public Schools spanned nearly 40 years. She was one of the first teachers to pioneer the education of homebound children via the intercom system. She taught in several of the city's elementary schools and served as the first female principal at Hope Street, South Main Street, Grove Street and Vose Street Schools until her retirement in 1984. She also taught evening Adult Education courses for many years.
She was the third President of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild from 1951-1953 and a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Kappa Gamma national honor societies. She was active in the Woonsocket Chapter of Quota International and supported several local charities.
Ida was devoted to her family. She enjoyed traveling to the Southwest to visit her children there. She loved to read, dance, and attend live performances at Trinity Repertory Company and Stadium Theater.
She is survived by her three children, Christina Tegovich of Scottsdale, AZ, Elaine Tegovich of Gold Canyon, AZ, and Steven Tegovich of Woonsocket, RI, and her brother, Steve Christy Steve of Woonsocket, RI. She was predeceased by her parents, Christy and Anastasia Steve, and her siblings, Timothy, Flora, and James Steve of Woonsocket, RI, and Peter Steve of Leverett, MA.
Memorial services will be held at St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church, 501 E. School Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895, on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11 A.M. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church at the above address will be appreciated. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.