Monica A. Kangley, 82, of East Hampton died peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2019. She was the daughter of John and Elsie Kangley. Monica was born in Manahattan, N.Y. and grew up in the Bronx, the oldest of four children. She is predeceased by her mother,father and brother. She is survived by her sisters Maureen Kangley of Vermont and Elise Crout of Spain.
She graduated in 1958 from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax Nova Scotia, with a degree in history. She joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order based outside Philadelphia, Pa. She earned her master’s degree in library science in 1965 from Villanova University. She transferred to Xavier Preparatory School in New Orleans, where she taught and served as librarian. Two years later she was transferred to Santa Fe, N.M. to an Indian reservation. Then she moved on to a Navajo Reservation in Arizona. She left the order in 1971, returning to Santa Fe to work at the public library. In 1977 she moved to Connecticut and took a job as children’s librarian at the East Hampton Public Library. Monica’s talent for engaging children to read was astounding. In 2001 she retired, many of her young children in story time would come to her as adults to thank her and perhaps to introduce her to their children just beginning to read.
Monica, enjoyed her retirement to the fullest. She was an avid traveler, she visited Spain, Iceland, Finland, England, Russia to name a few. In recent years she visited with her sister Elise,in Spain.
She was active with a variety of East Hampton community activities. She was a member of the Goff House, served on the Arts and Cultural Commission, and the East Hampton Housing Authority. She was the initiator of the Jingle Bell Parade. She enjoyed being involved with the community.
She volunteered at the Goodspeed theater, where she loved the theatre, the actors, the shows, and most importantly her friends she volunteered with.
She also actively participated at the East Hampton senior center, where she volunteered as receptionist for 18 years. She was dedicated to her exercise programs and routines. She always supported the Centers’ programs.
Special thanks to the staff at Wadsworth Glen, especially Mary and Abigail. Their care and dedication made her life better. They knew her well and that made Monica happy.
Heartfelt thanks from Monica to Bev and Jo Ann for their love, and caring during the unexpected past months. Words are never are enough. Thank you. You showed true friendship. See you all in the next chapter.
Friends may call at at Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St East Hampton on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 2pm-4pm.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations may be made to the East Hampton Public Library or the East Hampton Senior Center at 105 Main Street, East Hampton, Ct 06424.
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