Bridget DePasquale's life was all about selfless giving. At the pinnacle of her career, she was in charge of instructing parishes throughout the Diocese of Rockville Centre in how best to reach out to the needy.
"She did so much for so many people," said one of her daughters, Elizabeth McNulty, of Kings Park. "She was the most wonderful person in the world."
DePasquale, 69, a longtime resident of East Northport, died May 24 after a struggle with esophageal cancer.
Her daughter recalled that even during a recent hospital stay, DePasquale was loath to call the nurses at night because she didn't want to disturb the person she was sharing the room with.
DePasquale was born in Scranton, Pa., and attended schools in that area, graduating from Marywood Seminary High School in 1961 and Marywood College in 1965. She then attended Fordham University, where she earned a master's in social work.
She was a social worker at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital until she and her husband, Francis, moved to Long Island in 1970.
In East Northport, she became actively involved at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic parish.
In the early 1980s, she chaired the committee that established the parish's outreach center, which assisted the poor, the elderly and the disabled with food, clothing, housing, money and transportation.
DePasquale became the second coordinator of the center, a post she held for 17 years. She was also instrumental in developing the parish's Mother's Group and Ministry of Consolation.
In 2007, the diocese named DePasquale a parish social ministry developer at Catholic Charities.
She worked with parishes throughout Long Island to provide training and technical support for staff members and volunteers in local ministry offices.
She remained in the job until earlier this year, devoting some of her time to assisting victims of superstorm Sandy.
"Her actions and work were both inspired by and an exercise in her deep faith," said one of her sons, Frank DePasquale, of Salem, Mass.
DePasquale is also survived by her children Catherine Slish, of Olyphant, Pa., Margaret DePasquale of Somerville, Mass., William DePasquale of Manhattan, John DePasquale of Brooklyn; a brother, William P. Hoban of Scranton, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was held May 28 at St. Anthony of Padua church, and she was buried at St. Phillip Neri Cemetery in East Northport. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Anthony of Padua Outreach Program.