The Director of Development at the Chambridge Centre for Adult Education (CCAE), Mary Catherine Deibel of Chambridge, Massachusetts, passed suddenly tragically.
At this time, neither the circumstances surrounding her death nor the reason why she died is known. The family will soon publish the obituary details.
Everyone becomes sad and devastated as they learn more about the unfortunate demise, missing and thinking about the wonderful Mary Catherine, paying tribute to her, and sending her sympathies.
“We got some very, very sad news yesterday. Mary-Catherine Deibel, owner of the late and still much missed “Upstairs” restaurants and later of Longy School of Music and Cambridge Center for Adult Education (and the “informal mayor of Harvard Square,”) has died. She was a long-time devoted Joie customer, and she exemplified “joie de vivre” herself. Kind, generous, fun, compassionate, whip-smart, supportive – I could go on and on and on. We had Joie’s 20th Anniversary party at her restaurant, and she and Deborah made it a perfect evening. And I got to eat at both restaurants a fair amount because we traded fancy birthday candles and confetti (they threw many special events) for amazing dinners. A bright and shining light has gone out in our Cambridge community and beyond. Rest in Peace.”
The family may shortly announce the details of the funeral services.
Mary-Catherine began her career at the Cambridge restaurant Peasant Stock before opening UpStairs at the Pudding in the early 1980s with her business partners, Michael Silver and Deborah Hughes.
She immediately distinguished the utterly unusual restaurant as everyone’s preferred location for a special dinner, wedding, or graduation celebration thanks to her grace and vivacity as host.
She always greeted everyone at the entrance like a long-lost friend and ensured a warm and welcoming eating experience as if you were entering her home for a very special private gathering.
Mary-Catherine was active in the Cambridge and Harvard Square business areas, the arts community, and the hospitality industry while working in restaurants. She had an uncommon talent for networking and bringing others together.