READSBORO- Norman I Marchegiani, 90, died December 13, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Readsboro on April 3, 1920, son of Celso and Theresa (Colo) Marchegiani and attended area schools.
Mr. Marchegiani served in World War II with the 605th Tank Destroyer Battalion as a reconnaissance specialist in the European theater, seeing action in France and Germany.
In 1952 he started the Norman I. Marchegiani Bus Company, driving the students of Readsboro and surrounding towns to high school for 27 years. He formed a partnership with his brother Joseph in 1961 and established Mack Brothers Inc., a business the family owned and operated for 48 years until its sale in 2009.
An active member of his community, Mr. Marchegiani was a charter member of the Readsboro Lions Club and past president. He helped to create the Readsboro Family Park and spent many years donating his time to help maintain it. He was also a charter member of American Legion Post 29.
An avid hunter and fisherman, he spent lots of time at Camp Zinfandel sharing coffee royals with family and friends. He played baseball with many local teams and enjoyed bowling and golf.
Mr. Marchegiani leaves his wife of 63 years, the former Pauline Chesi, whom he married October 4, 1947; four children, Adrienne Farrar, of Chester; Elliott Marchegiani, of Londonderry, NH; David Marchegiani and Leigh Marchegiani, both of Readsboro; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Ada Libardi, and a brother, Tullio of Readsboro. He was predeceased by his sister, Dirce Sanderson, in 1961 and his brother, Joseph, in 1999.
A memorial service and burial with military honors will be held in the spring.
Memorial donations, to be distributed to benefit area veterans services, may be made to the American Legion Post 29, PO Box 217, Readsboro, VT 05350 or donations for the preservation of the Readsboro Family Park to the Readsboro Lions Club, PO Box 183, Readsboro, VT 05350