Ms. Bolognani was born in Bennington on July 11, 1991, daughter of Tim and Deborah (Filler) Bolognani. She graduated with highest honors from Twin Valley High School in Wilmington in June 2009, and had just completed her first semester, as a dean’s list student at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She was studying to be a nurse.
Ms. Bolognani was an incredibly active and outgoing person. She loved the outdoors and doing things outdoors like hunting, softball, snowmobiling, and basketball. She was a leader and mentor among her friends, serving as captain of her high school soccer, basketball, and softball teams. She served on the student council and was president her junior and senior years. She was her freshman class secretary; sophomore class president; and senior class vice president. She served on the TVHS Leadership Club and Mentoring Program and worked with the Windham County Big Brother/ Big Sister Program. She also was a Big Sister this semester at Quinnipiac.
Ms. Bolognani attended St. Joachim’s Church in Readsboro. Ms. Bolognani received many academic and athletic awards and took part in many school and community activities. Her organizational skills made her the special person she was and she was an inspiration to all her friends and family. She was at the front of many community and fund-raising activities like the Relay for Life, Red Cross blood drives, and 4-H pumpkin-carving contests. She was on the Prom Committee, the FRESH TVHS Summer Advisory Council, and the Page to Stage Program. She played AAU basketball and softball, and was a starter on the All-State Girls Basketball Team. Jessica also took part in Leadership Conferences at Castleton State College, the University of Vermont, and St. Michael’s College.
Survivors include her parents, Tim and Deborah Bolognani, of Readsboro; her brother, Stephen J. Bolognani, at home; paternal grandmother, Betty Bolognani, of Readsboro; and maternal grandparents Gail Filler and David Donley, of West Dover. She also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a large, extended circle of family and friends.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 9, at 11 am at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 70 Marshall St. North Adams, MA. Burial will be private at a later date. A reception will follow at St. Joachim’s Church Hall in Readsboro. Calling hours are Friday from 4-8 pm at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home For Funerals West Chapel, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephen Bolognani Education Fund in care of the funeral home.