Pauline C. Marchegiani
READSBORO- Pauline C. Marchegiani, 98, a long-time business woman in Readsboro, died peacefully on Sunday, May 24.
Mrs. Marchegiani was born on June 15, 1921, the daughter of Vergilio and Maria (Sebastiani) Chesi. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, she attended Girls High School, graduating in 1939, and Drake’s Business School. She worked for a publishing company in New York City and then as an accountant and runner for a brokerage firm on Wall Street and was distinguished as being the first woman to hold such a position with a Wall Street firm.
She married Norman I. Marchegiani, on October 4, 1947, at Our Lady of Victory Church, Floral Park, NY. Soon after they moved to Readsboro, Norman’s hometown.
She was a successful businesswoman and an active member of her community. In 1957 she purchased a local insurance agency to create The Mack Agency and worked as an insurance broker for over 30 years.
In 1973 she earned her real estate license, working for Berkley and Veller of Wilmington, eventually earning her broker’s license and starting her own company, Mack Agency Real Estate, in 1977 and eventually Marc Homes and Country Properties. She also worked for Coldwell Bankers Realty and Harold Dupree Realty in North Adams, MA until her retirement in 2008 at the age of 87. During her time in real estate she garnished many awards and was recognized and received the “Top Agent in Sales Award” for Western Massachusetts in 2000 at the age of 80. She simply loved selling real estate.
Highly active within the Readsboro community, she was a lifelong member of the St. Anne’s Society of St. Joachim Catholic Church, as well as the American Legion Auxiliary, Readsboro Historical Society, Readsboro Republicans, and the local Parent Teacher Group. She was also elected as a town auditor, and volunteered as an election officer and for the library. Of particular benefit to the children of Readsboro, she was an original member of the school building committee and a tireless advocate, working from 1955 until the new Readsboro Central School was built and opened in February 1962.
Mrs. Marchegiani leaves four children, Adrienne Farrar and husband Ronald, of Chester, Elliott Marchegiani and wife Elaine, of Londonderry, NH, David Marchegiani and wife Normajean, of Readsboro, and Leigh Marchegiani of Dover; and daughter-in-law Lori Marchegiani. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by Norman, her husband of 63 years, and her sisters Ann Bruno and Zita Francescott.
A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Vernon Green Advent Christian Homes, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354 or St. Joachim Catholic Church, PO Box 188, Wilmington, VT 05363.