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Ernesta Jaros Marchand, age 94, died at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Born August 9, 1918, in Akron, Ohio, Ernesta led a remarkable life. She was the daughter of Ernest Jaros, advertising executive, artist and musician, and Zillah Hiedenheim, a graduate of Cornell 1902 and a fervent suffragette. Ernesta grew up in Columbus, Ohio and New York City and spent 2 years at Ohio State University before leaving college to marry the love her life, Nathan Marchand of Brooklyn in 1938. Ernesta and Nat moved to Greenwich in 1949 where she spent the next 57 years loving and raising 4 wild children who eventually surrounded her with 9 wonderful grandchildren and 2 marvelous and unusually intelligent great grandchildren.
Ernesta filled her life with music, art and poetry. She was an accomplished portrait painter who went on to change mediums from oil to needlepoint with amazing results. She participated in art shows in the area including those dedicated to her own works. She also expressed her artistry by engrossing Columbia University diplomas, as well as, their distinguished visitor letters with her calligraphy.
At the age of 44, she did something which was unheard of at the time. She went to Manhattanville College to finish her college education and graduated with a BA in Asian Studies. She subsequently received a Master's in Asian Art History from New York University's School of Fine Arts. As a result of her post degree research, Ernesta had articles published in Far East art journals. Ernesta's later years were devoted to charity and poetry. She loved her church, Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, which was not only the inspiration but also the recipient of much of her verse.
Ernesta lived a life full of color as could be seen in her fantastic sense of humor, the myriad of loving friends, her beautiful art and her luscious poetry, as well as, her impeccable style with matching hats and shoes.
Ernesta is survived by 2 daughters, Babette Pachence and Bonnie Jean MacDermotRoe, and 1 son, Anthony Marchand. Ernesta was predeceased by her husband, Nathan Marchand, and 2 daughters, Catherine Marchand and Mary Ann McLure.
Memorial Services will be held on 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, 139 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Connecticut. The family requests that all relatives and friends attending the service dress in bright colors instead of black.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are welcome. Please make any contributions out to the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich and mail to the church at 139 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Connecticut, 06870. Please note "In Memory of Ernesta Marchand" on any donation.
Published in GreenwichTime on May 22, 2013