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Bruno C. Marchegiani

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Mr. Bruno C. Marchegiani, 90, of 407 Country Side, died Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, 2005, at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, following an accidental fall earlier in the day at his home. He was a former longtime resident and businessman in Monroe Bridge, before his retirement and move to Greenfield in 1986.

He was born in Readsboro, Vt., on Dec. 17, 1914, a son of the late Giuseppe Marchegiani and Albina (Santorelli) Marchegiani. He was educated in Readsboro schools.

He began his working career with the former Readsboro Cash Market in Readsboro, until the outbreak of World War II. He entered the U.S. Army in May 1942 and served with the 422nd Infantry Regiment for 42 months, including 39 months overseas in Iceland, Ireland, England, France and Germany.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and African, European and Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for his service. Following his honorable discharge on Oct. 24, 1945, he returned to Readsboro and the Readsboro Cash Market until he moved to Monroe Bridge in 1948.

He became associated with the former Deerfield Club and Lunchroom on Mill Street, Monroe Bridge, in 1950 and purchased the business in the mid 1950s operating the business until he retired and sold the business in 1986. He was a member of the Monroe Bridge Town Finance Committee and the Monroe Historical Society. He was a communicant of St. Joachim’s Church of Readsboro, where he served as an usher. He also was a member of the building committee for the new St. Joachim Church Hall and a member of its former Holy Name Society. He was a 60-year member of Walter Case Post No. 29 American Legion of Readsboro, and enjoyed sports as an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team and the New England Patriots football team. In his younger years, he played baseball as a member of the Readsboro Italian AC’s baseball team. He enjoyed music and for many years, he played trumpet with the former Readsboro Band until it disbanded in the 1970s.

He also enjoyed dancing and maintained his reputation of being an excellent ballroom dancer.

Following his retirement, he moved to Greenfield in 1986 where he was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church of Greenfield and enjoyed playing golf as a member of the Country Club of Greenfield.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Gloria P. Passardi whom he married on June 12, 1948, in St. Joachim’s Church of Readsboro. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Scaia and Ida Scaia, and four brothers, Celso “Tony” Marchegiani, Leno Marchegiani, Vergilio Marche-giani and Emilio Marchegiani.

Funeral services for Bruno C. Marchegiani will take place Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim’s Church, Tunnel Street, Readsboro, with the Rev. Joseph Tate, pastor, officiating.

Burial will take place in the springtime in Village Cemetery, Readsboro.

Calling hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapel, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, are Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, from 2 to 5 p.m. Donations in his memory are suggested for Blessed Sacrament Church, St. Joachim Church or the Monroe Historical Society through the funeral home.

Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 28, 2005
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