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Marjorie Ghilarducci

January 6, 2022

Obituary

Our beloved Marjorie “Marge” Ghilarducci died peacefully on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Her husband and soulmate, Cris, was by her side, and an adoring circle of family, friends and caregivers kept in close touch with each other throughout.

Marjorie Weinstein was born  in Dorchester, MA. She was the youngest of three daughters of Harry and Mollie Weinstein. After graduating from Massachusetts College of Art, Marge became an art teacher and shared her skill and passion for art with hundreds of budding artists.

 

She met Christopher Ghilarducci, the love of her life, in 1966. In the early years of their marriage, they and their two sons, Tom and Michael, lived in Colorado and Maine before finally settling in Berkley, MA in 1973.

 

It is no exaggeration to say that Marge leaves her distinguished mark, not only in Berkley, but also throughout the world. In 1984, she organized a group of proactive parents for the

sole purpose of bringing renowned scientists, entrepreneurs and artists into Tom and Michael’s schools. From this original seed, grew the prestigious Marge Ghilarducci Agency, representing performing artists on a national and international level and establishing “family entertainment” as a separate genre in the performing arts world.

 

Marge and Cris were extremely selective in choosing artists to represent their

agency. Ghilarducci artists needed to be commercially viable, but more importantly, they had to live up to Marge’s exceptionally high standard of what world-class art is or should be. Through their agency, Marge and Cris made sure that students in Berkley and beyond experienced the best arts programming in the world. For many of her artists, Marge was more

 than an agent; she was their "Mom." Even after Marge and Cris sold their agency in 2002, artists continued to visit. They were received with open arms and lavished with hospitality, warmth, and fine dining.

 

Marge was an energetic force in this world. It was rare to see her still. Throughout her life, she was connecting, coordinating, and creating. People of all ages were drawn to Marge.

Marge’s creative spirit is beautifully represented in many of Berkley’s landmarks, from the Berkley-Dighton Bridge to the Bridge Village Park at 70 Elm Street. Marge served as a devoted, conscientious, and scrupulous secretary on many committees including the Garden Club, the Second Half, Berkley Historical Commission, and the Friends of Bridge Village Park. She and Cris attended Selectmen meetings, where they presented ideas and suggestions for the benefit of Berkley citizens.

 

Marge was an effective fund-raiser and grant writer. Most recently she raised $200,000 for the “Myricks Project” — a project that shows Marge’s vision, tenacity and forward-thinking. The Myricks Project still remains to be completed, but if it comes even close to what Marge

 envisioned, it will be celebrated for years to come.

Marge and Cris loved working with Somerset Berkley High School students in the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) program. This program allowed Marge and Cris to share their business acumen with the future generation of leaders in business. Many of these young people continued to visit their mentors when they returned home from college, and they never left the house hungry. (Marge would have made cookies, muffins, and brownies for the occasion.)

 

Marge was an inexhaustible knitter. She outfitted dozens of toddlers with elegant sweaters from the moment they were born and continued to knit sweaters for children all over the country. She also loved cooking, baking, event planning, hostessing, gardening, handbells,

and keeping in touch with people.

 

 

Marge is predeceased by her parents, Harry and Mollie, and her sisters Helen Rubinoff and Norma Silverman. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Ghilarducci; sons, Tom Ghilarducci and Michael Ghilarducci; daughter-in-law Nancy Peirce Ghilarducci; grandchildren Simon Ghilarducci and Nina Ghilarducci; brother-in-law, Howard Silverman; nieces Nancy Rubinoff Tagerman, Karen Rubinoff Murray, Linda Silverman, Diane Silverman Gibson, Susan Ghilarducci Huiner, Beth Ghilarducci; nephew August Ghilarducci; many cousins, second and third nieces, and nephews and a legion of devoted caretakers and friends.

We’d like to thank Marge’s caregivers, Amy Kone and Rebecca Kiwanuka, for their expert, devoted, and much-needed help during the last months of Marge’s life.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 12-4pm in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., Taunton.

 

Her funeral will be held on Monday, January 17th at 9:30am with services to begin at 10am in the funeral home. Masks are required for all in attendance.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marge’s memory may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, www.braintumor.org.

 

To leave a message for the family, please visit www.hathawayfunerals.com

An Ode to Marge and Cris:

At the end of Life
What really matters is not
our riches
but what we have built
Not what we possess but what
we shared, not our bank account but our character, and not our success,
 but our significance.
Live a life that touches people.
Live a life of love and tenderness
The end

LOVE DEEPLY

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
January 16, 2022

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA 02780

Funeral Service
Monday
January 17, 2022

10:00 AM
Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA 02780

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