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 Norma J. <I>Zanghi</I> Agati

Norma J. Zanghi Agati

Death 7 Dec 2010 (aged 81–82)
Burial Swoyersville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Norma J. Zanghi Agati
December 7, 2010

Norma J. Zanghi Agati, of Kingston, passed away at home on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, following a brief illness. She was a daughter of the late Angelo and Genevieve Cartesano Zanghi.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Norma relocated to the Wyoming Valley upon marrying her beloved late husband, Guy A. Agati.

Norma graduated Valedictorian from Philadelphia High School for Girls. She received a full merit scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania and then earned her master's degree in education from Temple University. Norma also earned her real estate certification and an associate's degree from King's College.

In her early career, Norma taught at Temple University, Wilkes-Barre Business School, and Wyoming Seminary. Norma held the position of vice president in her husband's primary business, Superior Millwork Co., an architectural woodwork and cabinetry company located in West Wyoming. Norma was both founder and president of Rosewood Realty of Kingston, a real estate management and development company, which she operated until her death. Norma's long and distinguished career extended into various civic, church, and community organizations. Community boards and involvements include the Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Saint Michael's School for Boys, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, Catholic Youth Center, Hoyt Library, Luzerne Law and Library, Allied Services/John Heinz, Wilkes-Barre Ballet Co., Fine Arts Fiesta, American Red Cross of Luzerne County, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Ethics Institute of NEPA, Citizens' Advisory Board of Kingston, and the Kingston Zoning Board.

Norma placed great value on education and was involved in a number of educational boards as well. She was on the board of trustees for Marywood University and King's College, as well as the Founder's Society at King's College. She was on the Parents' Council at Bucknell University and was their chosen commencement parent speaker in 1984. Norma served as the Northeast Pennsylvania chairperson for the University of Pennsylvania Secondary School Committee. She was active in Wyoming Seminary's Parents' Council and chaired their annual fund drive. She also established scholarships in her late husband's memory at Bucknell University, King's College, and Marywood University. Norma served on area bank boards including the Hanover Bank of Pennsylvania and, later, First Valley Bank. She was the first woman in the Wyoming Valley to be appointed as a bank director. While banking, education, and business involvements were undoubtedly a big part of Norma's interests.

Norma's primary focus and devotion was to her church and her Roman Catholic faith. Norma served the bishop on the Advisory Committee to Catholic Education, the McGowan-Mercy Foundation, the Advisory Board for King's College Center for Ethics and Public Life, and was the first woman to be elected president for the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the Serra Club. She also served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and acolyte with Saint Ignatius of Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Kingston. Norma was a member of the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre, and Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter.

Norma enjoyed vacationing at the beach at Avalon, N.J., and her home in Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla. She enjoyed traveling to New York and Philadelphia for cultural events with her family. She especially cherished sharing in events and activities with her grandsons.

Norma was preceded in death by her adoring husband, Guy Angelo Agati.

Norma's legacy will endure through her devoted family; daughter, Maria Agati Edmunds and husband, H. Scott Edmunds, of Kingston; daughter, Angela Agati Norcup and husband, Stephen Norcup, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandsons, Scott David Edmunds and Guy Angelo Edmunds; sister, Marion Zanghi Sammartino and husband, Col. Angelo Sammartino, Oceanside, Calif.; as well as nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning from the Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston.

Entombment will be in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday evening.

Published in Times Leader on December 9, 2010.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 62714515
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Norma J. Zanghi Agati (1928–7 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62714515, citing Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Rich Fedoush (contributor 46805205) .