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Patricia (Barrett) Maggio

SOUTH EGREMONT — Patricia Maggio, born in Uhlenhorst, Germany, on Nov. 28, 1929, died at home in South Egremont on Feb. 27, 2019, following a period of declining health after a stroke in 2017.

She was the daughter of William and Clare Barrett and was raised in Switzerland with her brother, William, and her sister, Rosemary. 

The family moved to Pelham Manor, N.Y., in 1940. She graduated from Pelham High School and the Rhode Island School of Design, Class of 1953. 

In 1956 she married Joseph Peter Maggio in Paris, France. Joe and Pat raised their children in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., moving to South Egremont in 1973.

Pat worked for many years as an interior decorator for the New York City-based family firm of J.P. Maggio Design Associates. Her projects ranged from stately brownstones to Manhattan penthouses. She had an excellent sense of style and an artistic eye.

Gardening was her most avid interest, second only to the New York Times crossword puzzle. 

Having grown up in the Alps, she was a lifelong skier. Pat also loved playing tennis, cultivating a loyal group of women friends, whom she called the “Tennis Goddesses.”

Patricia Maggio is survived by her children, Peter Maggio and his wife, Ellen, of South Egremont and Tia Maggio of Millwood, Va.; her sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and William Dircks of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren, Isabella Sperduto and her husband, Andy Martell, of Brooklyn Heights, Alice Maggio, of South Egremont, Charlie Sperduto of Washington, Madeleine Maggio of Alford, Mass., and Eliza Maggio of South Egremont; and her infant great-grandson, Theodore Martell of Brooklyn Heights. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph P. Maggio; and her brother, William Barrett.

A celebration of her life is planned for a later date. 

For those who wish, contributions in Pat’s memory may be made to the Berkshire Children’s Chorus, P.O. Box 18, Sheffield, MA 01257, one of “Nonnie’s” favorite charitable organizations.

Arrangements are under the care of the Birches-Roy Funeral Home in Great Barrington.