Marie Verna Tarquini, 82, formerly of Dresher, a teacher and community volunteer, died Thursday, June 7, of Alzheimer's disease at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler.
The daughter of Italian immigrants, Mrs. Tarquini grew up in Roxborough and graduated from Roxborough High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in early-childhood education at Temple University as a scholarship student. At Temple, she met her future husband, Francis J. Tarquini. They married in 1952.
While raising four children in Ambler and Fort Washington, Mrs. Tarquini was a Brownie leader and was active with the Ambler Junior Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters. In the 1970s, she and other league members began the first recycling program in Upper Dublin Township, her daughter Mindy Tarquini-Cassell said.