Word has been received that Nancy (Pelgrift) Cogswell died November 24 in Falmouth, at the age of 96. A longtime resident of Longmeadow, she had recently moved to the Upper Cape to be closer to family.
She was the wife of Bradford Merriam Cogswell, who predeceased her in 1992.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, she was raised in Hartford and West Hartford and spent summers at the family cottage on Long Island. She was graduated in 1945 from Wellesley College with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics.
For the first part of her marriage, Ms. Cogswell raised her three children; was active as the president of the Wellesley Club, with the Junior League of Springfield, and in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield; and was a member of Faith Church in Springfield.
At the urging of a family friend in the late 1960s, she began what would become a successful career in residential real estate. She was a multiple sales award honoree and continued to work in the profession until she was 85.
In her later years, she enjoyed traveling to Europe with her husband and, after his death, with family to the Bahamas, Central America and Mexico.
She leaves three children, Judith Lowe, Charlotte M. Cogswell and Jonathan Cogswell; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and extended family.
A reception and celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, June 6, at Salter Storrs Library in Longmeadow. Further information is available from Jonathan Cogswell at firstname.lastname@example.org.