Pueblo Central Hall of Honor 2014 Inductee

Lucille Paglione Corsentino (1959)

Lucille Paglione graduated from Central in 1959 after attending Lakeview Elementary and Corwin Junior High. In June 1960 she married her high school sweetheart, Bob Corsentino. Their first son, Danny, was born August 25, 1961.

The family moved to Temple, Texas in 1967 for Bob to complete a training program with the Rockwool Insulation Company, which was run by his brother Joe. Tragically, Joe and his wife were killed in an airplane crash in January of 1969, leaving Bob and Lucille the legal guardians of their seven children ranging in age from college freshmen to fourth-grader. Not long afterwards Lucille gave birth to her second biological son, Joey.

After the children were raised, Lucille went to work as a realtor for Century 21 in Temple. She received several sales awards and the distinct honor of a top producer for Century 21. She and her family relocated to Pueblo in 1987. Lucille went to work as an assistant in commercial loans at Minnequa Bank. They built a house on the Mesa and Bob was finally able to do what he'd always wanted to do: farm. Lucille continued in banking until Minnequa Bank sold to Vectra and she retired from Sunflower Bank in 2008. She also worked in the funeral and cemetery business with Roselawn, George F. McCarthy and Imperial.

Sadly Bob was diagnosed with cancer in September 1997 and Lucille cared for her husband for 18 months. In 2009 Lucille noticed that Roselawn's grounds were deteriorating rapidly. The beautiful rose garden had been removed and many gravesites were infested with gophers. When she complained to the Roselawn administrators, she was ignored and promises were made for an indefinite future. After being invited to a board meeting, she was denied admittance and told that minutes were confidential, for board members only. She knew that she was not the only person with problems with lack of grounds maintenance and uncaring attitudes.

Lucille decided to form a group called Concerned Citizens for Roselawn Cemetery (CCRC), in July 2011. Many friends and colleagues joined to assist her. In November 2011 she and Tom Murphy of Trinidad, asked State Representative Wes McKinley to introduce House Bill 1068 at the January 2012 session. This bill called for lot owners to be able to attend cemetery board meetings, access financial records and receive copies of board minutes.

Lucille and CCRC members drove to Denver many times to listen and testify at numerous legislative sessions. Many times she was told that HB1068 didn't have a chance. Those nay sayers only stiffened Lucille's resolve. 1068 became law in May 2012. Almost immediately Roselawn's board resigned and was replaced by a new seven person board and new director, Kevin McCarthy.

Improvement began with community involvement and was aided by the generosity of the LaVert Hoag Founation and the Bob and Doris Johnston Foundation. Visitors who hadn't been there for three or four years are pleased at the restoration. In 2009 Roselawn was deteriorating. Now, thanks mainly to the fierce determination of Lucille Corsentino, Roselawn has a new beginning and one day will be restored to the Pueblo Jewel we all remember.

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