After 40 years on the St. Mark's staff, William A. Wiedergott III retired. On Thursday, September 6, Custodial Services manager John Tedeschi and members of the School's custodial crew traveled to the Wiedergott house in Northborough to present their longtime colleague with an official St. Mark's chair to honor his retirement.
The oldest son of legendary St. Mark's coach and athletic director Fritz Wiedergott, Bill Wiedergott began working on the St. Mark's staff in 1978. Over his 40 years on the job, he worked for both the groundskeeping and custodial departments, contributing much to his four decades as a St. Mark's facilities staffer.
Over the 153 years of the School's existence, only seven other members of the St. Mark's staff have served for 40 years or more. John Mauro, who first hired Billy Wiedergott to be on his groundskeeping staff in 1978, holds the record, with 58 years on the job. His father, Joseph Mauro, worked at St. Mark's for 45 years. Other SM staffers with four decades-plus service include receptionist Sandra Campbell (45 years), housekeepers Katherine Megley (42 years) and Abbie Ahern (41 years), secretary Dorothy Herrick (41), and librarian Elvera Bianchi (40 – back when librarian was considered a staff position). In 2004, Bill Wiedergott was among the very first recipients of the Frederick M. Burr Staff Prize, honoring his years of service to the School.
"As our longest tenured staff member, Bill has seen the School undergo many changes over the years," stated SM Chief Financial and Operations officer Rob Kuklewicz. "We thank him for his contributions to our community. Please join me in wishing Billy all the best in this next chapter of his life."