Marie A. (Micalizzi) McClanahan

March 22nd, 2018

Marie A. McClanahan (Micalizzi), age 78, of Woburn, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 22, 2018.

Marie was born on June 8, 1939 in Chelsea, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Anthony and Antonia Micalizzi. Marie was raised in a large and loving Italian family who moved to Wilmington in 1948. She was educated in the Wilmington public schools and graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1957.

Shortly after graduation, Marie embarked on a career with the United States Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford which lasted more than 40 years. Marie had a great work ethic, thirst for knowledge, and winning personality; all of which made her so successful in her job. Marie was involved in several projects including coordinating student job shadowing at the Base and she was very active in the Armed Forces Committee for many years where she was a former officer. Marie’s efforts throughout the years did not go unnoticed and she was the recipient of the Diversity Committee Award.

In her early days working at Hanscom Air Force Base, Marie met the “love of her life”, Roy McClanahan; the couple married in 1961 and settled in Wilmington where they raised two wonderful children Kathryn and Roy. Marie cherished her role as a mother; she loved her family unconditionally and was always there to support them in whatever they were involved in. Marie and Roy, along with their family enjoyed many great years together before his untimely passing in 1988. Marie also looked forward to spending time with her siblings and their families; in her later years she took over as the “matriarch” of the family and it was a role she truly cherished.

Marie was very outgoing, kind, and generous towards others; she went out of her way to help anyone in need and was a true friend to many. Marie had a great sense of humor, she lived her life to the fullest and loved to be the “life of the party”. In her spare time, Marie enjoyed going to the Theatre and the “Pops” with her posse of girlfriends. She will be fondly remembered for her sense of fashion and for always looking like a “million bucks” wherever she went.

Marie was quite a lady in every sense of the word; she always made a difference in every life she touched. Marie will leave quite a hole in the hearts of those she loved and she will forever be missed.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late Roy P. McClanahan, devoted mother of Kathryn Gallucci of Wakefield and Roy McClanahan & his wife Denise of Woburn. Cherished daughter of the late Anthony J. Sr. and Antonia (Olivari) Micalizzi, dear sister of Anthony Micalizzi, Jr. of Wilmington, Guy Micalizzi & wife Jan of Rockport, Joseph Micalizzi & wife Jean of Naples, FL, and Jacqueline Sapp & husband Michael of Dracut. Marie is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, March 26th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 25th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Marie’s name may be made to YWCA of Lowell Administrative Offices, 97 Central Street, Unit #302, Lowell, MA 01852.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Marie A. (Micalizzi) McClanahan”

  1. Judson Miller says:


    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

    Having lost my MOM in 1999, I know the pain you feel.

    Hugs to you.

    Judson Miller

  2. Janice Lapham says:

    Aunt Marie will always be in my heart as the strong head of the Micalizzi family “The Boss”. No matter what was going on in her own life she took a moment to pause and ask what was going on in your life and listen with a compassionate heart. She will always be my friend, my family and in my heart. She even let me bring store bought food to all family events and found it funny when I tried to pass it off as my own.
    She loved her family and loved to take care of them, it was her passion. There wasn’t a day that went by that she wasn’t taking care of or thinking of her brother Anthony and we will continue to take care of his needs for her, I will bring the kids to visit “Nonno” and keep him smiling.
    Marie, know how much you are loved and we will miss you, we will celebrate your life and not mourn you but remember your strength and love.
    All my love and admiration,

  3. Pauline Froebel says:

    Words cannot adequately convey how extraordinarily exceptional Marie was…truly, truly one of a kind….singularly unique….loving, generous, sincere, kind, intelligent, hard working, fun-loving, and always, always giving of herself selflessly to others—a wonderful mom; a cherished sibling; a terrific aunt; and a very dear and greatly treasured friend……..simply an angel on this earth who enriched all who were fortunate enough to know and love her….what a profound, profound loss for us all….our hearts are broken because we will miss her so…….but comforted by the fact that she is now happily with God for sure…heartfelt condolences to Katy, Roy, and her entire family…..God bless!

  4. Sue Griffin says:

    Roy and Dee
    So sorry for your loss.
    Dee I know how much she was a Mother and friend to you.
    Marie will surly be missed

    Take Care
    Wayne and Sue

  5. Barbara Boccelli says:

    Dear Kathy ….. so sorry for your loss …. your mom was a wonderful woman …may she Rest In Peace along side your dad … together again …. love and prayers to you and your family ..

  6. Connie Laughlin says:

    So sorry to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  7. Claude E Piotte says:

    I met Miss Marie Micallizzi informally when I joined the Wilmington Class of 1957 three years after she did. My first and lasting remembrance of her presence was when, sitting behind her in the eighth grade, I decided, as any thirteen year old might, to pull her pigtails. (No, we didn’t have inkwells in 1953).
    She reacted quickly piercing my arm with a very sharp pencil and I wore that mark for thirty years.
    I never expected that, when our lives crossed again, when she joined the Reunion Committee many years later, that she would not only claim to not remember the occasion, (I found out later that she was just being her usual nice self),but that we would become fast and true friends.
    As Volunteer Communicator of WHS57 I can testify that she was loved and will be sorely missed by all of her remaining classmates.

  8. Maureen Ahern says:

    Dear Kathy, Roy, Denise, Tony, Guy, Joe and Jackie and families,

    I am so sorry she had to go so soon. She was the best “mom”, sister, aunt and friend anyone could ever have. She always said she was blessed but it was all of us who were for having known her. I think back over the 50 yrs. I have known her and all I can think of is her smile and laughter. She was so upbeat. Ready for anything. She was loved by family, friends and co-workers. She was part of my family and I can’t imagine of not having her in it. She was a “social butterfly” and loved every minute of it. Maybe it was the “Italian” in her that she was very proud of. Whatever created her personality, it was one of a kind. I have been talking to her these past couple of days, she doesn’t answer but I know she hears me. I will continue to do that. She was so proud of Kathy and Roy. Nice testament to a great Mom. She spread her “wings” around to so many especially her family. I hope she bumps into Frank and Elvis as they will be so happy that she did it “her way”. To the Queen holding Court……xoxoxoxo You will be so missed. Will watch for the “feathers”……God Bless

  9. Susan A. Hutchinson says:

    Marie…… I will always remember your laugh the most, which was like champagne bubbles…easily released and so enjoyable to witness! Your smile was infectious, your personality so warm, your friendship so real…I will never forget our Angel Meditation group and how you hosted us all in your warm and loving home. Even though it’s been a while, it was like yesterday to me. Say hi to the angels for me.

  10. Diane Miller says:

    Dear Kathy and family,

    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. May many wonderful memories uplift you and your family. Thinking of you.

    Diane Miller

  11. Jeanelle Jordan says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Marie’s passing. I came to know this delightful lady 5 years ago when she invited her friend Dee (my neighbor) and me up from Ga. for a visit. We had such a wonderful time with Marie showing us the beautiful sights of her beloved New England in the Fall. I will remember this gracious and loving lady always.

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