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Marion C. (St. John) Saucier
June 20, 1932 ~ October 18, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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LEOMINSTER- Marion Carole (St. John) Saucier, 91, of Leominster, MA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 18 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
Marion was born in Worcester on June 20, 1932, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, reflecting her bright, sunny, and spirited personality. She had many fond memories growing up in the city, including skating at Elm Park, attending baseball games with her beloved father, and her various classes at Commerce High School.
She met her husband, Ernest, when working at Clark University while he was a student. They married on July 4, 1953 and celebrated their 70th anniversary this year.
Together they lived in Grafton and Leicester before settling in Leominster in 1966. Marion became a long-time and enthusiastic employee at the Leominster Public Library, where she worked for 32 years before her retirement. She absolutely loved her job, her colleagues, and working with the patrons. In her words, “I had fun!” She was affectionately known as Marion the Librarian.
Marion was one of the kindest people one could ever meet. She especially enjoyed American and world history, geography, music, current events, and, of course, books of all types. She avidly followed the news of the day as broadcast by BBC News, as well as Leominster City Council and other city-related meetings to be knowledgeable about municipal events. She loved to learn every day.
Marion and Ernie also enjoyed riding throughout the New England countryside, and made several trips across the United States, including some adventures by cross-country train.
She loved trees and, with the help of an arborist, planted and cultivated apple trees in her backyard. It was especially fitting that her ultimate departure took place during the height of the beautiful and brilliant fall foliage season, by the scenic and peaceful Quabbin Reservoir.
Marion had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her 95-year-old husband, Ernest, she is survived by her daughter Deanna and husband Kevin Fitzpatrick, son Gregory, and daughter Annette and husband James Ermini; grandchildren Erin Fitzpatrick Carter, her husband Greg, and sister Katelin Fitzpatrick; and great-grandchildren Kennedy and Benjamin Carter. Marion also fondly leaves many nieces and nephews and their families.
Marion is predeceased by her mother, Eva, and father, Herbert St. John, who greatly influenced her life as a compassionate WWI Medic and Pitcher for the U.S. Army Baseball Team at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD. He also was a Founder of the Worcester Chapter of the American Legion.
The family would like to thank the staff at Quabbin Valley Healthcare for their extraordinary care and kindness as well as Dr. Edward Kamens and Lisa for their excellent assistance. A special thank you is sent to Marion’s exceptional home care team—Brenda and Iren of Visiting Angels, Joyce of Companion Caregivers, Elizabeth of New Beginnings, and the staff at Aging in Place. A special thank you is also sent to Marion’s long-time hair stylist, Steven of Genesis Salon, for his extraordinary care, kindness, and repertoire of songs.
A private burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, per Marion’s wishes.
May she rest in eternal peace, love, and happiness.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.