Mary Ellen Lacina, 67, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at UMass Memorial Hospital–Clinton after a courageous battle with cancer. Born and raised in Locust Point, Bronx, New York, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Dolores Lacina (White) and stepdaughter of Charles White.
Mary Ellen moved to Marlborough, MA, as a teenager and graduated from Marlborough High School in 1973 and then graduated from Quinsigamond Community College. She worked many years for Bose Corporation, Holtrachem Inc. and recently retired from Kronos Incorporated where she worked as an IT Specialist. Mary Ellen also enjoyed her time working part-time as a waitress at local establishments like Marlborough Country Club and Pastimes, where she met many lifelong friends.
“To Know Her Is to Love Her…” Mary Ellen treated everyone she knew like family. She had a special gift of brightening up the room wherever she was. She had a profound love of music and was able to turn every function into a party. She loved to attend the sporting events of her brothers, nieces and nephews, and most recently her great-nieces and nephews. Mary Ellen loved watching all local professional sports teams on the television, especially the Boston Celtics where she was a former season ticket holder. She is survived by her brothers, Rick Lacina, Jr. and his wife Michele of Marlborough, Jack Lacina and his wife Coleen of Hamburg, NY, and Bill Lacina of Roanoke, VA, her nieces and nephews, Rick Lacina, III and his wife Lori, Melissa O’Malley and her husband Brian of Hudson, and Marsia and Jack Lacina, Jr. of Hamburg, NY, five great-nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, including Lisa McGrath who was by her side throughout her battle.
Mary Ellen did not want her friends and family to mourn her at a wake or funeral. Per her request, she will be buried with her parents in Old St. Raymond’s Cemetery in New York and there will be a Celebration of Life party held locally at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
PO Box 849168, Boston MA 02284