The funeral will be held Thursday, November 18th, from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 84 Salem St., Fitchburg. Burial will follow in Saint Bernard’s Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, November 17th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home. The family respectfully requests that face masks be worn during these events.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Bernard’s Elementary School, 254 Summer Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420.
Marianne K. DiConza
March 5, 1947 – November 12, 2021
Marianne K. (Lanczycki) DiConza, 74, died peacefully Friday, November 12, 2021, after a short illness, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. She was born March 5, 1947, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late John J. and Katherine H. (Olejasz) Lanczycki. She was the beloved wife of 38 years to the late James G. DiConza, who passed away April 22, 2008.
Marianne graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, the Chandler School for Women, and the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 40 years, first at St. Luke’s Hospital, Burbank Hospital, and Leominster Hospital, and later at the office of Dr. Michael Golden. After retiring from nursing, Marianne was a secretary at Saint Anthony of Padua Church and Saint Anthony School, and most recently she was an aide at Saint Bernard’s Elementary School. She was also a Eucharistic Minister, as well as a member of the Sons of Italy, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Worcester County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
Marianne was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend. She was exceedingly kind, caring, and unselfish, whether she was helping a sick friend, providing a sympathetic ear, or calling her daughter every day “just to check in.” She made friends wherever she went and loved spending time with them over a good meal, and she always looked forward to lunch dates and shopping trips with her daughter. Marianne enjoyed traveling, especially cruising to Bermuda and Alaska, touring cathedrals in Italy, and spending weekends in Portsmouth with her “Burbank girls.”
She leaves her heartbroken daughter, Suzanne L. Huizenga, and her husband, Jared, of Worcester; two brothers, John J. Lanczycki, Jr., and his wife, Lynn, of Ludlow, and James J. Lanczycki and his wife, Alice, of Somerset; one sister, Barbara H. Boothe of Savannah, Georgia; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews; and many good friends who will miss her terribly. Marianne was also the sister of the late Joseph J. Lanczycki and Richard J. Lanczycki.