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Marianne Bernadette MacGregor
April 7, 1930 ~ February 9, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
We honor and remember Marianne Bernadette MacGregor, born to Bobby and Lyle Norris on April 1, 1930, who died on February 9, 2024 at 93 years old. She was a steadfast and loving mother to Kevin Lyle MacGregor, married to E.B. VanOtterloo; Janet MacGregor, married to Mike Nolan; Diane Crociata, married to Pat Crociata; and Laura Lanning, married to Ron Lanning. She was preceded in death by our father, John MacGregor.
At her core, our mom’s heart and soul was her family; she loved each and every one of them fiercely. She was loved in return by her grandchildren Pol Robinson, Alex Egan, Joanna Egan, Chris Crociata, Lauren Crociata Thornton, Olivia Lanning, Alison Lanning, and Erin Lanning. She delighted in a new generation of great grandchildren: Paige, Hunter and Lilly. There was always room in her heart for one more.
When Mom was nine she was excited to welcome her brother, Donald Norris, husband to Denise; followed by Robert Norris, husband to Bea; and then Richard Norris, husband to Diane. Sadly, her much-loved brother, Donald passed away suddenly last year. Three nieces Jocelyn, Kirsten, Larissa; and three nephews Donald Jr., Scott, Jason, and their own children simply meant more love to go around. She never forgot an occasion and was shopping for birthday cards just weeks before she passed.
There was never a holiday, party, picnic, or event that Mom missed. Her Thanksgiving dinners at the little Main Parkway house only grew, year by year, even though the square footage of the house did not. No one dared mess with her menu or leave off a dessert. Even as a young mother, Mom loved the beach, dragging coolers, playpens, life jackets and various children across the sand to the edge of the ocean. This was her happy place her whole life. We all remember the years of October picnics at Eisenhower (once Salisbury) Park that started with her cooking breakfast on grills and ended at dark after a day of burgers, dogs, and games. It was Mom who organized the first chop-your-own Christmas tree expeditions, complete with little flags for the caravan’s car antennas – when cars had antennas – a tradition carried on today by many in the family. From our very young days we all learned to play cards after the Sunday afternoon dinner was cleared from the table, sitting on her, or Granny’s, or Aunt Lillie’s lap. Mom was a card shark even at the end of her life.
So many people loved our mom and have referred to her as a wonderful friend and a great lady. We are sad to let her go, but she wanted to be with her parents, her Nana, Aunt Lillie, Aunt Julie, and her brother Donald. We take comfort that she knew it was her time. We will heal, but we will never stop missing her.
A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, 29 Atlantic Avenue, Floral Park on Monday, February 12, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lovingly remembering our mom,
Kevin, Janet, Diane, and Laura
Monday February 12, 2024 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home FP 29 Atlantic Avenue Floral Park, NY 11001
Monday February 12, 2024 6:00 PM Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home FP 29 Atlantic Avenue Floral Park, NY 11001
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