Marianne L. McVoy
  • In lieu of flowers honor Marianne's memory with a contribution to The First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
  • First Congregational Church
    19 Church Road
    Shrewsbury, MA 01545
  • A charity of your own choosing that supports musical programs, particularly bellringing or choral.
  • Music program of your choice

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
Share This Obituary
Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Marianne by adding your memories and photos.



Memories & Candles

“I thought about Marianne as I always remembered her birthday, I thought I'd try to find her on Facebook, when I came across her obituary. I am very...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Ellen Schraeder "Richards" - SC

“Rick and family, Though I did not know all of you well personally, I always felt I did through my mom, Lennea Gregg, your co-worker and carpool...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Judy Gregg Ostrosky - Shrewsbury, MA

“Rick, Chris and Jeff, Jayson and I are so sorry about the loss of your wife/mother. We remember all the good times in the scouting years. The...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: elaine vadenais - shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Rick, Chris and Jeff; We were so sorry to hear of Marianne's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We have fond memories of times spent...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Charles and Norma Emerson - MA

“Rick, Chris, Jeff, and Chelsea,We were so sorry to hear about Marianne's passing. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to you at this time....Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: robert maietta

“I met Marianne through Sue Phyfe who played with me in the Shrewsbury Summer Band. At that time, she was directing the Shrewsbury Congregational bell...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Coleman - Slatersville, RI

“Dear Rick, We were so shocked and saddened to learn of Marianne's death. Our love and deepest sympathy are with you. Bill and Barb Jones ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Jones - IN

“Dear Rick, I am so terribly sorry to have learned the awful news about your wonderful wife! I send deepest sympathies to you and your sons and want...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Sandra Landau - Worcester, MA

“Dear Rick, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife. I can tell that she was the light of your life. Please accept my sincere...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Green

“Marianne I will always treasure your friendship. Be at peace. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Carol haller - shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Rick and "Boys," I fondly remember Marianne as an energetic, intelligent, capable lady with a "can do" attitude. I always respected her. My...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Ina (Cael) Barrett - Norwood, MA

“Happy memories radiant when I think of Marianne Rick and their boys Chris and Jeff we shared many hours on the road at swim meets and Boy Scout...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Dr Peggy howarth - San Diego, CA

“Dear Rick, Chris, Jeff, Chelsea and family, I am sorry for your loss, Mrs. McVoy was always a kind and patient person. I know she was proud of her...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Andy Skeates - Oxford, MA

“Since first meeting the McVoy clan over 30 years ago, Marianne was almost like a second mum to me as Chris and I endeavored to get into trouble...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Glenn Gould - Barrington, NH

“Dear Rick, Chris, Jeff, Chelsea, and the McVoy Family, From the first day I walked home from Paton School to your home on Daniel Road to spending...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Matthew Moynihan - Old Greenwich, CT

“Rick, Jeff and Chelsea, Chris, and the entire McVoy family,I cannot express enough sympathy for your recent loss. I did not know Marianne very well...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Rick Dunn - Worcester, MA

“Marianne was a sweet and loving lady. I knew her from the Church Secretaries Conference that we attended for many years. She was always quick to...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Cynthia Montalvo

“Rick, Jeff and Chelsea, Chris, and the entire McVoy family, I am so saddened for your loss. Marianne was such an amazing person. I have known her...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kristy Savoy - Franklin, MA

“The McVoy Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you struggle with such an incredible loss. She was such an amazing woman and her...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Kerrie Topi - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Jeff, Chelsea and McVoy family, My heart aches for you all during this most difficult time. Marianne was such an amazing woman, this world...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Erin Holt - Auburn, MA - Friend


Marianne Louise (Marshall) McVoy, passed peacefully to the arms of our loving Lord early Sunday morning, September 23, 2012 at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester after spending most of her last day on earth with her loving husband, Rick. She put up a heroic fight against an aggressive, non-standard gynecological cancer. She was 62.

Born in Lafayette, Indiana on August 31, 1950 the only child of John T. Jr. and Frances E. (Sutherberry) Marshall, she grew up in many places (NJ, CA, HI, and CT) as a "Navy brat." She graduated first from Glastonbury (CT) High School and then from the University of Vermont in 1972 with a degree in Medical Technology. It was there that she met her husband, Richard S. McVoy. They married June 2, 1973 and moved to Grand Forks, ND, while Rick finished his graduate degrees. There she worked as a med tech in the local hospital. Their first son, Christopher A. McVoy, was born there.

When they came back east to be closer to family they settled in Shrewsbury and she worked at St. Vincent Hospital as a med tech. Their second son, Jeffrey M. McVoy, was born in Worcester. In order to raise the boys Marianne took a job as Financial Secretary at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury where she has worked for more than 25 years. More recently, she has been the Business Manager at the church.

Marianne led a very active life around her many interests. While the boys grew up she was active in supporting many of their activities, such as scouts and swim teams. She was also active with vocal and hand bell choirs and the Vacation Bible School at the church; bridge groups; and a recipe group. Later her love of music and talent led her to an auditioned hand bell choir, Merrimack Valley Ringers, and a series of Sweet Adelines choruses, the latest being the international champion Millenium Magic Chorus of CT.

Several years ago she and Rick moved into "her dream house in the country," a log home of her design in Petersham, MA. There, in more quiet times, she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, reading, and entertaining friends and family.

Marianne had so many circles of friends and family who have been providing love and encouragement through this ordeal. Included among them are the many wonderful medical staffs at: St. Vincent Hospital (especially the nurses and PCAs of 35 South), UMASS Memorial Hospital (Memorial Campus, especially the nurses and PCAs of 5 South), Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital and the Jewish Healthcare Center. Rick and the family wish to thank them all for their thoughts, prayers, and acts of support

Her mother, Frances E. (Sutherberry) Marshall, predeceased her.

She is survived her husband, Richard S. McVoy of Petersham; her sons, Christopher A. McVoy of Rocky Point, NY, and Jeffrey M. McVoy and his wife, Chelsea, of Gardner; father, John T. Marshall, Jr., of Leominster;

Family and friends will honor and remember Marianne's life by gathering for calling hours in Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center, on Friday, September 28th from 4 - 8PM and again on Sunday, September 30th in The First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road where her funeral service will be celebrated at 3:00PM. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers honor Marianne's memory with a contribution to The First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or a charity of your own choosing that supports music programs, particularly bellringing or choral.