The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 9, 2004


Margie McCormick (center) and daughters Erin (left) and Shelley prepare for a walk for ovarian cancer in Boston on September 14, 2003. (Courtesy photo)

Marjorie Alice Milani McCormick

Marjorie (Margie) McCormick of Bedford, Massachusetts, formerly of Carlisle, died on December 16, 2003. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October 2000, Margie successfully battled the disease until a second recurrence last fall.

An active volunteer for many causes, Margie started as a Brownie Scout leader during her first elementary school teaching assignment in Pennsylvania in 1967. In Carlisle, Margie was active in the Red Balloon Nursery School, including service for one term as president. In addition to organizing toddler playgroups on Acton and West Streets, she later organized a Brownie Scout troop and recruited new adult leaders in this effort. As a member of the Carlisle Recreation Commission, she was instrumental in a successful fundraising project for two new town tennis courts. To improve what she perceived as unfairness in the conduct of Town Meeting, Margie ran unsuccessfully for Moderator.

Margie served as a volunteer and later as a board member of Common Cause of Massachusetts, working in a campaign to create the State Ethics Commission to oversee government operations. After volunteer efforts on behalf of the unsuccessful presidential campaigns of Paul Tsongas and Ross Perot in 1992, Margie became a devoted, energetic volunteer and later fundraising board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. During her last three years, Margie became an active member and volunteer for fundraising projects of ovarian cancer groups in Massachusetts and southwest Florida. Her last volunteer fundraising project occurred just a few days after receiving a worrisome report of disease recurrence and just days before surgery.

Margie passed away peacefully, surrounded by her daughters Erin and Shelly McCormick of Brighton, Massachusetts, and husband William McCormick of Bedford. She also leaves a brother, Frank Milani of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and a sister, Marlene Milani Friedman, of Andover, New Jersey.

Margie was a graduate of Bloomsburg State Teachers College and later received an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She was a board member and officer of two privately held, Massachusetts-based medical device companies.

A memorial service honoring Margie's life and many volunteer efforts was held on December 27, 2003 at the First Religious Society, Carlisle. Contributions in her memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, P.O. Box 1783, Lowell, MA 01853-1783.

Our sympathy to ...

Valerie Holt and her family of School Street on the death of Valerie's mother Shirley White Zucker, age 95, formerly of Arlington, who died after a brief illness on December 31.

Larry Bearfield and his wife Robin Emerson of North Road on the death of Larry's mother, Mary L. (Tramontozzi) Bearfield, age 81, on December 31.

Debbie Bentley RIBA, of Heald Road has been chosen to represent Boston in a traveling exhibition that celebrates diversity in the architecture profession globally. Unlike many other professions which reflect the rich mix of society, the architecture profession is dominated by white men. DiverseCity Exhibition illustrates the work of minority architects, and is intended to inspire women and other minorities to enter and stay in the profession. The exhibition, which started in London, was displayed in Boston over the holiday period and now travels to Los Angeles, Australia, New Zealand and China and then returns to various cities in the US this summer.


HEADING TOWARD THE GOLD. Troop 2642 of the Carlisle Girl Scouts recently earned the silver Award. Pictured from left to right are leaders Lynn Knight and Nancy Risso; Silver Award recipients Cassi Knight, Allie Bryant, Heather Risso, and Sarah Khederian, and Patriots Trail Girl Scout council representative Lou Ann Kelly. These young women worked with the battered women's shelter in Lowell and accomplished many other leadership and community activities to earn this award. The group will now pursue the highest award of the Girl Scouts­the Gold Award. (Courtesy photo)

COVERING THE CARLISLE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. Seventh grader Matthew Koski attended the December 16 Carlisle School Committee meeting as a requirement for his citizen of the community badge for Boy Scouts. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)


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