Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 4, 2013

Marcia Elizabeth Therese Young

Durham, NH — Marcia E. T. Young, died on June 19, in the arms and at the home of her daughter. She was born on October 3, 1939, in Waterbury, Conn., to the late Marcel and Grace (O’Connell) Young. Marcia was raised in Connecticut and was a graduate of St. Mary’s School, Meriden High School and the College of New Rochelle. She was a German and Latin scholar, and did graduate work at Hofstra and Loyola Universities.

Marcia was married to and divorced from the late Frank J. Di Ceglie. They are survived by their only daughter, Dr. Suzanne Marcia Marcel Young.

Suzanne was, as Marcia's friends best expressed, “the light of Marcia’s life.” She was beyond proud of her daughter’s Ph.D. in amino acid metabolic mechanisms and isotope chemistry from Harvard University, into which Marcia inserted every comma and served as “grammar police” - a task she has performed for numerous papers and books her daughter published. She and her daughter traveled the world, including to the rocket launch carrying her daughter’s equipment to Mars. She then joined her daughter out at Phoenix Mission Control several times while her daughter worked for NASA. Marcia attended a great many of Suzanne’s lectures at the universities where Suzanne teaches, conferences, and even had her sharing exciting research talks with Marcia’s own elementary school students. Marcia’s school, students and staff have their name on a disk on the planet Mars as a result of their long interest and connection with Marcia’s daughter.

Marcia taught German and Latin in Hill House High School and other high schools. After her daughter was born, she taught in the elementary public schools of Andover, Mass., for over 40 years. Her biggest passion was educating young children and her life was dedicated to them. Her true second family was the teachers and staff at High Plain Elementary School in Andover, where she concluded her teaching career but showed up for years after retirement helping in all ways, from taking special reading groups, to supporting the staff and substituting in classrooms. She never left them as it was always about her heart, not the job.

Marcia is survived by her daughter, Suzanne and son-in-law, Geoffrey Dixon; her sister, G. Ursula Y. Butler and husband, Michael D. Butler; her nephew, Christopher Marc Butler and his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Marc and Catherine.

Her life was dedicated to small, young people, who were to her just that – people – not just kids. St. Charles is a very special place where beautiful and wonderful little children end up, whose lot in life was simply to be born where they would not be loved and well-cared for. Marcia and Suzanne supported them with both time and resources. They did crafts, projects, and played with the children all summer long and on every holiday. Suzanne always goes weekly to help with homework, play, read, and just generally love and give joy to the children. There aren’t really the words to explain what a special, amazing and important place St. Charles Children’s home is. The home and the children are very dear to Marcia and her daughter.

Doing anything for them would be the most precious way to honor Marcia’s life in a way that gives and lives on, and in which she found the uttermost importance – supporting young lives.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private wake was held at the Conte Funeral Home in North Andover, and a private family burial took place in Connecticut, where she was buried next to her father. To offer online condolences, please visit

Donations may be made in her memory to St. Charles Children’s Home, 19 Grant St., Rochester, NH 03867, or by calling 603-332-4768.