Published in the July 1, 2016 edition

Hannabury-obit-webBRANFORD, Conn. — Marie Dorothy (LeBlanc) Hannabury, 95, passed away at The Hearth at The Gardenside Assisted Living in Branford, Conn. on June 20.

Mrs. Hannabury was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, came to Chelsea as a young girl, was raised in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1938. She moved to Melrose in 1961 and lived in the city for over 50 years before moving to Branford, Conn. three years ago. Marie, like many other women, was part of the greatest generation who supported the war effort by going to work in the local businesses during World War II. After raising her family, she returned to work as a cashier at the First National Stores and then for Stop & Shop for over 30 years.

Marie was the wife of the late Francis J. Hannabury. She was the mother of Edward J. Hannabury and his wife Neena Sachdeva of Washington, D.C.; James F. Hannabury of Southbridge, and David J. Hannabury and his wife Susan of Branford, Conn. She was the grandmother of Jodi VanPraet and her husband Alan of New Hampshire; Eric Hannabury and his wife Alison of Lynn, and Samantha and Natalie Hannabury of Connecticut.  She was the great-grandmother of Michaela Mackin of Melrose; Madelyn, Adam and Cameron VanPraet of New Hampshire, and Reid, Cole and Luke Hannabury of Lynn.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose, on Friday, June 24. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home was held on Saturday, June 25, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church, Herbert Street, Melrose. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. To send a message of condolence, please visit