Loved entertaining, music and decorating

DERRY, NH — Marianne Gillette, 77 of Derry, NH, formerly of Wakefield, MA died Tuesday, September 26, at the Elliott Hospital in Manchester, NH.

Born in Malden on February 26, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Eleanor (Gramstorff) Gillette.

Marianne was a longtime resident of Wakefield and spent many enjoyable winters in FL. She even lived in Puerto Rico for three years when her children were young. Her memories of Puerto Rico take up a big piece of her heart. She was a former paraprofessional at Timberlane High School in Plaistow, NH; an Activities Director at Windham Terrace Assisted Living; and Sarah Care of Hampstead, NH. She had fond memories of camping in Oxbow, NH with her family. She loved entertaining, cooking, children, music, dancing, decorating and was always very complimentary to others. She put everyone’s feelings and needs ahead of hers. Marianne loved spending time at Lake Massabesic under a shady tree. She enjoyed Italian food and a nice bowl of ice cream. She was most proud of being a mother of her two kids.

Marianne was the beloved mother of Kristen Gibson and her husband Steven of Derry, NH; and Brian Lawnicki and his wife Kimberly of Marshfield, MA. She was the sister of the late Gail Roberts; Carolyn Nordstrom; and Sue O’Brien. She is also survived by her longtime companion David Mathieu of Londonderry, NH; her former husband Robert Lawnicki of Weymouth, MA; and many cherished dear friends, nieces and nephews.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.  A graveside service will be held at the Lakeside Cemetery on Friday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Marianne’s name. For the online guestbook and directions, please visit