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Marie Fazzone Little

Date of Death: March 9, 2014

Date of Birth: November 21, 1926

Biography:

Marie Fazzone Little, 88, passed away on March 9 at Midcoast Hospital

in Brunswick after a period of failing health.  She was attended by her two loving

sons John B. Little III of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Max P. Little of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Her beloved husband, John B. Little, Jr. had died in 1991.  She was pre-deceased by her brothers Anthony, Patrick, and Frank Fazzone and her niece Susan Fazzone.  She is survived by nephews Patrick, James, Raymond, and Tom Fazzone and great-nephews Patrick, Andrew, and Gregory Fazzone and great-nieces Stephanie and Alexandra Fazzone.

 

Marie was born into an Italian immigrant family in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

She kept many of the cultural traditions of her forebears while

finding her own way with great independence and strength of character.  She

was the first woman in her family to attend college -- first Connecticut College,

then the University of New Hampshire, and finally Washington University in Saint

Louis, Missouri where she did all the course work for a Ph.D. in political science.

She taught political science briefly at Elmira College in Elmira, New York, and

later for many years at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.  She was

a student of American and international political systems and in later years a faithful

MSNBC viewer.  She always loved to discuss politics and debate public policy 

and inspired many of her students to pursue careers in related fields.

 

She retired from teaching in 1987 and moved to Maine in 2000 to be near

the seacoast and the ocean she loved.  She lived for many years at the Highlands

in Topsham where she made many friends and had recently moved to HillHouse in

Bath at the time of her death.

 

In this area, she served for several years as a volunteer at Midcoast Hospital

and the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Soup Kitchen.  She was a voracious reader,

and participated in two different book groups in the Brunswick-Topsham

area for a number of years.  She was an avid duplicate and "kitchen" bridge player

and had recently begun playing bridge online as well.  In earlier years, she

played tennis regularly and she still followed professional tennis with great

interest.  She also grew to love the Red Sox even though all of her family

had been Yankee fans when she was growing up.  While she was still able to do so,

she faithfully attended the Saturday matinee simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera

with friends and was developing a taste for Wagner to match her initial love of

Italian opera.  At first with her husband and later on her own, she traveled

extensively to all parts of Europe, Russia, Turkey, and South America with Elderhostel and other guided tour groups.  She treasured all the memories from those trips.

 

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