Mildred (Millie) Anne Burger Mazzu formerly of North Adams, MA died peacefully at the age of 93 on January 1, 2021 in Venice, FL, where she had made her home since 2016. She was born June 8, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to Joseph and Mary (McCauley) Burger. Millie attended local Brooklyn parochial schools and was a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY, where she attained her Bachelor of Nursing degree.
She was married to Dr. Arthur Mazzu, a long time North Adams family physician, whom she married September 10, 1949. Her husband predeceased her in death, May 23, 1993. Millie met her husband at St. Mary’s Hospital where she was a nurse in training while he completed his residency. After their wedding, they moved to Ft. Knox, KY where Dr. Mazzu served in the army prior to being deployed to Korea at the start of the Korean War. After the war, she moved to North Adams with her husband to raise their family. Millie was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and occasional medical secretary for her husband.
An active communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, the former St. Anthony’s Church, Millie served as a long time religious education teacher and Rosary Society member, where she served in many capacities and held many different officer positions. She also served as a Eucharistic minister and lector, and was a dedicated worker for the St. Anthony annual bazaar. Millie was also a member of the Jollee Circle Club and the St. Anthony Bowling League.
Millie’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. Millie leaves behind her children; Dr. Arthur Mazzu, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth (Toohey) of Venice, FL , Maryrose Calnan, of Clarksburg, MA, Anne Cleary of Springfield, MA, Joseph Mazzu and his wife Lisa of Haymarket, VA., and Robert Mazzu and his wife Lisa of North Adams, MA; grandchildren, Gregory Mazzu and his wife Ericka, Dr. Daniel Calnan and his wife Heather, Andrea Mazzu and her fiancé, Daniel Riffe, Amanda Mazzu and her fiancé Greg Caple, Luke Mazzu, Adam Mazzu, Maria Mazzu and Michael Mazzu; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Mazzu and Remington Calnan.
Millie was predeceased by her siblings Eileen (Matthew) Gleason, Iona (Charles) Hanney, Edith Burger, Lucille (William) McEntee, Lorraine Hoffman, and James (Stacia) Burger. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews including her goddaughter, Iona Malanchuk.
The name Mildred means “gentle strength,” which she personified. She always showed kindness and generosity to all with the mildest manner, and the greatest heart. She also had a soft spot for animals. Her love and life will always be remembered.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Mildred Mazzu will be celebrated Tuesday January 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. A live-stream of the Mass will be available on the Flynn & Dagnoli Facebook page. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.