West Sand Lake - Marion “Mame” Laska-Grossetti Doyle, 88, of West Sand Lake, NY passed away on December 29, 2021.
She was born in Housatonic, MA on December 17, 1933, the daughter of Stanley “Brick” Laska and Blanche Magdalenski Laska. Upon graduation from Searles High School in 1951, Marion was employed by Western Union Company as a telegrapher, working various offices along the Atlantic Coast. In 1954, she became secretary to the Superintendent of Southern Berkshire Electric Company. That same year she married Primo Grossetti in Housatonic. In the early 1960's, Marion was part of the Barrington Racing Associates who owned and maintained the very successful stock car number 200 at Lebanon Valley Speedway. She was active in school PTA’s, Little League Baseball and South Berkshire Pee Wee Football in fundraising events for the children. From 1967 to 1980, Marion worked as a teacher’s aide for the Languages Department and Athletic Department at Monument Mountain Regional High School. She was a dedicated and loyal Spartan fan. In 1980, she took the position of Secretary to the Provincial of The Congregation Marians in Stockbridge, MA. She moved to Atlanta, GA in 1984 where she was a policy writer for Hartford Insurance Company. She married Edward Doyle in 1987 in Jasper, GA and in 1994 moved to Panama City Beach, FL. Mame then retired and became Vice President and Life Member of the Panama City Beach Women’s Civic Club. In 2008, she became a resident of East Greenbush, NY and four years later moved to West Sand Lake, NY. She most recently resided at Van Rensselaer Manor in Troy, NY where she passed away surrounded by the caring hospice staff.
Marion was a very devoted and loving mother. She rarely missed any of her sons’ many football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball games or track meets (often going to two games at different venues on a single day). Having all three of her sons serve in the United States Coast Guard was a tremendous source of pride for her. She loved watching NASCAR races and was a huge fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. She had an insatiable quest for knowledge, particularly when it came to nature and the animal kingdom. She played piano and painted in her younger days and returned to those activities in her retirement. Her needlework and stitching work were impeccably detailed and precise. Never one to tackle a project without giving 110%, Mame dove headfirst into her duties with the Panama City Beach Women’s Civic Club where she typed and edited the Club’s monthly newsletter and she spearheaded the creation of the Club’s 150-page cookbook. Wherever she lived, her friendships were deeply important to her.
She is survived by three sons: Mark Grossetti and his wife, Catherine, of Framingham, MA; Peter Grossetti and his wife, Jeanne, of Akron, OH; and Joseph Grossetti of Rensselaer, NY. She leaves a sister, Jane Laska. Her brother, Thomas Laska, predeceased her. She also leaves three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no public memorial service. Distribution of her remains will take place at a private family gathering at a later date. Memorial donations in Marion Doyle’s name may be made to The Mental Health Foundation (www.mentalhealthfoundation.org).
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