Shirley A. Massaglia

April 17, 1945 ~ December 4, 2020 (age 75)

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Marlborough- Shirley A. (Ercolani) Massaglia, 75 years old of Marlborough, died at UMass Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack. She was the wife of  Edward Massaglia for the past  53 years. She was born, raised and educated in Marlborough, the daughter of the late Sigifredo and Edna (Dufault) Ercolani. She was a graduate of Marlborough High School Class of 1964. Shirley worked for many years at Chrysler before becoming a Supervisor at Friendly’s where she spent 20+ years and went on to spend the last 20+years of her working career at the medical office of Drs. Ginsburg, Ginsburg and Feder before retiring in 2011. She was a dedicated Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and Sister, family was her number one priority always. She strived to make everyone happy. She could often be found with one of her sisters or watching cooking shows, Hallmark movies or the Game Show Network with her husband and boy did she love her Danielle Steel books! She loved to brag about her family to anyone who would listen. Her favorite role was Grandmother, aka “Noodles” to Anthony. She very much enjoyed every moment spent with him. Countless hours were spent cheering him on at almost every one of his baseball and football games. He was her pride and joy. She will be missed by us all.


She leaves her children, Sharon Massaglia of Marlborough and Peter Massaglia and his wife, Tina (Rood) Massaglia who she loved as her own; and her only grandson, PFC Anthony Massaglia currently serving in the United States Army stationed in Missouri. She is also survived by her siblings Richard Ercolani and his wife Barbara of Clermont, FL: Judith McConnell and her husband William of Westborough; Margaret Cahill; Patricia Perry; Muriel Ogar and her husband John; Nancy Adams and her husband David; Gale Lynch and her husband Tom; Alsenio Ercolani and his wife Kathy all of Marlborough; and Donna Downey of Hopkinton. She was predeceased by her sisters

Mary Hughes, Ann Clingan and Esther Lesieur; and brothers Fred, Joseph and Robert Ercolani. She was also survived by her Brother-in-Law, Paul Massaglia of Sierra Vista, AZ as well as many nieces and nephews. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday December 21 at 11:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, Prospect Street. Shirley’s Mass will be live streamed at and .  Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Southborough. Calling hours will be held Sunday December 20 from 2-5 PM in the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street. All are invited to sign Shirley’s online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough.



December 20, 2020

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Collins Funeral Home
378 Lincoln Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Mass of Christian Burial
December 21, 2020

11:00 AM
11:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Church

December 21, 2020

12:15 PM
Rural Cemetery
11 Cordaville Road
Southboro, MA 01772

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