Marcia Helen Glackin

Marcia Helen Glackin, born Marcella Helen Zannis, age 92 of Tappan, NY passed away peacefully on October 26, 2023. She was born on September 4, 1931 to Demetrius James and Mary Zannis. Raised
in Washington Heights, New York City, she had six brothers and sisters. It was in the school yard of PS 132, while playing ping pong, that she would meet the love of her life. Harry. It was love at first sight for him, and from that day on Harry would make sure he was at Marcia’s side every minute he could.
Marcia held many jobs growing up including being a stock girl at Messenger’s Dress shop and a sales person at a chocolate shop where she would sneak tastes of the expensive candies that were meant for customers only. She worked the money room at Macy’s and as a dental assistant. It was while working at Allstate Insurance company as a switchboard operator that she got a call from Harry who proposed to her over the phone while serving in the Army in Germany. They were happily wed for almost 73 years. Marcia was a profound storyteller. She either had you totally captivated or peeing in your pants from laughter. She was known for her gift of storytelling, mischief, fun and generosity. She was the auntie that taught you how to stick bobby pins in the electrical sockets to watch them go flying across the room or how to melt Hershey’s Kisses and fling them out the window to stick to the building across the way. She was the parent who let her children melt crayons on the heater to watch them melt and create endless color patterns. Most of all, she was the person who both family and friends went to confide in. Often people spoke of her as their second mother because she made people feel welcomed, loved, and listened to. Even when she and Harry moved from Washington Heights to Tappan their home remained a refuge for family, friends, and neighbors. In Marcia’s house all were welcome. and all wanted to be there because they knew it was a place of joy, laughter, good food and fun – a place where you felt comfortable and at home.
When Marcia wasn’t caring for her family you could find her in her back yard caring for her garden. She had a deep and abiding love for gardening that was evident to anvone who visited her home. Her green thumb was legendary and her garden was a testament to her passion for nurturing life. She could make even the most ordinary flower bloom with extraordinary beauty. Her colorful garden mirrored Marcia’s vibrant personality. Whether it was a bouquet of fresh-picked peonies, well-tended roses, or a vegetable patch that produced an abundance of goodness, Marcia had a knack for making the world a more beautiful and bountitul place. One could say she had a knack for bringing both plants and humans back to life. Marcia’s kindness and generosity knew no bounds. and she touched the lives of many with her love and care. One knows she is now partying with her daughter, Chryse, her sisters, Cleo, Dee, and Katie, her brothers Bob, George, and Nicky, her Mother and her Yia Yia as well as George Barry, Nick Nickolaus, Maria Zannis and Jack. She is survived by her husband Harry Glackin, son and daughter-in-law Scott and Eileen Glackin, daughter and son-in-law Marialice and John Morgan, grandchildren Madelene DeLeon (Kris), Carl Marshall, and Dylan Morgan, and great-grandchild Milla Ziegenfuss.

Visiting hours are Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 2-5 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ.


  1. Love you , Marcia. Rest easy.❤️

  2. Such a kind and welcoming human being. Hilarious and side splitting laughter at her dining room table, along with delicious food. Such a loving woman. Thanks for the wonderful memories Marcia. God bless those near and far, near and far.
    Kim, Amber, Jessica and Christopher.

  3. Laura Vinelli-Graf

    My entire childhood was spent at the Glackin’s home. Marialice and I met when we were under the age of five, so Mrs. G. was my second Mom.

    Mrs. G. would run after me in the house to try to get me to sit down and eat. She always was there for me, listening to my crazy stories about my family, and boy were there many. I would go over to the house on many occasions just to sit down with her and have a cup of tea and cookies. We were talk about anything and everything. The parties at the house would always include Greek dancing through the house and out the back door into the yard. Chryse would be leading the gang.

    Every Spring my Mom and I would receive these beautiful bouquets of peonies from her garden. They were the best of friends. They would go for walks together and spend quality time at each other’s house. Cookie exchange at Christmas time was the best, exchanging finikia for crescents.

    She was as an amazing woman. I love you, Mrs. G.

  4. Nicole Olshansky Zannis

    Aunt Marcia I will miss you dearly I will miss all the stories you told and jokes that made us have belly aches from laughing. I will treasure all the moments we had together but most of all you!
    Love you always
    Nicole Olshansky Zannis

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