We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Smith - Mallahy - Masciarelli FH - Fitchburg
Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother
FITCHBURG – Mildred Lorraine Wilbur passed away peacefully on July 1, 2022, at The Highlands in Fitchburg, MA at the age of 101.
She was born on May 7, 1921, in Fitchburg, MA, daughter of the late Jacob and Saima (Laitala) Rajala. Millie graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1939 and was a Gold F recipient. She graduated from The Chandler School in Boston, MA in 1941.
Millie was a secretary at the Simonds Saw and Steel Company after graduation from The Chandler School. In October 1941, she went to Washington, DC to work for the War Department General Staff. She was the Administrative Secretary to the Chief of the Officers Branch of the Personnel Division. Millie was one of the first civilian employees to move into the new Pentagon in 1942. She enjoyed attending Army/Navy football games while in Washington. After the war, she returned to Boston and became the Placement Director at The Chandler School. She and high school classmate Leon E. Wilbur Jr., Marine Corps Veteran, were married and lived in Fitchburg in 1947 and had two sons. They enjoyed dancing on Saturday nights and vacationing in Ogunquit, ME in the summer. They observed their 50th Wedding Anniversary prior to Leon’s death in 1997. In 1959, she became the first Director of Volunteer Services at Burbank Hospital. Later, she was a receptionist at Barkley & Dexter Labs, Inc. In 1982, she retired as the Secretary to the Executive Director of the North Central Massachusetts Mental Health Association.
Millie was a former member of Rollstone Congregational Church and President of the Kandlelite Club. She was also a Cub Scout Den Mother at the church. Millie was a member of the WWII National Museum in New Orleans, LA and a member of the Finnish Center at Saima Park. She was an avid Red Sox and Celtics fan. She dearly missed her lifelong friend and classmate Mildred Preston who passed at the age of 97. Millie attributed her long life to her Finnish Heritage. She was a caring and loving mother and grandmother and her family meant everything to her.
Millie is survived by her two sons, Steven S. Wilbur and his wife, Janice of Fitchburg, MA and Rodney L. Wilbur and his wife, Victoria of Gardner, MA; her seven grandchildren, Michael Wilbur and his wife, Kristi of Lucas, TX, Deanna Wilbur and her fiancé, Derrick Bennett of Fitchburg, MA, Scott Wilbur and his wife, Dianna of Fitchburg, MA, Jacob Wilbur and his wife, Jessica of Fitchburg, MA, Jesse Wilbur and his partner, Breana Dew of Wareham, MA, Julie Meskauskas of Gardner, MA and Rene Snow and her husband, Jim of Fitchburg, MA; sixteen great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Millie was predeceased by her stepmother Ellen (Asquith) Rajala.
There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held in the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made in Millie’s name to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Second Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or online at https://www.autismspeaks.org/?form=donate or to The Finnish Center at Saima Park, P.O. Box 30, Fitchburg, MA 01420.
John F. Masciarelli and Terresa