Paula F. (Kirby) Macione
of Chelmsford


Paula F. (Kirby) Macione a longtime resident of Chelmsford passed away on June 13, 2018. She was born October 4, 1936 to Paul Kirby and Julia (Doyle) Kirby of Arlington, MA.

She was the beloved wife of Peter J. Macione with whom she would have celebrated 55th wedding anniversary on November 23, 2018.

Paula was a proud graduate of Matignon High School of Cambridge, MA with the Class of 1954. She graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Chemistry from Regis College and received her Masters in Education from Boston State College.

She was an extremely popular and highly respected teacher of chemistry at Burlington High School for thirty nine years where her husband also taught until her retirement in 1999.

Paula was a communicant of St. Irene Church in Carlisle, MA and formerly St. Mary Parish in Chelmsford, MA. She loved spending winters with her husband in St. Augustine, FL where they owned a home together.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Justin A. and his wife, Michele Macione of Abita Springs, LA, two grandchildren, Andrew and Lindlee of Abita Springs LA, a sister-in-law, Margaret Kirby of Holland, OH and a brother-in-law, John Kitowitz of Woburn, MA as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by a brother, the late Robert Kirby and a sister, the late Rosemary Kitowitz.

Her wake will be Tues. from 9 to 10am at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD, MA followed by A funeral mass at 11A.M. at St. Irene’s Church Parish, 187 East Street, Carlisle, MA. Interment will be at San Lorenzo Cemetery in St. Augustine, FL.  Memorials may be made in her memory to Burlington High School Scholarship Fund, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803.  Guestbook at Funeral Arrangements by DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-256-4040.


June 19, 2018
Dolan Funeral Home


June 19, 2018
10am Funeral Home / 11am Church
St. Irene Parish Mass 11am
Carlisle, MA
  1. Mike Leone says:


    I am sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. She was a tremendous teacher who inspired me and I know many others at BHS over her long and distinguished career. You can be assured that she will be fondly remembered by all her students not only for what she taught us about the sciences but also about life. I am very sorry about your loss. Mike Leone

  2. Gloria Vitale says:

    Whenever I think of biology, sciences, green, foliage, leaves growing, I think of you
    You were so positive, and our cheerleading coach.
    The Reunion was great seeing both of you there.
    You were both great teachers!!!
    God pless you all.

  3. Joe Leone says:

    Ms Macione was a truly great educator. She cared deeply about her kids. She was a major influence in my teaching career. Thank you for being such a great role model. Thank you for all you have done for Burlington High School for the past 60 years!

  4. Ed Stott says:

    Peter, Our sincere condolences.

    Paula was a very special person who has touched the lives of many and had made a difference in my life from the BHS days. When talking with classmates both your name and Paula’s repeatedly comes up as high school teachers who made a positive impact on molding who we are.

    We are fortunate to have know her and she will be missed.

  5. Cathy Kneizys Ibrahim says:

    Dear Mr. Macione, Justin, and family,

    Mrs. Macione was the best teacher I ever had. She inspired me to study chemistry in college and had a profound impact on my life. I still remember the day in chemistry class when electron configurations, that she’d been teaching us for days, finally made sense! She made learning engaging and fun and I will be forever grateful for her. I’m keeping your entire family in my prayers. God bless you. Cathy (Kneizys) Ibrahim

  6. Diana Jay says:

    Dear Pete, I was so sad to hear about Paula. I wanted to call you, but I will talk to you later because I know how busy you must be right now. I am going to try to get to Paula’s Funeral if I can arrange transportation. You and Paula are both in my thoughts and prayers.Once again, I am so sorry. Diana Jay.

  7. Sandra Sparrow says:

    Dear Mr. Macione, Justin and family,

    It was wonderful having Mrs. M for my chemistry teacher so many years ago, I learned so much from her that I carried through to my nursing career. She was alway patient, kind and understanding.

    We have shared many a phone call, cards and letters over these many years. Pictures from Andrew’s birthday parties and new grand daughter, so cherished. I have such fond and loving memories of Mrs. M. I can only imagine how you will miss her but know she is directing and teaching from above. May she rest in God’s loving arms. Prayers and thoughts are with you as you journey with her this last time. a warm hug, Sandra Sparrow

  8. Carmelina DAlleva says:

    Our Heartfelt Condolences to the Macione family. Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are forever in theirs, even if in memories. Paula was one such special person who will be in our hearts and minds forever. THANK YOU Paula for being such a great power of inspiration to our son, Paul @ BHS. Your love of teaching, wit, help, inspiration has remained in him through the years and very grateful to have had it.
    Our prayers and care are with the Macione family, Carmelina, Phil DAlleva and family

  9. Gloria Griffin Glauser says:

    Peter, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

    I still think of you and Paula as the young teachers you were when I was in BHS.
    I remember classes, my private tutoring in advanced biology, being coached in basketball and softball by “Miss Kirby”. She had a wonderful influence on me and I will treasure memories of her forever.

  10. Ed Mazilauskas says:

    Justin & Peter

    My sincerest condolences to the both of you.

  11. Stephanie Rosen says:

    Peter & Justin,

    Paula was a sister to Donna and she is bereft without her, as I’m sure you are. What a lifetime of memories. So much laughter & love.

    Our hearts are broken with her death. So very devastated for the loss of such an amazing wife, mother, friend, Godmother, sister & Aunt.

    Sending love
    Stephanie Young (Rosen)

  12. Diane (Torres) Roberts says:

    Peter, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Paula. She was quite the lady.
    It was a pleasure to have you as my homeroom teacher for my Junior and Senior year at what was at
    the time the new high school. And it was Paula who always found me in the ladies room trying to have a
    cigarette after lunch in the cafeteria. But I know she was chuckling to herself and always gave me a stern
    warning and told me to be on my way!! Wonderful memories of both of you.

    You both made our 25th class reunion at the Colonial so awesome mainly because you and Paula were sitting at our table.
    It was the year the girls decided to leave the menfolk home and we felt special that you wanted to sit with us. It is another wonderful memory. Please cherish them all and know that your lovely wife is smiling down and watching over you.

    Diane (Torres) Roberts Class of 1963

  13. Christopher Bartels says:

    You are in our prayers.

    -Chris Bartels

  14. Kerry and Marie Bartels says:

    You are all in our hearts and prayers.

  15. Allan Mazur says:

    My Sincerest Condolences to Peter Macione. Paula taught me so much more than Chemistry …. Her wit and witticisms will be missed during late night phone calls.

  16. Janet Piper Gebhardt says:

    Deepest sympathy to dear Peter over the loss of his beautiful soulmate. It was a delight to have you both at our 50th reunion last November. Paula was always a ray of sunshine in the halls of BHS. She was a role model and shining light for the female students. Her wonderful smile and personality welcomed the admiration and respect she received from her students. Her love ❤️ for her husband was so evident as they walked arm in arm. May her soul Rest In Peace as she reaps her rewards and blessings in Heaven. ❤️🙏🏻

  17. Elaine Focosi Treem says:

    To the Macione Family. Paula was one of my favorite teachers. She was kind, caring, funny, not to mention the wealth of knowledge she had to give. I’ll always remember the “Accepted Miss Kirby” stamp she put on the top of my homework papers. Heaven forbid you didn’t get that stamp! At the 50th reunion she actually remembered me! I was impressed!
    May her love and spirit live on in all of us. Rest in peace Paula.

  18. Elaine Romanias says:

    Paula was a dedicated teacher and role model to her students. She made a difference in their lives and they became life-long friends, as she cared about them and their futures. She always loved to talk to people and always had a hand up to help them with anything they might need. She never met a stranger. Paula loved life and truly will be missed by the many people who were blessed to know her. I was blessed to have her as a teacher and friend. Rest in Peace and God Bless your memory. Our prayers are with Peter and their son, Justin.

  19. Shelby Green says:

    The world has lost a real treasure in mrs Paula we are her neighbors in fla. And we dearly loved her as much as family . She cared about people and would tell you the way it was! We really appreciated her opinions and advice. Peter we are sorry for your and Justin’s loss .
    Sincerely Shelby and Jean Green

  20. Doreen Sheppard Began says:

    Peter and Justin,
    Paula was a bright shining star who made a great impact on my life. From high school and beyond, I truly respected her and enjoyed her quick wit. She will be forever remembered in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. Ed Chapdelaine says:

    My sincere condolences to the Macione family. As a long time colleague of Paula & Peter, I truly respected both as great teachers. I give thanks also as a Burlington H. S. parent, because Paula taught my son Eric, who has a Masters In Chemistry from Vanderbilt U and my daughter Pamela. Pere taught my son also. God bless you all. Ed Chapdelaine

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