Michael J. Maggio, 92, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Friday, January 7, 2022, one day shy of celebrating his 67th wedding anniversary with loving wife Sue D. (Davis) Maggio. Mr. Maggio, lovingly referred to as Mickey/Uncle Mickey, Poppy, and “Maps Maggio” was born in Norristown but a longtime resident of Boyertown. His greatest loves were his wife, family and friends and service to his community, all of whom are better for having known him and will miss him dearly.
Mickey was one of eight children born to William and Lillian Maggio of Norristown. In addition to his beloved wife Sue, he is survived by one brother, William Maggio, and two sisters, Mary Fineran and Rosalie McKay. He was the loving father to five children (listed with spouses): William and Vijay Maggio, Leigh Anne and Thomas Landis, Michael Maggio, Susan and Ed Lockowitz, Aime and Jeff Davies. He left behind 12 grandchildren (also listed with spouses): Anthony Maggio, Nicolas and Brittany Maggio, Will Maggio, Jasmine Maggio, Sophia Maggio, Alisa and Ethan Stehman, Kaleena and Toby Struebing, Dan and Adrienne Wolfgang, Tiffany Angstadt, Ed and Miriam Lockowitz, Britta Davies and Lahi Salas, Mycah Davies; 11 great-grandchildren: Evan Maggio, Emma Marie Maggio, Megan and Sean Rutter, Ellie Stehman, Tayvin Struebing, Adrianna Fuller, Julianna Bostick, Aubrey Angstadt, Lyla Angstadt, Malachi Angstadt, Willow Davies; and one great-great-granddaughter, Amelia Rutter. He is preceded in death by four siblings: Charles Maggio, Elizabeth Feliciani, Lillian Couchara, Anna Lenard; and one grandson, Dustin Angstadt.
His family owned a butcher shop in Norristown where he could be found working from a very young age. Michael graduated from Norristown High in 1947 and was the last surviving member of the infamous “Norristown Buzz Boys.” He put himself through college playing basketball, cleaning the RCA vacuum tube factory, and waiting tables. He attended both Wesley College (‘49) and Franklin and Marshall (‘52), where he obtained a BS in physics. He retired from the research and development department of Cabot Corporation, Gilbertsville. From the 1960’s well into the 2010’s, Mike and Sue’s house on 4th Street was the hangout for their kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and all of their friends. Their doors were always open whether you needed food (“Oodles of Noodles” and pots of soup), advice, clothing, homework help, driving lessons, a place to sleep, or a couple bucks.
Mr. Maggio also spent much of his time in service to the Boyertown community and was honored in 2003 as Boyertown’s “Citizen of the Year.” As well as being a member of the Boyertown Lions’ Club for 40 years, he was treasurer of the Boyertown Community Ambulance Building, involved with the local emergency management team and board of health, and served as both a catechism teacher and as an usher at St. Columbkill Catholic Church. Every holiday, he could be found marching in the parades and putting up the town’s American flags.
Michael also enjoyed many sports and activities. He loved watching Boyertown and Philadelphia sports, was a skier (and was so excited to get to ski for free after he turned 70), basketball player, and golfer. He loved camping (his five kids plus friends in a station wagon) and vacationing with his wife and family. He traveled all over the US as well as to Asia, Africa, and Europe. He loved to read, draw, garden, and paint and was a great thrifter and repurposer who enjoyed fixing all manner of things with the materials he had on hand.
His dedication to his loved ones and desire to help others is a legacy that his family will never forget.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Boyertown Lions’ Club ℅ Nancy Weller.
Services will be private at the request of the family.