Marjorie Monaghan Passes Away, Wife of Domino’s Founder Tom Monaghan
Marjorie Monaghan, Wife of Domino’s Founder Tom Monaghan, Passes Away at 83
Marjorie Zybach Monaghan, the beloved wife of Thomas S. Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, peacefully passed away in her Ann Arbor, Michigan home on Monday, July 3, surrounded by her loving family. With a profound impact on her family’s life and the Domino’s Pizza legacy, Marjorie leaves behind a remarkable legacy of love, dedication, and humility.
Marjorie, known as “Marge,” shared a 60-year-long journey of love with her husband, Thomas S. Monaghan, and together, they were blessed with four wonderful daughters: Mary Beagle, Susan Staub, Barbara Monaghan, and Margaret Marcantonio. Her devotion extended to her ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who held an exceptionally special place in her heart.
Born on January 17, 1940, in Bay City, Michigan, Marge was the second of three children to Robert and Elsie Zybach. She pursued her education at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, where fate intervened, and she crossed paths with Thomas S. Monaghan in 1962. Their story began when he delivered a pizza to her dormitory while she worked at the switchboard. They fell in love, and Tom proposed on their third date. Their union in matrimony took place on August 25, 1962.
Marge’s steadfast and unassuming nature became the bedrock of their family. Their early years together were marked by hard work and sacrifice, as she lovingly raised their four daughters while Domino’s Pizza faced numerous challenges and triumphs. Their commitment was unwavering, and Marge’s support provided the foundation for their family and the success of Domino’s.
In the company’s early years, Marge handled bookkeeping and later managed payroll, personally distributing paychecks to headquarters employees. She was a well-known and respected figure among the Domino’s team.
Marge had a deep love for holidays, with Christmas being especially close to her heart. She dedicated months to preparing for this special occasion, ensuring it was a day filled with joy for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her meticulous gift-wrapping and devotion to creating memorable family gatherings during the holidays were cherished by all.
Her love for Christmas extended beyond her family, leading to the renowned Light Display at Domino’s Farms. Additionally, she established and owned a Christmas store, Silver Bells, in Dundee, MI, allowing her to share her love of Christmas with others throughout the year.
Marge found joy in life’s simple pleasures, including reading and knitting blankets for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and children of Domino’s employees. Her loyalty to family and friends, coupled with a strong work ethic, defined her character. Despite Domino’s Pizza’s incredible success, she remained humble and grounded.
Known for her playful nature and a deep affection for animals, Marge had a special place in her heart for her golden retriever, Sasha, and, in her later years, her beloved cat, Smokey.
Marjorie Monaghan will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her legacy of unconditional love, devotion to family, and genuine humility will continue to inspire those she leaves behind.
Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday, July 9, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Nie Family Funeral Home, Liberty Road Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, July 10, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
The Monaghan family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Marge’s caregivers during her final years, as well as to friends for their support, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time.