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Margaret M. Gallagher

1930 - 2021

 

 

Margaret “Peggy” (Maher) Gallagher, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away March 1, 2021. Peggy was born in Malden on December 21, 1930, the oldest girl in a family of seven children. Peggy’s father died when she was a child, giving her a lot of responsibility at a young age. She helped her mother with household duties, and also helped care for her younger siblings. She attended Immaculate Conception School and Girls Catholic High School, where she followed the business career path. Peggy was always a good student, loved by her teachers who were nuns from the School Sisters of Notre Dame Order. She was so close to them, that when she married, two of the nuns sang at her wedding.

Peggy met her husband, Gene Gallagher, at a USO dance. They were married at Immaculate Conception Church on July 7, 1951. Gene was in the Navy, which meant that Peggy accompanied him and lived in several states. When Gene had overseas assignments, Peggy would return to Malden to be near family. They had three children and Peggy was a wonderful military wife – taking care of the household and children, while still communicating with Gene regularly. When their house in Malden was sold in 2014, several boxes were found – Peggy & Gene had kept all of their correspondences to each other during Gene’s 30 years in the Navy. It was tough being a “single parent’ of sorts, but Peggy found ways to keep the children’s lives as normal as possible. They always went on vacations, enjoyed day trips to local sights, and partook of local activities, such as the 4th of July Parade and fireworks.

Peggy was a very hard worker – working at multiple businesses in and around Malden (Sinclair Company, Converse Rubber, Jordan Marsh), but her final position was at the Middlesex County Courthouse in Cambridge, where she worked in the Registry of Deeds.

Peggy was known for her love of knitting and crocheting. She could knit/crochet anywhere – watching TV, on long car rides, etc. Her handiwork was beautiful and coveted by all who saw it. She shared her talent by donating afghans, blankets, sweaters, hats, mittens, etc. to various fundraisers as well as just giving them to friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Peggy was a devout Catholic, often attending daily Mass, and participated in Novenas for special causes.

After Gene retired, he and Peggy traveled together – enjoying trips to Hawaii, Florida, California, even abroad to Ireland.

Peggy is survived by her devoted children, Maureen Scheuch (Charlie) of Cumming, Georgia, Eugene Gallagher Jr, of Danvers Ma, and Kathleen Long (Mark, deceased) of Ormond Beach, FL. Peggy was blessed with four grandchildren, who she doted on, Kristin Surette (Jeff) of Danvers, MA, Dorian Gower (Micah) of Cumming GA, Matthew Gallagher (Katarina) of Beverly MA, and Devyn Buschow (Justin) of Carrollton TX. She also had 6 great grandchildren, Karlee Surette, Tommy Surette, Ellie Buschow, Joel Buschow, Madelyn Gower, and Gwen Gallagher.

Peggy had numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. One niece, in particular, Nancy Adams (Bruce) of Malden, was very close to Peggy, and especially caring and helpful during her final days.

She was predeceased by her parents Maurice and Anna Maher, and her siblings James Maher, Thomas Maher, William Maher, Alice Gravallese, Maurice Maher Jr. , and Mary Ellen Maher.

 Funeral Services will be held from  the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem Street, Malden on Friday, March 5 at 9:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant Street, Malden, at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.  Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 4th , from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) .

 

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