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Margaret A. 'Peg' Foley (Zamansky)

Margaret A. 'Peg' Foley (Zamansky)
  • May 31, 1937 - July 11, 2020
  • Worcester, Massachusetts

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“Peggy:Our first meeting with Peggy was in l965 when we were clearing our lot on Walnut St to build our first home. Peggy came over to welcome us. ...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Joanne and Jim Powers - Naples, FL

“I am a friend Peg's since the age of two when we grew up together in Whitinsville and were together all through our school years. Although life got...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Anne Hurston - Wayland, MA

“I didn't know Peg well, except for the fact that she was the mother of an exceptional student of my mother's, Marcy Plavin, and cherished friend and ...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Lynda Fitzgerald - Annapolis, MD

“I'm so sorry about Peg, I was her patient 30 some odd years ago at Haelen, allergy shots for 3 years...Peg was always the one, she was sooo nice that...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Lynne Haddad - Webster, MA

“Didn't see her obituary. Would have loved to visit with the family. I was a neighbor from Walnut Street. Our kids hung out together. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Eleanor Phillips - Worcester, MA

“Peg was an incredibly wonderful person, that I had the pleasure of knowing thru Haelen and Dr. ZamanskiWe leaned on each other when she was going...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: steven cadoret - STERLING, MA

“It is impossible to think back on my childhood without having memories of Peggy. I had the pleasure of growing up as a neighbor of Peggy's. She was a...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Kim Ellis (Powers) - Charlton, MA

“Peg was a big factor in my life. We were St Vincent Hospital School of Nursing roommates in 1958 when her Worcester Tech beau at the time brought...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: rosalie graveline - Cope Cod, MA

“Dear Dr. Zamansky, so sorry to hear of Pegs passing she was such a joy to speak to and work with thru our contact at Clinton Hospital Same Day...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Marianne Tencati. LPN - Coworker

“Such a gift to know her. May her radiance continue to fill us with light.Much love to all the family, especially our dear friend Katey.Love and...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Andrea Reilly - Waban

“Peg was a very special and dear friend to us and our family. Peg and I began our friendship many years ago when our daughters became best friends....Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Janice & Mark Chumsae - Wells, ME

“May your family find comfort in the Faith and may you Rest In Peace Dear Lady. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Dr. Timothy C. Hoffman

“Peg was so helpful following the surgery Dr. Zamansky skillfully performed on my septum in 1999. She was so sweet, caring, and knowledgeable. My...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Lynda (Morin) Wasilewski - MA

“Katie & Family,So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a special woman whose smile and personality lit up every room. Fond memories of...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Coghlin - Shrewsbury, MA


Peg Foley counted every day as a blessing. Her home was always where her heart was most content, and it is where family and friends gathered to grow in love and friendship, share in happiness and hardship, and where unconditional acceptance greeted you at the doorstep.

Margaret Ann McGuinness was born on May 31, 1937 in Whitinsville, daughter of the late Gordon L. and Lillian A. (Casey) McGuinness. She grew up in Whitinsville and graduated from Northbridge High School where she enjoyed her time on the swim team and the tennis court. Her early years were shaped by three special people in her life: her adored grandmother, Margaret Demague, and her aunt and uncle, Katherine and Tim Horan. Through them, she learned lessons that defined and sustained her throughout the rest of her life: kindness, love, and commitment. She wove these values into a successful 40-year career in nursing, where her care touched the lives of thousands of patients and their families.

She earned her nursing degree from Saint Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing where she built lifelong friendships. Her work at St. Vincent's Hospital introduced her to Worcester native Thomas Francis Foley Jr. whom she married at Saint Patrick's Church in Whitinsville on February 20, 1960. Tom (a former Shrewsbury Selectman) and Peg made Shrewsbury their home for over 40 years in the beautiful house Tom built on the then quiet and secluded Walnut Street. Together they raised four children in whom they instilled a strong sense of individualism, creativity and generosity.

Friendships were equally important to Peg, and her early 'sewing circle' of young Shrewsbury mothers, as well as close neighbors and their children brought her great joy. She delighted in the fact that her home was filled with the people she loved. She could break into an impromptu a Capella rendition of 'Summertime, 'Laura' or 'Edelweiss' while cooking a meal for her ever-growing family filled with grandchildren she adored. She was a voracious gardener, perhaps owing to her love of St. Therese de Lisieux (The Little Flower). She could revive any wilting plant, as well as create a springtime garden of peonies, lilies and hydrangeas to rival the best. She struck up conversations with anyone who crossed her path, and she had the unique ability to make people feel special and "seen," even if she was meeting someone for the very first time.

She enjoyed a long career in nursing at both St. Vincent's Hospital and later at Haelen Medical Center where she worked over two decades. Her small acts of caring and thoughtfulness were a medicine that didn't require a prescription, and it was in that spirit she cared for Tom when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1989 until his death in August 1995 at the age of 60.

Life as a widow brought new challenges but she faced them with that same grace and strength which she exhibited throughout her life. When she married Dr. Marshall Zamansky on October 11, 2003 in Worcester, she embarked on a second stage of her life with a renewed sense of adventure and excitement. It was a wonderful, love-filled sixteen years of traveling, enjoying good wine, and spending summer weekends in Newport. You could always find Peg and Marshall along the sidelines of soccer games, at dance recitals, holiday get-togethers and graduations where she took great joy watching her many grandchildren grow.

Peg passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020, much as she lived: surrounded by her loved ones and in the warmth of the home she created. She was 83.

In addition to her much loved Marshall, she leaves her children, Thomas F. Foley (Katrina) of Shrewsbury, John T. Foley (Darlene) of Scituate, Michael C. Foley (Yannick Nombalier) of St. Petersburg, Florida and Paris, France, and Katherine Stephans (John) of Waban; her grandchildren, Meghan DiRico (Joey), Sean and Grace Foley, Matthew and Madison Foley, Thomas John (TJ) and Andrew Stephans; Marshall's children, Nicole Lombardo (Keith) of Westport, Connecticut (Julia, Luca, Matteo) and Noah (Caroline) Zamansky (Lila and Chloe) of Los Gatos, California.

Peg was waked from her home on Summerland Way in a private family service. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Peg's life of service as a nurse with a donation in her name to the Massachusetts Nurses Foundation Scholarship Fund, 340 Turnpike Street, Canton, MA 02021-2711. This foundation directly helps students in the pursuit of excellence in the nursing profession: www.massnurses.org/mnf/scholarships

Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home.