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Margaret M. (O'Donoghue) Galvin

Margaret M. (O'Donoghue) Galvin
  • September 2, 1931 - March 25, 2020
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

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“Frol, wife's family know that we are sending our deepest sympathy for you all. At this time of loss you are in our hearts and prayers. May her...Read More »
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“Frol your wife and family are in our prayers so sorry for your loss. May her memories shine bright with lots of love Our Deepest Sympathy for your...Read More »
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“So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mum. We have so many happy memories of your Mum at the dances in Metropolitan Hall. Your Mum was a...Read More »
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“I'm so sorry to hear about Margaret's passing. I have fond memories of working with Margaret in the kitchen at Larchwood Lodge when I was going to...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Holly Soulliard - Framingham, MA

“I will miss seeing Margaret. I was glad I had the chance to meet her and share a cup of tea with her. She was very kind and said I was always welcome...Read More »
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“Our deepest sympathy, and thoughts go to the Galvin, and O'Donoghue families.....Such great people, and may Margaret RIP....... ”
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Waltham—Mrs. Margaret M. (O'Donoghue) Galvin, of Waltham, died at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. She was 88.

Margaret was born in Co. Cork, Ireland on September 2, 1931. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Margaret (Sheehan) O'Donoghue. Raised in Killarney, Co. Kerry, she immigrated to the United States with her sister, Eileen, when she was seventeen. The two settled in Worcester before she made a move to Waltham fifty-three years ago.

Margaret had worked as a cook at Larchwood Lodge Nursing Home in Waltham until her retirement. She was very active at the Waltham Senior Center and was a faithful parishioner of Saint Charles Borromeo Church on Hall Street. Margaret loved her heritage, especially Irish dance and music. She could always be counted on to run Irish dances at the Metropolitan Dance Hall in Jamaica Plain on Friday nights for several years where she made many lifelong friends.

In addition to her parents, she is reunited in Heaven with her siblings, Timothy O'Donoghue and Christina O'Sullivan.

She leaves her husband, Timothy C. Galvin; her children, Michael C. Galvin (Beatrice) of Waltham, Patricia G. Underwood (Roger) of Woodstock, Connecticut, Cornelius J. Galvin of San Diego, California, John F. Galvin of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Timothy J. Galvin (Linda) of Waltham, and Kathleen M. Perry (Michael) of Ashburnham; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her siblings, Eileen O'Neill of Jamaica Plain, Mary Reilly of Auburn, Kathleen O'Malley of Worcester, Sister Rose O'Donoghue, R.S.M. and Michael O'Donoghue, both of Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland, and many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Margaret's family will honor and remember her life at a private committal service in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Calling hours and a Memorial Mass will be held when we can gather again publicly. Those service times, dates and places will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that you share a cup of tea and a piece of Irish bread with someone you love and tell them just how much you love them.