Galka, Avis M.

September 19th, 2011
Avis M. (Nary) Galka, age 91, wife of the late Peter B. Galka, died Monday, September 19, 2011 in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

She was born in Wilmington, Massachusetts on January 27, 1920, the daughter of the late Elmer and Myrtle (White) Nary. She was the fourth of six children. Avis resided in Wilmington for more than 79 years before moving to Lancaster, New Hampshire with her husband in 1999.

Avis was a homemaker all her life. She loved the beach and the great outdoors. She also loved cooking, baking, swimming, camping, and driving. Most of all she loved her husband, her family and her dogs. She will always be remembered as a courageous woman; a loving wife, mother and grandmother; a great friend; a wonderful care giver and a shining example for all.
Avis is survived by her brother Norman Nary of Northwood, New Hampshire; her daughters, Avis Constantine and her husband Guy “Sonny” of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts; Donna Rooney and her husband John Silas “Si” Hopkins of Lancaster, New Hampshire; Dawne Marie Micalizzi and her husband Michael of Wilmington, Massachusetts and her grandson Sean Brennan of Methuen –whom she raised as a son– and his wife Karen of Methuen, Massachusetts. Avis was also mother to the late Marlene Brennan of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Avis is also survived by seven other grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great great grandchild , many nieces, nephews, and her faithful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ladybug. Avis was also the sister of the late Elmer Nary, Frederick Nary, Violet Duggan, and Marjorie Kendall,
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, September 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, September 22nd from 4-8 p.m.

2 Entries in Guest Book for “Galka, Avis M.”

  1. DawneMarie (Galka) Micalizzi says:


    Sad you had to leave, but proud to be your daughter. Thankful for the time I had with you. We laughed, joked and cried together. Proud that you and Dad were wonderful parents and taught me the same. I will cherish those memories for eternity. Give Dad and Marlene a kiss and a big squeezie hug for me. Love you with all my heart and soul. Goodbye for now..
    God Bless You,

  2. Carol Ann Pullo says:

    “Freshie” & Donna~

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Your mom was “the best”!

    I have many happy childhood memories of the times we spent together visiting each other and going on picnics to the beach. Those were the days of laughter and joy.

    Sorry I could not be there to give you both a big hug. You and your Mom are in my heart today and tomorrow as you say “goodbye”.

    Cousin Carol

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