Marguerite H. (Gargano) O’Leary

June 11th, 2012

Marguerite H. (Gargano) O’Leary, age 79, of Wilmington, a former long-time resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on June 11, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in East Boston on August 11, 1932, Marguerite was the cherished daughter of Peter and Jenny (Colarusso) Gargano.  She grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School  then went on to Fisher Junior College. Marguerite got married and moved to Woburn, where she was the proud mother of four daughters. 

Marguerite was employed as a probation clerk for the Middlesex District Court in Woburn.  She worked at the court for many years, making many friends over the years.

After her retirement from the courthouse, Marguerite moved to Port Charlotte, FL.  She loved her time in Florida.  Marguerite was a real social butterfly and would spend a lot of time with friends, traveling, walking, swimming and dancing.

The most important thing in Marguerite’s life was her family.  She was a real inspiration to people who knew her, especially her four daughters and her best friend and sister, Rose.  She fought a courageous battle with cancer for over 10 years.  Her strength and determination throughout those years really left a mark on those who loved her.   She was a wonderful woman.  She taught her daughters how to be strong and independent women.  She really was the “World’s Best Mother”.  The light of her life was her grandson, DJ.  She loved spending time with him.  Marguerite and her sister, Rose, would take DJ into Boston and passed along their love of Boston and traveling to DJ.  Marguerite enjoyed all the years spent living in the same house as DJ.   Marguerite will be loved and forever missed by all who knew her.

Marguerite was the beloved mother of the late Lorna White, survived by her husband Bill of Hebron, NH, Maureen Landry and her husband Paul, Susan Morse and her husband Donald all of Wilmington, and Jeannie O’Leary of Tewksbury.  She was the devoted grandmother of DJ Morse of Wilmington.  Marguerite was the former wife of the late John D. O’Leary.  She was the dear sister of Rose Stygles and her late husband John of Woburn.  Marguerite is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.  Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Saturday, June 16, at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will be held in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 15, from 4-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Local Heroes Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA  01887.


17 Entries in Guest Book for “Marguerite H. (Gargano) O’Leary”

  1. Diane Beagan says:

    Maureen, Sue, Jeannie and DJ,

    We are so sad for all of you at this most difficult time, the loss of your Mom. We are thinking of you and send our love, heartfelt sympathy and prayers. I think I will best remember your Mom for her laugh .. so infectious .. and her sense of humor. I’m sure she and Lorna are locked in embrace. We love you all. Rest in peace Auntie Maggie.

    With love and sorrow,
    Diane, Stephen, Skip, Jim and Alan and our families

  2. Tina Morse says:

    Auntie Sue, Uncle Don and DJ

    I am sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you xoxox

    Love Tina

  3. Donna Downie (Merrick) says:

    Maureen, Sue and Jeannie,
    So sorry to hear about your Mom. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with her and her beautiful smile. When I was little I always remember how she had matching nail and toe polish and matching lipstick, I thought that was so awesome, I used to tell her I going to do that when I get older and she would laugh. I know how hard it is to lose your mom, but she will always be in your hearts. Thinking of you. Love Donna Downie (Merrick)

  4. Colleen says:

    Sue, Don and DJ so sorry for Mimi passing she will be missed very much
    Our thoughts go out to all of you love Colleen



  6. Jennifer and Paul says:

    Dear Maureen, Susan, and, Jeannie, DJ, and Donny,

    I will miss your beloved Mag so much. She was such a presence in my life from the time she took care of me as a baby to now as an adult woman. As you can imagine my heart goes out to all of you. She was blessed to have had such a loving family. I know that your loving memories will keep her alive in you hearts forever.
    Jennifer and Paul

  7. Lorraine (Rayne) Macario says:

    Dear Maureen ,Susan & Jeannie,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you…Your Mom was a great lady who spent many afternoons with my Mom visiting…I have many great memories of both your Mom& Dad…..and of course all of you growing up as “the pretty little O’Leary girls”…that was what we called all of you…may God Bless you and keep you in HIS care…..Sincerely, Rayne….

  8. Diane Harrises says:

    Maureen, Sue, Jeannie, and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you all during such a difficult time.

    The Harrises Family

  9. Betty Gangi says:

    Jeannie, Sue, Maureen & family.
    Iam so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I know how hard it is to loose a Mom. My heart and prayers are with you. Hold on to your memories!
    Love, Betty

  10. Skip Woodworth says:

    Maureen, Sue, Jeannie and DJ – I am so very sorry to hear of Aunt Maggie’s passing. We all know she is in a better place but that leaves such a void for all of you. Lorna and Aunt Maggie are rejoicing together once again! Her infectious laugh was amazing, not to mention her look! I told her once she was so put together she reminded me of Liz Taylor. She laughed and said “oh stop it, Skippy” but I could tell somewhere deep inside, she agreed! :) I will be thinking of you all and wish I could be there to offer my sympathy in person.


  11. Marguerite & Larry Kleinman says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Reedy. Our sincerest sympathies to her daughters and their families and of course to her wonderful sister Rose. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who loved her. She was a brave lady and in all the times I talked to her she never complained but was always so optimistic. She will be missed. God Bless

    Marguerite and Larry from NH

  12. Marguerite OLeary says:

    A dear friend and coworker at Woburn District, Marguerrite will be sorely missed, especially at our monthly coffee get togethers at Panera’s. Rest in peace, “Maggie” Marge Amato

  13. Marguerite OLeary says:

    Marguerite was a friend and co-worker at Woburn District Court. She will be missed, especially at our monthly coffee get-togethers of retired women (at Panera’s). Rest in peace, “Maaggie” Marge

  14. Susan George says:

    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dearly beloved mother and grandmother (Marguerite) during this most difficult time.May her entire family draw comfort from the promises made to us by our very loving Creator Jehovah God.In John 5:28,29 & Rev 21:4,5 he promises to bring Marguerite back to life in the resurrection right here on earth in the very near future and end all sickness,suffering and death forever.

  15. Marie Hill says:

    Dear Jeannie,

    My deepest condolences to you and your entire family on your mother’s passing. She sounds like such a beautiful person.

    Love, Marie

  16. Donna Fernandez says:

    I am very sorry that we will not be able to make your mom’s services. Please know that you, your family and your mom are all in my prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Love, Donna & Steven.

  17. Kathy De Stefano O'Hara says:

    Dear Jeannie and the O’Leary family,

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kathy De Stefano O’Hara

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