Marguerite R. (Gagne)'s Story
Marguerite Rachel (Gagne) Kalil passed away peacefully at Lawrence General Hospital, Monday, July 31, 2017, at the age of 92.
A vivacious, effervescent woman with a penchant for spreading warmth and laughter to all whom she touched is the daughter of the late Joseph and Eva Gagne.
She was born and raised in Lawrence, later residing in Methuen.
She was the loving wife of the late George John Kalil who predeceased her in 1980; loving mother of her two sons, Dennis George Kalil and George John Kalil, Jr.; and loving mother-in-law to William Max Sr., all of whom predeceased Marguerite.
Marguerite, aka “Nanna and/or Ma” personified the role of matriarch among her extensive family. She loved to cook and host family get-togethers for every holiday and special occasion, and especially enjoyed spending time with all her children and grandchildren. A devout Catholic, Marguerite was an active member of Saint Anthony’s Maronite Church in Lawrence. She held Presidency of the Daughters of the Sodality and continued to spread her religious beliefs throughout the community as a part of her spiritual vocational work.
“We strongly believe that when someone passes, their life does not end but rather changes. We know that Nanna has reached a place of everlasting peace along Jesus Christ. While we grieve her passing, with our grief comes lightness of hope.”
She is survived by many that love her and will forever hold her dear in their hearts. Her daughters, Dianne (Kalil) Max, Sheila (Kalil) DiBurro, Deborah (Kalil) Nicholson and Robyn (Kalil) Hurst; son-in-laws, Joseph DiBurro, Bruce Nicholson and Stephen Hurst Sr.; daughter-in-law, Pauline (Cote) Kalil; grandchildren, William and Susan (Savino) Max, Christopher and Amy (Haire) Max, Tiffany (DiBurro) and David Midolo, Kimberly DiBurro and Kenneth Lamarche, Kelly (DiBurro) and Daniel Tammaro, Tarrah Nicholson and Ramone Concepcion, Kortnee Nicholson, Amanda (Nicholson) and Brianna Goulet, Joshua Nicholson, Stephen Jr. and Rachel Hurst, Tyler Hurst, Ryan Hurst, and George Kalil II; along with many great-grandchildren.
Please join us to celebrate Marguerite’s life by honoring her memory, knowing she is now with those who will keep her safe, free from pain residing with her savior, Jesus Christ.
Calling hours will be held at John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, 122 Amesbury St., Lawrence, on Thursday, August 3, 2017, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated immediately following the calling hours at 12 p.m. on Thursday in Saint Anthony’s Church, Lawrence.
Burial will follow in Saint Anthony’s Cemetery in Methuen. For online condolences and other information, please visit us at www.breenfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, we ask for you to make donations to Saint Anthony’s Church located at 145 Amesbury St., Lawrence, MA.
Published on  August 2, 2017