Margaret (Peg) Galgano passed away peacefully in Middlebury, VT at the age of 82. She is survived by her loving husband Frank Galgano of Addison, VT; her son Peter Galgano of Oley, PA, his wife Aleta and grandson Xavier; her daughter Susan Giles of Portland, OR and her two grandsons, Wilson and Nicholas; her brother Michael Hession and his family of Wilmington NC; and her brother Tom Hession and his family of Madison, CT. She is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and her long-time family friends of Elm Point. She is preceded in death by her mother, Marion Hession; her father Michael Hession; her mother- and father-in-law Vera and Joseph Galgano, her sisters-in-law Ginny Hession and Anne Albanese; and her beloved cousin Margie Randall.
Peg was born on October 24, 1936 in Hartford, CT. She graduated from Le Moyne College with a degree in Sociology and then worked at Lederle Laboratories in New York. She met her husband, Frank, at a Catholic Youth Organization dance in Piermont, NY. She always liked to reminisce that when Frank first saw her, he made a “bee-line” across the room to dance with her and the rest was history. They married on September 24, 1960 and welcomed their son Peter in August 1961 and daughter Susan in October 1962. She was an amazing mother who devoted her life to caring for her children and encouraging them to live life fully and pursue their goals. Peg and Frank raised their children primarily in Ridgewood, NJ, but they spent spring and fall weekends and summers at a camp on Lake Champlain in VT where they were happily surrounded by family (Hoyts and Randalls) and wonderful friends at Elm Point. Frank and Peg eventually built a year-round home there and moved permanently to the Lake. Peg cherished living on Lake Champlain enjoying the beautiful views and abundant wildlife.
Peg was artistic and loved to paint in watercolor and pastel, enjoyed reading, and playing piano. Generous, kind, and loving, she greeted everyone with a smile. Peg was very intelligent with a sharp sense of humor and a knack to pointing out the lighter side of life. Peg was also passionate about her work with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), serving as a board member for many years and eventually as State President. She was dedicated to all causes supported by AAUW, especially outreach to students at Middlebury College who came from foreign countries that did not support education for women. She was inspired by the strength of these young women and their journey to pursue higher-education. Most recently Peg was dedicated to the cause of finding solutions to the opioid crisis facing so many communities. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Middlebury AAUW c/o Liane Barrera at 688 Weybridge St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
A funeral is scheduled for Sunday, March 31st at Brown-McClay Funeral Home at 48 S. Maple Street, Vergennes, VT. Visiting hours begin at 12 PM with the funeral service at 1 PM. A celebration will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Church hall at 85 S. Maple St., Vergennes, VT. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Peg’s life. The family would like to thank all the people who cared for and loved Peg as well as all of the hospice and caregivers at Porter Hospital in Middlebury for their kind and dedicated care for her at the end.