Ann passed away November 1, 2021 surrounded by family at Sterling Village Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation at the age of 91.
Ann was born November 2, 1929, in Fitchburg, MA to Winthrop and Sarah (Moulton) Harley of Lunenburg.
Ann is survived by her children; Karen and her husband Michael Dorval of Worcester, Robert Gallagher, Jr and his wife Deborah (Matson) of Leominster, Patricia (Gallagher) Tersigni and her husband Raymond Hanson of Leominster, Sandra Gallagher of Portland OR, Kevin Gallagher and his wife Ramie (Lee) of Sacramento, CA, and Susan and her husband David Bresnahan of Templeton, her grandchildren; Casey Gallagher of New York, NY, Matthew Gallagher of Colorado Springs, CO, Ashlyn Tersigni and Nicholas Tersigni both of Leominster, Patrick Bresnahan and Shane Bresnahan both of Leominster, Darren Gallagher of San Francisco, CA and Natalee Gallagher of Sacramento, CA and Spencer Gallagher of Portland, OR; her step grandchildren; Andrew Markt of Westfield and his wife Erin (Goodhind), Rachel Dorval and Michelle Dorval both of Millbury, two step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her loving family.
Ann was predeceased by her husband, Robert Gallagher, after 36 years of marriage, her parents and her five sisters Helen (Harley) Marsolais, Charlotte (Harley) Willingham, Geraldine (Harley) Smith, Norma (Harley) Wasile, and Jean Harley.
Ann graduated Lunenburg High School in 1947 and soon after worked in a clerical position at GE. Later in life Ann worked at Grammel and Keogh, CPAs of Leominster.
Ann loved sports growing up, playing girls softball, field hockey and her favorite, basketball in high school. She was high scorer for the Lunenburg High School Girls 1945-46 Basketball Team, a team that won every game of the season, and a team that was inducted into the Lunenburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2017.
Ann was known for her love of dancing and met her future husband and best friend, Bob, at Whalom Ballroom. They were married in 1957. Together they enjoyed many years of ballroom dancing. After losing her husband, she continued dancing, taking up country line dancing which she continued into her eighties, even teaching country line dancing at the Leominster Senior Center. She will be missed by many wonderful friends that she made during those years.
We want to offer a very special thanks to all the staff at Sterling Village and Trinity Hospice. Your care and support provided an invaluable measure of comfort not only to our mother but to us all.
Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Ann.
Calling hours are Friday, November 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster.
The funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Leo’s Church, 128 Main St., Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery.
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