Margaret Gailie


3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 10, 2019
T.S. Purta Funeral Home
22 Glenmere Avenue
Florida, New York, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Monday, November 11, 2019
St. Joseph Church
20 Glenmere Avenue
Florida, New York, United States


11:15 am
Monday, November 11, 2019
St. Joseph Cemetery
616 Union Corners Road
Florida, New York, United States

Obituary of Margaret Gailie

Margaret Gailie, of Florida, New York, passed away at Schervier Medical Pavilion on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Warwick, NY. She was 85 years old. The daughter of the late Harold Moran and Marion Moran (nee David), she was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 2, 1934.  She moved to Florida, NY in 1959. 


She is survived by her sons Charles Gailie, Florida, NY, Michael Gailie, Florida, NY, Robert Gailie, Slate Hill, NY and daughter Darlene
Palmer and her husband Lynn Palmer, Suffern, NY; grandchildren Timothy Gailie, Robert Gailie, Emily Sarno, Jordan Rodriguez, Cameron Gailie, Samantha Swartz, Albert Plantamura, Wyatt Palmer, Paige Palmer and Claire Palmer along with five great-grandchildren; brothers Michael Moran, Ronald Moran (Barbara), Joseph Moran (Frances) and Charles Moran. She leaves behind her sister’s-in-law Helen Rudy (Samuel) and Emma Cunningham (Raymond) and scores of nieces & nephews.

She was predeceased by husbands Charles Van Horn and Anthony J. “Buddy” Gailie. In addition to her siblings; brothers Gerald, Harold, Thomas and sisters Patricia & Marion, her twin sister.

Margaret worked alongside her sister-in-law Helen at Big V Supermarkets in Florida, NY before the expansion to Middletown and the
transformation into the Shop-Rite conglomerate. She was #2 in the office handling day to day office operations, working as an advertising associate, drafting ads for the newspaper and mentoring future Chairman A. Richard Rosenberg.  She was a home health aide in the Village of Warwick and worked for a medical billing company. She was beloved by her large clan who slowly migrated to Florida, NY from Brooklyn after spending so many summer weekends at Uncle Buddy and Aunt Marge’s. She survived: living in New York City
with the sacrifices WWII brought to everyday life in America, the loss of two husbands, undiagnosed celiac disease and a debilitating back injury due to an auto accident wherein she wasn’t supposed to walk after surgery.  Through it all, she raised a family, entertained constantly, sang all the show tunes, loved without condition, mentored those in need and comforted those who sought her out while always extolling her seven brothers and never having anymore than two adult beverages (who’s counting?). She was known as Ditch Weed, Marge, Chives, mother, wife, Grandma Margaret and one of the two bats.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 10th at T. S. Purta Funeral Home, 22
Glenmere Avenue, Florida, NY.  Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be performed at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Florida, NY on Monday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Florida, NY where she’ll rest next to her beloved Buddy.

Memorial contributions can be made in Margaret’s name to the National Celiac Foundation,

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