Margaret M. Fyrberg, 92, of Southborough
Southborough – Margaret M. (Feola) Fyrberg, 92, of Southborough, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Oakdale Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in West Boylston. She was the wife of the late Gunnar Fyrberg, who died in 1978.
Born in NYC, she was the daughter of the late Marie (Crotty) and Dr. Joseph V. Feola. She was raised in Wellesley and was a 1940 graduate of Wellesley High School, where she was a cheerleader. She lived in New York and Maine before moving to Southborough 65 years ago.
Margaret worked at Lombards in Ashland and then became a homemaker for her family. Later on, when her family was grown, she was a home companion aide for the elderly.
She loved to garden, both flowers and vegetables, and was recognized for her unique gourds and giant pumpkins. In the local media, she became known as the “Gourd Lady.” Painting water colors and oils was a passion of hers, along with cooking up new recipes. She could never pass up a yard sale and enjoyed summer vacations in Falmouth with her family and Caribbean cruises with her siblings.
Margaret loved to make new friends wherever she went and maintained a pen-pal in New Zealand for many years. She would always leave people with a smile on their faces.
She was an advocate for civic issues, seniors, and consumers. She would write to editors of newspaper, State and Federal representatives and senators, even the President of the United States with issues she was passionate about. In return, she would receive letters from all of the above with their reply to her concerns, including Sen. Kennedy.
Margaret was a member of Southborough Senior Center, where she enjoyed many activities and music with her friends. She was also a member of St. Matthew Church of Southborough.
She is survived by her children, Lance J. Fyrberg and his wife Barbara and Glenn Fyrberg, all of Southborough, and Gail DuPont and her husband Wayne of Boylston; four grandchildren, Heidi Cohen and her husband Michael, Amy Frederick and her husband John, and Derek and Kevan DuPont; and five great-grandchildren, Sophie and Charlie Cohen and Leila, Tate, and Finn Frederick. She was predeceased by her siblings, Shirley Loconto, Dr. Francis Feola, and Gloria Phillipo.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, May 29, from 4 – 7 p.m., at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, May 30, at 10 a.m., at St. Matthew Church, Highland Street, Southborough. Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery.
To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit www.morrisfuneralparlor.com.
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