Rose Marie Gallagher at 87

Rose Marie Gallagher, 87, of Holliston, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Born and raised in Watertown, she was the daughter of the late Palmina (Fantasia) and Emilio Parrella. She was the wife of the late Norman Joseph Gallagher.

Rose Marie and Norman were married in 1955. They moved to Holliston in 1961. She graduated in 1975 from Nursing school and worked as an RN at Framingham Union Hospital for 20 years. Norman and Rose Marie lived at the Cape for 14 years, where she worked at Cape Cod VNA for 10 years and volunteered at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, before relocating back to Holliston. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and time spent in Cape Cod and New Hampshire.

Rose Marie is survived by her children, Steven J. Gallagher and his wife, Susan of Bellingham, Norman M. Gallagher and his wife, Janice of Holliston, Kathleen Naughton and her husband, E.J. Bleiler of Holliston, Pamela G. Mann and her husband, Doug of Hopkinton, Margaret R. McClure and her husband, Kevin of Upton, and Joseph N. Gallagher and his wife, Jenna of Wrentham. She also leaves behind her siblings, Jeannette Boardo of Holliston, John Parrella and his wife, Nancy,  Robert Parrella and his wife, Diane, Richard Parrella and his wife, Reva, and Michael Parrella all of Medway; brothers-in-law, Robert Gallagher and his wife, Virginia of Burlington, MA, Hugh Gallagher of Medford, Richie Gallagher and his wife, Irene of Waltham, and Jack Gallagher of NC; 14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her son, Paul Gallagher as well as her sister and brothers-in-law, Annemarie, David, and Kevin Gallagher.

The family wishes to thank Metrowest Homecare and Seasons Hospice for their dedication and care to Rose Marie.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 28th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 29th at 11:00 a.m. at Lake Grove Cemetery, Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ellie Fund for Breast Cancer,475 Hillside Ave. Needham, MA. 02494 or

Chesmore Funeral Home

Leave a Comment