Margaret J. Gasnick

Margaret J. “Maggie” Gasnick died on August 7, following a long illness. She was 77.

Maggie and her husband Raymond had lived in Edgartown for several years. She worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse clinician in the emergency room at Boston City Hospital and at University Hospital. She earned a Master’s degree from the Boston College School of Nursing.

Maggie was born April 10, 1935, in Omaha, Nebraska to Thomas and Mildred Chapman. She married Raymond L. Gasnick in 1958, and the couple relocated to Kansas City, then Chicago, and later the Boston area. They settled in Newton and had a house in Edgartown.

Maggie is survived by her three children, Molly Gasnick, Daniel Gasnick and Sheila Gasnick, all of Newton; two grandchildren, Christopher and Colette Moncreiff; and one sister, Mary Pat Nicola of Parker, Colorado; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and siblings, Rita, James, and William Chapman.

Maggie was also a lifelong adventurer, with many interests including antique collecting, home restoration, scuba diving, and bridge. She supported many efforts to end hunger and poverty and to support the environment and human rights, including service on the Peace and Justice Committee at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service to honor Maggie from 4 to 8 pm, Sunday, Aug. 12, at Magni Funeral Home, 365 Watertown St. in Newton. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 13, at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 573 Washington St. in Newton, with a luncheon to follow at the family home

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maggie’s name to Habitat for Humanity or the Vineyard Committee on Hunger, P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.