Margaret Prishwalko

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, November 25, 2023
St. Margaret's Church
111 Winn St.
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States


11:15 am
Saturday, November 25, 2023
Chestnut Hill Cemetery
52 Bedford St.
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

Obituary of Margaret Theresa Prishwalko

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Mrs. Margaret Theresa Prishwalko, 99, of Burlington, MA passed away peacefully November 9, 2023 at Beth Israel Lahey Hospital.

Margaret was the beloved wife to the late Arkady J. Prishwalko.

Born in Boston, MA on October 24, 1924 the daughter of George William Swales and Alice Gertrude (Carney) Swales. She was a graduate of Girls High School in Boston, the first public high school for young women in the United States. It was founded in 1852 as a Normal School for girls to be trained as primary school teachers.

Following graduation, Margaret worked at Sub Signal in Boston helping to build our nation's arms during WWll. She was one of the many Rosie the Riveters helping to keep America strong. Margaret then worked at I.J.Fox in Boston where she was offered a position in advertising. But Margaret met Arkady and it was love at first sight for them. She put career on hold to marry and raise a family. Margaret later worked locally at Almy's Department Store in Burlington for several years until retiring to enjoy her family and home.

In Burlington, Margaret was very active in her community. She was a member of St. Veronica Parish in Burlington and was an original member of St. Margaret Church Catholic Daughters of America. Margaret was also a member of the Burlington Council on Aging.

Margaret loved to travel and visited San Diego, CA, Naples, FL, Washington, D.C., the U.S.V.I., Barbados, Honduras, Bermuda, and Thailand. She also loved knitting and crocheting many beautiful afghans that she gifted to family and friends. She loved the game of BINGO and frequented the Tewksbury Elks, the Burlington COA, and especially looked forward to the monthly BINGO bus to Foxwoods. She cherished the many wonderful friends she made playing BINGO. 

Margaret was the loving mother to her son Arkady J. Prishwalko Jr of Burlington, MA and his life partner Katherine Albertian of Tewksbury, MA, and her daughters Margaret T. Prishwalko Fallon of Burlington, MA, Helen M. Prishwalko of North Haverhill, NH, and the late Lorna M. Prishwalko of North Haverhill, NH. Margaret was blessed with twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Margaret was the sister of the late George W. Swales, Alice G. Copithorn, Mildred L. Joyce, and Irene B. Cooke.

Margaret left a legacy of unconditional love and great strength.

A memorial mass for Margaret will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 10 AM, at St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn Street, Burlington, followed by her burial at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, 52 Bedford Street, Burlington. 

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