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Mary L. ( Gawle) Tharaldson 1932-2023

Updated: Jan 31, 2023


Mary L. ( Gawle) Tharaldson passed away peacefully at home on January 28, 2023. She was 90 years old. Mary, or “Manya” as she was affectionately known to family and friends, was born in Easthampton, MA, on August 12, 1932 to Charles and Delia (Mlyniuk) Gawle. She graduated from Easthampton High School then went on to earn a degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State Teachers College. Mary was an Elementary Teacher for 34 years teaching in Townsend, Northampton, West Springfield and Easthampton MA. Mary belonged to the Ramapogue Woman’s Club, a communicant of the former Sacred Heart Church and currently Our Lady of the Valley Parish. She was a member of the St. Cecilia Choir, St. Stanislaus Scholarship Committee and also taught C.C.D. Mary will be dearly missed by her children and their spouses: Lauri Dahlem and Michael Dahlem of Saco, ME; David Tharaldson and Diane Tharaldson of Chicopee MA; Daniel Tharaldson and Kazamasu Ueno of San Diego CA; and Shaun Tharaldson and Louis Peyron of Westfield MA. She will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Kaitlyn Tharaldson of Chicopee MA; Alexis Dirkmaat and her husband Erik Dirkmaat of Portland, ME and Michelle Dahlem of Boston, MA. She also leaves her brothers Charles Gawle of San Diego, CA and Stanley Gawle of Amherst, MA plus several cousins, nieces and nephews. Mary is predeceased by her late husband Robert K. Tharaldson of 61 years and by her sister Dolores Gawle of Easthampton, MA.


Calling hours will be held from the Boucher-O’Brien Funeral Home, 7 Pleasant St. Easthampton on Friday February, 3rd from 4 to 6 pm. Her funeral will begin on Saturday from the Boucher - O’Brien Funeral Home at 9 AM with a 10 AM Funeral Liturgy at Our Lady of the Valley Parish. Her burial to follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Mary was a true lover of animals and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to MSPCA in her honor.

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