Margaret Frances Gonzalez
1922 - 2014 LENOX Margaret Frances Gonzalez, 92, of 6 Main Street, died Sunday, Aug. 24, at Berkshire Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Pleasantville, N.Y. on Feb. 3, 1922, the daughter of Richard and Edith E. Davis Polglase, she was raised in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, and was educated in the public schools. In 1942, she graduated from Keuka College in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics. She earned her Master of Science degree in physical chemistry in 1949 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign upon successful completion of her thesis "Solubilites of Gaseous Hydrocarbons in Water." Mrs. Gonzalez worked as a research chemist in industry for more than 15 years serving at E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Sun Chemical Corporation, the Illinois State Water Survey, E.R. Squibb and Sons, and finally Monsanto Chemical Company in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1958, Mrs. Gonzalez switched her career to teaching at the high school and junior college level. She taught chemistry and mathematics in high schools in Glastonbury, Conn.; Whippany, Princeton Junction, and Princeton, N.J.; and Nanuet, N.Y. She also taught in Kingston, Jamaica, where her husband, Reginald, had moved the family in 1967. There she was proud to have served at The Priory School and the College of Arts, Science and Technology. A lifelong student, Mrs. Gonzalez took numerous courses throughout her life, including a three-year course of study in geology at the University of the West Indies. She was the co-author of five papers published in scientific journals. A devoted mother who always placed her sons' welfare and interest first, Mrs. Gonzalez relocated to the United States in 1979 to be near and support them as they continued their education here. She came to Berkshire County in 1981, and resided in Lenox, Pittsfield, and Richmond. She taught at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, and then at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. She enjoyed playing and watching golf, and she had a broad and continuous appetite for reading that ranged from history and politics to religion, spirituality and education. She also became quite a mystery story buff. Throughout her life she supported Keuka College and very much valued her ongoing connection with the college and the numerous lifelong friends she met there. For more than 30 years she has been a devoted member of the congregations at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Lenox, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, in Pittsfield. In addition to her dedication to ongoing religious study, she faithfully served at St. Stephen's Table, was an avid knitter, and member of the altar guild. For many years she regularly assisted in the St. Stephen's office on Tuesdays, and each month helped fold the parish newsletter while enjoying cider donuts and the fellowship of friends. Her compassion and ability to make others laugh with her dry sense of humor will be dearly missed. She was beloved by all. Her life was also continually enriched by the many children of her "extended family" whose many achievements she diligently recorded, and whose photographs and artworks she proudly collected and displayed. She was predeceased by her sister, Evelyn Sullivan, of Short Hills, N.J.; and her husband, Reginald Nurse Gonzalez, who died on Feb. 6, 2014, in Haverhill, Mass. She is survived by her sons Ronald of Hyde Park, Mass., and David of New York, N.Y. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at 11:00 a.m., with a Requiem Eucharist at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Cricket Cooper as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church columbarium. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Natural Resources Defense Fund, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for St. Stephen's Table, or Keuka College Development Fund in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.
Dery Funeral Home
54 Bradford Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 31, 2014