Margaret Symington Malmstrom, 87, died Friday, September 20, 2013 at EPOCH Senior Health, Norton, MA after a long illness. She was the widow of Clifford R Malmstrom. Born on July 8, 1926 in New London, CT, the daughter of the late William Symington and Catherine Grace Sullivan Symington, she was called Dolly as a child. She grew up in New London and Jewett City, CT and graduated from Griswold High School in 1944. She was a member of the class of 1947 at St Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, CT, and worked as a psychiatric nurse at The Institute for Living in Hartford immediately after graduation and her marriage and again in the 1960's. She married Clifford Malmstrom on December 1, 1947 in Baltimore, MD. Peg and Cliff lived and raised their family in the Elmwood section of West Hartford, CT for 40 years before enjoying a retirement in Eastham, Cape Cod, MA for almost 20 years. After Cliff's death in 2004, Peg lived in Devon, PA near her son, before returning to Massachusetts. She was known far and wide as Gram Central, busily presiding over, and keeping track of, all her children and grandchildren. She is survived by a sister, Patricia Fraser, of Los Angeles, and a cousin, Rosemarie Burke of Norwichtown, CT. She is also survived by five children; Patricia (Albert) DiSabatino, Freeport, ME, Dorothy (Alexander) Gillmor, Foxboro, MA, Dr. Linda Fortenberry, East Dennis, MA, Kristina (Justin) Collins, Gillsville, GA, and Michael (Kimberly) Malmstrom, Spring City, PA., and 14 grandchildren, Jennifer DiSabatino, Matthew (Shelley) DiSabatino, Anna Gillmor, Justin P Collins, Siobhan (Ryan) Collins Brumbelow, Alexander S Gillmor, Sarah DiSabatino (Joseph Fink), Daniel Collins, Samantha Fortenberry, Rory Collins, Amanda Malmstrom, Kyle Malmstrom, Andrew Malmstrom, and Abigail Malmstrom. She had the joy of meeting her first great-grandchild and namesake, Margaret Rose Brumbelow, who was born earlier this year.
A memorial service will be held at Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South Street Foxboro, MA, Monday, September 30th, at 10 AM. www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA with her husband. Donations in her name may be made to Epoch of Norton Sunshine Fund, 184 Mansfield Ave., Norton, MA 02777.
Roberts & Sons Funeral Home
30 South Street Foxborough, MA 02035
Published in West Hartford News on Sept. 26, 2013