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HODGDON - Nancy Anne (McGarrigle) Topolosky, 81, passed away on April 6, 2015, at the Madigan Estates nursing facilities with her family at her side after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Nancy was born on February 22, 1934, in Milltown, NB, Canada.

Nancy's passion in life was her Roman Catholic faith. She passed her love of Christ onto her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. During her life she was fully involved in the prolife movement. She supported and participated in innumerable rallies, 40 Days for Life, and prayer vigils both in the US and Canada. Her cousin, the late Rev. Michael McGarrigle, was well known in the Houlton area.

For 27 years Nancy ran the family business - the Elmwood Motor Lodge in Boscawen, NH. Her family will always treasure her beautiful and lovingly knit sweaters, afghans, and Christmas stockings. She learned to knit during WWII as a little girl - knitting stockings for the Canadian soldiers. Her family she leaves behind will have fond memories of her superb home cooking and the special dishes she always prepared for each of her children and grandchildren. All appreciate Mom/Grammie passing on to her family her homemaking skills and the exemplary example of wife and mother that she always demonstrated to her children.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 61 years, John (Jack) Topolosky of Hodgdon, ME. Nancy was always and forever will be a "Bride" to her loving and devoted husband. She is, also, survived by her 6 children and their families: Peter and Leanne Topolosky of Bow, NH. Their daughter Amy and Justin Campbell and their children Jackson and Nicolas. Susan (Topolosky) and Brian Mason of Concord, NH. Their children Rev. Matthew Mason, John and Sarah Mason (their children James, Marc, and Benjamin), Mary, Elizabeth, Catherine, Joseph, and Daniel. Michael Topolosky of Manasses, VA and his daughter Ashley. Theresa (Topolosky) and Brian Griffin of Hodgdon, ME and their children Stephen, Paul, Greg, Melanie, Rebecca, and Joseph. Paul and Kathy Topolosky of London, England and their children Hannah and John. Joe Topolosky of Myrtle Beach, SC. She is survived by her older sister Evelyn McPherson of Fredricton, NB and her special niece, Philipa Corning.

She was predeceased by her parents Mary Bridget and Arthur Cyril McGarrigle and by her siblings Muriel Benz, Arthur McGarrigle, Richard (Dick) McGarrigle, Alice Melanson, Eileen Hepple, Clara McGarrigle, and John McGarrigle. Also, she was predeceased by her very cherished great granddaughter, Anna Catherine Mason.

Friends may call 5-7 at Bowers Funeral Home on Monday, April 13. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 14 at 11am at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, Houlton, with the Revs. Matthew Mason and David Raymond celebrants. Gifts may be made in Nancy's memory to Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook, PO Box 1553, Presque Isle, ME 04769 or to Catholic Charities Maine, PO Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104-6060.

A very special heart-felt thank you to all the staff of Madigan Estates who loving cared for Nancy and supported Jack during Nancy's long illness.
Published on  April 10, 2015
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