Muriel W. Galgano

Jun 06, 2018
Muriel Galgano

Portland — Muriel White Galgano passed away peacefully June 1, 2018.

Muriel was born Aug. 7, 1925 (her mother’s birthday), in East Rockaway, N.Y. She was the youngest of seven children and worked for the American Red Cross in New York City and in Nassau County, Long Island, for several years.

She met the love of her life, Michael P. Galgano, after he returned home from World War II, having flown more than 30 missions in Europe for the Air Force.

Muriel worked side by side with her husband during the almost 72 years that they were married. She was an executive assistant to their family attorney and later executive assistant to Michael at his real estate investment banking firm. Her husband, Michael, was also mayor of Brookville, N.Y., for 15 years, and Muriel was lightheartedly revered as “Madame First Lady” for all her long hours dedicated to his leadership and the community.

She is survived by her loving husband, Michael, of Rockport; daughter Marsha Mongell of Orr’s Island; and son Patrick Galgano and wife Desiree of Huntington, N.Y. Muriel’s legacy also lives on through her two granddaughters, whom she absolutely adored: Courtney Mongell Ravenscroft (and husband Ryan) of Brunswick, and Hadley Mongell of Cos Cob, Conn.

Muriel was blessed this year with a great-grandson, Merritt Hunter Ravenscroft, who also happened to be born on his great-grandfather Michael’s 93rd birthday.

Muriel had a great love for all animals, especially her horses, her dogs and birds. She loved to play tennis and golf, entertain family and friends with her delicious cooking and volunteer as a reading helper for young children.

Whenever Muriel heard music, she loved to dance. In 1942, she proudly earned the title of East Rockaway High School Jitterbug Champion. With or without music, she danced through life and touched everyone she met with her incredible kindness and warm smile.

Services honoring Muriel Galgano are currently being arranged for August 2018 in Maine.

Friends may wish to donate in her memory to fight Alzheimer’s Disease.

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