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Gayle A. (Schoenfeld) Durney
  • In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Gayle Durney may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital in support of lung cancer research. Gifts can be made online at or mailed to the MGH Development Office, attention
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - Lung Cancer Research
    125 Nashua Street
    Suite 540
    Boston, MA 02114

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“I am so very sad to find that Gayle has passed.We had our first child close together and had a ball going through first child trials and tribulations...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Shelley Mannino - Surprise, AZ

“Dear Chris and family,Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Gayle, you are all in my thoughts and prayers!Nancy Walsh ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Walsh - Saugus, MA - Friend

“To Chris, Michael, Pam, Sean , Caleb, and their husband, wife and fiancé- prayers, thoughts to you all at the passing of Gayle ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Sue Spadaro - Family

“Gayle saved me from one of my darkest times. She accepted me into her family with no reservations. During my time with Chris and Gayle I was able to...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: David Fisher - Family

“Dear Chris and family,Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. I can tell from your many...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Lauren Applegate - Charlotte, NC

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the wonderful memories of your loved one continue to provide a measure of...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Death hurts so much because God never intended for mankind to die. He created us to live forever. That is...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Pam, I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved your Mom when I met her, she was such a warm and funny person. Please know you and your family are...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Melissa & Dave Goodman - TX

“Our hearts are heavy with Gayle's passing. She will be missed. Rest in peace good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family now and always...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Carney - Methuen, MA

“Our heart are heavy with the loss of Gayle. May she rest in peace. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Carney - Methuen, MA

“Dear Chris & Family; My heart is broken for all of you! Know You are in my constant prayers! May God comfort all of you! With Deep Sympathy &...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Terri Uzzle - Melrose, MA

“I didn't know Gayle as well as I would have liked to, busy lives just got in the way. But, my boys and her son Sean grew up together. Then continue...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Tish Pacini - Windham, NH

“Pam, Chris and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Julie Racic - Dover, NH

“My heart goes out to all of you. So sorry for your loss prayers are with you and your family ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Paul Tonnessen - Kahului, HI

“Gayle, I will miss you so much! We had been through a lot together and apart. I am so very grateful we reconnected a few years ago. I was blessed to...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: cathy garcia - las vegas, NV

“You were the best Aunt ever, I will miss your warmth, your smile, your laugh...It was an honor knowing you. May you rest in Peace now. Love you...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Catherine Kelly - Melrose, MA

I love my cousin “Gayle and I were like sisters growing up in the San Fernando Valley when we were young. Her and Eileen would be over all the time, we had a great...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Sue Spadaro - Valencia, CA

“Chris, Mike, Pam and Sean we are thinking of you all and send our love. Gayle had the best laugh and smile, she will be missed always. Love you guys,...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Colleen Condon - Tewksbury, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Gayle A. (Schoenfeld) Durney passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 2 after a courageous battle with cancer. Gayle was born and raised in West Los Angeles, CA, and moved to New England with her family in 1988. Gayle's greatest passion in life was being a mother to her three children and grandmother "Nanny" to her grandson, Caleb. Gayle loved to travel and visit new places, and enjoyed many memorable road trips with her husband, Chris, and their beloved children. Residents of Tewksbury, MA for 24 years, Gayle and Chris moved to Kingston, NH in 2012 to be closer to their growing family. Known for her brilliant smile and infectious laughter, Gayle will be sorely missed but remembered forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Gayle is survived by her husband Chris Durney of Kingston, NH, son Michael Schoenfeld and his wife Alyssa of Windham, NH, daughter Pamela Lewis, her husband Andrew and their son Caleb of Kingston, NH, son Sean Durney and his fiancée Joy Abdon of Quincy, MA, and Sister Eileen Braverman of Eugene, OR. Gayle is also survived by many sisters-in-law, brothers in-law and nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home 79 West Foster St. Melrose on Sunday March 5, 2017 from 2:00PM- 5:00PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services will be private

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Gayle Durney may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital in support of lung cancer research. Gifts can be made online at or mailed to the MGH Development Office, attention: Carrie Powers, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks payable to Massachusetts General Hospital.