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“I would like to offer my sympathy on the loss of your Mother. She was a lovely woman. Respectfully, Mrs. Paul Tigheste ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“We are so sad to learn of Peg's passing. She was a dear neighbor, a wonderful person and will be deeply missed. Our condolences to the Berkland...Read More »
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“So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mark Andrews - New Bedford, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers and love go out to you. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy and Steve Campbell - MA

“Sorry for your loss. Hope you are doing ok ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy DeSimone - Woburn, MA

“ I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Our family will miss Peg so much. She was a wonderful neighbor on Porter street and things won't be the same without her. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Megan Demitropoulos - Melrose, MA

“I am truly sorry; I know it's hard. May our Heavenly Father wrap His arms of comfort around all of you as you are surrounded by love, support, and...Read More »
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“I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76 ”
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Margaret M. (Rawson) "Peg" Berkland, of Melrose, passed away peacefully on May 18th, 2019. Peg was born in Medford, MA on June 29, 1930 to the late Charles and Margaret (McGee) Rawson. She was raised in Arlington before the family moved to Milton in 1940. Peg graduated Milton High School in 1947 and was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She went on to work at Eastern Gas in Dedham for many years.

In her spare time Peg was active with the Melrose Symphony Orchestra and taught swimming at the Melrose YMCA. She was also taught CCD at Incarnation Church and sat on the Incarnation Parish Council. Peg also enjoyed listening to Music, traveling the world, and she loved to garden.

Peg was the cherished wife and best friend of the late Irving "Ted" Berkland. Loving mother of Paul T. Berkland & his wife Noreen of Georgetown, Ellen P. Berkland of Dedham, Peter J. Berkland of Dallas, TX, and Michael T. Berkland of Southborough. Proud grandmother of Katherine, Mark, and Erik. Caring sister of Mary L. Rawson of Milton, the late Thomas and Charles Rawson. Also survived by several nieces & nephews.

Visiting Hours will be held on Thurs., May 23rd, from 4-8 PM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Funeral Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, May 24th, at 9 AM followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St., Melrose. Interment following the Mass at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Remembrances may be made in Peg's honor to Mass Audubon, Ipswich River Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Ipswich, MA 01983 or to a charity of your choice.