Brigitte A. (Gatzky) Wallace

  • Born: December 17, 1937
  • Died: December 2, 2018
  • Location: Maynard, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother

Brigitte A. (Gatzky) Wallace, age 80, of Maynard, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018. She was the loving wife of John F. Wallace.

Born in Berlin, Germany on December 17, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Gustav and Else (Schulze) Gatzky. Brigitte was raised and educated in Berlin. John and Brigitte met while John was stationed in Berlin serving in the United States Army. The couple wed in Germany in 1962 and started a family together. After returning to the United States, John and Brigitte settled in Maynard, Massachusetts in 1972 and raised their family.

Brigitte attended the Assabet Valley Practical Nursing Program and received her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked as a geriatric nurse at Rivercrest Rehab & Nursing in Concord, Massachusetts for twenty years. In addition, Brigitte served as a private nurse in the Middlesex County area, finally retiring in 2008. During retirement, she enjoyed devoting countless hours of volunteer work at Emerson Hospital and the Sudbury Council on Aging.

Family was most important to Brigitte. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her beloved dogs Bo, Dixie, and Oakley. John and Brigitte enjoyed traveling throughout Europe together, especially Germany and Ireland. She also enjoyed classical music, gardening, swimming, walking, and yoga.

Brigitte is survived by her husband John F. Wallace of Maynard; her two children; Thomas S. Wallace and significant other Ioana Wallace of Worcester, Cynthia A. and husband Edward H. Murphy III of Maynard; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Brigitte on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. Her burial will be private at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

Gifts in her memory may be made to Buddy Dog Humane Society Inc. 151 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA 01776


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear John,
I am so very sorry for your loss and for the pain of your grief.

I remember when first met you and Brigitte, I was dog sitting across the street. When I was in an air boot then, she brought me food. when I locked myself out by mistake, she let me back inside. I was so impressed to know how important Svaroopa yoga was to her.

Then, and every time after when I would see Brigitte, at home and around town, she always greeted me with such a wonderfully kind face and brilliant smile. In response, I would smile and smile and be very happy. She just beamed joy. It seems to me that people like Brigitte don't realize how impressive they are and what fine teachers they are. I am so glad I knew her and that I know you and Tom. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Elizabeth Steiner Milligan - Maynard, MA - Friend   December 12, 2018

Dear John, Cynthia and Thomas,
With regret and sorrow, we received the news of Brigitte's death. We extend our sympathies in your loss and offer our support and condolence at this time. With fond memories, we recall visits to New York and the great times we had there. As you gather today please know we join you in prayer. May God bless her.

Posted by Doug, Ellen and the Gallagher family. - NY - Family   December 07, 2018

What a gentle soul,
We miss you at yoga,auf Wiedersehen Brigitte

Posted by Ingrid Wellhoener - Littleton, MA - Classmate   December 06, 2018

I always enjoyed visits with Brigitte in the locker room at the Sudbury pool. What a friendly, caring person who always asked me how I was doing. I will miss her. My sympathy to her family and all others who knew what a unique person she was.

Posted by Marge Kennedy - Acton, MA - Friend   December 05, 2018

Some people leave footprints on your heart..brigitte was very special to me and i will miss her always

Posted by Kris Curran - Maynard, MA - Friend   December 04, 2018

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