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  Born: February 8, 1955
  Place of Birth: Holden, MA
  Death: February 15, 2013
  Place of Death: Holden, MA
  Occupation: In 2010, Nancy accepted the postion of Town Manager of Holden. Previously, she was the Deputy Town Manager of Arlington.
  Organizations: She held numerous memberships including the International City/County Management Assoc., where she was a former Vice President, a former president and member of the MA Municipal Management Assoc., and the local Government Advisory Council.
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Nancy T. (Kane) Galkowski
February 8, 1955 - February 15, 2013

HOLDEN – Nancy T. (Kane) Galkowski, 58, of Holden, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 15, 2013, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Nancy was born and raised in Holden, the daughter of James J. and Mary V. (Quinn) Kane.

Nancy was a graduate of Wachusett Regional High School, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont at Burlington and her Master of Government Administration from the Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Nancy started her professional career in the Town of Holden as a Planning and Research Assistant in 1977 and as Assistant to the Town Manager in 1982. After graduating from The Fels Center of Government, Nancy became the Assistant to the Town Manager in Arlington, MA, Acting Town Manager and lastly Deputy Town Manager, a position she held until 2010. She returned to her home town of Holden as Town Manager in 2010, a position she held until recently.

Nancy was a consummate leader with a strong passion for her profession. She was widely admired and respected by her peers and those who came in contact with her. Their ongoing support was a great comfort to her over the last several months.

She was a member and Vice President of the International City/County Management Association, member and former president of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, member of the Local Government Advisory Council, Mass. Minority Internship Advisory Board, Mass. Water Resources Authority Board, and the Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council.

Nancy brought love and laughter to every occasion. She cherished spending time with her family and friends whether hiking a trail, skiing, traveling, sitting around the table on holidays or enjoying the beach in Maine.

Nancy is survived by her devoted husband of 30 years, Lawrence H. Galkowski; two sons, Christopher T. and Alexander J. Galkowski both of Holden; her brother, Richard B. Kane of Peterborough, NH; her sister, Tracy V. Wells and her husband James of Holden; her stepmother, Alison (Sonny) Johnston of Hampton, NH; nephews and nieces, Adam G. Kane of Peterborough, New Hampshire, Korin G. Kane of Paris, France, Ashley E. Wells of Worcester and Tyler J. Wells of Charlotte, North Carolina; and many close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Nancy’s family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 22, in the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, at St. Mary’s Church, 114 Princeton St., Jefferson.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to MMMA, Nancy Galkowski Legacy Leadership Fund, One Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110.

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Calling Hours

Friday February 22, 2013, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Miles Funeral Home
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A Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday February 23, 2013, 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church
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Memorial donations can be made to:
MMMA, Nancy Galkowski Legacy Leadership Fund, One Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110