Margaret M. Cardwell, age 78, of Salem, formerly of Worcester died Wednesday Nov. 16th at Advinia Care in Salem after a brief illness. Born in Worcester she was the daughter of the late Alexander F. and Victoria (Kruk) Podbilski. She attended schools in Worcester and graduated from St. Mary’s High School, and also graduated from Salter’s Secretarial School. She was a member of Our Lady Czestochowa Church in Worcester for many years, and moved to Salem in 2017. Her last residence in Worcester was the Colony Retirement Community. She dedicated her time to volunteering and had an active social life. She always gave of her time to support organizations that she cared for. As an avid lover of the arts, she volunteered at the Worcester Art Museum and the Foothills Theater. She also gave her time to helping at the polls and with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 1998, she and her family donated the white pine tree planted at her birth to the City of Worcester to serve as the holiday tree outside hall.
She is survived by her cousin Bernadette M. and her husband Norman P. White of Swampscott. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and two grandchildren, Mark and Madeline Saksa. She was predeceased by two husbands Carlo Baldino and Albert Cardwell, and her sister Kathleen F. Hanlon. She will be remembered by her family for her sense of humor, her love of Persian cats, and her beautiful smile.
Please make memorial donations in Margaret’s name to American Lung Association.
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