Margaret H. Henke

Margaret Helen Henke (Webster), 80, passed away peacefully at her home in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tuesday, February 23 rd .

Born in London, Ontario, Canada to Edward and Isabella Webster, Margaret
was the third child of two older brothers Roderick and William and younger
sister Hope.

Margaret met the love of her life, Rick Henke, while working in the children’s
toy business in the 1980’s. Later they moved to the Boston, Massachusetts
area where they built a life and businesses together and married.

Margaret will be remembered by her seven children Gary, David, Nancy, Rob
(and wife Erica), Evan (and wife Raysa), Laura (and husband Paul) and
Charlene (and husband Ryan) as a gentle, nurturing, poised and elegant,
soft-spoken and loving mother who always taught them principals of
honesty, integrity, perseverance and to live life to the fullest. She also loved
and gave love abundantly to her fourteen grandchildren Whitney (and
husband Adam), Brianne, Lindsay (and partner Kenny), Sloane, Rock, Jade,
Benjamin, Claire, Sam, Charlotte, Isabella, Remy, Mia, Theo, all of whom she
encouraged to appreciate art, music and culture with her always educational
and thoughtful gifts, trips to museums and art exhibits. Her two great-
grandchildren Miles and Benny will remember her loving tone and sweet
songs that she would sing to them. As well, Margaret will be lovingly
remembered by her two stepsons Simon (and wife Sonja) and Jonathan (and
wife Rachel) and their children Erik, Elsa, Lukas, Alice, Oliver, Linus and

Margaret, mom and nana will be dearly missed.

Due to Margaret’s passion for children’s education and literature the family
is asking that any kind memorial donation be directed to the non-profit
organization Reach Out and Read on her behalf.

A virtual memorial service will be held Saturday, March 13 th at 2pm via Zoom


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  1. Rafael on March 3, 2021 at 9:12 pm


  2. Monica Leavoy on March 3, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Prayers and condolences to Margaret’s family. She sounds like a beautiful person. Love and hugs to Lindsay especially.
    Monica (Kenny’s mom)

  3. Elif Karol on March 3, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    My deepest condolences. Sending strength from my family to yours at this time.

  4. Megan McNeill of Newfoundland Canada on March 4, 2021 at 12:36 am

    From all of the lovely stories on some of Charlie’s musical tracks – to the wonderful mother I heard she was, she will live on through your hearts.

    My deepest sympathies to you all as you navigate through this very difficult time.

    Share stories of love and passion and remember to laugh and lean on each other.

  5. Ruthie on March 4, 2021 at 2:06 am

    I’m so glad I got the chance to get to know Margaret and will always remember her as a kind gentle and inspirational woman. I will cherish the memories I have of her and all the lovely times we had. Rick, Laura, Nancy, Charlene and all the others I got the chance to get to know as well, my deepest condolences for the loss of her. She will forever live on within each of you and all those she touched. May your fond memories of her give you comfort and strength at this time. My love to you all.

  6. Philippe on March 4, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Rick, Evan, Gary, David, Nancy, Robbie, Laura, Charlene, family & friends, there is nothing I can say in this moment to ease the pain of this significant loss, but I wish you all peace & comfort knowing your wife & mother has moved on to a better place.

    Rick, thank you for all of your & Margret’s guidance & support over the years.

    My heart extends to you all during this difficult time. Condolences to you all from the entire Russell family.

  7. Michelle Trowbridge on March 4, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I met Margaret and Laura twenty plus years ago through the children’s furniture industry. Her warmth and kindness was infectious and I remember our times together fondly. My condolences to the family.

  8. Christine Palmer on March 5, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    My condolences for the loss of your beautiful mother, my Aunt Margaret. She was a kind and intelligent woman, who loved life.
    Although I didn’t spend much time with her, the memories I have are cherished.

  9. Paul / Sharron Guscott on March 7, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    To Rick (husband) Laura, Paul, Isabella, Theodore Guscott and the entire bereaved family of Margaret Henke , we want to take this opportunity to send our condolences to you all at this sensitive time of loss. May the peace of God continue to cover you all in this time and forever.

  10. Erika Roth on March 9, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Wir trauern mit Euch allen um Margret, die nach längerer Krankheit jetzt erlöst wurde. Wir freuen uns, sie kennengelernt zu haben und sie wird uns immer in guter Erinnerung bleiben. Wir senden der ganzen Familie viele stille Grüße
    Erika und Hans-Jürgen aus Wolfsburg-Fallersleben

  11. Althea Smith on March 9, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    I pray for continued strength for you and your family as you mourn the loss of your loving mother, grandmother. May her soul Rest In Peace

  12. Gordon Harris on March 9, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    To Nancy and Dave and Gary, whom I remember from long ago growing up in Toronto, I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember the times I was fed my your mom before heading to a dance or social event. As someone who also deals with dialysis, I am very much aware of the effort it took your mom to deal with that (thanks to Nancy for keeping updated). Best thoughts for a poignant service to celebrate your mother.

  13. Donna Cappuccitti-Wilson on March 10, 2021 at 3:46 am

    We were all blessed to have had Mom Margaret in our lives. She was the best mother-in-law I could have ever asked for. I truly enjoyed all the times she stayed with me and my family over the years, and will fondly remember our trip to Alaska together. We shared many long and in depth conversations, and much of her insight and advice has stayed with me. I am deeply saddened that we didn’t get more time together, and I will miss her greatly. My heart is with the entire family at this time.

  14. Brenda Diodati (Saigeon) on March 13, 2021 at 4:44 am

    I am so sorry to hear of the the loss of your mother. She always had such a beautiful smile and I always remember how welcome she made me feel at your home when I was growing up. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time with love and my sincerest condolences.

  15. Karl-Günther Hänsel on March 13, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Lieber Rick,

    ein geliebter Mensch muss gehen und wir mögen es nicht hinnehmen.
    Aber Gott hat es so eingerichtet, dass ein jeder nach seinem Erdensein zu ihm kommt.
    Auch meine Inge, Deine Schwester, musste vor vielen Jahren bereits gehen, trotzdem scheint sie immer noch in meiner Nähe zu sein.
    In letzter Zeit erscheint sie mir immer wieder im Traum, vielleicht weil ich meine Krankheit fast vollständig überwunden habe.
    Aber Rick, auch wir beide werden uns eines Tages auf diesen Weg machen müssen, auch wenn wir es heute nicht wollen.

    Es ist zur Zeit ja leider nicht möglich, mir sowieso nicht, jetzt zu Euch zu kommen.
    Aber wir werden versuchen über Internet – bei uns heute Abend – bei Euch zu sein.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Dein Charly mit Familie

  16. Annalena and Hans Widén on March 13, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Vi vill på detta sätt sända vårt varma deltagande till Margarets alla anhöriga och särskilt till hennes älskade make Ulrich Henke.
    Vi är tacksamma att vi fick förmånen att lära känna Margaret.

  17. Dörthi and Theo Ursel and Egon, Andreas on March 13, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    We are very sad with all of you that Margaret passed away. She was a beloved family member for all of us. Tonight we will try to attend the funeral service and mourn together with you. We are with you in our thoughts.
    Your Family Pries and Hofsommer and all the young ones from Kiel and Berlin too

  18. Hoppy and Tia on March 13, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek my friend.

  19. Marlene Roos (Ellison) on March 13, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    The celebration of your Mom’s life was amazing. I remember her as both gentle and strong…and always gracious. So many great memories of the Wilson family growing up. It is easy to tell how loved she was. Everything you shared brought new light to her personality. Many things I didn’t know about her. Sending much loved and deepest condolences to you all.

  20. David & Camille Foster on March 13, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Dear Rick, Gary, David, Nancy, Rob, Evan, Laura, Charlene and your families:

    The funeral was such a beautiful tribute to Margaret. All your comments were so tender. The videos and music added a special touch. We are keeping you all close in our hearts as we know how much you love and will miss her. We will surely miss her, too! We send our prayers and sympathy to all of you.

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