Margarita Gagliardi

Margarita L. Gagliardi

Sunday, June 26th, 1949 - Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Margarita Gagliardi, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Margarita Gagliardi

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Margarita's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Margarita's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


Margarita’s journey in this life started 6/26/1949 and ended on 12/11/19. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru by her two wonderful parents, Jorge Andrade and Lenor (Roggero) Andrade. Margarita was educated at Santa Margarita and then attended college at Hallifax, Canada. After college she married Santi Gagliardi and from that union, they had three wonderful children – Angela, Fabiola, and Manuel. Margarita and Santi established their home in Springfield where they have been now for 48 years. Margarita moved her mother into her home where she took care of her for 32 years. In 1982, they became citizens of the United States.

When Margarita lived in Peru, she was a flight attendant for Peruvian Airlines. But she had to stop doing that job when she married Santi, as flight attendants were not allowed to be married at that time. When in Springfield, she worked for Zenith for 5 years but then stopped that job when she had her second child. She then had a third child and when he was 10 years old, she went back to work at Mercy Hospital, where she worked for 25 years.

Margarita was very active in the Catholic Church, where she participated in various organizations, such as; Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, St. Vincent de Paul, Prison Ministry with the Federal Medical Center, Cursillo, Marriage Encounter, Pre-Marital Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Missouri Against the Death Penalty. She was also instrumental in the starting of “The Kitchen,” Joshua House, Harmony House (was Hope House) and Pennies for Peru. She was also one of the founding members of Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and was very active in that congregation, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, visited members in the Nursing Homes and worked on the Altar Guild (aka Heavenly Dusters).

When asked what has kept her going for her lifetime, she states, “My relationship with Jesus has been my main focus throughout my life and my family. I have followed the Cursillo teachings – to learn about Jesus and his teaching. My life has been about being a better person because that is what I think God is asking us to be – to listen to Him and practice what He teaches. The more I learn about Jesus Christ, the more I can practice what He teaches. I think this is what we are lacking in this world today.”

Margarita then says, “My battle with cancer has been quite a journey – learning about myself and the relationship I have with others. It has involved a lot of prayer, learning, listening and believing that I must live my life to the fullest every day. When you have a healthy mind and body, they work together. But when you have cancer that connection is gone.”

Margarita was diagnosed with cancer on January 15th, 2008. She would like to thank her family and friends for being by her side for so many years throughout her battle. She also wants to thank her church family for the support they have given her during this time. Margarita states she has learned many things about herself while dealing with her cancer, but the most important thing is : “I have cancer. I am not my cancer. I am not changing my personality because of cancer.”

Margarita is preceded in death by both of her parents, Jorge Andrade and Leonor Roggero as well as both of her grandparents, Alejandro Roggero and Mariana Pena de Roggero. She is also preceded in death by her fourth child that she miscarried and her granddaughter, Harper Mae Ramsey and 3 angel grandbabies.

Margarita leaves behind her spouse, Santi and their 3 children, Angela Ramsey (and Joe), Fabiola Gagliardi, Manuel Gagliardi (and Kaylea); her grandchildren, Brady Ramsey, Chloe Ramsey, Emily Boyer, and Elena Gaglardi. She also leaves behind her two brothers, Jorge Andrade (Lillian), nephews Christian (Misti) & Lorenzo; Jose “Pepe” Andrade (Patricia) nephews Nicolas & Arturo, nieces Melissa & Alessandra; two sisters, Elsa Zamorano (Walter) nephews Jose Antonio & Javier & niece Esmeralda; Zoila Benezra (Jimmy) as well as so many more family members and friends who she considered family.

Margarita asks that we rejoice at her death – it should be a happy time. She is gone to meet her Lord and Savior. “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy …the Lord was my support. He brought me into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18: 16-19)

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, December 13th, 2019 with Stations of the Cross starting at 7:00 pm, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church; 2200 W. Republic Road Springfield, MO 65807.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, with Most Reverend John J. Leibrecht celebrant. Services are under the care and direction of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home in Springfield, MO.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) 321 Columbus Ave, Suite 5R, Boston MA 02116.

Permanent online condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

Read Less

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Margarita

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 13th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
    2200 W. Republic Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    with Stations of the Cross beginning at 7:00 pm
  • Service

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
    2200 W. Republic Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Resurrection Cemetery
    4535 W. State Hwy EE, 4535 W. State Hwy EE
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Memorial Program

We have provided a digital copy (PDF) of the Memorial Program that we supply at the time of the service. To Download this file please click the filename below. Margarita L. Gagliardi - Memorial Program


Donations are being accepted for: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

Purchase Flowers

Consider providing a gift of comfort for the family of Margarita Gagliardi by sending flowers.

Purchase Flowers


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Margarita here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each

Tribute Video

Share by: