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Helen M. Gallagher

February 11, 1927 January 19, 2019
Helen M. Gallagher
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Obituary for Helen M. Gallagher

Helen M. Gallagher, 91, devoted wife and mother and longtime resident of Naperville, died Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Smith Village senior home in Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, who died in December and with whom she recently celebrated 72 years of marriage.

Born Helen Connolly on Feb. 11, 1927, Mrs. Gallagher grew up in the Forest Hills section of Queens, New York, as one of five girls in her family. She met John in 1945 when both were working for General Motors Corp. in New York. Married in 1946, she and John raised five children – Helen, John, James, Virginia, and Thomas – and had eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

As John’s career with GM took the family to several new homes over the years, including New Jersey, Portland, Ore., suburban Chicago, Dallas, Texas, and Pittsburgh, and finally back to Naperville, Mrs. Gallagher served as the anchor and rock of the family, renown for her old family recipe for spaghetti sauce and for her optimism and kindness even during challenging times.

As her children grew older, Mrs. Gallagher took up painting and produced dozens of landscapes and portraits. She and John also became residential real estate brokers in Naperville and helped sell dozens of homes in the community over many years.

Visitation will be Friday, January 25 from 9:-10:30 AM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 44 S. Mill St. Naperville, IL 60540.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM at St. Peter and Paul Church 36 N Ellsworth St. Naperville.

Interment will follow at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville.

In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family urges everyone to do or say a kind deed or word in her memory, as she would have wished.

For more information, please call (630)355-0213.

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9:00 AM 1/25/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 1/25/2019 10:30:00 AM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM 1/25/2019 11:00:00 AM
SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church

36 N. Ellsworth Street
Naperville, Illinois 60540

SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
36 N. Ellsworth Street Naperville 60540 Illinois
United States

Cemetery Details


SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery Final Resting Place

701 North Ave
Naperville, Illinois 60540

701 North Ave Naperville 60540 Illinois
United States

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