Geraldyne M. Gallun
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Geraldyne Marie (Gerry) Gallun, 87, of West Lafayette, went home to her reward after a long battle with Alzheimer's, on February 25, at Westminster Village where she resided for the past 3 years. She was born on April 25, 1926, in Lansing, Michigan to loving parents, the late Hylton and Myrtle Dexter. Gerry is survived by her son, R. Craig Gallun (wife Lisa) of Denver, CO, her daughter, Christine M. Kitterman (husband Bill) of Romney, her grandson, Skyler Gallun of New York City, her granddaughter, Olivia Crook (husband Doug) of St. Charles, MO, her great-grandson, Alex Crook, her brother, Donald Dexter of Kalamazoo, MI, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by a brother and her husband.
Gerry met her future husband, Robert Gallun, at Michigan State College. She majored in History and Political Science, graduating on June 6, 1948. Gerry and Robert (Bob) married on June 25, 1949, and honeymooned in the UP (Keweenaw) of Michigan, and summered on Lake Superior for the next 60 years of their marriage, where they enjoyed the peacefulness and many beautiful sunsets over the lake. Her loving husband, Bob, died on June 24, 2011.
After their marriage Gerry and Bob resided in Minot, North Dakota. They moved to West Lafayette in 1953 so that Bob could further his education at Purdue University, eventually joining the faculty of the College of Agriculture. Before and after his retirement, Gerry and Bob traveled extensively, often in conjunction with International meetings, to renew friendships with friends, former colleagues and graduate students in Europe and elsewhere. She and her husband belonged to the Wabash Valley Gem and Mineral Society for many years and also volunteered in the Meals on Wheels program. Gerry also worked for a short time in the Klondike Elementary School office where her children attended school.
Gerry was a gentle and compassionate Christian woman. She loved helping others, gardening, baking lemon bars, nature, cats and dogs, owls, hummingbirds, Koko the Gorilla, raccoons, and all of God's creatures, great and small. While residing at Westminster Village she amazed the staff and her family by painting a dozen or more pictures of flowers and landscapes. Bob would have been very proud of her accomplishments. She also enjoyed the music activities and would often break into song during her meals. Gerry's family wishes to thank the staff and nurses in the Westminster Village Health Care Center for their friendship and excellent care of our mother and grandmother. The family also wishes to thank St. Elizabeth Hospice.
Gerry was a symbol of kindness, integrity, and love. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. As per her wishes, cremation will take place. Hippensteel Funeral Center is entrusted with her care. Her ashes will be interred at the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI, beside her late husband. A Celebration of Life Service to be held at the Romney United Methodist Church will be announced at a later date. Memorials in her name may be made to the Almost Home Humane Society. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2014