Rita (Emma) Gallagher

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Rita Elizabeth Gallagher, 99, a nearly lifelong resident of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, died Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Born June 10, 1915, in East End, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Bridget Bonner Zimmerman.

Emma attended the Guthrie School and James M. Coughlin High School.

She dedicated her life to her family and found her greatest joy in raising her daughter and spending time with her grandsons.

Her husband, John J. Gallagher, died Oct. 23, 1972. Brothers, Francis, George and Charles Zimmerman, also preceded her in death.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Rita and her husband, Butch Kovalski, Mountain Top; grandsons, Matthew, Kaelin, Daniel and Joshua; great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Matthew; nieces, nephews and other family.

A celebration of Emma's life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday from McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. in the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Emma's family at www.celebrateherlife.com.
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McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 823-4567
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 19, 2014
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