PIQUA - Rita L. Gallagher, 84, of Piqua, went to God at 3:54 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the Kobacker House of Columbus surrounded by her loving children and close friends. She was born in Columbus to the late Emerson and Lenora (Sigrist) Davis. She married Nicholas D. Gallagher Jr. June 9, 1951, in Columbus; he preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Joseph (Michael Kreiger) Gallagher of Kettering, Julia (David) Galbreath of Piqua, Margaret (Thomas) White of Piqua, Michael (Brenda) Gallagher of Cincinnati, Nora (Kevin) Fisher of Upper Arlington, and Nicholas Gallagher of Piqua; grandchildren, Patrick (Melissa) Galbreath, Ann (Joseph) Tocco, Kathleen (Dr. Daniel) Verrill, Elizabeth Galbreath, Carolyn White, Rebecca (Derek) Podpeskar, Thomas White, Joseph White, Michael Gallagher, Daniel (Michelle) Gallagher and John Gallagher, Megan, Sophia, Jacqueline, Isabelle and Madeline Fisher; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sister Mary Rose Davis of the Sisters of Our Mother of Peace, Missouri and Sister Carolyn Ann Davis, Sister of Notre Dame, Cincinnati. She was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Robert Davis.
Mrs. Gallagher attended St. Joseph Academy, Columbus and graduated from Wright State University earning her degree in education. She taught fifth grade math for 15 years at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Troy. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where she was served as a Eucharistic Minster, Lector and active with its Mission Commission. Additionally, she was a former member St. Patrick Catholic Church of Troy and the Piqua Columbian Club and volunteered preparing taxes for AARP.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a,m.Thursday, at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Thomas L. Bolte as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Lockbourne. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home where a prayer service will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church 528 Broadway, Piqua, OH 45356 or St. Boniface Catholic Church, 310 S. Downing St., Piqua, OH 45356. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on July 30, 2013