Feb. 9, 2013
Surrounded by her family, Helen B. Gallagher, 99, of Bay City, Mich.; passed away at home on Feb. 9, 2013.
She was born on June 6, 1913 in Preston, Pa. to the late John and Catherine Carlin. She married Michael A. Gallagher on June 17, 1939 in Ashley. He predeceased her on Nov. 19, 1996.
Surviving her are three children, Kay (Carl) McLaughlin of Waterford, Mich.; Barbara Gallagher of Cheboygan, Mich., and Molly (Jim) Anderson of Bay City. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Erin Gallagher Lauer of Littleton, Colo.; Shannon Horvath of North Arlington, N.J.; Michael R. (Lynn) Gallagher of Crozet, Va.; Ashley (Brent) Reed of Bay City, and Daniel (Gina) Anderson of Bay City; her great-grandchildren, Chris Witkop; Patrick and Michael Careri; Helena, Neve and Liam Gallagher; Lauren Amyotte; Makayla Reed; Easton, Greer and Ian Anderson; and a great-great-granddaughter, Gabriella Heatherly-Careri. Helen is also survived by her very beloved brother, Andrew Carlin of Yardley, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Gary M. Gallagher; her brother, John Carlin; sisters, Kitty (John) Nichols and Charlotte (Bill) Morrissey; and in-laws, Daniel (Mary) Gallagher, Mary (Joe) McDowell and the Rev. John Gallagher.
Despite leaving school at an early age, she instilled the value of education and knowledge in her family. Helen loved reading, old movies, especially westerns, and all things Irish. She will be greatly missed by all, but we are thankful for almost 100 years of love and care.
The Funeral Liturgy and Rite of Committal will take place at 11 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Bay City, Mich. The celebrant will be the Rev. Fr. Craig L. Albrecht. Mrs. Gallagher will lie in state at the church today from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Graveside services will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Township. Those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor, Mich., or St. Jude Children's Hospital. www.gephartfuneralhome.com.