Sylvia Mae Gallo, 96, of Philipsburg surrounded by her loving family, departed this life on Monday, June 23, 2014, at Colonial Courtyard at Tyrone.
Sylvia was born May 28, 1918 in Hawk Run, a daughter of Franklin and Mary Etta (Lewis) Duprey. She was married on Feb. 6, 1937, in Philipsburg to John Gallo, who preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1996.
She had been employed for many years and first with the former Adelman & Ratowsky Fine Clothing Store and then with the former Ames department store, both of Philipsburg.
She was a longstanding, active member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Philipsburg, where she enjoyed singing in the church choir and being a member of the Ladies Guild.
Anyone who knew her would agree “Sylvia never met a stranger.” She always had time to stop and talk with everyone.
She greatly enjoyed the time spent with her family. They especially loved to hear her stories and reminisce about her childhood in Hawk Run during the 1920?s-l930?s. She was a devoted and loving mother to her three children.
She is survived by two daughters, Marlene Middleton and her husband, Ray of (Sleepy Hollow) RD Philipsburg, and Judy Baratta and her husband, Frank, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Nellie Beiser of Florida; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, John G. “Johnnie” Gallo; a granddaughter, Kimberly Dawn Ashby; one sister; and five brothers. She was the last of her generation.
She will be greatly and lovingly missed by all of her family members.
Family and friends will be received from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce St., Philipsburg, and from 1O a.m. until the time of service Saturday.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, Philipsburg, with the Rev. William R. Walker, Officiating. Burial will be at Ashcroft Cemetery, Hawk Run.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 377, Philipsburg, PA 16866.
Online condolences may be submitted at beezerheathfh.com.