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LINCOLN -- Jean Anita Gala, 78, of
Lincoln, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in
Springfield, surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Monday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, following
the rosary being recited at 3:30 p.m.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family
Church, with the Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
was a public health nursing instructor at the
University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria
before she retired in 1992. Later she taught at
Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington from
1993-1995. In the 1960s, she was stationed in
Ethiopia for two years with the World Health
Organization and met her husband there.
She was born on Feb. 20, 1933, at Ste. Marie. Her
parents were Bernard and Ursula Gangloff Huff. She
married Dr. Stojan Paul Gala on Dec. 30, 1968, in
Ste. Marie. From 1968-1973 they lived in Slovenia,
where their two children were born. Her husband
preceded her in death in 1993.
She is survived by one son, Michael Gala (and
Shelley Cohen) of Washington, D.C.; one daughter,
Juliana "Julie" (and John) Grayson of Washington,
D.C.; four grandchildren, William Gala Grayson,
Alexander John Grayson, Sienna Jordan Gala and
Sabrina Raine Gala; five sisters, Ann (and Jack)
LaMothe of Lincoln, Lucie (and Rich) Gorman of
Springfield, Mary Rushin of Joliet, Julie "Judy"
(and Rick) Martin of Bourbonnais and Geri (and
Vince) Andiorio of Oak Forest; and one brother,
Bernard (and Lynn) Huff of Rising Sun, Ind.
She was a member and Eucharistic minister of Holy
Family Church, a member of Lincoln Elks Lodge 914,
Emily's List, Smithsonian Institute and was a Master
She graduated from St. John's School of Nursing as a
registered nurse, received her BSN from University
of Minnesota, MSN from The Catholic University of
America in Washington, D.C., and attended the Ph.D.
program in education at Illinois State University.
Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School,
or you may make a memorial donation to help a young
friend of Mrs. Gala, 5-year-old Annabelle Bozarth,
who is diagnosed with a devastating disease called
MPS IVA. The donation may be made online at
www.mpssociety.org. Please indicate that your
general donation is in memory of Jean Gala, who
herself has made generous donations to the National
MPS Society in hopes of helping her young friend.
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