Ellen Elizabeth “Gal” (nee Halloran), 89, formerly of Campus, passed away Oct. 31, 2019.
She was born Nov. 24, 1929 on the family farm in Reddick, Illinois, the daughter of Jean and Gerald Halloran. After graduating from Reddick High School in 1947, she left the farm, attended Illinois State University, and married, Candido “Andy” Galeaz, on June 19, 1950 at Sacred Heart Church in Campus. they were married for 54 years.
Surviving are her children, Anton (Anita) Galeaz of Campus, Thomas (Melinda) Galeaz of Bloomington, Candi Kresl of Kankakee, Nancy (Richard) LaReau of Murphysboro, Dino (JoAnn) Galeaz of Campus, Gina (Richard) Thompson of Kankakee, and Kristal (Dean) Fritz of Bourbonnais. She had 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her lifelong love of big band music and ballroom dancing, Gal was a card enthusiast and could be frequently found playing euchre, pinochle, bridge, and poker.
Preceeding her in death were her parents, her husband Andy, her brother, John “Jack” Halloran, her sister, Carol Olson, and her son-in-law, James Kresl.
Gal worked as a customer service specialist at the Kmart in Pontiac, served as a secretary at Reddick High School, and assisted Andy in his upholstery shop in Dwight.
Visitation was from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. A funeral mass was conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4 at St. John Paul II Catholic Parish in Kankakee. A private burial will be held on a later date at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elmwood.