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Gloria Ann Galema

October 11, 1941 December 25, 2015
Gloria Ann Galema
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Obituary for Gloria Ann Galema

Round Lake, MN


      Gloria Ann Galema, age 74, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 25, 2015 at her home in rural Round Lake, MN after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born on October 11, 1941 in Algona, IA to J.W. and Vivian (Studer) Kelch. Gloria attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from the 8th grade. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1959.

      On August 5, 1961 she married John Galema Jr. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN. Following their marriage they raised three children on the family farm near Round Lake. In her early years, Gloria worked as a dental assistant. After raising their family, she then worked for Smith Trucking, Coffee Nook and for several dentists as a receptionist. She also helped on the farm. Gloria was an excellent seamstress. She loved to sew and make crafts. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, canning and baking. She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and watching the Minnesota Twins. She cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren.

      Gloria will be lovingly remembered by her husband John of 54 years; daughter Lori Walker and her husband Monte of Worthington, MN; sons Kevin Galema and his wife Jackie of Renner, SD and Brent Galema and special friend Jennifer Moran of Round Lake, MN; five grandchildren Alex Walker, Jenny Walker, Haley Galema, Katelynn Galema and Brooke Galema; two sisters Mary (Frank) Turk of Arlington, TX and Carol Williamson of Cornville, AZ; five brothers, Bob (Julie) Kelch of Mexico, MO, Jim Kelch of Phoenix, AZ, Dick (Annette) Kelch of Ankeny, IA, Jeff (Tammy) Kelch of Little Elm, TX and Jerry (Jeanine) Kelch of Redding, CA.

      She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters Judy Hammer and Diane Kelch; one brother Jack Kelch and sister-in-law Mary Lou Mason.

      Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN, with Father James Callahan officiating. Casket bearers will be Alex Walker, Bill Mason, Duane Voss, Donald Voss, Tom Wiese and Denny Reed. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery.

      Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN, and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

      Memorials are preferred to Compassionate Care Hospice of Worthington.

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