On July 15, 2018, Gladys Ann Gallo went to be with our Lord after declining health. Gladys (nee Endrizal) entered our world on August 19, 1927 in Lorain, Ohio. As a teenager, she worked in a drugstore soda fountain, enjoyed sewing, drama and was a member of the National Honor Society. At age 18, Gladys left Ohio for the adventures of Washington D.C. and training as an R.N. at Washington General Hospital.
Gladys went on a blind date with an Army GI because she was told he was “good for a steak dinner.” After dating a few years, many steak dinners, and attending operas, Gladys and Ralph were married in 1949. They continued to live in Washington D.C. while he completed his engineering degree at George Washington University on the GI bill. He would later attribute his education to Gladys since she demanded that he complete his degree. In 1950, Gladys and Ralph moved to Wilmington Delaware for a job opportunity, later settling in Newark, Delaware where they raised a family of four children. As the children aged, Gladys attended the University of Delaware, graduating with a degree in Home Economics and became a teacher in Wilmington-area high schools, where she taught cooking, life skills and organized a student-run restaurant.
Surviving are Gladys’ children: Christopher Gallo of Austin, TX, Blaise Gallo of Folsom, CA, Audrey Gallo-Freas of Houston, TX, Dolores Gallo of Winter Springs, FL, and seven grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Raphael Edmund Gallo, and one grandson, Victor Gallo.
She was active in her church, St. Stephens Catholic Community, on the Bereavement committee, Women’s Club and Book Club. She was also active in many of the activities at St. Luke’s Lutheran School that required sewing skills while her granddaughter attended. Her interests included sewing, gardening, attending theater and musical performances, and spending time with her family at the beach.
Funeral mass services will be held Monday, July 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephens Catholic Community Chapel, Winter Springs, Florida. The family will receive friends at a luncheon at the church following the service. Gladys will be interred at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery to rest eternally beside her husband.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials are made to Gladys’ favorite charity, the American Red Cross, 5 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, 32803.