MARY O'BYRNE GALLIGAN


To New Hampton Tribune, March 11, 1937, page 1.

Mrs. Philip Galligan Dies Following Four Days Illness

Funeral Was Held Saturday at Mount Carmel
Church in Lawler, Five Children Survive

LAWLER: The heavy hand of sorrow pressed down on Lawler and community Wednesday when it was announced that Mrs. Philip H. Galligan had died at her home, at 9:45 p.m. of paralysis, and her spirit had taken its flight to that eternal home from which no traveler ever returns. Her most peaceful death followed a four-day illness. As she approached the closing days, as she had all the days of her life, she was strengthened and fortified in receiving the sacraments of the Catholic Church from her pastor.

While she had been in ill health for some time, no indication of a fatal illness appeared until the Sunday preceding her death. Her condition was immediately recognized and the children were notified to come home. All were present at her bedside at the time of her death.

She was the mother of eight children, three of whom died in infancy. The children who survive to mourn the loss of their devoted mother are: Mrs. James Feeney of Lawler, Anne, of new Hampton, Frank of Dubuque, Clem of Mankato, Minnesota, and Carl of La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Bridget Bollinger of Sioux City, Mrs. E. F. Canty of Lawler, and one brother, Mike O'Byrne of Lawler; also nine grandchildren. Her husband, Philip H. Galligan preceded her in death by four years.

Mrs. Galligan was an active member of the Rosary Society, she was a woman who enjoyed the esteem and good will of a great number of relatives and friends. The large number of relatives and friends who paid their respect and attended the funeral, bore evidence of the high esteem to which she was held. Her life and endeavor, therefore, were directed toward the greater honor and glory of God, and this fact speaks most eloquently of the eminent goodness of her character. Her religious ideals found expression in her daily life. It was in the peace and contentment of her home that she found her greatest enjoyment, finding happiness in that atmosphere of love and affection, with which she surrounded her loved ones.

Mary O'Byrne was born on December 5, 1858, at Racine, Wisconsin. When five years old she came with her parents to Iowa. On May 20, 1885 she was united in marriage to Philip H. Galligan. They resided on a farm three miles south and east of here until twenty-five years ago, when the family moved to Lawler.

Her funeral was held from our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Saturday morning at nine o'clock. A Solemn Requiem High Mass was celebrated by our pastor, though Rev. J. J. O'Donnell, with the very Rev. Thomas Dowling of New Hampton as Deacon and the Rev. Drummy of Reilly Ridge as Sub Deacon. In fitting words the pastor paid tribute to the life of this good woman, and the consolations that were hers through her faith.

Mrs. Galligan's six nephews, Frank O'Byrne, Byron Bollinger, Peter O'Byrne, Eugene Canty, Merle O'Byrne and William O'Byrne, bore her casket to her final resting place in the adjoining cemetery where she was laid to rest beside her husband.



The Lawler Dispatch, Thursday, March 11, 1937

Attend Funeral


Mr. And Mrs. Frank Galligan and son, Thomas, and daughters, Frances and Jerry, attended the funeral of the former's mother, Mrs. Phil Galligan, Saturday.

Mrs. Mary Goes of Waterloo attended the funeral of Mrs. P.H. Galligan, Saturday.

Miss Madonna Feeney of Van Horn, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. Mrs. James Feeney and family, and attended the funeral of her grandmother, Mrs. P. H. Galligan, on Saturday.

Miss Velma O' Byrne of Bedford, Iowa, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike O'Byrne and family and attended the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. P. H. Galligan, Saturday.

Miss Lois O'Byrne of Williamstown spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike O'Byrne and attended the funeral of her aunt, Mrs. Mary Galligan.

Mrs. Mary Goss, daughters, Mrs. Troy Fisher and family and Mrs. Robert Rugg and family, all of Waterloo attended the wake and funeral of Mrs. P. H. Galligan here Saturday.

Mrs. Katie O'Byrne of Minneapolis and son, Pete, and Mr. and Mrs. William O'Byrne and daughter, Katherine, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Phil Galligan, Saturday.

Mrs. Bridget Bollinger and daughter, Frances, of Sioux City, and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Bollinger of Cedar Rapids attended the funeral of Mrs. Phil Galligan here Saturday.

Hugh Mullen and Mrs. Foster of Britt, Frank Mullen of Hutchins, Mrs. Will Doughan of Algona, and Mrs. John Hoon of Crystal Lake, Iowa, attended funeral of Mrs. Phil Galligan, Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Goheen of Garniville attended the funeral of Mrs. Phil Galligan, Saturday.



The New Hampton Tribune, March 18, 1937

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the kindly acts of sympathy extended to us at the death of our dear mother. For the spiritual and floral offerings, we are deeply grateful.

Galligan and Feeney Families.


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