Mary G. "Aunt Mary" Galardo, 85, of Dunkirk died Monday morning (April 7, 2014) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 21, 1928 in Dunkirk, the daughter of the late Carlo and Elizabeth (Liggiarto) Galardo.
As an LPN in the maternity ward of Brooks Memorial Hospital for 26 years, Mary had a maternal instinct unlike any other. She had an innate ability and reputation for detecting problems when no one else could. Family members have marveled when hearing stories and sharing memories about Mary as a maternity nurse.
A devout Catholic and parishioner of Holy Trinity Church, Mary was the recipient of the prestigious St. Joseph the Worker Award presented to her by Bishop Edward Head. She was an active participant in the Women's Guild, Blessed Sacrament Society/Disciples of the Eucharist, Bereavement Committee, Liturgy Planning Committee, Altar Rosary Society and St. Lucy Society. In addition, she served her parish for many years as a Eucharistic minister, housekeeper and cook, working until the age of 80.
"Aunt Mary" was aunt not only to her nieces and nephews, but also to many at school, at sporting events and in the community.
A lifelong Dunkirk resident, she followed all local sports, but had a passion for the Dunkirk Baseball Program, once giving the Good Luck prayer and speech in front of City Hall to see the Dunkirk Marauders off to the State Championship. She loved to watch youth hockey and high school soccer and softball as well.
Aunt Mary's love for her entire family was evident; she never missed a birthday or special event. Her finest attribute was her unconditional love and commitment to family, friends and her faith, without ever asking for anything in return.
Beloved aunt of Frank A. Jagoda II of Dunkirk; great-aunt of Frank A. Jagoda and Joseph A. Jagoda, both of Dunkirk, whom she helped to raise; and several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. One brother, Peter Galardo of Cassadaga and five sisters, Ida Gerace of Buffalo, Jenny Wolk of California, Angeline Corbett of Dunkirk, Nancy Williams of Erie, Pa., and Lucy Winder of Brocton also survive.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Louis, Nicholas, Virgino and Anthony Galardo Sr.; and six sisters, Rose Barlette, Josephine Seay, Margie Jagoda, Virginia Mae Galardo, Ida Galardo and Cath-erine Maulucci.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:15 from the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o'clock in Holy Trinity Church. Calling hours will be held Thursday evening from 7-9 and Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.