Lucy Gallagher

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Lucy Margaret Gallagher, nee Cooper, 96, of Troy, IL, born September 22, 1922, in Risher, AR, passed peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Lucy was the daughter of the late William Jackson and Verda Mae Cooper of Weiner, Arkansas. On June 24, 1942 she married Bernard E. Gallagher in Ft. Lewis, Washington. Bernard, an Army WWII Veteran, passed away on April 3, 1977. After the war they returned to Weiner, Arkansas, then moved to Illinois in 1956. Lucy was an amazing wife, mother of eleven, grandmother of 24 and great grandmother of 34. She loved gardening, fishing, cooking, and spending time with her family. She caught an eight-pound catfish on a cane-pole when she was in her seventies. She enjoyed traveling back to Arkansas to visit her family in Jonesboro and Weiner. When company came to visit there was always dessert and a meal waiting. She was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Bernard E. Gallagher; a son-in-law, Bill Wesling; a granddaughter, Ashley Gallagher; her parents, William Jackson and Verda Mae Cooper; and her siblings, Otha, Ollie, William, Beulah, Franklin, and Hiram.

Lucy is survived by a sister, Mary Mae (Don) Worley of Jonesboro, AR;
her children, Margaret (Robert) Walsh,
Barney (Ann) Gallagher, Linda Wesling, Ethel (Bob) Smith,
Dan (Barbara) Gallagher, John (Renee) Gallagher,
Tony (Jackie) Gallagher, Robert (Paula) Gallagher,
Mike (Sheila) Gallagher, Charles Brian Gallagher,
and Douglas (Paula) Gallagher.
24 grandchildren, Nikki (Davie) Kimm, Steve Morgason,
Billy (Bonnie) Wesling, DJ (Christine) Kent, Chris Kent,
Tom (Jacquelyn) Muertz, Scott (Annette) Gallagher,
Melinda (Sam) Hewitt, Charlie (Alicia) Gallagher,
Tonya Fernandez, Angie Gallagher, Carie (Courtney) Gallagher,
Melissa Spurlock, Leah McVey, Kimberly Gallagher (Jeff),
Katherine (Ed) Main, Kristen Gallagher, Andy Gallagher,
Jason (Danielle) Gallagher, Justin Gallagher,
William Gallagher, and Shannon Gallagher;
34 great-grandchildren, Cody, Anastasia, Kayla, Keenen, Kyle,
Kurtis, Keith, Kenzie, Mason, Logan, Gavin, Claire,
Emily, Olivia, Jonathan, Nathan, Haylee, Dylan, Stryder,
Matthew, Dylan, Daniel, Blake, Brenden, Braden, Bella,
Blacey, Emma, Camden, Bella, Eli, Tierney,
Liam and Geneva;
and her special friends, Janet Voegtle and Sherry Swearengin.

The Gallagher Family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for their kind care that they have shown Lucy Gallagher and her family. The rest of the family would like to thank Margie and Linda who took special care of Lucy for the last five years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Legion Post 1255. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Father Mark Reyling officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


12 Comments on Lucy Gallagher

Alan J Yung said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2019 at 3:10 PM

Sorry for the families loss.

  • Belleville
  • ILL
Kimberly Williams Fernandez said : Guest Report Mar 27, 2019 at 1:19 AM

Your loss is real!! But, your fond memories will see you through!! Hugs,Kim

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rena & David Worley said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 9:01 PM

Nothing beautiful in this world is ever really lost. All things beloved live on in our hearts forever. We will miss you Aunt Lucy.

  • Ann Arbor
  • Michigan
Dorothy Kollmeyer said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 4:57 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother. She was a wonderful person! Beautiful inside and out!

  • Dupo
  • Illinois
Joyce Blankenship said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 4:06 PM

May God embrace your family as you heal from your loss!

  • O’fallon
  • Il
Maureen Wesling said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 1:37 AM

My deepest sympathy for the entire Gallagher family. She was a great lady.

  • LaVern8a
  • TX
Janet B said : Guest Report Mar 26, 2019 at 1:31 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Gallagher’s death. Father God, be with this family as they mourn. Their memories will carry them through this time. May they remember the good times and celebrate her life.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Alfred said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 8:16 PM

Sorry to hear the Loss of Mrs Gallagher ..God Bless each and everyone of You .. Prayers are with You All ..

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Charlene Guzior said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 8:07 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the Gallagher family. Cherish the beautiful memories.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gail Mezo said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 8:06 PM

To Scott and Annette and family - my sincerest condolence on the loss of your Grandma. May God wrap you and your family in his arms to comfort you in your time of grief. Another Angel in Jesus May she RIP

  • Granite City
  • IL
Amanda (Mandy) Huffman said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 7:35 PM

My condolences go out to the whole Gallagher Family....She's an Angel now is at peace... Take care ❤️

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Donna Schmittling said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2019 at 7:02 PM

My sincere condolences go out to the entire Gallagher Family on the loss of your Mother. ?? God bless

  • Freeburg
  • I'll.

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