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GALLELLI, Florence Irene (Biddy)

GALLELLI, Florence Irene (Biddy)
January 1, 1918 – October 2, 2011

Biddy, beloved mother of Gary, Judi and Grant, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the age of 93 years.

Biddy was born in a farmhouse in Halkirk, Alberta at 12:01 AM January 1, 1918. She met the love of her life Harry in 1933 when she was 15 and 3 years later, in 1935, they were married. Biddy and Harry lived a nomadic life through the depression and WW II working for N. Gallelli & Sons in Calgary, on farms in Delia, in the coal mines in Nordegg and for Greyhound on the Alaska Highway. In 1945 Biddy and Harry moved back to Calgary where they lived for the rest of Biddy’s life. Biddy converted to Catholicism in 1948 and became involved in charity work culminating in her being named volunteer of the year in Calgary for her work with the Catholic Charities Clothes Bank. Biddy was an outstanding athlete competing at high levels in gymnastics, speed skating, softball, track and bowling.

Biddy is survived by her sons Gary (Gail) and Grant (Allison), her daughter Judi, five grandchildren, Lisa (Mike), Laurinda (Chris), Gary Jr. (Jennifer), Jason (Julie) and Harrison and 12 loving great grandchildren. Biddy was predeceased by her husband Harry, her mother Frances, her father Louis and her two sisters Louise and Martha.

The family would like to thank Lidija and Teresita for their devotion and care in making Biddy’s last years more comfortable.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) thursday, October 6, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W.) thursday, October 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, www.salvationarmy.org.

In living memory of Biddy Gallelli, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Grant, sincere condolences on the passing of your mother.

    Best regards,
    John Riddell

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  2. My heartfelt thoughts are with the family. I have many wonderful memories of my time with Biddy, she was so very special and will not be forgotten. Peace, prayers and blessings… Diana

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  3. I remember playing at my Aunt Rose Kennedy’s house behind Harry and Biddy’s house on 16th Ave all those years ago. Those were good times and your mother had many friends. I reckon she is in a better place now. With respcet Gord Frame

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  4. Carol and Larry Ryder :

    DEAR JUDI, GRANT, GARY, HARRISON AND FAMILY
    OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES ON THE LOSS OF YOUR DEAR MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT GRANDMOTHER. MAY YOUR MANY MEMORIES SUSTAIN YOU NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU. WE WILL BE OUT OF TOWN FOR HER CELEBRATION OF LIFE.
    SINCERELY
    CAROL AND LARRY RYDER

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  5. Phil S. Bazant :

    Gary Gallelli, Gail & Family

    Sorry to hear about your mothers passing – mothers are so special. I leave for Washington today so won’t see you, away till October 17. Please call when convenient, I’d like to get and give a life update, of the last 10 or 15 years. Where are you residing? Kids? Etc.
    Best wishes, and our sympathy is with you all.

    Phil S. Bazant

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  6. Dearest Judi,
    My heart goes out to you. I remember meeting your Mom for the first time and thinking what a sweet loving woman she was. I remember the admiration in her eyes as she watched you talk. I have never known a more caring and devoted daughter than you were to your Mom. I know that God will wrap his loving arms around you as you transistion through this. He is proud of the way you cared for her. So comforting to picture her back with your Dad, painfree and happy. Love MJ

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  7. Joanne Murphy nee McDonald :

    I read of Biddy’s passing in today’s Herald. She had a long and fruitful life and I have many good memories of her at family events. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend any of the services. My thoughts, however, will be with you all.

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  8. My deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. I remember Biddy well, she was always such a delight.
    My thoughts are with you all at this time of loss.

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  9. George & Joyce Huber :

    Dear Gary & Gail & Family
    Our sincere condolences for the passing of your mother this last week. May her soul “Rest in Peace”

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  10. To the Gallelli family,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother.

    Mary Long(Marshall) and family
    Delia, Ab

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  11. Ernie and Isabella Watson :

    Re Biddy Gallelli

    Very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow, we often think of all the good times when you all lived on 16th Avenue and what a good friend your Mother was. And also gary and Grant that were in our wedding party. May God bless you all. All our love.
    ISABELLA AND ERNIE WATSON

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  12. Kevin Lintott :

    Judi, I am sorry it is this long ago your mom died and I just found this in the web. I was your mom’s nurse for almost three years and she was my favorite patient, I miss her. I think about you both often and wish I was there when she passed on.

    Kevin

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