Obituary of Mary Louise Gilgallon
Mary Louise (Farnan) Gilgallon, 88, a lifelong resident of Stillwater, passed away Friday, August 6, 2021 at Saratoga Hospital. Born July 21, 1933 in Mechanicville, NY she was the daughter of the late Thomas “Tim” and Bertha Farrell Farnan. Survivors include her children, Mary Ann Gilgallon (Thomas Sharkey) of Anchorage, AK, Donna P. (James Nichol) Gilgallon, Edward T. (Meg Pitney) Gilgallon, and Louise A. (late William O. Smith Jr.) Gilgallon Smith, all of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren, Dylan and Erin Kate Gilgallon of Saratoga Springs, and Ellen M.Sharkey of Anchorage, AK; brother, Thomas Farnan of Johnstown; sisters, Joan Campbell of Salem and Carol Reynolds of Scotia; countless nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Donald R. Gilgallon and her sister, Anne F. Butler. Mary Lou was a 1950 graduate of Schuylerville Central School and a 1953 graduate of Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as an RN for 10 years at numerous locations including Miami, FL, at the VA Hospital in Albany, Samaritan Hospital in Troy and was a Visiting Nurse for the Saratoga County Public Health prior to getting married and raising her family. Mary Lou was a faithful and active lifetime parishioner of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Stillwater. She took an interest in others, especially her children. She was a 4-H leader, a church school teacher and an enthusiastic fan cheering for her children and their teammates playing sports in school. She was an avid reader, homemaker, a great listener and conversationalist. Mary Lou was the family historian due to her excellent memory and accurate recall. Mary Lou also enjoyed country and western music, playing cards, camping, RV-ing and travelling all 50 states and many foriegn countries. She was a member of the Adirondack Good Sam’s RV Club. Mary Lou and Don enjoyed many winters in their vacation home in Arizona. Mary Lou and her beloved husband enjoyed socializing with their many friends and family members celebrating important occasions as well as everyday pleasures of life. Growing up and raising her family on a small farm she had a lifelong curiosity and interest in farming, the change of seasons and the beauty of wildlife. Mary Lou will be remembered for her intelligence, her keen sense of humor, her caring nature and her passion for life. A funeral mass will be held at 11:30am Friday, August 13, 2021 at All Saints Church on the Hudson North, 881 Hudson Ave., Stillwater, NY 12170. Burial will follow at 1:30pm at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. The family requests that masks be worn by everyone at the church and cemetery services and practice social distancing when possible. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in memory of Mary Lou to the Stillwater Food Pantry, PO Box 480, Stillwater, NY 12170 or the Stillwater Public Library, PO Box 485, Stillwater, NY 12170.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Friday, August 13, 2021
All Saints On The Hudson North Church
Stillwater, New York, United States
Friday, August 13, 2021
Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Rd.
Schuylerville, New York, United States