GREENSBORO, N.C. — William J. Galler, 88, formerly of Avon Lake and Danville, died peacefully Sept. 6, 2012, in Greensboro, N.C., where he was living at the time, following a brief illness.
Born Jan. 30, 1924, in Garfield, N.J., to the late Frank and Rosalia Galler. Bill was a teacher and librarian.
He is survived by his son, William Jr., and daughter-in-law, Barbara (Bolden), of Redmond, Wash.; daughter, Rose, and son-in-law, Phil Dufault, of Gaffney, S.C.; and son, Jim, and daughter-in-law, Jeannette (Duval), of Stokesdale, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Minnie Galler (Oosting); his brothers, Frank and George.
Bill was a veteran of World War II, having served as a medical corpsman at General Eisenhower’s Headquarters. It was in Germany, during World War II, that he met Minnie Oosting, who was an Army nurse. Bill and Minnie lived in Danville during the 1950s, where Bill was a high school English teacher. He and Minnie then moved to Avon Lake, where they lived for over 50 years. Bill was the librarian at Avon Lake High School from the early 1960s, through the mid-1970s. Bill enjoyed bowling for many years and was an enthusiastic golfer, having played for the last time less than two weeks before his passing. Bill was also an avid reader and researcher of his family’s history. He and Minnie made two trips to Germany and Hungary to meet relatives and research their family histories. For many years after retirement, Bill and Minnie volunteered for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Lorain County, Ohio, where Bill was once named Volunteer of the Year.
Resthaven Memory Gardens of Avon are assisting the family with arrangements for a memorial service to be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers and cards, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001-6792; or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.