Pat Galligan Obituary

Pat  Galligan
Pat Galligan
Pat Galligan

December 28, 1934 - September 18, 2009
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Mary Patricia "Pat" Galligan, 74 years, died September 18, 2009 at the University Of Minneapolis, MN due to complications from cancer.

Pat was born on December 28, 1934 the younger of two daughters. She was a Des Moines native and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and later from the University of Nebraska in 1956 with a B.A in Education. Pat taught school in California and Germany where she met her husband, Robert "Bob" Galligan. The couple was married in Des Moines, IA in 1959, lived in New Haven, CT and then settled in Des Moines in 1964.

Pat was a lifelong active volunteer and sustaining member of the Junior League of Des Moines for 43 years. In addition, she was actively involved with PEO, Drake's Women's Center and St. Augustin Church. In her later years, she was a member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Pat enjoyed playing bridge with friends, swimming, fine dining, theater, music and travel. She generously shared her passion for gourmet cooking by creating the perfect meal for every occasion. Pat cherished her time at "The Lake"- a family retreat in East Gull Lake, MN since 1969- were she and her husband graciously welcomed and entertained family and friends.

Those left to cherish Pat's memory are her husband of 50 years, Bob; son Dave (Sue) Galligan of Pequot Lakes, MN; daughter Sheila Galligan of Edina, MN; daughter Susan Kiffin of Eden Prairie, MN; daughter Ann (David) Jones of Woodbury, MN; six grandchildren, Alex and Madison Galligan, Taylor and Duke Kiffin and Nicholas and Katherine Jones; and sister Sue (Bill) Conyers of Des Moines, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents Milton and Betty Coonan of Des Moines, IA.

Visitation will be hosted by Iles Funeral Homes-Dunn's Chapel at St. Augustin Catholic Church Parish Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2009 followed by a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 24, 2009 at St. Augustin Catholic Church immediately followed by a light lunch. Interment at Glendale Cemetery will follow.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Augustin Catholic Church or American Cancer Society.


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St. Augustin's Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Augustin's Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Thursday, September 24, 2009
10:30 AM
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Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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