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Friday July 22nd, 2022
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St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Saturday July 23rd, 2022
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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Saturday July 23rd, 2022

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John J. Gallagher

John Jerome Gallagher, 86, of Walnutport, passed away Monday, July 18, 2022, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.   He was the husband of Lorraine M. (Utrata) Gallagher, whom he married on May 23, 1964.   Born in Lansford, he was the son of the late Hugh E. Sr. and Lena C. (Foulk) Gallagher.   John served his country honorably and proudly as a member of the US Navy for four years during the Korean War Era.   He then attended East Stroudsburg University.  John was the owner /operator of Gallagher Brothers Roofing, then John J. Gallagher Roofing & Building.  He was a faithful member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Walnutport, where he served as usher and greeter.   He enjoyed fishing, long walks, playing pinochle, competing in 5K races and McDonald’s coffee.  He was an avid sports fan, especially Phillies and Notre Dame.   

In addition to his wife Lorraine, he is survived by a son: Kevin P. Gallagher and wife Maureen J. of Gibsonia, PA (near Pittsburgh); daughter: Lori A. and husband Stephen A. Henritzy of Slatington; grandchildren: Ryan P. and wife Hannah, Erin L., Megan M., Jeffrey A, and fiancé Aubrey L., Nichole A. and husband Justin J.; sister: Patricia and husband James Klingler, Sr. of Summit Hill.  He was predeceased by brothers Hugh Jr., Lemuel and Francis Gallagher, and sisters, Mary Estle, Margaret Roberts, Ruth Lipyanic and Ann Boyer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 1152 Oak Rd, Walnutport.   Family and friends may pay their respects from 6 to 8PM on Friday July 22, at Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. Second St, Slatington and from 9:30 to 10:30AM, Saturday at church.   Interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Bloomingdale Cemetery, Summit Hill.   Contributions in John’s name can be made to St. Nicholas Church.

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A candle was lit in memory of John Gallagher

Barbara Dilley Jul 22 2022 7:33 PM

Uncle John was a great human being and over the years while growing up, it was always a pleasure to be in his company. I’m so glad we got to see him again on the previous weekend. He will be sorely missed and heaven has gained another good one.
You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
R.I.P. Uncle John!

Paul Utrata Jul 19 2022 3:32 PM

We have known John and Lorraine for quite a few years. Seeing their daughter Lori and our son Stephen were courting. John was a very venturing man taking his every morning walks from Walnutport to Jim Thorpe and many different area K 5 walk a thorns. But in these last passing years seeing him slowing drifting away, but still kept him smile for everyone. Now the Lord has taken his hand saying I'm ready for next Chapter in your life and lifted 🙏 up to stand next to him. John it helps knowing that you can rest in PEACE until other members in the Family come up to be with you again. All our Condolence's go out to Lorraine, Kevin and Lori right now and will keep in touch with you all. GOD BLESS you all and other family members.

Jeannette, Warren Henritzy Jul 19 2022 11:48 AM

Uncle John, every time when I saw you, I would ask you how you were and your response was always with a smile on your face, "I never had a bad day!". I have great memories when Mary Jayne and I were little girls and I thank you. RIP Uncle John.
Condolences to Aunt Lorraine, Kevin, Lori Ann and families.

Vicki Ahner Jul 19 2022 10:33 AM

Uncle John, my godfather, you will be greatly missed! Condolences to Aunt Lorraine. Also Kevin, Lori and your families. Uncle John was an absolute awesome man and will be greatly missed by many. Love you all and RIP Uncle John. Love Bernie, Erin, Tori, Cody and Garrett

Bernie Utrata Jul 19 2022 6:41 AM