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Obituary for Loretta Gallagher (Balas)

GALLAGHER, Loretta (nee Balas), age 90, of Garfield, died surrounded by her family on August 10, 2023. Born and raised in Hazelton, Pennsylvania for 19 years, Loretta moved to New York for a short period of time before settling to Garfield 60 years ago. She was a homemaker, a parishioner of Most Holy Name RC Church, Garfield and a member of the Silver Sneakers Club at the Garfield YMCA. Loretta is predeceased by her husband, Charles, Sr. in 1991, two beloved children, Susan Gallagher-Colurciello in 2016 and Patrick Gallagher in 2006, a granddaughter, Megan Gallagher, and her siblings, Joseph, Stanley, Thomas, Frank, Mildred (Elsie) Filler, and Evelyn Zerden. She is survived by three devoted children, Michael Gallagher and wife Nancy, Patricia Gallagher and husband John DePeri, and Charles Gallagher, Jr and wife Angie, eight cherished grandchildren, Nicole, Sarah, Angelina, Samantha, Olivia, Quinn, Ethan & Brittany, two adored great-grandchildren, Michaela and Jameson, and two sisters, Annette Mussoline & Eleanor Voytek. Visiting Tuesday 4 to 8 pm. The funeral is Wednesday, August 16, 2023, arriving at the Aloia Funeral Home at 10 am followed by a 11 am mass at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin RC Church, Garfield. Interment St. Nicholas Cemetery, Lodi. In lieu of flowers the family will accept memorial gifts to the Garfield YMCA and the Friends of The Garfield Library. The Gallagher family is in the care of the Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Ave., Garfield (973-340-7077). Condolences/Directions visit