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GalleyS WebFORESTVILLE:  Susan Maureen (Powalski) Galley, 72, passed in peace Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, at her residence.  She was born in Buffalo, on February 16, 1947, the daughter of the late Richard and Marjorie (Biscup) Powalski.

Susan worked as a Director of Faith Formation at Holy Trinity RC Church, Dunkirk.  In addition to serving numerous roles in her church and in healthcare, Susan loved crocheting blankets for her family, needle point and reading.  She had a passion for education, pursuing many degrees throughout her life with her ultimate achievement obtaining a Masters of Theology.  Susan spent countless hours sharing her love of God by educating children and by her active involvement in the church community.  She was also a Religious Counselor for the Boy Scouts.

Survivors include the love of her life and her devoted husband of 50 years, John W. Galley, Jr., whom she married on May 31, 1969.  She was the beloved mother of John (Cecelia) Galley, Amy (William) Heller, Brett (Kathryn) Galley, Scott (Jennifer) Galley, Tamara (John) Benedetti, Keith (Erin) Galley, Adam (Dalia) Galley and Mathieu (Erin) Galley.  She was an adoring grandmother to twelve grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by an infant son Keith Christopher Galley and a brother Mark Powalski.

Friends are welcome to call at the Gathering Room in St. Joseph RC Church, 145 East Main Street, Fredonia on Saturday morning from 9 AM to 12 noon, from where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon, with Rev. Joseph Walter and Rev. Ray Donahue officiating.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, NY NY 10019.

Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville.  To post condolences go to

3 Comments on Obituary Notice – Susan Maureen Galley

  1. Darlene Rathman says:

    My deepest sympathy to Uncle John, Amy, Tammy and the entire family. Aunt Sue was such a joy to know. I’ll never forget spending time with the family in FL and how welcome she always made me feel. She was a special woman with a special place in my heart. With love, Darlene, Madelyn and Amelia

  2. Evelyn Ihrke says:

    Susan was a recent acquaintance of my parents through their shared struggles at dialysis– but even in this situation she was a hopeful and inspiring presence and an example to live with joy and gratitude. Susan and my mother, Sue, were able to share some close and sincere conversations. Susan’s and John’s friendship means a lot to many, including our family.

    Sue and Bernie Garrasi

  3. Teresa M Landa says:

    I’m so sorry for this great loss. Beautiful and kind soul. May she rest in Peace.
    Teresa Landa

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