Agnes M. Galligan, 81, of Lawler, died Sunday morning, Dec. 15, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, Dec. 19), at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, with Rev. Nick March officiating. The pall will be placed on the casket by her children. Lectors for the service are Pat and Channon Galligan. Interment is in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Lawler, with Bill Galligan, Bob Galligan, Pat Galligan, Paul Galligan, Nick Busta and Jeff Busta serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Nicole Galligan, Ashley Galligan, Lyndsay Busta (fiancé Chris Irvine) and Ayden Galligan. Friends greeed the family 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Lawler. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church Thursday. Online condolences for Agnes' family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Lawler is in charge of the arrangements.
Agnes Mary Galligan was born Sept. 1, 1932, in St. Lucas, the daughter of Alois and Rose (Tillman) Gerleman. She graduated from St. Lukes High School in 1950. After completing her education, Agnes worked in the admissions department at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Waverly. She then picked up and moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., working as a waitress there until 1958, and again moving to Orlando, Fla., where she where she continued waitressing until 1960. In 1961 Agnes moved back to Iowa, and was married to Paul Galligan at St. Lukes Catholic Church in St. Lucas. They purchased a farm with a total of 270 acres to raise their family. The couple was blessed with four children: William, Robert, Susan and Patrick. Paul became ill with cancer and passed away May 27, 1974. Agnes started working for Sara Lee Foods in New Hampton, and worked there for four years. The next several years were devoted to raising her children. In 1980 she started working as a bartender at the American Legion Hall in New Hampton. She worked there until the hall closed its doors in 1987. In 1992 she began working at the redemption center of New Hampton. Agnes worked there for 16 years and really enjoyed the job because of the people she got to meet while working there. Agnes enjoyed tending to her flowers and taking care of her farm. Time spent with her family and friends was always cherished.
Left to Cherish Agnes's memory are three sons: Bill Galligan of Waverly, Bob Galligan of Americus, Kan. And Patrick (Channon) Galligan of Wausau, Wis.; one daughter, Sue (Jeff) Busta of Calmar; one brother, Jim (Marlys) Gerleman of Charles City; one brother-in-law, Harold (Jeanette) Galligan of New Hampton; two sisters-in-law, Grace Gerleman of St. Lucas and Leona Gerleman of Ossian; six grandchildren: Paul Galligan, Nicole Galligan, Ashley Galligan, Nick Busta, Ayden Galligan and Lyndsay Busta; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul, May 27, 1974; daughter-in-law, Jolene Galligan, Aug. 13, 2013; five brothers: Hugo Gerleman, Edmond Gerleman, Father Laverne Gerleman, Virgil Gerleman and Matt Gerleman; one sister, Thecla Lechtenberg; one sister-in-law, Helen Brugman.