Joyce Galligan

Joyce Galligan (Andres)

January 6, 1939 - May 20, 2020
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GALLIGAN – Joyce G. Galligan, age 81, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Freeland, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was born January 6, 1939 to Andrew and Cecilia (Lautner) Andres in Acme, Michigan. On August 24, 1957 she married William “Bill” Galligan at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City. Joyce is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bill; her three children, Debbie (Gregg) Baldwin, Bill (Julie) Galligan, and Tammy (Patrick) Chartier; nine grandchildren Brandy (Baldwin) Gilbert, Rikki (Baldwin) Griffin, Glenn Baldwin, Billy Galligan, Katie (Galligan) Neuerburg, Nichole (Galligan) Jones, Alyssa Chartier, Jason Chartier, and Erica Chartier; as well as nine great-grandchildren; her brother, Raymond Andres; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, LaVern Andres; her sister, Gladys Kalchick. She was raised in Acme and spent the majority of her adult life in Freeland. In 2019 she moved to Grand Rapids to be closer to family. During her lifetime, she worked various part time jobs before finding her niche in the banking industry. Joyce started out as a teller and worked her way up to Branch Manager. She thoroughly enjoyed her job and took great pride in serving her customers' banking needs. Joyce was a “master gardener” with a passion for making her gardens absolutely beautiful and loved showing them off. This was evident when she won first prize in the 2005 Freeland Chamber of Commerce “Garden Walk”. When she wasn't tending her garden, she was with her sewing club making and creating quilts, clothes, and unique sewing projects for family and friends far and wide. Her greatest love, however, was the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Whether it was teaching them how to sew or tend to the garden or simply playing games, she thoroughly enjoyed every minute spent with them. Joyce will be missed for her contagious laugh, creative sewing talent, beautiful gardens, strong faith, and her love for life. Love you Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Friend. Due to the current restrictions related to COVID-19 concerning social distancing, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Rapids followed by a private graveside service at Blythefield Memorial Gardens with Father George Darling officiating. In Joyce's memory, please consider donations to Alzheimer's Association or Hospice of Holland.
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    Blythefield Memory Gardens
    6200 Brewer Avenue NE
    BELMONT, MI 49306
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Tammy Chartier

Posted at 04:38pm
Mom, it has been both an honor and a privilege to be by your side during your journey with Alzheimer’s disease. During the last year and a half, you have taught me more than you can ever imagine.
You have graciously taught me how to care for someone dealing with a terminal illness.
You have taught me empathy and compassion.
You have taught me how to love unconditionally.
You have taught me patience and gratitude.
You have taught me to trust God and accept the crosses he asks us to bear.
You have taught me to find the blessings, no matter how small, in all that life has to offer.

I treasure every minute that we were able to spend together, up to your last breath.
I treasure the time spent playing cards. I think we should both be Go Fish masters by now!
I treasure the time spent reading the entire story of the Bible (kids version) and daily scriptures.
I treasure the time spent singing and being silly with Alyssa and Erica.
I treasure the time spent holding hands and saying our prayers together.
I treasure the time spent listening to music, looking at photo albums and watching old family videos.
I treasure your smiles, your hugs and your “I Love You’s”.
But most of all, I treasure the amazing relationship that has blossomed from our time spent together!

Thank you for bringing me on this journey with you! You traveled well. You never complained or gave up, even when the road became long and difficult. You are an inspiration to us all!
Mom, I will never forget our journey together, and I will never forget you!
Heaven has definitely gained another Angel today. Love you Mom!

Erica Chartier

Posted at 10:34am
First things first, Grandma we all miss and love you so much.
Second, Grandma, you lived a full life and especially from these last 2 years I’ve spent with you, you have taught me a few things.

1. How to find joy in all situations. In the past couple years as the disease progressed, you taught me how to appreciate and find joy in the little things, it was always such a special treat to get you to laugh or smile, and hear you speak. My personal favorite is in the last few weeks we would have ice cream every time I visited and every time you would take a bite of your strawberry ice cream and say “This is really good!”. For so long nothing tasted good to you, but you could still appreciate a good bowl of ice cream!

2. How to carry your cross well. Alzheimers disease is a huge cross to carry, but grandma you fought so hard and carried it so well. And you still did what you could, even as your memory and ability to speak faded. You sang your heart out every time we played joy to the world and you prayed with us and continued to fight even though it must’ve been so difficult.

3. How to love well. Grandma your ability to love never escaped you. Every hug I ever gave you was always followed by you staring me in the eyes saying I love you and you meant it with every bone in your body. Even the day before you died and your body was giving in, when I hugged you, I felt a slight kiss on my cheek and with all your strength I heard your quiet and powerful cry “I love you”. You loved your husband, kids, grandkids, and greatgrandkids all so much.

4. Lastly, how to live a life focused on God. Grandma, you were devoted to your faith and anyone could see how much joy it brought you. When you live a life for God, joy will ultimately reign, and that showed in your life.

Overall, Grandma, you lived a life so full of love. You taught us what was most important in life: to love God, Family, Ice Cream, and Music. I hope you are praying for each of us up in Heaven that we will learn how to focus our lives on those things. We all love and miss you so very much. Say hi to Jesus for me.

Rikki Griffin

Posted at 11:23pm
My Grandma - Her Laugh
By: Rikki Griffin

One of the most memorable things for me about grandma is her infectious laugh. She laughed so often and her laugh had the most distinctive sound. It was loud, came from deep down in her stomach- a true belly laugh- and it was so sincere. I often recall laughing purely from listening to her laugh. She was the start of our “loud family” persona.

Every holiday meal, every time we’d talk her into trying some new drink like an espresso martini, every time we did dishes together, or played cards and grandpa was caught cheating- her laugh would undoubtedly come barreling out and make everyone around her smile and laugh right along with her. And while her laugh may have gotten a little quiet over the past few years, still getting to see her smile and hear her laugh when she got to see and talk with Ada warms my heart.

I wish I could have bottled up her laugh. Just to hear it- especially in difficult times like today. But that wonderful sound is engraved in my memory and it and it’s beautiful owner will never be forgotten.

A Comedian Victor Borge said - “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” So when I think fondly of grandma and that wonderful laugh, I know we’re not too far apart.

Love you always.

Jason Patrick Chartier

Posted at 05:06pm
To my beloved Grandma,
You loved spending time with me and my two sisters. You loved playing cards with us like golf and euchre. You loved showing us how to make cool, colorful designs from hammering flowers into a white piece of cloth. You loved cooking and preparing food with Grandpa to make us the best meals we have ever eaten. You loved bringing us to the garden to grab raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries for a midday snack. I am so thankful to have had such a caring and involved grandmother like you. I also loved feeling the tops of your hands cause they were always so soft and you didn't care one bit haha. Out of all the things you have done to impact my life, I am still most grateful for something that I have not yet mentioned, your hugs. We both loved our big long hugs together and you always gave me a small kiss on my neck to show me how deeply you cared about me. You still gave me that kiss when I hugged you all the way up until your last breath. You will be missed by so many Grandma, we hold so many fond memories with you. As much as we all want you back here with us on earth, we know that God is holding you tight. You truly were the most faithful women I have met in my entire life. Rest in Peace, beautiful.

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