Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 28, 2013

Joyce Elaine Galla

TRAVERSE CITY — Joyce Elaine Galla, 82, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Joyce was born on April 12, 1931, in Traverse City, to the late Clarence and Frances (Ball) Lewis.

She married Stephen J. Galla on Aug. 6, 1955, also in Traverse City. Together they lovingly raised three wonderful daughters.

Joyce was a native of Traverse City and lived in the area her entire life.

In 1996 she retired after working many years in the Elmwood Township office as a secretary and assistant to the zoning administrator. After her retirement she continued to work with Elmwood Township part-time and spent her time volunteering at Munson Medical Center.

Joyce was a dedicated member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Joyce was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. One her greatest joys was her grandchildren, and she never missed a sporting event, recital or graduation ceremony.

She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Surviving Joyce are her husband of 57 cherished years, Stephen; daughters, Janet (Greg) Buckel, Ann (Jeff) Gerow and Sarah (Dan) Angers; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew, Peter, Emily and Lauren; sisters, Shirley Brown and Verna Hamilton; and many other loving family members and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gordon and Merlin; and sisters, Norma Diebel and Marian Wheeler.

Visitation for Joyce will take place today, April 28, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recitation at 7 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, at 11 a.m., with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial will take place at a later date at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Munson Medical Center Heart Center or the Munson Medical Center Cancer Center.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Lee Warnaar for his care and compassion throughout mom’s illness.

Please sign Joyce’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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