Marlys M. Galoff, 92, of Menomonie passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie.
Marlys was born March 16, 1925, in the township of Stanton, Dunn County, Wis., to Ernest and Myrtle (Behling) Hellendrung. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. On June 15, 1946, she married Gordon Galoff at Peace Lutheran Church.
She attended Peck School near Boyceville to complete her eighth grade education. After graduating from Boyceville High School in 1943, she received a Bachelors degree in elementary education from Eau Claire State College. She continued her education and received her Master’s degree in 1963.
Marlys taught elementary students for four years in all grade levels at rural schools in Eau Claire and Dunn Counties. She also taught five years with the Boyceville School District and 24 years at North School with Menomonie School District.
She was an active member of Dunn County Retired Teachers and a member for several years of The Alpha Tau Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie and taught Sunday School and Bible School for several years.
In her retirement years, Marlys volunteered for 14 years in the Gift Shop at Memorial Hospital and for 15 years delivered meals for the Senior Center. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, traveling, crafts, baking and making quilts. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing for many years. They were members of several dance clubs and 500 card clubs.
Marlys is survived by her children, Susan Donica of Barron, Wis., Karen (Jerry) Birkholz of Paynesville, Minn., Sandra (John) Clark of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. and James (Sue) Galoff of Menomonie; eleven grandchildren, Johnny Donica, Christopher (Deanne) Donica, Patrick (Kim) Donica, Kim (Randy) Cook, Scott Shoemaker, Matt Shoemaker, Jamie (Kevin) Riedel, Nikki Shaw, Brad (Wanda) Galoff, Carolyn (Chris) Nelson, Jennifer (Mike) Bartlett; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Alaina Riedel, Hayden Shaw, Grace, Ethan, Cody, Madison, Isabell, Brayden, Mackenzie, Aiden and Chloe Donica, Kadence, Kira and Randy Cook, Evan and Allison Bartlett, Michaela, Alexandra, Catherine and Victoria Nelson; a sister-in-law, Corrine Hellendrung of Menomonie; as well as other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by Gordon, her husband of 69 years; her parents, Ernest and Myrtle Hellendrung; father and mother-in-law, Edward and Olga Galoff; brothers, Byron and James Hellendrung; sister-in-law, Norma Hellendrung; son-in-law, John Donica; granddaughter, Mary Shoemaker; and nephew, Gary Hellendrung.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Aaron Schulz officiating. There will be visitation from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Stepping Stone of Dunn County, 1602 Stout Rd., Menomonie, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Menomonie Theatre Guild in memory of Marlys Galoff.
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