In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to El Dorado Christian School and left at the funeral home.
Jay Marie Gallette peacefully ended her earthly journey October 8, 2012, at her home in El Dorado Springs, MO. Jay came to El Dorado Springs three years ago. She had spent the last seven weeks at home with her family after residing at Community Springs Healthcare Facility for the past year and a half.
Jay was born Giuseppina Piro to Salvatore (Sam) Piro and Vincenza (Vinci) Benvesuto on September 16, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio. Jay was the oldest of seven children.
On June 1, 1940, she married James Gallette also from Cleveland, Ohio. They were married 56 years and had two children, Ray Don and Joan Carol. Jay and Jim lived in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, until 1973 when they bought a farm in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, next door to their son’s farm. Later their daughter bought another adjoining farm. There were many good times living and working together. Jay would help wherever needed, washing milk-house equipment, making hay, cleaning barns, or bouncing babies. She was a busy, but happy grandmother with eight grandchildren as neighbors.
Jay was widowed in 1996, but continued to live on her farm and kept busy going to flea markets, garage sales, local community events, and dances. She frequented three senior centers in the Meadville, Pennsylvania area and took part in many of the activities. She seemed to know and love everyone in the area and they in return loved her. A trip to Wal-Mart meant being swamped with well wishing friends.
Jay’s home was the place for family gatherings, birthday celebrations and holidays. She was “the hostess with the most-est”. She cooked great quantities of wonderful Italain food, and tremendous amounts of a variety of cookies. Jay was well known for her cookies which were enjoyed by her family, but also given away to everyone. At Christmas time she made hundreds of cookies and her home was filled with trays of them.
Jay loved to be with people and loved music. She and her husband were constantly on the go between family and friends. Without fail Jay never went anywhere without bringing something to contribute, whether it was a social gathering or just coming next door to visit family. It was “her thing” to give. Throughout the years her children and grandchildren became well known to the UPS drivers. “Care Packages” from Nana, as we all called her, arrived in a steady stream. She had shopping down to a science aided by bundles of coupons. She bought food in bulk long before there was a Sam’s Club. UPS drivers wondered what was in all those heavy boxes. Truth be told there was everything: clothes, food, toys, books and treasures from her children’s early years.
Jay enjoyed her family, her friends, shopping, going to church and dancing with a capital “D”. Towards the end of her time at Community Springs she would even dance from her wheel chair. Jay was full of life and lived her life to the fullest. We believe that when she came to the end of her life and God was all she had, He was all she needed.
Survivors include: one son, Ray Gallette and wife Barbara of El Dorado Springs; one daughter, Joan Harrigan and husband Kirk of Tuscon, Arizona; nine grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Jay Marie Gallette will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at The El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness), with a visitation prior to the service from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Joe Trussell and Nathan Nissley will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.