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Mary J Gallagher (Jevaraus)

Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: February 18, 2014 (99)
Eagles Nest, Veteran's Administration Nursing Home, Decatur, DeKalb County, GA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Jevaraus and Agnes Jevaraus
Sister of Valerie Jeanette Jakstas

Managed by: Stephen J Nauyokas
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About Mary J Gallagher

The profile photo shows Mrs. Gallagher holding a congratulatory letter from President and Michelle Obama on her 99th birthday in 2013.

Obituary from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2014: Mary J. Gallagher, an Army nurse in WWII, a devout Roman Catholic, and a talented artist died Tuesday, February 18th at the Eagles Nest, Veteran's Administration Nursing Home in Decatur after a short illness. She was 99 and the oldest veteran at the Eagles Nest where she had lived for the past three years. Prior to that, she lived with her daughter Marylee Putnam and her husband Robert Putnam in Decatur. Before that, she resided for more than 30 years in Sun City, Arizona. Mrs. Gallagher was born on August 15, 1914 in Hartford, CT, the daughter of Lithuanian immigrants Joseph Jevaraus and the former Agnes Panalis. As a teenager, she joined the order of the Sisters of St. Casimir in Chicago. Because she was fluent in Lithuanian, the convent sent her to Lithuania where she met Maria Montessori and then used the Montessori method to teach preschoolers. She later left the convent and attended art school in Lithuania until war erupted in Europe. Mrs. Gallagher returned to the states and entered St Francis School of Nursing in Hartford. During her training, she was called to aid patients who were injured in the Hartford Circus fire of 1944 in which 185 died. Immediately upon graduation as a registered nurse, Mrs. Gallagher was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army nursing corps. She was first sent to Scotland and then as the war was ending, she was assigned to close down hospitals in Europe and also worked on a hospital train that transported prisoners of war from both sides of the conflict. Mrs. Gallagher was among those interviewed for the book No Time for Fear: Voices of American Military Nurses in WWII by Diane Burke Fessler. While stationed in Europe, she met her first husband, Colonel Leland Francis Adair. They married and had two children. The family followed the Colonel's postings to Washington state, Maryland, California and Yokohama, Japan. After the marriage ended, Mrs. Gallagher and her two children moved to Haverhill MA where she had many relatives and worked as a nurse for the Internal Revenue Service. She met Norbert H. Gallagher, the owner of a shoe pattern factory in Haverhill and a widower with three children and they married in 1956. Mrs. Gallagher was very active in the Catholic Church, was a member of the Third Order of Carmelite, a member of the Military Order of the World Wars and served on boards for both Brandeis University and Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Throughout her life she was an avid artist and was known for painting her own greeting cards that were prized by all who received them. While living in the VA Eagles Nest, she won first prize for a VA-wide contest at the age of 98. At the time of her death, she was working on another entry (with only her left hand, because of arthritis in her right). The VA staff intends to submit her latest painting posthumously. In addition to Mrs. Putnam, she is survived by another daughter Cynthia Parolise (George) of Windham, NH, and two sons Leland Gallagher (Rachael) of Bradford MA, and Philip Gallagher (Diana) of Windham, NH, a sister, Donna Nugent of Framingham, MA, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband and her son Dr. William B Gallagher (June) of Tulsa OK and two sisters, Valerie Jakstas (Alfred) and Ann Lager (Dick), both of Sun City. Mrs. Gallagher donated her body to Emory Medical School. A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 624 W. Ponce de Leon, Decatur GA 30030. Donations may be sent in Mrs. Gallagher's name to St. Vincent de Paul Society, an organization that helps individuals and families in need. Checks can be sent to St Vincent de Paul Society in care of St. Thomas More Church at the address above.

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Mary J Gallagher's Timeline

August 15, 1914
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
February 18, 2014
Age 99
Decatur, DeKalb County, GA, United States