Elizabeth A. Gallanis, age 82, died peacefully at home in Rochester, Minnesota, on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
She was born July 26, 1938, in Rochester. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her master's degree in library science from Rosary College, now Dominican University. For most of her career, she was the head librarian at high schools in District 214 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, and her younger son, Peter. She is survived by her older son, Thomas, and her sister, Katharine Bilodeau. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Bear Creek Lutheran Church 74727 265th St. Grand Meadow, MN. Interment will follow at Bear Creek Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Rochester Symphony, the Art Institute of Chicago, or the charity of one's choice.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gallanis family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
"Two of my favorite people to visit in Rochester were Liz and her sister Kate! They were always full of smiles, stories, and laughter. I had the great pleasure of touring Norway with them on a Vesterheim Christmas traditions tour that I led in 2004--and have called them dear friends ever since!! Please know that your family is in my prayers!! "
"Dear Tom and family --
After Liz moved from the suburban Chicago area back to Rochester, we only corresponded at Christmas. She invited me to visit her and your aunt, but I never went. Liz was a delightful person and I thoroughly enjoyed knowing her. Since your mom knew that you and I met for dinner several times when you worked in Cincinnati, she always kept me up-to-date on your life. So sad at her passing but glad to hear she went peacefully.
"What joy this beautiful lady brought into people's lives! We sincerely enjoyed her "book reviews" and movie recommendations, and we will miss her sense of humor. May your good memories sustain you as you grieve."
"Dear Tom and Family: Very sorry to learn about Liz's passing in this mornings Daily Herald. Liz was a mentor and friend to each of us librarians in High School District 214, and a friend and helper to the many students she served. She will be missed by many.
"Dear Tom and family,
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful lady who contributed much to district 214 for many years. I hope you and your family are doing well dealing with your loss .
Your old biology teacher Jim Bertoglio"