BARTLETT, Ill.– Paul Lawrence Galchick, 95, (formerly of Salem, OH) passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Swedish Covenant Healthcare Facility in Chicago, IL. He was born March 14, 1925 in Clearfield County, PA, kid of the late Joseph and Ann (Holenchick) Galchick.
Paul worked as a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps 38th Bomb Group in the South Pacific throughout The Second World War.
While residing in Salem, Paul retired as a manager and agent with American General Life Insurance Co. after 23 years. Previously, for 19 years he was a self-employed barber. With his spouse Lena, they co-owned a popular teenage dance area in the 1960s called The Attic. Throughout his life, Paul was a man of deep faith and a member of St. Paul Catholic Parish. He was previous President of the Salem-Alliance Life Underwriters Association, Knights of Columbus, life member of VFW Post # 892, Past Ohio Civil Defense Corps City of Salem Auxiliary Authorities, and a previous Precinct Committeeman. Paul had an extensive love of his family and relished being surrounded by his children, grandchildren and fantastic grandchildren. He felt at peace on the trout streams in Pennsylvania and blessed in the calm lake fishing in Wisconsin. With a remarkable memory, he enjoyed the art of storytelling sharing the past with younger generations. Paul took pleasure in the fun of golfing, the fellowship of bowling with “Group Galchick”, rooting for the Cleveland Indians (even in Chicagoland), and enjoying UK Wildcat basketball and football.
His wife, the love of his life, Lena Marie (DePietro) Galchick whom he was wed to for 58 years, preceded him in death in 2005.
Survivors include one kid, Larry (Janis) Galchick of Louisville, KY; 2 children, Donna (Thomas) Shriner of Milwaukee, WI, and Debora (Steve) Galchick Taylor of Elgin, IL; nine grandchildren, Tom (Jenny) Shriner of Chicago, IL, Jack (Alisha) Shriner of Seattle, WA, Laura (Justin) Cole of Edgewood, KY, Joe (Jenny) Shriner of New Orleans, LA, Abe (Amy) Shriner of Minneapolis, MN, Michael (Lindsay) Galchick of Cincinnati, OH, Eric Yarnell of Chicago, IL, Elyse (TJ) Yarnell MacMaster of Chicago, IL and Stephen Yanez of Lexington, KY; seven excellent grandchildren, Zora, McKenna, Leo, Margot, Charlotte, Carson and Lilly.
He is likewise made it through by 7 sis Bertha Stewart, Helen Ellis, Patty Lottman, Audie Syppko, Linda DeRienzo, Kathy Rhodes, Terri Paparodis and two sisters-in-law Lillian Galchick and Amelia Falk.
In addition to moms and dads and spouse Lena, Paul was preceded in death by a child, Janet M. Galchick (2004 ), a terrific granddaughter, Ramona, 3 brothers, Expense Galchick, Chuck Galchick, Joe Galchick, and a sister, Dorie Bartha. He was also preceded in death by his precious step-mother, Anna L. Galchick.
Due to COVID-19 issues, the family held a private graveside service to honor Paul’s life. The private burial was held Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Grandview Cemetery in Salem, OH with Father Robert Edwards officiating. Military honors were supplied by Salem Honor Guard.
A personal Memorial Mass will be held Friday, September 25, 2020 at St. Robert Roman Catholic Church in Shorewood, WI.
Paul’s care and plans have been entrusted to Stark Memorial Funeral Service House and Cremation Solutions, Salem.
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