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Drawing of William F. Gallager. Handwritten on back, William F. Gallager; 1926.
Here is his wifes obituary found in the Sonoma Index Tribune.

Blanche Miller Gallagher - Longtime resident

11.12.04 - Blanche Miller Gallagher, 98, of Sonoma, died Nov. 7, 2004, at her home in Sonoma.

Mrs. Gallagher was born June 2, 1906, in Woburn, Mass.

She saw her first stars from her father's arms coming home from a Christmas Eve celebration at the Danish Brotherhood in Woburn. The memory of their brilliance lighting the snow was the beginning of her lifelong joy in the night sky. Days before her death, she was speaking of the beauty and promise of the new moon that would be appearing.

She and her family moved to Martinez in 1918. She worked as a stenographer at the Shell Oil refinery where she was first attracted to a young engineer's voice over the Dictaphone. Throughout their courtship, she kept a photograph of Charles Lindberg, who resembled her shy beau, William Gallagher. They were married Nov. 8, 1930.

Transferred to the Anacortes, Wash., refinery in 1954, they spent 27 years on the shores of Puget Sound, where they learned to catch crabs and hunt for agates. They moved to Sonoma in 1976 to be closer to family.

Not strong enough as a young woman for the heavy work associated with nursing, she spent a lifetime nurturing others, as a sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all ages.

Her special Bill was taken from her life in 1995, but she remained brave and strong and came to represent what it means to grow old with grace and dignity. "I feel a responsibility to show what it can be like to be 98 years old," she said recently.

Her smile will be remembered by her many friends and family.

Mrs. Gallagher is survived by her sister, Claire Hubbell; sons, Daniel W. Gallagher, of San Francisco, David M. Gallagher, of Hilo, Hawaii; daughter, Beth Cahn, of Point Richmond; grandchildren, Aaron and Deanna Cahn, Andrew and Catherine Cahn, Michael Cahn, Megan Cahn, Kerry Letner; and her longtime caregiver, Ramona Brain.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church. Inurnment in the San Andreas family plot.

Memorial donations may be made to the music department at St. Francis Solano School, 469 Third St. W., Sonoma, CA 95476.

Arrangements by Mission Cremation Service under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel.


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