FRANKLIN GROVE – Helen Marie Lohse Gallimore, 92, of Franklin Grove, passed away Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
She was born May 25, 1925, in Palatine, the daughter of Leon and Anna (Reuter) Anderson. She attended Palatine High School, where she met Roy H. Lohse. They were later married on July 2, 1943. They were introduced to each other by Roy’s best friend, Ralph C. Gallimore, while in high school. Roy was killed in a truck accident on July 23, 1953, leaving Helen 7 months along with their fifth child.
Helen supported her family as food supervisor at Franklin Center High School for 12 years, from 1957 to 1969. She then became the food supervisor at Nachusa Lutheran Home in Dixon, from Oct. 28, 1970, to May 29, 1987, when she retired. Helen also waitressed at the Manhattan Café in Dixon.
She was a Grove Girls 4-H leader for 16 years, and a Cub Scout leader for 16 years. Helen taught Sunday school and Junior Mission Band at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Franklin Grove.
At the young age of 61, while going to visit her sister in Palatine, Helen became reacquainted with Ralph Gallimore at a Standard Oil service station. She later married Ralph on June 13, 1986. After retirement, they moved to Harrisburg, where they made their home on Ralph’s family farm located in Shawnee National Forest. Ralph passed away from cancer on Oct. 23, 1998. Helen lived in Harrisburg for 30 years. She was active with Pope-Hardin Homemakers, and served as chairman for many years. She helped with making quilts for the vets, as well as many other volunteer projects and organizations. Helen was a Red Hat member.
She also enjoyed taking care of her flower beds and yard, oil painting, and traveling on vacation with her two youngest sisters, Shirley Madsen of McHenry and Lois Ardino of Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Helen is survived by four children, Laura (Dale) Pitzer of Franklin Grove, Ralph (Julie) Lohse of West Bend, Wisconsin, Jim (Shirley) Lohse of Dixon, and Gary Lohse of Byron; two stepdaughters, Barbara and Ellen, both of Vienna; 13 grandchildren, Jeff (Shelley) Pitzer of Franklin Grove, Randy (Eva) Pitzer of Dixon, Linda (Kurt) Dressnandt of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, Lisa (Chris) Jahn of Franklin Grove, Marc (Keri) Lohse of Liberty Township, Ohio, Tom Lohse of West Bend, Indiana, David (Tess) Lohse and Roy (Kelly) Lohse, both of Dixon, Chris (Angela) Lohse of Rochelle, Nicki (Chris) Boyd of Franklin Grove, Steve (Gleason) Lohse and Becky (Rick) Weigle, both of Dixon, and Patty (Mike) Buyno of Fort Riley, Kansas; 43 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four sisters, Arlene Lundstrom of Jacksonville, Florida, Betty Evans of St. Petersburg, Florida, Shirley Madsen of McHenry, and Lois Ardino of Bloomfield, New Jersey; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Lohse of Dixon; and her granddaughter-in-law, Melinda Pitzer of Paola, Kansas.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dennis Lohse; one brother, Leon “Andy” Anderson; and one great-grandson, Mike Pitzer.
Helen truly will be missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, and the funeral at noon Thursday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, with Pastor Jack Briggs officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
Memorials have been established to Pope Harden Homemakers, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Franklin Grove.
Visit prestonschilling.com to send condolences.