Sara J. Gallagher

NILES – Sara Jane Gallagher, 82, of Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home, formerly of Mercer Avenue, Wheatland, passed away at 5:16 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Gallagher was born April 9, 1931, in Richey Run, Pa., a daughter of Franklin L. and Mabel O. Milford Witherup.

She was a 1948 graduate of Freeport High School. Sara was a loving homemaker and of Methodist faith.

Mrs. Gallagher enjoyed playing bingo and various games while residing at the nursing home. Most importantly, Sara cherished spending time with family and friends.

Her husband, Richard E. Gallagher, whom she married April 28, 1952, passed away April 1, 2001.

She is survived by a son, Dennis J. (Denise) Gallagher of Niles; two sisters, Betty Lou (John) Bowser of Parker, Pa., and Margaret A. Eakin of Clintonville, Pa.; a brother, Lawrence L. (Renee) Witherup of Parker, Pa.; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Deo Gallagher of Grove City, Pa. Sara also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sara was preceded in death by two brothers, William D. and George E. Witherup.

Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, Pa. 16146. Friends may email condolences by visiting

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Terry G. Shaffer, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Sharon.

Interment will be in Morefield Cemetery.

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