Joanne Gallagher
Joanne Gallagher

Obituary of Joanne Gallagher

Joanne Ruth Gallagher was born November 21st, 1947, in East Orange, New Jersey. She passed away on December 4th, 2023, at Poudre Valley Hospital, after a very sudden decline in her health. Joanne was 76 years old.
Joanne is survived by her son Danny Gallagher, her brothers Stephen and Robert Froling; and many loyal friends, extended family members, the young men and women who called her mam and mothers/couples she counseled during her carrier. Joanne was predeceased by her father Robert, and mother Ruth; and by her beloved daughter Meaghan Kathleen and her sister Barbara Froling Immroth.
Joanne graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and Colorado Women's College with a degree in liberal arts and musicology. She then studied at the University of Washington in Seattle focusing on ethnomusicology. She received her teaching certificate from Regis College, finally finishing her education at Colorado State University with a master's in social work, later becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, eventually opening her own business.
Adoptions Advocacy and Alternatives, her agency, opened 1994, and over a 20-year span placed over 550 babies, counseled young mothers, prospective parents. She created a legacy of love, compassion, empathy, and healing.
Joanne loved to read and listen to music. She often spent time in the mountains at her cabin doing exactly that. She traveled the country in her Eurovan and RV, cherishing a glimpse at the wildlife and taking time to stop and enjoy the sound the wind makes as it whips through the trees. She would never pass up an opportunity to cook a meal for someone and break out the nice dishes and actual silverware. She especially liked sharing sweet treats, cakes, and pies with someone she loved. She was immensely compassionate towards others, extremely intelligent and strong willed, and stubborn to boot!
A memorial service for Joanne will be held at 10:30am on December 16th at Mary of Magdala, ECC, a catholic community, located in Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins, Co 80525. It will be available via zoom for those who cannot make it in person but wish to attend. A recording will be available later.
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 86893880807 Passcode: joanne
In lieu of flowers please send a contribution to the "Meaghan Gallagher Scholarship Fund" at Regis University. 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, Co 80221.

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Memorial Service

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 16, 2023
Trinity Lutheran Church
301 Stuart St
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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