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John J. Gallo, Sr.

Visitation Date: Friday, February 4, 2022
Visitation Time: 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Funeral Date: Saturday, February 5th, 2022
Funeral Time: 10:00 am
Place of Funeral: St. John Lutheran Church
Funeral Notes: Lying in state at church from 10:00 a.m. until service 11:00 a.m.
Interment: Acacia Park Cemetery

John James Gallo, Sr., age 82, a lifelong resident of Chicago passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on January 28, 2022.

John James Gallo, Sr. was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 18, 1939, the only son of James and Antionette nee Crist. Loving husband to Barbara (Bicanich). Devoted father to Diane (John) Jensen and John (Laura) Gallo, Jr. Proud Papa to Jennifer, Jeremy, and Jaclyn Jensen and Annalyse and Giana Gallo. Adored Son-In-Law of Anne Bicanich; Cherished brother of Marianne Schultz and Judith (Rich) Plodzien. Fond uncle to Tony (Linell) Schultz, JoAnne (Schultz) Scott, Michael (Lauren) and Nicholas Plodzien. Treasured cousin of many.

John resided in his Chicago home for 72 years. He attended and graduated from Lloyd Elementary School and Foreman High School. It was in this same neighborhood that he met his wife of 56 years Barbara. He worked as a Mold Maker for years and reluctantly retired at 68 years old.

John touched everyone’s life in one way or another. To know him was to love him. His deepest love was doing things with and for his children and grandchildren. He devoted many years as a league officer at Amundsen Park. He also coached and was instrumental in starting the girls softball league at Amundsen too. While Diane and John were in grammar school and high school he served on the PTA and School Council. In addition, he loved his time with the Booster Club at St. John’s Lutheran and Luther North. In between all of this he also found time as a Scout leader. He continued all of these active roles with his grandchildren too. He never missed a softball, football or volleyball game, a dance recital, choir event or stage performance.

In his free time, John loved to go camping and fishing. He enjoyed watching all Chicago sporting events, but particularly loved the Cubs. He also treasured his time with friends bowling and playing cards, as well as playing softball too.

Beside his family, he leaves behind many that will forever miss him; his bowling & card buddies, camping friends, and the Schultz boys.

Please omit flowers.

Funeral Home

Salerno's Galewood Chapel

Phone: 773-889-1700
Address: 1857 N. Harlem Ave Chicago Illinois, 60707

Church Details

St. John Lutheran Church

Phone: 773-736-1112
Address: 4939 W. Montrose Avenue Chicago IL, 60641
Service Date: February 5th 2022
Funeral Time: 10:00 am

Interment Details

Acacia Park Cemetery

Phone: 773-625-7800
Address: 7800 W. Irving Park Road Chicago IL, 60634


Posted by:
Laura Dow

Posted on:
Friday, February 11, 2022

Gallo family, I am so sorry to find out about cousin John. I just heard about this today! I wish I could have been at his memorial and shared his life celebration with all of you as I have done for the many members of the extended family over the years. John was a great guy and had an exuberant personality. His light will be missed. He will remain engrained in my memory from the many past family celebrations throughout my own life. Sympathies to you all.

Posted by:
The Ruemelin Family

Posted on:
Friday, February 4, 2022

Our deepest condolences to you all. He was a kind and generous man, always with a smile. We were all lucky to know him. Mike, Jodi & Mikey Ruemelin

Posted by:
Julie and Howard myers

Posted on:
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Sending our condolences, thoughts and prayers to you Barbara and your dear family on the passing of John. We will always remember John and his loving ways. We are blessed to have know John. With much love, Julie and howard

Posted by:
Suzanne Schaul

Posted on:
Monday, January 31, 2022

Our sincerest condolences to the entire Gallo family. We loved John! He taught us how to become "campers"! He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace. Unfortunately, we are in other states this week and will be unable to attend the services. Our hearts will be there in spirit.