Margaret  Galletta

Margaret E. Betty (Eck) Galletta

Wednesday, August 5th, 1936 - Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
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Margaret “Betty” Galletta
August 5, 1936 - November 3, 2019
Margaret Elizabeth (Betty Eck) Galletta, 83, of DeWitt, peacefully passed away, surrounded by her family on Sunday.
Betty was born in Utica, New York, on August 5, 1936 to Anthony Eck and Helen Scanlon Eck, and joined two sisters: Mary Catherine and Helen Therese. She was educated at Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School, Utica Catholic Academy High School, Le Moyne College (class of 1958) and Syracuse University (MA in Education, 1964). She briefly worked as a technical editor for General Electric prior to teaching in Utica, New York, and the Liverpool Central School District.
In 1961 she was hired to teach 7th and 9th grade English at Chestnut Hill Middle School, in Liverpool, NY. There she met, and on August 18th, 1962, married John Galletta, the love of her life. Betty’s life revolved around her faith, her family, and her many friends. During her “fifteen-year maternity leave” from the Liverpool schools, she was active at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, teaching religious education (all levels) and being a founding member of a popular Holy Cross Folk Mass group in the late 1960’s. Moreover, she and her good friend Mary Lee Muench established one of the first Catholic Preschool Sunday Church School programs at Saint Daniel’s in Lyncourt in the mid-1960’s. From the 1960’s-1970’s, Sister John Olivia, from the Roman Catholic Diocesan Office, hired Betty to give parish workshops on Christian doctrine creative teaching methods. As well, Wesley Brush, editor-in-chief of the Catholic Sun newspaper in the 1970s, hired her to write a monthly preschool column titled “Knee Level Notes”. It ran for three years. In later and recent years, Betty was a Holy Cross lector and a Holy Cross eucharistic minister.
After her “fifteen-year maternity leave,” Betty returned to teaching in 1978. She was a permanent substitute at Liverpool A.V. Zogg Middle School and Liverpool Middle School. Finally, she earned a permanent position as a Grade 8 English teacher at Soule Road Middle School, from which she retired in June 1999. Betty’s big “claim to fame” was her eighth-grade Halloween extravaganza. Each October her eighth-grade students flashbacked to third grade and learned grammar, writing techniques, and literature with a fun Halloween flavor that climaxed in a Haunted House Writing Workshop. Her room that day was filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of Halloween. Pupils dressed the part and worked very hard writing stories. (Teachers smelled anise throughout the school!)
Her love of Halloween was reflected in the DeWittshire community where she lived since August 1970. Her home was nicknamed the “Halloween House” due to the fact that she had an open house each year for over 100 kids of all ages. Moreover, she hosted the DeWittshire community pumpkin party yearly, and welcomed kids and adults alike into her decorated garage and yard for fun, food, and games.
Betty was predeceased by her sisters and parents. In addition to her devoted husband, John Galletta, she is survived by her children: Maria Galletta (Manhattan, New York City), Dr. Elizabeth Galletta (Dr. Charles Scioscia, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), and John A. Galletta (Mary Jo Galletta, Fayetteville, NY); six grandchildren: Francesco Scioscia, Anthony Scioscia, Sebastien Scioscia, Luisa Scioscia, Emma Galletta, and Julian Galletta; Joseph and Charlene Galletta (brother- and sister-in-law, Oswego, NY) and nieces and nephew: JoAnn Galletta (Oswego, NY), Paul (Joyce) Galletta (Oswego, NY), and Jeannine Galletta (Nick Lukatchik, Oswego, NY). She loved her family dearly and they loved her. She was their “rock” in life and in death.
Calling hours will be Friday, Nov. 8th, at Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee St., DeWitt, NY from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church on Saturday at 10 am and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt.

Contributions in memory of Margaret E. "Betty" (Eck) Galletta can be made to:

Holy Cross Church, DeWitt, NY
Brady Faith Center, Syracuse, NY
The American Cancer Society
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Holy Cross Church
    4112 E. Genesee Street
    DeWitt,, NY 13214
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 10:00am
    Holy Cross Church
    4112 E. Genesee Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13214-2104
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery
    4100 E. Genesee Street
    Dewitt 13214


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Arnie Taub

Posted at 10:09pm
Dear John and family,
We are truly saddened to hear of Betty's passing. We had the great fortune to neighbors and friends of Betty for 35 years. Betty epiitomized the heart, spirit and sole of Dewittshire: welcoming all newcomers, kind words and encouragement to all, always interested in what was new in one's life, and hosting numerous Dewittshire functions, not mention Halloween. Betty exhibited an amazing energy and zest for life matched by very few. She will surely be missed!
Please accept our deepest sympathy, Sue and Arnie Taub

Patricia Mary Agnes Aherne

Posted at 02:29pm
I was privileged to meet your Mother, for the first and only time, two weeks and one day before the Angels took her to her place in Heaven where she most certainly is waiting with the Angels and Saints and looking down on her Family and Friends with a more than positive outlook! Never have I meet a more lovely, charming & engaging person, who one would have never known was a step from being taken from you. I left your home that Saturday evening in such an uplifted mood compared to my normal state, that I felt as if I had been in the presence of someone who was very, very special as if I had been touched by an Angel as I realized how drastically happier I felt after speaking with your Mother. She was / is as she is always with you, a one of a kind Mother and human being that was so kind and lovely that I could have sat and chatted with her all night ! One only encounters those with her gifts once, possibly twice, in lifetime, she has left a huge positive influence on me and hopefully, some day I will encounter her again and 'Thank her " for her lovely, kind, demeanor towards me! She was funny, clever, sweet and did not say a negative word in our brief one and only conversation. I even said to you, Mia, as I left and looked back, that your Mother was amazing. How lucky to have such a precious Mother. She truly was one of a kind and I will remember her always as the lady with the gift of exuding happiness and a positive attitude, turning my mood totally around to one of gratefulness, even though she was soon to be taken from you.
My deepest condolences to you and your entire Family for your loss, may your Mother be resting on a cloud in Heaven, looking down and sending you all, her positive, amazing energy!


Posted at 01:21pm
Mia, Sincerest condolences for the loss of your mother. May God grant many blessings upon your family during this difficult time. Love,
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Le Moyne College

Posted at 02:10pm
Please accept the most heartfelt sympathies of Le Moyne College. We hope the love and memories you will forever hold in your heart bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Teri Skandalis

Posted at 11:37am
I had the privilege to work on the "Family Mass" committee with Betty for many years. Her humor & dedication was an inspiration. May your family cherish all the wonderful memories of her.
Teri Skandalis

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