Rev. Charles G. Gallagher, formerly of Oak Park, died on Dec. 29, 2012. Born in Chicago, he graduated from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Quigley Preparatory Seminary, and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained by Cardinal Stritch in 1944.
His first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Oak Park, where he served for seven years from 1944 to 1951. For the next four years, he was a chaplain in the U.S. Army, remaining in the reserves after active duty. In 1971, he was named pastor of St. Cletus Parish in LaGrange, where he served for 18 years. He retired from active ministry in 1989 after serving the Archdiocese of Chicago for 68 years, and continued to serve the St. Cletus community for special occasions, especially the annual Mass for veterans on July 4.
Rev. Gallagher was a skillful writer and for 22 years was the editor of Sursum Corda, a newsletter for retired priests published six times a year. His recent resignation as editor would have taken effect the first day of this year.
Charles Gallagher is survived by his sisters, Frances Murray and Loretta Moran; and his many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Jan. 3, and Auxiliary Bishop, John Manz was the main celebrant at his funeral Mass on Jan. 4. Both were held at St. Cletus, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.