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Kristen E. Galle

Mrs. Kristen “Kris” E. Galle, age 70, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 22, 2011. She was a 1959 graduate of El Segundo High School where she participated in the drill team. While on a family vacation, Kris visited a dude ranch while dressed in her new boots and cow girl hat. When she saw this dude who greeted her family with graciousness, it was love at first sight. Kris returned to the ranch every few months and flirted with this dude. His name was Bob. After being invited to Kris’ home, they had a loving courtship and were married in Palos Verdes, California. In 1961 they moved to the Cedar Springs area where she began working at Gebhardt Plumbing and Heating and then was a medical assistant in a doctor’s office. At that time she and Bob were also raising their children and were members of Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.  She was a world traveler and visited many places such as Europe, Israel, China, and Australia. Kris was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She was a great cook, and each year she invited the birthday person to her home so she could prepare a birthday meal. Kris taught her children about integrity, tolerance, honesty, laughter, and the meaning of having a strong family unit. Her hobby was keeping up with her grandchildren in sports. She attended nearly every event for her six grandchildren. Her greatest achievement was raising her children to be responsible adults who contributed to society. She was a lovely lady who smiled and laughed a lot. Kris also helped to organize the Well Child Clinic in Cedar Springs. She is survived by her loving husband, Bob; children, Eric and Caroline Galle of Cedar Springs, Lisa and Steve Kidder of Pierson, and Judd and Amy Galle of Cedar Springs; her grandchildren, Ethan Galle, Evan Galle, Nathan Kidder, Sammantha Kidder, Glenn Galle, and Lindsey Galle; sisters, Sidney Prater, and Jane Wade; nieces and nephews; birth mother, Mrs. Vera Knudson and sisters, Linda Layton and Binni Zink. The service for Mrs. Galle was Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Rd., SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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