Velma T. (Piel) Gallagher, 96 of Independence, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2023
at Trempealeau County Health Care Center. She was born December 27, 1926 in rural Fountain City, WI
to Daniel and Selma (Engel) Piel. She attended St. Mary’s school from kindergarten through the ninth
grade. She then went on to attend the Fountain City High School and graduated with the class of 1945.
In 2015 the class celebrated their 60 th reunion in Fountain City.
The following summer she began employment with “Knaub & Thunderlick”, a general retail
store selling groceries, appliances, and other merchandise. Those summers she enjoyed roller skating,
dancing, and other outdoor activities.
She met and married Kenneth Gallagher of Ridgeway, MN on May 31, 1949 at St. Mary’s church
in Fountain City. To this union 4 children were born, Kathleen, Daniel, Randall, and LouAnn. Kenneth
and Velma owned and operated Indee Meat & Locker Services and Velma helped wherever she was
Velma had a strong faith and was active at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was a
member of the women’s organization and Rosary Socities of which she held offices. She and Kenneth
were active in the formation of a banquet committee which was in operation for many years.
Velma loved to travel. She along with a friend toured Great Britian, Italy, Switzerland, and
Germany. In 2000, she and a cousin traveled to Australia and New Zealand. She attended the World’s
Fair in Germany.
She was a passenger on several cruises, one of which was going through the Panama Canal. She
also enjoyed many trips with the Liberty Club sponsored by the Independence State Bank. She enjoyed
going through all the states including Hawaii and Alaska.
Velma enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and knitting. She loved the outdoors, loved doing yard work,
gardening and flowers.
Velma is survived by her children, Kathleen Gallagher (John Kolberg), Daniel Gallagher, Randall
(Karen) Gallagher, and LouAnn (Brad) Rebarchek; 6 grandchildren; and sister, Louise (George) Salwey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Armin; sister, Fern; and daughter-
in-law, Lorraine Gallagher.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2023 at Saints Peter and Paul
Catholic Church, Independence. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at church.
Burial will be in the church cemetery. To leave and online condolence for her family, please visit

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