Phyllis E. Gallano, 96, of Belvidere, IL, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, May 27, 2022, in her home surrounded by her family. Phyllis was born March 19, 1926, the daughter of John and Marie (Hedworth) Drilling in Roberts, IL. She graduated from Belvidere High School class of 1944. She married Frederick C. “Bud” Gallano on July 29, 1944. Phyllis and Bud spent their life working together on the farm.
She was extremely hard-working and proud to be a farmer’s wife. One of Phyllis’ favorite places to be was on her mower at the home farm on Newburg Rd. Phyllis made her spiritual home at Immanuel Lutheran Church for over 71 years, where she was active in the Ladies Guild, Church Fellowship, and many other committees and activities. She also helped to establish Helping Hands with the purpose of reaching out to help people in the community. Phyllis said, “My love for the Lord and my relationship with the Lutheran Church is so gratifying. Even though I have experienced hardships in my life, I have always been thankful for God’s presence”. Phyllis volunteered in many civic organizations, serving as an election judge, volunteering with the Keen Age Center, Highland Hospital Auxiliary, Homemakers Extension-Farmerettes, Farm Bureau, and many others. Her sensitivity to the needs of the elderly led her to help form the Maple Crest Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary. In 1998, Phyllis received the The Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award for her volunteer work. Phyllis shared her love of bowling with her family and was active in the family business, Concordia Lanes. She was past president of the Belvidere Women’s Bowling Association, a WIBC National Champion, and a youth bowling coach. Phyllis enjoyed a good round of golf and was a member of Bel-Mar Country Club.
Phyllis is loved and will be missed by her children, Stephen C. (Mary) Gallano of Belvidere, John F. Gallano of Garden Prairie, Deborah (Ronald) Nelson of Capron, Mary (Timothy) Gifford of Belvidere, Jennifer (Dean) Hazlewood of Victoria, TX; daughter in-Law, Gail Pearson; twelve grandchildren, twenty-three Great Grandchildren, nine Great-Great-Grandchildren; sister in-law, Hazel Drilling; many nieces and nephews, especially Sue Drilling. She will also be missed by her special friends, Michelle and Meri.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bud; great-granddaughter Courtney; brothers John Drilling and William Drilling; sister, Julia Pearce.
The family would like to thank Mercy Health Hospice and especially her nurse, Jessica, who shared her compassion and guidance with us.
Phyllis’ funeral service will be held and live-streamed at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 3, 2022, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, Il. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Phyllis’ visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. Please enter door #4. Memorials can be given in care of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Phyllis’ memory. To share a remembrance, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com