Video of Funeral Mass for Elizabeth Galles

Elizabeth J. “Bette” Galles, age 92, of Port Washington, Wisconsin passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

She was born on March 14, 1928 in Fredonia, WI to Laurence and Eleanor Miller Walters.  She attended St. Mary’s Parochial School and graduated from Port Washington High School, class of 1946.  She was named queen of her junior prom.

On March 1, 1947, Bette married Paul M. Galles at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.  While raising her family, Bette was a floral designer with the former Phillip Sales in Port Washington and the former Moldcraft Company in Belgium for over 21 years.

Bette was active with St. Mary’s Parish Christian Woman, Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary and Wisconsin Electric Auxiliary of which her husband had been a member.  She enjoyed gardening and interior design.  She and her husband Paul traveled throughout the world together.  They also enjoyed a round of golf together.  Bette was a friend to many, especially the “Dinner Dance Club” with whom they would spend many friendly years together.

Most important to her were her family.  She was proud “Grandma Gigi”.

Bette is survived by her children Eric (Jean) Galles of Mukwonago, Melissa Tame of Port Washington and Todd (Jeanine) Galles of Napa, CA; her grandchildren Kyla (Brian Houston) Galles, Kathryn Seppi, Jordan (Camille) Galles, Breanna (Jason) Revelle, Jennifer (Ryan) Rychlinski, Megan (Austin) Bartholomaus, Matthew, Emily, Marc and Luke Galles, great-grandchildren Asher, Grayson, Gianna, Jaxson and Owen, her sister Judith (Don) Flierl of Port Washington, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She is preceded by her husband Paul on August 27, 2013 and her brother Clarence “Bud” Walters.

We will celebrate Bette’s life with a Memorial Mass of Resurrection at 1PM Thursday, July 9, 2020 at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Mary’s Church, 451 Johnson Street, Port Washington, WI.  Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant.  Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.

Memorials to St. John XXIII School, 1802 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI ( appreciated.

Bette would ask that we all do our part during this “storm” that has been thrust upon us all.  Pray for our people; pray for our world.

***COVID-19 recommendations will be followed.  Masks recommended. Exercise social distancing.  Maximum of 140 participants in church at all times. Thank you.***



  1. My sincerest condolences to the family. RIP Aunt Bette.

  2. Our Dear, Sweet Neighbor Bette will be greatly missed. Thank goodness for the Fondest & Treasured Memories of both your parents Bette & Paul. We Loved having them both as our neighbors. Steve, Molly & I send our deepest sympathy and I know Bette is holding hands now with her Beloved Paul.

  3. I worked with Betty at Phillip Sales she was a great woman

  4. Eric, Melissa, Todd…..Sending my prayers and condolences on Betty’s passing. She and Paul were great neighbors and I always admired her flair for decorating. She led a blessed life and I know you will carry fond memories always.

  5. Todd and Jeanine so sorry to hear this. I will keep your family in my prayers. Hugs to both of you.

  6. Todd and Jeanine I am sorry to hear this. Keeping your family in my prayers,

  7. Dear All, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. My mom led a wonderful life and was kind to all. She took care of everyone. We will miss her immensely but are comforted that she is now once again with dad. Everyone knows how much they loved each other. I wanted to make one correction to the obituary. Mom was known as GG, not Gigi. GG stands for Grandma Galles. I have chosen to not make the trek from California to the service due to health concerns, but want to go on record that I loved my mom deeply and we spoke often and no words were left unsaid. Peace to all. God Bless, Todd (Topher to mom)

  8. Eric , Melissa and Tood -Mike and I send our sympathy you and your families. Bette led a good long life . Your parent’s were the best neighbors we have ever had ! I know we have fond memories of both of them !

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