Helen Irene Gallo of Riverhead died Nov. 22, 2018. She was 92 years old.
She was born in Connecticut on Jan. 21, 1926.
She married the love of her life, Ralph (“Sonny”) Gallo in 1949. The couple settled in Riverhead where they raised three children.
She was a devoted mother and consummate homemaker, according to family members. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, holiday decorating, maintaining her meticulous garden, lounging by the pool with her children and grandchildren, and most notably, caring for her family, they said in a statement.
Predeceased by her husband of 63 years and her brother Joseph, she is survived by her daughters, Linda Turner, Sandra (Gerard) Doroski and Helen (Thomas) Santacroce; her grandchildren, James, Karen, Elizabeth, Patricia, Kathleen, Christina, Jennifer, Gerard, Nancy, Brian, Amanda, Andrew and Allyson and 22 great-grandchildren.
Her life was celebrated and memorialized in a private service at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. Interment followed at Riverhead Cemetery.