Nova Lee Galvin

Nova Lee Galvin, nee Stark, 84, of Belleville, IL, born Saturday, November 20, 1926, in East St. Louis, IL, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Swansea Rehabilitation and Care Center with family at her side.

Mrs. Galvin was a retired teacher of 20 years from Holy Family Catholic School in Cahokia, IL. She received her Masters degree in Education from SIUE in 1980. She was a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church, Junior Service Club, St. Clair Woman's Club, East St. Louis Senior High Class of 1944 class reunion committee, Note Worthies Trio, Masterworks Chorale and past President of Althoff Catholic High School Mothers' Club (1971-1972).

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Husband: Harold J. Galvin
  • Parents: Henry R. and Josephine nee Erlinger Stark Sr

Surviving are her:

  • Sons
    • Thomas R. (Donna) Galvin of Swansea, IL
    • Lawrence F. (Atti) Galvin of Burke, VA
    • James M. Galvin of Belleville, IL
  • Brother: Henry (Lola) Stark of Carlinville, IL
  • Sister: Doris (Richard) Forster of Montgomery, AL
  • Grandchildren
    • Megan (Bobby) Willhoit
    • Colin Galvin
    • Andrew Galvin
    • Daniel Galvin
    • Timothy Galvin
  • Nieces & Nephews
    • Michael (Valarie) Forster
    • David (Antrice) Forster
    • Ann Daughtry
    • Leslie Forster
    • Cindy (Robert) Counts
    • Eric (Karen) Stark
    • Douglas (Ruth) Stark

A special thank you to Swansea Care Center for the attentive care she received.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Althoff Catholic High School or Heartland Hospice.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M., Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL and from 9-10:45am Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the funeral home.

Funeral: A funeral procession will leave from Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville at 10:45am, Saturday, March 19, 2011 for a 11:00 am mass of Christian Burial at Saint Henry Catholic Church with Father Kenneth York and Father John Myler officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences left for Nova Lee Galvin:

    The Summers family were neighbors on north 70th Street
    for many years. She will be fondly remembered .

    marie summers reichling belleville il 62226

    The Galvin Family was a special part of my childhood! My "Aunt" Nova Lee and "Uncle" Hap will always be a fond memory for me as a young girl growing up in Belleville. Hap & Nova Lee were a wonderful part of my parents amazing circle of friends and these two were shining lights. As I write this note, I have pictures of Nova Lee & Hap as young marrieds along with my folks & Oscar & Gen Wehrheim hanging on my wall. My parents have passed, as well, and now with the passing of Nova Lee, it hits home that this special generation of true Americans is getting slimmer. Nova Lee was of the generation of not just good, but GREAT Mothers; she had an amazing work ethic and was a contributing, accountable American. She also had an air of class, acceptance and unbelievable beauty. Her humor and desire to laugh and love will be something I will always remember. Nova Lee's kindness and unending friendship to my Mother, who cherished her, will be something I will always be grateful for. May God bless Nova Lee as she now sits with our Lord in heaven. May the Galvin family draw comfort in knowing, without a doubt, that their loved one is now with Jesus, and is celebrating with all those who went before her. What a beautiful picture! This note is also from my parents and Nova Lee's good friends, Harry & Susan Bridges.

    Suzanne Bridges Johnson Tucson Arizona 85749