Lisa Galley of Yardley passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 52.
Born in Trenton and raised in Clinton, N.J. (Hunterdon County), Lisa resided in Morris County, N.J., before moving to Yardley in 2001.
Lisa was employed by the New Jersey Education Association as the editor of the NJEA Review, a professional journal for educators. Prior to joining NJEA staff in 2001, she was an American History teacher and tennis coach at Mount Olive High School for 16 years. Lisa served her colleagues across the nation as president of the State Education Editors.
Lisa was a proud alumna of Millersville University. She obtained her master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University.
She was an avid tennis player, skier, golfer, and cyclist. She was president of the Morris County Ski Club. As much as she loved to be active, she was equally devoted to her beach chair on Long Beach Island.
Lisa had an angelic singing voice, a gift she shared at weddings, birthday celebrations, in the car, in the shower, and at any nearby karaoke machine. She also fulfilled a lifelong dream when she sang the National Anthem at CitiField when the New York Mets took on the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21, 2012. (The Mets lost.)
Lisa was devoted to her family and proud of her Hungarian heritage, especially the food. She and her mother would bake Hungarian specialties that she shared with family and friends.
Lisa approached life with a sense of joy and a positive outlook, even throughout her long illness. She had an adventurous streak and loved to travel and take on new challenges. When everyone else would ask ‘why,’ Lisa would ask, ‘why not?’
To know Lisa was to know her contagious laugh. The joy she exuded through that laughter brought a large circle of friends into her life, who with her family, remained devoted to her.
Lisa is survived by her parents, Michael and Ethel Galley of Nazareth, Pa.; her brother, Michael and his wife, Jane, of Schooley’s Mountain, N.J., her brother, Joseph and his wife, Michele, of Sparta, N.J.; nieces and nephews, Daniel, Beth, Laura, Michael Joseph, Matthew, and Christine; and countless friends, students, and colleagues.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave., Yardley. Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville. Burial will be held privately.
Lisa requested memorial contributions be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Office of Institutional Advancement, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111 or visit foxchase.org/giving.FitzGerald-SommerFuneral Home.