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Janice (Clelland) Galloway, 83, of Delmont, died on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at UPMC East, Monroeville. She was born on July 20, 1940 in Pittston, PA, a daughter of the late Carl R. and Margaret (Parry) Clelland.
Janice graduated from West Pittston High School in 1958. In high school, Janice was a majorette and expert baton twirler, an editor of the high school yearbook, and a member of the concert band. During her junior year, Janice was crowned Snowball Queen at the Snowball Dance, the major social event for that area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Her life’s ambition as a child was to be a nurse and she took her training at the Nesbitt Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1961, and passing her State Boards to become a Registered Nurse that same year. Janice joined two friends and worked in Labor and Delivery at the Morristown (NJ) Memorial Hospital for two years before moving to Pittsburgh to marry her 7th grade and forever sweetheart, Dick Galloway, on December 21, 1963 in Pittston, PA. The newly married couple resided in Pittsburgh while Dick finished his 2nd and 3rd years at Pitt Law School with Janice working at Magee Hospital and, later, the Pittsburgh VA Hospital to provide financial support.
Janice and Dick had two children: Lisa, who was born in 1966, and Rick, who was born in 1969. Janice retired from her nursing career to be a full-time loving mom. In 1998, Lisa and her husband, Jeffrey Monzo, had the first of Janice and Dick’s four grandchildren, Connor, who before his 1st birthday gave Janice the name “Bon”, later expanded to “Bonni”. The name caught on with a vengeance. In 2000, granddaughter Megan Monzo was born, followed by Rick’s children, Logan in 2000 and Sydney in 2004. Not only did all four grandchildren call her Bonni (which she loved!) but so did the dozens of their friends and teammates in the various sports that they participated in. Janice was the acknowledged advocate for each and all of the grandchildren, who could do no wrong in her eyes- just ask their parents.
When a local school student was killed crossing Route 66 at Manor Road in Delmont, Janice and another Delmont mom started an organization called “A.L.I.V.E.” (A Light Is Very Expensive) to get a traffic control light at that intersection, which cost $200,000. They organized fund-raisers and lobbied legislators and succeeded in getting, for the first time, the traffic control light that you see at that intersection to this day. After her children left for college, Janice went back to her nursing career, working for a number of years at the offices of East Suburban Ob/Gyn in Monroeville and White Oak, ultimately rising to the position of Clinical Supervisor. She retired from that position, but later became Medical Consultant for the Galloway Monzo law firm, before finally retiring to her favorite job as Bonni, Mom and wife. Janice and Dick enjoyed traveling to Aruba, Virgin Gorda, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and twice to Australia. Janice especially enjoyed family beach vacations on the Outer Banks. They enjoyed sailing on their sailboat on the Chesapeake, and their motorhome trips to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and other western sites, as well as south Florida. Janice was a PTA officer, an officer of the Westmoreland Lawyers’ Wives and a long-time board member of the Westmoreland Bar Foundation. In sum, Janice exemplified a life filled with love and caring and fun and service. You considered yourself fortunate if she touched your life.
Janice is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 60 years, Richard H. "Dick" Galloway; loving children, Lisa (Jeffrey) Monzo and Rick Galloway; four cherished grandchildren, Connor D. Monzo, Megan T. Monzo, Logan M. Galloway and Sydney L. Galloway; her dearest sister, Karen (late Richard) Newby; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Nancy Book and Robert and Patricia Galloway; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at UPMC East, Monroeville for their wonderful and compassionate care of our beloved Janice.
Friends will be received Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Bash-Nied-Jobe Funeral Home, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont (724-468-8381), where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 17. Interment will follow in Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Janice C. Galloway Nursing Student Fund at Westmoreland County Community College. Gifts can be made online at westmoreland.edu/give