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Karen Dianne Blezinger Galle, was born July 29, 1951, in Bellville to Herman and Selma (Krause) Blezinger. She was baptized on Sept. 16, 1951, at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm. She grew up in the New Bremen Community and attended grades 1-9 at West End Elementary in Industry

During her younger years she enjoyed helping her Dad and Uncle Louis on the farm by driving tractors for them during hay season. She also enjoyed going coon hunting with her coon dog “Rusty.”

She was an active member of the St. John’s Luther League and was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm on April 3, 1966.

She was the Valedictorian of Bellville High School Class of 1969, and went on to attended Sam Houston State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching on May 13, 1972. 

Karen was united in marriage with Burnie Galle on July 8, 1972, at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm

They made their home in New Ulm and have been members of St. John Lutheran in New Ulm. 

She was a loving and devoted mother to her two daughters, Lisa and Kara. She was active in the lives of her daughters by being a PTO/PTA leader, 4-H leader, dairy judging coach, Little League coach and softball mom.   One of the greatest joys in her life was being a grandmother to Jake and Jack. She loved attending Jack’s school activities and was known to Jack and Jake as “Onnie.”

She taught grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 at West End Elementary over her 31 year career. Her countless hours of dedication to her students yielded several prestigious awards such as the Golden Bell Award in 1996, Superintendent’s Award in 1999, Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2000 and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2009, receiving grant money for her classroom.

She retired in June of 2010, and had been taking care of Jake every day and driving Jack to school on Wednesday mornings.

Just in the last week she had taught Jake how to roll a ball and throw it back to her and helped Jack to learn his sight words, especially learning the difference between orange, yellow and purple.

She was a volunteer for many community organizations including the Industry and New Ulm Volunteer Fire Departments and was a member of the St. John Lutheran Women of the Church.  She was also a faithful servant of the Lord.  She played the organ for church services and for the choir.  She was also a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent and served on numerous church committees over the years.

Karen loved being outdoors, whether it was in her garden or flowerbeds, checking cows, hunting and cutting cedars at her beloved Hill Country ranch.  She loved reading and spending time with her family.

She passed away suddenly Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, in Bellville.

She is survived by her husband Burnie Galle; daughters Lisa Wise and her husband, Tommy, and Kara Walls and her husband, Matt; grandsons Jack and Jake Wise, all of New Ulm; brother Kermit Blezinger and his wife, Juanita, of Needville; sister Beatrice Rinn of Industry; brother-in-law David Galle and his wife, Elaine, of Industry; sister-in-law Mary Ann Eckermann and her husband, Larry, of Burton; mother-in-law  Aldean Galle of New Ulm; and many other dear friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law:  Hilbert Galle, brother-in-law: Jay Dee Rinn, and her uncle:  Louis Blezinger.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Funeral service was 2 p.m.,  Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm, with the Rev. Glenn Hohlt, officiating.

Interment followed in  Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Industry.

Pallbearers were: Paul Blezinger, Randy Rinn, Matt Waak, Roy Martin, Brett Galle, Blake Galle, Keith Kelm, Wade Eckermann and Terry Shupa.

Honorary pallbearers were Darin Blezinger, Jack Wise and Jake Wise.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to: St. John Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1270, New Ulm, Texas, 78950, or to West End Elementary, Library or Garden Fund, c/o Elaine Galle, P.O. Box 99, Industry, Texas, 78944

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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