Maureen M. Galatio

Maureen M. Galatio – 89 – formerly of Belle Haven Road, Hornell, passed away Sunday morning (June 28, 2020) in Wellsville, NY.

Born in Hornell on February 13, 1931, she was the daughter of William and Regina (Lynch) Tobin.

Growing up in Hornell, Maureen was a graduate of St. Ann’s School (class of 1944) and Hornell High School (class of 1948).  Following high school, she began her employment at the Erie Railroad.

She was married on June 16, 1956 at St. Ignatius Loyola Church to Stephen J. Galatio who died on October 20, 2001.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Jack, who died in 2010.

She was employed at St. James Mercy Hospital from 1968 – 1980 as an occupational therapist and from 1980 – 1993 served as the Director of Activities & Volunteers at the Steuben County Infirmary.  As an active community volunteer she also served as ombudsman at local nursing homes and volunteered her time at RSVP; American Red Cross;St. James Hospital Gift Shop; St. James Auxiliary; the Ladies of Columbus and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Maureen was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and had been a communicant of both St. Ignatius Loyola Church and St. Ann’s Church and throughout the years, served as a Eucharistic Minister at both churches.

Maureen’s motto and the words that she lived by were “Faith, Family and Friends”.  She prayed the rosary every day and was proud of her Irish heritage.  Her home was the family meeting place for all holidays and special occasions.  Maureen cherished her friendships with her YMCA “swim buddies” and exercise classmates along with her card club.  She loved to attend the sporting events of her sons and grandchildren through elementary school, high school, college and Gus Macker tournaments.

Surviving are three sons, Joseph (Joyce) Galatio of Greece, NY, Daniel (Lisa) Galatio of Hornell and James (Kylie McLaughlin) of Cuba, NY; 1 granddaughter, Keri Galatio; 4 grandsons, Stephen, Shane, Tom & Jack Galatio; her brother, Tom (Gail) Tobin of Spencerport, NY; her sister-in-law, Shirley Tobin of Sneads Ferry, NC; several nieces, nephews & cousins.

There will be no public calling hours.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church.  Please follow all COVID-19 precautions at the church, including wearing a mask and social physical distancing.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The Funeral Mass for Maureen will be streamed via Facebook Live and can be viewed on the Dagon Funeral Home Facebook page on Thursday at 10:00 AM by visiting  The video will remain available for viewing on our Facebook page for 30 Days.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. 

Maureen’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Hornell YMCA, 18 Center St., Hornell, NY 14843.

The family would also like the thank the staff at Manor Hills for their kindnesses shown to Maureen over the past two years.

12 Responses to “Maureen M. Galatio”

  1. Nancy Fagnan says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Maureen was a wonderful person who always took the time to say hello and ask how you were. She will be sadly missed. 🙏🙏🙏

  2. Mary Shibao says:

    I so enjoyed Maureen it was refreshing to talk with her. She was positive, funny and truly made company feel welcomed

    Mary Shibao, daughter of Paul and Amelia Lynch

  3. Patricia Culpepper, daughter of Paul and Amelia Lynch says:

    Rest In Peace, Maureen. You were kind, patient and loving.

  4. Tim Tobin says:

    I’m so sorry to hear aunt Maureen passed away.
    She sure raised a mighty fine family.

  5. Mary Houser says:

    My heart hurts. Prayers and love to you all. ❤️

  6. Chris and Chuck Fawcett says:

    You are all in our hearts and prayers.
    She was a special lady and will be sadly missed. Wish we could be there to celebrate her life.
    Chris and Chuck

  7. Kukura Family says:

    Grandma G was a grandmother to all. We have many fond memories of the Gus Mac Tournaments. Everyone looked forward to staying at Grandma G’s house. Grandma G always brightened the room she walked in. She was such a caring and loving person. We were very happy to be apart of her Gus Mac💗🙏💗 family. 🏀 Sending prayers and sympathy to the Galatio family!

  8. Dawn Patton says:

    Maureen has such a great influence on my life in our Infirmary days, I am so blessed and honored to call her my co-worker and friend. She gave me great advice that has lasted throughout my life. Even after her retirement it was so nice to have an occasional lunch and I always looked forward to seeing her at Gus Macker. I am so sad I can not attend her service due to job issues but I wish to express my deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. God has received a beautiful rose for his garden. I will always treasure the wonderful memories we shared, love you Maureen, hugs and prayers to all.

  9. Patricia Soper-Oakes says:

    Joe, Dan, Jim and families: I am very sorry to see that you have lost your mother! May she rest in peace! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. marcia beers says:

    As I read the news of our world losing Maureen, my heart sank. Tears ran down my cheeks as I thought of all the fond memories I hold in my heart of her. She was so full of life and loved providing so many wonderful experiences for those she cared for. Every time I would run into her, she had stories to tell of all that she was involved in no matter what her age. I remember being inspired by her enthusiasm and her will to make the best out of whatever life handed her. She will always be special to me and I hope to carry on, like Maureen, by striving to make delicious lemonade out of any lemons that are handed to me. Thank you Maureen for all of the ways in which you touched my life and motivated me to keep going. I will miss running in to you and having our enjoyable chats. You will always be a part of my heart! My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to each of her family members as you say goodbye, for now, to your precious mother and grandmother. Love to you all!

  11. Brenda Greenfield says:

    Wow Guys, so sorry to hear your Mom passed.
    She was a great woman to spend much of my childhood in connection with.
    I just spoke about her a couple of days ago..passed on her “snake” remedy!
    LOL We were probably the ones who brought the snakes into the yard in the 1st place!!
    She was the last “original” Belle Haven stronghold. Now when I drive up the road I have no idea who really lives in any of the houses (except Frank Harwoods’ nephew) Boy do I miss the old neighborhood and what a great extended family that gave to all of us.
    Your Mom will be missed by so many…

  12. Cheryl Chaffee says:

    It’s a sad day to lose such a kind and caring person such as Maureen. She raised some amazing boys, they were always there for their mother and she for them. She was a wonderful neighbor and good friend. I loved listening to her stories of her life. She was an amazing person and lived a very active life. She hated getting older, she said it slowed her down and couldn’t do the things she loved. She will be missed by all who knew her. I’m so glad I got to know her. Rest In Peace Maureen. ❤️