Edward Stephen Galayda

December 1, 1934 ~ December 19, 2010

Edward Stephen Galayda, 76, passed away peacefully with his family at his side in his Lake Charles Home on Sunday December 19, 2010.

Edward was a born December 1, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA and lived there for 65 years before moving with his wife to Lake Charles. He worked for LTV Steel Corporation, formerly Jones Laughlin, for 35 years as an electrician and diesel mechanic. Of all the trades Edward was skilled in, he especially loved carpentry work. He served in the Air Force and Army Reserves. One of Edward's greatest joys was going ballroom dancing and spending time with his beloved dog, Buddy.

He was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Pittsburg, PA and St. Margaret Catholic Church in Lake Charles and was an altar server for many years in Pittsburgh and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus in Lake Charles.

Those left to honor and cherish his memories are his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia Clarke Galayda, Lake Charles; daughters, Ruth Cavanagh, Pittsburgh, PA; Terri Angelini and husband Carmen, Lake Charles, and Patty Galayda, Yuma City, CA; sister, Eleanor Gavigan; sister-in-law, Marry Lou Long; grandson, Carmen Edward Angelini; granddaughters, Melissa, Jessica and Veronica Cavanagh; niece and nephews, Jennifer Gavigan, Michael Gavigan and Denny Long and wife Janet. Preceding him in death were his parents, Peter and Anna Galayda, son Edward Peter Galayda and brother, Bobby Galayda.

Visitation will be Tuesday December 21 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM today with a rosary being recited at 6:00 PM. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday December 22 at Johnson Funeral Home with Father Bill Miller Officiating. Burial will be at Consolota Cemetery.

The family would like to thank his devoted doctor for 10 years, Dr. Luke Williams, who provided special care and had become like family to Edward, and also the staff of St. Patrick's Dubois, Cornerstone Hopsitals, and Harbour House Hospice for the loving care shown to Edward during his illness.

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  1. Dear family of Edward. I'm sure that you do not know me, but I knew Eddie since we were very young. His Mom and my Mom were very good friends and worked together at the Salvaton Army in Pittsburgh cleaning offices in the 40's. My Mom was Godmother I believe to Ed, Bobby and Eleanor. His Dad died at a very early age. Bobby and I were the same age and went to school together. I loved the whole family. It is so strange that for the past few weeks I have been dreaming of Bobby. Always a good dream. I believe that Eleanor would be the only one to remember me. My maiden name was Korpas. I'm sure she remembers all the visits we had together. I lost my husband on Oct. 20, 2006 after 51 years of marriage. My oldest son Jim passed away on Nov. 4, 2008 suddenly in his sleep. He was 51 years of age. I am still grieving over the both of them. I am sending my deepest sympathy to all of Eddie's family. May God Bless all of you and help you with your grief.Love and God's Blessings.Helen Korpas Waddell

  2. Gram,I am so sorry I cannot be there with you and Uncle Carmen and Aunt Terri. Please know that Chris and I are thinking of you and Pap Pap and are in our prayers. We will be down to see you as soon as we can.With Love,Melissa

  3. I am sorry to hear about Ed's passing I worked with him for many years at LTV and with the credit union.My wife and I send our depthest Condolences to his wife and family. JackPeg Toomey

  4. I am very sorry I couldn't be there with you during this time. I remember Christmas being one of Pap's favorite holidays. I also remember all those nutcrackers he collected which he loved so much that he even built a stand for them to be put out on for Christmas. Pap will be missed especially during this time of year.

  5. I saw Mr. G had passed and just thought that i would tell you we are praying for you all. I miss his spirit. Please call if we can do any thing for you. Candlestick Baptist Church is ready to minister to you at any time.

  6. To Mom Sister Brother Nephew and Friends of Dad; Even with all the work that was done; And it seemed like he worked more than many;Finding time to glide across the dance-floor so gracefully; Made an elegance to the surroundings he provided; even though he worked so hard; You could tell he always was not so well; So, thanks to all friend family and all; that his final days he may have enjoyed more in Lousianna than he would have if he would have not relocated; Even though he had to bear an illness; that after all that work of which is greatly appreciated he suffered and just isnt fair;all the rides he gaveall the lots he plowed snowall the things he fixedall the people he helpedwas not for nothing for without Dad very many people would have been Without A=lot'and he will be greatly missed I am with you in thoughtLove always Ruthie

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