Dorothy Gallo peacefully passed away on February 4, 2022, with her family around her. Born in Highland Park, Michigan, on February 27, 1926, she was the daughter of Osgean and Vartanoush (nee Baylerian) Gurunian. Growing up in an Armenian community, Dorothy acquired a love of dancing, especially to the music of Glenn Miller and the big-band sounds. She also had an early affinity for business, dealing with the public. While in high school, Dorothy held a part time job at the refreshment counter of the famous downtown Fox Theater.
After graduating from Highland Park High School, she worked for Chrysler Corporation, working a clerical position related to manufacturing essential war materials to help her country win victory in World War II. Following that important part in her life, Dorothy began employment with J. L. Hudson Department Store in downtown Detroit. Among her various positions, she was placed in the Northland Center store, which was a milestone for regional shopping centers in the United States. After a lifetime of faithful employment, at age 82 she retired from the Summit Mall location.
Earlier in life, she had met Joseph Gallo on a friend’s arranged “blind date”. They fell in love and were married. Dorothy became a loving wife and caring mother. They had many trips together as a family. They visited Joe’s family in Colorado and enjoyed Dorothy’s family cottage on Lake Huron in Lexington, Michigan.
She had a profound feeling regarding a well-balanced, disciplined life. In addition to her strong, tireless work ethic and her deep spiritual faith, she delighted in the enjoyment of life's lighter aspects and loved going to the casino to play on the slot machines. A loyal friend to all, Dorothy shall be missed by those who loved her.
Beloved wife of the late Joseph Gallo; Loving mother of Paul (Linda) Gallo. Devoted grandmother of Joseph Gallo, Andrew (Brittany) Gallo, Michael Gallo; Cherished Great-grandmother of Austin and Colton; Dedicated daughter of the late Osgeon and Vartanoush Gurunian; Loving sister to the late Sam (Mary) Gurunian, the late Oscar (Evelyn) Gurunian, the late Mary (Michael) Vlad and the late Alice (Harry) Shagoian; Caring Aunt to Leo Gurunian, the late Charles Gurunian and the late Richard (Beatrice) Gurunian, Kathy Shagoian, Carol (Michael) Debay, Michael (Debbie) Vlad, Mark (Alice) Vlad, the late Ronald (Dorothy) Gurunian, Donald (Suzie) Gurunian and the late Roseann (Edward) Behn. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Visitation February 9, 2022 Wednesday from 6 PM to 9 PM with Dan Gark prayers at 8:30 pm in Simon Javizian Wessels and Wilk chapel 23690 Woodward Avenue (Corner of 9 ½ Mile Road) Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069.
Funeral Thursday 11:00 AM (Family receiving friends starting 10 AM) in St. John Armenian Church Auxiliary Sanctuary, 22001 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48075
Interment in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI
The family suggests donations be sent to St. John Armenian Church
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