The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 14, 2014

Joleen Diane Galles

— Joleen Diane Galles, 60, formerly of Gibbon, died Monday, May 12, 2014 at her home in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15 at the First United Methodist Church in New Ulm with Pastor JoAnne Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in St. Willibrord's Catholic Cemetery in Gibbon. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Thursday. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to

  Joleen is survived by her daughters, Rachel (Terry) Huffer, Carrie Galles (Atom Ellis); son, Jason Galles; grandchildren, Nash Galles, Thad Johnson, Elizabeth Huffer, Tristan Huffer, Avien Johnson, Gage Johnson, Kien Huffer; sisters, Mary Johnson, Grace Bushard (Tim MacDonell); step mother, Violet Bushard; nieces and nephews, Mara MacDonell, Sean MacDonell, Michelle (Kevin) Stolt, Steven Stolt.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Caroline Bushard; and a brother, Richard Bushard.

  Joleen Diane Bushard was born on July 14, 1953 in New Ulm to Walter and Caroline (Zollner) Bushard. She graduated from Gibbon High School. Joleen's struggled greatly with epilepsy throughout her life but remained a good hearted woman who always tried to help others. She had immense  faith and was very active in her church community. Joleen enjoyed fishing, crocheting, drawing cartoons, writing poetry, and spending time with others. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Ulm.

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