FISHKILL - Jeannette O’Connor Gallup, 92, a lifelong area resident, died on February 3, 2017 at Wingate at Dutchess.

Born in Middletown on November 17, 1924, she was the daughter of Richard and Harriet Viola (Staley) O’Connor. Jeannette received her teaching certification from the State Teachers’ College at New Paltz where she was active in theater and music. She was employed as a teacher in Middletown and Port Jervis, and by the Wappingers Central School District as a third grade teacher at Fishkill Elementary School.

Jeannette's family was the center of her life, and she had a lifelong love of music. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church where she sang in the choir for many years. She had also been a member of the St. Mary’s Players. She had served on the board of the Patrons for Young Artists, and played in several local bridge clubs. Jeannette loved spending time at her home in Brattleboro, VT.

On June 21, 1959 in Slate Hill, Jeannette married Gilbert J. Gallup who survives at home. She is also survived by her daughter, Irene Gallup; her granddaughters, Alexis and Elise Gutek; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her siblings, Richard O’Connor, Catherine Finnegan and Justice John O’Connor.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday at 10am at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill.

Memorial donations may be made to the Music Department, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561. Please visit Jeannette’s Book of Memories at

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