STORMVILLE - Nora Rita Gallo, an area resident since 1960 and formerly of Buckhannon, WV, died on July 24, 2017 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Born in Buckhannon, WV on August 25, 1934, she was the daughter of Lillie Eskew. Rita was employed by the United States Postal Service in both Stormville and Union Vale. She was a life member of Stormville Fire Company and the Stormville Fire Company Auxiliary, with over 48 years of dedicated service. She had also served as a Past Captain for the East Fishkill Rescue Squad and was elected as the first female Fire Commissioner for the East Fishkill Fire District. Rita had served as an Elections Inspector for the Board of Elections for many years.

On February 3, 1951 in Buckhannon, WV, Rita married Alfred J. Gallo who survives at home. She is also survived by her children, Phyllis Odell and her husband Robert of Hopewell Junction, James Gallo of Poughkeepsie, Joseph Gallo of Poughkeepsie, and Michael Gallo and his wife Linda of Stormville; her grandchildren, Patrick and Melissa Odell, Michele Gallo, Joseph and Marlene Gallo, Kristin Gallo and Vincent DiGregorio, and Michael Gallo Jr.; her great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Odell, Caitlin Odell, Shane Gallo and Austin DiGregorio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandson, William C. Odell; and her brother, Glen Riggleman.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction with a Firematic Service at 7:30pm. The Funeral Service will be on Saturday at 11am at the Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Stormville Fire Company, PO Box 55, Stormville, NY 12582. Please visit Rita’s Book of Memories at

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