Dorothy (Dot) Galuska died on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the age of 91. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, raised her family in Lemont, Illinois, and moved to Tampa, Florida in 1979. She was a much-loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt.
Dorothy is survived by her three children Carol Shelleman (David Hughes), Diane Werner (Robert), Michael Galuska (Dawn); grandson Eric Shelleman (Michelle), great-granddaughter Anna, and many nephews and nieces. Preceding her in death were her husband Chester, father Walter Skweres, mother Mary Przybysz Skweres, brothers John, Harold, Eugene, and Edmund Skweres, and sisters Victoria Zick and Florence Rojek.
Dot was someone you could always count on to be there for you. Through the various stages of her life, she was the consummate wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was a perfect partner for her husband, Chet, in the many adventures of their life together. She left the city and moved to a farm. She raised her children and worked outside the home when needed. She always said yes to the next opportunity. Helping to open a retail store, a weekly auction, and a marketing business were just a few of the work-related adventures.
Dot loved her home life too. She was always present and active in the activities of her children. Sewing everything from doll clothes to outfits for the family to crazy Halloween costumes, she was a master at styling. Cooking, crocheting, crafts of all kinds - there was always a project in progress. Dot and Chet were the original DIY team and worked together on so many projects around their home and farm. Music, dancing, family gatherings, traveling, and keeping in touch with friends were among Dot’s favorites. A card, a gift, a homemade something, were always at the ready to help cheer or celebrate.
Dot was a master at anticipating needs. She would try to discern when help was needed and always asked “how can I help?” Her love and care were unconditional.
In her later years, Dot continued to interact with people in a loving way wherever her path led her. She passed the time with crocheting, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and crossword puzzles. She kept her mind active and her smile ready.
We are grateful to all the caregivers and staff and friends at Elmcroft Senior Living, Bluestone Medical, and St. Joseph’s Hospital North for all the love and care given to Dorothy. She cared about each and every one of you. We were grateful to have her home with her family during the last weeks of her life.
A private memorial mass will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church with a celebration of Dorothy’s life to be held at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in honor of Dorothy be directed toward Feeding Tampa Bay at 4702 Transport Drive Building #6, Tampa, FL 33605 or feedingtampabay.org.
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