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Galan, Ramona and Jose

Galan, Ramona and Jose

Ramona (Hernández) Galán was born on 02/22/1937 and her husband of 65 years, José Manuel Galán was born on 03/18/1928, both in Camuy, Puerto Rico. They died just 18 hours apart, of COVID-19 related pneumonia; Ramona on 10/09/2021 and José (Manolo), just after midnight on 10/10/2021. Manolo migrated at age 24 years to the U.S. mainland “for work and a better life” for his future family he always said. He worked in several states (PA, MI, and IL) before marrying and settling down in Illinois where he and his bride had six children. Manolo was respected and admired for being a self-educated man, with a happy sense of humor and ever-joking manner. He gradually learned a new culture, language, and way of life, eventually becoming a certified welder. Ramona was quiet and unassuming but ever resolute in doing the best for her family, especially for her children. Ramona worked on and off as a seamstress with other immigrant women (Greek, Mexican, and Central American) in then called “sweat-shops” of the Chicago-land area. All six children then had a chance to attend Christian elementary, secondary and universities “at some point, if they wanted” they both said. The children also learned of their parent’s strong work ethic and mostly of their devout Christian Seventh-day Adventist faith. Both Manolo and Ramona often would say, this strong-held faith in Jesus, was what helped keep the family so closely bonded together. Ramona and Manolo were very active in their church activities up to their later years. They were preceded in death by their grandson Daniel J. León and their son-in-law Ronald Yelenosky. They are survived by son Edwin (Alicia, wife); daughter Eden (Terry, husband); daughter Eva; son Charles (Cora, wife); daughter Sandra; son Roy (Lana, wife); six granddaughters (Amanda, Brenda, Kailey, Alexa, Maddalena, & Lillian); four grandsons (Joseph, Johnathan, Danie, & Nathaniel) and “many very dear and special” cousins, nephews, and nieces. Ramona is also survived by six brothers and Manolo by one sister. They are both laid to rest in Kansas City, Missouri, where they await their Lord and Savior’s, Jesus Christs’ Second Coming.

Ramona (Hernández) Galán nació el 02/22/1937 y su esposo de 65 años, José Manuel Galán nació el 03/18/1928, ambos en Camuy, Puerto Rico. Murieron con solo 18 horas de diferencia, de neumonía relacionada con COVID-19; Ramona el 10/09/2021 y José (Manolo), justo después de la medianoche del 10/10/2021. Manolo emigró a los 24 años al territorio continental de Estados Unidos, siempre dijo "por trabajo y una vida mejor" para su futura familia. Trabajó en varios estados (PA, MI é IL) antes de casarse y establecerse en Illinois, donde juntos tuvieron seis hijos. Manolo era respetado y admirado por ser un hombre autodidacta, con un sentido del humor feliz y una manera siempre bromista. Poco a poco aprendió una nueva cultura, idioma y forma de vida, y finalmente se certificó como un soldador. Ramona era tranquila y modesta, pero siempre resuelta a hacer lo mejor para su familia, especialmente para sus hijos. Ramona trabajó intermitentemente como costurera con otras mujeres inmigrantes (griegas, mexicanas y centroamericanas) en las entonces llamadas "talleres de explotación" del área de Chicago. Así, los seis hijos tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir a escuelas primarias, secundarias y universidades cristianas "en algún momento, si quisieran", dijeron ambos. Los hijos también aprendieron de la fuerte ética de trabajo de sus padres y sobre todo de su devota fe cristiana Adventista del Séptimo Día. Tanto Manolo como Ramona a menudo decían, “esta fuerte fe en Jesús fue lo que ayudó a mantener a la familia tan estrechamente unida”. Ramona y Manolo fueron muy activos en sus actividades eclesiásticas hasta sus últimos años. Fueron precedidos en la muerte por su nieto Daniel J. León y su yerno Ronald Yelenosky. Les sobreviven su hijo Edwin (Alicia, esposa); hija Edén (Terry, esposo); su hija Eva; hijo Charles (Cora, esposa); su hija Sandra; hijo Roy (Lana, esposa); seis nietas (Amanda, Brenda, Kailey, Alexa, Maddalena y Lillian); cuatro nietos (Joseph, Johnathan, Danie y Nathaniel) y muchos “muy queridos y especiales" primos, sobrinos, y sobrinas. A Ramona también le sobreviven seis hermanos y Manolo una hermana. Ambos son enterrados en Kansas City, Missouri, donde esperan la Segunda Venida de su Señor y Salvador, Cristo Jesús.

Service Information

Memorial services will be 3:30PM, Saturday, November 13 at New Haven Church, 8714 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, Kansas.  Live streaming will be available at newhavensda.org.  Due to COVID precautions, seating will be limited.  If interested in attending, please contact Cora at 913-713-5116.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Marion SDA Church School at marionadventistschool.org.

Galan, Ramona and Jose's Guestbook

Dear Galan Family, Our love, hugs and prayers go out to all of you in the loss of Ramona & Jose. Although we never had the opportunity to know them well, the beauty of their lives is very evident in all of their children in the gifts you share with others - a good sense of humor, a joyful spirit, love, gratitude, and your open and giving hearts. Ramona & Jose’s faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus is seen in your lives as you place your confidence in the knowledge that you will see them again one day. Thank you so much for sharing your family with us in such a beautiful and memorable service for both of them. Edwin, Eden, Eva, Charlie, Sandra, and Roy, your parents have left you such a beautiful legacy of their love, strength, and Spirit-filled lives. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to join you virtually as you shared beautiful music and personal reflections with wonderful memories of Ramona and Jose Galan. You all have honored your parents in such beautiful ways, not only while living, with your care and support of them, but also in your endearing and beautiful remembrances. In those moments when your sorrow and grief seem overwhelming we pray that God’s Spirit will fill you with renewed hope and comfort, and will recall to your minds many happy memories and the knowledge that you are continually in our prayers for God’s strength and peace, which passes all understanding. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Kay & Jim Peterson, Mom Royce

Perder un ser querido es muy doloroso. Perder dos seres queridos con pocas horas de differencia. Debe ser aun mas terrible! Mis mas sinceras condolencias. Para ustedes, Familia Galan! Que la pronta venida de nuestro Jesus. Ya casi esta aqui!! Les de Paz y contentamiento como me lo esta dando a mi hasta que llegue ese dia glorioso en que podamos reunirnos con aquellos que tanto amamos!! Con Cariño! Ofelia.

Ofelia Budd

Dear Galan Family, I wish I will be able to join you in the Celebration of life of Ramona and Jose, in person. As I am still in Japan, I am blessed I will be able to join you online. Your family has shown them much love, and devoted care specially in their last years of life. My heart goes out for you and the empty space that is left for you and your family, and embraces peace with you by being rooted in the Blessed Hope that Ramona and Jose are resting until that Day when Christ comes and wakes them up from their rest. This world is waiting for the manifestation of the children on God who love from the manifestation of the Heavenly Father’s heart. May you faithfully carry their legacy of love, hope and the gospel of Jesus Christ. With love in Christ,

Pr. Ruth Rivera

We were fortunate to have Ramona & Manolo in our lives. We are so deeply sorry for your loss.

The Robertsons

Miss you sister, your brother julian

Julian hernandez

I'm so sorry for your loss, Galan family. It's heartbreaking to hear. What a testimony Abuelos Ramona and Jose had of Jesus' love and hope that will live on in the kids and grandkids. I had chills listening to Papa Charlie share some memories. Indeed may they sleep peacefully like a baby until Jesus comes. By His grace I will have the honor of meeting them on that glad morning. Many hugs and prayers going up for you all dear family: Mama C, Papa C, the kids (Daniel, Caroline, Brenda) and all the family. 🙏🙏❤ I love and miss you all.

Karen Matambo

Nuestro Señor Jesús nos ama mucho ❤️ Y aún en medio de este momento nos abraza para consolarnos con sus santos ángeles. Los quiero mucho Familia Galan.

Karem Valencia

What a message of hope is left behind as we say goodbye to our parents. Only for a blink of an eye before we see them again. We were privileged to meet Ramona and Jose at church and to see the pride they had for their family sitting in the pew together. They lived long enough to see God's hand in their grandchildrens lives and to feel the love of family all around them. Charlie, Cora, Danny and Brenda surrounded this grand couple with devotion and care so that they lacked for nothing. Love in action. Our condolences for such a huge loss... as the last great generation passes away and we must stand in the gap until Jesus comes again. All our tears will be wiped away by our loving Savior. What a day that will be!!💗

Vivian and Wade Broussard

Sadden by your loss, Ramona and Manolo were part of our Christian family. Memories will always be with us. We pray for comfort.

Sonia Afanador/Rosa and Marcelino

We celebrate their beautiful life today and always. They certainly loved each other and their beautiful family. We pray that in the coming weeks, and months, everyone will remember the special moments they shared with them. We pray those joyful memories will bring a smile to you. Call each other up and say, “ Remember when” …..and enjoy The moment sharing it. They certainly lived a long happy life. They got to see their kids grow up with Christ in their Heart. They watched them get married. Have children. Got to hold their grand children. Right now they are resting peacefully surrounded by God’s heavenly Angels. We know will see them again on that Glorious day. What a great day that will be. May God grant you peace and comfort today and always. Hugs to all.

Maria & Jeff & Jason

We are sending love and hugs to all the Galan family. God gave you special parents/grandparents to love and be loved by, and they will always be special to us. We appreciate the love & care they gave our son Zack when he and Danie were students at Antillian University in Puerto Rico. "Zackarias" was welcomed and made to feel like he was loved as part of the family. We will never forget that kindness. We will fondly remember Mr. Galan's sense of humor and mischief and Mrs. Galan's always willingness to help. We look forward to seeing them again one day soon in the Kingdom.

Karen & Mel Simmerman

Dear Galán Family, My dearest condolences go out to each one of you. Losing loved ones is never easy. The sadness you face may feel unbearable at times, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With time and the healing power of Christ, the hurt gets less and less, little by little. Their memory will stay with you for the rest of your life here on this earth. Keep your eyes heavenward knowing that there is so much to look forward to. That day when we’ll be united with those we’ve lost and our Maker, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who will wipe away our tears and demolish our sadness because he cares so much. The time will come when we experience nothing but joy and contentment as the old world, our old minds, and our old lives pass away and we are greeted with a sinless world beyond our imagination. Until that day, may the Lord bless you and keep you. Continue to hold tight to Christ. Lean on Him, and each other. You will overcome. You will find a way. You will gain new strength and discover the peace that passes all understanding as you abide in Him. Much love, Kelli

Kelli Register

Charlie & Cora, Brenda, Danie & Caroline and all your family--I'm so sorry for your hurting and for this sad goodbye. They were both, and continue to be, so dear. I can't wait till Jesus comes back to wake them up and take us all Home. It will be wonderful to see you all together again!! (I can just hear Papa now!) Until then, I pray you will experience Jesus holding you close to His heart. Gentle hugs--Lisa

Lisa Ingelse

To the Galan Family. What a special set of parents. Their bond for each other and to the Lord is evident in their children. Knowing they passed so close together is somehow so very comforting. Neither had to be without the other on this earth. Look forward to the new earth where we will see their beautiful faces again. I am so sorry for your loss and pray for comfort and strength.

Pam DeCamp

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Ramona & Manolo were truly a special person to me and my family and I will never forget the moments we shared. Always in our hearts. Nilsa Afanador/Quinones family

Nilsa Gomez (Afanador)

My heart goes out to the Galan family. I have known Alicia for two years at OCR and I felt confident that she is a protocol of those around her who has played an instrumental role in who she is today. My prayers go out for her husband and his family. God is a god of peace and comfort and he will comfort you during this difficult time. 2 Cor 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Cynthia Carr

It was obvious that your parents dedicated their lives to one another and to their family. May their memory be a perpetual blessing.

Arturo Garcia and family

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