William C. Gallipo, 72
June 7, 1946-Feb. 3, 2019
William “Bill” Charles Gallipo, 72, of Sartell, died Sunday, Feb. 3, at Edgewood Senior Living in Sartell. His funeral was held Feb. 15 in the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Gallipo was born June 7, 1946, in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Darwin (Tom) and Paula (Cochrane) Gallipo. He attended Aberdeen High School, but after a move, he graduated from Omaha Central High School in Nebraska and went on to attend and play football at Dakota Weselyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota where he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Gallipo met Sheri Bierne while in college and they were married on Dec. 28, 1968 at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Gallipo’s first job out of college was as a PE teacher and football coach in Elmore, Minn. After spending 16 years teaching phy ed and coaching several sports in Elmore, Blue Earth and Swea City, Iowa, he was given the opportunity to become the dean of students in Holdingford, Minn., where he was also the coach of the boys’ basketball team.
Holdingford led him to Sartell High School and then eventually to Becker High School where he finished up his teaching, administrative and coaching career before retiring in 2004.
Gallipo was a true sports fanatic! Whether playing, coaching, cheering or watching, he loved it all! His greatest pride and joy was to be around his children and grandchildren. There wasn’t an activity that they had – that he ever wanted to miss. He maintained close relationships with the dear friends he made throughout his life – especially on the golf course.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Sheri; children: Shanna (Brian) Oberg of Camas, Washington, Kyle of Washougal, Washington, and Brandon (Katie) of Sartell; four grandchildren: Brody Oberg, Mason Oberg, Ruby Gallipo and Dylan Gallipo; sisters: Alona (Alan) Moller and Tania Huston both of Camas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paula and Tom Gallipo.
The entire Gallipo family would like to give its heartfelt thank yous to the staff at Edgewood Senior Living. They went above and beyond not only for Bill, but for all of us.
He will be greatly missed! Please come and visit with family and friends and share stories.
The Day You Left
With tears we saw you suffer,
As we watched you fade away,
Our hearts were almost broken,
As you fought so hard to stay.
We knew you had to leave us,
But you never went alone,
For part of us went with you
The day you left your home.
Author: Janelle Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.