Anthony S. Galletta
Dr. Anthony S. Galletta, 77, of Canonsburg,
passed on to his eternal reward Sunday, July 10, 2011. He had a medical practice in Canonsburg for 47 years and had served at Canonsburg Hospital, for a time as president of the Medical Board. Dr. Galletta was born Oct. 8, 1933, in Bessemer, Lawrence County, a son of the late John and Grace Galletta. He attended the University of Pittsburgh (B.S.). In 1954, he joined the Navy for two years, serving as hospital corpsman. He attended the University of Santo Tomas with his brother, Joseph, and received his medical degree in 1960. Dr. Galletta served residencies at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and Santa Barbara Hospital in California. In 1967, Dr. and Mrs. Galletta volunteered with the Catholic Medical Missions. He was the doctor in charge of a hospital in Guatemala, serving a large province. Returning to the United States in 1968 with Mrs. Galletta and daughter, Christina, he opened his family practice in Canonsburg. Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Galletta made significant contributions by his benevolent service to the needy both on an international and local level. As a third-year medical student at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, he supported the work of a Belgian nun at a Catholic medical mission clinic in the outlying mountain provinces. Using his meager skills, the student had a life-changing moment. He saw that the nun needed medicine, equipment and helpers. His classmates returned with him to the clinic catching his enthusiasm to help with collaboration of the medical staff. The director of the medical school was caught up in the joy of the project. Activity at the mission became extensive. The University of Santo Tomas made the medical mission part of the fourth-year medical curriculum. In 1963, Medical Missions of the Philippines Inc. was born. 20 years later, in 1983, Dr. Galletta was honored as their founder, at that time more than 300,000 people had received surgical, dental or medical services. For many years, Dr. Galletta volunteered as medical director of the Brothers' Brother Foundation of Pittsburgh. Together with the founder of Brothers' Brother, Dr. Robert Hingson, he inoculated thousands in Nicaragua. In time, Dr. Galletta encouraged businessmen and doctors from Washington County to visit. They became a sister city to Rivas, Nicaragua. Later, an ambulance loaded with medical supplies furnished by the people of Washington County was driven to New Orleans to be delivered to the people of Rivas under Dr. Galletta's direction. After the overthrow of the Romanian Dictatorship, Dr. Galletta joined Luke Hingson (president of Brothers' Brother) in visiting Romania to locate secure channels for medical, educational and agricultural supplies to the Romanian people. His passions were family, Italian opera and the Italian-American Heritage Society. Dr. Galletta will long be remembered for his sponsorship of the "Cari Amici" (Dear Friends) picnics celebrating Italian food, music and fellowship.
He married Letita Pontello, Oct. 9, 1965, who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Christina (Jay) Miranda, of Butler; four grandchildren, Anthony, Angela, Alexander and Alexandra Miranda; a brother, Nunzio (Ann) Galletta, of Bethel Park; two sisters, Carmela (Phil) Rosile, of Bethel Park, and Rose Marie (Jessie), of Milford, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased, in addition to his parents, are sister, Antonette Pugliese; and two brothers, Frank and Joseph Galletta. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in SALANDRA FUNERAL SERVICE INC., Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor, 304 W. Pike St., Canonsburg, 412-600-0170, where a blessing service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military rites will be accorded by the VFW Post 191 of Canonsburg and the American Legion Post 902 of Houston Honor Guard. The Christian Mothers and Guild of St. Patrick will recite the Rosary at 3 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
( Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh Tribune)
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