Carole Elizabeth Galka Dean, 75, of Burns, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 30.
Carole was born in Emmett, Idaho. She was married to Daniel Dean, of Harney County, where they spent the last two years and eight months together.
Carole grew up in Burns, and first met Daniel in high school. Family movement and marriage took Carole and Daniel on separate paths until 2012, when they found their way back to each other and were married. Their short time together was marked with joy, happiness, and a deep love which was evident to all.
Carole was married to Henry Floyd Galka on Sept. 1, 1958. Together, they have seven children, 21 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, one of which they raised as their own, Devyn Mercedes Guerrero. Carole’s avid love for the written word was passed on to her children and their children. A propensity toward the creative could be seen in her crocheting of blankets and necklaces. While primarily a homemaker, Carole worked in many different capacities, including a nurse’s assistant and assistant to her first husband in all secretarial type work for their engineering company.
Carole’s heart of compassion for her fellow man could be seen in her continuous outpouring of love and help to family, friends, and even complete strangers. She was a wonderful mother who thought of her children first, and would go without in order to provide for their needs and even wants.
She is survived by her mother, Kathryn Marie Hochhalter; siblings, Marlene Marie Lobato, James Raymond Vanderdasson, and Judith Kathryn Spriggel; children, Dinah Lynn White, Joni Beth Kutz, Lisa Anne Atkins-Croft, Henry Thomas Galka, Stephen Vincent Galka, Rebekah Lee O’ Hare, and Nichole Kathryn Hall; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Carole was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Raymond Vanderdasson; brother, Ronald Wayde Vanderdasson; her first husband, Henry Floyd Galka; and granddaughter, Vanessa Marie Green.
Carole has been laid to rest in the high desert country of Harney County, at Fort Harney Cemetery.
LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Visit www.lafolletteschapel.com and sign the guest book and leave your condolences.