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Lillian Mary La Galy, 1933–2017

Lillian Mary La Galy, 84, returned to the Lord on Sept. 8, 2017, at her home in Tehachapi.

There will be a Rosary in her honor at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. E St., Tehachapi. The Funeral Mass will be the following day, Sept. 19, 2017, at 11 a.m., also at St. Malachy Catholic Church; and she will be placed to rest at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, at 1:15 p.m. There will be a reception at McMullen Hall following the interment.

She was born to Francis Joseph Bruder and Grace Lillian Lamey in Havre, Mo., on Aug. 17, 1933. She grew up in Havre and was the eldest of two children; the youngest was James Francis Bruder. She attended Saint Mary’s College in Kansas, where her major was music. While at school, she attended a church dance and met Donald Paul La Galy.

They were later married, and she left school to follow her husband to Sherman Oaks, since he was relocated while serving his country in the United States Navy in 1955. She started playing the piano and organ at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Sherman Oaks. She played and taught music at the church school until 1985.

They had four children, Christina “Tina” Marie Parks, Timothy Joseph La Galy, Carla Marie Cowan and Patrick Andrew La Galy. They retired in Bear Valley in 1985. She then started playing at St. Malachy Catholic Church from 1985 to 2017. She was a member of Catholic Daughters. Besides dedicating her life to the church, she was a bank teller at Sierra National Bank in Tehachapi. In 2003, they moved to Tehachapi where she peacefully took her last breath surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Kathleen Reinhart Bruder; her children, Christina Parks, Timothy and Carolyn La Galy, Carla and Manny Cowan, and Patrick and Judith La Galy; her nieces and nephew, Hilaire Thomas, Jay Bruder, Loren Fouts, Lisa Martinez, Krista Ellis, Heidi Bruder, and their respective families; her grandchildren, Jason and Cindy Parks, Zachary and Nicole Parks, William and Crystal Parks, Brieana and Isaac Saavedra, Timothy Myerson, Kathrine La Galy, Andrew La Galy, Margret La Galy, Julianne La Galy; and her great-grandchildren, Waylon Parks, Hailey Parks, Andi Parks, Beth Parks, Logan Parks, Jacob Parks, Issiah Saavedra, Mackenzie Saavedra, Bella Parks and Sierra Parks. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Donald Paul La Galy, and her brother, James Francis Bruder.

If you so choose, donations will be accepted by the family at the hall. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences, please visit

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Shaina Lawrence

I've known Lil, gosh almost 17 years! She and my parents joined the same renew group when I was 10 or 11. She literally watched me grow up, and never showed anything but love for my family and I. I remember the first time I saw her at daily mass last year after moving back. I was really excited to see her and wanted to say hi. I was hesitant, because my mom told me she had been having a hard time, and I was not sure she would remember me. She saw me, walked right up to me, and gave me a hug and a kiss. Almost like I had never left.

The priest at my Newman Center in college once said "There are some people you will meet in this world who are so filled with the love and joy of the Holy Spirit that they are glowing." Lil was that person. Even in the midst of her pain and suffering toward the end, her presence brought so much joy to our parish. You don't meet very many people like Lil, and we are all very blessed to have known her. She will be dearly missed, not only for her musical talent, but for who she was, and the life she lived. May she rest in peace.

In Christ, Shaina Lawrence

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