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Nancy Jo Galvin, age 68, of Knoxville, Iowa passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Knoxville Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa.
A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville, IA. Nancy's family will be greeting friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time.
Nancy was born on May 18, 1949 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She is the youngest child of Garold and Mae Maxine (Crook) Galvin. Nancy grew up in Knoxville, Iowa and graduated from Knoxville High School, Class of 1967. After high school, Nancy attended the University of Iowa for nine years, where she obtained her; Undergraduate, Graduate, and in 1976 her PhD in Zoology. Nancy continued advancing her education specializing in cell biology.
She worked for five years at Washington University before accepting a position with St. Louis University as Head of Electron Microscope Lab in the Pathology Laboratory Research Department. Nancy worked at St. Louis University for 35 years, and was provided many opportunities and rewarding experiences for her achievements throughout her career. She traveled extensively on behalf of the University for her published research. She was very career oriented, her passion, dedication, and self-driven personality assisted in making her cell biology research recognized both nationally and internationally.
Nancy enjoyed reading, sewing, and do-it-yourself projects. She loved art, animals (especially rescue dogs), and remained very politically involved and active within her community throughout her life.
Nancy is survived by her mother, Mae Galvin of Knoxville; three sisters, Patsy (Dan) Yates of Waterloo, Dixie Juve of Des Moines, and Linda Freshwaters of Knoxville; 12 nieces and nephews; 23 great nieces and nephews; and 15 great-great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Garold Galvin; one brother Gary Galvin; and one brother in law, Danny "Sonny" Uitermark.
Memorials can be made in Nancy's memory to the Knoxville Hospital Foundation or Knoxville Fire and Rescue Department.
Published on October 16, 2017
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