Karen Berg Gallagher
SARASOTA, FL - Surrounded by her three loving daughters and family friends, Karen Berg Gallagher, 74, of Sarasota, formerly of Beckley, WV, died peacefully in her home on October 14, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 43 years, Robert Carter Gallagher.
Karen was born June 2, 1945, in Dunkirk, New York, the daughter of the late Adalyn and Francis Berg.
She graduated with a B.A. in Speech and English from Allegheny College in 1967 and earned her masters in communication from West Virginia University in 1992. Karen was a beloved teacher for over 30 years instructing English at Shady Spring High School, communications at the WV Police Academy, quality management at the US Department of Labor-Mine Safety and Health Academy, and public speaking at the College of WV, Kaiser College, and University of South Florida.
Karen was a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator administrator and consulted with many organizations along the East Coast. Karen and her late husband, Robert Carter Gallagher, established Rent-A-Space Corporation, a self-storage business with facilities in Charleston, WV, and Roanoke, VA.
Karen's volunteer responsibilities were numerous. She served as the Beckley Area Foundation President, Bird Key Yacht Club's social chair, an officer at the Beckley Presbyterian Church, and worked closely with Theater West Virginia's operations and fundraising. Karen was an avid tennis player in her earlier years and shrewd mahjong player and trivia aficionado in her later years. Social events, travel, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, and spending time with her dog, Bingo, were among Karen's favorite activities. Her favorite saying was, "Never miss a party!" and she truly lived life to the fullest.
Karen (known affectionately as "Gal") never met a stranger and had a true gift for making everyone feel like the most special person in the room. Her quick wit, infectious smile, and bigger-than-life personality will be remembered by all who knew and loved her. Karen loved to say she painted with all the colors of the rainbow. Our "Gal" most certainly did and she will truly be missed.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful doctors and caregivers who assisted Karen with the medical challenges she bravely faced - Dr. Lee Harris (Internal Medicine), Dr. Francine Martin (Gastroenterologist), Dr. Xavier Guerrero (Nephrologist), Dr. Janice Eakle (Oncologist), Judy Martel (caregiver), Patricia Barrett (caregiver), and Carla Longino (caregiver).
Karen is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Stewart (David), Susan Bell (Stephen), and Anne Tobar (Richard); six grandchildren, Carter and Caroline Bell, Winn and Walker Stewart, and Rex and Berkeley Tobar, all of Charlotte, NC; a brother, Dr. William Berg (Dr. Laurie Martin-Berg), of Madison, WI; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betsey Satterfield (William Satterfield) of Lewisburg, WV; and special friend, Dr. David Pearah, of Sarasota, FL. Karen was extremely close to her extended family and wonderful network of friends, who loved her dearly.
A Celebration of Life with Karen Berg Gallagher will be held at the Bird Key Yacht Club in Sarasota, FL, on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 11:00 am. An additional Celebration of Life will be held in Beckley, WV, at the Beckley Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 14, at 11:00 am.
Donations of sympathy may be made to a charity of the donor's choice, to the Beckley Area Foundation (Karen Berg Gallagher Fund) 129 Main Street, Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 (www.bafwv.org), or to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221 (www.guidedogs.org).
Published on October 21, 2019


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Elma Bacvic
Oct 22, 2019
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Mrs Gallagher. She was a wonderful and a very dear person to me.
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family.

Former student of Mrs Gallagher as an exchange student from Bosnia and Herzegovina host family Ruth and Robert Baker of Beckley, WV.
Elizabeth Kisere
Oct 22, 2019
Awww! That made me cry and laugh. I will never forget Gal's big laugh, her commitment to always looking like a million bucks and for her fun loving personality. Of course, I think of her every time I see sheets that appear to be ironed. She was one of a kind. XXXOOOO
John Lugar
Oct 22, 2019
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Oct 21, 2019
Love Everlasting Bouquet was purchased for the family of Karen Berg Gallagher.
Van Harkins Pennington
Oct 21, 2019
I was so sad to hear this. My heart is broken. We all loved your Mom so much. So many great memories of her. She came to Maxwell Hill and was a judge in a public speaking contest! Of course you know I won! 😍 Here are her recipes she made at the Bridesmaids luncheon she had for me!