BRUNSWICK — Louisa Ann Mackenzie Galuza, 80, died at home on Oct. 11 with her daughters by her side after a short battle with lung cancer.
Galuza was born on March 6, 1931 to James A. Mackenzie and Grace Ambrose Mackenzie in New Haven, Conn. She spent her early years growing up on Fisher Road in Bowdoinham and often reminisced about the Coombs School, ice skating at Creek Hill or picking blueberries.
She married Alphonse Francis Galuza on Sept. 18, 1949 and the couple moved into a small apartment in Brunswick, where they had five children. After moving into a larger home in Bath, she went to work making it their own. Together they made the apartment into a home and later bought their neighbors house and developed it into apartments.
The Galuzas joined the String-alongs in the early 1960s; Louisa was the lead singer while Francis played the Mandolin. The band played many dance halls, grange halls and local clubs in its time. Galuza later cut her own record.
Predeceased by her husband Alphonse Francis Galuza; son, Mark Galuza; grandson Eick Galuza; and her siblings Herbert Mackenzie, James Mackenzie, Ralph Mackenzie Donald Mackenzie, Phil Mackenzie and Virginia Williams.
She is survived by four of her children: Kathleen Kahrl, Bradley Galuza and his wife Jane, Jeff Galuza and his wife Andrew, and Deborah Jean; grandchildren: Francis Allin Kahrl, Andrew James kahrl and his fiance Hilary Clark, Crystal King and her partner Jason Villarreal, Danielle Kloza and her husband Alex, Adrian King and his wife Tarsha, Benjamin Galuza and his wife Caitlin Ingle Hart; and great grand children: Brayden Edward Kloza and Gage Daniel Kloza.
The family offers a special thank you to CHANS Hospice of Brunswick whose nurses and staff helped Galuza live her final days in comfort.
Visiting hours were held earlier this week at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral home. A Celebration of Life was held on Friday at the funeral home.
To share thoughts and condolences with Galuza’s family visit: www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.