January 9, 1958 ~ January 7, 2020

Born in: Brookings, SD
Resided in: Fowler, CO

Shelley Lynne Van Galder, 61, ended her battle with cancer on January 7, 2020. Survived by husband, George Van Galder; children, Elisha McDowell (Mario Lopez) and Chad (Lindsey) McDowell; step-children, Sam Van Galder (Jeff Rosenberg), Alan (Sara) Van Galder and Earl (Rebecca) Barnard; grandchildren, Jaylene McDowell, Cael McDowell, Brittany (Jarret) Ruth, Kimberly Van Galder (Ryan Bastian), Lisa (Lane) Foster and Kiana Van Galder; great grandchild, Westyn Ruth; parents, Bill and Coleen Rose; siblings, Bill (Terry) Rose and Marci (Joe) Rose-Homra; nieces and nephews, Natalie (Nick) Buike, John Rose, Kelly (John) Hammond, Anne Rose, Neal Rose and Kyle Vonfeldt; great nieces and nephews, Nikole Buike and Nashe Buike; aunts and uncles, Sherrol (Fred) Lichte, Lynne (Cal) Willemssen and Gary (Barbara) Ellefson; cousins, Brad (Sheila) Barbour, Darci (Roy) Adams, Erica (Todd) Stahl and Erik Ellefson; and close family friend: Cliff Lushbough.
Preceded in death by cousins, Bryce Barbour and Thatcher Ellefson; and close family friend, DeVee Lushbough.
Shelley was born to Bill and Coleen Rose on January 9, 1958, in Brookings, South Dakota.
She worked at D&S Paint Center in Pueblo, Colorado and enjoyed traveling, horses, spending time with grandchildren, cooking, sewing and reading. Shelley loved living in the country, loved history (especially about the Civil War) and genealogy work.
Graveside service, 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2020, at Mountain View Cemetery, 1315 Acero Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado followed by celebration of life, 10:30 a.m. in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, Colorado
Memorials may be made to Women’s Cancer Research Foundation, 351 Hospital Road, Suite 506, Newport Beach, CA 92663 or www.womenscancerfoundation.com Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com


Graveside Service: January 13, 2020 9:30 am

Mountain View Cemetery of Pueblo
1315 Acero Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004


Life Celebration: January 13, 2020 10:30 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. CandleImageI was deeply saddened by the news of Shelley’s passing. My heart felt condolences go out to her family.

  2. CandleImageWhat a beautiful smile! Losing someone who is loved so much is one of life’s greatest sadness. May your memories keep them forever in your heart. Sending prayers, heart hugs Susan and Lou Garcia.

  3. CandleImageSo terrible! This world has lost a fantastic woman! Our prayers and hearts go to your family. Rest easy.

  4. Shelly was such a light in our lives. Our condolences to the family. She was a caring, loving lady and will be missed.

  5. Shelly was always warm, and caring, we had a lot of fun together. I had the pleasure of introducing her and George.

  6. Our condolences to your family! Shelly will be greatly missed! She fought a hard battle & can now be at peace!

  7. Our condolences to her family! She will be greatly missed! She fought a hard battle & can now be at peace!

  8. Shelley always had a smile which would light up the room. She was a very caring and giving person. She will be missed.

  9. Our love & prayers to all of you. Shelley’s great smile was so contagious & what we’ll remember the most.

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