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Howard Martin Galler

December 3, 1937 ~ July 5, 2018 (age 80)

Howard Martin Galler (12/3/37) of Winnetka, Illinois, passed away on July 5th after battling Amyloidosis.

Howard leaves behind a loving family, who will miss him deeply.  Beloved husband of Sue Galler for 24 years. Doting father of Pamela (Michael) Masters, Dana (Joshua) Silver, and Joanna Galler.  Adoring Popi of Olivia, Alexandra, Samantha, and Victoria.  Loving stepfather of Margo (Pierre) Pactanac, Meredith (Prashant) Srivastava, and David (Ana) Cohn, and step grandfather of Graham, Penny, Sophia, Emma, Mila, and Luz Mae.  Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Anne and Daniel.

Proud founder and owner of Design Studio Furniture in Skokie and Chicago, as well as the Roche Bobois stores in Chicago and Winnetka.  With an impeccable sense of style and an eye for design, Howard revolutionized the furniture business in the Chicago area.  He brought new pieces from around the world to his showrooms.  He was an innovator and leader in Chicago’s modern furniture industry.

Highly active for most of his life, he enjoyed swimming, playing tennis, and bike riding.  He was an avid traveler, who loved Europe and returned many times.

Howard was an animal lover and will be missed by his beloved dogs, Tooie and Bella.  Known for his kindness, generosity, and warmth, and for his strong devotion to his family, Howard will be lovingly remembered by all those who knew him.  He will be forever in our hearts.

 A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, July 10th, at North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road Glencoe, Illinois.  In memory of Howard, donations can be made to PAWS Chicago or a charity of your choice.

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