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Mark R. Gallina, repairman, built, owned boarding stable Dec. 12, 1958 -- Nov. 20, 2007

Mark R. Gallina, owner of Applewood Farms, a horse boarding stable in Alden, died Tuesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 48.

Mr. Gallina, known for his skill at fixing anything, owned and operated a small appliance repair business before opening the stable.

"He always liked horses," his wife Barbara said.

Mr. Gallina and his wife started the horse farm 18 years ago when they gutted a 100-year-old barn and built stalls. Their boarding business started with three horses.

Currently, the stable boards 33 horses, trains them and offers riding lessons.

Fifteen years ago, Mr. Gallina designed and built the farm's 90-by-120-foot indoor arena. "He drew it up, and we built it," Mrs. Gallina said. "We built the poles and set them. The only thing we didn't do was set the trusses."

The Buffalo native was a member of the Alden Kiwanis Club and served as its immediate past president. He also was a member of the Alden Republican Committee.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Joseph, Daniel and Michael; two daughters, Tresa Herman and Krista; his parents, Carol Gallina and Hank Romanowski; a brother, Daniel Roland; three sisters, Carrie Pappas, Julia Bridges and Andrea Wipperman; two stepbrothers, Dennis Romanowski and Carl Romanowski; and a stepsister, Carolynn Gerner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon today in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden.

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