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Irene Gelcius Volmi

February 12, 1926 – November 16, 2015

Irene Gelcius Volmi, age 89, of Newark, DE and Fenwick Island, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, November 16, 2015. Born in Kearny, NJ on February 12, 1926, Irene was the daughter of the late Joseph and Domicela Gelcius.

Irene graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with an Associates Degree in Dietetics. She was employed at West Hudson Hospital as a dietitian and later served several schools in the Newark school district as the food service manager.

In her community, Irene devoted her time to the Diocese of Wilmington Mother’s Guild, Sodality at St. John’s-Holy Angels parish in Newark, and the University Notre Dame Women’s Club. Irene also generously funded the Little Sisters of the Poor and Casa San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoyed playing bridge with her beloved friends.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert P. Volmi. Irene was one of seven children, survived by Vincent Gelcius. In addition, she is survived by her children, Reverend Dennis Volmi of Milford, DE, Germaine Chapis of Georgetown, DE and Andrea Jackson of Dagsboro, DE; and grandchildren, Amy Lynn Jackson and Matthew Gilbert Jackson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 on Friday morning, November 20, 2015, at Holy Angels R.C. Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE. Interment will be held privately in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Marianne Oratorio, November 18, 2015

    Irene, may your soul rest in our Loving God’s eternal Peace.
    THE ANGELS DINNER GROUP of Saint John-Holy Angels Parish
    extends our sympathy at the loss of your presence here upon earth.
    Having known you was a pleasure. Marianne Oratorio

  2. Bob and Carolyn Hooper, November 18, 2015

    Dear Dennis, Germaine and Andrea,

    You are in our prayers since hearing that your beloved Mother’s earthly life has ended. Knowing that she is once again with your Father and is blessed with the peace that passes all understanding must bring you some consolation. When we recall the many happy times we spent with her (especially at the bridge table), a smile will warm our hearts.
    May you feel God’s healing touch in all the comforting notes you receive from friends and may your wonderful memories help to lessen your grief.

    With our sympathy,
    Bob and Carolyn Hooper

  3. Anna Michalik, November 18, 2015

    Father Volmi,

    Very sorry for your loss.


  4. Nina Bennett, November 18, 2015

    My mother, Hilda, was one of Irene’s friends and bridge buddies. After my mother died, Irene would call to see how I was doing. She was a wonderful woman, a true lady. Please accept my condolences.
    Love, Nina

  5. Ria and Jan Mewis, November 19, 2015

    Dear friends,
    What sad news to hear! We will remember all the good times we spent with your family. Irene always will be in our thoughts. Accept our condolences. Keep in touch.
    Ria and Jan

  6. Ron and Carole Di Meo, November 19, 2015

    Dear Father, our sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers are with you, Andrea and Germaine. Losing a loved one is never easy no matter how prepared you are; however, it is comforting that your Mom lived a long and healthy life and we all pray to follow in her footsteps. Always remember you are more family then friend to us and we are always here for you.

    With our deepest sympathy and love,
    Carole and Ron

  7. Rose Mary Rutt, November 19, 2015

    Dear Dennis, Germaine, and Andrea,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I was your dad’s executive secretary in Dining Services at the University of Delaware, from 1981 to 1987. During that time, I had the pleasure of speaking with your mother frequently and always enjoyed our conversations. Occasionally, after your dad retired, I would see both of them out in the community, and once I stopped by their home at the beach. I know they both enjoyed their retirement there. You are all in thought and prayer.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Rose Mary Rutt

  8. leni markell, November 21, 2015

    sincerest condolences to the family- she will be missed by family, friends and the community she served so well

  9. Vic Capodanno, November 21, 2015

    Germaine, Andrea, and Fr. Dennis,

    I had the pleasure and honor of meeting your Mom while I worked with your Dad at U of D. She was a gracious woman, always friendly & smiling, and sincerely caring and concerned about others. She was so proud of each of you. May you find comfort and peace in the many memories you have of your Mom.

    Sincerest sympathy,

    Vic Capodanno
    Lewes, DE

  10. Kathleen (Gerrity) Beardsley, November 21, 2015

    We were so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing and know it is difficult for all of you.

    I think of all those she is with now in heaven; your dad, Fr. Pete, my parents and so many more that she held dear for so long.

    As your mother is, you are all in our prayers.

    from the children of Jack and Peg Gerrity

  11. Dede Kirwan, November 21, 2015

    Irene attended many UD Women’s Club (UDWC) activities. She was friendly woman and I enjoyed seeing her at many earlier UDWC functions. I will miss her. Dede Kirwan

  12. John and Pat Whitcombe, November 22, 2015

    My deepest condolences to you and your family and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Rosemarie Suchanec Grizzard, November 26, 2015

    Fr. Dennis, Germaine, and Andrea:

    I was very sorry to recently hear of your mom’s passing from Sis Becker.. I so fondly remember fun times with your parents at U of D and the food service ‘gang’ while teaching at Newark High.

    With sympathy and prayers, love to all of you, Rosemarie Suchanec Grizzard


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