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Lela Mary Gildersleeve  

Lela Mary Gildersleeve

March 27, 1957 – July 4, 2017

Lela Mary Gildersleeve, age 60, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

A native Delawarean, Lela was born in Wilmington on March 27, 1957, and was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Biliski) Gildersleeve. She devoted her life to raising her children and was a talented homemaker.

An exceptional cook, Lela relished creating delicious meals for her family and friends. A doting grandmother, she adored spending time with and caring for her grandchildren. Lela loved animals of all kinds and shared a special bond with her faithful canine companions, Ashley, Bean, and Redman. Above all else, she was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be very dearly missed by all.

In addition to her parents, Lela was preceded in death by her sisters, Irene Woodrow, Franceis Carnley, and Susan Nardinocchi; and grandson, Tamulah O’Connor. She is survived by her children, Jessica O’Connor of Wilmington, Jason Gildersleeve (Nicole) of New Castle, and Reanna Gildersleeve of New Castle; brother, John Gildersleeve (Connie) of Newark; sister, Rose Rivers of Santa Claus, GA; uncle, Charlie Biliski of Wilmington; grandchildren, Warren, Aliyah, Jason, Sidonni, Theo, Jahsan, Tiasha, Jessiah, Ja’Bre, Alonni, and Joshua; and great grandchildren, Stephen and Journey.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 pm until 11 pm on Friday evening, July 14, 2017, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 415 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE. Services and interment will be private.

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  1. Jessica O'Connor, July 7, 2017

    I Love You Mom

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  2. Cheryl Dunbar, July 7, 2017

    Love you guys. I be with you in heart and spirit.
    So sorry you are all going through this.
    sending my love from Maine.

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  3. Monise dumoson, July 7, 2017

    Rest in peace baby I will always miss and love ya see u when I get yhere

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  4. Eric cheeks, July 7, 2017

    U will always be missed.. love Cheeks

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  5. Lisa Gonzin, July 7, 2017

    To all her precious children and grans. I offer my condolences. I pray all you kids have peace. She was beautiful in this picture. We had the best times during our childhood and they are memories I will never forget. Love to you all❤

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  6. Jasmine Willis, July 8, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from your cherished memories, and from the “God of all comfort” at this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3

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  7. Megan Nardinocchi, July 8, 2017

    Family,
    Sorry for your loss. I know there isn’t much that can be said to comfort when you lose a mom. If there’s anything I can do to help let me know.
    Love you all
    Megan

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  8. Mary Jane Gallagher, July 8, 2017

    My condolences to the Gildersleeve family for this tremendous loss. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Linda king, July 8, 2017

    Jess I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  10. Karriem moore, July 8, 2017

    I send my deepest condolences to the family love Yall if y’all need me just let me no 302-685-5613

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  11. jennifer kolionis, July 8, 2017

    I’ll always remember lela for the strong wonderful woman who put her family first and cared for people. she was a supportive loving person who saw people for who they were, sugar coated nothing and saw through their b.s. and pushed those she cares about to strive to be their best… I will miss her forever…

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  12. DONNA LEUALLEN, July 8, 2017

    MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY…
    TO ALL OF HER FAMILY.
    SHE WAS ONE HELL OF A WOMAN THAT DIDN’T TAKE NO SH#T !
    I’LL BE MISSING HER…WITH THE REST OF YOUU…
    SHE WATCHED MY KIDS GROW UP…
    THEY LOVED HER TOO….
    MAY SHE PLAY FOR THE REST OF HER DAYS…WITH *MULLA MAN*
    I LOVE YOU…
    LELA !!!
    MAY YOU DANCE AND SING WITH THE ALL OF THE *ANGELS*
    IN HEAVEN.
    P.S.
    TELL “JOANNE” I SAID “HELLO” .
    SINCERELY,
    DONNA LEUALLEN

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  13. Tiffani Mills, July 8, 2017

    Gildersleeve Family, Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You’ll During This Difficult Time… May You Find Peace & Love In The Memories You Share.

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  14. Robert McMann, July 12, 2017

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

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  15. Emily McMann and Jessica McMann, July 12, 2017

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  16. Tina todd, July 13, 2017

    Ms lela u will be truely miss u will never be forgotten

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  17. John Coleman, July 13, 2017

    My deepest condolences… mother and grandmother to many. She will be missed!

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  18. Regan Henderson, July 14, 2017

    I am so sorry for ur loss. She was nd still is a beautiful strong full of love, intelligent woman. Your family will ALWAYS be in my prayers. Hang in there, if u ever need anything I will be here.

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  19. Andrea savko, July 14, 2017

    R.I.P aunt Lela you will be dearly missed love you

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  20. Joy, July 14, 2017

    Thank you Lela for being a great friend to my mother & being there for her family generation after generation. You were there for her kids, her sister’s kids, her sister’s grandkids. Thank you so much. I’ll never forget you

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