Patricia Ann Kelleher Longobardi
August 28, 1933 – February 9, 2015
Patricia Ann Kelleher Longobardi, age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Monday, February 9, 2015.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware on August 28, 1933, Patricia was the daughter of the late John Kelleher and Ann (Szalkowski) Kelleher. She attended St. Elizabeth’s Grade School and graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1952. Pat wed her high school sweetheart, Jack Longobardi, and they were married for 50 years. Pat loved her family and was a dedicated homemaker. In addition to raising her family, Pat worked as a bookkeeper, first for her husband’s business, and later for James Julian, Inc. for more than 20 years.
Pat was a devout Catholic and a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New Castle. Active in her community, she was a member of the New Castle and Weston Senior Centers, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and she also served as a volunteer for Seasons Hospice. In her leisure time, Pat enjoyed penny bingo, occasional trips to the casinos, as well as reading, cooking, playing cards, crocheting, and gardening. She also enjoyed the company of her devoted canine companion, Roxy, who was always by her side. She was happiest making wonderful memories with her family and carrying on favorite family traditions, such as Christmas Eve dinner. Pat was loved and will be truly missed by all who knew her including her dear friend, Joan Roach.
In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John R. “Jack” Longobardi. She is survived by her five children, Joe (Ann) Longobardi, Carmela Longobardi, Claire (Curt) Kauffmann, Patty (Joe) Roach and Jackie Becker; her eleven grandchildren, Carmel (Chuck) Anerino, John Rock Longobardi, Peter(Sara) Longobardi, Jim (Rebecca) Montagna, Christopher (Allison) Kauffmann, Joey (Megan) Longobardi, Mary Kate (Matthew) Mazalewski, Elizabeth Kauffmann, Christina Roach, Thomas Becker and Kathleen Becker; five great grandchildren, Dominic Anerino, Luca Anerino, Max Anerino, Carmela Longobardi, Jack Longobardi; and two great granddaughters due in February and March of this year. She is also survived by her brother, Jack (Susan) Kelleher and their family.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Monday evening, February 16, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11am on Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015 at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Castle Senior Center, 400 South St, New Castle, DE 19720 or to the Weston Senior Center, 1 Bassett Ave, New Castle, DE 19720.