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Gertrude “Gigi” L. Kelleher

Gertrude “Gigi” L. Kelleher, age 83, of Middletown, DE, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Gigi was born and raised in Chelmsford, MA, and graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1955 and the Lowell Technical Institute (now UMass Lowell) in 1959. She played basketball throughout high school and college. Upon Gigi’s graduation with a degree in textile chemistry, she accepted a position in the labs at Bancroft Mills and moved to Wilmington. She married James Kelleher on June 22, 1963. After staying home with their children, Gigi spent nearly 20 years as the chemistry lab manager at Delaware Technical Community College’s Stanton campus, then retired in 2003. An avid reader, she would visit the Brandywine Hundred Library weekly, at the least. Gigi enjoyed travel and capers with family. She was a longtime resident of North Hills, and parishioner of St. Helena’s RC Church in Bellefonte. Gigi moved to Middletown last spring to live with her son and his family. She enjoyed their company, and they gladly fulfilled her wish to have someone else make dinner every night.

Gigi was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Kelleher. She is survived by her four children; Maureen, Ann, Dennis, and Susan, and their families including her three grandchildren; brothers, James, Thomas and John, and their families; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

A Funeral Mass will begin at 9:30 am on Friday, September 10, 2021 at St. Joseph Parish, 371 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Inurnment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713.


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14 Condolences for Gertrude “Gigi” L. Kelleher

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Gigi was a beautiful soul. May your precious memories serve as some solace during this difficult time.

  • Sending our condolences and deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Gigi.

    Sacha & Jason

  • What a lovely remembrance! I’m so sorry she’s gone, but glad to know she had family around her until the end. My condolences to all who mourn her.

  • For all her time at Delaware Tech, Gigi was my devoted co-worker, confidante, and dear friend. She was a faithful steward of our modest resources and selflessly attended to the endless needs of the students and faculty. Her cheerful company and wit always brightened our days together. I will miss her, and extend my deepest condolences to the family.

  • Im so sorry for your loss- I’m so glad I got to know her

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I lived across the street from Mrs. Kelleher on Brighton Road for about 10 years after I had to relocate from New Orleans. She was a great neighbor. I didn’t know she played basketball but she stayed in shape! I would always feel guilty about watching her from inside when she would go out to shovel the snow and I would go out too. We had great conversations. I’m so glad that she was blessed to be able to be with her family and surrounded by love.

  • My friend, first met over 80 years ago, and am so happy I spent time with her last year! It’s impossible to put into words what a truly wonderful friend Gigi was.
    She lived a life of setting examples for us who loved her. She was kind, non -judgmental, open minded and loving. She loved her offspring and gladly gave them wings. And her Jim, of course. Her faith was important to her but it was ok that some of us attended the church on the other side of town. Love you Gigi, watch for me!

  • May Gigi’s memory be a blessing.
    With our deepest condolences,
    Guy + Seb

  • So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Kelleher making us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches after a gang of us kids just destroyed her back yard. Why were we always digging? Dennis, Ann, and Susan were like my other family. Maureen was a bit older and focused on Yale so she was spared the neighborhood hijinks, but your mom was a saint and smiled through it all. I loved sitting at your kitchen counter and listening to her stories. She created fond memories for well beyond your immediate family, so lucky you guys tolerated me and I got to know her.
    – “hey want to see me drink Nitroglycerin” David

  • Sharing condolences with all who knew her. I met Gigi through her civic association service. She was always upbeat, constructive and kind. She will be missed.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Gigi’s passing. She was a wonderful part of the Chemistry team at DTCC and an invaluable help to us all in the lab. You are in my prayers.

  • You all are in our thoughts and prayers. She was an incredible lady. So glad she was surrounded with family.

  • Her mother called her Gig, not Gigi, so I have always called her Gig. She was my only sister-in-law as I was married to her brother Jim. I’m glad she was surrounded by her children and was peaceful at the end. She will be missed but remembered with love! My condolences to her children, Maureen, Ann, Susan and Dennis.

  • Perfection! What a wonderful tribute and legacy. Your mother touched so many lives with love, grace, and intelligence. And style!