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Gloria June (Berkenbush) Kelley, of Edgeworth, died peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 29, 2023. She was born on June 11, 1930, in Pittsburgh, to the late Charles and Virginia Berkenbush. Mrs. Kelley was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley.
She is survived by her children: Virginia “Ginny” and Dan Homich of Sewickley, Thomas “Tim” and Mary of Berlin Center, OH, Michael “Terry” and Linda of Crescent Township, and Colleen Kelley Whalen of Edgeworth.
Also surviving are five grandchildren: Kathryn Homich, Kelley T. Whalen, Madeline Kelley, James “Tommy” Whalen, and Patrick Kelley; and six great-grandchildren: Jameson, Fiona, and Piper Mihalyi, and Isabella, Emma, and Brady Homich.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Kelley, brother Charles Berkenbush, Jr., sister Virginia Packard, and grandson Daniel Homich.
Gloria was a lifelong resident of the Sewickley Valley. "Berky" graduated from Sewickley High School in 1949. As a member of the band she always talked of marching to Sewickley Cemetery in wool uniforms for the Memorial Day service. She married her high school sweetheart, Tom Kelley, and they were married fifty-fave years until his passing in 2003. Gloria was a homemaker, who enjoyed her large extended family and many lifelong friends. There was hardly ever a game of bridge she could pass up. She was an active member of St. James Church for fifty-five plus years, enjoyed the Sewickley Music Club, and working for the Election Board in Edgeworth for over forty years kept her busy. Her summers were spent at McKnight/Woodland Swim Club, with a two week break vacationing in Maine to see her beloved sister Ginny and her family.
What brought her GREAT joy was raising four children, being around their friends, and having so many "great" neighbors while living in Edgeworth. Seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, no matter when they showed up, was the icing on the cake!
We say goodbye with the following.... MeMe went above and beyond to make everyone feel comfortable and loved. She was as kind as she was strong, as beautiful as she was intelligent, and as generous as she was nurturing.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 7th, ONLY from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. at THE RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 8th, at 10:30 a.m. in St. James Church—Devine Redeemer Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA 15143. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family STRONGLY suggests that donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. James Church—Devine Redeemer Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA 15143.
St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. James Church—Devine Redeemer Parish
200 Walnut St., Sewickley PA 15143