Cecelia Gallagher(nee Davitt) or Sheila as she was fondly called by her family and friends, formerly of Palenville, NY, and recently a resident of Newton, NJ passed away peacefully on February 27,2020 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice at 99 years of age.
Cecelia was born in Derrycorrib, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland to Anthony and Mary Davitt on August 30, 1920. Like so many other immigrants, she longed to come to the United States, but the war detained her. She arrived in New York City just prior to Christmas, 1947. She worked as a secretary for the Boys Scouts of America as a secretary before she stayed home to raise her children. In the mid 1960s, she returned to work as a bank reconcilator for Citibank , a position that she held until her retirement in 1983.
She was active in her church and enjoyed cooking and entertaining her children, grandchildren, and friends at her home in the Catskill Mountains. With Irish warmth and hospitality, Sheila welcomed everyone to stay for a cup of tea and a slice of her homemade Irish soda bread.
Cecelia is survived by her children, Francis Gallagher and his wife Peggy of Secaucus, NJ; her daughter Mary Fox and her husband James of Newton, NJ; her daughter Geraldine O’Connell and her husband William of New Windsor, N; and her son John Gallagher and his wife Sonni of Watervliet, NY. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Katie, James, Thomas, Tara, Brian, Megan, Carly, Justin, Joshua and her great grandchildren, Tess, Maggie, Emma, Chloe, Francis, Lourdes and Connor. Additionally, she is survived by her dear sister, Nora of Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland and many nieces and nephews both in the United States and across the pond in Ireland and England. She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis, and her brothers Patrick, John, Michael, Anthony, James, Laurence, and William and her sisters Molly, Helen, and Bridget.
Funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Palenville, NY on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 11:00 am with Reverend Jay Atherton officiating. Burial will follow at the Palenville Cemetery in Palenville. Visitation will be held at Traver-Mc Curry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Hts., Catskill NY 12414, Phone: (518) 943-3211 on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 2-6 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, Newton, NJ, 07860 or Sacred Heart Church, Palenville, NY 12463.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice for the compassionate care they extended to our mother over the last two months .