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Judith Ann Pelkey

April 5, 2019 | Wilmington, DE

Judith Ann Pelkey, age 66, of Wilmington Delaware, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2019, at home with her family, siblings and mother by her side.

Judi was born July 12, 1952, in Wilmington Delaware to George and Lucille (Malizia) Bader. She was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School and attended the University of Delaware.

Judi married the love of her life George (Larry) Pelkey Jr. on July 7, 1972 and created a loving home to raise their four children. She was the center of her family, providing guidance, support and love to her children and grandchildren. She spent countless hours chatting daily with her beloved sisters and brothers and provided loving companionship to her mom.

Judi had strong faith and loved praying the rosary. She was an active member of St Helena’s Parish in Wilmington, DE.

For 15 years, Judi devoted herself to her career as a Family Readiness Support Assistant for the Delaware National Guard. It truly was her calling. She worked tirelessly to “Take care of our guard family” every day with passion, integrity and unmatched commitment. She was highly respected by her peers and she made a direct, positive impact in the morale and lives of our Soldiers and their families. She will be dearly missed by all who have had the opportunity to know her.

She is preceded in death by her father, George L Bader, Sr. and brother Michael Bader. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, George “Larry” Pelkey Jr. ; daughters, Jennifer Flaherty and Suzanne Noval (Bill); sons George “Larry” Pelkey III and Jonathan Pelkey; grandchildren, Nicholas, Megan and Julia Flaherty, Samantha Pelkey, and Paige and William Noval; mother, Lucille Bader; brothers, George (Lee), Mark (Alicia), Matthew (Debbie) and Jeffrey Bader (Sherry); sisters, Nancy McMenamin (John) and Luanne Cotrotsios (Henry); and mother-in-law, Doris Pelkey.

Judi’s family extends sincere thanks to Christiana Hospital and Compassionate Care for all the kindness and compassion they showed Judi and her family during her final days.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Helena’s Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809 on Friday, April 12 at 10am. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery. Family and friends may call at Brandywine Valley Funeral Care, 412 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809 on Thursday, April 11 from 6-8pm and again on Friday morning at the funeral home from 8:30-9:30am.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to DNG Youth Foundation in support of Camp Colwell, 1 Vavala Way, New Castle, DE 19720.

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  1. I was deeply saddened when I read the e-mail. I will never forget the image of her gentle and bright smile – her kindness when speaking to others. May God give her eternal rest; and to the family strength and comfort during this time of sorrow. My most heartfelt condolences to her family, including the FRSS family. I chose to remember the beautiful time we spend together during our PD last year…I came in as one; and left with the strength of many. More than a Team, I have always believed that we are a family…We have another Angel in heaven!

    Antonio Lopez Perez, SRFRSA-Florida | April 10, 2019 at 3:33 PM
  2. Mrs. Pelkey was such a devoted leader to the FRG for the Delaware national guard she has truly helped many families. She helped me get through my husbands 1st deployment she was always there for us. she will be dearly missed. My angels lead you in. Many prayers for all in the family at this sorrow time. May she Rest in Peace.

    Mega Fleischer | April 11, 2019 at 6:55 PM
  3. Dear Larry & family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Judi’s passing. We are remembering all the great times we spent with her, whether it was through Boy Scouts or the dental offices. Judi always had a smile and a positive attitude. And please remember…..Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. God Bless her and you. Ed & Lorraine Rowe

    Ed & Lorraine Rowe | April 12, 2019 at 1:13 AM
  4. To Judi’s family I never met but heard many wonderful things about. Judi may have worked in Delaware, but her reach overlapped to the service and family members in Maryland and District of Columbia. She allowed me to grow and mentored me as a FRSA and a new consultant in my current role. I will treasure our conversations about friends, families and of course the love for who we serve. Family Programs will not be the same without her but the positive impact she made supporting guardsmen and their families will always be remembered. Thank you for sharing her with us!

    Allyson Hash | April 15, 2019 at 5:38 PM
  5. My Judi, my sister, my hero. Forever.

    Nancy McMenamin | April 19, 2019 at 10:11 PM

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