Elisabetta Madonna Gallello

Elisabetta Madonna Gallello, born January 4, 1920 in Gasperina, Catanzaro, Italy, passed away peacefully at her home on February 17, 2013.  She was the daughter of Antonio Madonna and Maria Innocenza Spadea Madonna.  Her beloved husband, Francesco Paolo Gallello, passed away in 1980.

Elisabetta was preceded in death by the following siblings:  Domenico Madonna, Anthony “Ralph” Madonna, Angela Madonna Rubino, and Joseph Madonna.  She was also preceded in death by her Son-in-law of 41 years, Thomas R. Kranch.

She is survived by the following children all of Lancaster: Anne Marie Gallello Kirchner, Mario Gallello, Mary Jane Gallello Kranch, Anthony Gallello, husband of Amanda Gallello, and Josephine “Josie” Gallello.

Elisabetta, “Nanna”, is also lovingly remembered by the following grandchildren:  Dr. R. Michael Kirchner, husband of Dr. Meghan Hayes, Sacramento, CA; Thomas Kirchner, Philadelphia, PA; Jeffrey Kirchner, Alexandria, VA; Stephen Kranch, Lancaster, PA; Jennifer Kirchner Arraya, wife of Stephen, Coatesville, PA; Amy Kranch Loudenslager, wife of Kurt, Lancaster, PA; Erin Kranch, Lancaster, PA; Paul Gallello, husband of Abigail, Lancaster, PA; Katie Gallello Valentin, wife of Zach, Lancaster, PA; and Angela Gallello, Lancaster, PA.

She also has nine great grandchildren: Dylan and Mason Kranch, Brooke and Colin Kirchner, Stephen and Elisabeth Arraya, Tyler Loudenslager, and Anthony and Frankie Gallello.

She was a member of Saint Anne Catholic Church for 55 years.

Elisabetta loved God with all her heart.  She was a devout Catholic and prayed the rosary daily. She had a special devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus and every day of her life lived by the Blessed Mother’s example.

The source of Elisabetta’s greatest pride was her family to whom she was completely devoted every single day of her life.  She doted on them constantly and cooked wonderful meals for them.  She loved gardening, knitting and watching the daily mass on EWTN. She worked for many years as an expert seamstress and loved knitting.

In 1958 Elisabetta traveled from her native Italy by ship with her five children. After 9 days they arrived at the port of Brooklyn, New York where she met her husband Paolo, and the family was happily reunited. 

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Hospice Lancaster who provided in-home love and care and always cared for Elisabetta as though they were caring for their own family member.

The family also wishes to thank Dr. Neelofer Sohail and Dr. Michael Younes who provided many years of care to our mother.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11 AM from St. Anne Catholic Church, 929 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602 with the Rev. Norman Hohenwarter as Celebrant.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday morning from 9 until 10:15 AM at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Interment will be in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elisabetta’s memory to Saint Anne Catholic Church, Lancaster, Alzheimer’s Associations, South Central PA Chapter, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9638, Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or the charity of your choice. To send an online condolence, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

Leave a condolence on this Memorial Page

Be sure to include your name

Please note that your condolence will not appear on this page until it is reviewed. Condolences usually appear within 24 hours of being submitted.

Condolences to the Family

Josie Gallello,  I was sorry to hear about the passing of your mother.  Although I was never fortunate enough to meet her, she sounds like she was an amazing person and mother.

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.

Denise Amico Glatfelter
LCHS Class of 71

To my dear friend Josie and her family,

You and your family are, and will continue to be in our prayers, so that God may grant the solace that your heart needs in this time of sorrow.  Dios les Bendiga.

With deepest sympathy from,
Abdul and Ruth Virmani and fam.

To all the Gallello family,

 I send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the passing of your wonderful mother.  I have  fond memories of her from my childhood, and remember visits to your home filled with the aroma of her delicious spaghetti sauce.  I truly know how deep the loss of a parent is.  It is of great comfort to know that your mother is now in peace and comfort, and reunited with all here other family.
I regret that I am not able to attend the funeral due to work obligations, but please accept my deepest sympathies.
Frank Carano

Dear Josie and family,I am sorry to hear about the passing of your dear mother.Although it has been a long time since I saw her,I still remember her,what a good person.I remember she liked to cook no matter what time of day or night it was,and it was good.With deepest sympathies,Sully

Mary Jane, I was very saddened to hear of your mother’s passing.  Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Esther (DeMascolo) Gillett

Send Flowers Online

Offering Lancaster, PA funeral services for over 75 years.

Our six funeral homes in Lancaster County makes it easy and convenient to make arrangements and host services close to home.

  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Downtown Lancaster
  • 414 East King St.
  • 717-393-9661
  • Charles F. (Chip) Snyder, Jr. Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Lititz Pike
  • 3110 Lititz Pike
  • 717-560-5100
  • Charles F. (Chad) Snyder, III Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Millersville
  • 441 North George St.
  • 717-872-5041
  • Mark D. Burkholder Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home Lititz, PA
  • 127 South Broad St.
  • 717-626-2317
  • Jacqueline Adamson Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Bachman-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Strasburg, PA
  • 7 South Decatur Street
  • 717-687-7644
  • Norman T. Mable Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Willow Street, PA
  • 2421 Willow Street Pike
  • 717-464-4600
  • Kelly Gramola Townsend Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info