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Cecelia Gallagher Briel

June 27, 1928~ December 2, 2021


Cecelia Gallagher Briel, 93, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family and friends.


Born in Philadelphia, PA, she moved to the Trenton area in her early 20’s and then moved to Hamilton Twp. in 1952. Cecelia worked as a waitress in Princeton, NJ, and at The Famous Diner in Trenton, NJ. She enjoyed yard sales, music, politics, bingo, swimming at the Hamilton YMCA and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Hibernians. She was a parishioner of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Church and, for many years, was a member of the Hamilton YMCA Active Older Adults program and the Hamilton Senior Center. She spent many Sundays at the former McCorristin High School flea market. Most of all she loved her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.


Predeceased by her parents, Michael and Cecelia (Hone) Gallagher, her husband, John Henry Briel, grandson, Shannon Fenton, and son-in-law, Samuel Fenton; she is survived by her 4 daughters, Patricia Veintimilla of Hamilton; Jacqueline Briel-Fenton of Lewes, Del; Cecelia Leto (Robert) of Hamilton and Lewes; and Jean Briel of Yardley, PA, who was also her best friend; 7 grandchildren, Amy Franco, James Veintimilla, Cecelia Takach, Christopher Lewis (Lynne), Michael Gilligan, Ryan Gilligan (Janne) and Shaun Fenton (Lisa); 5 great grandchildren, Christopher Lewis, Madyson Lewis, Kyle Takach, Robert Hernandez, and Riley Fenton Allen; nieces, nephews and friends.


Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, 3500 South Broad Street, Hamilton.


Visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Buklad-Merlino Memorial Home, 2141 South Broad Street, Hamilton.


There will be no services at the funeral home Thursday morning.

All guests should go directly to church.


Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.



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Thank you so much! A bond that could never be broken. She was my world. I just hope she knows how much.

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Dear Ceil & family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I feel bad that I just found out. She had a wonderful family and was such a lovely lady who’s memory will live on in all who knew her

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Debbie Zima-Bilancio

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Dear Jean: I remember your beautiful mother from the Y and am so sorry for your loss. I will make a donation in her name to a worthy charity, Love, Gloria McGowan

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Oh Gloria, I'm so happy to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kindness.. She was so incredibly fond of you and I'm so happy she had your friendship.

I can't put into words how hard it is to be without her, she was my world.

Love always, Jean


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Valerie Noto
Valerie Noto
07 dic 2021

dear Jean,

Kim and I are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mom. Evan sends his condolences also. She was a delightful person and I use to love seeing her working the voting polls here in Hamilton! she was always cheerful and remembered me every time. Our prayers go out to you and your family. ✝️

greatest sympathies,

Valerie Noto, Kim Woerle and Evan Walters-Noto

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Love you all ❤

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Dear Jean,

You were extraordinary in your care, love and concern for your beautiful mom. No regrets. My prayers and sympathy extend to you and your family. She will be missed. 🙏 💔 With Condolences,

Diane Goettler

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I miss her so much 😢

Please send my love and gratitude to Pat as well, and please know I'll never forget all you did to help her and me...you made her feel loved ❤

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