By William E. Cleary Sr.
Louisa Walline Llewellyn, a life-long resident of Gloucester City, passed away on December 26, 2014 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. At the time of her death, she was living in Utah with her daughter Glynneth Bockholt and her family.
She was an amazing woman, a person who loved her community, who worked tirelessly for the students of the local public schools in her capacity as a teacher and also as a member of the Gloucester City Board of Education.
Over her tenure in office, she played a significant part in having Gloucester City become an Abbott District. As a result of her leadership, the City School District has received millions of dollars from that State program. Today Abbott Districts are known as SDA Districts (NJ Schools Development Authority).
The SDA funds were used for the construction of the Cold Springs Elementary School, the Cold Springs Pre-School, a new high school gymnasium and for renovations to the Highland Park School, etc. In April 2015 construction will begin on the $87 million middle school, a project that Mrs. Llewellyn lobbied state officials to build since 2002.
Besides monies for renovations and construction of new schools, the City also receives millions from the state each year to supplement the school district's budget.
In 2009, Mrs. Llewellyn was honored by the local Lions and Rotary Club as the 19th Annual Citizen of the Year Banquet held at Nicolosi, Woodbury.
The following is from the May 9, 2009 banquet booklet.
Louisa W. Llewellyn was born on November 18, 1932; the daughter of Walter and Louisa Finger. She has two sisters, Faith Piasecki and Sandra Juckett.
After graduating from Gloucester City High School in 1950, she attended Glassboro State Teachers College from where she graduated in 1954. She then taught at the Audubon Park Grade School until 1961 when she became a teacher at Gloucester City High School.
Our honored guest has been extremely active in civic, charity, education, and youth affairs for more than 50 years.
After retiring as a teacher at Gloucester City High School, she became a member of the local Board of Education and is currently its President, after having served as its Vice-President for 14 years. She served on the Gloucester Chapter of the Deborah Hospital as well as a commissioner for the Gloucester City Girls Softball League for over 12 years. She is a very active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, has been a volunteer worker for the Gloucester City Ministerium food pantry for several years.
She cooked meals monthly for parents and patients at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, She has been the State appointed Gloucester City Historian since 1982. She has been very active with youth having been active in the former Gloucester City Sounds of Youth organization and has served as treasurer of the Gloucester City P.A.L. for approximately 25 years.
Louisa married William H. Llewellyn, Jr., in 1954. Two children were born of the marriage, Glynneth Bockholt and Mark T. Llewellyn. She has been a grandmother to six children and is a great-grandmother of six children.
Over 2200 people read the article announcing Mrs. Llewellyns' death that was posted on our Facebook page and our blog. We also received numerous comments from people who were touched by her at some point in their life. Here are just a few of those remarks:
"Louisa Llewellyn was a giant in the Gloucester City Community. As an educator at the Gloucester City Junior and Senior High until her retirement, also as a member of the Gloucester City Board of Education and selected by the members of the Board of Education as President for many years, a volunteer for many community and organizations such as the Gloucester City Pony Tail League, the Gloucester City Senior Citizens. She was a pillar to her church community and a friend to all. She will be missed for her love and compassion for everyone in Gloucester City. Thank you for your years of dedication to the people of Gloucester City." Joseph Rafferty, Gloucester City School Superintendent
"I was blessed not only to have her as a teacher but served 15 years with her on the local Board of Education. She was extremely passionate when it came to the kids in the Community. As a Board member, she was relentless in her quest to provide the District's students with the best learning environment and curriculum possible." Bruce Darrow
"Mrs. Llewellyn will always be a part of Gloucester City history and will be remembered as an outstanding citizen an example for all to follow. Our deepest sympathy to her family. We thank her for her tireless efforts to make our city a better place." Dan Reader
"RIP Mrs. Llewelyn. You will be missed. Sending prayers! " Wendy Kramer Votta
"What a wonderful lady RIP with God." Sue Murphy Flood
"Served her newspaper for years as a kid, she always treated me well. May she Rest in Peace!" Dan Ragone
"Just heard this news about Louisa, who was a champion for Gloucester City education, and a dear friend to all, especially to our fellow friend, the late Mrs. Ethel Roden. I did not know that Louisa had been ill, and I was sorry to hear this news, but know that whatever she did in her entire life was done for good. She will be sorely missed by me." Monica Kenney Fetterolf
"Louisa gave her "All" in everything she did. She was a marvelous educator and served as an inspiration to her students, the City, and her fellow faculty members." Diane Lusk
"She set me on the road, along with Dorothy Sasse, to becoming everything I am today. I wish she had known, and mightily regret that she didn't, that I'd become a successful newspaper publisher, English professor and a novelist. I may have done the work, but Louisa did the guidance. Without what you did for me, Mrs. Llewellyn, I would have been a wretched man. Gloucester High School class of 1971." Charles Bechtel
" She was a wonderful, admirable, God-loving, amazing woman! It was my honor to know her." Karen Snedeker Eberly
"Love and respect for a wonderful lady." Marnie Bevan Lengle
"RIP Mrs. Llewelyn. What an amazing women. Gone but Never forgotten." Ariel Lynn Oehlert-Markiewicz
"So sad. What an incredible person she was. This world has lost a true treasure." Raymond DeVoe
"RIP Mrs. Llewellyn. You served your students and town very proud. Thank you for your service to us all. God Bless You." Paula Conroy
EDITOR'S NOTE: It is our understanding, per her request, there will be no funeral. However, sometime in the near future a Memorial Service will be held to honor Mrs. Llewellyn. Once we know of the date we will post it.