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Gertrude M. Armstrong, 87, of Gloucester City

Gloucester City - formerly of South Philadelphia, PA. On April 16, 2024 (nee Niven) Age 87. In the loving care of her daughter, Jacquelyn E. (Mike) Valvardi in Haddon Heights with her sons Joe, Chuck and Mike Glennan by her side. Predeceased by first husband, Joseph Glennan. Cherished wife of 40 years to the late John B. Armstrong. Devoted mother of Joe (Liz) Glennan, Chuck (Louise) Glennan, Mike Glennan, Jacquelyn (Mike) Valvardi, Patricia (Bob) DuCoin (nee Armstrong) and the late John B. (surviving wife Carole) Armstrong and the late Edmund F. (surviving wife Jane Caroll) Armstrong. Screenshot 2024-05-13 at 18.43.31

Devoted grandmother of Edmund, Marsha, Kelly, Jamie, Grace, Alivia, Aaron, John, Courteney, Rebecca, Megan, Jameson and Keira. Beloved great-grandmother of Johnny, Cody, Marissa, Christopher and Matthew, Leilani, Genevieve, Mason, Melanie, Myles and Lucas. 

Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Amelia Niven. Dear Sister of Dorothy (Dot) Bowman, and the late Edward Palmer, Agnes Niven, Raymond Niven, Elizabeth Grassigner, Thomas Niven and Charles Niven. Survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gert was born and raised in South Philly. She grew up in the neighborhood of Second and Reed and had a long time love of anything involving a Mummer or a String Band. You could always find her strutting with the Captains of the string bands as they marched down Broad Street on New Year’s Day and then later on “2 Street” with her nieces and nephews or various friends. You can take the girl out of South Philly but never the South Philly out of the girl. Gertie was a longtime resident of Gloucester City, moving to her home on Bergen Street in 1961. She was a stay-at-home mom who devoted her time to her children. She made lunches, cheered on the sidelines at all sporting events and helped in whatever capacity or activity necessary. She was that parent who was the room mom, chaperoned class trips, or would just be seen somewhere on school grounds making sure everyone was safe. 

Gertie loved bowling and had played on numerous teams and even a few mother and son teams with her son, Joe. She and Jack were block captains when Gloucester City had their Town Watch program. They enjoyed bus trips to the casinos and various travel with two of their favorites being a train ride across the USA and a cruise to Alaska. She loved eating shrimp and her favorite, crab legs! Around 1988, she started working at RxD Pharmacy, formerly of Gloucester City and made many a friend or acquaintance while working there.

Gertie loved the shore and all it included-beach, boardwalk and ice cream. She enjoyed all the parades held in town, especially the Gloucester City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You would find her enjoying a dance in the street and meeting old and new friends!

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to Gert’s visitation on Sunday, June 23 from 4-6 PM and on Monday, June 24, 2024 from 10 am to 11 am at the McCann – Healey Funeral Home: 851 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Catholic Service will be 11 AM in the funeral home. Interment to follow with her late husband, John, in the Washington Crossings National Veterans Cemetery, Newtown, PA. Family requests memorial donations in Gertrude’s name to Gertrude M. Armstrong Memorial Scholarship: Gloucester City High School: 1300 Market Street, Gloucester City, New Jersey 08030. Attn: Roxanne Reinhart. 

Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Gertrude Mary Armstrong. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries may be made through: McCann – Healey Funeral Home: Gloucester City. Ph: 856 – 456 – 1142

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