Constance M. “Connie” Paller, 75, of Lewes, Del., passed away at home, in the presence of loved-ones, on Friday, April 20, 2018, after a years-long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Feb. 9, 1943, in Bayonne, N.J., to Julian and Julia Kusel.
Paller received a bachelor’s degree from Jersey City State College and her registered nurse designation from the Bayonne Hospital School of Nursing. She married Joseph Robert “Bob” Paller in Bayonne in 1966, and after a short time in Sandusky, Ohio, they moved to Manchester, Conn., and then Enfield, Conn.
The family relocated to Aston, Pa., in 1979, where Paller got a job at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, Pa. Once they moved to Delaware in 1997, she worked for Beebe Medical Center until retiring when she became ill.
Paller was a cheerful and compassionate daughter, sister, mother and grandmother who loved the beach, her vegetable garden, word puzzles, a good joke and ethnic recipes (Polish, Hungarian, Chinese — you name it). She also played a mean pinochle game and could be seen at various Catholic churches in the area on a Sunday morning. She loved spending time with family and will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.
Paller was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband in 2003, and by her only brother, Julian Peter Kusel of Frederick, Md., in 2014. She is survived by her four children, Julia Hulings and her husband, Tim, of Middletown, Del., Joseph Paller and his wife, Lynne, of Newark, Del., Sara Loveland and her husband, Richard, and Andrew Paller and his wife, Laura, of Hockessin, Del., and eight grandchildren, Alexis, Kathryn, James, Anna, Bayla, Richard, Jack and Ella.
A celebration-of-life service was to be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities; 406 S. Bedford St.; Georgetown, DE 19947, or to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.