Gilda ‘Jill’ Campbell

Gilda ‘Jill’ Campbell


Gilda ‘Jill’ Campbell age 91 of Otsego passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at her home.

Mrs. Campbell was born July 21, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA to Joseph and Antoinette (Christiand) Berardi.  Jill met Fred Campbell when her brother Tony brought him home on a two day leave and they were married April 24, 1946.

Jill worked at the Nulty Insurance Agency for 25 years. She and Fred were active members at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church where Jill worked many fund raisers, funeral dinners and helped build the school. She was an active volunteer with the VFW, Otsego Library and participated in many Senior programs and activities.

In her early retirement she loved to travel; knit and crochet donating many of the items she made to Christian Neighbors; play board games and read. Most of all she loved to give hugs and have her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around her.

Surviving are her husband of almost 68 years Fred; her children, George ‘Andy’ Campbell, Diane Campbell, Anna Schulz, Thomas (Jan) Campbell and David (Arlene) Campbell; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her brothers, Anthony and Francis and a great granddaughter, Breanna. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Margaret’s Church Friday with a Rosary at 12 Noon followed by the Mass at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Fr. Donald Klingler celebrant. Burial will take place at a later time at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jill may be made to Otsego District Public Library or Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Coleen and Bill Daggett says:

    Campbell family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Losing a mother is a difficult thing no matter how old she is or how old you are when you lose her. She will forever be in your hearts and will smile on you from her new heavenly home.
    Love to Tom and Jan,
    Bill and Coleen

  2. Joe and Chris Hoff says:

    We wish we could be with you, but, we will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love Joe & Chris Hoff

  3. James Harvey, USAF Ret. says:

    Dear Jill
    I love you will miss you. You always made me feel welcome and part of your family throughout my high school years and later on as an adult. You are a remarkable woman and will always remain in my heart and in my soul forever and ever. Thanks you for always going out of your way to have twinkies for me throughout the years and even when I came back to Otsego to visit.

    Love Yea
    Jim Harvey

  4. Mark & Sherri says:

    Going to drink a glass of Hi-C to you, Aunt Jill!! Love you forever !!

  5. Mark & Sherri says:

    Going to drink a glass of Hi-C to you Aunt Jill. Love you forever!!

  6. Pam Hutchinson Kuiper says:

    Campbell Family;

    Your Mother and Dad were so kind to my Mom for many years. The visits to her at Tendercare always gave Mom a lift in spirit. Jill always came to Moms with the Thursday ladies to visit her and enjoy each others company. My sympathy to all of your family.

    Pam Kuiper

  7. Aleta (Pfau) Pennington says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Jill will always hold a very special place in my heart. I met Jill when I was 18 years old, and I started working at The Nulty Agency. Jill took me under her “wing” and helped me to begin my journey in the working world. She had so many qualities and attributes that made her such a special person. She was quick to be helpful, offer advice, give support, provide much needed hugs, provide compliments, and be a source of comfort and love. Fred and Jill cared about me and showed their love in many ways. On snowy, wintery nights after work, Jill would insist that I not drive 20 miles home to Allegan, but that I stay at her house instead. She would provide me with a wonderful, home- cooked measl and have a bedroom prepared for me. It became an inside joke that “this room was my room”! I have so many fond memories of this beautiful woman, and I will carry them with me forever. I was blessed to have had her as part of my life, and I know that the angels are singing as they gather her in their arms. Please know how much I care, and that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Franky and Family says:

    To my Aunt Jill,
    Thanks for making my childhood one of so many special memories. I’m guessing God waited so long to take you from us because you were such a special person not just to your family but everyone you came in contact with, but he knew the world was a better place with you than without you. I do know that not many people could endure what you were forced to in your lifetime but now its time for you . It’s the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that I’ll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles you could put on everyone’s faces. And even though it seems like you can never recover from a loss, it is these very memories that will help us all move on. Miss You and love you forever.


  9. Roxanne Orr says:

    Tom Campbell & family,

    So sorry about the passing of your mom. I know how much strength & compassion it takes, while helping to care for your loved one, in their final days. Always remember the good times, the fun times, & the special times you had with her. They will carry you thru this time of sorrow. She will once again be watching over you, in peace, from her newfound place of joy.

  10. Bob & Linda Cooley says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jill was a wonderful lady and we have some great memories of her especially from our early married life when all our kids were young and played together. She always felt like she was “one of our girlfriends” to me and was always interested in what was going on in all our lives and what our kids were doing. She was very special and will be missed.

  11. jerry and judy haight says:

    Really sorry about the passing of my second mom. She was such a wonderfull lady and she was a real sport to put up with the brood brood that was always at her home back in the day. Hope my second dad Fred is holding up know it is going to be really hard on him. I don’t know how religious I am but I know if anyone was going to make it to heaven it is definately Jill. Love you all jer and jude

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