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Adrienne Gallagher

April 2, 1940 — April 9, 2022

Chadds Ford


Adrienne Marie Donaghue Gallagher passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2022, after a long illness.  She was a proud wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was 82.

Born April 2, 1940 to Louise Wermuth Donaghue and Adrian H. Donaghue, MD in Philadelphia, PA, she was the oldest of six loving siblings. Affectionately known as Puggy, she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and Chestnut Hill College.  She later earned her Master’s in Taxation from Widener University and headed her own tax preparation business with Dorothea Morse.  She was loved by her community for her tireless work in local charities, her long dedication to the St. Patrick’s Country Fair, and for her years patiently teaching mathematics at Lincoln University and Kennett High School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 wonderful years, William “Bill” J. Gallagher, Jr., with whom she settled in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and raised four beloved children, Bill, Rob, Ree, and Jim.

Her proudest achievement and source of joy were her children and their families:  William J. Gallagher, III of Washington, DC, A. Robert Gallagher of Christiana, PA, Adrienne L. Gallagher of Chadds Ford, PA, and James E. Gallagher of Boston, MA. She was a loving mother-in-law to Anne Favret, Rachel Walker Gallagher, and Heather Gamache and a doting grandmother to Andrew, George, Will, Abigail, Aidan, Keegan, Benjamin, and Leilani.

Everyone who met her instantly fell in love.  Known for her simple elegance, she also loved her time at the beach, gardening, flower arranging and especially her travels with Bill around the world or to a grandchild’s sporting event.

She also adored her siblings and their families: Louis F. Donaghue, MD of Lake Worth, FL, Bobbie Jones of Baltimore, MD, Robert C. Donaghue from Silver Springs, Eleanor Donaghue of Olney, MD and A. Frank Donaghue of Chicago, IL

She will be remembered by her family, friends and community for her vibrant zest of life, generous spirit, rousing family matriarchal leadership, caring ear, open heart, and her infectious smile and beauty.

Please join us in celebrating her life at her Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 11:00am, at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA, 19348.  Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Adrienne Donaghue Gallagher ’62 to the Griffin Fund at Chestnut Hill College Institutional Advancement, 9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 (online at ), or the Kennett Food Cupboard, 136 West Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (online at )

Arrangements are by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. ( Tel: 484-734-8100 ).  To view her online obituary, please visit

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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