, Gloucester, MA

July 20, 2013

Elvira C. "Veda" (Gentile) Shannon, 86

Gloucester — Elvira C. “Veda” (Gentile) Shannon, 86, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital. She was the wife of the late George V. Shannon, Jr., who died in March of 1999.

Born in Gloucester on May 7, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Albina (DeMarco) Gentile. She was a lifelong resident and a graduate of the Gloucester High School, class of 1945.

Mrs. Shannon was employed by the City of Gloucester for many years in the School Lunch Program at both the Ralph B. O’Maley Middle School and the Gloucester High School, having retired in 1987.

Veda was a hard worker who was always kind to others and never judgmental. She truly loved the City of Gloucester and especially enjoyed spending time on Stacy Boulevard. A loving and devoted wife and mother, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her son, G. Vaughan Shannon, III; a brother and three sisters-in-law, Frank P. and Mary (Linquata) Gentile, Mildred (Piscitello) Gentile, Mary (Crowley) Gentile and Christine Burr; two brothers-in-law, David Shannon and Richard, husband of Marlene (Stone) Shannon; and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a sister, Provie Giovanni and three brothers, Carmen, Rosario and Antonio Gentile, Jr.

ARRANGEMENTS: In keeping with her wishes, a memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday in the Holy Family Parish, St. Ann Church, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. There are no visiting hours. Please omit flowers. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit