• The Hammonton Gazette

Florence Edna Garshelis


Florence Edna Garshelis (nee Chalk), 90, known to her friends and family as Edna, died peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2020.


She was born to Edna and Peter Chalk in Hammonton on April 30, 1930. Edna graduated from Hammonton High School. She married Albert DeCicco and had two children. They moved from Hammonton to North Jersey and settled in Clark where they raised their two children. Edna was a den mother in the local Cub Scout pack. Albert and Edna subsequently divorced. Once her children graduated high school, she moved back to Hammonton. After a brief career at Whitehall, she settled in Massachusetts where she took on the duties of office manager at her new husband’s company. Edna married her soulmate, Ivan Garshelis on July 10, 1982. They enjoyed living in the Berkshires, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and outdoor concerts, especially Tanglewood. She loved singing in the Berkshire chapter of Sweet Adelines. Edna and Ivan traveled extensively throughout the world, making friends along the way. Ivan and Edna’s love and caring for each other was obvious and made them a joy to be near. The thing Edna loved most was sharing her home with friends and family, visitors would be greeted with her unique sense of humor and her warm hospitality. She will be missed.


Surviving are her husband, Ivan J. Garshelis; son, Albert DeCicco (Nancy) and two grandchildren; daughter, Jacklyn R. Greb and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; stepson, David Garshelis (Judy) and two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; stepson, Craig Garshelis (Mike); and stepdaughter, Melissa Corp and four grandchildren.


Services will be held at a later date.


Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home.