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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette


Ellen Kelly Tell

Ellen Kelly Tell, 79, born March 5, 1943, a long-time resident of Hammonton, N.J., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 28, 2022. Ellen grew up in Bordentown, New Jersey where she met the love of her life at the age of fifteen. Jerry, catching her eye while she rode by in her sister’s convertible, spontaneously hopped into the back and threw his arms around her. They were married in 1960 and in 1962, they spent every penny on a humble farmhouse in Hammonton, New Jersey. From these modest beginnings, Ellen and Jerry built a storied legacy that would span 60+ years and include five devoted children (with the later addition of eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren), a highly successful business and countless fond memories. While supporting her husband in his business endeavors and raising their children, Ellen developed her talents as an artist and athlete, becoming an accomplished painter and tennis player. She was also an avid reader and could often be found engrossed in a favorite novel well into the small hours of the morning. She spent many Sundays at church teaching CCD and would later enjoy a fulfilling position at the Green Lea in Voorhees, New Jersey. Passionate about her heritage, Ellen traveled to Ireland three times and spent countless hours researching her family history. Ellen and Jerry enjoyed much of their retirement years hosting their children and grandchildren in West Creek, New Jersey and Vero Beach, Florida. They would later return to Hammonton to enjoy their remaining years close to their family.

Ellen was the beloved wife of the late Girard J. Tell, Sr.; loving mother of Girard J. Tell, Jr. (Regina), Lori Grasso (Anthony), Susan Henry, Patricia Olive (Matthew), and the late Brian T. Tell; Proud grandmother of the late Bradley Brewer (Erica), Anthony Grasso (Dana), Girard Tell (Amanda), Sean Tell (Victoria), Olivia Olive (Alexander Reese), Averi Olive (Stephen Magee), Nicholas Grasso (Summer), Stephanie Henry, Daniel Pittman (Haley), Shannon Pittman; and great-grandmother to eleven. She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Spundarelli (Denny); brother-in-law, John Avanzato; sisters-in-law, Joan Wiesczcek and Jeanne Clark; and many adoring nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 45 Crosswicks St., Bordentown, New Jersey on November 7, 2022. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Greenmount Cemetery, Hammonton, New Jersey. For those who cannot attend, the Mass will be live-streamed and can be viewed with this link: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to B+ Foundation at the following link: B+ Foundation.


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