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Barbara Jean (Wagner) Gillen

October 27, 1954 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Barbara Gillen Obituary

Barbara Jean Gillen, age 69, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

She was born in New York, NY, daughter of the late Walter and Edna (Costner) Wagner. Barbara was a graduate of Richmond Hill High School in Queens, NY, and her family moved to Delaware shortly after she graduated. In addition to dedicating her life to her family, Barbara enjoyed a long career with the State of Delaware, starting in social services and most recently working as an investigative auditor before her retirement.

Barbara loved to read and cross-stitch; was an excellent cook, who loved to share her recipes; and she adored her pet cats and grand-cats. She was a smart, sweet lady who could strike up a conversation with almost anyone.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Bill Gillen; her daughter, Megan Armstrong (William); her brother, Walter Wagner (Cindy); her nephews, Fred Wagner, Lee Wagner and Roy Wagner; niece, Deborah Williams; and sister-in-law, Katherine Gillen.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Ursula Wagner; sister-in-law, Lois Gillen; and her brother-in-law, Andrew Gillen.

A funeral service will be celebrated at 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, where family and friends may visit beginning at 10:30am. Interment will be held in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to Faithful Friends Animal Society, 165 Airport Road, New Castle, DE 19720.

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February 13, 2024

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Funeral Service
February 13, 2024

12:00 PM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
February 13, 2024

All Saints Cemetery
6001 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19808


Faithful Friends Animal Society
165 Airport Road, New Castle DE 19720


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