Shirley J. (Venna) Gilbody, age 89

of Quincy

Shirley J. (Venna) Gilbody, age 89

Shirley J. (Venna) Gilbody, age 89, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, May 3, 2020 at South Shore Hospital.

Born in Quincy, to the late Anthony J. and Aileen (Puskala) Venna, she was raised and educated there. Shirley was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1948. She was also a graduate of the former Quincy City Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She had lived in Quincy for most of her life.

Shirley was employed as a registered nurse and worked primarily with visiting nursing services.

She enjoyed reading and in her later years, doing crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed flowers and animals.

Shirley was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late Robert J. Gilbody.

Devoted mother of Robert A. Gilbody, Captain, Quincy Fire Department and his wife Rosemary (Wahlberg) Gilbody of Quincy, Leann Kelly and her husband Michael P. Kelly, Quincy Police Department of Norwell, Richard F. Gilbody and his wife Ellen L. (Caramanica) Gilbody of Hanover, Paul D. Gilbody and his wife Monica E. (Cavanaugh) Gilbody of Sutton.

Loving grandmother of eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Sister of the late Richard Venna.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Interment took place at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. A memorial Mass and celebration of Shirley’s life will take place at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • Bob & Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Fond memories of Aunt Shirley, especially a visit to my house when my first born son arrived. Her and Uncle Bob stopped by with a gift, something I never forgot! The last time I saw her was at Uncle Jack Gilbody’s wake, as she was leaving I spotted her and Uncle Bob walking hand in hand out the door! A lovely sight!
    Such a kind and caring women! RIP Aunt Shirley!
    Judy Rinella Walsh