Keiper, Gloria D.

Gloria D. Keiper, age 81, of Bear, DE, passed away at her home on Monday, July 20, 2020. She was born in West Chester, PA and was the daughter of Ernesto and Josepine DiStefano. Gloria graduated from Kennett High School in 1956. She always worked as secretary. Gloria worked for the Dupont Company at the Experimental Station, she then worked Kaufman Glass for 10 years, then George & Lynch for 15 years. Gloria then returned to Dupont and retired in 2001. Never to slow down, she worked for Colbert Construction Company until the 2008 recession and then worked part-time at K. W. Reality, with the Debbie Phipps team for 11 years until her first treatment for cancer in May of 2020.

She enjoyed her outings with her friends, the “Breakfast Club” at Perkins and the “Lunch Bunch” with her co-workers from the Experimental Station. Most important was her time with her family especially at Christmas time and at the family reunions.

Her husband of 20 years, John Keiper passed away in 2002. Gloria is survived by her 3 sons, Donald K. Phillippi (Darlene Bryant), Anthony P. Phillippi and Steven C. Phillippi (Jill); 3 grandchildren, Melony Phillippi, Donald Phillippi, Jr. and Brandon Rice; 2 step grandchildren, Kelly Wroten and Tiffany Wroten; 1 great grandson, Christopher Schandel. She is also preceded in death by her 4 siblings, Virginia Phipps, Steve DiStefano, Alba DiStefano and Lorraine Savage.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date because of Covid-19.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Lung Association, 630 Churchmans Road, Suite 202, Newark, DE 19702.

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