Helen Gay

Helen Ranere Gay

Wednesday, September 17th, 1924 - Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Helen Ranere Gay, 95, of Salem, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020.

She was born on September 17, 1924 in Hammonton, NJ, a daughter of the late Charles and Minnie Berenato Ranere. She was also preceded in death by her husband Clark Franklin Gay.

Surviving are her children, Clark Anthony “Tony” Gay and wife Lisa Secord-Gay; her daughter, Alicia Gay; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Gay was a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education. She was a chief dietician in Saginaw and Ann Arbor, MI, until finally transferring to the Salem VA Medical Center where she served as chief dietician until her retirement after a total of 34 years working with the veteran affairs medical system. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church; the OLPH Women’s Club, the American Dietary Association and the Southwest Virginia Dietary Association.

A private Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated for the family at Our Lady of Perpetual Help with Rev. Ken Shuping officiating. She will later be laid to rest next to her husband in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Hammonton, NJ. She will be remembered as a lover of animals, and as such, memorial contributions may be made to the Salem SPCA, or to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. An online guestbook is available for family and friends by visiting
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    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    248 South 1st Street
    Hammonton, NJ 08037
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Lila Wright Sullivan

Posted at 12:13pm
You will remember me as I was your next door neighbor on Ingal Blvd. for many years. Your mother was a dear,
dear person. She loved her dogs and was so concerned when they were not doing well. I remember that corner
of your back yard where some were buried. She was smart, gracious, kind. You, Alicia, was THE most important
person in her life. She loved you SO MUCH! We are all grateful for a life well lived among us. I also called the
Sparrows (William "Bill" and Gayle) and they were sad to hear the news of her passing. Gayle said they had come
by at Christmas, but you all were not at home. With heartfelt sympathy- Lila Wright Sullivan

Rick and Kathy Marencik

Posted at 03:27pm
We were so sorry to hear about Mama Helen. She was such a sweet lady who will be sorely missed. We will can surely say that she is in heaven watching over her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rick and Kathy

Anne Kohinke

Posted at 02:23pm
Helen will always be one of my very favorite people. She brought me great joy, with her sweet doggies, her yummy desserts, and her charming personality. I'll not forget her fresh figs; she had nursed her fig tree for years into a prime producer. I respected her for having been a female executive at the VA when that was not common. Helen was an amazing lady!

Lyssa Stroud

Posted at 08:05pm
This a such a beautiful picture of Mama Helen; just the way I remember her and always will. She always treated me like a daughter, just like my best friend Alicia. I know her loss will leave a whole in your hearts but I’m sure your wonderful memories will bring you much comfort. I spent a lot of time visiting and Mama Helen always wanted to feed me the whole time I was there. I would look up and she would be coming down the stairs with a platter of something scrumptious. When the YaYas, our girlfriend group that we called ourselves, went on our annual trip to Nags Head, she would send a huge basket of yummy homemade cookies and 7 layer bars with her daughter Alicia for us to share. She was so thoughtful. I will always remember her birthday celebration when she had us picked up in a limousine and taken to Hotel Roanoke for a wonderful dinner. She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her. Heaven has a wonderful new angel. I love you Mama Helen

Patricia Burke

Posted at 07:20pm
I was not privileged to know Helen for long. She and I were members of the Women's Club at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Salem, VA. I was impressed with her and looked forward to seeing her at meetings and Sunday Mass. She, as well as your family, will be in my prayers.

Blessings and Peace,
Patricia Burke

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