Eileen Gay Pelini

December 4, 1936 - May 22, 2021

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Eileen Gay Pelini, 84, passed away at her home on Saturday, May 22, 11 years to the day after her beloved husband, Col. Louis V. (Bud) Pelini, USAF retired. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Catherine Timboe, and son Michael Pelini. Loving mother of Jeff (Jami) Pelini and Patrick Pelini. Cherished grandmother of Michael, Willa (Mikey Fabian), Lena, and Sadie Pelini. Dear sister of Mary Fran (Gerald) Riggs, sister-in-law of Mario (Andrea) Pelini and Marc (Cara) Pelini. Daughter-in-law of Judie Pelini. Born in Devils Lake, ND to a career army officer, Gay's childhood was spent moving around the US and West Germany. She attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL where she received a BA in Education. Soon after graduating, Gay married Bud and they embarked on the 30-yr adventure that was his Air Force career. After Bud's Air Force retirement, he and Gay lived for many years in San Bernardino, CA, where they were involved in a variety of civic and charitable organizations. In 2005, they moved to KY to be closer to family and were quickly adopted by the extended family of daughter-in-law Jami (Menkhaus) Pelini. Gay loved entertaining and hosting dinner parties. A memorial mass will take place on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:30 PM at Mother of God Church, 119 West 6th Street, Covington, KY 41011. In lieu of flowers, Gay's family requests that memorial contributions in her honor be made to the Air Force Aid Society which assists Airmen and their families in need. www.afas.org. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Avenue, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015 is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.connelybrothersfuneralhome.com


Chad Owen - Jun 3, 2021
To the Pelini family, I wanted to express my condolences to you all. My friend, Patrick, has been an inspiration and steady source of wisdom and light in my life. I know that those gifts were, in part, were given to him by his mother. I am so glad you can all be together to celebrate her and a life well-lived. May you carry her memory forward and let it light your way. Peace to you all.
Judie Pelini and Greg Pelini - Jun 3, 2021
So saddened by Gay’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. She will always be remembered and in our hearts.

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