Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Lori Jo Gillespie, 59

Mrs. Lori Jo (Gerard) Gillespie, 59 of Beaver Falls passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019 at the Akron General Hospital.

Mrs. Gillespie was born on June 28, 1960 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph C. and Martha Ann (Havern) Gerard. She had attended Lincoln High School. For 25 years, Lori worked as a manager at the CoGo’s in Midland. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Gillespie whom she married on June 21, 1975, her sons, Christopher (Tonya) Gillespie of Shaler Twp., C.J. (Lisa) Gillespie of Stow, OH, and David Gillespie of Beaver Falls, her grandchildren, Dylan, Donaven, Elijah, Connor, Carson, and Caden Gillespie, her sisters, Vicki Gerard, Denise Gerard of Ellwood City, Lisa (Rick) Jones of West Pittsburgh, and Kerry McShane of Ellwood City, and her brothers, Joseph (Tricia) Gerard of Henderson, NV, and Timothy (Lori) Gerard of Rimersburg, along with many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her father-in-law, James F. Gillespie of Perry Twp., her sisters-in-law, Jayne (Walter) Bates of Portersville and Jackie (Joe) Valentino of Ellwood City, and her brothers-in-law, Jim (Candy) Gillespie of Portersville and John (Beth) Gillespie of South Beaver.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Joyce Gerard in infancy and Cheryl A. Tribuzio, and her mother-in-law, Nancy (Dombeck) Gillespie.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Friday from 9:00 am until the time of the service at 10:00 am at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating. Interment will be at the Slippery Rock Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Lori Jo’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Charles J Gillespie Posted December 23, 2019 10:57 pm

    Please help celebrate her life:

  • Leigh Waltob Posted December 24, 2019 1:18 am

    To Loris family, I am devastated to hear of her passing! I only knew her for a short time but I will miss her. She was a wonderful co worker and friend.

  • Mary Bender Posted December 24, 2019 1:57 am

    I worked with Lori at the Cogo’s in Patterson she was a funny and wonderful lady. When she would stop in also to pick up supplies for the Midland store we would laugh and talk she wanted me to come and work for her. You have my deepest condolences. Sending prayers and love to your family.

  • Debbie Jordan Posted December 24, 2019 7:26 pm

    This is so sad…I really liked her and her humor..My heart and prayers to all

  • Trudi White Posted December 25, 2019 5:52 am

    So very sorry for your lost. Lori Jo and I go way back…we worked at Stop-n-go many moons ago. Great times, great memories. Remember she will always live.on in your hearts.

  • Suzanne Butera Posted December 25, 2019 12:46 pm

    My heart goes out to you all for the loss of this lovely lady.

  • Kathleen Posted December 25, 2019 5:28 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you all, and wishing you peace in this difficult time.
    Kathleen, Adysen, and Ayden

  • John and Sandy Eby Posted December 26, 2019 6:39 pm

    Heaven has gained a very special angel. John and I met Lori in 2016 at CoGo’s. Lori was such a bright and cheerful person who truly loved her CoGo’s store family and customers. Most of all we all knew how much she loved life and family who were dear to her heart. I will never forget Lori and look forward to seeing her again in Heaven where I know she will be waiting with open arms for those she loved.

  • Karen Posted December 30, 2019 10:51 pm

    I would go to the Midland CoGo’s every day to pick up the newspapers (when there were a lot around).

    Lori asked me my name. After that, she would greet me by name and with a smile all the time.

    The place is not the same without her.

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