Vera Evelyn Lang Gilpin passed away peacefully on June 5, 2021 a few weeks after her
96th birthday. Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, GiGi was the matriarch of a large, close-knit family. Born on May 23rd, 1925, Vera lived through the Great Depression and World War II. She witnessed a world that changed dramatically during her long lifetime. Vera grew up on Staten Island but moved to Palm Harbor in 1986. The remainder of her life was spent enjoying beautiful Florida, close to family and friends.
Vera was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, James “Whitey” Gilpin, her parents, Jim and Mary Lang, her sister, Dorothy Kunath, a special niece, Linda LaMantia, and a grand-niece Melissa.
She is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Patricia and Knud Hansen, Vestal , NY and Leslie and Kevin McAllister, Trinity, Florida, six grandchildren, Kristin (Sam), Joe (Jessica), Knud IV, Karinne, Karissa (Rishi) and Troy, twelve great-grandchildren and a special nephew Charlie Kunath (Barbara). She was very involved in all of their lives and loved them dearly.
Vera will be remembered for her care and concern for others. She was always there to lend a helping hand. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and put Jesus’ teaching into action. She believed that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Her legacy is one of selfless love.
Vera’s family would like to thank the staff of Market Street and Suncoast Hospice, the Pearl Team, for their loving care and compassion over the past year. In Vera’s memory donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice, 2675 Tampa Rd. Palm Harbor, Florida
34684, or UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)