Regina A. Kenney “Gina” passed away on January 4, 2022. She is the cherished daughter of the late Donald “Dusty” and Joann (née Osti) Grauber. Beloved wife of James N. Kenney “Jim”. Devoted mother of Artie Diocson (Shayna), Dennis James (Tina), Kristina James (John Hernandez), and Mindy Kenney-Gabor (Eric). Loving and adoring Mom-Mom to Brenna Rae, Jennis, Ryan, Eric, Brayden, Bently, Addyson, Landon, Jaeceelynn, Kinslee, and one on the way. Dear sister of Donnie Grauber (Pat), Anna Marie Grauber (late Billy), Paul Grauber (Sharlene), Bernadette Grauber, Ruth Ann Flaherty (Glenn), and the late Anthony. Sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews and her extended family.
Gina was very much a Kenzo girl. She grew up on Martha and Tucker Streets off of Lehigh Avenue. Coming from a large family, there was never a dull moment. Though crowded and even crazy at times, her home was a place of love and laughter, a lot of which was attributed to Gina. She was always a unique character.
In 1982 , Gina became a mother and by 1986, a mother of 3, with two sons and a daughter. In 1990, Gina would meet her husband Jimmy, whom she married in 1993. With that marriage, she gained another daughter. Her and Jimmy would go on to spend over 30 years together. Gina‘s greatest joy was being a Mom-Mom. Her 10 grandbabies were the loves of her life. Family was always most important to her. Gina was also a loving and devoted daughter. She helped care for her beloved parents during their later years, always there to help where needed.
Gina had countless friends all to whom she was extremely loyal. She was most definitely a tough cookie and fearless. Her love and loyalty made you feel safe. She was very protective of those she loved. Despite her tough persona, Gina was extremely sensitive and dramatically emotional. All of which made her who she was, in the best possible way.
She could be a bit loud at times always drawing attention to herself, again, in the best possible way. To witness her dramatics or reaction, to just about anything, was truly comical! She could cry watching a Hallmark Commercial or the Super Bowl and somehow make it funny. She was very passionate about everything, She loved the Flyers and loved playing Softball in her younger years. She loved to dance and have a good time.
Gina undoubtably was the life of the party. She brought life and laughter to any room she entered. She truly was one of a kind. A Legend! The brightest of stars that will never burn out.
“We were truly blessed to have her in our lives and to be loved by her. We will miss her smile, her hugs,her talks, her crazy facial expressions, her playing an imaginary “Air Horn” after a few drinks, but most of all the laughter.”
Gina was loved so much, by so many, and she could never be forgotten. Until we meet again, Fly High!
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing and funeral Thursday January 13, 2022 beginning at 8:30am in St. Anne Church (Lower) 2328 East Lehigh Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125. Funeral Mass 10:30am. Interment private.
We ask that all those attending services to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Also, for those unable to attend, we will livestream the funeral mass via our facebook page McBride Hubert Funeral Home.
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