Kelcey Alicia Hallinan, 18, of Dunmore, died Saturday afternoon at home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Thomas J. and Alicia Paulis Hallinan and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore. She attended the Dunmore Elementary Center and was a 2013 graduate of Dunmore High School, where she participated in its marching band, concert band and jazz band, playing the tenor saxophone. She was also a member of the drama club, the show choir, was a cheerleader and was elected the 2012 Homecoming Queen. She was very active in the NEIU Show Choir and the NEIU Arts Alive program.
Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma halfway through her junior year of high school, Kelcey's friends immediately rallied around her in support, and the Dunmore community quickly followed. Kelcey's fight gained worldwide attention in recent months, but she always maintained humility. She was inspirational to everyone who knew her and to many more who never met her. Kelcey taught so many people deep lessons about humility, love, strength, courage and perseverance. She always had a smile on her face, even through the most trying times of her fight. Kelcey had an inner light that shined so brightly it will never be put out and will be in our hearts forever.
Kelcey's family would like to thank everyone that was on this journey with her. There are just too many to mention, both near and far, giving all types of support and gifts — physical, spiritual and emotional.
Also surviving are her brother, Thomas; and sisters, Meghan and Molly; and maternal grandmother, Mary Paulis, all of Dunmore; aunts and uncles, Mark Paulis and wife Elissa, Queens, N.Y.; Eugene Hallinan and wife, Ann, Clarks Summit; John Hallinan, Scranton; Joseph Hallinan, Dunmore; and Mary Hallinan, Scranton; as well as numerous cousins and a host of friends.
She was also preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Angelo Paulis; and paternal grandparents, Eugene P. and Marjorie Whitford Hallinan.
The funeral will be Thursday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Those friends attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church. Interment to follow in Dunmore Cemetery.
Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Preferred memorial contributions may be made to the KelceyStrong Scholarship Fund, c/o Fidelity Bank, 101 N. Blakely St., Dunmore, PA 18512. To leave an online condolence, visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com.
Carlucci Golden DeSantis Funeral Home
318 East Drinker Street
Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 19, 2013