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Gale E. (Milano) Freeland
February 5, 1951 ~ August 19, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Gale Elen (Milano) Freeland, 72, of Palmyra passed away Saturday, August 19, 2023, with family by her side at Carolyn’s House Hospice of Central PA. Born February 5, 1951, in Wilmington, Delaware, she was the daughter of the late Bart Allen and Jean (Peoples) Milano.
She is survived by her children: Mindy and Zachary Pierce; four grandchildren: Ethan, Leah, Nolan, and Elowyn Pierce; sister Teri Clark; brother Todd Milano; nephews Jeremy Clark and Hale Milano; niece Hazel (Milano) Tetzlaff. She is preceded in death by her husband of 3 years, Kenneth Paul Freeland.
Growing up, Gale was a competitive swimmer. She swam for Coaches Rusty Owens and Michael Mausner at Colonial Country Club and several other clubs in the Harrisburg area. She was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in 1969 and went on to study and swim at Ithaca College, graduating in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television. She worked for the Dutch Pantry Restaurant, McCrory’s, Central Penn College, McNees Wallace & Nurick, Hershey Giant Center, Plow & Hearth, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her career was dedicated to marketing and customer service.
Gale was the first female Rotarian for the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, and the first female member of Colonial Country Club. She had a deep Christian faith, and anything that touched her heart would get her devotion (the beach, golf, thrift stores, Washington Nationals, mission care packages, decorating baby/bridal showers, and more). She was an avid runner, completing many races, including two years running the Harrisburg Marathon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gale’s memory to Carolyn’s House, 1701 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110. At Gale’s request, a public service will not be held.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.finkenbinderfamily.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Rothermel-Finkenbinder Funeral Home.