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Gale V. (Kozazcki) Hull

Gale V. (Kozazcki) Hull, 70, of Spring Street, Ipswich, died Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Holy Family Hospital, Haverhill following her sudden illness. She was born in Ipswich on June 14, 1951, the daughter of the late Mitchell W. and Victoria S. (Hetnar) Kozazcki. Gale was raised in Ipswich, a 1969 graduate of Ipswich High School.

This week, thousands of mourners from four countries are erecting monuments and lamenting the sudden passing of Ipswich’s own daughter, co-founder and President of the international development organization, Partners in Development. Gale, with her husband James, in 1973, opened what then was called the Ipswich Gospel Mission, in a storefront on Central Street. The center served low income families, youth, institutionalized persons, and adult learners throughout the greater Ipswich area. By the late 1970s, the organization was also supporting relief and development projects in East Africa and by the early 1980s was initiating its own development program in the Republic of Haiti, the poorest country in this hemisphere. Currently, with name changed to Partners in Development, the organization serves low income populations in Haiti, Guatemala, Peru, and the Mississippi Delta. In these areas, PID operates fully staffed clinics, builds affordable housing, implements educational programs, and provides basic life resources, through its sponsorship program and staff of social workers, for over one thousand children. Currently Gale’s daughter, Talitha Marcelin, serves as PID’s Director and Gale’s husband James as PID’s co-founder and instructor in history and social justice. PID’s international headquarters, now, is based at two North Main Street, not far from its original opening as a community service center forty-eight years ago.

Not surprisingly Gale has received numerous public honors and recognitions. In 2004, she received the “Excellence in Social Action Award” from the New England Methodist Conference. In 2008, she received an honorary doctorate from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. Likewise, Gale was named one of the top one hundred leaders of the North Shore in 2010. And after being named an honorary Rotarian by the Topsfield/Boxford/ Middleton Rotary Club, she was voted “Person of the Year” by the Ipswich Rotary and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.  Her internationally recognized expertise in international public health, likewise gained the honor of her co-authoring a chapter in a training book for global health and nursing.
Along with all her charity work, Gale loved reading mysteries, cooking, sewing, singing and choral music, participating in the life of her local church, Ipswich Immanuel Baptist, where was serving as deacon at the time of her passing, and spending time with her family and local friends.

And despite Gale’s extraordinary resume and internationally recognized service, she found the greatest pride of her life in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren and valued every minute she could spend with each one of them, when not traveling. She glowed when discussing the many athletic and academic achievements of her numerous grandchildren and in speaking of her son Isaiah’s position as senior economist at the Central Bank of Sweden, her daughter Noel’ acclaimed administrative work in social services, her daughter Cherith’s successful business and artistic accomplishments, and her daughter Tali’s creative leadership at PID. But beyond anyone’s accomplishments, especially those of her own, she always reveled in those special times that she could spend with each, be it a walk to the park, a zoomed cooking lesson with a far-away grandchild, an afternoon tea-chat in her backyard, or a browse through an old bookstore with James, her husband of forty-seven years. Each will miss her dearly, along with the thousands around the world whose lives she touched.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Isaiah J. Hull and his wife Jamie of Sweden, three daughters, Cherith G. Smith and her husband Jeffrey of Ipswich, Talitha K. Marcelin of Georgetown, and Noel E. Marecka and her fiance’ Philip Legan both of Ipswich, twelve grandchildren, Moses Hull, of Sweden, Alexis Raasch of ND, Hannah and Jonathan Smith both of Ipswich, Obed, Tyrah, Neiylah and Natalia Marcelin all of Georgetown, Marie Borkowski of NH, Ayden and Beckett Marecka both of Ipswich and Kira Lagan of Ipswich. She is also survived by two brothers, Mark Kozazcki and Matthew Kozazcki, three sisters, Cinda Sullivan, Karen Sheehan, and Heidi Kozazcki, and many nephews and nieces.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, Six High Street, Ipswich from 5 to 8 pm on Monday, October 25. Her Funeral Service at Our Lady of Hope on Linebrook Road in Ipswich will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday October 26, followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery. During both events, we will honor Gale also by requiring mask usage by all participants as Gale, to her last day, followed and enforced this protocol, mindful that even vaccinated people can spread the virus with serious implications for elderly and other vulnerable populations. In lieu of flowers, people may best honor Gale by donating a memorial gift to PID at Partners in Development, PO Box 901, Ipswich MA, 01938 or by donating online through PID’s website at www.pidonline.org


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