Celebrating the life of

Linda Pelli Harper

August 02, 1944 - January 08, 2023

Linda Pelli Harper

Linda Pelli Harper born August 2, 1944, passed peacefully January 8, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born in the Old Fort section of Savannah and the family later moved to Gohler Avenue when her father built their family home. Linda attended St. James School, St. Vincent’s Academy, Armstrong State College finishing with a Bachelors degree in early childhood development,  and later Georgia Southern University completing her Masters and 6 year certificate. She positively shaped many young lives and was selected as Savannah- Chatham Teacher of the Year during her 35 years in education. 

She was a devoted wife, loving mom, doting grandmother, caring sister, gifted teacher, talented artist and seamstress, avid gardener, world traveler, consummate Girl Scout, devout Catholic and always enjoyed being active in her church groups at St. James Catholic Church. 

Linda will be greatly missed by family and friends. She was an incredibly thoughtful individual, always finding big and small ways to brighten someone’s day. The bright light she brought to the world will shine in a new way now. 

Linda was preceded in death by her father, James A. Pelli, Sr.; mother, Eloise Frost Pelli; brother Terrence Norbert Pelli (Terry); brother-in-law, Elbert Dale Brown (Chuck). She is survived by her husband of 53 years Joseph Harper; daughter, Heather Harper; son, Joseph Harper Jr (Josey); grandson Owen Harper and granddaughter Ellie Harper; brothers, James Pelli Jr & Barbara, Joseph Pelli & Linda, John Pelli & Cherie, sisters, Regina Pelli Brennan & James, Mary Pelli Horton & Steve, Julie Pelli Rodewolt & Neal, and Susan Pelli Brown; and 26 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. A rosary service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023 at St. James Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Catholic Cemetery. 

Flowers or donations are welcome. Linda cherished education and would like any donations sent to St. James Catholic School at 8412 Whitefield Ave, Savannah, GA 31406.



Linda was my oldest friend, not in age, but in years. We met at Sacred Heart Catholic School in first grade. We lived in the same neighborhood and attended St. James Catholic Church most of our lives. Linda married my first cousin Sonny Harper. Now we were not just friends but we were also family. There were long periods when we did not see or talk with each other but when we did meet up we could pick back up like no time had passed. My heart goes out to Sonny and all of Linda's family. She will be sorely missed. We will all be together again in the home of our heavenly Father, where we will pick up again like no time has passed. God bless you all. Pat & Madeline Cetti

- Madeline V. Cetti, Savannah, GA

Sonny, Deepest sympathy on the death of Linda. May she rest in peace.

- Marie Green Bryant and Burch Bryant, Savannah, GA

I pray for peace and comfort at this time. She created so many memorable moments throughout the years for all of us in Girl Scouts.

- Lisa Niedbala Collins, Savannah, Ga

Linda will be missed, we enjoyed her company participating with The Tai Chi Group at Generation One.

- Tai Chi Group, Savannah, Ga.

Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Linda during my girls’ Girl Scout Years at Camp Low. I had no idea she was your sister. She was a wonderful leader. Please know you and your family are in my prayers. LeAnne Consos

- LeAnne Consos, Savannah, Ga

Dear Sonny, Heather, Josey and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing! She was a sweet and beautiful lady! You all are in my thoughts and prayers! Sincerely, Julie Sapp Hadden

- Julie Sapp Hadden, Guyton, Ga

Mary, my deepest sympathy on the death of your sister. May the memories you all have of Linda give you comfort in the days/years ahead. May she rest in peace. With love and prayers.

- Jane Patricia Harte , Savannah, Georgia

Our hearts go out to Linda’s family.when I moved to Savannah , Linda was my first friend when I started school! She kind of guided me. What a loss of this beautiful person! May she Rest In Peace.❤️

- Tom & Cathy Sutton, Ironton, Ohio

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will not forget the kindness extended to me by the Harper family after my husband passed away. Linda was truly a wonderful person. Her loving, smiling face was always a welcome treat! God bless you all!

- Gloria Keane, Savannah, GA

A true remarkable lady. God bless and receive her into her heavenly reward.

- Tim Ansley, Savannah, Georgia

God bless your family and he will give you comfort. Terry was waiting for her.

- Theresa Burke, Savannah, GA

I am greatly saddened to learn of Linda's passing. She was such a charming and friendly person. You could easily see her love for children, and her approach to her career and interaction with people was a ministry, just as much as any priest or pastor. It was always a delight to be around her, and Sonny chose well when he chose her. May God grant Sonny, Josey and Heather comfort during this sad time.

- John W Beam Jr, Dalton, GA

A candle has been lit!

To John and the extended Pelli family: We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for Linda and all of you. What a beautiful and wonderful life; what a loving memorial tribute. She will always be with you and the many people she touched. Prayers for you all. May she rest in peace.

- Jim Anderson and Julie Greco, Denver, CO

Deepest sympathy to Jimmy and Barbara and the Pelli and Hagman family. A candle has been lit in Linda's family. Carolyn Emerick

- CAROLYN Louise EMERICK, Savannah, GA

Mary, We extend our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We are so sorry you lost your dear sister. I know you were devoted to her.

- Ron and Paula Walket, Tybee Island, GA

Mary, we are so sorry for your loss. Sorrow again with hardly time to recover from the last. We keep y'all in our thoughts and prayers.

- Jacqueline and Richard Royal, Poulsbo, Washington


- DAVID PAPPAS, Brunswick, GA.


- DAVID PAPPAS, Brunswick, GA.

I’m was so sorry to hear about Linda . My thoughts and prayers to Susie, Regina, Jimmy, and Julie . Prayers for all of the Pelli family.

- Betty Ann Ciucevich, Savannah, Ga

Sonny, I am so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. I am praying for you and your family. God Bless her and may she rest in peace. Love you and your family.

- Suzanne McLaughlin Vonwaldner, SAVANNAH, GA

Sonny, we were sorry to hear of Linda’s passing from Harvey. You and your family are in our prayers.

- Bill Main and family, Savannah , Georgia

We will cherish the memory of our dear Linda. She was, oh, so much more than our precious Sister-in-Law. She was the sweetest, most loving, most inspirational sister, and the very example of a Devout Catholic. Thank you Linda for being in our life. The Angels in Heaven have welcomed you with open arms.

- Frances and David Wheeler, OZARK, AL

Heather has been my dear friend since our St. Vincent's days. Linda and Sonny always welcomed me into their home and made me feel like family. Linda was always so warm and perky and a joy to be around(and her candied pecan and pound cake were delicious!) Heather and Josey are incredibly lucky to have had her as a mother and I can only imagine how many children's lives were profoundly changed for the better from having her as a teacher or Girl Scout Leader. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing her was very lucky. The world is a better place because of her and she will be very missed.

- Janie Keane, Seattle, Wa

Linda taught all 3 of our children in kindergarten at Largo Tibet. She was such a loving and positive influence on them and us as parents. She was one of the most amazing people I have had the privilege to have in my life.

- SANDRA LOWE, Savannah , Ga

Our heartfelt condolences to the Pelli family: We are so sorry for your loss. Sad to hear of her passing. I went to grade school, Scared Heart & St James,with Linda. She was a very nice person all of her life. Her mom drove the school bus if memory serves me?. Linda atteneded my mom's service in 2013 and introduced herself , I had not seen her since 1962. I got the best hugs.I am proud that I was in her village as a young person. The world is a better place because she was in it. RIP Linda. Hugs, Chester

- Chester & Sandi Nielubowicz BC'62, Santee, CA

Sonny, I am so sorry to learn that Linda passed. I know how you two travelled the world and know those beautiful memories will be a comfort to you. I really miss seeing you at 5 Spot for our retirees breakfast gatherings. Everything kinda fell apart after Gerry left us. Sending prayers for you and your family.

- Diane Fitch, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Burial
  • on Fri, January 13, 2023
  • Catholic Cemetery
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